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McLaren 765LT zooms into Malaysia

With three new supercars making landfall locally today McLaren wasn't one brand to be left out after Porsche and Ferrari. The latest addition to zoom into the flagship McLaren Kuala Lumpur centre, Glenmarie earlier today is none other than the new and very hardcore 765LT limited-run special. First up, the numbers: 765PS (755bhp), 800Nm and a claimed 1,229kg (dry) bulk...

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Peugeot Teases Hypercar for 2022 Le Mans Return

The new Le Mans Hypercar class is off to a tough start, with the flagship class failing to attract many manufacturers. Ferrari, Ford, and Aston Martin all expressed varying degrees on interest, only to confirm they wouldn't be contesting the class in 2021. That left Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Now, we know for sure that Peugeot will also be joining...

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Mercedes-Benz previews fuel-cell semi with GenH2 Truck concept

As it looks to eliminate emissions across its vehicle fleet, Mercedes-Benz is not only working on electric cars and SUVs but also electric commercial trucks. Mercedes' parent company, Daimler, is among the world's biggest truck manufacturers, controlling not only the Mercedes brand but also the likes of Freightliner, Western Star and Fuso, and the new GenH2 Truck concept unveiled by...

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GM Unveils Ultium Electric Drive Units For Upcoming EVs

General Motors showed off its Ultium electric drive units this week, ones that will go into the next generation of EVs including the electric Hummer models and the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, among others. The automaker's development of the drive units and batteries has been the subject of much buzz over the summer, as GM slowly revealed plans for its next...

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Volkswagen Group selling Bugatti to EV maker Rimac?

It looks like Bugatti may soon transition into a fully-electric car company. This comes after reports surfaced that Volkswagen is looking to sell the French supercar brand to electric car company Rimac. Executives from Volkswagen have reportedly approved of the huge deal with the Croatian-based company last week. However, it has yet to be signed off by the auto giant's...

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Brabus Announces New Power Enhancements For Mercedes GLE 350de Hybrid Models

With Mercedes rolling out several SUV models of late, one that's been getting considerable attention has been the GLE 350de Hybrid thanks in part to the 315 horsepower generated by its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor. But on Friday, German-based supercar developer Brabus announced a couple of modifications it created to get more out of that Mercedes SUV.

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The Hyundai Tucson Has an All-New Look and Some Impressive Features

After only five years on the market, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson was discontinued to make way for a brand-new model. The fourth-gen SUV is a big departure from its predecessor in terms of exterior design, but it also brings new and innovative technology to the table. The fourth-gen Hudson is also the first to offer a hybrid drivetrain. The SUV...

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2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition Coming

Thanks to some high-quality spy shots by the team over at HD Rams we have our first look at the upcoming 2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition truck. This massive off-road rig may not get the headlines of the Ford Raptor or upcoming Ram 1500 TRX, however, this off-road brute is a unique combination of off-road capability and...

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Five McLaren Senna GTR LMs in Le Mans liveries revealed

The 1995 Le Mans 24hr concluded with a result now enshrined in motorsport history. The McLaren F1, a road car masterpiece from Formula 1-designer Gordon Murray would don some light racing upgrades to not just win the Le Mans 24h, but dominate it - finishing in four of the top five places. There were in fact five F1 GTRs in...

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Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar makes public debut at Le Mans

The new Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar has made its first public outing in development form ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A prototype version of the machine, which is based on the double Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid prototype, completed a lap of the French circuit ahead of the 2020 race. Driven by former F1 racer Alex Wurz,...

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo announced with 2.5T AWD

The company’s 2.5-litre turbo engine is slowly making its way into more and more showroom models. It first debuted in the CX-9, and then the Mazda6, and then the popular CX-5. Mazda even squeezed it into the Mazda3 earlier this year, although that’s an overseas market model as well. For the CX-30, which is based on the Mazda3, the engine...

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Hennessey Shows Off Dodge Demon With 1,035 HP

Hennessey Performance Engineering of Texas offers the HPE1000 package for the supercharged strip slayer, and the list of improvements kicks off with a 4.5-liter supercharger instead of 2.7 liters from the factory. A pulley upgrade complements the larger throttle body and dedicated engine calibration. Stainless-steel long tube headers, a high-flow supercharger bypass valve, cats, injectors, and induction system also need...

