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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201923)

June 9, 2019

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This is the new Audi A6 Allroad

Welcome to the new Audi A6 Allroad – a lifted, all-wheel drive estate aimed squarely at the kind of people who want all the off-road ability of an SUV, but not the size or image. We like this kind of people. And we like this kind of car. The Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain is tremendous, and so is the Volvo V90...

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Volkswagen ID.R Shatters Nurburgring EV Lap Record

Volkswagen announced it would run the ID.R in a 'Ring record attempt in early 2019. Modifying the Pikes Peak record holder for peak performance at the Green Hell required a ton of mechanical and electronic changes, but the same car now holds two wildly disparate racing records. The ID.R's time beat Stefan Bellof's long-standing lap record of 6:11.13 behind the...

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Yes, there's another new Pagani Zonda and it's purple

The Pagani Zonda lives to die another day. The firm has cranked out yet another Zonda variant, and this one is purple. Called the Zonda Zun, the one-off model features a striking purple color and a host of unique exterior appointments. The renderings of the car, which Carscoops published Wednesday, show a custom hood and new carbon-fiber air extractors. The...

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New Mercedes-AMG One Build Slot Pops Up, This Time For $4 Million

The world of high-end supercars is about to become richer with the addition of the Mercedes-AMG One. Previously known as the Project One, it’s expected to start arriving in the hands of customers in the coming months. If you’ve missed your chance to buy one, due to the 275-unit limited production that maintains exclusivity, don’t worry, because we just found...

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Subaru and Toyota plan joint electric SUVs on flexible platform

What comes next after a partnership for sports cars? Potentially one for an electric SUV. That's the latest plan from Toyota and Subaru, according to a joint statement from the automakers on Thursday. The new joint project will develop a new electric mid-size SUV using electric-car technology from Toyota and all-wheel drive technology from Subaru, the companies said.

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Chevrolet To Stop Taking Orders For C7 Corvette On June 23

Chevrolet will stop taking new orders for the C7-gen Corvette on June 23rd. The new mid-engine Corvette is coming on July 18th. Or at least some more details on when the mid-engine Corvette will be coming on July 18th. Something is going to happen July 18th and it will involve a new Corvette, which means that the old Corvette is...

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Bentley goes for Pikes Peak record with new Continental GT

Bentley is taking on the legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb with a specially prepared Continental GT. The company is aiming for the outright production car record, following the Bentayga’s SUV record last year. The car will be mostly standard when it makes its run, save for a safety cage and race livery. Its ‘100’ race number pays tribute to the marque’s...

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Mercedes-AMG's New 416-HP Engine Is the World's Most Powerful Four-Cylinder

Mercedes-AMG has released full technical details on its brand-new M139 four-cylinder engine, and its headline specs are fairly insane. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes a maximum of 416 horsepower, giving it a specific output of 208.9 horsepower per liter. That makes it the most powerful four-cylinder engine in series production, and its specific output is higher than pretty much every...

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The first ever BMW M8 comes as a coupe or convertible, as well as Competition spec for both

Non-Competition M8 examples will be powered by a 592 horsepower (600 PS), 4.4-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that also makes 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque and sends its power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive. Opt for the more hardcore Competition version and power is upped to 617 horsepower (625 PS) and this drops...

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Another Dyno Test Reveals The 2020 Toyota Supra Has More Power Than Advertised

BMW guts or not, I was adamant that the 2020 Toyota Supra felt like it had more than the reported 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. The car can seriously move, and when Car and Driver revealed a 3.8 second zero to 60 mph time we all started to wonder how much power it really put down. Now the...

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Wants to Be the Safest Van Ever

Many of those who drive commercial delivery vans aren’t specially trained to do so. They are couriers, craftsmen, or people who rent a van for the day to move something large. The dimensions and unfamiliar sight lines often lead to accidents or near misses—even when doing something as simple as backing out of a parking space. Or, as Mercedes-Benz development...

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Polestar 1 2019: specs, price and on-sale date

The new, plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 is nearly ready for production, with the Volvo spin-off brand now inviting its first customers to spec their cars ahead of delivery. The final prototype vehicles are being used to test the firm's production methods at its new factory in Chengdu, China. The facility is said to be nearing completion, with production set to...

