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July 21, 2019

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This is the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Angular, isn’t it? Very creasy-y. Sharp-looking. The 2020 Corvette Stingray is here. It’s here at last, and yep, the engine’s in the middle. That engine being a 6.2-litre, naturally aspirated smallblock ‘LT2’ V8, sending 495bhp and 637Nm to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. If you’re a Brit, we’ve some good news: this one’s for you. Right-hand...

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8 CYLINDERS, 0 PISTONS: THE CURTISS ZEUS RADIAL V8 IS A MINIMALIST $75,000 ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

The future of motorcycling might or might not be completely electric, but even if it is, we don’t have to abandon the look or feel of machines of the past -- nor do we have to mindlessly copy them. The 2020 Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 gives us a glimpse of another approach: a bike that is wholly, even radically, modern,...

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The Lotus Evija Is Britain's 2000-Horsepower Hyper EV

While we patiently wait for whatever bigger and more complex cars are bound to replace the Elise and Exige lines, the team at Lotus's focus has been the Evija, an insanely powerful electric hypercar initially known as Type 130. With a Williams-engineered 70 kWh battery pack and a target output close to 2000 horsepower, this four-wheel drive EV weighing 3700...

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Rodin F-Zero wants to be your futuristic race car for the street

You likely haven't heard of Rodin, but the New Zealand-based company wants to make some noise. The startup automaker has presented its vision for a futuristic-looking race car for the street called the F-Zero. The "Zero" in the name stands for "zero restrictions." Naturally, there will need to be some if Rodin wants to put the car on the street....

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Forget The Cupra Ateca; From 2020, It’s The Formentor You’ll Want To Get

Anyone with a soft spot for small, sporty crossovers might want to keep an eye on Cupra’s first standalone model: the Formentor. The close-to-production concept is very close to the final car, which will go on sale next year with the same underpinnings as the Seat Ateca. Unlike its counterpart, the Formentor is longer, wider and sits lower to the...

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Next-generation Fiat 500e electric car arrives for Europe in 2020

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to build up to 80,000 copies of a new electric Fiat 500 at the company's Mirafiori, Italy, factory starting in 2020. The company's chief operating officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Pietro Gorlier, told Reuters earlier this month that the new 500 will be a dedicated electric car. The company showed a...

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Lexus Makes An Uncharacteristic Off-Road SUV Concept

Lexus has made an uncharacteristic off-road SUV concept, which seems very nice. Normally, Lexus is all about trying to prove its luxury bonafides by out-doing German manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes. Apparently not satisfied with upending the German luxury car market, now it seems that Lexus is aiming to topple North America’s love for luxury off-roaders too. They haven’t announced...

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Jaguar Land Rover wants use more recycled plastics in its cars

Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with chemical company BASF to tackle the challenges of plastic waste, with a joint project called ChemCycling. The plan is to take the plastic waste that cannot be recycled and develop a way to re-use it. ChemCycling transforms the plastic into pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. The resulting product is then used in the...

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV and Coupe Get More Power, Better Looks

With Mercedes-AMG's introduction of the updated GLC43 SUV and coupe models, the Mercedes GLC-class lineup is officially fully worked over for 2020. The four-cylinder GLC300s were freshened earlier this year, as were the eight-cylinder GLC63s. And now the middleweight six-cylinder GLC43s have joined the party. The 2020 GLC43 SUV and coupe models inherit the same freshened headlight and taillight designs...

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I Saw the 2020 MINI Cooper S JCW GP at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Holy Mother of Hot Hatches (Well, almost)

One of the cars I was most eagerly looking forward to seeing at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is the upcoming 2020 MINI Cooper S JCW GP. The automaker chose to have the car’s “dynamic debut” up the Goodwood Hillclimb but, when the car was not on the track, it was quietly sitting in the paddock looking like a...

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Hennessey Goliath 6×6 Is a Six-Wheeled $375,000 Truck

So you want a six-wheeled Hennessey monster truck but Chevy is life? You now have another option in the form of the Hennessey Goliath 6×6, a highly modified current-generation Chevrolet Silverado. Hennessey will only produce 24 examples of the Goliath 6×6, making it a rare beast. The Hennessey Goliath 6×6 is the latest addition to Hennessey’s growing roster of custom...

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Electric MG E-motion coupe set for 2021 launch

The MG E-motion - an electric coupe concept first revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2017 - is set to spawn a production car in 2021, bosses have confirmed. The original concept had a range of 310 miles and could do 0-62mph in less than four seconds, thanks to a twin-motor set-up delivering four-wheel drive. The production version could...

