With Production on Hold, New Details for the 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Have Surfaced
Back in January, we explained that you need to have patience and understanding in regard to C8 Corvette production and deliveries. Not long after that, a GM-UAW strike led to a delay in the start of production. Months later, the COVID-19 pandemic grabbed the world by the short and curlies, and now GM has been forced to shut down the Bowling Green factory and put production of the C8 Corvette on hold. All this, despite the heavy demand for the C8 Corvette (part of which is derived from rumors that the 20021 model year would be more expensive). In late January, we also learned that Chevy was canceling some dealer allocations,, and now order books for the 2020 Corvette are completely closed. There could be a silver lining to all of this, though, as you can now order the 2021 model year C8 Corvette and, with it, comes some fresh standard equipment.
The Best Video You’ll See All Week: Need for Speed in Real Life
There’s a small, Russian, Youtube channel known only as Владислав Чекунов that has managed to amass more than 8 million views from a trio of videos, now effectively known as the Need for Speed in Real Life series. That first two videos in that series were pretty good, but the newest video – which was posted just 15 hours ago – is downright awesome. It has everything from the initial menu, to the career mode selection, to the race selection. Our car of choice in this video is the BMW M3 in classic NFS styling, and for the first race, it goes up against a Toyota Supra and Porsche Cayman in the typical sprint drag race in Saint Petersburg Russia.
Once that short, 1.7-km (1.05 mile) race was complete; we continue on in a drive around the city, eventually being forced to outrun the police. Later on, we join another race, this time on Krestovsky Island. Here, we’ll meet a Volkswagen Golf GTi, a Ford Mustang GT, and a Lancer Evolution VIII. The people responsible for the videos say that no laws were broken, and the speeds do appear to be legal. With that in mind, we really need to give credit to the producers – the effects, in general, are pretty amazing.
We’ve posted the newest episode of Need for Speed in Real Life, but we’ve also added the first to episodes below that for your viewing pleasure. We promise it’s not a bad way to spend about 15 minutes!
Coronavirus Update: Is The 2020 Detroit Auto Show Canceled?
If you’re one of those people that believe there’s a little too much hype and fear-mongering surrounding the Coronavirus, then I’m right there with you. Personally, I think there’s a lot more to the story, and it’s being blown WAY out of proportion. But that’s a conversation for another time. Today, we’re here to talk about auto shows and the impact the “outbreak” of the virus, as it’s called, is affecting them. The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled altogether, and now the New York Auto Show has been rescheduled until late August. So, is the Detroit Auto Show the next auto show to close its doors this year or, at the very least, be postponed?
Update 3/30/2020: The 2020 Detroit Auto Show has officially been canceled. Check out our updated section below to learn all about it and what’s happening next.
Can You React Faster Than Tesla’s Emergency Brake System?
Alright, so Tesla’s Emergency Braking System has, without a doubt, saved a lot of lives or at least prevented a lot of injuries. Tesla doesn’t tell us exactly how its AEB system works or how fast it responds, but the guys over at Select Car Leasing analyzed a bunch of video and came up with a rough, but probably fairly accurate estimation: 0.3 seconds. I don’t have to tell you how fast that is, but it does raise a major question: Is it humanly possible to react as faster or faster than Tesla’s AEB system?
To find out the guys over at SCL put together a short, addicting, and painfully frustrating game that aims to figure out just that. It puts you in the driver’s seat of a test with autobrake disabled, and it’s on you to react as quickly as possible and hit the brakes when an obstruction suddenly appears in the road (all you have to do is hit the space bar). I’ve been playing this thing for, I kid you not, two hours and still can’t beat Tesla (The boss is pissed, by the way.) I came close at 362 milliseconds, but the Tesla was still a little faster. We’ve embedded the game below, so give it a try and let us know how quickly you can do it.
Update: A staffer here at TopSpeed actually managed to beat the Tesla, reacting in just 293 milliseconds. So, your new goal is to beat her time. Think you’re up for it?
Burnout Paradise Is Coming to the Nintendo Switch
We might be obsessed with games like Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo, and Need for Speed, but one of the greatest games for last-gen consoles was Burnout Paradise. The point of the game was simple, explore the city, find collectibles, and create as much destruction as you can by crashing cars. It was a downright blast and, while it was remastered and launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Nintendo was left out to pasture. Until now, that is.
Land Rover Looking to Shed Cylinders From its Range-Topping V-8 Diesel
In this day and age, with electrification being pushed hard and fines from emissions regulations capable of putting automakers in the ground if they don’t comply, every manufacturer has started downsizing and electrifying engines to carry on business as usual. Now a new report from autocar – one that cites “auto parts suppliers” claims that Land Rover’s aging 4.4-liter, Ford-sourced, diesel V-8 is set to be replaced by something smaller, but the question is what?
Fail of the Week: Nissan 350Z vs Dumb Girl
So what we have here is a Nissan 350Z with a Rocket Bunny Body kit, sans a front bumper, looking, well, ugly. Now, usually, this would be something that you just dismiss after seeing – the owner probably just didn’t know how to drive and lost his front fascia trying to drift. But, instead, the owner – and what we assume is his girlfriend – decided to take the amount of dumb to astounding levels. “Let me do a backflip on the roof, she said.” And, so it was. She climbs on top, sets up like she’s a professional gymnast, and proceeds to do said backflip. It was at that very moment that it became painfully clear that this girl wasn’t a professional gymnast. A professional gymnast would have landed in the same place she started. This girl however, penetrated that poor 350Z from behind in the worst of ways. Intrigued? Well, we’ve watched it quite a few times and can’t quit laughing, so check it out for yourself:
Sweet German Baby Jesus Is the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Powerful
It hasn’t even been a week since the most recent round of spy shots for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series started circulating the net. So far, we’ve learned precious little about the car that will be the last entry to the first-gen AMG GT and serve as the flagship model outside of the bonkers Project One Hypercar. All that has changed, though, thanks to a new report from Double Apex, a South African magazine that claims the AMG GT Black Series will have more than 700 horsepower.
Good News: Volkswagen Won’t Abandon the Manual Transmission Unless You Want It To
With EVs and Hybrids slowly starting to take over, the manual transmission that once widely served as the standard for entry-level models has now become an expensive option and sought-after commodity for sports cars and hot hatches. We’ve explained why the manual transmission is living on borrowed time and even gone into depth on how BMW is slowly moving away from the manual transmission too. Meanwhile, other automakers like Porsche are trying to remain true to their manual roots. The continuity of the manual transmission is a mixed bag, no doubt, but as it turns out, Volkswagen is going to go the route of Porsche, which is now even offering certain trims of the 911 with a manual, by keeping the manual transmission on the cars as long as there is a demand for it.
