BMW’s Tesla-Beating i4 Could Have Between 340 and 435 Miles of Range
The BMW i4 is expected to be one of BMW’s first all-electric cars when it hits the market in the next few years. The German automaker is targeting a launch by 2020, and the development of the EV sedan is progressing enough that BMW believes that it can have a range of anywhere from 340 to 435 miles. If those numbers hold true, the i4 could have the chops and capabilities to take on the Tesla Model S.
FCA Could Announce Baby Jeep as Well as the Successor to the Jeep Patriot on June 1st
Another day, another piece of news about a new crossover. This time, Jeep takes its turn in the spotlight with plans to launch a new model that would sit below the Renegade, making it Jeep’s new entry-level offering. Word of this development comes from Jeep CEO Mike Manley, who admitted that the prospect of an even smaller car than the Renegade is an appealing proposition, especially in markets like Europe and Latin America.
BMW’s Offensive Against Tesla Strengthens as it Plans to Unveil the iX3, iNext, and i4 This Year
It’s easy to imagine why BMW is in the headlines a lot these days. The German automaker just had its annual press conference, and one of the most important revelations involved the expected arrival of a number electric concept vehicles this year. BMW chairman Harald Kruger announced that expected arrivals in 2018 include a pure electric crossover, called the iX3, the i4 (which will be based on the i Vision Dynamics,) and the company’s technology flagship, the iNEXT.
Porsche Teases Mission E Electric Sports Car
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Folks went gaga over the futuristic styling and impressive specs, but the Stuttgart automaker has been playing it close to the chest ever since. Now, it looks like we’re getting a small peek at things to come as Porsche just issued a slew of official images teasing the up-and-coming performance machine.
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Some of You Don’t Understand Why BMW Needs an X8 SUV, So Let Me School You Right Quick
The idea of an X8 SUV didn’t take long to manifest once we heard confirmation about an X7, but now that there’s word that BMW is considering such a much, some of you have gone into hater mode hard. The worst part is that some of you are the same ones that went batshit crazy happy over the 8-Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door. The truth is that the X8 falls under the same category – there are always going to be customers with deep pockets that want more. That fact, if you remember correctly, is the exact reason why Mercedes decided to do the AMG GT 4-Door, as “customers drove the C or E63 and wanted more.” But, the need for an X8 goes much deeper than that because it always does, doesn’t it?
Now Aston Martin Says it Won’t go With an AMG In-Line Six Engine For the Vantage
Contrary to previous reports, Aston Martin has no plans of dropping an AMG-sourced inline six-cylinder engine into any of its new models. Those sentiments come straight from senior engineering executive Matt Becker, who admitted that his previous comments about the possibility of six-pots returning to Aston Martin models were phrased differently than he intended to. So if anyone out there is still excited about the prospects of a six-cylinder Aston Martin heading to market soon, here’s a bucket of ice-cold water to douse those expectations.
BMW Still Hasn’t Released the X7 and Here we Are Getting Word About a Potentially Larger X8
Away from the looming emissions cheating scandal that could drop on BMW, the German automaker is pushing ahead with the possibility of adding another SUV to add to its portfolio. The latest buzz now involves a potential X8, which could end up being greenlit for production once BMW executives make a decision on the matter this year. The prospect of seeing a range-topping X8 is intriguing, but it also puts into question BMW’s plans are considering that the X7 seven-seater is expected to arrive this year. Is BMW developing an X8 to sit above the X7? More importantly, does that even make sense given what we know about the X7?
2020 Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 has been around since 1999, continuing Stuttgart’s habit of unleashing high-performance spec iterations of its iconic sports car originally started in the ‘70s with the incredible Carrera RS. Now, with the imminent arrival of an all-new 911 (also known as the 992 generation) by the end of 2018, we’ve been waiting for details on the next GT3. Luckily, it looks like we got just that, as our spy photographers snapped a few shots of a possible undercover 992-spec GT3 out and about undergoing some cold weather testing. As such, we drew up a quick speculative review on what to expect.
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Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It’s Developing a V-6 R8
Pew! Pew! Pew! That’s the sound of Audi taking aim at rumors that it’s developing an entry-level, V-6-powered R8. The German automaker quickly responded to rumors of such a car, dismissing it as nothing more than a rumor. Word of the possibility of an R8 V-6 spread quickly on rumors that Audi was considering adding new options for its supercar in time for its mid-life cycle. The company immediately responded by saying it wasn’t true, leaving plenty to wonder if the recently launched R8 RWS is the only new R8 that’s on the table.
Audi’s All-New Q4 and Q8 SUVs to be Joined by an All-New Q1 that Will Borrow Underpinnings from the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo
The Audi Q2 was supposed to be the smallest crossover in Audi’s lineup. It’ll still hold that distinction for a few years, but it’ll eventually cede that title to a new Q1 crossover that’s expected to get the production green light from Audi. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if the Q1 does come to life, expect it to arrive sometime in the end of 2020.
Potential Images of the Mazda3’s Digital Gauge Cluster Have Leaked and they Put Audi’s Digital Cockpit to Shame
The 2019 Mazda3 has been on quite the press run in the last few months. The latest buzz we’re getting involves the model’s cockpit, specifically the three-color, all-digital gauge cluster that looks to be a massive improvement from its previous iteration. Spy photos of the digital cluster were put up on a Chinese website, and they show two different configurations, each different from the other. The big takeaway here is how Mazda managed to evolve a design that already looked clean and mature in its current version. It’s unclear which cluster we’ll end up seeing, but each version looks promising.
2019 Toyota Supra
If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car,” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun (and later Nissan), but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, the Supra is set to return. With Toyota having launched the FT-1 concept in 2014, with sporty prototypes spotted on the road since 2016, and a Supra racing concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the next-generation coupe turned from rumor to reality and an official debut is expected to happen by the end of the year.
The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987, with the introduction of the first turbocharged model, that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well. It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late 1990s.
But we heard nothing but rumors until September 2016, when the first prototypes hit public roads. The camouflaged cars offered strong hints that Toyota is using a familiar design with some FT-1 cues. We also got more and more reports that the new Supra will share underpinnings and engines with the next-generation BMW Z4, as part of a collaboration between the two companies. But information remained slim until recently, when a couple of leaks brought more data into the spotlight. With the GR Supra Racing concept having already debuted in Geneva, the production model is just a few months away from showing itself in the metal, and we gathered all the existing information in the speculative review below. Check it out and make sure you stay tuned for updates.
Updated 03/20/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Supra out for a new testing session, this time during some cold winter conditions.
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Volkwagen Will Roll Out the First ID Hatch Prototypes in April
Volkswagen’s ID revolution is about to begin when the first wave of ID hatchbacks roll off factory lines next month. Ok, so the cars being built aren’t exactly production models. They’re pre-production prototypes that will set the stage for VW engineers to begin the testing stage of the cars’ capabilities ahead of their eventual launch late next year.