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Kia India trial production to commence on January 29 - 30 Jul 2019 02:35

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<p id="MainContent_ctl00_IntroText" class="text-justify" itemprop="description All-new Kia SP2 SUV is set to hit Indian showrooms by August 2019; will rival the Creta, Kicks and the Harrier.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div readability=" 62.290438965725="" <p=""> Kia Motors India is all set to begin trial production of its first model, the SP2 SUV (showcased as the SP Concept at the 2018 Auto Expo) at its brand new Ananthapur plant located in Andhra Pradesh.&nbsp;The event will see presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the Ambassador of The Republic of Korea to India, H.E. Shin Bongkil, along with other Kia leadership.</p>
<p> Kia plans to improve upon its production efficiency over the course of the trial production run and hopes to commence mass production by mid-2019. Its new plant has a capacity of 3,00,000 units per annum. They claim that during the first phase of production, 90 percent of the vehicles produced will be for the domestic market and only 10 percent will be for export. Kia Motors India will employ 3,000 people at its Anantapur plant and will gradually ramp-up production starting with 1,00,000 units in the first year in a single shift and growing to 2,00,000 and 3,00,000 units in the second and third year, over two and three shifts, respectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p> After the introduction of the SP2 SUV, Kia aims to quickly introduce other models as well in order to strengthen its presence in the Indian market. Kia has also said that it is studying the Indian market and will select products from the expansive Kia portfolio so as to launch models most relevant to the Indian market. It aims to introduce the second model by Auto Expo 2020.</p>
<p> <strong>NISHMANYA BAHADUR</strong></p>
<p> <b>Also see:</b></p>
<p> <strong>Kia’s third made-for-India model to be a cross-hatch</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Kia&nbsp;SP SUV to get sporty turbo-petrol variant</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Kia&nbsp;SP Concept SUV could launch with BS-IV engines</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Production-spec&nbsp;Kia&nbsp;SP Concept to be feature-loaded</strong></p>
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Source: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/kia-india-trial-production-to-commence-on-january-29-411207

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Mitsubishi ASX - 27 Jul 2019 02:05

