Care To Buy The Most Annoying Custom Nissan GT-R In The World?
The Nissan GT-R is far from subtle, and that’s honestly its mission. It’s meant to be fast and look good doing it. It excels well at this, but what if someone took things a bit further? Well, do you recognize the car we have here? This is the same fully engraved, gold-plated Nissan GT-R that was shown off at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon and, while it might seem weird to talk about a car that has had its 15 minutes of fame, this puppy just hit the market, and it could be yours if you really want it. Oh, by the way, you’ll also need around $1.6 million AED or around $435,600, so you might want to consult your better half first, just saying.
This Lamborghini Huracan Rendering Has Tons of Terzo Millennio DNA
The Lamborghini Huracan was an impressive machine and after five years on the market, Lamborghini introduced an even stronger model that was more aggressive and lugged around the EVO name. The Huracan EVO was powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 that delivered a cool 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque – enough for a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 202 mph. Right in the middle between the Huracan’s launch and the launch of the EVO, Lamborghini showed off the Terzo Millennio concept, a four-motor electric hypercar that wasn’t only futuristically aggressive and what could only be estimated as upward of 1,500 horsepower and unthinkable amounts of torque. So what if, in an alternate universe, Lamborghini had based the Huracan EVO on the 2017 Terzo Concept? Well, now we have an answer.
Alfa Romeo Is Plotting a Larger-Than-Giulia 5 Series Competitor
Big Alfa Romeo Sports sedans don’t really exist today, with the last important model that comes to mind being the 166 that was produced between 1996 and 2007. But, what if Alfa Romeo, now under the leadership of Stellantis, decided it wanted to forget about the SUV segment for a moment and compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, and even the Audi A6 or Maserati Ghibli? Well, believe it or not, an uncited report is claiming this could very well happen, and it could happen sooner than you’d expect.
Tesla Lost More Than $1,700 For Every Car Delivered In 2020
Automakers are in business to make money. This statement holds true for everyone from Mercedes-AMG to Ford, Chevy, and even Tesla. However, everything isn’t always peachy in the automotive economy, and today we’re here to talk about how Tesla is a prime example of that. To make a long story short, Tesla would have posted a major loss – to the tune of more than $800 million – if it wasn’t for a massive amount of regulatory credits. 2020 might have worked out for Tesla on paper, but its current business model won’t keep it from going under in the long run. How do I know? Well, Telsa actually lost $1,759 for every car it delivered in 2020.
Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution
Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal – it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things, and it doesn’t hurt inventory numbers in any way, shape or form. Most companies even allocate a certain number of vehicles to crash testing. For Koenigsegg, though, the company only builds a handful of cars and the process is nowhere near as simple as it is for Chevy to build a Cruze of Mercedes to build an A-Class – everything is custom, everything is expensive, and crash testing even one model could be a very expensive, even disrupting ordeal to the company. But, the solution is really a simple one – Koenigsegg crash tests the same car over and over again.
Former PSA Chairman Says Tesla’s Valuation Makes No Sense
Tesla is a hot company with its own, growing community of fanboys that are relentless in sharing their beliefs. In some respect, it’s understandable – some of the world’s largest automakers could learn a thing or two from Tesla. But can the company continue as it has? As reported by pymnts.com, Tesla’s market value just hit $820 billion on January 8, 2021, pushing the company into the top 5. This puts the company under Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet. This means Tesla has seen a 700-percent growth in market value over the last year, and Wedbush analyst – Daniel Ives – saying Tesla could become a $2 trillion company within two years. Is it sustainable and how is it possible?
2020 Mercedes E450 Cabriolet - Driven
In a world where SUVs have all but taken over the market, there are fewer sedans and coupes to choose from. That reality is even worse for those looking for something with a top that gracefully stows away in the rear for unlimited headroom on demand. In fact, if you want a decent convertible these days, you’re only good option is either going with a roadster – like the Mercedes SLC or Jaguar F-Type – or something more conventional like the Audi S5 Cabriolet or the car we have here: A Mercedes E450 4Matic Cabriolet. Naturally positioned between the C-Class and the S-Class, the E-Class starts out right around $71,000, making it perfect for anyone who doesn’t want a smaller C-Class but can’t afford the six-figure price of the larger S-Class. So, what’s it like to live with the E-Class Cabrio? Well, I’m glad you asked, because we just spent a week with it and this is our story.
Singer ACS - The 964-Gen Porsche 911 Safari Of Your Dreams
California-based Singer is known for doing impressive restoration work to classic Porsche 911s, but what it’s revealed today essentially takes the company to an all-new level. The 964-gen 911 you see here isn’t a 911 Safari, not by any means. It’s actually what Singer calls “The ACS.” If you’re not familiar with the name, ACS stands for All-Terrain Competition Study, and as you can see, Singer has turned this 911 into an ultimate off-road rally weapon.
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Driven
When Hyundai introduced the eighth-gen Sonata in 2019, it essentially built on top of the already awesome styling that was brought with the seventh-gen’s mid-cycle facelift. Today, the car looks like it sits in a higher price bracket than it does and in hybrid form it delivers some pretty impressive fuel economy figures too. Does the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have the looks, comfort, and driving experience to nudge itself above cars like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid? Well, we just spent a week with the Sonata Hybrid, and we actually have a lot to say about it. Here’s what you need to know.
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.
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.
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?
2020 Genesis G90 - Driven
When we first saw the Genesis G90 at its debut, we know that Hyundai’s luxury arm was onto something, but the G90 suffered from the same thing most new models fall victim to – there was definitely some room for improvement. For the 2020 model year, Genesis revamped the G90 rather extensively, and we finally got a chance to check it out in person. Does the G90 finally live up to the Halo it’s meant to wear in Genesis’ lineup? And can the Genesis G90 wholeheartedly compete with cars like the Lexus LS and Audi A8? It’s time we find out!
2021 Hennessey Venom F5 - Bringing America Into The 300MPH Club?
If you were coming here in hopes ot learn just how fast the Hennessey Venom F5 can go, well I’m sorry to tell you, but we still don’t know. What we can tell you is that in a short, two-minute video, Hennessey has revealed what the production version of the Venom F5 will look like. Along with this, we’ve received confirmation that the F5 will deliver 1,817 horsepower as expected, which means it has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.34 hp per kg (1,298 HP per ton.) This figure alone, put it well ahead of any road car on sale at the time of this writing. The engine responsible for this is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 that breaks down to 277 horsepower per liter!
The Venom F5 will be available in LHD and RHD, with double wishbone independent suspension with fully adjustable coil over Penske dampers in the front an rear. With all of this said, we’ve posted the debut video and a nice gallery of images below for you to check out.
