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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201935)

September 1, 2019

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Check out this V8-powered, armoured BMW X5

Just look at the thickness of those windows. That, dear readers, is 33 millimetres of bullet-proof glass and polycarbonate, designed to stop a series of rounds from the world’s most commonly-used weapon – the AK47. It’s a very defensive welcome to the new BMW X5 Protection VR6. The Bavarians have been bullet-proofing their cars for over 40 years now, starting...

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2020 PORSCHE MACAN TURBO REVEALED: MORE MOTOR

After taking a year off -- i.e., no 2019 model -- the Porsche Macan Turbo is back for 2020, joining the rest of the midcycle-updated Macan lineup. The Turbo receives a unique front fascia with three large air intakes, along with sportier-looking side skirts and sideview mirrors. But the real prize lies underneath the hood. The turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 is...

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The 2021 WRX STI Will Get 315 HP and Subaru's New Global Platform

The current Subaru WRX STI is getting up there in age, meaning a new one is likely just around the corner. Thanks to this report from Japanese-language site Best Car, we have some insight into what we might expect from Subaru's rally sedan for 2021. According to Best Car, the STI, as well as the WRX and Japan-only Levorg wagon,...

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VW confirms first ID 3 specs ahead of 2019 Frankfurt auto show debut

Volkswagen released Friday the first performance specs for its upcoming ID 3 electric car, which will make its global debut next month at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The small hatchback won't be sold in the U.S. although its underpinnings will be used for other cars that will be. The ID Crozz, which is a small electric crossover based on...

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MG ZS gets a fresh face, new engine for 2020

MG may be a fresh face in the local market, but they've been picking up traction lately. One particular model, the ZS, seems to be doing most of the work bringing the brand into the mainstream. But even if the ZS is one of their newest products, the crossover will be getting an update sooner rather than later. For the...

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McLaren’s Hardcore 720S Derivative Is Getting Ready To Replace The Vaunted 675LT

Following a spy video we showed you a couple weeks ago, this is our second sighting on the upcoming Long Tail version of the McLaren 720S, albeit in prototype form. The uncamouflaged test mule you see in the pictures looks like it’s not wearing the final aero kit that will be fitted to the production version, but the roll cage...

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Tesla gets official nod from China with tax exemption

The California-based electric car maker Tesla has received a boost from the nation with the world’s largest auto market—China. As part of a declaration posted Friday by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Tesla is receiving an exemption from a 10-percent purchase tax. The news, which is part of a broad policy applying to domestic electric vehicles, comes...

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Toyota, Suzuki Team Up To Co-Develop Autonomous Car Tech

Suzuki and Toyota are teaming up to co-develop autonomous car technology in a capital sharing alliance. Things are tough out there. Slowing car sales and a trade war between the US and China are causing automakers to look around for anyone who might share the cost of developing new technologies. Toyota has been very successful when it comes to partnering...

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The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is a Punchier Version of the Compact Three-Row

Mercedes' smallest seven-seater just got a whole lot more fun. The engineers in Affalterbach have applied their touch to keep occupants in all three rows of the GLB-Class compact crossover entertained. The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 punching out 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That's ahead of the regular GLB's 221 hp and 258 lb-ft...

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The Dalai Lama once owned this classic Land Rover up for auction

Many cars come to auction with celebrity ownership stories. But very few will have ownership provenance like this humble Land Rover. Forget being part of a collection owned by a sports star or musician. This 1966 Series IIA was originally the property of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It was even used as his official vehicle during the early...

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Aptera Boldly Claims It Can Make a Three-Wheeled EV with 1000 Miles of Range

The recently rebooted Aptera Motors has no less a goal than creating the world's most efficient electric car. Nearly 10 years ago, the California-based company fell into bankruptcy after building a prototype for a hyperefficient three-wheeled EV. Now, the company announced in an interview with the technology publication IEEE Spectrum, its founders have reunited to relaunch the company on the...

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Porsche’s 99X Electric Race Car Wants a Piece of Formula E

Porsche might have abandoned its Le Mans efforts, but the company made it clear that it wants to focus more on other competitions, namely Formula E. And now that goal is so much closer as Porsche unveiled the 99X Electric Formula E race car and, as one would expect from Porsche, even its name bears some significance in the bigger...

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Mo Parts, Mo Challengers: Dodge Debuts Limited Edition of 100 Mopar Challengers

More good news for Mopar fans—to celebrate 10 years of factory-vehicle customization, the Mopar 2019 Dodge Challenger receives special Shakedown graphics, a Shaker Hood, and a few custom interior goodies. The limited production run of 100 for North America is available in Pitch Black or White Knuckle paint and each example starts at $45,835. More than 4,000 Mopar editions have...

