Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability
Word has been circling that Ferrari has delayed its plans to shift into building EVs until 2025, and it’s 100-percent true. Some outlets, however, would have you believe that Ferrari might not even be around by then – @FredericLambert from Electrek, I’m looking at you. The truth is that there’s a good reason that Ferrari has decided to push its plans for an EV from roughly 2023 to 2025 or later.
Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won’t Be a Hatchback
Mercedes has finally unveiled the new GLA, and during the presentation, we were treated to a teaser of the Mercedes EQA EV – a model once believed to be an entry-level hatchback. The image was clear enough that we can confirm the EQA will, in fact, be a very small crossover, one that we’ve seen in the prototype form in the past. This raises a big question, though. Why isn’t the production version of the Mercedes EQA going to take after the Concept EQA that was shown off by Mercedes back in 2017, and what happened to the hatchback body style?
When Audi launched the RS5 Sportback in late 2018, there was a lot of uproar about the old-style grille that made the face of the new car look outdated at best. For 2021, Audi is launching the Audi RS5 Coupe, and with it came a mild facelift for the recently launched Sportback. The good news is that Audi finally addressed the grille situation and has redesigned the nose. Now, the RS5 features the more modern, flatter and wider grille that makes the car look sportier and more aggressive at the same time. As a result, Audi was also able to add tiny vents between the grille and the hood to pay tribute to 1984 Audi Sport Quattro. The wheel arches are also 1.6-inches wider, while the LED lights in the headlights and the matrix in the taillights have been revised as well.
There’s not a lot to mention about the interior, but Audi has upgraded the MMI infotainment system, and it now includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen display. It’s also angled just a degree or two toward the driver to help improve visibility and reach. As is the usual case with RS models, the interior is wrapped in mass amounts of leather and Alcantara, but you can opt for Nappa leather if you wish. Red or gray accents for the interior are also available.
The exterior and interior refinements, regardless of how necessary, are where the changes stop. The 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood carries over to 2021 unchanged. It delivers roughly 444 horsepower and a cool 442.5 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which comes into play at just 1,900 rpm. The RS5 Sportback and Coupe can make the run to 62.1 mph in 3.9 seconds and will top out at 174 mph if you keep the hammer down. A manual transmission isn’t on the docket, though, so you’ll have to make do with Audi’s fairly decent eight-speed Tiptronic auto. The RS5 in either form comes standard with AWD, though, so it does have that going for it. Opt for the rear sport differential, and you’ll even get active torque distribution between the rear wheels.
The 2021 Audi RS5 goes on sale in Europe in early 2020 and will start out at EUR 83,500. Pricing and availability for other markets, including the United States, have yet to be announced.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevy has finally revitalized is full-size SUV lineup by updating the 2021 Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe. With the update comes a new exterior look that’s bolder and more muscular than before, and a new interior with crazy amounts of new technology. What is arguably more important than any of this, though, are the changes that happen under the skin. Chevy made an all-new chassis, and with it comes a revised adaptive air suspension and a longer rear multi-link suspension that will drastically improve ride quality and handling abilities. On top of this, the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s carry over, offering 355 horsepower and 420 horsepower, respectively. A new Duramax, 3.0-liter, inline-six joins the mix as well, and it offers up 277 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque and what Chevy believes fuel economy ratings that will meet or exceed the best in the segment. Towing figures or official fuel economy figures have yet to be released.
On the inside, the biggest change comes in the passenger and cargo room departments. Since Chevy managed to stretch the Tahoe’s wheelbase by 4.9 inches to 120.9 inches total, the Tahoe now offers 42 inches of second row legroom (a 3-inch increase) and 34.9 inches of third row legroom (an impressive increase of 10.1 inches.) Cargo room was also increased by 10.2 cu-ft to 25.5 cu-ft with all the seats in place and 28.2 cu-ft to 122.9 cu-ft with all the seats laid down. On top of that, if you select the right trim an options, you can have up to five display screens:A standard 10-inch infotainment display Optional 8-inch digital instrument cluster 15-inch Head-up display Two 12.6-inch rear seat displays for second row passengers
Overall, Chevy has made major improvements to its full-size SUVS, and pricing has yet to be announced but don’t expect prices to increase too much. The usual trim levels will carry over, including the Z71 and High Country, among others, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the all-new Tahoe when it launches in Mid-2020.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban
Christmas has come early in 2019 with the surprise release of an All-New Chevy Suburban. In this case we mean, there’s actually a lot of all-new. Interested in more legroom, the Suburban has you covered with an extra 2.3 inches in the second row (now 42 inches) and 2.2 inches in the third row (now 36.7 inches). Cargo room is even up by an impressive 23 cubic-feet with all the seats laid down. All this extra space comes courtesy of the Suburban’s new, 134.1-inch wheelbase, an increase of 4.1 inches (overall length only increased by 1.3 inches.)
It’s more than just space that makes the 2021 Chevy Suburban special, though. When fully optioned, the cabin can be fitted with a total of five display screens:Two rear seat display screens A 15-inch Head-Up display 8-inch digital instrument cluster 10-inch diagonal infotainment display
Under the skin, you’ll find that Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s carry over. For 2021 the 5.3-liter is good for 355 horsepower while the 6.2 comes correct with 420 horsepower, the latter is only standard on the High Country trim. More important than this is the all-new 3.0-liter, Duramax, inline-six. GM says it will be available on all trim levels with exceptions of the Z71 and that it delivers 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s supposed to offer superior fuel economy and it’s a step up for Chevy as no other full-size SUV that it competes with actually offers this diesel engine. Fuel economy has yet to be released.
For now, pricing is a mystery, but the The 2021 Chevy Suburban and the 2021 Chevy Tahoe are expected to go on sale in Mid-2020.
Does It Get Any Better Than Seeing Supercar Blondie Drive the GFG Style 2030?
Supercar Blondie has all the luck when it comes to getting her hands on hypercars, supercars, and even concepts, and she got even luckier when she got to drive the Saudi Arabia exclusive GFG Style 2030. Her maiden voyage in the concept took place during the Riyadh Car Show in Saudi Arabia, where the Style 2030 was showcased alongside 1,200 other beautiful cars, a preview before the Style 2030 is shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. But, thanks to Supercar Blondie’s video, you don’t have to wait to get up close and personal with it.
Tesla Just Broke Its Promise on Cybertruck Production and We’re Not Surprised One Bit
When Tesla launced the Cybertruck, we were promsied that the two cheaper versions – the single motor, $39,900 model and the dual-motor $49,900 model – would go into prodution in late 2021 while the more expensive tri-motor model with the Tesla Plaid drivetrain would arrive to the production line in late 2022. Now, Tesla has doubled back on its word and will delay the cheapest model until late 2021 so that the more expensive tri-motor Plaid model will enter production earlier.
Rumor Has It that the Ford Mach-1 is Coming Back, And It Could Be Electric
Remember when people rioted across the streets of the internet when Ford announced it was going to use the Mach 1 name and what has now debuted as the Mach-E? Well, a new video – on that has since been taken private – posted by CJPonyParts, suggested that the Mach 1 name was going to be applied to a new Mustang once the Mustang Bullitt is killed off in 2021. Details were scarce, and the video is now AWOL, but here’s what we think we know.
