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2022 Audi A5 Coupe - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Audi A5 Coupe - Performance, Price, and Photos

The Audi A5 could be the perfect blend between luxury, performance, and price

If you are looking for a luxury yet not-too-powerful two-door coupe, the A5 Coupe might be the best choice for you. This four-ringed car is a lot better looking than the more practical A5 Sportback but shares the same powertrain, interior features, and all the Audi goodness. The 261-horsepower yielding 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot sends power to all four wheels and is mated to a seven-speed DCT. Among all the other A5 variants; Sportback, Cabriolet, and Coupe, we love the Coupe for its athletic stance along with the cabin aesthetics. While the A5 Coupe is reserved for the mass, Audi also offers more spirited S5 and RS5 versions to bring out the enthusiast inside you. But, how will it perform when you compare it to the top dogs such as the BMW 4 Series, and the Lexus RC?

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2022 Mercedes EQS 580 Test Drive: The Definition of Luxury, Electrified

2022 Mercedes EQS 580 Test Drive: The Definition of Luxury, Electrified

Here’s what the most powerful, non-AMG version of Mercedes’ flagship EV is like to drive

The Mercedes EQS is already on sale as the brand’s EV equivalent to the Mercedes S-Class. The EQS is currently being offered in five different flavors, two of which are AMG variants. Power ranges from 288 horsepower in the base EQS 350 to 761 horsepower in the AMG EQS 53. We recently got the chance to drive the Mercedes EQS 580, which is the most powerful version of the EQS before you step up to the AMG models. I’m here to tell you that it’s better that you’d expect.

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2022 The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance F1 Edition Represents $25,000 Worth of Appearance Upgrades

2022 The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance F1 Edition Represents $25,000 Worth of Appearance Upgrades

There are no mechanical updates, but it does make the GT 63 S E-Performance look a lot better

We thought the AMG GT 63S E-Performance couldn’t be upgraded any further, but Mercedes just proved us wrong - at least when it comes to aesthetics. This year AMG celebrates its 55th anniversary and we’ve already seen a lot of special models designed especially for the event. After several AMG 55 editions – including the ones based on the A35, CLA 45 and G63, Mercedes announced the AMG GT 63S E-Performance equipped with the "F1 Edition" package. The model is now available for order and in Europe, the price of the F1 Edition package is €23,800 (roughly $25,000 at the current exchange rates).

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2022 Manhart CRT 800

2022 Manhart CRT 800

807 horsepower and a meaner appearance should move the Cayenne Turbo Coupe into a different league

The Cayenne Coupe, like the entire Porsche lineup, is due for an update. However, that won’t happen until later in 2022, so, for now, we must work with what we have. Manhart decided to take the Cayenne Turbo Coupe under its wings and give it some serious improvements.

Its latest package, the CRT 800, not only makes the German SUV look better on the outside, but also adds a lot more power under the hood.

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2023 Audi S6 and S7 Design Edition

2023 Audi S6 and S7 Design Edition

The Design Edition offers an exclusive Arrow Gray exterior finish

Audi announced updates for its entire 2023 lineup, and the S6 and the S7 sedans are no exception. While no major exterior or interior updates will be offered, both models can now be ordered with an exclusive Design Edition package. It is only about some cool exterior and interior color combination, and it does make both sedans look better than ever.

The new Design Edition package will be offered exclusively for the 2023 model year and can be ordered starting June.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 "Edition 55"

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 "Edition 55"

A new model built to celebrate AMG’s 55th birthday

Mercedes marks AMG’s 55th birthday with the launch of a series of "Edition 55" special editions. After the release of the AMG A 35 "Edition 55" and the G 63 "Edition 55", the company has now announced the CLA 45 "Edition 55."

The model is available to order now until December 2022, and the equipment package will be priced from €12,614 for the S versions and from €14,280 for the base CLA 45.

