Our esteemed colleagues from Autocar.co.uk have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the upcoming new generation of the sexy Porsche Cayman, the only car I’d buy from the German company if I had to. The prototype you see in these pictures was undergoing some heavy testing at the Nurburgring track.
It is expected to be powered by updated versions of the 6-cylinder 2.9- and 3.4-liter engines, which will deliver about 280 hp in the 2.9-liter unit and 330 hp for the bigger 3.4-liter power plant. Aside from these updates, the new Cayman will also get an electro-mechanical steering system as well as a stop/start system to reduce the CO2 emissions and increase fuel efficiency. Later on, Porsche will offer the Cayman with an all-new 4-cyilinder 2.0-liter engine, the one which will go into the 2014 sub-Boxster roadster.
The new Cayman will be officially launched together with the third generation of the Boxster. Porsche says that all the panels in both the Cayman and Boxster will be entirely new and the fabric roof for the latter will also be new. Needless to say, these panels are going to be lighter in order to reduce the curb weight of the cars. Both models will get a longer wheelbase, measuring almost 4.4 meters which translates into more luggage and passenger space.
The current generations of the Boxster and the Cayman are manufactured in partnership with Velvet Automotive, located in Finland while the new ones are going to be built home at Stuttgart as this partnership will end soon.
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Our colleagues from WCF have been very busy lately taking spy shots of various cars that are about to hit the market in the following period. Their latest batch of photos is with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a car that I’ve always liked but can’t say for sure why.
Anyway, the one you see in these spy shots looks almost a production model, featuring LED indicators, a two bar grille, an upward sweeping shoulder line and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. In comparison to the outgoing model, the new generation looks to be a little bit larger so we
should expect more legroom for those who sit in the back.
We don’t have any confirmed facts regarding the engines which will be available, but expect to see about five gasoline units and four diesels.
The gasoline ones will output from 108 hp (109 PS / 80 kW) to 201 hp (204 PS / 150 kW) while the ones running on the devil’s fuel (aka diesel) will generate from 120 hp (122 PS / 90 kW) to 201 hp (204 PS / 150 kW).
No word about the approximate date of the launch for the new B-Class but if it won’t be out this year, expect for an early 2012 launch.
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The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe was spied by the guys over at WCF who managed to grab a couple of shots with a prototype that was wearing camouflage while undergoing some tests on the streets of Munich. Compared to its 2-door sibling, the new model will feature a significantly longer wheelbase and it will come with “L”-shaped LED taillights.
The German automaker will offer the model with a wide array of engines, including two gasoline units, two diesels, an M version and of course, a hybrid. In other words, expect to see a 6-cylidner, 3.0-liter that produces 300 hp (304 PS / 224 kW), a V8 4.4-liter with 400 hp (406 PS / 298 kW), a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that generates 204 hp (207 PS / 152 kW), another 3.0-liter turbodiesel that has 245 hp (248 PS / 183 kW), a more powerful twin-turbo V8 that churns 555 hp (563 PS / 408 kW) to 570 hp (578 PS / 425 kW) for the M version and a green hybridized 3.0-liter gasoline unit that sports a 54 hp (55 PS / 40 kW) electric motor.
The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe will have to rival some big names in this segment, like the sexy Audi A7, the even sexier Mercedes CLS and the awful-looking Porsche Panamera. The car will be most likely revealed this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it will arrive in dealerships towards the end of next year.
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2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Our esteemed colleagues from Motor Authority have managed to grab a few spy shots with the upcoming facelift for the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. The prototype you see in these photos comes with minimal camouflage so we can catch a glimpse of the car’s styling. You probably noticed already the design of the new bumper which now incorporates bigger intakes, along with the new exhaust tips and probably some updated brakes.
2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Most likely, the engineers from Bentley will probably shave off a couple of pounds and increase the rigidity of the car. The Continental GTC Speed will be powered by a massive W12 6.0-liter engine that is available on all the models in the Continental GT lineup. The output will probably surpass the 600 hp / 553 lb.-ft mark. This engine will be linked to the same 6-speed gearbox from ZF, but it will be considerably faster thanks to the implementation of the Quickshift function which allows double downshifts. If all of these will turn out to be true, the car will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in a mere 4.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of more than 195 mph.
2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
The car will most likely be launched in early 2012, a couple of months after the official debut of the standard Continental GTC.
2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Source: Motor Authority
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Some of you have probably been waiting for a long time for a proper E-type replacement from Jaguar and we now know that it is only 18 months away from an official unveiling. According to company insiders, the car will feature an all-aluminum body and it will be available in coupe and cabrio versions, most of them being powered by a V6 gasoline engine. A more powerful V8 engine will be launched later on.
Originally, the car was designed as a roadster that could rival with the Porsche Boxster, but the production version will certainly be longer and wider than the German model. This next gen E-type will feature the same aluminum architecture that Jaguar has used on the new XK and both of them are going to be manufactured at the company’s plant in Castle Bromwich, located near Birmingham, UK.
