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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S, 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, 2020 Bentley Flying Spur: This Week’s Top Photos

Porsche substantially brought down the price of its Taycan with this week’s announcement of the Taycan 4S variant. Naturally the power and range is reduced compared to the top-end Turbo and Turbo S models, but the car is hardly lacking in performance. 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 – Los Angeles reveal, October 2019 Another EV in the headlines this week was Volvo’s new XC40 Recharge. It comes with 402 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 78-kilowatt-hour battery that should return around 200 miles of range. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette For all the…

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Electric Mini Cooper SE laps the ‘Ring without engaging the brakes

A major benefit of electrified cars is the ability to recapture energy normally lost as heat when braking. Known as regenerative braking, the electric motor that powers the wheels of a hybrid or EV can act as a generator whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator. The kinetic energy of the moving vehicle spins the generator which charges the battery and slows down the vehicle. In many EVs, the driver is able to select the severity of the regenerative braking, and in some cases it can be strong enough to…

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2021 Hyundai i30 N spy shots

Hyundai is testing a facelift for the i30 N, the performance version of the i30 hatchback that we get in the United States as the Elantra GT. The i30 N was never sold here but the updates seen on the prototype may hint at similar tweaks bound for the mechanically related Veloster N. Some of the updates also likely represent tweaks bound for the regular i30. There are new fascias front and rear, with the rear design sporting larger mesh sections. The internals of the taillights also sport a new…

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Tesla Model S Plaid prototypes sporting new modifications return to ‘Ring

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in September said the company was working on a new flagship powertrain called the Plaid that will be made available on the Model S in 2020. Days after Musk’s comments, prototypes for the Model S Plaid were spotted testing at the Nürburgring where they were achieving lap times approaching the 7:20 mark. The prototypes were later discovered to be far from production-spec, as they weren’t even fitted with interiors, but the stunt did prove the potential of the Plaid powertrain and no doubt provided valuable feedback…

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2021 Genesis GV60 spy shots

A prototype for the second of three planned SUVs at Genesis has been spotted for the first time. The prototype is for a compact model expected to be badged a GV60. Think a Korean rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. 2021 Genesis GV60 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien Genesis said at its 2015 launch that it will have six distinct models by the end of 2020, two of which will be SUVs. The automaker added a third SUV to the plans in 2017 as growth in…

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VW reportedly making moves for Lamborghini sale or spinoff

Lamborghini could be the next supercar marque to be made public, following the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Friday that parent company Volkswagen Group is considering a sale or spinoff of Lamborghini and has initiated the first steps toward turning the brand into a separate legal entity. Sueddeutsche Zeitung also reported over the weekend that VW CEO Herbert Diess wants to focus on the group’s core brands of Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen and reduce the overlap with some others. “We…

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1-of-40 Ford GTX1 roadster conversion up for auction

A super-rare variant of an already-exotic American car is up for sale: the 2006 Ford GTX1 number 33 (of no more than 40) has been listed on Bring a Trailer.  This red 2006 Ford GT went under the knife at Genaddi Design Group in Wisconsin for a roadster conversion that cost $38,000 in March of 2006, and the seller has the records to prove it, but Genaddi did more than just hack the roof off for this particular conversion. 2006 Ford GTX1 Included were a carbon fiber roof panel replacement…

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2020 Chevy Corvette C8.R, 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody, 2021 BMW M3: This Week’s Top Photos

It’s been rumored for years, but Chevrolet this week finally confirmed it has developed a V-8 with a flat-plane crank and dual overhead cams. The engine will initially feature in the C8.R racing version of the mid-engine Corvette but a production version is planned and will likely power the next Z06. 2020 Ford Mustang R-Spec Over at Ford, we got a look at the new Mustang R-Spec. It’s a special edition developed for Australia, and it backs some unique aero elements and a 710-horsepower V-8. 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat…

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Chevy Corvette C8.R has a flat-crank 5.5-liter V-8 we’ll see in a road car

By my deeds I honor him, V-8. That’s what Chevrolet’s engineers/Cult of the V-8 members must have been chanting as they worked on the new engine powering the C8.R race car based on the mid-engine Corvette, as it looks to be an impressive bit of kit. Chevy late on Thursday confirmed the engine as a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 with dual overhead cams and a flat-plant crank, a configuration common to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and some of Ferrari’s greatest mid-engine cars. Just listen to the beast in the…

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2020 Cadillac CT4 priced from $33,990, costs less than ATS

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 replaces the former ATS as Cadillac’s gateway model, and you can drive away in one from $33,990, including destination. That isn’t a bad deal considering the ATS was priced to start at $36,490 in its final year on the market, although the ATS delivered 272 horsepower in base trim versus the base CT4’s 237 hp. 2020 Cadillac CT4 It also isn’t a bad deal when you consider the CT4 is priced to compete with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but is bigger and more powerful.…

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