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September 26, 2020

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The Lynk & Co Zero Concept hints at a future Proton EV

Malaysian carmaker Proton found itself in much esteemed company upon joining forces with Geely. And we’re not just plotting the six degrees of relationship linking it to Volvo all over again. The Chinese automotive giant has made quite a name for Lynk & Co, its boutique premium brand, too. And it has revealed its latest creation ahead of the delayed...

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The One-Off Ferrari Omologata Is a Better-Looking 812 Superfast

The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a massively powerful, advanced, precise grand tourer. It's got a roaring V-12, a front-mid-engine layout that I'm partial to, and a cool, high-quality interior. Trouble is, it—like many modern Ferraris—is not pretty. Thankfully, one person that Ferrari describes as a "discerning European client" has improved it by commissioning the coachbuilt Ferrari Omologata.

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Polestar Precept concept going into production

When Polestar revealed the Precept concept car in April, it said the name meant a "manifesto of things to come." Now, Polestar is making good on the promise of the name by announcing that the Precept will go into production. The Swedish automaker, which spun off from Volvo under the ownership of the Chinese brand Geely, announced plans for Precept...

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Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is Still British, By Jove!

The Germans have taken over Aston Martin. They’d already taken over the drivetrains, with AMG V8s in the Vantage and DB11, as well as electronics systems throughout. Now former AMG chief, Tobias Moers, is officially ceo of the entire outfit in Gaydon. He replaced the well-regarded—and very British—Andy Palmer. Will this mean more efficiency but maybe a little less Britishness?...

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2021 Hyundai i30 N looks meaner, goes even faster

Since its debut in 2017, the i30 N has been Hyundai’s answer to hot hatchbacks like the Honda Civic Type R and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. To keep up with the competition, Hyundai has decided to give the i30 N a serious update for 2021. Design-wise, the i30 N looks very mean. A more dynamic treatment of the updated i30...

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It’s Alive! Hennessey Shares 1,817-HP Venom F5 Hypercar Birth Announcement

Once touted as possibly the first car that could break the 300-mph barrier, the Hennessey Venom F5 has been keeping fans and interested buyers waiting. While that 300-mph barrier has already been breached by a Bugatti Chiron, the project to build the Venom F5 continues. Without so much fanfare, Hennessey announced that its Venom F5 supercar has just been born.

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Is This the Mythical 2021 Porsche 911 GT We’ve Been Waiting For?

A few months back, when it unveiled the 992-generation 911, Porsche also showcased a winged model in its Super Bowl add. The blue-painted coupe looked a lot like the 911 GT3, features the same big wing atop the rear deck. But Porsche has yet to reveal that car. What’s more, it seems that it is actually preparing the release of...

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Honda Electric SUV Concept Revealed With Next-Gen Driver-Assist System

Honda is up in arms with its electric vehicle offensive at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Apart from showcasing its new CR-V PHEV (the first for Honda in China), Honda's main centerpiece is the SUV e:concept – the second all-electric vehicle from the automaker, following the footsteps of the Honda e. According to the Japanese automaker, the SUV e:concept...

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Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali named new F1 CEO

Stefano Domenicali, the former boss of Ferrari’s Formula 1 team has left his role as CEO of Lamborghini to replace Chase Carey as CEO for Formula 1. Lamborghini has yet to appoint a new CEO. Domenicali joined Lamborghini in 2018, replacing Stefan Winkleman who moved within the VW Group to head up Bugatti.

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New Audi Q5 Sportback: mid-sized SUV receives coupe treatment

Audi continues to grow its Sportback range of coupé-style SUVs, with the mid-sized Q5 the latest model to gain a more rakishly styled body option. Following the recently launched Q3 Sportback and the larger, electric E-Tron Sportback, the new addition to the range has been completely redeveloped from the B-pillar backwards and features bespoke styling elements throughout which further set...

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596kW Hyundai RM20e revealed, co-developed with Rimac

The new concept is an evolution of the RM series of concept cars. Over the years Hyundai has created a number of versions, including the RM14, RM15, RM16, and RM19. All are loosely based on the Veloster, however, they feature a unique mid-mounted powertrain, hence the name ‘RM’ – Racing Midship. For the RM20e, power comes from a brand new...

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Toyota Supra Gets Dialed to 400 HP by AC Schnitzer’s Aftermarket Wizards

Look, the fierce Supra doesn’t exactly need any sort of performance upgrades to stand out as a competent machine. Quite frankly, this bad boy is one hell of a whip straight out of the box! As such, let’s kick things off with a quick examination of its main specs and features, shall we?

