Cars Coming Soon: Peek Into the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Corvette, front

The 2013 North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, opens to the media on January 14.

This is a big one, friends, with hotly anticipated debuts coming from BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus and more.

Chevy could steal the show, for better or worse, with its new C7 Corvette (rendering above). Whether it stuns or disappoints, you can count on epic media coverage of America’s supercar. Ford, by contrast, will show up with a new van called the Transit. Yawn. Come on, guys, where’s the next iteration of the great GT!?

Keep reading for a quick look at what’s in store from Detroit!

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Cars Coming Soon: BMW 4 Series, Lexus IS Range, New Maserati Plans

BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series.

The name has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it? While it might sound funny to say, the new coupe looks absolutely sinister, and I don’t think it’ll be long before the name slips off the tongue like we’ve known it for years. The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series coupe and has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, adds 1.7 inches of width, and is a half-inch shorter. The resulting look is somewhat like a smaller 6 Series and incredibly sleek compared with the more conservative 3 Series.

Just guessing here, but it’s probably safe to assume power will come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 and the 3.0-liter turbo 6 from the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series will debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Also debuting in Detroit will be the new range of the Lexus IS.

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Cars Coming Soon: A BMW M2?!

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

You may read that headline and gasp while uttering an audible, “What? A BMW M2? How is that possible when there is no BMW 2 Series?”

While your cubicle-mates may think you’re nuts, your fellow car-loving friends at CarGurus completely see where you’re coming from. An M2 doesn’t seem to have a place to exist. Yet.

The answer lies in a complex series of rumors, facts, clues and even future plans for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

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Cars Coming Soon->New BMW 4 Series and Competition for Ferrari 458, Mazda MX-5 Miata

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Can Porsche compete with the 458?

The Italy-versus-Germany supercar battle might get a lot more interesting.

The Ferrari 458 Italia could be the hottest car in production right now. It’s routinely compared against the McLaren MP4-12C and sometimes the Lamborghini Gallardo and even the Audi R8. There’s one famous nameplate missing from the comparos, though: Porsche.

If the folks at Autocar have their facts straight, that could change when Porsche introduces a new midengine exotic that would slot in between the 911 and the new, limited-production 918 Spyder. That’s smack in the middle of the territory firmly controlled by the 458.

If the rumors are true, the new Porsche would be a regular production model (not a limited edition) and priced in the $200,000-$250,000 range. A possible engine is the 550-horsepower 3.4-liter V8 developed especially for the 918 Spyder.

We’ll know in the coming months if Porsche decides to follow this idea through.

Now, if you’ll indulge me, think for a moment about an automaker that doesn’t have a sports car, but deserves one. Maybe something to take on the Mazda MX-5 Miata. What’s your guess? Honda? Toyota? Nope. Keep reading for the surprising answer!

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