Where to Get Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19
The bottom line is that if everyone with COVID-19 symptoms ran to their local hospital, the medical system would be quickly overwhelmed, and it could, honestly, lead to even more spreading of the Coronavirus. That’s why a bunch of new drive-through testing locations are starting to pop up. It’s a good thing, too, because COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire with more than 390,000 people globally (as of the time of this writing) being documented as infected. This is what you need to know about drive-up Coronavirus testing, how to get tested, and where you can go to get tested without even leaving your car.
A New Trademark Hints that the 2021 Nissan 400Z Is Coming Sooner Than Expected
Rumors about a Nissan 400Zor, at the very least, some kind of successor to the current and aging Nissan 370Z have been swirling for years. We’ve heard everything from rumors that the new Z car will be electric to wild-eyed ideas like Nissan will be building the 400Z in colaboration with Mercedes and that the 400Z will actually be a performance-oriented crossover of all things. More recently – as in October of 2019 – we learned that Nissan is officially working on a next-gen Z car and a next-gen GT-R, but things have been relatively quiet since then. Well, until now, anyway, as a new trademark filing ushers in fresh hope that a new Z car is closer than ever to becoming a reality. So, what does this mean? Let’s talk about it.
Porsche’s 200-Page Annual and Sustainability Report Had a Little Surprise In It
Reports about the Porsche Macan EV have been bouncing back and forth for a year now, with the latest news being that it may only be sold as an EV from 2024 onward. This news came via an external report, but it is mentioned briefly in Porsche’s Annual and Sustainability Report for 2019 and that it is scheduled to launch in 2022. What was more interesting in that report, however, is reference to a jacked-up rugged wagon, once known as the Mission-E Cross Turismo Concept. Do you see where this is going? Are you getting excited yet?
A Leaked Naming List Tells Us What to Expect from AMG and the Next-Gen Mercedes SL-Class
The Mercedes SL-Class as you know it today entered the market back in 2013, and it’s about time we see a next-gen model. It is, quite honestly, the oldest model in Merc’s lineup right now since the SLC has been discontinued. Way back in 2018, we learned (or heard rumors, rather) that the AMG SL73 could be making a comeback with the introduction of the seventh-gen model, and a new leak points to a handful of new AMG SL models, one of which is the SL73. Well, kind of.
Porsche Macan EV Timetable – Everything is Changing
The Porsche Macan’s timeline isn’t written in stone and seems to be changing so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with. Back in March of 2019, we heard that the next-gen 2021 Macan would be offered as an EV only. Then, news about the Macan EV pretty much dried up until February 2020 when we learned that Porsche would sell the current-gen Macan (in facelifted form) alongside the next-gen Macan EV. A new report, coming directly from Germany, says Porsche is considering the bravest move it’s made since it almost replaced the 911 with the 928.
BMW i7 Confirmed Along With the Fate of V-8 and V-12 Engines
After the turn of the decade, we reported that BMW would be one of the last automakers to drop the internal combustion engine. In that same report, we explained more about what that meant and that while the four- and six-cylinder engines would be in play for a while, BMW’s V-8 and V-12 were living on borrowed time. We even told you that by 2023 BMW’s V-12 would probably be retired. Now, that fate has essentially be sealed as BMW has confirmed that the new BMW 7 Series – due in late 2021 or early 2022 – will be offered with a range of gasoline and diesel engines and even hybrid and pure-electric propulsion systems. So, we’ve got confirmation that the BMW i7 is coming, but we’ve also learned that the V-8 and V-12 are officially on the chopping block.
Big Surprise: Bentley Is Considering An SUV to Replace the Now Defunct Mulsanne Sedan
Last week, we reported on Bentley’s cancellation of the Mulsanne and speculated a bit on what was coming next. In that very article, I speculated that Bentley would have been in hot water if it wasn’t for the Bentayga, and the company would likely build another SUV. Well, folks, I was right. In an interview with Car & Driver, Adrian Hallmark, the big-boss of Bentley, has said that flagship status could be given to a new luxury SUV that will sit above the Bentayga. There’s a twist, though, and you need to know about it.
Bentley’s First Electric Car Could Be Largely Different Than What We’re Used To
After Bentley showcases the EXP 100 GT Concept last year as an electric car of the future, everyone has been wondering what Bentley will really do as it moves into the new land of electrification. The EXP 100 GT looked good and all, but it’s a little too modern, so to speak, in some areas. The good news is that we may actually find out exactly what Bentley’s first move into electrification will be, as a Bentley electric car could be launched as soon as 2025.
Do These Renderings Represent the Bentley of the Future?
If Bentley and coachbuilding were people like you and me, they would be inseparable best friends. Take the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar or the Continental GT Convertible Equestrian, for example – they are overly luxurious and highly custom thanks to Bentley’s Mulliner division. These examples show just how far Bentley will go to tailor its vehicles to customer desire, and with the whole automotive world shifting like never before, what does the future hold for a company like Bentley? Well, modular coachbuilding could become the next big thing, and automotive designer Joseph Robinson drew up a project to represent just that.
If Mazda Was Going to Build A Supercar, This Is What It Should Look Like
Mazda is busy formulating its strategy for an inevitable electric future and competing with the ever-growing trend in SUVs. But what if, someday, down the road, Mazda wanted to jump into the supercar market and compete against the Honda NSX as one of the only other rear mid-engined supercars on the U.S. market? Well, automotive design artist, Joseph Robinson took it upon himself to show the world just what it would look like. Let’s take a good look at it.
How To Sanitize Your Car’s Interior from COVID-19 Without Ruining It
If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably forced to leave home at one point or another, even during the pandemic that is the coronavirus (COVID-19.) Naturally, you want to protect yourself and you’re family and, if you’re an Uber or Lyft driver, keeping your vehicle clean and corona-free is of paramount importance not only for your safety, but the safety of your passengers as well. After all, you don’t want to turn into the next outbreak monkey on four-wheels, do you? Well, the best thing you can do is clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces often. And, believe it or not, isopropyl alcohol just might be your best friend after all – it’s cheap and (hopefully) readily available. Just make sure you grab something that is at least 70-percent alcohol.
