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July 25, 2020

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The Murray T.50’s V12 can rev to a mad 12,100rpm

Gordon Murray’s successor to the iconic, record-breaking McLaren F1 was always going to have several must-haves on the design whiteboard. Low weight, a central driving position, and without a shadow of a doubt, a high-revving, powerful non-turbo V12 engine. Well, hot off the press from Gordon Murray Automotive, we have details of the T.50 supercar’s V12 heart. And it’s going...

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Genesis Is Discontinuing the Manual G70

The Genesis G70 is one of the few fun-to-drive sedans on sale right now you can get with a manual transmission. Sure, it's only available with the base-level 2.0-liter inline-four, and not the more powerful 3.3-liter turbo V-6, but still, for people looking for that three-pedal experience, it's still a great choice. Well, it turns out they won't have that...

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Rivian R1T deliveries set for June 2021, R1S to follow in August

Rivian is pushing ahead with its plans put the electric R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV into production despite the coronavirus. In April, the startup automaker announced the R1T and R1S would be delayed into 2021 from their original late 2020 plans. On Friday, Rivian locked down a timeline and said R1T deliveries will begin in June 2021 with R1S...

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BMW Will Offer Hydrogen Fuel-Cell X5 SUV in 2022

BMW is one of a few automakers working with hydrogen fuel cell technology, having been researching it for over four decades, and has been collaborating on it with Toyota since 2013. Confirming previous statements, the German automaker announced this week that it plans to field a hydrogen fuel-cell powered version of the BMW X5, dubbed i Hydrogen NEXT starting in...

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S is a 421 HP German pocket rocket

In the past, 400 horsepower was a figure you'd see in sports cars and exotics. These days, however, you can get that much power in a small crossover. But who would come up with such an idea for a (relatively) high-riding pocket rocket? Well, that would be the folks from AMG. Alongside the GLA 35, Mercedes-AMG has also launched the...

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Lamborghini Announces Limited Run Of 10 Aventador SVJ Xago Editions

Supercar manufacturers have clearly come to realize over the past few years that the more exclusive and expensive they make their cars, the more customers will line up to drop gobs of cash on their new toys. Nobody is better than this at Bugatti, especially with all the absurdly expensive variants of the Chiron, though another Volkswagen AG subsidiary, Lamborghini,...

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Mini JCW GP3 F350 by Manhart

When you think about Manhart Performance, the first thing that pops up in your head is either a tweaked Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche. However, the company also does its magic on Lambos, Bentleys, and, well, Minis. Their latest work takes the already nippy Mini John Cooper Works GP to new heights in style. For starters, Manhart worked with Dutch...

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New Audi RS3 Headlights Will Have Checkered Flag Motif

The launch of the Audi RS3 Sportback and RS3 Sedan is admittedly long in the tooth. As early as last year, we've seen spy photos of the next-generation model prototype, doing test runs mostly at the Nürburgring. The last time we've seen the RS3 Sedan camouflaged prototype was just this week, but the RS3 Sportback was last seen back in...

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Aston Martin Callum Vanquish 25 by R-Reforged production spec revealed

Nine months after its initial reveal, Ian Callum’s Aston Martin Vanquish 25 reboot has been shown off in production form having been through a more thorough set of on-road testing. As a reminder, this venture is a ‘modernisation’ service for the Vanquish, a model that was initially penned by Callum and revealed as Aston’s flagship model in 2001. It will...

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Reborn Bugatti Baby is 75% scale classic with 42mph top speed

Parents looking for the ultimate present for their car-mad teenager should look no further than Bugatti’s latest offering - an electric 75% scale reborn Bugatti Baby. Designed in partnership with The Little Car Company and launched to mark Bugatti’s 110th birthday, the Baby II is a larger version of the original built in 1926 by founder Ettore and his son...

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Arai’s Regent X Helmet Packs the Perfect Balance of Comfort and Protection

If two-wheelers happen to be your thing, then you might already have an idea about Arai’s legacy on delivering premium, top-of-the-line helmets with a rather impressively large range of “interior-fit shapes to better address the infinite variety of riders’ head shapes and sizes” Here’s how their recently launched Regent X model not only carries forward the best features of comfort...

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Lexus' sexy LC 500 is finally going convertible for 2021

Lexus is broadening its LC line with a convertible flagship that will pack a 5.0L V8 making 471 horsepower; a luxurious interior trimmed with sumptuous materials; and the ability to make its roof vanish in 15 seconds. After a generation of incessant fettling, the infamous Lexus spindle grille is finally starting to look more like a styling feature and less...

