Can India’s First Electric Hypercar, the Azani, Really Beat the Tesla Model S Plaid?
The paradigm shift to EVs has resulted in the birth of many new companies that probably wouldn’t have had the chance if not electrification. Forget about big shots like Rivian and Bollinger; I’m talking about companies like Alpha Motors, Elation, and Electra, to name a few. Another company to climb the wagon is an Indian startup called Mean Metal Motors. MMM has taken the same course as most EV startups; build an electric hypercar. The MMM Azani comes with Model S Plaid-rivaling specs like 1,000 horses, 220 mph top speed, 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds, etc.
A Very Special Maybach 57S Coupe Never Made It To It’s Original Buyer For The Craziest Reason
Every now and then, we come across highly exclusive vehicles with an interesting story behind them. This is exactly the case with this Maybach 57S Coupe. Maybach is a very old car brand, which was briefly revived by Mercedes, back in 2002. Two versions – the 57 and 62 – were produced, each with their respective derivatives. Although over 3,000 cars were built in total, there were no coupes. That is until German coachbuilder Xenatec stepped in and converted some of the shorter 57S models. This is one of them and it was supposed to be delivered to a certain head of state - something, which never happened.
2021 Nissan Altima - Driven
The sixth-generation Nissan Altima has been on the market since 2018, and was generally received as more technologically advanced, better looking, and better equipped than the fifth-gen model. Three years in, however, and it’s easy to wonder if the Altima can still hold its own so close to its mid-cycle update. We spent a week with the Altima VC-T to see just how well it manages to navigate the cut-throat midsize sedan market.
The Chevy Camaro Z28 Would Have Been a Brutal, Monster of a Car
When we saw the teaser of what looked like a Camaro-based Ford Mach-E competitor, we came right out and said it was time for the Chevy Camaro to die. In fact, that exact statement was based on the fact that Chevy can’t even justify the Camaro’s existence anymore. In late 2020, a new report said that Chevy was considering killing off the Camaro post-2023 when we would get a new-gen model, which was followed by news that the current model would run until 2026, making the current model some 10 years old when it will be retired. We don’t have any updates about that, but we’ve learned that previous rumors of the Camaro Z28’s cancellation are likely true, and a new report says it would have been a brutal beast.
Chevrolet ZRX - The Raptor and TRX-Rivalling Off-Road Performance Truck That Chevy Desperately Needs
GM has been quite active in the pickup truck space since the beginning. It has even bifurcated its trucks between two brands – Chevrolet and GMC – and combined, both of them rake up pretty good numbers. Chevy brings in more sales as opposed to GMC and has managed to keep up with Ford and Ram in terms of models and trim levels on each of them. It even announced an electric Silverado that could arrive in a couple of years. However, the automaker has lagged in the case of a performance off-road truck. There are Silverado trims with off-roading prowess, but there’s no standalone model like the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 TRX.
There were rumors of Chevy working on one such product, but there’s still no concrete detail. It was rumored to be called the ZRX, but those were mere speculations. Chevy had trademarked the ‘ZRX’ moniker sometime back, but there seems to be no development on that front thus far. Is the automaker missing out on something big by not offering a performance off-road truck to the market? We sure think so.
DC Customs from the UK converted a Bentley Flying Spur into a Pickup
The realm of custom builds as you may know, really has no bounds. If you thought you’ve seen it all then think again because when it comes to weird transformations, this Bentley pick-up certainly defies the odds. Yes, you heard that right, a beautiful Continental Flying Spur has been transformed into one of the strangest vehicles on the planet. Dubbed, the Decadence, this Bentley Truck is the result of 18 grueling months of hard work.
Tesla Model S Plaid Sets A New Quarter-Mile World Record For A Production Car... Again!
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the talk of the town these days and it needs no introduction. It is the fastest production car and has been dominating drag strips all around the globe. From spanking the Nissan GT-R’s ass to obliterating a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the only real competition it has faced so far was from a remote control car!
