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.

Lexus RC F

For the second time in consecutive days, our spy shooters managed to catch this Lexus performance coupe out and about. There is a little confusion as to whether this is a production version of the RC F that Lexus filed a patent for earlier this year or a 2015 IS F Coupe .

Regardless of its name, it is very clear by the images that Lexus test drivers were pushing this coupe hard, which is evident by the amount of body lean the sporty coupe shows in the corner. There are no new details reveled in these new spy shots, but they are confirmation that the model is nearing production and is undergoing some intense training.

The powerplant driving the IS F is still a relative mystery, but rumors are pointing toward the deletion of the 5.0-liter V-8. The likely replacement would be a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower. This would put it right in line with its key competitor: the BMW M4.

Whether its named the RC F or IS F Coupe is up for argument, but what’s not up for debate is just how bad-ass this new coupe will be...

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Renault Alpine

We have known for quite some time that Renault has been preparing to revive the Alpine brand; however, with exception to the Alpine A110-50 Concept announced back in 2012, all we have been able to do so far is speculate. That all changes today, as our spy photographers managed to catch the Renault Alpine mule out for its first known testing session.

You may wonder why this Renault Alpine looks so much like a Lotus sports car. Well, that is the purpose of a mule, as this sexy British-built body is carefully hiding the Alpine’s French technology, especially the chassis that that rides beneath this widened Lotus shell.

The test group was caught at the Swedish company, Öhlins, alongside several other models from Renault Sport, including the Megane RS and Clio — A Lotus among this group is about as out of place as a Camaro on a Ford showroom.

We expect the new Renault Alpine to be unveiled sometime in 2015 and to hit the market at a price of about $50k.

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Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

With the arrival of the Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe , the official debut of the convertible version is imminent. Instead of sitting around and waiting, our spy photographers caught it testing one more time. This time around, our spy photographers caught is lapping the famous Nürburgring race track.

To no surprise, the model wears no camouflage, as everything we needed to see it was revealed by the coupe version. Both models will share exterior design language and technical figures, except the convertible version’s retractable top.

Under the hood, the 911 Turbo Convertible will come with a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers 520 horsepower in the base version and 560 horsepower in the S version. However, for the drop-top version, the performance figures will be slightly decreased due the weight gain caused by installing the convertible equipment.

Expect the new 911 Turbo Convertible to drop cover in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

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The new-generation Jeep Cherokee was just unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show to rather mixed reviews, thanks to relatively over-the-top styling. Even with its odd styling, it is starting to grow on us a little. An now, rumors of an SRT version have us thinking even more fondly of this new model.

First details from the Jeep experts over at AllPar suggest that this hopped-up Cherokee will come equipped with an all-wheel-drive system in place of the standard front-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic transmission and an engine that oozes power.

Anyone that knows anything about Chrysler ’s SRT group knows that the Cherokee SRT will feature an engine with tons more power. However, the origins of the engine and the exact output is still up for speculation. One suggestion is a 3.0-liter V-6 sourced from fellow Fiat subsidiary, Maserati . This may be a little too much for the petit Cherokee, as that would put it over the 400-horsepower mark. There is also the idea of it using a 2.4-liter boosted engine with an output of about 300 horsepower, but that’s likely not enough power to drum up interest in this model.

The most likely of scenarios is to use one of the existing Pentastar V-6 engines — 3.2- or 3.6-liter — which can be tuned to well over 400 horsepower, using a pair of turbochargers. If Chrysler chooses to only use one turbo, it would still put it in the 350- to 375-horsepower range. Either way, the Pentastar would have to undergo some big changes, including strengthening the internals and dropping the compression to around 9-to-1.

No matter what engine the Cherokee SRT uses, we can’t wait to see what it can do.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Cherokee SRT.

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BMW just unveiled the revisions for the current-gen BMW 5 Series and our spy photographers already caught the next generation on its way to a testing session. According to the first details we have the next generation 5 Series will arrive on the market in 2016 with lots of improvements when compared to the current generation.

Recent reports suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of the next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. The same reports also suggest that the car’s exterior design will be inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept, while the interior will be stuffed with the latest driver assistance systems.

Under its hood, the new 5 Series will offer an improved version of the current engine lineup, but a high-efficient three-cylinder diesel engine is also rumored to be offered.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation BMW 5 Series.

