2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is the highest performing Cayenne yet

There’s a new top-of-the-mountain model in the Cayenne lineup as of today. Officially called the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, it’s the highest-performing crossover to ever come out of Porsche. However, and this is a big one, Porsche tells us it was not developed by the GT department. That department engineers and develops some of our favorites, like the 911 GT3, GT2 RS and many others. The Cayenne Turbo GT adopts the name, but it hasn’t been given the exact same treatment as those other GT models.

That said, we already know it holds the SUV Nürburgring lap record, and today Porsche reveals everything there is to know about the vehicle.

It’s not the most powerful Cayenne of all, but it is the most powerful Cayenne that doesn’t have help from an electric motor. Porsche took the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the regular Cayenne Turbo Coupe, then made a ton of modifications. Output increases to 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, up 90 and 59 respectively. That’s still less than the Lamborghini Urus version of this V8 that makes 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, but the Porsche is quicker. The Cayenne Turbo GT has a claimed 0-60 mph time of only 3.1 seconds, easily besting the Urus’ 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds. That makes it quicker than the 911 GT3 (with the PDK) to the mark by one tenth of a second, too. No matter the comparisons, a crossover like the Cayenne closing in on the three-second mark is eye-opening stuff. The quarter mile passes in just 11.6 seconds, and Porsche says its top speed is raised to 186 mph.

The engine went through numerous changes versus the standard Cayenne Turbo to get it to this mark. Porsche says it uses a new crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, timing chain and torsional dampers. The exhaust is made of titanium and features a center-exit. Porsche says it’s significantly louder and weighs 40 pounds less than the Cayenne’s regular exhaust. Due to that center-exit design, this Cayenne loses any towing capability, so look elsewhere if you want to take advantage of the Cayenne’s stout 7,716-pound towing capacity.

If you were thinking that putting the GT badge on the Cayenne might bring back the Cayenne’s manual transmission, we’re sorry to disappoint. The Cayenne’s eight-speed automatic transmission is back in business, but Porsche says it’s been modified to provide quicker shifts. Like every other Cayenne, this one is all-wheel drive. The drivetrain’s thermal capacity has been increased, too, with the addition of a water-cooled transfer case.

Porsche heavily modified the suspension beyond what the standard Turbo Coupe offers. Off the top, Porsche lowered the ride height by 0.67 inch. The air suspension stays, but it’s 15% stiffer. All of the electronically controlled chassis systems are re-calibrated, and the dampers are re-tuned, as well. Porsche’s electromechanical anti-roll bars are enhanced to allow for even less body roll. The torque vectoring system is improved to sharpen turn-in response. Larger wheels, by one inch, are fitted up front, and negative camber is increased by 0.45 degrees. These larger wheels are wrapped in the most aggressive rubber possible: Pirelli P Zero Corsa high performance summer tires. You can likely tip a cap to these as one of the reasons for the Cayenne Turbo GT’s Nürburgring lap time.

Helping this Cayenne to a stop are gigantic ceramic composite brakes (standard) with rotors that measure 17.3 inches in front and 16.1 inches in rear. The fronts are identical to the Urus, but the rear brakes are actually slightly larger than what Lamborghini fits. Porsche doesn’t make any numerical downforce claims, but the aero is decidedly more aggressive than the standard Turbo. The GT-specific front fascia has a larger front lip and bigger side air intakes. Its upper rear wing has new carbon fiber side plates, and there’s a weird adaptive spoiler with a two-inch gurney flap. That’s twice the size of the standard Turbo’s adaptive spoiler. Its rear diffuser is made of carbon fiber to look even racier, too.

Other appearance changes you’ll notice with the GT include a standard carbon fiber roof, black fender arches and the sweet 22-inch Neodyme (or gold) painted wheels you see on the reveal car. It’s also available in this epic Arctic Grey paint that pairs so nicely with the gold wheels. We’ll also point out that Porsche will not be offering the Turbo GT in the standard body style. It’s coupe roofline only for now. The interior features eight-way heavily-bolstered sport seats as standard. Plus, Porsche decided to eliminate the central rear seat for a “sport rear seat arrangement.” Instead of a center seat, Porsche provides you with a small storage bin and extra-large bolsters on the two seats flanking it — there will be no option to get that fifth seat back, Porsche tells us. All of the seats are covered in Alcantara with contrast stitching in either Neodyme or Arctic Grey. “Turbo GT” can be found stitched into the headrests, and the sport steering wheel has a yellow 12-o’clock marker that matches the standard yellow brake calipers.

