Car Magazine has scooped some pics of the early prototype of the third generation Audi TT for 2014 on test in Europe as Audi prepares its new coupe for development.
The car’s mean looking front, boasts a hectagonal singleframe grille, a pair of large low-mounted air intakes as well as wraparound combined headlamp-and-indicator units. To increase the downforce at the rear it houses an active air dam which is supported by a neatly integrated high-mounted roof spoiler.
The interior will showcase a variation of the fully animated single screen instrument panel devised for the next Audi R8 Supercar.
As for the driving performance, based on the same flexible MQB architecture as the next 2012 VW Golf Mk7 and Audi A3, the new TT relies once more heavily on four-cylinder engines. The two petrol-fed four-cylinders deliver 180 and 220bhp, the diesel develops 178hp and the racier TTS will be equipped with a 276bhp turbocharged 2.0 litre. Quattro is standard on this model and on the next TT RS, which borrows the 385bhp kraftwerk upgrade from the 2012 limited-edition.
Well, certain information, though scarce, regarding the Donkervoort D8 GTO now could be seen on Christmas cards that the company has sent out. This has added to the delight of auto lovers, and in a way has set the holiday cheers. Thus the first look of the open wheeled vehicle is out.
There are some extremely interesting ads that are making an appearance on YouTube, highlighting the glories of the Nissan Juke. With a tag line that says ‘Shift the way you move’, Nissan is changing more than perceptions of movements with this one. Postulating that the car has origins that are good enough to hail back to the stuff that urban legends are made of, the story of the Nissan Juke is told in vivid graphic style, and seem to be made by a hardcore Tron fan.
The Citroen DS High Rider was present at the Geneva Auto Show last month but what was on the inside of the car wasn’t its final interior layout. It is now that the moniker has revealed the very fist mages of the interior which the commuter will finally arrive with. Even now, High Rider’s rear portion remains a mystery while on the inside it gets a bi-color dark brown and gold leather scheme along with the white cross stitching that covers the seat and the dash. The entire interior trim has been finished in Chrome while the door inserts get the Midas touch. The concept is just a preview of the upcoming Citroën DS4 which will likely be available by the beginning of 2011.
The next generation Citroen C4 prototype was spied testing in cold weather conditions and sadly the heavy camouflage reveals nothing more than some front fascia integrations. Slated for a debut at the Paris Auto Show in September this year, the 2011 model is similar in design to the new Citroen C3.
The front grille, the sharp windshield and the roofline are what make the latest C3 and this prototype look pretty similar. It is being told that the Citroen DS4 will also borrow the shape from this entry level family car in the future. The 2011 Citroen C4 is expected to hit the market with new engine options and those options may probably include a hybrid variant. Whether it will be petrol electric or diesel electric is anyone’s guess and the experts also speculate a three-cylinder engine for the C4. [via WCF]
The German Nurburgring Circuit and the American Death Valley are two places where the Spy photographers always camp in with their top notch cameras to catch glimpses of the scorchers of the future. This time around, it is the 2011 Porsche Boxster which was caught testing in Germany, thus revealing a few facets of the upcoming baby. The rear LED light clusters and the elongated and bulging front end is what is seemingly new there. On the other hand, the spoiler, the third brake light, the side sills and the vents, are all unchanged. Maybe these similarities are only for the test mule and we hope that a production ready model is what the spy photographers capture, the next time around. [via WCF]
Cars; no matter what we do, we can’t live without them. In today’s word, nobody can truly be productive without a vehicle. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of your own automobile, you must treat them like children as they eventually break down and require replacement parts. This unavoidable evil must be dealt with, regardless of when and where you purchased your vehicle. Thankfully, concept cars, like the Mazda Kiyora, don’t need this level of attention.
The Kiyora may only be a dream, but it’s the kind of dream that future automotives are made of. The joys, and pains, of concept vehicles is that they will never truly be driven; never be released to the mass market. As such, these cars don’t need to repair brake pads like normal cars. However, when something does need to be replaced, it must be custom made by the same team who build the original design. This can take a basic repair and turn it into an expensive chore.
This doesn’t mean concept cars aren’t worth looking into. Design styles from the Mazda Crossfire eventually found their way into the Mazda 5 and Mazda CX9. From brake rotors to sunroofs, all components found in modern vehicles found their births in concept cars from the past. Even the simple cushion seat was just a design on a drawing board at one point.
While the dream of owning a concept car does save the trip to the auto parts store, it doesn’t free you from the reality of your own vehicle, but this is where the mass produced automobile can be advantageous. Instead of settling for specific designs and required parts, you can build a custom vehicle that matches your style. Choosing a customer paint job, quality tachometer, or killer sound system, are only the beginning of the options available to the budding artist. The availability of these choices provides a freedom of creativity that most drivers won’t ever realize with their cars.
Going beyond the custom rims, spoilers and paint jobs, the real car enthusiast will go so far as to replace their engine, add Bilstein and KYB shocks, and overhaul the interior. By building a personalized vehicle, one can effectively create their own concept car, without the price tag and repair costs of the ones from the manufacturer. Whatever your interest, the concept car is always an interesting idea that offers insight to the future of vehicles.
Trying to be ahead of any other hatches in the European market is no easy task, but Renault seems to have the right ingredients for an amazing car. Just a few days ago in Geneva, the latest Renault Megane RS has been unveiled to the public and everyone seemed to love it. Inspired by the Trophy racer Megane, the new RS is definitely meaner and faster. With an agressive front grille splitter and big arches, a center-exit exhaust within the diffuser, bulging side sills and some intriguing two-tone alloys, you’ll have to admit that even if it’s a French car … it’s a damn good looking one.
But my bet is that you’d like to know what makes that kitty roar. Well there’s a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve turbo engine under the hood, a sharper chassis available in “Sport” and “Cup”, fully defeatable stability control and an improved steering, it’s quite a contender to Ford’s Focus RS. We’re definitely sold on the new design. A hot looking racer … [via TopGear]