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<h2>Exterior</h2>
<div class="fast_facts &lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt; Adopts Dynamic Shield styling&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; New front and rear bumpers with LED lamp clusters&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; Looks like a mini version of the Montero Sport&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; 18-inch wheels&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; Two new colors: Diamond Red and Oak Brown&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;For a model that’s 10 years old, the Mitsubishi ASX looks surprisingly fresh, at least as far as the front section of the crossover is concerned. &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi/index68.html" title="Mitsubishi Mitsubishi] deserves a lot of credit for adopting its “Dynamic Shield” design language on the ASX. Other automakers run the risk of making its entire lineup look identical, but Mitsubishi doesn’t have that problem, in part because it’s not as visible as it once was in the market. It can skirt aesthetic convention the way other automakers can’t.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We see that on full display in the front section of the ASX where everything forward of the A-pillar is completely brand new. That includes the headlamp design and the more imposing front grille with the large Mitsubishi crest in the middle. The 2020 ASX also benefits from a new LED setup on the cheeks of the section. It’s a lot bigger than the one on the previous ASX and the stacked look helps establish a level of masculinity that its predecessor lacked completely.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 11="" <p="">
<em>The protruding panels that sit between the headlamps and the LEDs are still there, but the overall shape of the bumper has changed dramatically, too. The lower section, in particular, is completely horizontal now.</em>
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<p>The underbody cladding doesn’t protrude on it anymore as it did in the previous iteration of the ASX. The cladding is still there, though, minding its own business at the bottom of the bumper. I’ll admit that it’s a nice look to the ASX. It doesn’t jump off the page but given that this model is 10 years old, you take anything that resembles something “new” out of it. This design is “new” for the ASX and Mitsubishi should count this as a victory in it of itself.</p>
<figure class="spip_documents spip_documents_center ressource oembed oembed_video oembed_youtube &lt;figcaption&gt; &lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;&lt;p&gt;Unfortunately, it’s hard to say the same thing about the ASX’s side and rear profiles. The side remains virtually unchanged, which isn’t really so much of a bad thing as it is an irrelevant thing. I was hoping for a few changes in the use of character lines to reshape the crossover’s body, but there’s nothing noticeably different there. Even the crossover’s length — 4,365 mm (171.8 inches) — remains the same. The only solace in this area of the ASX is how the changes in the front section spill into the side. At the very least, you can tell see — and notice — the new headlamps and the chunky intakes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 8="" <p="">
<em>The rear section is a different story altogether. It is, hands down, the worst-looking area of the 2020 ASX.</em>
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<p>There are some noticeable changes, too, particularly in the rear bumper where the underbody cladding occupies more space than it probably should. This has functional benefits, sure, but visually, it looks like an eyesore. The shape of the taillamps remains largely the same and props to Mitsubishi for using new LEDs there, too. But the redesigned bumper with the fake intakes on opposite ends is too much. At the very least, they’re unnecessary. At worst, they have no business being there. It makes the 2020 ASX’s rear section look messy and cluttered.</p>
<p>Overall, Mitsubishi accomplished what it set out to do with the 2020 ASX’s exterior. The goal was to give it a fresh look without having to change the design of the crossover. Mitsubishi did a great job of that in the front and less so in the side and rear of the ASX. The result is a crossover that touts a new era of design while still keeping pieces of its old identity in place. It’s not something that I would do, but then again, there’s a reason I’m not an auto designer. Mitsubishi believes that the 2020 ASX will appeal to a new batch of buyers looking for a cheap crossover that looks like it’s of this day and age. In some ways, it is. In other ways, it isn’t. I suppose it’s on us to take what we can get and run away with it.</p>
<h2>Interior</h2>
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<li> New 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen</li>
<li> Tom-Tom navigation in Dynamic trim</li>
<li> Surprisingly comfortable seats</li>
<li> Decent cargo room</li>
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<p>Prepare to be disappointed if you’re expecting wholesale changes to the interior of the 2020 <a class="_auto" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi-asx/ke3613.html" title="Mitsubishi ASX Mitsubishi ASX]. While there are upgrades — the 8.0-inch infotainment system is a level-up from its predecessor — there aren’t that many of them to count in the grand scheme of things. I suppose setting your expectations low on the ASX’s interior is a good thing. There’s no expectation that you’re going to see anything that counts as splashy or luxurious. That should be the approach because the ASX’s interior remains simple and even sensibly arranged. A lot of the same components return in the 2020 model. The three rotary knobs that control the cabin’s temperature are still there in their proper place. The 2020 ASX also comes with the same instrument cluster and steering wheel. The door buttons are in there proper place, too. Outside of the larger infotainment screen, the only noticeable change is the gear shifter mechanism. Some of you might not even notice it, even if it’s not that big of a deal in the first place.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 7="" <p=""><em>Build quality is what you’d expect from Mitsubishi. There’s plastic everywhere, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.</em></a></p>
<a class="_auto" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi-asx/ke3613.html" title="Mitsubishi ASX Mitsubishi ASX]. While there are upgrades — the 8.0-inch infotainment system is a level-up from its predecessor — there aren’t that many of them to count in the grand scheme of things. I suppose setting your expectations low on the ASX’s interior is a good thing. There’s no expectation that you’re going to see anything that counts as splashy or luxurious. That should be the approach because the ASX’s interior remains simple and even sensibly arranged. A lot of the same components return in the 2020 model. The three rotary knobs that control the cabin’s temperature are still there in their proper place. The 2020 ASX also comes with the same instrument cluster and steering wheel. The door buttons are in there proper place, too. Outside of the larger infotainment screen, the only noticeable change is the gear shifter mechanism. Some of you might not even notice it, even if it’s not that big of a deal in the first place.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 7="" <p=""> <p>You can opt to jazz up the proceedings with a few chrome trims here and there, but you’ll have to spend a little extra on these visual updates. The seats are comfortable, somewhat surprisingly. They’re plushier than you’d expect, though they’re not as supportive as you’d like, especially if you’re taking corners at higher-than-usual speeds. Even if you struggle getting comfortable in the seats — a problem for tall folks — all versions of the ASX feature height-adjustable seats. Even better, the range-topping ASX Dynamic adds a little modernity to the equation with a four-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat. Legroom space is adequate in the front and especially in the rear where the raised front seats open up more space underneath for those long legs to stretch.</p>
<figure class="spip_documents spip_documents_center ressource oembed oembed_video oembed_youtube &lt;figcaption&gt; &lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;&lt;p&gt;There’s not much of a rear screen at the back, but the good thing is that all versions of the 2020 ASX are equipped with rear-facing cameras as a standard feature. Cargo volume adds up to 14.4 cubic feet when all the seats are up and 42 cubic feet when the split-folding rear seats are flat. Those are decent numbers for a crossover of the ASX’s size. Some rivals like the &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/toyota/index99.html" title="Toyota Toyota] C-HR have more space available — 19 cubic feet — when the rear seats are up and less space — 36.4 cubic feet — when the rear seats are flat on the floor. Other rivals offer the opposite. The Mazda CX-3 has less cargo space — 12.4 cubic feet — than the ASX when the seats are up but more space — 44.5 cubic feet — when the rear seats are folded. The point is that the 2020 ASX isn’t at a disadvantage here. Besides, the ASX offers an extra 1.05 cubic feet of space in the underfloor storage area. That’s big enough to fit a piece of small luggage or two.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The tech side of things is where Mitsubishi usually falls flat. Happily, that’s not the case with the 2020 ASX.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 12="" <p="">
