Spy Shots and Renderings

Spy Shots and Renderings

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

The next-generation Ford Focus RS is still about a couple of years away and, although the company has yet to confirm its development, reports about the high performance hatchback keep pouring in with all sorts of details.

The latest piece comes from Britain’s Auto Express, who almost managed to pull a confirmation from a couple of Ford representatives during a recent company event in Italy .

"Let’s say there’s a strong desire. Something like that makes a great halo car," Ford of Europe CEO Barb Samardzich said when asked about a successor to the RS. While this statement doesn’t shed too much light on the car’s development, a Ford spokesman hinted that the company is hands deep into a new superhatch.

"We have a rich heritage of RS cars, and we’re not about to let any competitors overtake us in that respect. You can rest assured that Martin (Smith, director of design at Ford of Europe) and his team are fully focused on the future of our performance strategy," he stressed.

Although no details were squeezed out of the two officials, Auto Express claims the new RS could arrive with as much as 350 horsepower under the hood. The figure matches the output available on the limited edition Focus RS500 and represents a 20-horsepower bump over previous reports. As we’ve already mentioned, the hatch will be motivated by a 2.3-liter, four-pot EcoBoost engine similar to the one fitted in the 2015 Mustang .

The new RS is also expected to arrive sometime in 2016 and wear a sticker of around £27,000, which is nearly $46,000 at current exchange rates. There’s no word as to when the vehicle will reach U.S. shores, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ford Focus RS.

Source: AutoExpress

Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to hybrid technology, but the German automaker has yet to implement it on a large scale throughout its lineup, using it only on the S-Class and the E-Class up until now.

That’s about to change next year when the Stuttgart-based automaker plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the brand-new C-Class . Expected to hit the market under the C350 Plug-In Hybrid name, the sedan will rely on a powertrain that brings together a turbocharged four-cylinder unit, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery.

Details are still under wraps, but Mercedes is likely to drop in its 2.0-liter conventional engine, which is good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the standard C-Class. Little is known about the electric motor set to be paired with the four-pot, but word has it we’ll be seeing an extra 70 horsepower and at least 140 pound-feet of torque coming from it.

The combo should enable the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid to return at least 78 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient sedans on the market. The grand unveiling could take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, with the first units to hit dealerships in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

The Alfa Romeo 4C still hasn’t arrived in the U.S. and yet, company executives are already thinking of building more performance-oriented versions of the low-volume sports car. Company CEO Harald Wester made the proclamation, telling Automotive News that while the 4C already has the makings of an impressive sports car , there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially if it wants to be as big of a hit in the U.S. market as it is in Europe.

This rationale looks to confirm Alfa’s previous announcement that it plans to make annual updates of the 4C in the next four or five years, including the possibility of even building a more performance-oriented version that could appeal to a U.S. market that prefers sports cars that also have the added luxury appeal.

One of the first things Wester brought up was the potential for the 4C’s chassis to handle more power while also tinkering with the car’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," Wester told Automotive News.

As for the U.S.-spec 4Cs, Alfa remains cognizant in its belief that offering a European-spec 4C to a U.S. market is a bad business move. That’s why it’s building a different spec 4C that has better equipment to go along with its own share of technical changes. That includes putting in place a different monocoque, reinforcing the suspension, and adding new and improved headlights that we all first saw on the 4C Spider .

Or in the words of Wester, "a significant overhaul."

With all these changes expected for the U.S.-spec Alfa Romeo 4C, you can be sure that the cars are going to command a steep price. Alfa has yet to announce the price, but reportedly the base 4C will retail for about $55,000 with a top-of-the-line, fully-loaded model fetching close to $70,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Rumored since 2012 and officially confirmed last year, the convertible version of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has finally come out to play on public roads in the form of camouflaged prototype.

Although there are no actual details for us to ogle at, the vehicle hidden under wraps is far from being a mystery. Styling-wise, the S-Class Convertible will be identical to the Coupe version we’ve seen in detail earlier this year, save for the retractable roof that will make sunny days more pleasant behind the steering wheel.

These spy shots suggests that the Germans are trying really hard to create the impression that the two-door will feature a hard-top, but we do know that Mercedes-Benz will go for a soft-top just like it did with the E-Class . Using a fabric top makes a lot of sense considering that a hard-top would eat up too much trunk space, a feature the S-Class can proudly brag about.

Engine-wise, the Convertible will also borrow all of its V-8 and V-12 mills from the Coupe model. Thus, the range will begin with the S500 and go all the way up to S65 AMG into 600-horsepower territory.

There’s no information as to when the S-Class Convertible will be unveiled, but expect for this stylish drop-top to lose its covers at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show . Until then, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for new details and spy shots that will most certainly occur soon enough.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Convertible.

Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm whether or not the upcoming AMG GT sports car will get a roadster version, it would be plain silly for the Germans to skip on a drop-top. I mean, why take the Porsche 911 Turbo by the horns and completely ignore the Turbo Convertible? It would be right given the competitiveness of today’s sports car market.

That said, an AMG GT Roadster launch is likely to occur sometime next year, a few months after the Coupe version goes on sale. Testing will probably commence later this year, but not before the Stuttgart crew rounds off the hard-top version, which was already spotted on both public roads and at the Nurburgring track on several occasions .