Like the Toyota Supra, the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Could Be More Powerful Than Advertised
It’s becoming a common trend to take new performance cars, slap them on a dyno, and see just how well the performance numbers stack up to automaker claims. We saw it with the Toyota Supra, and it proved to be way more powerful, even in a separate testing session. We saw it when Motor Trend Dynoed the C8 Corvette, and now we’re seeing it with the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. So, does the GT500 really produce the claimed 760 horsepower, does it fall short, or is Ford and Shelby sandbagging on official specs?
Here’s a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Doing a Burnout on a Flatbed Truck
People are really putting in work to strengthen the case for self-driving cars. We’ve got idiots in Mustangs crashing on a regular basis, dumb asses in supercars crashing almost as frequently, and now we’re looking at another video of someone trusting the old straps of a flatbed truck to hold his Mercedes-AMG C63 S in place while he does a sitting burnout while the truck drives down the highway.
Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production
We’ve seen the Nissan GT-R50 Concept and then Nissan showed us a “production” model, but we never thought the crazy-expensive version of Godzilla would actually go into production. Well, as it turns out, it’s already happened, and the first customer example will be shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Don’t expect to get close to it though – with a Price tag of €990,000, you can expect Nissan to be excessively cautious of who comes close.
Genesis has put the G90 luxury sedan through a rather extensive mid-cycle facelift that borders on the equivalence of what we’d expect from a new generation and has put facelifts from competitors like Infiniti, Audi, Lexus, and BMW to shame. Part of this mid-cycle update includes a complete exterior rework (save for the roof and doors) and a bunch of updated technology and materials that push the G90 even deeper into the luxury segment. There are no powertrain updates to report, but that’s okay, and you’ll see why in our full review below.
Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in California
Driving without auto insurance or other proof of financial responsibility is actually a big deal, but the penalties for doing so vary by state. In some states, it’s actually a felony to drive without auto insurance. In others, you get off rather easy with little more than a fine and a harsh warning for your first offense – unless you’re in an accident, in which case, you could find yourself in a real jam. What is California’s law on auto insurance? Well, here’s what you need to know.
There Are a Few Aston Martins in the new James Bond No time to Die Trailer
The brief teaser for No Time to Die hasn’t even gone cold yet, and here we are looking at the first official trailer. As is the usual case, there is plenty of automotive action going on, including a completely fresh take on Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – one of the most famous action-movie cars in history. That DB5 even has a fresh upgrade (and probably more that we haven’t seen.)
What Does a Hit and Run Accident Report Have In It?
An FS-1 document is, essentially, proof of insurance the serves as proof of financial responsibility. It’s similar to the SR-22 document required in some states for those convicted of a DUI or DWI, or the Proof of Insurance that drivers are required to carry in other states. North Carolina, however, is the only state that uses an FS-1 document.
I’m In Love With These 2021 Jaguar F-Type Wallpapers
Okay, so Jaguar did a lot to freshen up the 2021 F-Type. Sure, it’s not the next-gen (and maybe mid-engined?) model that we wanted, but it looks 10 times better than it used to. Not that it was an ugly car by any means, but those big bug-eye headlights and funky corner vents in the front just weren’t working for it. Neither was the old-school technology that may only be 5 years old but felt much old. Along with the F-Type’s debut, however, came a small handful of images that I just can’t quit looking at, and then it hit me – these will make some awesome wallpapers!
2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type Visual Comparison
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has just made a very quiet debut with no live stream and no crazy jaguar-like stunts. You can visit our one-live-stream page to see videos that were launched along with the new F-Type or you can stick around here to see how the 2021 Jaguar F-Type compares to the current model. There are certainly some changes, not only cosmetically, but mechanically as well. We’ll try to keep it brief, but there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has been quietly revealed via Jaguar’s media page – although there was no live stream or any cool stunts, we have to admit that the 2021 model does offer significant improvement over the current model, including revised exterior lighting, updated technology inside, and a decent uptick in power output as well. Check out our full gallery down below!
Watch the 2021 Jaguar F-Type’s Global Debut Video Here (updated)
Jaguar is no stranger to crazy car aerobatics and stunts, and with that teaser video that was posted to social media not that long ago, you can bet the 2021 Jaguar F-Type is going to do a full-on loop-do-loop during the debut live stream.
The stream hasn’t been launched yet, but we’ll be posting it just down below as soon as it is available. Until then, you can check out the latest F-Type design leaks, our recently updated speculative review of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, or you can read up more about that crazy Hot Wheels Teaser video from last week. Check back for updates soon – they are coming.
Updated 12/2/2019 @ 3:03 PM Jaguar skipped a live debut stream altogether and quietly released images and a few videos of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type. Check out the videos below.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Has Leaked and Looks Very Familiar
Monday, December 2nd marks the debut of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, but this isn’t for the next-gen model. This is a mild face lift that will keep the F-Type fresh for a couple more years, and now we can see it early thanks Instagram channel All Car News that has posted what appear to be legitimate-looking official images.
2021 Jaguar F-Type Coupe(updated)
The Jaguar F-Type is, arguably, one of the best-looking sports cars on the market today and one could even go so far as to say it’s one of the best lookers of the decade. While this might be true, it has also been on the market since 2013, and we all know that it’s due to be replaced in 2020. We’ve finally seen the first prototype of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type being tested, and we have to admit that there’s going to be some serious changes taking place. Expect a similar silhouette with an all-new face and rear end. There’s also a certain rumor about the V-8 engine that you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to check out our drivetrain section to learn more about that.
Update 12/2/2019: Fresh on the heals of its debut, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe has been leaked on social media. We’ve updated this speculative review with those leaked images and what we know about it so far. Check it out in our special “updates” section below.
BMW’s New Cup Holder Will Let You Take Your Coffee to the Track
Can you imagine sitting in your BMW M8 with an uncovered cup of coffee as you wait in line to enter your favorite track? It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? As soon as you hit that first curve at speed, there will be coffee everywhere, your interior will be ruined, electronics shot, and you’ll be pissed. That’s not a very fun day at the track, but if BMW has its way, you could –theoretically—cruise around the Nurburgring and have that coffee without a worry in the world. How does that work?
Mazda Is Looking To Electrify the Next-Gen MX-5 Miata, But It’s not As Simple as it Sounds
Mazda is mulling over whether or not the next-gen MX-5 Miata should move into the electrification segment, something that could actually put it in line with the next-gen Porsche 718 should everything play out the right way. The important thing is that, no matter what, the next-gen MX-5 will remain light, compact, and agile, but how that’s going to happen is a mystery that Mazda still has to solve.
2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition
Back in June of 2019, we received confirmation that a next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were in the works Then, in September, we learned that the new BRZ and 86 twins may take a re-tuned version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter Flat-Four as their main source of motivation. Fast forward to the end of October 2019, and here we are looking at a random Subaru BRZ prototype undergoing the rigors of testing on none other than the Nurburgring. This begs the question of what Subaru has under its sleeve. Right away, I’m here to tell you that it’s not the next-gen BRZ, as that’s still at least a couple of years away. Based on the camo, this appears to be a hotter version of the BRZ, one that could be offered as a special edition or maybe even as a new range-topping model to hold us off until the next-gen BRZ arrives. Even better yet, we think this prototype is being pushed around the track by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four. After all, what better way to test the reception of a sport-tuned engine than to unleash it in a go-faster version of the current model.
