Prototype

  • Ferrari Enzo prototype for sale. Photos via Modena Motorsport.

    This, friends, is the only Ferrari Enzo prototype ever sold into the hands of a private buyer, and it’s for sale. You can own this piece of history. If you already own a whole lot of cash, that is. ALSO SEE: First Lamborghini Huracán Crash Results In Nothing But Ashes The price isn’t listed, but as a one-off prototype, and the only one ever let loose from Maranello, it’s a sure bet as a collector’s item. Loosely based on the Ferrari 348, the rather unassuming prototype wears Enzo mechanical bits under the skin. That means a 670-horsepower V-12 engine and a host...

  • 1965 Mustang with Ferguson Formula 4WD. Image: Anamera
    For Sale: Four-Wheel-Drive, 1965... Mustang?

    A prototype 1965 Mustang is for sale at a dealership in the UK. One of three built, the car has racked up just 73,000 miles since new/

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class spy shots
    2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Spy Shots

    UPDATE: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class has been revealed. Click here for all the info and photos. We're already a good portion of the way through a whole new batch of Mercedes-Benz models to be launched, including the SLK-Class and C-Class Coupe, B-Class, and next-generation M-Class. Soon, the...

  • Audi R18 Le Mans Prototype
    Aerodynamic Changes Coming To Make Le Mans Prototype Cars Safer

    Fender holes will be required on all LMP cars as of April 1, 2012; the move is meant to reduce the likelihood of a high-speed flip caused by aerodynamics.

  • 2012 Porsche 911 Spy Shots
    2012 Porsche 911 Spy Shots

    Porsche is soon to launch its next-generation 911 and as can be seen by these latest spy shots, prototypes for the car appear to be almost complete. Shown in the least camouflage and from the closest distance yet, the new 911 looks to be just as its predecessors have been: a variation on the...

  • 2012 MINI Coupe spy shots
    2012 MINI Coupe Spy Shots

    Earlier this week we brought you some of the first spy shots of the 2012 MINI Coupe JCW, and now we have the model it's based on: the standard Coupe. Even the Coupe spied here bears the inlet on the hood marking a turbocharged engine, however, potentially leaving the door open that this is the...

  • A secret prototype disguised on film at BMW's Plant Zero

    Where is every BMW born? In a secret place the company has barely admitted exists--until now, called Plant Zero. The plant is staffed by the best of BMW's technicians, where prototype cars are built almost entirely by hand. The techs use their own methods to program the eventual robotic assembly units that will build the series production versions of the car, so the robots are effectively replaying the motions of these experts. BMW even goes so far as to mill an entire prototype vehicle out of a solid block of aluminum to ensure its specs are precisely as laid out in the computer drawings of...

  • 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

    The reveal of the new 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe is just around the corner, with recent reports suggesting that a debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show in late April is looking more and more likely. It’s safe to say that we already know pretty much what the new luxury two-door will look like...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

    The current generation of the SLK roadster has served Mercedes-Benz well over its life since introduction in 2004, and like all cars its once-cutting-edge design has become somewhat tired despite a mid-cycle facelift. An all-new SLK is in the works, however, spotted on numerous occasions testing in...

  • Spy shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS
    Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

    The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be launched late next year.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat Wagon spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

    Volkswagen's next-generation Passat is expected to up the stakes against Germany’s luxury automakers, with the car’s designers hoping it will be mentioned in the same breath as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Previous spy shots have revealed that a longer wheelbase will be...

  • 1990 BMW M8 Prototype
    One-Off 1990 BMW M8 Prototype Reappears In Germany

    To this day BMW has never launched an M8 but the automaker did come close to doing so at one point, though the project was canned at the last minute. Back in 1990 BMW built a one-off prototype version of its then new 8-Series sports coupe and labeled it the M8. The prototype featured a 6.0-liter...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Orlando spy shots

    Chevrolet stated early last year that it would bring a production version of 2008’s Orlando concept vehicle to North American markets sometime in 2011, however, just weeks after revealing the updated Volt MPV5 concept, itself a new iteration of the Orlando design, the automaker has reversed the decision, instead choosing to focus on sales of the Equinox and other models. The Orlando is based on the same front-wheel drive Delta platform that underpins cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt plug-in hybrid, and despite its compact proportions the upcoming crossover will be able to...

