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  • 2021 Audi RS Q3 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Audi is developing a compact crossover SUV that it will badge a Q3 Sportback, and today we have spy shots of a prototype for the high-performance version from the Audi Sport division: the RS Q3 Sportback. The Q3 Sportback is a coupe-like crossover based on the same structure as the recently redesigned Q3, and judging by the various prototypes the styling will resemble the lines of the larger Q8. We know this latest prototype is for the RS Q3 Sportback because of the exhaust tips; Audi Sport cars typically feature a pair of fat oval-shaped exhausts like those shown here. The prototype also...

  • 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake review update
    Jaguar cutting manual transmissions from US; other models may be next (Updated)

    Jaguar's current financial woes could spell the end of some models in the U.S., according to a recent report. Jaguar USA CEO Joe Eberhardt told The Detroit Bureau last week that Jaguar will drop its manual transmission, and that slow-selling models could also be shelved. Eberhardt said buyers'...

  • Lynk & Co. 03 Cyan concept
    Lynk & Co. 03 Cyan concept hits the track with 528 hp

    Lynk & Co. plans to take on the World Touring Car Cup series this year as part of a new partnership with Cyan Racing, formerly Polestar. However, the company has a road car program in the works as well, and the result is the 03 Lynk & Co Cyan concept that the partners showed testing on the...

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept
    Audi sees an electric range sweet spot in the future

    As electric cars continue to slowly creep into the market, we certainly haven't reached the point at which any EV offers too much driving range. More often than not, the best EVs hover around 300 miles. Eventually, we'll find a sweet spot as customers discover how much range makes the most sense...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Why the mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is reportedly delayed

    Sports car fans were ready to see Chevrolet pull the sheet off the mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, but it never happened. Numerous rumors suggested the car had been delayed and would debut at its own standalone event...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra Formula D car with 2JZ engine swap
    2020 Toyota Supra headed to Formula D with 2JZ engine swap

    The 2020 Toyota Supra is headed to Formula Drift, but its BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 won't burn up its rear tires. Instead, it's headed to the top drift series with a venerable 3.0-liter 2JZ inline-6 from the fourth-generation car under the hood. Professional drifter Daigo Saito...

  • Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show

    Just one month shy of the five-year anniversary of the reveal of the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept, the brand has announced there are no longer plans to build a production version of the extra fiery hot hatchback. VW's R division head, Jost Capito, delivered the Golf R 400's death sentence in a Monday Top Gear report. The final decision came down to research, and Capito said customers "don't want" 400 horsepower with a higher price tag. "They want around 300 hp under 50,000 Euros," he said. At current exchange rates, that's about $56,000, but cars in the U.S. tend to be less-expensive than...

  • 2020 BMW M3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    New BMW M3 specs reportedly confirmed, no manual transmission in initial plans

    Ahead of an expected debut later this year, the next BMW M3 sport sedan's specs have reportedly been confirmed. If you can't imagine the idea of an M3 without a manual transmission, you won't receive the news well. British website EVO reported Monday after speaking with Carsten Pries, BMW M product...

  • Aston Martin DBX prototype winter testing
    Mercedes-AMG E63, Karma Pininfarina concept, Aston Martin DBX: Car News Headlines

    Mercedes-AMG has been spotted testing a prototype for an updated E63. The super sedan looks to adopt styling tweaks planned for the entire E-Class range for its mid-cycle update, and we're hopeful of some additional horsepower being extracted from its twin-turbocharged V-8. EV startup Karma will...

  • Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton during testing for the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship
    F1 introduces bonus point system for fastest laps

    The organizers of Formula 1 have agreed on a bonus point system for fastest laps. To be introduced at this Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, the system will see a point awarded to both driver and team for achieving the fastest lap during a race. It means a driver can gain...

  • 2020 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer spy shots

    Opel's Insignia lineup is about to be updated, as evidenced by the recent sighting of only partially concealed prototypes testing in the wild. The particular tester is for the Insignia's Sports Tourer wagon body style, which we get here in jacked-up Buick Regal TourX soft-roader form. We also get...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots
    VW Group commits to 70 EVs by 2028

    Volkswagen Group announced plans to launch 70 new electric cars by the end of 2028, up from a previous plan of only 50, at its annual press conference held Tuesday in Wolfsburg, Germany. The first of these 70 EVs is the 2019 Audi e-tron that's just gone on sale. Some of the others we know of...

