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.

Nearly 20 years after the SUV craze got started, automakers are still churning out the oversized station wagons like the U.S. Mint prints dollar bills. BMW fans thought the world was collapsing when the X5 rolled off the assembly line in 2000, but nowadays, the Bavarian company has more SUV models than it’s ever had, with yet another on the way.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show April 16, the 2015 BMW X4 is the company’s latest iteration of the ‘Sport Activity Coupe’ design, following the larger X6. On sale since 2008, the X6 has sold 250,000 units to date worldwide. That’s not a tremendous number, but still enough to justify the addition of a second and smaller Sport Activity Coupe, at least in BMW’s eyes.

The X4 is reminiscent of the Gran Turismo version of the 3 and 5-Series sedans, but with a larger front grille, taller ride height, and a capable all-wheel-drive system allowing it to traverse terrain otherwise impassable in a standard-height sedan. The combination of AWD and higher ground clearance plus the sporty handling of a 3-Series affords the X4 the ability to bridge the gap between vehicles, allowing customers to have a vehicle that both drives like a car while performing in adverse weather conditions like an SUV. Perhaps the X4 is the best of both worlds. But perhaps it gives up the best of those two worlds while being left with the scrappy leftovers – the unlikable trade-offs from each. Let take a closer look to find out.

Updated 06/26/2014: The new BMW X4 made its on-screen debut today when the first commercial aired. Enjoy!

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

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In 2006, Land Rover took a risk when it strayed from its off-road roots and released the Range Rover Sport. This was a direct shot at the luxurious and sporty SUVs from Bimmer and Mercedes. The debut Range Rover Sport had two 4.4-liter, V-8 engines available, a naturally aspirated one with 300 horses and 315 pound-feet of torque, and a supercharged one that pumped out 390 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. In 2010, The RR Sport moved onto a 5.0-liter V-8 that produced 375 horses in its base for and 510 ponies with a supercharged. In 2014, the Range Rover Sport underwent a full overhaul that resulted in a new, more aerodynamic body and a 3.0-liter V-6 that put down 340 horsepower replacing the base V-8. As we head toward the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26, 2014, Land Rover has confirmed the most powerful Range Rover Sport yet, the SVR, will make sits debut during the festival.

If you want to drive something a little bit more powerful than the current Range Rover Sport , Land Rover may have the solution for you: a new SVR version that will be more powerful and more aggressive looking than the standard Range Rover Sport .

We expect the new Range Rover Sport SVR to arrive by the end of 2013, but before it arrives, we believe that Land Rover will release the Evoque RS , which will give us a good idea of what to expect from the Range Rover Sport SVR.

Rumors suggest that the new SVR version will add a more aggressive look with a unique front bumper design, larger air intakes and a revised rear bumper. We also expect to see some contrasting black highlights on the the wheels, roof and the side-view mirrors

Updated 06/25/2014: Land Rover unveiled the first details on the new Range Rover Sport SVR — the most powerful production Land Rover ever. The model was confirmed to deliver 542 horsepower and will be put on sale in 2015. Click past the jump for the full details.

Updated 07/02/2014: Land Rover unveiled a new set of images and a new video showing the Range Rover Sport SVR in action at Goodwood. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced for the 2005 model year and went on sale in the United States in January 2005. Based on the previous-generation E-Class , the four-door coupe started a whole niche in the automotive industry, soon to be followed by Audi and BMW . The first-generation model was offered with a bevy of V-6 and V-8 engines that delivered as much as 507 horsepower. The second-generation coupe arrived in 2010, but the U.S.-spec version didn’t arrive until the 2012 model year . Unlike its predecessor, the current model gained a 4.7-liter V-8 and a 2.1-liter, inline-four diesel to go with the already available 3.0-liter oil burner. The Shooting Brake body style was introduced in late 2012, but without being green lighted for the U.S. market. In 2015, the CLS is set for a facelift.

Four years since showing up in global showrooms, the current generation 2015 CLS is getting its well-deserved facelift. The update’s real focus is the interior, where a new color display is in place to put an end to an endless string of complaints in regards to the coupe’s infotainment system. A couple of new engines are also on the table, although at least one of them won’t be available in the United States.

