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Spy Shots and Rendering

Spy Shots and Rendering

  Dreams cars computer rendering and spyshots of cars you will more likely see at your local dealer 2 or 3 years from now.

The all-new 2015 Outback has been spotted roaming European streets while dressed in bulky camouflage garb. Though the car is fully disguised, its easy to tell Subaru has slicked up its best-selling model for the last half of the decade.

Starting with the updated front fascia that includes xenon headlights, lower fog lights, and the traditional-to-Outback high approach angle, the design seems to be more styled than before. The hood has some nice character lines riding just over the front fenders and rising into the A-pillars, which rise at a more sloped, aerodynamic angle.

Just below the A-pillars, the side mirrors are repositioned on the door. The body cladding along the rocker panel returns, as does the cladding along the lower front valance. The matte-black painted wheels should look nice one coated in a proper finish. Out back, the rear bumper still includes a step and large red reflectors. Up above, the rear glass enjoys a more forward rake, much like the front windshield. The roof rails return as well, assuring us the Outback won’t lose that utilitarian, do-anything, carry-all we’ve come to love.

Though it’s hard to see from the photos, the photographer notes the dash has an all-new design with two large gauge pods, a sportier-looking steering wheel with silver paddle shifters, and new HVAC vents.

We expect the Outback to get an updated version of its current 2.5-liter flat-four to serve as the standard mill. Rumors swirl around Subaru dropping the upmarket 3.6-liter flat-six for the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four from the Forester in premium-trimmed Outbacks, though nothing is confirmed. Of course, Subaru’s standard AWD will return, making this wagon a capable winter weather hauler and light-duty off-roader.

Click past the jump for information on the 2015 Subaru Outback

Our spy photographers have been at it again, capturing even more shots of the 2016 Audi R8 running laps at the Nürburgring. This time, we’ve got some fresh angles and different lighting revealing some details not previously seen in the last batch of photos .

A few of those details are noticeable in the rear three-quarter view and center around the rear window area. For starters, the vents flanking the rear window have a new shape. Gone are the open-top louvered vents, replaced by ones with long slats facing the window. A completely new vent is seen too. Just below the rear window lies a horizontal vent that likely expels heat from the mid-mounted engine. The addition makes sense when considering the supposed cooling issues Audi had with the 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8. There’s still no word on whether that engine will be included in the R8 lineup though.

Another newly spotted detail is the vertical slats in the large heat extractors just below the taillights. In previous R8s, the vents were horizontal, adding to the visual width of the car.

Up front, we see the swirly-wrap camo hiding what appears to be bulkier camouflage around the license plate disguising the R8’s production nose while the three main grilles are covered in thick mesh, keeping their looks a mystery.

Click past the jump to read more speculation on the 2016 Audi R8

Earlier, our spy photographer spotted the elusive M4 Convertible wandering public roads wearing the usual swirly-wrap camouflage, but now, the M4 has been captured burning up the Nürburgring during high-performance testing. Wearing only minimal camo, the M4 shows off its details.

Though BMW hasn’t officially pulled the covers off the drop-top and details are pretty scarce, it’s easy to imagine the majority of components will be shared with its other M4 counterpart .

The drop-top will likely be powered by BMW’s all-new, 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder that kicks out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual and optional seven-speed double clutch gearbox will surely be included as well. We suspect the underpinnings and suspension bits will remain the same, though it’s still unknown how much weight the mechanical hard top will add and if BMW has to reinforce the car’s structure. Even if carbon fiber is extensively used, the convertible’s weight will surely be more than the coupe.

As the pictures tell, the M4 Convertible’s bodywork closely resembles the coupe’s . The twin lower air intakes with their numerous angles, swoops, and cuts transition over. The hood appears to have the same bow wake spreading past the BMW Roundel with the power dome rising in the center. Sharply angled rocker panels give a more aggressive appearance to the car’s side profile. Out back, the rear fascia sports all the same features from the coupe, including the quad exhausts.

Click past the jump for the complete run down on the M4 Convertible


When Toyota launched its FT-1 concept , the entire industry stood up and took notice of this new sports car . After further investigation, nearly all of us media folk drew a direct line between the new concept and the eventual return of the legendary Supra . We took the initiative to create a rendering of an FT-1-based Supra back in February, and what good is a new supra without the removable targa top that the model was known for having? So we are now adding a rendering of the convertible Supra to our repertoire today.

Once we created the coupe version of the our Supra rendering, the convertible version was pretty simple. All we needed to do was eliminate the center section of the roof, flatten out the rear section of the roof and add a frame just above the windshield. We also had to take some time to add in some seats to give it a more realistic look.

Just like with the coupe version of the Supra, converting the convertible model required revising the nose to lose that wild, F1 -like nose, add more traditional headlights, smoothen out some of the air intakes and add on a more Supra-like rear spoiler.

I suspect that the convertible version will arrive about a year after the Supra coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Supra Convertible.

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Sometimes when we get new spy shots , it can be a little difficult to really spot the changes compared to the new model. But then sometimes, an automaker parks a new model right next to the old one, so we can see exactly what is different. Jaguar was kind enough to do this with its upcoming XJ refresh, so we have a nice picture of exactly how the car is going to change. This is not our first look at new prototypes of the Jaguar XJ , but this is the best look we have at seeing how the new car is evolving the overall style.

The new XJ features a sharper grill outlines, with a more defined angle in the top corners. The grille itself sits more upright in the front fascia and looks to have a deeper recess near the bottom. It looks a lot like the teaser for the upcoming 2015 XE , so Jaguar may be preemptively moving the lineup towards that new corporate face. All of the front intakes have also been revised.

