Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.

Tudor was lucky enough to be in Wales just as Sebastien Loeb was securing his 8th World Rally Championship title during Wales Rally GB 2011 and wrote a guest blog for ITV News covering the rally atmosphere in Cardiff. It was love at first sight with rally racing and it still goes on to this moment. Tudor likes his (dream) cars beautiful, with power coming in second place.

Tudor joined the TopSpeed team in early-2019 as an automotive lifestyle editor, but his unique knowledge of cars and the automotive world in general led him to the finer aspects of more focused automotive journalism. Within a few short months, Tudor was promoted to Assistant Content Manager and now assists in content management alongside writing automotive reviews, news, and guides.

Word of advice: Avoid conversations involving hunchbacks like the BMW X5 and X6 or the Audi Q5 and Q7 unless you like being given the cold shoulder.

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This 1958 VW Bus Took a Huge Dose of Top Gun Steroids

This 1958 VW Bus Took a Huge Dose of Top Gun Steroids

And by that we mean a jet engine

The Top Gun: Maverick premiere might have been pushed back all the way to December due to COVID-19 but thanks to this video, you can still get a taste of that jet fighter engine flavour.

Sure, Tom Cruise has nothing to do with what you’re about to watch as the main character here is a Volkswagen Bus that now uses a jet engine to destroy every moving vehicle on the drag strip.

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We Need This Chevrolet C8 Corvette Livery To Become Reality

We Need This Chevrolet C8 Corvette Livery To Become Reality

The widebody kit, too

Remember the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R? Silly question, of course you do. The race car was active on tracks around the world between 2014 and 2019 and it even managed to snatch a victory in the GTE Pro class at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In all fairness, what brought us here today is Abimelec Design’s recent rendering of a widebody C8 Corvette that looks ready to pick up where the C7.R left off.

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Say Goodbye to the Little Guy as Alfa Romeo Discontinues the Giulietta

Say Goodbye to the Little Guy as Alfa Romeo Discontinues the Giulietta

As cute as it was, the Giulietta simply couldn’t cope with the compact segment pressure and SUV rise

Just like any other car out there, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta had its flaws. It had strong selling points, too, like its appealing looks and crisp dynamic abilities. Those, however, were not enough to keep sales figures from sinking under the pressure of its very potent compact rivals and that of crossovers, too.

Speaking of crossovers, their rise to power is the reason behind Alfa Romeo’s decision to axe the Giulietta. As a replacement, the Italians won’t launch a new hatchback and will instead put their hopes of a profit in a high-riding vehicle we know as the Alfa Romeo Tonale.

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We Hope You Weren't Planning to Buy a Cadillac CT4-V or CT5-V Blackwing This Year

We Hope You Weren’t Planning to Buy a Cadillac CT4-V or CT5-V Blackwing This Year

If there’s anything to blame, then blame the coronavirus

As many other fellow carmakers, General Motors had its factories shut down because of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. The giant was supposed to maintain the lockdown until March 30 and reevaluate the situation at that point.

Since things aren’t showing signs of improvement in the U.S. and plants remain closed, the ripple effect created by the measure is beginning to affect GM’s portfolio, including brands like Cadillac.

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Papadakis Racing's 1000-HP Toyota Supra Is Coming Up Nicely

Papadakis Racing’s 1000-HP Toyota Supra Is Coming Up Nicely

Not quite there yet, but so far, the progress is hefty

The name Papadakis Racing popped up on many tuning aficionados’ radars when the team signalled its intentions of boosting the 3.0-liter BMW-sourced straight-six engine of the new 2020 Supra to in excess of 1,000 horsepower.

Not an easy task, to say the least, but with the right expertise and lots of work, bumping up the new Supra’s power output to a level that would make its predecessor proud is actually attainable.

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The Best Sleeper Cars on the Market Today

The Best Sleeper Cars on the Market Today

Want to kick ass in an unsuspecting way? Then you need a sleeper car

Drivers who like to flaunt their financial wellbeing or their appurtenance to the society’s upper echelons have always had an appetite for flashy cars: red Ferraris, yellow Lamborghinis, orange McLarens, and so on.

At the opposite end of the table are the drivers that sit on a lot of horsepower but don’t want those around them to know that right away. That’s how sleeper cars were born and here’s 10 of the best such machines ever made.

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This Car Customization Shop Can Make Your Toyota MR2 Look Like a Porsche Carrera GT, Lamborghini Veneno, or McLaren P1

This Car Customization Shop Can Make Your Toyota MR2 Look Like a Porsche Carrera GT, Lamborghini Veneno, or McLaren P1

Along with a bunch of other tuning services

Remember the fake Ferraris that spread on the internet some years ago? Well, we’ve got something better. Fake McLarens, fake Lamborghinis, and pretty much all the fake supercars you can think of coming from a custom car shop in Thailand.

It was only last year that the Civic Police of Santa Catarina in Brazil dismantled a bogus workshop that built replica Ferraris and Lamborghinis that wore the two brand’s official badges. Thailand’s PS Modify, however, does’t work that way, as it sticks its own badge to the supercar-inspired body kits it churns out.

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Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63

Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63

We don’t even care who wins, really

Carwow’s back at drag racing cars with another special episode. This time, Mat Watson takes the current BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 and pits them against the BMW E90 M3 and Mercedes-Benz W204 C63 AMG. As a bonus, the Lexus RC F Track Edition joins this German-only affair. Here’s how it all went down.

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Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

The perfect muscle car to hoon in isolation

Here’s another reason for Fast and Furious fans to jump for joy. The franchise teamed up with Lego to build Dom Toretto’s Charger and the end result is just as smashing as the Fast and Furious muscle car. Plus, given the whole coronavirus isolation thing going on globally, getting the set will offer a massive boost for any gearhead’s morale these days.

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How Fast Is a Land-Speed Record Car Compared to Other Fast Cars?

How Fast Is a Land-Speed Record Car Compared to Other Fast Cars?

A case study on the Bloodhound LSR

Mankind’s obsession with speed and going faster is deeply imprinted in its DNA. People have raced anything from horses, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and drones over the course of history, but few endeavours are more impressive than gunning for the world land speed record.

You might have heard about successful attempts from Gary Gabelich and his Blue Flame, or Richard Noble in the Thrust II, a well as the current Outright World Land Speed Record holder, the twin-turbofan jet-powered monster of a car going by the name of Thrust SSC.

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The 2021 Genesis G80 Finally Debuts, We See a Second-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLS

The 2021 Genesis G80 Finally Debuts, We See a Second-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLS

The third-generation Genesis G80 looks the part, but the design is not 100% original

Genesis decided it’s high time to spill the beans on the third-generation G80. The sleek sedan is here to do battle with the Germans, more precisely the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but design-wise, we expected a tad more.

Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been head over heels for sleek sculpted sedans ever since Mercedes-Benz revealed the CL and the first-generation CLS. Since then, this style, more often than not coupled with a sloping roofline has been adopted by many fellow carmakers, including Audi - with the A7 - and BMW - with the 6 Series; no not the current car, the one that it killed a couple of years ago.

That said, let’s have a closer look at the new 2021 Genesis G80.

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This Anniversary Video for Three Iconic Porsche Models Will Hit You Right in the Feels

This Anniversary Video for Three Iconic Porsche Models Will Hit You Right in the Feels

Whoever said the Germans don’t know how to party was dead wrong

Porsche’s lineup over the years has seen more than a fair share of iconic road cars and race cars. The German carmaker has enjoyed such a great deal of success in motorsport that its road-going models couldn’t have been anything else other than brilliant.