<em>It’s not necessarily loaded with all the latest in technological offerings, but it does boast a handful of useful features. The aforementioned infotainment screen, for example, is compatible with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.</em>
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<p>Opt for the range-topping ASX Dynamic and Mitsubishi will throw in a TomTom navigation bundle. The infotainment screen itself is surprisingly easy to use. It’s very responsive and the big icons on the screen reduce driver confusion, especially when he’s driving. Climate and cruise control also come standard in the crossover.</p>
<p>All told, the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX’s interior is what you’d expect out of it if you keep your expectations where they’re supposed to be. The quality is decent. Space is adequate. And the layout, while a bit too old, doesn’t deviate away from what has worked in the past.</p>
<h2>Drivetrain</h2>
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<li> New 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine</li>
<li> 148 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque</li>
<li> FWD or AWD</li>
<li> Five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission</li>
<li> 0 to 62 mph: 10.2 seconds (five-speed manual) / 12.2 seconds (six-speed automatic)</li>
<p>If you’re looking for a dent in the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX’s armor, all you need to do is pop the engine open. Inside sits a new 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The figures are fine and in line with what you can expect from a crossover with some age on it. The more important question is this: could Mitsubishi have supplied a bigger, if not more modern, engine? A naturally aspired four-cylinder unit? It’s 2019, Mitsubishi.</p>
<blockquote readability="2 &lt;tr readability=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/skoda/index93.html" title="Skoda Skoda] Karoq — all feature turbocharged engines. They don’t have to worry about scrapping for power, specifically low in the rev range because the turbochargers are there to do their jobs. The ASX, on the other hand, doesn’t have that luxury.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I suppose there are some ways around it, but, unfortunately, these ways: aren’t available on the ASX. The engine itself can get obnoxiously loud on certain occasions, and while a manual transmission works well on a sports car, the same can’t be said on a modestly powered crossover that doesn’t have a turbocharger to rely on. The six-speed CVT transmission is the better option, though that’s only because there’s no other option available. Mitsubishi’s CVT transmissions are known for being clunkers and you get the feeling that the Japanese automaker didn’t do anything to change that narrative.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;table class=" t-table"="" 4="" <th="">
Engine 2-liter, naturally aspirated, four cylinders Power 148 horsepower Torque 144 pound-feet 0-62 mph (manual) 10.2 seconds 0-62 mph (automatic) 12.2 seconds
<p>All of this translates to a crossover that could have turned out better if Mitsubishi didn’t cut any corners in this section. It’s an admittedly harsh thing to say, but would you have expected anything less from a model that’s well past its “best by” label? Performance numbers are decent, but they won’t blow you away, either. The front-wheel drive ASX with the five-speed manual can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 118 mph. Meanwhile, the four-wheel drive ASX with the six-speed CVT transmission can cover the same ground in 12.2 seconds. If there is a silver lining to the 2020 ASX’s power and performance numbers, it’s that they’re actually not that bad when you see them on paper. It’s achieving these results in the real world that’s problematic.</p>
<blockquote readability="8 &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;Even if you can get past the bland power and performance returns, the crossover’s chassis and suspension setup isn’t a cause for celebration, either.&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;That’s not to say that the setup is terrible. It’s not. The front McPherson struts and the multilink rear setup do their jobs when the roads are smooth. It’s when the surface gets choppy that the ride becomes uneven, bordering on uncomfortable. The four-wheel-drive version offers three driving modes, giving you the opportunity to set up the ride based on your needs at any point in time. There are two 4WD modes, including a 4WD AUTO that’s supposed to maintain traction on less-than-stellar roads and a 4WD LOCK mode that sends more torque to the rear wheels to further improve traction on poor road surfaces. There’s also the option to revert to a 2WD setup if you’re driving in the city or the ’burbs. These options are good to have on the ASX, even if they don’t — or can’t — address the bigger issues surrounding the crossover’s overall handling and drivability.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Pricing&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;The 2020 Mitsubishi ASX goes on sale in September 2019 in the U.K. and other markets. Pricing details have yet to be announced, but we do know that Mitsubishi will offer three trim levels for the new crossover. The base model is the ASX Design 2WD with the manual transmission. The middle-tier model is the ASX Dynamic 2WD with the manual transmission. Then there’s the range-topping ASX Dynamic 4WD with the CVT transmission, which rounds out the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX lineup.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Since Mitsubishi has yet to announce pricing details, we can assume that the 2020 ASX will likely start at a little over &pound;16,000 based on the pricing structure of last year’s model. The cost of owning a 2020 ASX could balloon to around &pound;25,000 depending on the trim and options that are included in the crossover.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Most of you probably know this by now, but the 2020 ASX isn’t coming to the U.S. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll leave that up to all of you.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Competition&lt;/h2&gt;&lt;h3&gt;Toyota C-HR&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;This isn’t really a fair comparison because one model is head and shoulders better than the other. But since both the Toyota C-HR and the &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mazda-cx-3/ke4986.html" title="Mazda CX-3 Mazda CX-3] is one of the safest bets when you’re in the market for a compact crossover. It certainly helps, too, that it’s appropriately priced at starting figure of $20,390.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Final Thoughts&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;You have to appreciate Mitsubishi’s effort in keeping the ASX alive even if the model is in bad need of a next-generation version. But here’s the thing: now that Mitsubishi is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see a next-generation ASX. There’s a significant amount of change that Mitsubishi’s in line for in the coming years, and most of that change revolves around the Alliance’s electrification plans for the future. Now, there’s a chance that we’re going to see an all-electric compact crossover wearing the Mitsubishi badge, but it’s probably not going to have any connection to the current ASX. But before that time arrives, Mitsubishi will keep rolling out the ASX crossover. Part of thinks that it’s not fair for the ASX to keep on trudging on knowing that most of its rivals have clear and distinct advantages. But there’s a part of me that admires it, too. Age and all, the ASX is still fighting for its place in the compact crossover market. At the very least, that’s worth a tip of the cap.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul class=" b-conclusionrating="" g-fw="" <li="" class="b-conclusion-ratingsection b-conclusion-ratinglike &lt;p&gt;Love it&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul class=" b-conclusion-ratinglist-item="">
Completely new front section
<li> Above average cargo room</li>
<li> Never-say-die attitude is admirable</li>
<li class="b-conclusion-ratingsection b-conclusion-ratingnot-like &lt;p&gt;Leave it&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul class=" b-conclusion-rating__list-item="" <li=""> Long overdue for an all-new model</li>
<li> Choppy ride</li>
<li> Underwhelming powertrain setup</li>

