Audi Will RS Almost Everything, Including SUVs, As Long As It Doesn’t Have a Four-Cylinder
If there’s anything we’ve all been itching to see from Audi, it’s a hotter version of the A1 Sportback – an RS1 to be exact. With the second generation kicking of in 2018, we were hoping that after being fully established on the market, Audi’s resident supermini would finally get the hot hatch treatment that it deserves. Unfortunately, Audi has come right out and said that, despite the fact that it’s going to go all out on RS-badging its SUV lineup, the A1 will always be an A1. There won’t be a warmer S1, and there definitely won’t be a hotter RS1.
The Four-Cylinder Toyota Supra is Coming, and It’s Definitely The One You Want!
As of the time of this writing, Europe and North America has only been graced with the 3.0-liter Toyota Supra. You know, the one that is rated at 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, but was found to produce considerably more in not just one dyno run but two different dyno runs. Now, Toyota has announced that the four-cylinder Supra is coming to Europe (we’re sure it’ll come to North America soon, too) and, the truth is that it comes with a number of quirks that makes it a much better choice over the six-cylinder model. Now, let me tell you why.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is Rated at 194 Miles? It Doesn’t Stand a Chance
You know, I like the Porsche Taycan. I think it’s relatively sport for what it is while still featuring the family friendliness of four-doors and plenty of cargo room. Sure, it kind of looks like a deformed, partially aborted 911 with too much DNA, but that’s a conversation for another day. What I can’t get past, though, is the fact that Porsche has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to EV range. Where the Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated at 201 miles, the Taycan Turbo S garners just 194 on a full charge.
The BMW i8 Goes Out of Production Soon, But The Story Doesn’t End There
The BMW i8 has become known as many things. BMW marketed it as a Porsche 911 rival. Some claimed it was the evolution of the BMW brand and a representation of what the future holds. Others hated it with a passion because it just didn’t lineup with every other BMW on the market. Regardless of how you look at the i8, one this is for sure, it’s not going to matter for much longer if the latest reports hold true. Those reports put the end of i8 production in the Spring of 2020.
A Short Film Starring an E30-Gen BMW M3 Reminds Us How Therapeutic Driving Can Be
The E30 BMW M3 is one of the most memorable and iconic cars to every come out of BMW’s stable. It was one of those times when an automaker managed to get everything right from design, to performance, luxury, and everything in between. The E30 M3 was, without a doubt, an absolute blast to drive to the point that’s it practically therapeutic. And, that’s where this short film, titled “The Interview” comes into play.
I don’t want to and spoil it for you, as you simply must watch it from start to finish. But, the base line of the story is that the main human character is faced with a serious dilema. He’s heading to yet another job interview, only to leave in disappointment. Right around the same time, his girlfriend pushes the issue that the struggle is so bad that he just might have to sell that wonderful M3 if he doesn’t get the job.
Needless to say, the main character and the E30 have a close bond and, despite his next interview not going well, our protagonist takes off for a drive. The ending is pure bliss, but you’ll have to watch it to see what happens. The point is that this short film will remind you how a good, long drive in the right car can be one of the most amazing stress relievers on the planet. Go ahead and watch the short film below – you’ll be glad that you did!
The SCG 003S Will Come to the New York Auto Show With "320 Changes"
Let’s be frank for a moment – Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus isn’t exactly an automaker than anyone talks much about. It’s classified as a “low volume automaker,” but that’s probably only because there isn’t a smaller designation. Since the summer of 2017, when the company started building the 003S,it has produced just two customer examples and is currently working on the third. It’s not exactly a groundbreaking number. Be that as it may, it was just announced that the SCG003S is going to show up at the 2020 New York Auto Show with “over 320 changes” in place compared to the original car. It’s kind of a big deal, really.
2021 Genesis GV80 Details and Picture Gallery
After four years on the market, Genesis has finally launched the GV80 – the brand’s first SUV and the model that pushes it into all-new, more competitive territory. The GV80 will be available as a two- or three-row SUV with a fairly luxurious interior that mimics the original GV80 concept quite well. Unfortunately, the massive display screen from the concept doesn’t carry over, but the infotainment display is rather wide for what it is. It’s a good thing too, as it’s not that tall and screen real estate isn’t exactly plentiful here. The two-spoke steering wheels is rather unique, however, the design of the center console feels like a major misstep as it would have been an ideal place (with the right angle) for a massive, Tesla-like display.
For now, the GV80 is only available in South Korea, and it’s only available with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 278 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. It goes on sale later in January 2019, though, so this egg is ready to hatch. Shortly after the official on-sale date, Genesis will introduce a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder that’s good for 304 horsepower and a 3.5-liter six-cylinder that pumps out a cool 380 horsepower. According to Genesis, the 3.5-liter is good enough for a 5.7-second sprint to 60 mph.
There’s no specific date as to when the GV80 will circulate to the rest of the world, but there’s a good chance that we’ll start seeing it arrive in Europe and the United States by the end of 2020 or early 2021 as Genesis can’t drop the ball on this and needs a home run if its first-ever SUV is going to take off. Once the GV80 is released in full-scale, expect the GV70 and GV90 flagship to start getting some serious attention.
Breaking: The 2020 Ford Bronco Could Debut at the Detroit Auto Show
First and foremost, this is not an official confirmation the the Ford Bronco will debut at the Detroit Auto Show, but it is a pretty good indication. The Fast Lane Car has reportedly received confirmation from “unnamed insiders” that the Ford Bronco will debut in Detroit this year. Oddly enough, Ford has been planing its unveiling for this spring and the new, outdoor Detroit Auto Show fits that bill perfectly, right at the end of the Spring season.
Watch the Genesis GV80 Debut Right Here!
We’re finally in the final hours before the Genesis GV80, the brand’s very first SUV, makes its global debut. It’s been a long time coming, including a letdown in December 2019 when everyone expected it to shine so bright, but this time it’s the real deal, and there’s even a live stream ready to go – set to go live at 8:30 PM EST. We’ve embedded that stream below for you to watch right here on topspeed.com, but to help keep you comfortable during your wait, let’s talk a little more about it.
Genesis as a brand was launched just a little over four years ago, as a spin-off of the Hyundai brand and quickly became the Korean automaker’s luxury arm. Similar in a way to what Lincoln is to Ford and Cadillac is to Chevy, Genesis aims to provide the best luxury possible while still not going north of the too-expensive border. The brand effectively competes against brands like Audi, BMW, and even Mercedes to some extent.
This far, however, Genesis has only taken a hold on the luxury sedan market with models like the G70, G80, and G90. So, the GV80 represents the brand’s first step into the SUV segment, but it won’t be the last. Once the GV80 launches, a GV70 and a flagship GV90 are both set to come to market within the years that follow.
As for the GV80, Genesis has launched a few teaser images that basically showed off the car, and we’ve seen numerous spy shots. It won’t look quite like the GV80 concept as it will be boxier and a little less futuristic, but it’s set to wow the crowd and anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. The interior will feature high-end materials comparable to that of the German competition while the powertrain offerings will range from V-6 to V-8 engines with as much as 420 horsepower. AWD will be a given, of course, and a hybrid drivetrain will likely be introduced sometime in the near future – probably before the GV70 or flagship GV90 launch.
Below the embeded live stream below, we’ve listed various bits of information for the soon-to-launch GV80, so be sure to check out everything we know so far while you wait!
Lamborghini Confirms Hybrids are Coming, But Condemns the 2020 Geneva Motor Show
Lamborghini’s parent company, Audi, has issued a press release that, among other things, says that Lambo won’t be attending the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The idea behind this move is that it wants to skip GIMS so that it can focus on “standalone events” where its cars won’t have to share the spotlight with rival models. If you were there last year, you’d know that isn’t really the case – Lambo was in the middle of one of the larger halls and surrounded by cars it doesn’t compete with – but hey, one excuse is as good as any other. There’s a little more to this story, though.
Faraday Future Can’t Get the FF91 to Market But Is Already Talking About Future Models
Faraday Future has had what has to be one of the hardest walks of life since its introduction. If you look back at our Faraday Future page, for example, you’ll see all kinds of stories about the company’s financial troubles, all of which came around the same time the first pre-production build of the FF91 came to life. After that, Faraday Future starting laying off workers which was followed a month later by the company’s co-founder leaving in haste. It got even worse as the company started a GoFundMe campaign just to lay off more employees a month later.
