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Spy Shots: 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor—With Room for Friends

The last time we saw the 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew in Brenda Priddy's spy photos, it was covered in camo top to bottom, back to front. But these latest shots show it looking resplendent in a showroom-ready silver, which Priddy says is a new color for the Raptor lineup. A badge on the front door references what lies forward of the firewall: a 6.2L V8, which Priddy notes is likely to be the only engine offered on the SuperCrew.

Spy Shots: 2011 Honda Odyssey Doesn't Stray Too Far From Concept

We've seen the concept at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, but now one of Brenda Priddy's readers caught an early pre-production model with his iPhone
camera. In order to protect our location in hopes of getting better
photos, we're keeping the location secret – but the pictures were
snapped here in the U.S.

As you can see, Honda is keeping the production version very close to
the concept – so there is no question as to what the photographs are.
The new Odyssey was engineered and designed in the U.S., and will be
built in Alabama.

Watch for the new Odyssey to debut this coming fall.

Spy Shots—New Style, More Muscle for Audi's RS3 Hatch

Brenda Priddy says that it has been a while since her spy group has seen any evidence of Audi working on the RS3, but these shots indicate that quattro GmbH engineers are back at work on this very hot hatch!

This early mule of Audi’s future pocket-rocket was photographed testing at the Nürburgring. While this test car is wearing an S3 body, Priddy says that the air intakes on either side of the grille appear to be modified and slightly larger. The brake rotors also appear to be larger and cross-drilled.

Power should come from Audi's 2.5L five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Good for 340 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque in the TT-RS, Priddy expects the 2.5L to be rated nearly the same in the RS3. Considering that the proposed RS3 would probably weigh about as much as the TT-RS, a 0-60 time of around 4.6 seconds might be possible.

Spy Shots: New Hyundai Veloster Aims to Invoke Classic Honda Two-Seater

We've just snagged this very UP CLOSE & PERSONAL photos of Hyundai's new Veloster and some new details are now visible. We now have a better look at the grille, lower fascia, headlights, fog lights and center-mounted exhaust outlets that appear cribbed from the Cadillac CTS Coupe!

"We first saw the Veloster concept back in 2007 at the Seoul Auto Show. In July, 2009 president and CEO of Hyundai America, John Krafcik told us that the Veloster be on sale sometime in 2011, but that the production car will look '70%–80%' like the concept. He went on to say that the production Veloster could be thought of as a 'four-passenger CRX,' a car 'you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio.'"

Power will come from either a 1.6L gas direct inject, I4 motor or the 2.0L version of Hyundai's new Theta II GDI engine. Both of which could be turbo-charged! We'd expect the base-power rating to be around 140hp, with the up-market motor getting closer to 180–190 hp. There is a chance that a dual clutch transmission will be offered as well.

Chassis-wise, the Veloster will ride on the same FWD platform as the Accent and Elantra. Watch for its official debut sometime in the first half of 2011.


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