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Alpina XD3 gains updated styling and more torque for 2021

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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A 2021 model update will give the Alpina XD3 updated styling, extra torque and improved handling, with prices starting from £67,950. The German performance firm says the XD3 will offer “excellent longitudinal and lateral dynamics without sacrificing any driving comfort”, aided by its sports suspension and revised sports steering.  The company’s Performance Control feature has also been updated, with a limited-slip differential fitted as standard to improve dynamic cornering.  Under the bonnet, the XD3’s 3.0-litre bi-turbo straight-six diesel Read More »

Abt gives Audi RS6 Avant 800bhp for sub-3.0sec 0-62mph time

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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German motorsport and tuning company Abt Sportsline has produced an Audi RS6 Avant with 800bhp and a 2.9sec 0-62mph time.  The Johann Abt Signature Edition produces 722lb ft of torque and can reach 124mph in just 9.79sec. Only 64 examples will be produced, all of which are spoken for already.  It celebrates the life and work of Johann Abt, the blacksmith and hill-climbing racer who founded the company 125 years ago. Each model will feature a time capsule with a Read More »

Volkswagen Project Trinity: interior is key focus for 2026 EV flagship

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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Volkswagen’s high-tech Project Trinity EV is the first car the firm has "developed from the inside out", with an emphasis on interior design, because of its focus on offering autonomous driving systems, according to company bosses. The production car resulting from Project Trinity is due in 2026 and is set to take the form of a sleek four-door saloon. It will be one of the first models built on the Volkswagen Group’s planned new SSP Read More »

New 2022 Audi RS3: 394bhp mega-hatch officially previewed

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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Audi has published the first official preview images of its upcoming RS3 hot hatchback and saloon, suggesting a reveal is imminent.  Shown in camouflage as part of the wider Audi Sport line-up, the RS3 hatchback and RS3 Sportback are shown in production-ready guise, wearing a promotional wrap emblazoned with the sequence 1-2-4-5-3, likely a reference to the firing order of its five-cylinder powerplant.  The RS3 is set to use the same turbocharged five-cylinder unit as its larger Read More »

Nearly new buying guide: Porsche Panamera

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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The first-generation Panamera was launched in 2010 and this magazine wasn’t wholly persuaded by the new arrival. Fortunately, it matured nicely throughout its six-year run but it took its successor, the second-generation Panamera under the spotlight here, to change hearts and minds. How? It looks much better for a start. There’s definitely a hint of stretched 911 going on. (It’s longer, wider and lower than before.) It’s still a four-seater but that rear cabin looks Read More »

Everrati Porsche 964 Signature 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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Porsche won’t sell an electric 911 for some time, if ever, but a British firm is offering you the chance to own one right now – if you have a 964-generation (1989-1993) classic and a desire to swap its flat six for a battery and motors. Everrati has broader plans involving other classics, and this wide-body 964 is intended to show what’s possible and the quality and driving experience it aims to offer. The result might Read More »

Racing lines: Why we can bank on rallycross for quick-fire racing

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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In the Supernational class, one step down from the RX Supercars, Poland’s Slawomir Woloch slung his lairy BMW M3 (painted in cheeky works colours) around Lydden with admirable gusto. He appeared to lose out on the penultimate lap to Jason Bleasdale’s Vauxhall VX220, which made a late dive down the inside at the North Bend hairpin, only for the pretty little two-seater to lose time on the grass as its driver put the power down Read More »

2022 BMW X7 enters high-speed tests at Nurburgring

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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BMW has begun lapping the Nürburgring in the updated version of its X7 luxury SUV, launched just three years ago, ahead of an anticipated launch in 2022.  The facelifted X7 will retain the current car's striking front grille, in line with the company's commitment to its radical but controversial new styling direction. These new images confirm that the restyling will instead focus on the headlights, which have moved lower down the front end and adopted a more rectangular shape, similar to Read More »

New 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is completely reinvented 4x4

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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Toyota has revealed the Land Cruiser 300 as a completely reinvented SUV with an all-new platform for improved ability both on and off the road.  The car will become the new flagship of the Toyota SUV range, but will not be coming to the UK or Western Europe.  Customers will be able to choose from two brand new twin-turbo V6 engines; a 3.5-litre petrol and a 3.3-litre diesel, which the manufacturer says will deliver “class-leading Read More »

Renault charged with deceit over diesel emissions investigation

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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Renault has been charged by a French court with deceit relating to a diesel emissions investigation launched in 2017. The French car marker has confirmed that it was charged yesterday (8 June) and has paid a bail of €20 million (£17.2m) with a bank guarantee of €60m (£52m). The probe by French prosecutors began in 2017 in the aftermath of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. Reports of the investigation from 2019 suggested that prosecutors had found some older Renault Read More »