This statement is true today as well. Ignore the 911 and the 718 range, Porsche’s SUVs, despite frowned upon by some, are top-of-class in their segments when it comes to driving dynamics and road zest. But the cars you’re about to see are absolute automotive Gods.

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This BMW 3.0 CSL Should Be The Next Batmobile, End Of Discussion

This BMW 3.0 CSL Should Be The Next Batmobile, End Of Discussion

We hope whoever directs the next Batman movie sees this

Few BMW cars of old and new trigger as much fire in a gearhead’s belly as the 3.0 CSL. Developed under Jochen Neerpasch’s close supervision, the light coupé provided a splendid base for racing and BMW was quick to capitalize on that.

So was Khyzyl Saleem, with another unique interpretation of an iconic race car that rightfully earned its nickname: The Batmobile.

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Is This Bugatti EB110 GTR Better Than the Centodieci?

Is This Bugatti EB110 GTR Better Than the Centodieci?

Hey, Bugatti, why don’t you make a limited-run car out of this?

When Bugatti brought the Chiron-based Centodieci in Pebble Beach back in 2019, a lot of jaws dropped. Yet as it always happens whenever a new car/special edition breaks out, naysayers were quick to comment that the Centodieci was just another glorified Bugatti with no connection to the original EB110 other than some styling cues.

The thing is, it’s hard not to be subjective when it comes to Bugatti. It’s also pretty hard not to love the brand once you learn its history. But for those who raised their eyebrows at the sight of the Centodieci, here’s a motorsport-y twist on the EB110.

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2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far

2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far

Audi’s hotter e-tron is supposed to debut this year, but don’t hold your breath

Audi showed the e-tron GT conceptback in 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The road-going version of this prototype is expected to debut this year in LA, but until that happens, the world needs to figure out the coronavirus outbreak and Audi has to apply the finishing touches on its new performance EV.

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Can the 495-Horsepower Chevy C8 Corvette Beat a 640-Horsepower Cadillac CTS-V?

Can the 495-Horsepower Chevy C8 Corvette Beat a 640-Horsepower Cadillac CTS-V?

Sparks are going to fly, regardless

Remember when we told you that these days, drag races can be a battleground where budget wagons battle luxo-barges, or fully-blown sports cars are challenged by super-sedans? Well, it happened again, since someone thought that pitting the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 against a 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is a good idea. Let’s not get silly. It’s a brilliant idea.

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Top 10 Best Drift Cars That Won't Break The Bank

Top 10 Best Drift Cars That Won’t Break The Bank

Drift cars don’t have to be expensive, and they definitely don’t have to be brand new

Drifting has its roots in Japan. Ask every petrolhead out there about drifting and he’ll tell you it’s something he attempted at least once in his life. Done right, drifting transcends the motorsport discipline status. Done right, drifting is art. Oh, and drifting has nothing to do with that neon underglow BS from The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Contrary to what some might think, speed is not what primarily drives a drift. Sure, you need some amount of power to get the wheels spinning, but to drift properly, it also takes a lot of skill, rear-wheel-drive, and a light platform (a two-ton S-Class will drift, of course, but it’s way harder to handle).

A 50:50 (or close) weight distribution ratio between the axles helps the cause, too. And we get it. The right car doesn’t come cheap. But since physics applies equally to all earthly things, you don’t have to break the bank to find a good drift car. Some used vehicles will definitely do, so let’s explore the alternatives, shall we?

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Racechip Can Tune the Mercedes-AMG A45 to Near-500 Horsepower On the Cheap

Racechip Can Tune the Mercedes-AMG A45 to Near-500 Horsepower On the Cheap

These guys can make it happen for you

The world of hot hatches is brimming with sharp-looking, go-fast pocket rockets but as of 2019, there’s one that rules them all. Enter the Mercedes-AMG A45.

Unveiled in the summer of 2019, the Mercedes-AMG A45 introduced the world’s most powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Under the hood of the top-spec S model, the M139 mill cranks out 310 kW (415 horsepower, 412 PS) and 500 Newton-meters of twist or around 369 pound-feet of torque. These guys, though, can consideraby improve on those numbers by just tweaking the car’s software.

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A Leak Just Presented Some Unbelievable Info About the 2021 Toyota 86

A Leak Just Presented Some Unbelievable Info About the 2021 Toyota 86

Can you feel the excitement?

Rumors and bits of info on the upcoming new 2021 Toyota 86 have been travelling around the internet for quite some time and have been intensively covered here on TopSpeed as well.

However, a recent leak reaffirms the fact that the 86 nameplate is making a comeback, albeit as part of a new naming scheme.

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The New 2021 Ford F-150 Could Very Well Look Like This

The New 2021 Ford F-150 Could Very Well Look Like This

Its fresh underpinnings will turn versatility up a notch, too

Ford is hard at work to bring the new 2021 F-150 to the right shape for a launch and while details are scarce and spyshots even scarcer, a newly surfaced set of digital renderings could shed some light on the truck’s appearance for each one of its iterations, including the Raptor and the all-electric F-150.

In all fairness, Ford won’t go overboard with altering the F-150’s design cues so what we’ll most likely get could be deemed an evolution rather than a revolution. However, these changes will be easy to spot since this is a new generation we’re talking and not a mere run-of-the-mill nip and tuck for the F-150.

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Aston Martin's Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer

Aston Martin’s Valhalla-bound Twin-Turbo V-6 Is Named After a Brilliant Polish Engineer

And we can’t wait to hear its growl

As incredible as it may seem, Aston Martin hasn’t had a production-ready engine built in-house since 1968. That’s about to change once the mid-engined Valhalla hits the streets in 2022.

We’ve known for a long time that the Valhalla will be gifted with an F1-inspired, turbocharged and electrified V-6, and we recently reported that Aston Martin was hard at work on this very engine. We had no idea, however, it will pay homage to one of the industry’s most creative engineering minds. Enter the TM01, named after the great Tadek Marek.

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Meet Traycan, the Porsche Pickup Truck We Will Never Get

Meet Traycan, the Porsche Pickup Truck We Will Never Get

Truck + Taycan = Traycan. Do you get it now?

A truck is all that Porsche is missing from its current lineup. Even so, it’s extremely hard to imagine that even in its wildest corporate dreams the carmaker would think of coming to the market with a pickup truck, even in the context where a lot of brands are rushing to jump the e-truck market.

You’ve go Tesla, of course, with the Cybertruck, then there’s Rivian and its R1T, Bollinger B2, and the future all-electric Ford F-150, plus some other equally interesting contraptions. So, where would a Taycan-based pickup truck slot in, then?

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BMW M2 Drag Races BMW M8, The Only Winner Is Bavaria

BMW M2 Drag Races BMW M8, The Only Winner Is Bavaria

And BMW fanboys, of course

These days, it looks like in war, love, and drag racing, everything is allowed. You can pit a luxo-barge like the BMW 7 Series against the humble Dacia Logan MCV and you can orchestrate straight-line duels between an out-and-out muscle car and a supercar.

What’s more, it’s quite common these days to see such drag races between cars that are related to each other under the umbrella of the same carmaker. Take the BMW M2 and the M8, for example. Sure, they’re both M cars but serve different purposes and are built on different foundations. More significantly, they’re aimed at different customers, too.

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This Cyberpunk Countach Is The Electric Lamborghini We Need

This Cyberpunk Countach Is The Electric Lamborghini We Need

Any owners willing to convert their Countach?

