Car Gear Deal of the Week | The best car vacuum on Amazon is a steal at 22% off

Posted in REVIEWS on March 20, 2021

If you're always on the hunt for a deal, bookmark this page. Every week we'll be bringing you the best automotive gear deals we can find, right here. Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner (22% off) - $34.99 Key features Only 2.4 lbs High-power 106W motor 16 ft power cord that connects to your car's 12V lighter Read More »

Amazon accidentally leaks awesome-looking 'Mario Kart' Hot Wheels collab | Gaming Roundup

Posted in REVIEWS on March 20, 2021

Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This week in racing game news: Amazon spilled the beans on a new 'Mario Kart' Hot Wheels set Earlier this week, it looked like there was a surprise new Mario Kart Hot Wheels set available for pre-order on Amazon. As it turns out, though, Amazon jumped the gun a bit. As reported by IGN, the Read More »

My life in 12 cars: UK circuit boss Jonathan Palmer

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 20, 2021
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“Things were sorted now, I thought,” says Palmer. “I had shrugged off Alboreto, the new car had potential and my team-mate, a French Formula 3000 champion called Jean Alesi, was entirely new to F1. In the first grand prix, I was ninth and Jean was 14th. But in the next, I had a first-lap stumble and he finished fourth. Next race he out-qualified me, and after that he was always 0.3sec faster. And that was Read More »

Le Mans 2021: How new hypercar rules are shaking up the grid

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 20, 2021
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Even before the opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship in Portugal on 4 April, it’s tempting to call the new hypercar era a smash hit. Why? Well, Toyota, for starters. Alpine, sort of. Peugeot, at least from next year. Later, Audi and Porsche. Acura, too. And very definitely not forgetting Ferrari. Given that Toyota has spent the past three years competing against a bunch of well-intentioned privateers in the ailing, expensive LMP1 Read More »

Russian pleads guilty to targeting Tesla with bribery-ransomware plot

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

RENO, Nev. — A Russian man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to offering a Tesla employee $1 million to cripple the electric car company’s massive electric battery plant in Nevada with ransomware and steal company secrets for extortion, prosecutors and court records said. In a case that cybersecurity experts called exceptional for the risks he took, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno. His court-appointed federal public defender, Chris Read More »

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition inaugurates the revived V8

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

Lexus is kicking off its V8 revival with a limited-run Launch Edition model of the 2022 IS 500 F Sport Performance. Painted in "Incognito" grey and exclusive to the North American market, the Launch Edition will be constrained to just 500 units, each boasting a serialized plaque and other unique elements.  In addition to the aforementioned paint finish (and it is indeed the only option for Launch Edition), you also get a set of 19-inch Read More »

Porsche won't build the heritage-laced Renndienst minivan concept

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

Porsche shed light on several never-before-seen unbuilt prototypes in late 2020, including the Renndienst minivan concept inspired by the Volkswagen Bus-based race service vehicles it used during the 1950s. While we could get used to the idea of a futuristic-looking van with a Porsche crest on its nose, we learned the design study will not reach production. "We are, we were, and we still will be a sports car manufacturer. Therefore, we do not intend Read More »

Tesla 'Full Self-Driving' Beta video shows it has a long way to go

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

Tesla's "Full Self-Driving" Beta (which we have in quotes because, despite the name, it is not fully self-driving, as it still requires the attention of the driver) software is on public streets, and it has been since at least October. The company has been expanding the roll-out of the prototype software to small groups of Tesla owners, as stated on Twitter by the company's CEO Elon Musk, with further expansion coming in April. We're not Read More »

Driving the Aston Martin DBX, Audi SQ5 and Hyundai Palisade | Autoblog Podcast #670

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder and Contributing Editor Joe Lorio. First, they talk about driving the Aston Martin DBX, Audi SQ5 and Autoblog's new long-term Hyundai Palisade. They discuss the news, including the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, the BMW i4 and iX, and the Kia EV6. Last, but not least, they dig into the mailbag to help a listener choose a replacement for Read More »

The Lincoln Blackwood was the original luxury pickup. It was also weird.

Posted in REVIEWS on March 19, 2021

As the 20th century drew to a close, Lincoln's mainstay product, the venerable Town Car, was well on its way to livery-car limbo and the brand's sales were sinking. The surprise-hit Navigator, introduced for 1998, indicated a possible way forward: luxury trucks. The following year, Lincoln rolled out a concept (pictured at bottom) that was essentially a dolled-up F-150 pickup: the Blackwood. Reaction was sufficiently enthusiastic that the Blackwood appeared in showrooms, essentially unchanged, for Read More »