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.

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A while back it was rumored that Land Rover’s lineup wilould undergo some some important changes, as 16 new models divided into three different categories — luxury (Range Rover ), leisure (Discovery/Freelander ) and utility (Defender ) — would make their way into dealers. One of these new models will be a replacement for the existing Land Rover Freelander , which is nicknamed the "baby Discovery."

Rumors suggest that the new model will most likely drop the "Freelander" name and will take some design cues from the current Evoque to help improve sales and give the SUV a modern look.

The new baby Discovery — internally known as the L550 — will be based on a modified Evoque platform; it will be larger when compared to the current Freelander; and it will be part of the future Discovery family. Judging by its placement and Land Rover’s naming system, this could carry the Discovery Sport name.

The new model is expected to be unveiled in 2016 in both five-seat and seven-seat versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Land Rover Baby Discovery.

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BMW X1

Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.

The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.

Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.

Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Patience is great, but perseverance and a keen eye sometimes nets better results, and that is exactly how our spy photographers managed to snatch up our first spy shots of the upcoming Cayman GTS. The prototype that our guys caught out in the light snow was nearly undisguised, but that’s no surprise, considering drumming up images of a Cayman GTS doesn’t take much brain power.

As expected, this hot Cayman sports a revised front bumper and new LED lights, The new bumper and its splitter help add a more aggressive look to the Cayman and likely add some downforce to the front axle. Around back, we can see that the GTS package will add a new diffuser.

What you can’t see in these images is what Porsche did under the hood. Under here, we expect to see a 15-horsepower bump over the Cayman S’s numbers, netting the Cayman GTS 340 horsepower from its flat-six engine. Not too shabby for the Boxster ’s hard-topped sibling.

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BMW M4 Convertible

The new BMW M4 Coupe made its North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and while we were busy gawking over it, BMW engineers took the M4 convertible version out for some cold weather testing in Sweden.

The prototype caught testing is still heavily camouflaged, which seems pretty odd because the M4 Convertible shouldn’t look any different than the coupe version; well, except when you drop the retractable hard top.

Under its hood, the M4 Convertible will borrow the 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine from its coupe sibling that delivers 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 5,500 rpm. Performance figures should be within a few tenths of a second of the coupe’s numbers — the extra few tenths are due to the additional weight from the convertible hardware.

Expect the BMW M4 Convertible to be unveiled in the upcoming months.

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BMW 7 Series

Okay, let’s pull the magnifying glass away from Detroit for a second and head somewhere a little colder. What could we possibly be interested in that is colder than Detroit in early January? The 2016 BMW 7 Series that our spy photographers caught testing in the crisp -22 degree F air of Northern Sweden, of course.

The next BMW 7 Series will be offered in both normal and long wheel base versions, and rumors suggest it will drop about 450 pounds from the current generation, thanks to the use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. This drop in weight is an obvious attempt to help improve the 7 Series’ handling and performance, as well as bump its fuel mileage a bit.

The next 7 Series will be offered with a range of six- , eight- and twelve-cylinder engines all connected to automatic gearboxes. A plug-in version is also in the works.

The new BMW 7 Series will be launched sometime in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 7 Series.

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For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.

Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.

The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.

Updated 01/13/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/20/2014: Porsche unveiled two new promotional video for the new 911 Targa in which it reveals new features from the model. Enjoy!

Updated 02/07/2014: Porsche unveiled a new set of images for its latest addition to the 911 lineup: the new Targa, in both 4 and 4S versions. Check the picture gallery for the new images.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Targa.

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Audi TT

While Audi was busy unveiling details on the next generation TT ’s interior at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi engineers were busy testing the TT prototypes in chilly conditions in Europe.

The prototype continues to wear heavy camouflage — an indication that its official debut is still months away — but also an obstacle in our attempt to see what the next TT will look like. Despite not seeing much of the new TT’s body, figuring out what it’ll look like won’t be too difficult, as we do not expect the new TT to be considerably different than the current model, except for some styling cues from the first generation.

Audi already announced the new tiny sports coupe will be built on Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, which will make it lighter than the current generation. Also, the new TT is expected to deliver increased performance, thanks to a series of new engines, including a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines.

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

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Back in July, we heard the first rumors of a possible return to Le Mans competition for Ferrari . We heard the first semi-official confirmation of this return in December when Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo , decided to comment on those rumors.

The firestorm is now growing, as a very strange Ferrari prototype was caught testing on the Mugello race track, which may be the ultimate confirmation that the Italian company could indeed return to Le Mans .

A while ago, we came across a video that revealed a LaFerrari testing something other than its usual hybrid powertrain. Now, new rumors suggest that the engine tested was not a turbocharged V-6 engine, but likely a supercharged V-8 engine or a hybrid powertrain that are more suitable for endurance racing.

Along with the new engine, the Le Mans LaFerrari will also be equipped with lots of aerodynamic modifications and a huge rear wing to produce the downforce needed for racing, according to the above image.

Click past the jump for a full list of Ferrari victories at Le Mans and to read more about the regular LaFerrari.

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Ford Focus

Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.

Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.

Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.

Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.

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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.

Updated 01/02/2014: Based on the latest spy shots, we created a rendering for the upcoming Carrera GTS. Check it out after the jump.


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