Driving the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and GMC Sierra AT4 | Autoblog Podcast #713

In this episode of the Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by News Editor Joel Stocksdale. They’ve been driving the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 (no, not the updated version) and Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, as well as Autoblog‘s long-term Hyundai Palisade. In the news, they say farewell to BMW’s V12, discuss Bollinger Motors’ shift to commercial vehicles and a teaser of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia.

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    • 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
    • 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4
    • 2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • BMW ‘The Final V12’ special edition 7 Series marks the end of an era
  • Bollinger Motors pumps brakes on consumer EVs to focus on commercial trucks
  • 2023 Toyota Sequoia teased again, adds reveal date


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All 25 James Bond movies ranked only by their cars

Note: The following overview of the cars in No Time To Die contains spoilers. Read at your own risk, or come back after seeing the film to make sure you caught everything.

No Time To Die picks up right around where Spectre leaves us. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) are driving along in Bond’s restored and iconic DB5 in Matera, Italy. Things don’t stay all that cheery for long in picturesque Matera, though. As is tradition in Bond films, the first car chase hits us with an explosion of action in what’s a super-long opening scene.

Fourth-gen Maserati Quattroporte: The baddies in the beginning are driving a Maserati and chasing after Bond in the DB5. Specifically, they’re in a fourth-gen Quattroporte, which feels right for a chase scene in Italy. Its squared-off looks are mean enough, and its Italian growl is a good background soundtrack to the DB5’s inline-six.

In addition to the Quattroporte, the chase scene in Matera is home to a couple of the best stunts of the entire movie, including the arch jump done with a Triumph motorcycle seen in trailers — Matera is extremely hilly.

Eventually, Bond and Swann find themselves in the DB5 again together, which is where the famous gatling gun scene from the trailer commences, but not before the bulletproof windows and body of the DB5 are thoroughly tested. RIP to the first-gen Range Rover Classics and Jaguar XFs that joined the Maserati in pursuit of Bond (here’s a list of other Bond cars over the years).

As the DB5 escape scene concludes, we catch a glimpse of what appears to be a Ferrari from the 1970s. However, the view was far enough away that we’ll need a second look to be sure of the exact model.

Land Rover Series III: Next time we see Bond, he’s fishing in Jamaica and driving around a blue Land Rover Series III. It’s yet another of the many Land Rover products featured throughout the film, and unlike most of Bond’s Aston Martins, this one doesn’t seem to have any unique features. The other intriguing vehicle out of Jamaica? An old Chevrolet Bel-Air expertly and effectively piloted by Bond newcomer, Ana de Armas.

Next up, we get a few shots of the new and still-not-for-sale Aston Martin Valhalla mid-engine supercar (also seen in trailers). Bond’s old boss M is in the scene which appears to have been shot in some secret wind tunnel of sorts. Much to our dismay, nobody ends up driving the Valhalla in the film. Could it be a teaser for what the next 007’s car is? There’s a decent chance of that, considering the Valhalla played such a small role in this Bond film.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Boy were we happy to see the original V8 Vantage from the late 1970s and 1980s make an appearance. In fact, it made multiple appearances throughout the film. It’s difficult to get a more badass combo than Daniel Craig behind the wheel of a blacked-out Aston Martin Mustang.

Off-road vehicles aplenty: As seen on several trailers, things take a turn to the off-road side of things with flying Land Rover Defenders — Land Rover even made special James Bond versions of the SUV. Bond wasn’t behind the wheel of any of these Defenders, though. Instead, he pilots a Toyota Land Cruiser in the Norway portion of the film as he’s pursued by Range Rover Sport SVRs and Defender V8s with double the horsepower. Plus, Triumph motorcycles are back again for the two-wheel enthusiasts in this bumpy chase scene.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: The stunning and still relatively new DBS Superleggera rocks up to the party in Norway, too, quickly showing everybody its bonkers 715-horsepower V12 is nothing to sneeze at. This two-seat Aston is piloted by Nomi, Bond’s 007 replacement, and she’s clearly gone through the same secret agent driving training that Bond did.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we’ll leave you without getting too spoiler-heavy. There are plenty of classic Bond gadgets and gizmos throughout the film. Plus, a bizarre plane/submarine combo vehicle makes an appearance at some point. In short, though, the cars of Daniel Craig’s last Bond film don’t disappoint, and neither do the stunts. 

There is plenty for car enthusiasts to ogle at when No Time To Die opens in theaters on October 8.

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2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series revealed in photos

Cadillac teased us earlier this week about an Escalade V, and now it’s here. Say hello to the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series. 

Unfortunately, the name and these photos are all Cadillac is going to reveal today. It says that specs and further information will come “in spring 2022.” Yes, that means we’ll need to wait to see exactly what sort of monstrous engine is under the hood of this behemoth — current signs point to it being the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the CT5-V Blackwing, but there’s no confirmation of that.

