Confirmed: Porsche Macan Electric SUV Coming in 2023

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 23:00

The Porsche Taycan electric sedan is due to get a bigger sibling come 2023 with the arrival of the Macan electric SUV. Despite sharing its name with the gas-powered compact luxury SUV Porsche currently sells, the battery-electric Macan will complement, rather than replace, its internal combustion engine counterpart. 

It’s a similar strategy to what Audi plans to apply to its A6 midsize sedan line, which will offer both ICE- and EV-powered options, each built around completely different platforms. S it’s no surprise that the electric Macan rides on the same Premium Platform Electric (PPE) underpinnings as the electric A6 E-Tron concept car that previews an upcoming production sedan bearing the same name. 

While Porsche’s eager to share details about the development process of the electric Macan, which includes digital testing using computer models to simulate real vehicles and external properties, the brand’s currently keeping the SUV’s performance and powertrain specifics closer to the chest. Nevertheless, Michael Steiner, a member of Porsche’s executive board, told MotorTrend and other media outlets in a roundtable interview that the German brand plans for the electric Macan’s driving range to top the Taycan’s, which currently manages a maximum range of 227 miles per Environmental Protection Agency testing. We wager Porsche will squeeze at least 250 miles of EPA-rated range from the electric Macan.

Whereas the Taycan offers two different battery packs, the Macan EV will likely sell with just one (larger) battery option in North America, said Steiner. He acknowledged Porsche is prepared to offer the Macan EV with two different battery packs, but noted that North American customers tend to flock toward the larger capacity option, which provides more driving range. 

Regardless of what’s supplying electricity to its drive motor or motors (we presume the SUV will offer single-motor two-wheel drive and two—or more—motor all-wheel-drive options), the electric Macan is due to crib a number of key pieces from its lower-slung Taycan sibling. Notably, the two share an 800-volt electrical architecture and a basic design language, the latter of which peaks through the camouflage of the electric SUVs in the attached images. 

Swollen front fenders with driving and/or headlights that mimic those of the Taycan’s supply the electric Macan with a sporty-looking mug. (Whether the lamps located within the SUV’s lower fascia are there for testing or represent the actual location of the headlights remains a mystery at the moment.) No doubt, the Macan EV looks like it’ll take on the appearance of the conceptual love child of the gas-powered Macan and Taycan that it sort of is. It also seems as though the Macan EV will sport a more sloped roofline than that of the current Macan, thus allowing the electric model to serve as the “coupe” of the Macan range, too.

Whatever its performance details turn out to be, the Macan EV is sure to live up to the sporting heritage of the Porsche name. It’ll also surely wear a Porsche-appropriate price tag. Expect Porsche to reveal more information about the electric Macan, which will likely arrive in the United States as a 2024 model when it launches in 2023.

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YouTuber Converts Tiny Ford Hatchback Into a Giant Lawnmower

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 23:16

Who doesn’t need a little help with all those daily chores? Mowing the lawn is the quintessential dreaded chore, especially when it comes to super huge lawns. Introducing the Ron Beer, the long-lost neglected cousin of the successful John Deere lawn tractor. You won’t see it on a showroom floor anytime soon, and it has little chance of making mom proud or securing a date for the night—but you have to admit that it’s slightly genius.

Is it a car? Yes. Is it a lawnmower? Yes. It’s a Ford Festiva–based lawnmower car, perhaps the greatest, most noble thing that’s ever happened to an old Festiva, especially one with its rear hatch hacked off so it looks like a super tiny truck.

The shirtless Daisy Dukes-wearing YouTuber Ginger Billy toutes the multitudinous advantages of his Ron Beer Ford Festiva lawnmower in his infomercial-like video on the subject, and his enthusiasm almost has us sold on this homebrew masterpiece that screams ‘Merican engine-ooity. He fires up the lawnmower’s Briggs and Stratton 600-cc engine through a set of center console-mounted switches. The whole mower deck assembly, strapped under the Festiva’s rear in place of wheels, whirls to life as he jokes that full power would lift the whole Festiva up like a hovercraft. Boy do we hope so.

Ride-on lawn mowers may have their advantages, but it’s hard to argue with the selling points of the Ron Beer. The roof protects occupants—that’s right, a buddy can ride along and join in on the shenanigans—from getting sunburned during the arduous task of mowing a field. The Ron Beer only takes one hand to drive and turn, meaning the other can hold a beverage (hence, um, the beer part). After all, it’s hard to drink a beer with no hands. Reclining seats allow for laid-back comfort. Radio entertainment and air conditioning elevate the mowing experience to pure luxury, though the general noise generated by the mower deck (amplified, seemingly, by the speaker-like concave structure left behind where the roof would be) might grind on you after a bit.

