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We’re Starting To See Under The Jaguar F-Pace SVR’s Heavy Camo 24
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Jaguar, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar Scoops, New York auto show, Scoops on 11 24th, 2017


Even though Jaguar are keeping their cards pretty close to the chest with the F-Pace SVR, this latest prototype offers us a better look at some of the parts that will help this SUV stand out in a crowd.

Starting with the front, the overall shape of the bumper is more obvious than before, and those large air intakes really do look like something to write home about.

There’s also a pair of air vents on the bonnet, and apparently, even on the front fenders near the doors, something very few SUVs have. As for the rear, we can see those chunky quad exhaust tips a lot more clearly than before.

Making sure the F-Pace SVR handles its business on the performance end will be JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division, or SVO for short – they will likely be fitting the car with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 unit, possibly delivering the same 575 PS (567 HP) it does in the sporty F-Type SVR, with the help of an 8-speed automatic.

The SVR version of the F-Pace will obviously also come with bigger brakes, stiffer suspension, bigger and more aggressive wheels and undoubtedly a sportier interior as well, compared to the “lesser versions”.

As for when we can expect to see the car under spotlights, it could be this upcoming Spring at the New York Auto Show.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate Scooped With Subtle Changes 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 11 23rd, 2017


Our spy photographers have managed to snap the facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate in the midst of testing.

We first saw pictures of the updated C63 in sedan form back in May and for the most part, this Estate variant appears to be hiding the same tweaked parts under black and white camoflage.

Up front, it is apparent that Mercedes-AMG will update the design of the performance car’s bumper, potentially with reshaped air intakes¬. Additionally, tweaked LED headlights will be found on the finished production model. As with recent Mercedes-Benz models, to most obvious difference between the new car and the outgoing model will be the brand’s Panamericana front grille featuring vertical slats and first found on the AMG GT R.

Exterior modifications will be completed with an overhauled rear bumper.

Moving to the cabin, customers can expect to be welcomed with a number of changes, potentially including a new steering wheel and touch-sensitive buttons like on the E63.

Power for both the C63 and C63 S models will continue to come from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. It is possible that some minor tweaks to the powertrain will be made to increase grunt from the 476 PS and 510 PS currently on offer.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate Scooped With Subtle Changes 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes C63 AMG, Mercedes Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 11 23rd, 2017


Our spy photographers have managed to snap the facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate in the midst of testing.

We first saw pictures of the updated C63 in sedan form back in May and for the most part, this Estate variant appears to be hiding the same tweaked parts under black and white camoflage.

Up front, it is apparent that Mercedes-AMG will update the design of the performance car’s bumper, potentially with reshaped air intakes¬. Additionally, tweaked LED headlights will be found on the finished production model. As with recent Mercedes-Benz models, to most obvious difference between the new car and the outgoing model will be the brand’s Panamericana front grille featuring vertical slats and first found on the AMG GT R.

Exterior modifications will be completed with an overhauled rear bumper.

Moving to the cabin, customers can expect to be welcomed with a number of changes, potentially including a new steering wheel and touch-sensitive buttons like on the E63.

Power for both the C63 and C63 S models will continue to come from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. It is possible that some minor tweaks to the powertrain will be made to increase grunt from the 476 PS and 510 PS currently on offer.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Is This Ferrari’s Upcoming 488 GTO? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 11 23rd, 2017


It is no secret that Ferrari is working on a hardcore variant of the 488 GTB and now an image has surfaced online that appears to show the supercar without any camouflage.

This photo, initially published by Motor.es, depicts two track-focused 488s in a garage, one of which wears white plastic over its revised body panels while the front-end of the second prototype has been left exposed.

Compared to the current 488, the mid-engine supercar has received a revised front fascia that includes a different bumper with larger air intakes and some black trim. The headlights have also been blacked-out to increase the vehicle’s aggressiveness.

According to some sources, the car will be dubbed the Ferrari 488 GTO but we’re not convinced. The ‘GTO’ badge has only been used three times in the history of Ferrari production cars and even the Ferrari F12tdf wasn’t considered special enough to receive the honor.

Whatever it is called, we can expect the typical array of changes that are found on hardcore Ferrari models. Among these will be modifications to the twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 to bump power to beyond 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, a number of weight saving measures will need to be employed if Ferrari wants the car to have any chance against the hypercar-beating McLaren 720S.