If you want Porsche’s wildest crossover, it’s not going to be cheap. Pricing starts at $182,150, including the destination charge. For some perspective, the current Cayenne top mark is the Turbo S E-Hybrid that starts at $169,150. It’s cheap compared to the Urus that starts at $200,000, and the last Urus we drove had a final sticker at $270,000. Dealers are expected to begin seeing them arrive in early 2022.

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White Motorcycle Concepts aims for the electric land speed record

White Motorcycle Concepts CEO Rob White plans to break the electric land speed record on a bike built in-house to do just that. The all-electric WMC250EV is theoretically capable of exceeding 250 mph (as its name suggests) and will provide the foundation for a line of road-going scooters and bikes White plans to mass-produce. For now? It’s about proving that the technology works, and to do so, WMC is aiming to take down the Voxan Wattman, which currently holds the world’s land speed record for an electric motorcycle at 254 mph. 

WMC says the bike has three tricks up its sleeve, but what stands out the most is its aerodynamic pass-through design that channels air directly through the bike rather than just over and around it. The company says this design improves the WMC250EV’s aero performance by 70% compared to the market leaders. WMC says this design also allows the use of regenerative braking on the front axle, helping recapture some spent energy. 

The WMC250EV features all-carbon-fiber body construction over a billet aluminum chassis and is powered by four Hacker synchronous electric motors (two front; two rear) producing a total of 100 kW – or roughly 135 horsepower. The suspension utilizes Multimatic’s DSSV damper technology, the same utilized in some high-performance road cars and the comparatively humble (but still very good) Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup. A 15kWh battery provides the juice. 

“If you want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that you’ve just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given power, the best thing to do is go as fast you can,” says White. “That’s why we created WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator, the most radical version of this concept, to challenge for the world land speed record. It is electric, as that is the pre-eminent zero emissions power source at the moment, but as the aerodynamic concept provides efficiency benefit, it could just as easily be hydrogen or any other future power source.”

“The records are all champagne, but are actually the insignificant part of the story,” says White. “While this technology allows you to go faster, it also allows you to go much further for the same amount of energy. This has a direct and tangible benefit on C02 reduction. Market-disruptive ideas like this are uncommon, and if successful, have the potential to revolutionize industry.”

Look for the WMC250EV’s first record attempts later this year. 

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2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi | Used Vehicle Spotlight

Kizashi! It’s just fun to say. It means something along the lines of “Something great is coming,” an omen I remember fondly from 2009, when the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi midsize sedan was introduced to North America. When it did arrive, it impressed. It didn’t set the world on fire or anything, but it was an entertaining, well-executed sedan that didn’t look exactly like everything else on the road. It didn’t look weird, just neat.

It was only on the market for a few years before Suzuki, sadly, retreated from the U.S. market.

The powertrain was a humble thing. The only engine option was a naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter inline-four producing 185 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It came with front- or all-wheel drive, and either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

Why the Suzuki Kizashi?

There are three good reasons to buy a Kizashi. First, it is a solid all-around sedan. It was easy for the public to ignore — Suzuki didn’t have a huge presence in the U.S., and it was easily overshadowed by the likes of the Honda Accord, Mazda6 and Hyundai Sonata. That said, it could easily compete with those sedans on equal footing in terms of quality and content.

Second, it’s fun to drive. It’s not particularly fast, with 0-60 coming in a reasonable 7.5 seconds or so, but boy can this thing handle. A stiff body, sporty suspension and accurate, responsive steering make it a blast to pilot when the road starts to get bendy.

Third, it’s unique. It was only sold here for a few years, and it has since been orphaned here in the U.S. There’s a certain charm to driving a good, affordable car that most of the rest of the car buying world slept on util it was too late.

Which Suzuki Kizashi to choose?