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New Smart EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour teased

Facelifted versions of the electric Smart EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour will be revealed at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, with the Daimler-owned brand previewing the fresh designs with a pair of teaser sketches. No performance details have been made public at this stage, however the sketches reveal various design tweaks set to be made to the exterior of each car....

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Yamaha & Sony Jointly Developed Autonomous Electric Sociable Cart

The SC-1 Sociable Cart unveiled this month by Yamaha and Sony is a pretty unusual electric vehicle, which is not that surprising considering it's from Japan. The concept seems to combine several things, from all-electric drive using lithium-ion polymer battery, autonomous driving and a lot of monitors - single 49" 4K LCD inside for up to five passengers and four...

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2020 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 Gets 30% More Electric Range

For a rather traditionalist British brand, Mini has been keen on keeping up to speed with the latest advancements in EV technology. While the production model is still pretty far away, that hasn't stopped them from teasing their Mini E lineup, which they describe as the "industry's first electric hot hatch". Their latest display at the IAA Cars 2019 international...

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2020 Nissan GT-R receives chassis and powertrain tweaks

Felix Page Autocar writer by Felix Page 30 August 2019 The refreshed Nissan GT-R is now available to order in the UK, priced from £83,995. That marks a £7120 increase over the previous £76,875 entry point, reflecting changes made to the supercar's handling, performance and styling. The R35-generation GT-R’s 562bhp 3.8-litre V6 engine has received a pair of new turbochargers,...

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Brabus reveals 359bhp Mercedes-AMG A35 to rival full-fat A45

Affalterbach was rather quick to add its touches to the new A-class, offering the Golf R-rivalling A35 and range-topping A45 shortly after its debut. Though official pricing for the 45 is yet to be revealed, a price tag in excess of £50,000 wouldn’t be out of the question, a figure we’d expect to see attached to a supersaloon just a...

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Convertible C8 Corvette To Go Official In October 2019

Assembly plant manager Kai Spande made the confirmation during the NCM 25th Anniversary Celebration, an event that has also seen General Motors donate a prototype of the C8 to the National Corvette Museum as a permanent exhibit. The convertible has already been teased, and as you’d expect, the changes over the coupe aren’t plenty. First things first, let’s start with...

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More patents further hint new Ford Bronco could have removable doors

Tom Petty once sang that waiting is the hardest part. He’s exactly right — especially when it comes to the new Ford Bronco. It seems like an eternity since the company announced the truck’s return in Detroit nearly three years ago. Since then, we’ve been kept alive with the dribs and drabs of teasers and leaks. The latest leak comes...

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Toyota Won't Build Cars At UK Factory The Day After Brexit

Japan's Toyota will not build cars at its British factory the day after Britain leaves the European Union as part of plans to handle any disruption from a potentially disorderly Brexit. The autos sector, Britain's biggest exporter of goods, has been one of the most vociferous opponents of a no-deal Brexit, warning that production would be hit with tariffs, border...

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2020 Toyota Camry adds Android Auto compatibility

A year after adding Apple CarPlay compatibility to its cars and SUVs, Toyota announced Wednesday that it will expand Android Auto compatibility to its bestselling sedan for 2020. Toyota spokesman Zachary Reed confirmed to The Car Connection on Wednesday that the 2020 Camry will be equipped with the smartphone compatible software. Reed didn't say whether older vehicles can be retrofitted...

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ABT Has Revealed The 236bhp 'S1' That Audi Won’t Make

If Audi’s decision not to build a new S1 has left you a little downcast, fear not. ABT has fettled the current car to create something with a bit more flavour. The A1 already looks surprisingly aggressive in the sportier trim packages Audi offers, so it seemed a no-brainer to us to build an S1 out of it. They haven’t,...

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Peugeot adds 296bhp plug-in hybrid option to 3008 line-up

Peugeot has unveiled the 3008 Hybrid4 as a plug-in hybrid SUV to rival the new Hyundai Kona Hybrid and Toyota C-HR. Due to go on sale later this year, the electrified 3008 produces 296bhp from the same petrol-electric powertrain that features in sibling brand Vauxhall's new Grandland X Hybrid4. The PSA Group powertrain pairs a 196bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with...

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KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - 2018 Porsche CAYMAN 2.0 718 Porsche UK Approved RM488,000

Model : Porsche 718 Cayman Sport Design Package Porsche UK Approved Pre Owned Year : 2018 ( Unregistered ) * Porsche UK Approved Pre Owned with Full Service History and 111 Point Checks Fully Prepared to Porsche Standards by Porsche UK with Documented Records Available. - Lava Orange Special Exterior Colour - 20" Carrera S Wheels in Satin Platinum -...

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