Faraday Future’s CEO, Carsten Breitfeld, might be pulling the company together a little better, with his main focus being on the FF91 and bring it to market – maybe by the end of 2020. However, during CES 2020, he expressed interest in several other cars and didn’t exactly rule out a Tesla Roadster competitor either. Here’s what we learned
The Ferrari Purosangue Is Scheduled to Arrive in 2021 and It May Even Pack a V-12 After All
It’s only been three years since then CEO Sergio Marchionne killed off any hope of a Ferrari-branded SUV. In fact, back in 2016 he said, according to Bloomberg Business, that it would only happen “over my dead body.” Well, God rest his soul (he passed away on July 25, 2018) but, sure enough, the Ferrari Purosangue is scheduled to arrive by 2021. Even better yet, we’ve learned some new details, none of which is more important than the potential for Ferrari’s 6.5-liter V-12 to continue its reign as Ferrari’s range-topping engine.
Two GM Employees Test the Chevy C8 Corvette in the Right (and Illegal) Way in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Customer-bound examples of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette aren’t even in production yet, because the company is busy producing “captured test vehicles.” Be that as it may, two people have already been pulled over on the streets of Bowling Green, Kentucky for racing the Chevy C8 Corvette.
The 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 - A New Platform and More Power
We’ve been preaching news about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ rather consitently for a while now – everything from the lack of turbo in this generation to the fact that the updated twins are on their way even [what will change with the next-gen models.→art185720] Now, we’re looking at the next-gen models debuting sometime in 2021, if we’re lucky, and there’s a lot of new information to discuss.
BMW Could Be One of the Last Manufacturers to Drop the Internal Combustion Engine
Like its main competitor, Mercedes, BMW is spending some serious cheddar on research and development of electric vehicles and related technologies. And, like Mercedes, it will be bringing a handful of new EVs to the market, the first of which will be the iX3 that comes later this year. The iX3 will be followed up by the iNext shortly thereafter. That leaves a lot of people wondering just when BMW will make a hard left away from fuel-powered engines and start producing nothing but EVs. For most, this is a question of purity and uncertainty of what the brand will become. Can the legacy of BMW M survive in an all-electric market? What about the heart and soul that is pumped from each and every one of BMW’s six- and eight-cylinder engines? What about the legendary and almost unicorn-like V12 that’s available in the M760i?
2019 Was a Bad Year For Aston Martin and At Least One Model is Paying the Price
Despite the introduction of the DBX, 2019 was a very tough year for Aston Martin, which posted a pre-tax loss of $118 million through September of 2019. Now, Aston Martin has warned that its annual profit for 2019 will be cut in half, while Reuters is reporting that December sales were so disappointing that wholesale volumes dropped by seven percent in 2019. All told, annual profits for 2019 (converted from GBP to USD) will sit between about $170 million and $182 million - a far cry from the company’s $325 million profit in 2018.
Financial figures being what they are, that means there are going to be some big financial changes for the company in 2020, including a cost-cutting program that puts at least one model on the guillotine.
Latest Update From Leading Corvette Salesman Paints a Clearer Picture of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
If you’re waiting for an all new 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, it’s only natural that you’re wondering when your allocation is going to come up. And, with production just now kicking off, it’s easy to wonder whether yours will be considered a 2020 or a 2021 model (and what pricing implications that will have on your bottom line.) I’m sure some of you have plenty of other questions too and now, thanks to Mike Furman – one of the most famous Corvette salesman in the world – we have some answers. Keep reading for a full update on the Chevy C8 Corvette and what’s going on behind the scenes.
Genuine Toyota Parts Are Coming Back for the A70 and A80 Toyota Supra!
The 1986-1993 A70-gen Toyota Supra might not be as famous as the 1993-2002 A80 Toyota Supra – you can probably thank the Fast and Furious franchise for that – but both were awesome cars and sporty in their own right. So much so, in fact, that they both have their own cult following. Parts, however, are becoming harder and harder to come by, but Toyota finally has an answer: The GR Heritage Parts Project. So, what genuine Toyota Parts can you get for your old-school Supra?
Car for Sale: Ultra-Rare 1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo
It’s a very rare occasion when something as special as this 1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo shows up with a for sale sign that’s open to the public. The F50 Berlinetta, in general, is special in its own right as Ferrari produced less than 350 examples over the course of its life, but this is, arguably, the most special of all. Keep reading to find out why.
Nissan’s New e-4orce AWD EV Powertrain Might Provide Support for the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R and Z Car
Nissan has been trying to make its presence in the EV world known for a while now, and the Leaf has served its purpose for the most part. The leaf, however, just doesn’t have what it takes to hold up in terms of range or performance. That’s why we were treated to the 2019 Nissan Leaf Twin-Motor Concept and why Nissan has been using the basis of that concept to create the e-4orce twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain for its next-gen EVs. Until now, we knew very little, but Nissan has finally spilled some details about e-4orce, and it could have some serious implications on the future of Nissan sports cars.
Toyota’s Woven City Concept Looks Amazing But Are Humans Ready for This Much Connectivity?
During CES 2020, Toyota announced that it was building “the city of the future” that will be known as “Woven City.” On the offset, it sounds pretty cool. Only autonomous, electric vehicles will be allowed in the city, it will serve as a research ecosystem, and will be packed to the gills with AI. It will be built with fully sustainable materials, and to make it even more eco-friendly, it will be powered by a mix of solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells. It really does sound great, and the rendered images of this future city look pretty awesome too, but it got me to thinking about how quickly “the city of the future” could become a 175-acre cesspool for privacy intrusion.
Lamborghini Wants to Rewrite the Book on Electrification and the Sian FKP 37 Was the First Chapter
Lamborghini has slowly been dipping its toes in the ocean that is electrification, but so far, it has yet to go beyond knee-deep. The 2017 Terzo Millennio Concept car previewed Lambo’s future electrification technology, and the new Sian FKP 37 is only a hybrid because Lamborghini was able to develop a small supercapacitor that made hybridization possible without compromising the traditional Lamborghini driving experience. However, this technology is far from ready to be adopted into Lamborghini’s lineup full time, at least not to the extent that the company can create full-fledged series-production hybrid cars. So, Lamborghini needs to rewrite the book on electrification and hybridization – here’s how it plans to do it.
Drag Race: Hyundai i30 N vs. Renault Megane RS
In one lane, you have the Hyundai i30N with a 2.0-liter, force-fed, four-banger that’s good for 271 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the other lane, you have the Renault Megane RS with a 1.8-liter, force-fed, four-banger that’s good for 276 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. The Megane RS manages to hit 62.1 mph in 5.8 seconds while the i30 N will make the same sprint in 6.1 seconds. Both cars are driven at the front wheels and both have a six-speed manual transmission. On paper, the two cars are very similar, but the Megane RS and it’s five extra ponies are also able to benefit from a slightly lower curb weight.
With all of this in mind, putting these two cars nose-to-nose on a drag strip will undoubtedly give us one hell of a close race, and that it did. Naturally, the lighter and more powerful Megane RS gets quite the jump on the baby Hyundai, but the i30 manages to make up a lot of ground over a short piece of asphalt. So, does the i30 N have enough oomph to get the lead by the time the flag drops? Well, one finishes the quarter-mile in 14.44 seconds and the other does it in 14.89 seconds – watch the video to see who manages to take home the win!
What We Know About the Mid-Engined 2022 Hyundai N Sports Car
For the better part of a decade (since 2014, to be specific), Hyundai has been teasing us with a stand-alone N-branded halo car that would feature a mid-engine configuration and hatchback body. We’ve seen four concepts – the RM14, RM15, RM16, and most recently, the RM19 – and now we’ve received even more information that helps us paint a clear picture of what we can expect from the N halo car and when we can expect to see it. The future is here folks, and Hyundai’s affordable sports car isn’t far off. Here’s everything we know about it!
Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales
I know what you’re probably thinking: “How the hell can sales remain steady for a model that hasn’t been produced in almost a decade?” Well, it’s true. In fact, Lexus sold a total of 3 brand-new LFAs in 2019, one more than in 2018 and even with what it sold in 2017. Technically, if you compare 2019 to 2018, it’s a sales increase of 33.3-percent – not bad for a car that hasn’t been produced in eight years, right?