Whether you get front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is normally a personal decision, based a lot upon where you live. Fuel economy differences across the Kizashi drivetrains is negligible, with combined fuel economy ranging from 24 to 26 miles per gallon. That said, you probably want to get the six-speed manual transmission, which was only offered with front-wheel drive. If you want AWD, you’re stuck with the continuously variable transmission. The manual Kizashi is also lighter, and nets you the entire 185 horsepower. The CVT-equipped Kizashi is only 180.

The manual Kizashi’s clutch is light and easy to modulate, and the shifter feels a touch on the vague and loose side. Still, it’s plenty of fun, and way better than using paddles to row your way through fake gears with a CVT.

Also, we like the sporty GTS or well-equipped SLS trims. That said, there aren’t a lot of Kizashis available on the market, so finding something within your budget that’s available near you might weigh more heavily than anything else in which Kizashi you pick. Browsing our listings, we see prices starting around $5,000-$8,000 for vehicles with 100,000 miles and up, but there are low-mileage examples available starting at about $8,000.

What else to consider?

The obvious contenders are the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Mazda6 — all entertaining, mainstream sedans, and all solid choices on their own. The big difference with those is that most of those offered a V6 in addition to the four-cylinder. That’s a crowded segment, and there are a ton of options other options available, too. If you’re reading this, though, you’re probably interested in something funky. Thankfully, the Kizashi lived up to its name — something good indeed came … and went.

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Tesla Model 3 is once again a top safety pick

Tesla’s Model 3 has regained its top safety pick designations from two key groups after losing them recently.

Last month Consumer Reports pulled its “Top Pick” status for Tesla’s Model 3 and Y vehicles built after April 27, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety planned to remove the vehicles’ “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation.

The U.S. government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was no longer giving the Models 3 and Y check marks on its website for having forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and emergency brake support. That prompted the ratings groups’ actions. Both require electronic safety systems for the top safety designations.

But on Tuesday the IIHS said that it recently completed new evaluations of the camera-based front crash prevention system that comes with certain Tesla Model 3 vehicles. The camera-only system earned a superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention and an advanced rating for pedestrian front crash prevention. The group said that the new ratings mean that the 2021 “Top Safety Pick Plus” extends to all Model 3s. IIHS hasn’t completed tests of the 2021 Tesla Model Y.

Consumer Reports said that due to IIHS’ recent evaluations of Tesla’s new camera-based system on its Model 3 and Consumer Reports‘ prior integration of IIHS ratings into its recommendations, it was restoring its Top Pick rating to the Model 3.

Shares of Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, declined about 1.4% in midday trading.

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Autoblog is Live: Playing ‘Hot Wheels Unleashed’

The world is a crazy place and this is a crazy time. Everyone is looking for a good way to unwind, even us. As a way to inject some fun into our lives, we’ve been streaming racing and driving games on Twitch and Youtube Tuesday and Thursday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. Eastern. Feel free to join us on Twitch, or Youtube. 

So far we’ve played:

  • Circuit Superstars
  • Trackmania
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered
  • Absolute Drift
  • Project Cars
  • The Crew 2
  • BeamNG.drive
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Dirt 5
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Monster Truck Championship
  • Project Cars 3
  • WRC 9
  • F1 2020
  • NASCAR Heat 5
  • Overpass
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge
  • NASCAR Heat 4
  • NFS: Heat
  • Garfield Kart: Furious Racing
  • GRID
  • WRC 8
  • Supermarket Shriek
  • Overland
  • Wreckfest
  • F1 2019
  • GRIP
  • FIA Truck Racing Championship
  • MudRunner
  • Crash Team Racing
  • The Grand Tour Game
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • NASCAR Heat 3
  • Rocket League
  • Roblox
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Onrush
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Grand Theft Auto V

And we’ll be swapping in as many as we can throughout the year.

We’ve also got a rotating cast of your favorite Autoblog editors popping in and out at all times, giving us some behind the scenes info on stories they’re working on, opinions on cars they’ve driven, and even some hot takes on breaking news.

If you’re familiar with live streaming already and want to hang out, then come join us in the Twitch chat, spam the now infamous Autoblog Dorito emote any time anything ridiculous happens and get stoked with us when our stream gets raided.

If you have no idea what any of that means but you like cars and you like games then don’t let that intimidate you, feel free to just sit back and watch the stream like any other video.