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2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 Expedition By Khann International

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 Expedition By Khann International

This treatment by Khann International gives the SUV a more aggressive look

The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest-selling car. It was launched in 1951, and, at the end of 2019, the production had surpassed 10 million units. It is true that in the States, the model does not enjoy the same success as it does in other markets. The fact that the new LC300 generation didn’t make it Stateside says it all. But, everywhere else in the world, the Land Cruiser is actively used and enjoys great success.

Inspired by this success, Khann International came up with a very cool Expedition package that will literally take your Land Cruiser everywhere.

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2022 Mansory Gronos EVO S P900

2022 Mansory Gronos EVO S P900

900 horsepower and a sporty look seems like the perfect recipe for the G63

Mansory has a very long history of updating the Mercedes-AMG G63. Just recently, the tuner unveiled two special editions built for the Chinese and the UAE markets. And, because the Middle East is such a big fan of big, luxury, flashy cars, Mansory announced a new special edition built exclusively for them.

If the name sounds familiar - Gronos EVO S P900 - it is because the tuner offered a car with a similar name back in 2021.

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2022 Lexus IS

2022 Lexus IS

With a few exceptions, this Lexus sports sedan is all love, and now it comes with a V-8!

The Lexus IS brings a lot of excitement for the 2022 model year, but that does not mean it was never exciting. Lexus was intelligent enough to give it a facelift for the 2021 model year, ensuring that the lack of a new generation has no bearing on sales. The IS was always a daily-driver kind of sports sedan, which offered both, comfort and decent performance. But, rivals like the 3 Series, the C-Class, and the A4, are more dynamic on the road when compared to the IS. Surely you would love to take the IS on the highways, but what if you wanted to take it to the track? For the 2022 model year, Lexus has started rolling out the more performance-focused IS500 F Sport Performance models. These models are not only powered by a throatier 5.0-liter V-8 but also come with an adaptive sport suspension, quad-exhaust tips, and upgraded brakes. As for the standard IS300, there are still two engine options, one is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot, and the other one is the underpowered 3.5-liter V-6 which also powers the IS350 F Sport, but is rated at 311 horsepower. It is a bit confusing about the whole IS, but we will try to simplify them in the latter part of the review. Apart from performance, Lexus cars are more about luxury and exquisite craftsmanship, which we witness with every line-up. Do all of these make Lexus a more approachable brand? Is the Lexus IS the best buy for you?

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2023 Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

2023 Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

Land Rover pays tribute to the first Defender offered in the States

Land Rover introduced the Defender to the North American market for the first time back in 1993. It was an extensively modified Defender 110, in order to comply with the strict North American safety regulations. The SUV was powered by a 3.9-liter V-8 petrol engine.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the North American introduction of the Defender, Land Rover will offer a special Defender 30th Anniversary Edition. It will be limited to only 500 units - just like the initial export batch offered in the States, and will be priced from $75,000.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Night Edition

2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Night Edition

The ’Night Edition’ gives the E-Class a very mean appearance

Mercedes-Benz is not the only automaker out there to offer a Night Edition package. In fact, this has been quite a popular name among the special editions lately. For example, Hyundai is offering a Sonata N Line Night Edition, while Ram added the same name to its 1500 and Heavy Duty models.

However, the name has the longest history in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. It has even been offered for models like the Maybach S 650. But, the latest addition is for the E-Class lineup, including coupe, cabrio, sedan, and station wagon, with the exception of the AMG models.

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2022 BMW M3 Competition - Driving Impressions

2022 BMW M3 Competition - Driving Impressions

The M3 Competition is an impressively fun car, though it’s not for everybody

The BMW 3 Series is widely regarded as the poster child of what a compact luxury sedan is supposed to be. The M3 Competition, on the other hand, serves as a firm representation of what a compact performance saloon should be. The range of sheer precision and performance between a base 3 Series and the M3 Competition is so wide that the two couldn’t feel more different from a driver’s perspective. With just over 500 horsepower on tap, is the M3 Competition really suitable as a daily road car, though? I spent a week with it to find out, and let’s just say that there’s more to the M3 than the grille.

