The Ioniq 5 is the first member of Hyundai's new Ioniq EV brand. It'll be available later this year and Motor Trend expects it to start above $30,000.
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The half door package is a throwback to classic Jeeps with removable windows.
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Porsche's EV. The mid-engine Corvette. Kia's new "Sell-u-ride." They're some of the most important cars of 2020, and they impressed.
My Rebel had a potent 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that serves up 260 horsepower but an earthshaking 480 pound-feet of torque.
In the past, Rumors have suggested that the 2022 Corvette Z06 will have a twin-turbo engine midship. However, a new report indicates that the engine won’t have turbos after all. The Z06 will use a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane twin-cam V-8 engine that revs to 9000 RPM according to this new rumor. The turbo version of Corvette V-8 will be … Continue reading
One of the fastest cars that McLaren has ever produced is the Senna. The car was designed specifically to be McLaren’s most track-focused road-legal car ever produced. The automaker has announced the vehicle has broken four production car lab records at major automotive publications. The Senna broke records at NCM Motorsports Park for both Automobile’s ‘Pro Racer’s Take’ and Road … Continue reading
"The vehicle will arrive in our showrooms in the [US] by the end of this year and in Europe and China early next year," said FCA CEO Mike Manley.
Super Cruise is General Motors's answer to Tesla's Autopilot: an advanced driver-assistance feature. The first three-year trials of Super Cruise expire soon and GM will begin charging customers a subscription fee to keep it activated, reports Motor Trend. It's not clear how much the subscription will cost. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Super Cruise — General Motors's answer to Tesla's Autopilot — launched in late 2017 on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 sedan. It's an advanced driver-assistance system and arguably one of the best things GM currently offers. But now that the first wave of Super Cruise free trials are about to expire, the automaker wants customers to pay a subscription fee to keep it activated, first reported by Motor Trend and confirmed by Cadillac. Super Cruise is currently offered on a basis of a three-year trial, Motor Trend's Greg Fink writes. After the trial expires, customers will have to pay a subscription fee to keep it turned on. Business Insider asked Cadillac how much customers can expect to pay for the technology after the free trial runs out, but a company spokesperson was "unable to share this information." The spokesperson did say that the cars' adaptive cruise control and lane-centering abilities will continue working whether or not there's a subscription to Super Cruise, however.  Super Cruise started out as only being offered exclusively with the CT6 — which was discontinued earlier this year — but Cadillac said in January that the technology will also be offered on the 2021 CT4, 2021 CT5, and 2021 Escalade. It's unclear why it took so many years for Super Cruise to be offered on other models. Unlike Tesla's Autopilot, Super Cruise uses a camera to watch the driver's eyes to make sure they are paying attention to the road. Drivers are able to take their hands off the steering wheel while it is active. Business Insider has reviewed both and can conclude that the two systems are some of the best driver-assistance systems currently available to consumers. It's also worth mentioning (again) that such systems are not fully self-driving or autonomous and should not be treated as such.  The move to charge users a subscription fee to continue using a feature their car already comes with seems to be part of a larger trend. Business Insider reported in July that BMW is making similar moves, envisioning a future where its cars come with all the hardware for features such as heated seats, but the owners pay a subscription fee to activate them.  Once the Super Cruise trial period ends, it appears that customers will have to pay to renew the service, despite having already paid for the extra hardware that the technology needs in order to work.  Jalopnik reported in 2017 that Super Cruise was a $5,000 add-on to the CT6's Premium Luxury Trim. CarsDirect reported in May that Super Cruise will start at $2,500 on the new Escalade.  "Super Cruise requires a vehicle connectivity plan in order to operate, and that plan is offered free for three years based on the date of purchase on current products," a Cadillac spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. "Messaging is going out to customers shortly with information on their renewal options, and after that messaging goes out, we will be able to share additional information on plan costs."SEE ALSO: BMW wants customers to pay a subscription fee to use features the car already has installed, like a heated steering wheel or adaptive cruise control Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
It turns out the advanced hands-free driving system requires a subscription.
