AOL Cars has spied a number of forthcoming new cars being tested in Germany. Among the highlights we've seen the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Lamborghini's replacement for the Gallardo supercar being put throughout their paces.
Car manufacturers love using the country's Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Its 187 corners are the perfect location for testing a car's mettle and disguised prototypes of forthcoming models are frequently seen being pounded around the fearsome circuit.
We popped to the track yesterday to have a look around. We'd heard that the track had been closed for the day – and we guessed that meant we'd catch some sights car manufacturers wouldn't want us to see!
Cycle through the pictures below for a sneaky pic of these elusive models...
Nurburgring spy shots
Upcoming cars spied testing at the Nurburgring
There have been mutterings that BMW has been contemplating building a four-door coupe version of the new 4 Series Coupe and here's proof they mean business. Trouble is, there's already a four-door version of the 4 Series – the 3 Series saloon does the job more than admirably.
The F-Type concept was a coupe but the vehicle the company launched this year was the roadster version. But a coupe model has always been rumoured and this is proof that the British marque is readying a production version. It's an absolute stunner and is seen being tested here in V8S guise.
Lambo's Gallardo is getting a bit long in the tooth and here could be the car (internally codenamed LP724) that will replace it. Thought to be called Cabrera, the new entry-level supercar from Lamborghini will precede a new Audi R8 in 2015. This mule quite clearly shows the LP724 is larger than the Gallardo it'll replace.
Mercedes quietly axed its luxury Maybach brand last year and the new S-Class range is intended to be a replacement. This is the long wheelbase version which will be called Pullman – reviving a classic name from Mercedes' archive. Expect prices to be in the range of £200k-plus.
Jaguar Land Rover was out testing prototypes in force when we visited. This could be Jaguar's new SUV, but it seems a little too big. That grille could hint at Kia's trademark 'Tiger Nose'. The next Kia Sorento? Let us know what you think in the comments section...
Sometimes manufacturers camouflage techniques are so good it leaves us stumped at what they could be in the future. With its clear lines and creases, this could be the next Ford S-Max, previewed in concept for at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show – what do you think?
It's clear to see this is no normal Volvo V60 R-Design. The camouflage covers extra sporty bodywork and behind those tasty wheels sit enormous brakes. The car was being tested by Polestar engineers – Volvo's performance partner – and it sounded particularly racy. This could be a mule for a forthcoming 'hot' Volvo V60 to take on Mercedes' C63 Estate.
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