August 1985. This was when BMW announced the most powerful 3 Series it had ever built: the M3.
In its 25 years of history, the M3 has seen four different generations and evolved from a 2.3-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower to an impressive V-8 hitting 420 horsepower. It may not be the best sports car out there, but it is surely one that combines most of the virtues required from a sports car: an extraordinary look, great performance, the best class handling and a luxurious interior.
In 2013, the M3’s history will move on to its next chapter, as BMW will be set to reveal the new-generation M3, featuring a 3.0-liter straight-six engine for the first time. This engine will be bumping up the M3’s horsepower to over 400.
Updated 9/5/2013: Since our rendering of the M3 Sedan was getting a little long in the tooth, we decided to make up a new one for you to drool over. Essentially, it borrows all of the M4 styling elements — bumpers, side skirts, mirrors, wheels, side vent, hood vent, black kidney grilles and roof — scaled down to a 3 Series. Additionally, we updated the rendering with the forward-leaning grille and the to-the-grille headlights. You can see the rendering above and a side-by-side comparison of the old and new renderings after the jump.
Updated 9/25/2013: BMW officially confirmed today the numbers for the new in-line six-cylinder engine that will be used for the new M3. Click past the jump to learn more about it.
Updated 12/11/2013: The first official images of the new BMW M3 Sedan leaked online today, just before the car’s official debut tomorrow morning. The images came from BMW Blog, which was asked to remove them, but it was a little bit too late. Click past the jump to see what the new M3 Sedan offers.
Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW M3.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled the latest addition to its lineup: the new P1 supercar. Now, the company announced plans to unveil a new sports car each year. The first to arrive will be placed under the current MP4-12C . Codenamed "P13," this new sports car will be a little bit more practical than the 12C; "practical" meaning it will have a trunk, of course.
The new P13 will take aim at the Porsche 911 and models like it, and McLaren will price it a little under $200k. While no significant details have been revealed, it is rumored that the upcoming P13 will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C. We expect an output somewhere in the 500-horsepower area. On the outside, the P13 will feature design elements seen on the recently unveiled P1.
The new P13 will arrive in 2014, and McLaren hopes to to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.
Update 11/12/2013: We have created a rendering of the upcoming P13. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the rendering.
Update 12/11/2013: We’ve updated this review with the first batch of details (including an official teaser sketch) from McLaren. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the new details that have been disclosed.
Porsche unveiled a GTS version for its 911 Carrera back in 2010 and now it looks like the history is about to repeat itself. Our spy photographers sent us some spy shots that seem to reveal more than a simple revision to the latest generation of the Porsche 911 — the 991.
In fact, we believe that this revised Carrera will also get a GTS variant because the prototype caught here features a few telltale signs of the old GTS. First, it has a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper, just like the 2010 GTS did.
Up front, there is a new front bumper with revised air intakes and new, LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the rear end gets a new set of taillights, which lead us to believe that this GTS also carries the changes that we can expect across the entire 911 range — sans the wide-body kit, of course.
The facelifted Porsche 991 Carrera is expected to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015 and the GTS version should arrive during the same period.
We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."
According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.
Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.
The BMW Z4 lineup has remained change-free since its 2010 redesign, but this doesn’t mean tuners have lost interest in the 2014 Z4 roadster .
MB Individual Cars from Augsburg, Germany is one tuner with plenty of interest in the Z4, and it developed a pretty bad-ass for the sports roadster. The kit is mad entirely from carbon fiber and is limited to only 25 units that will be released in early 2014.
This Z4’s body is coated in a slick Mineral White, with the exposed carbon-fiber components that make up this kit. These components include the front spoiler lip, kidneys and air inlets, side-view mirrors, direction indicators, swords in the side sills, rear spoiler lip, rear diffuser insertion and some small swords for the lateral parts of the rear apron.
MB continued by adding in a set of wheels and interior improvements, but the tuner is also considering offering some engine upgrades in the near future.
Click past the jump to read more about BMW Z4 by MB Individual Cars.
With all of the teasers we’ve been seeing the past few days, it’s easy to drown in all of the intrigue and suspense.
But this particular teaser really caught our attention, in part because we’ve heard next to nothing about the company that sent it out.
We checked Godsil Motorcars’ website and didn’t see a whole lot to give us any reason to believe that its been around for a while. But here they are, promising to build a line of "super luxury cars " that it will "bring glory back to the automobile – one Manhattan at a time."
That in itself is about an apt description as you can have for this mysterious model. It’s called the Manhattan and its going to be powered by a V-16 engine that will run on compressed natural gas , enough to make the industry stand up and take notice. But Godsil isn’t making any apologies, in part because it wants to make a statement. And what better way to do it than to drop a massive 16 on the engine block and let all those horses do the talking.
