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Categories: Concept Cars

Nissan Unveils The Juke R

On: Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Unveils The Juke R test 2

Nissan previously said of the Juke R: "the car is not for production." After seeing the live pictures, we're more happy about that fact than ever. The emphasized reflections of the original rendering helped to obscure some of this thing's pure unadulterated fugitude. It's a pretty rough stretch of highway that looks way too busy for a small crossover.

After a serious teasing campaign about its development, the Juke R was unveiled in a somewhat of a surprise move in Spain. The Juke R was tacked onto the unveiling of the Qashqai, a Euro-market crossover.

Audi E-tron Spyder Out In The California Sun (Video)

On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi E-tron Spyder Out In The California Sun test 2

If you had to scout the perfect location for filming a plug-in sports convertible, it would most certainly be California. Not only is the Golden State a permanent launch pad for all cars electric, it's a sunny state with beautiful vistas of all kinds—kind of the ultimate spot to take an open-top e-roadster. And if you had to select a spot within the large state of California, you couldn't do much better than Malibu, a scenic coastal utopia.

Well, Audi follows that very logic and recently released a video of the e-tron Spyder tackling the coastal hillsides of Malibu.

Tokyo-Bound Mazda Takeri Concept Previews Next Mazda6

On: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Tokyo-Bound Mazda Takeri Concept Previews Next Mazda6 test 2

Mazda has released its first picture of the upcoming Takeri concept. Not to be confused with the sporty Shinari concept (which could rhyme depending upon how you're reading the names in your head), the Takeri is a mid-sized concept that previews the next-generation Mazda6. It will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Lexus Set To Reveal 2013 GS 350 F Sport At SEMA

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:42PM | By: Chris Salamone

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The date is set. Lexus will reveal the 2013 GS 350 with an optional F Sport package on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:30pm during SEMA. Following a most-glamorous exhibition, members of the media will have an opportunity to experience track rides in Lexus’ fourth-generation monster sedan.

Although much of the F Sport package equips the GS 350 some not-so-subtle cosmetic changes, this future GS 350 does receive some interesting upgrades. On the exterior the F Sport gets exciting body work and ground effects, topped off with 19-Inch staggered width wheels—high fives warranted here. Mechanically, the vehicle gets a suspension bump with a self-adjusting system labeled Adaptive Variable Suspension and some larger front brakes with high friction pads.


No Toyota FT-86 Yet, But We Do Have An FT-86 App

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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I can't think of a car that I've ever been so sick and tired of as the FT-86. At this point, I don't even want to see the production version in Tokyo. I really don't care anymore. Toyota has shoved this thing down our throats to the point that I think even the biggest Toyota sports car nuts don't care that much.

You would have thought that with three separate concept versions—a bright orange version of one of those concepts and an equally slow-to-develop Subaru sibling—Toyota would have had its fill of FT-86 teasing. But that's not the case. Toyota just launched a new app for its sports coupe. If that's not bad enough, the app is actually designed to get people to try to look for the concept that they've already seen oh so many times before.

Acura NSX Debuting Next Month?

On: Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Acura NSX Debuting Next Month? test 2

Well, this seems to be moving just a little too fast to be believable, but who knows. The long-rumored Acura NSX revival got official confirmation from Honda chief Takanobu Ito just two months ago. Then more details. And now reports that a near-production-ready concept of the car could debut as early as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in November/December, with a production version following next year.

Color us skeptical, but we won't be all that disappointed if no NSX concept shows up in Tokyo. Carscoop reports that Honda sources said the launch is tentative and could very well get pushed back due to the delays and problems that Honda and other Japanese automakers have experienced after the natural disasters earlier this year.

How Ferrari Coulda Had Four Before: The Pinin Four-Door Sees The Bidding Floor In London

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 4:45PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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OK, so maybe you already own a bachelor pad and therefore find the second-home-sized Ferrari tour bus I just covered more-than-a-little too large for your lifestyle.

Fear not, gentle reader, for there’s another one-of-one custom Ferrari that has a liaison-sized interior going up for auction at RM’s London sale, and this one isn’t the size of a wingless jumbo jet.

Yes, before Porsche had even thought of the Panamera, before Aston-Martin succumbed to Rapide fever and long before Lamborghini even entertained the Estoque, there was a top-shelf exotic car maker that toyed with the idea of adding another set of doors aft of the two God intended be there: Ferrari.

Sort of.

GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM To Launch 2013 Cadillac XTS In LA test 2

Though the auto world has quieted a lot since Frankfurt, there are still two major auto shows left in 2011: Tokyo and LA. GM announced that it will use the latter to launch the production version of the XTS sedan, which will hit the market as a 2013 model.

The XTS will serve as a fresh replacement for the DTS and STS full-sized sedans, which just look a little outdated and weary in a line with sexier cars like the CTS-V. The XTS will bring the sedan's styling more in line with the rest of the range and will serve as a flagship sedan.

Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 DMC DeLorean EV test 2

Start reworking those flux capacitor schematics, saving up for Plutonium (available in every corner drugstore), and finding time-period specific pink cowboy shirts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is back, and better than ever. Although it’s easy to imagine that any modification to the DeLorean would make the vehicle better than the original, this EV version looks like something special.

At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last weekend, DMC announced the company’s official plans to produce an EV. DeLorean Motor Company, recently reborn in Humble, Texas, intends to use a 260 horsepower electric motor and add a few much-needed interior updates. As for the exterior, expect to see some modern gadgetry blended into the original design. For example, the front grill hinges open to reveal an electric charging port.

BMW Previews Advanced ConnectedDrive Technologies

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Previews Advanced ConnectedDrive Technologies test 2

Back at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW launched the Vision ConnectedDrive. While the car was a pretty striking, retro-inspired-futuro roadster, its main emphasis wasn't on aesthetics, but on technology. The car was equipped with a variety of technological components like a three-dimensional heads-up display and vehicle-to-vehicle communications system. This month, BMW issued a lengthy presser, taking us much deeper into the innovative (and perhaps twisted) world of ConnectedDrive.

The short story, cars are going to be a whole lot more intuitive in the future. The long story...read on.

Vygor Introduces Opera Sports Car

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Vygor Introduces Opera Sports Car test 2

Following up on a teaser a couple weeks ago, Italian newcomer Vygor has introduced its Opera sports car. Like traditional opera, the sports car is an acquired taste (to put it optimistically), and not something most people will want to spend any time sitting in.