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Bentley’s Committed To Dropping The Top On The Continental GTC 22
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Bentley, Bentley Continental, Bentley Scoops, Scoops on 11 22nd, 2017


You might think of owning a convertible as offering a choice… but really it’s an obligation – an obligation to drive it with the roof down as much as possible. And we have to applaud these engineers from Bentley for taking that to the extreme.

Spotted by our papparrazzi at CarPix in the frozen north is a prototype for the forthcoming Continental GTC, the drop-top version of the recently revealed coupe that we knew would be coming sooner or later. And it looks like sooner.

Though still wearing (some pretty cool-looking geometric) camouflage, it’s plain to see what we’re looking at here. And it looks pretty good with the roof down and that continuous strip of chrome surrounding the cabin.

As bad as we may feel for the engineers tasked with shaking it down with the cold air swirling around, the Conti would probably be the best convertible for driving with the roof down in the winter – what with its all-wheel traction and assuredly comfortable heated seats.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of Mercedes-style air-scarf system to blow warm air onto the occupants’ necks, and more heated surfaces than the Space Shuttle on reentry. But it’s probably a good thing that these test drivers are bundled up, with the windows up and the rear screen in place.

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2019 Mercedes G-Class Interior Shows Up In New Leaked Images 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 11 20th, 2017


Even though we know what the dashboard of the 2019 G-Class looks like, these images provide a more in-depth look, since now we can also see the entire center console, door panels and some of the cabin.

A reader of ours spotted these pics on Auto Trade Moscow and Avto_msk’s Instagram accounts, and we’re really happy he did. For starters, we can now see that the lower console has a truly minimalist design, unlike what you get on the current G-Wagen.

The rest of the dashboard features the automaker’s modern switchgear, wide displays like you get on the E-Class and S-Class, plus a circular air vent design, replacing the old square ones.

As for the door panels, they seem to have grown in width over the current ones, which will definitely help those who like to rest their elbow on them while they drive. We can also see that the buttons for the power windows and electric mirrors (on the driver’s side) are positioned at a slight angle, directly on top of the panel itself.

Aside from the cabin, the 2019 G-Class is expected to boast improved on-road characteristics, with more power and better fuel efficiency courtesy of Mercedes’ latest straight-six turbocharged units. The AMG models on the other hand should feature twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engines.

Without any certainty, reports suggest that Mercedes will debut the new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show in January.

H/T to Jewellius

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan Sheds Some Camo On The Road To Production 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Rolls Royce Cullinan, Rolls Royce Scoops, Rolls-Royce, Scoops on 11 20th, 2017


While Rolls-Royce has showcased some tantalizing images of its own, the clearest looks into its forthcoming crossover have come, as they often do, from spy shots. And these could be the most revealing yet.

Spotted by our spy photographers sitting on the back of a transport trailer, this prototype for the model tentatively known as Project Cullinan has shed some of the camouflage we’ve seen in previous spy images.

The front the greenhouse is exposed, as is part of the roof. We can also discern more of the high side flank, with those signature “coach” doors opening outward from the B-pillar.

In case it wasn’t until now, these photos also make it obvious that Rolls-Royce has steered clear of the slant-back crossover coupe profile that its parent company BMW essentially pioneered, to the benefit of rear-seat space – a vital priority for Rolls buyers, we needn’t point out.

Though based on the same aluminum spaceframe platform as the new Phantom, the Cullinan sits higher and will offer better all-weather traction, not to mention a taller cargo compartment. Expect twelve-cylinder power when it debuts sometime next year, to be followed by a plug-in hybrid version in the near future.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Why Is Land Rover Testing This Pair Of Camouflaged SUVs At The ‘Ring? 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Land Rover, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Scoops, Range Rover, Scoops, U Spy on 11 19th, 2017


These two Land Rover SUVs were spotted recently by one of our readers in a parking garage at the Nurburgring, both cars heavily camouflaged, which is always intriguing to see.

While it may seem like there isn’t much to go on, we can tell you that the Range Rover in these images is probably the new facelifted model, based on its leather upholstery and steering wheel.

We saw both those leather seat options on the 2018 Range Rover last month when the official press release came out. Why the automaker is still testing it and why it’s so well hidden, is hard to say.

Also, if you look closely at the wheels, you’ll see those are the large 22″ 5 split-spoke wheels, available only on the range-topping SVAutobiography Dynamic, which this could definitely be, although it still doesn’t explain the camouflage.

