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December 1, 2019


volkswagen gives classic 1972 type 2 microbus an electric upgrade

volkswagen has replaced the original internal-combustion engine of this 1972 type 2 microbus with an electric powertrain. the german automaker commissioned EV west — a company that specializes in electric conversions on the west coast. the electrified volkswagen shows the potential of an E-golf powertrain in vintage vehicles, taken from a 2017 model. paired with a 35.8 kWh battery system...

This is AC Schnitzer's 400bhp BMW Z4

In perhaps the least surprising news ever, AC Schnitzer has done exactly the same things to the BMW Z4 as it did to the Toyota Supra. That means a power upgrade to 400bhp and 599Nm from 340bhp and 500Nm, coilover suspension that lowers the ride-height by between 15 and 25mm, a louder exhaust, bigger wheels/tyres and various carbon addenda. ACS...

Mercedes-AMG's "Emotion Start" Exhaust Mode Is So German it Hurts

People buy top-dog Mercedes-AMGs for the sound alone. Turbocharging is more common than ever, and with that comes muted exhaust tones—except from AMG's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. It's an engine that proves that turbochargers and great sound aren't mutually exclusive. And now, AMG has developed a way to make it louder on startup. It's, uh, very German. Our colleagues at Car...

Bentley reportedly eyes wild speedster as next coach-built special

Bentley design chief Stefan Sielaff in 2017 was given the additional task of overseeing the Mulliner personalization department in preparation for a ramp up in the number of coach-built specials like 2016's Grand Limousine and 2017's Grand Convertible. While both those models closely resemble the Mulsanne on which they are based, Bentley's next coach-built special could be the brand's most...


Volkswagen is back at the LA Auto Show with the latest addition to a deep lineup of electric concept cars, just ahead of the start of sales of the ID.4 crossover next year. Previewing what it calls a "potential production car for Europe and North America," the ID Space Vizzion concept is the seventh ID-branded concept to come out of...

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage, G4 look even better in person

Last week, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation revealed the updated 2020 Mirage, and its sedan counterpart, the 2020 Mirage G4 (Attrage in Thailand). Through numerous press photos, we got to see the new design of Mitsubishi’s popular hatchback and sedan from various angles. But, it’s only in person can we say that the new Mirage and Mirage G4 look really good. With...

Neuron EV T-One Electric Pickup/Van Actually Exists As Pre-Production Prototype

California-based and Chinese-backed Neuron EV has released more photos of its T-One modular electric utility vehicle (EUV), proving that there’s more to it than CGIs. The company first showed the T-One in early November at the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai and is now offering more details about the electric pickup/van. Starting with the model’s name, Neuron EV...

Phoenix Rising: New Porsche Hypercar To Rise From Ashes Of Aborted F1 Engine Program

Porsche has just revealed plans to design and build a new hypercar based around its failed hybrid engine and drivetrain system originally slated for the F1 program. While the yet to be named hypercar is still in the conceptual stages, Porsche hopes it will provide a link between its racing program and sports car manufacturing. A release date has yet...

Rivian-based Lincoln electric SUV will result from Ford partnership, according to report

When Ford first formed a strategic partnership with Rivian this past April, specifying that Ford would build a new electric vehicle using RIvian’s skateboard platform, it was widely anticipated that such an upscale product would be offered by Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand. Now we have some level of confirmation of that according to Reuters, and what it cites as “several...

13 Tesla Cybertruck Features You Probably Missed While Being Distracted By Its Wild Looks

Tesla's intergalactically anticipated Cybertruck has finally poked its pointy beak through the cover it's been hiding under, and it's a pickup that looks like no other. In fact, the Tesla truck appears not merely to have broken cover, but to have teleported from a different solar system entirely. However, once you get past the Cybertruck's initial visual impact—Is it a...

Future electric Minis will be built in China

BMW Group is teaming up with Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall for a new factory, plus the ongoing development of electric cars. The plant in China will produce future fully-electric models from Mini.

Bentley Bentayga Now Available to Seat Seven—or Just Four

News that Bentley is making a three-row version of the Bentayga gives welcome confirmation that rich people suffer from the same problems that afflict those of us further down the income scale: finding space for passengers. Now buyers of Bentley's SUV needing to transport more than five people will no longer have to make multiple trips or send some along...

