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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (202021) – Latest Car News

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Here's the New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Hammering on Track During Testing

Back in March, Bugatti revealed a new variant of its Chiron hypercar called the Pur Sport. Designed with corner carving and track prowess in mind, it comes with a myriad of changes focused around driver involvement. Bugatti just revealed a bunch of photos from a recent test at Bilster Berg, a track in Germany, giving us an inside look at...

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The Brabus Invicto is a hardcore armoured G-Class

Welcome to armour plating done properly, at least according to Brabus. Its clever new armour plating for the G-Class is tested to ‘VR6 Plus ERV’ standards, meaning the car you see before you can withstand not just small-arms fire, but sustained bursts from an AK-47 and blasts from up to 15kg of TNT. The Invicto’s strength comes from a clever...

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Mystery Porsche 917 Tribute patents show new “Gran Turismo Sport” addition

Patent drawings of what looked like a production version of Porsche's 917 Tribute from 2019 surfaced online last month. The drawings, which were discovered on the German Patent and Trade Mark Office website, quickly led to rumors that Porsche might build a small run for well-heeled track enthusiasts, just like it did with the modern 935 track car. However, CAR...

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It’s Official: Hertz Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The second largest car rental firm in the U.S. had been expected to make the filing official after weeks of speculation by analysts, including those here at Autoweek, about the loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 102-year old company runs several businesses across the world in addition to Hertz, including Dollar, Thrifty, Firefly, Hertz Car Sales, and...

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Euro NCAP announces ‘game-changing’ new safety tests for 2020

Safety organisation Euro NCAP has announced stringent new standards for crash tests from 2020 which include assessing the impact of big vehicles on smaller ones. Reflecting the growth in popularity of larger, heavier SUVs, the new test comprises a moving barrier which the moving test vehicle collides with. It replaces a ‘static’ barrier test used by Euro NCAP for the...

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Ford in trouble because Trump didn't wear his mask at the factory

It looks like the Ford Motor Company is in a bit of hot water right now for allowing President Trump to not wear a face mask at all times while he toured the automaker's factory in Michigan. The company held a special tour for the US President recently and Trump was seen not consistently wearing it. “I had one before,...

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Volkswagen apologizes for racist Instagram ad

Volkswagen has apologized for posting a racist video promoting its new Golf 8 on the company's official Instagram page. The video clip has been withdrawn but not before it was re-posted elsewhere on social media. It showed an outsized white hand pushing a black man away from a parked VW Golf, before flicking him into a restaurant called Petit Colon,...

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Nissan Finally Reveals GT-R 50 By Italdesign In Track Photos

Fans of the Nissan GT-R know that what was once one of the world's greatest track stars has got to be reaching the end of the line. In production since 2007, when the combination of a torquey, twin-turbocharged V6 paired to ATTESA all-wheel-drive was still new, the GT-R was a bombshell. Today, it's slipped down the ladder of high-performance vehicles...

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WB Is Streaming This Batmobile Documentary for Free

The Batmobile has been many things over the past 80 years or so. It went from a regular '30s coupe (top up, it was Batman; top down, it was Bruce Wayne), to an elongated, more bat-inspired version when the first was destroyed in the comics. It was a Lincoln Futura designed by George Barris for the TV show. And then,...

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The 2021 Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Cabrio Are Set to Debut on May 27

Introduced for 2017, the current-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class was recently updated for the 2021 model year. But while the sedan and wagon were unveiled in early 2020, the two-door versions have yet to break cover in facelifted specs. But Mercedes-Benz finally announced that both the Coupe and Convertible models are set to be unveiled on May 27. Changes will be similar...

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Redtail Overland Debuts Solar-Powered, Hard-Sided Rooftop Camper

Redtail Overland, a Longmont, Colorado-based company, has introduced the first-ever hard-sided rooftop camper or RTC. Hardshell rooftop campers have always had soft-sided walls. This makes foldability possible for these bulky portable tents, hence allowing a more convenient setup. You'll just have to fold the top and bottom shells together and you're good to go – a far more convenient stowing...

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All-new 986bhp Ferrari SF90 Stradale supercar revealed

Ferrari has finally revealed its next generation. Some were disappointed with the F8 Tributo upon its reveal at this year’s Geneva motor show, but behind closed doors Ferrari has also been working to bring something altogether more serious into series production. This is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, a 986bhp mid-engined supercar with a combination of a new 4-litre twin-turbo V8...

