Rendered Speculation: Lamborghini Aventador loses its lid

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Lamborghini, Luxury

Lamborghini Aventador Spyder

At long last, we’ve seen the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. As any fan of the golden bull should know, when it comes to guessing the next variant of Lamborghini’s biggest and baddest coupe all one need do is imagine the car with about two feet of roof gone missing. Or you don’t even need to suppose, since RenderedSpeculation.com has done it for you.

The Aventador’s close outward relation to previous members of Lamborghini’s V12 family means the roadster’s appearance – at least in rendered form – is exactly what you’d expect. So instead of considering this a test of the imagination, consider it planning: tax refunds will be coming soon, and you might as well figure out now whether the coupe or the inevitable roadster deserves your money…

[Source: Rendered Speculation]

Rendered Speculation: Lamborghini Aventador loses its lid originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rendered Speculation: Bentley looking to expand with entry coupe, crossover?

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Crossover, Bentley, Rumormill, Luxury

Bentley crossover renderingRumors continue to swirl that incoming Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, who previously served as head of research and development at Porsche, is looking long and hard at how to expand the luxury marque’s product line. Considering Dürheimer’s experience making magic happen at Porsche, it seems likely that Bentley would tap into the platform used for the Panamera sedan, and that’s exactly what the blokes from Auto Express are suggesting.

The first new model may be an ultra-luxe machine that would fit into the burgeoning four-door-coupe segment. If so, expect a price tag in the mid-$250,000 range and engine choices ranging from the tried-and-true W12 to a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.

Those powertrains may also find their way into the engine bay of a Bentley crossover, says Auto Express. As much as some may protest, a Porsche Cayenne-based Bentley with a price near the $200K mark would seem a very real possibility… as would an optional diesel engine, which would be new territory for the brand.

Finally, the long-rumored entry-level (can anything with a $150,000 price tag be called entry-level?) Bentley coupe that would slot below the Continental GT is still a talking point. Branching out into any or all of these segments are seen as a way to get back to the 10,000-unit peak sales year of 2007, as compared to just 4,616 units in 2009.

Head on over to Auto Express to see some rendered speculation on what these vehicles could potentially look like.

[Source: Auto Express]

Rendered Speculation: Bentley looking to expand with entry coupe, crossover? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon racer rendered by reader

Filed under: Wagon, Etc., Cadillac, GM, Design/Style, Racing

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon race car

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon race car gets rendered – Click above to view high-res image gallery

Like us, reader Tristan Hipps is a fan of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. After perusing the recently-released images of the CTS-V Coupe race car, Hipps decided that he wanted to see what a wagon version might look like. I think we can all agree that it looks damn sexy…

Hipps stated that he “just tweaked the photos” of the CTS-V coupe to produce his vision of the Sport Wagon racer. If we tried that, we ‘d probably end up with something resembling a Pontiac Aztek.

Click through the gallery below for two angles on Hipps’ design, each set done with and without a rear spoiler.

Gallery: Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon race car

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[Source: Hipps Design]

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon racer rendered by reader originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 08 Jan 2011 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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C7 Corvette rendered by design student with good ideas

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Hatchback, Chevrolet, Design/Style

James Robbins Corvette C7 rendering

Chevrolet C7 Corvette renderings by James Robbins – Click above for image gallery

It isn’t easy redesigning an icon, especially one as popular and well-known as the Chevrolet Corvette. Nevertheless, a seventh-generation Corvette is coming, and while rumors of an exotic mid-engine layout for America’s supercar are unlikely to pan out, it’s possible that the Bowtie brand’s designers could take the Corvette’s look in an entirely new direction.

Student designer James Robbins has his own ideas for what the C7 Corvette will look like. His renderings look like a logical next step in the car’s design evolution, though we’re not fans of some of the details. We particularly like the rear end’s reimagination of the Corvette’s signature round taillamps, albeit perhaps without some of the edgy detailing on the car’s hood. What say you? Check out the rest of the renderings in the gallery below and let us know what you think of Robbins’ C7 Corvette.

Gallery: Chevrolet Corvette C7 renderings by James Robbins

[Sources: Yanko Design, Coroflot]

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Geneva Preview: Hyundai i40/Sonata wagon gets officially rendered

Filed under: Wagon, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, Hyundai


Hyundai i40 wagon renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai is preparing to launch a new European D-segment model at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March that will compete against such vehicles as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, and it’s released a slew of advance renderings of what we might expect.

Filling the slot in the Korean automaker’s European line-up that’s filled in North America by the Sonata (with which it is a very close twin), the i40 has been designed and developed in Germany by the company’s European R&D center in Rüsselsheim. The design closely follows those of recent Hyundai design studies, the Genus concept most closely.

The i40 is slated to go on sale shortly after its debut in Geneva in wagon form, with a sedan version expected to follow. The engine range is expected to include a 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel with outputs ranging from 115 horsepower to 136, with more powerful versions to follow. In the meantime, take a stroll through the image gallery below for a closer look, as the i40 is almost certainly what a Sonata wagon would look like were Hyundai ever to launch it in the States.

