Autos

Tuner Hacks Tesla Model 3, Unlocks 50 Extra HP

We all know that Tesla can update its cars “over the air,” meaning via a wireless internet data connection. Even though the tech is getting standardized across the industry, Tesla is one of the few companies that can do things like add driving range or power via a software update, unlocking electronically cordoned-off battery capacity or energy distribution. Your Tesla can always get better, it seems, but not only by Tesla’s hand. That’s right—a Canadian company is now offering its own squirts of extra performance for the Model 3 sedan by way of software updates of its own, and for less than half the price Tesla charges its customers for a similar boost. According to Elektrek, a Canadian company called Ingenext has found a way to unlock an extra 50 horsepower from a...

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupe First Look

Porsche is pulling the wraps off a duo of new SUVs: the Cayenne GTS and the Cayenne GTS Coupe. What’s GTS mean? In Porsche-speak, the GTS is the Goldilocks offering. Not too bare bones, but not too pricey; that last bit’s relative. Typically speaking, the GTS model comes complete with all the expensive, optional go-faster bits you want on the S model, some extra thrust, and a lowered ride height, all for a lower price. The new Cayenne GTS models are no exception. The V-8 is Back, Baby! The very first Cayenne GTS came with a 399-hp naturally aspirated V-8, and a manual transmission was an option! Obviously, the world’s been going downhill since then. The second-generation Cayenne GTS still had an N/A V-8 (autobox-only) and produced 414 hp. After a mid-cycle refresh, the Ca...

Florida Man Approved: Ford Files for “Everglades” Trademark, Possibly for Bronco and F-150

Ford continues its run of firing filing to trademark the names of national parks for possible use on its vehicles. Following its submissions for marks such as Big Bend and Badlands—which are among the expected trims for both the 2021 Bronco and the 2021 Bronco Sport—the Blue Oval recently filed for the Everglades name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. What exactly Ford plans to do with the Everglades name is unknown. That said, the filing does list the company’s desire to use it for, “[m]otor vehicles, namely, automobiles, pick-up trucks, electric vehicles, sport-utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and their structural parts. “ Admittedly, that’s a rather broad statement. Still, the inclusion of “electric” and “off-road vehicles&...

This Searing Orange Paint Ups the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s Visual Wattage

Whatever your feelings are on Ford’s decision to graft its upcoming all-electric crossover SUV to the iconic Mustang‘s brand, you may be interested in knowing the 2021 Mustang Mach-E will now be available in this crazy bright orange color. Apparently, orange is a popular color on the real Mustang—you know, the gas-fed coupe and convertible models—so Ford has gone and added the hue to the Mach-E’s palette. Cyber Orange Tri-Coat, as Ford calls it, indeed renders the somewhat tall Mach-E with a more exotic appearance. (We maintain that the electric SUV is best appreciated in person, where its powerful rear haunches, fastback roofline, and various cherry-picked Mustang styling cues come together far better than in photos.) Even though it’s not available on the Mustang, ...

2021 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid Finally Arrives, Brings More Range and Power

The redesigned BMW X5 has been out for well more than a year, and now, the plug-in hybrid version is finally arriving. It might be worth the wait, considering it’ll deliver more power and achieve significantly better EV-only range than its predecessor. Oh, and when the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e arrives in U.S. dealerships this July, it won’t be cheap, either. The big news under the X5 hybrid’s hood is an engine swap. In place of the previous X5 PHEV’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sits a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. That move helps the new X5 xDrive45e push out a total of 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque between its gas engine and electric assist motor, increases of 81 ponies and 111 lb-ft from the old four-cylinder version. BMW also installs a larger battery, wh...

Not Taycan Its Time, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Coming Sooner than Expected

It’s no secret Porsche is working on a wagon variant of its battery-electric Taycan sedan. When the German brand plans to unveil the long-roof Taycan model officially remains a mystery. Thanks to a well-placed source within the company, though, we now have a general idea of the forthcoming Taycan Cross Turismo‘s unveil date, and it’s sooner than we expected. While we do not know an exact day or time, we are told the Taycan EV wagon will officially debut toward the end of the year. Frankly, we figured Porsche would wait until 2021 to show off the model. Nevertheless, the fact the brand plans to take the wraps off of the Taycan Cross Turismo before the calendar turns over gives us hope the car will reach our shores by the middle of 2021, perhaps as a 2022 model.  As sp...

