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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201921)

May 26, 2019


The Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the fastest FWD car at the 'Ring

Say hello to the newest Nürburgring record-holder - the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R. Set to be revealed properly at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, the hardcore Megane has already set a time of 7m 40.1seconds around the Green Hell. Behind the wheel was development driver Laurent Hurgon - the same chap who set front-wheel drive records in Meganes in 2011...

The Audi TT Will Die In Favor of a New Electric Car

It seems, the Audi TT's time has come. Today at its General Meeting, Audi chairman Bram Schot outlined the future of the brand, and it's a future that doesn't include the TT, at least not in its current form. Eventually, the TT will be replaced by a sporty electric car. "Reality shows that we as a company have been involved...

Opel's first car post GM is the 2020 Corsa-e electric hatch

Germany's Opel on Thursday unveiled a redesigned Corsa, its first car developed entirely post the brand's sale by General Motors to France's PSA Group in 2017. The new Corsa represents the sixth generation of Opel's popular subcompact hatch and was presented in Corsa-e electric guise. The Corsa-e is one of three EVs Opel will launch by the end of 2020,...

MG Entering Indian Market With New Hector SUV – Except It’s Not An MG

While in the UK MG recently unveiled the ZS EV, the automaker will enter the Indian market next month with a new SUV called Hector. Awkward name aside, the Hector is not exactly an MG. It is actually a Baojun 530, a model that recently launched as Chevrolet Captiva in Thailand and Colombia and as Wuling Almaz in Indonesia.

Audi boosts plug-in plans to include 20 all-electric models by 2025

Audi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent (relative to 2015...

Cadillac To Debut CT4 and CT5 V-Series Sedans On May 30th

Cadillac will debut the CT4 and CT5-V later this month, according to their most recent press release. Cadillac might not have the biggest share of the luxury sedan market, but that’s not stopping them from offering their own hot sedans to take on the likes of Audi and BMW. Coming for the Audi RS3 and BMW M3 is the Cadillac...

New ‘junior’ Brabham supercar will take on McLaren

Brabham will follow up its BT62 hypercar with a more affordable, higher-volume model. Development of the as-yet-unnamed supercar, which will be more refined and road-oriented than the BT62, is already underway. Dan Marks, commercial director at Brabham, told us: “We’re not going down the McLaren route and building 6,000 cars each year – we don’t want to lose our focus....

The Audi A8 May Go Electric and Ultra-Luxurious with a New High-End Model

Audi appears to be considering bringing back an obscure name from its past—Horch—that was last seen in 1940. If so, it could be attached to an ultraluxury model, in the way that Mercedes has done with the Maybach brand. At Audi's annual shareholder meeting earlier this week, Audi said the next-generation versio of the A8 might go fully electric and...

Mercedes Just Broke Up the AMG GLE53 and GLE63 Twins In a Weird Way

Mercedes-Benz is not above everyone when it comes to throwing curveballs that no one sees coming. Well, it just landed a heater with the debut of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 580, the new king of the GLE lineup, unseating the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 for the throne. The new GLE 580 is essentially a non-AMG crossover on steroids. It features Mercedes’ tried-and-tested...

Ford Is Working on Package-Delivering Robots That Fold Up Inside Self-Driving Cars

These days, we keep hearing automakers talk about all the partnerships they’re forming for autonomous cars, car sharing, large-scale electrification, and just general “mobility solutions.” A lot of it is bullshit meant to make the companies appear on the cutting edge, and some is legit research. I won’t speculate which camp this new Ford package-delivery robot research falls into, but...

This tall Honda Civic Type R is built to go rallying

The Honda Civic Type R is undeniably a fast car both on track and on the road. With 310 PS and 400 Nm torque on tap, the hot hatchback is capable of going from 0 to 97 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 271 km/h. Now imagine it as a rally car complete with the...

Aston Martin’s Bond-Themed DBS Limited Edition Is Stunning

You’ve taken down the evil lair, incapacitated your arch-nemesis after an exhausting chase down the local bobsled track, and rescued the damsel from her distress. Finally, after 133 minutes of run time, you, the hero, have earned her hand in marriage. After a tasteful ceremony in Portugal, the two of you climb into your flower-adorned 1969 Aston Martin DBS and...

