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Nissan is yet to officially release pricing for the 2023 Z coupe, but they want you to know it’ll come in around the $40,000 mark. It sounds impressive when compared to the A90 Supra, but the BM-Yota collaboration isn’t the only RWD sports coupe on offer. Here are ten others that you could opt for instead, and why you should.
America’s Hyundai Elantra N has been finally revealed. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 276 hp (279 PS/205 kW) and 289 lb-ft (391 Nm) of torque, while there’s an over-boost mode that will temporarily give you up to 286 hp (289 PS/213 kW). A 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of “around 5.0 seconds,” plus the option of a rev-matching six-speed manual, and the inclusion of a standard electronic LSD means the Elantra N may be a segment killer.
Ford brings both the Mustang Mach E and the Mustang Coupe together by offering a unified special edition trim for the first time. The “Ice White Editions” aim to counter the murdered-out looks that so many manufacturers go with by offering (nearly) white everything. You get white badges, white wheels, clear taillights, and white interior themes.
Tesla had recently allowed salvaged cars to take advantage of one of the big plus points of ownership — their Supercharger network. But it seems that they’ve changed their mind again reverting back to a 2020 decision to ban salvaged models from using its charging infrastructure. Of course, with no PR department present within Tesla, it’s hard to get confirmation on why some salvaged users were able to use the network for a short time, although it may have been a bug that has since been patched.
Infiniti’s QX80 luxury SUV is getting a bit of a makeover for the 2022 model year. The exterior will stay the same, but the interior will be modernized with an all-new center stack and a 12.3-inch infotainment system. It features Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as navigation with lane guidance. There’s a hidden wireless phone charger and improved switchgear.
Mulliner has just completed two very special commissions: the new Bacalar, one of only 12 that will be made, and a millimeter-perfect recreation of the 1929 Bentley Blower. The $2 million Bacalar is a limited-edition model with a 650 hp (659 PS/484 kW) twin-turbo W12 from the Continental GT Speed. The Blower Car One features a period-accurate 4 1/2-liter engine, with aluminum pistons, an overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, and twin spark plugs. At the front, it has the legendary supercharger that gave the car its name. Power is rated at 236 hp (240 PS/176 kW).
Track days are not for the faint of heart — as this heart-in-mouth moment will confirm. Having had a look at the driver’s previous runs, it would seem he isn’t in short supply of talent, which means it could just be one of those minor mistakes that are bound to creep up on you from time to time. Would you have been able to save this S2000 from the wall any better?
What Else Is Making The News?
Toyota Cuts Home Production By 40%
Toyota has announced that they will cut back Japanese production by 40% for the month of September. The reduction in production is attributed to the disruptions in the supply chain of semiconductors thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. The move will affect 14 plants in its home country, with 80,000 fewer vehicles produced next month.
Only Fans To Ban Explicit Content
The company which describes itself as a subscription-based social media platform will ban explicit content from October. The move has been made to “ensure the long term sustainability of the platform,” quotes CNN. The site, which was famous for its adult nature will still permit some forms of nudity, but only in line with its policies.
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