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Patent drawings reveal shape of Maserati's SUV plans

By - May 21, 2015 10 Pictures

There’s been no secret that Maserati is working on an SUV derived from the Kubang concept of 2011, although original plans to have it on sale in 2014 have fallen by the wayside. The latest rumors suggest the Levante SUV will take its bow at the Detroit show in January 2016, but in the meantime patent drawings that provide the first glimpse of the production car’s styling have surfaced.

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Porsche working on variable-compression engine

By - April 26, 2015 2 Pictures
While the fashion in high-tech automotive developments might lean towards hybrids and electric vehicles at the moment, there’s still plenty of scope to improve the good old internal combustion engine and one of the holy grails of such development is the creation of a viable variable-compression-ratio system. Now Porsche is working on just such an engine, revealed in the form of a newly-published patent, which will be able to alter its compression ratio. Read More
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New details of Qoros 2 SUV emerge

By - April 17, 2015 8 Pictures
The Qoros 2 crossover SUV is due to make its first official appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 20. The firm officially revealed a sketch of the concept earlier this week, complete with the usual oversized wheels and squashed proportions typical of a show car, but we’ve managed to get our hands on images that provide clearer insight into how the real thing will look when it enters production towards the end of 2015. Read More
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DeltaWing road car designs revealed

By - March 30, 2015 6 Pictures
There can’t be many racing car projects in recent years that have attracted as much interest and support as the radical DeltaWing and now its makers have announced that they’re going to build a road-going version. What they haven’t done, though, is hand out pictures of that road car. So it’s useful that the firm has patented its design instead instead, giving us an early glimpse of the likely appearance of the road going machine. Read More
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Porsche’s electric plans decoded

By - March 26, 2015 5 Pictures
While this month's news of plans for an electric-powered Porsche sent the traditional car press into a frenzy of speculation there’s been little substance behind the talk of which direction an all-electric model might take, with many suggesting the company will opt for a Panamera-like Tesla rival. But a spate of patent applications from the firm reveal that in fact it may be working on something far more like a battery-powered 911 – right down to the trademark rear-mounted powerplant. Read More
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VFR1200 Tourer: The World's safest bike?

By - October 27, 2009 7 Pictures
The oddball styling of Honda's forthcoming VFR1200T tourer isn't just the result of a designer's whim; the shape is designed to radically reduce rider injuries in the most common sorts of accidents. The appearance of the touring version of Honda's fourthcoming V4 has already been revealed in design patents which copyright the bike's styling, but for the first time we've managed to dig beneath the skin and discover that the looks aren't simply there to catch buyers' eyes. In fact, they've been dictated by the technology underneath. Read More
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