New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – priced from £37,215 in the UK

Volkswagen was never going to leave the GTI with just 242bhp was it now? As part of its latest range of performance Golfs, VW has revealed a new 296bhp Golf 8 GTI Clubsport that, like the Mk7 Clubsport Edition 40 that came before, will sit as a more focused and only slightly less powerful sibling to the range-topping Golf R. Priced from £37,215 in the UK, it’s more expensive than key front-wheel drive rivals like the BMW 128ti and Honda Civic Type R, yet comes with a single high specification trim, but right on target with the updated Renault Megane RS Trophy.

The new GTI Clubsport’s key ingredients remain familiar, with a combination of the EA888 2-litre four-cylinder engine here mated exclusively to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (boo hiss) and powering the front wheels via an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Peak power is rated at 296bhp (10bhp up

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Renault’s Reimagined 5 Hatchback Is a Funky Retro EV

The iconic Renault 5 hatchback is getting rebooted as a sexy EV, informed by the iconic little Cinq of the past, but not necessarily beholden to it. In fact, you can say that about Renault in general, because this R5 Concept EV was revealed as part of a larger push to reinvent the French company for the 2020s and beyond that the company is calling Nouvelle Vague—New Wave. Renault as a services company, as a tech company, et cetera. Oh, and they’re still going to build cars—and if they’re anything like this R5 concept, that’s great news for those that can buy them.

The company is promising seven fully-electric vehicles—half its projected lineup—to be full EVs by 2025. The company already sells a range of EVs, from the tiny and bizarre Twizy to the Master Z.E. commercial van, but the best-known EV in the lineup is

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2020 Volkswagen Golf R priced from £39,270

Volkswagen’s Golf 8 performance range reached its completion early last month with the arrival of the new Golf R, the flagship all-wheel drive model that’ll join the GTI and GTI Clubsport next year. Priced from £39,270, the new VW Golf R features the same basic recipe of combining a potent four-cylinder turbocharged engine with VW’s all-wheel drive system, but the devil’s in the details of this latest model. 

First of all, the new Golf R is the most powerful production Golf ever, beating the previous Clubsport S’s 306bhp with a 315bhp output between 5500 and 6500rpm. Torque is also strong, with 310lb ft available at just 2000rpm, the Golf holding that peak output until 5800rpm. These figures are delivered by VW’s latest evo4 generation of the EA888 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is no bad thing as this unit has long been one of the strongest elements of all the

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2021 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series Comes With Junk on Its Trunk

If you’re looking for a sign that society is slowly gearing up to get ready to head in the general direction of normal, then take a look at the latest limited-run Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series. Shame about that wing, though.

For the record, we like most of what Lexus has done to the fifth LC500 Inspiration Series model. The aesthetic is fantastic: Obsidian black with matching forged-alloy wheels and a carbon-fiber roof on the outside, complemented by a black interior with saddle-tan inserts and trim. If you like your cabins on the dusky side, they don’t get a whole lot better looking than this.

The Inspiration Series car also gets the LC500’s optional limited-slip differential, which we consider a must-have, as well as a Yamaha rear performance bar, which damps those nearly-imperceptible distortions at the rear of the car. The LC500 enjoys other new-for-2021

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Porsche partners with Siemens Energy in development of eFuels

Porsche has partnered with Siemens Energy in the development and production of sustainable eFuels, a non fossil fuel alternative to traditional petrol. While progress towards a wider adoption of electrification is taking centre stage in our transferral to a more sustainable future of mobility, sustainable fuels are also part of the answer to the energy crisis we currently face. 

The partnership between Porsche and Siemens Energy entails the construction of a new eFuel manufacturing facility, which will be tasked to produce renewable fuels for exclusive use by Porsche. Applications will include Porsche’s motorsport activities, its global Driver Experience centres and eventually sale to private owners.

An initial pilot program is projected to yield 130,000 litres in 2022, with the plant expected to quickly ramp up production to 55 million litres by 2024, and 550 million by 2026.

The production facility will be located in Chile, positioned there for its consistent

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