Spy Shots

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz is committed to launching 10 electric cars by 2022. Some we already know, like the EQA compact hatchback and EQC small SUV, as well as electric commercials like the eVito and eSprinter vans. We now have the first spy shots of a large electric sedan to sit alongside the S-Class. Mercedes execs have previously hinted at the car starting production in 2020, which means we'll likely see it arrive in showrooms as a 2021 model. The prototype is heavily camouflaged but we can see that the car is a lot lower and sleeker than your typical Mercedes, including the CLS and AMG GT 4-Door...

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

    Mercedes-Benz engineers are approaching the final stages of testing prototypes for a redesigned B-Class minivan. The car represents just one of eight body styles Mercedes plans for its new-generation compact car family, the first two members of which are the redesigned A-Class hatchback and new...

  • 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Cabriolet spy shots

    Engineers from Porsche are out testing what appears to be a convertible version of the 911 GT3. We know the automaker is using the GT3 platform for the limited edition 911 Speedster set to debut later this year as part of Porsche's 70th anniversary celebrations, but it's possible there will also be...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 spy shots and video

    We've already seen spy shots of the redesigned BMW X5 M. Now we have spy shots of what's destined to be the BMW’s main rival, Mercedes-AMG’s redesigned GLE63. Mercedes-Benz is currently working on a new generation of the mid-size GLE, and once again there will be a high-performance...

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

    A lightly camouflaged Lexus RC has been spotted testing in Germany and is likely a prototype for a facelifted version of the luxury coupe. The RC was introduced for 2015 so this facelifted model, expected on sale late this year or early next as a 2019 model, represents a mid-cycle update for the...

  • 2021 Lexus LC F spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Lexus LC F spy shots

    Engineers from Lexus have been caught testing an early prototype for the long-awaited LC F. Rumors of the car circulated even before the LC made its debut, but things didn't really heat up until last year when a trademark filing for the LC F name was discovered. Now we have tangible evidence the...

  • 2020 Aston Martin Vantage test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    If CEO Andy Palmer has his way, Aston Martin’s sports cars will always be available with a manual transmission—but right now none of its cars come with a third pedal. The good news is that Aston Martin looks to be in the process of rectifying the issue. Engineers are out testing a Vantage mule believed to be equipped with a manual transmission. The process is taking a little while as the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 powering the latest Vantage was never originally designed for a manual. It means the task of developing and testing a manual for the mighty powerplant...

  • 2020 Audi Q3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Audi Q3 spy shots

    Development of a next-generation Audi Q3 is well underway as our latest spy shots confirm. The new compact crossover SUV is expected on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model, and so far it doesn’t appear Audi will be pulling any surprises regarding the design. The vehicle should resemble a scaled-down...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's GLC and GLC Coupe are about to come in for a minor facelift. We spotted a prototype for the updated GLC earlier this year and now we have the first shots of the updated GLC Coupe. The changes represent a mid-cycle update for the coupe-like SUV which first arrived in 2016 as a 2017...

  • 2019 BMW X4 M spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 BMW X4 M spy shots and video

    Behold the latest spy shots and video of the first-ever BMW X4 M. Yes, the folks at the M division are bowing to demand pressures for more SUVs and will add the new X4 M as well as a new X3 M to join the existing X5 M and X6 M. This way the M division will have direct rivals for Mercedes-AMG's...

  • 2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy spy shots

    Renault's RS version of its Golf-rivaling Mégane hatchback (shown below) is already one of the fastest front-wheel-drive cars in production. Soon, a more hardcore version with extra power and fewer pounds will arrive, and we've just caught a prototype being pushed hard at the...

  • Mystery BMW M4 GTS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Spy shots and video of possible BMW M4 CSL

    BMW M engineers are testing an extreme version of the already hardcore M4 GTS at the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track's surrounding roads. It's impossible to say whether this is a new model in the works or just some routine testing of components, but there's been confirmation...

