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Archive for the ‘design study’ Category

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Honda S2000 Study

The new 2020 Honda S2000. Just kidding. The rendering before you is actually a work of Jon Sibal – one of the most proficient rendering artists in car world stardom. His latest work revolves around reinventing the Honda S2000 with contemporary Honda (and Acura for that matter) styling philosophy. It seems that Sibal knocked it out of the park with the new S2000 rendering. I find this study looking right in so many ways it is hard not to imagine it under the spotlights of any car show.

Yet, a new S2000 isn’t likely. At least, not in the day and age where fairly cheap roadsters aren’t exactly popular if they are not wearing a premium brand name.

PostHeaderIcon Rendering Shows Off the Rebooted Mitsubishi Lancer as a Rally-Bred Crossover Coupe

Back in 2015, Mitsubishi brought the axe down on one its most beloved high-performance models – the Lancer Evolution, a turbo superstar from the rough-and-tumble world of rally racing. While certainly enough to cause more than a few tears among enthusiasts, the Lancer name will continue on, and word has it Mitsu is turning it into a crossover – much like it did with the Eclipse. Salt in the wound? Maybe. But fear not, because there’s still a possible silver lining to all of this, and it’s once again inspired by the world of rally racing.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 10 Cult Classic TV Show Cars

While it’s usually the actors that get the attention and the accolades, folks like you and me tend to see the cars as equally important characters in a TV show. It would appear as though Budget Direct agrees, and as such, the insurance company rendered up 10 posters depicting a selection of four-wheeled stars in their full glory.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 10 Cult Classic TV Show Cars

While it’s usually the actors that get the attention and the accolades, folks like you and me tend to see the cars as equally important characters in a TV show. It would appear as though Budget Direct agrees, and as such, the insurance company rendered up 10 posters depicting a selection of four-wheeled stars in their full glory.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Swiss Students Design an E-Bike That’s Capable of Amazing Range

Electric motorcycles aren’t anything new, but a Students over at the University of Zurich have seemingly accomplished designing a bike that offers up 250 miles of range and a fast-charging system that can top off the battery in just one hour.
Its name? The Ethec.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Speedster Concept

Porsche just celebrated 70 years since its very first automobile, the 356 “No. 1,” was created on June 8, 1948, and unveiled a speedster model based on the 911. But, while we were expecting a production model this year, the Germans showcased a production-ready concept car.

Developed at the Porsche Motorsport Center in Weissach, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and the 911 GT2 RS, the Speedster Concept also celebrates the company’s long-standing tradition of making speedster-type roadsters, which don’t have folding roofs and are usually stripped of convenience features. The concept car likely previews a production model, further feeding rumors that a 911 Speedster will follow toward the end of 2018. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this concept car.

PostHeaderIcon High School Visionaries Render the 2030 Jeep Wrangler

It ain’t easy to break into the world of automotive design, but three talented high schoolers are well on their way to landing their dream jobs, as recognized by FCA in a recent contest to pen the 2030 model year Jeep Wrangler.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon High School Visionaries Render the 2030 Jeep Wrangler

It ain’t easy to break into the world of automotive design, but three talented high schoolers are well on their way to landing their dream jobs, as recognized by FCA in a recent contest to pen the 2030 model year Jeep Wrangler.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level

Every year, Volkswagen drops the sheets on a unique, customized Golf at the annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria. As a showcase of the skills of its various apprentices, the custom ride is typically a real jaw-dropper, and this latest example is no different.

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level special.

PostHeaderIcon Peisert Design Rendered the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV as it was Meant to Be

Okay, I don’t know what the guys over at Mercedes were smoking when the greenlit the design of the Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV (Not that it’s an SUV, really) but just like everyone else in the world we’re not to keen on the overall design. In fairness, the front end isn’t bad, but the overall shape is about as ugly as they come. Well, Peisert design was a bit disappointed too, and that’s exactly why you’re looking at the rendering here. Peisert Design too the new Maybach and reshaped the rear end to make it look like a true-to-life SUV. And, it looks amazing.