If you’re looking to do some streaming yourself, here is our setup:
Xbox One X
Nintendo Switch
Logitech G920 Racing Wheel
StreamLabs OBS
AverMedia Extremecap U3
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
Shure SM7B Mic
Cloud Lifter CL-1 (for the mic)
Apogee Quartet (audio interface)

We recently started doing merch as well! You can check out our shirts, mugs, and more here at our Redbubble store.

Looking forward to seeing you in the chat!

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2022 Mercedes SL Roadster, Aston Martin Valkyrie, BMW i3: Car News Headlines

The next generation in the line of Mercedes-Benz SL sports cars is out testing and almost ready for its debut, judging by the lack of camouflage gear on the latest prototypes. The new SL will be much sportier than its predecessor thanks to a lightweight soft-top roof, plus a chassis designed by the AMG, which is handling development of the car.
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie is also out testing ahead of the imminent start of deliveries. New video of a prototype shows just what the car will look and sound like when out on the road, and yes it really is like a Formula One racer for the road.
It’s almost the end of the road for the BMW i3. Yes, the electric hatch is on its way out but the car’s nameplate may return on an electric version of the 3-Series that’s currently in the works.
You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.
2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL Roadster spy shots: Redesigning an icon
Aston Martin Valkyrie spied on the road ahead of start of deliveries this summer
BMW i3 on its way out, no direct successor planned
2022 Buick Envision review
Volvo’s US plant to be automaker’s first dedicated to EVs
Owner suing Tesla over Supercharger fees: Is idle time part of free charging?
2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 Hatchback spy shots: Mid-cycle update on the way
2020-2021 Nissan Sentra recalled for steering issue
Vince’s Nissan Maxima from “The Fast and the Furious” has been replicated
This charging tech will help optimize Ford F-150 Lightning Pro and other fleet EVs
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Aston Martin Valkyrie spied on the road ahead of start of deliveries this summer

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since the Aston Martin Valkyrie was first previewed as a concept.
We’ll remind you that the Valkyrie was presented with help from Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo, who at the time was driving for Red Bull Racing, a technical partner of the hypercar project. Since the reveal Ricciardo has gone on to drive for Renault and has now switched again to McLaren. Yes, it’s been a long time.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Well, the wait for the car is almost over as Aston Martin is now conducting some of the final testing. Video from YouTube channel Supercars All Day shows a prototype undergoing hot weather tests in southern Spain.
The car sounds incredible, even at the relatively low speeds the test driver hits on public roads. And seeing it cruise along the highway really gives the impression that you’re looking at an open-wheel racer with the bare minimum of body panels to somewhat resemble a road car.
Aston Martin Valkyrie and 2021 Formula One car
The long wait for owners is almost over. Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers in February featured in a video sent out to reservation holders confirming a mid-2021 start date for deliveries. That’s two years later than the planned 2019 date.
Developing a hypercar is no easy task, as Moers is well aware of being the former head of Mercedes-Benz AMG. The One hypercar being developed by AMG was also originally due in 2019 but, like the Valkyrie, will now start deliveries in 2021. Moers helped unveil the original concept version at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
Tobias Moers
Perhaps coming as no surprise, Moers also said in the video sent to reservation holders that the Valkyrie is “more sophisticated than anything I saw in my past, recently in my career, in my whole life.”
While it doesn’t have the F1 engine of the One, the Valkyrie still boasts a combination of lightweight carbon-fiber construction, trick aerodynamics developed by the Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, and around 1,160 hp generated by a Cosworth-developed 6.5-liter V-12 paired with a KERS-style hybrid system. And the sound at full tilt? Just like an F1 engine from the 1990s, thanks in part to 12-into-1 exhaust design.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Excluding prototypes, there will be 190 Valkyries built. Of these, 150 will be the road car you see here, and the remaining 40 will be the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro.
According to Aston Martin, the track car will be quicker around a track than a Le Mans Hypercar racer and almost as quick as an LMP1 or F1 car. This is due in part to it essentially being Aston Martin’s stillborn Valkyrie LMH racer but developed without the need to adhere to any racing regulations. Deliveries of the track car will start in late 2021.
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UAW names new president, who will face huge post-pandemic challenges

DETROIT — Ray Curry is taking over leadership of the United Auto Workers perhaps the most critical juncture in the union’s history.

