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August 6th, 2016

In this week’s car roundup, Aston Martin’s next supercar gets thought about, a new Porsche Cayanne rears its not so pretty head, the Lamborghini Huracan gets sharper outfits while on the other side of the world there is a new way of public transport thats has started testing. All this and more in his week’s ColumnM car roundup.

A new Lotus Elise is coming

2015 Lotus Elise Sport

While there is news that Lotus could be thinking of making a few new bucks off the SUV trend thats hit automakers like viral fever, our focus is on the new Elise that could be coming by 2020.

As much as automakers love to move towards more complicated options in their cars, Lotus feels quite the contrary. Speaking to Autoblog recently, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales suggested that the new Lotus Elise, while being slightly wider in girth, would not loose footing with its roots. The new Elise, while boasting a brand new design… is expected to feature a similar hydraulic steering as previous cars to keep the steering feel while no hybrid technologies will be used as that in-turn results in a complicated mechanism that is heavier and needs more space.

Porsche soon to go the BMW way with its Cayanne

Porsche Cayanne Coupe Left Side Profile

The design of Porsche’s Cayanne is getting a bit long in the tooth. When time for a restyle, Porsche thinks why not make it such that it can complete with the styling of its best-appreciated rivals – the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe. There are a few spy photos out that also suggest that the next Cayanne would go down the couple route by sporting a lower roofline as it meets the back.

At this moment we aren’t sure if a new Cayanne will be sold alongside it’s Coupe variant, but one thing is for sure… the design decisions of mixing a couple shape to an SUV with the classic Porsche lines could be a questionable one. Have a look for yourself.

Lamborghini Huracan gets a sharper suit

Lamborghini Huracan Aero Kit Front

As a Lamborghini owner, if you thought that your Huracan no more has the youthful zest that it came with when new, Lamborghini is ready to spice things up with a sprinkle of lightweight factory bits. You could go to your local detailing shop and get a fancy (or cheesy) wrap on your mid-engined supercar, but that would be like having a cheap throw-off affair when your wife’s out of town.

Instead, what Lamborghini offers is a set of very finely crafted (aka pricey) bits of kit that would give the Huracan a more aggressive look. The 3-part kit consists of a new aero package that includes – a matte black front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and fixed rear wing that would act like botox to lift your car’s sex appeal again. If that isn’t enough, you could add full-body stripes and also opt for a centre-locking wheel kit that would replace the five-lug hub.

Aston Martin to join the mid-engined supercar market

Aston Martin AM RB-01

Aston Martin seems to be doing a lot these days. First the new Lagonda that brings back a luxury saloon to the British carmaker’s lineup, then the DB11 that replaces the 13-year old iconic Aston Martin DB9. Also by 2018, the company would be unleashing the fruits of their latest partnership with Red Bull that comes in the form of the AM-RB 001.

But somewhere down the line, maybe by the early-2020s Aston Martin also plans to have a mid-engined supercar that could compete with the likes of Ferrari’s 488 and the McLaren 650S. A more accessible mid-engined supercar if you may that could lie somewhere between being a complete track animal and a daily driver. This segment has shown a lot of promise in recent years, and along with a fast development bringing in new models almost every year. It would be interesting to see how relevant Aston Martin’s offering is when it comes to market.

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