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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201914)

April 7, 2019


This is the brand new Ford Kuga

They promise us it’ll be about the best of the mid-size crossovers to drive. It has a good chance, given it’s got a lot of new-Focus in the mix. But we won’t know for ourselves until closer to the on-sale date. Currently Ford is unsure of quite when that will be, but they expect November this year or January 2020...

McLaren Is Making a New Mid-Engine Grand Touring Car

McLaren might have started building race cars in the 1960s, but the street-oriented McLaren Automotive is actually quite young. The company is still defining itself, figuring out what direction it wants to take—and for enthusiasts, it's a very exciting time. McLaren's newest plan: To take on the world of high-performance grand touring cars. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren...

The heretical Porsche Half11 is coming to slap you out of air-cooled complacency

We started to feel it sometime last summer. Maybe you did too. It wasn’t that vintage Porsches stopped being cool; it was more like 911s, 912s and even 356s had become so ubiquitous, and the scene built up around them so huge and pervasive, that we barely noticed them anymore. The pristine restorations and perfectly patinated preservation cars, the tasteful...

Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series adds flair to the luxo SUV

If a standard Bentley Bentayga V8 doesn't stand out enough, allow the newly announced Design Series to remedy that. The luxury brand announced the Bentayga V8 Design Series on Wednesday, and it adds even more luxury and some flair to the opulent SUV. As the name implies, the Design Series is all about the new (although minor) design elements as...

McLaren Senna GTR Celebrates Public Debut At The Hands Of Bruno Senna

As promised, the track-only GTR version of the McLaren Senna made its first public outing at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting driven by Bruno Senna, the nephew of the late Ayrton. McLaren is keen to point out that the new Senna GTR is their most extreme creation this side of an F1 car and it certainly looks the part, much...

Toyota, Ford, And GM Collaborating To Make Autonomous Vehicle Standards

Ford, GM, and Toyota are joining forces to help bring rules and regulations to self-driving cars in America. Right now, it’s a wild west for autonomous cars. While most states require a human to be behind the wheel of any operating vehicle, carmakers are pushing for true autonomy. There’s an entire industry waiting to be born with robot taxis and...

New Renault Megane RS Trophy-R spied completely undisguised

The film, caught by Talea Media, shows the car running behind a camera car, suggesting it is set to be launched imminently and promotional footage is being gathered, as well as being driven at greater speeds. Previously it has only been spied testing in disguised prototype form. It is not yet known if the car will feature a more highly-tuned...

Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

The maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other automakers to use for free. In addition to making the technology open-source, Toyota...

The 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible Is Bringing Back the Soft Top

The next-generation of BMW's 4-series, seen here in convertible form. Currently available as a two-door coupe, a two-door convertible, and a four-door liftback Gran Coupe, the 4-series took the place of the 3-series coupe and convertible when it hit the scene in 2013. The 4-series (code-named G22 and G23) will be based on the new G20 3-series, which is shaping...

Moving towards electric cars, Volkswagen plans a 6% cut of his workforces by 2023 and 2,000 new software jobs positions

At Volkswagen’s annual media conference in Wolfsburg, VW commented on its new strategy to cut from 5,000 up to 7,000 jobs by 2023. Through reducing such operating costs, VW aims to save 5.9 billion Euro ($6.7B). The German automaker will invest the savings in its top-selling division - which generates more than a third of the company’s total sales -...

2020 Karma Revero gets BMW engine, better acceleration

The Karma Revero is back – though, we're not really sure where it went. After Chinese investors acquired the rights to Henrik Fisker's hybrid brainchild in 2015, the new company quietly rolled out a refreshed prototype with a new name. But now it appears the Revero is getting another reset, this time with help from BMW. The new-and-improved Karma Revero,...

The 2020 Volvo XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered Wield 415 HP of Plug-In Power

If you were bummed you missed out on snagging one of the 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered models last year, which sold out in under an hour because only 20 were offered in the U.S., then you’re in luck. Volvo has worked the same Polestar engineering into the 2020 Volvo XC60 and 2020 Volvo V60, so now’s your chance.

