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Aston Martin reveals the Lagonda SUV

Lagonda, as you know, is famous for building the legendary Taraf. It was originally meant for the Middle East market with only 100 units to be built but someone decided they needed an extra 100 units and bring them all over the world. How else were they gonna survive if they sold less than 200 total units?

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And as you already know (or not), it’s owned by Aston Martin. Though my agents weren’t really able to get a catch on the name. Some of them say that it’s the Aston Martin DBX or the Lagonda All Terrain. But technically, they’re the same vehicle.

And my agents are speculating that there’s going to be two vehicles, one branded the DBX and the other one will be an ultra luxury All Terrain and we won’t see any on the roads until 2022 because that’s when Aston Martin decides the cars are ready for production.

Although, if you can see, one of my agents brought back a picture and it looks more like it’ll be Lagonda making the SUV. It’s very reminiscent of a Taraf from the front, for those of you with eagle eyes.

And the rear end looks like a McLaren Sweptail except it’s not a sweeping tail but more like a shooting brake. And, for those of you who are in the auto intelligence industry, Lagonda intends to be the world’s first ultra-luxury all-electric car maker in the world. And yes, the All Terrain will be electrically powered.

Some of my agents say that Lagonda’s putting an electric motor at each of the wheels to make it good off-road and I heartily concur but if they do that, what’ll be the range on it? The more the motors means more battery drain which equals to a decrease in range.

And there’s no price yet too.

Reference: Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Previews a Production SUV

Is there any chance of a super capacitive Lamborghini Aventador?

Recently, my agents reported to me that Lamborghini isn’t going to let the Aventador sleep the long sleep without a last hurrah. They reported that the Raging Bull is going to work on an Aventador that uses super capacitors instead of the mighty 6.5L V-12 that high-end Lamborghinis are so very famous for.

This is definitely a step in the right direction as this will be a Lamborghini of many “firsts”. It’ll be Lambo’s first all-electric supercar. It’ll be the first Lamborghini electric car. It’ll be the first to boost the company to the electric era. And so many more.

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The new car is codenamed the rather difficult to pronounce LB48H supercar. This may also be the first Lamborghini that people wouldn’t want to buy because it’s so hard to pronounce. It took me an hour just to figure out how to say it.

Now, an electrostatic battery is different from an electrochemical engine. Sure, they sound the same and in principle, they’re quite similar but are actually quite different. An electrochemical battery, for example, uses chemicals to produce power. Think of your smartphone or laptop or digital camera.

An electrostatic battery on the other hand, releases power all at once. Ever walk around a room then get electrocuted when you touch a metal object? That’s static electricity. Think of a capacitor that releases energy instantly but in prolonged intervals.

I’m not exactly sure how it works as it’s as hard as the Force to see and difficult to understand as Sectumsempra but the technology works and Japan was the first country to use it.

Of course, with all this technology stuff, you’d be wondering how expensive it is. And my agents came back with a figure. Put your seatbelts on cause this will make you hit your head on the wheel.

It’s $3 Million each.

Reference: Lamborghini Aventador successor to use supercapacitors instead of batteries?

Is a 7 ton Russian limo worth $160,000?

Здравствуйте! Я – автомобильный блогер! Zdravstvuyte! Ya – avtomobil’nyy bloger! If you’re a fan of Russian things, it’s got to be their military, their drinks (Vodka) and their cars. Namely, the 7 ton Aurus Senat.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. How does a luxury car model weigh seven tons? Well, if you know your cars, the Senat is actually the same type of car Vladrimir Putin himself uses to travel round Russia.

And the car comes in an unarmored version as well as the armored version.

I have to say upfront that this is just astounding. Have you heard of the Humvee part-replacement called the L-ATV? It only weighs 6.4 tons and that thing was meant for actual combat.

This? It’s got 600 kilos more weight in armor than a dedicated combat vehicle and it was meant for luxury. See what I mean about being a fan of Russian things? Find me a luxury sedan that has more armor than an actual, dedicated fighting vehicle. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Oh, sorry, there aren’t any.