  • Hyundai HED-5 based MPV spy shots
    Spy Shots: Hyundai HED-5-Based MPV

    Hyundai is working on a new mid-sized MPV to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Touran and recently revealed Opel Meriva, and today we have new spy shots of a prototype. Hyundai announced the HED-5 Concept-based car will be coming to the U.S. back at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's now...

  • 2011 Opel Astra Sport Coupe spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2011 Opel Astra Sport Coupe

    The current generation Opel Astra made its debut in Europe back in May of 2009 and ever since its release there have been hopes that the car could eventually make its way to the U.S. as a Saturn or even a Buick. While the Saturn route is no longer possible, the new Astra will be arriving on local...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    Sales of the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf (MkVI) is picking up pace all around the country and considering the car’s solid feel, classy styling and German engineering, it’s easy to understand why. Oh, did we mention that it’s also available with a dual clutch transmission and a frugal turbodiesel...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 Hyundai Accent

    With the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata already hitting the streets, and the next-generation Elantra just around the corner, attention now turns to Hyundai’s entry-level Accent, spied here in prototype form while testing in Germany. The all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent is due to arrive by the middle of next...

  • 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 facelift spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 Facelift

    The Porsche 911 GT2 is the last variant of the 997-series 911 to receive its mid-cycle update and in typical GT2 style the last update comes just before the current generation of Porsche’s iconic supercar reaches the end of its product cycle. The all-new ‘991’ Porsche 911 is just over a year...

  • 2010 Saab 9-5 SportCombi spy shots

    With Saab now in the relatively safe hands of Spyker work can continue unabated on the development of new models. We’ve already seen the new 2010 Saab 9-5 and following its launch we will eventually see its SportCombi wagon variant make its debut. These latest spy shots show that development of the wagon is nearly complete, with a worldwide reveal by the end of the year seeming more and more likely. Apart from the rear hatch and likely extended wheelbase, the 9-5 SportCombi will be nearly identical to the sedan. Both cars will be built at Saab’s home plant in Trollhattan, Sweden...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class rendering
    Rendered: 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Facelift

    Sales figures for the R-Class haven’t managed to live up to the expectations of the Mercedes-Benz but the automaker is determined not to completely write-off its ‘Grand Sport Tourer’ just yet. The R-Class received a mild facelift in 2007 to help turn around flagging sales, but a second and...

  • Onuk Sazan supercar prototype
    First Look At Turkey’s Onuk Sazan Supercar Prototype

    Engineers of the Onuk Sazan are hoping for a top speed around the 186 mph mark.

  • Mysterious Lotus test-mule spy shots
    Spy Shots: Replacement For Lotus Elise/Exige Or New Esprit?

    The extended wheel arches seen on the test vehicle suggest that whatever new model Lotus is working on, it will feature a significantly larger footprint than the current Elise/Exige line of cars.

  • red bull racing rb5 001
    Video: Red Bull Racing shows off F1 prototyping, construction techniques

    It's not every day that you see a complete, three-dimensional F1 prototype part emerging from a milky polymer soup on its way to the wind tunnel, but today is one of those days. In addition to the prototyping process, a new video released by Red Bull Racing shows off how the testing and...

  • Renault Kangoo be bop ZE
    Renault unveils the Kangoo be bop ZE electric demonstrator

    The Internet is awash with electric vehicle demonstration vehicles, but few have as much oddball spark as the new Kangoo be bop ZE. Based around the standard be bop, but with zero emissions (hence the ZE) capabilities, the car is to be used as a test vehicle to show off what its EV platform can do...

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