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.

With less than 50 units still available, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but the new hypercar might be under development as we speak.

And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons recently spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition version.

Anyway, our skilled photographers have just sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.

According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.

Little else is known about the next Veyron at the time of this writing, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.

Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron .

This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar ’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.

Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?

Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to see the spy video.

Traditionally, Porsche doesn’t release the 911 Speedster variant very often. With the last Speedster debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show (and selling out soon thereafter), it didn’t look like the Speedster would be coming back anytime soon. But late last year, rumors of a new 911 Speedster gained ground, specifically on how it would be packaged as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder that Porsche built from 1953 to 1957. Now, it does look like the 911 Speedster is returning and will be built based on the current generation 911 and like its most recent predecessor, it will be a limited run model that will only be delivered to 550 lucky customers.

Whether Porsche is making the right move releasing a new 911 Speedster so close to the last one has become irrelevant at this point. Technology and innovation are moving at such a brisk pace that waiting decades for the new model to arrive doesn’t make sense anymore.

Add that to the popularity of the last one, and it only makes sense that with a new-generation 911 to build on, the return of the 911 Speedster is rightfully in the cards.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche 911 Speedster.

It’s been less than a month since the 2016 Audi R8 was caught testing at the Nurburgring, and the redesigned sports car returned to the "Green Hell" for more performance adjustments.

Fortunately, our skilled spy photographers were on duty when the vehicle hit the course and provided us with the most revealing spy shots of the upcoming R8 yet.

The Germans finally ditched most of the camouflage and, although the signature front grille isn’t out in the open, it’s clear as day that the next-generation model won’t stray too much from the current R8 in terms of styling.

Up front, both the headlamps and the grille appear to be smaller than before, while the hood features a smoother surface with less muscular lines toward the sides. Around back, the new, slimmer LED taillights are joined by redesigned vents. Below there’s a new diffuser flanked by wide, rectangular exhaust pipes. The latter are now mounted lower than the old, rounded ones.

Although the silhouette of the car remains basically the same, Audi managed to make the new R8 look flatter and a little bit wider. We won’t get confirmation until the sports car is properly revealed, but, if this proves to be true, the 2016 R8 will deliver vastly improved performances on the track.

Updated 04/09/2014: If you really like how the next R8 looks in black, we’ve just added a new set of images for you.

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

Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.

More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.

Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman.

BMW has been rolling out some intense products this year, especially the new 3- and 4-Series lineups, complete in their sedan and coupe variations. Beyond that, the M version of each have stirred even more commotion in the industry, but one car was missing – The M4 Convertible. Today BMW corrects that as the German automaker divulges all the details and images of the new 2015 M4 drop top.

If you’ve read anything on the new M4 Coupe, the convertible will be highly familiar. Power still comes from the 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six that’s mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT transmission. The other go-fast bits like the uncompromising suspension, massive brakes, and free-flowing exhaust are all carried over.

The big news with the car is its three-piece retractable hardtop. With the push of a button, the top folds itself like a piece of origami in just 20 seconds and at speeds up to 11 miles per hour. Cargo room has improved of the last generation M3 Convertible, gaining an extra 0.7 cubic feet of room with the top up and an impressive 7.8 cubic feet of extra room when the top is folded down. Unfortunately, the extra space and all the drop-top hardware comes at a heavy cost — an extra 525 pound cost over a comparable M4 Coupe.

The news of the M4 Convertible comes before its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show happening April 16. Though BMW is only jumping the gun by a few weeks, the information gives us a chance to really dig into the M4 Convertible once we see it roll across the all-important New York stage.

More details will roll out soon, so stay tuned.

Updated 04/07/2014: BMW announced that the all-new M4 Convertible will be priced at $73,425 — an increase of also $8k over the hardtop version.

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

On the US market since the 2012 model year, the third-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class is about to get its mid-cycle refresh, which will bring significant revisions inside and out.

Expected to break cover in the fourth quarter of the year, the facelifted 2015 M-Class will gain new front and rear fascias that include not only reshaped bumpers and grille, but a pair of redesigned headlamps and a revamped hood as well.

