The Tesla Model 3 almost feels like more of a unicorn than a car that’s on the market, doesn’t it? There are so many customers still waiting for theirs. Those who have theirs have had complaints about the materials and build quality. It was just knocked hard as hell for poor brake performance (Elon Musk has promised a fix, by the way.) The thing is, a lot of people haven’t actually had the chance to see one up close yet. I’ve seen three different Maseratis in the past two weeks and haven’t seen one Model 3 – and I live in a big city with plenty of public chargers.
The point is, you’re probably curious to see just what it’s like to be inside the Model 3, how it drives, whether or not it’s powerful enough. Hell, maybe you’re just outright curious. It’s an intriguing little car with a minimalist design and downright quick performance. The long-range model can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of sports cars its size on the road today, and it does it without using a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel.
With that said, Top Gear was nice enough to take a nice long drive with the Tesla Model 3 and they took the time to record the whole trip. Go ahead and watch the video below, then click on the link at the bottom to learn all about the Tesla Model 3!
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Subaru Announces Bumped WRX Pricing for 2019 to Go with Extra Juice for the STI
It’s not very often we can start out talking about any car with the words “it comes standard with a manual transmission,” but that’s how we’re starting today. This is fantastic news, considering previous rumors suggested that Subaru would kill off the manual because Eyesight isn’t compatible. (180284) Back to the real reason we’re here, Subaru has confirmed what we told you back on April 13, 2019 – the 2019 WRX STI will get a minor bump in power. It’s just five horsepower, and Subbie went to a lot to make it happen, but it’s there. It also comes with a bump to pricing across the line.
Will the BMW M3 Get a Mild Hybrid Drivetrain and Extra Go Juice?
With both Audi and Mercedes-Benz now using 48-volt electrical systems in some of their cars, which turns them into mild hybrids, BMW is looking to take the same path. The 3 Series compact is already set to gain one, but a new rumor suggests that BMW will use a similar layout in the higher performance M3 model as well.
Nissan Introduces Easy Tire-Fill Alert System Because It’s Too Hard to Do it the Old-Fashioned Way
15 years ago, before the age of tire pressure monitoring systems, we checked out tire pressure once a week when filling up the gas tank. From there we would proceed to add air to any of our car’s tires and go about our lives until the next fill-up unless we notice a tire looking a little low. Well, nowadays we have tire pressure monitoring systems that tell us when a tire drops below a certain pressure level. Nissan wants to take that a bit further, though and has introduced the Easy Tire-Fill alert system.
This system essentially prevents the need for us to check tire pressure as we add air to our tires. It’s routinely simple, leave the ignition key on with the engine off and add air pressure. When pressure is right, the horn will honk. Overpressure the tire, and the hazard lights will kick on along with another quick honk of the horn. Nissan claims this system will help consumers save money as underinflated tires can rob you of gas mileage and shorten the life of your tires, but is a system like this even necessary?
No, it isn’t. It’s ridiculous, actually. It’s not hard to pull out your old pressure gauge and check your tire pressure. Most air pumps even have a built-in gauge to make life even easier. All this system does is prove how lazy we as consumers can be. Sure, it’s a cool novelty I guess, but it’s an outrageous technology that we really don’t need. Oh, it does cut down the time it takes to fill underinflated tires by half, but you know that’s about 30 seconds of your life once a month or so at best.
2018 Audi S8
The Audi A8 was introduced to the world in 1994, and in 1996 the European market laid its eyes on the first Audi S8 – a beefed up version of the A8. Since then, the S8 has gone through two more generational changes with the most recent being in 2012. A mild facelift came in 2014, but the S8 still looked somewhat dated. Now, we’ve finally gotten a look at the next-gen model testing on the Nürburgring and, as expected, it will take on Audi’s updated design language. Unlike the current model, however, we expect the 2018 S8 to drop the 4.0-liter V-8 in favor of that 2.9-liter V-6 that is found in the Porsche Panamera.
As a beefed up version of the A8, the S8 should take on similar styling cues with a more aggressive twist to them. It will also get new wheels, bigger brakes, and some extra interior appointments too. We saw the upcoming A8 testing back as early as June 14 on the Nürburgring, so it took about three months for Audi to open the gate that was keeping the S8 in captivity. Now that it’s out in the wild, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the future Audi S8
Update 05/23/2018: It’s been a while, but we’ve finally spotted the upcoming Audi S8 being put through the paces again. We’re not sure what’s taking Audi so long to hammer out the production model, but there’s no camo in play here so it must be pretty close to being production ready. Check it out and learn more about what we know so far in our special section below.
2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan
Launched in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduced an impressive amount of new technology for the brand, including a semi-autonomous feature and a steering wheel that can detect swipes like a smartphone. The nameplate expanded rapidly to include efficient four-cylinder models, a hybrid, diesels, and powerful AMG variants. Come 2018, and the sedan gains a mild hybrid AMG version under the "E53" badge. Set to replace the AMG E43 for the 2019 model years, it slots between the E400 4Matic and the full-blown AMG E63.
