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July 28, 2019


Latest Caterham has power-to-weight ratio like a modern supercar

Here’s a CSR that gets you feeling all warm inside – if not rapid heartbeats – for entirely different reasons. What you see here is the Caterham 485 CSR, that pinnacle of the Sevens range in EU packing 237ps and 206Nm from that 2-litre Ford Duratec mill. That sounds like a fairly sensible amount, but in a Caterham that nudges...


Aston Martin was on track to sell all the tooling, drawings and IP (intellectual property) for its V12-engined Vanquish, produced from 2012 until last year, to a ready buyer, but Automotive News Europe reports that the deal has fallen through. The British luxury automaker was initially slated to sell all these items to a buyer rumored to be either automaker...

2020 Lotus Evora GT Adds Power, Downforce and Lightness

It's always a good day when Lotus reveals a new car. This is the 2020 Evora GT, the replacement for the Evora 400 and 410. It brings a bit more power, revised aerodynamics, and, as you'd expect from any Lotus, plenty of added lightness. Let's start with the powertrain. Behind the cabin sits the Evora's familiar 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced supercharged V-6,...

Kia Stinger GT420 shows track potential of Korean sport sedan

Kia has proven with its Stinger that it can develop a serious performance offering, thanks to the sport sedan's punchy powertrains, taut chassis, and lively and agile rear-wheel-drive handling characteristics. Kia amped things up this year with the launch of the Stinger GTS, the brand's first offering with fully defeatable traction control systems. However, Kia's division in the United Kingdom...

Lamborghini Could Introduce A 1,000 HP Hybrid Hypercar In Frankfurt

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off on September 10th, and it looks like Lamborghini might be bringing something special. According to Autocar, the Italians could use the show to introduce a limited production hypercar. Little is known about it, but the publication says it will cost £2 million ($2.5 million at current exchange rates) and a feature a hybrid powertrain...

Prototype Sumitomo tires recover energy as they roll

There's wind power, solar power, and—tire power. Sumitomo Rubber is developing a new tire that can restore energy to a car as it drives down the road. The energy recaptures static electricity generated when the tires deform and return to their original shape as they roll down the road. Recovering energy from a portion of tire rolling resistance works somewhat...

Tesla Reports Loss Of A Whopping $408 Million For Q2

Electric car manufacturers Tesla have reported losing a total of $408 million during the second quarter of this year in its quarterly earnings report, per MotorTrend. Of course, that pales in comparison to the $702 million loss for the previous quarter but it's still more than enough to have Wall Street turn its nose. The company's stock dropped 11 percent...


A year after introducing the redesigned Q3, Audi is showing off its new brother who is even more handsome. Meet the Audi Q3 Sportback. The SUV's low roofline gives it an athletic appearance. The coupe-like Sportback also features a unique blacked-out grille, a bold roof edge spoiler, and a beefier bumper design compared to the standard model.

Porsche Speedster replica firm Chesil bought by Westfield – and goes ELECTRIC

Westfield, the UK-based producer of lightweight sports and track cars, has made a new acquisition. It’s now the owner of Chesil Motor Company, best known for its Porsche 356 Speedster replicas. The aim is to future-proof both marques with electric power. A new Chesil E Speedster debuts at Silverstone Classic this weekend (26-28 July 2019).

McLaren Rolls Out a Special 600LT Spider Pikes Peak Collection

A sextet of special edition McLaren 600LT Spiders has been outfitted in bespoke liveries to celebrate the historic Pikes Peak hill-climb. All six cars wear matte black and gold stripes on their hoods and roof, and they all roll on gold-colored Speedline wheels. Satin gold accents adorn the interiors as well; a center stripe on the steering wheel as well...

The Electric Ford-150 Can Tow Some Serious Weight

Have you heard about the heavyweight lifting competition going on in the truck segment? Until last year, the Super Duty and Heavy Duty trucks from Ford, Ram, and Chevy were leading the way by towing in the ballpark of 35,000 pounds. However, the wonder boy, Elon Musk, swatted these figures by announcing on Twitter that the upcoming Tesla pickup truck...

