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2023 BMW X1 M35i

2023 BMW X1 M35i

It will get a more powerful engine and a sportier look, but will it actually replace an M car?

The current generation X1 was launched back in 2015 and there’s no secret that it was never a very successful car. No wonder BMW is preparing big updates for the next model set to arrive in 2022. In a recent press release, the company confirmed that the next X1 will be offered with "both a combustion engine and a fully-electric drivetrain."

The model will also receive the same treatment as the recently launched 1-Series and 2-Series: An X1 M35i version that will pretty much replace the usual M version you get with cars like the X3 and the X4.

Updated 02/28/2022: The upcoming BMW X1 M35i was caught testing once again in cold winter conditions in Northern Sweden. The prototype is still wearing lots of camouflage, so it is still very difficult to see what it will look like, but we all know it will not be an actual M car; so you should only expect a sportier X1.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG A45

2023 Mercedes-AMG A45

Just like with any other facelift, changes should be minimal

It looks like 2022 will bring a facelift version for pretty much every model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and the A-Class is no exception. The facelift A-Class was caught testing for the first time back in December 2021 and it was shortly followed by the facelift version of the AMG A35.

Now, it is the AMG A45’s turn to go out for a testing session in the snow of Scandinavia.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG G63

2023 Mercedes-AMG G63

Changes should be minimal, but they will keep the G63 AMG fresh

The second generation G-Class was launched in 2018. If we were to look back at the first generation which was produced between 1990 and 2018, we do not expect the current G-Class to be retired anytime soon. It is, however, on the point to receive a facelift version.

Back in January, our spy photographers caught the first prototype of the standard G-Class out for some testing, and earlier this month, we even caught the G4×4². Today, it is time for the AMG version to shine under the spotlight.

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2022 Porsche 911 Safari

2022 Porsche 911 Safari

It seems Porsche is finally building the off-road 911 you’ve been asking for all these years

The 2022 Porsche 911 Safari is a rumored, upcoming variant of the company’s iconic sports car. Far from confirmed for production, the 911 Safari has been spotted testing on public roads a few times since late 2020, a sign that Porsche is considering some sort of 911 with a raised suspension. The Safari name isn’t official either, it’s just based on a nickname given to a handful of rally-spec cars that Porsche built in the past. The German company also created a 911 Vision Safari concept in 2012, but it kept it hidden from us until November 2020, when it unveiled numerous never-before-seen show cars and designs. Is Porsche actually working on a production 911 Safari. If so, what will it bring to the table? Let’s try and answer these questions in the speculative review below.

Updated 01/25/2022: The future Porsche 911 Safari was caught testing once again, this time in its production shape. You can spot the different front bumper, new air intakes in the engine hood and wider side sills. The rear also gets a new bumper and new exhaust pipes.

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Maserati Grecale Trofeo Spotted in Christmas Red Just In Time for the Holidays

Maserati Grecale Trofeo Spotted in Christmas Red Just In Time for the Holidays

Dressed in red, right in time for Christmas!

Maserati was supposed to unveil its second SUV, the Grecale, on November 16th, 2021. However, because some supply problems the official launch date has been moved for sometime in the spring of 2022.

This doesn’t mean however that the company has stopped testing the next Grecale or that is not considering new versions of it. In fact our spy photographers caught the next Grecale Trofeo out for some first testing sessions. The car was even dressed in proper red Christmas camouflage.

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2023 Audi Q9

2023 Audi Q9

What can we expect from Audi’s upcoming full-size SUV?

Rumors of a new full-size Audi SUV have been circulating for a long time and now there’s actual proof that Audi is indeed cooking a new flagship SUV model. Recently, a fully-camouflaged Audi SUV has been spotted testing at Volkswagen’s test facility in Sweden, doing cold-weather testing. With BMW’s introduction of the X7 and Mercedes’s GLS already on sale for some years, it only made sense for Audi to bring out a competitor. Here’s what we know so far.

Update 10-27-2021: The Audi Q9 has been spotted once again, this time doing some on-road testing in warmer weather.