Supercar Blondie Wants You To Enjoy This Video of the Bugatti Atlantic Concept
Like the rest of the world, we’ve been itching for a second Bugatti model – at this point, one that isn’t another special or limited edition version of the Chiron. Over the years, there have been at least a couple of close calls. Think about the Bugatti 16C Galibier, the four-door model that would have propelled the company into super-sedan territory. After its debut, though, it fell into a cesspool of developmental hell and never saw the light of production. Close, but no cigar. Another fine example, was the front-engined, two-door Bugatti Atlantic. Supercar Blondie got the chance to hang out with that very concept, and you should really check out the video below!
You Can Definitely Survive the Coronavirus Outbreak in This Armortruck by Milen Ivanov
The world might be in crisis mode with some places going into full-scale lockdown over the Coronavirus, but the world of digital design doesn’t stop, and we’re really glad it doesn’t. Take a look at this batch of renderings, known only as “ARMORTRUCK” that we believe doesn’t only look cool, but could serve as quite the survival vehicle (or manned Mars rover, for that matter) if things really hit the fan. If you’re still holding out hope that the Coronavirus is the start of the zombie apocalypse – it’s okay, you can be honest – then you’ll find these renderings just as intriguing. Let’s check out the ARMORTRUCK.
The 21C Is One of Many New Cars from from Czinger and the Next One is Coming Soon
Czinger has created quite a bit of buzz. Its name alone has spawned a lot of interest, and then we got to lay eyes on the 21C hypercar, and things have been flowing uphill ever since. This is despite the fact that the company didn’t get the massive initial debut it expected at the Geneva Motor Show. Despite that small setback, we’re here to tell you that Czinger isn’t a one-hit wonder. In fact, it’s quite the opposite with other new models already “well in development.” How’s that for a twist in a world where supercar and hypercar startups usually fade just as fast as they show up?
The Six-Figure Cadillac Celestiq Sounds Like an Attempted Money Grab That Will Fail
Let’s be honest, we you think about Cadillac, you think about mid-level luxury. They can be rather luxurious, but they are still GM and just really don’t compete with full-scale luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes, or even Audi. You damn sure wouldn’t cross-shop a Cadillac sedan vs. a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though, would you? Well, as it turns out, GM and Cadillac think you will, and that’s why they are going to introduce the Cadillac Celestiq, an overly luxurious (or so they say) electric sedan that will sit comfortably in six-figure territory. A Cadillac…. In six-figure territory.
Here’s Why Bentley Killed off the Overly Luxurious Mulsanne Sedan And What’s Coming Next
There was a time when large, overly luxurious sedans were the cream of the crop for Bentley. Back when the Arnage was a thing, for example, Bentley was able to move 1,200 examples per year. It doesn’t sound like a lot when compared to mainstream vehicles, but for a company like Bentley that does so much by hand, that’s a lot. The Mulsanne was once a big deal too, but it has officially been canceled indefinitely with the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition – limited to just 30 examples – being the final Mulsanne to ever be produced. So, were sales of the Mulsanne really so bad Bentley had to cancel it altogether? Well, here’s the full story behind the demise of the Bentley Mulsanne.
This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire
Renderings often serve as a fun expression of what we expect from new cars or the evolution of current cars. Sometimes, people create fun, unique renderings that look back on iconic cars from the past with a modern twist of what they would look like today. Every now and then, however, something truly amazing comes to digital life, and that’s the case with the rendering we’re about to discuss here. In short, someone took styling cues from a handful of cars that are iconic in their own right and created an all new car that has never existed and never will exist. Is this what it would look like if some of the greatest car companies in the world came together to build a truly unique supercar?
Will The McLaren P1’s Successor Be an Electric Hypercar?
With more and more electric supercars and hypercars coming to life, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before all of the world’s finest exotics lose their explosive spirit to make way for quieter, sound-synthesized remains of what was once a gasoline-fueled world. The list of cars that are already in this category is growing by the day. Some of the more prominent models include the Nio EP9, Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Concept One and C_Two, and even the Lotus Evija, among others. Any company that hasn’t ventured into electric territory yet has been called into question, and McLaren is the latest to speak its mind regarding electric hypercars. In this case, we’re referring to a successor for the McLaren P1, and the question is: Will the McLaren P1 Successor be an electric hypercar, or will McLaren hold strong in the hybrid territory as long as it can?
Can an Electric Mercedes G-Class Live Up to its 40+ Year Legacy?
The Mercedes G-Class is the epitome of iconic vehicles – it’s big, boxy, luxurious, and capable of going just about anywhere. Sales of the G-Class, especially with the launch of the newest generation, has skyrocketed, and one is forced to wonder if it’s because people love it for its capability and iconic design, or is it because it states true to what old-school SUVs were all about – driving excessive amounts of fuel and looking boxy while it does it. Either way, we’re about to find out the answer to that question. Following confirmation that the G-Class would go electric a while back, we’ve now learned that work has officially begun an electric G-Class.
Here’s Why You Won’t See an Electric Porsche 718 Anytime Soon
It was early March when we discussed whether or not there was a case for an electric Porsche 911 and, ultimately, why it’s going to be the last in the lineup to go electric. Part of the problem with the 911 is packaging, and the other part is weight. With the current 992-gen model, an eV powertrain just won’t fit. On top of that, battery technology hasn’t evolved enough. It might work for large sedans (nevermind the Taycan’s embarrassing range limitations,), but for most two-door sports cars, it just isn’t the right time to make the conversion. But, does the same hold true for the 718 Cayman and Boxster?
GM Just Teased an Electric Camaro And I Just Threw Up
In my book, GM is screwing up a lot of things, and this is coming from a guy that has been pretty loyal to the company’s various brands over the years. Now, it looks like GM is going to ruin the Camaro if what we’re seeing in this latest image turns out to be legitimate. With the Camaro set to be discontinued by 2023, it looks like GM might use the same body style, albeit on a raised, electric platform to combat the Ford Mach-E. Please, say it isn’t so.
In The Future, This Bugatti Semi (Hyper) Truck Could Help Transport All the Crap You Buy on Amazon
Bugatti is no stranger to building fast cars with four-digit horsepower figures and excessive high-speed capability. The best so far was that “longtail” Chiron that hit 304 mph and later became the Chiron Super Sport 300. Soon, the company will venture into the super SUV market as well, although we’re not holding out hope for a 300-mph SUV. But, what will Bugatti be doing in the future? Imagine a world where highway speeds approach the speed of sound or when moving a package (or people, for that matter) from one coast to the other takes a matter of hours. When that happens, maybe Bugatti will have something similar to this overly intricate Hypertruck concept.