In the end, Mercedes should take some notes from the rendering here. After seeing all the horrible comments all over the internet about the new Ultimate Luxury “SUV,” it really makes you wonder how things are going over there at headquarters. Either way, feast your eyes on what the Ultimate Luxury SUV should have been, then try to forget that it doesn’t exist in this form.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Luxury Cars As City Cars

As urban areas get more and more crowded, the city car segment is responding with new and updated models. However, not everyone is looking to get into some barebones transportation bubble, so what if you could combine the practicality of a city car with the presence and prestige of a high-end luxury car? Well, Budget Direct Car Insurance did exactly that with the following seven renderings, showing us what to expect if an automaker like Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini decided to downsize in a big way.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


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Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


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Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


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Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


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Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


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Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


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While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773963

Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773964

Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773965

Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773966

When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773967

Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773968

Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773969

While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist

You know, I’m not that old, but I am old enough to appreciate the occasional throwback or reboot. You know, something that recalls a pleasant memory from my earlier days, but with a modern twist on top. Just so long as it’s done right, though – don’t wanna go around ruining peoples’ childhoods, now. Of course, Hollywood is all over that, injecting old franchises with new money to see what pops out the other end. But what if rather than digging up old TV shows and movies, we applied that modernization gloss to cars instead? Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Included is a classic compact, a gullwing that takes us back to the future, a classy muscle machine, the grandfather to Jaguar Land Rover, a Czech beauty, a slippery pony car, and a Swedish revival. Each of these machines carries with it a long history and more than a little nostalgia, but didn’t quite make to the modern era. But that’s about to end, because we’re bringin’ ’em back, baby.

Which is your favorite? Care to share an automotive memory with us? Feel free to post it in the comments below as we remember the times…

Continue reading for the full story.

AMC Gremlin


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Initially put into production in 1970 and billed as “the first American-built import,” the American Motors Gremlin combined diminutive subcompact dimensions with an unarguably eccentric two-door hatchback bodystyle, creating one of the quirkiest models of its time. These days, small and weird is as popular as ever, so maybe a modern Gremlin would actually make sense… FCA, we’re looking at you.

DeLorean DMC-12


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Popularized by Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the timeless flickBack to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 will forever be one of those classic, instantly recognizable models. With its spacey gullwing doors, boxy cab-back proportions, and rear-engine powertrain, the DeLorean only lasted a few years before getting the axe, with just over 8,500 units produced between 1981 and 1983. That said, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it brought back to the now.

Oldsmobile Cutlass


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761873

While greener gearheads out there might not know it, the Cutlass was immensely popular back in the ’70s, so much so that by the ’80s, Oldsmobile decided to make it an entire sub-brand. Although Oldsmobile eventually bit the dust in 2004, we think a fresh take on the formula would work well in 2018 – lots of luxury inside, plus a decent kick waiting under the hood as well. What’s not to love?

Rover 75


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The Brits are getting in on the action too, carrying the old Rover Marque with this sleek and stylish four-door executive model. Originally put into production in 1998, the Rover 75 lasted all the way until 2005, when Rover went defunct.

Tatra JK 2500


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761875

If you’ve never heard the name Tatra before, I’ll just give you a brief rundown. Founded way back in 1850 in what’s now known as the Czech Republic, Tatra first started with horse-drawn vehicles and railroad cars before it eventually went on to create passenger road cars. In the ’50s, it made a gorgeous little air-cooled V-8 GT car, and now, we want it back. Plus a radiator, please.

Plymouth Barracuda


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761876

More muscle cars too, please! The last few years have offered a bumper crop in torque-tastic RWD drag machines, and we say the more the merrier. With modernized versions of other classic American iron already roaming the streets, why not toss a new ’Cuda into the mix as well? Don’t forget the ultra-wide rear rubber and Hemi graphics in the sides.

Saab Phoenix


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761877

Saab unfortunately went under in 2012, but before it did, the Swedish brand brought all kinds of funky and cool models. The very last concept it created was called the Phoenix, which was a silver 2+2 coupe introduced in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. We woulda loved to have seen it make it to production, and now with this rendering, we have an idea what that might have looked like.

References


1977 AMC Gremlin - image 683265

Read our full review on the 1977 AMC Gremlin.


1970 - 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - image 569395

Read our full review on the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist

You know, I’m not that old, but I am old enough to appreciate the occasional throwback or reboot. You know, something that recalls a pleasant memory from my earlier days, but with a modern twist on top. Just so long as it’s done right, though – don’t wanna go around ruining peoples’ childhoods, now. Of course, Hollywood is all over that, injecting old franchises with new money to see what pops out the other end. But what if rather than digging up old TV shows and movies, we applied that modernization gloss to cars instead? Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Included is a classic compact, a gullwing that takes us back to the future, a classy muscle machine, the grandfather to Jaguar Land Rover, a Czech beauty, a slippery pony car, and a Swedish revival. Each of these machines carries with it a long history and more than a little nostalgia, but didn’t quite make to the modern era. But that’s about to end, because we’re bringin’ ’em back, baby.