Just so we’re clear, Lamborghini isn’t keen on jumping head-first into the electrification bandwagon. So far, Sant’Agata Bolognese has been keen on tipping its toes into the ocean with the Aventador-based, V-12-hybrid Sian FKP 37, but the company’s officials are adamant that an all-electric Lambo won’t arrive earlier than 2026.

If that’s the case, then let’s play the following scenario: the year is 2090, Lamborghini has a couple of EV supercars on offer, yet an extremely affluent and eccentric collector decides to retrofit his Lamborghini Countach with an all-electric powertrain and a cyberpunk-like appearance. What would that look like?

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A NOS'd Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Run 10-Second Quarter Miles

A NOS’d Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Run 10-Second Quarter Miles

Yeah, a sprayed C8 Corvette really is that quick

We can safely assume that we’ve got past the moment where the mid-engined Corvette C8 is an absolute novelty. Articles have been written, videos have been posted on YouTube, so we already know pretty much everything there is to know about Chevy’s first-ever Corvette to have its engine mounted between the cabin and the rear axle.

As the new C8 starts to populate dealerships and owner driveways, a different kind of online content is bound to pop up, including dyno runs and drag racing. Speaking of the latter, here’s a video of a Chevy Corvette C8 running on a shot of nitrous oxide and absolutely owning the drag strip.

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10 Fastest Cars For Under $10,000

10 Fastest Cars For Under $10,000

Looking to quench the thirst for speed on a budget? There are plenty of options out there

As it’s usually the case when working under a tight budget – regardless of what you’re buying – research is king. Knowing where to look and what to look for can make a world of difference between ending up with what you needed in the first place or buying an utter piece of crap that’ll only bring disappointment.

The same stands when it comes to fast cars. We totally understand, it’s a hard knock life out there when it comes to balancing your slim bank account and the itch to go fast. However, finding a fast car that costs less than $10,000 is not so hard these days, and we’ve put together a list of potential avenues (read: cars) of all shapes and sizes that you might want to explore. Let’s check them out.

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SCG Wants to Make a Kit Car Out of This Sketch

SCG Wants to Make a Kit Car Out of This Sketch

Jim Glickenhaus wants to bring this Scuderia to more people and this is what it might look like

Since Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus focuses mainly on designing and building boutique, high-performance exotic sports cars, it’s safe to say that the 99 percenters out there can only dream of driving the likes of SCG 003, 004, 006, and 007. Even the Steve McQueen-inspired Baja Boot is bound to cost an arm and a leg.

Have no fear, though. Mr. Glickenhaus is apparently not ignoring the masses, as he wants his company to develop an affordable car that would lure in more customers for the brand. Are we on board with this? Well, of course we are.

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The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

Just watch it go in the video below

We can’t help but get excited whenever a new supercar comes to the market and its makers are quick to post an estimated top speed. Then reality hits: you need a lot of space to take a supercar/sports car to its Vmax, and even more importantly, you must make sure some safety rules are in effect.

With that in mind, the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is one of those places that offer enough runway length and width so that in case things do go wrong, the one behind the wheel has a chance (i.e. enough time) to save the situation or at least know he won’t have to worry about hitting a wall at 150 mph.

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This Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon Should Be Built Right Away

This Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon Should Be Built Right Away

You would be the talk of the town on your Sunday drive with the family

Ford’s Mercury arm sold the Grand Marquis between 1975 and 2011. It was initially a more upmarket version of the existing Mercury Marquis, but come 1983, it became a model in its own right.

Initially, the Grand Marquis was offered by Mercury in three body styles: two-door coupé and four-door sedan. The five-door station wagon came in 1983 and was nothing else than a Mercury Colony Park without the acres of wood trim.

But now, thanks to a very gifted pixel manipulator, our eyes are spoiled with a V-8-powered, low stance Grand Marquis Wagon.

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You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy?

You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy?

The jury is still out on this one, so we need your opinions

Look. We’d take a wagon over a high-riding SUV any day of the week. Perhaps that’s why the undersigned loved the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo so much that he pledged to buy one someday.

The thing is, however, Porsche and station wagons don’t exactly go hand in hand. People went out of their minds when the carmaker introduced the Cayenne, so we doubt that an out-and-out family hauler built by Porsche would get the fans jumping for joy. That said, what about a Boxster-based shooting brake? Is that something you’d take out for a spin to the hypermarket and back?

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Cadillac Escalade Electric - Everything We Know

Cadillac Escalade Electric - Everything We Know

The new 2021 Escalade is out of the bag, but what about its EV alter ego?

With the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade out and about, we can now turn our attention to the all-electric version of the big-boned luxury SUV.

Cadillac changed quite a lot of the Escalade equation, and although the flagship SUV still shares its platform with the likes of Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the new bag of goodies includes an independent rear suspension, curved OLED displays inside, and both gasoline V-8 and diesel straight-six engines. But how about the all-electric Escalade? What’s in store for the emission-free Caddy SUV? Here’s everything we know so far about the Cadillac Escalade Electric.

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 This Alfa Romeo 8C-R Tazio Is Pure Hypercar Material

This Alfa Romeo 8C-R Tazio Is Pure Hypercar Material

One of the best design studies we’ve seen all year

The name Alfa Romeo has always been tightly tied to the world of motorsport. The 8C-R Tazio design study fully reflects that bond, as its name itself is a tribute to Italian race driver Tazio Nuvolari, who manhandled grand prix Alfas back when you could hardly find faster vehicles on the planet.

At the same time, the Alfa Romeo 8C-R Tazio is both a nod back to one of the most intricate designs to come out of the brand’s studios - the Disco Volante – and a celebration of the company’s 110th anniversary. And the best thing about it: it was imagined by an independent designer who’s had a long-lasting crush on Alfa Romeo.

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Holy Smokes, Is Lotus Bringing Back the Esprit?

Holy Smokes, Is Lotus Bringing Back the Esprit?

Roger Moore’s weapon of choice in The Spy Who Loved Me is set for a modern comeback

The Lotus Esprit was made famous first and foremost by its submarine derivative from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Wet Nellie (yes, that’s the car’s nickname) was based on a 1977 Series I Esprit or Esprit S1.

Esprit production, however, started two years before in 1975, and was eventually stopped in 2004. But if a recent report holds any truth, Lotus is looking to revive the Esprit moniker by infusing it with hybrid power. Did we get your attention? Good. Read on, then.

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The Briggs and Stratton Hybrid: How a Washing-Machine Maker Built a Car

The Briggs and Stratton Hybrid: How a Washing-Machine Maker Built a Car

One that worked, too

The trend that had non-car manufacturers taking a stab at building a car is not a modern affair. Way before Apple was reportedly working on Project Titan or vacuum maker Dyson laid out plans to build an all-electric hypercar or Sony unveiled the Vision-S concept, Briggs and Stratton, a company known for its lawnmower engines and washing machines had a stab at building a car that used both electricity and internal combustion power to get around.

It was called the Hybrid prototype and came as an answer to the 1970s gas crisis as well as an attempt to move away from fossil fuels – at least partially. Oh, and it also sat on six wheels and had a full-fiberglass body.

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Math Shows Us How Fast the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Could Be

Math Shows Us How Fast the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Could Be

Prepare to be impressed

We’re back on the topic of Koenigsegg’s radically-looking Jesko Absolut. With all the specs out of the bag, here’s still something we don’t know about the Absolut. And that something is its top speed.

When Koenigsegg dropped the Jesko Absolut online, it was clear about one thing: the Absolut would be the carmaker’s fastest supercar ever as the company “will never endeavor to make a faster series-production road car – ever.” Alright, but just how fast is the new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut? Well, Koenigsegg’s estimates say 330 mph is theoretically possible, and now here comes Engineering Explained to clear the air for us.