Video: The Lamborghini Hurcan Spyder Sounds like a Fighter Jet When it Passes by at Top Speed
The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is no joke when it comes to open-top performance. The 5.2-liter V-10 under the hood is good for 571 horsepower and 398.8 pound-feet of torque, all of which is shunted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Even at 3,400 pounds, the Hurcan Spyder can dispatch itself to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200 mph. Well, that 200-mph mark is questionable as it takes the absolute perfect conditions, but that’s a story for another day.
The point is that someone took a bone stock Lamborghini Huracan Spyder to Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds to see just what it’s capable of. The long, impressively flat runway was once used for space shuttles and gives anyone on four wheels up to 2.7 miles of concrete to go like hell before having to let up. Now, the video you’re about to watch was made to showcase what it looks like to hit max velocity in a Hurcan Spyder, but what caught out attention was at the end of the video when we get a side view of the Hurcan blurring by the camera. Is it just us, or does that sound like a fighter jet doing a flyby? I guess we’ll let you be the judge, so enjoy the video and see just how fast the Huracan can go when you put the pedal down!
Track Day Rendering of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Looks Like It’s Straight Out of Need For Speed
The Dodge Challenger came on the heels of the retro-styled Ford Mustang and it made its mark as what was considered to be one of the more accurate reinterpretations of the classic muscle cars, beating out both the Mustang and the Camaro in that regard. The Challenger has, for the most part, carried on for the last 11 years with minor aesthetic changes, but dodge has made some tweaks to the chassis, steering, and general underpinnings to try to keep it relevant with the times.
No changes were more important, however, than the introduction of the most brutal muscle cars of the era. I’m talking about models like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Demon, and Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. These cars all boasted more than 700 horsepower (the Demon pushed 808, to be precise) and could run 10-seconds in the quarter mile or better. However, while they were all extreme in their own right, none of them were given a true track-day appearance package the likes of which you only get to see in video games like Forza Horizon and Need for Speed.
That’s where independent designer Abimelec Deisign comes in with it’s redering of a Challenger Hellcat in full track-day attire. It’s not even that outlandishly aggressive and it could be within the realm of possibility if the brass at Dodge would be willing to build a true track car out of the Hellcat. Of course, that will never happen, but at least we get to enjoy renderings like these. Let’s take a closer look.
Hoonigan Decided to Show Off an E55 AMG-Powered Track Kart and Now We Want One
Most of you link the Hoonigan name with Ken Block and leave it at that, so I won’t blame you for not knowing that Hoonigan is into a lot more than Block’s crazy Shenanigans. Case in point – this video of an E55 AMG-powered Track Kart that was posted to the company’s Youtube channel “Daily Transmission.”
For those of you that don’t know, Daily Transmission is a dedicated channel where the Hoonigans look at the wildest, upside-down car builds they can find, and the video you’re about to watch below is no exception, so let’s get to it.
Every Concept Car That We Covered in 2019
Now that 2019 is in the books, we thought it was a good time to look back at all the new concepts that we covered throughout the year. There were so many, in fact, that we couldn’t even cover them all, but we sure did cover a lot of them. And, a significant portion of them were noteworthy in their own right.
Take the 2019 Jeep Gladiator by Katzkin Leather, for example. It was a perfect representation of how a tuner or upholsterer can make a rugged off-roader like the Gladiator as elegant as some of the most luxurious models on the planet. Then we have the Renault EZ-Ultimo that gave us a look into the future of what cars might be like just decades down the road. Some cars simply paved the way and prepared us for what was to come – I’m talking about models like the BMW Concept 4 or the Mercedes Concept GLB.
These models aside, we’re actually naming 2019 as the “Year of Concepts,” and we’ve added a full list of every concept review we wrote in the last year just a little further down the page. So, take a short walk with us as we take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of this years awesome concept cars.
Top Speed’s 10 Most Read News Stories of 2019
Now that we’ve looked back at all the concept cars we covered in 2019, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at our 10 most-read news stories of 2019. Surprisingly, there are some stories on this list that we completely forgot about, and a few the we knew just had to make the list.
Do you remember our story on the $21,000 Bugatti oil change? Or how about the story on Mazda 3 development secrets? Well, there were a lot more great pieces to check out, so ahead and check out our most-read articles of 2019, revisit them if you like, and feel free to let us know about your favorite news article in the comments section below!
Santa and Mercedes – It Seems to be a Theme, But Is This Really How Rudolph Got His Red Nose?
So, apparently, the fat man is rolling around this year with a fleet of Mercedes sedans and, wouldn’t you know it, he just happens to come across a heard of reindeer in the middle of nowhere. I suppose that’s only natural, and it should be expected. What’s more interesting, though, is how the reindeer are naturally drawn to Santa and his fleet of Mercedes sedans. While most deer would either stand in place and stare blindly at the light or take off running for their lives, these reindeer do something different.
Instead, they are interested in what’s going on – and probably wondering why the hell there’s a bunch of Mercedes sedans in the middle of nowhere, honestly. One, which is apparently, Rudolph decides to inspect the lead sedan and, wouldn’t you know it, Santa uses his magic to transfer the glow from behind the Mercedes emblem to the reindeer’s nose. He turned the glow red while he’s at it.
This short commercial is a fun watch, and it’s sure to get you into the spirit, so click play below and enjoy it for yourself.
Santa’s Little Secret – He Drives a BMW X6 M
Back in 2017, BMW put together a fun little Christmas video that shows Santa driving a BMW X6 M down a rather snow road. We finally know what Santa has been driving for the past few years when he’s not flying and, to top it off, he rocks out a tiny Christmas tree on the dash instead of a random bobble head. Honestly, I expected a bunch of reindeer bobble heads or maybe one of Mrs. Claus – now that would be funny. But, nope, when it comes to work, Santa’s about work. He leaves his personal life at home.
For what it’s worth, the BMW X6 M50i is quite the performer and it does make sense as a good present hauler, even if the X6 M isn’t available in the States right now. The 4.4-liter under the hood is good for 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, so Santa is able to move his presents at the speed of 4.1 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of 130 mph. Of course, Santa has magical powers, so we’re pretty sure his BMW X6 M is much faster. On that note, we also hope BMW didn’t make him pay a minimum of $85,650 to get into one. Either way, go ahead and check out the short video below. It’s good for a fun watch.
Butthurt Incoming: Ferrari Says Designing Cars for Women is a “Mistake”
You would think that designing a car tailored to women would help drive more of a female customer base to the Ferrari brand but, apparently, that’s not true. At All. In a recent interview with Arabian Business Ferrari NV’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer said that designing cars for women is a “mistake,” but are we taking it out of context? Yeah; probably.
Lamborghini’s True Christmas Story for 2019 is a Real TearJerker
Back in October 2019, we brought you a story about a father and son that loved the Lamborghini brand and the Aventador so much that they decided to build their own. Long story short, the two worked tirelessly, 3D printing parts, and a little bit of help from a GM-sourced LS1 V-8 engine. Make no mistake, it’s not a Lamborghini Aventador at heart, but for something built in the home garage, it’s a pretty damn good replica.
Well, that was the last we heard about the 3D-printed Aventador replica, but thanks to our reporting (and the reporting of other outlets like ours,) Lambo got word of this replica and decided to do something about it. Fortunately, the brass at Lambo have a heart and gave this father and son duo a Christmas gift they never expected, and the fulfillment of a life-long dream neither thought they would ever see.
One day, the duo walked out to the garage to get to work, only to find that their 3D printed car had been replaced by a real, true-to-life Lamborghini Aventador S. To the best of our knowledge, the father and son don’t get to keep the car, but Lamborghini sure did let them drive it for a few days and that, my friends, is what separates Lamborghini from other exotic car brands like Ferrari. That said, go ahead a click play on the video to see what real-life satisfaction really looks like.! Merry Christmas!
A Look Back at Some of Santa’s Exotic and Most Luxurious Sleighs
Nobody really knows how often Santa upgrades his sleigh, but what if he wanted to shop for a new model altogether? Well, over the past five or six years, publications like Car Magazine have challenged automakers to design a new sleigh for Santa. Automakers like Bentley, Land Rover, and even Vauxhall have designed new sleighs for Santa in the past, so needless to say, Santa has had a lot to choose from.
I don’t recall seeing any designs last year, and have only seen one this year. But, when you consider the long list of available sleighs at his disposal, there are still at least a few on standby, just waiting to be plucked from some secret, magical garage that is undoubtedly located somewhere at the North Pole.
