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Report: Details on next BMW 3-Series and M3 surface

Although the BMW M3 was recently just replaced, that doesn’t mean BMW isn’t stopping from developing the next-generation model, due sometime in 2018.

According to a new report from Automobile, the next BMW M3 should sport at least 500hp, 69hp more than the current model, thanks to the help of electric turbocharger technology and a new water injection system, like the one found on the 2015 M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car.

The next M3 should also ahve a lower center of gravity, a wider track, and a longer wheelbase. Meaning, yup. That indicates the M3 should grow in size. The suspension should be adjustable, as well as the anti-roll bars.

As for the rest of the 3-Series lineup, the new model should also follow a similar levels of change, as with the M3 just described. But further more, BMW’s also looking to add more plug-in hybrid options.

Source: Automobile


Report: More details on future Lotus plans and models surface

Lotus has come under fire over the past several years for a lack of direction and focus, but if Top Gear’s recent sit down with new CEO Jean Marc-Gales is an indication of things to come, there’s no need for skepticism.

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Unsurprisingly, the Elise, Exige, and Evora will form the basis of Lotus’ three-pronged attack for the foreseeable future, with many variants being introduced down the line, including an Evora Roadster. Gales also confirmed that the updated 3.5-liter supercharged V6 powering the new Evora 400 will find its way into other ranges, including the Exige and – this is the real exciting piece of news – a new 2-Eleven.

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The new next-gen Audi R8, it’s finally here
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Given the fact that an official photo of the new Audi R8 was released not too long ago, that could’ve only meant one thing: the car was due to be revealed in the near future.

Now, here it is, in all of its second generation glory: the all-new second generation Audi R8.

Everything from the design, to the chassis, and to the interior, has been reworked and the R8 now officially comes with Audi’s new LED headlights or optional laser headlights, capable of doubling its range to up to 600 meters.

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The Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept goes live
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Mini is jumping on board the Vision Gran Turismo train with their own concept. Meet the Clubman Vision Gran Turismo.

And it’s obviously a sleeker Clubman-based concept, designed to provide us a preview with Mini’s future design language. It’ll also be available to drive in the world of Gran Turismo, if you have a Playstation.

The Mini Clubman Gran Turismo separates itself from the normal Clubman by providing a sleeker roofline and widened body fenders for a much more aggressive look. The larger and more pronounced grille also serves up a pair of driving fog lights, making for a very sporty appearance.

Propulsion is served up by an unspecifice d395hp engine with a six-speed sequential automatic and all-wheel drive. The result is a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the press brief after the jump.

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Mitsubishi reveales the Concept XR-PHEV II for Geneva
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Mitsubishi is back again with a new concept, which is called the XR-PHEV II and its set to debut in Geneva in the coming month.

It’s of the crossover type and looks like it could be a suitable replacement for the aging Outlander Sport, a compact crossover.

The new Concept XR-PHEV follows Mitsubishi’s previous concepts in terms of design theme, which is visible with the similar grille and frontal profile as other Mitsu concepts of previous years.

As usual, the Japanese brand still pitches the idea of hybrid powertrains with a new 163hp electric motor with a 12 kWh battery.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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The Audi Prologue Avant Concept preps for Geneva
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Audi pulled the wraps on a new concept called the Prologue Avant and is basically a five-door shooting brake.

The Prologue Coupe from LA basically set the precedent for this new Prologue Avant, which is a five-door version of that coupe.

Power is supplied by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged TDI V6 with 353hp and assistance from a 100-kW electric motor mated to the eight-speed automatic.

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The track-only Aston Martin Vulcan, this is it, and only 24 will exist
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Aston Martin was rumored to be readying a new track-only supercar called the Vulcan. And it was just revealed today.

Featuring a wicked new design that’s just totally bonkers, the new Vulcan gets a naturally-aspirated 7.0L V12 with 800hp on tap, mated to a race-spec six-speed sequential transmission. Also, thanks to clever technology and design, Aston also says its power-to-weight ratio exceeds the GTE race cars often found in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Everything is bespoke from the adjustable suspension and anti-roll bars, to the variable traction control system and the ABS. Everything is there to provide the thrill of a track-day supercar that’s also rare and exclusive.

Production is limited to 24 units total. Price? Not cheap, that’s for sure.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Pictures surface of new Volkswagen CC Concept due at Geneva
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Volkswagen’s bringing a new CC Concept to Geneva next month and some new picture of it surfaced by way of AutoExpress.

The CC is due for its replacement as the new Passat generation is already on sale in Europe. That said, it was only a matter of time until the new CC shows up.

Expect the usual mixture of gas and diesel engines for propulsion, much like the new Passat, as well as less weight and better fuel efficiency, along with more features and a new design.

Production is likely slated to begin in 2017.

Source: AutoExpress


McLaren’s reveal for Geneva is here, meet the 675LT
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McLaren had its new supercar revealed ahead of Geneva, thanks to Swiss auto magazine, Automobile Revue. It’s called the 675LT, and it’s a more track-focused version of the 650S Coupe.

It featured an upgraded twin-turbo 3.8L V8 from the 650S, tweaked to offer 25 more horses for a result of 675hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

But that’s not all as the 675LT is also lighter by 220lbs, bringing the scales to 2,711lbs. Overall, the result is a 0-60 time of just 2.9 seconds while 124 mph takes 7.9 seconds.

Check out the press release after the jump for more info.

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Report: Mercedes-Benz ain’t moving down market

Mercedes-Benz is known and perceived as a luxury automobile company. But over time, they’ve produced more affordable vehicles for the masses, like the A-Class and B-Class in the 1990s. More recently, for our market, they’ve introduced the GLA and the CLA.

But according to Motoring in Australia, that’s as far down market as they’re willing to reach, after speaking with CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche.

Benz ain’t considering any cheaper models, regardless of high crossover demand.

This basically dismisses some rumors that a crossover based on a Renault Clio could surface from the automaker, considering Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan are working on a couple things right now.

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Motoring