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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 unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang is still fresh in a lot of people’s minds and yet somehow, a couple of aftermarket companies known for developing programs for the Blue Oval’s beloved pony car are already working on official renderings for their future builds.

Seems like Galpin Auto Sports and Steeda Automotive both can’t wait to get their hands on the next-generation Mustang , can they?

GAS, the aftermarket arm of Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealership in the world, is probably responsible for the most modified Mustangs among all tuning companies. So with the 2015 Mustang officially making its debut last week, Galpin went with a wide-body treatment of the American muscle car , complete with bolt-on widebody fenders fender, a hellacious-looking front splitter, wider wheel arches, a lowered suspension, and the addition of new aero components like those side sills and the huge rear wing at the back.

Not one to be outdone, Steeda Automotive also took its time in the creative seat to visualize what the new Mustang would look like if it went under the aftermarket knife in Steeda’s care. Compared to what GAS rendered, Steeda’s version is a lot more subtle, and dare we say more realistic for a Mustang. Maybe even a little too simple with just the new black hood, a new set of black wheels, side graphics, and the Steeda windshield banner.

Of course, both these renders only show the cosmetic and aerodynamic side of their future programs. There will also undoubtedly be engine modifications coming from both, and that’s the most exciting part because as people who love the aftermarket scene as much as we do, imagining the power additions GAS and Steeda can put on the Mustang is enough to drive our imaginations crazy.

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Its been a while since we last saw the Mercedes S-Class Coupe out for a testing session, but once the snow started falling in Europe, the company wanted to see how the car behaves in these conditions. Our spy photographers managed to shoot the next S-Class Coupe somewhere in Northern Sweden and as you can see, the prototype wears lighter camouflage than ever before.

The S-Class Coupe will be offered with a more aggressive design language than the S-Class sedan , but the engine lineup should be identical.

The coupe version will be offered with a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine in the base version and with a twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter, V-8 powerplant in the more powerful S500 version. Mercedes is also developing an AMG version , which will be powered by a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine with an output of 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

The S-Class Coupe will be unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show .

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

We should get the first official images and details on the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo in just a few days, but our spy photographers are still hard at work, trying to find the new supercar out and about, and today they succeeded.

The new Lambo was long rumored to carry the name "Cabrera ," but new details suggest that this will not be its name after all. Details from folks that actually reserved the car suggest that it will be called the Huracan, but those are also unconfirmed. One thing we do know for sure is that it will carry "LP600-4" in its name, which lets us know that it’s engine will pump out 600 horsepower output, and that it will feature an all-wheel-drive system.

The new supercar will be built on the same platform as the next-generation Audi R8 , and will be powered by an improved version of the current 5.2-liter, V-10 engine. Reports also suggest that it will be lighter than the current Gallardo, which means that that it should deliver improved performance figures.

Until we get the chance to see the new supercar unveiled, check out the latest Lamborghini teasers: episode one and episode two.

Click past the jump to see more spy shots and to read more about this upcoming model.

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.

Updated 03/27/2014: According to CarAndDriver the next P13 should be powered by a 3.8-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 500 horsepower. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 185 mph. Prices will start in the $180k area. The new P13 is expected to be unveiled sometime next year.

Source: MotorTrend

News surrounding the 2015 Ford Mustang is still hot, as details about the coupe and convertible models keep rolling in. But now with a finalized exterior design, our rendering artist went to work piecing together what Ford’s rumored 2015 Mustang Mach 1 might look like.

High-performance with retro throwback flair is the name of the game and the exterior styling screams it. Up front, a huge front splitter with adjustable supports instantly stands out, while a larger rear spoiler and quad exhaust pipes juice up the rear end. The iconic Mach 1 logo adorns the rear truck lid in all its ’60-era font glory. Other small details, like the rocker panel and hood stripes, add character, while the vertical-bar Mustang logo replaces the galloping stallion on the front grille.