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2022 2022 Genesis G90

2022 2022 Genesis G90

Genesis keeps up the pressure and their G90 aims to give its German rivals more than a run for their money

Genesis may have only been around for only five years, but it has already proved it can give “the old dogs” a run for their money. Not only are they not stopping but they are, once again, taunting the German trio in a very bold move. The Korean luxury brand was caught doing cold-weather testing in Sweden with a new Genesis G90 executive sedan. Mercedes recently brought out the new S-Class, while Audi is preparing an updated A8. We also know that BMW is about to give us a new 7-Series very soon, so it will be interesting to see how the all-new Genesis G90 will fare.

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2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche is hard at work on the more track-focused Porsche 911 GT3 RS (992)

With the “regular” 911 (992) GT3 out and official, all eyes are now headed towards the GT3 RS. As expected, the more hardcore version of the already hardcore GT3 will feature more of everything - except for the weight, of which it will have less. The most important thing is that the latest most track-focused normally-aspirated 911 is underway, and here’s what we can expect.

Updated 01/10/2022: The upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS was caught testing again, this time on the roads around Weissach. Check out the story for new details on the future sports car!

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2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

A compact SUV, placed under the Stelvio, will arrive in 2022, and it looks a lot like the Tonale Concept

I have to admit: when I saw the Tonale Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show I was impressed. It kind of looked like the Stelvio, but it was a lot sportier. It was proof that Alfa Romeo can significantly improve its SUV look.

And when Alfa Romeo announced a production version should follow shortly, I was even more stocked. Problems though came shortly after the announcement. Jean-Philippe Imparato was unhappy with the performances offered by the plug-in hybrid system and decided to delay the launch of the production version Tonale. The merge between FAC and PSAdelayed the Tonale even more. But, all those problems are now solved and the Tonale is back on track! An official debut should happen sometime in 2022, and it will be built at the Stellantis plant in Pomigliano d’Arco.

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2022 Mercedes AMG SL63

2022 Mercedes AMG SL63

The next AMG SL63 strips almost all of its Camouflage, right before the official Debut

The next-generation Mercedes AMG SL63 has repeatedly been spotted out testing. The car is slowly being unveiled, as it features less camouflage every time. In fact, the new AMG SL63 is showing us almost all o its design features. Compared to models like the SLS AMG and its successor, the AMG GT, it was always a bit on the softer side in terms of the overall driving characteristics. However, things are about to change with this new generation, as it is the first SL, developed by AMG. What will this mean for the SL’s current target group?

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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC - The C-Class-based Crossover That Could Prove To Be A Worthy All-Rounder

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC - The C-Class-based Crossover That Could Prove To Be A Worthy All-Rounder

Mercedes’ mid-size SUV promises more of everything, and this may spell trouble for BMW X3 and Audi Q5

The Mercedes GLC is already six years old. Despite going through a facelift in 2019, the mid-size SUV, internally dubbed X253, is due to be replaced. With this in mind, the next-generation GLC was recently spied testing. In fact, the two heavily camouflaged prototypes seem to be in the early stages of development, which means the current GLC will be around at least for another year. That said, even with all the camouflage, we noticed some important details.

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Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

The Next Step in Motorcycle Complexity

In what looks like an ingenious solution to a problem that never existed, Honda has filed a patent application for electronic actuation of the clutch, obviating the need for a clutch cable. Is it needed?

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2022 Mercedes-AMG S63e PHEV

2022 Mercedes-AMG S63e PHEV

The luxurious sedan is coming with a plug-in hybrid option that could make over 700 horses!

When Mercedes comes up with new models, the thing that gets our hearts racing more than the product itself is the fact that AMG would’ve started working on a higher-performance version of the same. This time, it’s the Mercedes-AMG S63 with an electric twist. The super sedan was spotted with camouflage performing cold-weather tests in Sweden recently. The biggest twist here is that it is a plug-in hybrid version, which means it will be more fuel-efficient and environment-conscious, and quite sprightly in terms of performance.

