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April 18, 2020

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Novitec's McLaren Senna has almost 900 HORSEPOWER

The McLaren Senna isn’t really about straight-line performance. But of course it has plenty of it anyway – 789bhp and 800Nm from the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 as the 720S means 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds, 0-200kph in 6.8 seconds and a 335kph top speed. It does not feel slow. But such facts aren’t enough to make companies like Novitec see...

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Ford Will Sell You a 320-HP Performance Tune for Your Ranger

Currently, Ford only offers one powertrain option for its mid-size Ranger pickup in America: a 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbo inline-four making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. While that may be suitable for some people, those looking for more oomph have been left in the dark—until now. Ford Performance announced a new factory-tested engine calibration for Ranger owners today that...

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The Bugatti Veyron started life as an 18-cylinder sketch on an envelope

The cocktail napkin sketch is a tired cliche of creativity, but that is how the Bugatti Veyron came to be, almost. The Veyron started out as an impromptu sketch, but on the back of an envelope, not a napkin. In 1997, Volkswagen Group CEO Ferdinand Piëch was a riding a Shinkansen high-speed train between Tokyo and Nagoya, and had some...

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VW Will Gradually Restart Production in Europe Next Week

Volkswagen plants in Europe, which have been shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, will slowly resume production starting next Monday, April 20. The automaker's plants in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, will resume production first, while plants in Spain, Russia, Portugal and the U.S. will follow a week later on April 27. This includes the automaker's main U.S....

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Once again the Ford Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car

The Ford Mustang has claimed the crown of the world’s best-selling sports car for the fifth year in a row. New data released by IHS Markit has confirmed that the American icon continued to prove popular with buyers across the globe in 2019. Adding to the haul of trophies is that the Mustang was also the best-selling sports coupe in...

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Nissan developing cheaper, safer all-polymer lithium-ion batteries

When it comes to building hybrid and electric vehicles, a lot of the development goes into the batteries. These battery packs (typically lithium-ion) often cost a lot to produce, which is what drives the prices of hybrids and EVs up. The technology in the batteries also play the biggest role in determining driving range. Nissan, however, wants to change that....

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The Pandemic Won't Slow Down Volvo's Electric Transformation

The future of the auto industry is very clearly an electrified one, primarily made of hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Transitioning toward that will be deeply expensive for every automaker. So how do car companies finance that shift now that the global economy is, to use technical terms, completely in the toilet? Do they let up, push the changes off...

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Lotus Unveils Evija Electric Supercar Configurator

Lotus has been building towards the release of the company's first all-electric model, the Evija, over the past few months. Early images and teaser clips have looked absolutely stunning, though plenty of skeptics surely wonder how Colin Chapman's maxim to "simplify, then add lightness" will mix up with the weight of a battery. With every single Evija already sold out,...

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Airstream's Latest Atlas RV Lets You Imagine Going Off the Grid

The current coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns and quarantines is making us stir crazy, but it's Airstream's newly redesigned 2020 Atlas motor coach that has our wanderlust at fever pitch. The updated Atlas rides atop the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis, which was all-new for 2019 and features more modern styling, an upgraded 10.3-inch infotainment display with Mercedes's new MBUX interface,...

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The Aston Martin Valhalla’s New Hybrid V-6 Will Soon Spread to the Rest of the Lineup

Just weeks apart from one another, we learned not only that Aston Martin was working on its own hybridized V-6 and that the version found in the Valhalla supercar will be named TM01, after the great Tadek Marek. Now, thanks to a new interview between Aston CEO, Andy Palmer, and Autocar, we’ve learned even more about the sheer versatility of...

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Toyota RAV4 Sales Top 10 Million Worldwide

Global sales of Toyota’s RAV4 SUV have passed the 10 million mark this year, 26 years after the model first went on sale. The car, which is currently in its fifth generation, hit the landmark figure in February, just a year after the current model went on sale in Europe. Launched in 1994 at the Geneva Motor Show, the first-generation...

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Limited-edition Morgan LE60 Plus Sixes and 3 Wheeler revealed

British sports car manufacturer Morgan has revealed a special collection of five models that have been built and customised to celebrate its 60-year partnership with Dutch dealership Louwman Exclusive. Comprising four new Plus Six roadsters and a sole 3 Wheeler, the collection features a range of bespoke design elements that both reference this partnership and show off Morgan’s tailored design...