EarthCruiser 4×4 Overland RV Gets New Dual Cab, Still Fits in Shipping Container

Do you love to travel the world with a full bathroom, a comfy bedroom, and a decent kitchen? Then look no further than this impressive expedition truck—the EarthCruiser. The formidable 4×4 is designed to take its occupants from the city streets to sand dunes or anywhere you want to go on the planet. The 2020 EarthCruiser overland camper sleeps four and has a 140-inch wheelbase with exterior dimensions similar to a midsize pickup truck. An optional Dual Cab body style with a 169-inch wheelbase is also available, and just recently became available to order. In the Dual Cab configuration the EarthCruiser measures 289 inches long from bumper to bumper, but both versions offer 11.3 inches of ground clearance and a reasonably good approach angle thanks to the short front overhang that comes...

Spy Shots Show 2021 Ford Bronco’s Manual Transmission With Built-In Crawler Gear

An anonymous source provided the publication with these revealing photos, which show a manual transmission with six speeds and a “C” gear. Presumably, that “C” stands for “crawl.” There are also new photos that give us a closer look at the Bronco’s engine, suspension, and dash setup. The seven-speed manual seems perfect for the soon-to-be-revealed Ford Bronco SUV. Getrag’s own information points to the transmission being aimed at large rear-wheel-drive vehicles—implying a longitudinal engine configuration, which the new Bronco is sure to have—and being configurable for five-, six-, and seven-speed setups. The transmission can handle up to 443 lb-ft of torque and supports all-wheel-drive applications. The optional ultra-low crawler gear would ...

The 2021 Toyota Mirai Might Turn Out Pretty Enough to Make You Forget the Old One

The Toyota Mirai is one of the most polarizing cars on sale, and that fact it’s a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) has surprisingly little to do with that. Call us shallow, but just look at the thing. Even though the word “mirai” means “the future” in Japanese, the current ‘Yota FCV looks like it was inspired by some kind of prehistoric fish monster and then partially chewed up by that very same creature. Luckily, Toyota is giving the futuristic, hydrogen-fueled car a full clean-sheet redesign, as previewed by the Lexus-like 2021 Mirai concept—and we’ve now gathered proof that the production model will hew closely to that show car’s knockout styling. MotorTrend features editor Scott Evans was driving through downtown Los Angele...

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 45 Likely Revealed In Patent Images

Admittedly, it’s possible that these images show the already revealed GLB 35. A handful of distinct cues, however, give us reason to believe that’s not the case. Go on, give the illustrations a look and see if you spot the telltale signs of a 45-badged Mercedes-AMG model. See it? Those four exhaust pipes poking out of the rear bumper are a detail missing from the GLB 35, which features just two exhaust tips. Furthermore, the front bumper includes slight alterations to the lower fascia, including additional detail work within the stylized cooling ducts at the left and right corners of the crossover. Yes, the changes are subtle, but is that really surprising? Consider the GLA 35 and GLA 45 look largely the same, save for the models’ mildly massaged front fascias, different ...

What’s the Difference Between a Ford F-150 and F-250, Anyway?

It’s a question that doesn’t bear asking if you really know your trucks, but for the masses, it’s one that comes up all the time: What’s the difference between the Ford F-150 and F-250 pickup? At the core the difference is simple, the F-150 is a light-duty, half-ton class truck while the Ford F-250 is a three-quarter ton, heavy-duty truck. More specifically, the F-250 has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 8,500 pounds, while the F-150 is under that government-specified threshold. Digging deeper, the differences are many. The Ford F-150 is a light-duty truck built primarily to haul lighter loads and cruise effortlessly on the highway. Its engines are more efficient, and its cabin is designed to be quiet at speed. The F-250 by contrast is built for wor...

Dyno Tuning an LS1-Swap 1981 Malibu Wagon for 700 HP

This Malibu wagon’s goal was to create a tire-ripping, fun-time-having street car—a vehicle to fill with friends to rip burnouts around town and destroy cones on the autocross. After a year of trial and error, the LS1-swapped 1981 Malibu finally got on the chassis dyno; through 28 dyno pulls, the Malibu wagon was fine-tuned with Vortech’s standard, generic LS-swap kit and V1-Ti supercharger, picking up an additional 280 hp and 220 lb-ft. Building the LS1… A quick refresh on the project: It’s a gutted 1998 Trans Am Formula for its Gen-III LS1, then Pro Motor Engines in Mooresville, North Carolina, took a break from building wild NASCAR engines to help build the LS1-based 383ci stroker with a K1 crank, K1 rods, Wiseco dished pistons, and upgraded wrist pins. The LS1 383 c.i...