Which is your favorite? Care to share an automotive memory with us? Feel free to post it in the comments below as we remember the times…

Continue reading for the full story.

AMC Gremlin


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761871

Initially put into production in 1970 and billed as “the first American-built import,” the American Motors Gremlin combined diminutive subcompact dimensions with an unarguably eccentric two-door hatchback bodystyle, creating one of the quirkiest models of its time. These days, small and weird is as popular as ever, so maybe a modern Gremlin would actually make sense… FCA, we’re looking at you.

DeLorean DMC-12


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761872

Popularized by Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the timeless flickBack to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 will forever be one of those classic, instantly recognizable models. With its spacey gullwing doors, boxy cab-back proportions, and rear-engine powertrain, the DeLorean only lasted a few years before getting the axe, with just over 8,500 units produced between 1981 and 1983. That said, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it brought back to the now.

Oldsmobile Cutlass


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761873

While greener gearheads out there might not know it, the Cutlass was immensely popular back in the ’70s, so much so that by the ’80s, Oldsmobile decided to make it an entire sub-brand. Although Oldsmobile eventually bit the dust in 2004, we think a fresh take on the formula would work well in 2018 – lots of luxury inside, plus a decent kick waiting under the hood as well. What’s not to love?

Rover 75


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761874

The Brits are getting in on the action too, carrying the old Rover Marque with this sleek and stylish four-door executive model. Originally put into production in 1998, the Rover 75 lasted all the way until 2005, when Rover went defunct.

Tatra JK 2500


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761875

If you’ve never heard the name Tatra before, I’ll just give you a brief rundown. Founded way back in 1850 in what’s now known as the Czech Republic, Tatra first started with horse-drawn vehicles and railroad cars before it eventually went on to create passenger road cars. In the ’50s, it made a gorgeous little air-cooled V-8 GT car, and now, we want it back. Plus a radiator, please.

Plymouth Barracuda


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761876

More muscle cars too, please! The last few years have offered a bumper crop in torque-tastic RWD drag machines, and we say the more the merrier. With modernized versions of other classic American iron already roaming the streets, why not toss a new ’Cuda into the mix as well? Don’t forget the ultra-wide rear rubber and Hemi graphics in the sides.

Saab Phoenix


Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist - image 761877

Saab unfortunately went under in 2012, but before it did, the Swedish brand brought all kinds of funky and cool models. The very last concept it created was called the Phoenix, which was a silver 2+2 coupe introduced in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. We woulda loved to have seen it make it to production, and now with this rendering, we have an idea what that might have looked like.

References


1977 AMC Gremlin - image 683265

Read our full review on the 1977 AMC Gremlin.


1970 - 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - image 569395

Read our full review on the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

PostHeaderIcon X-Tomi’s Rendering of a Three-Door Urus Proves Lamborghini Should Make One

We’re still coming to grips with the long-awaited arrival of the Lamborghini Urus, but that hasn’t stopped artist X-Tomi Design from making us crave once again for a Urus model that may not even come. Just as soon as Lamborghini unveiled the four-door Urus, the rendering genius decided to create a different version of the super SUV, one that has two doors instead of four. This is what a two-door Lamborghini Urus looks like, and it looks incredible.


X-Tomi's Rendering of a Three-Door Urus Proves Lamborghini Should Make One
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“The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality”

Before anybody gets their hopes up, a point of order is in order. Lamborghini has made no plans of developing a two-door version of the Urus. It’s not in the cards, at least as far as we know. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish for one, especially after seeing X-Tomi Design’s rendering. The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality. That’s not to say that the current four-door Urus looks bland and upright — it’s sexy in its own way — but the two-door version looks sleeker and sexier. In other words, it looks like a proper Lamborghini.

That said, going the route of a two-door setup does have its disadvantages, specifically when it comes to space. Part of what makes the current Urus special is that it has a luxurious interior that goes well with the aggressive exterior. A two-door version could still produce that luxury element, but it’s going to come at the cost of less space in the cabin, particularly in the rear section the high point of luxury is more prominently shown. Lamborghini would have to give up that aspect of the current Urus’ offering if it goes in the direction of a two-door version.


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Note: Land Rover Evoque Two-Doors pictured here.

