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Ford’s Coolest Mustang Mach-E Just Got Even Quicker

Ford, somewhat controversially, used the iconic Mustang branding to launch its new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. But it’s not just smoke and mirrors; Ford has signaled its Mustang-esque performance intent for the new car with efforts like the bonkers 1,400-horsepower, seven-motor concept pioneered by Formula Drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. And now — before the Mach-E has even entered production — Ford has announced an even hotter version of the top-tier GT, the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition.

The Performance Edition will have 480 horsepower, the same as the Mach-E GT and the combustion-powered Mustang Mach 1, but it will get a bump to 634 lb-ft of torque, which will help propel this Mach-E from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds. Ford is targeting an EPA range of 235 miles, 15 fewer than the Mach-E GT.

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Ford is giving the Mach-E GT Performance Edition other upgrades, including MagneRide damping, 19-inch Brembo front brakes with red calipers, Pirelli summer tires and Ford Performance sculpted front seats. It will also get unique visual elements, such as ebony black 20-inch wheels and a carbonized grey grille.

Color options for Mach-E GT Performance Edition will be Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Grabber Blue Metallic, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver Metallic and Space White Metallic.

The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will arrive along with the Mach-E GT in late summer 2021. Customers who already reserved a Mach-E GT can add the Performance Edition package when ordering goes live in spring 2021. You can reserve your Mach-E GT on Ford’s website.

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This Could Be Our Best Look Yet at the New Toyota Tundra

Recently, reports have been suggesting Toyota is planning some massive lineup changes over the next few years. Overhauling the brand’s aging trucks and SUVs will be one of the major projects. We don’t know whether (or under what branding) the U.S. will get the new Land Cruiser, but Americans will be getting the Tundra full-size pickup, reportedly arriving in late 2021. And as often happens these days, pictures of what appears to be the new truck have leaked on Instagram.

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While this is our “best look” so far at the new Tundra, there’s not too much we can glean from the low-quality photos. Toyota is not radically rethinking conventional pickup truck body-design, a la the Cybertruck. The truck has the front and rear LED lighting one would anticipate on a modern truck. There may be some form of a light bar beneath the Toyota grille emblem.

Toyota enthusiasts love the Tundra for its off-road capability and build quality. But for a broader audience, the Tundra is ancient — especially by the standards of the hyper-competitive American full-size truck segment. The second-generation Tundra went into production 14 years ago; in comparison, Ford has released a new F-150 three times during that span.

What changes are in store? Reports suggest the Tundra will be switching from a V8 to a twin-turbo V6; the current version, which gets 14 mpg combined in 4×4 spec, is one of the least environmentally-friendly vehicles one can buy. There should be many ride quality and safety improvements from moving to a new, more advanced truck platform. Toyota was also conspicuously hiding something about the Tundra’s rear axle and suspension during testing. Expect to find out all the answers in 2021.

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This Land Rover-Esque Off-Roader Could Get a Futuristic Powertrain, Thanks to Hyundai

Hyundai, reportedly, has been monitoring the off-roader space for a potential Land Cruiser rival. Meanwhile, British company Ineos announced that it will build the Grenadier — essentially, a modernized version of the old Land Rover Defender. Now, the two companies have announced a partnership that could yield exciting developments for future off-roaders.

The two companies are partnering, specifically, on hydrogen fuel cell powerplants. Ineos, primarily a chemical company, knows how to manufacture hydrogen. Hyundai, which has a modular hydrogen fuel cell system used in the Nexo crossover, knows how to use hydrogen in vehicles; part of their agreement will be testing Hyundai’s fuel cell system for use in the Grenadier, which is on track to start production in late 2021.

Hydrogen power would give the Grenadier a raison d’etre beyond, y’know, being an expensive vehicle that sort of looks like the modern Defender Land Rover won’t build. But it also could prevent an existential crisis for the brand; they’ll need an alternative to their current gas and diesel powertrains soon, as Britain plans to outlaw sales of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030.

Partnering with a chemical manufacturer on this makes sense for Hyundai. The hurdles for potential widespread use of hydrogen as a fuel source are production-related; hydrogen needs to be extracted, stored and transported easily and cheaply, none of which are simple tasks. And the infrastructure for doing all three must scale up dramatically if it’s to become a viable fuel for mainstream vehicles; the number of hydrogen fuel stations in the U.S. sits in double digits right now, and nearly all of them are in California.

