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April 26, 2020


2020 BMW X6 and 840i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia

Despite the state of lockdown gripping the nation (and the rest of the world), BMW Malaysia still managed to pull off the launch of not one, but two brand new models thanks to its new virtual store creatively titled BMW Shop Online. The new cars are far more exciting than the new online showroom sounds, for instead of merely decorating...

Nürburgring Introduces 'Contactless' Tourist Days to Stay Open During the Pandemic

Nürburgring track officials announced a new approach today to its popular tourist drives intended to limit person-to-person contact, hoping to ensure driver and employee safety. Tourist drives, if you're not familiar, are times during the day where the historic Nordschleife section of the 'Ring opens to the public, where anyone with a street-legal car can show up and purchase laps....

Porsche now offers Apple CarPlay-equipped radios for classic models

Following the launch of a factory navigation system for older models, Porsche has released new head units that add Apple CarPlay compatibility and other features, Porsche Classic announced on Thursday. The base unit builds on the previous radio navigation system. Like that previous system, it's a single-DIN unit that will slot into the dashboard of any 911 model from the...

Land Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport Get Plug-In Hybrid Powertrains

Land Rover will expand its range of electrified models this year, introducing a plug-in hybrid system to its two smaller SUVs: the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. The automaker will pair its 1.5-liter three-cylinder Ingenium engine with an 80-kW electric motor and a 15-kWh battery positioned below the rear seats, placing the electric motor in the rear...

New Toyota Yaris Cross small SUV revealed

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a new small SUV that arrives in 2021 to take on the Nissan Juke and Ford Puma in Europe’s fastest-growing new car sector. It will also face the new Vauxhall Mokka, which was revealed in teaser images yesterday. Toyota says the Yaris Cross will launch in the UK from June 2021. Inspired by the Toyota...

After 27 years Lexus is retiring the GS model line

It has been 27 years since the Lexus GS first rolled out of the production line. But after four generations, the GS is going to be saying goodbye. Lexus has just announced that they will be launching a special edition GS, and that it will be the final version before the long-selling midsize sedan bids farewell. As to when, it...

Lotus has a new, affordable car in the pipeline and it won't be electric

Lotus , now operating with a new lease on life under Geely ownership, continues to tease its big plans for expanding. The first big news came in the form of the Lotus Evija, a super exclusive electric supercar. Now, CEO Phil Popham has spilled light details on the next project. It's none other than an affordable car, meant to come...

Check Out James May's Stunning Collection Of Ferraris

Back in 1992, things looked quite different for James May than they do today. At the time, he was not known as a former Top Gear host, he had not spent his time migrating from the BBC to Amazon Prime after his co-star decided to try his hand at boxing, and he did not have the extensive car collection that...

Hyundai's Mid-Engine Sports Car Will Take on Supra and Nissan Z

Mid-engine cars are like assholes: Everyone has one. Having taken grip at blue-collar brands such as Chevrolet and Ford, mid-engine mania is now working its way into luxury marques known for putting the engine up front, such as Maserati and Aston Martin. Of all the newcomers, though, no vehicle highlights the current sports-car zeitgeist quite like a mid-engine Hyundai. Fortunately,...

The Lordstown Endurance Pickup Will Still Debut This Summer, But Deliveries Pushed to Next Year

Deliveries for the Lordstown Endurance were supposed to begin in December 2020. But, courtesy of the ongoing pandemic, the timeline is pushed by a month. Lordstown was also going to launch the electric truck at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show. Even though the motor show is canceled, the automaker will still launch the Endurance around the same time digitally. Will...

SCG 007C Le Mans Racer To Be Powered By Twin-Turbo V8 Engine

If you want to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans you need passion, engineering excellence, and a little bit of luck. The team at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is hungry for a Le Mans podium using their latest SGC 007C as an entry in the newly formed WEC Hypercar class. To power their latest endurance racecar, SCG partnered with legendary...

McLaren P1 GTR-18 pays homage to the final F1 GTR Longtail

Having gone into retirement after two years in McLaren’s exclusive driving programme, the owner of P1 GTR no. 011 decided to give it a new lease of life, courtesy of Lanzante. Named ‘P1 GTR-18’, the conversion pays homage to the F1 GTR-97 with Longtail bodywork, and even adds a set of number plates… Lanzante should need no introduction, being the...

