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PostHeaderIcon A Second Dyno Test of the 2020 Toyota Supra Sets the Record Straight… or Does It?

Ever since Car and Driver strapped the Toyota Supra to a dyno late last month, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing on how much power actually comes out of the sports car’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine. C&D discovered that the Supra’s engine might actually produce more power than Toyota advertised. A few weeks later, Motor Trend did the same thing and arrived at the same theory. As advertised, Toyota says that the Supra’s turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine can produce 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at the crank. But as the results of these two independent tests showed, it seems like Toyota’s newest crown jewel is more powerful than we thought. Or is it? Either way, it’s hard to argue with the fact that since it debuted earlier this year, the Supra is still what everyone wants to talk about.

PostHeaderIcon Think 416 Horsepower From AMG’s M 139 Four-Banger is Crazy? Mercedes Says It Can Do Better

We recently went into great detail about Mercedes’ new M 139 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the power plant that will make the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45S the fastest and maddest hot hatchback ever created. The automaker has announced the engine makes 415 horsepower (421 PS), or around 40 horsepower more than the similar unit it replaces. However, a new report has surfaced suggesting this crazy force-fed four-banger has even more to give and Mercedes has every intention of getting it to achieve its full potential.

PostHeaderIcon Automatic Car Wash Tips and Tricks to Avoid Damage

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Automatic car washes seem to be a fantastic, convenient, and quick alternative to a traditional hand car wash. However, the experience has shown that using an automatic car wash can do more harm than good. Abrasive materials can scathe the paint and the clear coat, while brushes usually make so-called spider web marks on the exterior, reduce the shine, and blemish the exterior of the car.

Brushless car wash systems promise to reduce the possibility of the damage, offer eco-friendly washing solutions, and deliver a better product in the end. However, over time they have also manifested some significant drawbacks and disadvantages compared to a classic hand-wash and, in some instances, brushless car washes can do even more damage than the standard automatic car wash solution.

You will learn here all the pros and cons of the automatic car wash systems and brushless car wash systems. Furthermore, you will learn how to prepare your car before an automatic car wash and reduce the possibility of any damage.

PostHeaderIcon What Does the iOS 13 Bring to Apple CarPlay?

Apple just previewed iOS 13, and it’s poised to be a big step forward for the iPhone. Among things like an all-new look to the user interface, a new Dark Mode, and an all-new map experience, Apple also announced that iOS 13 will bring big updates to Apple CarPlay as well. As of now, details are scant, but this update could bring it more up to speed with Android Auto and should make interacting with your infotainment system on the fly a more pleasurable experience.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Is More Powerful Than BMW Says, But How Powerful is it, Really?

When BMW announced the 2019 M5 Competition, it also announced that the M5 was finally faster than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. With a 4.4-liter V-8, the 2019 M5 Competition has an “official” output of 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque at the crank. For those of you that don’t know, that figure is actually different from the power that makes it to the wheels because there isn’t a driveline out there that doesn’t have at least some loss from crank to the wheels. Most modern lock-up torque converters, for example, lose 10-percent just because of the nature of hydraulic coupling and natural slip. Even without a torque converter, horsepower and torque can be lost through the rest of the driveline as well – remember the engine’s crank spins on one axis while the tires spin on the other.

But, I digress.

The point is that BMW is known for historically understating power output but the question of how much has been a topic for debate. Now, it turns out that the 2019 BMW M5 Competition has been put to the test and it fares much better than BMW lets on. How much better? Well, keep reading to find out.

PostHeaderIcon How to Get Car Wash Damage Paid

The benefits of going to a car wash are unmistakable. You don’t have to exert effort cleaning your car. Really, you don’t even have to do anything. All you need to do is roll up to an automatic or full-service car wash and let somebody else — or something — do the work for you. Once you’re done, you just need to pay for the service, and you can go on your way with a car that looks about as clean as it can be. Unfortunately, car wash services aren’t without their hiccups. A myriad of things can go wrong and, depending on what they are; you could go home with car wash damage on your car. Dirty brushes in an automatic car wash can cause scratches on your car, especially if they hold dirt or rocks from earlier car washes. Wayward debris could end up scratching your car without you knowing it. Some parts of your car can also get damaged, including the antenna — if there are any — or the wheels. Whatever it is, there are ways to respond to these potential damages, and if you didn’t know what to do then, hopefully, we can help you out so that if it happens again, you’ll know exactly what to do.