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The new small SUV Volkswagen's been teasing will be called 'Taos'

Volkswagen released more teaser images of its upcoming small SUV mid-September, along with the name of the new model: Taos. The Taos will slot under the Tiguan in VW’s lineup, but share a lot of its visual traits with the larger SUV. From the teaser pictures we can see the fascia features thin LED lights that flank the headlights, just...

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The Ares S1 Is The Lovechild Of A 918 Spyder And The Batmobile

You might remember Ares for its Lamborghini Huracan-based, De Tomaso Pantera-imitating Panther, or perhaps the Ferrari 412-echoing ‘Project Pony’, which is a GTC4Lusso underneath. The latest creation to emerge from the Modena-based company, however, isn’t based on anything, nor is its styling referencing an existing vehicle - the ‘S1’ is billed as Ares’ “first-ever wholly-designed supercar”. It certainly looks attention-grabbing,...

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Porsche Taycan Turbo safety car bows at Le Mans

Porsche pulled the covers off its new Taycan safety car Friday, ahead of the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it will make its debut with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland series. The support series will start its season Saturday with a 45-minute sprint race that will run prior to the weekend's 24-hour marathon. We may...

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As the first year of sales for the C8 Corvette draws closer to the end, fans and buyers alike can look forward to what we hope is a better 2021 model year. Though of course we suspect that those reservation holders whose build slots weren’t able to be filled in 2020 are the most excited about the production turn over....

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Volvo Cars Advanced Air Cleaner

Volvo claims first system to assess PM2.5 air quality inside vehicle cabin

Shelter-in-place orders during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic briefly created the best air quality in decades, but forest fires on the West Coast of the United States have taken things in a drastically different direction. That makes Volvo's announcement of in-car air-quality monitoring this past week depressingly timely. Volvo's Advanced Air Cleaner system includes a sensor that can...

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The New Touring Aero 3 is an Alfa Romeo-Inspired, Custom Coachbuilt Supercar

Before you consider the new Touring Superleggera Aero 3, think of Carrozzaria Touring Superleggera itself, the Milanese coachbuilder and design house that thrived in the 1930s-1960s. You're instantly prone to visions of the gorgeous, streamlined, almost fragile-looking automotive creations that emerged from its doors. Those cars often did so with Touring's signature Superleggera or "super lightweight" construction methods, which stretch...

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Ford bids a fond farewell to its historic Product Development Center

Nearly 75 years after Henry Ford II announced the creation of Ford Motor Company’s Product Development Center, the automaker is planning to build a larger, more modern facility on the same site in Dearborn, Michigan. Before that can happen, however, the old one has to go, but not before a walk down Memory Lane—or, more appropriately, down Mahogany Row. Ford...

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2021 Hyundai Venue No Longer Available with Manual Transmission

In its second year on the market, the Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV is losing its six-speed manual. The manual transmission was only available on the base SE model, where it was standard, and the SEL and Denim models came equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which was also optional on the base SE. Now, it's the only option.

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2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 add Super Cruise and Diamond Sky editions

The redesigned Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans have only been on sale a few months, but for 2021 they get more available technology and a Diamond Sky special edition, Cadillac announced Thursday. Forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and GM's Safety Alert Seat that vibrates in the direction of a potential danger become standard on the base CT4,...

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The 2021 Mahindra Roxor Looks Like A Happy Alien

Shortly after Indian automaker Mahindra introduced its off-road-only side-by-side, the Roxor, Jeep filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Jeep feels that the Roxor’s CJ-5-inspired looks infringe upon Jeep’s trademarks, so the FCA brand pushed to stop sales of the Mahindra. Mahindra responded by redesigning the Roxor, and now it appears that a further redesign is coming. And...

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Nissan Z Nismo hybrid in the cards if fans want it, report says

"Nismo" is a sacred name among Nissan faithful and is responsible for not only some of the best performance Nissans, but the firm also handles motorsport activities. If a Nismo badge graces a Nissan, it means business. It's natural to assume the next Nissan Z will include some sort of Nismo high-performance model, but it could come with some sort...

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New 2021 Ferrari Portofino M uncovered with 612bhp

This is the Ferrari Portofino M, an evolution of the Italian supercar brand’s folding hard-top GT designed to offer a wider band of performance and handling features, as well as a smoother experience at lower speeds. The M in the new car’s name stands for Modificata, described by Ferrari as “nomenclature which refers to cars that have undergone an evolution...

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