2020 Volkswagen Golf R ready for launch

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf R has been spotted a multitude of times already, so while images of a Mk8 Golf R prototype have been seen before, it’s Volkswagen’s official debut of two other R models in as many weeks which gives us new insight into what to expect on the next flagship Golf.

As revealed in both the new Arteon R and Tiguan R, the next Golf R will likely feature a new evo4 variant of the EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s been a staple of VW’s performance range since the Mk5 Golf GTI. In the Arteon and Tiguan, the new engine produces 319bhp between 5800 and 6400rpm, with 310lb ft of torque available from 2000rpm. While we can only speculate whether the new R will feature the same engine, due to the stringent and expensive emissions testing required in 2020, we’d suggest it’s likely to share this

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AC Cobra 289s recharged with electric conversion

Carroll Shelby will no doubt be rotating in his grave at 7000rpm at the very notion of a new all-electric AC Cobra. But that’s exactly what AC has just announced: a limited run of 58 ‘flat sided’ 289 Cobras with a battery pack mounted in the nose, powering the rear wheels via an electric motor with a total output of 230kW. That’s the equivalent of approximately 280bhp/370lb ft, which is enough to send the new 1250kg ‘AC Cobra Series 1 electric’ to a top speed of around 120mph, with a 0-60mph time of 6.0sec en route.

Why the number 58? Because that’s how long the AC Cobra has been in existence, having been turned from the AC Ace into the Cobra in 1962. 

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2020 Maserati MC20 to receive 613bhp twin-turbo V6

Following a set of new teaser images in May, Maserati has finally revealed all about what lies under the skin of its MC20 supercar. Set to be the marque’s flagship machine, the new model will pave the way for a number of new cars, and will take Maserati back to the circuit. The full launch is scheduled for 9 September.

Performance details are still under wraps, but the marque has now confirmed that a 3-litre twin-turbocharged 90-degree V6 will lie at its heart. Developed entirely in-house and to be produced in Modena, the new ‘Nettuno’ unit will produce 613bhp at a lofty 7500rpm, 538lb ft of torque at only 3000rpm and rev to 8000.

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New 496bhp Audi e-tron S revealed – Audi’s first high-performance EV

High-performance Audi diehards turn away now, because the Audi e-tron has just been revealed with an S badge attached to its nose, signifying it as being a new high-performance flagship. Like its lesser sibling, the e-tron S is a large electric SUV that tips the scales at way over 2.5 tons, but while the standard car makes do with two electric motors, the new e-tron S has three, plus a swathe of tech designed to hide its considerable bulk in the corners.

The layout of these motors is relatively simple, with one motor mounted on the front axle and two more, slightly smaller units mounted on the rear. The motors themselves are a wholesale application from the current e-tron 55 model, but here swapped around so the larger unit sits on the front. Together, the additional motor gives the e-tron S a peak power figure of 496bhp equivalent (or 370kW),

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2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

It’s the gift that keeps on giving for Dodge. Some 12 years after its original launch in 2008, yet another derivative of the Challenger muscle car has been revealed, this one even madder than those which came before it. It’s called the Challenger SRT Super Stock, and combines a selection of elements from previous Hellcat, Demon and Demon Redeye models (only an American company can have a nameplate history like that) to create the maddest Challenger yet.

Starting with the typical HEMI V8, Dodge’s engineers have liberated yet more power from the 6.2-litre unit, which as usual is supplemented by an enormous supercharger which dominates the entire powertrain. Peak power is rated at 807bhp, which is about 10bhp more than its earlier Hellcat Redeye application that Jethro Bovington recently drove in the US. Torque is also suitably massive at 707lb ft.

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