Source: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi/2020-mitsubishi-asx-ar185735.html
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Porsche Cayenne Coupe: new BMW X6 rival revealed - 24 Jul 2019 02:59

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<p>The optional roof is available as part of one of three lightweight sports packages, which also include unique exterior design detailing, 22in wheels, carbonfibre and Alcantara interior trims and, on the Turbo model, a sports exhaust.</p>
<p>The Cayenne <span>Coup&eacute;</span> will initially be sold with the choice of two petrol engines, although others, including a pair of petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrains shared with the&nbsp;Panamera, are expected to be added to the line-up by the end of the year as part of Porsche’s electrification push.</p>
<p>The entry-level&nbsp;<span>Cayenne&nbsp;</span><span>Coup&eacute;</span> is powered by a turbocharged 2.9-litre petrol V6 producing 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque. In combination with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, it has a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and a top speed of 151mph. Official fuel economy is 30.4mpg and&nbsp;CO2 emissions are 212g/km.</p>
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<p>Further upmarket is the Turbo, which has&nbsp;a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8. With 542bhp and 568lb ft of torque going through the same automatic gearbox, it has a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.9sec and a top speed of <span>178mph</span>. Fuel economy is rated at 25.0mpg and&nbsp;CO2 emissions at 258g/km.</p>
<p>The 567bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8-powered BMW X6 M and 577bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLE&nbsp;63 S <span>Coup</span><span>&eacute;&nbsp;</span>both have a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.2sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.</p>
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<p>Porsche is yet to detail the changes it has made to the Cayenne's&nbsp;suspension for the Coup&eacute;. However, it has confirmed that&nbsp;all models will receive speed-sensitive power steering, 20in alloy&nbsp;wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Sport Chrono package,&nbsp;Park Assist and a rear-view&nbsp;camera as standard.</p>
<p>Prices for the <span>Cayenne Coup&eacute;&nbsp;</span>start at &pound;62,129, rising&nbsp;to &pound;104,729 for the more comprehensively equipped Turbo model. Order books are&nbsp;open now ahead of first deliveries in May. </p>

