Spy Shots

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Hyundai N only in July revealed its first model, the i30 N hot hatch, but the official performance division of the Korean automaker has more coming. The next will be a Veloster N, a prototype for which has been spotted once again testing at the Nürburgring and on some of the German racetrack’s surrounding roads. The Veloster N will be based on a next-generation Veloster which is also out testing in prototype form and due in showrooms next year, as a 2019 model. The N version should bow around the same time. Compared to the prototypes for the regular Veloster, the Veloster N testers...

  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 spy shots

    Prototypes for an updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class have been testing for a while. Today, however, we have our first spy shots of the updated version of the C63 being developed by the folks at Mercedes-AMG. This is only a mid-cycle update so any tweaks will be mild. We’re expecting new internals...

  • 2019 Lexus RX facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Lexus RX spy shots

    Lexus is working on some subtle updates for its top-selling RX. The updated model is expected on sale in 2018, as a 2019 model. And arriving alongside it will be a stretched RX L with seven seats split over three rows. The current generation of the mid-size RX was only introduced for 2016 so Lexus...

  • 2019 Nissan Altima spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Nissan Altima spy shots

    Nissan in January previewed the design of its next-generation Altima mid-sizer and now we have the first spy shots of a prototype. The car is due in showrooms in late 2018, as a 2019 model, and represents the sixth iteration of the Altima nameplate. January’s preview of the next-gen Altima...

  • 2019 Volvo XC40 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Volvo XC40 spy shots and video

    A prototype for Volvo’s upcoming compact SUV, the XC40, has been spied again. The XC40 was previewed in 2016 by the 40.1 concept car, and judging by the prototypes it looks like the production model will closely resemble the concept. Volvo’s next-generation compacts will be based on the...

  • 2019 Subaru Forester spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Subaru Forester spy shots

    A prototype for Subaru’s next-generation Forester has been spotted for the first time. The small SUV is expected in showrooms in late 2018, as a 2019 model. Judging by the spy shots, the new Forester will resemble a scaled-down version of Subaru’s upcoming 3-row, 7-seat SUV, the Ascent...

  • Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with Demon powertrain spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    A Dodge engineer has been spotted out and about with a Challenger SRT Hellcat packing the powertrain of the Demon. The test car wears the standard Hellcat body and not the Demon’s wide-body design which Dodge is offering as an option for Hellcat buyers. It does, however, sport the Demon’s massive hood scoop. Called the Air Grabber, its 45 square inches of intake makes it the largest functional hood scoop ever fitted to a production car. A look inside the cabin reveals the infotainment screen which clearly displays the 808-horsepower rating of the Demon. This is how much the...

  • 2019 Honda Insight test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Honda Insight spy shots

    Honda has started public road trials of a test mule for the third-generation Insight. The engineers are using the body of a Honda City which needed to be stretched and widened to fit the mechanicals of the new Insight. The widened wheel arches and extensions added to the hood and rear doors are...

  • 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback spy shots

    Audi’s second-generation A5 Sportback is about to get the Audi Sport treatment. Yes, the first-ever RS 5 Sportback is in the works, and we’ll almost certainly see it in the United States. The tester in our latest spy shots may resemble the S5 Sportback but if you look a little closer...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots

    Opel’s new Insignia GSi, which we’re getting as the 2018 Buick Regal GS, has just been spotted testing in its wagon body style, which Opel refers to as a Sports Tourer. We’re only getting the Regal GS as a fastback sedan but Opel will offer both fastback sedan and wagon versions...

  • 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante spy shots

    Remember the stunning Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato coupe unveiled last summer? Well, the car is about to spawn both a Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible and a permanently roofless Vanquish Zagato Speedster. We spied the speedster earlier this week and now we have the first spy shots of the...

  • 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster spy shots

    Remember the stunning Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato coupe unveiled last summer? Well, the car is about to spawn both a Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible and a permanently roofless Vanquish Zagato Speedster. Both cars are expected to be revealed during the 2017 Monterey Car Week in mid-August...

