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Categories: Rumors

BMW i4 And i5 Rumored

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW i4 And i5 Rumored test 2

When BMW officially introduced its "i" sub-brand, it announced two initial vehicles under the brand: the i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) and the i3 (aka Megacity Vehicle). Given that disparity, it was quite easy to read between the lines: BMW will build a whole model line-up between the 3 and the 8. A recent rumor originating on BMW Blog provides a look at the next i models on tap.

According toBMW Blog's source, BMW is already planning an i4 and i5. The i4 will essentially be a sporty two-seater based on the i3 city car. While it will be based on the i3 and may share that model's all-electric drivetrain, it will be positioned as a more affordable i8, so expect to see some fluid lines and styling.


Bugatti Chief Talks Of 16C Galibier

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It's been about two years since Bugatti first revealed its completely over-the-top 16C Galibier, essentially a sedan version of the Veyron. Since that time, the company has toyed with us, hinting that it would send the four-seater to production, but never quite coming out and saying it. With Veyron production all but over, and no other successor in sight, we read between the lines and figured that official 16C Galibier confirmation was on the way. And Bugatti isn't disappointing.

Reports based on a conversation between Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport indicate that Bugatti's next car will indeed be a four-seater. The report is open-ended enough to believe that the new car could be based, either strictly or loosely, on the 16C concept. In addition to having four seats, the car will offer plenty of trunk space.


Mazda Predicts Return Of The Rotary

On: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Salamone


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When Mazda announced the RX-8 would soon disappear from their vehicle lineup, rotary fans took a collective gasp of concern. The rotary engine, currently found in the RX-8, has become something of a defining characteristic of Mazda sports cars and an engine many people will be reluctant to lose permanently. In the face of public outcry, a senior company engineer told TheDetroitBureau.com that Mazda intends to reinstate an updated rotary engine later in this decade.

Patented in 1929 by German inventor Felix Wankel, the rotary still bears his moniker and is perhaps better known as the ‘Wankel’. Rotary engines operate differently from typical gas and diesel powertrains because they rely on a spinning triangular rotor instead of traditional pistons. The downside to rotary engines is also what makes them potent racetrack competitors—low gas mileage caused by high RPM.


2013 Aston Martin Cygnet: Not A Bond Girl in Sight!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2013 Aston Martin Cygnet test 2

My, the world has changed, hasn't it? It seems like only yesterday a young, virile Sean Connery was racing around in an Aston Martin DB5, beating the villains, getting the girl, and all was right with the world. Ever since the time of Goldfinger, Aston Martin has still kept a very Bond-like cachet about it that exuded from most every model they have created for public consumption—a subtle "Yes, I am a little better than you" attitude that seemed somehow... accepted... over the course of time. But, all that glitz and glamor seems to have come and gone with the advent of the Aston Martin Cygnet.


 

New Details on Ferrari 458 Spyder

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We all know that a convertible version of the 458 Spyder is the next Ferrari on the docket. Ferrari told us so via Fiat. Apparently, the open-top version of Ferrari's award-winning mid-level coupe is coming pretty soon, because Maranello has already started showing it off to potential buyers. One such VIP has done a little yammering, providing a few details on the upcoming convertible.


Lamborghini Estoque To Spawn Four-Seat Convertible

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Estoque To Spawn Four-Seat Convertible test 2

It seems a little early to start talking about Lamborghini sedan spin-offs. After all, official word is that a potential sedan model is still in hot competition with an SUV for the coveted third spot in Lambo's line. So keep in mind this is a rumor built on top of a rumor.

According to Top Speed, Lamborghini is already planning a convertible version of its sedan. The convertible would hit the market about two years after the hard-topped model.


Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On Its Way!

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On It's Way! test 2

If you have been paying any attention at all to the sports coupe market in the last couple years, you no doubt know that it is a segment teeming with options that are all very quick and very exciting. With cars like the Civic Si, MazdaSpeed 3, V6 Camaro, and Mustang (not to mention all the hype surrounding the upcoming Toyota/Suburu FT-S concept), it's no wonder that the Hyundai Genesis coupe is upping its ante in this high-stakes pool.


Bentley Chief Says SUV On The Way

On: Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It really shouldn't come as any surprise at this point. Everyone else is doing it, so why not Bentley? Plus, Bentley SUV rumors are nothing new; they've been around since SUVs were actually topical. 

According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Bentley is planning to build an SUV to compete with other luxury SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover. And the magazine received the word from Bentley chief (and former Porsche exec) Wolfgang Durheimer.


Porsche 928 Revival Looking Likely

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 9:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 928 Revival Looking Likely test 1-1

Rumors and reports of a new Porsche 928 have been on the table (and Interwebz) for years now.  According to Autocar, a new front-engined GT coupe, inspired by the original 928 of the 70s, 80s and 90s, is indeed on the way.


Mercedes SLC: It's About Time!

On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes SLC:  It's About Time! test 1-1

It seems a bit long overdue, but it has finally been confirmed that Mercedes is finally building a Porsche/Corvette fighting sports coupe. Sure the SLK Roadster is a lot of fun, but the fact of the matter is it just can’t compete on the track with anything more than 250 horsepower. Even with its new redesign, it’s a fun car, but real enthusiasts aren’t going to flock towards it, no matter how pretty. On the other end of the spectrum, the drop-dead gorgeous high-end SLS AMG is a premium blend bruiser. Unlike the mass produced SLK, the SLS AMG is too exotic, and far too expensive for most enthusiasts to afford, or to drive with any amount of regularity (presuming they want to preserve it to any extent). So Mercedes has solved that problem by creating car in between the two that will be called the SLC.


Kia Gets Juice: Two V-8 Concepts Coming in Next Year

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 5:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


Kia Gets Juice: Two V-8 Concepts Coming in Next Year test 1-1

Korean cars have really come a long way in the past few decades. Growing up, I remember the brand "Hyundai" being equivalent to "cheap, Korean junk." But, more recently, Hyundai has established itself as a manufacturer of award-winning and even luxurious automobiles like the Equus and Genesis. It's a whole 'nother Hyundai.