In any event, the Ford Festiva (sans mowing device) is not known for its performance prowess (most of the time). However, the Festiva Ron Beer lawnmower edition has what it takes to cut the high grass “like a Ginsu knife.” Thank its decent ground clearance (at least compared to typical lawn tractors) and probably the user’s utter lack of interest in protecting its front end from damage or the engine from overheating.

Get to work, Ron Beer Festiva. Thank you for your service.

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The Genesis G70 Wagon Will Shooting Brake Your Heart

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 19:45

This week, Genesis—the fairly-newly-minted luxury brand from Hyundai—announced it will start selling their wares in Europe starting this summer, and today their social media accounts teased the camouflaged derriere of a wagon version of the G70 sport sedan.

Naturally, we have no hope of getting this car in North America, because SUVs are where the money is. “We have lots of exciting new products coming to the US this year, including the GV70 SUV, new G70, and more,” said a Genesis representative, increasing our adrenaline flow before shattering our dreams with: “I can definitely confirm that the G70 shooting brake will not be coming to the US at this time.”

Heading to Europe. No looking back now. Follow us for the latest launch news #GenesisEurope #ItsAboutTime

— Genesis Europe (@Genesis_Europe) April 23, 2021

Not that we really have reason to be surprised or upset, because although thousands of MotorTrend readers and car enthusiasts love station wagons, the great unwashed car-buying masses don’t. Crossovers and SUVs are where the market and the money are. (Silly rabbit, wagons are for Europeans!)

Still, when you consider that the G70 is (or, at least until 2022, was) offered with a manual transmission… and Genesis is most likely offering not just a G70 wagon, but a stick-shift G70 wagon to foreigners across the Atlantic, well, it’s like lemon juice on an open scab. Heck, we only have to wait 25 years to import one of these long-roof G70s, right? 2046 isn’t that far away…

Regardless, we have to admire Genesis for making a G70 wagon, even if it is only for foreign shores: It shows an admirable commitment to giving the European market what it wants. (Parent company Hyundai already makes the I30 premium hatchback there, which is a pretty darn decent Golf clone.) Also, kudos to Genesis for marching into Europe so soon. It wasn’t until 2008 that Infiniti went to Europe, ten years after the brand’s inception, and after failing spectacularly, it pulled the plug last year. Let’s hope Genesis does better—maybe the wagon will help. And maybe, just maybe, it someday will make it to our shores.

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Changing Your ’80s or ’90s Ride’s Oil This Weekend? Motul Has Rad Options

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 19:00

Unless you’ve been cut off from the internet or spent the previous few years under a large rock, you’re probably aware that ’80s and ’90s-vintage cars are red-hot. These rad-era rides were on the posters on recently minted adults’ walls when they were kids, and those recently minted adults now have the cash to go out and buy the Toyota Supras, Ferrari 355s, and old Mercedes-Benzes they grew up worshipping. The nostalgia can run thick for those who manage to snag their dream ride —perhaps thicker than oil. So it seems fitting that the oil they put in their engines drips with the same hazy nostalgia, right?

Enter Motul’s new line of classic engine oils, which are geared toward cars of a certain age (and beyond). While not limited to “emerging collector car markets”, such as those covering the 1980s and 1990s alone, Motul’s classic oils are decade-themed for specific engine types and various technological developments over the years.

For example, the Modern Classic Eighties 10W-40 blend caters to the decade’s forced-induction engine, while the Modern Classic Nineties 10W-30 is formulated for “the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains.”

Motul has blends for the 1970s, too, made for engines with flat tappet cams, and a 20W-50 oil for those same cams, as well as high-lift cams from hot rods and muscle cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Got something even older? Good for you. Motul also has that covered by way of its pre-1950-spec SAE 30 and 50 straight-weight oils that work with gasoline and diesel engines. Such backward-facing oils are becoming more of a thing lately—Porsche even sells its own line of classic oils for older 911 models.

You can check out Motul’s full lineup of oils at its website, but we’ll end on perhaps our favorite part about the brand’s era-specific offerings: The cans. Motul has developed an array of sweet retro designs and photographed each can next to period vehicles. So, you may not yet have that classic car that starred in a poster on your childhood bedroom wall, but now you can make a poster starring those same cars and some cans of oil. Or, you know, just buy a few cans of this stuff and show ’em off in your garage, on a shelf, or wherever, because—in our eyes—they’re that cool.

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Can Your Rooftop Cargo Box Withstand Porsche-Like Speeds, Track Use?