The rear gets much of the same treatment with just a bit of sharpening happening on most of the surfaces. The subtle crease in the bumper under the trunk lid now has a more defined profile, and the cutout for the license plate sees a squarer shape. The exhaust outlets are losing their distinctive trapezoidal exits for a more traditional oval shape.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar XJ.

Feast your eyes upon the reworked 2016 Audi R8 as it enjoys a spirited drive around its natural habitat — the Nurburgring. While the R8’s overall shape doesn’t change, the car is riding on an all new platform shared between its corporate cousin, the new Lamborghini Huracan .

Our sources are saying the new platform architecture helps trim 100 to 200 pounds off the R8’s once-hefty proportions. The generous use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials will help the R8 gain rigidity, as well as quicker lap times around the ‘ring.

The other hot speculative news is the R8 will keep its monstrous 4.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8 despite rumblings Audi would swap it for the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 found in the RS6 , RS7 , and S8 . According to Car & Driver, the force-induction engine is having issues staying cool in the R8’s mid-mounted engine bay. All rumors seem to be consistent regarding the massive 5.2-liter V-10, however. Looks like it will be returning for 2016. Also returning will be the six-speed manual and the seven-speed DSG gearbox, available with either engine.

Appearance wise, the new R8 doesn’t change that much. It does feature a more squared-off front grille similar to what Audi’s new TT looks like. Out back, the square cutouts in the camouflage reveal curvaceous LED taillights. Beneath that are reshaped vents that lack the horizontal bars of the current model. Down below is a reshaped and more aggressive air diffuser with reworked exhaust pipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.


When Audi pulled the covers off its new TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, we were all instantly in love with its newly shaped body, combination of angles and curves, and its impressive array of powertrain options. It was a relief after waiting on it for what seemed like years., but now we’ve got one more TT to be anxious for: the TT Roadster.

Our rendering artist sent us this masterful sketch of what the new drop-top TT might look like, though it doesn’t take much to imagine what Audi is likely to design. The TT has traditionally used a fabric soft top and we don’t imagine that will change. The two hoops behind the seats will likely return as well. The flat rear deck and strong belt line are two classic TT traits likely to return as well.

The TT Roadster’s powertrain won’t differ from the TT Coupe that debuted at Geneva. The TT currently has three engines in its lineup: a 2.0-liter TDI diesel making 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo making 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque; and a more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo kicking out 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

It’s unlikely the U.S. will see the diesel engine, but the other two will make their way over. We do expect a more powerful TT RS to make its debut sometime soon as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi TT Roadster.


Just the other day, we caught the 2015 Cayenne having a Marilynn Monroe moment, as a gust of wind blew the cover off of its front end. That was the first really good look that we got at the front end of the Cayenne , but now we get a nice sneak peek at the Turbo model’s front end, as our spy shooters caught it out and about.

With the exception of the whistle from the engine, the only other ways to tell this is a Turbo model and not the standard Cayenne are the rims, the extensions on the bumpers and the fog lights up front.

just like the standard Cayenne that we caught recently, the Turbo model’s front end is in full view, but the back end still has its lights hidden by covers. These covers, which are the shape of the taillights on the current Cayenne, hide slimmer taillights that are similar to those we’ve seen on the Macan , Panamera and 911 .

Under its hood, we expect the Cayenne Turbo to feature the same 520 horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 as the Panamera Turbo.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

BMW is in full swing with its all-new 4 Series, as we have already seen the 4 Series Coupe , a concept version of the M4 and we’ve caught the M4 testing. The one that has remained relatively elusive to date is the M4 Convertible, which will be the replacement for the M3 Convertible.

Well, we can now lay that to rest, as our spy photographers caught the drop-top M4 out testing on public roads.

The details are still pretty sketchy on the entire M4 lineup, but we can tell that the M4 convertible will unsurprisingly have a retractable hard-top and will not stray too awful far from the M4 Coupe’s design language.

What powers the entire M4 line is still a relative unknown, but rumor has it that it will be the same revised 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder that the M3 Sedan will use. This will peg it at somewhere around 415 horsepower with a 0-to-60 time in the mid-4-second range and a 155 mph top speed.

More details will roll out soon, so stay tuned.

Updated 03/17/2014: According to BimmerToday, the new M4 Convertible will finally be unveiled later in April at the 2014 New York Auto Show - set to open its gates on April 16.

Click past the jump to see the spy shots up close and to read more about the M4 Convertible


The wintery winds of change are blowing the covers off the newly restyled 2015 Porsche Cayenne as our spy photographers captured this unmasked example of Porsche’s latest redesign. From the looks of things, the changes are minor with the majority of updates relegated to the front turn signals, fog lights, and center grille.

For starters, the center grille is more rectangular than last year’s gaping mouth, and the side air inlets decrease in size to match the grille. The turn signals within those air inlets have been pushed upward into the bodywork, removing their free-floating appearance from 2013. The cruise control radar is also repositioned to the grille’s center, down from the 12 o’clock position in last year’s grille. Perched just above the radar looks to be a front view camera. The fog lights now stick out further with less bodywork around them.

Interestingly, the headlights almost look like stickers off a NASCAR Sprint Cup car. Perhaps the HIDs weren’t ready for real-world testing yet. Speaking of lights, turn signal repeaters now reside on the side mirrors, doubling the ones on the front fender. Besides the reshaped mirror, the side profile of the SUV — the doors and rear quarter panels — appears unchanged. Though not in these photos, we expect the taillights to get a similar 3D-like appearance resembling the Macan .

At this point, not much is know about potential powertrains for the 2015 Cayenne. Rumors swirl about Porsche offering a plug-in hybrid version, but nothing solid has been nailed down. Expect the diesel and gas variants to return with some possible tweaks to increase fuel efficiency and power outputs.

Click past the jump for more photos and info on the 2015 Cayenne


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