Gallery: Hyundai i40 wagon sketches

[Source: Hyundai-blog]

Geneva Preview: Hyundai i40/Sonata wagon gets officially rendered originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rendered Speculation: 2012 Dodge Viper

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2012 Dodge Viper renderingWe already know Dodge has a new Viper in store for 2012, and those who have managed to lay eyes on prototypes of the venomous supercar have come away impressed with the early results. Whether it will or will be riding on a modified Alfa Romeo or Ferrari platform is unknown, as is the intended powerplant – V8, V10, V12? More American or more Italian? Will it look anything like this illustration from AutoWeek? No matter, color us excited for Dodge’s next snake in whatever form it may take on. [Source: AutoWeek]

Rendered Speculation: 2012 Dodge Viper originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept rendered for your pleasure

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Videos, Paris Motor Show, BMW, Luxury

BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept rendered inside and out – Click above to watch video after the jump

The BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept appears to have separated the audience into camps called “OMG BMW what have you done?” and “OMG BMW is back!” If there are any of you left on the fence looking for a closer look before you sign up to one of those clubs, here are high-definition renderings of the concept without and within.

Of course, they’re still renderings so you can reserve final final judgement, but you’ll see how the exterior light elements work and get clues to interior details. We’re digging that glass roof in all kinds of ways. Follow the jump for the close-ups, and stay tuned for live coverage straight from the Paris Motor Show. Hat tip to Rob!

[Source: YouTube]

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Video: BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept rendered for your pleasure originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Austin GP lap rendered and run

Filed under: Motorsports, Videos

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A sample lap has been rendered of the track in Austin, Texas that’s set to host the U.S. Grand Prix come 2012. Another Hermann Tilke-designed layout, the 3.4-mile circuit has 20 corners and plenty of elevation change; in fact, in some areas it looks more like a Disney ride than a venue for driving upwards of 200 mph. Since we’re going to lose some European races to make room for the USGP, we hope it’s good. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]

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Video: Austin GP lap rendered and run originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rendered Speculation: 2012 Porsche 911 to look strangely familiar

Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Porsche

If ever there were a single car that could be said to embody the Japanese concept of “kaizen”, or continuous improvement, it is the Porsche 911. Over its nearly half-century run, the range-topping sportscar from Porsche has been in a state of continual evolution, and with the possible exception of the 1998 transition from the air-cooled 993 models to the water-cooled 996, it would be hard to argue that any of the variants were truly all-new.

Nonetheless, a heavily reworked 911 is expected to be launched next year as a 2012 model that will still be instantly recognizable as a 911. Autocar is reporting that the new car will continue to share its front structure with the new Boxster, but the multi-link rear suspension will be revised and the rear-engined machine will get longer overall.

Like so many other modern cars, the face of the new 911 will likely incorporate a row of LEDs to function as daytime running lamps while the mirrors move back from the A-pillars to the doors. Despite the racing debut of the 911 GT3R hybrid this year, a similar setup for the road car still seems to be a ways off. The first hybrid 911 we see for the road will likely be a mild adaptation of the system in the Cayenne Hybrid with a smaller motor and lithium ion battery similar to the one used in the Mercedes-Benz S400.

[Source: Autocar]

Rendered Speculation: 2012 Porsche 911 to look strangely familiar originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ferrari P4/5 Competizione rendered as development prances on

Filed under: Coupe, Ferrari, Racing

Ferrari P4/5 Competizione – Click above for high-res image

There are no shortage of reasons why we love the Ferrari P4/5, and by extension, owner Jim Glickenhaus for bringing it to fruition. The Pininfarina-penned one-off drew its inspiration and design cues from the legendary P3/4, one of the most achingly beautiful – and devastatingly fast – Ferraris ever devised. Just one problem: the original P3/4 was a homologated race car, harking back to the days when you could drive your machinery to the track, race for the day and then blast back home. Those days are far behind us, but that’s no problem for our old friend Jim. He’ll just make another one.

And so was born the P4/5 Competition project, creating a racing version to compliment the street-legal coachbuilt special. Unlike the Enzo-based road car, Glickenhaus chose to base the Competizione model on an amalgamation of F430 underpinnings, using the 430 Scuderia’s chassis (to ensure that it would be able to be converted back to street use once its racing days were over) and the F430 GT2’s drivetrain to keep it up to speed with the competition.

The project is now well under way, and Jim has released the rendering you see above to give us a heads-up on what the final product will look like. Of course the design is largely the same as the P4/5 roadcar, but upgrades with some race-specific components, from the front splitter to the rear wing and a livery inspired by racing Ferraris of yore. Reports indicate that it will be classified as an experimental racer in the same vein as the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. For our part, we can’t wait to see it turn its wheels in anger at some of the world’s most legendary circuits.

Gallery: Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

[Sources: PistonHeads, Jalopnik]

Ferrari P4/5 Competizione rendered as development prances on originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Aug 2010 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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