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 17:30

Created in collaboration with Porsche Design, a newly developed performance roof box from Porsche Tequipment is now available for customers to purchase at Porsche dealers. How can a roof box find itself categorized as “high performance?” Well, it is tested at speeds up to 200 kph, or approximately 125 mph, meaning it has a high-speed designation that should be perfect for dry lakebed runs, autobahn blasts, or flagrantly illegal speeding here in America.

Based on the “form follows function” design principle, the curvy roof box features a Porsche logo at the rear, two side blades, and has customizable options. The side blades are available in high gloss black and three additional popular colors from the Porsche model range, including Dolomite Silver Metallic. Moreover, customers can order the roof box primed or finished in a matching Porsche paint color.

Though digital is king when it comes to design, the Porsche development team relied on physical prototypes to test in a controlled wind tunnel. These prototypes helped designers evaluate whether the roof box could achieve the desired effect in three dimensions, which allowed them to optimize the design.

Porsche developed the performance roof box by subjecting it through a comprehensive trial and test program using the Taycan Cross Turismo, with other models to follow later. The program included endurance testing at the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, Germany, and aerodynamics and noise level tests through a wind tunnel.

Maximum speed and controllability (for the vehicle the box is mounted to) were the main focus of development, and so mounted on the Taycan Gran Turismo, the roof box underwent testing for thousands of kilometers on several tracks. The roof box also had to prove its ability to withstand challenging conditions on rough roads.

The innovative roof box opens from both sides for easy loading, offers convenient installation by way of a quick-fastening system, and has a maximum load of up to 75 kg (165 pounds). It includes three securing straps, a protective cover with the Porsche logo, two sets of gloves, and a Porsche Crest sticker. With a 400-liter capacity, action sports enthusiasts can fit at least three snowboards or five pairs of skis.

Designed for customers who wanted to carry extra luggage at higher speeds, Porsche emphasized simple handling and a high degree of everyday usability—as is typical of Porsche products.

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First drive: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 proves just how fun nonsense can be

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:50
When I was a kid on family road trips, and I wasn’t getting yelled at to stop playing with the damn door lock, I’d daydream of a vehicle that could handle all the terrain passing by my window. One that could trundle through dale and dell, shred the roadside cornfields, launch over hills and splash through rivers, and even rocket off...
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2022 Subaru Legacy rated, Ferrari 812 targa preview, PHEVs gain ground: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:30
2022 Subaru Legacy review With a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10, the 2022 Legacy needs just a hint of style to top the family-sedan ratings. First drive: 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 proves just how fun nonsense can be The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, with a 470-hp 6.4-liter V-8, is dangerously fun. From Motor Authority: Open-top Ferrari 812...
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RICS CEO bonus sparks fresh anger among members

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:22
The chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is under fire for accepting a six-figure bonus despite the body claiming government furlough money and making widespread redundancies last year.
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New F9 Trailer Shows Real Cars Really Crashing Really a Lot

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:15

There’s a new trailer for F9, the upcoming release in the Fast and Furious saga that was previously delayed, and it has a lot of what you expect: Pounding music, Vin Diesel looking cool while perpetually shifting gears, and crashes, crashes, and more crashes. But there are a couple of other elements in this behind-the-scenes-ish trailer that are worthy of note: Cameras, dollies, car-cannons, ramps, and other stunt rigs.

We imagine that is very deliberate, because one of the (very legitimate) criticisms of the FnF movies (particularly 2004’s 2 Fast 2 Furious) was that there were too many computer-generated stunts. Maybe the public night be fooled, and maybe they wouldn’t be, but car fanatics like us know how a car should move, and it was pretty obvious that a lot of the stunt driving wasn’t actual driving.

We know that a lot of people lobbed to change that, and starting with Tokyo Drift, there was an effort to use real-life stunt drivers instead of CGI. This trailer shows that while the computers may still be at work in post, F9 will still feature real, honest-to-goodness, metal-bending, glass-shattering, real car crashes.

Granted, we’re not a fan of seeing classics and other desirable autos destroyed. Seeing a classic second-gen Nova shot off a ramp hurts our hearts a little, But a Toyota 86 getting flung roof-first into the side of a box truck? That, friends, is entertainment.

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Fire breaks out at Ballymore scheme days before remediation works

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:48
A fire at Ballymore’s New Providence Wharf scheme in east London broke out early this morning, just days before remediation works to remove ACM cladding were about to start.
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Brunswick Property Partners buys Croydon offices from UBS for £32.7m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:37
Brunswick Property Partners (BPP) has bought two Croydon offices from UBS Asset Management for £32.7m.
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Central London take-up soars, but investment plummets

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:35
Take-up in central London for the first quarter of this year soared 48% compared with the previous quarter, while investment over the same period plummeted from £3.6bn to £2bn.
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Barratt refunds £3.5m in business rates following sales surge

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:29
Barratt has agreed to refund £3.5m in business rates relief after it recorded a surge in forward sales.
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How to Build a Race Track in the Dirt: Has Top Gear America Gone Roadkill?!