The $3 Million Lotus Evija Is Already Sold Out for 2020; Major Testing Underway
The Lotus Evija look us back when it was first announced. Not only was it primed to be the world’s most powerful production car, but it was also an all-electric beast that carries a price tag of £2.04 million or $3.11 million at current exchange rates. In a crazy turn of events that usually only happens for brands like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Ferrari, Lotus is now reporting that the Evija – which will be buil tin just 130 examples – has been sold out for the 2020 model year. It sounds like a big deal, and it is, but we have no idea of how many Lotus has actually sold.
Aston Martin and Mercedes to Part Ways Over the Death of AMG’s V-8
For those of you living under a rock for the last decade, Aston Martin has long borrowed Mercedes-AMG’s V-8 for its sports cars. That very engine powers the Vantage, DB11, and even the new DBX, but that’s also a big problem because Mercedes-AMG is working on slowly phasing out its V-8 engine. That leaves Aston Martin to either suck it up and transition to four-cylinders – something that won’t happen for a long time to come, if ever – or come up with its own new powertrain. Well, as you probably already guessed, Aston is taking the better route and is now preparing to develop an electrified V-6 engine for use in most of its future cars.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed
When the Geneva Auto Show was canceled, just about every other automaker stopped what they were doing and started tearing down their stands. Then there was Koenigsegg that continued to build its entire show-worthy outfit. Nobody really understood why until Christian von Koenigsegg kicked off a live presentation from that very booth. That’s when we learned about the awesome engineering feat that came courtesy of the new 2021 Gemera Hyper GT but before that happened we learned a lot about the new Jesko Absolut – a model that aims to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build and one that, apparently, might be able to break not only the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record but the mythical road-car speed of 330 mph.
Porsche Had You in Mind When it Made the 2020 911 Turbo S So Powerful
The 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo S didn’t evolve a lot in terms of design. It never does, really. For the most part the 911 has gone through minor changes since it was introduced some 70 years ago. And, while that may have held true for the new 911 Turbo S, there’s something that did evolve drastically, and that’s its overall performance. In fact, without moving to a bigger engine or going hybrid, Porsche managed to give the new Turbo S the largest increase in power its ever seen – this is how Porsche did it and why.
Is There a Legitimate Case for An Electric Porsche 911?
Porsche has bravely stepped into the EV world with the new Taycan, and it has sparked a lot of conversation about when the rest of the lineup will move into electrification as well. There’s potential that the 718 Cayman could go electric or at least hybrid when the next-gen model launches, but what about the 911? Will Porsche’s most iconic car take a ride on the greener side of things anytime soon? Well, Porsche’s Director of its Sports Car Line had something to say about it, and it might surprise you. … or maybe it wont.
The Audi A3 Just Evolved for 2021 and Hot Damn is That Cabin Awesome
Slow Demand put the Audi A3 Sportback in a tight spot, but it’s still popular enough to come back for a fourth-generation in one way or another. This time, however, it will only be offered with five doors, and there’s no hope of the three-door model ever making a comeback. But, that’s okay, as the fourth-gen A3 just looks right in this configuration, and we’re pretty sure the S3 will look even hotter. Changes for 2021 include a revised exterior look, larger footprint, better aerodynamics, a set of engines pulled from other MQB-supported compact cars in VAG’s group of companies. Want more specifics? Keep Reading!
The Volkswagen ID.4 Doesn’t Look All Bad, but Something Doesn’t Feel Right
The Volkswagen ID.4 comes into VW’s lineup as the second new electric vehicle to the lineup and is based on the previous ID Crozz show cars. It is the brand’s first electric SUV, and it resides in the compact segment, which allows it to return decent range and power for its size. This is what we know about it.
Watch the Mercedes E-Class Livestream Debut Right Here!
The updated Mercedes E-Class has been teasing us for quite a while. It started with several sets of spy shots taken during the usual prototype testing phase. Then, Mercedes found it necessary to tease us constantly, but the day is finally here. Even better yet, Mercedes isn’t only showing off the updated E-Class – the hotter AMG version will also be making its debut. we’re not sure if it’s just the E53, the hardcore E63, or both, but we’re leaning toward the E53 being the candidate of choice here.
Despite the excitement for the updated E-Class’ debut, we already know a lot about what’s coming. This facelift will come with, and I shit you not, no fewer than seven different plug-in hybrid trim levels. Apparently, just about every trim will be available as a hybrid, including at least one diesel-electric model. Of course, availability is a market-level scenario so you may see one or you may see them all (don’t hold out hope for the diesel in the States, obviously.)
A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder will probably be the highlight here. It’s internal designation is M254 and it will supposidly be good for 268 horsepower on its own with the 48-volt mild-hybrid system adding in an extra 20 ponies and an undisclosed amount of torque. The M256 inline-six will also be on the list (borrowed from the CLS) and will be good for 362 ponies plus the traditional mild-hybrid allotted 20 extra ponies. Lots of fresh interior tech will follow as well, some of which taken directly from the new S-Class. The livestream starts at 7:45 AM GMT or 2:45 AM EST for you night owls out there.
Breaking: Watch the BMW Concept i4 Debut and See the Leaked Photos Here
The BMW i4 has been in the works for quite a while. One could even argue that the very first teaser was launched in the form of the I Vision Dynamics Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. We’ve even seen a number of spy shots surface of real-life prototypes being put through the paces. The truth is that the model isn’t coming to the market until sometime in 2021, but BMW wants to showcase exactly what we can expect with the Concept i4.
It was originally set to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show but, since that has been canceled, we all get to enjoy the live debut right here in this official stream. So far, we know that the production version will deliver some 523 horsepwoer and up to 373 miles of range on a good day thanks to its 80 kWh battery pack – something that is said to way about 1,212 pounds. We’re expected a 60-mph sprint of around four seconds and a top speed in the area of 124 mph. BMW promises a charging time of 35 minutes for an 80-percent charge which should be sufficient enough as long as there are enough charging stations.
Along with the Concpet i4, we’ere expecting to see BMW show up the new BMW 330e and 330e xDrive wagons and the not-coming-to-the-U.S. M340d as a sedan and wagon. The live stream officially kicks of at 7:15 AM GMT or 2:15 AM EST for those of you burning the midnight oil just a little further down this page. Until then, check out the gallery of leaked photos below!