It’s not clear what Hyundai’s plans are for hydrogen on the passenger vehicle front, and whether those plans might include an off-roader fuel cell powertrain that could also work in a yet-to-be-confirmed Hyundai Land Cruisier rival. Hyundai, we should note, just launched Ioniq as a standalone electric brand. But even if battery-electric vehicles make less sense for passenger vehicles, hydrogen is still likely to play a key role in long-haul trucking, airlines and shipping.

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Enter to Win This Rare Honda Civic Type R and Help Black Colleges Thrive

The Honda Civic Type R is a wonder of an affordable performance machine, delivering Porsche-like thrills and family-car utility at a Honda-worthy price. Still, unless your last name is “Bezos,” forking over close to $40K on a car is still the sort of decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Luckily for those of us who didn’t create Amazon, however, you now have a great chance to snag one of these with a much smaller outlay of cash — and help out a great cause in the process.

That said, even if you have a Civic Type R or a garage full of other goodies, you might want to consider trying to snag this lemony fresh Honda. Because this isn’t any Type R; it’s the very first production copy of the new-and-exclusive-for-2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition.

Only 600 Limited Editions will be made, each distinguishing itself from the rest of the refreshed models by coming correct with lightweight BBS forged alloy wheels, extra-grippy Michelin Cup 2 tires, reprogrammed active dampers and steering, the removal of 28 pounds of sound-deadening material — and, of course, that eye-catching Phoenix Yellow paint job, which only comes on the Limited Edition.

Honda itself is teaming up with Omaze to offer this ride up for raffle, with the goal of helping to raise money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This non-profit works to support historically Black colleges across America; 47 different schools receive aid from the fund, which enables them to offer career placement opportunities, scholarships, research partnerships and many more ways to help students advance their lives.

And if you needed another reason to enter this raffle, well, we’ve got a humdinger of one for you: if you enter between now and November 29th, as part of Omaze’s Black Friday promotion, you can get 300 extra entries by using the code UNWRAP300 at checkout.

Wait, why are you still reading this? Go enter to win this darn car and help out a great cause, already.

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Ford’s New Electric SUV Will Crush Tesla on Price, Thanks to Rebates

Back in 2016, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The headline promise was that it would be much more affordable than the existing Model S and Model X, with an eventual base price of $35,000. While the Model 3 has been a tremendous success, Tesla didn’t quite hit that target until 2019 — when, in order to hit that target, they started offering a seriously stripped-down Model 3 to meet it. (And as it turns out, that $35K Model 3 is no longer available).

On the other hand, Ford, a company Elon Musk predicted would go bankrupt, will hit the $35,000 threshold off the bat with the all-new Mustang Mach E — if you live in California. According to Cars Direct, the Mach-E will be eligible for more than $11,000 worth of combined federal and state incentives in the Golden State.

The Mach-E’s base price is $43,995. Ford vehicles, unlike Tesla, are still eligible to earn a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Mach E can also receive a $2,000 credit under California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate (CVRP) and another $1,500 under a new clean fuel award. Those incentives bring the effective base price to just $32,995.

It’s not just the Californians who’ll benefit from great prices. Residents from states like Colorado and New Jersey will see similar effective base prices for the Mach-E, thanks to state tax credits and rebates. And what with the new presidential administration expected to make a push for EVs a big initiative, we could see added incentives soon. That carrot to help bring EV prices in line with gasoline vehicles is bound to be more popular than the stick of taxing polluting cars.

We should note that the Tesla Model 3 is eligible for the same $3,500 in California credits. That brings the effective price, currently starting at $37,990, below the $35,000 threshold. That said, that’s still more than the base Mach E would cost. Besides, the more apt comparison may be to Tesla’s Model Y crossover, which starts at just under $50,000.

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The Best Used Car Bargains of Black Friday

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Black Friday is one of the best times to buy all sorts of amazing products — but you might not realize it’s also one of the best times of year to pick up a car. With more than 1.8 million vehicles currently on sale in the United States, there are plenty of options. Which used car will give you the best deal? A new iSeeCars.com study determined the used cars likely to receive the biggest discounts over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Check out the SUVs, trucks, and cars that should get the best deals below, along with their average Black Friday savings.