Since the coupe and roadster will share the same underpinnings, development of the latter will have a more smoother path, with engineers needing only to take care of additional structural reinforcing - a standard procedure for just about any convertible.

No changes will occur under the hood, where the same turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine will gurgle with at least 500 horsepower at its disposal while sending it to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A minor decrease in top speed is likely though, with a few mph chopped off the coupe’s estimated 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG GT Roadster.

Don’t let the Range Rover Evoque body hidden under wraps fool you folks, what you’re looking at is a prototype of the production model based on the C-X17 concept unveiled last year.

Scheduled to make its official debut in the second half of 2015, the C-X17 will become the first ever crossover SUV to sport a Jaguar badge and ride on the company’s upcoming modular platform that will also underpin the XE sedan and probably the Land Rover Discovery .

Being disguised as an Evoque, the mule doesn’t offer too many details for us to ogle at, especially at the front and around the back, but we can clearly see the vehicle is longer than the aforementioned Range Rover model. The rear bumper is another detail that suggest we’re looking at more than just a longer Evoque, as are the wider fenders and the rear windshield.

There’s no official info as to what kind of engines will be motivating the SUV, but we do know that Jaguar’s new range of four-cylinder units will make their way under the hood. Both gasoline and diesel options are on the table, with the range-topping gas model likely to get a couple of turbochargers attached to it for Porsche Macan -like performance.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the manufacturer launch the new SUV in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17.

Although the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon — also referred to as the T-Model or Estate — was expected to make its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , the grocery-getter didn’t show up in Switzerland, which points toward a Paris Motor Show reveal later this year. Despite the delay — the French event is more than five months away — the C-Class Wagon is pretty much ready to go on display, as suggested by the camo-free version that was spotted roaming the streets last fall.

Adding to the hypothesis are these new spy shots we’ve just received, depicting three wagons loaded onto a trailer along with sedan versions of the brand-new C-Class . The estates are still wearing a bit of camouflage, with their taillights, emblems and rear three quarter windows still hidden, but that’s not necessarily an indication that Mercedes is still working on the details.

There’s no info as to where the vehicles were being hauled, but it’s obvious that company has already started producing the wagon while preparing its official launch.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class Wagon.

The fact that Audi is working on a brand-new RS3 model ever since the third-generation A3 was unveiled in 2012 is no longer a secret, but the details around the high-performance compact are still under wraps. And the same goes for the production version that was spotted testing recently.

The vehicle in question is a Sportback version of the RS3 and, judging by the photos we’ve just received, the five-door has received a more aggressive front bumper with large air intakes and the company’s fresh headlamps and taillights.

Also notable when compared to the previous model are the wider fenders and a dual-exhaust configuration instead of the familiar twin setup. What’s more, the exhaust tips appear to have been embedded in the rear bumper, whereas the preceding RS3 Sportback had them mounted below the piece, in the diffuser-like skirt.

While these exterior tweaks are in line with the updates added to the new A3 and pretty much expected, the RS3 might hide something completely different under the hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS3.

It hasn’t been long since Mercedes-Benz unveiled its brand-new Concept Coupe SUV at the Beijing Auto Show , and our skilled spy photographers have already spotted the production version testing on public roads.

Rumored to come alive under the MLC-Class moniker, the sleek SUV that’s supposed to give the BMW X6 a run for its money has been captured completely camouflaged, with the wrap hiding everything from its impressive front grille to the sloping roof.

Despite its deceiving black-and-white suit, we’re able to notice that although the overall shape remains true to the concept vehicle, the production version will sport a taller glasshouse and other minor modifications. These appears to include a reshaped front bumper with a different lower grille, larger exterior mirrors and slightly larger door handles.

Details are well hidden around back as well, where a fake piece makes the boot seem higher, but don’t let that fool you, the raked windshield and trunk lid won’t go away. The taillights also appear to be wider and we have a feeling the center light bar will be reshaped as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes MLC.

As the 2014 New York Auto Show finally revealed all of its mysteries last week, you’ve probably noticed that the brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was not among them. Far from shocking we may add, as the NYIAS scenario wasn’t very likely in the first place.

And that’s because the Germans are still testing the sports car . In fact, they have recently switched from public road try-outs (check out our previous spy shots here and here ) to more enduring race course tests. Where? At the Nurburgring track, of course, the place where all sports cars go to prove themselves.

Having new footage with the AMG GT is great news, but the included video is exciting and somewhat disappointing at the same time. The good news is that we’re finally getting a taste of that new 4.0-liter V-8 engine. As expected, it comes with a throaty exhaust note as a strong argument that downsizing isn’t necessarily bad.

The bad news is that there’s no skin for us to ogle at, with the coupe still wrapped in its annoying camouflage. However, there is a tiny detail that shows up in the video: the engine’s radiator is now covered by Mercedes ’ signature grille with the three-pointed star right in the middle. We know it’s not much, but it’s nice to see some progress.

As we’ve previously reported, there’s no info as to when and where this sports car will be unveiled, but we have reasons to believe it will happen at the Paris Motor Show this fall.


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