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:00

Top Gear America is back from the midseason break, but the guys are missing a place to call home—their own race track. They don’t even have a dirt track to play on. The oldest permanent road course in the United States—Willow Springs International Raceway—has been a great homebase for now, but the guys want a place of their own. Trouble is, world-class racing facilities like Laguna Seca, Spa-Francorchamps, and Fuji Speedway can cost in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars to build. Fear not, this is Top Gear America—Dougy, Jet, and Bobby (heavy Boston inflection, please) know how to build a dirt track.

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Dougy (Dax Shepard), Jet (Jethro Bovingdon), and Bahwbee (spelled phonetically for Mr. Rob Corddry) are the tough-guy-builder names our noble hosts assign themselves to give more credence to their terra motivational pipedreams. Because pipedreams they are—Dougy wants to copy the esses from Silverstone, Jet wants to recreate the Mulsanne Straight from its pre-chicane heyday, and Bobby needs a bend; more specifically, the Parabolica from Monza.

Guys, this is supposed to be a dirt track, why are you recreating features from famous road courses? The Stig gets to play, too; the guys are going to throw in a crazy, off-camber, technical section for the Stig reminiscent of the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. The producers have been generous, as well, giving the Top Gear America crew a scenic 20 acres of undeveloped land to work with.

How to Build Your Own Race Track

First step is already taken care of: Get three tough construction-types to do all the work—maybe that’s up for debate. Next, heavy equipment: Dax, sorry, Dougy has brought a Caterpillar 325F Excavator; Jet is going to plow his straightaway with a Caterpillar 950M Loader; and Bobby’s Bend will be built by a bulldozer—the Caterpillar D16 Bulldozer with a fancy attachment perfect for cutting the banked turns he so desires. 

The layout has been approved and the equipment is ready, so why is there an “old-ass” Honda Civic DX, OBS Ford dually pickup, and a “bad-ass Caddy thing” that looks suspiciously familiar on the work site? It makes sense that if the Top Gear America guys are channeling their blue-collar spirits, they should be driving blue-collar cars, but only Bobby brought something that would actually help in building a dirt track.

Did Roadkill Come to Top Gear America?

Hold on a sec! Totally inappropriate cars, a scenic high-desert landscape with graded paths that barely pass for “roads” and man-children that can’t take anything seriously and only want to play with their cars? When did Top Gear America go full Roadkill? Comparisons to other car shows were inevitable, but we never thought we would do it ourselves.

But if we’re going to make comparisons, we might as well do it right. Let’s see, there was the time Dax blew up a “different” light blue Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham with nitrous (recycling old garbage is totally Roadkill, so is blowing an engine with the bottle). Rob almost asphyxiated himself with all the gasoline leaking out of that future classic Saab. Can’t forget the whole episode dedicated to making rally racing more accessible—Roadkill is all about making motorsport more accessible to everyone. Dax had that terrible Ford E-350 van that couldn’t get out of its own way. And both shows seem to find any excuse they can to bomb down a dirt road. 

It’s not a bad thing, though. Gearheads everywhere, just like you, who love automotive shenanigans get to watch all the fun, thanks to the MotorTrend App. Sign up for a free trial today and start watching!

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TCN UK to adopt Yardi tech across its £100m portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 13:59
TCN UK plans to adopt Yardi’s co-working technology platform across its entire £100m portfolio.
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Camberwell church plans to build 43 homes on empty land

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 13:56
A church in Camberwell, south London, has submitted plans to build 43 homes on empty land following a push from the Church of England (CoE) to tackle the housing crisis.
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2022 Subaru Legacy

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 13:28
What kind of car is the 2022 Subaru Legacy? What does it compare to? The 2022 Subaru Legacy sedan may give up the foot traffic to the popular Outback wagon across the showroom floor, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an excellent value, one stacked with features such as standard all-wheel drive, and it’s as composed as an...
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New JV acquires Hersham Green shopping centre for £17m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:02
A new joint venture between LaSalle Investment Management and Quadrant Repurpose has acquired Hersham Green Shopping Centre, in Hersham, Property Week can reveal.
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Avison Young and DTRE appointed on Panattoni’s £700m Honda Swindon scheme

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:08
Avison Young and DTRE have been appointed to market Panattoni’s forthcoming £700m Swindon scheme at the former Honda factory, Property Week can reveal.
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The Swan Centre snapped up for £3.7m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:08
A private investor has bought The Swan Centre in Kidderminster, Worcestershire for £3.7m, reflecting a net initial yield of 20%.
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