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FORD: FUSION PRODUCTION WILL CONTINUE TO 'AT LEAST' 2021

Ford Motor Company has committed to building its Fusion sedan for at least another 18 months, confirming with outlets in the US that the nameplate will stay in production until at least 2021. As reported by industry journal Automotive News, the Blue Oval has detailed the 2020 model-year Fusion line-up, which includes the SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels –...

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New 2020 Nissan Juke set for hybrid tech and funky look

After nearly 10 years on sale, the ageing Nissan Juke is finally set to be replaced, with a new car that embraces hybrid tech. The next-generation model (previewed in our exclusive images) will arrive early next year. The Juke is widely considered to be the car that kick-started the compact crossover frenzy back in 2010. Since then, the model’s popularity...

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The Very Last Saab Is Heading To Auction

The death of the Swedish Saab marque wasn’t particularly dignified. When General Motors grew tired of the brand it was sold, only to go bankrupt in quick succession, then bought by another company, and now faces a curious future as a Chinese electric car that’s not allowed to use the Saab logo. For true Saab fans it was a heartbreaking...

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Ultima RS Debuts With Up To 1,200 HP Of Track Conquering Power

The Ultima RS' design takes inspiration from the Group-C-era of endurance racing in the 1980s and 1990s, including notable machines like the Porsche 956 and Jaguar XJR-12. Compared to the company's earlier models, the new model's exterior puts an emphasis on increasing downforce and improving airflow. To achieve this, there are pieces like a chassis-mounted front splitter, vortex generators, large...

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 gets road-focused Touring edition

The Project 8 Touring swaps the adjustable carbonfibre wing of the original car with a more subtle fixed bootlid spoiler, with a splitter fitted to the front bumper to maintain aerodynamic balance. The Jaguar and stripe decals seen on the standard car are now optional, for true Q car looks. Power still comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8, with 592bhp...

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First details of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 hypercar revealed

Gordon Murray has revealed details of his-generation car, a carbonfibre-tubbed supercar with a naturally aspirated V12 engine that powers the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. It’ll seat three people, with the driver in the centre, and it’s promised to be the purest, lightest and most driver-focused supercar yet. Of course, it’s not 1992, so those attributes do not...

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All-New Citroen e-C3 Coming EV in 2022 With 50 kWh Battery

Normally, the C3 would have a life cycle of 7 or 8 years, split down the middle by a mid-life facelift. But it's always been stuck behind the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio in terms of sales, and it's only about to get worse, as the two are adopting the necessary low-emissions technologies. As such, a new Citroen B-segment hatchback...

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ZF has developed a pre-crash side airbag that deploys outside the car

Auto parts supplier ZF has been working on a way to make side impact crashes less deadly, and it now has a working prototype for just such a solution. A video demonstration shows an Opel Insignia (a.k.a. Buick Regal) about to be T-boned by a lightweight dummy car, but a split-second before the crash occurs, an airbag along the base...

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WE CAN THANK NEW TOP JAGUAR DESIGNER JULIAN THOMSON FOR THE MARVELOUS LOTUS ELISE

News broke today Ian Callum, longtime Jaguar head of design, is leaving the company effective July 1. It has been a good run for Callum, to put it mildly; his replacement, Julian Thomson, will have big shoes to fill. Fortunately, Thomson -- currently the British marque’s no. 2 designer -- seems well positioned to step up and into them. He’s...

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China clamps down on Ford, other U.S. companies

BEIJING -- China fined Ford Motor Co.’s main joint venture in the country for antitrust violations, marking the latest action toward a U.S. company as tensions between the two nations escalate. Changan Ford Automobile Co. will be fined 162.8 million yuan ($23.6 million) for restricting retailers’ sale prices in the southwestern city of Chongqing since 2013, according to a statement...

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Mercedes-Benz GLB All Set To Make Its World Debut

Mercedes-Benz has dropped a teaser of its upcoming GLB and it's all set to make it's world debut on June 10, 2019. The GLB, as the name suggests is based on the B-Class and is built on the MFA2 platform, which underpins the latter. It will be positioned between the GLA and the GLC models. Spy shots of the car...

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British owner puts Greyhound bus line up for sale

Reuters reported last week that the British firm that owns Greyhound has put the bus line up for sale. Greyhound has struggled to compete with low-cost airlines in areas where the bus line typically serves. Relatively low oil prices have also hurt the bus line as more Americans are traveling by personal car thanks to cheap gas. Greyhound was acquired...

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