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Tesla Model 3 scores five stars in latest Euro NCAP tes - 21 Jul 2019 02:19

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<p>Tesla's Model 3&nbsp;has been awarded five stars in&nbsp;the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests, after&nbsp;achieving one of the highest scores ever recorded by the organisation.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The electric saloon's extensive driver assistance systems, including&nbsp;lane keeping, autonomous emergency braking and speed limit assist, helped it post the best Safety Assist score seen to date under the current set of test procedures.</p>
<p>The Model 3 also earned a perfect score in the frontal offset deformable barrier crash test, which has been synonomous with Euro NCAP testing since it was created in 1997. This was largely down to the cars's skateboard chassis layout, which creates a low centre of gravity, and the absence of a combustion engine, which could otherwise have the potential to&nbsp;intrude on the passenger compartment in the event of a collision.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>“The Tesla Model 3 achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores we have seen to date,&quot; Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research, said of the results. &quot;Its Collision Avoidance Assist system is first class. Tesla has done a great job of playing the structural benefits of an electric vehicle to its advantage.&quot;</p>

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How To Pay Proper Tribute To The Importer Who Helped Br - 18 Jul 2019 02:09

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Rare Rides: A Very Rare De Tomaso Guarà Barchetta From - 15 Jul 2019 01:46