In the event it does offer a two-door Urus in the future, it’s going to enter a market that isn’t as populated as the four-door segment. By and large, companies that have launched two-door SUVs have seen their models crash and burn. The two-door version of the Range Rover Evoque has managed to remain relevant, but the list of crossovers and SUVs that had a similar configuration reads like the obituary section of the Sunday newspaper. Very few models lasted the test of time because customers didn’t want them. A two-door Urus can be an exception because it’s a Lamborghini. Its reputation as a performance car brand allows it to circumvent the usual advantages associated with four-door SUVs, including cabin and cargo space. No one’s going to mistake the Urus for a people-carrier because it really isn’t one in the first place. It’s a high-riding supercar that’s packaged as a four-door SUV.

Know what could potentially be better than that? Get rid of the two rear doors and unleash the Urus as the 650-horsepower super SUV that it really is.

References

Lamborghini Urus


2019 Lamborghini Urus - image 749811

Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


2012 Lamborghini Urus - image 451044

Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


1986 - 1993 Lamborghini LM002 - image 737272

Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.


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PostHeaderIcon Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

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2017 Ford Mustang SUV Concept


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No matter the market, the Ford Mustang is undoubtedly considered ‘Merica’s sports car. And, as sales numbers will prove, ‘Merica also loves its SUVs. So then – what if you took the styling of the new sixth-generation pony car and grafted it to the front end of a tall-bodied SUV? Sounds like a red, white, and blue dream come true, right? Just make sure to tick the V-8 option under the hood – no four-banger needed here, thank you very much.

Alfa Romeo 4C SUV Concept


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The Alfa Romeo 4C is classic sports car stuff – small, lightweight, excellent weight distribution, and smile-making handling chops. It’s also quite the looker, if you ask us. But that’s a formula we wouldn’t mind seeing in other segments as well, including SUVs. As such, this Italian beauty might have us clamoring for more, even with hotness like the Alfa Stelvio already out and about. We’re thinking a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder under the hood, plus a six-speed dual-clutch auto box to drive the rear wheels.

McLaren 720S SUV Concept


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To help broaden its appeal beyond the unobtanium hypercars that make up the top of its lineup, McLaren also offers a variety of “entry-level” supercars with the Sports Series, which includes models like the 570 and 540. Then there’s the mid-grade Super Series, which bridges the gap to the top dog Ultimate Series and P1, thanks to the still-obscenely-quick 720. Of course, it’s all in the name of funding McLaren’s racing efforts, which means a 720S SUV might pay a few bills in case Fernando Alongo’s ride goes pop (again). We would expect V-8 power and surprisingly good aero bits for this one.

BMW i8 SUV Concept


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We love the BMW i8 for a variety of reasons. Not only is it quick, but its got tons of tech under the skin. Carbon fiber everything plus hybrid motivation can make for a potent combo, even in SUV guise. We’d expect AWD to make a reappearance with an i8 SUV, plus an ICE with a few extra cylinders to help it retain the i8’s sporting intentions. You probably wanna move the gas-burner into the nose as well. Oh, and that sci-fi exterior styling? Looks pretty good on an SUV – at least we think it does…

Aston Martin V12 Vantage SUV Concept


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Aston Martin is well versed in the art of the grand tourer. Make it comfortable inside, make it beautiful outside, and make it very quick everywhere else. We think taking that formula and applying it to an SUV format would likely be equally as successful, given the average car buyer’s obsession with adding practicality to traditionally sports-focused brands. Either way, who can argue with 12 cylinders thumping under a well-louvered hood?

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 SUV Concept


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Muscle cars are actually pretty good inspiration material for a sporty SUV. The power is already there, so why not build on it with a large-and-in-charge body style? That’s exactly what’s going on with Camaro ZL1 SUV, which also tosses in the track-friendly coupe’s aero with a front splitter, lower bumper canards, and side skirts, not to mention that flat-black vented hood. The only question left to answer is what kind of times will it turn on the track…

Ferrari 488 SUV Concept


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No doubt this one will have some of you out there crying foul, as the Prancing Horse would never, ever resort to creating an SUV, right? Right?! Not so fast there, chief. Word has it the Prancing Horse might be seriously considering exactly that, so this 488 concept might not be too far off the mark. Coming proper in corsa rosso red paint and rocking the sleek front end of its coupe sibling, this thing certainly looks the part of a Ferrari…

Honda NSX SUV Concept


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The second-gen NSX is a fantastic piece of kit. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos, plus no less than three electric motors, its got the right powertrain to have us watering at the mouth, while the advanced exterior aero and space-age vibe help it stand out in the segment. Ported over to crossover form, it gets a much more bubbly countenance, but as long as it still goes like stink, we’d have a hard time complaining.

PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS


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PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS - image 748196

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



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PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

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