  • Bugatti Baby II

    Long before miniature cars for toddlers to drive around in were made popular, Bugatti had already done it in 1926. To celebrate the brand's 110th birthday, the French luxury brand decided to make another one. Taking a page from the original Bugatti Baby, the Baby II was revealed Monday at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The original Bugatti Baby was a gift from Ettore Bugatti to his youngest son Roland decades ago. However, feedback from customers who adored the child-sized Bugatti prompted the company to produce 500 of them back in the day. The brand plans to honor the same...

  • Teaser for Karma Pininfarina concept debuting at 2019 Shanghai auto show
    Karma's Pininfarina concept suggests mustache grille isn't going away

    Karma will use next month's Auto Shanghai 2019 to present a trio of vehicles pointing to the EV brand's immediate, mid-term and long-term plans. For the mid-term plans, Karma will present the Pininfarina concept, which as its name suggests is the result of the partnership between Karma and Italian...

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's E-Class family is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and a prototype for an updated member has just been spotted. The prototype is for the Mercedes-AMG E63 but similar updates should be bound for other E-Class members. We've also spied prototypes for the updated E-Class...

  • 1963 Jaguar E-Type on Jay Leno's Garage
    Aluminum-bodied 1963 Jaguar E-Type swings into Jay Leno's Garage

    Jay Leno's Garage brought one very cool cat onto the show in a recent episode. A 1963 Jaguar E-Type swung into the studio, but this is no typical E-Type. It's a different animal. Not to be confused as a kit car or a tribute to an original, this is a factory Jaguar E-Type, except Jaguar Classic has...

  • Aston Martin DBX prototype winter testing
    Aston Martin DBX SUV hits the ice for cold-weather testing

    The production version of the Aston Martin DBX is likely a year or so away, but testing continues to ensure the British brand's luxury SUV is a world beater. Last Thursday, Aston Martin shared a video and photos from the DBX's first extreme winter test session. The brand took the DBX prototype to...

  • 2008 Lamborghini Estoque Concept
    Lamborghini could introduce fourth model line around 2025

    If Lamborghini continues on the path of success as it has in recent years, next decade will realize a new model line for the Italian firm. It won't be an SUV, though. Instead expect a 2+2 grand touring car. The firm's CEO Stefano Domenicali spoke with Autocar and in a Saturday report and declared...

  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

    French brand Peugeot has fired shots at the current Pikes Peak record holder, Volkswagen. Peugeot believes it can overtake the German brand and set a quicker time at the famed hill climb. Yet, it appears said shots were blank shells because Peugeot doesn't actually have any plans to take the record back, according to a Top Gear report last Friday. Peugeot set the hill climb record in 2013 with a time of 8:13.878 using a modified 208 rally car. VW managed to run a 7:57.148 with its all-electric ID R race car. That wasn't too impressive, Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin said. He proclaimed 10 to...

  • Highest price sale of the Amelia Island auction action was the $2,205,000 spent for this 1965 Ferrar
    Amelia Island auctions reflect the new normal

    “It appears that the Amelia Island auctions are reaching an equilibrium for the current market,” the Hagerty Insider report said in summarizing the collector car auctions leading up to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the northeastern Florida resort community. Total sales...

  • Amelia Island winners on parade
    Mercedes-Benz 540K fastback, star-driven Ferrari take top honors at Amelia Island

    It must thrill an automaker when one of its products grabs the top prize at a concours, especially when that show is the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the automaker is Mercedes-Benz, a title sponsor of this event for its entire 24-year history. A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K...

  • 2018 Audi RS6 Avant Nogaro Edition
    Decision to bring Audi RS 6, A6 Avant to US coming soon

    Audi plans to make a decision on whether it will introduce a new generation of the A6 Avant and the hotter RS 6 Avant for the U.S. market soon. CarBuzz initially reported in January that its own source was told by Audi executives that the company had given both wagon models the green light for the...

  • 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo at RM Sotheby's auction
    1994 Toyota Supra Turbo fetched an amazing $173,600 at Amelia auction

    It appears the introduction of the fifth-generation Toyota Supra has inflated values of classic examples. We say that because this 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo sold for an outrageous $173,600 at auction this past weekend. Let's break down that figure. A 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo with the targa top cost...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 VW Golf, SpeedKore Dodge Charger, Dendrobium electric supercar: Today's Car News

    Prototypes for Volkswagen's next-generation Golf have been spotted, and they're wearing barely any camouflage gear. The new car is more of an evolution of the current model than a true redesign, but there will be loads of new tech including possibly some self-driving features. The folks at...

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