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July 14, 2019

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ELECTRIC MINI COOPER SE BORROWS BMW I3 DRIVETRAIN, PACKS ABOUT 114 MILES OF RANGE

Dubbed the Mini Cooper SE, the new electric hatch packs a 135-kW (181-hp) motor, and offers a range of up to 168 miles, at least in WLTP cycle. Automotive News estimates that the eventual EPA range will be 114 miles, which may land it at the bottom of the current crop of EVs. (We'll wait for the official EPA figures,...

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New Porsche 911 (992) launched in Malaysia

Sime Darby Auto Performance launched the all-new Porsche 991 (992) moments ago, with the Carrera S and Career 4S available from RM1,150,000 and RM1,220,000 respectively. And unlike previous versions of the 911, both these cars will share the same wide body – the preferred and much better looking one, in any case – and the same power output. Don’t worry,...

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Why Putting a Modern F1 Engine In a Road Car Is So Difficult

For its One hypercar, Mercedes-AMG is adapting the 1.6-liter turbo V-6 used in its dominant Formula 1 cars for road use. It's something no one else has tried this century, and there's a good reason why—it's extremely difficult. Drivetribe's Mike Fernie explains that while, yes, the engine in a F1 car and a typical road car share a basic operating...

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Here's the new C8 mid-engine Chevy Corvette's steering wheel and exhaust note

We can't see the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette just yet, so we'll have to settle for the two other senses General Motors is willing to satisfy for now. On Friday, we get to "feel" the C8 Corvette (via a pic of the steering wheel) and hear the first mid-engine Corvette officially for the first time. We feel thrilled. The...

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2020 Renault Zoe Going Ice Racing This Winter In EV-Only Andros Trophy

Remember France’s crazy Andros Trophy ice racing championship? Well, for the upcoming winter the series will reinvent itself by going all-electric. Since only EVs will be allowed on the ice-covered circuits, competitors have already started looking for new rides. DA Racing is one of the first teams to announce its choice: the new Renault Zoe. The French squad’s Jean-Baptiste Dubourg...

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Ford will use VW platform to build an electric car for Europe

Ford and Volkswagen announced jointly on Friday that VW will share its MEB affordable electric car architecture with Ford, while VW will join Ford's Argo self-driving effort. In addition to its own efforts to build electric cars, Ford will build a new electric car for the European market based on Volkswagen’s mass-market MEB platform. Ford CEO James Hackett says the...

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With 200 Chirons Down, Bugatti Has 300 More To Go

Bugatti has made its 200th Chiron, leaving 300 more to go in its 500 production target. In 2016, Bugatti showed the world their replacement for the legendary Veyron luxury hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show. It was called the Chiron, and it had an utterly astound 1,479 horsepower from an 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 engine. Zero to sixty was measured at...

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Roush F-150 Nitemare claims to be the quickest pickup in the world

Ford tuning specialist Roush has laid claim to the title of building the quickest production pickup truck the world has ever seen. Its new 650 horsepower Ford F-150 Nitemare has been timed achieving the 0-60 mph sprint in under 4 seconds, when tested by a team of automotive industry experts. The best time of 3.9 seconds is quick enough to...

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The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Won't Have a Rear Window

Aston Martin gave us our first look at the upcoming DBS GT Zagato a few months ago in the form of three sketches, but the British brand has now released three full-fledged renderings that show the limited-run grand tourer in its unexaggerated final form—its digital final form, at least. The three new renderings show the DBS GT alongside the already...

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The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Renault Megane has a rich history and purists love this car for its performance-oriented drivetrain and that it can be chucked around corners with ease. The latest iteration is the Megane R.S. Trophy-R. This little pocket-rocket recently added a badge to its accolades by becoming the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Mecca of circuits -...

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Here's the 2021 Acura MDX and TLX Way Before You're Supposed to See Them

It would appear that the software for the Acura RDX features a ton of images and information about the upcoming generations of the 2021 Acura MDX crossover and 2021 Acura TLX sedan, and they look great. The leak spilled all over the Acurazine forums yesterday, after user rdx.god claimed to have found rendered images of the upcoming MDX and TLX,...

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Is the Sweet Toyota FT-4X Concept Getting the Green Light?

When Toyota and Mazda first announced that they were building a joint manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama, both automakers made it clear what they planned to assemble there. Mazda was going to build a North American-exclusive SUV and Toyota would add additional production capacity for the Corolla. Well, things have changed. Toyota has now announced that it will make a...