2020 Renault MORPHOZ concept
Renault, like all other automakers, were forced to skip the Geneva Motor Show, but that sure didn’t stop it from unveiling what will probably be written in history as the weirdest futuristic concept of 2020. The Morphoz is, essentially, a vehicle that can transform based on range need, from a shorter, city car to a longer travel car. It sounds like the Morphoz will be a city car by default and would require you to stop by a station and swap to a larger battery if you plan to take a longer trip. The batteries, whether in the car or not, will be used to power infrastructure when not in use. I tend to speak too soon about a lot of things, but I’m going to come right out and say that this thing will never see production, but it could represent the future of automobiles, so here’s what you need to know about it.
2022 Subaru WRX STI: Making the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Capable of 400 Horsepower
We’ve learned a lot about the next-gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. We know that a deal between both companies will make Subaru an affiliate company of Toyota and that the twins will switch over to Toyota’s TNGA platform. More recently, we learned that they would both feature a turbocharged version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four,, and that’s a bigger deal than we thought. A new report says that the 2022 Subaru WRX STI will feature the same exact engine, although it will be tuned to deliver 400 horsepower. Does that mean that, with a little extra work, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 can be pumped up to that level of performance too?
Europeans Get the Shaft on the 2021 Toyota Supra
While news outlets everywhere are praising the 2021 Toyota Supra for its updated powertrain and improved performance, Europeans are stuck looking in from the sidelines. Due to the ever-increasing and near-impossible to hit emissions regulations, Toyota is being forced to withhold all the updates that just made the 2021 Supra that much better here in the States. What can we say, Euro 6 emissions regulations are a real bitch when it comes to getting cool, fast cars.
2021 Toyota Supra A91 Edition
Toyota made some major changes to the 2021 Toyota Supra, the most important of which come in the form of updated power output for the six-cylinder model and the introduction of the four-cylinder Supra to the U.S. market. However, there was another gem hidden in Toyota’s announcement, and that is the Supra A91 Special Edition. It doesn’t come with any extra power over the standard model, but it is based on the six-cylinder model, so it does have the extra power.
The Ford Focus RS As We Know It Is Dead
The last-gen Ford Focus RS was a fantastic car in every way, essentially setting a new standard for the term “hot hatch.” The next-generation Focus RS should have raised the bar even higher with its expected mild-hybrid drivetrain, 400 horsepower, and blistering quick acceleration. All of that has changed now, though, and the new European fleet emissions standards have, at the very least, delayed the next-generation Focus RS and could possibly lead to its cancellation altogether.
The List of Cars This Modified Tesla Model 3 Beat Around Tsukuba Circuit In Japan is Outlandish At Best
So, there is this Tesla Model 3 Performance that has been modified by Unplugged Performance, and it’s a downright beast. It’s modified roots are clear as day as it looks as aggressive as it, apparently, drives. Owned by YouTuber Dærik, it was recently taken to the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan where it posted an extremely impressive lap time of 1:04.7. The list of cars that it just beat around that very track is painful to read. Check out a video about the car and what it beat just a little further down the page.
We’ve Finally Learned Just How Extreme the Pagani Huayra Imola Really Is
Remember that cool, black and orange Pagani Huayra Imola that damn near broke social media when TopCar released a few images? Well there’s another one that’s just as extreme, a little less colorful, and – apparently – China bound. This specific model is one of the four remaining models and all the information and pictures comes from Pagani China. More importantly, though, we’ve learned more than we’ve ever known before about this ultra-rare, modified Huayra. Hint: It’s the most powerful Pagani ever built.
Porsche’s Dual-Macan Strategy Is About More Than Easing the Shift Into Electrification
When the current Porsche Macan makes its generational shift in 2022 or 2023, it was originally expected to make the shift into EV territory as well. The original “plan” was for the next-gen Macan to be offered only as an EV and ditch the ICE altogether. All that has apparently changed, at least to some extent, if a new report is to be believed. Let us introduce you to the dual-Macan Strategy.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Twin-Turbo by Fathouse
The Ford Mustang is no stranger to getting worked over by tuning companies, and the Shelby GT350 is a personal favorite thanks to the tunability of its naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter, “Voodoo” V-8. At 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, it’s pretty powerful, but there’s always room for more. And, that’s precisely why we’re looking at this Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 that has been impressively tuned by Fathouse Fabrications in Martinsville, Indiana.
Kia Wants to Do the Impossible, and It All Starts With Its Next EV - A Halo Car
Kia is set to introduce 11 new electric models in the next five years, most of which will probably be based on current models, but the next one that’s coming will pack quite a punch. Its next EV is due to arrive in 2021 (probably as a 2022 model) and should be based on the Imagine Concept. So, you can expect a coupe-SUV of sorts, but one that’s probably not quite as ugly as the BMW X4 or X6 or their Mercedes-branded counterparts. There’s a twist, though: Kia is dedicated to making it a high-performance halo car.
Holy Crap is the BMW M8 Competition Expensive in Australia
Things have a habit of being more expensive in the land down under, but I have to admit that I about fell out of my chair when I learned what Australians have to pay to set foot in a BMW M8 Competition. In local currency, we’re talking about $350,000 for the Grand Coupe and $352,900. I know, I know – the exchange rate, right? Well, it’s still downright expensive. Those figures translate to $235,130 and $237,078, respectively.
The 2021 Toyota Supra is Impressively Better Than the 2020 – More Power, Better Engineering
The 2020 Toyota Supra was praised up and down when it was launched, and yet, it always felt like it deserved better. After all, the BMW Z4 it was based on was more powerful and faster. Well, Toyota has remedied all of that for 2021 by injecting the Supra with more power, better technology, improved driving dynamics, and there’s now a four-cylinder model available. The downside? Well, if you bought a 2020 Toyota Supra, Toyota kind of stuck it to you without the thought of lube.
The Toyota MR2 is Probably Coming, But Not As Soon As We Hoped
Rumors of a new Toyota MR2 go back as early as at least 2010 but they really came back to life after Toyota launched the new 2020 Toyota Supra and Tetsuya Tada (the head engineer behind the Supra) said he wanted to bring the three brothers back. Since then, there have been a number of developments, including rumors that it could be an electric sports car and that Toyota wanted to partner with Porsche to build it. Now, however, it looks like all your hopes and dreams were, well, a little premature.