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Nissan Murano

Savings: 6.3%

Dollar Savings: $1,503

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Dodge Journey

Savings: 6.1%

Dollar Savings: $1,015

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Subaru Forester

Subaru Crosstrek

Savings: 5.8%

Dollar Savings: $1,272

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Nissan Pathfinder

Savings: 5.8%

Dollar Savings: $1,252

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GMC Sierra 1500

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Savings: 5.1%

Dollars Savings: $1,771

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Nissan Versa

Savings: 8.9%

Dollar Savings: $984

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Kia Forte

Savings: 7.5%

Dollar Savings: $914

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Nissan Sentra

Savings: 7.2%

Dollar Savings: $933

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BMW’s New Performance Beast Is the Most Powerful Giant SUV You Can Buy

BMW’s full-size flagship SUV, the X7, is the largest Bimmer ever made. Thus far, the Bavarian manufacturer has not put out a performance X7 M version (or, sadly, a production model of the motorcycle-toting pickup concept it whipped up). But now, BMW’s alternate performance-tuner Alpina is stepping into that breach with the XB7. And unlike many Alpina models, we’ll be able to buy it in the United States.

The specs of the 2021 Alpina XB7 specs are competitive with many super sports cars. Alpina supes up the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 to 612 horsepower — an 89-hp jump from the previously top-tier BMW X7 M50i — and 590 lb-ft of torque. That’s nine more horsepower than Mercedes-AMG’s closest equivalent, the AMG GLS 63. The XB7 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.0 seconds and achieve a top speed of 180 mph.

Alpina-specific mods include a more firmly-tuned suspension that can lower the ride height by up to 1.6 inches in Sport+ mode or above 155 mph, a customizable Alpina exhaust system and an Alpina-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. If so inclined, you can fit your XB7 with 23-inch wheels and specially tailored XB7 tires from Pirelli, the tire manufacturer for Formula 1.

As you would expect, this won’t be a cheap vehicle. The Alpina XB7 will start at $141,300, more than $40,000 more than the BMW x7 M50i. It’s significantly more than the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, which starts at $132,100.

BMW will begin accepting orders for the Alpina XB7 this month. Deliveries will begin in September 2020.

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Here’s the Basically-Brand-New Toyota FJ Cruiser You’ve Been Dreaming Of

Toyota discontinued the FJ Cruiser in the U.S. market after 2014. The boxy off-roader, which was designed a nod to the iconic FJ40 Land Cruiser, was quirky, interesting and capable; but Toyota also had the equally rugged, cooler-looking, more spacious and legitimately four-doored 4Runner that would appeal to more buyers, leaving the retro-styled FJ as something of an outlier.

These days, however, the FJ Cruiser does have a small but formidable enthusiast community that has kept the drum beating for the three-wipered stallion on the used market. If you count yourself among them, and your greatest desire would be getting your hands on a brand-new FJ Cruiser, you really shou;d check out this one that popped up for auction on Cars & Bids.

It’s a 2014 model year version painted Iceberg White ,with a gray cloth interior. It only has 400 miles on it — in other words, it’s basically never been driven. It has a five-speed automatic instead of the manual gearbox, but, hey, no car is perfect.

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During their time with it, single owner added $6,200 worth of options, removed the roof rack…then stashed the FJ Cruiser in a climate-controlled garage and (almost literally it seems) never drove it. Even stranger, it was apparently leased. The owner leased it, then bought it after the lease, and yet never drove it. According to the seller, the owner bought it to replace a daily driver — a Toyota, we’re assuming — that never wound up dying.

How much will it cost you to score this mint FJ Cruiser? A lot. The bidding for it is already up to $37,000, with four days left to go on the auction. That’s already enough to buy a brand-new 4Runner.

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If VW Makes an Electric Hot Hatch, It Could Look a Lot Like This

You may not have heard of SEAT (pronounced say-at), a Spanish automaker owned by Volkswagen that does not sell cars in the U.S. You almost definitely have not heard of CUPRA, SEAT’s new performance brand that launched last year. But you should check out their latest model, the el-Born, an electric hot hatchback arriving in 2021. It may offer a preview of where VW is heading in the future.

Performance details for the el-Born remain scarce. CUPRA says it will use a 77kWh battery and projects about a 310-mile range. Presuming that figure refers to the NEDC measure, it might translate to somewhere between 200-250 miles of range on an EPA test. CUPRA also promises an acceleration time of 2.9-seconds, to 31 mph. No word on the standard 60 mph measure. Though the former time is far more relevant to real driving.