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Bentley EXP 100 GT electric concept revealed

Bentley has marked its centenary by unveiling its EXP 100 GT concept car, an all-electric, luxury grand tourer designed to demonstrate the firm’s approach to ‘enjoying travel’ in 2035. Using a mix of aluminium and carbon-fibre, along with solid-state batteries, to keep the car’s weight below two tonnes, the EXP 100 GT promises 435 miles of range. Rapid charging will...

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Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer revealed

Mercedes-Benz Vans has debuted its new eVito Tourer in Berlin, a new electric people mover that will launch with the BerlKönig ride-share service in Germany. Designed for lugging multiple passengers in inner-city areas, the eVito Tourer features a 41kWh battery pack which offers between 156 and 186 kilometres of range, hooked up to an 85kW/295Nm electric motor. According to Mercedes,...

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Hyundai Kia Builds Nationwide Charging Network In South Korea

Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai and Kia) decided to prepare the ultra-fast charging network for upcoming new models in South Korea. Through investment of 10 billion won ($8.5 million) Hyundai-Kia intends to install roughly 100 DC fast chargers rated for 350 kW in 20-30 locations. The South Korean media reports that the network reminds it of Tesla Supercharging, although Hyundai-Kia will...

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Porsche Reopens Renovated Nardo Test Facility

Built and owned in 1975 by Fiat, the Nardò Ring was acquired in 2012 by Porsche and called it the Nardò Technical Center. The circular proving ground for cars and motorcycles is 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers) in length and 52 feet (16 meters) in width, located at the north-west of the town Nardò in Italy. The Nardò Technical Center is...

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar debuts at British GP

The hybrid machine is powered a Cosworth-developed naturally aspirated 100bhp 6.5-litre V12 that can rev to 10,500rpm and produced 546lb ft at 7000rpm, along with an electric motor developed by Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd that produces 160bhp and 207lb ft. Peak combined outputs of the system are confirmed to be 1160bhp at 10,500rpm and 664lb ft at 6000rpm. Aston...

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Next-generation Nissan Juke teased before reveal in September

Despite being a hit for Nissan, it has taken a rather long time getting the all-important second-generation Juke on the road, but after nearly 10 years the all-new model is within sight. Built on an all-new platform too, with new powertrains and a brand new exterior and interior design, Nissan is hoping to capitalise on the first Juke’s success with...

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New Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6 Is an Absolute Monster

First of all, allow me to stress out the fact that we're looking at a rendering, so this isn't the result of an eccentric customer taking his brand spanking new G63 down the said route. At least not yet. Thanks to the Photoshop job we have here, which comes from carnewsnetwork, the face of the all-new machine has been placed...

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Alpina to stick its badge on a tuned BMW X7 SUV

The Alpina name classically ushers to mind fantastic super-sedans; in the past, the brand has brought us some truly wild and wonderful variations on BMW’s best designs. Now, however, it’s going to play with BMW’s X7 SUV. Yeesh. According to an interview with Automobile, Alpina CEO Andreas Bovensiepen confirmed the tuning house was turning its attention to the X7, but...

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Volkswagen To Build New Plant In Turkey

German carmaker Volkswagen is planning to build a multi-brand production plant in Turkey, a German trade magazine reported on Friday without citing sources. Automobilwoche said Volkswagen supervisory Board on Thursday made the decision to build a plant near the city of Izmir, adding that Volkswagen's subsidiary Skoda will be one of the brands to be produced there.

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BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars

BMW and Daimler joined forces to develop self-driving car technology. The two typical rivals said in separate announcements last week that the partnership is a long-term contract to help bring autonomous vehicle technologies to market quicker. Specifically, the agreement aims to put Level 4 self-driving cars on the road as early as 2024. Level 4 systems provide "high automation" and...

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New Porsche 911 RSR-19 Revealed At Goodwood

The evolution of Porsche’s GTE/ GTLM car, the Porsche 911 RSR-19 has been revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Gianmaria Bruni taking the new car up the hillclimb course. The updated car succeeds the 2018-19 WEC Championship-winning car that also took the GTE Pro win at Le Mans last year, plus GTE Am titles in both the WEC...

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2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Teased Ahead Of July 25 Debut

In the first days of 2019, we spied a refreshed version of Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport SUV. Work on the facelifted model is almost done as the Japanese manufacturer has announced it will reveal a heavily updated Pajero Sport in Thailand on July 25. The automaker promises “further improvements to its design, convenience, comfort, and quality.” The spy photos from January...

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