A New Mid-Engine Dodge Viper Rendering Will Make Even Haters Pray for a Comeback
It was a sad day for Dodge fans when the Viper was officially discontinued. We’re still not sure exactly why it was discontinued. Some said it was because the now-required side curtain airbags couldn’t be integrated into the current model and it would be too expensive to implement a redesign. Of course, Dodge has become a fan of running models to death – more than 10 years in the case of the Challenger and Charger – so it’s not all that surprising. Others speculated that it was just a scheme to make money – once it was discontinued they could run-off a bunch of over-priced special-edition models and make some extra cheddar (they did,) sell off some memorabilia (they did,) wait a few years, and then bring the nameplate back. Regardless of the real reason, it’s now 2020 and we still don’t have a new, sixth-gen Dodge Viper. A new rendering, however, shows us what could have been.
Volkswagen Won’t Build the Atlas-Based Tanoak Pickup Because It Knows It Can’t Compete With the Americans
Volkswagen showed up to the 2019 New York Auto Show with the Tanoak Pickup concept. Based on the Volkswagen Atlas, the Tanoak concept was fairly well received. So well, in fact, that Volkswagen was even considering bringing it to market. Things were looking so well for the Tanoak, that we even made a rendering of it based on the Atlas at the time. Despite the well reception, though, there was a major question that had to be addressed: Does the market really need another midsized, unibody pickup truck? Can a company that’s hardly touched the pickup segment globally really step in the ring and throw down with brands like Ford, Chevy, or Toyota? As it turns out, the answer is no. Volkswagen knows it, and that’s why the Tanoak will never move beyond the concept stage. Well, at least not in its current form….
Mercedes had a great idea when it decided to enter the pickup truck market. After all, pickup trucks are booming these days and there’s certainly money to be made. However, the worst decision it ever made was to “partner” with Nissan to build the X-Class. Well, by partner, I mean to rebadge the Nissan Navara (also known as the Frontier here in the U.S.) and try to pass it off as a Mercedes. Of course, here in the U.S. we know better, so Mercedes chose not to bring it to the U.S. market. Apparently, it didn’t win folks over in Europe, either, as it’s going out of production after just three years on the market.
Soon You’ll Be Able to Unlock and Start Your Car With Your Apple iPhone
Premium brands are starting to offer digital key technology, and it’s certainly starting to become more common. Since we all practically live on our phones, it won’t be long before it becomes so widespread that physical keys and key fobs will only exist as a backup. Apple is set to push one step closer to that reality when iOS 13.4 is released with a new “CarKey” function for the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch.
The Next-Generation Ford Mustang Will Arrive in 2022 as a 2023 model!
It’s not often that we give a damn about who or what Ford is hiring, but this time around, a new job posting for an engineer at the Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage Plant has exposed when the next-generation Mustang will actually arrive. So, if you’re itching to see what the next-gen Mustang will look like, the wait isn’t going to be long at all.
This Ceramic Pro Ad Featuing a McLaren 720S Off-Roading is Better Than the Last 3 Fast and Furious Movies Combined
The video itself is about as clickbaity as it can get. If the title “OFF ROADING MY MCLAREN 720S... i regret destroying my car” doesn’t clue you in, perhaps the thumbnail hinting at a destroyed engine will. To be honest, the title definitely got us, and we sure did watch it. After all, who doesn’t want to see some overly wealthy ass off-road a car with 4.2-inches of ground clearance? It’s not something most of us would do, and that’s the beauty of it. However, as it turned out, this video is intended to be an advertisement for Ceramic Pro, an exterior coating that protects automotive paint.
The video was uploaded by Alex Choi, and we’re not sure if it’s actually an official ad or not. If it’s not, then I have a feeling someone just muscled themselves into an advertising job. Back to the point at hand, the near-7-minute video is downright awesome, featuring a number of stunts, amazing camera angles, and some pretty hardcore dirt-track racing with the aforementioned McLaren 720S.
As much as I like the Fast and Furious franchise, I have to admit that this long advertisement is certainly better than that last trailer for Fast and Furious 9, and to be honest, the action scenes might be better than the last three movies combined. That said, go ahead and check out what could end up being the coolest automotive advertisement of 2020 below.
Now Ferrari is Suing a Non-Profit Charity for Using the Purosangue Name
It’s starting to feel like with every new year, there’s a new case of Ferrari bullying someone with legal action. Last year, it happened when the company threatened to file suit against someone for posting a picture of a Ferrari 812 Superfast with a pair of one-off shoes sitting on it. This year? Well, it looks like Ferrari has decided to file suit against a non-profit charity for using the Purosangue name. Is there merit to the suit or is it just another case of bullying by a company that’s overly aggressive with protecting its image?
Have You Noticed That 2019-2020 Jaguar F-Type is Quieter? Here’s Why
The whistling of a turbocharger, the unmistakable whine of a supercharger – these are the noises that we’ve associated with performance for the better part of two decades. It’s not like we had a choice, as automakers were forced to choose forced induction over displacement, but that’s a story for another day. The point of this story is to emphasize the fact that not everybody likes to hear these noises that we now associated with performance, and that’s exactly why the Jaguar F-Type – all V-8 models and the recently discontinued V-6 models – are all quieter than the used to be.
Canadian supercar manufacturer Felino has just announced a new sports car that goes by the name CB7R – a road-going version of the CB7 race car that was forgotten about just as fast as it was announced. The car is offered with a pair of engines. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 that delivers 525 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which becomes fully available at 5,200 rpm. This engine revs as high as 6,600 rpm and is able to keep the CB7R at a power-to-weight ratio of 2kg per horsepower. This model can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and tops out at 201.94 mph.
The other engine in question is a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 that is good for 700 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 580 pound-feet at 5,600 rpm. This engine maxes out at 7,250 rpm and contributes to a tidy power-to-weight ratio of 1.6kg per horsepower. Oddly enough, when equipped with this engine, the CB7R makes the same 2.9-second sprint to 62 mph, however top speed on this model is limited to 214.37 mph.
With a front-mid engine configuration, the CB7R is able to remain nimble with a 50-50 weight distribution. It’s a good thing, considering Felino says that the CB7R is “targeting an experienced clientele of sports driving enthusiasts” and has a goal of competing with “major international manufacturers in the high-end supercars segment.”
We’re not sure about you, but those certainly sound like fighting words. Will the CB7R actually become a mainstay on the market, or will it disappear as quickly as the CB7 that it’s based on? Only time will tell. For now, you can check out our gallery of the CB7R in the slider above or a little further down the page.