I tested a $167,070 Porsche Cayenne GTS, from the latest generation of the groundbreaking SUV. The GTS trim level is intended to deliver sporty performance, sitting as it does between the base Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo. My 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS had a twin-turbo V8 engine, making 453 horsepower. The Cayenne GTS is a very special set of wheels: expensive, but with the sort of prizefighter punch that rewards spirited driving — and the ability to haul enough luggage for a week on the road. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Porsche Cayenne is the greatest SUV ever built by human hands on planet Earth. It shocked the motoring world with its unassailable greatness back in the early 2000s, and it's continued to dazzle over the decades. The third generation ute was a runner-up for Business Insider's 2019 Car of the Year award. After launching the base version and later the Turbo trim level and the coupé body styles, Porsche has turned its attention to the sporty Cayenne GTS, now available as an SUV and a coupé (that means the coupé version gets a fastback-style roofline). I got a crack at the car after driving quite a few Porsches in quick succession: the new 911 4S and Turbo S, as well as the Cayenne Coupé. For what it's worth, I still had memories of the Cayenne Turbo from last year. So when the 2021 GTS landed, in a dazzling "Carmine Red" paint job, I was already swimming in Stuttgart goodness and eager for more. Here's how two days with the sports car of Cayennes went:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! My 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS tester wore a glorious Carmine Red paint job, a $3,150 extra. The SUV started at $107,300, but a long list of options raised the sticker to $167,070. I gotta tell you, against a backdrop of Northeastern summertime greenery, that red absolutely pops. I personally prefer the silhouette of the SUV body-style over the coupé, but there's no question that the ute form is boxier. The Cayenne has never been an attractive vehicle, but it can't be mistaken for anything but a Porsche. It's all about those distinctive headlights. Bug-eyes? Well, sure, but the swept-back design somewhat mitigates that effect. These are high-tech units: LED "Matrix Design" lamps, equipped with technology that Porsche says enables the lights to adapt to oncoming traffic and bend illumination around corners. Black and red are two colors that always get along nicely, and for the Cayenne GTS, there is no exception. The front vents and grilles give the SUV an aggressive forward presentation. The grille is really a study in minimalist design — a choice that helps to conceal a sensor for the adaptive cruise control system and a front camera. The ride height has been dropped 30 millimeters lower than on the Cayenne S, according to Porsche. This enhances airflow at speed, but owners can use the air suspension to increase ride height over uneven terrain. The Porsche badge brings a modest splash of gold to the hood. Let's unlatch the hood and have a gander at the engine. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower with 457 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. The EPA hasn't yet rated the Cayenne GTS for fuel economy, but I found the punchy V8 to be moderately thirsty; in two days worth of driving, I managed to incinerate almost a half a tank of premium petrol. A steering-wheel-mounted selector enables you to switch drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The 22-inch "Sport Classic" wheels, in glossy black and brushed alloy tones, evoke an iconic Porsche design, familiar to fans of the cars from the 1980s. These snazzy wheels were, as you might expect, are an expensive extra: $2,770. The yellow calipers? Get ready to write a big check, as they were ... ... $9,080, with ceramic-composite, ventilated discs all the way around. The Yokohama rubber came ready to run. These tires are rated for speeds above 149 mph — a good thing, as the Cayenne GTS can max out at 160. Now for the back end. Sigh. You just can't solve the inherent design problem of adapting a bulbous Porsche rear to a vehicle genre that requires a barn door at is hindquarters. The integrated spoiler helps with performance more than with aesthetics. The hatch carries all the identifiers you need to explain why you dropped almost $170,000 on a ute. The Cayenne GTS has quad pipes, the better to tune its epic exhaust note. The compensation for an ungainly rump is a large cargo hold. With the back seats in use, there's 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches. The GTS invites you in. Carmine red topstitching on the black leather seats matches the exterior, as does the GTS call-out. (The seats are comfy for cruising, yet also sufficiently bolstered for spirited driving.) The feature is echoed on the rear seats. Interior highlights are subdued in their elegance. The grab handle is rendered in Alcantara. Note that there's one each, for the driver and passenger. A large moonroof fills the cabin with light. The joystick shifter is par for the course in the luxury segment. I don't much care for these things, but I'm