Since we haven’t seen too many fresh designs for the 2015, I decided to revisit a few of the sleighs created in the years past. Most of the sleighs are exotic, or out of this world – and one even looks like a fighter jet – but why wouldn’t Santa take advantage of all the latest technology? You may have seen one or two of the designs in the past, but it’s always fun to revisit things like this during the holidays. Which of the following sleighs do you think Santa is going to use this year?
As it turns out, Santa was good to the TopSpeed.com team this year, with each and every one of them received a rather cool car-themed gift. Sidd, for instance, got a pair of old truck scale models that made everyone a little jealous. Kirby, got his hands on a premium 1989 Batmobile LEGO set that proves without a doubt that he was a very good boy this year. But, what did the rest of the team get? Well, check it out in our article below.
The 2021 Focus RS Will Push Into Mild-Hybrid Territory and Move Beyond Hot Hatch Classification
I know you’re already bummed that the Ford Focus Hatch isn’t long for the U.S. market, and, I’m sorry to tell you, depression is about to set in even worse. We now have word from Car Magazine that the next-gen Focus RS is arriving soon and, even better yet, it’s being pushed into 400-horsepower, mild-hybrid territory. Will the new Focus RS feature a drift mode? Well, it’ll be better than that! This baby will ride like a hardcore hatch and accelerate like a true-to-life sportscar. Does it get any better than this?
2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0
Here at TopSpeed, we’ve got a closely guarded secret, but we’ve finally decided to spill the beans. See, for the last 10 years, we’ve been on Santa’s advisory board and are tasked with helping him plan his annual trip around the world. Usually, we advise him of what new vehicles are best for transporting presents and help him plan out his trip. However, this year, he asked us to kick it up a notch and help him design an all-new sleigh that will not only give Rudolph and the rest of the gang a much-needed rest but will also get him around the world in style and luxury. It took us four months just to decided which model to start out with, but in the end, we developed the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
Santa is more than happy with the sleigh we’ve come up with, and it’s already been through extensive testing in preparation for the big day. Based on the 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, you know the big man is traveling in luxuriousness, and he can obviously get there quickly too. But, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. See; this isn’t your everyday GTC4Lusso – this baby is loaded to the gills with the type of magic that only Santa can make possible. So, this thing carries a considerable amount of power over the standard 6.3-liter V-12 and, despite appearing small, has enough cargo room to haul enough presents to hit half of the world in one trip.
But, before I get too far ahead of myself, Santa’s already hard at work navigating his way to the homes of kids all over the world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at the GTC4Lusso Sleigh 2.0.
European Emissions Regulations Could All But Kill Brands Like Mercedes-AMG
Notice how automakers are really starting to cram EVs down our throats even though the vast majority of the driving population doesn’t want them? Well, you can’t actually blame the automakers, you can blame the emissions regulations set forth by the government. In Europe, the situation is dire, and fines for not meeting emissions regulations are about to skyrocket in 2021. If the penalties going into effect in 2021 were in effect today, the penalties would climb into the tens of billions of dollars category. That’s why Mercedes and other automakers are scrambling to put EVS on the road – they will reduce their average emissions output.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard automakers try, they just can’t convince people to buy EVs over big, gas-guzzling SUVs. And, because of this, brands like AMG just might have to trim back… A lot. So much so that AMG might be forced to cut its most powerful models and reduce its lineup by as much as 75-percent.
The Benefits and Downfalls of Aston Martin’s Decision to Build the DBX from Scratch
When Aston Martin set out to build the DBX, it had two choices: borrow a platform from Daimler or develop its own bespoke platform. Aston Martin decided to take the road less traveled and started designing its very first SUV from a clean sheet. There’s a lot of good that comes out of AM’s decision to build its own platform, but there’s some bad involved in it as well.
Boost the 0-60 MPH Sprint of your Tesla Model 3 With the Press of a Button
Tesla has now launched a new upgrade for the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range that will boost your acceleration enough to get you to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.5 seconds. This news comes less than 24 hours after fine print about such an upgrade showed up at the bottom of the upgrade section in some people’s Tesla account. The upgrade is aptly called “Acceleration Boost,” and if you want it, it’ll cost you an extra $2,000.
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery
Mini is attempting to take the electric car market by storm, and it’s doing so with the 2020 Mini Cooper EV – a model that Mini claims it already has 15,000 orders for on the U.S. market alone. It comes with a 32.6 kWh battery that Mini says is good for 168 miles of range – a figure that’s considerably lower than the competition The Nissan Leaf +, for example, offers up 226 miles while the Chevy Bolt delivers 238 miles.
Range aside, the Mini Cooper EV has a single electric motor that’s good for 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Mini claims it’ll hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, so highway merging should be simple enough, but top speed is limited to 110 mph.
The interior isn’t all that different from the standard Cooper, but it does come with the 6.5-inch navigation system. There’s also a new “Dynamic Digital Instrument cluster” with a digital speedo and new indicators for charge level and range. Overall, however, the Cooper EV is a mini through and through.
As far as charging goes, there’s going to be a little bit of compromise. If you use the standard charging cable that Mini considers “occasional” and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, you’ll get a full charge in 24 hours. Us the TurboCord and a 240-volt outlet, and you’ll get a full charge overnight or in about 8 hours. The Level 2 home charger, that you’ll undoubtedly have to pay for, gives you a full charge in about 4 hours. A DC public charger system will give you an 80-percent charge in 40 minutes, so you’ll at least be okay out and about.
Everything We Know About the Genesis GV80 (Leaks Included)
The Genesis GV80 is destined to be a Christmas present to the world with its debut scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. There are still many unknowns about Genesis’ first SUV, but we’ve seen prototypes testing on a number of occasions, and now we have some leaked images available as well. Will the Genesis GV80 borrow design and tech from the 2017 GV80 Concept or will it change dramatically before it reaches production? Will it borrow DNA from Genesis sedan models, like the G80? Will it be a worthy contender to the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE Class? Well, let’s take a look at what we know and what we think we know about the all-new Genesis GV80.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Picture Gallery
After a long and illustrious 106 years on the market, Aston Martin has finally released its first SUV, dubbed the DBX. As a competitor for models like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga, research and development took longer than expected, but the result is phenomenal. The DBX rides on its own dedicated SUV platform – something that’s completely unheard of until now – and is composed of bonded to make it as light as possible and impressively stiff.
What makes it stand out visually is that Aston Martin borrowed some DNA from its existing sports cars, which is why the DBX sports the signature DB radiator grille and frameless doors, for example. Aston even went so far as integrating the DRLs into the aerodynamic ducts in the front fascia, further improving aerodynamics. A rear wing rounds out the rear and looks quite spicy sitting above that unique and extremely thin taillight strip that runs across the rear hatch.
While the exterior sports a lot of sports car DNA, the interior was designed with the goal of redefining luxury. Aston Martin claims that the DBX offers class-leading headroom and legroom, yet it features sports seats. Those, by the way, are wrapped in full-grain leather. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster resides ahead of the steering wheel while a 10.25-inch display handles infotainment duties. Of course, the DBX wouldn’t be suitable for the segment it competes in without decent cargo room, so you get 22.31 cubic-feet, but with 40:20:40 folding rear seats, the space increases drastically on demand.
Under the hood, the DBX is actually all DB11 as it features the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that’s good for 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this kind of power, you’ll get up to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 181 mph. The DBX goes on sale in late-spring of 2020 with a Lamborghini Huracan-like price of $189,900.
2020 BMW M2 CS Picture Gallery
BMW introduced the 2020 M2 CS and the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and, while it is focused around BMW’s M-Sport DNA, it’s also focus on luxury and comfort as well. On the outside, the M2 CS doesn’t look overly extreme. Sure, it’s a little more extreme than the M2 it is based on, but the goal here was to shed weight, and shed weight it did. Most of thw eight savings come courtesy of the CFRP body panels and components, the most prominent of which is the hood – it’s now nearly 50-percent lighter than its steel counterpart. In addition to this, the roof of the M2 CS is also made from CFRP, which is – believe it or not – a first for the M2.
Inside, the weight saving measures continued. The transmission tunnel, for instance is also made from CFRP – just another weight to shed 6 pounds from the overall weight of the car. The center armrest and dash trim are covered in Alcantara as is steering wheel. As part of the “keepin it luxurious” mentality, the steering wheel isn’t as sporty as you might expect with no flat-bottom in sight. The sport seats, on the other hand, exude the echos of a performance car and are finished in a mixture of Alcantara and Black Merino leather with red contrast stitching.