Fast And Furious 9 Will Be About Sibling Rivalry and How The Hell Is Han Alive?
A new trailer for Fast and Furious 9, aka Fast 9, aka F9, has launched and it includes the usual batch of impossible yet action-packed stunts and crazy driving antics to go with an a new story line that takes the “family” into new territory. Along with all of this, however, comes a number of questionable twists. First off, it looks like Mia is back in the action, but that leads to question as to where the hell Brian is – after all, they ran off together so that they could be a functional family. And, since when does Dom have a brother?
That’s what the plot of Fast 9 is all about, by the way. Apparently, Dom has a brother that’s not only a precious driver, but an assassin as well. Apparently, he’s spent his entire life trying to one up Dom – i.e. be stronger and faster – and now he’s out to kill him. It sounds like one hell of a brother’s quarrel to me, and somehow they’ll probably end up showing some brotherly love in the end. The action scenes look amazing, but as is the case with each movie that comes along, the stunts get more and more unrealistic.
What I’m more interested in, though, is how the hell is Han still alive? This isn’t an issue of the movie being based before the others, so apparently Han faked his death and didn’t tell anyone? There are a number of theories out there, and I guess we’ll find out in due time, but at least the movie is going to be interesting. I do have to admit, though, that these movies are getting more and more outlandish as they go. Hell, there’s even a Pontiac Fiero with a rocket strapped to it – the only way that car could ever be fast. But, I digress. Check out the trailer for yourself below and let us know what you think.
A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen
It seems like every 6 months or so, a new rumor about the Mazda RX-9 or the revival of Mazda’s famous and iconic rotary engine comes to life. Kicking off a new decade comes a rumor that says a Mazda RX-9 is, in fact, happening, but it comes with a major caveat – it won’t feature a rotary engine. Word has it that the RZ-9 will feature Mazda’s new RWD platform and inline-six instead, the same setup that was rumored to underpin the next-gen Mazda 6 as well as Toyota’s next-gen Land Cruiser and 4 Runner. This is, as of now, just a rumor with zero confirmation from any credible sources, but it does beg the question: Is a Mazda RX really an RX if it doesn’t feature a rotary engine?
2020 Alpine A110 SportsX
Alpine has decided to partake in a fun design exercise that blends the the modern-day Alpine A110 with inspiration derived from the A110 SportsX that won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1973. . The idea is to showcase the potential for customization offered by the current A110, and showcase that it does. Alpine started by making the A110 80 mm wider and followed up by raising the suspension by 60 mm to make it more off-road friendly.
As far as we can tell, the modern-day Alpine A110 SportsX is powered by the same engine as the standard A100, which means there’s a 1.8-liter four-cylinder in place to do the dirty work. Power output should be pegged at 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This design study, if it was slated for production wouldn’t be quite so fast to 60 mph (4.5 seconds) but it would be more of a go-anywhere type of vehicle so it might be a fair trade-off.
We’ve organized a nice gallery of the Alpine A110 SportsX in the slider above and the page below. Go ahead and browse through and let us know what you think.
Bugatti’s W-16 Engine Is Pretty Awesome, But What Would a W-18 Be Like?
Drivetribe has released a new video that details what the Bugatti Veyron would have been like had it been based on a trio of Italdesign-designed concept cars that were introduced back in the late 1990s. The EB118, EB218, and Bugatti 18/3 Chiron were all different from one another in various ways, but one thing they had in common was the very odd, naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter W-18 engine. Yeah, you read the right, a W-18. Of course, we all know that the Veyron (and the Chiron, for that matter) was powered by a W-16, so what happened?
Even if you’re not into football, there’s one thing we can all agree on – the Superbowl usually hosts some pretty awesome car commercials. While there are plenty of commercials during the big game (they cost huge money, by the way) none of the companies that partake in the advertising craze seem to be as competitive as automotive companies. It’s almost like there’s a constant battle for all of them to one-up each other, and it ends up being pretty awesome for the rest of us.
It’s not often that advertisements come off as something we’re excited about, but this is one of those cases. So, with the big game just days away (kickoff happens on February 2,) we thought we’d compile all of the Superbowl LIV commercials released thus far. This includes commercials from Hyundai, Audi, Genesis, Kia, and – believe it or not – Porsche. The latter on that list hasn’t advertised during the big game in decades, so that’s kind of a big deal. Anyway, go ahead and scroll on down to get a sneak peak at Superbowl LIV’s car commercials.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Might Have Horrible Range But Hot Damn is it Fast
Remember when we told you that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S got a dismal EPA rating of just 194 miles of range on a single charge? Well, as it turns out, that’s the cost of being fast. Incredibly fast. Well, that and a sticker price of $186,350, but that’s a story for another time. In fact, that price almost seems justified.
2020 Lotus Evora GT410 “Phil’s Spec”
Believe it or not, the U.S.-Spec Lotus Evora is a little more down to Earth and quieter on the road. Once Lotus boss Phil Popham got behind the wheel of one, he decided Europe needed something a little more daily driver friendly too; that’s how the Lotus Evora GT410 came to be. It sits right alongside the Evora GT 410 Sport, but with being a little more road-focused, it has an entirely different attitude. Here’s what makes it different.
Here’s a Stunning Example of What the Aston Martin DB12 Could Look Like
There’s no shortage of independent designers. In fact, you could almost consider them modern-day backyard mechanics, just on a digital level. Basically, anyone with a stylus and Adobe subscription is considered an artist. There are a handful of really good artists out there, some that are more talented than most, and designer Tedoradze falls into this category. His latest piece of work is an impressive one too – it’s a rendering of a successor to the current Aston Martin DB11. Aptly called the DB12, this is what the future of Aston Martin could look like. Do you agree?
Get Ready to Shift Your Own Gears in the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing
Like most of you, we too were confused when Cadillac launched the less-than-stellar CT4-V and CT5-V last year, but it didn’t take long for us to learn that hotter versions, with the name “Blackwing” were on the horizon. We’ve yet to see these hotter, flagship sedans, but new information has finally come to light and now we have a slightly better view of what’s coming.
Chevy is Reportedly Canceling Some Dealer Allocations of the 2020 C8 Corvette – But It’s Not What You Think
A video posted by Chevy Dude, a Youtuber and Chevy Salesman that tends to get a lot of insider information, has brought forth news that Chevy is revoking or canceling C8 Corvette allocations to dealers nationwide. The amount of allocations is said to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 percent. Right off the bat, this sounds troubling, especially if you’ve placed an order, but it’s not as cut and dry as it sounds.
