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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201918)

May 5, 2019

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The Toyota 86 Hakone Edition Looks Gorgeous in British Racing Green

Remember the British Green Limited edition Toyota 86? Introduced a couple of months back, we figured it would be one of several JDM-only special editions that would never make it to US shores. Well, turns out we were wrong. The new 86 Hakone Edition, announced today, comes with the same stunning green paint job and contrasting 17-inch bronze wheels. And...

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THE 2020 MCLAREN 720S SPIDER IS FASTER THAN A MOTORCYCLE (AND AN ARIEL ATOM)

The 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is fast. Everyone knows that. But what everyone doesn't know is that the 720S is faster than a motorcycle in a drag race. At least, faster than the 2019 BMW S1000RR liter bike in the quarter-mile. Autocar put those two, plus the new Ariel Atom to the test on an airstrip, and the results did...

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Audi not giving up on fuel cells, new prototype coming this year

Although Audi plans for a slew of new electric cars, fuel-cell technology is far from dead at the German luxury brand. According to an Autocar report on Friday, Audi has serious concerns about sourcing battery materials for electric cars responsibly and meeting customer demands for range and charging. That has led Audi to spearhead hydrogen fuel-cell development once again. Per...

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Refreshed Mercedes-AMG C63S duo launched

The local Mercedes-AMG performance car line up has been jazzed up following the arrival of the refreshed C63S duo (Coupe and Limousine), as well as the all-new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Both the C63S Coupe and Limousine come powered by the Affalterbach institution’s 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol heart, which delivers 510hp and 700Nm to the rear wheels exclusively. Managing said...

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Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit Speed Trap Concept Packs A Ridiculous 797 HP

The 475 hp (354 kW / 482 PS) Dodge Durango SRT isn’t a slouch as it can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. However, the model has lost some of its luster thanks to the even more powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, that...

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Chevy Camaro SS Gets Yet Another Facelift To Stave Off Falling Sales

The Chevrolet Camaro SS has received yet another facelift after just 12 months due to crashing sales. Recently, the Camaro was relegated to third place in the 3-way race for top muscle car in North America. According to the Detroit Free Press, sales of the current-gen Camaro have fallen precipitously over the past year, with 2018’s sales down 21% compared...

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BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: first official image revealed

BMW will broaden its 8 Series to three bodystyles with a four-door coupe this year, and the brand has released the first official image of it. The side-on profile shot keeps the bottom section of the car hidden, but we can see it's grown significantly in size to accommodate the extra doors. The shape is still recognisable from the two-door...

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Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most states. The bill passed the House last week unanimously, and Florida's state senate also passed the bill on Wednesday. It will soon head to Governor Ron DeSantis'...

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Volkswagen Might Drop the Base Golf Hatchback and Wagon from Its U.S. Lineup

According to a report from Motor1, the next-gen base Golf hatchback won't be sold in the United States. The GTI and the Golf R will both live on in the U.S. market, VW confirms. Volkswagen says that other Golf models are "still under consideration" for the North American market, meaning that the base cars have a chance of being sold...

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Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution

Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal –...

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This Buick Minivan Has a Shockingly Beautiful Interior

The Buick GL8 is a big luxury minivan that we don’t get in the U.S., and once you see these stunning interior photos of a new concept variant, you’ll realize that this is a damn shame. Buick, the brand for folks who still yearn for over-stuffed burgundy cloth seats, recently showed off a concept version of its Chinese-market GL8 Avenir...

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How the Aston Martin Aeroblade Works

When designing extreme cars, downforce is one of the things engineers cannot ignore. Defined as the force procuced by a combination of air resistance and gravity that acts on a moving vehicle, downforce is what allows cars to move extremely fast and not lose grip, not even when cornering at high speeds. Downforce relies on the clever use of air...