Update 11/28/2019:The special edition Subaru BRZ that’s planned to debut sometime in 2020 was spotted testing on the Nurburgring being benchmarked against the Alpine A110 of all things. Check out the new images and learn more in our Spy Shots section below!
Brace Yourself – The Mustang Name Will Soon Be a “Performance Sub-Brand”
It only took a week for the First Edition models of the Mach-E to drop off the U.S. reservation page, signaling that the Mach-E First Edition is, essentially, sold out. Now, it looks like Ford has actually decided the Mustang name should be a “Performance sub-brand.” You better buckle in, folks, this is going to be an interesting ride.
Black Friday Car Deals 2019
Black Friday might be the day synonymous with risking death to get a great deal on a year-old TV, but it’s also the perfect time to get a good deal on a new car. Black Friday can net you some pretty sweet new car deals that include 0% financing, “employee pricing,” no payments for 90 days, and even a decent chunk of cashback. The trick is to know where to look, so we’ve put together a list of the best new car Black Friday deals that we can find.
Tesla Cybertruck Surprise – It Will Be Able to Turn 360-Degrees Like a Tank
With the all-new Tesla Cybertruck on the horizon, and all the drama that has ensued so far, I’ve been thinking about how it will stand out against every other truck on the market. Elon Musk has a habit of one-upping the competition and, since the Rivian R1T will feature four electric motors, I’m pretty sure the Cybertruck could as well. I know – Musk has said it will feature a dual-motor setup. But, with an electric motor on each wheel, the Cybertruck could, essentially, turn on a dime, much like a tank or zero-turn lawnmower. It might not sound too feasible, but neither did Musk’s flamethrower or the Model S sprinting to 60 mph in less than three seconds and, yet, here we are. So yeah, that’s the big surprise: The big, bulky Tesla Cybertruck will be able to turn like a tank.
Here’s How You Can (MAYBE) Watch the Tesla Cybertruck Live Stream
We’ve been told that the reveal of the Tesla Cybertruck will be live-streamed at 11:00 PM EST (8 PM PST) but we’ve yet to see an official stream anywhere on the internet. Musk has refrained from using the official Tesla Youtube channel for live streams, so it probably won’t happen there, and your best bet is to see the official stream on social media or the Tesla homepage, which was the case last time.
However, there are a few independent youtube channels, at least a couple of which claim to actually be at the event. If things fall through, you might be able to get a good first look in the videos below.
Tesla Cybertruck Reveal – Performance Expectations and Specs
The Tesla Cybertruck is scheduled to make its debut at 8pm PST \ 11pm EST on Friday November 21, 2019 and, since it’s less than 48 hours away, it’s time to look at our expectations of what is, arguably, the most anticipated debut of 2019. Let’s take a brief look at towing capacity, range, performance, and utility.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?
Thoughts on the use of the Mustang and Mach names on Ford’s latest electric crossover aside, you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling package for an all-new model. As a mass-produced, heavily funded, stone-cold competitor to the Tesla Model Y, you would think that Tesla and Elon Musk would be a bit worried about the Mustang Mach-E. On the contrary, though, Musk is actually pleased and “excited” about it.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Has Some Interesting and Unique Door Handles
There are a lot of quirks to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, but one that really stuck out to us is the fact that it seems void of door handles. Then we noticed that weird stationary handle on the front doors, and we had to dig a little further to see just what was going on. There’s a somewhat interesting story here and some potential future problems. Here’s what you need to know about the Mach-E’s weird-ass door handles.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Picture Gallery
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV has finally launched with up to 300 miles of range and as much as 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The Premium and First Edition trim levels will be available in showrooms starting sometime in early 2020, with the entry-level Select and the California Route 1 trim will hit the market in early 2021. If you want the range-topping GT Performance model, though, you’ll need to wait until late 2021. Check out all the latest details, look deeper into charging time and range, or enjoy the photo gallery that we’ve posted below!
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Video Compilation
You might not agree with Ford’s decision to use the Mustang name (of the Mach name, for that matter) on a crossover, but at least it does carry some Mustang DNA. Either way, as an all-knew model, there’s a lot that we need to do to actually get acquainted with it, the first of which is browsing our new Mach-E gallery. Then, you might want tolearn the finer details and get in tune with the Mach-E’s charging time and range. Finally, we’ve posted all the Mach-E videos we have to help you push your knowledge on Ford’s latest and greatest to the next level.
If You’re Buying a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, You Better Have a 240-Volt Plug in Your Garage
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has come to usher in a new era for Ford and the Mustang Name. It’s the first Mustang EV slated for production, and it’s the first crossover to wear the Mustang Name. Along with its debut, we learned that the Mach-E can charge at the rate of 3 miles per hour on a typical, 120-Volt home outlet, and we started wondering: just how does that compare to other models on the market?
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Promises 459 Horsepower and 300-Mile Range, But Not at the Same Time
The Mustang has a long and vibrant history, but the future is here, and the Mustang Mach-E is the proverbial looking glass into the future of not only the Mustang name but Ford as a whole. The Mustang Mach-E is the first production electric Mustang, and it’s the first crossover to bear the Mustang name too. It comes with a promise of up to 300 miles in range, up to 459 horsepower, and access to 75-percent of America’s charging infrastructure, but there’s a catch.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Live Debut Stream - See it Here!
After what seems like forever, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is set to debut today, November 17, 2019, at 8:50 pm EST, 5:50 PM PST, and 1:50 AM GST during a live-stream event that you can watch right here on Topspeed.com in the video embed below. The live stream takes place in Los Angeles and is set to run for just one-half hour, after which reservations will open for early adopters.
Of course, we’ve already learned a lot about the Mustang Mach-E thanks to a number of leaks (you can see those in our [full speculative review->art181042) but, in case you’re cramped for time, what we’ve learned includes:Approximate range of 300 miles on most trims Most trims will hit 60 mph in the 5.5-6.5 second range The range-topping GT trim will only be good for 235 miles but will hit 60 mph in the mid-3-second range AWD or RWD is available, but RWD is limited to the Mach-E Premium, and Mach-E Select trims. Pricing will fall between $43,895 and $60,500 It will sport a lot of Mustang-inspired cues including the rear taillights and parts of the front fascia Should compete with the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model Y, and Mercedes EQC Reservations will start at just $500, but a delivery date has yet to be announced.
For now, that’s the gist of what we know, but I’m embedding a bunch of our pre-debut coverage below, including our review, to help get your mind in the zone before the debut kicks off later today. After the debut, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Wallpaper of the Day: Porsche 918
Today, we want to pay tribute to the Porsche 918 - a cold-hearted, track-ready slayer of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Laferrari. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, this Porsche supercar can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds. Add on the Weissach package and its 77-pound weight reduction, and you’ll hit the same sprints in 2.6, 7.2, and 19.9 seconds, respectively. The exterior is all Porsche, and the design is still represented on new models to this day, but the 918 just stands on its out and is a great throwback, so we’ve labeled it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s a massive gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from.