Under the hood sits BMW’s now-common 3.0-liter inline-six that’s been tuned to deliver a total of 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 39 horsepower over the M2 Competition, and it’s all channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This extra boost in power and reduction in weight puts the M2 CS in a position to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. If you opt for the manual transmission, you’ll make the same sprint in four-seconds flat. Top Speed is pinned at 174 mph and the Adaptive M Suspension – another first for the M2 – will help keep things stable and smooth at higher speeds.
The BMW M2 Cs goes on sale in the second half of 2020.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevy has finally revitalized is full-size SUV lineup by updating the 2021 Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe. With the update comes a new exterior look that’s bolder and more muscular than before, and a new interior with crazy amounts of new technology. What is arguably more important than any of this, though, are the changes that happen under the skin. Chevy made an all-new chassis, and with it comes a revised adaptive air suspension and a longer rear multi-link suspension that will drastically improve ride quality and handling abilities. On top of this, the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s carry over, offering 355 horsepower and 420 horsepower, respectively. A new Duramax, 3.0-liter, inline-six joins the mix as well, and it offers up 277 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque and what Chevy believes fuel economy ratings that will meet or exceed the best in the segment. Towing figures or official fuel economy figures have yet to be released.
On the inside, the biggest change comes in the passenger and cargo room departments. Since Chevy managed to stretch the Tahoe’s wheelbase by 4.9 inches to 120.9 inches total, the Tahoe now offers 42 inches of second row legroom (a 3-inch increase) and 34.9 inches of third row legroom (an impressive increase of 10.1 inches.) Cargo room was also increased by 10.2 cu-ft to 25.5 cu-ft with all the seats in place and 28.2 cu-ft to 122.9 cu-ft with all the seats laid down. On top of that, if you select the right trim an options, you can have up to five display screens:A standard 10-inch infotainment display Optional 8-inch digital instrument cluster 15-inch Head-up display Two 12.6-inch rear seat displays for second row passengers
Overall, Chevy has made major improvements to its full-size SUVS, and pricing has yet to be announced but don’t expect prices to increase too much. The usual trim levels will carry over, including the Z71 and High Country, among others, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the all-new Tahoe when it launches in Mid-2020.
Porsche has released the all-new Porsche Macan GTS after a short hiatus, and this time around it pushes things to the next level with a more powerful engine, reworked chassis, and exterior features that make it standout in the pack.
On the outside, the Macan GTS features new front and rear fascias, new side skirts, and a handful of black trim pieces for extra flare. On top of this, you’ll be able to spot the new GTS by the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels which are, you guessed it, dressed in Satin Black. On the inside, you’ll find plenty of Alcantara, including onThe seat center inserts Center console armrests Door trim panels
You can also opt for the GTS interior package that includes leather and accent stitching in Carmine Red or Chalk. The multifunction sport steering wheel can also be had here, and it’s actually exclusive for the Macan GTS, if you can believe that.
The big news here is the 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood. It delivers a cool 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque – that accounts for an extra 15 ponies over the previous model. It’s also enough for a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 162 mph. Adaptive air suspension is also available and, with it, the suspension will be lowered by 0.39 inches (10 mm.) Pricing for the Macan GTS starts at $71,300 and you’ll be able to get your hands on one starting in summer of 2020.
2020 Nissan Sentra Photo Gallery
Nissan introduced the new generation of the Sentra at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show with an all-new look that’s not only more classy, but more modern than ever. It brings the next generation of Nissan’s V-Motion grille, sleeker headlights, revised taillights, and a all-new side profile that puts an emphasis on both form and function. It now sits two inches lower and two inches wider, while borrowing some DNA from the new Nissan Maxima. Eight exterior colors are available and the rear end even gets a sporty little spoiler.
Unfortunately, a performance model doesn’t seem to be in the books, but the 2020 model does come with an increase in performance thanks to a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Despite the lack of turbocharging, the new engine delivers 149 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. It’s still not a lot by modern day expectations, but horsepower is improved by 20-percent while torque has been increased by 16-percent. If nothing else, maybe merging on the highway will be easier, right?
The good news is that, despite the lack of performance credentials, the interior of the Sentra is actually a nice place to be. The interior is more refined and luxurious than ever. It is a little deceiving, though, as the flat-bottom steering wheel, contrast stitching, and aluminum accents might have you believing that you’re in something much more that it really is. The new, 2020 Nissan Sentra goes on sale in January 2020 and should come with a mild pricing increase at best.
Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability
Word has been circling that Ferrari has delayed its plans to shift into building EVs until 2025, and it’s 100-percent true. Some outlets, however, would have you believe that Ferrari might not even be around by then – @FredericLambert from Electrek, I’m looking at you. The truth is that there’s a good reason that Ferrari has decided to push its plans for an EV from roughly 2023 to 2025 or later.
Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won’t Be a Hatchback
Mercedes has finally unveiled the new GLA, and during the presentation, we were treated to a teaser of the Mercedes EQA EV – a model once believed to be an entry-level hatchback. The image was clear enough that we can confirm the EQA will, in fact, be a very small crossover, one that we’ve seen in the prototype form in the past. This raises a big question, though. Why isn’t the production version of the Mercedes EQA going to take after the Concept EQA that was shown off by Mercedes back in 2017, and what happened to the hatchback body style?
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC
The 35 nameplate is not a novelty for Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of compact cars. The A-Class wears it, as does the CLA, so it’s only natural for the GLA to receive the same treatment. In the GLA 35, the AMG-boosted inline-four unit mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, for a 0-60 mph sprint completed in five seconds flat. But there’s more to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 than quickness off the line.
You’ll know you’re looking at the new Merc-AMG GLA 35 from the Panamericana-style front grille. But there are other clues to the car’s spirited nature, such as the silver-chrome trim elements on the outer air inlets, the 19-inch twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, and the more aggressive bumpers in the front and rear. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a slightly tweaked cabin compared to the run-of-the-mill GLA. AMG took its time to add the MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber seat upholstery with contrasting red stitching that go hand in hand with the red seat belts. There are also carbon fiber-like inserts spread across the dashboard, while the digital instrument cluster was tweaked with AMG-specific displays (Classic, Sport, and Supersport). Then there’s the AMG-styled steering wheel with its 12 o’clock mark, flat bottom, and galvanized gearshift paddles.
Under the hood of the new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 sits a souped-up 2.0-liter, inline-four powerplant slapped with a twin-scroll turbo. The unit cranks out 302 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm, which in turn reach all fours through the AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch gearbox and the AMG Performance 4Matic variable all-wheel-drive setup. In this configuration, the 0-60 miles per hour sprint takes precisely five seconds, while top speed is electronically limited and comes in at 155 miles per hour.
Depending on what sort of performance the driver is looking to squeeze out of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, he or she can fiddle with the AMG Dynamic Select drive programs. They are, as follows:Slippery - best for low-grip, icy surfaces, where the car employs smooth gearshifts and a flat torque curve Comfort - the default mode, balanced between fuel efficiency and soft settings for the suspension and steering Sport/Sport+ - sportier calibration of the engine, quicker response from the transmission Individual - your chance to have fun with a range of personalized parameters that suit your preferences and needs
When Audi launched the RS5 Sportback in late 2018, there was a lot of uproar about the old-style grille that made the face of the new car look outdated at best. For 2021, Audi is launching the Audi RS5 Coupe, and with it came a mild facelift for the recently launched Sportback. The good news is that Audi finally addressed the grille situation and has redesigned the nose. Now, the RS5 features the more modern, flatter and wider grille that makes the car look sportier and more aggressive at the same time. As a result, Audi was also able to add tiny vents between the grille and the hood to pay tribute to 1984 Audi Sport Quattro. The wheel arches are also 1.6-inches wider, while the LED lights in the headlights and the matrix in the taillights have been revised as well.
There’s not a lot to mention about the interior, but Audi has upgraded the MMI infotainment system, and it now includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen display. It’s also angled just a degree or two toward the driver to help improve visibility and reach. As is the usual case with RS models, the interior is wrapped in mass amounts of leather and Alcantara, but you can opt for Nappa leather if you wish. Red or gray accents for the interior are also available.
