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Categories: Rumors

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way!

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Another Spicy Porsche SUV On The Way! test 1-1

A little over a year from now we could be witness to the birth of a rarity:  A new Porsche model line. With the success of the Cayenne in its own stable, Porsche suits, specifically new president Mathias Mueller, have decided not to let BMW run away with the small luxury SUV segment dominated recently by the redesigned X3. Porsche also is not comfortable watching the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Infiniti EX, or Mercedes GLK eat up the rest of the market, nor are they thrilled about BMW ramping up for a new X4 model, so production has been green-lit and Mueller promises a final design will be in place by year’s end. 

Gallardo-Replacing Cabrera To Get 600 Horses

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante test 2

Well, it looks like Lamborghini may be abandoning the lighter components/smaller engines philosophy that company executives talked about last year. Because all we've seen since then, except for the Sesto Elemento, is bigger and bigger engines. Sure, composites have been part of the picture, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort in cutting engine size.

The latest rumor out of French site L'Automobile indicates that the Gallardo replacement, a car that is likely to be introduced in 2013, will add 30-hp over the current Gallardo top-dog—the Gallardo Superleggera—for 600 horses worth of power. That engine's job will be a bit easier thanks to weight cuts from composite construction.

Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier  test 2

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, not only has Bugatti decided to build the sedan, it's gotten the blessing from parent company Volkswagen.

Basically a Veyron dressed up in ultra-premium sedan clothing, the Galibier features the Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine along with two superchargers. At the time that it introduced the concept, Bugatti called it the "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." With its Veyron-based powertrain, excessively luxurious interior, and likely super-million-dollar price tag, it is certainly without a modern rival in terms of elegance and power. Bugatti never specified the output of the Galibier, but it was said to be somewhere between 800-hp and the 1,000-hp of the Veyron 16.4.

Volkswagen To Show New Beetle This Month

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 8:32AM | By: Tim Healey

New Beetle Concept Teaser test 2

No one outside of Volkswagen has seen the actual 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from teasing it incessantly, including an ad during this year's Super Bowl. Television talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey even gave away the car to some members of her audience, never mind that it doesn't exist yet, at least not in production form.

The big tease is about to end. Volkswagen plans to reveal the 2012 New Beetle on April 18th, in three locations spanning the globe: Shanghai, New York City, and Berlin.


More Whispers On Aston-Maybach Team-Up

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Lagonda test 2

Rumors of an Aston Martin-Daimler/Maybach team-up have been surfacing and resurfacing for months. The latest rumor is the most decisive yet, indicating that not only is the Aston-Daimler deal coming, but it's already inked and signed. According to a report from Car and Driver, the deal was actually signed late last year.

Under the agreement, Aston will replace its stretched-to-the-limit 'vertical horizontal' platform with the help of Daimler. Aston needs a larger platform to base its upcoming Lagonda sedan on, and looked outside to find one. Aston found a willing ear in Daimler and will borrow a platform from Mercedes to build the Lagonda on. Aston will also borrow SUV architecture, engines, and possibly a new platform to replace the VH platform that underpins its sports cars.

Mercedes to Unveil Two New Cars in New York

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe test 2

As any good auto-show junkie knows, the 2011 New York Auto Show will commence in less than a month. While the show doesn't have the panache of the earlier and more robust Geneva show, it typically plays host to several prominent debuts and concept cars.

For this year's New York event, Mercedes has one of each planned. According to a Carscoop report, the German luxury car maker will present an all-new AMG model as well as a new concept car. Those two debuts will join the already announced 2012 C63 AMG Coupe.

Rumor: BMW Working On 4-Series Line

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 6:17PM | By: Tim Healey

BMW Working On 4-Series Line test 2

According to several sources, BMW is working on a 4-Series line that could compete with the Audi A5 Sportback. Many observers have speculated that BMW was readying a new 3-Series GT four-door coupe/hatchback design (think 5-Series GT, but smaller) and now the rumor mill is saying that perhaps the 3-Series GT is actually a 4-Series GT.

If BMW comes out with a 4-Series GT, it would be one of several vehicles in the 4-Series family. There would be a sedan, conventional coupe, and convertible, as well.

BMW Pickup Car = April Fool's Prank

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Well, BMW has come clean, admitting that the M3-based pickup car was indeed test 2

When I first saw spy shots of the now infamous BMW pickup car last week, my first instinct was to check the calendar. "Good, only mid-March, so I wasn't in a Scotch-induced coma for three weeks. But, what is this thing all about?"

A car that weird and out of the blue just smacked of April Fool’s humor. While it wasn't actually April Fool's Day, the fact that the car was spotted just weeks before that holiday pointed to a joke.

Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 2:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Rumor: 10 Years of New Lamborghinis test 1-1

Here we thought that Lamborghini rumors were going to take a nice, long vacation, what with the Aventador having been revealed earlier this month. Instead, we have one of the biggest, juiciest Lamborghini rumors ever. This isn't your typical one-model rumor; it's a rumor about 10 years worth of Lamborghini production plans. It's new models and facelifts replacing models that haven't been introduced or even confirmed. It's like a glimpse at Stephan Winkelmann's [alleged] hard drive. Given how far-reaching these rumors are, we wouldn't trust them straight out, but they certainly give us something to ponder.

Where to start? The source: the rumors come from a rather extensive post over at Teamspeed, so, again, don't believe everything you read, but have fun reading and dreaming.

Chevrolet Shows New Colorado Pickup

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 6:47PM | By: Tim Healey

New Colorado Pickup test 2

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck never really resonated in the American market, but it has done well enough overseas to merit a redesign. General Motors will be unveiling the new Colorado at the Bangkok International Auto Show in Thailand, and the company has released images of the truck already.

Mitsubishi Changes Gears, Lancer Lives On!

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:13AM | By: Chris Salamone

2011 Lancer Evoluton MR test 2

Not so long ago Mitsubishi announced the end of the most iconic and spectacularly fun vehicle in their lineup. Shaken by the news, auto enthusiasts rose up and cried out in disbelief. How could the famed Mitsu Evo, the car everyone remembers as Mitsubishi’s most fascinating vehicle, be canceled after 10 generations? Apparently those screams of outrage were heard and affected the Lancer’s future. Mitsubishi has recently and appropriately decided to “evolve” the Lancer, rather than an outright cancelation. The initial plan to scrap the vehicle was supposedly related to changes in the market. As a result, in the future we can expect to see new models with better fuel efficiency in response to market demands. Hopefully performance will not be sacrificed at the same time.