Tesla Model S and X get over-the-air performance boost

Tesla has rolled out another over-the-air software package for the Model S and X Performance variants, this time boosting performance and bringing claims of greater thermal efficiency. The update is automatically installed in examples of the two models running the latest 'Raven' powertrain and is claimed to drop the Model S 0-60mph time from 2.5sec to 2.3sec. The Model X's...

2020 - Nouvelle Renault MEGANE R.S. Trophy
Renault Might Replace the Megane With an EV

To make an RS, you first need a regular Renault Megane. This is an average compact hatchback with good features, decent build quality and fuel economy offered at an affordable price. But for some reason, customers aren't in love with the current generation. We're currently mid-way through the life of the 4th Megane model, so you could say that it's...

Aston Martin puts focus on mid-engine cars, aims to be 'British Ferrari'

Aston Martin’s already announced several changes it’s making under the leadership of new chairman Lawrence Stroll, Canadian billionaire, but early April CEO, Andy Palmer got into even more specifics, outlining the company’s plan to become a “British Ferrari.” “Lawrence has been the Canadian Ferrari importer a long time so he understands the Ferrari model very well,” Palmer told Autocar. “We...

The New 1400bhp, All-Electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Will Run An 8sec Quarter

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet has more than 50 years of history behind it. Throughout all that time, the agenda has remained pretty much unchanged: fat drag-racing slicks, beefed-up parts and high-power V8s. As a sign of just how seriously Ford is taking EVs, however, the latest Cobra Jet turn-key dragster has dropped the traditional eight-cylinder engine for a battery...

Hyundai Prophecy concept headed to production as possible Ioniq replacement

Hyundai's done with the corporate-wide design ethos. Going forward, cars are going to look different from one another, and that's refreshing. Kicking things off are two electric concept cars that Hyundai's design boss confirmed are production bound. SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai's global design center, told Auto Express in a Tuesday report both the Prophecy and 45 concepts will see...

Kia plans dedicated PHEV by year’s end, battery-electric crossover in 2021

Back in January, Kia announced something it called its “Plan S” strategy. The $25 billion plan broadly outlines its targets for electric vehicles, with the highlight being plans to sell 11 battery-electric models by the end of 2025, including launching its first dedicated new EV here in the U.S. in 2021. Now we have some new details on what the...

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Once General Motors gives the green light to restart production at its North American manufacturing plants, the slightly refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon will be on their way to dealers. This mild makeover, which primarily consists of fascia changes and trim level adjustments, will see out the lifecycle of these midsize pickup trucks for a few more...

New Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins launched

Aston Martin has launched two limited edition versions of the original Vantage V12 Zagato that celebrate the British brand’s 60-year partnership with the Italian styling house. The special edition models will be sold exclusively as a couple, priced at £1.75 million, with production being limited to just 19 pairs. The limited edition Vantage V12s also celebrate Zagato’s 100th anniversary. Production...

Daimler and Volvo Trucks will jointly make hydrogen fuel cells for commercial vehicles

Daimler and Volvo Trucks plan to form a joint venture to manufacture hydrogen fuel cells for commercial trucks. "The common goal is for both companies to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade," the two companies said in a joint press release. Worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.3...

2021 Toyota HiLux revealed in leaked brochure images

The images were sent to us by Milele Motors, an international exporter of motor vehicles to Africa and Asia. We asked where the images came from and they said they are from an official Toyota brochure for internal marketing. As reported by PerformanceDrive earlier this month, Toyota has been spotted test driving prototype versions of the 2021 HiLux in Thailand,...

1,000-HP Corvette “Zora” Is In the Works, According to Internal GM Plans

Chevrolet is reportedly working on a 1,000-horsepower Corvette variant, according to a General Motors document leaked to Hagerty. Informally known as the "Zora" (in honor of famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov), the top-of-the-line Corvette trim will allegedly rely on a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that pairs a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine with one or more electric motors, the latter of which...

How McLaren tweaked the 765LT’s body to max out aero and lightness

These days, carmakers have to consider all future design and performance upgrades well before the base product’s launch, since crash and emission regulations as well as the core tooling won’t allow for extreme changes at a later date. What McLaren has done with the Super Series platform is very impressive— even considering that the brand’s fierce competition is not half...

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