2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe features a new EQ Boost system.Horsepower is up slightly, but torque is up significantly versus the prior model. Zero to 60 mph is estimated by Mercedes-AMG at 4.8 seconds; top speed is TBD. The Germans are just going to keep calling these swoopy sedans coupes. I guess we should just give in to the new convention and go along with it. In this case, we’re talking about the 2021 Mercedes AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe. And sure, it tries to have it both ways, bu...
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Audi sets up Silicon Valley office to develop automated driving systems for US market

Audi has opened an office in Silicon Valley that aims to adapt and develop advanced driver assistance systems for the U.S. market.  The Audi Automated Driving Development (A2D2) R&D office will be located in San Jose and initially staffed with about 60 employees. The company said A2D2 will have the “flexibility to quickly develop new software and to collaborate with nearby startups for production-intent applications.” This new R&D office is focused on advancing so-called Level 2 systems, a...
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The Refreshed BMW M5 Competition Has M8 Tech And Bigger Kidneys

Following the updated 5-series, a facelifted M5 has arrived with tweaked looks and improved technology
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The Refreshed BMW M5 Competition Has 616bhp And M8 Tech

Following the updated 5-series, a facelifted M5 has arrived with tweaked looks, more power and improved technology
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Triumph releases e-bicycle but no word on e-motorcycle debut

UK motorcycle manufacturer Triumph released an e-bicycle today, the Trekker GT — with 90 miles of riding range, a 250 watt motor and a 504 watt hour battery. With a five hour charge time, the bike weighs 52 pounds (24 kilograms) and can produce up to 60 Nm (or 29 ft-lbs) of torque. Triumph’s Trekker GT will be available for $3,750 at Triumph dealerships in the U.S. and abroad. The question is how this connects to the ultimate debut of a Triumph e-motorcycle. The manufacturer, which is a major gl...
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California house sales fall 41% during virus lockdown, Realtors report

The coronavirus lockdown walloped California house sales in May, resulting in a 41.4% drop in transactions from the previous year, the California Association of Realtors reported Tuesday, June 16. It was the biggest year-over-year decrease since November 2007. Median house prices, meanwhile, also fell from year-ago levels, the first such drop in eight years. The trend reflects home deals reached during the height of the lockdown in March and April when open houses shifted online and buyers and s...
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Food for Thought: Honda Civic Si or… Corolla?

If you’re like us — and I do mean us, as this is an issue on which there’s no disagreement — you probably view the Honda Civic Si as an attractive entry in the affordable “fun” car realm. A peppier-than-most powerplant, standard six-speed manual, brand appeal, stellar model reputation, and a spacious cabin? What’s not to like? […] The post Food for Thought: Honda Civic Si or… Corolla? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Volkswagen sinks another $200 million into solid-state battery company QuantumScape

Volkswagen said Tuesday it has invested another $200 million into QuantumScape, a Stanford University spinout developing solid-state batteries as the automaker bets on a next-generation technology that will unlock longer ranges and faster charging times in electric vehicles. Volkswagen’s relationship with QuantumScape, which had early backing from Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures, actually stretches back to 2012. The two companies formed a joint venture in 2018 to accelerate the develop...
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Volkswagen Group to Drop $267 Million for Audi Stock Buyout

On Tuesday, Audi announced Volkswagen Group is prepared to buy out minority shareholders. VW announced the plan earlier in the year, setting aside funds to procure the 0.36 percent of Audi it didn’t already own. “Volkswagen AG announced and specified that it has set the cash settlement to be paid to the minority shareholders in return for […] The post Volkswagen Group to Drop $267 Million for Audi Stock Buyout appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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BMW i8 Now Truly Dead

Pour one out for a car you likely didn’t have a hope in hell of affording — and that’s if you even desired one in the first place. Arriving on the market as a plug-in hybrid wonder car in 2014, the scissor-doored coupe found roles in top-grossing flicks and prompted saliva production among underpaid, tech-obsessed […] The post BMW i8 Now Truly Dead appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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11 Auto Maintenance Jobs Every Man Can Do Himself

Editor’s Note: This a guest article from Tony Galloway. There was a time when nearly every man knew how to fiddle around and fix things on his car. Today, with automobiles having become more complex and technologized, the idea of working on your vehicle seems more intimidating, and most guys bring their ride into the shop whenever it has a problem or simply needs maintenance. While major auto repairs may be something many modern folks don’t have the time, patience, and skill to tackle (though w...
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2021 Tesla Cybertruck vs. 2020 Ford F-150

These trucks overlap in many ways, but they're very different models in several key areas. Here's how they compare.
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Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy

After saying that it will take “years and decades” before General Motors can effectively transition into a company focused primarily on electric vehicles, plenty of outlets (including ours) accused CEO Marry Barra of lowering expectations. She held another press conference this week to set everyone straight, letting the world know GM will perpetually be at […] The post Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Race prep: Secrets of the Fasthouse Ducati Desert Sleds

Today’s ‘modern classic’ scramblers are more show than go. Stylistically, they hark back to the golden years of Californian desert racing—but you wouldn’t want to actually race one across the desert. There are only a couple of motorcycles that buck this trend, and the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is one of them. Even though it’s not a full-blown enduro machine, it’s surprisingly good off-road. So much so, that most reviewers refer to it as “the Scrambler Ducati should have built in the first ...
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Lime closes acquisition of Jump assets in Europe as Jump bikes and scooters disappear

