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  • Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 steering wheel, 2019

    Glancing at a modern Formula 1 race car's steering wheel reveals a very complex contraption, and it's just as in-depth of a wheel as it suggests. Mercedes-AMG, the reigning F1 champion, recently published a video with driver Valtteri Bottas to give fans a closer look at what action each button performs. Obviously, some of the finer details are shrouded in mystery since the team doesn't want to give away any of its performance secrets. For example, Bottas shows us the "Strat" knob, which controls power mode settings during a race. The driver shares his favorite, but Mercedes-AMG comically...

  • 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, 2019 Detroit auto show
    2019 Subaru WRX STI, 2020 Cadillac CT5, 2021 Land Rover Defender: This Week's Top Photos

    Subaru has a limited-edition WRX STI S209 on offer for 2019, and this week we took a spin in the 341-horsepower pocket rocket. You'll be glad to note the car benefits from more than just extra power, ensuring it will remain a finely honed track machine for years to come. Another vehicle we tested...

  • 2019 Ford Taurus (Chinese spec) - Image via Sohu
    Just as Taurus production ends in US, Ford updates version sold in China

    Ford ended production of the Taurus for North America just this month, but the nameplate lives on in China where Ford's been selling a next-generation model since 2015. The Chinese-market Taurus is based on a stretched version of the CD4 platform found in the Fusion, as opposed to the outdated D3...

  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
    Court sides with Jaguar Land Rover in Chinese Evoque copycat case

    Four years after Chinese brand Land Wind revealed the X7 SUV, a nearly identical copy of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the British luxury brand has scored a win in Chinese court. Autocar reported Friday that the Beijing Chaoyang District Court sided with Land Rover and found Jiangling Motor...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla referral program returns, but with a twist

    Tesla operated a very generous referral program for years but axed it on Feb. 1 due to high costs. Less than two months later the referral program is back—with a few twists. A lot of the benefits remain from the old program, but they've been drastically scaled back. For example, the old...

  • 2019 BMW X7
    2019 BMW X7, Subaru WRX STI S209, Porsche Cayenne Coupe: The Week In Reverse

    We took a spin in the 2019 BMW X7; the Subaru WRX STI S209 was our track weapon of choice in Japan; the Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuted. It's the Week in Reverse, right here on Motor Authority. We descended into South Carolina for our first drive of the 2019 BMW X7. There, we found a powertrain eager...

  • 2016 Porsche 911 R

    Frankly, Porsche is fed up with customers flipping special edition sports cars and supercars for big profits. The automaker's CEO Oliver Blume proposed a solution: interested parties won't actually purchase the cars. Instead, he told Autocar on Friday, the special edition models would only be available as a lease, or perhaps part of a subscription model. The goal is make sure the cars are given to the right customers who plan to drive them, not park them in a garage, or make it part of a physical investment portfolio. Blume said Porsche puts too much love into cars like the 911 R or 918...

  • Lamborghini LM002
    Lamborghini has considered an off-road LM002 successor

    The Lamborghini LM002 has been on the minds of executives inside the Italian automaker and its CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said the brand has considered a successor to the Rambo Lambo. Domenicali wouldn't provide many other details in a conversation with Motor Trend published Thursday, but an LM002...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
    New Chevrolet electric car coming, $300M investment in Michigan plant

    The General Motors Orion Township plant in Michigan will be home to a new Chevrolet electric car, the automaker announced Friday. GM will invest $300 million in the facility, to build the new Chevy electric vehicle and bring 400 new jobs to the plant. The announcement did not address specifics on...

  • 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, 2021 BMW iX3, Ares Project 2: Car News Headlines

    Porsche has finally jumped on the fastback SUV bandwagon with the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which despite its name actually features four doors. The vehicle is a twin under the skin with the regular Cayenne but virtually all of the body from the A-pillars back is unique. BMW will launch its own EV in...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts
    Volkswagen looks to develop European batteries for EVs

    Last week Volkswagen Group announced plans to double-down on building electric cars with 20 new models and an additional 7 million cars over five years. So far it's said that the battery cells for its MEB vehicles will come from four different global suppliers: CATL, LG Chem, Samsung, and SK...

  • Ares Project 2
    Next in Ares' Legends Reborn series is an homage to 1950s roadsters

    Ares, the Modena-based coachbuilder and tuner formed by ex-Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, has provided a first look at the latest model in its Legends Reborn series. The series reimagines iconic cars using modern design techniques and materials, not to mention performance, with the first model, aptly...