The el-Born will be very much a Volkswagen. CUPRA will build the el-Born on Volkswagen’s MEB platform that underpins VW’s new ID.3 electric hatchback. It also looks remarkably like someone made a more menacing, performance-oriented version of the ID.3. Swap in a VW logo and the el-Born could look like an ID.3 R or, with some red lipstick, an ID.3 GTI.

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VW has not confirmed it is making an electric hot hatch, but there has been some reporting that an ID.3 R could launch in 2024. Per that reporting, VW’s hesitance over building one was whether there would be a market for it. If they were unsure, testing the market for a hot electric hatchback with one of the sub-brands would be a rational way to find out.

Even if Volkswagen does build an eventual electric hot hatch, it’s not so certain that Americans will get it. The broader American public has sworn off hatchbacks, which is why the ID.3 and the Mk8 Golf won’t be coming stateside. Driving enthusiasts do still love hatchbacks, which is why the U.S. will get the Mk 8 GTI. But whether those enthusiasts would embrace an electric car remains to be seen. It’s worth noting VW did not attempt to bring the GTE plug-in hybrid stateside.

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Honda’s New Civic Is Made for the Youths (But Adults Will Dig It Too)

Honda has sold more than 12 million Civics in the United States since it arrived here nearly 50 years ago. The compact car has become ubiquitous for good reasons: it’s affordable, consistently excellent at what it does, and offers ample versatility with multiple body styles and two performance versions, the Civic Si and the Civic Type R.

Other automakers have abandoned the small passenger car market for crossovers. But the Civic remains a vital car for Honda. The company sells more than 300,000 of them per year, and those customers often stick around next time out and buy CR-Vs and Pilots. So you can bet the brand isn’t going to half-ass a new version

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Honda unveiled a “prototype” version of the 11th generation 2022 Civic sedan on November 17th, Since the car is due to arrive in late spring 2021, we can presume it’s at or near the full production version. (In case there was any doubt Honda was targeting millennial and Gen-Z buyers with the Civic, the reveal happened at 10 pm EST on a school night, co-hosted by someone who goes by “MonsterDface” on Twitch.)

What can we tell you about the new Civic? Well, not a whole lot right now. The prototype is painted in a new, presumably youth-friendly orange color, Solar Flare Pearl. Honda says it sports a “fresh, sporty and upscale look,” which to our eye seems to borrow a lot from the Accord. Honda has ruled out having an all-wheel-drive version in the works, which you can get on the rival Mazda3. Civic Si and Type R versions will also be coming.

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Practical questions you probably have about powertrains, pricing and which, if any, Civic variants will offer a manual transmission will wait for another day. But judging from the awesome tenth-generation car, we can predict the next Civic will be pretty damn good.

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Jeep’s New V8 Wrangler Is Here to Kick the Ford Bronco’s Ass

Back in July, Jeep tried to steal some of Ford’s thunder by announcing the V8 Wrangler 392 concept on the Bronco launch date. That concept is no longer just a concept, however; it’s set to become a reality. Early next year, we’ll see the arrival of the production 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. It’s the first Wrangler V8 since the CJ-7 had one in the 1980s.

If you wanted a more powerful Wrangler, Jeep has you covered. The “392” stands for cubic inches and references this Jeep’s new engine, FCA’s 6.4-liter V8. (It’s the same engine found in the Durango SRT.) That plant will put out 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and propel the Wrangler 392 from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a 40 percent jump over the V6 Wrangler Rubicon. You won’t get a manual transmission — Jeep is giving it an eight-speed automatic — but you will get performance shifting technology from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The 392 is still a Wrangler, and still a Rubicon, which means it will still be an off-road beast. It’s getting a two-inch factory lift over the standard Wrangler, heavy-duty wide track Dana 44 axles, and an upgraded chassis to deal with the added power. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 will have 10.3 inches of ground clearance, wade through 32.5 inches of water and have 44.5-degree approach, 22.6-degree breakover and 37.5-degree departure angles. (Those specs are a slight downgrade from the concept, which ran on 37-inch mud-terrain tires.)

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Visually, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 swaps the standard Rubicon’s red accents for bronze, and will also have bronze wheels. You will also be able to distinguish it from lesser Jeeps by its massive front hood scoop.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a 2021 model year vehicle, and Jeep says it will arrive in the first quarter of 2021. This new Wrangler, along with the new plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe, gives Jeep two ground-breaking off-roaders that will hit dealers before the Ford Bronco.