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2020 Renault Megane wagon spied

The new Megane 'Sport Tourer' (as it's known in Europe) prototype spotted testing in the mountains wears moderate camouflage at the front and rear, indicating an exterior update is on the way. Up front, the C-shaped LED light signature has been updated, sitting above revised air intakes similar to those of latest Clio. There are no images of the interior,...

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Xpeng Announces G3 EV 2020 Edition With More Range

Latest CATL batteries (66.5 kWh) give G3 520 a 520 km (323 miles) of NEDC range. And it's under $30,000 in China after subsidies. Xpeng Motors announced a new enhanced high-performance version of its all-electric G3 SUV, which recently crossed the milestone of 10,000 units produced. The new G3 2020 Edition will be available in two versions - G3 520...

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Bentley Releases First Edition Flying Spur Special Edition

If the Bentley Flying Spur is on your radar for your next car, something that us mere mortals can only dream about, then you many want to wait until the end of 2019 to get your hands on the First Edition. Set to be revealed for the first time at the Elton John Foundation Gala on July 24, the first...

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Citroen concept's radical wheel design to make production

“People are bored,’ said Citroën CEO Linda Jackson at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. “They need a new look, and with the big wheels you get a different posture. The biggest impact of electrification will be on SUVs”. The 19_19 indicates a return to the more radical thinking that Citroën has been famous for, and while much of this car...

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McLaren F1 built to LM spec to star in RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale

More than a quarter century on from launch, the McLaren F1 still has star quality – and it’s an F1 that will no doubt be the star at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey this August. It’s a special car, not just for being an F1 or an F1 LM, but for being one of only two F1s that...

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2019 Toyota Prius PHEV Now Available In Galaxy Black, Features Five Seats

A battery warming system and a heat pump come standard, bringing the cells in the battery at the appropriate temperature as quickly as possible. Minimizing the impact of cold weather is an important aspect for plug-in vehicles during recharging as well as on the long haul. Customers who feel like splashing out their hard-earned cash can opt for a solar...

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Phony Ferraris, ‘Shamborghinis’ seized at Brazil factory

Brazilian police say they’ve shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis. A father and son who owned the workshop in the southern state of Santa Catarina have been arrested on industrial property charges. Police said the cars were being offered on social media for US$45,000 to US$60,000 — a small fraction of the price...

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ZF Introduces Predictive Chassis Flying Carpet 2.0

ZF has introduced a unique concept which it calls Flying Carpet 2.0 and it's nothing but the networked and predictive chassis which helps to protect occupants from uncomfortable vehicle movements, and smooths out bends, bumps in the road, and potholes in a predictive manner. With this system, ZF links advanced sensor systems, a smart control unit, and intelligent actuators. With...

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Hyundai drops manual transmissions for 2020 Veloster Turbo, Elantra trims

Two more Hyundai vehicles will be offered solely with automatic transmissions for the 2020 model year. The South Korean brand said this week for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra and Veloster Turbo, their available 6-speed manual transmissions have been discontinued for both vehicles. The end of the manual transmission on the Veloster Turbo comes with an asterisk, however. The 6-speed manual...

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The C8 Is The First Corvette Available With Right-Hand Drive

It took them only 66 years and an eighth generation, but Chevrolet has finally engineered the Corvette with a right-hand-drive layout. The C8 is the very first ‘Vette to come in a RHD setup straight from the factory, which makes it more appealing for those driving on the wrong left side of the road: Australia, Japan, U.K., and the lot....

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Ferrari 812 Superfast will reportedly drop its top this year

The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a lovely thing as a coupe, but the Italian automaker supposedly has a drop-top version coming very soon. A V-12 symphony with no roof attached? Count us in. Australian website CarSales first reported on discussions that circulated on the Ferrari Chat forum. There, users claimed they'd received invitations to a VIP event September 2 at...

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Mini Convertible lands – Drop The Top From RM279,888*

Aptly, this drop-top iteration underpins the refreshed BMW-developed hot hatch that was launched last year, sporting plenty of improved new on board features and bits all around – fancy LED headlights Union and Jack-shaped LED taillights included. Much of the revamped on board features are centred around a new built-in 4G SIM tech, which delivers enhanced connectivity capabilities and personalised...

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KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - 2014 Nissan Murano 2.5 XV Top graded full specs imported Japan Unreg RM115,000

Nissan Murano 2.5 XV Top graded full specs imported fr Japan. Unreg 2014. Full leather seats and interior. Electric power seats. Panaromic sunroof and moon roof. 18in sports rims. Multi function steering. Surround cameras... Push start keyless entry. Projector Xenon headlights. Airbags. ABS.

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