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2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe by Mansory

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe by Mansory

This is how you tune Porsche’s latest performance SUV

Mansory has built a reputation as one of the go-to tuners for those who are looking for extensive aftermarket programs for their vehicles. You’re in luck, then, if you own a Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe; the lord of audacious tuning projects is back with a new program for the German SUV, and it’s loaded with all sorts of upgrades, covering all the important sections of the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.

The new kit is available for all versions of the third-generation Cayenne, from the 2017 Cayenne to the 2019 Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Extensive upgrades to the exterior, interior, and the engine, as well as a new set of wheels, are all covered in Mansory’s new kit.

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2020 Ford F-250 - Driven

2020 Ford F-250 - Driven

With the 7.3-liter Godzilla engine, strong towing and payload capacities, and the Ford credibility, the F-250 is an all-rounder in all senses

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for over four decades now, and this legacy seems sufficient to introduce it. The company has a range of pickup trucks, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty and for varied purposes. The list is exhaustive, but the bottom line is that if you need a full-size pickup truck, no matter what the budget or usage pattern, Ford has an offering for you, right from F-150 to the F-750.

While the F-150 is the best-seller of the lot and suffices for most of the needs, people looking for a little heavy-duty work tend to hop on to the next available option – the F-250. The F-250 is the entry-level model pf the Super Duty series that also includes the F-350 and F-450. This isn’t outright expensive, comes with strong specs, and fits the bill for most people looking to use it as a work truck. It is offered even with premium features on the top trim.

Recently, the 2020 Ford F-250 arrived at the Top Speed headquarters in the mid-Lariat trim, and here are our impressions of this beast:

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2021 Audi E-Tron GT

2021 Audi E-Tron GT

A beautiful all-electric four-door coupé that’ll take Audi one step above

Announced at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt earlier this year, the Audi E-Tron GT is a new all-electric four-door coupé destined to hit the market in 2020. Offered as part of the Audi electric onslaught in which the Ingolstadt-based company will reveal 20 new electric models by 2025, the Audi E-Tron GT will sit at the top of the Audi Sport division, and will be responsible for constructing an all-new character trait for Audi’s line of Sport vehicles. With models such as the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A7, the company obviously has some proper knowledge of the four-door coupé design. The E-Tron GT will act as a flagship for this intriguing car segment.

Given the E-Tron GT will take technology, design features, cabin specs, and possibly drivetrain hardware from other E-Tron vehicles, we already know a thing or two about the new car. Marketed to fight against the likes of the Tesla Model S and similar entries from other manufacturers, the Audi E-Tron GT could be even more impressive than the recently introduced E-Tron Quattro SUV.

Update 9-18-2020: The Audi E-Tron GT was spotted in the wild yet again, and it looks like it’s ready to make its long-awaited debut. Check out the new spy shots below!

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2020 Porsche Cayenne Nebulus by BLACK BOX-RICHTER

2020 Porsche Cayenne Nebulus by BLACK BOX-RICHTER

All hands on deck for this scintillating program for the German SUV

With the arrival of super SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo now faces stiff competition from all corners of the market. The high-powered German SUV still commands plenty of respect and attention, but in those moments when it meets any of these new upstarts, a little aftermarket help wouldn’t be so bad to have. This program, in particular, offers a glimpse of what a Porsche Cayenne Turbo could end up as if enough aftermarket support goes into it. Mind you, this isn’t a one-tuner job; this is the work of several outfits, all coming together to build what could very well be one of the most impressive Cayenne Turbos on the market. There’s a heavy price to pay for this kind of work, but rest assured, German tuner HGP Turbo, Austrian vinyl wrap maker Black Box-Richter, clothing brand Nebulus, and designer Hajo Lemke of EightElevan Design developed a monster program for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

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2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe - Driven

2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe - Driven

When it comes to buying a four-door BMW 2 Series, aka the 2 Series Gran Coupe, you don’t have a whole lot of options. You can either choose the base, 228i, or the current range-topper, the M235i. With a price difference of $7,800, it leaves one to wonder whether you might as well pony up a little extra to get something that looks, well, less bland, or if you should just get the base 2 Series GC and drive it for what it is. The extra $7,800 doe net you nearly 70 extra horsepower and a drastic improvement in acceleration, but is it enough? We just spent a week with the M235i, and our experience with it – and how it competes with the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 – will enlighten you.

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2020 Cadillac CT4 - Driven

2020 Cadillac CT4 - Driven

Where does the smallest Cadillac fit into the luxury market?

With so many Americans rushing from cars into crossover SUVs, only the strongest sedans are surviving. That’s not good news for Cadillac. Its huge, decadent luxury sedans were once desired all around the world. But while its Escalade SUV is still an international icon and its crossovers are fairly successful domestically, Cadillac failed to establish itself among the leading luxury-sedan brands today. The few remaining luxury sedan buyers more often turn to Audi, BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz. Some will try out critically acclaimed but unconventional options like Volvo and Genesis. And a growing number are choosing all-electric Teslas over any traditional luxury sedan.

It’s into this backdrop that Cadillac has overhauled its two luxury sports sedans: the midsize CTS and compact ATS. They wear new styling and new names: CT5 and CT4, respectively. This 2020 Cadillac CT4 delivers a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive sports sedan platform at the price of the Germans’ subcompact front-wheel-drive sedans. We recently spent a week in the new CT4 to see whether that’s enough to earn a second glance from the people who still want a luxury sports sedan. Prices start at $32,995.