The Toyota Avalon and Camry Are Now AWD, But I’m More Interested in the Pictures
Toyota is super proud of the fact that it was able to pair the 2019 RAV 4’s AWD system with the 2020 Camry and 2021 Avalon. It’s also proud of the fact that AWD can be specified on most trim levels without adding too much weight (just 165 pounds for the Camry,) but what I’m more interested in are the pictures that Toyota released along with this news.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider
When Ferrari decided to replace the 488 Spider, we go the F8 Spider – a drop-top version of the F8 Tributo with a carry over of technology and chassis technology from the track-bred 488 Pista. It might not be quite as dynamic as the 488 Pista, but third V-8 powered Italian is good for 710 horsepower and 569 pound-feet of torque – enough to push 60 mph breeze through your hair in just 2.9 seconds. As the epitome of topless performance, the F8 Spider competes against the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder and the McLaren 720S Spider, but we’re so stuck on the F8’s design that we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve chosen our favorite and posted it below, but there’s also a gallery further down the page for you to choose your favorite from. Go ahead and pick your favorite – it’s free!
Is the Ford Capri Coming Back as the Mini Ford GT We All Deserve?
Ford has brought back the Bronco and Puma name, and let’s not forget about the revival of the Ford GT, so what’s next on the Blue Oval’s plate? Well, word has it that there could be a revival of the Capri name, and we’re thinking it could be a smaller sports car that would fill the gap between the Mustang and the Ford GT – a BIG gap, I know – and it could even take on the likes of cars like the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 718, or the Audi TT.
Maserati Just Confirmed a Debut for May 2020 – Is It the new Alfieri Sports Car?
A new teaser hints that the Maserati Alfieri will make its debut in May of 2020 – amazing news when you consider the fact that some FCA Companies (like Alfa Romeo) are in turmoil and subject to serious cutbacks. Fortunately, this teaser not only proves that Maserati’s roadmap to 2023 is still intact, but also that the company is right on plan to deliver that “all-new Sportscar” sometime in 2020. Here’s why this teaser is a confirmation that the new Alfieri is finally coming.
The Next-Gen Porsche 718 EV Could Be More Powerful than the Current Cayman GTS; Should Arrive in 2023
Nobody has officially confirmed that the next-generation 2023 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster will be electric or even hybrid, but a new report is saying that they could have 400 horsepower, a figure that will put them well ahead of the current Cayman GTS and pretty damn close to the 414-horsepower Cayman GT4.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Now that FCA has finally killed off the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, it has managed to find its way back into our hearts again. Okay, maybe not, but at the same time, we’re still kind of sad to see it go. We can’t help but wonder if it would have met the same fate had Alfa Romeo actually had the money and desire to even so much as give the 4C a mild facelift or any type of update at al throughout its entire lifespan. It just doesn’t seem like the proper end to a model that reintroduced Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market, now does it?
Of course, with the 4C delivering just 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and no funds available to make any type of improvement, the 4C became largely obsolete and too expensive (for its capability) to even compete on the market anymore. So, with the 4C officially at the end of its life, we thought what a better way to send it off than to let it live on in our rotation of daily wallpapers. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below, but you can slide on down the page to find a rather large gallery with any 4C wallpaper you could ever want or desire.
How Big is the Battery In the Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid?
The Tesla Model S Plaid tore around Laguna Seca in just 1:36.555 and is slated to be the fastest and most powerful version of the Tesla Model S, effectively dethroning the Model S P100D. The Model X will also get the same treatment and, while we know the Model S and Model X Plaid models will be more powerful – and faster – we’ve been left in the dark in terms of battery size, at least until now, as Elon Musk has confirmed that Plaid models will, in fact, feature a larger battery. In fact, they will sort the largest battery to ever grace Tesla’s lineup.
If You Missed Out on the Audi R8 RWS but Still Want a RWD R8, We’ve Got Good News For You
Right before Audi facelifted the second-gen R8 for 2019, it released the Audi R8 V10 RWS, which was, essentially, a RWD version of the V-10 R8. The model was limited to just 999 examples, though, leaving anyone who wanted a RWD R8 left holding an empty bag. All that has changed now, though, as Audi as finally launched a new RWD version of the R8 with a V-10, and it looks even better than the RWS since it’s being introduced post-facelift. Even better yet, this baby isn’t production limited, so you might actually stand a chance at getting one. It’s not all peaches and cream, though, and there are a couple of things that you need to know.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 BMW M2 CS Racing
AS BMW Motorsport continues to expand its reach into providing more affordable ways to enter the world of racing, BMW has introduced the 2020 M2 CS Racing. Replacing the M4 GT4 as the entry-level racecar in the lineup, you’ll have to pony up about $105,000 to get one (€95,000) plus tax, of course. Under the hood sits BMW’s S55 2.9-liter inline-six that can be tuned to deliver anywhere between 280 and 365 horsepower depending on the Balance of Performance classification needed. Maximum torque is rated at 405 pound feet (550 Newton-meters) and is transferred to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential. This is the same transmission found in the road-going M2 CS, but with different software tuning for quicker and crispier shifts.
Driver aids include ABS and stability control, but they can be disabled if you determine them unnecessary. Delivery of the M2 CS Racing should begin sometime in mid-2020 but it’s already been thoroughly tested at Miramas in France and Portimao in Portugal. With all of this in mind, we thought the M2 CS Racing would make a great wallpaper candidate, so we’ve added a few desktop wallpapers for you to choose from down below.
The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
The 2020 BMW M2 CS is finally here, and it comes with BMW’s legendary S55, 3.0-liter inline-six, which now boasts 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It’s also gleaming with carbon fiber outside and packed full of Alcantara with contrast stitching inside. It’s certainly lighter and faster than the M2 Competition, but by how much?
2020 BMW M2 CS Picture Gallery
While SUVs seem to be killing off sedans and coupes at an alarming rate, BMW is still launching amazing machines like the 2020 M2 CS that you see here. This is probably the last variation of the M2 that we’ll see before the next generation is ushered onto the market, but it’s also the most important one. Powered by BMW’s S55, 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, inline-six, the M2 CS is good for 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. With the manual transmission, it can hit 60 mph in 4.0-seconds flat while the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will quick-shift you to the same benchmark in 3.8 seconds. There is a ton of extra carbon fiber thrown about inside and out, while adaptive M suspension keeps things level, and the dual-branch exhaust emits a tone like you’ve never heard from and M2 before. We’ll have more news coming on the 2020 M2 CS soon, and we’ll be updating our M2 CS speculative review in due time, but for now, you can enjoy the amazing picture gallery we’ve added below!
The PSA-FCA Merger Could Bring Some Cool Cars to the United States
FCA and PSA are merging; this much we know is true. With this in mind, and the reminder that Peugeot has been itching to get back into the U.S. market, we’ve realized that this new merger with FCA could streamline and speed up that process in a big way. Furthermore, it opens the door for brands like Citroen, Vauxhall, and DS to ease into the U.S. market without taking too large of a risk. So, if this all plays out in the most favorable way possible, what cool cars could end up on U.S. roads in the near future? Let’s dig into it and look at the possibilities.
This Rendering of a Three-Door 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Makes Us Miss Simpler Times
If you want an eighth-generation, 2020 Volkswagen Golf, you have no choice but to get one with four doors plus a hatch. Just like the brand did with the Polo, it’s nixing the potential of a three-door golf hatch because the body style just didn’t sell well. It’s not surprising considering how hard it was to get into the rear of a three-door, but it’s still a damn shame. Fortunately, independent artist Aksyonov Nikita posted his latest work on Behance to show us just what a three-door MK. 8 Golf would actually look like. It certainly reminds us of simpler times, and it makes the itch for a three-door Mk. 8 Golf come stronger than ever.