The exterior and interior refinements, regardless of how necessary, are where the changes stop. The 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood carries over to 2021 unchanged. It delivers roughly 444 horsepower and a cool 442.5 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which comes into play at just 1,900 rpm. The RS5 Sportback and Coupe can make the run to 62.1 mph in 3.9 seconds and will top out at 174 mph if you keep the hammer down. A manual transmission isn’t on the docket, though, so you’ll have to make do with Audi’s fairly decent eight-speed Tiptronic auto. The RS5 in either form comes standard with AWD, though, so it does have that going for it. Opt for the rear sport differential, and you’ll even get active torque distribution between the rear wheels.
The 2021 Audi RS5 goes on sale in Europe in early 2020 and will start out at EUR 83,500. Pricing and availability for other markets, including the United States, have yet to be announced.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the new GLA, the A-Class-based crossover whose first-generation was a popular choice among buyers. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA, however, takes a lot after its bigger brothers design- and tech-wise, and that’s a very good thing.
The new GLA is 4.1 inches higher (now 63.4 inches) and 0.6 inches shorter (now 173.6 inches) than the model it replaces. This means you get more headroom, but Mercedes-Benz highlights that now there’s even more legroom in the rear (38.4 inches, compared to 33.9 inches in the previous model). The U.S.-bound 2021 GLA has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.30, which will contribute to low levels of wind noise inside the cabin as well as a reduction in fuel consumption at higher speeds. What’s more, Mercedes is so confident that the GLA can pull its own weight off the beaten path that it offers the Off-Road Engineering Package as standard on the GLA 4Matic.
On the inside, the GLA receives the highly-acclaimed MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment setup. Rear headroom, however, takes a 0.3-inch plunge (now 38.1 inches instead of 38.4), but shoulder room is more generous (now 54.8 inches instead of 53.1 inches, a 1.7-inch increase). Trunk capacity is also better in the new GLA, measuring 15.4 cubic feet, a 0.5 cubic feet increase from the previous model’s 14.9 cubic feet rating.
The safety bundle is a hefty one, especially if you opt for the optional Driver Assistance Package. Here’s what you get:Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC Active Steering Assist Active Speed Limit Assist with Traffic Sign Assist Evasive Steering Assist Active Lane Keeping Assist Active Brake Assist Pre-Safe PLUS
In the U.S., the non-AMG 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA can be had with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine bolted to an eight-speed 8G-DCT automatic transmission. The powerplant makes 221 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,620 rpm and 4,000 rpm. You can pick between the GLA 250 or the AWD GLA 250 4Matic. Performance-wise, Mercedes-Benz estimates that the 2021 GLA needs 8.6 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill en route to a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
No words on pricing yet, but the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA launches in the U.S. in the summer of 2020, so we’ll know more as its market debut closes in.
The Mercedes GLS now has a hotter, sexier sister that wears a Maybach badge and a whole lot of model-exclusive features. Naturally, the interior is the epitome of luxury, ranking up there with the best of the best, but the exterior has been updated to make it stand out in the GLS lineup as well. This includes the two-tone exterior finish, the massive chrome grille, and the cheese grater-like insert in the front fascia. That part we can’t really get onboard with but the rest of it looks amazing.
Under the hood sits an AMG-sourced V-8 that’s paired with a 48-volt electrical system and EQ boost. The engine alone delivers 558 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque while the EQ Boost function pumps out another 22 ponies and 184 pound-feet. So, despite the lack of the usual V-12 engine, this Maybach will get you to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds but will top out at 155 mph when the electronic governor kicks in. Sales for this luxrious people mover kicks off in the second half of 2020 and pricing is expect to start out north of the $200,000 mark.
Does It Get Any Better Than Seeing Supercar Blondie Drive the GFG Style 2030?
Supercar Blondie has all the luck when it comes to getting her hands on hypercars, supercars, and even concepts, and she got even luckier when she got to drive the Saudi Arabia exclusive GFG Style 2030. Her maiden voyage in the concept took place during the Riyadh Car Show in Saudi Arabia, where the Style 2030 was showcased alongside 1,200 other beautiful cars, a preview before the Style 2030 is shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. But, thanks to Supercar Blondie’s video, you don’t have to wait to get up close and personal with it.
We know that you’ve probably seen the Corsair before – it was released earlier this year, but new for 2020 is the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. This Corsair itself is aimed at the younger crowd that don’t need three rows of seating and desire a little more space and now the Grand Touring trim steps in to provide even better fuel economy for those that are more green conscious.
It might not be quite as powerful as the non-hybrid, but the 2.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors are said to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 266 horsepower and Lincoln is “anticipating” a range of 25 miles. AWD also comes courtesy of the electric motors as they exclusively power the rear wheels while the engine handles the duty of driving the front wheels.
In terms of appearance, the Corsair Grand Touring doesn’t stand out my way of any real unique aestetic features, so aside from the exterior badges and the ability to drive silently for a limited period of time, there’s not much else to report. However, we’ve created a full gallery and organized it into our awesome slider above and the article below. Go ahead and browse through the images to learn more about the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring.
If you didn’t realize that there was a gap between the Kia Soul and the Kia Sportage, well, don’t feel bad because we didn’t either. But, it’s all good, because Kia has managed to fill that gap with a model known as the Seltos. It celebrated its U.S. launch at the 2019 Los Angels Auto Show after being introduced a couple of months before that in India. Naturally, there are some minor changes to make it meet U.S. regulations, but for the most part, we’re looking at a compact SUV with some Telluride-inspired design cues and enough ground clearance that you could actually take it off the beaten path if you really wanted to.
The real highlight of the Seltos is its cargo capacity. In relation to its size, the capacity is rather respectable at 26.6 cubic-feet with the rear seats in place and 62.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down. It also comes with a decent list of technology, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that looks like it came out of yesteryear’s BMW parts bin, and there’s even an 8-speaker Bose audio system. The latter is actually a first for a Kia, so it has that going for it.
The Seltos is available with your choice of two different engines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 146 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The smaller, but turbocharged 1.6-liter mill delivers 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s also a small model, so it should be adequate. Kia is promising an impressive starting point of “below $22,000,” so expect it to start out around $21,990 and climb closer to the $30,000 range in top trim.
Tesla Just Broke Its Promise on Cybertruck Production and We’re Not Surprised One Bit
When Tesla launced the Cybertruck, we were promsied that the two cheaper versions – the single motor, $39,900 model and the dual-motor $49,900 model – would go into prodution in late 2021 while the more expensive tri-motor model with the Tesla Plaid drivetrain would arrive to the production line in late 2022. Now, Tesla has doubled back on its word and will delay the cheapest model until late 2021 so that the more expensive tri-motor Plaid model will enter production earlier.
Rumor Has It that the Ford Mach-1 is Coming Back, And It Could Be Electric
Remember when people rioted across the streets of the internet when Ford announced it was going to use the Mach 1 name and what has now debuted as the Mach-E? Well, a new video – on that has since been taken private – posted by CJPonyParts, suggested that the Mach 1 name was going to be applied to a new Mustang once the Mustang Bullitt is killed off in 2021. Details were scarce, and the video is now AWOL, but here’s what we think we know.
Like the Toyota Supra, the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Could Be More Powerful Than Advertised
It’s becoming a common trend to take new performance cars, slap them on a dyno, and see just how well the performance numbers stack up to automaker claims. We saw it with the Toyota Supra, and it proved to be way more powerful, even in a separate testing session. We saw it when Motor Trend Dynoed the C8 Corvette, and now we’re seeing it with the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. So, does the GT500 really produce the claimed 760 horsepower, does it fall short, or is Ford and Shelby sandbagging on official specs?
Genesis broke the rules when it came to putting the G90 through a mid-cycle facelift by going above any beyond anything we expected. The entire exterior has been revamped from the nose to the boot, with the only panels left untouched being the doors and the roof – everything else is new. The headlights and taillights are now much sleeker than before, helping the G90 drop the last bit of its 90s-era econo-box DNA, while the hood, fenders, and front and rear fascias have all been reworked to look not only more modern but more luxurious.
As far as drivetrain and performance goes, there’s nothing to really write home about. Genesis engineers spent so much time working on the outside that there was no time to do anything under the hood. So, for 2020, the same 3.3-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 carry over. With the former, the G90 delivers 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque while the V-8 pumps out 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 actually sounds like a decent performer, but tests have shown that the V-6 model is actually just as fast to 60 mph as the V-8 while be more efficient in the fuel department. To read more about that, though, you’ll need to check out my full review on the 2020 Genesis G90. if you want to know the details on that.
