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Future Cars

  • BMW readying 500-horsepower i8S hybrid supercar for 2017 launch

    Electric and hybrid cars might've initially been developed with the environment in mind, but it seems that automotive companies are rapidly changing their conservative mindsets. Once such case is BMW. The company's i8 is revolutionary in an array of aspects, but Munich is getting its world famous performance itch and we may very well see an i8S version, rated for 500-horsepower. It probably won't be badged as an "M" model, but it will get a few more horses. And no. BMW isn't just planning on dropping a higher-powered powertrain into the system either. An entirely new aerodynamic profile, reports US magazine...

  • Audi A9 teaser reveals Ingolstadt’s new futuristic design language

    We've always wondered if Audi would ever run out of single digit numbers for its model monikers, and now it looks like our qualms have finally been answered. With the Los Angeles Motor Show making its bow in just over a month's time, we'll finally get our first glimpse of Audi's range-topping A9 coupe. When the A7 SUV was launched, it was widely believed that Audi -- should it ever launch an A9 -- would unveil a flagship SUV according to its odd-numbered naming scheme. But the car, at least according to the teasers, will be a low-slung coupe. The car...

  • Honda’s next NSX will be Ferrari fast, Porsche polished and Audi affordable

    Honda fans have had a lot to look forward to recently, including the announcement that the marque will make its return to Formula 1 in the back of next year's McLaren, and the unveiling of the zany Civic Type-R concept, sporting a turbocharged, high-revving motor. But there's even more to look forward to, according to head of the NSX project, Ted Klaus. "We have to achieve the type of acceleration that the customer is achieving with the Ferrari," he told WhatCar?, but made sure to elaborate the price differential from the NSX to the 458 Italia. "I think we are aiming...

  • Is it a car? Is it a bike? Nope, it’s Toyota’s i-Road

    Come October, the city of Grenoble in the south east of France will have 35 new, electric, brightly-coloured, three-wheeled Toyota i-Roads on it streets. The vehicles are part of a car-share pilot project Toyota has undertaken in conjunction with the city, French power company EDF and other partners that seeks to offer Grenoble’s residents additional options for completing the last or first legs of local journeys. The i-Road, which started life as a concept car, is a curious mixture of motorcycle and car with the steering dynamics of a motor boat. Toyota’s “Active Lean” technology sees the i-Road leaning into...

  • Nissan planning big things for future GT-R, including Le Mans entry and hybrid power

    The Nissan GT-R is a mighty feat of engineering. There's no doubt that it's one of the greatest Japanese automobiles built, slaying more expensive supercars and hypercars left, right and centre. But Nissan is already looking forward to its successor, which promises to be even more bonkers and boast even more technology than its older brother. Talking to MotorTrend, a source close to the auto manufacturer has outed some juicy details regarding the forthcoming track tormentor. "You can expect to see the next-gen GT-R get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car," he hinted to the site, suggesting that...

  • This is it: Renault previews new Espace ahead of Paris debut

    When Renault announced that it would be launching a successor to the current Espace, it wasn't entirely clear what direction it intended to take. Sure we knew that the new look vehicle would likely be based on the Initiale concept the French Marque showed off last year, but there were still plenty of blanks to be filled in. We can now fill in one of those blanks with confirmation that Reanult won't be killing the iconic 30-year-old badge. Yup, the new Espace will be an Espace. According to Renault, a lot of effort has been made to ensure that...

  • Alfa aims big, looks to take on F-type with new 6C

    The fine folks down at Alfa really have been busy little bees of late. First we got word that the iconic Italian marque would be pumping out a sedan capable of taking on BMW's M3 and now it looks like its upcoming coupe, the 6C, will have its sights set squarely on the Jaguar F-Type. According to Auto Express, the rear-wheel drive, front-engined car will be called the 6C and will presumably slot neatly between the 4C and the 8C in your automotive fantasies. The UK-based publication also reports that it will be based on the Maserati Alfieri concept...

  • Infiniti previews a new grille…we think

    Nissan's luxury vehicle arm Infiniti is going to be releasing something big at the Paris Motor Show, we think. It's a little bit difficult to tell given that the teaser it's sent out to the press sets new levels of vaguery in a genre notorious for being vague. Alongside the teaser image above are forty words of text that say: Style and substance that push any preconceived limits. Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before from the company. For now, this. For more − À bientôt. Got it? Good. Us neither. Given the level...

  • The Ferrari F80 Raeli could easily demolish a Formula 1 car, if it were real

    There have been some gorgeous Ferraris in the past, in concept, racing and production form. The F40 holds the hearts of many a Ferrari fan, while the GTO 250 is a US$38.1-million dream. But fans who can't necessarily afford these legendary vehicles often dabble with pen and paint themselves, to craft a concept as, if not more, breath-taking. Adriano Raeli is one such example, and his "F80" concept is a sheet metal masterpiece. The designer modeled his F80 on stealth fighter jets and draws plenty of inspiration from the Enzo as well. Larger air intakes, a raked windshield and over-sized...

  • Renovo makes the electric car very sexy with its 500bhp Shelby prototype

    If you thought Elon Musk and Tesla were at the pinnacle of good-looking electric cars, then we've got something we'd like to show you. It packs 500bhp worth of punch, has a 0-60mph time of 3.4 seconds and looks absolutely astonishing. Built by the Daytona-based Renovo Motors, the Shelby-based two-seater electric made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours this past weekend and it's got pretty much everyone who's seen it excited. Don't expect to see Renovos driving around your neighbourhood anytime soon though. The car, which will be produced in limited numbers, is designed to show off the...

  • Toyota’s new versions of the FT-1 are pure, menacing awesomeness

    At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, there was near universal agreement that Toyota should absolutely put the FT-1 concept it showed off there into production. Now it looks like it's taken a small step in that direction with the unveiling of a new version of the concept at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala held in Monterey, California and the differences are striking. While the first FT-1 looked like the embodiment of sports-car freedom in red, the new version looks menacing and shark-like in graphite. The interior has also been modified from the FT-1 we saw...

  • Could our collective future include a 500bhp Alfa super sedan

    Petrol-heads around the world will be perking their ears at this news. Alfa Romeo is reportedly working on a 500bhp super sedan aimed squarely at taking on the BMW M3. According to the UK's Auto Express, when Alfa launches its Guilia sedan next year, it will include a barn-storming variant tweaked for performance from the get-go. Power will reportedly come courtesy of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Auto Express also reports that the Guilia will will be rear-wheel drive and will be lighter than the 1 635kg M3. That means its 0-100km/h time should also be significantly faster than that...

  • The Audi Airomorph might be the craziest, most innovative concept car ever [Gallery]

    So we already know that students can build incredible cars under the right circumstances, but what if they don't actually have to build the car? What if they just have to design it? Well, if you're Eric Kim -- a graduate at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California -- then you come up with something completely extraordinary. Working in concert with Audi AG, at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the concept is meant to represent the future of Le Mans racing. Inspired by a Catamaran, the Airomorph would be made of a single sheet...

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