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2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

The first mid-engined ZR1 should be here in 2020

The 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 is an upcoming high-performance version of the eighth-generation Corvette. Likely to debut toward the end of 2020, the Corvette ZR1 should become the range-topping version of the C8 Corvette lineup and sit above the upcoming Corvette Z06. Details are slim as of 2019, but the 2021 Corvette ZR1 should feature a more aggressive and more aerodynamic body, extra carbon-fiber, a V-8 with forced induction (it could even be a hybrid), and a beefed-up chassis packed with race-bred components.

Original rumors claimed that the ZR1 might feature a "Zora" badge in honor of former GM engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, also known as the "father of the Corvette" and the man who experimented with mid-engined Corvette designs back in the day. It seems that this rumor might not become a reality, but the C8 ZR1 could be a massive departure from its predecessor thanks to a hybrid layout and all-wheel drive. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed, but Chevy did admit that the C8 Corvette was developed with electrification in mind. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150

This generation will determine the future of the F-150 moving forward

The F-Series has been a consistent seller for Ford. It has been the top-selling vehicle in the States for 42 consecutive years, thus scripting a legacy that will be most likely remain unbeaten in the 21st century at least. But given the way the competition has upped the ante, it is going to be hard to sustain and keep this consistency alive, unless Ford decides to take the game to the next level. To maintain the pole position, Ford has decided to replace the current generation of the F-150 with a newer breed and what you’re looking at here is our first spy shots of the 2021 Ford F-150. This heavily camouflaged mule was spotted doing test runs in Dearborn, Michigan. Will the next-gen F-150 feature changes that a merely aesthetic, or can we expect new drivetrain options as well?

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35

Merc’s new performance crossover is primed and ready for its turn in the spotlight

The Mercedes GLB-Class is a poster child for the segment’s booming popularity. It probably didn’t need to exist, and yet, we’re a few months away from its arrival. The market’s growing popularity is also the reason the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is going to hit the market soon. It’s arriving a bit later than the standard GLB-Class, but the development of the high-performance model has advanced to the point where test mules of the model have been spotted on numerous occasions. The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 isn’t just a more performance-oriented version of the GLB-Class. It’s also Merc’s latest attempt in creating a new market born out of performance versions of its existing compact vehicle lineup. The AMG A 35 and the AMG GLA 45 have already arrived. Now it’s the AMG GLB 35’s turn, and if not later this year, expect the performance-spec crossover to hit the market sometime in 2020. It is coming, and it’s coming to take all of our hard-earned money.

Update 06/12/2019: Now that the Mercedes GLB has finally made its debut, it’s time we turn our attention the AMG GLB35. It was spotted during a second round of testing on the same day the GLB made its debut. Check out our latest spy shots in the Spy Shots section below.

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2020 Land Rover Defender reveals a bit more skin in new photos and video

2020 Land Rover Defender reveals a bit more skin in new photos and video

All-new Land Rover Defender helped protect elephants in Kenya for testing purposes

Production of the all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is reportedly ramping up at the company’s plant in Nitra, Slovakia. We’re still a few months away from seeing the finished product, though, and many details surrounding it are still not very clear.

We have had our best look at it so far, courtesy of an official video (and photo gallery) that highlighted the fact that pre-production prototype Defenders were actually used by park rangers in Kenya. The video is meant to evoke the Defender’s outdoorsy spirit and its capability in the toughest conditions in the world, but what we were more interested in was to get a better glimpse of of the car itself - and we did, even though the video doesn’t really have any clear closeups of the car.

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2020 Audi A4

2020 Audi A4

Audi’s premium sedan looks to be getting a much-needed facelift

The 2020 Audi A4 has arrived with a fresh look, new technologies, and enough engine options to make your head spin. While it’s technically a mid-cycle refresh of the same generation model that launched in 2016, the 2020 A4 looks and feels more than just a refresh. You can call it an all-new model because that’s what it actually is. The updates are significant across the board, so much that it’s hard to look at the 2020 A4 as a continuation of the current-generation A4 B9 model. Audi’s new compact luxury sedan looks every bit like the winner we all hoped it would be. Now it’s time for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class to stand up and take notice. The 2020 Audi A4 is coming, and it’s coming with a vengeance. U.S. availability and pricing of the 2020 A4 have yet to be announced, but those details should come soon, ahead of the sedan’s scheduled launch later this year.

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2020 Mini Cooper EV

2020 Mini Cooper EV

Will it be a breakthrough car for Mini, or just another BMW i3 reincarnate?

Mini has officially entered the EV fray, and we have finally uncovered the proof. To be honest, Mini Cooper is one of the very few cars from the current combustion-engined crop that could slip into an EV avatar without any cosmetic changes. We have seen automakers going bonkers with the so-called ’futuristic’ designs with slim headlights, sharp cut lines, etc. But in contrast, the Mini Cooper gels well with those electric cars with its retro, rounded looks, and Mini seems to understand that. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has been spotted sans camo doing some all-electric testing. This electric Mini is based on the Cooper S and looks largely similar to it albeit with a few minor changes. Will the retro-looking Mini Cooper SE make a name for itself in arguably the most competitive segment in the right now?