As far as the interior of the 2020 Genesis G90 is concerned, you’ll be surprised to hear that there’s actually some pretty important updates. That is especially true once you look inside and notice what appears to be the same exact cabin as that of the current model. That’s because Genesis didn’t update the interior physically – it brought new technology into the mix. The infotainment system now offers touchscreen controls and a new user interface while OTA updates will keep the navigation system up to date with the latest maps. Active noise cancellation has also been added to help reduce road noise and other noise pollution inside that cabin which should, in coordination with the adaptive suspension system, improve the overall quality of cabin life significantly.
Here’s a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Doing a Burnout on a Flatbed Truck
People are really putting in work to strengthen the case for self-driving cars. We’ve got idiots in Mustangs crashing on a regular basis, dumb asses in supercars crashing almost as frequently, and now we’re looking at another video of someone trusting the old straps of a flatbed truck to hold his Mercedes-AMG C63 S in place while he does a sitting burnout while the truck drives down the highway.
Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production
We’ve seen the Nissan GT-R50 Concept and then Nissan showed us a “production” model, but we never thought the crazy-expensive version of Godzilla would actually go into production. Well, as it turns out, it’s already happened, and the first customer example will be shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Don’t expect to get close to it though – with a Price tag of €990,000, you can expect Nissan to be excessively cautious of who comes close.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S picture gallery
It was only a matter of time before Mercedes’ AMG division had its way with the Mercedes GLE SUV, and that day has come. Unveiled at the 2019 Los Angles Auto Show, the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S comes complete with a Panamerican-style grille, massive corner intakes, and the typical AMG exhaust outlets and diffuser. The interior is as luxurious as it gets in this segment and comes complete with plenty of AMG-specific styling cues like the infotainment system graphics, interior badges, and race-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel.
Under the hood lurks the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 found in the larger Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, and it even delivers the same 602 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It also has that EQ Boost starter-generator that pumps out 21 extra horses and 184 extra pound-feet of torque. The 4Matic AWD system can distribute torque between the axles as needed, so much so that it can even send 100-percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels.
The good news here, however, is that the GLE 63 is smaller, so it’s actually quicker in the 60-mph sprint than its bigger brother. While the GLS 63 S does the sprint in 4.1 seconds, the GLE 63 S will get you to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds – supercar speeds not that long ago. We’ve added a beautiful picture gallery to our slider above and the page below, so go ahead and drool a bit as you scroll through our images. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself a new desktop wallpaper.
Genesis has put the G90 luxury sedan through a rather extensive mid-cycle facelift that borders on the equivalence of what we’d expect from a new generation and has put facelifts from competitors like Infiniti, Audi, Lexus, and BMW to shame. Part of this mid-cycle update includes a complete exterior rework (save for the roof and doors) and a bunch of updated technology and materials that push the G90 even deeper into the luxury segment. There are no powertrain updates to report, but that’s okay, and you’ll see why in our full review below.
Mercedes presented the updated, 2021 AMG GLS 63 at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, and with it comes a new look, more power, and some extra tech goodies. Like the GLE 63, the GLS 63 features a 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 602 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. With the EQ Boost starter-generator, that amounts to an extra 21 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque. An updated air suspension system keeps things smooth on the road while a nine-speed automatic shunts all that power to the 4Matic+ AWD system with variable torque distribution. This system, by the way, can actually distribute as much as 100-percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels or distribute it evenly between the front and rear as needed for optimal traction.
The smaller GLE 63 Is actually quicker to get up to speed at 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, but the GLS 63 isn’t exactly a slouch either, managing to make the same sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The exterior of the 2021 model is emphasized by the updated and larger Panamerican-like front grille and the new quad exhaust layout in the rear. The wheel arches have been flared as well, while the front air intakes up from have grown even larger compared to the outgoing model. Needless to say, the GLS 63 is a looker, but you won’t be able to get one Stateside until mid-2020 when it’s scheduled to go on sale as a 2021 model. We’ve put together a nice photo gallery in the slider above and in the page below, so go ahead and check out the finer details!
Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in California
Driving without auto insurance or other proof of financial responsibility is actually a big deal, but the penalties for doing so vary by state. In some states, it’s actually a felony to drive without auto insurance. In others, you get off rather easy with little more than a fine and a harsh warning for your first offense – unless you’re in an accident, in which case, you could find yourself in a real jam. What is California’s law on auto insurance? Well, here’s what you need to know.
There Are a Few Aston Martins in the new James Bond No time to Die Trailer
The brief teaser for No Time to Die hasn’t even gone cold yet, and here we are looking at the first official trailer. As is the usual case, there is plenty of automotive action going on, including a completely fresh take on Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – one of the most famous action-movie cars in history. That DB5 even has a fresh upgrade (and probably more that we haven’t seen.)
What Does a Hit and Run Accident Report Have In It?
An FS-1 document is, essentially, proof of insurance the serves as proof of financial responsibility. It’s similar to the SR-22 document required in some states for those convicted of a DUI or DWI, or the Proof of Insurance that drivers are required to carry in other states. North Carolina, however, is the only state that uses an FS-1 document.
I’m In Love With These 2021 Jaguar F-Type Wallpapers
Okay, so Jaguar did a lot to freshen up the 2021 F-Type. Sure, it’s not the next-gen (and maybe mid-engined?) model that we wanted, but it looks 10 times better than it used to. Not that it was an ugly car by any means, but those big bug-eye headlights and funky corner vents in the front just weren’t working for it. Neither was the old-school technology that may only be 5 years old but felt much old. Along with the F-Type’s debut, however, came a small handful of images that I just can’t quit looking at, and then it hit me – these will make some awesome wallpapers!
2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type Visual Comparison
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has just made a very quiet debut with no live stream and no crazy jaguar-like stunts. You can visit our one-live-stream page to see videos that were launched along with the new F-Type or you can stick around here to see how the 2021 Jaguar F-Type compares to the current model. There are certainly some changes, not only cosmetically, but mechanically as well. We’ll try to keep it brief, but there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has been quietly revealed via Jaguar’s media page – although there was no live stream or any cool stunts, we have to admit that the 2021 model does offer significant improvement over the current model, including revised exterior lighting, updated technology inside, and a decent uptick in power output as well. Check out our full gallery down below!
Watch the 2021 Jaguar F-Type’s Global Debut Video Here (updated)
Jaguar is no stranger to crazy car aerobatics and stunts, and with that teaser video that was posted to social media not that long ago, you can bet the 2021 Jaguar F-Type is going to do a full-on loop-do-loop during the debut live stream.
The stream hasn’t been launched yet, but we’ll be posting it just down below as soon as it is available. Until then, you can check out the latest F-Type design leaks, our recently updated speculative review of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, or you can read up more about that crazy Hot Wheels Teaser video from last week. Check back for updates soon – they are coming.
Updated 12/2/2019 @ 3:03 PM Jaguar skipped a live debut stream altogether and quietly released images and a few videos of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type. Check out the videos below.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Has Leaked and Looks Very Familiar
Monday, December 2nd marks the debut of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, but this isn’t for the next-gen model. This is a mild face lift that will keep the F-Type fresh for a couple more years, and now we can see it early thanks Instagram channel All Car News that has posted what appear to be legitimate-looking official images.
2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe(updated)
The Jaguar F-Type is, arguably, one of the best-looking sports cars on the market today and one could even go so far as to say it’s one of the best lookers of the decade. While this might be true, it has also been on the market since 2013, and we all know that it’s due to be replaced in 2020. We’ve finally seen the first prototype of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type being tested, and we have to admit that there’s going to be some serious changes taking place. Expect a similar silhouette with an all-new face and rear end. There’s also a certain rumor about the V-8 engine that you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to check out our drivetrain section to learn more about that.
Update 12/2/2019: Fresh on the heals of its debut, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe has been leaked on social media. We’ve updated this speculative review with those leaked images and what we know about it so far. Check it out in our special “updates” section below.
BMW’s New Cup Holder Will Let You Take Your Coffee to the Track
Can you imagine sitting in your BMW M8 with an uncovered cup of coffee as you wait in line to enter your favorite track? It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? As soon as you hit that first curve at speed, there will be coffee everywhere, your interior will be ruined, electronics shot, and you’ll be pissed. That’s not a very fun day at the track, but if BMW has its way, you could –theoretically—cruise around the Nurburgring and have that coffee without a worry in the world. How does that work?
Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It’s not As Simple as it Sounds
Mazda is mulling over whether or not the next-gen MX-5 Miata should move into the electrification segment, something that could actually put it in line with the next-gen Porsche 718 should everything play out the right way. The important thing is that, no matter what, the next-gen MX-5 will remain light, compact, and agile, but how that’s going to happen is a mystery that Mazda still has to solve.
2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition
Back in June of 2019, we received confirmation that a next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were in the works Then, in September, we learned that the new BRZ and 86 twins may take a re-tuned version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter Flat-Four as their main source of motivation. Fast forward to the end of October 2019, and here we are looking at a random Subaru BRZ prototype undergoing the rigors of testing on none other than the Nurburgring. This begs the question of what Subaru has under its sleeve. Right away, I’m here to tell you that it’s not the next-gen BRZ, as that’s still at least a couple of years away. Based on the camo, this appears to be a hotter version of the BRZ, one that could be offered as a special edition or maybe even as a new range-topping model to hold us off until the next-gen BRZ arrives. Even better yet, we think this prototype is being pushed around the track by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four. After all, what better way to test the reception of a sport-tuned engine than to unleash it in a go-faster version of the current model.
Update 11/28/2019:The special edition Subaru BRZ that’s planned to debut sometime in 2020 was spotted testing on the Nurburgring being benchmarked against the Alpine A110 of all things. Check out the new images and learn more in our Spy Shots section below!
Brace Yourself – The Mustang Name Will Soon Be a “Performance Sub-Brand”
It only took a week for the First Edition models of the Mach-E to drop off the U.S. reservation page, signaling that the Mach-E First Edition is, essentially, sold out. Now, it looks like Ford has actually decided the Mustang name should be a “Performance sub-brand.” You better buckle in, folks, this is going to be an interesting ride.
Black Friday Car Deals 2019
Black Friday might be the day synonymous with risking death to get a great deal on a year-old TV, but it’s also the perfect time to get a good deal on a new car. Black Friday can net you some pretty sweet new car deals that include 0% financing, “employee pricing,” no payments for 90 days, and even a decent chunk of cashback. The trick is to know where to look, so we’ve put together a list of the best new car Black Friday deals that we can find.
Tesla Cybertruck Surprise – It Will Be Able to Turn 360-Degrees Like a Tank
With the all-new Tesla Cybertruck on the horizon, and all the drama that has ensued so far, I’ve been thinking about how it will stand out against every other truck on the market. Elon Musk has a habit of one-upping the competition and, since the Rivian R1T will feature four electric motors, I’m pretty sure the Cybertruck could as well. I know – Musk has said it will feature a dual-motor setup. But, with an electric motor on each wheel, the Cybertruck could, essentially, turn on a dime, much like a tank or zero-turn lawnmower. It might not sound too feasible, but neither did Musk’s flamethrower or the Model S sprinting to 60 mph in less than three seconds and, yet, here we are. So yeah, that’s the big surprise: The big, bulky Tesla Cybertruck will be able to turn like a tank.
Here’s How You Can (MAYBE) Watch the Tesla Cybertruck Live Stream
We’ve been told that the reveal of the Tesla Cybertruck will be live-streamed at 11:00 PM EST (8 PM PST) but we’ve yet to see an official stream anywhere on the internet. Musk has refrained from using the official Tesla Youtube channel for live streams, so it probably won’t happen there, and your best bet is to see the official stream on social media or the Tesla homepage, which was the case last time.
However, there are a few independent youtube channels, at least a couple of which claim to actually be at the event. If things fall through, you might be able to get a good first look in the videos below.
Tesla Cybertruck Reveal – Performance Expectations and Specs
The Tesla Cybertruck is scheduled to make its debut at 8pm PST \ 11pm EST on Friday November 21, 2019 and, since it’s less than 48 hours away, it’s time to look at our expectations of what is, arguably, the most anticipated debut of 2019. Let’s take a brief look at towing capacity, range, performance, and utility.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?
Thoughts on the use of the Mustang and Mach names on Ford’s latest electric crossover aside, you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling package for an all-new model. As a mass-produced, heavily funded, stone-cold competitor to the Tesla Model Y, you would think that Tesla and Elon Musk would be a bit worried about the Mustang Mach-E. On the contrary, though, Musk is actually pleased and “excited” about it.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Has Some Interesting and Unique Door Handles
There are a lot of quirks to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, but one that really stuck out to us is the fact that it seems void of door handles. Then we noticed that weird stationary handle on the front doors, and we had to dig a little further to see just what was going on. There’s a somewhat interesting story here and some potential future problems. Here’s what you need to know about the Mach-E’s weird-ass door handles.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Picture Gallery
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV has finally launched with up to 300 miles of range and as much as 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The Premium and First Edition trim levels will be available in showrooms starting sometime in early 2020, with the entry-level Select and the California Route 1 trim will hit the market in early 2021. If you want the range-topping GT Performance model, though, you’ll need to wait until late 2021. Check out all the latest details, look deeper into charging time and range, or enjoy the photo gallery that we’ve posted below!
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Video Compilation
You might not agree with Ford’s decision to use the Mustang name (of the Mach name, for that matter) on a crossover, but at least it does carry some Mustang DNA. Either way, as an all-knew model, there’s a lot that we need to do to actually get acquainted with it, the first of which is browsing our new Mach-E gallery. Then, you might want tolearn the finer details and get in tune with the Mach-E’s charging time and range. Finally, we’ve posted all the Mach-E videos we have to help you push your knowledge on Ford’s latest and greatest to the next level.
If You’re Buying a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, You Better Have a 240-Volt Plug in Your Garage
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has come to usher in a new era for Ford and the Mustang Name. It’s the first Mustang EV slated for production, and it’s the first crossover to wear the Mustang Name. Along with its debut, we learned that the Mach-E can charge at the rate of 3 miles per hour on a typical, 120-Volt home outlet, and we started wondering: just how does that compare to other models on the market?
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Promises 459 Horsepower and 300-Mile Range, But Not at the Same Time
The Mustang has a long and vibrant history, but the future is here, and the Mustang Mach-E is the proverbial looking glass into the future of not only the Mustang name but Ford as a whole. The Mustang Mach-E is the first production electric Mustang, and it’s the first crossover to bear the Mustang name too. It comes with a promise of up to 300 miles in range, up to 459 horsepower, and access to 75-percent of America’s charging infrastructure, but there’s a catch.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Live Debut Stream - See it Here!
After what seems like forever, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is set to debut today, November 17, 2019, at 8:50 pm EST, 5:50 PM PST, and 1:50 AM GST during a live-stream event that you can watch right here on Topspeed.com in the video embed below. The live stream takes place in Los Angeles and is set to run for just one-half hour, after which reservations will open for early adopters.
Of course, we’ve already learned a lot about the Mustang Mach-E thanks to a number of leaks (you can see those in our [full speculative review->art181042) but, in case you’re cramped for time, what we’ve learned includes:Approximate range of 300 miles on most trims Most trims will hit 60 mph in the 5.5-6.5 second range The range-topping GT trim will only be good for 235 miles but will hit 60 mph in the mid-3-second range AWD or RWD is available, but RWD is limited to the Mach-E Premium, and Mach-E Select trims. Pricing will fall between $43,895 and $60,500 It will sport a lot of Mustang-inspired cues including the rear taillights and parts of the front fascia Should compete with the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model Y, and Mercedes EQC Reservations will start at just $500, but a delivery date has yet to be announced.
For now, that’s the gist of what we know, but I’m embedding a bunch of our pre-debut coverage below, including our review, to help get your mind in the zone before the debut kicks off later today. After the debut, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Wallpaper of the Day: Porsche 918
Today, we want to pay tribute to the Porsche 918 - a cold-hearted, track-ready slayer of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Laferrari. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, this Porsche supercar can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds. Add on the Weissach package and its 77-pound weight reduction, and you’ll hit the same sprints in 2.6, 7.2, and 19.9 seconds, respectively. The exterior is all Porsche, and the design is still represented on new models to this day, but the 918 just stands on its out and is a great throwback, so we’ve labeled it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s a massive gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from.