BMW’s New Cup Holder Will Let You Take Your Coffee to the Track

Can you imagine sitting in your BMW M8 with an uncovered cup of coffee as you wait in line to enter your favorite track? It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? As soon as you hit that first curve at speed, there will be coffee everywhere, your interior will be ruined, electronics shot, and you’ll be pissed. That’s...

Pininfarina Pura Vision concept teased

The new Automobili Pininfarina Pura Vision luxury electric concept car has been teased ahead of its planned launch at the US Pebble Beach show in August 2020, with a production model set to follow in 2022. The Pura Vision concept is built on an all-new electric-vehicle platform that the Italian brand has co-developed alongside Bosch and Benteler. It'll underpin a...

Bugatti Chiron Goes Dark With Noire Special Edition

When it comes to ultra-fast and ultra-expensive, Bugatti is arguably at the top of the list. Their production cars have broken records at the track and the bank, always selling to buyers who purchase subtly, placing orders ahead of time, even before the car they want makes it into official production. The revival of the "La Voiture Noire", or the...

Mazda ponders MX-5's future

Given its relatively low volume, the MX-5 might be one of the few cars that could avoid being electrified for its fifth generation but, either way, maintaining its light weight is crucial. R&D boss Ichiro Hirose said: “The lightweighting and compact size are essential elements of MX-5, so even if we apply electrification, we have to make sure it really...

Lexus IS and RX gain updates for 2020

Sadly, neither update includes the fitment of the 5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 found in the RC F and Lexus LC, but you can’t win ‘em all, can you? Instead, the IS F Sport gains a special edition, while the RX has been granted a new trim level and series of equipment updates. The new IS is the F Sport I Blue...

2021 Jaguar F-Type Facelift Leaked, Reveals Sleek Front Fascia

The photos, which you can find in the Instagram post at the bottom of the page, showcase both the Coupe and the Convertible incarnation of the British machine. And it's safe to say Jaguar designers have pulled a bit of a German move on us, bringing the F-Type closer to the look of other, less spicy models, thus strengthening the...

This Porsche X Lucasfilm starship will get you pumped for the new 'Star Wars' film

The Porsche Taycan had an Imperial escort at its recent debut in Singapore, rolling along the black carpet beside a squad of stormtroopers. In fact, Porsche built an entire “spaceport” in collaboration with designers at Lucasfilm for the event, which also hyped the upcoming film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. And while those of us in the Western world have...

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Off 500000th Unit Of The S-Class

Mercedes-Benz's 500,000th current-generation S-Class saloon rolled off the production line at the company's Sindelfingen plant. The current model of the Mercedes-Benz flagship has been produced in Sindelfingen for the global market since 2013. For all those years, the S-Class has been the benchmark sedan in its class and there's no doubt that it is the best-selling luxury saloon worldwide. Since...

2020 Mercedes-Benz ECQ starts at $68,895

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC will launch at $68,895 (including a $995 destination fee) early next year, the company announced Wednesday. The EQC is the first dedicated EV from the flagship Mercedes brand, and the first of its EQ range of models to be introduced for wide consumption. While the sub-brand technically debuted on the Smart EQ ForTwo a year ago,...

The Lamborghini 'Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo' Has A Terrible Name But Is Otherwise Awesome

It’s almost surprising it’s taken Lamborghini this long to get involved with the Vision Gran Turismo thing. The series of concepts started just over six years ago, and given the usually outlandish nature of these things, Sant’Agata Bolognese is well-placed to get involved. Get involved it finally has, with this - the Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo. We’ll forgive the...


ASTON Martin has channelled the spirit of supersonic air travel with a new special edition model inspired by the legendary 1,354mph Concorde transatlantic airliner. The appropriately named Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition is the result of a new collaboration between the car maker and the former Concorde operator British Airways, as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations in 2019....

Audi's RSQ E-Tron returns in the Spies in Disguise short, Lunch Break

It's been a while since we heard from cartoon secret agent Lance Sterling and his Audi RSQ E-Tron concept -- over a year in fact -- but it would seem that Spies in Disguise is back with a new short and a new release date. The short is called Lunch Break. It features Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) and...

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