Audi Got Horny for Halloween and Gave the Q3 an Epic Mythical Erection
Audi posted some fun renderings of an Audi Q3 with a unicorn horn on social media, and it got so much attention that the German company decided to bring the “Qnicorn” to life and cruise around the streets of Washington DC. It’s certainly an interesting take on Halloween costumes, and at least the company didn’t get burned like BMW did when it tried to troll Mercedes.
Alfa Romeo is on the Verge of Death as Big Models Have Been Nixed
Alfa Romeo announced back in June of 2018 that it would revive the 8C and GTV with its product roadmap through 2022, but since then, things have certainly changed, Alfa’s sales have been rather sad at best, and those two models have been canceled altogether. The compact Tonale Crossover is still on the docket as is the larger electric SUV – big surprise there – but there’s more to this. A new, updated roadmap for the company for 2019-2022 has been released, and it’s not looking good at all. Where the company originally planned 7 models and refreshes, there are now just four – two of which are the mid-cycle refreshes for the Stelvio and Giulia, the only two models keeping the company alive at the moment.
BMW’s Halloween Trolling Taught Us That Even Mercedes Pities BMW’s New Massive Grilles
BMW thought it had the ultimate burn against its biggest rival, Mercedes, by releasing an image on social media that showed a Mercedes wearing a BMW costume. Things didn’t work out as planned, and now @BMAUSA’s social media team is feeling the burn as Daimler AG points out that even it doesn’t like BMW’s new massive grille designs.
If You’re Thinking of Leasing a 2020 Toyota Supra, You Might Want to Consider the 2020 BMW Z4 Instead
My wife will be the first to tell you that I suck at math, but after reviewing Cars Direct’s findings of lease cost for the 2020 Toyota Supra and 2020 BMW Z4, even I can tell you things don’t add up properly – and that’s saying a lot. In short, the more expensive BMW Z4 is cheaper to lease than the Toyota Supra, even when you go for the Z4 M40i and compare it to the entry-level Toyota Supra. Yikes!
Volkswagen Just Teased the ID 4 Electric Crossover That’s Coming to the United States
Volkswagen held an event in China to show off some of its latest models, including the Vilorian minivan and Tacqua compact crossover, but the highlight of the lineup there was the ID 4 prototype. Undoubtedly, VW plans to enter the Chinese market with the ID 4 compact as well, but since it needs to make a big splash in the states, you’d think that prototype would have been shown here, where the brand has been withholding its new ID lineup.
The Next-Gen Nissan Z Was Caught Testing on the Nurburgring - Kind of
Back at the Toyota Motor Show Nissan’s Product Planning Boos, Ivan Espinosa, didn’t exactly confirm in an official capacity that a new Nissan Z car was coming, but he did say that we can “expect something soon.” Sure enough, it didn’t take long for a test mule to show up on the Nurburgring. Obviously, this thing looks like the 370Z, but that’s because this is a very early mule and is likely testing a new drivetrain for the next-gen Z-Car that will probably go by the name 400Z.
The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question
Ford Ranger Driver Goes Full-On Mustang Into a Gas Station - What He Does Next is Mind Blowing
It’s starting to look like it’s not just Mustang drivers that have no common sense. Or, maybe this guy has a Mustang sitting in his backyard – that would certainly explain what we see here. Either way, the guy responsible for this display of utter stupidity goes by the name William Edmonds and, he was probably drunk when he decided to go full-on Ford Mustang into a gas station.
As the story goes, Edmonds decided he wanted to snag himself a beer from the local gas station. This beer, by the way, he pretty much started drinking on the spot. Big surprise, right? Well, after slamming that brewski, he decided to bust a 180 in his Ford Ranger but lost control and shot off into the gas station, taking the stores’ doors and everything else in his path with him. If this isn’t bad enough already, this incredibly smart man proceeds to get out of the truck and rip off his license plate, busting his ass in the process, then leaves the scene and goes home like nothing happened.
Of course, it didn’t take long for authorities to catch up with him since, you know, the license plate isn’t the only thing that links a vehicle to its owner. Fortunately nobody was hurt and he did own up to his bonehead move when the police showed up at his home. He was reportedly charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He’ll pay for the whole or deal by submitting to alcohol and drug testing twice per week. Surely, there’s more to the whole punishment side of things, but that’s all that has been reported at the moment. For now, go ahead and enjoy the video and have a good laugh – we certainly did.
BMW M3 and M4 Leaks are Real, But Both Models Are Far From Making Their Debut
Remember those leaked images of the BMW M3 and M4 that we saw on the production line last week? Well, BMW M President, Markus Flasch, has confirmed that they were legitimate and that they were, indeed, pre-production models. However, he also went on to say that there’s more than a year to wait before they go on sale.
The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F
When Lexus launched the current IS, it completely forgot about the IS F in order to focus on the RC F sports coupe and its various iterations. Now, it looks like that trend is going to continue as Lexus has, reportedly, no intention of introducing a new IS F when the fourth generation launches in 2020 or 2021.
When Ford introduced the 2020 Shelby GT500 it blew the last-gen model out of the water. Where the old model featured a 5.8-liter supercharged and turbocharged V-8 that was good for 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque, the new 2020 GT500 pushes it to an all-new level. It is nearly 400 pounds heavier, but it pumps out 760 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 that features nothing more than a big, fat supercharger sitting on the top of the engine. We’re talking mid-3-second sprints to 60 mph and quarter-mile times that drop into the 10-second range. We were there for the big debut, and we’ve seen it on more than one occasion. To be honest, we keep thinking about it, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s also a big gallery at the bottom of the page if you want to choose something different for yourself!
One could argue that the Pagani Huayra was one of the best supercars of the 2010s, but that argument only holds water up to 2017 when Pagani unleashed the Huayra BC. It’s based on the standard Huayra but features an improved V-12 engine, revised aerodynamics, and a race-inspired interior. That V-12 under the hood is good for 739 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque (the roadster has 753 ponies) while 60 mph comes in as fast as 2.8 seconds. Since this AMG-powered beast is a very limited model, we decided we should show it some screen love and decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite wallpaper below, but there’s a whole gallery at the bottom of the page that you can sift through to find your favorite.
A New Nissan Z and GT-R Are Coming, But You Might Not Like Them
22 Years - that’s how long the current Nissan GT-R and 370Z have collectively been on the market. Sure, the 370Z was updated for 2013, but it’s still very much the same car. Nissan, however, has finally admitted that it’s committed to both cars and, while nothing has been confirmed yet, some key players at the Tokyo Motor Show have practically admitted that successors to both are in the works. When we’ll see them and whether or not you’ll like them, on the other hand, is a completely different story.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Comes Off As a Cheaper, Cooler Audi
Volkswagen just finished debuting the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK. 8, and it takes the Golf into unchartered territory with mild hybrid technology, car-to-x connectivity, a mildly revised look, and engines that are more efficient than ever. Even better yet, at launch, the Golf Mk. 8 will be available as a plug-in hybrid with a 13 kWh battery that will give you some 60 km (about 37 miles) of all-electric range. The interior of the Golf has been completely revamped as well with an all-new focus on digital controls, and, to be quite honest, it feels like the Golf just surpassed Audi in a big way. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Watch the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk 8 Debut
The eighth-generation, Mk. 8 Volkswagen Golf debuts later today at 12:30 pm EST, 4:30 pm GMT, or 6:30 PM CEST and with it will come the normal VW evolution that we’ve experienced with previous iterations of the Golf. Thanks to some leaked images, we already know what the 2020 Golf will look like inside and out, and we can now comfortably say that the interior is a huge departure from the seventh-gen model and does effectively move the Golf a little further upmarket than it is right now. The 2020 Golf should go on sale within the next six months, so go ahead and kick back, press play on the stream below, and watch the all-new (at least on the inside) Golf make its grand debut. Oh, and by the way, there’s still the potential for this thing to be offered as a mild hybrid, so the next-gen Golf GTI and Golf R could be off the chain baby.