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GMC Is Giving the Canyon an Awesome Off-Road Upgrade to Battle Tacoma and Gladiator

The mid-size truck segment has become highly competitive, with capable off-roaders like the Toyota Tacoma, Jeep Gladiator and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 usually leading the discussion amongst those seeking a solid off-road truck. There’s the Ford Ranger and revamped versions of the Honda Ridgeline and, finally, the Nissan Frontier. One truck that often gets lost in the discussion, however is the GMC Canyon.

But GMC isn’t taking that lying down. Last year, GMC beefed up the Canyon lineup with an off-road-0oriented AT4 trim, which added features like a specially-tuned suspension, hill descent control and a locking rear differential. This year, GMC has announced it will add further upgrades to the 2021 model year AT4 — with the Off-Road Performance Edition.

The Off-Road Performance Edition improves the Canyon’s approach angle by more than 35 percent to about 30 degrees. GMC achieves this with a suspension leveling kit and by removing the front air dam. The package also enhances the Canyon’s exterior protection with rocker panel protectors and front and mid aluminum skid plates, and adds interior protection with floor liners and a spray-in bed liner.

Styling upgrades come with the Off-Road Performance Edition, as well. The package includes 17-inch gloss black wheels, Carbon Black AT4 logos and a gloss black performance exhaust tip.

The Off-Road Performance Edition should provide balance for the buyer that enjoys the premium GMC brand and luxury features, but also wants a more fun and trail capable mid-size truck. GMC has not revealed how much the Off-Road Performance Edition will cost yet; however, it should be available on 2021 model year Canyons later this year.

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Help a Great Cause by Trying to Win This Amazing Airstream Camper Van

Camper vans have had a better 2020 than most of us. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans than ever have been seeking out the isolated bliss of vacationing inside a rolling campsite, be it a travel trailer, an RV or a camper van. Of course, these relaxation and exploration machines can cost a pretty penny, as you might expect of a device that’s both transportation and living quarters. The Airstream Atlas, which is basically a rolling tiny house for two, costs around $250,000 — enough to buy an actual second home.

Luckily, there’s a way you can — potentially — snag one for far less, and help out a great cause in the process: enter to win this Airstream on Omaze.

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The Airstream Atlas in question is being raffled off to benefit First Descents, a not-for-profit organization that offers outdoor expeditions to young adults (basically, people from ages 18 to 39) who are suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions. Participants attend for free, and receive medical attention and custom care along the way, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of escaping into the great outdoors. (First Descents has also begun offering a Hero Recharge initiative, which provides access to the same sort of outdoor adventure programs for first responders battling the coronavirus pandemic.)

In case you’re wondering whether or not the Atlas will fit your lifestyle, well, here’s what you need to know: the Airstream Atlas is a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based touring coach that’s designed to be as luxurious as a camper van can get. Inside, there’s six and a half feet of headroom; once you’re parked, part of the driver’s side powers outwards, creating room for the couch to fold down into a comfortable bed without cramping up the interior.

In back, there’s a full bathroom, complete with separate shower, toilet and sink; between that and the living space lies a kitchen. And if that’s not enough room for you, the Atlas’s turbodiesel V6 means it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, so you can even tow an Airstream camping trailer behind you. (The winner also gets $20,000 cash, in addition to having the taxes and shipping paid for, so you could always use that to put towards a Bambi or a Basecamp.)

Oh, and to sweeten the deal even further: between now and 11/29, you can score an extra 300 entries by using the code UNWRAP300 at checkout. Consider it a Black Friday bonus.

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BMW’s New M5 Is Just a Little Better, But There Wasn’t Much to Improve Anyway

The current version of the BMW M5 is hardly in screaming need of an update. Three years into its life, it’s still one of the top sport sedans — perhaps the top sport sedan — on the market, delivering a nearly-unbeatable combination of speed, luxury and joie de conduire. (It’s also the best fun car you can buy for a payment of $1,500 per month.)

Still, BMW isn’t the sort to rest on its roundels. So with the regular 5 Series lineup receiving a mid-life refresh for the 2021 model year, it was inevitable that the M5 would see its own updates — whether it really needed them or not.

