Larisa W. Gibson

720-HP Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Is Extreme, Fast, Powerful

  • The sixth in the Black Series from Mercedes-AMG makes 720 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-8 and can exceed 200 mph.
  • Its appearance is as extreme as its performance with liberal use of carbon fiber and an extensive aerodynamics package.
  • Details on price and availability have not yet been released, but since the Black Series is the top of the AMG food chain, the GT Black Series can be expected to cost well above the GT R Pro’s $200,645 starting price.

    Each one of the five AMG Black Series models so far has been an exercise in extreme performance, expensive technology, and extravagant style. And the new AMG GT Black Series tops each one of them: Directly inspired by the AMG GT3 race cars, it is fitted with a 720-hp V-8 engine and a plethora of changes that set it apart sharply from any other AMG GT, including the wild GT

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    Nissan Ariya EV Revealed in Production Form, Arrives in the U.S. Next Year

    • The 2022 Nissan Ariya is a new electric crossover model similar in size to the Rogue.
    • It promises up to 300 miles of range and a starting price of $40,000.
    • Nissan says it will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2021.

      Last year, Nissan showed the Ariya concept and said it would bring this new electric crossover model to production soon. Now the company is fulfilling that promise by showing the production 2022 Ariya, which looks remarkably similar to the concept car both inside and out. The Ariya also claims up to 300 miles of driving range on a single charge, and Nissan says it will start at around $40,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. late next year.

      Both one-motor and two-motor configurations will be available. The single-motor version offers 215 horsepower, 221 lb-ft of torque, and front-wheel drive, while the dual-motor version makes a

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      2021 Toyota Corolla Adds Limited Apex Edition Sport Package

      • The 2021 Toyota Corolla will come with an optional Apex edition, a sport package that includes a tuned chassis and suspension as well as optional summer tires.
      • The Apex edition is available with the SE and XSE Corolla sedans. Of the 6000 made, 120 will come with a manual transmission.
      • The Apex edition Corolla will go on sale this fall.

        While Toyota decided to not extend the TRD treatment to the 2021 Corolla—unlike its counterparts, the Camry and Avalon—the sedan is getting the next best thing, an Apex edition. This limited-edition sport package can be had on the SE and XSE Corolla sedans, giving them a tuned suspension, chassis, and available summer tires.

        Corollas equipped with the Apex edition come standard with the 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder which comes as optional on the Corolla but will be paired to a sport-tuned exhaust. Most of the Apex edition Corollas will come with

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        2021 Toyota Camry Gets a Few Updates

        • The 2021 Toyota Camry gets a few small updates to its styling and equipment.
        • The L base trim level is gone, and there’s now an XSE trim level available with the hybrid powertrain.
        • The 2021 Camry will be available in the fall, and pricing will be released later.

          Toyota’s mid-size sedan enters the new model year with a few tweaks. The 2021 Toyota Camry has new front-end styling, a different touchscreen infotainment setup, and a few changes to its trim levels and standard and optional equipment.

          The LE trim is now the base model, meaning the L—previously the cheapest Camry—is no more. The base price will likely rise by just a few hundred dollars as a result; Toyota hasn’t released 2021 pricing, but the 2020 L model was only $545 cheaper than the LE. The 2021 Camry hybrid is also now available in the sporty-ish XSE trim. And the more

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          2021 Toyota Camry Safety Suite Can ID Cyclists, Pedestrians Better

          • The 2021 Toyota Camry will have updated safety and driver assistance features, Toyota announced today.
          • Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+ includes the ability to better recognize cyclists and pedestrians.
          • The system will also help with a new adaptive cruise control overtake feature that speeds the Camry up while switching lanes.

            A new Camry is on its way and with it an updated driver assistance and safety suite. Safety Sense 2.5+, making its debut on the Camry, will be able to better identify bicyclists and pedestrians while adding intersection alerts and potential automatic braking for left turns.

            Toyota says that the updated Safety Sense 2.5+ has enhancements that help it detect “a preceding bicyclist in daytime and even a preceding pedestrian in low-light conditions.” The update looks to help protect those outside a bit more than the previous version of the system. With rising pedestrian versus car deaths, it’s a welcome addition.

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            Tesla Drops Standard-Range Model Y, Cuts Price on Long-Range AWD Version

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            Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

            • Tesla’s CEO announces that the standard-range Model Y has been canceled due to disappointing range of less than 250 miles.
            • Musk also announced that the all-wheel-drive long-range Model Y is getting a $3000 price cut.
            • The Model Y shakeup was followed by news that the Tesla stock price has once again shot up, making it worth $321 billion.

              Tesla has long prided itself on its ability to produce cars with impressive range numbers. Turns out, if an upcoming vehicle can’t get more than 250 miles on a charge, it gets the ax.

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              Over the weekend Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared the news (via Twitter, as he generally does) that the standard-range Model Y was

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