Although we admit to spending some of the week poring over photos and specs for the iPhone 5—and pondering how it might affect the in-car connectivity experience—this past week at MotorAuthority brought plenty of other evocative images of actual upcoming vehicles, like the new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, the 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman, and the BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo.
So hanging up on the consumer-electronics fanboys for the moment—and as we continue to ramp up for the 2012 Paris Auto Show—here are some of the highlights.
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Beneath camouflage, we got our best look yet at the upcoming C7 iteration of the Chevy Corvette, due for 2014. While this picture leaves a lot to interpretation at this point, it does suggest that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette gets shortened front overhangs but lengthened front fenders—with more curvaceous sheetmetal possibly taking after the 2009 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) spy shots
The Range Rover Evoque will soon have rugged-and-sporty crossover-coupe company, in the form of the 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman. First official pictures emerged for the production Paceman—essentially a coupe version of the Countryman—this past week, we're not surprised to see that it's nearly identical to the Paceman concept car.
2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman
The BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo was teased ahead of its debut at the Paris Auto Show, as the Concept Active Tourer. With a plug-in hybrid powertrain, a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and front-wheel drive. As a more of a luxury hatchback than a crossover, how could, or how would, it come to the U.S., and how could it fit in with MINI? We're not sure yet, but we're intrigued.
BMW Concept Active Tourer, 2012 Paris Auto Show
Call us jaded, but we don't think there's all that much design innovation in supercar design. That's mainly the cost of achieving adequate downforce for 200-mph driving, but supercar cockpits haven't developed all that much in recent decades and here's where the new Peugeot Onyx Concept stands out. It doesn't help either that the exterior is one of the best pieces of poster-car eye candy we've seen in some time.
Peugeot Onyx Concept
And Aston Martin released new photos of its 2014 Vanquish. With a new exterior look, as well as a 565-hp version of the familiar 6.0-liter V-12, it can hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183. We'll be driving the Vanquish soon, so stay tuned for the full drive report.
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
And we can't resist revisiting this picture of the aftermath of a collision in Malaysia involving a smashed-up Nissan GT-R and a driver's ed car that ended up shiny side down—to no serious injuries, thankfully. Actually, that's a 31-horsepower Kancil—a model that has now been canceled.
Nissan GT-R crash in Malaysia - image: Mohammed Firdaus Kamal
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