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Rendering: If the Chevy Camaro Was Mid-Engined, It Would Look Very Lamborghini-ish

Rendering: If the Chevy Camaro Was Mid-Engined, It Would Look Very Lamborghini-ish

No, Chevrolet is not building a mid-engined Camaro because it would make no sense whatsoever

2019’s most notable event in the car world must be, without too many doubts, the debut of the mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. Chevrolet has been brewing one for such a long that that it must have come as a relief for everyone involved in the project.

But what if Chevy tricked down the mid-engine blueprints to the Camaro? Would it enrage its fan base or will it send everyone jumping for joy? Well, that’s hard to anticipate although such a move could definitely split the camps. But design-wise, a mid-engined Camaro could end up looking like a Lamborghini Huracan, if we are to take for good a rendering that’s been shared on the internet over the past days.

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Coronavirus Quarantine Relief: Must-Watch Car Youtube Channels

Coronavirus Quarantine Relief: Must-Watch Car Youtube Channels

There’s definitely not a shortage of options when it comes to cars and YouTube

With the coronavirus rapidly spreading around, it’s time to remember that health is more important than anything and that it doesn’t hurt to stay inside to limit the spread. Some of us still get the luxury of going out (although WHO recommendations are saying otherwise), while some countries are in a state-imposed quarantine.

Long story short, we’ve come up with a list of car-centric YouTube channels you can browse and watch if you’re forced to stay inside over the next days or weeks. Obviously, don’t be shy and let us know if you know other watch-worthy content on YouTube using the comments section below.

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2020 Can-Am Maverick X3 Xerocole by Mansory

2020 Can-Am Maverick X3 Xerocole by Mansory

This is the ’Pimp my ride!’ treatment for your Can-Am Maverick

We’ve all heard of Mansory, but few of us actually love the German tuner’s audacious creations. But other than Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, Mansory is also in the business of spicing up fully-blown off-road side-by-sides like the Can-Am Maverick.

That’s right, you can go to Mansory and ask them to tweak your Maverick on all fronts. And they’ll gladly do it, except the end result won’t be called Maverick anymore. It’s new name is Xerocole. Mansory Xerocole.

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A New Rendering Sheds Light on What a Modern Z3 Coupe Might Look Like

A New Rendering Sheds Light on What a Modern Z3 Coupe Might Look Like

BMW should see this right away

Back when BMW unveiled the Concept 4, it managed to polarize the whole gearhead community. Then the Bavarians did it again at the 2020 Geneva Online Motor Show, with the Concept i4.

In all fairness, we were already accustomed to the ginormous grille from the Concept 4, so the astonishment was of a lower intensity. But what if BMW launched a concept car that stayed faithful to the good old, normal-size kidney grille?

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Hiboy MAX Electric Scooter Review

Hiboy MAX Electric Scooter Review

Another contender in the city-commuting e-scooter niche

Electric scooters are still booming although some governments are coming up with restrictions and sanctions for those who don’t ride them appropriately – as in with a helmet and not on crowded sidewalks, to start with. Also, don’t ride an e-scooter while drunk. Just don’t.

Now, there are a lot of options you can choose from in the under-$500 e-scooter niche, including the versatile Xiaomi M365. In this review, however, we’ll focus on the Hiboy MAX electric scooter.

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RUF's Rodeo Concept Simply Begs For Your Giddy-Up

RUF’s Rodeo Concept Simply Begs For Your Giddy-Up

You can have it with a naturally-aspirated or a turbocharged engine

Every now and then, what we like to call a boutique manufacturer drops a rad concept car with more than just hype in mind.

It’s the case of the RUF Rodeo Concept, which we’re absolutely sure was concocted to sample the potential buyer’s interest in an off-road-going sports car that retains the classic Porsche 911 shape we all love and crave but is fitted to perform in mediums where smooth asphalt roads are unheard of.

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You'll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

You’ll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

But unfortunately you can’t

When most people hear the words ‘Mazda’ and ‘RX-7,’ their minds instantly project the image of the third-generation FD model. And for good reason. This was the last chapter in the RX-7 saga, the best-looking of them all, and at that time, the ultimate interpretation of the Wankel rotary engine.

There’s no wonder that so many gearheads love the third-gen Mazda RX-7. It’s beautifully designed, lightweight, and it handles like a charm out on the open road. Plus, it makes for a mean donor vehicle for drift cars and as you’re about to see, for a time attack car, too.

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Audi's New E-Tron S Can Drift, But What's the Point?

Audi’s New E-Tron S Can Drift, But What’s the Point?

Audi’s E-tron lineup is about to get hotter thanks to three electric motors

Audi is looking to further refine and boost the powertrain found inside the e-tron, so it’s working hard on the so-called e-tron S, which gets a three-motor setup and better dynamics.

The German carmaker is hard at work developing the bumped-up powertrain that will underpin the incoming e-tron S models (regular and Sportback) and we’ve got to hold our hands up and admit they do look very good as far as performance is concerned.

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There Is Life for the Blackwing V-8, But Outside Cadillac (Updated)

There Is Life for the Blackwing V-8, But Outside Cadillac (Updated)

It looks like the Blackwing V-8 is heading to Italy to power a new sportscar

We’re back with extra info on the topic of Cadillac’s Blackwing V-8 engine. The 4.2-liter double-overhead cam mill had a short life inside the now-dead CT6-V and by the looks of it, Cadillac won’t drop it inside the new Escalade or the souped-up CT5.

Therefore, one must ask: is it ever going to be used inside another car? Believe it or not, the V-8 might live on but not inside a Caddy, according to a recent report.

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The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights

The blackest of all blacks finds its way on the fastest Koenigsegg ever built

We are not going to lie, back when BMW unveiled the X6 Vantablack, we fronwed. Like, a lot. Luckily, that color wasn’t going to be used on road-going cars, at least not as body paint.

It turns out, however, that the Koenigseg Jesko Absolut, the Swedish carmaker’s fastest hypercar ever, features the blackest of all blacks in two very obvious places.

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The 2023 BMW M2 Will Give Mercedes-AMG a Run for Its Money

The 2023 BMW M2 Will Give Mercedes-AMG a Run for Its Money

A new, hotter BMW M2 is coming in two years from now

The most powerful BMW M2 money can get you today is the M2 Competition. It uses a 3.0-cylinder, straight-six engine that’s also turbocharged and mated to a six-speed manual transmission (seven-speed DCT optional) that handles 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

If recent rumors are to be believed, however, the incoming BMW M2 could make considerably more power and sit at the top of a compact M-badged lineup BMW wants to unleash in the future.

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2020 GFG Style Vision 2030 Desert Raid

2020 GFG Style Vision 2030 Desert Raid

Forget the bizarre name, we need more vehicles like this

GFG Style’s Vision 2030 Desert Raid was supposed to take the stage in Geneva, but a debut deep in the dunes of the Sahara desert would have been a more appropriate way to introduce this begging-to-be-hooned off-road hypercar.

Sure, it looks like the sort of car the likes of Dan Bilzerian would drive on Mars, but come to think of it, why not? We wouldn’t miss a chance to shoot up some sand in this bad boy, and we’re guessing most rich people out there think the same.

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Porsche Won't Do an Electric Hypercar, But It Does Have Something Else In Mind

Porsche Won’t Do an Electric Hypercar, But It Does Have Something Else In Mind

Purists are so going to love this

Back in November 2019, a report traveled through online car-centric mediums claiming that Porsche is serious about building a hypercar that would rule supreme on the top tier position of its lineup.