Sure, the M-ATV weighs between 13 to 15 tons but that’s just an experimental vehicle (technically). The L-ATV is the actual vehicle that’ll be used (after the JLTV program).

So, is this thing worth $160,000? Hell, yes! To give you a comparison, the – lighter weight – L-ATV costs between $430,000 and $560,000 and the M-ATV costs $450,000.

In my personal opinion, I’d recommend that Aurus sell at a slightly higher price. Like, say, $200,000 to $300,000. Because why would you not drive an armored luxury car?

This thing is safer than a Humvee and has pretty much the same level of luxury as a Roller so why would you choose anything else? If you’ve got the money, buy the Aurus Senat.

Heck, buy two. Or three.

Reference: Roll like Putin: Russian automaker wants to sell 7-ton limo to the world

Is the world ready for a plug-in hybrid BMW?

I’m quite in favor of hybrid technology. It combines the best of both worlds into one. The internal combustion engine powers it most of the way (or can be used only to charge the batteries to extend range, if you so choose).

I’ve driven a few cars that are hybrids and I can assure you that most of them can be set to electric only and the conventional engine turns on just to charge the batteries and then shuts itself down again.

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And this time, we have the legendary luxury and super sports of famed German auto maker, BMW, to join the ranks of the hybrids. This is good news to all environmentalists and people who want to drive a car with a mix of both types of engines.

I mean, the best way to drive hybrids, really, is electric mode. The instant torque offered by the electric motors is just biblical and even though you’ll run out of battery soon, the conventional engine will charge your batteries in no time so you can extend your range and continue your thrills.

And BMW, as always, are adding their kind of luxury to their hybrid lineup. Who doesn’t want German luxury? Only an idiot would want that and if that’s the case, you’d need to see a shrink.

Of course, the hybrids of BMW are somewhat behind in terms of their Japanese counterparts. But then again, they aren’t. The legendary Toyota Prius is capable of doing naught to sixty in a very sluggish 10.5 seconds but the Bimmer 3 hybrid can do it in 6 seconds flat.

They’re behind in a sense that only now they’re making hybrids but on the whole, they’ve already beaten the ones who’ve had a head start. It’s only a matter of time before we get a BMW M hybrid.

Heck, they might even label it an “Mh” or “M-h”.

Reference: 2020 BMW 330E Plug-in Hybrid First Drive: The 3 Series of Phevs

Tesla finally gives Model 3 promised price of $35,000

And about damn time too. Took them a year to figure out that people want the promised thirty five grand Model 3. See? Ya see? Tesla intentionally sold the Model 3 for $45,000 to make itself rich and then, after a year, sell it for the promised rice.

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They’re trying to get a quick return on their investments. While some people fell for the trap, others like me didn’t and I’m glad I didn’t. You see, if you’re sort of a conspiracy theorist like me, you’ll understand that they already had the $35,000 Model 3 ready for production but they deliberately delayed it till Tesla big rigs were satisfied that they’d made a good ROI.

It’s been more than a year, for crying out loud and all they could give us was the most expensive models, the little turds. It’s like saying other life forms don’t exist on this universe. Those people haven’t seen the size and scale of the universe (I believe in extra terrestrial life, if you want to know).

That price point gives you 220 miles of range and very little else. You don’t even get autopilot or anti-crash technology for that price; you’ll have to spend extra to get it but that’s fine with me. Hell, I don’t need autopilot or anti-crash; that’s for lazy people.

I’ll drive a WWII Willy’s Jeep or a Humvee for all I care. It’s all I really need.

If you do buy all the options, then you might as well spend the full $45,000 option. But for $35,000 you get 5 star safety rating. That’s the highest safety rating for any car that auto safety authorities give.

Virtually ALL Tesla cars have a 5 star safety rating, from the cheapest Model 3 to the most expensive Model S, if it’s a Tesla, you know it’s safe AF.

Those things won’t even roll over in a crash.

Reference: Tesla Model 3 Standard Price Starts at $35,000

Y are you late, Tesla?