The UAW’s International Executive Board on Monday named Curry, its secretary-treasurer, as union president, replacing Rory Gamble, who retires on Wednesday.

As soon as he takes over the 397,000-member union on Thursday, Curry will face extreme challenges in just about every direction. The UAW is coming out of a bribery and embezzlement scandal that sent two former presidents to prison, and it’s operating under a court-approved monitor who can veto financial decisions. Members are skeptical about their leadership.

There also are questions about safety protocols as the coronavirus pandemic wanes, and about shortages of critical parts such as computer chips that have crimped auto production by forcing plant shutdowns.

The auto industry, where most of the UAW’s highest-paid members work, is undergoing a seismic shift from internal-combustion to electric vehicles, placing thousands of jobs making gas-powered engines and transmissions in jeopardy.

Detroit automakers are forming joint ventures to set up new battery plants that the union will have to organize. And it will probably try to unionize new battery factories in the South. Since electric cars have fewer moving parts, automakers will need about 30% fewer workers to assemble them.

“I can’t even imagine a time with more change than we’re dealing with,” said Kristin Dziczek, senior vice president at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If the union can’t organize Southern battery factories, it won’t be able to set wages in that business like it has done in auto manufacturing, she said.

Curry, 55, has only about a year to distance himself from the corruption and convince members he’ll get the union on track. Sometime before November, members will vote to decide whether they want to directly elect their leaders instead of the current system in which leadership is chosen by delegates to a convention. If they agree to direct elections, those will have to happen before June 30 of next year.

“This transition now gives Curry and this team a year basically before the convention to get a track record, to get some experience with the members about how they will lead,” Dziczek said.

In his statement Monday, Curry acknowledged the challenges and said the union can handle them.

“Industry is at a crossroads right now with massive changes in new innovative technologies,” he said. “It will be up to us to navigate through this monumental shift in mobility and manufacturing.”

Gamble was the union’s first Black president, and Curry will be the second. He will be replaced as secretary-treasurer by Frank Stuglin, 61, who now is director of a union region covering the Detroit area.

Curry, the union’s fourth president in three years, said he would continue to build on a commitment of transparency, reforms, and checks and balances in the wake of the scandal. He said he would work with Gamble to make the leadership transition smooth.

Eleven union officials and a late official’s spouse have pleaded guilty in the corruption probe since 2017, including the two presidents who served before Gamble, Gary Jones and Dennis Williams.

Matthew Schneider, the former U.S. Attorney in Detroit who led the investigation, said the corruption was so deep that the federal government may take over the union.

But Gamble agreed to financial safeguards and a court-appointed monitor to oversee operations for six years, as well as the election for members to decide if they want to vote directly for leaders.

Curry doesn’t come from the traditional leadership path that begins at one of the Detroit automakers. He joined the UAW in 1992 as an assembler at Freightliner Trucks in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and worked his way up to regional director in the South.

He negotiated new labor contracts with numerous auto parts makers, and helped to organize Freightliner factories in North Carolina, according to his biography on the union’s website. He also led the union’s move into casinos in 2015 when the UAW successfully organized workers at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

Curry was named secretary-treasurer at the union’s convention in 2018, replacing Jones, who became president. Earlier this month Jones was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison.

Curry’s background of organizing and knowledge of the South could be plusses for the union, Dziczek said. Although it has had trouble organizing Volkswagen and Nissan factories in the South, under Curry it has had success in unionizing parts suppliers and heavy-truck factories, she said.

Curry has been the top union official involved in a long-running strike by 3,000 workers at a Volvo truck plant in southwest Virginia. Workers have twice rejected six-year tentative agreements negotiated by their leaders and returned to the picket lines in early June.

Dziczek said the nation is now in a post-pandemic “take-this-job-and-shove-it” mentality, with workers changing or leaving their jobs. This could work to the union’s advantage in organizing, she said.

The executive board also picked Chuck Browning, director of another Detroit-area region, to become vice president. He’s likely to replace Gerald Kariem, who stepped down as the vice president dealing with Ford Motor Co.