used to them by now. Rear seat passengers can manage their own climate. In fact, my Porsche Cayenne GTS tester was fully outfitted for rear-seat entertainment, an offbeat option for what's supposed to be a high-performance trim. The system runs on an Android interface and provides assorted entertainment choices, none of which I was able to sample in the brief time I had with the vehicle. Rear legroom is ... decent. I was able to stretch out, but I'm also not very tall. A less vertically-challenged adult might feel cramped. The steering wheel has a fantastic feel, wrapped in suede and with all critical functions close at hand. The sport-chronograph lives in the center of the dash — and carries the red from the exterior over into the instrumentation. See what I mean? The tachometer is of course front and center. The Cayenne GTS's redline is at 6,800 rpm. To the right is a screen that can display different types of information, including g-forces. Porsche's infotainment system is quite good, although it isn't the best. It's outdone by Audi (which is Porsche's corporate VW Group stablemate). GM's Cadillac is also better on the infotainment front. But the system checks all the right boxes, from Bluetooth pairing to USB device connectivity to GPS navigation. There's also wireless charging. A Burmester 3D audio system added $7,000 to the final tally. Worth it? Oh yes. This is one of the top systems on the market. So what's the verdict? I am an unapologetic Cayenne-o-phile. So the GTS — with its sportier vibe compared with the less-powerful Coupé I drove earlier this year, and the Cayenne Turbo from last year, which had a stonking 541-horsepower interpretation of the V8 — is right up my alley. Essentially, what we have with the GTS is the Cayenne that critics feared the SUV wouldn't be: a very fast (0-60 in about 4.5 seconds) four-door Porsche with a big ol' cargo hold. It corners like it's on rails (rear-axle steering lends an assist) and it can drop the hammer in a straight line. On certain American highways, favored by freight carriers, you can pass semis all day long and feel the bottomless oomph that the GTS's magnificent engine produces, never laggy, always ready to punch like a prizefighter. Obviously, if you like to drive, get this Cayenne. My tester was notably expensive, but it was optioned into next week. The base price, at just north of $100,000, gives quite similar dynamics, with less punishment directed at the bank account. Then again, even at almost $170,000, this is lotsa-lotsa-lotsa machine for the money. A Lamborghini Urus has a 641-horsepower V8 under the hood and came in at $250,000 when I tested it last year — but it honestly wasn't as much fun to pilot as the GTS. These days, the high-performance SUV space is full of choices. Back when the Cayenne first arrived, it wasn't. The joke then was, "Great, just what I was asking for — a slow Porsche!" But the Cayenne was, indisputably, no joke. And the new GTS proves that, as with the new generation of the 911, Porsche's engineers can somehow continue to make not just good, better — but great, greater.  Decades ago, Porsche essentially made one great car, the 911. But nowadays, the lineup includes multiple sports cars, plus the Panamera sedans (and wagons), as well as the all-electric Taycan and the venerable Cayenne and its smaller sibling, the Macan. Having now driven several examples of the new-generation Cayenne, I can safely say that the GTS in particular proves that Porsche can do it all. Tom Cruise was right. There is no substitute.
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If they go away, I'll miss them.Car makers usually refresh or redesign their vehicles every two-to-five years, but in Tesla's case, the updates to the Model S and Model X have been light.This makes sense because the company's focus is now on its relatively new compact sedan, the Model 3, and forthcoming vehicles such as the Model Y crossover SUV and a pickup truck.I drove both, in several different versions, and if Tesla sunsets the vehicles, I'll miss them.With AWD came "Insane" and later "Ludicrous Mode" acceleration.When I visited Tesla's factory, I was treated to a few laps around its test track in a Model S.
Since then, it has earned lots of recognition and awards like MotorTrend's "Ultimate Car of the Year."From losing front grilles and sunroofs to increasing its range, here are all the major changes Tesla has made to the flagship Model S.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Unlike other mainstream car manufacturers that may significantly update their vehicles before a full redesign, Tesla has taken a different route, implementing small aesthetic and mechanical changes over the course of each vehicle's life cycle, while investing substantially more resources into over-the-air software updates that improve the vehicles internally.And since its introduction, the Model S has undergone many changes, including updates to its drive unit, as well as exterior and interior aesthetic modifications.Here is a timeline of some major changes the popular electric luxury sedan has undergone since its introduction, both in its aesthetics and in its programming and driving features.