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2022 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate

2022 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate

Here is the “ultimate” Yukon Denali of your dreams, and is one of the most luxurious SUVs from GMC

GMC has upped the ante in terms of luxury for the Yukon lineup by introducing a new top-of-the-line trim called the Denali Ultimate. It comes with distinctive exterior and interior styling, which includes chrome embellished exterior trim, 22-inch machine-cut alloy wheels, Alpine Umber trim with premium leather upholstery, and a lot more features. Speaking of features, the Yukon Denali Ultimate allows you to drive hands-free on compatible roads using the Super Cruise driver assistance tech, which is derived straight from the Sierra Denali Ultimate. The Yukon Denali Ultimate is the quintessential luxury three-row SUV, complete with all the features and richness you’ll ever need to prove your wealth.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Brabus 800

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Brabus 800

With specs like 780+ horses and 0-60 mph in three seconds, Brabus has elevated this top-spec AMG E-Class model to unimaginable levels

When you think of high-end aftermarket companies, some of the top names that come to mind include Hennessey, Mansory, and Brabus. While Hennessey is known for outright performance builds and Mansory for the most radical and unusual mods, Brabus is a blend of the two. It is back with yet another Mercedes build, this time, for the AMG E63 S called the Brabus 800. New wheels and aerodynamic elements on the outside, plush treatment on the inside, and power enhancement to the existing V-8 make this Brabus build an absolute beast.

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2022 ABT RS Q8 "Signature Edition"

2022 ABT RS Q8 "Signature Edition"

The ABT RS Q8 "Signature Edition" will cost you a buttload of money... and then some more!

The last time ABT offered a "Signature Edition", it sold like hotcakes. We are talking about the Audi RS6 Johann Signature Edition that was limited to only 64 examples - as a tribute to the company’s founder who lived for 64 years.

Now, ABT is bringing the name back and it is now offering a new RS Q8 "Signature Edition" - based, on, of course, the Audi RS Q8. The package is offered to mark the company’s 125th anniversary and will be limited to only 96 copies.

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2022 Brabus 900

2022 Brabus 900

900 horsepower for the Maybach GLS sounds even better!

Last year, Brabus unveiled the Brabus 800 package for the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC. It took the SUV’s V-8 engine up to a total of 800 horsepower, which was about 250 horsepower over the standard numbers. Today, however, the tuner decided that the GLS 600’s output can be updated even further, and it came up with a new package for the luxury SUV. The new kit is called Brabus 900, and as the name suggests, it delivers a total of 900 horsepower.

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2022 Infiniti QX80

2022 Infiniti QX80

This old-school seven-seater might quench your thirst for Japanese luxury engineering

Being a full-size SUV underpinning the Armada’s bones, the QX80 is a full-fledged luxury offering from Infiniti. It features a powerful V-8, fully independent suspension, a plush interior, and even loads of convenience features to make up for its dated architecture. We reviewed the Lexus GX earlier, and it confirmed that the body-on-frame chassis-based SUVs aren’t that bad. Same with the QX80, which is heavily based on Nissan’s Armada, while being about $20,000 more expensive. Surely there are a lot of differences, but Infiniti is trying to squeeze out a little more every year before a comprehensive revamp. But, unlike the GX, the QX80 is not known best for reliability. It is not as bad as a Mercedes-Benz would be, but it has faced recalls in its previous iterations. So, who do you think will buy the QX80? Well, people who don’t have problems with higher fuel expenses, love the raw sound of a V-8, love to travel around with family, and want good luxury treatment. But, if you pay $71,000, you want all of these factors covered, including a modern cabin design and a better handling chassis, right? The Jeep Wagoneer, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Genesis GV80 are all modern seven/eight seaters with ample tech and a modern-looking cabin. So, what should you do? Before making any judgments, read our full review.