The sedan is the third E-Class model to make the switch to EQ hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz began the overhaul with the coupe and cabriolet versions, which were unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. The technology first debuted on the CLS in 2017, but the four-door version is not as powerful. A similar setup can be found in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which also offers a 53-badged variant. So what sets the AMG E53 Sedan apart from the standard E-Class and the hardcore AMG E63? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model 3 Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It
The Jaguar XK Could be Revived as a 2+2 F-Type Sedan
A lot of brands these days are reviving their retired models; for instance, Honda with the ’Insight’, and Ford with the ‘Mach 1’, to name a few. The latest entrant to this list is Jaguar with the XK. Seeing the success of theF-Type, Jaguar didn’t see the need to keep the XK around and discontinued it in 2015. However, it’s all set to return in a new avatar. Can it stay alive this time around without sacrificing itself for the other models in the line-up?
Video of the Day: Mark Webber Test Drives the Porsche Mission E, Says It Reminds Him of the 919 Hybrid
The Porsche Mission E is on its way from concept to production car and, once it arrives in showrooms, it will be the company’s first all-electric vehicle. Essentially a 911 with four doors, the sleek Mission E uses a 600-horsepower drivetrain and some of the technology found inside the 919 Hybrid race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 and 2017. Not surprisingly, Porsche Team driver Mark Webber, who recently tested the Mission E on the Weissach track, says that the electric four-door feels a lot like the 919 Hybrid.
"It reminded me at times, a lot, of the 919," Webber said after he completed a few quick laps in the Mission E prototype. He also noted that "looking over the front wheel arches looks like a 918 Spyder" and also described the EV as a "game changer."
Unfortunately, the video is only two minutes long and doesn’t provide any additional information on the upcoming Mission E. But the sedan appears to be pretty fast on the Weissach, and Mark Webber seems extremely happy at the end of the run.
The production model is expected to go into production in 2019.
2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept
Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the ill-fated CC, the Arteon keeps Volkswagen active in the rather tiny four-door coupe segment. Sportier than its predecessor and boasting more premium features than ever, the Arteon could finally establish the German firm as a powerful player on the premium market. Now also available in R-Line trim, the Arteon just gained a special paint finish and a set of wheels from Vossen to become the Highlight Concept.
Based on the R-Line model, the Highlight Concept explores the Arteon’s "potential to make a statement on the show field." Granted, the sleek and wide stance give the sedan a unique place among Volkswagen cars, and we will probably see a wide range of aftermarket upgrades at the upcoming tuning shows. Volkswagen’s is far from radical, but it shows what you can do with special paint, a set of custom wheels, and a lowered suspension.
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The Hyundai i30 N Fastback was spotted in prototype form being put through the paces. It will be the second model to be worked over by Hyundai’s new N division (the i30 N Hatchback was the first) and will even feature the same engine and design cues. It will be much sportier than the standard fastback and should offer as much as 275 horsepower, all of which will be channeled through a six-speed manual transmission.
The next-gen BMW M3 is already in the works with a debut planned to happen sometime around the turn of the decade. That means there’s only a couple more years to enjoy the current M3 and more intense M3 CS. That CS essentially stands for weight loss, new exhaust, and new wheels, among other things. It’s not just the addition of carbon fiber and the shedding of a few pounds that makes the CS stand out, though. It’s the extra power output too, which accounts for an extra 28 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque. That brings total output figures up to 453 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque; enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174 mph. Of course, there’s no choice but to flick some paddles for shifting purposes as a real manual transmission has been left off the options list.
Be that as it may, the M3 CS is one mean, light, carbon-fiber-toting machine and it’s more than worthy of some screen time on your home or office computer. So, we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper and included a nice little gallery at the bottom with more awesome choices just for you. Go ahead and take them all if you want.
2018 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept
The latest-generation Volkswagen Jetta was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and promises to reshape the affordable compact segment with its design and features. Although it’s slightly cheaper than the outgoing model, it’s decidedly more modern inside the cabin and has enough features to tackle the upper market of the affordable compact segment. It’s plenty powerful too, using a 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With the sedan arriving at dealers in May 2018, Volkswagen celebrates the new-generation Jetta with a tuned-up model developed by Fifteen52. It’s based on the R-Line model, and it’s called the SoCal Concept.
Inspired by the second-generation Jetta that was built between 1984 and 1992 in Pennsylvania, the SoCal concept is described as a "heritage-based design with modern accents." I can’t really spot those heritage design cues Volkswagen is talking about (I’m probably not old enough), but the concept sedan definitely looks unique. And it’s not too wild either, so the German could offer this four-door in a limited-edition production model. It probably won’t happen, but it remains an interesting take on a popular and affordable model.
Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept.