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Preparations are underway for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show , one of the largest auto shows in the U.S., as automakers fill the McCormick Place complex with their latest cars, trucks and SUVs. There seems to be a slight problem, however: NAIAS stole the show last month.

The crop of new vehicles set to be debuted is rather thin for Chicago. We know of a mere handful compared to the new releases that happened at Detroit. Show goers can take heart though as the healthy smorgasbord of vehicles from NAIAS will be paying a visit to the Windy City as well.

Among the reappearing are the Corvette Z06 , BMW M3 sedan and M4 Coupe , Cadillac ATS coupe , Chrysler 200 , Ford F-150 , Ford Mustang , Hyundai Genesis , Lexus RC F , and Toyota’s FT-1 Concept .

What’s more, the lack of new competition might play well for the automakers bringing all-new products to Chicago as the media’s coverage will likely be focused them.

Click past the jump for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Preview

We often see spy shots of upcoming vehicles still wrapped in camouflage months before their official debut, but we rarely get a preview of upcoming infotainment software destined for their dashboards. Then again, no other infotainment software makes quite the splash as Apple’s iOS in the Car.

Several screen shots of Apple’s iOS in the Car were posted on developer Steven Troughton-Smith’s twitter page, giving us an idea of what the current beta model looks like. As reported by 9To5Mac, iOS in the Car allows users to plug their iOS device into their car’s built-in center console display, giving them access to Apple Maps, text messaging, phone service and iTunes – furthering Apple’s in-dash integration past the current Siri Eyes Free and iPod Out.

This is not the first we’ve seen of iOS in the Car. Apple showed a preview of the software at their World Wide Developers’ Conference last year, but previewed only a few screen images. These images leaked by the developer show a more detailed view of what the system is expected to look like.

Click past the jump for a closer look at Apple’s iOS in the Car

Source: 9to5Mac
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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Lamborghini already started teasing the Gallardo successor , and Lambo promised us the first details on it by Christmas. But, as Lamborghini tries to keep the model a secret, we continue to scour the web to find additional details on the new supercar .

Apparently our searching was worth the effort, as today we came across some interesting details on the upcoming supercar. These details were released by the folks at Only The Best, who apparently took a trip to Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, where the new supercar and the Aventador will be produced, and caught a glimpse of the new car as the production-line door opened as they left the factory.

The other detail is that this new supercar will not be called the Cabrera as we believed. Instead Lamborghini opted for a completely different name that includes "LP600-4" — an indication of the 600 horsepower developed by the 5.2-liter, V-10 engine. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that "Cabrera" will not be the official name, but this is one of the more hands-on reports that we’ve heard, given it actually happened...

The Gallardo’s replacement will be developed on the same chassis as the second-generation Audi R8 and will feature some design elements from the Miura , like the grilles across the entire rear window.

According to Only The Best, the model looks like a stumpy version of the Aventador with a rear end that is pretty similar to the V-12 supercar. The guys report that the model they saw on the factory donned Lambo’s signature Verde Ithaca paintjob.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo successor.

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BMW i8

After BMW announced the i8 we were kind of hoping to see an M version for it. To our disappointment, BMW officials said that such a model is "no longer part of the program." However, the German magazine Autobild claims the M version of the i8 back into focus and it reports we’re still going to see it in 2016.

We’re not very sure about the name, although there are two plausible possibilities: BMW M1 — as a tribute to its first supercar — or the more obvious M8 . Either way, Autobild claims that it will carry a twin-turbo V-8 engine that develops around 600 horsepower. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 200 mph.

The same magazine reports that the model will keep i8’s carbon-fiber passenger cell that will help keep its curb weight of about 1,500 kg (3,300 pounds).

We’ve seen this song-and-dance game before, and as the rumor gains traction, BMW will quickly shoot it down, regardless of it being true or false.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8.

Source: Autobild
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McLaren P13

Now that McLaren started producing the new P1 , its focus now moves to the long-rumored P13 — the company’s response to the Porsche 911 Turbo and others like it. AutoExpress managed to get its hands on few more interesting bits about the P13, including its output and pricing.

The next P13 will be entry-level McLaren model, and it will borrow design cues from the P1. It is expected to feature P1-style wraparound headlights with LED strips underneath and, of course, the two hood vents that give it that signature Mc:Laren look.

The P13 will sit on the same carbon-fiber monocoque as the 12C and P1, but its wheelbase will be shorter, making it more compact than its big brothers. These smaller dimensions will equate to lower weight and awesome agility.

Under its hood, Auto Express reports that the P13 will carry the same 3.8-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine as the 12C, but McLaren will detuned it to 450 horsepower — a reduction of 166 horsepower.

Despite the horsepower reduction, McLaren expects fantastic performance, thanks to its curb weight that will be below 12C’s 1,434 kg (3161-pound) curb weight. Giving up more than 350 pounds to the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo means that it will likely be a mean competitor for the German pedigree.

Expect the new McLaren P13 to be unveiled in late 2014 and to go on sale in 2015. Auto Express is reporting that the P13 will check in at £120,000 (about $193,500 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 — the model that inspired the P13.

Source: AutoExpress
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Rumors about the 2015 Ford Mustang have ranged from mouthwatering to downright boring, and today Car and Driver magazine learned pretty much all there is to know about the new-generation Mustang. Of course the image you see here is CGI, but according to the magazine, it is pretty close to the real deal.

