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This new Brabus AMG GT 4dr will do 0-100kph in 2.9s

It’s called the Brabus 800 because it has a nice, round 800hp. That’s 789bhp in old money – 158bhp more than standard, thanks to a pair of new turbochargers and different control software. Peak torque is up too, by 100Nm to 1000NM. It is therefore rather rapid – 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 315kph....

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The New BMW 1-Series Shares Its Chassis Code With a Great Ferrari

BMW unwrapped its newest 1-Series, also known by its chassis code as the "F40." It's very unlike a Ferrari supercar. The third-generation 1-Series is moving to a new FWD architecture, one that will likely proliferate among the BMW Group's lineup. We'll learn more about such plans at the BMW Group's NEXTgen presentation, to be held at the BMW Welt next...

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Subaru Baja 500 Testing

Subaru Crosstrek Desert Racer suits up in blue and gold

Subaru's latest Baja racer may share a name with a pedestrian crossover, but it's far from similar. The brand said on Wednesday it has renewed its Desert Racer program, and the Subaru Crosstrek racer will be back in action. This time, it's wearing some legendary colors, too. Outfitted in blue and gold, the latest Crosstrek desert racer is making its...

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Steelmakers Are Fighting Off Aluminum And Carbon Fiber By Going Lighter

Aluminum and carbon fiber used to limited to high-end automobiles, but the materials have now trickled down to trucks such as the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra. Bloomberg notes the shift to aluminum and carbon fiber has been driven by increasing fuel economy standards and the desire to make vehicles lighter. This has driven down demand for steel in the...

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Chinese automaker GAC teams up with Nio for EV, postpones US launch

Nio last week announced a joint venture with state automaker GAC to sell electric cars in China. It's especially of interest in the U.S. because both companies have their sights set on selling electric vehicles here. The equal-split venture, to be called GAC Nio New Energy Vehicle company, will build and sell EVs under a new Hycan brand in China....

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New 2020 Electric MINI Cooper SE Makes Its First Appearance

The new electric MINI Cooper SE hatch has been spotted prior to its official first launch. Seen during a photoshoot in Los Angeles, the electric hatchback features several distinguishing design features that set it apart from other vehicles in the MINI range. The new Cooper SE showcases an aerodynamic wheel design, yellow detailing and an obscured grille, which clearly indicates...

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Hyundai has built an electric double-decker bus

If you’re fed up with seeing near-empty buses chuntering through town, smoke billowing from their exhausts, Hyundai has the answer. The company has unveiled an all-electric double-decker bus, so you can look forward to seeing near-empty buses chuntering through town, only without the associated smoke and pollution. The leccy bus can seat up to 70 passengers, with 11 seats on...

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The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16

Lotus has announced that the Type 130 hypercar will debut in London on July 16 of this year. Only 130 will be built, with Lotus saying that "several hundred" potential customers have expressed interest in buying the car since it was first talked about at the Shanghai auto show. The brand also released a new teaser photo and a video...

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The Karma SC1 Concept Was Built in Just Nine Months – Here’s How Karma Did It!

The Karma SC1 Concept was one of the coolest – if not the coolest – cars at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. It was showcased next to the new Karma’s only, to this date, production model, but it stood out way more thanks to its crazy flamboyancy, butterfly doors – yes; those are still a thing – and some pretty...

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Dead for Now: Jaguar XJ

Before you read this headline, when was the last time you honestly thought about the Jaguar XJ? I think for me it had been a solid year or two since the big sedan crossed my mind—and now we’ve just learned that it’s about to be discontinued. Sort of. Production of the XJ will indeed cease this summer, a Jaguar spokesperson...

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1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Fetches $4.15 Million at Auction

RM Sotheby’s annual Villa Erba auction is held on the picturesque shores of Lake Como in Northern Italy, a well-known spot for summer vacationers, just down the shore from the Concorzo d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. This year, the auction house raked in $22,006,506 in total sales, supported by a roster of high-end European classics, a handful with designs by Italian...

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Skoda Vision iV: electric SUV to get rear-wheel drive option

The forthcoming, pure-electric Skoda SUV “will be offered with front and rear-wheel drive options”, according to company sources. Previewed by the Skoda Vision iV concept at Geneva Motor Show earlier in 2019, it’s already known that the electric SUV will be offered both in a rakish coupe body and also a boxier, more practical SUV shape. Featuring two electric motors...

