Based on the new F-Type, obviously, but this is one sleek 2+2 coupe.
It has been quite a while since Jaguar dropped the ax on the XK sports coupe. The long-running nameplate was introduced in 1996 in Geneva and lived for almost 20 years spanning two generations. The latest of its kind was penned by the great Ian Callum, who was responsible for the design revolution within the British marque’s lineup.
We’re a couple months past the debut of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan, and we have just a few more days before the debut of the refreshed E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet . To help bridge that gap, the automaker is dishing a few more details on one seriously upgraded component in the E-Class lineup.
Keen eyes might have noticed a fancy new steering wheel in some of the pictures that arrived for the reveal of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan. But there’s not just one; there are actually two new designs, one with single-piece side spokes and one with layered double spokes on either side, the latter of which should be exclusive to AMG Line and AMG vehicles.
Expect to see some Special Vehicle Operations EVs and PHEVs debut in the next few years, but we don’t know exactly when.
Jaguar–Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations make the group’s highest performance and most exclusive models, none of which have been electric thus far. However, that will reportedly change as JLR intends to launch SV-branded plug-in hybrids and full EVs in the near future.
Volvo announced its intention to put a 112-mph speed limiter on all cars moving forward last year. Today, the company announced it would actually be following through with that goal. Going forward, all 2021 model year Volvos will be permanently limited to 112 mph.
Spokesman Jim Nichols confirmed to Road & Track that there will be no way for normal customers to remove the limiter, regardless of whether the vehicle is on a normal street, the Autobahn, or a race track. It will be capped at 112 mph permanently, barring extreme edge uses.
“It can be removed only in special cases where there is a clear purpose, such as for police cars,” a Volvo spokesperson told The Verge back in 2019.
The 612-hp X7 variant starts at $142,295.
Our mega SUV dreams are answered as the Alpina XB7 joins BMW‘s X7 model line in September. The high-performance Alpina XB7 slots above the X7 M50i and serves as a crossover SUV alternative to the sporty Alpina B7 sedan.
The Alpina-badged BMW crossover features model-specific exterior cues such as large intakes on the bumper and a modest lip spoiler. At the rear, the XB7 sports small diffuser fins in the middle of its bumper. The crossover also rolls on standard 21-inch wheels wrapped in summer or all-season rubber. Optional 23-inch wheels are available and pair with a set of Pirelli performance summer tires. Brembo four-piston calipers shod with blue and white Alpina logos clamp down on properly massive 15.5-inch front rotors.
The future of Volkswagen’s performance-oriented R division is electric. Well, at least electrified, according to VW Group board member Jurgen Stackmann.
The executive told Top Gear in an interview published last Friday the go-fast brand’s future is “vibrant,” though it’s “going electric.” He questioned, however, whether R will represent all-electric performance, or if some other division will take up the mantle. There’s a big difference between an all-electric car and an electrified car. The latter can simply mean a basic hybrid system implemented to work with the engine.
The days of waiting hours for an EV to charge are well and truly in the past, as new battery technology and high-speed charging infrastructure enables you to add enough range to get you home in most cases in the time it takes to enjoy a coffee or a snack.
And this ability isn’t restricted to EVs from luxury brands. Case in point is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which Ford said Friday can add 61 miles of range in just 10 minutes. That’s at a charging rate of 150 kilowatts, available for example at an Electrify America DC high-speed charging station.
The pace is comparable to what similar sized battery-electric SUVs like the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace deliver, though Tesla’s latest V3 Supercharger is claimed by the company to be capable of delivering 75 miles in 5 minutes for the Model 3 thanks to charging at 250 kw.
The EPA-estimated fuel-economy numbers for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade show that the
rear-wheel-drive model is rated at a combined 17 mpg, with 15 mpg in the city
and 20 mpg on the highway.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade was more efficient on the highway,
with EPA ratings of 23 mpg for the rear-wheel-drive model
and 21 mpg for the AWD Escalade.
The new Escalade comes standard with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine
and an updated version of GM’s cylinder-deactivation system.