Electric Skoda Citigoᵉ iV revealed

The new Skoda Citigoᵉ iV electric city car has been revealed. Production of the company’s first-ever electric car will begin in the second half of 2019, although first delivery dates and prices have yet to be confirmed. However, company bosses have said that the Citigoᵉ iV will go on sale for less than €20,000 in Europe, indicating a UK price...


Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Wraith Eagle VIII this week, ahead of its public debut a the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on May 24. Just 50 examples of this very special Wraith will be produced, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of "one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century". "Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted...

BMW launches hot M50i versions of X5 and X7 SUVs

BMW has announced a new M Performance M50i powertrain based on its 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine that will power performance versions of its X5 and X7 SUVs. The X5 and X7 M50i models will top their respective ranges (alongside the M50d diesel in the X5's case) until the full-blown M Division products, the X5 M and X7 M models arrive...

Honda Files 'Legend' Trademark In Europe; Acura Version Possible?

Acura is cracking opening its history books yet again. Not only is the company creating a new line of Type S vehicles, each with a brand-new twin-turbo V6, but new reports indicate that Acura could revive one of its most iconic nameplates. Honda recently filed for the trademark "Legend" in Europe – a car Acura hasn't sold since 1995. The...

FV Frangivento to reveal 1000bhp hybrid hypercar next week

Though no details relating to performance figures have been released, the company has confirmed a hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged petrol engine and two electric motors. An otherworldly-looking concept sketch has also been released. The car’s name carries some meaning. Asfanè means ‘it can’t be done’ in Piedmontese dialect, implying the company has achieved the impossible in bringing the...

Ferrari V8 wins International Engine of the Year award, again

Ferrari’s venerable 3902cc twin-turbocharged flat-plane crank V8 engine has won yet another International Engine of the Year award, making it a hat-trick for the Italian powerhouse. Not only has it won the overall title, but two versions of the ‘F154’ V8 have won their respective power bracket categories in a reorganisation of the award categories that are new for this...

Nissan Leaf Autech Is Exclusive To Japan

Be that as it may, Nissan can work its magic in terms of exterior design as far as the Leaf is concerned. With the help of the Autech subsidiary from Chigasaki-shi, the Japanese EV can look like the car in the photo gallery for ‎¥3,931,200. That’s $35,610 at current exchange rates including the donor vehicle, which is 687,960 more yen...

Europe’s BMW Z4 is getting a manual, so will the Toyota Supra, too?

BMW will make the Z4 roadster standard with a manual transmission in Europe. Cool—for France! But North America won’t have access to that variant because, well, it’s not an SUV. What we do get, however, is the Toyota Supra. Could the hands-on transmission-engine combo find its way into Toyota roadsters bound for the West? We won’t rule it out. Here’s...


As more and more automakers cancel manual transmissions because of the low take rate -- they’re businesses, remember -- Mini and its slew of Coopers has stood strong. Unfortunately, the Anglo-Germanic marque will cease importing stick shifts to the U.S. starting in July. The hold is only temporary, thankfully, but it’s the reason that’s interesting. It’s an emission certification thing...

2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Those score were good enough to help the VW...

2020 BMW M4 coming standard with M Competition pack

Launched in early 2016, the package boosts power from the car's 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 from 425 to 444 horsepower. The package also enhances the handling via an upgraded suspension, reconfigured driving modes, and the Active M Differential rear diff. It also adds a set of unique 20-inch light alloys. The upgrades help lower the 0-60 mph time by 0.1 second...

Touring Sciadipersia Cabriolet Debuts In Geneva, 15 To Be Made

Touring Superleggera, the Italian coachbuilder resurrected in 2009, is returning to the Geneva Motor Present with one other beautiful automobile. After introducing the Sciadipersia Coupe on the final 12 months’s occasion in Switzerland, the corporate is now revealing its open-top model, the Sciadipersia Cabriolet. And it’s drop-dead attractive. The convertible is predicated on the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible because the Milan-based...

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2015 MERCEDES BENZ GLA180 1.6CC TURBO Recon. unregistered.👍 (Push start.) INT BLACK, CAMERA , Airbags 7 (Driver and Passenger, Front Side, Driver Kneebag, Front and Rear Curtain ) 18' S/RIMS, (Powertrain) Engine Tech 16-valve DOHC with direct fuel injection, turbocharger and variable valve timing and lift Capacity 1,595 cc Horsepower 156 hp at 5,300 rpm Torque 250 Nm at 1,250...

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