2021 Nissan Kicks (Facelift)
Nissan has revised the Kicks compact crossover for the 2021 model year, and while it’s just a facelift, it’s hard not to notice how different it looks. In short, the 2021 Kicks is more aggressive and sleeker than before with a new, larger grille, revised exterior lighting, and improved interior amenities that pushes the compact crossover closer to the premium segment than ever before.
Nissan has updated its flagship SUV, the Armada for the 2021 model year. Since this is a mid-cycle facelift, tweaks are minimal, but there are some noteworthy changes to mention. The biggest highlights include a bump in horsepower up to 400 (vs. 390 in the current model) and the introduction of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi connectivity. Towing capacity for Nissan’s flagship SUV carries over at 8,500 pounds.
GM Really Missed the Mark With the GMC Hummer EV
Now that the GMC Hummer EV is here, I have to admit that it is, at the very least, somewhat worthy of the hype that led up to its debut. It is instantly recognizable as a Hummer and even has the upright windshield. It also seems to be very capable on-road and off. The performance specs, although advertised in a somewhat sketchy manner (more on this later) do position the Hummer EV in a place to really compete. But the there are a few things about the Hummer EV that rub me the wrong way, including the price, the wait for something somewhat affordable, and why I’m pretty sure the Hummer EV probably won’t deliver the sales performance that GM is expecting. Let me explain…
The long-awaited GMC Hummer EV has finally made it’s debut, and it comes to the party with a lot of noteworthy features and some pretty impressive performance. According to GMC, the new Hummer EV will be power by (and as expected) GM’s new Ultium batteries and the new Ultium Drive electronic motors. The Hummer will feature a total of three electric motors that, according to GMC, will deliver and impressive 1,000 horsepower and a “GM-estimated 11,500 pound-feet of torque.” It all reality, it’ll probably put close to 900 pound-feet to the ground, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. GMC has offered up some pricing and trim information with the entry-level model commanding $79,995, but it comes with just two electric motors. It’ll be coined the “EV2” and will launch in spring of 2024. It will be preceded by the EV2x in 2023 (the lowest model that can do the CrabWalk) and the Hummer EV3X, which will be available in Fall of 2020 with a $99,995 price tag.
Check out the highlights and gallery below to learn more about the Hummer EV and see just what it looks like!
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?
Future Dodge SRT Hellcat Models Will Be Electrified
FCA has let the cat out of the bag, showcasing the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and the Challenger SRT Super Stock. The latter, by the way is now the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car (according to FCA, of course) while the new Charger Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful sedan you’ll find anywhere. Now, in an exclusive interview with Motor1, Tim Kuniskis, has come right out and said that electrification will play a role in the company’s future sporty cars.
If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!
You Should Probably Quit Driving Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
It’s 2020 and vehicle safety is more important than ever. You would think that as advanced as we are as a civilization, we’d be able to nail something as simple – in a generalized way – as vehicle safety. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and that’s why GM has placed a recall and stop-sale on the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, 2021 Cadillac CT4, CT5, XT4, the 2021 Buick Encore GX, and the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. So what’s the deal? Well, if you own any of these models, you just might go to hit your brakes, just to realize that you suddenly can’t stop.
GM Could Be Teasing Cadillac’s Next Large EV
General Motors has posted a very interesting and, uhm, sharp….. sketch to its Instagram account depicting what is clearly a Cadillac and what could be a larger SUV or, perhaps, even a pickup truck. But, see, that’s the real tease, as GM has posted this baby with absolutely no context outside of the words “lean & mean” – at least 50-percent of which doesn’t make sense.
You Probably Can’t Take the Tesla Model S Plaid To The Track
With what we’re guessing to be a 130-kWh battery, 1,100 horsepower, and a 0-60 mph sprint of less than two seconds, the Tesla Model S Plaid is – probably – the most extreme production car of the year. It is at least three-tenths of a second faster than the Model S performance and nearly two seconds quicker than the base Long Range Plus model. Add in the 200-mph top speed, and you have the most impressive electric vehicle made thus far and something that could be quite dangerous if left in the wrong hands, and that’s kind of what we’re here to talk about today.
The Volkswagen ID.4 Would Actually Make a Decent-Looking Little Truck
With the Volkswagen ID.4 revealed, we’re naturally wondering what’s coming next. Knowing Volkswagen, and the fact that the ID.4 and ID.3 share the same MEB architecture, a handful of electric models will probably share the same bones. So, why not an ID-based truck? Well, rendering artist KDesign AG was thinking the same thing and threw together the renderings you see here. Overall, it doesn’t look too bad at all, really.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 - The First VW ID To Arrive In The United States
The Volkswagen ID.4 – the first ID EV model to make its way to U.S. shores, has finally been revealed, and it looks to compete in a cut-throat segment. Riding on VW’s new MEB architecture, the same underpinnings that supports the ID.3 hatch, the ID.4 features an 82-kWh battery (77-kWh of which is usable) and a rear-mounted motor that’s good for 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. VW’s press release promises a range of 520 km or 323 miles on the WLTP scale, which boils down to about 250 miles of range per charge in the real world. To help ease the pain of range anxiety, however, the ID.4 will come with three years of unlimited charging. In a DC fast charger rated at 125 kW, VW claims that the ID.4 can suck in 198 miles worth of electricity in 30 minutes.
According to VW, the ID.4 is capable of hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 8.5 seconds and tops out at just 99.41 mph. Come spring of 2021, VW will offer an AWD model that will boast a total of 302 horsepower, an extra 101 ponies coming from the front motor. Torque, we suspect will be somewhere in the 300 pound-foot range, but that is purely speculation at this point. VW’s new EV does offer up 8.26-inches (21 cm) of ground clearance, which is said to be enough to handle “gentle off-road terrain.”
The inside is fairly basic for an EV, but comes off as a decent blend between modern design and futuristic tech. A driver-oriented infotainment system sits atop the dash with a small horizontal screen providing basic driving information like speed, range, and the like. Luggage capacity is rated at 19.17 cubic-feet with max storage coming in at 55.62 cubic-feet. Overall, the ID.4 could bring quite the fight to models like the Hyundai Kona EV, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf, but only time will tell how successful it can really be.
Rolls-Royce Customers Don’t Want EVs Because It Requires Effort to Plug Them In
Rolls-Royce is, quite literally, one of the last automakers to make the step forward into electrification. The company doesn’t do hybrids and, so far, has been rather mute about its intentions to go electric anytime soon. When you serve up $300,000 cars at the entry-level, things are a little different for you, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid change forever. A new report has shed some light on why Rolls-Royce has avoided change so far, what the brand’s take on hybridization is, and just when we’ll finally see it venture into the world of EVs.