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Will Cost €335,000

With a new flat-plane crank V8, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Rs and a carbon fibre active rear wing of epic proportions, Mercedes-AMG has - in track car terms - thrown the kitchen sink at the new GT Black Series. The only trouble is, that kind of clobber comes at quite a cost. With the AMG GT R Pro already...

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2021 BMW X7 Dark Shadow edition is for executive goths only

Blacked-out editions of cars are all the rage right now, and while most of them feel like half-assed cash grabs, BMW thought it would show everyone else the way it should be done by announcing its 2021 X7 Dark Shadow edition. Now, BMW's definitely-not-a-1960s-vampire-soap-opera reference starts on the right foot by being based on the hot M50i version of the...

Pre-production versions of the 2021 Bronco, shown here, include Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat and Bronco four-door in Cactus Gray.
Ford Bronco-based pickup could be coming to challenge Jeep Gladiator

Ford's burgeoning Bronco sub-brand will include a pickup aimed directly at the Jeep Gladiator, according to a recent report. Rumors outline an adventure-ready, off-road-capable truck that hauls more than the Bronco SUV. Citing sources familiar with Ford's plans, Automobile explained the Bronco pickup is being developed as more of a toy than a tool. Much like the Gladiator, it will...

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COMPLETED HENNESSEY VENOM F5 LIKELY DEBUTING IN NOVEMBER

The Hennessey Venom F5 is on track to make its world debut sometime in November, likely during the 2020 SEMA Show, should there be one. This is in line with the company’s original plan to release the car before the end of this year, despite the ongoing pandemic. Accompanying the post was a teaser image of the Venom F5, specifically...

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Volkwagen introduces United trim editions for its Polo, T-Cross and T-Roc models

Volkswagen has revealed a new trim level for the Polo, T-Cross, and T-Roc model ranges. Called United, the new trim offers unique visual upgrades and more equipment at a more competitive price than existing versions. The crossover T-Cross and T-Roc United are based on the existing SE versions of those cars, while the Polo United aligns most closely with the...

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VW ID.4 electric crossover due for deliveries in late 2020, US production in 2022

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover is still due to start deliveries later this year. An expansion of VW's Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory that will allow the ID.4 to later be built locally is also on schedule for 2022. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Wednesday that equipment for the factory expansion is being shipped, and VW...

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Next-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will be ‘bigger, bolder, and quietest’ ever

The Outlander has been around now in essentially the same form since 2012, with an update applied in 2018. In other words, it’s about time for a new one. Mitsubishi hasn’t provided any imagery on the next-generation model as yet but today it has confirmed some juicy details. It says the new model will be bigger than the current model,...

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The Last V-8 Prototype: 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype up for Auction

There are rare cars, and then there are unicorns on wheels forged from unobtainium—cars that come up for sale once in a lifetime. This 1964 Ford GT40 headed to auction belongs to the latter category, as it's among the earliest prototypes for the legendary race car in existence. This particular car, presented by classic car auction house Duncan Hamilton, is...

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The new 2022 Porsche 911 GT1 debuts with retro-inspired livery

Taking inspiration for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans race-winning livery, Porsche and Sean Bull Design have unveiled their concept for the upcoming 2022 Porsche GT1 endurance racer. The whale-tailed Le Mans fighter wears its flowing, carbon-like striping in a similar spirit to the white-and-blue 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 driven by Laurent Aïello, Allan McNish, and Stéphane Ortelli against...

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Jaguar Land Rover Is Developing a Touchless Touchscreen for Future Cars

Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Cambridge have developed a contactless touchscreen that determines where you’ll tap before you do it. The system uses artificial intelligence combined with in-car gesture sensors to figure out the driver's intention. Because the system is software based, it could be deployed to vehicles that already have in-car gesture and eye-tracking sensors installed. Touchscreens...

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2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition blacks out small crossover

The cute and colorful Hyundai Kona small crossover goes dark with the 2021 Kona Night Edition, the automaker announced this week. Hyundai joins Toyota, Nissan, Ram, BMW, Kia and so many other automakers in offering a black cosmetic package. The 2021 Kona Night Edition comes with 18-inch semigloss black wheels from RAYS, and gloss black accents on the doors and...

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Jeep's First Hybrid 4Xe Models Deliver 240 HP And 31 Miles Of Electric Range

Earlier this year at the CES show, Jeep showed off a range of upcoming plug-in hybrid models, including the Wrangler. The first of those Jeeps badged ‘four by e’—namely the Renegade 4Xe and the Compass 4Xe,—are now available to order in mainland Europe. Both models offer up to 240 horsepower, and an average of 31 miles per charge in EV-only...

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