Autos

Audi Unveils Its Hardest R8 to Date, the 620 HP Coupé V10 GT RWD

Hypebeast was lucky enough to drive the top-spec Audi R8 V10 Performance as part of our series Open Road earlier this year, but now Audi has responded with one better: the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD. Heralded as the marque’s “most powerful rear-wheel drive unit in the history of the brand,” this new German supercar utilizes the familiar 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 and sends a pumped-up 620 HP to the rear wheels alone through a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which works in tandem with a “Torque Rear” driving mode to perfect oversteering (read, powerslides and fun). Capable of hitting 62 MPH in 3.4 seconds and going onto a top speed of 199 MPH, the GT RWD follows on from the first Audi R8 GT that debuted 12 years ago. Then, it was one of the most hardco...

Tesla Built Over 356,000 Cars in Q3, Hit Record High Number of Deliveries

Coming off a rough Q2 that saw a slowdown in vehicle production and delivery plus a drop in earnings, Tesla recently reported strong manufacturing and delivery numbers in Q3 — but numbers that still fell slightly short of analyst expectations. The company announced that it was able to build 365,923 of its electric cars between July 1 and September 30, and also delivered 343,830 of those cars. This is the most cars Tesla has delivered in any quarter to date but is still below analyst expectations: Reuters reports that, on average, analysts expected Tesla to deliver 359,162 cars. Tesla’s overall production numbers represent a 54 percent increase from Q3 2021, in which they were able to manufacture 237,823 cars. However, they built 22,093 more cars than they were able to deliver. “...

New York Mandates Zero-Emissions Vehicles Beginning 2035

Echoing the commitments made by California, Governor Kathy Hochul announced ahead of the weekend that New York will be requiring all “passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs” sold in the state beginning in 2035 to be zero-emissions models. In 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act, allowing California to set its own emissions laws due to the worrying levels of air pollution at the time. According to The Hill, the Act prohibits states from implementing their own standard, and only after California applies for a waiver can other states follow. Ahead of the ban on gas-powered car sales, Hochul has announced a series of initiatives including having 35 percent of new cars be zero-emissions by 2026 and 68 percent by 2030. A small controllable act that will help reach those benchmark ...

Maserati Debuts New Retail Store

Italian automaker Maserati is expanding its operations with the announcement of its debut retail store concept. Located in Milan’s Magenta district, the store’s art-gallery style design was created with New York-based experience design firm, Eight Inc. With the new store, Maserati invites clients to join in on the creative process of producing the luxury sports car. Forming the design/configuration counter is a warm kitchen island and living space outfitted with an espresso bar, wine and cold-pressed juices. “From the early stages of developing a new car to the complete luxury retail experience, everything at Maserati is designed with the client in mind,” said Maserati’s CEO, David Grasso. “Our new store concept embodies our values of passion, innovation...

Ferrari Builds Unique SP51 V12 Spider for Leading Collector

Ferrari has revealed its latest one-off creation, a front-engined V12 spider created to the specifications of a customer from Taiwan. Designed by the Flavio Manzoni-headed Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP51 is based on the 812 GTS, taking on its layout, chassis and engine and offering a “successful roadster take on Maranello’s first front-engined V12 spider in 50 years.” The complete absence of a roof – the 812 GTS features a retractable hard top – meant the car’s aerodynamics required fine tuning using computer simulations, wind tunnels and testing to ensure comfort and acoustics in the cabin. Bare carbon fiber is used extensively in the cabin and on the exterior, sitting alongside three-layer Rosso Passionale paint – a color developed specifically for the SP51 – and...

Take a Look at the First-Ever BMW XM

After teasing a concept back in November, BMW has now officially revealed its all-new XM, the automaker’s first-ever performance vehicle with an electrified drive system. The XM is a dedicated M car, the first since the ultra-exclusive M1 from the late ’70s, and features a plug-in hybrid system comprised of a V8 petrol engine and an electric motor. Arriving in a large silhouette resembling what the X8 would have been, exteriors are sharper than that of BMW’s other SUVs with powerful contours, large kidney grilles, wide intakes, contour lighting, hexagonal dual tailpipes, and sharp split headlights. An accent band runs along the body, stretching above the door handles and over the windshields in an unfinished loop while BMW badges on the rear are noticeably absent. Distinc...

