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.
A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes
One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.
Mercedes presented the updated, 2021 AMG GLS 63 at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, and with it comes a new look, more power, and some extra tech goodies. Like the GLE 63, the GLS 63 features a 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 602 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. With the EQ Boost starter-generator, that amounts to an extra 21 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque. An updated air suspension system keeps things smooth on the road while a nine-speed automatic shunts all that power to the 4Matic+ AWD system with variable torque distribution. This system, by the way, can actually distribute as much as 100-percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels or distribute it evenly between the front and rear as needed for optimal traction.
The smaller GLE 63 Is actually quicker to get up to speed at 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, but the GLS 63 isn’t exactly a slouch either, managing to make the same sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The exterior of the 2021 model is emphasized by the updated and larger Panamerican-like front grille and the new quad exhaust layout in the rear. The wheel arches have been flared as well, while the front air intakes up from have grown even larger compared to the outgoing model. Needless to say, the GLS 63 is a looker, but you won’t be able to get one Stateside until mid-2020 when it’s scheduled to go on sale as a 2021 model. We’ve put together a nice photo gallery in the slider above and in the page below, so go ahead and check out the finer details!
History Repeats Itself As David Brabham Drives The Brabham BT62 To Victory At Brands Hatch
Brabham, a name that needs no introduction among motor racing fans, is firmly back where it belongs, on the track. The company stunned us all in 2018 when it pulled the covers off the vicious BT62, a 700 horsepower monster powered by a 5.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 bound to squash any Porsche 911 GT3 you might encounter at your local track day event. Last month, the BT62 made its racing debut in the Britcar Endurance Championship with a victory at Brands Hatch. Partaking in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is still the target for the Australian motley crew, although it may not happen until 2022.
David Brabham, Sir Jack Brabham’s youngest son, is an established veteran race car driver in his own right. Despite lacking the trifecta of F1 World Driver’s Titles that make his father an all-time great, David is, however, a two-time ALMS champion and has conquered Le Mans outright a decade ago with Peugeot, although his career actually spans three decades. In the past few years, David decided to hang up the helmet and focus on regaining control of the Brabham brand and make something of it. That ’something’ is, for now, the BT62, and it seems like a cracking way to make an entrance in the world of track-bound hypercars.
2019 Hyundai i10 N Line
The 2020 Hyundai i10 N Line is a performance-oriented trim of the third-generation hatchback. A range-topping model in the current lineup, the 2020 i10 N Line slots above the regular i10 and will fill the gap between the standard hatchback and the upcoming i10 N. The 2020 i10 N Line is the fourth Hyundai to sport the "N Line" badge as of December 2019. It joins the i30 N Line, the i30 Fastback N Line, and the Tucson N Line. The N Line is essentially a package that adds some exclusive features to the 2020 i20. Performance-wise, it’s not a full-fledged N model, but it does benefit from an exclusive turbo three-cylinder mill that adds extra oomph over the standard powertrains. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
A New Wide-Body Tesla Cybertruck Rendering Proves That Elon Musks Creation Could Be Even Stranger
The Tesla Cybertruck is arguably the most shocking car design in recent decades. Not only wedge-shaped bodies have gone out of fashion in the early 1990s, but no other carmaker thought about this shape as a design that could bring notable benefits in the aerodynamic and rigidity departments... of a pickup truck.
Tesla did, and while many car enthusiasts hate the Cybertruck’s looks, it could actually get weirder than that. And this rendering from Jonsibal proves just that.
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 is a Rebuilt Title?
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to cars with rebuilt titles. Essentially, this title is given to a damaged car that’s been initially deemed salvaged by an insurance company but through repairs, it was brought to its initial functioning state.
A rebuilt title is also called a reconstructed title, so there’s no difference between the two. But to better understand the concepts, we’ve come up with a short guide we thought would be useful for those who are interested in rebuilt cars.
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQS (updated)
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is an upcoming all-electric car based on the Vision EQS concept that the German firm unveiled in 2019. Part of the EQ division that handles Mercedes’ electric vehicle operations, the EQS will join the existing EQC, EQV, and Smart EQ city cars. Based on the name alone, the EQS will act as the range-topping model in the company’s electric car range. But it probably won’t be an electric version of the S-Class. Instead, it could have a size similar to the CLS, so it will fit in the midsize market. Either way, it will be Mercedes-Benz answer to EVs like the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan, and the upcoming Audi e-tron GT.
Update 12-4-2019: The Mercedes EQS was spotted doing some cold weather and snow testing – here’s the latest round of spy shots and what we’ve learned.
Can Top Gear America Be Successful with Three New Hosts in 2020?
Top Gear America is returning for a third iteration. The popular automotive show is set to come back in the U.S. with three new hosts — Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon — and a new viewing platform.
Previously distributed by NBC and A+E Networks, the new version of Top Gear America will be offered by the BBC Studios in partnership with the MotorTrend Group. The show will air on the MotorTrend App, the latter’s streaming service, starting in the spring of 2020. You’ll need to pay a $4.99 monthly subscription fee to gain access to the show, but it’s not just Top Gear America that you’ll have access to. A litany of Top Gear content will also be available for viewing, including more than 170 episodes of the parent Top Gear show.
Rimac Took the C Two to Nardo and Bragged About it With Some Cool Pictures
Rimac is hard at work testing, tweaking, and making sure that the production version of the C_Two hypercar will rise to the expectation. Other than crash testing the C_Two, Rimac is also applying the finishing touches on equally important aspects for a super-sporty all-electric vehicle, namely handling, road dynamics, and grip. So the Croatian carmaker took one C_Two test mule out to play, with the playground being the famed Porsche Engineering-owned Nardo Technical Center located in Southern Italy.