Nissan Is Still On the Fence About What the 2023 Nissan GT-R R36 Will Be
The current Nissan GT-R, while old as hell at this point, is still one dominating car, the likes of which very few cars from mainstream automakers can touch. With the reveal of the Z Proto and the 400Z’s impending launch in 2022 or 2023, Nissan also has to plan out the next GT-R, which is allegedly scheduled to launch in 2023. How does an automaker push a car that’s already over the top – one that can lay waste to an icon like the Porsche 911 – even higher? Well, as it turns out, Nissan’s looking at any and all technology to ensure that the R36 GT-R will be one of the complete and capable performance cars on the planet.
The Latest Report on the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Will Piss You Off
We’ve been talking about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ since they were confirmed back in February 2019. A year after that confirmation, we learned that the 86 would get a new name, would feature a turbocharged Subaru engine, and would shift into premium territory. More recently, in March of 2020, a new leak hinted that the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ would be making their debut soon. A new report, however, has expressed that a lot of what we’ve learned isn’t true at all, and that’s very bad news for the next-gen BRZ and 86.
Watch The Nissan Z Proto Stream Here And Look Back At Everything We’ve Learned So Far!
It’s been 11 long years since the Nissan 370Z replaced the 350Z, and it’s been at least 5 years since we all started calling on Nissan to move to something new. The 370Z’s days are numbered, and the Z Proto that debuts later today is definitely our first real look at what we can expect from the next Z Car, but it also represents at least two more years of waiting before something new enters production. We’re expecting to see a lot of retro design cues pooled together with modern design to create a truly unique sports car, and there’s even a good chance that most of what we see will shift into production a year or two down the road. With so many rumors circulating, though, it’s hard to say exactly what we can expect, so below the live stream we’ve embedded below, we organized every piece of news we’ve covered about he next-gen Z car so far – it’s time we take a trip down memory lane!
2021 Lucid Air Fast Facts and Picture Gallery
TheLucid Air has finally debuted as a 2021 model, and it’s poised to be a very strong competitor for the Tesla Model S with better-than-expect luxury, up to 517 miles of range, and more than 1,000 horsepower in the range-topping model. According to Lucid, the Air can suck in as much as 300 miles worth of range in as little as 20 minutes (when connected to the proper charger) and can even run the quarter-mile sprint in 9.9 seconds consistently. This type of range and performance comes courtesy of a 113 kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors that allow for AWD. Other niceties include the massive wrap-over windshield and huge panoramic roof. There’s also a 34-inch curved driver information 5K display. Pricing for the Lucid Air will start from below $80,000 to as much as $169,000 for the range-topping and limited Dream Edition with deliveries starting as soon as spring of 2021!!
Thanks to the MC20, Maserati Is Finally Relevant Again
I would be lying if I told you that I’ve been particularly pleased with Maserati’s lineup over the last decade. Once a company synonymous with performance and luxury as, at least in my eyes, become quite uninteresting. Now, 15 years after the MC12 thrived, Maserati is introducing the mid-engined MC20 – a car that doesn’t only mark Maserati’s return to the world of racing, but also gives the company’s lineup something unique and attractive. I’d even go so far as to say that this is exactly what Maserati needed if it’s going to remain relevant this decade.
While 2020 has been a dramatic, dark, and twisted year for most automakers, Maserati is hoping to make the best of the latter half, and it all starts with the car you see here – the all-new MC20 sports car. As a spiritual successor to the MC12, the MC20 carries around some significant DNA of its ancestor – predominantly located in the front end – a pair of wide-opening butterfly doors, and features a mid-engine configuration. That engine, by the way, is an all-new unit built by the company (instead of Maserati borrowing from Ferrari yet again – that displaces 3.0-liters and pumps out a total of 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. These figures, ladies and gentlemen, make it the most powerful production car to come from Maserati to date, just barely beating out the MC12 some 15 years later.
With that said, we still have a whole lot to share with you, but we couldn’t wait to share all the new high-res images with you, so scroll through the slider above, or check out all the images a little further down the page. Feel free to download any that you like, as they’ll definitely make great wallpapers!
New Battery Tech Could Double EV Range, But There’s A Tradeoff
Batteries in electric cars have come a long way. The Tesla Model S, for example, has broken the 400-mile barrier while the upcoming Lucid Air and its 113 kWh battery back will offer as much as 4.58 miles per kWh or more than 500 miles of range With that in mind, it looks like the Lucid Air’s claim to fame might be short-lived as a new battery tech has been developed and it could offer up more than double the driving range and enable fast charging to more than 80-percent in just five minutes. But, there’s a catch (as there always is), and you might not like it.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8
The mid-engine C8 Corvette has literally been decades in the making. When it arrived for the 2021 model year, the Corvette found itself competing against some new competition that at one time were little more than distant competitors. The Corvette name has always been associated with performance, but now that it has to take on a long list of European competitors, we – like the rest of you – have been wondering just how well the C8 can hold up. Now, thanks to a new video from Sport Auto, we can see how the C8 fairs against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 V-10 on the track, and you have to see what happens.
A California Dealer Is Trying to Charge McLaren Money For a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
It has been a year and a half since Ford revealed the Mustang Shelby GT500, and yet here we are still talking about price gouging. The last time this happened, a dealer in Riverside California was asking $185,890, which stood for about $80,000 worth of “market adjustment” or dealer markup. This time, another overzealous California dealer has taken things to a whole new level of stupid.
Jeep added a new version to its Wrangler lineup: called Wrangler 4xe - the new model has been described as the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever. The car is also the third hybrid car in Jeep’s lineup next to the Renegade 4xe and Compass 4xe models.
Toyota’s Name For Its New Moon-Ready Off-Roader Is Far From Surprising
Toyota is a company deeply rooted in habit. It’s been steadily pushing hydrogen as an alternative fuel source, and let’s not even get started on how it has to slap a TRD badge on almost everything it can. This “habit” in mind, however, is exactly why the name Toyota has chosen for its new moon-ready off-roader makes so much sense that we can’t believe we didn’t predict it. It’s called the Lunar Cruiser, and while that makes sense from a general perspective, there’s actually more thought that went into the name than you might think.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Awesome Picture Gallery
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived with familiar looks, new engineering and technological innovations, two new hybrid engine choices, a huge Tesla-like center touchscreen, and more safety technology than ever before. While we prepare some more in-depth information for you, you can enjoy the picture gallery that I’ve posted below.
Volkswagen Trademarks “E-Thing” As It Moves to Retro-Electrify Its Range
The Volkswagen ID.4 launches for the 2022 model year, and it will look like a modern-day vehicle, albeit with some minor EV twists here and there. But, it is riding on VW’s MEB architecture, which is, essentially, set to be passed around the company like a dirty diaper and used to underpin an entire fleet of models. We’re talking about small hatchbacks, midsize crossovers, and even large vans, so it’s a very versatile platform. Following the ID.4, the MEB structure will underpin the retro-styled ID.Buzz and ID.Cargo, retro-styled vans. Now, it looks like the Buzz and Cargo might not be so lonely, thanks to VW’s new trademark filing for the name “E-Thing.” Can you feel the retro vibe yet?