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Volkswagen T-Roc gains Black Edition trim

The Black Edition introduces a dark finish to the T-Roc’s grille trim, door mirror caps, roof rails and exhaust pipes. The detailing also extends to the T-Roc’s 18in alloy wheels. In addition, each car gains rear privacy glass and what Volkswagen describes as an “eye-catching” new decal on the C-pillar. LED headlights are also added. Volkswagen claims the additional equipment...

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Google Silently Updates Google Maps with a Truly Useful Traffic Feature

And while many believe that Google should merge Google Maps and Waze and launch one killer app that everyone would use, the company keeps both of them alive, although it sometimes brings features from one to the other to improve certain capabilities. This is the case of traffic flow information, which has recently been added to Google Maps. As you...

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Tesla offers anxious plant workers unpaid leave until May 31

Tesla will give workers at its U.S. car and battery plants the ability to take unpaid leave through the end of the month if they’re wary of returning to work, according to an internal memo. The electric-vehicle maker announced the provision along with plans to reinstate its attendance policy starting Friday. Employees who are concerned they might expose an at-risk...

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James Bond's Triumph Scrambler Has Been Turned Into A Limited-Run Special

We may not be able to see No Time To Die until November thanks to you know what, but you can now buy the motorbike from the 25th James Bond film. As far as merchandise goes, that’s surely God Tier. The bike in question is the Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition, which comes with a livery inspired by the noisy...

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Kia Stinger's future could be electric after an upcoming refresh

The Kia Stinger is a lovely hatchback with some darn decent performance chops. Its grand-touring nature makes it great for long slogs to nowhere in particular, and you'll have a hoot in the process. But while it's certain that the Stinger makes for a good time, its future is a little less certain as Kia's priorities evolve and as buyers'...

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2022 Honda Civic next generation spied in Type R form

Last year, we learned that Honda would be wrapping up production of the Honda Civic hatchback in the U.K. in 2021, and production would move to North America for the next generation. This meant that we were probably only a couple of years away from a new model being revealed. That seems even more likely now that a next-generation 2022...

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JEEP GLADIATOR MOJAVE CONFIGURATOR IS NOW LIVE

As Jeep promised, the 2020 Gladiator Mojave shares a $43,875 starting price with the Gladiator Rubicon, and ensures a happy landing with standard 2.5-inch Fox shocks, expanded track-width, upgraded axles, and frame reinforcements. Customers wanted a Jeep Gladiator to better hang with their buddies with Ford Raptors, and they got one. And cheaper, too. Other standard equipment includes FCA’s 3.6L...

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Rumoured Renault cuts could close factories and axe Alpine A110

A French newspaper report suggests that Renault is considering the closure of four factories across France, including the Alpine factory in Dieppe – which could spell the end for the A110 sports car. In February Reuters reported that the brand has suffered its first financial loss in 10 years. The situation has forced the company to trigger a “no taboos”...

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How the Sono Sion electric car will use every body panel as a solar panel

In a sea of electric-car startups, Sono Motors has no problem standing out. The Munich-based company aims to build an unpainted plastic-paneled, solar-cell-covered urban hatchback primarily for Europe. It’s been largely crowdfunded—most recently, with a successful $58 million round. And the car will be made with China’s NEVS at the Trolhättan, Sweden, plant that produced generations of Saabs. Although Sono...

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All new Volvo cars now limited to 180km/h from factory

That means all new models built from now, for all global markets, will be capped to 180km/h (112mph). Volvo’s head of car safety, Malin Ekholm, says carmarkers have a responsibility to help improve traffic safety, and that limiting the top speed helps people realise that speeding is dangerous. Obviously Volvo will lose some sales, particularly in Germany where there are...

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Hennessey's Nitrous-Huffing Chevrolet C8 Corvette Joins the 200 MPH Club

Yee-haw! Earlier this month, a Hennessey-tuned 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette rocketed up to a top speed of 205.1 mph at the Continental Tires Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. Driver John "Heinrocket" Heinricy had the pleasure of pushing the all-new mid-engine Corvette Stingray Z51 on the 8.0-mile closed oval to its impressive new triple-digit record mark on May 8. Hennessey claims...

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Happy 90th birthday to Pininfarina!

Carrozzeria Pinin Farina was founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina on this very day in 1930, only to become a design powerhouse and industry shaper of which Italy could be proud. Despite Pininfarina being Ferrari’s series production styling partner from 1951 until the F12’s discontinuation in 2017, for its 90th anniversary, I will focus on a V-4-engined Lancia that Pinin Farina...

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