2020 Cadillac XT5: Here’s What’s New

Cadillac is endeavoring to keep its most popular model, the XT5 SUV, fresh with a midcycle update for the 2020 model year. The facelift comes three years after the midsize two-row crossover made its debut and brings the XT5 more in line with its new bigger sibling, the three-row XT6. Here’s a roundup of the XT5’s changes and updates:

Austro Daimler ADR 630 Shooting Grand plug-in hybrid coming to UK

Austrian carmaker Austro Daimler will reveal its ADR 630 Shooting Grand - a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) - at the Salon Privé car show on 5 September. The Austro Daimler brand was first established in 1899 and the new car is being touted as an heir to its six-cylinder ‘Bergmeister’ of 1931. Based on a Mercedes-AMG GT, the ADR 630...

2020 BMW M3: Manual option confirmed

BMW has hinted at the existence of a manual 2020 M3, but the company has stopped short of all-out confirming it. Until now. Speaking with BMW Blog, the head of BMW M made it clear the new M3 and M4 will be available with three pedals – although exactly which variants will be offered with a stick remains to be...

Mercedes EQS Spied As Sleek S-Class Of Electric Cars

The rumors were true – Mercedes is indeed planning a range-topping EV that will likely go by the EQS moniker once it will be launched early next decade. Spotted up close and personal by our spies, the heavily camouflaged prototype was trying to hide its dramatic shape underneath the disguise, but it’s pretty obvious we’re dealing with something quite special....

Pagani Drops First Teaser For Huayra BC Roadster

Pagani isn't keeping the hardcore version of Huayra Roadster a secret. The open-top version of the Huayra BC has been seen testing as early as last year. However, as this recent teaser suggests, it looks like an imminent launch is coming soon. On a Facebook post by the Italian automaker, the Huayra BC Roadster was covered in sheets with its...

Special edition marks 55 years of the Ford Mustang

The new Mustang 55 features the 5.0-litre V8 engine plus exclusive exterior styling elements and interior embellishments. The special edition is available in fastback and convertible form and is marked out by black badging, racing stripes along its bonnet and sides, a black roof, black 19in alloy wheels and a two-tone black grille. Cars finished in black receive silver racing...

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 breaks Nurburgring record, again

Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 has broken the Nurburgring Nordschleife saloon car lap record once again, just before production comes to a close later this year. Beating its own time set back in 2017 by 2.9 seconds, a 7min 18.3sec lap time makes it around 7 seconds faster than the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door, the next fastest four-door around the...

Koenigsegg Jesko 300 MPH Spec Rendered, Looks So Sleek

Angelholm hasn't delivered any fresh details on the matter, since the company has been busy with initiatives such as the Jesko world tour, among others. Nevertheless, the "300" sister car of the Jesko will undoubtedly surface at a certain point. And, to help pass the time, I've brought along a rendering that portrays this. While the Swedish engineers have to...

Renault teases beach bums with electric open-top e-Plein Air concept

Sometimes all it takes to increase the appeal of the future is to blend it with the past. At least, that’s probably why we figured Renault’s tapped into its own history to create a beautiful new concept car with modern tech and vintage appeal. The Renault e-Plein Air is an updated and fully electric amalgamation of the classic 1960s Renault...

Tesla To Soon Get Netflix, YouTube Streaming Support: Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that people would be soon able to stream videos on digital platforms like Netflix and YouTube in parked Tesla electric vehicles. "Ability to stream YouTube and Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio," Musk wrote on...

Green machine: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid debuts with solar roof for better fuel economy

Following the reveal of the dramatic-looking 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the South Korean brand gave us our first look at the sedan's more frugal sibling. On Monday, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid bowed and features a solar roof to make the hybrid powertrain a smidge more efficient. The brand estimates the solar roof will help extend driving ranges by about 808...

Caltex powered this 28-year old car to a Guinness World Record

It’s one thing to set a record, but it’s another to set a Guinness World Record. Caltex managed to set the latter. In a bid to promote the capability of their fuels, Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc., has recently launched their latest campaign called World Record-Breaking Fuel. Collaborating with National Geographic in a two-part series called Record Rides, the...

Blaupunkt Goes Retro With Modern Car Stereo Styled As '80's Tape Deck

Auto enthusiasts who remember the 1980s and 1990s will probably recall the good-old in-car cassette deck. That holds especially true for the 1980s – the decade of the cassette – where pretty much every automaker offered some variation of a black stereo adorned with push buttons and digital display. They were a stark contrast to the old analog radios that...

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