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Prototypes

  • Polestar 5 prototype

    The Polestar 5 has evolved from the Precept concept, which was claimed to represent the future design direction of the brand.

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    McLaren's electric hypercar will focus on lightness

    McLaren will build an electric hypercar in its Ultimate Series, but that is years off due to the state of battery technology.

  • 2018 BMW M5 equipped with BMW M Performance Parts
    Before BMW builds a prototype it builds a pretertype

    For an automaker to embark on a new car or other project isn't a simple task. Foremost, it costs money, and developing a car isn't exactly inexpensive. So, BMW has a new way of doing things: it builds "pretertypes" before a prototype. Rainer Daude, head of BMW's forward-looking technology office...

  • Guangde Proving Ground is now China’s biggest test facility for new cars
    GM Helps Build China’s Biggest Proving Ground

    General Motors together with its Chinese partners SAIC, Shanghai GM and PATAC has opened the biggest proving ground in China, reaffirming the American automaker’s commitment to the country and the localized development of new vehicles. The new facility is located in Guangde County, in...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Dual-Mode Hybrid
    Audi Updates A1 e-tron With New Dual-Mode Hybrid System

    Following a successful trial of A1 e-tron prototypes on the streets of Munich, Germany, Audi is now moving onto the next stage of its electrified vehicle research with the announcement today of a new trial using an updated version of the A1 e-tron. The latest version does away with the previous...

  • Lotus Evora 414E extended-range electric car prototype
    Lotus Evora 414E Extended-Range Electric Car Starts Testing

    Despite being one of the more performance-oriented brands in the industry, Lotus also happens to be a leader when it comes to fuel-saving hybrid technology. Having already established a hybrid and electric vehicle group years ago, as well as building several concept and engineering mules for other...

  • Fisker Atlantic concept unveiling before New York Auto Show, April 2012

    Will the Fisker Atlantic bring a fledgling green-luxury carmaker to profitability? Will it be built? Some analysts and industry experts are still skeptical, but if you ask Fisker Automotive CEO Tom LaSorda, its chief commercial officer Richard Beattie, or its founder Henrik Fisker, the answer will likely be that the Atlantic is an essential higher-volume product to form a successful company. Last night, FIsker pulled the wraps off the early design prototype (or concept, we'd call it) version of this car (formerly called Project Nina) that's still two or three years away. Details were thin...

  • 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe (ix45) spy shots
    2013 Hyundai Santa Fe (ix45) Spy Shots

    The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, or ix45 as it's known in Europe, is expected to be revealed in the second half of 2012 before going on sale later that same year or early next.

  • 1964 Pontiac XP-833 Banshee Prototype
    1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Looking For Good Home

    A rare and influential 1964 Pontiac Banshee prototype, sold for $211k in 2006, is for sale on eBay at a Buy It Now price of $750k.

  • Ford Fiesta-based crossover spy shots
    2014 Ford Fiesta-Based Crossover Spy Shots

    MINI's Countryman is currently alone in the tiny-crossover segment, but it won’t be for long as these images of a Ford Fiesta-based crossover foretells a coming production car. Riding high but exhibiting a similar rakish profile to the Fiesta hatchback, the new compact crossover from Ford is...

  • 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo spy shots
    2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Spy Shots

    The turbocharged 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is expected to go on sale in the second half of next year packing a 208 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque engine.

  • 2013 Dodge Viper test-mule spy shots
    2013 Dodge Viper Rumored To Use 8.7-Liter V-10: Report

    We still have a year to wait for the next Dodge Viper, but reports are that it will be powered by a larger, 8.7-liter V-10.

  • 2013 Ford B-Max spy shots

    We already have a pretty good indication as to what the upcoming 2013 Ford B-Max will look like thanks to the unveiling of the almost production ready B-Max Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. However, what we don’t know is whether the B-Max will be coming to the U.S. One strong indicator that the tall-riding mini may come to the U.S. was the sighting of several B-Max prototypes testing in Colorado recently, and now we have a set of images taken of even more prototypes, this time testing in Europe. Another sign is that the original concept was shown with a gasoline engine. You'd...

  • 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet spy shots
    2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Spy Shots

    Porsche has already taken the wraps off its next-generation 911 but the virtually identical convertible, or “Cabriolet” in Porsche speak, is still under development. As can be seen by these latest spy shots, prototypes appear to be almost complete, though there could be some major...

  • 2012 Ford Focus ST prototype
    2012 Ford Focus ST Teased Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut: Video

    We already know what it will look like, as well as most of its specs, but Ford is likely to have a few surprises up its sleeve when it unveils the sporty 2012 Ford Focus ST at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show on September 13. As we’re sure you are aware, the design of the latest Focus has been a...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige spy shots
    2012 Lotus Exige Spy Shots

    With Lotus recently announcing its Elise and Exige ‘Final Edition’ models for the U.S., the automaker from Hethel will soon have only the Evora in its lineup. That situation won’t last for long, however, as Lotus is working on a completely revamped Exige for the 2012 model year...

  • Toyota electric race car prototype live photos - Copyright High Gear Media
    Toyota Smashes Nurburgring Electric Car Lap Record: Video

    Toyota set a new lap record at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife for an electric car of just 7:47.79 yesterday, smashing the previous record of 9:01.3 as set by the Peugeot EX1 Concept back in May. The quick time around the 13-odd miles of the Green Hell was set by Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) in its...

  • Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Super Sport
    Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Super Sport Spy Shots

    The boss of Bugatti, Wolfgang Durheimer, recently revealed the 1,200 horsepower W-16 engine of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was not compatible with the body of the Veyron Grand Sport, though a more powerful version of the open-top supercar had not been ruled out. Today we have new spy shots of a...

  • 2013 Ford Fiesta ST Spy Shots

    The new Focus ST isn’t the only hot hatch brewing at Ford. The automaker’s European division is also readying a brand new Fiesta ST, a prototype of which has been filmed at the Nurburgring race track in Germany. While the Focus ST is expected to go on sale near the end of the year, this sporty Fiesta variant isn't expected to appear in showrooms until late next year as a 2013 model. The previous-generation Ford Fiesta ST sold overseas was fitted with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Duratec engine and had 148 horsepower on tap, so expect the new 2013 model to offer a definite power...

  • 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe with M Sports Package spy shots
    2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe With M Sports Package Spy Shots

    We know that a new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is in the works, a car first previewed by the Concept Gran Coupe at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show and destined to go on sale in the second half of next year. Today, we have new spy shots of the same car, this time fitted with its optional M Sports Package...

  • 2013 Audi Q5 S spy shots
    2013 Audi Q5 S Spy Shots

    A very mysterious Audi Q5 has been spotted sitting quietly in the Alps, and while at first glance nothing looks out of the ordinary, peer a little closer and you’ll quickly realize there’s something very odd about it. First and foremost is the imposing quad tailpipe arrangement at the...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series fitted with Track and Aerodynamics packages
    Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Spied With Track And Aero Packages

    When we first saw the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series last month, Mercedes-Benz mentioned that the car would be available with two new AMG packages (Track and Aerodynamics) but failed to give any substantial details. Today we have spy shots of an AMG prototype fitted with both packages, revealing an...

  • 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed facelift spy shots
    2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed Facelift Spy Shots

    We’ve caught an almost completely undisguised prototype for the facelifted 2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed, which is expected to be unveiled for the first time next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Incorporating most of the changes implemented for the facelifted 2011 Bentley...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Spy Shots
    2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Spy Video

    UPDATE: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG has been revealed. Click here for all the info and photos. Mercedes-Benz is working on a brand new generation of its SL-Class luxury convertible, and once again there will be high-performance AMG variants, the future V-8 powered SL63 AMG captured here in our...

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