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Hypercar or Hyperware? Which of these 10 startup supercars do you think will actually reach production?
With so many announcements, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all the new hypercar entrants. What number of these claims seem impossible? Will they ever be realized into a production car with the same capabilities as Bugatti? We’ve rounded up ten candidates that might be less fact than fiction.
BMW’s 750 HP Concept XM Revealed And It’s Even Scarier Than We Imagined
You may have expected it to be the successor of the M1 supercar. It is, however, only the second standalone M vehicle, and a supercar nonetheless. Even though it is only the second standalone M car, this 750 hp plug in hybrid XM SUV will not be beaten. While the concept is still in development, the prototype you see today is almost ready for production. The finalized model will be available before 2022. Once you get past those huge illuminated nostrils, you’ll have to contend with the LED lights in the roof, as well as the vertically-stacked tailpipes and double roundels on the rear screen. But is the Concept XM genius or madness? Our editors provide their opinions on the subject, and we explore why BMW continues to be a surprise for the public.
Ferrari’s Purosangue SUV Spied With Production Body For The First Time
These spy shots mark the first time we’ve seen Ferrari’s all-new SUV wearing what looks to be its final production body, albeit under heavy cladding. Previous mules were wearing models like the Maserati Levante’s bodywork, and the official debut for the Purosangue will be sometime in 2022.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor-Based Retro Featuring 1970s Bronco Facial Is Our Sort Of Classic Truck
Built by Sweet Brothers Restomods in Upton, Wyoming, this classic Bronco-faced truck is actually constructed using the chassis, drivetrain, and interior of a modern Ford F-150 Raptor. It looks as though it was built from parts of the 1970s Ford, despite having a lot of them. The end result combines classic styling and the convenience of new running gear. It’s a great product!
2023 Volvo XC90 Successor To Blend SUV And Estate Styling Cues
For a more estate-like, sleeker version of the XC90, some of its SUV-like tones will be dropped. It’s though that the new design direction will distinguish it from conventional SUV offerings while paying homage to Volvo’s wagon-rich heritage. It will take cues from the Concept Recharge that was revealed earlier this year and will be offered in both BEV and ICE-powered flavors. The car, which is expected to debut next year, will ride on the SPA2 platform, which is an evolved version of the current architecture.
Toyota GR Corolla New: A Sneaky Teaser Basically Confirms U.S. Hot Hatch
Toyota’s Instagram page essentially confirmed the upcoming GR Corolla for North America with an image of a camouflaged model bearing a “GR Four” sticker on the car’s doors as well as a “G16 GR Four” marking on one of the shipping containers. The “NA” preceding the G16 could also stand for North America.
Lexus RZ Electric Crossover teased for 2023; It Looks Just like Our Illustrations
Lexus has finally shown sketches of the upcoming RZ hybrid electric vehicle. It will be based upon the same eTNGA EV platform as the Toyota bZ4X, Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X. It is strikingly similar to Carscoops’ renderings for the preview of its new EV.
The News: What’s the Other Story?
F1 Drivers Alonso And Ocon Turn Up To Ballon D’Or
Alpine’s Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon brought the Ballon d’Or trophy to the 65th ceremony celebrating achievements in football. After being introduced by French band Daft Punk they took off their helmets to reveal themselves. Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or for a record-extending seventh time after earning his first major international trophy with Argentina.
Tesla launches a $50 Cybertruck Whistle
Elon Musk announced the Cybertruck-inspired “Cyberwhistle.” The trinket cost just $50 and Tesla said on its website that the whistle is a “premium collectible” made from medical-grade stainless steel with a polished finish. The whistle went quickly and many buyers took advantage of the demand by offering them for significantly higher prices on eBay, which ranged from $150 to $300, with some going as high at $2,250.
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