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<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;https://wp.me/pHwPe-6ZRc noopener <img data-attachment-id="1667758" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-1667758" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="413" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864130-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" />]The Rare Rides series has broached the subject of De Tomaso a few times before. The luxurious target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener Longchamp coupe was accompanied by the Qvale-branded target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener Mangusta, and the tangentially related Chrysler target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener TC.</p>
<p>But today’s De Tomaso takes the cake for rarity over any of those previous Rare Rides.&nbsp;It’s a Guar&agrave; Barchetta, from 1995.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667766" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667766" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864120-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]Bowing at the 1993 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the&nbsp;Guar&agrave; was intended to be a street legal take on the 1991 Maserati Barchetta Stradale. Said Stradale was a track car, but De Tomaso founder Alejandro De Tomaso didn’t have time to realize his dream of making a road-going version. Maserati was taken over by Fiat in the early Nineties and De Tomaso found himself devoid of control.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667756" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667756" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864122-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]Maserati produced 17 total units of the Barchetta; 16 for racing and one for road use. It then dropped the project. However, De Tomaso was not prepared to give up on his vision. He hired the same man who designed the Barchetta to design the&nbsp;Guar&agrave; for De Tomaso.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667762" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667762" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864126-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]The exterior shell was of composite construction, containing fiberglass, Kevlar, and other lightweight materials. Underneath was a chassis of aluminum. A pushrod F1-style front suspension pared with heim joints at the rear.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667764" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667764" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864124-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]The new car was ready for sale in 1994, and De Tomaso (slowly) started production of a few Coupe examples. The earliest cars used a BMW-sourced 4.0-liter V8 producing 279 horsepower. Just one transmission was available: a six-speed Getrag unit.</p>
<p>[https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg <img data-attachment-id="1667760" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" data-orig-size="500,375" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="1995 De Tomaso Guara Barchetta" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C971707?fbclid=IwAR1w__bHod_2LeaGu2SI7mULcloVMi6jtAjlxJI_Pl5-CFRAd5J-OD7gWQg&lt;/p&gt;
" data-medium-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-450x338.jpg" data-large-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1667760" src="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-75x56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-450x338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9864128-120x90.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" />]BMW could not supply the&nbsp;Guar&agrave;’s engine forever, as it stopped building the M60 V8 after 1996. De Tomaso called up Ford, which sent over its 4.6-liter Mustang V8 in supercharged format. That engine upped the power to 316 horses.</p>
<p>The&nbsp;Guar&agrave; was suited to the performance-driven, hardcore customer, as handling was described as too twitchy for the average driver. There was no power steering or power brakes in sight. Though the interior had leather seating surfaces, there was no space for leather baggage, or indeed storage space of any kind. All of this made for a weight of just 2,646 pounds, and (with BMW engine) acceleration from zero to 60 in five seconds. Top speed was about 170 mph.</p>
<p>Additional inconvenience came with the introduction of the open-top Barchetta model seen here. Only an air deflector directs wind at the front; the driver and passenger must wear a helmet to enjoy their&nbsp;Guar&agrave;.</p>
<p>But all was not well at De Tomaso with regard to financial health. The&nbsp;Guar&agrave; would indeed be the last project introduced by the company’s founder. Money trouble slowed production, and Guar&agrave;s trickled out of Italy through 2006. One last order was taken in 2004, and the final&nbsp;Guar&agrave; delivery made to Switzerland in 2011. The De Tomaso brand was already bust by then.</p>
<p>Roughly 50&nbsp;Guar&agrave;s were built: two convertibles, 10 Barchetta models, and the remainder as coupes. Today’s bright blue BMW-powered Barchetta is available in Belgium and asks around $319,000.</p>
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Why Graz is greener: London to Austria in Jaguar's bigg - 11 Jul 2019 03:32