If you’ve tried to rent a Jump bike or scooter in London, Paris, Brussels or Rome over the past few days, you may have noticed that they’ve suddenly vanished, as Fluctuo reported on its Twitter account. The reason is that Lime has closed the acquisition of Uber’s micromobility subsidiary Jump in Europe today, a few weeks after the transaction closed in the U.S. Jump bikes and scooters are now sitting in warehouses, waiting for Lime to do something with them. Some of them should be redeployed ...
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The New Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Here, And It's Littered With GT350/GT500 Bits

Ford has revealed the most focused version of the 5.0-litre Mustang, which liberally borrows parts from its Shelby big brothers
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Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story

Today’s Rare Ride is a seriously sporty evolution of Ferrari’s well-known 308 GTB. Built as a homologation special, the 288 GTO was one of the most exclusive vehicles Ferrari produced in the Eighties. It’s a car which became relevant to me this past weekend, when a rusty example was unearthed in my parents’ backyard. The […] The post Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Calling Collect: Ohio Wants Its Money Back From GM

If you weren’t aware, the sprawling General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio is no longer cranking out Chevy Cruzes. No plant is. And there’s now a strange “Lordstown Motors” sign adorning the complex, with some sort of crazy promise about building electric pickups? Wild. The state of Ohio certainly took notice, recalling the economic […] The post Calling Collect: Ohio Wants Its Money Back From GM appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Dutch political party lobbies to electrify more than half of Amsterdam’s gas stations

The Democrats 66, a Dutch social-liberal political party, has submitted a motion to convert many of Amsterdam‘s petrol filling stations into charging points for electric vehicles. According to Dutch news outlet, D66 wants to turn 35 of the city’s 55 petrol stations into fast-chargers, over the next five years. [Read: Danes fish out 181 bicycles, 140 e-scooters, and a dildo from city harbor] Like the UK, the city of Amsterdam is banning all non-electric vehicles from 2030 onwards. The D6...
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Meandering about the mining area east of Leadville, CO

June 09-12Sunset on the 9th: Jun 10: Martha came up with Patrick, my #1 son, for a brief camping visit by them.  Patrick even got some sun! Morning of the 10th, before the arrival of Martha and Patrick June 12, FridayPatrick has work tomorrow so he and Martha drove out of here this morning, headed back to Centennial.I rode out of the dispersed camping area, which is starting to get full of weekend campers dammit, and rode through the town of Leadville and up Lake County Road 3 back to the...
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Does It Have to Be Said? Getting Hit by an SUV Is Worse Than Getting Hit by a Car, Study Finds

From the “No Shit” files comes a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In it, researchers reach an obvious conclusion that should surprise no one: tall, blunt-faced vehicles are far more likely to damage your sensitive, delicate body than low-riding passenger cars. Pick that jaw up off the floor. Analyzing car-pedestrian collisions […] The post Does It Have to Be Said? Getting Hit by an SUV Is Worse Than Getting Hit by a Car, Study Finds appeared first on The Truth About Car...
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How to charge a car battery

Batteries fail at the worst possible time, but our tips will get you on your way without calling a tow truck.
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Porsche Cartoon

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Still Going Strong: Porsche Wins The 24 Hours Of Portimao

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Hitting Mach 1: Ford Returns With a More Tossable Mustang Bullitt Replacement

The Bullitt and GT350 appear dead for 2021, but fear not. Those who find the Ford Mustang GT just a tad underwhelming can soon opt for a Mach 1, which combines various attributes of those three aforementioned cars in one retro package — though perhaps not as retro as some would like. It’s also not as […] The post Hitting Mach 1: Ford Returns With a More Tossable Mustang Bullitt Replacement appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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LS427/570 Crate Engine: Chevrolet Performance Unveils Powerplant Inspired by LS7 7.0L

The LS427/570 crate engine is an enhanced version of the production-based LS7.Unique features include an F-body aluminum oil pan and a wet-sump oil pump. Chevrolet Performance recommends Mobil 1 15W50 fully synthetic motor oil. Chevrolet Performance recently unveiled its all-new LS427/570 crate engine. This engine serves as an increased output rendition of the already robust LS7. The newly debuted LS427/570 produces an estimated 570 horsepower and 540 lb-ft. of torque, which bests the LS7 by ...
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Urbet Ego Is a Funky Electric Motorcycle

Weird Looking, Questionable Origins There are many electric motorcycle companies out there right now, and we’re only going to be seeing more of them in the future. Urbet is one of them. The company makes electric scooters and the Ego is its motorcycle. Oddly enough, RideApart points out that the bike looks almost exactly like the Rumble electric motorcycle that appeared a couple of years ago. Though the bike looks the same, its specs are different. So, this is likely a case of a Chinese wholes...
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MV Agusta Design Director Leaves After 20 Years

A New Design Lead for MV Agusta I would argue that MV Agusta makes some of the most beautiful motorcycles on sale today. That is due in large part to Adrian Morton, the British designer that held the Design Director role at the company for the last 20 years, according to Omnimoto. He was a pupil of Massimo Tamurini, the great motorcycle designer who crafted the Ducati 916. Morton resigned from the post coincides with some changes within the company pushed by the CEO, Timur Sardarov. One notable...
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Sidi Atojo SR Motorcycle Boots Should Be Available Soon

A Little Delay The Sidi Atojo SR motorcycle boots are for dirt riders and were developed to give the rider excellent motorcycle control. The boots have a lighter upper but still offer ankle protection and replaceable parts, if needed. These boots are the next step for Sidi and offer a lot. Recently we received an email from Sidi’s team that said the company was delayed in delivering the boots to the U.S. The reason stated was two-fold. First, the company decided to modify the boots after the fi...
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Automakers are turning your dashboard into a 24-hour digital mall

In-car shopping is the next tech frontier for automakers
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