Rumors talked about a car that would bridge the gap between Porsche’s road-going vehicles and its motorsport programs with know-how provided by the company’s abandoned Formula 1 engine development program. Well, you can disregard that, because Porsche’s is not doing a hypercar. At least not in the short- to medium-term future.

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The Koenigesgg Gemera Is Awesome, But Its Price Tag Certainly Isn't

The Koenigesgg Gemera Is Awesome, But Its Price Tag Certainly Isn’t

Confirmed by the boss man Christian von Koenigsegg himself

This year’s Geneva Motor Show turned into the 2020 Online Motor Show. You all know the reason for that, but it turns out Koenigsegg didn’t want to simply demolish its stand in Geneva and go home.

The Swedish carmaker actually insisted on revealing its cars there - albeit without the cheers of a big crowd. Even more, they’ve invited Top Gear to witness the stunning Gemera mega-GT in the metal, and that’s how we caught word of its price tag.

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Genesis Just Let Us In on the Secret That is the 2020 G80 Sedan

Genesis Just Let Us In on the Secret That is the 2020 G80 Sedan

This is it, people, the new Genesis G80

Genesis sort of took the wraps off the new G80 midsize luxury sedan with a set of design renderings that look pretty much production-ready from where we are sitting. The new G80 marks the third generation of the car that’s supposed to steal customers from the likes of Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Can the G80 destabilize the German trio, though? Let’s try to find out, based on what info we have right now.

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The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a '69 Dodge Charger

The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a ’69 Dodge Charger

We’ll miss the Tumbler but this looks simply awesome

We’ve got to hand it to you, Robert Pattinson aka the new Batman just got handed a sweet-ass ride. The car itself is a huge step from the puny Volvo C30 he used to drive as Edward in Twilight, but that aside, we are intrigued as to what sort of base was used to create it.

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2020 Lamborghini Urus Venatus by Mansory

2020 Lamborghini Urus Venatus by Mansory

We don’t know what’s more destructive: Mansory or the coronavirus

Mansory has always been a constant presence at the Geneva Motor Show, but this year the tuner had to shake its tail feather online, just like every other carmaker out there. And shake it did, by unveiling a new widebody kit for the Lamborghini Urus.

It’s called Venatus, which is Latin for hunting or to hunt. On that note, let’s take a closer look at the Bavarian tuner’s latest work on the Urus.

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Let the Sound of a Porsche Carrera GT Haunt You Forever

Let the Sound of a Porsche Carrera GT Haunt You Forever

This has got to be one of the best sounding supercars ever made

We don’t know about you, but the undersigned here loves a proper V-10 engine. Unfortunately, not many carmakers are dropping V-10s inside their sports cars/supercars these days, and that’s a shame.

So all we can do is dwell on the past and relive the days when the Porsche Carrera GT ruled supreme over the car world. And yes, that V-10 born and raised with Le Mans expertise contributes immensely to the Carrera GT’s status as an automotive legend.

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2020 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

2020 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Corners and country roads are what the Chiron Pur Sport eats for breakfast

There have been rumors about a new version of the Chiron slated to debut in Geneva and Bugatti kept its word and showed it to the world, albeit using its online media channels. Ladies and gents, meet the Chiron Pur Sport, a corner-carving hypercar that feels at home on winding roads or on the race track.

As you’d expect, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is a tad different than your usual Chiron, since Bugatti had to fine tune its chef d’oeuvre for the new purpose it serves. Here’s everything you need to know about the Chiron Pur Sport.

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2021 Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

2021 Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

Remember 2019’s Pininfarina Battista? This is its more athletic alter ego

Pininfarina never misses an opportunity to showcase something special at the Geneva Motor Show. It helps that its stand is located right as you come up the stairs from the main hallway, so you can’t really miss its stunning concepts.

Although it was forced to reveal the Battista Anniversario on the world wide web this year, Pininfarina didn’t forget how to make a splash, albeit on our screens and not in the metal.

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2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

This is Koenigsegg’s fastest series-produced car we’ll ever see

Koenigsegg wasn’t going to sit and watch all the other carmakers unloading their press releases and picture packs on the internet. No, sir. So the Swedish carmaker dropped what it calls the Jesko Absolut, a supercar that’s based on the Jesko but ups the ante when it comes to aerodynamics and high-speed road behavior.

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Here's How Porsche took the 2021 911 Turbo S to Places It's Never Been

Here’s How Porsche took the 2021 911 Turbo S to Places It’s Never Been

The 911 to rule them all is here

As promised, Porsche has unveiled the new 911 Turbo S, which is, of course, wider, more powerful, and quicker in the sprint from a standstill.

At its rear lies the same 3.8-liter flat-six unit found inside the 911 Carrera, but the engine has been brought to new heights in terms of both power and torque. Here’s all the essential info on the new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which can be had as both a coupé and a cabriolet.

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The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better

The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better

Based on the 720S, but lighter, more powerful, and limited to 765 units

McLaren has unveiled the new 765LT and boy, oh boy, it is one impressive speed machine both from the performance and design perspective.

Just as we anticipated, the 765LT is underpinned by the McLaren 720S, which makes for a formidable platform as we saw it was the case with the Senna. That said, here’s all you need to know about the new McLaren 765LT.

Let’s start with performance, shall we? The McLaren 765LT features the same mid-mounted, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 as the 720S, but retuned to produce 765 PS (754 horsepower) and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of twist.

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2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept

Your new affordable urban EV is on its way

Dacia is finally joining the electric car bandwagon and to signal that intent, the Romanian Renault-owned carmaker has unveiled the Dacia Spring electric prototype which will spawn a road-legal car towards the beginning of 2021. Once that happens, the all-electric Dacia model will be Europe’s most-affordable all-electric vehicle.

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2020 Hyundai Prophecy EV Concept

2020 Hyundai Prophecy EV Concept

This prototype is triggering a lot of Audi TT deja-vus

Hyundai is one of the first carmakers to make a move and unveil a vehicle that was supposed to take the stage at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, the coronavirus had other plans, so we’ll have to settle for the online debut of this sleek-looking, all-electric prototype.

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Watch the New McLaren LT Online Debut Right Here!

Watch the New McLaren LT Online Debut Right Here!

McLaren will unveil its latest supercar online

As McLaren’s Geneva plans took a hit (it goes the same for every carmaker that planned a debut at GIMS 2020), the company will now reveal its upcoming LT supercar via a press conference that will broadcast online, held by CEO Mike Flewitt.

There’s not much we know about the next LT-branded super sports car coming from McLaren, although we can make some educated guesses looking at the 650S-based 675LT.

Two main features of the new LT would have to do with power and weight. As in, more power and less weight. Word is, however, that McLaren will base the said LT on the 720S, which will make it the second supercar to use 720S underpinnings, after the McLaren Senna.

Expect a generous use of carbon fiber, a streamlined body kit, lighter wheels, and new bits and bobs such as redesigned side mirrors and extra air inlets perhaps, as well as an active rear wing. It goes without saying that the elongate rear end is a must and at the same time, the car’s design centerpiece.

A retuned, more powerful version of McLaren’s 4.0-liter V-8 is on the cards, complemented by larger brakes. Get ready for a spicy price tag, too, on par with the new Longtail’s heightened track abilities.

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This Stadium Super Trucks Race Is Better Than Formula 1

This Stadium Super Trucks Race Is Better Than Formula 1

Seriously, it is

Racing trucks is not a novelty. Racing trucks on a circuit that has ramps installed allowing the said trucks to jump in order to make life harder for the drivers is one of the raddest things you’ll see this week.