FCA Heritage Is Selling Two Alfa Romeo 8C Models

First things first, the 8C was produced in limited numbers with help from Maserati. A thousand examples of the breed were manufactured in Modena by the House of the Trident, half of them fixed-head coupes and half as soft-top roadsters. The business end of the 8C is the F136 YC V8, displacing 4.7 liters and connected to a six-speed transmission....

Lucid Motors Gets Real As Saudi Funding Comes Through

Things just got real for Tesla competitor Lucid Motors. The company, which announced a $1 billion deal with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund last September, confirmed on Thursday that the investment is complete. That could make Lucid the most realistic competitor to Tesla yet, as it plans to bring its nearly fully developed Lucid Air to production next year...

Infiniti Qs Inspiration sounds like a fun electric AWD sport sedan

Infiniti is looking to bring the fight to Tesla even closer as the company recently announced that it will be revealing an electric sports sedan at Auto Shanghai 2019. Called the Qs Inspiration concept, it will preview an upcoming model from Infiniti as well as show the future of electrification for the luxury marque. Drawing inspiration from modern art and...

The VW I.D. R is going to take on the Nürburgring

The all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R stunned us all last year with its stonking record at the Pikes Peak hillclimb in the United States. For 2019, it has its sights set on another challenge: Germany’s Nürbrugring. With its dual-motor setup good for 680 horsepower, the I.D. R whipped to a Pikes Peak all-time record of 7 minutes and 57 seconds, with...

Porsche has reduced CO2 emissions by 75 percent since 2014

Porsche also reduced the corresponding energy consumption by around 31 percent in the same period. At the same time, the number of vehicles produced in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig increased by 82 percent: from 101,449 (2014) to 184,791 units in 2018. “We at Porsche are aware of our responsibility in terms of environmental and climate protection,” explains Albrecht Reimold, Member of...

Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition Sells Out

Just a week ago, we brought you news of Jeep’s limited-run 2020 Gladiator Launch Edition. Now, after just one day of sales, all 4,190 of the trucks are sold out—and one of the buyers will soon become the lucky winner of the $100,000 “Find your Freedom” contest. Buyers of the Gladiator Launch Edition are now eligible to enter as contestants...

Audi AI:me concept teased for Shanghai Motor Show

The Audi AI:me concept has been teased for the first time ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show on 15 April. The manufacturer says the AI:me previews “the vision of an automated driving compact car for the megacities of tomorrow”. No other details have been given at this stage. Judging by the sketches, the Audi AI:me appears similar...


New model will likely be based on the Toyota Alphard, and will be sold in China, Taiwan and, possibly, other parts of Asia. Social media accounts for Lexus Taiwan and Lexus China have teased a new vehicle, which will debut at the 2019 Shanghai motor show taking place in the middle of the month. Lexus says the new car offers...

SsangYong Tivoli range revised for 2019 with new diesel

Ssangyong has revised the Tivoli and Tivoli XLV ranges with a new Euro 6-compliant diesel engine, slightly revised bumpers and a fresh range of technology. Prices for the standard Tivoli start from £14,495, while the Tivoli XLV ‘estate’ starts from £19,745. Both models come with Ssangyong’s seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty. Two engines are available across the Tivoli range, with buyers given...

Audi E-Tron Disappoints On Energy Consumption: Places Last Among EVs

Just 204 miles (328 km) of EPA range We were waiting for the first series produced all-electric Audi e-tron for quite some time (deliveries in the U.S. from May) and were hoping that such a company will deliver range and performance comparable to Tesla Model X, but after the most recent announcement of EPA test results, one should be disappointed....

BMW's V12 isn't going anywhere for a while, report says

In an era of engine downsizing, when turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinders are generating V8 performance numbers, BMW's twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 can seem like overkill if not an anachronism altogether. Surely one of the top V8s in the lineup can scoot the 7-Series flagship along to a top speed that's electronically limited if not empty road space limited, all while returning...

Mercedes-AMG CLA45 spied virtually undisguised - AMG’s answer to the Audi RS3

Mercedes-AMG has been spotted conducting calibration testing on its forthcoming CLA45 at the Nurburgring. The CLA45 will top the contemporary CLA range, but for the first time will sit above a second, CLA35 model; a Batman to the 35’s Robin. It’ll be based on the recently revealed CLA, sharing its sleeker, longer and wider body shell, and employ a 2-litre...

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