Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
After years of rumors, teasers, and concept cars, Mercedes-Benz finally launched the EQ brand. Short for "electric intelligence," EQ made its official debut through the EQC, a compact crossover similar in size to the familiar GLC. It’s Mercedes’ first all-electric crossover and its second EV after the B-Class Electric. The EQC’s introduction is definitely a major event for the German brand, but does it have what it takes to compete against the successful Tesla Model X and the upcoming BMW iX3? It’s still early to say, but we already know what we love and hate about it.
Continue reading for the full story.
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean
Skoda’s first RS-badged SUV will be the Kodiaq RS, a mean looking seven-seater with Nurburgring-honed handling. We still haven’t had a good look at it yet, because it’s only been teased via design sketches and one darkened shot of its headlights and grille, but we already know plenty.
NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating
The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.
Suzuki Will Pay You To Bring Your GSX-R In For A Recall
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is already working on a next-generation Discovery Sport, but with the model still a few years away from arriving, a facelifted version of the current Discovery Sport is making test rounds. The prototype is wrapped in heavy camouflage, but the overall shape of the SUV suggests that there could be a lot of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport ahead of the next-generation model’s arrival in a few years.
Love It or Leave It - The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
Introduced in 2015, the GLE nameplate is only three years old as of 2018. However, the vehicle that received the badge is already seven years old in 2018, a major issue with a brand-new BMW X5 in showrooms. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz acted fast, and a new-generation midsize SUV was launched for the 2020 model year. It’s the first brand-new crossover to sport the "GLE" badge, and it’s loaded with as much technology as its sedan counterpart, the E-Class. Here’s what we think about it.
Will the Toyota Celica and MR2 Join the Supra and 86 in an Epic Sports Car Lineup?
After 16 years of absence from the sports car world, Toyota returned by reviving the Supra, and now the MR2 or the Celica may get a second lease of life. The Japanese manufacturer voiced interest, through the Supra’s key engineers, of reviving at least one of those two emblematic cars, but the road ahead is tough for that dream to materialize.
We’ve all waited 16 years for a new Supra to emerge and now, with the fifth-gen A90 closer than ever to production, there might be more in store for us from Toyota. Masayuki Kai, the Assistant Chief Engineer on the Supra project, said to Road & Track that "We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” but he was also adamant to point out that “what will come next depends on the market needs."
This is because, as Kai pointed out, creating a sports car is tedious in the year 2018 and highly expensive, pointing to the cooperation with BMW as the only way to bring the Supra back. The GT86 is also the product of a shared project, this time with Subaru. We can assume, as such, that another partner must be found to finance and co-develop an MR2 or Celica follow-up. Otherwise, we won’t see any new sports car from Toyota other than a new GT86 in conjunction with a new BRZ and the production version of the Le Mans-esque Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Prototype.
The Revolution is Coming, and It’s Coming from One of Radical’s Co-Founders
Radical co-founder Phil Abbott is venturing into a new race car space with a new company called Revolution Racecars. Among the first orders of business is developing the Revolution, a two-seat track race car that has one purpose in life: speed. The company hopes to sell the 300-horsepower track car at a price approaching $130,000.
Everything We Know About the Mercedes-AMG Project One
Finally, we see it again! It’s been almost a year since Mercedes-AMG first unveiled the Project One at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show and the German Automaker has been slow on delivering news updates on its most insane creation yet. Now, though, Mercedes has released official spy shots of the car in full-body camo testing in the U.K., confirming our suspicions that prototypes have begun road testing.
2018 - 2019 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S
Can-Am carries its sport-cruising roadsters, the Spyder F3 and F3-S, into 2019 with the 100-plus horsepower Rotax engine, as always with minimal design features in order to keep weight down and performance up. The spectacular safety package also reprises its role with traction control, stability control, and ABS on board. Spyders are still something of a curiosity and not quite what you would call mainstream just yet, but the Bombardier Recreational Products presses forward with the F3 / F3-S duo as both its entry-level and most sport-tastic rides in the lineup.
Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder F3 and F3-S.
Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models
The images posted look like screenshots from a video game with so many details around the windshield, but this is the reality that might soon be seen in Porsches and Hyundais. The automakers have invested in a company called WayRay, which is basically into augmented reality. In simple words, your ordinary head-up display is going to get all the more intuitive with a lot more information.
2019 Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen plans to woo future C5 Aircross buyers with chunky SUV looks, striking fascias, and colorful design details. What you’re essentially looking at here is not an SUV, but the evolution of the European people carrier which Citroen chose to launch before the long overdue replacement for the C5 sedan and wagon.