Updated 6/19/2014: Mercedes-Benz has announced the UK pricing for the 2015 CLS Class. The Coupé starts at £46,500 ($79,180 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 220 BlueTEC and peaks at £86,500 ($147,293 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 63 AMG S. The same models in the Shooting Brake start at £48,080 ($81,871 as of 6/19/2014) and £87,000 ($148,144 as of 6/19/2014). There is no mention yet on the U.S. pricing.

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

It’s been about three months since the 2015 Porsche Cayenne revealed its facelifted front end, and we are finally able to have a closer, all-around look at the updated SUV , as our skilled spy photographers caught a pair of test vehicles wandering about somewhere in Germany.

As we’ve previously noted, the Cayenne ’s new face is distinguished by a more rectangular grille and slightly smaller side air inlets. The turn signals are now placed upward into the bumper, being mounted right above the air intakes, while the fog lamps gained reshaped surrounds. The headlamps have also been subjected to a redesign, but the new units aren’t too different when compared to the old ones.

Around back, the only noticeable novelties are the reworked bumper, the enlarged exhaust pipes and a new pair of taillights. The latter are still hidden behind semitransparent plastic wraps, but it appears that they are slightly slimmer as far as shape goes.

Our paparazzi weren’t able to zoom their lenses into the cabin, but it’s not like they missed anything. We don’t expect major improvements in the facelifted Cayenne aside from a reconfigured steering wheel and additional trimming options.

More important changes are likely to occur under the hood of the Cayenne S, where a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated around 420 horsepower is set to replace the current 4.8-liter V-8. Naturally, both the entry-level diesel and the range-topping Turbo models are in for power output updates, while the hybrid version will borrow the gasoline-electric drivetrain available in the Panamera S E-Hybrid .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne.

Introduced in 2012, the Veloster Turbo isn’t the nimble hatchback Hyundai was hoping for. At least not against more popular choices like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST .

That being said, we’re not at all surprised that the Koreans are revamping the compact for the 2015 model year. Spotted during testing for the second time the past week — this time at the Nurburgring track — the Veloster Turbo will adopt some of the styling cues seen on the recently unveiled 2015 Genesis, which our Mark McNabb took for a drive last month.

The visual updates will consists of an enhanced front grille, reshaped bumpers, and revised headlamps and taillights. It will also include a set of fancier, bi-color wheels for some added style. We’ve already seen the latter in the first batch of spy shots, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to gain access to the full pictures.

The cabin is another area that won’t remain untouched, with an updated Supervision Cluster to replace the current unit. The overall configuration of the interior isn’t likely to change much, but expect more soft-touch surfaces and options to appear.

Things shouldn’t change much under the hood, where the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine will continue to deliver 201 turbocharged horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS out in the open, but that doesn’t mean the Germans haven’t been working like crazy on the four-door coupe .

Scheduled to lose its covers at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , alongside its Shooting Brake brother, the facelifted CLS has been spotted once again by our paparazzi, this time wearing very little camouflage over its headlamps and front grille.

We already know that the duct tape is used to hide the new Active Multibeam ILS LED system — a first for Mercedes — and that the new grille will get only one horizontal bar, but it’s good to see new CLS once again before it goes public at the famed British event.

In Mercedes-Benz -related news, our spy photographers have also caught a glimpse of the revised M-Class facelift . The SUV that’s set to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of the year was caught with a covered front fascia but without the piece that was obstructing its front grille on previous occasions .

Make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on the CLS this summer and for more shots of the upcoming M-Class.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Mercedes-Benz CLS and M-Class.

Remember last week’s report claiming Porsche is working on a Cayman model that will slot above the already exciting GTS? The rumor surfaced only one month after the Cayman GTS was unveiled to the world, making it seem a bit suspicious, but it appears it wasn’t just tittle-tattle.

We’ve received confirmation for Motor Trend’s piece straight from our spy photographers stationed in Germany, who have captured the sports car while being driven on the country’s public roads.