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Jeep introduces special-edition trim celebrating brand's 80th year

The rugged Jeep brand will marking their 80th year of building 4x4s when model year 2021 vehicles begin to roll off the line. To celebrate the milestone, they’re introducing 80th Anniversary special-edition trims on each of their six models in Canada.

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This 210bhp Weapon Is The First BMW M Motorbike

Although the new M3 and M4 (and the M Performance parts you can get for each) might be the big BMW stories of the week, it’s also worth taking a look at what the company’s bike division has been up to. To coincide with the reveal of the 503bhp super saloon and coupe, BMW Motorrad has whipped the covers of...

A man walks past a Wuling Hongguang MINI EV (C) at a SAIC-GM-Wuling dealership in Beijing, China, September 20, 2020. Picture taken September 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun
GM scores a bestseller in China with $4,200 electric micro car

BEIJING — When 32-year-old photographer Jaco Xu needed a run-around car for work in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the price tag on the latest micro EV from GM's China joint venture overcame his qualms about electric vehicles. Xu paid 38,800 yuan ($5,735) for his tiny two-door Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV, while the basic model retails for just 28,800...

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FORD BRONCO WARTHOG OFFICIALLY TEASED WITH 37-INCH TIRES

The 2021 Ford Bronco has already seen over 160,000 reservations. And if each one ends up turning into a full sale, it’s likely the Ford will be fighting the Jeep Wrangler for the off-road SUV sales crown within its first year on sale, which is a testament that Ford went the right direction with the iconic nameplate (versus Chevrolet Blazer)....

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2021 VW ID.4 revealed: 250-mile electric SUV starts at $41,490

Volkswagen has been teasing its mass-market electric vehicles as being “for the millions, not millionaires.” And as it’s shaping up, the VW ID.4 appears to land right where we might expect—in an affordable space where it could be a compelling pick for families wanting something more exciting, all-electric alternative to mainstream picks like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. With...

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Meet the 2021 Ford Puma ST, the Sporty Euro CUV With Hot-Hatch Soul

Remember when the ST badge was reserved for the Focus? Then it migrated to the Fiesta, the Explorer, and Edge. Well, now it's the Puma's turn. The cutesy little crossover we don't get in the States—which by itself is curious, given America's hankering for SUVs—just received the ST treatment. It's the first performance SUV Ford has given Europe, and even...

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Mercedes adds power and stealth to 2021 AMG GT coupe and roadster

Mercedes-AMG has boosted the power of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 in both the coupe and roadster variants of the AMG GT for 2021. The hot-vee turbocharged engine now produces an impressive peak of 523 hp, up from 469 in the 2020 models. Mercedes says the extra sauce is enough to drop two tenths off the GT’s 0–60-mph run; both coupe...

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Infiniti Reveals QX60 Monograph Concept, Previewing Next-Gen SUV

The second-generation Infiniti QX60 is on the way, but before the production version comes into view, the Japanese automaker is showing off the QX60 Monograph, a near-production concept of the three-row SUV. And although Infiniti isn’t showing us the interior quite yet, the QX60 Monograph is signaling that the 2021 QX60 will take on a sleek design which rethinks this...

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2021 Hyundai Sonata gears up with N Line performance trim

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan speeds into the new year with the N Line performance treatment, the South Korean automaker announced this week. Redesigned for 2020, the Sonata sported a sleek new look and sophisticated technological and creature comforts that nudged the top trims into the premium class. The balance between design and sophistication earned it a high TCC...

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The 508 Sport Engineered Is The Most Powerful Road Car Peugeot's Ever Built

Now, you may say that 360 horsepower is weak given that that’s not much more than what a base Ford Mustang makes. But you wouldn’t be Peugeot, which says the 360 horsepower its 508 Sport Engineered produces makes it Peugeot’s most powerful production road car ever. It also happens to be a PHEV. Power comes from an inline-four coupled with...

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Robots, flexible TVs and more are in EVs' futures, Hyundai says

Robots. Flexible TV screens. Microbe-killing UV lights. Those are just a few things Hyundai imagines will be a part of future electric vehicle cockpits, and the automaker partnered with fellow Korean giant LG to help bring the concept to life. It's one of those concepts that really feels like something out of science fiction.

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New 2020 McLaren 765LT: price and specs confirmed

McLaren has started production of its new, range-topping 765LT supercar. The first examples are currently being assembled at the British brand’s headquarters in Woking, before the first customer deliveries arrive later this month. Prices start from £280,000, while production will be limited to just 765 units, spread over the next 18 months. However, McLaren has already sold all of the...

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