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After Video of political attack in the Tesla Full Self-Driving software, several comparison tests have been uploaded to YouTube. However, the problem with some of these tests is that they appear to use real people, and in some cases even children. This is understandably a concern, and NHTSA has issued a warning to the public not to test the beta version of FSD on real people — especially children.
Dodge has finally unveiled what could be the future of muscle cars, the all-electric Charger Daytona concept. It’s powered by a new 800-volt powertrain called the “Banshee,” which is said to eclipse the Hemi, Hellcat, and Redeye internal combustion engines in terms of performance. The electric charger uses a multi-speed electromechanical shifter to return some involvement to the steering, while the PowerShot’s Push-to-Pass system offers sudden bursts of acceleration. While Dodge has yet to specify production numbers or whether the concept will go into production, the road car is likely to arrive in 2024.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS was unveiled at Monterey Car Week and it turns the road racing theme up to 11. The new GT3 RS is powered by a 518 horsepower (525 hp) 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed PDK gearbox for 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds. Outright performance aside, the GT3 RS is set to be king of the corners with plenty of updates including L-shaped hood vents, a double-decker rear spoiler, small wings in front of the front wheels and a large pair of vertical fins behind them. Porsche says the RS generates a total of 902 lb (409 kg) of downforce at 124 mph (200 km/h), double that of its predecessor and three times that of the GT3.
Dodge has unveiled its entry into the crowded compact segment – the new 2023 Hornet. Based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Hornet will also be the brand’s first-ever electrified model in top-of-the-line R/T guise, with a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine working alongside an electric motor at the rear. The plug-in hybrid will be equipped with a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) on electricity alone. The Pure-ICE Hornet GT will start at $29,995 destination, while the PHEV R/T will be available from $39,995 destination.
The Hennessey Venom F5 spawned a roadster variant. The removable roof is made of carbon fiber, just like the rest of the car, and is held in place by quick-release bolts and latches designed to withstand the enormous speeds the F5 can reach. While the specs are the same as the coupe, with the roadster having a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V8 with 1,817 hp.
The Lincoln Model L100 concept is an all-electric and fully autonomous look at the brand’s future. The L100, unveiled during Monterey Car Week, draws inspiration from the 1922 Lincoln Model L. The futuristic car showroom’s doors expand like a ladybug, and interior and exterior lighting is used to greet passengers with an “orchestrated symphony of lights.”
Created by Q by Aston Martin, the DBR22 is a concept designed to showcase the capabilities of Aston’s own personalization department. The concept pays homage to the 1952 DB3S and DBR1 that won Le Mans in 1959 with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel. Power comes from a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 with 705 hp. (526 kW/715 hp) and 555 lb-ft (753 Nm) of torque. For now, the DBR22 is just a concept, and attendees of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be able to see it in person.
Internet sleuths have uncovered Volvo patent images showing a large XC90-like SUV with design elements from the Concept Recharge. The company has also registered the EXC90 trademark, which could be used on the model, although previous reports suggested it would be called Embla, after the first woman in Norse mythology.
Acura has chosen to look to Italian speedboats for inspiration for its latest concept, which showcases the direction the automaker will take in terms of design for its electrified future. The Precision Concept also gives us a glimpse of what the brand’s first all-electric SUV will look like when it arrives in 2024. It features an illuminated pentagonal grille, Acura DRLs with a Particle Glitch effect, and 23-inch wheels. Inside, the concept features a collection of premium eco-friendly materials, including biomass leather, aluminum and other recycled materials.
It’s been a busy week for Dodge, which not only unveiled a slew of new models like the Durango SRT Hellcat with its insane 710-hp V8; and 645 lb-ft of torque, which returns in 2023, as well as retro colors and fresh versions for the Challenger and Charger, but it also announced a full carbon body for the 1970 Charger, with Plymouth barracuda and the Road Runner will be next in line for the composite treatment.