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<p>This swept us south-east through even grander alpine scenery into Graz where the wise choice seemed to be another Ibis, clearly close to Magna Steyr (on Walter P Chrysler Platz) because at breakfast the next day the place was half-filled with engineers talking about widgets in several different languages while tucking into their mega-breakfasts.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Plant Graz, as Jaguar likes to call it, is a few minutes out of town and spread out over a vast site, as you’d expect from a place that concurrently makes Mercs, BMWs and Jaguars and has half a century’s experience at keeping customers politely but firmly segregated. Premium and low-volume cars may be Graz’s stock in trade, but the businesslike aura of the site and its inmates makes it very clear from the first that there’s is no room, need or appetite here for frills. We were ushered into a spartan meeting room, our HQ for the day, that opened off a corridor that cleverly led to several more rooms just like it.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="" class="image-body-image" height="600" src="https://www.autocar.co.uk/sites/autocar.co.uk/files/styles/body-image/public/luc_1577.jpg?itok=focpvKfG" width="900" /></p>
<p>The place brightened immeasurably when I was introduced to couple of genuine JLR bigwigs – Graham Wilkins, chief programme engineer of E-Pace and I-Pace, and Gregor McLachlan, manufacturing programme director – whose pride and commitment to this operation were as obvious as their faith in their Magna colleagues led today by launch manager Robert Huemer. A native of Graz, Huemer speaks better English than we do and is one of those of multi-experienced engineering blokes who companies depend on to smooth the inevitable glitches of start-ups.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Glitches were mostly in the past here, everyone insisted, at least in the manufacturing sphere. One hears separate tales that the supply of I-Pace batteries could be going, but that’s not an issue for the Magna team, who just mount them in the cars. At their end, this operation is percolating.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Magna’s Jaguar partnership has grown from pre-concept meetings five years ago, and was regularised about four years ago when the deal to build cars was done. In the view of the in-house trio, it’s well and truly mature. Donning special boots and covering watches and belt-buckles (to avoid scratches on new cars), we visited a new-build, robotised plant called Hall 71 where the I-Pace’s body-in-white is assembled from panels pressed in 100% aluminium. The big jobs are done by 87 robots wielding 84 rivet guns, using 2600 rivets per shell and applying 177 metres of adhesive. Hall 71 can make about six bodies an hour, using a cycle time for each operation of 500 seconds. Quality is key, as everyone insists. Bodies are constantly measured for accuracy and one shell per shift is removed from the process for all-measuring. If the important tolerances ever exceed 0.2mm, people come running.&nbsp; </p>

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Porsche Panamera 2020 facelift to get mild-hybrid tech - 08 Jul 2019 03:12

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<p>Porsche will update the Panamera saloon and Sport Turismo estate for its 2020 model year, and the first prototypes of the new car&nbsp;are hitting German roads.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Expected to be revealed before the year is out, the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door rival will receive subtle revisions to the exterior look, including an altered tail-light design with an LED strip linking both units. The changes will bring it into line with newer Porsche models, such as the Cayenne and 992-generation 911.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="" class="image-body-image" height="600" src="https://www.autocar.co.uk/sites/autocar.co.uk/files/styles/body-image/public/pana_3.jpg?itok=g-wnr_Ks" width="900" /></p>
<p>It won't be just a cosmetic upgrade, however, as Autocar understands Porsche is planning to introduce its first mild-hybrid powertrains for the Panamera. The S and 4S models will make use of the same 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, but like US market versions of the Audi S6 and S7 the two variants are likely to adopt a 48v electrical architecture.&nbsp;</p>
<p>This allow the fitment of a mild-hybrid system, using the usual integrated motor generator to harvest electrical power to&nbsp;provide an efficiency boost&nbsp;and allow the start-stop system to activate sooner. Perhaps more important&nbsp;to Porsche buyers, however, will be the expected inclusion of Audi's electric compressor system, filling in the gaps in torque delivery while the turbochargers spool up.</p>
<p>With the interior already as up to date as its siblings, expect more technology upgrades than design changes inside. We'll see more advanced infotainment and assist features, but nothing dramatic is predicted.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Read more:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Porsche plots two-door Panamera coupe as BMW 8 Series rival&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p><b>Porsche Panamera review</b></p>
<p><strong>2019 Porsche Taycan: new official pics and details</strong></p>

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Chancellor prepares to raise fuel duty to fund the NHS - 05 Jul 2019 02:56

