Spy Shots: Next-generation Kia Sorento snapped undergoing testing

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Kia Sorento Spy Shots

Kia has been busy – a refreshed Sorento just arrived in showrooms for the 2014 model year and the Korean manufacturer is already out undergoing advanced testing in the next-generation model. How, pray tell, do we know how far along testing is? Notice any cladding, or coverings, aside from the regular vinyl camo? Right.

Our predictive talents aside, there are still a lot of questions about the next Sorento. We don’t have much to go on with the technical specs, although we’ll be thunderstruck if there isn’t some form of the Hyundai/Kia 2.0-liter turbo under hood. Our spies report that this new model is somewhat larger than the current Sorento, hinting that it might be riding atop the same platform as the long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe. That could indicate an available V6 model, as well. Judging by the profile views, we’d bet our bottom dollar this is a three-row model.

The conflicting nature of a refreshed Sorento hitting dealers and an advanced prototype out testing in Europe makes it difficult to pin down a date for the third-generation CUV’s debut. We doubt we’ll be seeing the new Sorento before the end of the year – a 2014 debut with a 2015 on-sale date just seems more likely in light of the newness of the refreshed model.

Next-generation Kia Sorento snapped undergoing testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Next-generation Kia Sorento snapped undergoing testing

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Kia Sorento Spy Shots

Kia has been busy – a refreshed Sorento just arrived in showrooms for the 2014 model year and the Korean manufacturer is already out undergoing advanced testing in the next-generation model. How, pray tell, do we know how far along testing is? Notice any cladding, or coverings, aside from the regular vinyl camo? Right.

Our predictive talents aside, there are still a lot of questions about the next Sorento. We don’t have much to go on with the technical specs, although we’ll be thunderstruck if there isn’t some form of the Hyundai/Kia 2.0-liter turbo under hood. Our spies report that this new model is somewhat larger than the current Sorento, hinting that it might be riding atop the same platform as the long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe. That could indicate an available V6 model, as well. Judging by the profile views, we’d bet our bottom dollar this is a three-row model.

The conflicting nature of a refreshed Sorento hitting dealers and an advanced prototype out testing in Europe makes it difficult to pin down a date for the third-generation CUV’s debut. We doubt we’ll be seeing the new Sorento before the end of the year – a 2014 debut with a 2015 on-sale date just seems more likely in light of the newness of the refreshed model.

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Spy Shots: Ferrari 612 successor snapped again, interior revealed

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Ferrari 612 Successor

Ferrari 612 successor spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It’s been less than a week since the last batch of shots of Ferrari’s 612 Scaglietti replacement have hit the Net. And while we were quick to dismiss the hunchbacked shape the last time around, this more revealing set of photos proves that the 612 does, in fact, take on a more traditional shooting brake design rather than that of a swoopy coupe.

Ferrari 612 successor interiorOur spies managed to get a quick glance inside the 612 replacement, and in addition to confirming that there’s an honest-to-goodness luggage compartment out back, we now have a relatively clear idea of what the cockpit looks like. In addition to heaps of the finest leather, we can see what appears to be a set of nicely bolstered seats and a Ferrari-spec steering wheel complete with the bright red “engine start” button and drive mode selector switch.

This latest Ferrari will undoubtedly be an eye-catching piece of machinery when the camouflage cladding is removed. Gorgeousness aside, we’re salivating at the rumors of a 670-horsepower 6.3-liter V12 being found underhood, meaning 0-60 should be ripped off in just 3.7 seconds and the car’s top speed should be well north of 200 miles per hour.

Gallery: Spy Shots: Ferrari 612 Successor

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Spy Shots: Ferrari 612 successor snapped again, interior revealed originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Baby Maserati Quattroporte mule snapped hiding in plain sight

Maserati 'Baby Quattroporte' spy shots

Maserati ‘Baby Quattroporte’ spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you’ve been listening to the whispers about a new smaller version of the Maserati Quattroporte and wondering exactly what the machine will look like when it debuts, you can quit your pondering. Sort of. Our task force of stealthy spy photographers have managed to lay their lenses on a mule version of the new baby Quattroporte. This particular evaluation car sports a shorter wheelbase and smaller brakes than its bigger brother, and a single exhaust outlet hints to a slightly lower level of performance. Though this tester seems to have raided the parts bin of the larger Quattroporte for some ill-fitting glass, we’re told that the production version of the car will look significantly different.

Maserati has been itching to tango with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class, Jaguar XFR and BMW M5, and this machine could be the beast that allows the company to do just that. As of right now, there’s no indication as to exactly what will lurk underhood when it debuts in 2012, though with a mule running around, we’re guessing it won’t be too long before we hear more about the smaller Quattroporte’s drivetrain.

Gallery: Maserati Quattroporte Spy Shots

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Spy Shots: Baby Maserati Quattroporte mule snapped hiding in plain sight originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz ML AMG snapped with less disguise

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz ML AMG

Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz ML AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz is in the process of updating the AMG side of the family, including the replacement of its 6.2-liter engines with the more efficient 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. One of the models set to receive the new mill is the 2012 M-Class, and photogs posted outside the Nürburgring have caught the revised SUV getting ready to push its prodigious weight around the circuit.

The current generation ML63 AMG churns out 503 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, but with the twin-turbo 5.5-liter mill bolted in, the reworked high-po ML could see at least 544 hp and close to 600 lb-ft of twist. In addition to the upgraded engine, the camo-clad mule also benefits from a more aggressive lower-front fascia, a new character line running across the side and an assortment of other revised body mods, all of which should make their way to the new model when it goes on sale early next year.

Gallery: Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz ML AMG

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz ML AMG snapped with less disguise originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: BMW M5 and its bulging hood snapped again

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Spy Photos, Sedan, Performance, BMW, Luxury

It’s been almost three whole months since we last saw M5 spy shots, but someone from BMW decided to change that by leaving the slightly camo’ed M-powered sedan unattended in a parking lot. There isn’t much more to note on the exterior, save for catching what could be the production wheels and their whopping Pirelli tires. But now there are shots of the interior and new items like the seats, shift knob and tachometer with the greatly reduced redline. Click the link for more photos, and get ready to see it in person soon.

[Source: 5Post]

Spy Shots: BMW M5 and its bulging hood snapped again originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Aug 2010 16:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Bentley Continental GT successor snapped from new angles

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Bentley Continental GT spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

A few months ago, our crafty spy photographers managed to snap a single shot of the next-generation Bentley Continental GT with all of its camouflage stripped away, revealing the Conti’s swoopy new shape and updates to the front and rear fascias. Now, our spies have returned with a new batch of shots, and while the car is completely covered in checkerboard camo, we can see the new GT from a few new angles.

Up front, Bentley has added new LED headlamps similar to those on the Big Daddy Mulsanne, nicely flanking the more upright grille and prominent lower air intakes. Out back, we see that the Continental uses a more sloped, hatchback-like rear window, though the dead-on rear view confirms that a standard-issue trunk will still be in place. Obviously, LEDs are the bulbs of choice for the taillamps, and we like how the revised rear design better highlights the Conti’s shapely hips.

The new Continental GT may be covered from head to toe, but we won’t rule out a possible debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Until then, scroll through our gallery for high-res shots of the new Bentley out on the road.

Gallery: Spy Shots: 2012 Bentley Continental GT

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Spy Shots: Bentley Continental GT successor snapped from new angles originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Aug 2010 14:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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