New 2020 Audi Q5 revealed – tech and design updates for popular SUV

Audi has given its mid-sized Q5 SUV a midlife update to keep it in touch with rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The changes are mostly focused on improving the Q5’s technology suite, cleaning up the available powertrains and updating the design. The changes also precede an incoming Q5 Sportback that will rival the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan later this year.

Along with much of the new-generation Audi range, all updated Q5s will receive a mild-hybrid system to clean up the petrol and diesel powertrains. Four-cylinder petrol and diesel models will incorporate a 12V system paired to a dual-clutch transmission and a part-time quattro ‘Ultra’ all-wheel-drive system as standard. Both of these models see power upgrades over their respective predecessors too, with the TDI and TFSI now increased to 201bhp and 260bhp respectively (up by 17bhp and 18bhp).

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Nissan Swaps Million-Mile 2007 Frontier for Brand-New 2020 Model

If you can put a million miles on a Nissan Frontier, it turns out the automaker will reward you handsomely. Brian Murphy, an independent delivery driver and original owner of the 2007 Nissan Frontier that rolled its odometer past a certified one-million-mile mark earlier this year, took delivery of a brand-new 2020 Frontier at M’Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the same dealer from which he bought the 2007 model.

The Million-Mile Frontier, which was a base King Cab model with a four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission, is being replaced with an updated 2020 King Cab model with the all-new 310-hp 3.8-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. The new truck is a well-optioned 4×4 SV model and includes options Murphy once considered unnecessary luxuries, such as power windows and locks, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and Apple’s Siri Eyes Free. The 2020 model year marks the final one for the current

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FK8 Honda Civic Type R fettled by Mugen

If you’re a Honda fan, there’s no doubt that you’ll be familiar with Mugen. Founded in 1973 by Hirotoshi Honda, son of Soichiro Honda himself, the brand is renowned for its extreme tuned machines and contributions to motorsport in Super GT and Formula 1. Its latest project is the FK8 Civic Type R, with an array of parts aiming to increase performance and enhance its looks.

The latest Type R is undoubtedly one of our favourite performance hatches of recent times, but there’s no denying that it has divisive looks. Extreme aerodynamics and questionable false vents are a little too much for some, but it seems this hasn’t deterred Mugen…

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BMW i8 reaches the end of production – here are the final 18 cars

Six years since production of BMW’s eccentric hybrid sports car first hit our roads, the German marque has produced its very final example. To mark the occasion, the last 18 cars have been finished in unique shades chosen by their respective owners.

Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, the i8 was the first of its kind, boasting high-tech lightweight materials, an advanced hybrid powertrain and a design you’d expect to find on a concept. Outright performance wasn’t its strong suit, but with over 20,000 units sold over its lifetime, there’s no doubt that it was a welcome entrant into the sports car segment.

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> BMW i8 pumped to 409bhp by DTE Systems 

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The Virtual Petersen Car Week Kicks-Off as a Replacement for Monterey Car Week

Dubbed “The Road To Car Week,” from Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 10, the Petersen Museum will stream multiple video garage tours daily, taking viewers inside the exclusive garages and car collections of the world’s most passionate car collectors.

How does this Petersen Car Week replace Monterey Car Week in terms of exclusivity? Rather well, actually; these private collections are otherwise rarely seen by the average enthusiast, making this video series a remarkable glimpse into garages filled with the types of automobiles most of us dream about.

Visitors to the Petersen Automotive Museum website can also view previously featured garage tour videos, including that of motorsports legends Bobby Rahal and Chip Ganassi, along with Barrett-Jackson auctions chief Craig Jackson. With the Petersen Automotive Museum being temporarily closed due to the pandemic, its website also has photos and information on much of its 300-plus-vehicle collection

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