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Ferrari’s first plug-in hybrid supercar – the SF90 Stradale, powered by three electric motors and a twin turbo V8 – has already sold out even before the final price is known. A group of about 25 Australian VIP customers attended the unveiling earlier this week at a lavish event in Ferrari’s home town of Maranello, Italy. It’s believed they all...

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Facelifted 2020 Lexus RX revealed with updated tech and styling

Lexus has unveiled a facelifted version of the RX SUV. Updates include a minor styling refresh, revised mechanicals and Lexus’s latest suite of safety equipment. The new RX will go on sale in the UK this autumn, in both five and seven-seat body styles. Exterior styling updates for the facelifted RX include revised front and rear bumpers, new side skirts,...

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Mercedes-AMG GT73 Hybrid Rumored For 2020 With 800 HP

When Mercedes-AMG previewed what was to become the confusingly named GT 4-Door Coupe, the concept exhibited in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show rocked a hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and an electric motor. The conventional engine was installed in it’s usual place at the front and worked together with the e-motor at the back to enable...

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Bentley's coachbuilding arm Mulliner to ramp up with ultra-exclusive model

Bentley design director Stefan Sielaff confirmed the project, stating the car will be shown at the end of the year. “We will show a first idea of what we can do for 10 customers,” he said. The car is set to cost in excess of £1m as Mulliner seeks to differentiate itself from the broader Bentley brand.

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AC Schnitzer begins offering parts for new BMW 3-series

If BMW’s in-house M Performance accessories for the new 1-series don’t appeal, AC Schnitzer’s (ACS) burgeoning performance parts range for the more traditional 3-series model might be further up your strasse. The 3-series has only fairly recently gone on sale, but already ACS can offer components to improve the exhaust system, suspension, wheels and tyres, aerodynamics and interior, with further...

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Cadillac Celebrates 15 Years Since the V-Series Was Introduced

Underpinned by the Sigma platform, the first generation of the performance sedan was offered with the LS6 and LS2 small-block V8 engine options. Better still, a Tremec T56 linked the fury under the hood to the rear wheels, translating to lots of fun for the most spirited of drivers. The second generation leveled up to the 6.2-liter LSA with a...

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‘Aladdin’ star sues Tesla after he claims wheel flew off car

It would seem Aladdin has more on his mind lately than foiling the villainous Jafar. According to a report from TMZ, star actor Mena Massoud is instead busy taking legal action against Tesla, claiming the car company is at fault for a crash last year. The entertainment website reports that Massoud alleges the right-front wheel of his then-new Tesla Model...

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI.


Hollywood takes another look at racing with "Ford v Ferrari," the story of Ford's big, but controversial win at Le Mans in 1966. Release date will be in November.

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Puritalia Berlinetta Is A Stylish 965-HP Plug-In Hybrid At Geneva

The sports activities automobile specialist Puritalia from Naples is maybe nonetheless recognized to some from the Puritalia 427 from 2012. That automobile was one thing of a modern-day interpretation of the traditional 427 Shelby Cobra, although it solely produced a most of 605 horsepower (451 kilowatts) from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8. On the 2019 Geneva Motor Present, the model is...

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Hardcore Pagani Huayra Dragon spotted track testing

We've known since March that Pagani has a new hardcore Huayra in the pipeline, but new video shows the car testing on the track for the first time. YouTuber 19Bozzy92 uploaded video of the car, called the Huayra Dragon, testing at Franciacorta Circuit in Italy. The poster says the video was shot a few months ago. The camouflaged car sports...

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Jaguar Land Rover tests steering wheel that heats and cools to indicate driving directions

Jaguar-Land Rover has shown off a heating and cooling steering wheel that it imagines could help drivers with navigation directions. The automaker on Wednesday detailed its "sensory steering wheel," which can heat or cool down in the driver's hands as they approach a junction or turn indicated on the navigation system. The approach is intended to replace audible alerts or...

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Hennessey’s gone ahead and built a 1,000-hp Jeep Gladiator

We now live in a world where gearheads can buy a Jeep pickup truck packing 1,000 horsepower. And as a proponent of everything that is over-the-top-iary, your author is totally fine with this development. This psychotic level of Jeep-mania is brought to us by the folks at Hennessey, who’ve stuffed a 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 under its flat-brim hood and...

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