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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A 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Restomod Becomes the Ultimate Sleeper on Bitchin’ Rides with Dave Kindig

Back in the 1960s, the 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback looked totally boss. Fifty-five years later and a major upgrade at Kindig-It Designs, that same pony car is now totally bitchin’. Watch the super-sleeper’s transformation as Dave Kindig, owner/designer, and his crew make more muscle car magic in the season seven premiere of Bitchin’ Rides.

The Salt Lake City, Utah-based custom-car fabrication shop is run by Kindig, who is the star of the show and he even has a bitchin’ beard to prove it. The client for the Mustang makeover is muscle car enthusiast Cesar Romero, who is not to be mistaken for TV’s Joker from the campy Batman series. You may recall the bitchin’ Camaro Kindig-It Design built for Romero in 2017—the super-clean 1969 Chevrolet Camaro took nine months to complete and currently cranks out 500 horsepower.

This Mustang Fastback is not original, but Romero wants to take

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Four Fewer Cylinders, No Less Luxurious

Bentley is following a very specific formula with its new-vehicle launches these days. Step one: Reveal a high-dollar, highly-luxurious car (or SUV) with the brand’s unique twin-turbo W-12 engine under the hood; step two: wait a year; and step three: add a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 to the mix as a lower-cost, lighter-weight option. It, therefore, should come as no surprise that Bentley has just announced the latest Flying Spur, introduced last year, will gain a new entry-level twin-turbo V-8 engine option for the coming 2021 model year, to be named, predictably, the Flying Spur V-8.

The V-8 is the now familiar (for followers of the Volkswagen Group) twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter unit you get in cars as varied as the Audi RS6, Porsche Panamera Turbo, and Bentley’s own Continental GT (the Flying Spur’s two-door sibling). In the Flying Spur, the V-8’s output isn’t as high as in some of those

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VW Reveals Details of Its Upcoming Compact Crossover SUV

Volkswagen today pulled back the curtain fully on the all-new 2022 VW Taos, a prototype of which we drove recently. The 2022 Taos is the third compact SUV to join VW’s growing lineup of crossover SUVs, including the new ID.4. Arriving in dealerships during summer 2021 and aimed at a younger customer base, the 2022 VW Taos enters the most dominant U.S. vehicle segment, a market expected to grow to nearly 30 percent of passenger cars sold here by 2030. Other than final specs, by now everyone just wants to know the 2022 VW Taos’s price, and while Volkswagen predictably won’t announce the exact sticker until closer to the model’s release, the company indicated the Taos will be priced “very competitively” against other contenders in the segment. We expect the 2022 VW Taos’s price to start at about $23,000.

In terms of the 2022 VW Taos’s core

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