Stadium Super Trucks is an up and coming motorsport discipline from Australia founded by Robby Gordon. If we were to describe it in a few words, it’s like taking a little bit of Dakar Rally and perhaps Baja 1000 and sprinkling it on a race track. We’re telling you, this wacky from of racing needs more of your attention, right now.

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Is There a Case For a Tesla Cybertruck Police Car?

Is There a Case For a Tesla Cybertruck Police Car?

We’ll tell you this much, the Cybertruck has a lot of potential for more than police work

We don’t have to tell you just how polarizing the Cybertruck has been in the wake of its controversial unveil back in November 2019. But the wave it sent to all online mediums has been of an unseen magnitude and that’s the best marketing strategy Tesla could ever wish for.

As a result, people came up with wicked renderings and some even started out building their own version of the Cybertruck. In this article, however, we’re going to be looking at whether a police Tesla Cybertruck would make sense in real life, given that some U.S. police departments are already acquiring and modifying Tesla Model 3s for patrol and other duties and we’ve also caught word of interest in the Cybertruck too, albeit from more exotic parts of the world.

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2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

Whenever DS flexes its luxury muscle, we should all pay attention

Over the past decades, luxury has been associated with what we could call analogue concepts: fine leather, wood veneer, exquisite quilting, and silky-smooth fabrics. These days, however, luxury goes hand in hand with technology, too.

Sure, not everybody approves of that, but even the most fanatical skeptic might have second thoughts after getting a glimpse of the DS Aero Sport Lounge. We’re gonna offer up a lot more than that in the words below.

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Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead

Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead

All James Bond cars brought in one place for your viewing pleasure

Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.

Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.

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1100 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Almost Takes Off During Drag Launch

1100 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Almost Takes Off During Drag Launch

That’s one badass wheelie right there

Wheelies and drag racing go together like summer and June. Sure, they’re spectacular, but rather inefficient, because a wheelie is essentially wasted torque that lifts the car’s nose, instead of moving the entire vehicle forward. As a countermeasure, wheelie bars are usually fitted. The same can’t be said about this 1100-horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo that has no problem in pulling a huge wheelie on the drag strip.

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How's This For a Ferrari LaFerrari Successor?

How’s This For a Ferrari LaFerrari Successor?

Say hi to the Ferrari Stallone

With Geneva knocking at the door, we can’t help but look back at the 2013 edition of the word’s largest motor show, which say Ferrari introduced the game-changing LaFerrari. The thing is, though, the LaFerrari is a bit long in the tooth right now and in dire need of a worthy successor.

No, don’t jump for joy just yet, Ferrari hasn’t laid out any plans of launching such a hypercar, but there’s one designer that let his creative juices to flow freely and the result is what he calls the Ferrari Stallone.

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2021 Volksagen Golf GTI,GTD, and GTE - What You Need to Know

2021 Volksagen Golf GTI,GTD, and GTE - What You Need to Know

Volkswagen is trying to cover all the bases here

Volkswagen took the time to reveal the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE before their official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Surely, customers have no reason to complain should they want to get a more performance-focused Golf, because VW is offering a hybrid, a gasoline, and a diesel model as alternatives to various preferences or needs.

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You'd Think the Jeep Trackhawk Could Destroy the Stelvio QV in a Drag Race

You’d Think the Jeep Trackhawk Could Destroy the Stelvio QV in a Drag Race

And you would be wrong

As much as we would have liked to see the likes of Dodge Durango SRT and Maserati Levante Trofeo join in on this drag race, we’ll have to settle for FCA’s other two high-performance SUVs. Which is not that bad, considering that what you’e about to see is a straight-line skirmish between the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV.

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Segway Ninebot ES1 Gen 2 Electric Scooter Review

Segway Ninebot ES1 Gen 2 Electric Scooter Review

The ES1 Gen 2 comes with more power in the same straightforward what-you-see-is-what-you-get package

Segway upgraded the Ninebot ES1 electric scooter so the Gen 2 now packs a 300-watt e-motor instead of a 250-watt one. What’s more, Segway is adamant that the scooter (which is of the kickscooter ilk) passed a trial phase that included 6,000+ miles of road ride testing. The Ninebot ES1 is Segway’s entry-level scooter, the lightest it currently offers, and one of the lightest on the market. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at it.

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 Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda?

Will We Ever See an All-Electric Civic Type R from Honda?

The answer might surprise you

There’s nothing we can say to further boost the Civic’s (and subsequently, the Type R’s) icon status among car nuts. But times are changing and with the current push for electrification, even such a revered moniker as the Type R is likely to adopt the trend sooner or later.

Recent info in that direction comes from within Honda’s official ranks. Apparently, there are folks over at Honda who believe in the possibility of an all-electric Type R-badged car, especially since the Japanese carmaker should begin mixing its performance-oriented cars with less polluting powertrains.

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Volkswagen Has a Battery Secret That Has Sports Car Written All Over It

Volkswagen Has a Battery Secret That Has Sports Car Written All Over It

The ID.R wasn’t just for show, mind you

If the recent rumors hold any truth, the audacious VW ID.R all-electric racer did serve a higher purpose than it was initially thought. It will lend a hand in developing the next-generation all-electric sports cars that VW plans to deliver by 2025.

Mind you, the said sports cars will only inherit a fraction of the ID.R’s mad performance potential - most likely in the form of e-motor technology and perhaps battery know-how, but that should make them less capable on the road.

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Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

This drag race could very well be a celebration of the German V-8

In a world where downsizing used to be shoved down our throats as a better alternative to higher displacement, the V-8 engine has managed to somehow survive but it is only doing so in the stratospheric blankets of the car realm.

Carwow’s most recent drag race manages to bring together a quartet of V-8-powered monsters: you’ve got the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, the Mercedes-AMG E63, and of course, the Porsche Panamera. Interestingly enough, these are not your go-to supercars but mere luxury cars that can deliver both on performance and practicality, when required. So, how do they fare in a drag race, then?

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It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S

Believe it or not, it’s electricity and race-grade technology that defeated the otherwise vicious Macca

The McLaren 720S has been instilling fear into every out-and-out supercar, muscle car, and sports car you can think of. It has more drag race wins under its belt than we can count and it’s arguably one of the most quick-accelerating cars on sale today. But it is no match for the audacious Volkswagen ID.R.

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Elon Musk Has Just Revealed Two Major Details About The Tesla Cybertruck

Elon Musk Has Just Revealed Two Major Details About The Tesla Cybertruck

Elon Musk doesn’t shy away from randomly dropping Cybertruck-related info on Twitter

Not a single week passes by without new Cybertruck-related talking points surfacing online. Whether it’s a Hot Wheels RC Tesla Cybertruck or actual details about the real thing, Tesla’s polarizing pickup truck still has a lot of fire in its belly to stay in the headlines for the time being.

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Watch the Rimac C Two Deploy Its Active Aero on the Track

Watch the Rimac C Two Deploy Its Active Aero on the Track

Rimac went to Croatia’s Grobnik race track to further fine tune the C Two

The production variant of the Rimac C Two is coming at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but Rimac isn’t exactly on holiday these days. The two-seater, all-electric hypercar needs to be locked and loaded by the time Geneva kicks off (unless the recent coronavirus developments will force the authorities to cancel the show), and Rimac is hard at work to ready the C Two for its debut.

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon R

2021 Volkswagen Arteon R

We have reasons to believe that a hotter R-badged Arteon is on its way

The Volkswagen Arteon came to our attention back in 2017, during its unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Three years into the fastback-shaped sedan’s career, Volkswagen is planning to give the Arteon a well-deserved nip and tuck which would keep customer interest fresh and address the areas that needed further improvements.