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2020 Alpine A110 Sport

2020 Alpine A110 Sport

All the lessons from the GT4 racer are bound to reach the street sooner than you think

The Alpine A110 is one of the best sports cars currently on the market; the only car one James May bought last year out of all of the machines he got to test. And for good reason. The French midship pocket rocket that packs a 1.8-liter, turbocharged engine delivering 249 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque sent to the back wheels through a seven-speed automatic box benefits from an awesomely balanced chassis and sharp steering that make it a true driver’s car. Yes, there’s no manual on offer right now, but the car you see in these spy shots could be the answer to our prayers for more oomph as Renault could be hard at work developing a track-oriented version of the A110. We’re impatient!

When the Alpine A110-50 Concept broke cover in 2012, quickly followed by an Alpine-branded racing program in the European Le Mans Series and at Le Mans, we were wary at the prospect of a full-blown revival of the Alpine brand. You see, when Alpine was in its prime, the Renault-powered A110 1600 models were dominating the rally stages, and the car was a French symbol. Then, as years went by, Alpine kept its racing credentials by winning Le Mans outright in partnership with Renault but, on the road, the products moved away from the recipe that made the brand great. The A310 looked good, but the A610 of the ’80s and ’90s was just a cruiser. In a world of cars that get fatter by the day, pushed by safety regulations and the necessity to fill them to the brim with tech, we thought that a modern-day Alpine would just be a revival of the A610, an awkward, sluggish coupe that you either love or truly hate. Then we heard that it’ll be named ’A110’ and we crossed our fingers it won’t tarnish that legendary name.

Then, when the car finally saw the light of day we were left drooling at its styling. It evoked the original while still looking fresh and, most important of all, it was tiny. It looked smaller than even an Alfa 4C or a Porsche 718 Cayman - Renault’s benchmark when developing the A110 - and then people started driving the new Alpine, and the positive reviews started pouring. This time, though, it wasn’t a case of pundits getting together to give empty applause to a car that doesn’t deserve even a single-handed clap. No, the 2017 Alpine A110 is a well-sorted car that is deserving of the badge and of the heritage of the company founded by Jean Redele. A hotter version can only translate in a general tremble across the board from Audi’s TT to Porsche’s Cayman and everything in between.

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2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car

2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car

McLaren’s first hybrid outside the Ultimate Series will replace the 570S

McLaren is set to launch a new hybrid sports car in 2020. Shown here in a batch of spy shots, this vehicle will be the first electrified model that won’t be part of the ultimate series. So far, McLaren has launched two hybrid supercars: the P1, built between 2013 and 2015, and the Speedtail, produced in 2019. This new hybrid sports car could be part of either the Super Series or the Sports Series.

Since the prototype is based on the 720S, it’s easy to assume that the production model will replace the current Super Series. On the other hand, the 720S is only marginally bigger than the 570S, which is part of the Sports Series. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt also said that the company’s first hybrid sports car will be the replacement for the Sports Series lineup, so this is a scenario we need to consider as well. To keep things a bit simpler, I’m going to go with Flewitt’s statement and treat this hybrid prototype as a replacement for the 570S.

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2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4

Throwing yet another crossover onto the pile

Audi’s crossover and SUV lineup is already mighty stout, but that isn’t stopping the Four Rings from adding yet another high-rider to the list. The latest will take the name Q4, and as you might expect, it’ll squeeze in between the Q3 and Q5 within Audi’s stable. Alternatively, the new crossover could also carry the name Q3 Sportback. Either way, the fresh ‘ute will offer a more coupe-like roofline compared to the standard Q3, but carry over the current Q3’s interior appointment, engine, and drivetrain, plus all the options.

Update 5/22/2019: The Audi Q4 was just caught during more prototype testing, this time in warmer weather. With cold weather testing out of the way and warm-weather testing now taking place, is a debut imminent? Check out the spy shots section below for details!

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2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

An all-round package that is steeply priced, but worth the money

The Mercedes E-class coupe has always been a looker. There are a lot of coupes out there on the market, but this one has a certain ring to it. It does not carry any fancy moniker or overdone looks and is a coupe in true sense. Mercedes-Benz is currently working on the E-Class facelift for the 2020 model year. The E-class sedan and the wagon had been spotted before, but now, even the 2020 E-class coupe makes its paparazzi debut. Just like the sedan and the wagon, the coupe also bears changes all around the body and a few on the inside as well. Perhaps there will even be a new engine as well. Will the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe be able to spike up sales for the German automaker?

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

Set to arrive in 2020!

Although it received a new name for the 2016 model year, switching from M- to GLE-Class, Mercedes’ current midsize SUV is far from new. Sure, the facelift brought many updates inside and out, but the truth is that the GLE is already seven years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. But this will change soon, as Mercedes-Benz is testing production-ready prototypes of the next-generation model on public roads.

Alongside the regular version, our paparazzi also spotted the high-performance AMG GLE63. The SUV was caught stretching its wheels on both public roads and the iconic Nurburgring track, and it seems that the hauler is just about ready to go into production The new GLE is set to gain numerous and important updates, most coming from the E-Class sedan, on which it is based on. The AMG version will get similar upgrades, including an almost identical drivetrain to the AMG E63 four-door. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE63.

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Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here's the Proof

Land Rover Is Working on a Defender SVR and Here’s the Proof

The march of the performance SUVs is set to leak into one of the greatest off-road nameplates in the biz

For decades, the Land Rover Defender made a name for itself as a go-anywhere off-roader with the right stuff to conquer any obstacle in its way. Now, it looks like the nameplate will challenge a new landscape - the racetrack, as evidenced by this spy video showing what appears to be a Defender SVR testing at the Nürburgring.

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