  • 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Porsche is cooking up the next level of performance for its 718 range. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for the new 718 Boxster GTS. Compared to the regular 718 Boxster, the prototype is wearing a new front fascia incorporating an A-wing design similar to what we see on the 918 Spyder hypercar. There’s also a new lip spoiler below the front fascia. Given the lack of camouflage gear, the debut can’t be far. This means we can expect the car to be introduced for 2018. A 718 Cayman GTS should be introduced alongside it. The previous Boxster GTS came with a more powerful version...

  • 2019 Jaguar XE SVR spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Jaguar XE SVR spy shots

    Jaguar only last month unveiled its XE SV Project 8, a 592-horsepower, left-hand-drive-only super sedan that will be built in a limited run of 300 cars and priced in the six figures. It means that the XE SV Project 8, like the F-Type Project 7 that came before it, will be pretty much unobtanium for...

  • 2018 BMW X2 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 BMW X2 spy shots and video

    The BMW Group is in the midst of an aggressive plan to roll out 40 new or updated models over the next two years across its various brands. Among the new models will be an X2 for the BMW brand. Long the subject of rumors, BMW’s new X2 continues to take shape ahead of its market launch in...

  • 2019 Mini Hardtop 4 Door facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mini Hardtop 4 Door spy shots

    It was only in the past couple of months that we saw prototypes for updated versions of the Mini Hardtop and Mini Convertible. Now engineers from BMW’s small car brand are out testing a prototype for an updated Hardtop 4 Door. (Elsewhere the vehicle is known as the Mini 5 Door.) Since the...

  • 2018 Jaguar XEL spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Jaguar XEL spy shots

    Jaguar’s lineup is about to get its second long-wheelbase sedan in the form of the XEL, a prototype for which has just been spotted. The XEL will join the XFL in Jaguar’s lineup sometime next year. Unfortunately, just like the larger XFL, the XEL will be sold exclusively in China where...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class spy shots and video

    Mercedes-Benz’s iconic G-Class is about to receive its first full redesign since the nameplate’s launch. Our latest spy shots and video reveal what appears to be the same boxy G-Class that’s been with us—in civilian form—since 1979, but if you look a little closer...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Porsche engineers are out testing the next-generation 911 and our photographer has managed to snap the interior of one of the prototypes. The photos reveal the new digital dash that will be fitted to the next 911 which is expected on sale next year, as a 2019 model. The all-important tachometer sits in the center of the instrument cluster and looks to be remaining analog. However, to the left and right of this are digital screens. The screen to the left of the tacho shows the speedometer. We can also see that the infotainment screen is situated at the top of the center stack and not in the...

  • 2018 Porsche Cayenne spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Porsche Cayenne spy shots and video

    The current Porsche Cayenne is approaching the end of its life cycle, as a successor has been spotted on multiple occasions testing in prototype form. The exterior is still partially disguised but we can make out most of the details of the third-generation model which appears to have a sleeker look...

  • 2018 Genesis G70 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Genesis G70 spy shots and video

    The third model from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand has been spotted in prototype form. The car is a small sport sedan that will be called the G70. It will join its larger G80 and G90 siblings in showrooms in late 2017, arriving as a 2018 model. It was previewed in March 2016 by the Genesis...

  • 2019 Toyota Avalon spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Toyota Avalon spy shots

    Toyota’s big sedan, the Avalon, will soon receive a redesign. The current model was introduced for 2013 and we’re expecting this new one for 2019. That means we’re likely to see a reveal early next year. The current Avalon was a bit of a breakthrough in terms of design for the...

  • 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 spy shots

    Jaguar in May came out with the news that it was working on a 600-horsepower super sedan based on the XE: the XE SV Project 8. The automaker also released photos of a prototype and confirmed that just 300 examples are destined to be built—for worldwide consumption. We now have our own spy...

  • 2018 BMW X3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 BMW X3 spied ahead of June 26 reveal

    BMW’s next-generation X3 has been spotted testing once again. The current X3 is one of the strongest in the segment, offering snappy performance, a nice interior, good features and reasonable value for money. Due for a reveal on June 26, most likely making it a 2018 model, the new X3 will add...

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