Don’t worry, all the good stuff you love about the current M5 isn’t going anywhere. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo still lies under the hood, making 600 horsepower in the regular M5 and 617 in the M5 Competition (and 553 lb-ft of torque in both); it’s still connected to an eight-speed automatic, which in turn is connected to a BMW M-tuned all-wheel-drive system with available RWD drift mode.

The only real difference on the performance front comes to the M5 Comp, which picks up recalibrated dampers and new shock absorbers for a little more ride comfort on the highway and a new Track setting that turns off not just the driver assistance features but also the stereo and the center console display, in order to minimize distractions. (The drive mode controls have all been centralized away from individual buttons to a touchscreen menu, as well, à la the BMW M8.)

Inside, every new M5 benefits from a larger touchscreen infotainment display (bumped up to 12.3 inches from 10.3) that now offers wireless Android Auto in addition to (blessedly standard and free) wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as cloud-based navigation. There’s also some mild changes to the upholstery, including bi-color leather choices and Alcantara inserts for the M5 Competition.

The most notable changes are on the outside, where the 2021 BMW M5 scores the same mild design changes as the regular 2021 5er. The kidney grilles are larger (though thankfully not M4 large) and the headlights and taillights are thinner, with a revised front and rear fascia to further the differences between the newest M5 and its forbears. The brake calipers now offer a choice of glossy black or red paint, while three new paint colors — Tanzanite Blue II metallic, Aventurine Red II metallic and Frozen Bluestone metallic matte — join the lineup.

The best part? These improvements barely change the price. The 2021 BMW M5 starts at $103,500, while the 2021 M5 Competition starts at $111,100 — increases of $700 and $1,100 over the 2020 versions, respectively. The facelifted versions hit U.S. showrooms this August.

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Harley-Davidson’s Great-Looking New E-Bikes Are Here…and They’re Pricey

Harley-Davidson recently announced it was creating a new stand-alone eBike brand, Serial1, named after Harley-Davidson’s first motorcycle. The teaser concept, taking vintage styling cues from that original Serial1 motorbike, was one of the best-looking e-bikes we’ve ever seen. Now, Serial1 has unveiled its full lineup, which is more modern and practical looking than the teaser bike. It’s also a bit pricey.

The base model bike will be the Mosh/CTY, which Serial1 calls “the ultimate urban playbike.” It will start at $3,399, and have a 35-to-105-mile range with its 529-watt-hour battery, depending on drive mode. It will have a top speed of 20 mph and charge fully in 4.75 hours. It will also be the lightest of the bikes, weighing 48.3 pounds.

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The step-up will be the Rush/CTY, coming in three versions. The cheapest will be the Rush/CTY Step-Thru, starting at $4,399. It will have the same battery and top speed as the Mosh/CTY with a 30–90-mile range. It will be the most accessible of the Serial1 bikes with an easy step-through frame.

The Rish/CTY, available for $4,499, is what Serial1 terms “the sophisticated commuter.” It upgrades to a larger 706-Wh battery, offers a 35–115-mile range and takes 6.6 hours to charge fully. The top tier is the Rush/CTY Speed, which has the same battery as the Rush/CTY but has a top speed bumped up to 28 mph.

Serial1 plans to deliver the Mosh/CTY, Rush/CTY Step-Thru and Rush/CTY in the spring of 2021, with the Rush/CTY Speed following in the summer. You can pre-order the bikes now on Serial1.com. Serial1 will sell the bikes online, at select Harley-Davidson dealers and at other dealerships.

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Act Fast and Order Puma’s Limited-Run Porsche 911 Turbo Sneakers

Iconic German brands Porsche and Puma have collaborated on a limited run of sneakers inspired by the iconic 911 Turbo sports car. Consider them the ultimate reasonably-affordable gift for the Porsche enthusiast; after all, that breathtaking custom Singer air-cooled 911 will be out of most buyers’ price range.

The Puma designs celebrate eight different 911 Turbo models, spanning from the Type 930 introduced in 1975 to the current 992-generation model that debuted in 2020. Each shoe incorporates period-specific 911 Turbo paint colors, rear-wings, light bars, interiors and body lines into each sneaker’s design. Shoes referencing air-cooled 911 Turbos of yore use Puma’s 1970s-inspired Future Rider as the base sneaker; modern water-cooled 911 Turbos get the sleek, motorsport-inspired Speedcat as the base.