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<p><strong><span>Drivers might be paying &pound;8 more to fill up their cars than they did a year ago, but the cost looks likely to increase even more with a hike in fuel duty being suggested by the Government.&nbsp;</span></strong></p>
<p><span>Phillip Hammond has hinted that&nbsp;fuel duty might rise in the November Budget, with the Chancellor facing a struggle to fund the NHS amid Brexit upheaval.</span></p>
<p><strong>target=&quot;_blank &gt;&gt; Petrol reaches highest price in four years</strong></p>
<p><span>Duty on petrol and diesel has been frozen at a rate of 57.95p-per-litre for the past seven years, despite several proposed increases.</span></p>
<p><span>&quot;By April 2019 these freezes will have saved the average car driver &pound;850 compared to the pre-2010 escalator and the average van driver over &pound;2100,&quot; Hammond told MPs. However,&nbsp;it's estimated to have cost the Treasury&nbsp;&pound;46 billion since 2011 and the Government is looking for new funding opportunities to fund essential services.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p>&quot;A further &pound;38 billion will be foregone over the budget forecast period as a result of these reviously announced freezes.&nbsp;For context this is about twice as much as we spend on all NHS nurses and doctors each year,&quot; added&nbsp;Hammond.</p>
<p><span>Lifting the fuel duty freeze would raise an extra &pound;800 million for the Treasury, some of which would fund the additional &pound;20 billion on the NHS by 2023, but concerns over the rising cost of living were brought up by&nbsp;Tory former minister Robert Halfon, a long-standing campaigner for fuel duty curbs.</span></p>
<p class="mol-para-with-font &lt;strong&gt;[https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/topten/top-10-cars-that-get-closest-to-matching-their-official-mpg/?image=0" target="_blank &gt;&gt; Top 10: Cars that get closest to matching their official MPG]&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=" mol-para-with-font="" <span="">Halfon brought up a Treasury study in 2014, which proposed freezing fuel duty benefits the economy to offset almost all the loss of tax to the economy and it said that GDP increased by &pound;4.5 to &pound;7.5 billion over the forthcoming years.</p>
<p>It currently costs &pound;71.50 to fill up an average 55-litre family car - like a Ford Focus - with petrol, and &pound;73.70 for a similarly-sized diesel car.</p>
<p><span>The pound also remains comparatively weak against the US dollar, which reduces the buying power of UK fuel retailers. With fuel costing them more to buy in, this invariably means higher prices are passed on to drivers at the pumps.</span></p>
<p><span><span>Aside from the fact that petrol and diesel in the UK are subject to some of the highest levels of taxation anywhere in Europe, fuels are also at their highest prices in four years.</span></span></p>
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<p><span>It's important to know which cars actually reach their claimed fuel economy, that's why we made&nbsp;Real MPG.</span></p>

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Lamborghini Huracán Levels Up, Now Makes a Staggering 6 - 02 Jul 2019 02:24

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<p><span class="dropcap T&lt;/span&gt;he [https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-lamborghini-huracan-performante-review-one-week/" target="_blank Performante]—and&nbsp;Lamborghini estimates a zero-to-62-mph time of 2.9 seconds from the naturally aspirated engine. The Evo’s top speed exceeds 201 mph, according to Lamborghini, as does the Performante’s.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Performance&nbsp;isn’t&nbsp;just about power, though,&nbsp;and the Evo&nbsp;gets more brains to complement its extra brawn. It’s the first Lamborghini to receive a Vehicle Dynamics Control system with predictive logic. This involves a central processing unit that anticipates the driver’s next move and acts on the car’s dynamic systems, including new rear-wheel steering, to increase responsiveness. A new traction-control&nbsp;program works with upgraded all-wheel drive and torque vectoring to be able to send&nbsp;torque&nbsp;to a single wheel when needed.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" wp-image-1315597="" size-full="" aligncenter"="" src="https://st.automobilemag.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/ten-shared/assets/images/_.gif" data-lazy="1" data-base="https://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2019/01/Lamborghini-Huracan-Evo-rear-three-quarters.jpg" alt="" width="8819" height="4961"></span></p>
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<p>Among the many&nbsp;aesthetic changes made in the update&nbsp;are a new front bumper, a new 20-inch wheel design, and revised side air intakes. The model also receives a restyled underbody, contributing to downforce and aerodynamic efficiency that is said to be more than five times&nbsp;greater than that of the original Hurac&aacute;n.&nbsp;There’s also a revised&nbsp;exhaust system.</p>
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<p>Inside, a new 8.4-inch touchscreen is fitted to the center stack, and trim includes&nbsp;&nbsp;a mix of Alcantara and leather with special details to match the body. Deliveries&nbsp;begin around the globe this spring,&nbsp;with prices starting at $261,274 in the U.S. Check out the <strong>target=&quot;_blank official configurator here</strong>.</p>
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