With the refreshed Arteon, however, we’re expecting Volkswagen to introduce a spicier, more performance oriented version under its notorious R badge. Our suspicions are backed up by a recent set of spy shots that show a virtually undisguised test mule that wears a lot of R-specific features. Allow us to detail, then.

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Quick, Grab This Special 2021 Honda Civic Type R While It's Hot

Quick, Grab This Special 2021 Honda Civic Type R While It’s Hot

Seriously, Honda won’t bring that many to the U.S.

Honda didn’t forget about those Type R customers that live for track days and track days only, so it came up with a more circuit-oriented, limited-run Civic Type R that can only be had in one body color.

So, if the regular Honda Civic Type R wasn’t light enough for you, then please do check out the 2021 Type R Limited Edition, which Honda dubs as “the ultimate street-legal track-focused variant” of the Civic Type R. Oh, and it’s supposed to arrive on U.S. soil later this year, so hopefully future owners won’t have to wait a lot to get it.

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2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW M5

The BMW M5 is up for a facelift, but will there be any significant changes?

The BMW 5 Series is in line for a mid-cycle refresh and it won’t be long before it comes to full effect. What’s more, the revamp will also affect the M5 performance sedan, as our spy photographers have spotted a heavy-camo’ed facelifted BMW M5 mule out on the open road.

BMW is tight-lipped about the revised M5 (as it is about the 5 Series as a whole) but the test prototype displays a couple of interesting changes that touch on the front and rear light clusters and bumpers. There’s no word on power upgrades yet, but let’s take a better look at what the revamped M5 might have in store for us.

Update 2/21/20200: The 2021 BMW M5 was just spotted doing some cold-weather testing and it’s starting to come together nicely. Check out the new spy shots and what we’ve learned in our “Spy Shots” section below!

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Czinger 21C Unleashed: 1,250 Horsepower, But Wait Until You See Its Top Speed

Czinger 21C Unleashed: 1,250 Horsepower, But Wait Until You See Its Top Speed

The 21C hypercar pumps out 1,250 horsepower by blending a hot-vee V-8 and electricity together

Ladies and gentlemen, we are more than pleased to inform you that Czinger, the Los Angeles-based carmaker that caught our attention recently, has unveiled further details about its 21C hybrid hypercar.

The Czinger 21C will walk that walk in March, at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, and it will do it with a V-8 built in-house and a pair of electric motors. Oh, yeah, and it’s blisteringly quick and fast, and Czinger plans to build just 80 examples, each priced at $1.7 million before any packages or options. Stick with us for the whole plot.

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How Fast Can a Lamborghini Go in a Half Mile?

How Fast Can a Lamborghini Go in a Half Mile?

Well, you’ve come to the right place to get your answer

Lamborghinis are very fast, and that’s no secret. Pretty quick off the line, too. Even the big-boned Urus can hold its own in a 0-62 mph sprint, which it can dispatch in 3.6 seconds. But this video isn’t about the Lamborghini Urus. It’s about one of Lambo’s pure-breed, low-slung supercars and its ability to stretch its legs in the half mile.

The Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster came out four years ago with bold claims: 50 kilos (110 pounds) lighter than the regular Roadster, heavily infused with CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforced polymer) and bonkers aero upgrades. But how well can it perform in a half-mile sprint?

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This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

No, it’s not the engine, but you’re getting close

As you all know, the first Mini Coopers weren’t built with performance in mind. These cars had to be compact, offer decent storage options, and first and foremost, refrain from blowing a hole in the buyer’s budget.

At some point in time, BMW took over and the Mini got fatter, even more fun to drive, and nicer on the inside. Heck, some Minis even received feistier versions badged John Cooper Works. But not even those can compare to the sheer madness that hides inside this little rocket tuned by California-based Gildred Racing.

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It's Time For The Shelby GT500 to Prove Itself Against the McLaren 720S

It’s Time For The Shelby GT500 to Prove Itself Against the McLaren 720S

Muscle car vs supercar and elephant-sized egos in between

If you’re a regular TopSpeed reader, then you’re no stranger to what the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 can do in a straight-line race. We’ve covered a lot of situations where the muscle car destroyed its peers in a drag race or it bravely held its ground in front of the likes of Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, even on a twisty track.

This time, though, the GT500 found its match in the McLaren 720S. Not only that, but the GT500 you’re about to see getting a beating (repeatedly) from the Macca isn’t running on stock gear, as it has been modded to churn out 800 horsepower.

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BMW Fan Boys Will Love This M5 vs M8 Drag Race

BMW Fan Boys Will Love This M5 vs M8 Drag Race

It’s so hard to pick a favorite here

It’s safe to say that BMW’s current car lineup isn’t short of performance-oriented options. Of course, in this case, we’re looking at two of Munich’s heavy hitters, going by the name of BMW M5 Competition and BMW M8 Competition.

Both cars are responses to the competition, especially the one coming from Affalterbach: the M5 is BMW M’s response to the Mercedes-AMG E 63, while the M8 comes to do battle against the Mercedes-AMG S 63. But what if the two Bavarians fought against each other?

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The Lister Storm Got Teased on Twitter and We Want to See More of It

The Lister Storm Got Teased on Twitter and We Want to See More of It

Patience is the key here, but we’d love a challenger for the Lotus Evija

It looks like everybody wants to build an electric supercar these days, and more often than not, it’s small brands that come forward such ambitious plans. This time, we hear that Lister, a company that made big waves recently for its tuning work on some of Jaguar’s models, is en route to churning out a fully electric supercar.

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Can You Guess Where Aston Martin Is Getting Input From for the Valkyrie Hypercar?

Can You Guess Where Aston Martin Is Getting Input From for the Valkyrie Hypercar?

They do label it as an F1 race car for the road, so this makes complete sense

Aston Martin will build eight Valkyrie pre-production prototypes that will help its engineers fine-tune the upcoming V-12 hypercar to perfection.

The first three prototypes, named VP1, VP2, and VP3, have already been given a run for their money at Silverstone, by none other than Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.

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New 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Rendering Got Us Dreaming

New 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Rendering Got Us Dreaming

It’s not just the overall quality, but the rad body kit that caught our eye

We’re expecting a new-generation Ford F-150 pickup truck to make a debut this year as a 2021 model, after 2019 taught us that FoMoCo sent a full fleet of pre-production prototypes out in the wild for testing purposes.

While the test mules didn’t exactly throw a lot of light onto the new F-150 topic, we spotted a new mesh grille design with a single cross-bar splitting it in half horizontally. There’s also talk about a Raptor-badged 2021 F-150 and it’s this one that led to one particular pixel manipulator coming up with his vision of an incoming F-150 Raptor.

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Czinger 21C: Finally Bringing the Hypercar Crown to America

Czinger 21C: Finally Bringing the Hypercar Crown to America

If Czinger can keep its promise performance-wise, then the 21C should be one mean speed demon

As 2019 was drawing to a close, we predicted that 2020 will see a plethora of small carmakers taking a stab at the hybrid/electric supercar niche. And guess what: we were right.

By now, the name Czinger must have reached your eardrums and if it hasn’t, then you’ve come to the right place. Czinger is based in Los Angeles, California, and it grabbed a lot of headlines after announcing that it would come to Geneva with the 21C, a hybrid hypercar built with “the world’s most advanced production technologies,” under the supervision of Kevin Czinger, the man who designed the 2015 Divergent Blade.