To further cement its legacy as the quarter-mile king, the Model S Plaid has beaten its own record within a couple of months of setting a record. This time, it recorded a time of 9.081 seconds! The way it’s going, this record might also be broken soon.
The 2022 Audi RS3 Just Dominated the Nordschleife With Near-Murcielago Speed
The 2022 Audi RS3 sets a new record at the Nordschleife. The new best time for a lap around the famed 12.9-mile German circuit, in the compact car class now stands at 7:40.748 minutes. It beat the previous record-holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R by more than 4.5 seconds.
This 70s-Era Citroen DS Gets a New Lease On Life Thanks to Electrification
Electrification might be doing a lot for modern cars, but it’s also breathing new life into older cars. Case in point: this 1971 Citroen DS. Tuning firm Electrogenic has removed the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replaced it with an all-electric powertrain and battery pack. The new powertrain delivers 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. The juice comes from a 48.6 kWh battery that delivers a range of around 140 miles but Electrogenic does offer a range extender that can boost that range to more than 200 miles.
Outside of the new powertrain, most of the Citroen DS remains untouched. The design remains the same, though the owner of this specific model went with the hydro-pneumatic suspension to improve ride quality. The tailpipes have also been removed while the boot lid now has a subtle “DS EV Electronique” emblem. If you’re interested, Electrogenic will upgrade your classic DS to
These 5 One-Off Bentley Limousines Have Never Seen the Road
Bentley, as you know, stands for fastidious quality, exclusivity, and exquisite craftsmanship. If you adore the brand and are in the position to afford a Bentley, then there’s great news for you.
You will now be able to acquire not one but five custom-made Mulsanne Grand Limousines by Mulliner. Although these cars were indeed passed over to a customer based in the UAE nearly six years ago, they have never been driven or even registered.
The Nissan Leaf Is Now More Than $4k Cheaper Than in 2021!
The 2022 Nissan Leaf has launched with better standard equipment and a cheaper starting price. The Leaf S, for example, starts out at $27,400 - $4,270 cheaper than last years entry price of $31,670. The Leaf SV is now priced at $28,800 while the S Plus commands $32,400, making it $5,870 cheaper than last year and almost as cheap as the entry level 2021 model. The SV Plus starts at $35,500, down from $40,520 while the SL Plus comes in at $37,400, a huge discount from 2021 where it would set you back $43,970! You should also keep in mind that you may also be eligible for the $7,500 tax credit.
On top of the cheaper pricing, the leaf now comes with more standard equipment. The Chademo quick charge port and 240-Volt charging came comes with every model while eight features from the Technology package for the SV plus are also now standard. The S and SV trims come with a 40-kW battery and 110 kW electric motor that delivers 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. These models with get you around 149 miles of range per charge. The Leaf Plus has a 62-kWh battery and a 160-kW motor that’s good for 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. As for this model, you’ll get 226 miles of range per charge. In the end, the Leaf is now impressively cheaper than both the Chevy Bolt at $36,000 and the Tesla Model 3 at $39,490.
There Was a Time When Mercedes Built Hondas in an Unexpected Collaboration
The automotive industry has seen many collaborations between carmakers, especially in recent years, when cost-cutting seems to be the name of the game. However, some collaborations you just wouldn’t expect. When to Mercedes, it was Porsche who helped shove a V-8 into the W124, creating the 500E, but this time, it was Mercedes who helped another car company. That car company was Honda, who at the time was looking to establish a foothold in South Africa and, apparently, it was a win-win situation.
Gazoo Racing Has A Big Surprise for Toyota GR86 Fans
It’s painfully obvious that Toyota isn’t interested in developing any high-performance vehicles, at least not by itself. This explains the more recent collaborations that spawned the GR Supra and 86 models. The latter, in particular, has been on the radar of tuning specialists since the beginning, as its playful chassis and less-than-sufficient power output (for some) are a good starting point for some epic builds. This time, however, Toyota isn’t about to let the tuners steal its lunch money and are giving us their vision of a serious performance proposition based on the Toyota GR86.