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2023 BMW M4 CS/CSL

2023 BMW M4 CS/CSL

Looks like BMW is hard at work turning the M4 into an even meaner track rocket

We have reason to believe that BMW will offer a hardcore, lighter, and potentially more powerful version of the current M4 coupe. Firstly, the previous M4 was further distilled into such a variant and secondly, a set of spyshots sent in by our photographers shows a couple of interesting test mules.

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2022 BMW M8 CSL

2022 BMW M8 CSL

BMW’s ultimate M8 is getting closer to production

BMW has been testing an odd-looking BMW 8-Series. On the outside, the car looks like a normal BMW M8, but with a few very distinctive differences. We have known for a while that BMW has been cooking something else based on the 8-Series and all evidence suggests that it will be a hotter version of the car, sitting above the M8 Competition. Straight away, there are a few noticeable differences, and this is what you need to know.

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2022 BMW X5 M Facelift

2022 BMW X5 M Facelift

This BMW X5 M test mule gives us some cluse as to how the facelift version is going to look

The current BWM X5 has been in production since 2018 and it seems a refreshed version is coming soon. The fourth generation, with internal designation G05, has been spotted in a new guise, which can mean only one thing – a facelift is coming. Although BMW is working on many new models, most of which electric, it’s also updating its existing lineup and the X5 is the latest model to undergo a revision.

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2022 Genesis GV70e EV

2022 Genesis GV70e EV

Genesis is hard at work testing the EV version of its GV70 SUV - this is your first look

Genesis continues churning out awesome new vehicles. The Korean luxury brand skips plug-in hybrids and goes straight for electrification. Another proof of that is the GV70e, which was recently caught testing in Germany, days after Genesis filed trademarks for six new EVs. A while back, we covered the EV version of the Genesis G80, called the G80e. Just Like it, the GV70e is expected to debut around the end of 2021.

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2020 Pininfarina PF0 Battista

2020 Pininfarina PF0 Battista

The car that should relaunch Pininfarina after seven years since it last made a car

Pininfarina, the company best well known for its association with Ferrari, wants to break free from under the shade of the Prancing Horse and make a name for itself as the builder of the fastest car to come out of Italy. The name of this car? Battista, like the name of the company’s founder. The numbers that should firmly plant this car on the map? 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet, a 0 to 62 mph sprint in less than two seconds, and a top speed of about 250 mph. All done by an EV powertrain that’s capable of running over 300 miles between charges.

Reading those numbers it’s easy to dismiss the Pininfarina Battista as just another ludicrous car that will never actually become reality. Something like the Devel Sixteen, the Arabian hypercar that packs a V-16 engine that’s capable of 5,000 horsepower. That one was supposedly slated to start final testing this month. Or the equally insane Vector WX-8, Jerry Wiegert’s project that should’ve brought his once proud company back from the dead. He said 12 years ago that a 10-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 will power the car and that it will crank out 1,850 horsepower. More recently, Wiegert sold his two WX-3 prototypes to fund the project.

But the Battista is a more serious offering than both those elusive creations. First off, Pininfarina was bought by Mahindra four years ago for $190.6 million and, as we know, Mahindra has the financial power to throw cash at a project like this if so desires. With Pininfarina aiming to build just 150 of these, 50 dedicated to each of its three markets: Europe, America, and the Middle-East, we can expect people to actually come forth with pre-orders once it gets revealed at Geneva in a couple of weeks.

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2022 Porsche 911 992 Sport Classic

2022 Porsche 911 992 Sport Classic

Porsche will be bringing back the exclusive 911 Sport Classic

It seems Porsche is really counting on the 992 to be a successful model. Now that pretty much all versions of the latest Porsche 911 are accounted for, the German brand might also be bringing back the limited edition Sport Classic. A possible candidate for a new Sport Classic was caught testing at the Nürburgring quite recently. The Sport Classic first appeared with the 997 generation and was a throwback to the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS. Judging by the design cues, this might be the return of the limited version.

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