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Categories: Rumors

What The F-Type Took So Long?!

On: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Jaguar F-type test 2

For those that are lucky enough to remember the Hot Rods of the 1960's and '70's, there were some tough choices to make back then if you were in the market for a new sports car. Not only was there an array of phenomenal domestic cars on the market to choose from, there were some fantastic cars coming in from overseas. One of the prettiest out there was the venerable E-Type, which caused many potential owners lots of grief -- Corvette or E-Type? E-Type or Corvette? Although we're quite sure that those that selected the car bearing the crossed flags made the right decision, the E-Type could certainly make any one wonder, "What if ..." every now and then.

Well, a whole new generation of buyers are finally about to experience the agony of that same decision. After what seems to be about a millennium, Jaguar has announced it will bring back a sporty model that will be the unofficial modern-day evolution of the E-Type, known appropriately as the F-Type. Coming in 2013, the F-Type will be one hot ticket based in no small part on the C-X16 concept car Jaguar debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

348 Reasons To Buy A 2013 Genesis Coupe!

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe test 2

In case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere in the middle of a barren wasteland somewhere, you may have taken notice of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It is a wonderful entry level sports coupe that has all but taken the under-$40,000 market by storm since its debut back in 2008 and has only been getting better since then.

From the onset, the GC designers used an E46 BMW M3 as their benchmark for chassis stiffness and performance and they got pretty close, so one would think that it would be difficult to trump a car that was nearly as good as one of the best cars of the last decade, right? Wrong. 2013 will mark the second official generation of the Genesis Coupe, and boy is it going to be something special! The second-gen Genesis Coupe gets a front and rear fascia facelift that gives it a 370Z meets Lancer Evolution look that is a definite improvement over the outgoing model. Aside from the new fascias, the rear also sports a new LED tail light set up that looks a bit more adult than its predecessor.

Porsche May Develop A Second Sedan

On: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche May Develop A Second Sedan test 2

Dear Porsche: You were once the badge of obtainable dreams, something that got young children excited about going to college and making enough money to be "The Guy" on the other side of that black 911 with massive spoiler sitting in the local mall parking lot. What happened? Now all our Porsche coverage is filled with stories about sedans and small crossovers, not so much about actual sports cars. And, we bet those children are moving their attention away from Porsche. We're rather regretful to report on a baby Panamera at this stage in the game. Please speed up development of the 918 Spyder Hybrid and possible 959 successor so that we can once again look at the Porsche shield with love and admiration.

Toyota Supra Successor To Get 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Supra Successor To Get 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain test 2

The rumored Toyota Supra successor may be taking a move upmarket. Instead of battling mid-level sports cars like the Nissan 370Z, it may be battling flagships like the Honda NSX. A new report is the second we've read that gifts the Supra revival a 400-hp hybrid powertrain that could help it to be Toyota's halo.

We first read about a possible 400-hp hybrid drive unit late last year in Motor Trend. The latest issue of the magazine gives a few more details on the model, which isn't expected to bring back the Supra name.


Convertible Scion FR-S May Show Up Next Year

On: Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Convertible Scion FR-S May Show Up Next Year test 2

After years of development, the pieces are all in place for the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S) and Subaru BRZ. The models went on sale a few weeks ago and should start showing up on roadways soon. Next step? An open-topped FR-S/GT 86.

If Toyota is serious about bringing back its past reputation for sporty, fun-to-drive cars, it won't be able to ignore the sports convertible segment. An entry level sports coupe might be a fun ride, but it doesn't offer quite the same experience as a summer jaunt down a coastal highway with the top down. Toyota needs a convertible to return some excitement to driving.

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG

On: Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Okays Baby SLS AMG test 2

For months, the terms "baby SLS" and "SLC" have occasionally surfaced in auto news sources. Mercedes has reportedly been developing a smaller, less expensive coupe to complement the SLS AMG flagship. Now, it's given it the official go-ahead, according to one news source.

Auto Express reports that Mercedes Head of Design Gorden Wagener confirmed the model and its "SLC" name from the floor of the Beijing Motor Show last week. Past reports have said that the model was coming, but this is the first that we've seen that gives confirmation attributed directly to a Mercedes exec.

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version?

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 To Get Even Bigger With 'X' version? test 2

American consumers haven't exactly been enthralled by the Fiat 500, but maybe they'll take more to the upcoming L variant. If not, Fiat may give them an even bigger 500 to look at: the 500 X. That X stands for "cross," not XL, and the model will essentially be the Fiat 500 crossover.

It's hard to really think of a pint-sized car like the Fiat 500 as a crossover, but that's essentially what Fiat plans to do with its extra large version, according to Automotive News Europe. The 500 X will be the largest version of the 500 (unless a XX follows?), and it will come in both front - and all-wheel drive flavors.

Lamborghini Still Considering Estoque Sedan

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Estoque Sedan test 2

Last summer, we learned that Lamborghini was pitting two prototypes against each other in a battle toward production. The news intimated that one victor would go to market and one loser would disappear like so many other concept cars and prototypes. With the launch of Urus concept this week, it appeared we had a winner in the crossover concept and a loser in the sedan concept. But there may be no losers in this battle.

Lamborghini appears committed to building the Urus SUV, but it hasn't entirely abandoned a sedan based upon the Estoque concept shown in 2008.

Land Rover DC100 May Become Entry Level 'Leisure' Model

On: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover DC100 May Become Entry Level 'Leisure' Model test 2

We've been saying since the day we saw it that the Land Rover DC100 concept just doesn't look hard or strong enough to become the next Defender. An entry level leisure model below the Evoque? That we could buy. And apparently Land Rover is starting to agree.

According to Autocar, Land Rover is considering using the DC100 as an all-new leisure model to take on the role of its cheapest model. That we understand. What we don't understand is the reason - apparently Land Rover has received such a strong positive reaction to the model that they want to make it available to the welcoming masses, instead of parking it into the niche the Defender appeals to.

Next-Gen Mustang May Ditch Retro Look

On: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:41AM | By: Chris Salamone

Ford Evos Concept test 2

Just yesterday Michael Ramsey of The Wall Street Journal posted an interesting article regarding the future of Ford’s ultimate pony car. Instead of continuing the retro trend, Ramsey speculated that Ford would dramatically shift the direction of the Mustang brand. Citing “people familiar with Ford’s plans,” the article fervently declared that the next-generation Ford Mustang will likely retain a few currently recognizable features – shark-nosed grille and roundish headlights – but will ultimately look more like the current Ford Fusion over our beloved, but aging Mustang.

The change in focus has everything to do with Generation Y buyers – born 1980 to 1990. Gen Y is just entering the car buying arena and Ford wants Mustang to remain relevant. Apparently cars channeling the bygone era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll are considered less sellable to the emerging youth-buyer market.

Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor?

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus Building A $1 Million Bugatti Competitor? test 2

We've been hearing a lot of Japanese sports car rumors of late, but this is by far the weirdest of the bunch. A report this week has Lexus building a super-LFA supercar that could compete with notables like the Pagani Huayra and upcoming McLaren P12.

Now, Lexus already has the LFA, a $375,000 supercar that's basically the most impressive, exclusive supercar ever to come out of Japan. It's also more than enough supercar for a company that's next most expensive car is more than $250,000 cheaper. So why in the world would it build an even higher end, more expensive car?