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BREAKING REPORT: Subaru apparently confirms new BRZ STI
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Some breaking news comes in from AutomotiveNews, who apparently received confirmation from insiders at Subaru of America, specifically the corporate communications director, Michael McHale, who said that a performance BRZ is on the way within “a couple years.”

However, McHale also said that there’s a high-chance that the new performance BRZ could be a “tuned by TSI” version, which would be a BRZ that’s just short of a full-fledged STI model. Obviously, we, and the public, want the latter.

Click here for our original post on the Subaru STI Performance Concept from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

This means that the idea of a BRZ STI is still in the hands of market trends, meaning Subaru needs to see a solid business case in the situation before they move forward.

Sounds like old news, but given the concept of a performance BRZ was refreshed by the STI Performance Concept at the New York Auto Show recently, there’s a chance Subaru might actually get around to doing it this time.

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Photo Rendering: Patents offer look at final Civic sedan and coupe
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There was the coupe concept in New York, followed by the spy shots that surfaced just last week. It seems we are getting closer and closer to Honda pulling the wraps off of its new global compact, and these patent drawings obtained by gizmag give us our best look yet.

The images seem legitimate; the proportions of the concept are all there, but the flash has been toned down. No massive wheels, no huge air intake up front or spoiler out back, and the side mirrors are actually legal now. That said, the coupe is looking decidedly less interesting, especially in profile. The bulky overhang behind the tiny rear wheels is evocative of the oft-maligned Accord Crosstour, and that’s probably not the image Honda wants to associate with its most profitable model.

If anything, the sedan may end up being the more normal looking of the two. The extra doors give it a valid excuse to look and feel large, although it’s immediately obvious Honda is dangerously approaching Accord-like scale here. Interestingly, no matter which Civic you buy, both will be identical from the A-pillar forward.

Of course, the muted greys of the patent documents don’t do the car justice, and the concept truly made a positive statement in the flesh, so it’s far too early to be pessimistic. How do you think the new Civic is shaping up? Let us know in the comments.

–Adam Ismail

Source: Gizmag


Report: Honda’s S660 could gain a Type-R variant and a new S1000 is possible

Ok, so it seems like Honda’s finally gotten a grip on the reality of their position–that it could be so much better than what it is right now.

This is observable from the extremely-likable Honda Civic Coupe Concept from the New York Auto Show and the introduction of their new Kei roadster, the S660, currently on sale in Japan only.

To make things more interesting, Australia’s Motoring reports Honda may even add a Type-R version of the S660. This gets us even more excited after Honda’s famous tuner firm Mugen, introduced their version of the S660.

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Report: Land Rover’s new Defender could get an SVR variant

Big news from Land Rover is the coming of the next-generation Defender, which according to AutoExpress in the UK, could be getting a new SVR version.

Land Rover’s been planning some big things with their newly established Special Vehicle Operations division in partnership with Jaguar, and Land Rover’s design chief, Gerry McGovern, apparently hinted at this new Defender SVR’s plan to stand up against the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. And those are some pretty damn big shoes to fill.

The next-gen Defender is so far rumored to be scheduled for a launch date sometime in 2018.

Additionally, this new SVR variant won’t be the only variant to the Defender line. Other reports suggested the Defender will even come with a minimum of five body styles.

Either way, a new Defender is coming, and that’s all we care about.

Source: AutoExpress


Lotus officially signs deal with Chinese corporation, production to begin in China

It seems Lotus has struck a deal with some Chinese investors who go by the name of Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co. Ltd.

That means both Proton and Lotus will be producing cars in China, which is a part of the automaker’s plans to become a more prominent player in the industry.

Rumors began surfacing regarding Lotus after a recent troubled past left them rather crippled and on the brink of failure. Those rumors include a possible crossover, sedan, and even the return of the Esprit, which we’ve all been waiting for. The crossover and sedan might not sound appealing (though to us, the sedan certainly does), crossovers are hot sellers and help automakers making money, allowing them to stay a float.

Ultimately, this means things are heating up with Lotus, and we’re excited to see what’s coming.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Ford goes full-size luxury with Chinese market Taurus
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“Premium business sedan.” That’s what Ford is calling its newest Taurus, designed specifically for the Chinese market and unveiled ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show. While the words “Taurus” and “full-size luxury” may at first seem like an odd pairing, this version raises the stakes across the board compared to its American counterpart. It also marks the first time the nameplate has been used in China.

First, it’s immediately clear just by looking at the Taurus that it’s grown; it’s 116 inches long, three inches longer than the one sold on our shores. While there’s the obvious benefit of additional legroom, lengthening the wheelbase has also allowed Ford to throw in power-reclining, massaging rear seats – options that likely won’t go unnoticed in the segment.

At launch the only option will be the blue oval’s 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6, developing 325 hp. That will be paired to a six-speed auto, but later on a 2.0 turbo will also be offered, according to CarNewsChina. The Taurus will be built at Changan Ford’s new Hangzhou plant, and starts at the Chinese equivalent of $48,400 USD.

Check past the jump for the press release.

–Adam Ismail

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Civic Coupe spy shots maintain concept’s sleek profile
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Honda appeared to have hit a home run with it’s eye-searing green show-stopper at the New York Auto Show a couple weeks back. Now thanks to some new spy shots, we have a better idea of how closely the production version of the Civic Coupe will follow the high expectations set at the Javitz Center.

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Report: Cadillac CT6 could be sent to the V finishing school
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Cadillac’s Mark Reuss is also GM’s executive vice president for global product development and he recently sat down with AutoBlog, where Reuss hinted that the new CT6 could be sent to the V finishing school to make a high-performance variant.

Click here for our original post on the Cadillac CT6 from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

In the interview, Reuss said the CT6’s Omega platform, which is loosely based off of the CTS’s and ATS’s Alpha platform, is more than capable of handling extra power and grunt. Though similar to BMW’s position with the idea of an M7, Cadillac’s not sure if there’s a market for a CT6-V.

And this is despite the fact that the Jaguar XJR, Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, Audi S8, and Maserati Quattroporte exist to fill this niche in the full-size market.

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Video: Watch a BMW 135i with an M3 V8 swap make for a pretty bonkers car

There are two things in this world that any automobile guru hold to a high-regard–V8s and BMWs.

This isn’t to say that current BMW models don’t come with one of the greatest powerplant designs ever in history, but some cars were never given the option–one being the BMW 1-Series.

That’s because it relied solely on BMW’s luscious straight-six, which is equally just fine.

But then, Performance Technic by Marco Svizzero decided to do the unthinkable by seeing what a V8-equipped BMW 1-Series is like, by swapping the engine of a E92 BMW M3 into a 1-Series M Coupe.

Not only that, Drive’s Matt Farah gets to drive it.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Volvo’s new 2015 XC90 T8 Twin Engine will cost you around $68,100 for starters
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Volvo’s new XC90 is just about launching on our shores. And in order to gain access to one as well as have it in your driveway in exchange for your hard-earned money, you’ll need to fork over around $68,100 for the price of entry into a T8 Twin Engine variant.

That’ll get you a Momentum trim-level model. As you climb up the ladder however, so do the amount of options on the extras list. For example, a top-spec Inscription model starts at $71,600.

Power is supplied by not an eight-cylinder engine, but a 2.0L inline-four that’s both supercharged and turbocharged, and has plug-in hybrid capabilities. The result is 394hp and a 0-60 time of just 5.7 seconds.

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