2020 Audi SQ8 Test: Satisfaction, not Surprises

SAN DIEGO—The 2020 Audi SQ8 hit showrooms earlier this year, and it quickly became known as the discount Lamborghini Urus. There is no shame in that sentiment, as the 2020 Audi SQ8 belongs to the same corporate family and its automotive attack plan that also includes Porsche and Bentley. In fact, since everything we do now requires calculated planning, this test drive of the 2020 Audi SQ8 motivated me to hunt for outdoor dining in San Diego’s delightful climate.

2020 Audi SQ8 Test: Powertrain and Exterior Color Options

A new member of the performance SUV “coupe” segment, the 2020 Audi SQ8 is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 producing 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V-8 sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Audi says the SQ8 has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph,

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The BMW 6 Series: History, Photos, Generations, Specifications

BMW 6 Series Essential History

BMW 6 Series: The First Generation

Developed as a direct replacement for the popular and effortlessly stylish BMW E9 coupe that ran from 1968 through 1975, and essentially offered as a coupe variant of the contemporary BMW 5 Series, the first-generation BMW 6 Series hit the factory floor in early 1976, carrying the E24 chassis code/generation tag, a suite of inline-sixes, and a handsome shark-nosed profile from Paul Bracq. The U.S. got its first crack at the new 6 Series in 1977, available as the 630CSi with a 3.0-liter inline-six packing 176 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

Just a few months later in September of that same year, the 633CSi replaced the 630CSi, powered by an updated version of the same M30 six-cylinder family from the prior car, now punched out to 3.2-liters. The power rating with the new engine briefly rose to 181

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Driving ICON’s 1949 Hudson Derelict: Mind. Blown.

CHATSWORTH, California—Don’t make the same mistake that I did—assuming that this 1949 Hudson Commodore, latest in ICON’s Derelict series of one-off builds, is just a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor.

I mean, the ICON Hudson is a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor—a supercharged LS9 Corvette engine, if you must know—and it does everything you’d expect, i.e. melt its own tires like they were made of butter, accelerate like a proper muscle car, and leave any and all comers in its V-8-bellowy wake. It’ll also stop and turn like a modern car. No, that’s not right—it doesn’t turn exactly like a modern car, and there’s a very good reason for that.

Why ICON’s 1949 Hudson Is Magic

The ICON Hudson’s steering has some on-center play, just as I imagine it had in 1949 when it was new. Its straight-line ride is a dignified

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All-Electric Drako GTE Is Made for Driving Enthusiasts

SANTA BARBARA, California—Successful Silicon Valley software entrepreneurs, lifelong automotive enthusiasts, and electric-car startups Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand do not want to be Elon Musk. At least not when it comes to their own EV creation, the Drako Motors GTE.

“Tesla controls the EV narrative today, and its narrative is different than ours,” Sikand says. “It only sells one kind of car, a little commuter car; it can be driven cross-country with superchargers and range, but at the end of the day it’s a commuter car. That’s one narrative. The narrative we’re interested in is, [we’re building] a better-driving car.”

Drako GTE: The Brief History

You’ll recall the Drako GTE burst into collective car-guy consciousness during Monterey Car Week 2019, making its first public appearance during the annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering event that precedes the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It received an overwhelmingly positive reception from attendees

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Mach 1 Causes Ford to Discontinue Mustang GT Performance Pack 2

Automakers shuffle option packages all the time, for reasons both obvious and obscure. For the 2021 model year, many changes are coming to the Ford Mustang lineup—and yes, that’ll affect its options. The most notable change is the introduction of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1, a special performance model that pulls double duty and takes over for the Bullitt and Shelby GT350, incorporating bits from both, as well as the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2. With some good comes the bad, however: like the Mach 1’s other parts donors, the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 is now dead, too.

The changes were discovered on Blue Oval Forums and reported by Muscle Cars and Trucks, and a Ford spokesperson confirmed the discontinuation of the Performance Pack 2 to AutomobileAnd the important takeaway here is that the Mach 1 is going to be the only way you’re

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