Mercedes-Benz Designs Its First-Ever Virtual Show Car for ‘League of Legends’ Worlds

Mercedes-Benz has been the exclusive automotive partner of the League of Legends World Championship, or Worlds for short, since 2020 and recently renewed its partnership with Riot Games until 2025. Building on the extended collaboration, the German automaker has crafted its first-ever virtual show car seen in this year’s official Worlds music video “STAR WALKIN” by new LoL president Lil Nas X. Beginning on November 3, fans will also be able to preview in-car elements from LoL within the Mercedes EQS digital vehicle display in San Francisco, which will eventually make their way into Mercedes-Benz’s  MBUX infotainment systems. As a virtual car, the vehicle is free from the laws of physics and road regulations, allowing for a fluid glass-like design with a bubble cockp...

LiveWire Paves New Territory As First U.S. Publicly-Traded Electric Motorcycle Manufacturer

LiveWire is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first publicly-traded electric motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S. The S2 Del Mar features the company’s proprietary ARROW architecture, exclusively designed at LiveWire Labs in Mountain View, California and the Product Development Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Reservations for the S2 Del Mar open today, following the bell’s ring at the NYSE in Manhattan’s Financial District. The S2 Del Mar aims to deepen riders’ experiences with the world around them. Built for agility, the S2 Del Mar invites modern-day adventurers to champion offerings in the electric bike division as contemporary modes of transport. The e-motorcycle will be available in three colors at the time of its release — Nimbus Gray, Nightfall Blue, and A...

Nissan NISMO Racing Division Unveils Z GT4 Race Car

Nissan has just given racing enthusiasts a better look at the full track potential of the all-new Nissan Z. Revealing the Nissan Z GT4 in Yokohama, the competition race car from the NISMO Racing Division sees the street version of the new Z with a fully tuned R30DDTT engine. On top of power output, the entire chassis has been upgraded from the ground up with enhanced rigidity, suspension, braking, and aerodynamics. “Motorsports for Nissan is an expression of our passion and unrivaled expertise. The Nissan Z continues to maintain its position as an exciting sports car that fascinates drivers with its driving dynamics and flexible powertrain,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta. “We are confident that this track-ready GT4-category Nissan Z will be ready to write another chapter ...

MSCHF Sells 1,000 Keys For 1 Shared Mystery Car

Following the release of unconventional objects such as  Gobstomper sneakers in collaboration with Jimmy Fallon, billionaire-themed popsicles, and Tiffany & Co. participation trophies, MSCHF is back with a brilliantly nonpractical concept dubbed the Key4All. Described as a shift from Universal Basic Car to Public Universal Car, MSCHF has “rebuilt the entirety of ZipCar with a fleet of one single vehicle,” selling 1,000 keys that all unlock the same car. In true Grand Theft Auto fashion, “the car is transient and un-ownable, a journey and temporary blessing,” writes MSCHF. “It is a contest without the security of victory. If you find the car, it is yours. But if you want to enjoy the fruits of your victory and drive, then you must accept the risk of taking ...

BRABUS Shows Off High-Performance ‘Rocket Edition’ Pickup Truck

BRABUS has added to its lineup of supercars with the BRABUS P 900 Rocket Edition. Unveiled to the world at the Monaco Yacht Show, the pickup truck is a “one of ten” model created on a basis provided by a factory-fresh Mercedes-Benz AMG G63. With an output of 900 hp (662 kW), the powerful Rocket Edition boasts a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). The model carries a tailor-made truck bed situated behind a four-seat cab with bedsides constructed out of carbon. The widebody version of the vehicle features carbon wheels developed in partnership with Continental for an elevated look and street-ready performance. BRABUS compared the Rocket Edition’s performance to that of a sports car. Aluminum coilover suspension allows for a lower center of gravity, making the truck easier to handle and allowing...

Mercedes-Benz’s Electric G-Class SUV Will Arrive in 2024

Back in 2019, Mercedes-Benz sent a jolt through the automotive industry when they announced that they were working on a zero-emission version of their G-Class SUV dubbed the EQG. Now, CEO Ola Källenius has provided more info on when, exactly the electric G-Class would become available to the general public. Per a report from Autoblog, Källenius told members of the media that the special vehicle should be brought to market by the end of 2024. Mercedes-Benz provided a close-up look at a concept version of the EQG back in 2021 — originally announcing that it would be available in 2025 — and Källenius reported that an early prototype he’d tested at Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class testing grounds in Graz, Austria was more than up to snuff. “From now on, going off-road is electric,R...