PostHeaderIcon As Easter Eggs Go, the Toyota Supra Has One That Pays Tribute to the Nurburgring

Five months after its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, the Toyota Supra remains a news driver. It’s not entirely surprising given the hype surrounding the car, and while that hype gave birth to divisive reactions about the coupé itself, the Supra is still a trending topic, even when it comes to curious easter eggs about the Supra’s stylized font. Yes, we’re talking about a hidden tribute that Toyota put in the sports coupe’s name badge, paying homage to a specific section of the Nurburgring. Most of us didn’t notice or even realize it, but now that it’s out there, it’s hard to un-see. Production of the Toyota Supra is ongoing as we wait in earnest for the production model, beginning with the Launch Edition SE that will arrive this summer.

PostHeaderIcon There’s a Good Reason Why Toyota Teamed up With BMW to Build the 2020 Supra

Toyota’s decision to team up with BMW in the development of the Supra was never a popular decision. It wasn’t back when it was announced in 2012, and it still isn’t seven years later with the Supra’s imminent production launch. But Toyota had its reasons, or, more specifically, Tetsuya Tada, the car’s chief engineer, and Toyota’s performance boss, had his reasons. It wasn’t so much about the convenience of working with BMW as it was realizing his vision for the Supra. This is, after all, the same man who was supposed to develop the successor of the MkIV Supra back in the ’90s before those plans were scrapped. But Tada eventually got his chance, and he wasn’t about to throw it away, even if it meant looking elsewhere — hello, BMW — for help in building the sports car he waited almost two decades to bring to life.

PostHeaderIcon In response to Canada’s federal EV incentive price cap, Tesla offers a new Model 3 with a range of 150 km.

In response to Canada’s federal electric cars incentive price cap below $45,000 or $55,000 with options, Tesla lowered the cost of the Model 3 to $44,999 in the country. However, it also software-locked the vehicle to only 150 km (93 miles) of range. Is Tesla trying to take advantage by selling the new base Model 3 with half the range and a reduced price of $2,000? Well if this were the case, the automaker would have offered to unlock the range as an option which doesn’t seem to be happening. Indeed Tesla claims that “In order to be eligible for the incentive in Canada and provide our customers with this benefit, we are unable to offer a range upgrade on Model 3 Standard Range cars.”

Instead of selling the range limited Model 3, Tesla seems like it’s trying to push the upgraded Model 3. By lowering the price of the base Model 3, the Standard Range Plus becomes suitable for the incentive since it is technically an option for a car which starting price is below $45,000 and doesn’t go over $55,000.

PostHeaderIcon Chevy Adds Hundreds of Workers to 2020 C8 Corvette Production

General Motors just announced that it will add more than 400 hourly jobs and a second shift of workers to its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, upping the plant’s total workforce to over 1,300. The strengthened production capacity is intended to meet demand for the forthcoming C8 Corvette, which will debut July 18th.

PostHeaderIcon The Automotive Industry’s Best April Fools Jokes of 2019

Each year automakers (and automotive outlets alike) try to outdo one another with funny stories that are also borderline believable, as is the April Fools tradition. It’s the one day of the year where companies that are known for their serious image allow their PR departments to let their hair down and announce crazy versions of cars they already make, crazy new cars, or some sort of barely believable industry news about mergers you’d never expect.

Well, 2019 was no exception, and this year we got our fair share of amusing barely believable automotive tales. Here’s our selection of the funniest April Fools specials we found this year.

PostHeaderIcon Chinese Automaker Jiangling Forced to Stop Production of its Range Rover Evoque Copy

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Jaguar Land Rover has been fighting a lengthy and tedious legal battle against Jiangling Motor Corporation (JMC) from China it initiated when the company launched a model that very closely resembled its Range Rover Evoque. The copycat model is called the Landwind X7, and it has been in production uninterrupted since 2015, but now, a Beijing court has ordered the automaker to stop making the X7.

PostHeaderIcon BMW Replaces Entire Engine Line With Toyota 2JZ

Bending to popular demand, BMW has announced it will replace the entirety of its engine lineup with the venerable Toyota 2JZ inline six-cylinder. The announcement follows widespread public resentment over BMW’s involvement in the development of the fifth-generation Toyota Supra.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Might Make You Sign A Lease To Stop You From Flipping Its Cars At a Profit

Porsche is looking at ways to stop people from looking at its cars as if they are merely opportunities to make a quick profit. This is especially true when it comes to the company’s limited-run models that seem to pop up rather quickly on the second-hand market with ludicrously high price tags. But all these resellers might be out of a job soon if Porsche goes through with its idea to include some sort of lease plan for special models that would inhibit owners from selling their cars for a certain period of time.