After many long and perilous and frightful years, the Tesla Model Y is finally come to existence! And if I may add, it’s not as expensive as previously thought. So is it the budget electric SUV that everyone is waiting for or is it a bigger model 3?

Well, it isn’t. Firstly, because it isn’t an SUV. It’s a CUV, a Crossover Utility Vehicle. What this means is that, basically, it’s a cross between a sedan and an SUV. And secondly, it means that it’s not as big as the Model X. Heck, it’s only slightly taller than the Model 3, as what my agents were able to gather from pictures.

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And, if I’m honest, it looks absolutely bloody brilliant. Imagine a CUV, a slightly smaller SUV or a slightly larger sedan that looks like an Aston Martin Rapide S but with the front grille closed? Yes, all Tesla’s since 2012 or 2013 have lost their iconic black grille in favour of a grille-less grille.

One of my old mates says that it looks like a piranha but I don’t know. All I know is it looks good from any angle.

But be ye warned, however, because the Model Y is about 10% larger than the Model 3 but has the same battery packs and therefore will lose about 10% of range and also cost 10% more than the Model 3.

This could be a benefit or a disability to some buyers. Yes, the Model 3 is now available in $35,000 and that means Tesla is rolling them off the production line as fast as someone breathes oxygen but to pay $40,000 for a car with slightly less range for slightly more money is quite counter-intuitive, if you ask me.

If I’m gonna pay forty grand on a CUV, I’d rather buy a Honda CR-V or a Subaru Forester or a Toyota RAV4.

Still, let’s wait till March 14.

Reference: Tesla Model Y will be revealed March 14, priced 10 percent higher than Model 3

Prancing Horse reportedly building a new V-8 car…. With a Hybrid

That’s what my agents have told me. And you know what? I think it’s amazing! Back in 2013 when the LaFerrari came out, Ferrari had built it’s first hybrid car – a hypercar at that. And now, it looks like they’re making one for you and me if you’ve got the money.

Actually, it’s not really a new model. My agents tell me that it’s just a modified 488 Pista with a hybrid engine on it to complement and supplement the already powerful engine on the 488. And we all know what happens when cars go hybrid.

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They go farther, shift faster and go faster as well as use less fuel because they can be complemented by a battery to improve fuel efficiency and consumption as well as supplementing and compensating for the slight loss in power when a car shifts gear.

So, in effect, the car is still accelerating hard even while it’s in the middle of shifting gears because of that electric motor. Electric motors, as we know are 3 times more efficient than internal combustion engines and that’s why many a car maker are switching from conventional engines to pure electric or hybrid. Rare cases, like Toyota, are going for hydrogen.

This is most definitely fascinating news because, even if it’s going to cost more than most houses and weigh more than most mountains, it will give you the same old Ferrari thrill and pomp but could somewhat save the environment. It’s not exactly a 100% solution to global warming but it’s a start.

Also, Ferrari plans to make all their cars electric from 2023 and beyond. 2022 will see the last of the internal combustion engine, that ancient and Jurassic and chugging relic of the 19 th Century.

How much does it cost and what are the specs? Well, just look at the 488 Pista.

Reference: Hybrid V-8 Ferrari supercar reportedly set to debut this year

Is the Mercedes-Benz C300 the cheapest yet most luxurious sedan?

It is not as good as the E- class but the C- class is the cheapest sedan you can buy from Mercedes-Benz at the moment, pound for pound. But the C300 is something else because it offers things normally not present in it’s price range.

It actually has a 2.0L Turbocharged Straight Four that produces about 241 horsepower and 273 lbs-ft of torque and a 9 speed gearbox allows it to hit sixty from a stop in just 6.2 seconds. That’s not bad considering that it’s not meant to compete against E-classes and the 3 series.

It also has collision warnings, lane departure warnings, adaptive brake and adaptive assistant and brake assist and many things normally found on an S-class as standard are optional in this which is great and it costs less than an S-class even if you’ve upgraded.