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2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette by Pandem

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette by Pandem

Bless your C8 Vette with that Bosozoku vibe

Widebody kits look good on virtually any car. Whether it’s a drift-spec Toyota Supra or a humble Daihatsu Copen, everything can be tricked out to please the eye with a neatly-designed, flared-out body kit. Including the mid-engined Chevy C8 Corvette, as Pandem was kind enough to demonstrate.

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Ford F-150 Intrepid Supertruck by Mil-Spec

Ford F-150 Intrepid Supertruck by Mil-Spec

A supercharged V-8 engine, Baja suspension, and a strong road presence make this Mil-Spec F-150 a beast incarnate

Mil-Spec Automotive is known to turn civilian Hummers to monstrous beasts. But the company has worked on trucks as well, especially the Ford F-150. This time, the company again laid its hands on the world’s best-selling truck to give it a twist of its own. The last time the company played around with one, it gave the truck steroids and bumped up the power figures to 500 horses. This time, the Michigan-based company upped the ante and tuned the truck to make 675 ponies! Called the Intrepid F-150 Supertruck, there are a whole lot of other changes that make this Ford F-150 one-of-a-kind.

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2020 Aston Martin Victor

2020 Aston Martin Victor

The Victor is a unique Aston Martin based on the mighty One-77

The 2020 Aston Martin Victor is a bespoke, one-off supercar developed by the company’s Q division. Built around a carbon-fiber monocoque from the One-77, a car that Aston Martin offered from 2009 to 2012, the Victor draws styling cues from the V8 Vantage of 1970s, as well as the race-spec DBS V8 (also known as the RHAM/1) that Aston Martin built in the late 1970s for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 2020 Victor is powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 also sourced from the One-77, but some drivetrain components come from the much newer Valkyrie supercar. Q by Aston Martin built just one, so it’s one of those supercars that you can only hope to see in the metal at a fancy auto show.

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2015 - 2020 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

2015 - 2020 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

This is vintage American-cruiser style

Honda made an honest attempt to capture that look and feel of yesteryear with the Shadow duo, the big brothers to the Rebel range. Maybe just a little too honest – is that a mechanical drum brake I see? Still with a 745 cc engine and a wide-ratio transmission, the Shadow Phantom and the Aero fill the "cruiser" slot quite adequately for Honda.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler CJ400 By Kahn Automobiles

2020 Jeep Wrangler CJ400 By Kahn Automobiles

Afzal Kahn and Chelsea Truck Company have given this rugged off-roader a premium twist

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most sought-after vehicles for tuners and aftermarket companies, thanks to its mod-friendly nature. While Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts offer hundreds of accessories for this off-roader, there are a lot of aftermarket companies that customize it in their unique ways as well.

One such unique, impressive build comes courtesy of none other than Afzal Kahn of the Chelsea Truck Company. Although the SUV is right up there in terms of ruggedness, what makes this different is how luxurious it is on the inside, something that’s uncommon on the Wrangler.

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2020 McLaren Senna LM

2020 McLaren Senna LM

The iconic LM badge returns to celebrate McLaren’s Le Mans success

The 2020 McLaren Senna LM is a limited-edition supercar build by the McLaren Special Operations division. Designed to commemorate 25 years since the iconic McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the 2020 Senna LM is a spiritual successor to the P1 LM, which in turn followed the iconic F1 LM. Unlike other versions of the Senna, the Senna LM wasn’t commissioned by McLaren. This supercar, limited to just five units, was commissioned by the McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey dealerships, so it’s a U.S.-exclusive model.

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2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept previews the return of the iconic luxury SUV

The 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a production-ready concept vehicle that previews the arrival of the modern Jeep Wagoneer. Set to arrive in 2021, the SUV will revive the Wagoneer name after 30 years. Described as a "premium extension" of the Jeep brand, the SUV will become available in two versions, the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer, with the latter to offer more space and more luxury.

The Grand Wagoneer concept looks ready to go into production, but Jeep will probably drop a few fancy features before it puts the SUV on the assembly line. Let’s have a closer look at the three-row hauler in the review below.

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2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S 991.2 by Manhart

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S 991.2 by Manhart

The now "old" 911 Turbo S 991.2 can still pack a mean punch with the help of Manhart

The Porsche 911 Turbo S (991.2) remains a stellar sports car even with the arrival of the 2021 911 Turbo S (992). This is important because Manhart Racing has developed a new tuning kit for the 911 Turbo S 991.2 that will make you forget all about the shiny new 2021 911 Turbo S.

In true Manhart fashion, this new program is loaded with upgrades with a decal set, a new exhaust, a new set of wheels, and a significant engine upgrade program that boosts the Porsche’s output to supercar-like levels.

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2015 - 2020 Honda Ruckus

2015 - 2020 Honda Ruckus

This has got to be the Mad Max of scooterdom

Bare bones — naked bike, anyone? — and gnarly, the Ruckus looks like it’s right out of Mad Max. Even though it does have a 50 cc engine, no one is going to say, “Awww, isn’t that cute?” when you ride by on a Honda Ruckus. Granted, you won’t get going very fast on a Ruckus, so on-lookers will get a good, long look.

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