Creating two entirely different cars that are based on the same architecture was a difficult task for the automaker’s engineers, but according to insiders, the new E-type is going to have just about the same dimensions as the current XK, although it will be 250 mm shorter, measuring 4.55 m long.
Jaguar believes that there is going to be an important demand coming from the American market where the E-type was known as the XKE. This demand will be powerful especially among female customers.
The new E-type could make its first official appearance in January 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show, about 50 years after the launch of the legendary “Lightweight E-type” that participated at the Sebring 12 Hours as well as at the Le Mans in 1963.
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2012 BMW M6
Our colleagues from Carscoop have managed to grab a few spy shots with the 2012 BMW M6 which will have the same engine as the soon-to-be-released M5, a V8 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged unit. This engine will produce 560 hp and will have a peak torque of 502 lb.-ft (680 Nm).
All this power will be sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic. The U.S. market might also get an optional classic 6-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the car will sport an electronically controlled multi-plate limited slip differential.
2012 BMW M6
As we can see from these photos, the car will get bigger wheels and brake discs, along with a new design for the front bumper, which will feature more generous air dams. The side skirts will also be redesigned, along with the rear bumper that will come with quad exhaust tips and a new place for the reflectors.
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A couple of weeks ago at the Shanghai Auto Show we’ve seen the concept version of the A-Class and now, courtesy of Autocar.co.uk, we get to see the production version which will be out next year. Mercedes has put a great deal of effort into the new generation as it will have to face up some serious competition coming from the soon-to-be-released replacements for the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series.
As opposed to the 3-door concept seen in Shanghai, this prototype features rear doors. The production version will feature the narrow glasshouse of the concept, along with the sharply ranked front windscreen as well as the A-pillars, making it a lot more attractive than the previous generations.
The current A-Class is a compact and spacious family car but this role will be handed over to the B-Class. The forthcoming A-Class will feature a lot of interior components that will be borrowed from the C-Class. The car will be based on an entirely new platform, dubbed MFA, featuring a strut front suspension and a multi-link rear axle.
The car will be powered by the company’s current lineup of 4-cylinder engines, both gasoline and diesels, borrowed from the aforementioned C-Class, which will be modified for a transverse installation.
Upon launch, the most powerful engine will probably be the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 hp, the one we’ve seen in the concept. This unit will be linked to a dual-clutch transmission, replacing the current CVT gearbox that is used in the current A-Class and B-Class models. As far as diesels are concerned, Mercedes will opt for at least a 4-cylinder 2.2-liter engine while power will vary from 130 hp to 180 hp.
In 2013 we will most likely see the AMG version of the new A-Class, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that generates 320 hp. This model will come with a four-wheel drive configuration and will rival the Audi S3.
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The guys over at AutoExpress have managed to take a few spy shots with the upcoming Mercedes BLS, considered to be the scaled down version of the sexy CLS. These pictures were taken in Germany and we get to see a 4-door sedan that has a few coupe design cues.
The car is based on the same technology that Mercedes-Benz uses for the new A and B-Class and it will rival the Volkswagen Passat CC and the recently revealed Audi A3 sedan. Although we don’t get to see a lot of things due to the heavily camouflage, we’ve learned from AutoExpress that the Germans will focus on the design of the car and as a result we should expect to see a sculpted bodywork., which should look alike its bigger brother, the CLS.
In addition, it will most likely feature a sloping rear roofline to add a little bit of sportiness, while the interior will be set up in order to accommodate four passengers and we should see individual chairs and a lot of room.
The Mercedes BLS will be powered by the exact same 1.8-liter gasoline and 2.1-liter diesel engines that you can find in the C-Class, which will be adapted for a FWD configuration. It wouldn’t be a total surprise if it will be available with the 2.0-liter, twin-turbo engine that produces 265 hp, the same one which will power the A-Class AMG.
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New Details About The 2013 Mini Cooper Emerge
We’ve learned from our colleagues at AutoExpress.co.uk that the next generation of the Mini Cooper which should be out sometime in 2013 will be styled by Anders Warming. The new look will be more dramatic, featuring an upward-sweeping shoulder line, a steeply raked windscreen and a prominent front grille.
The new Mini will ride on an all-new front wheel drive platform that will be a little bit larger in comparison to the one on the current model. We don’t have in depth details about this but we can tell you that it will probably be flexible enough to spawn a 5-door hatchback, most likely the next generation of the Clubman.
The car will probably get a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that generates 128 hp (130 PS / 96 kW) and 148 hp (150 PS / 110 kW) in diesel and gasoline variants, respectively. In addition, it will be available with a couple of engines borrowed from the BMW 1-Series in the form of some 4-cylinder 2.0-liter units, but nothing is certain at the moment. Lastly, the new Mini Cooper will get a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that will deliver 178 hp (180 PS / 132 kW) for the S version and 217 hp (220 PS / 162 kW) for the John Cooper Works (JCW) model.