We can only guess at what lurks under those functional heat extractors on the Mustang’s hood, and guess we will. The current 2014 Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and while Ford says the 5.0’s output is expected to be "at least" the same for the upcoming year, we suspect the 2015 GT to receive a marginal increase; perhaps to 430 horsepower and an even 400 pound-feet of twist.

Starting with those suspected output numbers, an estimate of 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque from the new Mach 1 sounds reasonable; especially considering the 5.0 produced 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet in the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 , which we expect the Mach 1 to basically be the replacement for.

Click past the jump for more speculation on the Mustang Mach1

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The current-generation Mercedes ML-Class (W166) was unveiled in 2011, as a 2012 model, and since then it hasn’t received any major updates. Things are about to change, however, as it looks like a revision for the ML is just around the corner, as our spy photographers managed to snap the first photos of the revised ML during winter testing.

As you can see from these spy shots, it looks like only the front and the rear sections will be updated. The interior will also receive a large iPad-like screen on the dashboard and the new COMAND infotainment controller with a touchpad on the center console.

We also expect to see a few changes under the hood, with a plug-in-hybrid version being a possibility.

The revised ML will be released in late 2014, as a 2015 model. It will join the MLC — the model that will take on the BMW X6 — in Mercedes’ crossover lineup.

Updated 12/23/2013: The upcoming Mercedes ML-Class was caught testing again, this time on the public German roads.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

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Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Last week, the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was, once again, caught testing on public roads in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, Mercedes has taken it for another testing session, but this time on the roads of Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, for a little winter testing.

It’s no surprise to see the Mercedes CLA receiving a shooting brake version, considering it is the baby-brother of the CLS, which also has a shooting brake version.

As for the CLA Shooting Brake, it will feature a design language similar to the sedan, with except of that sweet shooting brake tail, which looks identical to the CLS Shooting Brake ’s tail.

Under its hood, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engine lineup as the sedan, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine offered in two output levels — 121 horsepower and 154 horsepower — and an AMG version with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.

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Volkswagen Passat

Last time we caught the next-generation Volkswagen Passat out testing, all we saw was a mule. Today, however, it looks like Volkswagen took the real deal out for a testing session in Spain. As expected, the car wears tons of camouflage, but even it’s still easy to see that is will be completely revised.

The new Passat will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform — also used for the new Golf — making it the biggest car on that platform. Despite being larger than the current generation, the next Passat will be about 140 to 220 pounds lighter and will get a family of four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines to help increase fuel efficiency. Volkswagen also plans to work in a plug-in version of the next Passat.

The model will be offered either as sedan or wagon and with optional Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive. It should arrive on the market sometime in late 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen Passat.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

We last caught the revised version of the Mercedes B-Class testing back in September, and it looks like Mercedes has taken it out for another testing session, this time on the roads of Germany.

As you can see, only the front and rear don light camouflage, which means that these are the parts that Mercedes is likely updating. We certainly were not expecting anything major from this update, which is clear from the camo, but this revision should be enough to keep the B-Class fresh for the next few years.

Included in this revision will be a new headlight and taillight design, a new grille, and new front and rear bumpers. You should also expect some minor improvements inside the cabin and under the hood. The under-hood updates will likely focus on improving the fuel economy figures.

We expect to see the revised Mercedes B-Class unveiled in early 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon

With the new C-Class sedan revealed almost completely, our spy photographers were out and about looking for the station wagon lacking camo. Well, today was the day, as our spy shooters found the T model, as Mercedes likes to call it, totally free of camouflage as well. It was not a video or a photo shoot; rather, the Mercedes guys "forgot" to cover it up. They did cover it up later, but it was a little bit late by that time.

Unfortunately, our spy photographers managed to catch only the rear of the car, but even so, we could sport some elements never seen before. You can now clearly see the taillights that go all the way to the tailgate and give the new C-Class wagon a wider look, kind of like a smaller E-Class wagon. Rounding out the changes we can see are exhaust pipes that are integrated with the rear bumper.

Since the new C-Class will grow in dimensions when compared to its predecessor, we expect it to offer more interior room and increased cargo space.

The new Mercedes C-Class will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.


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