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The 2020 Land Rover Defender Takes a Bashing In James Bond No Time To Die Rehearsals

The 2020 Land Rover Defender Takes a Bashing In James Bond No Time To Die Rehearsals

And by bashing we mean hitting trees, drifting, and performing crazy jumps

We knew for some time that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender will play a big role in the upcoming No Time to Die 007 movie, but the only proof we had was an all-black prototype photographed on the set.

This time around, Land Rover provides a glimpse into what we should expect from the movie when it comes to the Defender’s part, and boy, you won’t be disappointed, we can tell you that much.

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Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

The sound it makes during the run is unbelievable

From the first time it surfaced online to the present day, the McLaren Senna has been the subject of numerous track battles, road trips, and standalone reviews. They’re all well-documented through articles or videos, but there’s never been an instance where the supercar is let to stretch its legs freely and make the most out of its V-8. Or should we say… spread its wings and take off?

Someone took a Senna for a standing mile top speed test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds runway to see if the McLaren-declared top speed of 208 mph is indeed attainable in real life.

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A Modern Porsche 914 Could Happen, but You Might Not Like What Kind of Model is Being Considered

A Modern Porsche 914 Could Happen, but You Might Not Like What Kind of Model is Being Considered

A Porsche that drives superbly and won’t cost an arm and a leg? Sounds splendid, but don’t jump for joy just yet…

The mid-engined 914 was developed jointly by Porsche and Volkswagen in the late 1960s and was sold between 1969 and 1976. Porsche wanted a replacement for the 912, while VW needed a sporty coupé to pick up where the Karmann Ghia left off. So the 914 was born.

Hear this out, though: Porsche could give the recipe another go, in the form of a modern, spiritual successor for the 914.

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2020 Audi RS Q8 by ABT Sportsline

2020 Audi RS Q8 by ABT Sportsline

The beast just got beastlier with more power, more torque, and a shorter sprint time

The Audi RS Q8, without any doubt whatsoever, is a downright technological marvel. What Audi managed to extract from this hunchback SUV in terms of performance and practicality is worthy of all praise.

The RS Q8 packs a 4.0-liter V-8, two-axle steering, 10-piston brake calipers that bite into ceramic rotors, optional 23-inch wheels, and a mean electromechanical active roll stabilization system that makes the 5,103-pound mammoth drive like it’s on rails. Most of us couldn’t simply ask more from the souped-up SUV. Most of us, however, aren’t ABT Sportsline.

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New 2022 Audi R8: Everything We Know So Far

New 2022 Audi R8: Everything We Know So Far

New Audi R8 rumors have been flying around for years, but to no official confirmation

2019 was a splendid year for gearheads and high-end car companies alike. The Chevrolet Corvette went the mid-engine way, Bugatti blew past the 300 mph barrier with the Chiron, McLaren launched both the amazing Speedtail and the GT, while Lamborghini and Ferrari sold more supercars than they had planned.

So, we must ask. What’s Audi been doing? Sales of the Audi R8 haven’t been piercing holes through the roof, since you asked, and there’s intense talk about a new generation coming in 2022. So far Audi has been tight lipped on the topic, so the rumor mill did most of the talking. Here’s everything we know about the new Audi R8.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Battles Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Battles Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca

A legendary track for these waiting-to-become legendary cars

This is a duel between the conspicuous and the subtle. The raw and the precise. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Porsche 911. They’re both rear-wheel-driven automotive icons and they serve the same purpose, but with a totally different set of tools in their bags.

The new Porsche (992) 911 has got a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six powerplant while the Shelby GT350 packs a V-8. So, how do they fare against each other in a hot lap track battle? The answer comes courtesy of MotorTrend.

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Cadillac's Most Powerful and Advanced V-8 Sits on the Sidelines, but Why?

Cadillac’s Most Powerful and Advanced V-8 Sits on the Sidelines, but Why?

Cadillac really doesn’t know what to do with its Blackwing V-8

Last time we heard from Cadillac, it was busy launching the new Escalade. Before that, talk about the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V hot really heated up due to a report that said it won’t get the Blackwing V-8 and instead receive the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found inside the CTS-V.

At this point in time, the Blackwing’s fate holds a lot of uncertainty, and the worst part is that Cadillac hasn’t got the slightest clue about how, where, and when to use the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 mill.

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The New Ford Focus RS Is At The Mercy Of EU's Emission Laws

The New Ford Focus RS Is At The Mercy Of EU’s Emission Laws

Most likely, Ford’s hot hatch will use a hybrid powertrain

When Ford introduced the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the hot hatch community was taken by storm. It packed more power than the Subaru WRX STI, Honda Civic Type R, and VW Golf R, along with all-wheel-drive, a manual gearbox, and 350 PS (345 horsepower) and 350 pound-feet of torque to go by.

The new Ford Focus has been out for almost two years now and everybody’s wondering when is Ford dropping the RS-badged derivative. Well, it looks like the Blue Oval still has some work to do as it needs to come up with an emission-compliant powertrain for its compact hot hatch, forced by harsher EU regulations.

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2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Debuts World's Quickest-Folding Soft Top

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Debuts World’s Quickest-Folding Soft Top

That doesn’t make the open-top Vantage Roadster a slouch, mind you

Largely based on the Vantage coupé, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - that’s right, it’s not called the Volante anymore as you and I expected, but simply Roadster - receives the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 sourced from AMG but instead of a fixed roof, it packs the quickest fabric top ever made.

As every other Aston Martin out there, the Vantage Roadster doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to scoop up at least $161,000 if you live in the US of A, €157,000 in Germany, and about £127,000 in the U.K. That’s $11,000, €3,000, and £6,000, respectively, on top of the coupé model’s starting sticker.

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This New 2021 GMC Hummer EV Rendering Looks Just About Right

This New 2021 GMC Hummer EV Rendering Looks Just About Right

Those suicide doors look neat, but it’s unlikely that GM will go for those

The Hummer’s transition from extinct gas-guzzler to reborn electric vehicle, albeit in pickup truck shape, has taken the car world by storm. And that’s an understatement. GMC cleverly released the right amount of specs to keep people on their toes and stir the online medium, yet nobody knows what the GMC Hummer EV will look like.

GMC’s cryptic picture of the truck’s front end doesn’t reveal much but it was all some needed to create a digital interpretation of what the Hummer EV might be.

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Mercedes-AMG A 45, Audi RS 3, and VW Golf R drag race debuts with drifting

Mercedes-AMG A 45, Audi RS 3, and VW Golf R drag race debuts with drifting

The BMW M2 Competition also joins the hot hatch bunch

As far as premium hot hatches go, this lot here is the creme de la creme. Sure, some might argue that the VW Golf R is not exactly premium, but then again, it is a premium car if we look strictly at its performance credentials, don’t you think?

That said, the only carmaker that didn’t line up a hot hatch is BMW. Although the Bavarians sell the M135i, Carwow’s video features the BMW M2 competition, which, believe it or not, is not the most powerful car here.

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It takes three weeks to build the Ford GT Liquid Carbon

It takes three weeks to build the Ford GT Liquid Carbon

Dealing with all that carbon fiber isn’t an easy task

Let’s face it. The 2020 Chicago Auto Show was a dud. There’s no hiding from the fact that the format needs changing because utter dullness won’t cut it anymore. Even so, some debuts managed to shine through all that murky water.

The Ford GT Liquid Carbon edition was one of them. Ford’s supercar made a surprise appearance in Chicago, packing 13 more horsepower, better cooling, and a naked-carbon-fiber guise that ups the ante on the GT’s appeal. Turns out, though, that flaunting that exposed carbon fiber also triples the Ford GT’s build time.

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