As for the other SUV, which is a Land Rover Discovery, it actually doesn’t look out of the ordinary at all. Its only discernible feature is the fact that it’s got roof rails, which doesn’t mean anything really. Nevertheless, going to all the trouble to put on the camo, and at the Nurburgring at that, does raises questions, but your guess is as good as ours, so feel free to chip in.

H/T to Chris

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Future Cars: Peugeot Brings Back Sexiness With New 508 Sedan 18
Nov
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Future Cars, PEUGEOT, peugeot 508, Peugeot Scoops, Scoops on 11 18th, 2017


French carmaker Peugeot has certainly given us some drastic variance in cars over the years; cue fantastic sporting GTi and World Rally cars and then truly mediocre offerings like the 307 hatch and 407 sedan.

Whilst the current 508 mid-size saloon isn’t bad, the market for mainstream European sedans is waning amongst a sea of opposition from SUVs and crossovers and the move to more prestige brands, like BMW and Audi.

Peugeot thinks this tide can be reversed by offering a new generation 508 in a much more alluring suite. So let’s take an illustrated sneak peek.

Sleek French Styling

To engage a much more youthful audience, the French manufacturer has adopted a coupe-like, four door silhouette. Looks familiar, you say? That’s because the new 508 is largely inspired by Peugeot’s 2014 Exalt Concept, hence that sleek, frameless-window side profile, with scalloped upper door panels and heavily-raked rear.

Frontal styling is aggressive too, with intersecting quad headlamps, larger lower intake and powerful front grille. At the rear, full-width tail lamps incorporate vertical LED brake elements – not too dissimilar to the Ford Mustang’s rear lighting setup.

Avante Garde Cabin

If you think the exterior looks good, the interior will impress even more. Drastic improvements over the current 508 show a much more futuristic interior, not too dissimilar to that of the 5008 crossover.

It also shares the latter’s i-Cockpit arrangement that includes a large, crisp infotainment display and digital instrument cluster. Practicality should improve with the shift to a lift-back body style, like that of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Buick Regal/Holden Commodore.

Under The Skin

Based on the flexible EMP2 platform, the new 508 will be lighter, stiffer and more crash-resistant compared to the ageing current model.

Powertrains are expected to be shared with the 5008, including a petrol 1.6-litre, turbocharged four, plus 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels in varying states of tune. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a new automatic transmission, and it’s possible the 5008’s Advanced Grip Control (which has normal, snow, sand, mud modes) will make an appearance. Hybrid versions of the gasoline units will also be on offer, while an all-electric model could be added later in the car’s lifecycle.

Tough Competition In An Shrinking Segment

If fighting the tide of SUV’s is hard enough, the 508 will battle with offerings that are competing for the same shrinking market share. Those competitors like the Ford Mondeo (Fusion), Opel Insignia, Mazda6, VW Passat and Skoda Superb won’t make life easy for the Pug.

The sleek new 508 will debut in 2018 with sales starting later that year in Europe and possibly Asia-Pacific.

Tell us what you think of the all-new 508 in the comments below and should PSA consider bringing it stateside?

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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First Look Inside The 2019 Lamborghini Urus Reveals High-Tech Cockpit 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Scoops, Lamborghini Urus, Scoops on 11 17th, 2017


We’re about three weeks away from the official debut of the new Lamborghini Urus but images of its interior have already surfaced online.

Courtesy of Instagram user altdynamic, the images reveal the dashboard of the new Lambo SUV which features the latest display technologies of the VW Group mixed with the Italian company’s familiar hexagone-based theme.

Just like the latest generation of the Audi A8 and A7, the new Lamborghini Urus makes use of two digital displays, one for infotainment purposes and one for the HVAC controls while the driver’s gauges are digital as expected.

The air-vents follow a similar design with the Huracan while the center console appears to have the same flip-switch red cover for the engine start/stop button. A pair of dramatically styled knobs is positioned on both sides of the engine start button, controlling the different driving modes of the car as shown in the recently released teaser videos. A new touchpad controller is also present.

A twin-turbo V8 with around 650hp will enable the new Lamborghini Urus to make some bold claims in terms of on-road performance but the Italian company also promises to offer true off-road capabilities as a nod to the classic LM002.

Lamborghini will reveal the new Urus on December 4 at its HQ in Sant’Agata, with the first deliveries expected to start in mid-2018. Stay tuned for more in the next days.