The 2013 Mini Cooper will make its first appearance sometime next year at an important international motor show and will hit the dealerships the following year. We’ll keep you posted when more information will become available. Stay tuned.
Source: Auto Express | Photo: WCF
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Our colleagues from WCF have managed to grab a few spy shots with the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 while undergoing some testing at the Nurburgring track. The prototype you see in these shots has a huge intercooler which can only mean that the production version will be considerably a lot more powerful.
Although we don’t have any official information coming from the Blue Oval, if we believe the latest rumors going on the Internet, the car will be powered by a new V8 5.8-liter supercharged engine that might produce 620 hp (629 PS / 462 kW), which will be 70 hp (71 PS / 52 kW) more than the model it will replace.
The car looks just about the same as the current model, but when the production version will hit the dealership; it might be a little bit different. Stay tuned for more information.
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WCF’s photographers have managed to grab a few spy shots with the upcoming 2012 Audi S7 which will be officially unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car you see in these photos is a prototype while doing some tests near Nurburgring.
As you might have noticed, it features a very aggressive front fascia and a four-tailpipe exhaust system, along with the aerodynamic side sills. Most likely, the production version of the S7 will benefit from a high-performance braking system, a sport-tuned suspension and faux aluminum mirror casings.
Under the hood it will probably feature the same engine as we shall see in the new generation of the Bentley Continental GT, which is a turbocharged V8 4.0-liter unit that will develop at least 429 hp (435 PS / 320 kW).
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Spy Shots – VW Cross Passat Variant
2012 Volkswagen Cross Passat Variant
It seems that the German automaker Volkswagen is working on a new version of the Passat, dubbed Cross, which looks like the wagon version but it seems to be sitting on a raised chassis. In addition, from these spy shots (courtesy of WCF) we notice that matte black paneling around the bottom, beneath the camouflage. Also, the wheel arches seem to be widened.
2012 Volkswagen Cross Passat Variant
The car will benefit from VW”s traditional 4Motion all-wheel drive system and some of the engines which are going to be available include the 2.0 TFSI gasoline unit that generates 207 hp (211 PS / 155 kW) and the 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 167 hp (170 PS / 125 kW).
2012 Volkswagen Cross Passat Variant
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Hotter BMW M3 Sedan In The Works
We’ve learned from our colleagues at autocar.co.uk that BMW is working on a more powerful and faster version of the M3 sedan, before the next generation of the 3-Series debuts next year. These spy shots were taken on the Nurburgring track and we know that this hotter M3 will get the same V8 4.4-liter engine as the one in the M3 GTS. In addition, the car will go on a diet and lose some pounds, making it a more track-focused model.
The 0-62 mph sprint should be done in a mere 4.5 seconds, while top speed will be almost 190 mph. Expect to see some changes in the suspension and braking configuration of the car. From these spy shots we can see that the new variant of the M3 sedan will look a little bit more aggressive, featuring updated front and rear bumpers, along with new front and rear splitters as well as some lighter body panels borrowed from the aforementioned M3 GTS. In addition, it will take the GTS’ lightweight sports exhaust system.
The car will be slotted above the standard M3 and under the M3 GTS, which usually was M3 CSL territory, but we don’t know if the car will wear this moniker.
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Our colleagues from CarMagazine have learned that the upcoming 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will be more differentiated from the 911, featuring a 4-cylinder engine and lots of technical modifications. The next Boxster (981) will not be an evolution of the current model, but an entirely new vehicle that will feature a cab-forward design which will be crisper and with sportier proportions.
The wheelbase of the new Boxster will be 60mm longer, while the overall length will be up by 37mm. The height will be dropped by 10mm and in the cabin; the legroom will be improved by 18mm. Despite the fact that it is going to be a little bit bigger and with more equipment, the 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will weigh 15 kg less than the outgoing model, which means that it will have a curb weight of 1320 kg for the standard version and 1340 kg for the “S” model.
The standard model will be powered by a 2.7-liter engine that will develop 265 hp and a peak torque of 280 Nm, while the Boxster S gets a more powerful 3.4-liter that churns 315 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to the PDK gearbox, the standard model will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 164 mph. The “S” needs only 4.9 seconds for the sprint and can reach a top speed of 171 mph
The 3rd generation of the Porsche Boxster will make its official debut in January next year at the Detroit Motor Show.
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We have some fresh new spy shots of the upcoming “S” version of the exquisite Aston Martin Rapide, courtesy of our colleagues form AutoExpress. In these shots we see a prototype undergoing some road rests near the company’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The standard version of the Rapide features a massive V12 6.0-liter engine that cranks out 470 hp, enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.3 seconds. However, the “S” version will be even quicker than that and more powerful, featuring an uprated engine coming from the DBS, with 510 ponies. Most likely, the car will get carbon-ceramic disc brakes as standard, along with a firmer configuration of the suspension.
The model should be out later on this year and it will certainly be more expensive than the standard Rapide so expect to see a price tag of almost 200,000 pounds.
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