First revealed for the Chinese market last year, and set to make its European debut at the Paris motor show this October, the C5 Aircross has been confirmed to arrive in showrooms by the end of 2018 with minor changes. Underpinning it is the same EMP2 platform used for the Peugeot 3008, 5008, and the Opel Grandland X - like these models from within the PSA group, the new C5 Aircross also lacks an all-wheel-drive option and only features Grip Control.
Previous C5-badged Citroens all used to feature the firm’s excellent hydropneumatic adjustable suspension, but here it’s been ditched in favor of what they call Progressive Hydraulic Cushions - basically two hydraulic stops on each corner: one for rebound and one for compression - and this is said to provide a very smooth ride, although the system is nowhere near as advanced as the previous one.
1985 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
The Porsche 930 Turbo was a turning point for the German manufacturer as it debuted turbocharging for the public rich enough to afford it. Debuting in the mid-‘70s, it took a turn towards flamboyance in the ‘80s with the Slant Nose version which, in its rarity, is as era-defining as the Ferrari Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach. Early turbo-lag freights never looked this wacky!
The 930 Turbo, or rather the Turbo Carerra as it was sold in the US, was Porsche’s first stab at turbocharging a car for the public roads. Sure, they weren’t the first of the European manufacturers to do it, with BMW launching the 2002 Turbo three years prior in 1972, but the Turbo from Stuttgart had substantially more grunt which made it a bit of a menace.
From the get-go, a Turbo’ed 911 had over 250 horsepower making it the fastest car Germany could offer. It also had an unmistakable look with the black graphics on the lower sides and the enlarged whaletail wing that aided in both cooling and downforce. The German manufacturer had loads of experience with turbocharging on the racing front, debuting the 917/10-TC in 1972 and sweeping the Can-Am title with it. Then came the 917/30 which was even more dominant, to the point that it killed off the series, and then the 911 Carerra RSR Turbo which was based on a road-going 911 albeit with countless modifications.
That purpose-built prototype that looked like your streetwise 911 is the father of the 1975 930 Turbo which was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 1974. For 1975, Porsche put out just 400 Turbos to meet homologation requirements for their next racecar, the 934. Unlike the previous homologation special, the Carerra RS 2.7, the Turbo really caught on, and by 1976 it became available in the United States.
The one-off, road-going 935 replica ordered by McLaren backer Mansour Ojjeh, then president of TAG, sparked an interest among well-to-do Porsche customers for a 930 with the nose flattened. The German manufacturer duly listened to the wishes of its customers and the Slant Nose – Flachbau in German – was born.
The design proved polarizing, and with an MSRP in the period of $29,000, which increased the cost of a 930 Turbo by almost 60%, less than 1,000 Slant Noses were made beginning in 1981. This special optional extra was also available in the US under the 930 S moniker.
After its production had ended, the 930 Turbo remained a cult classic with the Slant Nose the rarest version of them all. It’s a testament of the times and quite a bit more than that, as the racing-inspired modification actually aided handling and acceleration.
Keep reading to learn the full story of the Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe
Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter, the E-Tron GT Will Debut at the L.A. Auto Show
It looks like Audi’s onslaught on Tesla is not going to end anytime soon. After launching the E-Tron and announcing war against Tesla Model X, Audi has now revealed that it will showcase the much anticipated E-Tron GT at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. This time, the Tesla Model S is the hot target.
2020 Aston Martin RapidE (EV)
The Aston Martin RapidE is an upcoming electric car based on the familiar Rapide sedan. The company’s first electric car, the RapidE will be built in limited numbers in 2019 and feature a brand-new drivetrain consisting of a large battery pack and two electric motors.
Previewed by a concept car shown all the way back in 2015, the RapidE will share most of its exterior and interior design with the gasoline-powered sedan. Power, however, will come from an innovative battery and a couple of electric motors capable of more than 600 horsepower. Aimed at the Tesla Model S, the RapidE will deliver more than 200 miles of range per charge and sports car-like performance. Most details are still under wraps, but we put together a speculative review with what we know so far.
Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin RapidE.
2019 BMW X1
The second-generation BMW X1 stormed into our lives only two years ago, but the German automaker is already preparing an updated model, as recent spy shots of a test mule X1 have shown. The prototype crossover is heavily wrapped in swirly camouflage, but we can still make out familiar elements of the model. The lack of meaningful updates lends credence to the belief that the updated front-wheel-drive-based crossover is in line for nothing more than a few nips here and a few tucks there.