As far as the car itself is concerned, the teaser does give us hints that it will be a two-seat coupe with a sloping roofline, a long hood, and muscular wheel arches. We’re tempted to say that there’s a retro-feel to it, but until we see more of its dimensions, we’re holding off on that assumption.
What we can tell you though is that Godsil definitely has our attention. Then again, that’s par for the course for any company promising a V-16 engine on a car that definitely looks like it can back up all the hype.
Click past the jump to read about one of the few cars today packing a 16-cylinder engine, the Bugatti Veyron
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is still months away, but it looks like Hyundai is already preparing hardcore for the show, and the first Geneva-bound concept from the Korean company is producing for the show is the Intrado. According to the initial details, it appears to preview a future compact SUV .
The new Intrado concept is the first vehicle developed by the company, using the new "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language, and it is the brainchild of a European design team supervised by Peter Schreyer.
The name "Intrado" is taken from the the arch on the underside of an airplane’s wing that provides the lift needed for flight. As no surprise, this concept draws plenty of inspiration from the aircraft world, like its advanced materials that help ensure a low curb weight.
The concept features a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and will use a smaller, lighter and improved version of the hydrogen fuel cell found in the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell .
Full details on the Hyundai Intrado Concept will be unveiled during its official debut in Geneva.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.
Nissan unveiled the Leaf in 2010, and there were no major updates until the 2013 model year when it was updated with a new, lower priced Leaf S grade, an array of new features for the Leaf SL grade, new option packages with available Around View Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time to four hours. Additionally, Nissan increased cargo space to 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright by relocating the onboard charger to the front of the vehicle.
For the 2014 model year, the model continues pretty much unchanged, with the only addition including a RearView Monitor standard on all grades and an updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout.
The 2014 Leaf will go on sale in late December 2013, and prices will be announced at a later date. As usual, the model will be offered three grades: S, SV and SL models.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Leaf.
If the name "Lamborghini Sogna" does not ring a bell, don’t feel bad. Since it was not actually produced by Lamborghini , it is not a well-known model. This model happens to be the handy work of the Japanese company Art & Tech.
The Songa is based on a Lamborghini Countach and started as a dream car for the 13-year-old Ryoji Yamazaki’ego. The fact that is was his dream car plays right into the name, as "Sogna" is the Italian word for "Dream."
By today’s standards, this car is anything, but a dream car, giving its very strange exterior look. Still, considering the model was inspired by the cars from the 1980s, you have to give it at least a little credit. The Sogna features a body made in aluminum and came equipped with scissor doors.
Sogna was unveiled at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show when Art & Tech announced plans to put into limited production with a price tag of $1.6 million per unit - which is pretty huge for that period (about $4 million at the current dollar value).
Art & Tech dropped its plans for a production model, as it only found the means to an engine for just the one show car. This engine was a mid-mounted, 5.2-liter with an output of 455 horsepower. The second unit was left with no engine and is currently on display at a museum in France , leaving the Sogna as a one-off model.
Art & Tech claimed a top speed of 201 mph, but later testing showed the Sogna could only hit 186 mph.
If you so happen to be interested in this monster, you are in luck, as it can now be yours for a cool €2,380,000 — about $3,3 million at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to see the Lamborghini Sogna in action and to read more about it.
For those looking to own a piece of a supercar without having to burn their pockets, a new Canadian kit-car manufacturer may have the answer.
Dubuc Super Light Cars, a straightforward name for a company if there ever was one, has officially unveiled the Tomahawk, a mid-engine kit car that looks the part of a sports car, albeit one that comes in a 2,000-pound package.
According to Dubuc SLC, the Tomahawk will come with a lightweight polymer body and a 300-pound aluminum monocoque. Both components have been bonded and bolted together, ensuring that the car’s overall dimensions aren’t compromised by the infusion of the two parts.
From there, prospective customers will have the choice of dropping any type of engine they want on the bay, including a gas engine or an electric motor. The suspension setup was developed using components from a C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette .
Owing itself to looking like a bonafide sports car , the Tomahawk also comes with a number of sporty components, highlighted by doors that actually open at a 75-degree angle. Even as a kit car, this bad boy also has door panels, an ergonomically-designed cockpit, a dashboard, console seats, a see-through Targa roof, side mirrors, and a DOT-approved windshield.
Given the dimensions of the cockpit, Dubuc SLC says that the Tomahawk can accommodate a wide range of body types, even somebody who’s 6’3" and weighs 275 pounds.
The Dubuc SLC is scheduled to make its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show this coming January. Once it goes on sale, the body and the frame kit will be priced at CAD$19,995, which is a little under USD$19,000 based on current exchange rates. All in all, the price for a complete bid is estimated to be around CAD$30,000, or somewhere in the USD$ 28,000 range.
Click past the jump to see more of this kit in detail