Although our most recent spy shots show an SUV that features the already available taillights, these are likely to be replaced with updated units once the prototype becomes a production model.

Moving into the cabin, the most important update Mercedes-Benz has in store for the M-Class is a much larger infotainment system placed on top of the center console and a new, three-spoke steering wheel. Both features are already available on the all-new C-Class sedan , and will remain with the SUV until a fourth-generation model is conceived on a clean sheet of paper.

As far as powertrains are concerned, existing engines are likely to receive some updates, but word has it a new hybrid model is also in the works.

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

What’s green and starts with a "C?" No, it’s not creme de menthe, nor is it a cucumber. It’s the craziest factory-build Mercedes-Benz that hit the streets this year. And before you say anything, it’s not eco-friendly either. It’s actually from the gas-guzzler kin, because its name ends with "AMG" and "GT."

Yes, you guessed it, we have a new set of spy shots featuring a prototype model of the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT , the sports car that’s set to replace the SLS AMG . We’ve saw the car earlier this year, while it was stretching its legs in cold Scandinavia, but at that time it was wearing a more common camouflage.

We have no idea as to what prompted the Germans to wrap their mule in a wacky, toxic-green suit that reminds us of the poisonous dart frogs living in the South-American rainforest, but we might as well do a recap on the AMG GT.

What we know so far is that the new sports car will be primarily aimed at the Porsche 911 , and that it will be powered by a brand new 4.0-liter, V-8 plant. Don’t let the displacement fool you, this unit is expected to send up to 500 horsepower through the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Naturally, the AMG GT will resemble the SLS AMG in terms of styling, as it will share some of the technologies found in the latter, including a modified aluminum space frame. However, further updates should make the former lighter, faster and more maneuverable on the track.

What we don’t know is when Mercedes-Benz plans to unveil its new creation. Some reports are suggesting it could happen at the New York Auto Show later this month, while other point toward the Paris Motor Show , scheduled this fall.

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

The fact that Porsche is busy working on a turbocharged, four-cylinder powerplant that will find its way in the Boxter and Cayman is no longer a rumor. The Stuttgart crew confirmed it last month, stating that the company is doing so in order to join the eco-friendly trend the automotive industry has embarked on in the 21st century.

Little is known about the new four-pot at the time of this writing, but word from Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says that the new unit will pump about 395 horsepower into the aforementioned sports cars . At the same time, the official suggested that the said four-cylinder engine won’t be sourced from the 919 Hybrid race car .

More details are likely to surface later this year, but until then there’s an interesting spy video that we’d like to share with you. At first glance it’s "only" about a facelifted version of the Porsche 911 lapping the Nurburgring , but the trick is to pump up the volume and put your ears to good use.

What you hear might very well be the new four-cylinder engine everyone’s been talking about lately. It appears that Porsche is already testing it, albeit in a 911 . Don’t worry though, the Germans aren’t foolish enough to ruin their flagship sports car and take that brilliant flat-six away from it.

It may not seem like it, but the Ferrari 458 is starting to show its age when compared to its competitors’ newest models like the Huracán and 650S . It’s conceivable then that this white stallion prancing around in the snow might be the 458’s replacement.

Caught drifting around snow banks in Northern Sweden, this Ferrari test mule is definitely helping develop something. The first and most noticeable thing are the front fenders. It looks like some engineer needed more room to mount snow tires, so a Sawzall was used to open up the wheel wells. Around the side, black tape seems to be holding body panels together just forward of the rear tire. We’re not too sure what’s going on here, but Ferrari certainly has something up its sleeve.

We suspect the 458’s replacement would generate more power than the current car and matching, or more likely, exceeding the 610 horsepower from the Lamborghini Huracán and getting close to the 640-horsepower output of the McLaren 650S McLaren 650S . A dual-clutch transmission is an inevitable return, and could either the be same seven-speed unit the 458 currently has or perhaps Ferrari is working on a unit with more gears. Only time will tell.

This does seem to be a very early prototype in the 458 replacement program, given it’s the first one photographed and its body panels are ill-fitting. Keep posted to TopSpeed for any developing information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Successor.


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