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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.


If you thought we were a little smitten with Maserati ’s latest concept, the 2014 Alfier i, you’d be right. We’ve got every finger and toe crossed hopping the automaker pushes the Alfieri into production. But what could be better than a V-8-powered Italian supermodel with looks that kill? A roadster version, of course.

TopSpeed’s rendering genius sketched up this beautiful drop-top Alfieri concept to show what the possibilities might hold. Based on a shortened version of the GranTurismo and using its same 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the Alfieri Roadster makes a perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type Roadster .

The Alfieri’s long hood, high rear haunches, and sloping rear deck look perfectly suited for roadster duty. The rear seats of the coupe’s 2+2 design remain and an integrated third brakelight peaks out from just behind them. The rear fascia looks much the same with its huge vents, thin taillights, and dual exhaust pipes. Not much has changed up front with that distinctive Maserati grille and Trident leading the way.

Since we’re already speculating, it’s safe to guess on the top’s construction. It really depends on how Maserati decides to market the Alfieri Roadster (if ever). Will it be more luxury oriented or performance minded? Like the Jaguar F-Type , it could employ a soft top and thereby saving weight and complexity or the Alfieri may use a convertible hard top like the BMW Z4 , cutting down on road noise and adding security. Either way, we’ve got a second Maserati to be wishing for.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Maserati Alfieri Roadster.

Mercedes C63 AMG

The 2015 C63 AMG is getting closer and closer to its reveal, so as expected, it is now starting it’s starting to lose a little camo. Up front we can now make out the some of the air intakes, though the swirly camouflage is still covering up most of them Around back, however, we can see even more, as the quad tailpipes and diffuser between them are easy to see.

Other than these updates, we can also see that the C63 AMG is going to be a littler wider and lower, giving it a meaner look than last year’s model.

Oddly enough, Mercedes will drop the 6.2-liter, V-8 powerplant in favor of a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo engine, but it’ll maintain the C63 name instead of changing it to C40. The reasoning for this is because Mercedes sees the C63 name as "too valuable" to change.

That’s all fine and good with us, as is the 450 horsepower that the 4.0-liter engine — the same as we’ll see in the AMG GT/SLC — will put down in its standard guise and 500-plus horsepower with the Performance Package.

The 2015 C63 AMG should bow in at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, so stay tuned for more updates.


Buzzkill alert, folks...

It looks as if the report that Porsche would reveal the 911 Turbo Targa was not true. AutoBlog had a conversation with Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communication Manager, about the report, and he said that the report is "Totally False."

Turns out that all we’ll see at Geneva is Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR race cars. Sure those are both really cool, but nowhere near as awesome as a Targa variant of the 911 Turbo.

Despite the report that Porsche will not release this heap of turbocharged, roofless hotness, we still think that one will eventually make its way onto the market. With that said, we present to you the TopSpeed rendering of the 911 Turbo Targa, courtesy of our rendering extraordinaire, Pratyush Rout.

Creating the rendering wasn’t too hard, as we simply took the 911 Targa , and added in the typical Turbo design cues, including the wider hips, rear air intakes, and a few other tasty bits. This gives the 911 Targa the bad-ass look it deserves, so we can only hope that Porsche decides to release it in the near future.

Click past the jump to read why I think Porsche should/shouldn’t release the 911 Turbo Targa and a little about the existing 911 Targa.

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The 911 Targa came, and we loved what we saw. With 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque in tow, however, there was lots of room to grow. According to sources in the know, the 911 Targa Turbo will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show .

This means that the removable-top sports car is primed to receive a 520-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, and may even hit 360 horsepower if Porsche gives the Targa treatment to the Turbo S model. Now this is what we have been waiting for!

There is no confirmation of the 911 Targa Turbo , but according to Jalopnik, the source reporting this news is quite reliable. We’ll keep an eye on the 911 Targa Turbo , and pass more information on once we get some more in-depth information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Turbo and about the current 911 Targa.

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Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

Mercedes-Benz may be killing the SLS supercar , but it isn’t killing the SLS style. As you may be aware by our previous coverage, Mercedes and AMG are working on a smaller sports car to take on the Porsche 911 , and it will be styled in a similar vein to the SLS.

The car is internally known as the C190, but the production model will likely wear the SLC badge or potentially GT AMG. Whatever they plan on calling it, you can get and early look at it with these new spy shots.

Like most of the shots around this time of year, the coupe is undergoing rigorous cold-weather testing.