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A rare E30 BMW M3 Cecotto Edition is now for sale

The E30 BMW M3 is already a highly sought after icon of the ’80s. However, if having that isn’t enough, you still have a chance to be the king or queen of your next Radwood event with a 1989 BMW M3 Cecotto Edition, now available for sale in the U.K. It was the first M3 to use BMW’s updated S14 2.3-liter four, rated at 215 horsepower. While these eventually became the Euro-spec standard, the M3 Evolution models, only 480 Cecotto Editions were built.

Italian-Venezuelan driver Johnny Cecotto was a racing phenom. Before he was 20 years old, Cecotto achieved a third-place finish at 1975’s running of the prestigious Daytona 200 motorcycle race after starting last due to a technical issue. It was considered one of the greatest performances in modern motorcycle racing history. That same year, he became the youngest rider to win a Grand Prix motorcycle event. A year after that, he entered F1.

Unfortunately, a serious crash that broke both Cocetto’s legs ended his promising F1 career. After regaining his health, Cocetto began began driving BMWs in Group A Touring Car competition. After a stint with Volvo, Cocetto returned to BMW behind the wheel of a then-new M3.

Cecotto helped establish the M3 as one of the greatest touring cars ever built, winning both the Spa and Nürburgring 24 Hours with one. He logged numerous BMW victories in DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, or German Touring Car Championship), BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) and ITCC (Italian Touring Car Championship) during the golden age of Group A racing, an era that spawned cars like the M3, Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 and 2.5, and R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R.

In addition to the engine, Cecotto Edition M3s have thinner rear glass for weight reduction, Evolution II aero, chrome exhaust tips and special 16-inch BBS wheels in black mesh with contrasting lip. Under the hood, the S14’s valve cover is color-matched from the factory with one of the three exterior colors available on the Cecotto Edition — Misano Red, Nogaro Silver, or Macao Blue. None of these were available on the standard M3.

The Cecotto Edition interior is an ’80s dream, finished in M-Technic fabric with copious use of the M tricolor and an illuminated shift knob. A plaque on the center console denotes the build sequence. The example for sale is number 341 out of 505, as the Cecotto Editions were built alongside 25 units of an even rarer but similar U.K.-exclusive Ravaglia Edition. The Italian driver, together with Cecotto, cemented the M3’s place in touring car legend.

The car for sale is finished in arguably the best of the available colors, Macao Blue, a deep purplish-blue that looks almost black under indoor lighting, matched with Silver Bison interior. It was originally delivered in Germany but made its way to the U.K. while under the care of four owners. The odometer reads 87,405 miles (it was converted from km to miles at one point) and comes with a thorough dossier of maintenance records. In March, a Misano Red example with similar mileage sold for $75,000, but this one, available from Fast Classics, asks $118,000.

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Ford Bronco factory-outfitted as an overlander caught in new spy photos

Ford has a camo-wrapped Bronco bedecked with off-road goodies roaming the streets near its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. This prototype is wearing a Warn winch, some rooftop add-ons and what appears to be a snorkel on its passenger-side A-pillar. 

While it would certainly be cool to see a factory overland package for the Bronco, what we suspect we’re seeing here is a collection of factory accessories designed to work with the Bronco’s modular body system. The highlight of the build in that regard is the Warn winch up front, which we suspect is in place to highlight one of the Bronco’s party tricks. Ford went out of its way to engineer a front bumper capable of receiving a Warn winch without compromising its safety systems. This includes a supplemental program for the Bronco’s SRS computers to account for the winch when detecting front impacts that could set off the factory airbags. 

These beadlock-style wheels, Goodyear all-terrains and extra ride height give this four-door away as a Sasquatch-based model, and without any photos of the underbody, we have no reason to believe this prototype is running an otherwise-altered suspension or a new powertrain. The elevated roof could be covering a new roof-mounted rack from launch partner Yakima, or even something more elaborate, such as a pop-up roof tent, which would be on-theme for an overlander. 

We’re inclined to believe that Ford intends to highlight the winch (and the other aforementioned parts) with an accessory-packed offering based on this prototype, similar to what Jeep did with the Wrangler JPP (“Jeep Performance Parts”) 20 last year, but until we hear more from Ford, we’re left to speculate. 


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