The Ferrari GTC4Lusso Is Officially Dead
We know that you saw the reports that the Ferrari Purosangue would remain in production beyond the five years it’s been on the market. As the most user-friendly and, arguably family friendly Ferrari on the road, it seemed like a wise move to keep it around for a while, but now Ferrari has confirmed that, despite contradicting reports, the GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T have been sent to car heaven.
Be Prepared to Overpay For the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor With a V-8
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX (unofficially AKA the Rebel) was a proverbial shot toward Ford, and it hit the Raptor right in the face. Where Ford thought it would continue to dominate the off-road truck market with the F-150 Raptor, Ram took years to develop something that was able to impressively compete, and it even comes with a Hellcat V-8 engine under the hood with nearly double the power of the F-150 Raptor’s puny little V-6. Within days of the TRX’s debut, Ford had a Shelby-powered F-150 Raptor on the road, which is intended to be a shot back at Ram, but a new report paints a slightly different picture.
Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype
Following the rumor that the Nissan 400Z wasn’t scheduled to hit the market until 2023, and the appropriate questions as to why Nissan has revealed that it will showcase a “Z Proto” on September 15, 2020. Obviously, Nissan is still withholding the name, and this is only a prototype, but it’ll be the best look we’ve gotten on the next-gen Z car since Nissan confirmed it was coming with an intriguing video back in May.
This Is The Best Look At the New Batmobile That We’ve Gotten So Far
Obviously, you know that a new Batman movie is coming – we’ve even written about how the Batmobile looks like a crazy blend between a muscle car and a mid-engined supercar. That news was published after Matt Reeves posted a handful of dark teaser images that were revealing enough but didn’t show us everything. Now, the new Batmobile has been caught on camera during the day and, well, you just have to see it.
That Weird 8 Series Mule Is Probably a Hybrid M8 CSL
We were quite surprised to see what we believed at the time was a BMW 8 Series with a mid-engine configuration. Due to the weird vents in the rear quarter glass, the louvers on the rear window, and the fact that whatever was behind the front seats was covered, there was certainly something going on. A few days after those spy shots started making rounds, we learned that BMW claimed that “mid-engined 8 Series” was little more than a test vehicle that’s passed from department to department to test new technology and mechanical goodies. At that time, we admitted that a mid-engine configuration was unlikely, but despite the lack of electric motor whine, BMW could be testing a hybrid powertrain setup. According to a new report, we may have been right.
The Nissan 400Z Might Not Arrive Until 2023
This year has been beyond turbulent, and right at the apex of all the drama, we Nissan filed a new trademark that hinted the 400Z would be coming soon. Then, two months later, it was suggested that both the Nissan Z and GT-R could be killed off to keep Nissan afloat A few days later, Nissan put out a trailer to showcase its range of new models and, thanks to that, we learned that the 400Z was, in fact, happening and would feature a lot of throwback styling cues. We later learned that the 400Z won’t only feature throwback styling cues, but will, essentially, be a reskinned and retuned 370Z – it will even ride on the same platform. Now, despite the fact that we’ve been promised that the 400Z would be revealed soon, it looks like “soon” has a different definition to Nissan.
There’s a Strong Business Case For A Two-Door Porsche Panamera
It’s been more than a decade since the idea and rumors of a two-door Porsche Panamera – one that would serve as a spiritual successor to the Porsche 928 – was in the works. Yet, here we are in the incredibly dark year that is 2020, and Porsche has yet to morph the Panamera into a proper two-door. The same can be said for a carbio model which has also been said to be in the works for quite a while now. I’m not here to tell you that it’s happening yet, but I can make one hell of a business case for why such a model will work, and Porsche hasn’t abandoned the idea yet.
The 2022 Chevy Corvette Z06 Will Have an Engine on Par With That of the Porsche 911 GT3
What if I told you that the 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 wasn’t going to feature a turbocharged engine? Would you be sad, depressed, or upset? Well, you shouldn’t be, because a new report claims exactly that and it’s very good news. A more potent turbocharged engine will be found in a model that sits above the Z06, but the Z06 will feature a free-breathing, 5.5-liter, flat-plane V-8. Why is this good news? Well, grab a coffee and let me explain.
Porsche’s Second Electric Car Delayed By At Least a Year
When we first saw the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept back in 2018, the expectation was set that it would launch in late 2020. Once the Porsche Taycan launched, and we knew Porsche had perfected its technology (if that’s what you would call less than 250 miles of range), we really expected the Cross Turismo to come quickly after, as expected in 2020. As it turns out, Porsche has been forced to delay the Cross Turismo, but according to Porsche, it’s not a casualty of the Pandemic.
The Durango SRT Hellcat Will Cost You Dodge Viper Money
Dodge has this weird obsession with cramming Hellcat power into almost everything it possibly can. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t stoked to the Ram 1500 TRX or the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. However, it’s becoming painfully clear that having Hellcat power isn’t for the weak of heart or for those with a small wallet. Case in point: The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
That Mid-Engined BMW 8 Series Isn’t Anything Special After All
Like every other automotive outlet on the sun, we too got those images of what appeared to be a mid-engined 8 Series doing some fine testing work with minimal amounts of camo. It had all the right elements for a mid-engined car; well, kind of. The intakes in the rear side glass were a little too small to feed a beefy inline-six or stout V-8, and the engine tone reportedly sounded like a six-cylinder, and there was no electric whine. The only real piece of evidence that this was a mid-engined mule was the fact that there was a blanket covering something in the back seat. Now, we know what was going on with the mule and, unfortunately, it’s not what anyone was hoping.
New Evidence Says A Ford Bronco Raptor Will Debut in 2022
Alright, we get it – anything that carries a Ford badge and can go off-road be offered in extreme Raptor trim. You can’t knock the brand- it’s no worse than dodge cramming a Hellcat V-8 into almost anything FCA sells (we’re still waiting on that Pacifica Hellcat, though). So, naturally, before the 2021 Bronco even made its debut, the world was expecting a Raptor version to cross the intersection at one point or another. Obviously, it wasn’t going to happen right away, but new evidence has come to light that says that a Ford Bronco Raptor will launch for the 2023 model year – that means we could see it as soon as mid-2022!
Tesla Could Have a Model 3 Hatchback In the Incubator
The initial plan was for Tesla to be an affordable EV company. Now, cars like the Model 3 and Model X are fairly affordable to some – especially with various federal and local tax credits – they still aren’t exactly able to compete with other entry-level cars. During a recent conference call, Elon Musk stressed this fact and even alluded to making things right, part of which means that a smaller Tesla could grace the market, and in this case, we could be talking about a Model 3 Hatchback.