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

    Spy photographers have spotted a prototype for a new generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the everyday supercar. The new Porsche 911 is coming later this year, initially in Carrera and Carrera S guises. But you can count on there being multiple other versions to cater to Porsche’s discerning clientele. We’re talking close to two dozen distinct models eventually. Included among the range will be the new Turbo. 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo spy video from Motor Authority on Vimeo. The prototype may look like testers for the Carrera. However, a number of clues identify it as the Turbo. The...

  • 2020 BMW 7-Series facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 BMW 7-Series spy shots

    The current BMW 7-Series is one of the most dynamic and technologically advanced offerings in its class, but its predictable styling and drab interior leave a lot to be desired. This is a six-figure car once you add a few options, yet to the average onlooker it’s hard to distinguish from the...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC spy shots and video

    Prototypes for Mercedes-Benz’s electric SUV based on the Generation EQ concept from the 2016 Paris auto show have been spotted. Earlier test mules had been using the makeshift body of a GLC Coupe to hide the new mechanicals, but now we can see the true shape of Mercedes' first volume electric...

  • 2020 Buick LaCrosse facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Buick LaCrosse spy shots

    The Buick LaCrosse will soon come in for a facelift as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype spotted testing recently. The LaCrosse was last redesigned for 2017 so this facelift represents a mid-cycle update for the large sedan. Expect it to arrive in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model. The...

  • 2019 Audi SQ8 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Audi SQ8 spy shots and video

    Audi has a new flagship SUV coming for 2019, and it's called the Q8. Today we have spy shots and video of the sporty SQ8 variant which should arrive in showrooms roughly alongside the standard Q8 later this year. Further down the track there will be a fully fledged RS Q8 joining the fold. Audi...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet spy shots and video

    Porsche is out testing a new generation of the 911, the 992, and the latest prototype spotted is for the car's Turbo Cabriolet variant. The new 911 will be revealed late this year or early next, initially in Carrera and Carrera S guises. The 911 Turbo should trail the basic models by six months to...

  • 2019 Audi S7 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Audi’s A7 didn’t start the modern coupe-like sedan trend, but with its muscular proportions, beautiful surfacing and Kammback rear it managed to make us almost forget the segment’s progenitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The handsome four-door has been redesigned for the 2019 model year, though so far we've only been treated to the regular A7. Sporty S7 and high-performance RS 7 models are still in the works. Today we have new spy shots of the S7, which judging by the lack of camouflage gear should be making its debut soon. We know this prototype is for the S7 because of its...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spy shots and video

    BMW has just unveiled a redesigned X5, and one of its main rivals, the Mercedes-Benz GLE, will soon be redesigned as well. We now have fresh spy shots and video of prototypes for the new generation of the Mercedes mid-size luxury SUV. The current GLE was introduced for the 2016 model year but is...

  • 2020 Mini Clubman facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Clubman spy shots

    The modern Mini's third-generation family is in the process of being updated. The first members off the line were the Mini Hardtop and Convertible, which were shown in January at the 2018 Detroit auto show. It looks like the Mini Clubman will be the next member to be updated, as evidenced by the...

  • 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera spy shots and video

    Aston Martin has just unveiled its redesigned Vantage, and the next model in the automaker’s ambitious Second Century plan is a replacement for the Vanquish, prototypes for which are shown here. However, the car won't be called a Vanquish as earlier thought. Instead, it will be called a DBS...

  • 2020 Audi A4 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Audi A4 spy shots

    It seems like the current A4 only arrived yesterday but Audi is already out testing an updated version of its popular small sedan. That's because even though we only received it in late 2016, the car has been on sale elsewhere since early 2015. The engineers haven't added much in the way of...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Suburban spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Chevrolet Suburban spy shots

    The first prototype for the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has been spotted, revealing a few clues about the upcoming SUV. General Motors is in the process of redesigning its full-size fleet around the T1XX body-on-frame platform for SUVs and pickups. The platform is an evolution of the current...

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