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What’s Skoda Cooking With This Kodiaq Prototype? 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Scoops, Skoda, Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda Scoops, Skoda Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


The Skoda Kodiaq is already available in various markets, so spotting a prototype of the 7-seater SUV testing on the Nurburgring raises some questions.

What we have here cannot be answered with certainty by anyone outside the company, but we think that we’re likely looking at a new version.

One scenario calls for the rumored range-topping vRS being put to the test, and the black bumpers of the prototype, along with the basic halogen headlights, might be there to trick bystanders into thinking they’re looking at a entry-level Kodiaq – which, come to think of it, is another possibility.

Anyway, if this is indeed the Kodiaq vRS, then it will benefit from a number of improvements over lesser variants, including a more aggressive body kit, a tweaked chassis and improved brakes, while power could come from the 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel of the European VW Tiguan.

Another explanation is that this prototype is a test bed for a hybrid powertrain – but it’s all speculation, so we’ll have to wait a little bit longer until we can find out more about what Skoda has in store for its SUV.

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BMW 850i And M8 Roar During Track Testing 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, video on 11 17th, 2017


A pair of prototypes for the upcoming BMW 850i and M8 have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring. Of the duo, it is certainly the impending M8 that will leave BMW enthusiasts sweating and for good reason.

The car is expected to adopt the same running gear as the latest M5, meaning a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 hp and roughly 553 lb-ft of torque. Like the M5, the M8 should also receive an advanced all-wheel drive system with an option to turn the two-door into a tire-smoking, rear-wheel drive monster at the press of a button.

As for the second 8-Series prototype, it is reportedly the 850i but its identity is a little harder to verify. Nonetheless, it too should feature a V8 with forced-induction and somewhere in the region of 500 hp.

A reveal date for the 8-Series range, including the M8, can be expected for March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Blows Its Top Off With Convertible Version 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Scoops, Corvette, Reports, Scoops on 11 17th, 2017


The fastest and most powerful version of the Corvette, the ZR1, grabbed headlines when it was unveiled earlier this week in Dubai.

However, Chevrolet is already planning a second version of the menacing supercar, as the images posted by Redditor Coonark00 show.

The photos reveal a three-car convoy seen in Florida a few days ago, and one of them is a convertible, with camouflage wrapped around its front and rear ends, a folding soft top, and a low wing.

“I fish down in the Florida Everglades, and I see these ZR1s testing fairly regularly. They come cruising by me, and often give me a nice throttle blip if I wave. They sound awesome”, said the man who posted the images online.

With Chevrolet bringing out a Corvette ZR1 Convertible, the move will mark yet another important modification for the C7 ZR1, compared to its predecessors, besides the targa roof with removable panels.

Naturally, the Convertible ZR1 will use the same 755hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 of the Coupe, which is so good that Chevy believes it can lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes.

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Spy Shooters Snap What Could Be The BMW i8 S Coupe 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 11 16th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and spy photographers have just snapped photos of what appears to be an upgraded i8 coupe.

Caught undergoing testing in Germany, the mysterious model has our spy shooters wondering if it’s the facelifted i8 or a more powerful i8 S. They’re inclined to believe it is the latter as this particular prototype has a deeper front splitter, a small rear spoiler, and what appears to be a fully enclosed hood.

We’re not entirely sure what the model is but the facelifted i8 is expected to have an upgraded powertrain that produces around 420 hp (313 kW). The i8 S, on the other hand, is expected to have up to 450 hp (335 kW).

BMW has been tight-lipped about the car but rumors have suggested the facelifted model will come with a larger lithium-ion battery that reportedly has a capacity of around 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

The updated i8 and i8 S are expected to be launched next year and the company could reveal some new details about the models in Los Angeles.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series Wants To Be The New Lord Of The ‘Ring 16
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Black Series, Mercedes Scoops, Mercedes Videos, Scoops, video on 11 16th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG is getting ready to take on the impressive Porsche 911 GT2 RS for the title of the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring with a range-topping version of the GT coupe: the GT R Black Series.

The GT R Black Series was confirmed by AMG’s head honcho, Tobias Moers, who said that it will arrive on the market close to the end of the GT’s life-cycle. Reports speak of the Black Series using an improved version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which should produce in excess of 600hp.

Prototypes of the supercar have been spied testing on the Nordschleife for a few good months now, trying to hide their visual updates over the regular GT R, with the same applying to the car seen here.

The following video gives us the chance to can hear it growl on the famous German track, and it appears to be even more sonorous than the already great-sounding GT R.

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