The 2-passenger Mini Coupe is caught testing on public roads for the first time.
But whereas the concept we saw in Frankfurt appeared low and aggressive, this prototype looks more like something you’d spot sitting on a lily pad rather than zipping around a racetrack.
For those looking for lots of grip in a compact package, the 2013 Fiat 500 AWD makes a tempting proposition.
Our spy photographers have managed to capture the 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle coupe completely undisguised and without any pesky camouflage. Be forewarned: If you loved the funky curves of the last model, the newest New Beetle will take a little getting used to.
While purists might long for a manual transmission, the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador’s 7-speed electrohydraulically actuated gearbox is capable of changing gears in 50 milliseconds—in layman’s terms, that translates to really, really fast.
Ferrari released some official “spy-type” shots of the FF prototype development mule being tested in the frozen northern parts of Sweden and Finland.
The 2012 version of Hyundai’s popular flagship Genesis sedan is set to hit showrooms later this year, but thanks to these shots from our spy photographers, you won’t have to wait for dealership delivery to see one.
The Genesis will get its mid-model facelift, but we’ll get to that later. More important is what’s under the updated car’s hood. Hyundai revealed last year that the 2012 Genesis sedan will be powered by an impressive 429-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 engine—that’s a big increase over the current 375-bhp 4.6-liter V-8—but these photos validate the rumors that it will also be mated to the company’s new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Our spy photographers have caught what appears to be a U.S.-spec version of the Audi A4 Allroad wagon, caught during a round of wintry weather road testing. Gray wheel arches and modestly higher ride-height (1.5 in.) give the A4 Allroad the look of a 4x4 crossover. It’s the type of luxurious station wagon that can handle snow storms and muddy parking lots during annual treks to the local pumpkin patch. But be sure to hold onto that old Jeep CJ5 if you have any aspirations of tackling the Rubicon Trail.
Based on what we can see in this spy shot, the 2012 Honda Civic doesn’t look all that different from the Civic running around North America today, although the new car may come with a 2.0-liter with more power but equal or better fuel economy. Better yet, the sporty Si is expected to continue.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe looks as though it will retain the sedan’s front section, as well as the taillights and rear bumper from the 4-door. However, the sleeker roofline, doors and windows will be unique to Mercedes’ new small coupe. Although it’s sometimes referred to as a 2+2, we’ll have to wait for a peek at the C-Class Coupe’s interior before we know for certain if the rear seats can accommodate anything larger than kids and petite pets.
The next Porsche 911 has been caught testing with its moveable rear wing in the extended position. A 7-speed version [8-speed? The 911 already has 7 with PDK] of the dual-clutch PDK gearbox is on the way. Strangely, Porsche might even offer a 7-speed manual transmission. Perhaps this is so shift-for-yourself owners don’t feel ignored by the Stuttgart-based automaker?
Spy photographers have captured images of the next generation New Beetle coupe undergoing road testing in Germany. A lower roofline and re-profiled tail offer hints that Volkswagen is planning to boost the retro appeal of the next Beetle, while also providing a welcome increase in usability and rear passenger comfort.