The Ram 1500 TRX Was Worth the Wait, and Now We Know Why
The Ram Rebel TRX was probably the most important – or at the very least most memorable – concept of the last decade. A Ram 1500 with a 500-horsepower Hellcat engine and all the off-road goods to put Jeep to shame – it was a recipe that blended desire with hope. That hope, by the way, was reinforced by the fact that the Rebel TRX Concept looked like it was ready to hit the production line. And, it really was ready, but Ram decided to hold back, and we didn’t get the production model – which we now know as the Ram 1500 TRX – for five years. Now we know why Ram waited to introduce the production model, and we’re damn glad it did.
Tuners Beware: Ford Has Digital Walls to Prevent People from Altering the Bronco’s Computer
Much like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco is designed with customization in mind. The company is even offering more than 200 accessories for the Bronco when it hits showrooms, but powertrain upgrades might not be possible via aftermarket means. According to Ford, the ECU is very complicated, and, essentially, nobody should be playing around with ECU calibration. That means aftermarket companies might find the new Bronco to be untunable.
Your 2008-2013 Porsche Panamera or 911 Might Have Been Molested
Dieselgate has, for the most part, come and gone, but now it looks like there might be another scandal on the horizon – this time involving the gasoline-powered engines found in the 2008-2013 Porsche 911 and Panamera. As of now, Porsche won’t say for sure, but it has launched an internal investigation and alerted the proper authorities.
The Four-Cylinder 2021 Toyota Supra Is As good As Expected
Back in January, we told you that thefour-cylinder Toyota Supra was coming for 2021, and it’s definitely the car you want. While the four-cylinder Supra will offer significantly less power – 255 horsepower vs. 382 horsepower – it will have better weight distribution (50-50), less weight (about 170 pounds less), and will have a more affordable price. In short, it’s good on its own or a perfect base for those that start to wrench and modify the second a new sports car is delivered. We haven’t had the chance to get our hands on a new four-cylinder Supra, but our friends over at Car & Driver did. As it turns out, we were definitely right – the 2020 Toyota Supra is as impressive as expected and maybe even better than expected.
Thanks to the 2021 Subaru Levorg Wagon, We Know What the New WRX Will Look Like
If the Subaru Levorg doesn’t trigger the neurotransmitters and tickle the temporal lobe in your brain, I’m honestly not too surprise. The Subaru Levorg is mainly a Japanese-only affair with Australia and a handful of European countries getting their hand’s on it only recently, after some 4-5 years on the market. As a wagon, it’s not surprising that Subaru hasn’t brought it to the U.S., but it’s still largely relevant here for one major reason – it has historically shared a lot of DNA with the Subaru WRX. The car that you see here is the second-gen, 2021 Subaru Levorg, which means that we’re getting our first real look at what the next-gen WRX and WRX STI are going to look like here in the United States. Pretty cool, right?
The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is in Big Trouble
The Aston Martin Valkyrie comes off as a world-class hypercar, but it hasn’t been without its problems either. The race-going version, for example, was postponed a while back because the of class merges happening within the World Endurance Championship. And, while Aston claimed that development of the road car was still ongoing, a global pandemic struck and Ex-CEO Andy Palmer was replaced with the Ex-CEO of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers. The company did get a huge influx of cash when Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll invested $657 million, but Aston Martin has still be struggling – even with the DBX finally going into production. Now, it looks like the Aston Martin Valkyrie is in a lot of trouble, and things aren’t looking very good. A tough decision needs to be made.
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback by Mugen
When Mugen revealed its parts list for the 2020 Honda Civic Type R, it brought tons of carbon fiber, Alcantara, and some extreme exterior elements. For the most part, the same can be said for the standard Civic hatchback, but nothing is near as extreme. That is, arguably, a good thing, though, so let me explain to you what you can get for the base Civic hatch.
Brands Like BMW, Mercedes, And Volkswagen Are Hemorrhaging Money
There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a rather massive monkey wrench into the engine that is the auto industry. It’s been so bad that every time we turn around, we hear about another automaker that’s drastically down on sales. Now, a new study from German website Handelsblatt, paints a crystal clear picture of how automakers are weathering the COVID storm, and I can tell you know, it’s not pretty. In fact, some German brands are really taking up the tailpipe.
Lotus Will Finally Introduce a New Model in 2021 and It’s Not the Evija
Lotus has been a little rocky lately and, with exception of the Evija, it hasn’t had a new model in quite some time. Back in mid-2019, we reported that a new sports car was coming for 2020, but as you know, that didn’t happen. Later that year, it was believed that Lotus was planning to revive the Elan name and that it would arrive by 2021 or later. Then in June of this year, we heard that Lotus was going to go all-electric by 2021, which kind of put a damper on previous news. As it turns out, though, a new Lotus sports car is coming for 2021, and it’s a bigger surprise than you might think.
We Were Wrong – This is What a New Ram Charger Should Look Like
It was only a few months back that Instagram rendering artist WB.Artist20 gave us a look at what a modern Ram Charger might look like. Now that the Ram 1500 TRX has made its debut, the very same artist as turned it into a Ram Charger TRX. Let’s just say that if this thing came to life, the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL would be in a lot of trouble.
Ram Has No Intentions of Building a Street-Tuned TRX
It’s crystal clear that Ram had off-road in mind when it built the Ram 1500 TRX. In fact, it’s a bold and director competitor to the Ford F-150 with considerably more power. At this point, one could even argue that FCA is just amused by putting ridiculous amounts of power into the hands of drivers. In recent news we learned that the TRX will be the most expensive half-ton pickup ever, and that the TRX will be sold in Europe. There’s even potential for a less-powerful “entry” model of sorts to arrive sometime after launch. There’s now officially one thing there won’t be, however - A Hellcat-powered street truck akin to that of the old-school Dodge Ram SRT10.
2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
It wasn’t that long ago that British automotive company Lanzante teased the LM25 series of special-edition McLarens that it’s building to celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans win. Now, we’re finally getting a look at all six models, and these cars are, quite possibly, the best tribute models we’ve ever seen. The company has designed a kit for every McLaren currently available today along with 600LT, which recently went out of production.
Chevy Has Recalled The C8 Corvette Over Frunk Faults, But Still Blames Owners
Back on July 10, 2020, we told you about the C8 Corvette’s frunk problem – you know; the one where the front hood opens as you’re driving for no reason? Well, it took 5 days for GM to issue a statement, and in that statement, it blames drivers for the Funk opening on its own. Now, just over two months later, Chevy and GM are issuing a recall that apparently affects more than 6,000 2020 model year C8 Corvettes, however, you apparently still don’t know how to properly latch the front hood.