By looking at the numbers, you’d think that Porsche has it all figured out. The luxury and performance brand from Stuttgart, Germany, sold no less than 57,202 cars in the U.S. alone over the 12 months of 2018. This was an increase of 3.2% from 2017 which, in itself, was a record year. In fact, 2018 was the ninth consecutive year of growth for PCNA and the seventh record year in a row for Porsche Cars North America. But Porsche still has niggly little things it needs to sort out and one of them, in particular, is the matter of its special edition models emerging way too quickly with fishy price markups in place on the used car market.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Won’t Offer the Aventador or Huracan With a Manual Transmission Because It’s Too Expensive

Regardless of your take on manual transmissions, you can’t deny the added layer of involvement they provide to the driving experience. This is why it’s sad that modern supercar makers have all but ruled out the usage of such old-school transmissions for the sake of both costs and performance. Lamborghini is one of them although they were close to offering one on some special edition Huracan and Aventador models.

You and I both know that a robotized automatic transmission with one or multiple clutches is quicker at shifting through gears than any biped creature we commonly refer to as a human. In spite of this, you and I both would like to be able to do things our way, at our own pace. Of course, that’s what flappy paddle gearboxes are for, but there’s nothing quite like the added difficulty of a third pedal and a stick between the seats. Lamborghini has been telling us for years that the manual is dead – at least as far as it’s concerned – but the Italians prove they are genuine petrolheads because, in the meantime, they did at least look into it to make sure once again that the initial assessment was right. Props to Sant’Agata for that!

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

Tesla has put a stay in its decision to raise prices on most of its models worldwide due to what it described as “unusually high volume” on orders being placed on its website. The slight price adjustment was supposed to take effect midnight Pacific Time last Monday, March 18. Now, the price hike will happen midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 20. The decision to raise prices by three percent on some of its models was announced last week after Tesla abruptly reversed course on its plan to close all of its retail stores and focus all sales online. With the deadline fast approaching, it’s gonna be interesting to see if Tesla experiences the same “unusually high volume” when the clock hits midnight Pacific Time today.

PostHeaderIcon Wall Street is Largely Bearish on The Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y finally arrived last week amid much hype and anticipation for Tesla’s latest product. But, just as there are people who were excited about the Model Y’s arrival, there, too, are those who weren’t very impressed by Tesla’s new ride. Count Wall Street in the latter group as Tesla’s shares dropped by almost five percent at the market’s close last Friday, sparking concerns that there remains a lot of questions regarding Tesla’s production future and the prospect of the Model Y competing against the Model 3.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Wants to Keep its V-12 Alive but Won’t Consider Going Hybrid

If all that was stopping you from liking the ludicrous 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari was the fact that its 6.3-liter V-12 engine was paired with an electric motor, Ferrari’s latest plans will appease to you greatly. The house of Maranello announced that it will stick to building V-12-engined cars in the future but they won’t feature a hybrid drivetrain as the LaFerrari did.

Ferrari’s high-revving V-12 is one of the company’s treasures and, by the looks of things, we won’t wave goodbye to this behemoth yet although other manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to downsize their engines. Mercedes-Benz, for instance, unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show the S65 AMG Final Edition, the last S Class to be powered by a V-12, while BMW’s M760Li XDrive is on its last legs too. So we’re glad Ferrari won’t budge so easy with the wind of change blowing in its face.

PostHeaderIcon America’s Best Driving Roads Given Pixel Art Treatment

While we love debating horsepower and performance specs as much as the next petrol head, it’s important to remember that, at the end of the day, cars are meant to be driven, preferably on some winding stretch of tarmac strung through a slice of stunning natural beauty. Luckily, those of us residing in the U.S. have plenty of options when it comes to experiencing such pleasures, and now, travel tech company Expedia has rendered five of the best driving roads in the U.S. in a series of pixel art videos. Taking inspiration from classic arcade racers like Sega’s Out Run (1986), these videos are definitely getting us hyped to get out there for a drive.

PostHeaderIcon PSA Group Is Returning to the US around the year 2026

PSA Group (owner of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and most recently Opel) is one of France’s largest automakers that manufactures models for a wide range of buyers with varying budgets. According to a new report, the group will start selling its cars in the United States again, but we don’t yet know if all their sub-brands are going to make it over or if they are going to adopt a similar approach to Alfa Romeo and bring over some more expensive, exclusive models first.

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