We have to say that if the new Mustang indeed looks like this, then the next-gen Camaro is in for a big fight.

According to the report from C&D, the Mustang will adopt design elements seen in the rest of the Ford lineup, like the trapezoidal grille and the thin, wraparound headlights. Despite these new elements, the model will retain the distinctive Mustang elements — sequential taillights, for example..

We’ve known for quite some time that the 2015 Mustang will sit atop an all-new chassis that will feature an independent rear suspension, plus it will drop about 200 pounds when compared to the current model. What’s huge about the C&D report is that they uncovered the engine lineup too.

First up is a little disappointment for those of you looking to snag up the Mustang the second it comes out. According to the report, the 2015 Mustang will initially carry over the current engine lineup. This means it will come with either a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine with 305 horsepower or the "Coyote" 5.0-liter, V-8 with 420 horsepower.

After the Mustang has been on dealer lots for a bit of time, Ford will start offering a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with a reported 310 horsepower. This will likely be a resurrected SVO.

For those of you who believed there wouldn’t be a Shelby version — us included — the big surprise is that it will continue on with the same 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter, V-8 engine. New to the lineup will be a EcoBoost twin-turbo V-8 engine — code named "Voodoo" — that will find its way into the GT350 model; this engine is reported to put down 550 to 600 horses.

On top of that, C&D also reports that the 5.0-liter "Coyote" V-8 will get a retune several months after launch, jumping it to 500 horsepower, plus Ford is "considering" using the EcoBoost, 3.5-liter, V-6 in a mid-range model — the same engine in the Taurus SHO .

Remember, these are all rumors, so who knows what is real and what is not...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Source: Autoguide

Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.

Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.

But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.

Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.

So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.

That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009

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The Ferrari F12berlinetta and its predecessor, the 599 , are some of the baddest front-engine, V-12 supercars in the world. Poke each with a sharp stick, and they will easily hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and deliver lap times ahead of anything else with the engine out front.

But the Ferrari pricing and positioning strategy seems backwards to some outsiders. The 458 is the entry-level car, then the FF wagon , then the F12 and ultimately, the million-dollar LaFerrari .

As the flagship production car line, the F12 is absolutely one of the best cars ever made. Period. Its high-dollar clients like it so much that the previous 599XX program of special, owners-only racing events has become a major profit center for the Prancing Horse.

A bit like renting a car for about $50,000 a day for a few days a year, the Corsa Clienti and XX evolution programs have some rich history with Ferrari. Worth recalling that the 288 GTO Evoluzione both directly spawned the F40 and a whole generation of turbocharged sports cars from Japan.

So to really get buyers to open the checkbook wider than ever, the F12XX program must whet their appetite for the front-engine exotic, but also leave them wanting even more. A buyer of one car suddenly owns two red stallions. It does not take an accountant to know how lucrative this double-down selling strategy is.

Of course, spending time on Yas Marina circuit or Imola with hundreds of racing-overalls-wearing Ferrari engineers does bring a bit more street cred when wearing a red baseball hat back home in the standard F12 .

So what do these double-rich buyers want from the XX program of the latest F12 supercar? Will it be a lightness and stripped-out racing program, a test-bed for new tires and manettino settings?

Or just a fun way to set the brakes on fire while keeping the wide-eyed racing stare of F1 heroes?

This exclusive TopSpeed rendering shows a speculative preview of the next Ferrari F12, which we have dubbed the F12berlinetta XX - or just F12XX for short.

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Mitsubishi Concept-RA

We have heard all kinds of crazy rumors about the next-gen Lancer Evo here recently and now we have one more to add to the pile. A report from AutoCar points to a near certainty that the new Evo XI will bear a 500-horsepower hybrid powerplant and aim directly against models like Nissan GT-R.

Mitsubishi is set to unveil the next generation for the standard Mitsubishi Lancer sometime next year and, for the first time ever, it will feature a hybrid variant. According to AutoCar’s report, the same treatment will also be applied to the Evo version. The model is said to borrow racing technology from the MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak , which will guarantee stunning performance.

This technology making its way onto the next Evo depends on how customers accept Mitsubishi ’s new plug-in hybrid PHEV technology. However, at the recent Pikes Peak event it proved amazing capabilities, so the company has big hopes for it.

The new hybrid system will combine a 2.0-liter gas engine with two 80-horsepower electric motors for a total output of 500 horsepower. The Evo XI will be inspired by the Concept-RA , which was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and will be unveiled a few months after the standard Lancer.

Click past the jump to read more about Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.

Source: Autocar
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If you are not impressed with the current McLaren P1 , you should know it could get even more impressive, as the McLaren is considering a full bare-carbon-fiber option. This whole discussion stems from a client who is preparing to buy a P1 and while deciding what options he wanted on his model, he mistakenly believed that McLaren offered a full bare-carbon-fiber option at no cost.

Other companies charge upwards of $150,000 for this option, so how could McLaren pull it off for free? Well, the fact of the matter is that the customer was sadly mistaken, as there is no full bare-carbon-fiber option for the P1, let alone a free one.

When asked about this possibility, McLaren said that the company is indeed considering such an option because many customers have asked for it, but there is no way the company will offer it at no extra cost.

To date, McLaren offers the bare-carbon-fiber option at a no cost for the roof, front bumper section and the sections within the doors. This is likely where the customer became confused.

A final decision on a full-carbon-fiber option will be announced soon, as will the anticipated $100,000-plus price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: Cars UK

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