Ferrari Is Going Hybrid, But At Least 2 Models Never Will
Ferrari is, without a doubt putting a major focus on hybridization, and at least half of the “15 new models by 2022” will, in fact, be hybrid. However, Ferrari has now confirmed that neither the entry-level Portofino nor the Portofino-based Roma have even a chance of going hybrid. It’s not a move to please purists or fans on internal combustion, either, so don’t go tooting your own horn quite yet.
The Ram 1500 TRX Might Be Associated With the T-Rex Dinosaur, But That Wasn’t the Intention
As the only real alternative to the Ford F-150 Raptor, perceiving the Ram 1500 TRX’s relationship to the T-Rex dinosaur makes sense on several levels. First off, the T-Rex was an adversary of the Raptor, and two, it really kind of sticks it to the Ford Raptor. When the live unveiling for the TRX happened, it was even kicked off with a cutscene from Jurassic Park that included – you guessed it – the T-Rex. As it turns out, however, that’s not where Ram was originally going with the name and, while it makes sense now, it boils down to happenstance.
Privacy Alert: Toyota Wants to Double Down on Data Tracking and Retention From New Cars
For a while now, Toyota has been collecting some data via its “Mobility Services Platform” which the company claims helps it develop and deploy future data-driven mobility services in regard to safety, security, comfort, and convenience. This happens through the Data Communication Module on newer cars, and Toyota has now announced that it’s looking to expand that even more thanks to an increased collaboration with Amazon Web Services. There sounds like there could be some added benefits here, but it also immediately raises the privacy flag. Let me explain…
(Almost) Official: The Chevy Camaro Is Living On Borrowed Time
At this point, you’ve probably heard the rumors that – despite the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger’s success – the Chevy Camaro is on the verge of being discontinued. We reported on this as early back as June 2019 when it was said that Chevy just couldn’t justify the Camaro’s existence. If anything we assumed that the name would live on, especially have GM broke the internet (in a bad way) by teasing a jacked-up electric car that looked painfully like the current-gen Camaro. Now a new report, one that quotes “multiple sources within GM,” says that the Camaro is on the verge of death, so what now?
You Can’t Buy a Ford Bronco In Europe, But You Will Be Able to Buy the Ram 1500 TRX
Shortly After the 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed, it was announced by a Ford spokesperson that the Bronco isn’t for Europe in any way, shape, or form. Given Europe’s strict emissions regulations and massive taxes on big engines, you’d assume that the RAM TRX would be stuck on the sidelines just like the Ford Bronco. Ford is even offering the Bronco with a three-banger, and it won’t cross the pond, but the HEMI-powered Ram TRX will be making that journey, and it could be happening sooner than you might expect.
Here’s How Ram Made the Rebel TRX So Capable Off-Road
It’s been three years since Ford re-released the F-150 Raptor (after a three-year hiatus), and we’ve been waiting for a strong challenger to come in with an uppercut. The Rebel’s distant cousin, the Jeep Gladiator, is okay and all, but Ram just proved that good things come to those who wait. This, folks, is the Ram Rebel TRX, and I’m going to explain to you how Ram made it so capable and why it just became the most capable truck in the world.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX - Quick Facts and Photo Gallery
Billed as the most powerful mass-produced truck in the world, the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX has some pretty big expectations to live up to, but once you hear more about it, I think you’ll agree that it’s about to dominate the off-road segment. The 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Jeep Wrangler better watch out because there’s a new truck in town, and it has the taste of blood on its tongue. Powered by a 6.2-liter HEMI V-8, the Rebel TRX is good for 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent through a high-torque-capacity TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission. This truck has the capability of sprinting to 60 mph in as fast as 4.5 seconds and will blaze through the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 108 mph. It will top out at just 118 mph, but remember – this isn’t a super-truck; it’s an off-road truck, and that is, without a doubt, its natural habitat.
A Dana 60 rear axle sends power to the rear wheels through an electronically locking rear differential with a 3.55 final gear ratio, and the new unique suspension system provides active damping to keep things under control even on the toughest off-road trails. But that’s not all. See, the TRX also features model-specific Bilstein Black Hawk e2 performance shocks and a five-link coil suspension system. All told, wheel travel is greater than 13 inches on all four corners, and the TRX is also 8-inches wider than any other 1500 on the market today. The TRX starts out at an impressive $69,999 and order books open as soon as August 18, 2020.
We have a lot more to tell you about the Rebel TRX, though, so stay tuned and be sure to check back regularly for the rest of this week! Until then, check out the amazing gallery above or embedded in this page below!
Sorry, Europeans, No Ford Bronco For You
On the onset, the new 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport appear to be a big hit for the blue oval. In the first three weeks after its reveal, North American consumers have made more than 165,000 reservations – something that appears to be a first for Ford. Of course, those reservations only required a refundable, $100 deposit, but for now, things are looking great the new Bronco. But it’s not all peaches and cream and, as it turns out, the Bronco and Bronco Sport are going to be absent from a major market. The worst part is that you can blame the government and you’d likely be right for once.
The Lights on Ken Block’s SVC F-150 Raptor Will Turn Your Retinas Into Swiss Cheese
If you scroll down our page dedicated to the legendary Ken Block, you’ll quickly notice one thing: Outside of being an epic drifter, this is a man that loves his Fords. Most recently, he’s looking to dominate the Projekt E Series with an all-electric Ford Fiesta and he’s even gone so far as to put a Ford Raptor Engine Inside a Supra boat of all things. That Supra boat is also graciously towed by none other than a Ford F-150 Raptor, but this isn’t any raptor – it’s one that’s been tuned beyond reason by off-road tuner SVC. Now, Ken Block has done some crazy custom lighting work and, well, let’s just say that they can probably watch him Baja that F-150 Raptor at night from the International Space Station.
A New Lexus Trademark Hints At A New EV With an Unmentionable Body Style
Remember the Lexus LF-30 Concept that was revealed back in 2019? It was a futuristic concept with extreme styling and what you might expect from Lexus some 30-40 years from now. Even the cabin gave off the aura of a spaceship, so it was pretty clear that it wouldn’t enter production anytime soon. However, a new trademark filed by Lexus in the U.S., Europe, and Australia for the RZ 450e name, could hint that at least some of its DNA is about to head into production. Obviously, the “e” in the name means it will be an EV – one of the many that the company will offer by 2025 – but what kind of vehicle will it be?
Hyperion XP-1 Revealed: 1,016 Miles of Range, 60 MPH in 2.2 Seconds, Top Speed of 221 MPH
The Hyperion XP-1 has literally been in the works for five years, after the then-five-year-old energy company released a very random teaser for a car with extreme supercar proportions. It was five years after that before we saw or heard anything else about it, which came in the form a revised teaser image with an even better-looking silhouette. Suddenly, in July of 2020, energy company, Hyperion, confirmed that the hydrogen-powered XP-1 hypercar was almost ready to enter the world with a new teaser video that really aroused our suspicion. And, the day has finally come, and Hyperion has revealed the XP-1 in all its glory with some rather outrageous claims. These claims, friends, say that the XP-1 could sprint to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds and max out well beyond 200 mph. The projected range, however, could rattle the EV world as we know it!