Al Capone’s Armored 1928 Cadillac is for Sale at the Low Price of Just $1 Million
What you’re looking at here isn’t only allegedly Al Capone’s very own Cadillac, but it may also be one of the world’s very first armored cars. While there’s no for-sure way to know if Al Capone really owned this baby, a Milwaikee Sentinel story from 1921 did trace the car’s license plates to Mae Capone, Al’s wife. History of the car is known from 1933 onward, however, so there’s nearly a century worth of known history to go with it. If you’re really like to own it, though, the asking price is a steep $1 million, so you might want to run that past your wife first.
The DeLorean DMC-12 is Finally Making a Comeback With More Power, Better Tech
The whole new DeLorean Motor Company situation has been happening for a while. Production of “New” DMC-12s was supposed to start way back in 2017 but due to a delay in the Low Volume Manufacturers Act – an act that allows companies to build up to 325 examples of cars at least 25 years old – all of that has had to go on hold. Now, the act has finally be pushed through and the new DeLorean DMC-12 can finally go into production.
Tuner Gintani Motor Works has Created the First Twin-Turbo Porsche 911 GT3 RS and It Sounds Amazing
We don’t have a lot to tell you or show you yet, but Gintani Motor Works has created one hell of a beast out of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The company does offer an ECU tuning kit GT3 and GT3 RS, but it’s limited to a 25-horsepower and 15 pound-feet increase in power output, but this is an entirely different animal. The tuning company has managed to do what nobody thought would ever be done – it’s created the world’s first twin-turbo Porsche 911 GT3 RS! Right now, we only have a couple of short videos to go by, but based on the sound of the car alone, this thing is out of this world.
The C8 Corvette Z06 Is Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on the Track!
If you’re about tired of hearing news about the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, well, this is only the beginning. We still have, at the very least, the C8 Corvette ZR1 and the C8 Corvette Z06, the latter of which is set to make its debut next and was just spotted sitting next to a 991-gen Porsche 911 GT2 RS – the proverbial best of the best on the track. What does this mean for the Corvette Z06?
Reports Indicate That a 600+ Horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is in the Works, Rumors Quickly Denied
A new rumor has surfaced that Alfa Romeo is looking to celebrate its 110th anniversary by introducing a new, limited trim level of the Giulia – namely the Giulia GTA. Reports hint that it will be a track-inspired, road-going beast with as much as 620 horsepower and a considerable increase in torque output compared to the 443 pound-feet delivered by the standard, Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V-6 in the Giulia Guadrifoglio. It was even said that this model would debut in June of 2020. Unfortunately, this latest rumor doesn’t seem to hold water.
We Could Soon Live in a World Where Bugatti Sells a Daily Driver
Fresh off the news about Bugatti planning more Chiron-based cars and only weeks after Bugatti teased a new supercar, we’re now learning that Bugatti could actually be focusing on a daily driver as a second model in its lineup. So far, there’s no word as to what shape this second model might take as Bugatti continues to insist that no decision has been made. There is, however, a toss up between whether this second model will be an all-electric sedan that wears the Galibier name or an SUV-like vehicle akin to that of the Bentley Bentayga or Lamborghini Urus. The question now is, when will Bugatti finally make the leap, and when will we see it?
Decade-Old Hyperion Finally Has a Hydrogen-Powered Prototype Ready to Debut
Do you happen to remember the energy company “Hyperion?” It’s not surprising if you don’t – the company was founded back in 2011 and mysteriously showed up on our radar back in 2015 when it released a darkened teaser for a very odd-looking car. Since then, the company has been largely silent since this time last year when more images started popping up on social media, just for the account to go silent once again (you can see all the images below.) Now, the company is back with yet another mysterious teaser, one that appears to show a revised car and the promise of a world premiere happening soon. Just what in the world is going on here?
Hurry Up and Get This Free Toyota Supra Poster and Desktop Wallpapers!
The 2020 Toyota Supra is pretty awesome, even if it is powered by a BMW heart, and now you can represent the new Supra on your wall with a free poster sent directly from Toyota. They are, naturally in limited supply, but this is the best way to relive your childhood a little more and hand a cool car poster on your wall. To claim your poster, head over to Toyota’s Supra site, but hurry up as there’s no telling when the promotion will end. On top of this there are some free wallpapers and even some free ringtones. We’ve added the wallpapers to this article a little further down the page.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Might Debut Sooner Than Expected
A new report as surfaced that the 2021 Ford Bronco will actually debut in April of 2020 at the New York Auto Show. During the debut, we’ll apparently get to see the two- and four-door versions of the revived SUV with the Bronco pickup and Bronco Sport (otherwise known as the “Baby Bronco”) set to debut sometime later. Does the report hold any merit or is someone playing with our emotions?
Aston Martin Limits Torque Output on the 2019 DBS Superleggera
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can be called a number of things, but one thing it will never be called is slow. This has never been more evident than in the latest video released by The Smoking Tire. However, we’ve learned something else, and that is that Aston Martin was forced to limit torque output until the car moves into fourth gear. Seems strange for a car that weighs a little over 4,000 pounds and pumps out 663 pound-feet of torque, right?
New Details About the 2021 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Hint at a Massive Wing, Track-Focused Performance
Chevy has been quite busy since it debuted the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray, and has introduced both the convertible and the C8.R in the short period that has passed. We’re still waiting on the ZR1, the first AWD Corvette, a couple of hybrid models (which could include the Zora ZR1, and the C8 Corvette Z06. We’re expecting the Z06 to be the next debut on the list, and now we’ve learned a little more about it, including the fact that it will feature a massive rear wing akin to that of the C8.R with one...eh… minor change.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Just Bested the Bugatti Chiron In an Unexpected Way
Now that the Bugatti Super Sport 300+ has broken the 300-mph barrier the next goal is obviously 310 mph, and that’s precisely what Hennessey aims to hit with the Venom F5. It’s going to take a lot to pull it off, especially considering Bugatti had to go all-in and build an impressive but highly modified version of the Chiron to pull off that 300-mph run. So, what’s Hennessey to do? Well, it all starts off by building a lightweight carbon fiber tub that is 2,000 Nm stiffer than that of the Bugatti Chiron. New pictures of the carbon fiber tub have been released, and this is what we know about it.
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?