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New McLaren Sports Series hybrid seen in production bodywork

Despite the heavy camouflage, we can see that the prototype's styling will follow in the footsteps of Woking's recently launched GT, although its lowered suspension and shorter overhangs indicate a greater emphasis on all-round performance. Other visible details include a gaping front air intake and sizeable rear diffuser, while new elliptical brake lights appear to sit behind a mesh grille...

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The Tiguan Is Volkswagen's Best-Selling Vehicle, 2021 Facelift Gets Teased

We're quite surprised by the numbers. Total Tiguan sales in 2007 were just 120,000 units. However, last year, they managed to assemble 911,000 of these crossovers in factories located all over the world. Almost one million of anything is impressive, but especially a crossover. This makes the Tiguan the best-selling car in the VW brand, but also the entire VW...

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2021 Nissan Rogue leaks almost completely on Instagram

Photos of the 2021 Nissan Rogue leaked online mid-April, showing basically the vehicle in its entirety, as well as the interior and infotainment system. Thanks to Car_Secrets on Instagram, we can see the 2021 Nissan Rogue completely uncovered in what look to be press images, ahead of its official launch. The Rogue follows Nissan’s emerging design language, featuring slimmer headlights...

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The 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Has Shed A Load Of Camo, And It's Looking Mean

The 992 Porsche 911 range is filling out nicely. We had the consummate all-rounder as the starting point (the Carrera S), the ‘one you want’ (the Carrera), the posey one (the Cabriolet) and the rocketship (the Turbo). However, the one that’ll really get 911-philes hot under the collar is yet to arrive. We’re talking about the 911 GT3 RS, although...

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Clean your car with the right stuff to fight viruses and germs

It didn't take the latest coronavirus outbreak to make people aware of germs lurking in cars: Recent headlines have trumpeted, perhaps hyperbolically, that Uber and Lyft cars are dirtier than a toilet seat. And there's nothing special about rideshares. Taxis and buses also bring lots of people into an enclosed space with shared air and surfaces. And let's not even...

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Lego's first Ducati kit is a Panigale V4 R with a functional gearbox

Ducati is no longer absent from the list of vehicles you can build using Lego bricks. Denmark's toy giant teamed up with the Bologna-based motorcycle builder to add a Panigale V4 R to its advanced Technic line. The first brick reproduction of a Ducati joins the Porsche 911 GT3 and the Bugatti Chiron, among other high-horsepower machines. It's 12.6 inches...

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2020 CORVETTE STINGRAY ORDERS HALTED

It hasn’t been an easy start for the 2020 Corvette Stingray. Several setbacks have slowed the launch of the most anticipated Corvette ever, and now GM has closed 2020 orders. Surprisingly, it isn’t all down to Coronavirus, and it’s something we actually saw coming. Thankfully, Chevy says cutting orders comes from a positive issue. CorvetteForum leaked an apparent email from...

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New Polestar 3 electric SUV to target Jaguar’s I-Pace

Electric SUVs are in vogue at the moment, and at Volvo offshoot Polestar, a rival for the likes of the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace is firmly in the Swedish marque’s sights. The third model in the line-up will follow company convention and be called the Polestar 3. It will be a zero-emissions SUV tasked with carving...

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Tesla sales took 30% of China's EV market in March

Tesla's decision to open a factory in China is quickly proving to be a good one. The Silicon Valley automaker delivered 10,160 electric cars in China in March, its highest-ever monthly total in the world's largest new-car market, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) trade group. Those sales represented 30% of China's electric-car market, according to the CPCA,...

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2021 Lexus ‘NX450h+’ to adopt 225kW RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid

The current, first-generation Lexus NX has been around now for just over five years, but an all-new model is said to be on the way. Some recent trade mark applications in Europe suggest Lexus could introduce at least two new variants; an NX350h and NX450h+. Records show Lexus filed a trademark application for the names “NX350h” and “NX450h+” at the...

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Leaked Info Suggests 2021 Mustang Mach-E Packs More Power Than Originally Stated

The 2021 Mustang Mach E is well on its way to carving out an electric future for the much-beloved stallion. But before the first examples of the EV crossover SUV even hit lots, a leak from Ford's dealer training sites (and posted to macheforum.com) reveals new power ratings for every powertrain configuration. It's good news, as Ford has likely increased...

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New Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition: production delay for run-out model

The limited-run 6.75 Edition has been created by Bentley's coachbuilding division, Mulliner, and will mark the end of the 11-year production run for the Mulsanne. The British firm's outgoing flaship model has been produced since 2009. It will also be the final machine to feature Bentley's 6.75-litre V8 engine, the longest-serving V8 in continuous production. The 30 examples of the...

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