Pratyush Rout

The youngest member of the team, Pratyush is the guy behind the renderings that you see here at topspeed.com. Always on the lookout for visual cues in the latest spy shots, Pratyush is always pushing to bring the most accurate and realistic renderings of what upcoming cars might look like. While he spends most of his time sitting behind his Wacom tablet and laptop sketching automobiles, he also likes writing about them and loves spotting cars, super bikes, airplanes and pretty much anything that can move.

Bringing a creative eye to the TopSpeed team, Pratyush loves Aston Martins, believes in the idea of form follows function and will make it a point to lecture you on the difference between styling and design if you ever touch the topic in front of him.

When not working around cars or bikes, he can spend a questionable amount of time catching up on movies, TV Series and fantasy novels and is one of the biggest George R.R Martin fans.

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2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe

2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe

After a series of leaked images published online, Mercedes has decided to finally take the wrap off their new flagship luxury coupe. While the official launch is still almost a month away at the Geneva Motor Show we sure aren’t complaining the early showcase.

The new model which will replace the CL at the top shelf of the German automaker’s shelf to streamline the manufacturer’s product range will be the first S-Class Coupé in almost 15 years with the last one belonging to the W140 series produced back in the 90s.

Based on the S-Class Coupé Concept which was showcased last year in IAA, Frankfurt, the production version retains the sensual design of the concept. Expected to reach dealerships in the second half of this year, the new car will showcase the best design, technology and luxury features the German marquee has to offer.

Updated 12/09/2015: Mercedes added a new entry level model to its S-Class Coupe lineup. The new S400 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a new V-6 engine and start from under ‎€100,000 in Europe.

But will that be enough to fend off the competition? Read our full analysis to find out.

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2014 Radical SR3 RS

2014 Radical SR3 RS

Radical is not one of the most recognizable sports car manufacturers in the world, and there is a reason for that. You see, Radical is not a brand built for high volume. The manufacturer specifically caters to the elite enthusiasts who, in their search for adrenaline, are looking for thoroughbred racers.

First launched back in 2002, the SR3 RS is one of the most popular and successful models by the British manufacturer. Built to FIA standards and design cues inspired by theLeMans-racing Radical SR9 LMP2, the current-generation SR3 RS is all about gaining the best performance by improving aerodynamics and decreasing weight.

With seating for two and a chassis built for going around corners fast, the SR3 RS is one of the most fun yet terrifying track-day cars for both the driver and the passenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Radical SR3 RS.

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2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet

2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet

Today joining the list of manufacturers who have showcased their cars ahead of the official release in Geneva is Audi with the S3 Cabriolet.

The S3 Cabriolet is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s attempt at creating a new convertible for everyday use with a slightly insane engine, and the automaker has succeeded.

With prices announced and delivery of the S3 cabriolet expected to begin this summer in Germany, the new Audi convertible, with it’s high power and relatively low cost, will certainly act as a high volume generator for the German car maker.

As of now, we do not have any news of the new convertible arriving to the U.S. shores soon but still we welcome the new entrant as it creates a new segment where we will hope to soon see more challengers.

Click past the jump to read all that you need to know about the Audi S3 Cabriolet.

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2014 Ferrari F14 T

2014 Ferrari F14 T

With the initial preseason testing underway in Jerez, Spain, Ferrari has joined the list of teams who have revealed their cars for the 2014 season of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship,

Named the F14 T after an online poll by Ferrari. Though its new 1.6-liter, V-6 engine is less powerful than last year’s V-8 engine, when combined with the ERS system, this drivetrain will actually produce more peak power than last year’s car. The F14 T features a significantly upgraded design especially up front, as we reported previously.

The F14 T will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, which is one of the best driver lineups by any team this year, in our opinion. With Ferrari promising it’s drivers a new LaFerrari if they manage to win the World Championship title, we don’t think we’ll have to worry about not seeing the Ferrari drivers doing all they can to challenge Adrian Newey and his boffins at Red Bull Racing.

Click past the jump to read more about the F14 T.

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2014 Formula 1 Season Preview: The Changes

2014 Formula 1 Season Preview: The Changes

Almost two months from now, the 2014 Season of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be back upon us — March 14th, to be exact. The first race, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, will bring back the familiar scenes of open-wheel race cars with deafening noise going around in circles, as the teams in their quest for glory try their best to score the maximum points.

However, with all the regulation changes being made for the 2014 season, that’s where the familiarity ends. The 2014 season will see a revolution in Formula 1 with radical changes made to the exterior design, engines, powertrain and aerodynamics features.

With a more stringent set of rules focusing to increase fuel efficiency and at the same time reducing dependence on aerodynamics, 2014 will see a lot of innovation driven by the new, tighter regulations in one of the most technologically advanced racing series in the world.

Read our report on all you need to know that will be different this March when Formula 1 returns and the 2014 schedule after the jump.

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Porsche 911 Safari

Porsche 911 Safari

Back in 1984, Porsche looked to be a key part of Group B racing in an effort to develop and explore technology for it’s road-going cars. After a weak start and two years of lackluster performance though, the Rally 959 in 1986 went on to achieve a 1-2 finish at the Paris-Dakar. However with the cost involved with motorsports, the viability of the project, along with the knowledge gained in racing decreasing, the Rally 959’s days of driving over rough dusty terrain came to an end.

Today, almost 30 years later though, with all the speculations about Porsche’s return to rallying with a possible rally version of the 911 to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. it seems we could soon see some new Porsche’s swapping asphalt with rough terrain.

So to visualize what the rumored rally car - dubbed the 911 Safari, could look like, we at TopSpeed decided to prepare a set of renderings for you.

Click past the jump for the complete set of renderings of the 911 Safari

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2015 Ford Mustang Mach 1

2015 Ford Mustang Mach 1

April 17th 1964: The day the first generation of the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public. Today, almost half a century later, when the words ’American Icon’ are spoken together, this car is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

With the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang approaching, the anticipation over the next generation of the pony car has been greater than ever. With the news of Ford filing a trademark application for the “Mach 1” moniker, speculations are rife about the return of the badge in the 2015 Mustang.

The model, when launched in 1969, sat between the GT and Boss 302 models, and it replaced the GT in 1971.

Based on the unique design elements of the original 1969 Mach 1, we at TopSpeed decided to create a rendering for you what the Mach 1 Mustang (if released) could look like.

Click past the jump to learn more about the design process.

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