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime gains seating for 5, Apple CarPlay, revamped lineup

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid gains some important functionality, even though some of the key specifications for range and efficiency haven't changed. The most important improvement, perhaps, is that the Prime now offers a third seat in the center-rear, making it a five-passenger car. Previous versions had only four seats.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets bigger batteries, styling updates

Originally offered with a 28kWh battery pack, the 2020 Ioniq Electric now sports a 38.3kWh battery. While the previous model had a 200km range, the new Ioniq now has around 294 km of range based on the more optimistic WLPT standard. The electric motor has been upgraded as well, producing 136 PS and 295 Nm torque. It is also fitted...

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F1’s Williams to power world’s first ELECTRIC touring car series

The technology and engineering subsidiary of the famous Williams Racing team has been picked to key components for the forthcoming ETCR electric touring car championship. Williams Advanced Engineering will be responsible for supplying the batteries to be used by the electric racing cars, along with the vehicle control modules.

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Say Goodbye to RWD Mercedes-AMG Models Like the AMG GT and C63

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has revealed that it plans to discontinue the rear-wheel-drive configuration in favor of all-wheel drive. Speaking to Autocar, the head of Mercedes-Benz’s performance division points to slowing demand for rear-drive cars. “Customers have given us the answer, and most want four-wheel drive,” Moers said. “Back in the days when we had an AMG E-Class as rear-wheel...

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Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall electric vans announced

PSA Group – the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall – has announced further details of its forthcoming electric van range at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. The company’s largest vans – the Peugeot Boxer (pictured) and Citroen Relay – will be offered with fully electric powertrains, with two range options depending on wheelbase size. L1 and L2...

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2019 VAUXHALL VIVARO REVEALED

Based on the PSA Group's EMP2 modular architecture, the new Vivaro is the former-GM brand's take on the Peugeot Expert, and will be built at the company's facility in Luton – securing 1250 British jobs. "As the UK’s largest CV manufacturer celebrating its 90th year of van production, we’re proud to present a new Vivaro model that not only has...

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A replacement for the Lexus CT 200h is due to arrive in 2021

On the hunt for a reasonably priced gas-electric hybrid-powered compact, but want something a little nicer than the oddity that is the Toyota Prius? You probably remembered that Lexus made the CT 200h. That's made, as in the Prius platform mate was discontinued in 2017. But word on the street is that Lexus is working on a replacement, according to...

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New flagship Citroen saloon shapes up for 2021 reveal

Citroen is preparing an unconventional return to the D-segment market and will launch a new electrified halo model in “a couple of years”. That’s according to Citroen CEO Linda Jackson, who gave Auto Express the latest update on the progress of the brand’s large flagship car project.

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Ducati Releases First Electric Model...A Chinese Scooter

Back in January, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali remarked, “the future is electric and we’re not far from beginning production of the series”. With seemingly every manufacturer getting in on the EV trade, we took Claudio’s statement very seriously. Perhaps too seriously, since we finally got word of Ducati's electric project and it isn't quite what we expected. Rather than developing...

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NIO ES8 Fire Blamed On Short Circuit After Battery Was Impacted

The startup on April 30 gave the statement via its official Sina Weibo account that the damaged NIO ES8 was sent to a service spot in Xi’an for the front window shield replacement and the front bumper repair. Its chassis was not checked prior to the maintenance since this part was not included the demanded items. The maintenance was completed...

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Refreshed Lexus RC-F pricing revealed - including hardcore RC-F Track Edition

Under its refreshed skin the standard RC F has picked up a range of detail changes to the chassis, including new engine mounts, stiffer bushings on the rear suspension, and further use of aluminium in the front suspension. The drivetrain has also received some updates, including lighter, hollow half-shafts to reduce driveline friction.

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Nissan drops the droptop 370Z for 2020

Nissan has decided that the convertible version of the 370Z will not live on past 2019, ending a 10-year production run for the drop top. According to a statement from Nissan spokesman Kyle Torrens to Motor Authority, the brand “will not offer the Roadster variant for the current-generation Z beginning with the model year 2020.”

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