It's fair to say Chevrolet earned a double jaw drop when it first said the mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray would cost under $60,000, and then revealed the starting price to be $59,995 after the destination fee.It might all be short-lived, however.A Monday report from Motor Trend claims the sub-$60,000 price tag will be for just one model year.For the 2021 model year, the mid-engine Corvette will supposedly grow more costly, though the source did not share how much the price will climb.Looking back at the C7-generation Corvette's history of price increases, this does not seem far-fetched in the slightest.A Chevrolet representative did not comment on the rumored news.
Facebook wants to be more than a place to browse photos from friends, it also wants to be where you head to watch and discuss your favorite shows and videos.The social network on Thursday said it launching a test that will let some users sign up for video subscriptions on Facebook.Facebook is partnering with just a few services to start, including BritBoxTV, CollegeHumor Dropout, MotorTrend On Demand and Tastemade Plus."We're testing video subscriptions on Facebook, starting with a limited set of partners," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement Thursday."We're excited to bring more of people's favorite shows and videos to Facebook, where subscribers can enjoy the content together with other fans.We'll be listening to feedback from our community."
When Dodge introduced its massively overhauled 2019 Ram 1500, it decided to keep the old generation going alongside it as the Ram 1500 Classic.Offering a low-cost way to snag a snazzy new truck, it may not have the latest and greatest tech, but some people want pure value over theatrics like a 12-inch portrait infotainment screen.It's apparently so popular that it's not going anywhere any time soon.There are no plans to do away with the Ram 1500 Classic at this point, Motor Trend reports, citing FCA CEO Mike Manley's comments during the automaker's second-quarter earnings call.What's even wilder is that, according to Manley, the truck might even receive an update.Hey, if it ain't broke...
Days where Pagani reveals a new car are few and far between, and thus, each of these events deserves more than a little attention.After all, these are utterly ridiculous hypercars built on the weird fringes of automotive engineering, and their exclusivity makes them even more interesting.Today's a day worth celebrating, then, because Pagani has pulled off the wraps on its latest hypercar.Its first debut comes in the form of the mobile game CSR Racing 2, but the car won't be shown to the public until Monterey Cary Week in mid-August.Nevertheless, it's one ridiculous car, and Pagani has already seen fit to divulge a whole bunch of specs, all of which are confoundingly awesome.The Huayra Roadster BC gets its power from a Mercedes-AMG-assembled 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12.
Tesla has been tweaking the Model S, but the company hasn't yet committed to an all-new version.All good, but the Model S is getting long in the tooth, and consumers aren't as thrilled by it as they used to be.Seven years is at the outside edge of what most car makers would allow for a model.Tesla has tweaked the Model S a few times, and the automaker said that over-the-air software updates could give owners the impression of a brand-new car.But still, an early 2010s design is gonna get boring by the end of a decade, even it was conceived to last.Here, then, are nice features I'd like to see on an all-new Tesla Model S:
MotorTrend on Wednesday named Tesla's 2013 Model S sedan the best of the cars that have won the publication's car-of-the-year award in the last 70 years.It is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the automotive industry.The Model S was released in 2012 and became the first electric vehicle to win MotorTrend's car-of-the-year award.In an article published on Wednesday, MotorTrend cited the Model S's technology — like its heavy reliance on touchscreens, over-the-air software updates, and ability to unlock and start without a key — range, and acceleration as factors that distinguish it from other vehicles released since 1949, the year MotorTrend debuted.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.It is one of the most prestigious honors in the automotive industry.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans ranks at the top of nearly every motorsport enthusiast's yearly watch list -- as it should -- but if you're in the US, streaming the race is typically a bit of a challenge.In the past, it meant that you'd have to hop between several services depending on the time of day.But this year, things are quite a bit simpler, and that's awesome.Here's the good news: MotorTrend TV is streaming Le Mans in its entirety, and you can watch it via your cable provider or, if you're a cord-cutter, via MotorTrendOnDemand.com or through the MotorTrend app.If you're not already signed up, you get a 14-day free trial, and after that it's $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year to subscribe.Live, flag-to-flag coverage has already started as you read this, even though the big race itself won't get underway until 9am EST (6am PST).
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