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I mean, it starts at $40,250 and the S-class is $90,000 starting – more than double! If that’s not a massive savings, I don’t know what is.

It’s quite comfy and all lovely, this. If you buy their legendary AirMatic suspension, you won’t even feel most of the bumps on the road; like flying on asphalt. Driving this thing is like driving a coffin, though.

There’s no thrills because it was meant to be driven without thrills; relaxed cruising. It was so silent driving it, I could hear my hair growing. Looking at your Facebook is much more frantic.

Also, the drive mode in this thing actually works. Unlike majority of luxury-sports cars there (even the S-class), the modes actually work. You can actually feel your body parts being relocated when you mash the throttle at Sport+ and braking in that mode makes them come out of your ribs.

Comfort? Well, it’s like driving a Rolls-Royce Phantom. I’d rather have this than an S-class. It’s smaller, which fits in most roads and it’s easier to park AND it’s cheaper.

Plus the wife would love it.


McLaren Madness: One Thousand Horsepower

We all know that McLaren is a car company that makes good looking cars. Well, for some people. I’m not a fan of any of their cars other than the MP4-12C. And we all know that the 600LT is a fast little bugger.

But what happens when you give Hennessey, a company known for creating one-off cars that break records? Well, you simply get a 600LT hypercar with 1,000 horsepower. Yep, that’s right, folks. That’s one with three zeros on it.

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Make no mistake, the 600LT is one helluva car and looks somewhat stunning; sort of like Lady Gaga going through the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show in a bikini.

However, there isn’t just one model the company is offering because my agents tell me that there’s three, repeat, three cars that Hennessey is modifying. They offer 700 and 800 horsepower along with the thousand horsepower monster.

If that’s not going to give you any chills down your spine, I don’t know what will.

To give you a bit of the madness the three cars offer, I have to be a bit boring. The 700 HP variant can do naught to sixty in just 2.6 seconds; 0.3 seconds faster than a base 600LT. The 800 HP variant can do it in 2.4 seconds but the 1000 HP variant does it in, get this, 2.1 seconds.

That 2.1 seconds is Formula One territory, for those of you who don’t know. And these aren’t one-offs like what most people think. They are actual packages each customer can avail should they choose. The 700 costs $18,000, 800 costs $35,000 and the 1000 costs $100,000.

Do I think it’s worth it?Yes , if you had the money buy the packages. Why would you not upgrade your base Mclaren by a reputable record-breaking company?

I would.

Reference: Hennessey cranks McLaren 600LT to 1,000 horsepower


Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Toyota Supra TRD

And they should’ve done this before they launched the car. Why didn’t they add a V-8 before they launched it? It boggles the mind. And just months before it was posted, they said they’d have a BMW M3 engine under the hood and then they said they didn’t.

I actually had my hopes up for a while when they said BMW M3 motor but then I lost all hope because it launched without the legendary Straight-Six that Bimmer is so well known for building.

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Now, they’ve built a TRD model. Good. Damn good. I just hope it’s not aesthetic like most of their TRD models. Unfortunately, it is just aesthetic and I my agents haven’t even hinted at a bigger engine so it’s safe to assume that that’s about as far as the Supra will go.

Although, since it’ll have Carbon Fiber, I suspect that it’ll get faster and that’ll add to the cost of the car. The base Supra already costs fifty grand US so, with Carbon Fiber additions, the price might go up to sixty or seventy grand. It’s a bit much for a car that can be defeated by several other cars like Mercedes and BMW.

But if you ask me, the base Supra is reasonably priced but the TRD model isn’t going to be worth an extra twenty to thirty grand especially when it’ll only be point-something- something seconds faster than the a base model or that it’ll have xoxo top speed compared to the base Supra.

I certainly hope that they add a V-6 under the hood of that thing and give it two turbos because if not, then the thing isn’t much better than a Toyota 86 or the Subaru BRZ. And those cars looked promising and in the end weren’t really that hot.

Please add a bigger engine.

Reference: Toyota Supra gets modified for the first time by TRD