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2022 Jaguar XE and XF 300 Sport

2022 Jaguar XE and XF 300 Sport

These special models will offer Alexa voice control and ’what3words’ integration

Starting 2025, Jaguar will stop offering ICE-powered cars, but that’s still three years away, so there is a little bit of time left to enjoy the current line-up. For example, in Europe, the customers have just received a new 300 Sport version for both, the XE and XF sedans.

As the name suggests, the two models will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the Ingenium family that delivers 300 PS (296 HP), but the biggest news is the introduction of Alexa voice control and what3words integration.

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2022 Manhart MH5 800 Black Edition

2022 Manhart MH5 800 Black Edition

815 horsepower in this Manhart build moves the BMW M5 into the supercar league

While the world is waiting for the next-generation BMW M5 - a sports car that will offer a hybrid powertrain - Manhart focused its attention on the current M5 Competition. The new kit - called MH5 800 Black Edition - is all about offering more power under the hood, but there are a few changes offered for both, the exterior and the interior.

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2023 Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota’s first vehicle in the "Beyond Zero" series seems to be an impressive kickstart to its reinvigorated EV journey

Remember the RAV4 EV back in 2014, and the current-selling Prius hybrids? Toyota’s name in the electrified world is not new, but it is now more prominent with the bZ4X, which is the brand’s first EV built on the e-TNGA platform. This platform is a joint venture of both Toyota and Subaru. The newly launched Subaru Solterra is its identical cousin with many similarities, which we will talk about more later. Keeping carbon neutrality in mind, the brand is now focusing on its electrification journey, starting with the 2023 bZ4X, which stands for “Beyond Zero” and the 4X denotes its chic exterior and the overall size. As you can tell, everything you see and feel is new or has been reworked. It is good to see Toyota focusing on consumer tech and modern design aesthetics, along with the leading reliability.

Now, like every other EV, you might be wondering what the claimed range is. Well, Toyota claims about 119 MPGe combined for the front-wheel-drive models and about 104 MPGe for the all-wheel-drive models. Considering the 71.4 kWh and the 72.8 kWh battery packs, the range is not that bad either. The front-wheel-drive variants put out 201 horsepower, and adding another electric motor on the rear axle will increase it to a meager 214 horsepower. Given the stats and the price range, it will compete with the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach E, and the Kia EV6. What do you think of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X? Should you go and buy it right now? Read the full review and point out your deciding factors.

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2023 BMW 7-Series "The First Edition"

2023 BMW 7-Series "The First Edition"

The 7 Series ’The First Edition’ will be limited to 150 examples

BMW Japan is celebrating the launch of the new-generation 7 Series with a special "The First Edition" series. Customers can already place orders for the special edition, but the deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The new 7-Series “The First Edition” will be based on three different models: the 740i Excellence, the 740i M Sport, and the electric i7 xDrive60 Excellence. Each will be limited to 50 copies, for a total production run of 150 copies.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG A 35 "Edition 55"

2022 Mercedes-AMG A 35 "Edition 55"

AMG continues its 55th-anniversary celebration with a new special edition A35 model

AMG continues the celebration of its 55th anniversary with a new "Edition 55" model. Back in March, we saw the launch of the AMG G 63 "Edition 55", and a month later, the company announced the new AMG A 35 "Edition 55".

In Europe, the "Edition 55" equipment package will be priced from €12,614 - or about $13,700 at the current exchange rates. The anniversary models can be ordered starting now until November 2022.

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2023 BMW i7

2023 BMW i7

With a 31-inch rear screen and a host of other gadgets, the BMW i7 is a technological powerhouse

BMW has just unveiled the new, seventh-generation 7 Series. Completely new from the ground up, the main highlight of the new 7 Series range is the fully-electric i7. Competing squarely against the Mercedes-Benz EQS full-size electric luxury sedan, the i7 looks more traditional compared to its bulbous rival. Stick on to find out whether the BMW i7 is perfect for you, or if the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a more convincing electric luxo-barge.

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