The Acura NSX Type S Will Mark the End of an Era
After being on the market for half-a-decade, Acura has decided to pull the plug on the NSX. However, the model will receive a last hoorah in the form of a Type S model. Acura announced that the NSX Type S will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in the coming week. It will be limited to 350 examples, 300 of which will be available for the U.S. This will be the first time an NSX Type S is being sold outside Japan.
The Ferrari 296 GTS Is Coming Together Nicely, But Will It Be As Good As The GTB?
A while back Ferrari promised it would be more unpredictable in the future. Indeed, most of us were quite surprised when we learned that the next mid-engine Ferrari – the 296 GTB - would be a V-6 plug-in hybrid. We were even more surprised (or less so) that Ferrari is also working on an SUV. Some things, however, never change, as Ferrari’s mid-engine models have almost always been offered as a Berlinetta (coupe) and a Spider. Now, the Ferrari GTB’s open-top counterpart – the 296 GTS – seems to be almost ready to hit the market.
Watch The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Get Schooled By The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the most powerful Taycan you can buy today. The car is even more powerful than the Taycan model that currently holds the record for being the fastest four-door EV on the Nurburgring. But, after enjoying dominance for some time, the Taycan Turbo S is finally down and under, courtesy of the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Plaid comes with unbelievable specs and it was only a matter of time before it faced the Taycan Turbo S. The folks at DragTimes got these two quick and fast beasts on the drag strip for some quarter-mile runs only for the German to get see a set of taillights in every single race. Dominating fuel-powered supercars is one thing, but humiliating a really quick $200,000 EV? That’s just ludicrous (pun intended).
The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Debuts With A Massive Big-Block Under The Hood
The Chevrolet COPO Camaro returns to the track in 2022 with a new 572-cubic-inch, 9.4-liter engine. The Big Block V-8 is inspired by the original 1969 COPO Camaro, a drag racer designed exclusively for dealers who used the Central Office Production Order or COPO, to outfit cars with the most attainable power from the engine.
Pop-Up Headlights Were Cool, But Have You Seen The Corvette Manta-Ray’s Pop-Up Taillights?
Throughout the years, there have been many design features associated with a certain time period. Cars from the 1950s often featured tons of chrome, fins, and sometimes exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper. The 1980s saw the use of flared fenders, especially by tuning companies like Gemballa, Koenig, Strosek, and others. Pop-up headlights were also quite popular, but one car took things even further. The Mako Shark II (XP-830), also known as the Corvette Manta-Ray, was a concept that technically wasn’t produced, but that didn’t stop it from boasting some interesting design choices, especially with regards to its taillights.
Hyundai Veloster N DCT vs Honda Civic Type-R - Can The Small Korean Run With One Of The Best?
Most would probably agree that a drag race is a good way to determine which one of two (or more) cars has superior performance. Sam CarLegion – a YouTube channel that drag races (mostly) new vehicles – has given us a proper quarter-mile brawl between two of the hottest hot hatchbacks currently on sale. It’s the Hyundai Veloster N DCT versus the Honda Civic Type-R. Although a drag race only tells you so much about a car’s overall performance, the two are more evenly matched than you might think.
2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo N-Largo by Novitec
Ferrari launched the F8 Tributo as the 488 GTB’s successor in 2019. It came with the 488 Pista’s drivetrain and underpinnings, but slot itself as an entry-level supercar, unlike the track-ready model. German aftermarket company Novitec quickly snapped the 2020 model year of the F8 Tributo and came out with its own iteration of it, which consisted of a body kit, new wheels, an engine tune-up, etc. Seeing the popularity, Novitec came up with one for the 2021 F8 Tributo as well.
Now, the company has come another version of the 2021 F8 Tributo called the F8 N-Largo. This limited-edition model comes with a new set of wheels, an engine upgrade, and a widebody kit.