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VW caters to the hip crowd with enthusiast-inspired builds

Volkswagen is getting hip. The brand has prepared seven enthusiast-inspired “concepts” for SOWO: The European Experience, and there’s something for everyone to take in. The event is a tuner fest for fans of European cars and runs this weekend in Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Georgia. Naturally, VWs are a perfect fit. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Combi Concept The concept cars range from stance, to adventure, to wild wraps and cover the majority of VW’s models sold in the U.S. today. The first is a wagon with 1990s-themed garb. The Golf Alltrack Combi…

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Swiss startup Piech to follow up electric sports car with GT-4 coupe and GT-X SUV

At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, the Swiss startup Piech showed the Mark Zero electric sports car, but it won’t stop there. Piech has plans to follow up its sports car with two more electric vehicles, a GT-4 coupe and a GT-X SUV. British website Auto Express reported last Thursday on the Swiss company’s plans. The company, founded in part by Anton Piech, the son of former Volkswagen Group patriarch Ferdinand Piech, also released early sketches of both the GT-4 coupe and GT-X SUV. Both models will ride on Piech’s…

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BMW celebrates 35 years of fast sedans with special M5

The BMW M5 is turning 35, and to celebrate the automaker on Thursday announced the 2020 M5 Edition 35 Years. Just 350 will be built for worldwide sale, and of these just 35 are headed to the United States, each priced from $128,995. That figure includes destination and a gas guzzler tax and is actually less expensive than the similar 30th anniversary model launched five years ago. 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years The M5 Edition 35 Years is based on the M5 Competition model, which means it gets the…

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Overlander Nissan Frontier truck has its compass pointed to the middle of nowhere

So, you’re here for the overlanding. We get you. Nature’s beauty, its quiet, and cans of Dinty Moore heated over an open fire—all good. Perhaps isolation, fewer showers, and digging latrines also are your thing—we don’t judge. The 2019 Nissan Frontier that was unveiled Wednesday does it all, but perhaps for less than we expect. Custom-built overlanding rigs easily reach into six figures, the so-called Destination Frontier does it for about $44,000. The one-off rig starts with a 2019 Frontier SV that costs $31,505*, including destination, and adds a 3-inch…

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2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe is the base-turbo ‘tweener

Porsche couldn’t help itself. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe became official in March in base and Turbo models, breaking enthusiasts’ hearts and tempting wealthy Starbucks patrons. On Tuesday, Porsche revealed the 2020 Cayenne Coupe S version of the fastback crossover to expand the lineup. The S model will slot between the base Cayenne Coupe and the Cayenne Coupe Turbo. It features a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through an 8-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive. The…

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McLaren celebrates 20,000th car built

It’s been a long road since 2010, but British supercar/sports car maker McLaren has just assembled its 20,000th car. The brand made the announcement on Monday and said the 20,000th McLaren is a right-hand-drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Gray. The 600LT is the latest in a line of Longtail models, and the brand said all production slots for the coupe version have been sold out. McLaren hand assembles all of its cars, which makes the 20,000 mark that much more significant. The company built 10 cars per day up until…

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2020 Toyota Supra is fast and frenetic

It’s late in the day at Summit Point Raceway, the warm sun of a late West Virginia spring is starting to pack it in for the day, and I’m still working on smoothing out my hamfisted ways behind the wheel of the 2020 Toyota Supra in my few remaining laps on the track’s Shenandoah circuit. So far the car has rewarded me for frenetic driving. Now I’m trying to see if it will reward a more precise driving style. As I pull out of the pits, the crew running the…

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What does star driver Fernando Alonso think of the 2020 Toyota Supra?

Ahead of the 2020 Toyota Supra’s launch, Toyota has put a formidable driver behind the wheel to give his take. The Japanese firm invited Fernando Alonso, 2-time Formula 1 world champion, and a recent Le Mans winner together with Toyota, to test the new Supra at Fuji International Speedway. The hot shoe of a driver put the Supra through its paces on the track and found it to be properly balanced, house impressive acceleration, and never trade too much comfort for far too stiff of a ride. May we add,…

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe spy shots and video

Mercedes-Benz has just introduced a redesigned GLE for 2020, and once again the mid-size crossover SUV will spawn a rakish GLE Coupe. Prototypes for the redesigned GLE Coupe have been spotted for more than a year but more recently we started seeing prototypes for AMG-enhanced versions of the coupe-like crossover. The lowered suspension and massive wheel and tire combo confirm the tester as a member of the AMG family, and the presence of round exhaust tips suggest we’re looking at the entry-level model, i.e. the replacement for the current GLE43…

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VW ID 3 electric car tallies 10,000 pre-orders in 24 hours

The Volkswagen ID 3’s soft launch did not go unnoticed. Following the electric hatchback’s confirmation on Wednesday, VW opened order books to European buyers for the vehicle. In 24 hours, 10,000 buyers laid down deposits. The German brand said in a Thursday release that web traffic of buyers itching to pre-order the ID 3 derailed its IT systems. Volkswagen also partially apologized for any delays. We suppose it’s better to break the internet than watch cobwebs grow. Specifically, VW opened up pre-orders for the ID 3 1st edition, which comes…

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