Design-wise, the GT4 — the name has yet to be confirmed — isn’t astonishingly different when compared to the Cayman GTS, but some new elements are there to point out that we’re dealing with a completely new version. For starters, check out the cool wing mounted at the back, making this sports car the GT3 of the Cayman lineup.

Then there’s the revised front bumper. Although it carries styling cues seen on the GTS, the intakes are rather raw in appearance, lacking the beauty elements seen on the current range-topping model. Getting back to the car’s rear fascia, the wing isn’t the only addition. A new, protuberant spoiler has been attached between the taillights, reminding us of the 911 GT3 RS.

The engine that will be motivating the Cayman GT4 is a mystery, but it appears Porsche has already decided to go with a hybrid powertrain. It’s not clear whether the Germans will pair the electric motor with a four-cylinder or an inline-six engine, but the consensus is that the outcome will depend on the 919 Hybrid ’s performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.

Output is expected to sit around 400 horsepower, while pricing is rumored to be set at $125,000, a whooping $50,000 more than the Cayman GTS and only $5,000 below the 911 GT3. This may seem a little counterproductive for Porsche, considering it will outmatch the 911 Carrera S in nearly every measurable, but there is a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 in the works that is rumored to crank out over 700 ponies and the Turbo S with 560 ponies, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from in both the Cayman and 911 lineups without rendering the 911 obsolete.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Porsche Cayman GT4.

Well we know it is coming, but we finally have the first solid, rolling evidence of the new four-cylinder Porsche Boxster .

Our spy photographers have captured a new mule doing the rounds at the Nürburgring. While there are no visual cues that this taped up convertible is only running on four-cylinders, our spies report that the exhaust note was anything but the traditional flat-six wail the usually exits the rear of the Porsche .

While there have been some rumors that the upcoming four-banger Porsche may be using a more traditional in-line design engine than a flat-four setup, our spies were only able to catch it for two laps, so there was not enough listening time accurately gauge the engine note.

Beyond the engine note, this appears to be a fairly standard Porsche Boxster with some tape and sensors collecting loads of fancy data for the German engineers to salivate over.

If you ever really doubted all of Porsche’s plans to bring a four-cylinder car to market, this should finally put all those doubts to rest. We may even get shots of the new four-banger Cayman soon as well.

Expect to see a full announcement before the end of the year, with an on-sale date early in 2015.

Click past the jump for more photos of the new Porsche Boxster

Once BMW confirmed that the coupe and convertible versions of the 1 Series would be marketed as the 2 Series , it was clear as daylight that a high performance M2 version is underway.

We’ve already rendered the successor to the cool 1M and strolled through plenty of details about the upcoming coupe, but the time has come to have a look at the real deal, as our skilled paparazzi have caught a prototype version of the M2 stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany .

Far from being a production-ready vehicle, this mule wears front and rear fascias similar to those seen on the M235i Coupe , but it appears to be fitted with wider fenders. Other details that highlight the vehicle’s ankle-biting nature are the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors paired with blue brake calipers.

As development continues, we’re expecting to see a more aggressive front bumper, a more pronounced rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes.

Naturally, the M2 will be the most powerful model in the 2-Series range, with its twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six to deliver around 400 horsepower. That’s about 80 horses more than the M235i, just enough to turn the M2 into a heck of a coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury , and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to pre-select gears.

It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a Drophead version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal. In fact, camouflaged metal would be more appropriate, as the Wraith Drophead’s first public appearance took place in prototype guise.

Spotted by our skilled photographers, the convertible in question is well wrapped with no skin or details for us to stare at besides its German license plate. Not exactly upsetting, though, as the Drophead will take all of its design cues from the Wraith Coupe.

Only two details will set it apart from its older brother: a folding soft-top (which is hidden under a fake hard-top in these spy shots) and a flat trunk resulting from the removal of the sloping, fastback roof.

Rolls-Royce will obviously plant the same 6.6-liter V-12 under the Drophead’s hood, meaning the cabriolet will benefit from 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Using a ZF eight-speed automatic, the mill will push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Expect the Wraith Drophead to go on sale for the 2016 model year with a sticker that goes past the $300,000 mark.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe.


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