  • 2021 BMW iX3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Prototypes for an electric version of the BMW X3 have been spotted and follow an earlier sighting of a test mule. The vehicle, which will go by the name iX3, is confirmed for launch in late 2020, meaning we'll likely see it arrive as a 2021 model. After stumbling with the oddball i3, BMW decided to change its approach to electric cars by developing battery-powered versions of its core models as opposed to launching standalone EVs. The move makes more sense now that electric cars are becoming more widely accepted, and it will also save the automaker a boatload as the costs of developing EVs...

  • Teaser for Porsche Taycan debuting in September 2019
    Porsche to only use dedicated EV platforms for electric models

    Porsche is open to turning every model it sells into an EV, bar the 911, which CEO Oliver Blume said last fall would never be a pure electric car. But any EV that Porsche launches won't be offered with an alternative powertrain utilizing an internal-combustion engine, Blume told Auto Express during...

  • First completed tub at McLaren Composites Technology Center in Yorkshire, England
    McLaren's new carbon fiber center delivers first tub

    McLaren continues to post record after record in sales, meaning capacity at its plant in Woking, England, is tighter than ever. And with more models on the way, the company last November established a separate plant in Sheffield, England, to build the carbon fiber monocoque tubs that underpin each...

  • 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet spy shots and video

    A new open-top version of Volkswagen's trendy T-Roc has been spotted. Its sighting follows February's reveal of the high-performance T-Roc R. The T-Roc is a compact crossover SUV based on Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB platform. It isn't sold in the United States so don't count on this open-top...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG armored by Inkas—Edit
    Get your swagger on in an armored Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

    The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has made a name for itself over decades for being tough as nails. Yet, it won't stop rifle fire from the factory. For those with an urgent need for armored and ballistic protection, Toronto-based Inkas is here. In the latest from the company's line of armored vehicles is...

  • Land Rover Range Rover Adventum coupe by Niels van Roij design
    Range Rover coupe not dead, coachbuilder picks up where Land Rover left off

    Cost cutting killed the Land Rover Range Rover SV coupe in January before it ever arrived. Don't shed a tear yet, know that it will live to die another day. British coachbuilder Niels van Roij Design will pick up the pieces Land Rover left behind for the Range Rover coupe and will put the swanky...

  • Bugatti La Voiture Noire

    The Bugatti La Voiture Noire was one of the star debuts of the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but its owner won't see theirs for at least two years. The showstopper from Geneva lacked an engine and a complete interior, Carscoops reported Tuesday. When Bugatti builds the one-off supercar, it'll be fitted with the company's 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W-16, lifted from the Chiron—and hopefully some seats and an interior because you need those too. The power will be the same as the Euro-spec Chiron, too: 1,480 horsepower. On the matter of the supercar moving under its own power with no...

  • 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe: Jumping on the fastback SUV bandwagon

    Porsche's Cayenne can soon be ordered in a sleeker, sportier shape thanks to the arrival of the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which the German performance marque unveiled Thursday. Like other players in the segment, such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Cayenne Coupe sacrifices space in pursuit...

  • Bureko 6x6 Chevrolet Silverado
    Bureko 6x6 pickup is a Chevy Silverado on steroids

    Perhaps Hennessey Performance Engineering's Chevrolet Silverado-based Goliath 6x6 is too tame. If that's the case, a company based in the Czech Republic has a flashier answer to those with a need for three axles. Bureko revealed its upcoming 6x6 pickup truck based on the previous-generation...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo CEO says safety comes first, even if it sounds like Big Brother

    Volvo's always had a watchful eye toward safety but now the automaker's wondering if being a Big Brother to drivers isn't a bad thing. CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Motor Authority on Wednesday that his company may not only be responsible to monitor the safety of its cars, but also to monitor the...

  • Porsche 917 tribute concept
    The story behind Porsche's stunning 917 tribute concept

    The Porsche 917 will forever be known as one of the most dominant race cars of the 20th century, but deep inside the halls of Porsche some seven years ago, a tribute project began. Earlier this month, Porsche marked the 50th anniversary of the original 917's debut at the 1969 Geneva International...

  • 2020 BMW M3 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    BMW M3 spy shots, wide-body Dodge Charger, Hyundai Tucson N Line: Today's Car News

    BMW introduced a redesigned 3-Series last year. That means a new M3 should be just around the corner. Our latest spy shots show a tester for the upcoming sport sedan, which rumor has it will come with all-wheel drive and close to 500 horsepower. Dodge's updates for the Charger for 2019 were...

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