2018 Peugeot e-Legend Concept
Peugeot is merging past and future with its stunning e-Legend Concept, set to be revealed to the public at the 2018 Paris motor show in early October. The all-electric design study is a retro-futuristic ode to the late 1960s 504 coupe, and it does a great job of reimagining it with modern cues.
The e-Legend isn’t just a pretty face, showcasing autonomous driving tech, a strong electric powertrain, and a gigantic 49-inch infotainment screen. Peugeot says that one-charge range is 372 miles, according to the new measurement protocol and it offers four driving modes, of which only two grant the driver control.
Technological manifesto is how Peugeot refers to the e-Legend and it previews a near future when you will let your sporty retro-inspired electric car do most of the driving on the boring bits of motorway and in stop-start traffic, as you sit comfortably reclined in your seat, then take control as you near your destination if it’s at the last leg of the journey is a twisty driving road.
10 Things the Ferrari Purosangue Needs to Take on the Competition
Ferrari will build an SUV. I am not joking, the company made an announcement. It will be called the Ferrari Purosangue. That’s the official name of the Ferrari SUV. Ok, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri implicitly said that he does not want to hear “that word” in the same sentence with the word Ferrari. “That word” being SUV. Ok, Camilleri, I will not do it. Ever. The new Ferrari... truck… will be the most amazing piece of technology ever attempted with the “that word” layout. Luckily, we do know a thing or two about the new Purosangue.
Digression: Is the word crossover any better? Maybe, but I feel it sounds too soft for the status of a Ferrari. The Honda CR-V is a crossover for crying out loud.
The new Purosangue may take a layout similar to what we have been accustomed to with the onslaught of performance SUVs, yet the Italians promised to make it a proper thoroughbred. Incidentally (not really), Purosangue translated from Italian actually means thoroughbred. Is it just me, or the name Ferrari Thoroughbred (in English) wouldn’t sound bad at all? We have a Superfast and we like it, don’t we? Enough with the strange ideas. Purosangue it is.
Christopher Smith of Motor1 explained how to pronounce it:
“PUR-o-SAN-gue. There are four syllables, with emphasis on PUR and SAN. Phonetically speaking, start with PUR, as in a cat purring. From there just say a soft O as in oh, then SAN with a long A sound like saahn, and finish with GUE, which sounds like way but starting with a g – gway. PURR - oh - SAAHN - gway. See? It’s totally easy.”
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles have teamed up to create a new no-frills, punch-you-in-your-mouth special-edition model based on the Colorado ZR2. Fittingly, the model goes by the name “Bison.” The upgrades to the burly Colorado are mechanical by nature, though it does have a sprinkling of vanity additions as well. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.
Ferrari is Working on the Development of a New V-6 Engine
Ferrari is bringing back the V-6 for the first time since 1974 and, according to Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters, hybridization is a big part of Maranello’s plans through 2022 when they plan to introduce the 488’s replacement, an even faster supercar and likely the new five-door Purosangue SUV.
Rumors regarding Ferrari’s reintroduction of its legendary Dino and, with it, the V-6 spring as far back as 2015, but little was heard from Ferrari on the subject since. Now, however, the Italian manufacturer has confirmed that a V-6 is in the works although it’s unclear what platform it will be mated with.
Ferrari offered some details about their plans over the next four years, underlining a clear desire for hybridization. The company is currently developing new mid- and front-engine platforms that welcome hybrid technology. “Ferrari will use hybridization to enhance performance and fun-to-drive,” Leiters pointed out. “We will also use it for fuel efficiency, obviously, but our main focus has to be performance and fun-to-drive.”
Given that the Italians want to see a 60-percent hybridization of their range by 2022, we can expect that many of the recently announced models will use hybrid technology. Enrico Galleria, who acts as Ferrari’s Chief of Marketing, told the press that plug-in hybrid technology will be first introduced on the front-engined cars that are part of the GT arm of the production line, as we’ve detailed previously in our Ferrari Monza coverage.
While we know that a fleet of new Ferraris are coming our way, with the earliest arrival scheduled for as early as next year, there is no LaFerrari replacement in the near future. We should look for a new top-tier, mid-engined thoroughbred to be set forth no sooner than 2023.
2019 Ford F-150 SC 650HP by Roush Performance
Roush Performance is pulling out all the stops with its new tuning package for the Ford F-150. The program comes with upgrades and modifications to the F-150’s exterior, interior, engine, and suspension. It’s as extensive a kit as you can find for the Blue Oval’s popular hauler. It doesn’t come cheap, though. The price of turning the Ford F-150 into the Roush F-150 SC adds up to $22,999, and that doesn’t include the price of the base F-150 unit.