When the new car debuts later this year we expect it to be powered by a 400-horsepower engine, possibly the 4.6-liter V8 found in the E550 . Later down the line, a faster, more powerful version will be released and eventually a hard-core Black Series car will likely be produced.

Currently, the only official plan from Mercedes is to build a coupe version, but after the success of the SLS Roadster, expect the team at Benz to drop the top of this new model as well.

Hit the jump to see more of our new Spy Shots for the upcoming Mercedes Benz SLC and to read a little about the outgoing SLS AMG GT.

When the Volkswagen Tiguan received its first update at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show , a lot of people believed that it was only a matter of time before a next-generation crossover arrives in dealerships.

We all know now that an all-new Tiguan is scheduled to be unveiled early next year so these spy shots of a Tiguan mule has arrived at just the right time.

Our initial response upon seeing these spy photos aren’t all that impressive. Unless our eyes deceive us, the new Tiguan looks a lot longer than its predecessor, all while riding higher than we initially thought and carrying a bigger set of wheels.

That, of course, is partly explained by Volkswagen’s decision to base the new Tiguan on the MQB platform, which has a slightly longer wheelbase to allow more space for rear passengers to be comfortable, particularly in the legroom area. It’ll still be a five-seater because adding those two extra seats would mean it would overlap with Volkswagen’s plans of offering a new SUV that will be based on the CrossBlue Concept .

The front end doesn’t appear to carry any drastic changes in design, although there’s no clear shot of the front that would lead us to believe that its styling characteristic has been dramatically altered.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Ford Focus

With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.

From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin -like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.

Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus.

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BMW X4

BMW has become the king of pointless niche-market cars in recent years and it doesn’t look like the Bavarians have any plans of stopping. No they haven’t announced a new 3 Series coupe, but we do have spy shots of the upcoming X4 soft-roader doing a bit of cold-weather romping through the snow.

The X4 is a swoopier version of the X3 much the same way that the X6 was a swoopier version of the X5 . This new, and very pointless, coupe-like SUV is designed to attract young and enthusiastic individuals who want the practicality that comes with an SUV without all that pesky ugliness that comes with having a truly utilitarian vehicle.

In these latest shots, we can see that the car has lost even more of its camo, and we have a nice solid look at the front end. It is pretty clear that the production X4 will look very similar to its concept version , not exactly a surprise.

I think the X4 is a pretty stupid idea, but the Range Rover Evoque has proved that there is a market for small, mostly useless SUVs. Of course the Evoque is supermodel attractive, and the X4 looks like the lump on Quasimodo’s back, so that may make a difference in when it goes on sale.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X4.

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With a new Mini comes a new John Cooper Works. Mini showed off a concept version of the new JCW at Detroit , but now we have the first photos of the new machine out doing some winter testing in Sweden.

The car seen here is missing some of the Works body kit, namely the rear bumper, side skirts and wheels, but the massive brakes with their bright red calipers give this car away. If you needed more proof, the large center mounted exhaust has been a hallmark of the JCW line for years now.

When the car finally goes on sale, we expect it to look nearly identical to the concept version that was shown in Detroit .

Based on the all-new third-generation Cooper Hardtop , the latest John Cooper Works model is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the current four-cylinder turbo with around 230 horsepower. That will make the latest JCW the most powerful mini ever to hit mass production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

Chevrolet Cruze

It’s no secret that General Motors has been working on a update for the hot selling Chevrolet Cruze. We’ve seen spy shots of camo-covered Cruzes before, but none have been so revealing as these.

Looking past the digital zebra print, it’s apparent the 2015 makeover will be fairly extensive. The windshield is more steeply raked, while the rear roof section gets a more coupe-like fall towards the C-pillars. The front fascia is much lower and pointed than before with a more aggressive stance. The larger, reshaped grille starts a belt line that runs over the headlights, through the finders, and circles around to the rear taillights. The exterior door handles have been repositioned further up, integrating within the belt line.

Out back, reworked taillights look more detailed, while the third brake light is been moved to the trunk lid in the from of an LED light bar. The rear fascia is more detailed as well with a black, non-functional spoiler at its base.

The interior of the 2015 Cruze is said to be much more upmarket with a new, large touchscreen and revamped multifunction steering wheel. Stitching and chrome accents abound on the instrument panel and then carry throughout the cabin. Also visible is an “Eco Mode” button, a voice command button, and a lane-departure activation switch. Park assist looks to be among the switchgear as well.

Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, the Cruze will likely go on sale in other countries a few months before production ramps up within the two U.S. plants. General Motor rolled out the current Cruze in the same manner in order to deplete dealer inventory of older models the Cruze was replacing.


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