Let us know what you think after the Golf makes its long-awaited arrival!
Update 10/24/2019: The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk. 8 has made its debut. Check out our immediate coverage to learn more about it!
Subaru’s 2.0-liter engine, aka the EJ20, in Subaru terms, has been around since 1989 when it was introduced in the JDM-spec Subaru Legacy. Now, after 30 years, it’s time to lay a legendary engine to rest, so Subaru has decided to produce a special edition WRX STI known as the EJ20 Final Edition. It will be limited to just 555 models, but that doesn’t matter, because this beauty is available in Japan only at the price of 4,110 million Yen – about $38,000 at current exchange rates. Subaru will stop taking orders on December 23rd, but there’s a lot more to it than that, so let me fill you in on the finer details.
2020 Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept
One could argue that Mitsubishi is King of ridiculous concepts with at least one showing up to every auto show, and the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is no different as Mitsubishi has introduced the Mi-Tech Concept. This concept is a futuristic take on the Dune Buggy (will we even have these in the future?) with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s paired with, I kid you not, a gas turbine engine. Now we know what those weird fans that we saw in the teasers are for. It also represents a new take on Mitsubishi’s grille design and, while it does look ridiculous in some respects, it’s not all fantasy and dreams. Here’s what you need to know about the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept.
The Mustang-Inspired Ford Mach-E EV Will Be Offered in RWD Guise
Ford has been touting that its new Mustang-inspired Crossover EV, the one that will probably be called the Mach E, will be able to be charged all over North America. We know this because it was announced that it’s partnering up with Electrify America. That’s all well and great, but Electrify America’s version of the press release pointed out that the new electric SUV will have an “estimated range of 300 miles with an extended battery and rear-wheel drive, in late 2020.”
Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R is, hands down, the most hardcore Megane ever created. It features unique styling outside like the new hood, body wrap, and red accenting but also has a few interior upgrades as well, sans the requirement that you stick with the smaller infotainment screen. More importantly, Renault managed to shed some 130 kilo off the weight of the standard Megane R.S., so it’s capable of springing to 62.1 mph or 100 kph in as little as 5.4 seconds before topping out at 262 kph or 163 mph. Since we didn’t give the R.S. Trophy-R that much attention, we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve added our favorite below, but there’s a whole gallery at the bottom for you to choose from too!
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec
There are plenty of awesome Ford Mustangs out there. Think about the Shelby GT350 or the GT500, and let’s not forget about Mustang RTR. These are all Mustangs that we’re allowed to have here in the U.S. provided we have enough money and a wife that’s understanding enough to let us spend a sizeable chunk of money on, and I quote “another damn car.” But, there’s a recent Mustang that was developed specifically for the Australian market, and we just can’t quit thinking about it: The 2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec. It’s actually more powerful than all U.S.-Market Mustangs with the exception of the GT500, thanks to its 5.0-liter V-8 that’s been tuned to deliver 700 horsepower and 610 pound-feet torque. We have no idea how the R-Spec actually performs but, considering it sits between the Shelby GT350 and GT500, we would expect the R-Spec to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and maybe even top out at 190 mph!
Anyway, since we’re having a lust affair for the R-Spec, we figured we’d make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our pick below or run through the gallery at the bottom of the page for more great wallpapers!
Screw You Jeep, The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roll Cage
Don’t lie; you expect the new 2020 Ford Bronco to have a removable roof. The Jeep Wrangler has one, and so did the old-school classic Bronco. With that in mind, it’s damn near a necessity that the new Bronco features a removable roof – and the rumor mill seems to agree that it will happen. However, Ford may be taking things one step further, and has patented a design for a removable roll cage – something that would give the new Bronco an airy experience, but would also harken back to the days when you could very easily die in the event of a rollover – the old-school Bronco with the removable roof didn’t have a roll cage at all.
Mazda’s EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay
Mazda has dropped a new teaser for its new EV that’s set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and, surprise surprise; it’s a coupe crossover. This can easily be deciphered from the sloping roofline shown off during part of the teaser video is a dead giveaway that’s backed up by Mazda’s description of a “coupe-like cabin” that accompanied the last teaser that showed off said cabin.
Maybe a BMW M8 Touring Isn’t a Bad Idea After All
Back in the 1980s, BMW put together a one-off M8 based on the original 8 Series, and, ever since then, fanboys have been itching for another one. Well, we finally saw the BMW 8 Series flagship reintroduced to the market, and it didn’t take long for BMW to introduce the M8 in both coupe and Gran Coupe form. Prayers have been answered, velvet robes have parted, and the universe is finally at peace. But, what if BMW went all in and decided to introduce an M8 Touring? Well, design Xtomi decided to take the very first step for Bimmer, and we have to admit that we’re now hooked.
Hyundai Gas Chambered an Olympic Athlete to Prove Hydrogen Cars are Better for the Environment
Yes, what you’re seeing is a person, on a treadmill, breathing car exhaust as they do their usual training routine. That person is Hyundai Spain’s brand ambassador and an Olympic athlete, and that vehicle is a Hyundai Nexo – a purely hydrogen-powered vehicle that Hyundai says emits absolutely zero emissions. Of course, that’s not exactly true as hydrogen-powered vehicles emit water vapor, but we’ll leave that argument for another time.
The reason this actually works is because as the vehicle breaks down the hydrogen, it creates water vapor. The Nexo, however, also purifies the air it emits, which means that person in the gas bubble is most likely breathing cleaner air than you right now. Weird, huh? As weird as it seems, I should probably point out that you shouldn’t try this at home. Doing this with a normal vehicle will result in a permanent loss of life that you don’t want. And, you probably shouldn’t try it with your own NEXO either, if you happen to own one. The whole point is to prove that the Nexo – and hydrogen-powered vehicles as a whole – are safe for the environment… and people… obviously people.
