Spy Shots: 2015 Lexus GS F is camo-free and frisky

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Lexus GS F Spy shots

Other than some missing badges and (hopefully) a not-yet-finished rear fascia, what you see here is an undisguised look at the long-awaited Lexus GS F high-performance sedan. Lexus’ answer to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the GS F has been spotted again.

Unlike our previous spy shots, though, this time around, the sporty Lexus has been caught testing on the Nürburgring, so our spy shooters have managed to get a look at the car from all angles. Building on the aggressive styling of the GS F-Sport, the GS F gets bigger air intakes and a lower chin spoiler up front. Like before, we see the signature stacked exhaust outlets, but they still seemed roughed into rear fascia, which gets an aero-aiding diffuser.

We still only have guesses as to what will be under the hood, but a 465-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 sounds good to us. Expect to see the production GS F on the road by 2015.

2015 Lexus GS F is camo-free and frisky originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Lexus GS F is camo-free and frisky

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Lexus GS F Spy shots

Other than some missing badges and (hopefully) a not-yet-finished rear fascia, what you see here is an undisguised look at the long-awaited Lexus GS F high-performance sedan. Lexus’ answer to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the GS F has been spotted again.

Unlike our previous spy shots, though, this time around, the sporty Lexus has been caught testing on the Nürburgring, so our spy shooters have managed to get a look at the car from all angles. Building on the aggressive styling of the GS F-Sport, the GS F gets bigger air intakes and a lower chin spoiler up front. Like before, we see the signature stacked exhaust outlets, but they still seemed roughed into rear fascia, which gets an aero-aiding diffuser.

We still only have guesses as to what will be under the hood, but a 465-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 sounds good to us. Expect to see the production GS F on the road by 2015.

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Spy Shots: Watch this Nissan GT-R Nismo attack the ‘Ring

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Nissan GT-R Nismo spy video

Following yesterday’s spy photos of the Nissan GT-R Nismo at the Nürburgring, we’ve been informed that some intrepid spies have captured video of Super Godzilla lapping the track. We aren’t sure which turn the first clip is showing, but the second and third are almost certainly the tough right-hander known as Bergwerk.

Like the current GT-R, the Nismo, even with what might be a new exhaust system, isn’t a vehicle that sounds particularly good in a flyby. It’s more of just an intense whooshing noise. Take a look at the full video from RSR Nürburgring down below.

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Spy Shots: Watch this Nissan GT-R Nismo attack the ‘Ring

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Nissan GT-R Nismo spy video

Following yesterday’s spy photos of the Nissan GT-R Nismo at the Nürburgring, we’ve been informed that some intrepid spies have captured video of Super Godzilla lapping the track. We aren’t sure which turn the first clip is showing, but the second and third are almost certainly the tough right-hander known as Bergwerk.

Like the current GT-R, the Nismo, even with what might be a new exhaust system, isn’t a vehicle that sounds particularly good in a flyby. It’s more of just an intense whooshing noise. Take a look at the full video from RSR Nürburgring down below.

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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.

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: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Spy Shots

Like it or not, the majority of BMW 3 Series variants are on their way out, and the 4 Series models are hotly embroiled in the testing needed to replace them. We’ve now driven the basic 4 Series, seen spy photographs of the 4 Series Convertible and both versions of the M4 and today we get a better-than-ever look at the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

And, mostly dependent on your personal disposition towards four-dour coupes, that look should be a pleasant thing. The long, swooping Gran Coupe may be roughly similar in size to the related 3 Series GT, but it has been sculpted with beauty in mind rather than crossover function. We expect that those details still hidden by the body cladding here, mostly front and rear, can be filled in by simply remembering what the standard 4 Series looks like and squinting your eyes a bit. Subtlety is thy name, BMW variants.

As for the mechanicals, well, we expect to have the very same greasy bits under the hood and beneath the car that are found in the 4 Series lineup, too.

Look for the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in earnest in 2014, and for the thing to arrive in showrooms soon after as a 2015 model.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe caught without cladding

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Spy Shots

Like it or not, the majority of BMW 3 Series variants are on their way out, and the 4 Series models are hotly embroiled in the testing needed to replace them. We’ve now driven the basic 4 Series, seen spy photographs of the 4 Series Convertible and both versions of the M4 and today we get a better-than-ever look at the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

And, mostly dependent on your personal disposition towards four-dour coupes, that look should be a pleasant thing. The long, swooping Gran Coupe may be roughly similar in size to the related 3 Series GT, but it has been sculpted with beauty in mind rather than crossover function. We expect that those details still hidden by the body cladding here, mostly front and rear, can be filled in by simply remembering what the standard 4 Series looks like and squinting your eyes a bit. Subtlety is thy name, BMW variants.

As for the mechanicals, well, we expect to have the very same greasy bits under the hood and beneath the car that are found in the 4 Series lineup, too.

Look for the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be revealed in earnest in 2014, and for the thing to arrive in showrooms soon after as a 2015 model.

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Spy Shots: Cadillac flagship, possible production Elmiraj, caught testing

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2016 Cadillac Elmiraj test mule

One of the biggest debuts at the Monterey car week, both literally and figuratively, was the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept. The massive coupe made quite a splash with the show’s well-heeled guests. Now, we have what might be the very first images of the Elmiraj, or whatever it may be called when it reaches production, out testing.

Don’t let that modified Chevrolet Caprice body fool you, this car is about four to six inches longer than Chevy’s US-spec cop car, from the A-pillar forward. According to our spy, with the Caprice at 203 inches and the concept at 205, adding a few extra inches here and there fits the bill for the four-door Elmiraj that was hinted at in Jay Leno’s Garage.

There are a number of other classic mule signs on this car, including a cover over the fuel door and heavily modified front and rear fascias, each of which serves to hide some significant change from the standard Caprice. Using a Caprice for development also, hopefully, hints at something that big Cadillacs like the XTS have lacked – rear-wheel drive.

This is quite an exciting development for Cadillac fans. A new flagship, with a stylish, four-door-coupe body that will take aim at the Mercedes S-Class is something that Caddy enthusiasts have been begging for. With a debut set for sometime in 2015, though, there’s still plenty of waiting and a lot that can change. Watch this space.

Cadillac flagship, possible production Elmiraj, caught testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: BMW M4 spied in coupe and convertible form

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BMW M4 coupe spy shots

BMW M4 Convertible spy shotsFrom the sound of it, we’ll have to wait until the Detroit Auto Show to see the production version of the BMW M4, but spy shots show the new hi-po BMW testing recently in both coupe and convertible form. Showing a lot more skin than recent spy shots, these M4 prototypes look very similar to the M4 Concept we saw at Pebble Beach.

Carryovers from the concept car include the funky mirrors, bulging hood and the slotted front fascia vents, but the rear fascia seems to be missing the added flair of the concept and, as expected, the carbon fiber front splitter and exhaust tips are also missing from these M4s. Like the current M3 Convertible, the drop-top version of the M4 will utilize a retractable hard top.

BMW M4 spied in coupe and convertible form originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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