These limited-edition Porsche/Puma shoes will be available for sale on both the Porsche Design and Puma websites for $150. They will also sell at Puma’s flagship store in NYC as well as Porsche Design and Porsche Experience Centers.

Porsche Design’s website is holding a special pre-release event on Monday November 16th at exactly 12:00 EST. But you will have to act quickly — or to be more specific, 911 Turbo quickly. Porsche says it’s going to be the “world’s fastest” pre-order event, with the window lasting 2.7 seconds, a nod to the 0-60-mph acceleration time for the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Sneakers not your thing? Perhaps you’re a Mercedes, BMW or Toyota enthusiast and not that into Porsche? Well, check out our best gifts for car lovers for some alternative ideas.

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The Best Winter Motorcycle Gloves You Can Buy

November is here, but even if you don’t live down in those southern states where the shorter days of the year mean amenable temperatures, there’s no reason to pack your motorcycle away for the winter. So long as the roads are free of snow, there’s no reason to stop riding: after all, the bike doesn’t care how cold it is, and if you bundle up with the proper winter riding gear, you won’t, either.

Of course, while a helmet and a thick jacket are requirements for motorcycling basically all the time, cold weather definitely demands a specific pair of one type of gear: winter riding gloves. Your hands are out there leading the charge into the air when you’re riding; add in the fact that they’re among the first body parts to get chilly in normal circumstances, and you have a recipe for pain if you don’t gear up accordingly.

Take heart, however: any of the following winter motorcycle gloves will help your hands stay cozy all through the cold months.

Joe Rocket Rocket Leather Burner Heated Gloves

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$179.99

If you’re really worried about keeping your hands warm, a heated glove might be the way to go. This pair offers three heat seatings, and can keep dispensing warmth for up to four hours.  

Joe Rocket Sub Zero Motorcycle Gloves

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$34.95

If you just need something a little more simple, the 100-gram Thinsulate insulation beneath the windproof / waterproof shell and midliner of these should do you just fine. 

Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves

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$89.95

Alpinestars is among the most-trusted names in motorcycle gear, with good reason. Their Drystars are, well, stars at keeping your hands dry; they’re super-breathable, as well, and pack plenty of armor and reinforcement for better grip and protection. 

Fly Racing Street Aurora Gloves

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$64.95

Not only are these gloves windproof, waterproof and breathable, they also offer touchscreen compatibility, making it easier to fiddle with your phone when you come to a stop. 

REV’IT! Boxxer 2 H2O Gloves

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$109.99

Elegant goatskin and suede teams up with hardshell knuckles and foam padding to create a glove so classy, you could practically wear it around town. 

Essential Winter Motorcycle Gear for Cold Weather Rides

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From the helmet and top layers to toasty heated base layers, these are some of the essentials you’ll want when you ride through the coldest months of the year.

Olympia C4 Thermolite Liner Gloves

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$16.99

Sometimes, a simple liner can be all you need to take your gloves to the next level of warmth. If that’s the case, well, these affordable ones are ready and waiting.

Joe Rocket Windchill Gloves

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$84.99

With a sandwich of 100-gram Thinsulate inside, waterproof lining in the middle and drum-dyed cowhide leather on the outside to keep your hands warm and dry, you won’t find much to complain about with these winter gloves. 

Klim Caribou Mittens

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$109.99

Gloves are great, but sometimes, you need a full-throated mitten to keep your hands warm. What these Klims lack in features you’d find in advanced motorcycle gloves, they more than make up for in toastiness, thanks to Gore-Tex and 500 grams of insulation.

REV’IT! Kryptonite 2 GTX Gloves

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$159.99

If you went crazy, then they would still call you super-shopper for choosing these gloves — at least if you’re looking for great short-cuff winter riding gloves packing goatskin leather, Gore-Tex weatherproofing and a tri-fleece liner.

Dainese Tempest D-Dry Short Gloves

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$99.95

Odds are good you know the name Dainese. These short-gauntlet winter gloves will remind you why the name is so well-known, what with everything from CE certification to touchscreen compatibility and a visor cleaner on the left thumb.

The Best Winter and Snow Tires You Can Buy

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We picked the best tires to help you stay mobile through the winter months.

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Rivian’s Exciting Electric Pickup and SUV Are Even Cheaper Than We Thought

Well-funded EV startup Rivian has two of the coolest (and most capable-looking) electric vehicles we expect to see anytime soon arriving next year: the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV. Now, the company has confirmed details about the launch dates and prices for the two vehicles — and the R1S and R1T are going to be cheaper than we thought.