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Now that we have already seen the new-generation Porsche 911 Turbo , Porsche took out the hardcore version out for a testing session. A 911 GT2 prototype - also known as the "Widow maker" - was caught testing today on the Nürburgring test track.

As you can see, the prototype is almost undisguised and we can clearly see the wider wheel arches in the front and the much wider rear fenders with massive air intakes from the 911 Turbo . Nice attempt at hiding the GT2’s real air intakes, but we see through your sneaky disguise, Porsche. The GT2 will also get a center-mounted dual-exhaust system, which is inspired by the GT3 version, and a big fixed rear spoiler.

Under the hood, we expect to see Porsche install a turbocharged 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine that will deliver 560 to 570 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With this drivetrain in tow, we expect the GT2 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of about 200 mph, making it the fastest production 911 in its storied history.

Updated 07/08/2013: Based on those latest spy shots we have created a rendering for the upcoming 911 GT2. We hope you like it!

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT2.

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After being teased for quite some time now, the new generation Mazda 6 has finally made its first appearance today before its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show (August 29 through September 9, 2012). The new model is set to go on sale by the end of the year, with prices to be announced at a later date.

The new Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the new CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda 6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.

As for the engine lineup, Mazda announced details just for one gasoline, but for sure more engines will be used. This Skyactiv-G 2.5 produces nearly 200 horsepower.

Updated 01/03/2013: Mazda announced U.S. prices for the new-generation Mazda 6 which is now on sale. Prices will range from $20,880 for the entry i Sport version and up to $29,495 for the i Grand Touring version. The mid-level version, i Touring trim, is priced at $24,495. Mazda is offering an optional Touring Technology Package priced at $2,000 and a MRCC/FOW Package priced at $900.

Updated 07/05/2013: Mazda has announced the fuel economy and pricing for the all-new i-ELOOP system. See the amazing mpg increase after the jump.

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Land Rover Range Rover LWB

The new-generation Land Rover Range Rover has been out for quite some time now, but we haven’t seen the entire lineup just yet. The company still has one more body version to uncover: the long wheelbase (LWB) model. Our spy photographers managed to pick one of the LWB versions out for a test drive today.

As expected, the long-wheelbase version will look nearly identical to the standard version, but the rear doors will be much longer than on the normal version and the wheelbase is extended about 150 mm (5.90 inches).

When compared to the base version, the long-wheelbase version will offer more space in the for the rear passengers, making it the perfect car for families that make good use of the rear seats.

Expect to see the new Land Rover Range Rover LWB unveiled later this year. Land Rover expects Russia and China to be the biggest markets for the upcoming Range Rover LWB, but the U.S. will also play an important role, as we are already the biggest market for Land Rover.

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The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is still a relative baby in the industry after only making its debut in 2009. But in the short time that its been around, the 5er GT has made quite an impression on a lot of people, but not exactly for the right reasons.

Next to the 5 Series Sedan and Touring , BMW will also be offering a facelift version for the not-so-successful 5 Series GT.

Just like with the sedan and touring, the 5 Series GT has received a host of changes to its design to make it a little more enticing to the public, including a new front bumper, a slightly revised grille, and a new headlight design. On the backside, it will receive a new bumper and taillights with new graphics. All these changes, while extensive in description, don’t really add the kind of eye-popping upgrades that we were looking for in the 2014 model.

The interior of the 5 Series GT is wonderful, though. That’s pretty important considering that with its young age relative to its competitors - the Audi S6 and the Mercedes E-Class, among them - BMW needed something to catch some eyes and pique their interests.

Where the 5 Series GT has the leg up though is the impressive powertrain options being offered. The old N55 engine is still alive and kicking, as is the world famous N63 powertrain that gives some serious noise under the hood of that fastback.

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Earlier this year, BMW took a 4 Series Coupe equipped with the M Sport package out for some testing sessions and now it’s the convertible’s turn to don the same M-Sport look. The prototype caught testing by our spy photographers is painted Melbourne Red and was caught testing just outside the BMW Workshop at the Nürburgring in Germany.

The Convertible version of the new 4 Series model is expected to arrive in the next few weeks and will be put into production at the end of 2013. The model will adopt the same look we have seen in the coupe version, except of course the fixed roof.

Under the 4 Series’ hood, we will also see an engine lineup similar to the coupe version, with the American market receiving two different alternatives: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six engine with 300 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible M-Sport.


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