Ford Kuga PHEV Stop-Sale Could Spark Worry in Ford Mach-E Customers
Ford launched the Kuga PHEV in the U.K. earlier this year, and so far, it’s been performing quite well, planting itself as the 10th best-selling car there in July of 2020. However, there’s a big problem brewing, with Ford being forced to recall and temporarily suspend global sales of the Juga PHEV because at least four have caught on fire. This problem seems limited to the Kuga PHEV, and Ford is only recalling models produced prior to June 26th, but does this spell trouble for other battery-electric models like, say, the Ford Mach-E?
2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced
In Mid-April we reported that the second-gen Kia Stinger was coming for the 2021 model year, but just a week or two later, we found out that the Kia Stinger might end up being canceled, along with hopes that a second-generation model would arrive. Then, in May of 2020, we learned that the next-gen Kia Stinger was delayed and might morph into an all-electric vehicle, but a facelifted model would launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Now, Kia has released a handful of images so we can see what the slightly refreshed Stinger looks like and we have a few tidbits of information to share. The real question, however, is whether or not the 2021 Kia Stinger will end up with updated, more powerful engines.
The Need For Electric Cars Just Killed the BMW M Next Supercar
When BMW revealed the 2019 BMW Vision M Next Concept, it served a couple of purposes. The official purpose was that it represented BMW’s take on how “driving pleasure might look in the future,” but it was also said to preview the future of BMW’s M-badged models and the company’s new hybrid powertrain. However, this debut happened six months after it was discovered that BMW was planning a 700-horsepower hybrid supercar to take on Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others. When purists and enthusiasts put 2+2 together, it made sense that the M Next Concept could move into production and that the long-awaited supercar would likely be a reworked i8 M Shortly after that news, it was reported that the i8 M was canceled, but it was never confirmed – at least not until now, anyway.
The Lucid Air Might Offer More Than 500 Miles Of Range
It hasn’t been long since we reported that the Lucid Air might beat out the best Tesla Model S with up to 442 miles of range. Considering that the Air starts out at just $60,000 this could put it in a position to effectively dethrone the Tesla Model S. Now, however, a new report from Ars Technica claims that independent testing has confirmed an estimated range of more than 500 miles on a single charge. If this report is true, and the EPA agrees, the Lucid Air could become the first production EV to cross that threshold. How likely is it that the EPA will give the air a similar rating? Well, the chances might actually be pretty good.
The Hyundai Elantra GT Is Dead in The U.S. Because It Couldn’t Compete
The Hyundai Elantra GT and GT N-Line, especially in regard to the most recent generation, had all the makings of a true hot hatch that could have competed with the likes of the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Type R, and even the Volkswagen Gold R. It has the looks, but Hyundai forgot one major ingredient – performance. Now, with a new Elantra GT N Line sedan on the horizon and the introduction of the Hyundai Venue, the Elantra GT hatchback is going to be killed off for the for the 2021 model year – at least in the United States, anyway.
Our First Look At the 2022 Toyota GR86 Proves Little Will Change Under the Skin
With more than a year’s worth of leaks and news about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, we finally learned in early August that Subaru was ending production of the BRZ. Toyota hasn’t commented on its production timetable for the current-gen 86, but we’re pretty sure the current-gens end of production isn’t far off. That has become more than evident now that the first spy video and images of the 2022 Toyota GR86 has surfaced online. Much like the most recent rumors suggest, neither Subaru nor Toyota are changing very much as they shift into the next generation.
We’re Actually Looking Forward To The Hybridized 2023 Nissan GT-R
Earlier this year we drove the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, and for the most part, every member of the Top Speed staff loved it. That doesn’t mean that the big elephant in the room, the fact that it’s essentially 13 years old, wasn’t painfully obvious. The car has aged better than most cars than have had such a long lifespan, but it’s beyond time for a new generation. For a while, it seemed like this would happen, but then in April 2020, Nissan argued that it won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it affordable, and a month later, we learned that Nissan’s cost-cutting plans could spell the end for the GT-R and it’s little brother the 370Z. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and in early August, we learned that the GT-R is due to be replaced in 2023, along with a happy little surprise.
Audi E-Tron Models are Now Cheaper and the SUV Has More Range, But It’s Still Not Good Enough
The Audi E-Tron SUV and Sportback are fairly amazing vehicles. I love the fact that they are electric but still look like a modern-day car without all the funky futuristic crap that some automakers try to put in there. The way I see it, both are – for the most part – perfect transitional vehicles. They have lots of technology but don’t go overboard. They provide decent performance and comfort, two things you’d expect from Audi. But, they aren’t without their flaws, and the two biggest – pricing and range – are finally starting to be addressed. Both models will get a big drop in pricing, and the E-Tron SUV will see a slight jump in range, but I’m sad to say that it’s still not enough.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV – Futuristic Styling and Tech That Won’t Make It To Production
After some light teasing, Cadillac has finally revealed the Lyriq SUV, but in its current form, it’s just a show car, and the debut video was littered with reminders that not all the technology you see will make it to the production model. With that tidbit out of the way, Cadillac should be commended for showing up late to the EV party in style, most of which is thanks to that new Ultium long-range battery and a new modular electric platform that will pave the way for all of GM to build countless EVs.
Audi To Over-Complicate Cars With Supercomputers and Repair Costs Could Skyrocket
If you strip down most modern cars on the road today, you’ll find a handful of different computer systems. You’ll find a body control module, an engine control module, and some even have smaller computers like modules that control the anti-lock brakes, airbags, or various other bits of technology. This was accurate ten years ago, and as cars have gotten more advance, these very control modules have been tasked with doing more while being interlinked together via a CANBUS system, and some are even complemented with additional control modules for smaller tasks. If one module failed, you could usually replace it and go about your life, albeit after paying a small fortune for the new computer, programming, and installation. Soon, however, Audi looks to simplify things by bringing everything together into by big supercomputer that’s being called an “Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Computer.” It sounds simple, but it’s actually far from simple. Let me explain…
A German Court Just Set Precedent For Touchscreen Infotainment Systems to Be Labeled As Driver Distractions
Here’s a scenario: You’re driving down the road in your Tesla Model S, and it starts to rain. The wipers automatically come on and set the speed to whatever it deems necessarily thanks to the automatic rain sensors. However, this speed isn’t fast or slow enough, so you reach over and navigate through the menus on your big touchscreen infotainment system to make the adjustment. Suddenly, you end up off the road and embedded into the side of a rather large tree. Sounds bad enough, right? Well, what if using that touchscreen, even for a safety feature, can be considered distracted driving and can cause you to lose your license and pay a fine? Seems ridiculous, right? Well, accident aside, a German court has just ruled that using the touchscreen in a Tesla counts as distracted driving, setting a precedent that could, eventually, lead to legal trouble for anyone spotted touching their screens while driving.
Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to the Audi R8 and TT
Remember when I told you that Audi Sport will phase out ICE-power RS models? Well, now thanks to the same cost-cutting measures – probably thanks to parent company Volkswagen – Audi may be forced to either axe two of its most important models or do something new with them entirely. Regardless of what happens, it certainly looks like the Audi R8 and TT won’t be sticking around too much longer, at least not as we know them today, anyway.
The Gordon Murray T.50 Is Lighter Than a Mazda MX5 and Smaller Than a Porsche 911
The Gordon Murray T.50, billed as a spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, has finally been revealed with what we’d consider the most impressive specs of any car in the last decade. Featuring a 1+2 layout with a center-mounted driver’s seat (just like the McLaren F1) The T.50 – despite its size – can still manage to carry between 8 and 10 cubic-feet of luggage but, more importantly, is all about the experience of driving first and foremost. And, that’s why you shouldn’t be too depressed about the fact that the T.50’s Cosworth-built V-12 only delivers 653 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque. That doesn’t sound like a lot in a world where 1000-horsepower hypercars are starting to become common, but there’s a lot more to this car than its power output and ground-breaking performance.
Revitalization Of Nissan’s Lineup Means Death of a Friendly Face and Prolonged Life For Another
In a recent report, we told you that Nissan was cutting costs to the tune of €2.8 billion, and part of that might mean the death of the only models in the lineup that people care about. A month before that, we told you that Nissan won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it “affordable.” Now, we have some new news to share, some of which is in regard to the currently 13-year-old Nissan GT-R (it was introduced way back in 2007) and the Nissan Maxima. The truth is, folks, that one of these two models isn’t meant for this world as Nissan continues to rattle the core of its lineup.
The Cybertruck is Riskier for Tesla and Elon Musk Than You Realize
What more can we say about the Tesla Cybertruck that hasn’t already been said? It’s awesome, it’s ugly, it’s interesting, it will work, it won’t work – we’ve said and heard it all. But, there’s something that you haven’t heard quite yet, and that’s the cold hard fact that neither Tesla nor Elon Musk did any market research before designing and developing the Cybertruck. This is about as risky as it gets for an automaker, and it’s probably a big reason why models like the Mercedes X-Class just couldn’t cut the mustard.
2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That’s a Good Thing
The Subaru BRZ and it’s twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now it’s time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but that’s a good thing, as long as you’re willing to wait for the next-gen model. Don’t bother sounding the fake news or rumor alarm, either, as this news comes directly from Subaru itself – if you can read Japanese, that is.
Mercedes and AMG Should Definitely Build This C63 Black Series Coupe
The awesome and outrageously expensive Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series hasn’t been out more than a few weeks, and we’re already getting the itch to see more Black Series DNA. And, that’s where this rendering from carlifestyle on Instagram comes into play. Carlifestyle has taken all the extra goodness from the AMG GT Black Series and blended it into the already amazing AMG C63 Coupe to create a car that looks suitable for whatever god or gods you believe it, and that’s no joke.
If Every Car In The U.S. Was Electric, We’d Be Beyond Screwed
The future of automobiles is electric. Eventually, the internal combustion engine will die off. Eventually, battery technology will be so good, and range anxiety won’t exist. These are phrases that we hear from automakers and governmental agencies on a fairly regular basis as automakers continue to transition their lineups deeper into electrification, and electric car companies like Tesla and Rivian start to take their own little piece of the pie. But, there’s something that is rarely thought about – can the U.S. power grid that we largely take for granted actually handle wide-spread EV usage? As it turns out, we’re nowhere ready for the all-electric future that we hear about so often, and a new study by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is the proof.
Skip the 2021 Toyota Supra Because A Manual Transmission Might Be Available in 2022
By the time February 2020 came around, we learned that the 2021 Toyota Supra would end up being better than the 2020, giving some buyers the shaft. Shortly after that news came about, Toyota tried to justify this move and explained how it was looking to improve the Supra year after year. Whether or not current owners feel shafted or not, the 2021 Supra is better, but there’s still one big thing it’s lacking – a manual transmission. That singular problem, however, may be solved in the very near future if a new report from Japan’s Mag X turns out to be legitimate.
For Less Than $5,000, You Can Convert Your E46 BMW M3 CSL to a Real Manual Transmission
When BMW launched the E46 M3 CSL it wasn’t offered with a full-fledged manual transmission. Instead, it had a rather clunky SMG gearbox that was, arguably, the most significant weakness of the car. Well, there’s something a lot of people don’t realize about that SMG gearbox – it was actually a “robotized” manual transmission, and that opens the door to a pretty awesome conversion. That’s where Everything M3s comes into play, and for a little more than $4,500 (£3,500), they’ll make that SMG a true-to-life manual transmission with a shifter and three pedals.
The 2021 Acura TLX Type-S Really Could Be the Dominate Compact Sports Sedan
When Acura revealed the2021 TLX luxury sports sedan, we came right out and said that BMW and Mercedes should worry about it. In fact, you could even argue that Cadillac and Audi should worry too, despite the fact that the former is abandoning fuel-driven performance for a new naming structure and all-electric future. Well, Acura has added even more evidence that certain brands should worry with news that the 2021 Acura TLX Type-S will feature a pure-driven V-6 heart that’s good for 355 horsepower. Even better yet, we’ll see a near-production prototype in special livery serve as a pace car at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on August 30, 2020!
Prediction: Aston Martin Cars Will Get More Expensive Post Pandemic
At this point, even those living under the most obscure rock know that almost every automotive company – aside from Tesla it seems – took a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aston Martin was on the bad side of that too, with sales down some 64-percent in the first half of 2020 and a total revenue of just £146 million. The company’s plan to bounce back includes “rebalancing supply to demand” and reducing production of key sports car lines to focus more on the DBX SUV. Part of this profitability increase means cutting 500 jobs, but I also see a hidden message that says “give us more money.” Let me explain.
Cadillac Needs to Nail the LYRIQ If It’s Going to be Even Remotely Successful
Outside of the Chevy Bolt, GM doesn’t really have any electric vehicles. The Bolt was a huge step forward with its 259 miles of range on a good day, but GM is definitely falling behind, and that’s why Cadillac is set to “spearhead GM’s shift to an all-electric future.” The LYRIQ that has been teased here is the first of many to come and will be powered by GM’s Ultimum batteries. It will also ride on the same next-gen battery-electric architecture that will underpin most Cadillac and Chevy EVs going forward. We’ll get our first full look at it on August 6th, but what exactly can we expect?