Oddly enough, hydrogen-fueled vehicles have yet to take off, even in the limited capacity that electric cars have. Where electric cars have long recharge times, a hydrogen vehicle can be refilled in nearly the same amount of time it takes to fill a take of gasoline or diesel. But, there are two downsides, the first being that hydrogen fuel cells don’t tend to work in cold temperatures, and the other being that there is a serious lack of hydrogen fueling stations. For what it’s worth, Hyundai does say that the Nexo can operate in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. For now, enjoy the video, and, as I said before, don’t take this is as some stupid challenge. If you try it and kick the bucket, we’ll be forced to say you fell victim to natural selection.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Audi RS7
Audi updated the RS7 for the 2020 model year, and it came with some major improvement across the board. The most important of which is, arguably, the 48-volt mild-hybrid system that doesn’t add any additional power output into the mix, but it does improve fuel efficiency. Paired with the 4.0-liter V-8, the sexy silhouette that is the RS7 will increase your pulse to the tune of 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque – enough for a 3.6-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed that’s limited to 155 mph. The exterior design didn’t change all that much – the 2020 mode even has identical headlights – but the front fascia and grille have been revised to look sportier and more attractive. Despite the minimal aesthetic changes, we’ve decided to feature the Audi RS7 as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but you can choose your favorite, should it be different, from the rather sizable gallery at the bottom of the page.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
Aston Martin took the DBS Superleggera and morphed into a limited-edition grand tourer known as the DBS GT Zagato – an Italian coachbuilt beauty that isn’t sold on its own but paired with a DB4 GT continuation that is the spitting image of the iconic model with the same name from back in the 1060s. Under the hood of the DBS GT Zagato sites a 5.2-liter V-12 that pumps out a cold-hearted 760 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This baby can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to an impressive top speed of 211 mph. To put that into perspective, the standard DBS Superleggera has just 664 horsepower and takes 3.4 seconds to get to 60 mph. It also has considerably less torque as well. With DBS GT Zagato making its timely debut not that long ago, we’ve decided that it deserves to spend a little time on the screen as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve displayed our favorite below but, by all means, feel free to pick your favorite from the sizable gallery at the bottom of the page.
The Kinetik 07 Is Said to Offer Trans-dimensional Driving Dynamics
Fresh from the wild land of Bulgaria comes the Kinetik 07, a two-seater, road-legal, track car that’s not only electric but rides on top of Caterham underpinnings. Right now, the Kinetik 07 is merely a prototype, but it was revealed among a group of potential investors and could, one day, be Bulgaria’s first zero-emission sports car. The dynamic of the car – outside of unique look and lack of a roof, lies in its capabilities and ability to adapt to the situation at hand.
Here’s How You Get 1,000 Horsepower Out of a 2020 Toyota Supra’s B58 BMW Engine
With testing from Car & Driver and Motor Trend,, we know for a fact that the BMW-sourced B58 inline-six that powers the 2020 Toyota Supra is even more powerful than advertised. But how powerful can it get? Is it tunable to 600 horsepower? Maybe 700 or 800 horsepower? What about 1,000 horsepower? Well, that four-digit figure is exactly what Papadakis Racing is trying to accomplish. That figure isn’t that unheard of for the Supra. Maybe not the 2020 A90-gen Supra, but the third-gen Supra was tuned to the moon and back, and four-digit horsepower numbers were – in a sense – relatively easy to attain if you know your stuff. The real question is whether or not the BMW B58 inline-six can handle a similar power output and, if so, how much of the engine has to be changed? Luckily, we have an entertaining video that shows the entire build process of an alleged 1,000-horsepower B58 build, right from the block on up.
BMW is Sticking With the Concept 4’s Ridiculous Grille
By now, you’ve surely seen all the hatred plastered across the internet over the Concept 4’s big, ridiculous grille. And, it’s not surprising since BMW has already said that this concept previews its design language for the next-gen 4 Series and, potentially, other models as well. Despite all the negativity after the Concept 4’s debut, BMW refuses to step back and will instead move forward with it regardless of what you, I, or even its most loyal fans and customers think.
How Fast Can Shmee Go On The Autobahn in His 2020 Toyota Supra?
The 2020 Toyota Supra’s performance is undisputed. The U.S. Spec model pumps out a claimed 335 Horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque from a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter, inline-six. It’s also said to hit 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds and tops out at a very German-like 155 mph. The fact that it’s a performer is largely undisputed, but how well it performs does full under some positive scrutiny. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Car & Driver tested the Supra and found it to deliver some 339 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque at the wheels, 4 ponies and 62 pound-feet more than its official rating. When you do some math, that also points out that the Supra could make as much as 420 horsepower and 530 pound-feet at the crank – that’s some serious power. Two weeks later Motor Trend did a similar test and, while it didn’t put out numbers so high, it still hit 332 horsepower and 387 pound-feet at the wheels, figures that are still higher than Toyota’s published numbers.
The results are a mixed bag of confusion, but it’s easy to conclude that Toyota sandbagged on the performance figures a bit. Now, we get a real-world look at just how well the A90 Supra performs. Well, kind of a real-world look, if you live in Germany, and hit the Autobahn, anyway. YouTube sensation Shmee, also known as Tim Burton in the analog world, took his new Toyota Supra to the Autobahn for a real performance test. He, of course, honored the run-in and break-in period, so it was time to see just what the Supra could do. Unfortunately, Shmee didn’t take the time for some 0-60 mph testing, as this was a Top Speed test, but as it turns out, the Supra can break its rated 155 mph top speed without breaking a sweat.
With a VMAX installed, Burton hit the Autobahn, and, before you know it, he manages to hit 263 kph or about 163 mph according to the car’s digital speedometer. Of course, we know those aren’t 100-percent accurate, and the real top speed – according to his GPS-enabled VMAX – was 259 kph or 161 mph, 6 mph more than the Supra’s supposed top speed. Of course, keep in mind, the car still had more pull – this is where the electronic speedometer kicked in.
The really interesting thing is that this is, essentially, a base Toyota Supra if you exclude the four-banger model available over in the grand land of Japan. Toyota has made it clear that the Supra will be updated on a yearly basis, and more powerful and faster models are likely to trickle into our lives in the near future. How far can the Supra really go before Toyota maxes out on the performance available from that BMW inline-six? Only time will tell. For now, Spend some time with Shmee as he conquers the Autobahn in a 2020 Toyota Supra.
Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?
I saw an article posted by another outlet just the other day that was titled “idiots are trying to run themselves over with Their Own Tesla’s.” Like most people, I didn’t really read the article – I eventually did, and it isn’t much of an article – however, with all the dumb challenges going on these days (dumb kids eating tide pods, I’m looking at you) I found it very easily to believe people are out there jumping in front of their Tesla on Smart Summon, just to see if it will stop. As it turns out, there aren’t as many cases as I would have expected, and I’m sure they’re coming at some point, but there is one “homemade” test that we’ve posted below. Not surprisingly, the Smart Summon feature is far from perfect. This raises another question in my mind, though: Who the hell is responsible in accidents involving Tesla Smart Summon?
Arrogance Meets Design at Porsche Production Facilities Everywhere
There’s something to be said about attention to detail, and we’re all for it – especially when we’re talking about cars that venture across the six-figure barrier or even the seven-figure barrier. But, at what point to attention to detail become an OCD problem or, even worse, arrogance? Well, we’re not really here to argue that, but we are here to tell you that Porsche is so anal about its cars that the center caps in each wheel have to be aligned in a certain way. We’re not even kidding, folks. Get a load of this.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Mitsubishi published that weird teaser of a new EV SUV concept for the 2019 Tokyo Motor show. You know, the teaser with four weird fans (we assume) on the rear? Now, Mitsubishi has released another teaser that was pretty dark, but we managed to light it up with a little bit of photoshop work. What we’ve found, however, leaves us wondering just what point Mitsubishi is trying to make here – this thing is clearly not set for production, and we’re not sure if it serves a real purpose at all outside of just being weird. Here’s a closer look at the brightened photo….
The Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible has made its debut, but Chevy decided to surprise us by showing off the all-new Chevy C8 Corvette C8.R at the same time. The car we see here is No.4, but there’s also a No. 3 car that wears a yellow primary color with silver accents – basically the opposite of No. 4 – that hardens back to the GTLM Racing Corvettes that we’ve enjoyed over the last two decades. There are no specifications available for the C8.R quite yet, but we’ll get to see it make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2020.
