Launched in 2017 on the Cadillac CT6, Super Cruise uses high-definition lidar-created maps to navigate and is currently the only high-speed driver assist system available that’s designed for hands-free driving. The automaker is updating it for 2021 with an added lane-change feature, and while doing so, may have leaked the first digital image of the 2021 Escalade. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Toyota 86 / Scion FRS is a sporty car that holds its own both on the street and track, but what if you were to replace its D-4S boxer engine with an electric powerplant? Meet this electrified Toyota 86 by auto enthusiast Philip Schuster, which is now powered by a first-generation 2014 Nissan Leaf powertrain generating 200 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The all-electric 2020 Honda e made its official European debut at a media event in Valencia, Spain this week, and it just might be the perfect city car. Featuring a rear-wheel-drive platform with a MacPherson Strut independent suspension for each wheel, 50:50 weight distribution and low center of gravity, the entry level model is powered by an electric motor generating 134 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9 seconds. Read more for a first drive video, additional pictures and information.
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Auto enthusiasts probably know that Jay Leno’s Garage is a web and television series about cars with former The Tonight Show host Jay Leno. If you’re wondering where those indoor scenes are filmed, his Big Dog Garage is located in Burbank, California, near Hollywood Burbank Airport. For his most recent episode, he invited Elon Musk and his upcoming Tesla Cybertruck. Read more for two spy videos.
Despite Fiat Chrysler group announcing that the Viper would end production in 2017, there are still hardcore fans willing to shell out top dollars for a pristine example, but this 2006 model year vehicle was designed for another purpose. It’s been fitted with a twin-turbocharger system that boosts power output to a whopping 1,400-horsepower, good enough to hit a stop speed of 252 mph. Read more for the video and additional information.
For the very first time since 1997, a Porsche commercial is set to broadcast during the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020. This 60-second spot will highlight the launch of the company’s new Taycan, the first fully electric Porsche, along with almost a dozen iconic Porsche cars. The footage was shot in Germany in mid-November 2019 at various locations, including Heidelberg, the Black Forest and Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The racing cars, road vehicles and other “treasures” in the clip form part of the Porsche Museum collection. Read more to watch the extended version.
Tuning shop Wheelsandmore has just unveiled their latest upgrade package for the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster, and there are three to choose from. The Level 1 package is just an ECU tune and a new air filter to increase power from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to 650 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque, all for around $2,800 USD. If that’s not enough, the Level 2 ($8,344) package adds sports catalytic converters to produce 670 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. Read more to see what the Level 3 package is all about and for additional pictures.
Mansory is known for their extreme supercar upgrade packages, and their latest kit, called the Carbonado, transforms a 2018 Aventador S Roadster into a carbon fiber beast. In addition to the stealthy body work, it also comes equipped with optimized air intakes, a front lip spoiler, side skirts, diffuser, wider fenders (40 mm / 1.6 in. front and 50 mm / 2 in. rear), a new exhaust system and staggered wheels – 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Performance Truck by Brad Deberti just might be the craziest Toyota Tacoma you’ll ever see, and not just for its looks. Speaking of aesthetics, this vehicle starts as an extended/access cab Tacoma body, but has been dropped ultra low, complete with a wide stance. The low front splitter goes all the way up to the iconic Toyota grille and headlights, while flared fenders, air intakes, rear wing as well as a diffuser were added to finish off the aggressive look. Read more for two videos and additional information.
General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation debuted its first vehicle specifically designed to operate without a driver on board. This driverless, electric shuttle is called Origin and does not have manual controls such as pedals or even a steering wheel. Simply put, it’s essentially a curved b box with split sliding doors similar to those on a subway train with all the sensors used to navigate located up top. Read more for a video and additional information.