Rivian will start deliveries of the R1T Launch Edition in June 2021, with the R1S reaching the streets in August 2021. The R1T pickup will begin at $75,000 before the federal tax credit, while the R1S will start at $77,500. Both vehicles will offer 300-plus miles of range in that configuration and offer fancy features like a panoramic roof and an upgraded adventure/off-roading package.

More affordable versions of the two vehicles will arrive in January 2022. They will have the same 300-plus mile range, but miss out on some of the fancy features; you may have to manually close your tonneau cover. Those will start at $67,500 for the R1T and $70,000 for the R1S, lower than the $69,000 and $72,000 figures first mentioned. Long range 400-mile and short range 250-mile versions should be forthcoming.

Rivals like the Bollinger B1 / B2 and the GMC Hummer EV will be launching in the same general timeframe, but the Rivian R1S and R1T launch editions will be a good bit less expensive. And as a bonus to prospective buyers, Rivian announced that its appropriately-named Driver+ hands-free driving technology will come standard on all of its vehicles. (Tesla’s comparable “Autopilot” technology is an $8,000 option.)

Rivian is currently taking $1,000 refundable deposits for the R1T and R1S on its website. The company’s online configurator goes live on November 16 for deposit holders and on November 23 for the rest of us.

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The New Subaru BRZ May Get a Performance Feature Found in Porsches and Ferraris

The long-awaited second-generation Subaru BRZ arrives very soon — on Nov. 18 to be precise. Subaru has released a teaser video over its social media outlets; hidden within is a very brief snippet in the full video on Subaru’s website that appears to show the rear wheel of the new BRZ turning in as it rounds a corner. In other words, this clip would seem to suggest the BRZ will be getting a feature found on much fancier sports cars like the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 812 Superfast: rear-wheel steering.

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Rear wheel steering, as the name implies, brings the rear wheels into the turning process. They turn in slightly in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds, allowing the car to turn more tightly. On a big sedan, rear-wheel steering makes it more agile in a parking lot; in a car like the BRZ, it would mean even sharper and more precise cornering.

We can’t confirm that Subaru added the feature yet, much less whether it will be standard or optional. But it seems like a logical feature for the new BRZ to receive to distinguish it from its first-gen predecessor.

Details about the new BRZ are scarce, though what we’ve read does not suggest a radical overhaul. Our money is on the BRZ using a modified version of the current platform. And while the rumored replacement engine is Subaru’s larger 2.4-liter boxer four engine, it’s unsure whether that engine will be turbocharged. A 250-ish horsepower turbo BRZ would fit below the new, alleged-300-hp base WRX within Subaru’s lineup; however, it would present a problem for Toyota and its 86 twin, which needs to slot below the 255-hp four-pot Supra.

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BMW Is Building the M3 Wagon of Our Dreams, But There’s a Catch

To paraphrase the company itself, BMW has owned the world with a mic drop extraordinaire. The company has confirmed that it will build an M3 Touring — the long-rumored, greatly anticipated station wagon version of the M3.

It’s a move that instantly excited car enthusiasts the world over: BMW’s ultimate driving machine, getting the ultimate body style. But if you’re getting your hopes up about buying one in America…well, we have bad news. BMW North America has already confirmed to Road & Track that there are no plans to bring the M3 Touring to the United States.

On the one hand, that’s not surprising. It would have been more shocking if BMW were bringing it to America. For U.S. buyers, crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks have largely supplanted station wagons and sedans as the vehicles of choice. Indeed, BMW has direct experience with disappointing wagon sales; the company killed off the 3 Series wagon in North America after 2018 for that exact reason.

That said, there’s evidence that affluent buyers do like station wagons. Both Audi and Mercedes have wagons available in the U.S. — the RS6 Avant and AMG E 63 S wagon. However, both of those are 600-horsepower-plus monsters with six-figure pricetags — not rivals to the M3, which will have around 475-500 horsepower and likely cost around $70,000.

Wagon-philic sentiment is no doubt high among the niche performance buyers who flock to the M3. Earlier this year, BMW’s national dealer forum chairman called for BMW to bring over a sporty wagon to the U.S. market. For now, however, American buyers who want an M3 Touring need to either plot a move to Europe, or check back when they’re legal to import…in 2047.

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