2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible Gallery
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible has arrived with a hardtop roof, an increase of 80 pounds or so in weight, and some other significant changes. Highlights include a new rear hatch that doesn’t facilitate viewing of the V-8 hidden behind the rear seats and, now, the rear trunk has its own dedicated cover as opposed to being integrated with the rear hatch as we see on the coupe - this was necessary for the hardtop to be stored when retracted. This might seem a little strange, but it does offer one big benefit: The Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible has the same amount of rear trunk storage as the coupe!
Power output of 495 horsepower with the performance exhaust has remained the same, and Chevy claims the Corvette Convertible can hit 60 mph in around 3 seconds, just a hair slower than the Coupe.
Opinion: U.S. Automakers Need to Give Wagons a Second Chance
It’s blatantly obvious that SUVs are viewed as the greatest thing since toilet paper. They seem to dominate every parking in a 4:1 ratio to cars, if not worse. It’s so bad that automakers like Ford, among others, have decided to nix almost every car it sells here in favor of SUVs. But, do you remember or even know why SUVs are so popular today? Well, there’s a long story to be told, and I believe that automakers have forgotten a big contender that deserves a comeback: The Station Wagon.
Maserati’s Lineup Set to Get a Much-Need Jolt of Life
When you attend auto shows as often as we do, it starts to become obvious what automakers are arrogant, which ones get more attention than they deserve, and which ones are completely lost. Maserati falls into a couple of these categories, and the middle one isn’t one of them. It’s not that the company doesn’t have good-looking cars; it surely does. The Ghibli, Levante, and the GranTurismo are all gorgeous cars in their own right. For starters, the brand keeps its show vehicles blocked off like there’s a dead body hidden in one of their trucks – this is where the arrogance comes in. But, part of its biggest problem is that the Maserati booth almost never gets any attention. The Maserati booth is almost empty for the press preview and manufacturer preview days, and when the doors open to the public, they don’t get the attention they really deserve.
Part of that has to do with an aging lineup and the fact that the company doesn’t really do much to differentiate its models from each other or other models on the market. All of that is set to change, though, starting in 2020, but things will get even better within the first few years of the new decade.
Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech
Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are pretty awesome cars in their own right. They were both built to be driven without a focus on straight-line performance but handling and maneuverability. That was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Thanks to Subaru’s engine, the 86 was able to have a low center of gravity that it wouldn’t have had if Toyota had but it on its own. And, the Subaru BRZ probably wouldn’t exist at all if Toyota hadn’t been there to share costs. We’ve been wondering just when we’re going to see the twins evolve into the next stage of their life and, while we don’t know that, we know that Toyota and Subaru are partnering up once again. And, it’ll be even better than before. Here’s why.
Ford is Kicking Chevy’s Ass With the Mustang Too
Ford hasn’t launched theHigh-Performance Package for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang quite yet, but it launches Fall of 2019, so we’re not too far off. We’ve talked a lot about it, but to our knowledge, nobody had seen it so far. That was until MSN Autos apparently managed to get behind the wheel of one and they say that it gives the base, four-cylinder Chevy Camaro a hardcore beatdown – even worse than it did before. So, how bad does the EcoBoost Mustang Performance Package put a hurting on the Chevy Camaro?
How Much Can the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tow? A lot!
After just three years on the market, the fourth-generation Ford Super Duty has been issued a commanding update, the most noticeable of which comes in the form of an updated 6.7-liter, Turbodiesel, V-8 that now delivers 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque right off the production line without the need for any upgrades. This positions the Ford Super Duty at the top of its class in terms of power and torque, towing capacity, and payload capacity. So what is the Ford Super Duty capable of now?
Watch Karma Deal Its Inevitable Wrath As the Driver of a Chevy Equinox Pulls an Illegal U-Turn
Every day we find reasons to admit that, while the person individually is smart, people as a whole are stupid. The video you see here reinforces that concept beyond a reasonable doubt and karma catches up with a stupid driver almost instantly? What exactly and I talking about? Well, the video you see below showcases what happens when you either don’t pay attention or don’t give a shit about traffic laws or street signs. In short, someone in a Chevy Equinox (at least one-generation back) not only ignores common street signs that prohibit U-turns but ignores a red light and the train alert system in place. Without even watching the video, I bet you can already guess what happened.
Yup; that moronic driver got creamed. Lucky for them, however, they were going fast enough that the train they cut in front of only hit the rear, driver’s side quarter panel. It could have clearly been much worse and, if the driver was just going a bit slower, this would have undoubtedly been a fatal accident. Of course, it could have been anyway considering the fact that there could have been someone in the rear seat of the Equinox. We’re hoping not, and we hope that anyone in the car escaped with no or minor injuries.
This video also raises a question about whether or not mankind is actually devolving. The driver of this Equinox exhibited no common sense, no respect for the laws of the road, and absolutely zero survival or self-preservation instinct. Instead, their desire to get somewhere just a few minutes quicker almost cost them their life and who knows what kind of injuries for passengers on the train or anyone else in the car. The driver of the Equinox has, hopefully, learned their lesson and you can chalk this one off as one more brownie point toward an ever-increasing need to put self-driving cars on the road.
The new Audi RS Q3 has made its debut with a revised version of that peppy and acoustic 2.5-liter, turbocharged, inline, five-cylinder engine. This time around, however, it is tuned to deliver 400 horsepower (295 kW) and 354 pound-feet (480 nm) of torque, all of which is channeled to all four wheels through Audi’s awesome Quattro AWD system. That accounts for an increase of 94 horsepower over the 2013-2014 RS Q3, 65 horsepower over the 2015-2016 RS Q3, and 38 horsepower over the most powerful version from the last-gen model, the RS Q3 Performance. The new RS Q3 is certainly an amazing compact performance crossover with unique styling touches, impressive horsepower, and notable luxury. But, it’s not the RS Q3 that is all that important in today’s headlines.
The RS Q3? Eh, it’s just another performance crossover. What about the RS Q3 Sportback? That’s right, folks. Audi has managed to apply the Sportback name to the range-topping RS Q3 and, believe it or not, it is somehow more attractive than the Q3 Sportback. It features its only unique styling compared to the RS Q3 and the sloping roof – paired with the more aggressive RS design cues – actually makes it look oddly like the Lamborghini Urus from certain angles. It’s hard to believe, sure, but there sure is a resemblance. Here’s a quick rundown of what the new Audi RS Q3 Sportback brings to the lineup.
Some Mercedes Models Aren’t Meant for an AMG Badge, But the List Might Surprise You
What makes a performance car truly special? Is it the driving dynamics or the sound of the engine? Is it the sheer power output or how fast it can hit a benchmark? Is it the badge that it wears, potentially signaling that it’s something more than your everyday car? One could argue that it’s a number of these things, or maybe it’s even all of these things. I guess that really depends on the model at hand. Take the AMG badge, for instance. It ranks up there with BMW M, Honda’s Type R, Volkswagens R designation, and even Hyundai’s N division – it tells us that whatever is wearing the AMG badge is better in almost every way to the car it is based on.
This is an easy concept to understand, but at what point does a badge become so common; so diluted; that it’s not special anymore? Well, Mercedes is doing its best to help us find out. It has just announced a list of models from its entire lineup that won’t get the typical AMG treatment. You’ll be how many models fall into this category.