At the very least, these photos give us a look at the visual changes Cadillac has made to the Escalade V-Series. It gets a revised front bumper with a splitter-like treatment to the leading front edge. Just above that, an additional mesh grille mimics the main grille up above. The LED running lights are housed in new vent-like fixtures. Cadillac adds an obvious “V” badge on the front doors. Also visible from the side are new dark gray-painted wheels and big brakes and red-painted calipers. Those wheels appear to be wrapped in what we think are Bridgestone Alenza tires — there are summer performance versions of the Alenza, so we can hope that’s what this Escalade is running.

From the rear, the Escalade V-Series appears to be fitted with a new rear bumper. This makes room for a funky quad exhaust with squared-off tips and an extra-odd-looking faux diffuser. Once again, the “V” logo is found out back.

Both of these Escalades shown here are standard length models, but we’re not betting against Cadillac offering the V-Series in its extended ESV length, too.

The only interior photo shows a close-up of the steering wheel that is also wearing the “V” logo. Beyond these photos, Cadillac released another teaser video (above) that allows another listen to the V8 under this SUV’s hood. It also includes a quick shot of the tachometer, in which we can make out an approximately 6,200-rpm redline. We’ll need to wait until later this year to learn the rest of the details behind Cadillac’s first Escalade V-Series.

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Intel building $20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Intel will invest $20 billion in a new computer chip facility in Ohio amid a global shortage of microprocessors used in everything from phones and cars to video games.

After years of heavy reliance on Asia for the production of computer chips, vulnerability to shortages of the crucial components was exposed in the U.S. and Europe as they began to emerge economically from the pandemic.

The U.S. share of the worldwide chip manufacturing market has declined from 37% in 1990 to 12% today, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, and shortages have become a potential risk.

Two chip factories on the 1,000-acre site in Licking County, just east of Columbus, are expected to create 3,000 company jobs and 7,000 construction jobs, and to support tens of thousands of additional jobs for suppliers and partners, the company and local and state officials announced Friday.

Construction is expected to begin this year, with production coming online at the end of 2025.

Shortages of chips have crimped the ability of U.S. automakers to produce vehicles and last year, General Motors was unseated by Toyota as the nation’s top-selling automaker for the first time.

The U.S. and Europe are pushing to aggressively to build chip making capacity and reduce reliance on producers that are now mostly based in Asia.

Several chipmakers last year signaled an interest in expanding their American operations if the U.S. government is able to make it easier to build chip plants.

Chipmakers are diversifying their manufacturing sites in response to the shortages. Samsung said in November it plans to build a $17 billion factory outside of Austin, Texas.

Micron Technology, based in Boise, Idaho, said it will invest $150 billion globally over the next decade in developing its line of memory chips, with a potential U.S. manufacturing expansion if tax credits can help make up for the higher costs of American manufacturing.

However, demand for computer chips continues to grow.

Lawmakers have been urging House and Senate leaders to fully fund a law meant to address the semiconductor chip shortage. They want Congress to fully fund the $52 billion CHIPS for America Act, allowing for stateside investment in semiconductor factories. Not only has the chip shortage disrupted the U.S. economy, it is creating a vulnerability in the country’s defense system since eight of every 10 chips are produced in Asia, lawmakers say.

Separate federal legislation also under consideration would create a new tax credit for investment in semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo applauded the announcement.

“Intel’s work is essential to our efforts to rebuild America’s chip building capacity and create the kinds of good-paying jobs that support a vibrant American economy,” she said.

The Intel project is the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio’s history, on par with an agreement in 1977 that brought Honda to central Ohio, where it now employs more than 14,000 people. The Intel jobs are expected to pay an average of $135,000 a year plus benefits, with the project slated to add $2.8 billion to the state’s annual gross product, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement.

“Intel’s new facilities will be transformative for our state, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Ohio manufacturing strategically vital semiconductors,” DeWine said.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., announced plans last year to spend $20 billion for two new factories in Arizona. It’s also pitching for European subsidies to build a big plant somewhere within the European Union and last month said it will invest $7.1 billion to expand its decades-old manufacturing operation in Malaysia, home to roughly 10% of the company’s global workforce. Along with the U.S. and Malaysia, Intel also has existing plants in Ireland, Israel, Vietnam and China.

Intel is the No. 2 semiconductor manufacturer globally, with $73.1 billion in revenue last year, behind South Korean world leader Samsung Electronics with $76 billon, according market analysis from Gartner Inc.

Central Ohio, long known for a largely white-collar workforce, has added high-tech jobs in recent years, with Amazon, Facebook and Google all building data centers in the region.

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Apocalypse Warlord 6×6 Ram 1500 TRX wears its name well

Florida-based Apocalypse specializes in building trucks that look like they’re ready for, well, the apocalypse. One of its wildest and most powerful builds is a six-wheel-drive, Ram 1500 TRX-based monster called Warlord, and Barrett-Jackson is selling one of the few units built.

Ram’s hot-rodded TRX already stands out as one of the most impressive pickup trucks on the market; it’s powered by the vaunted 6.2-liter, supercharged Hellcat V8 tuned to 702 horsepower and it features nearly a foot of ground clearance. Apocalypse builds on these solid foundations by adding a second set of driven rear wheels, 37-inch tires on all three axles, and a 750-horsepower evolution of the Hellcat V8. Enthusiast website Muscle Car & Trucks reports that there’s also a custom-designed suspension system built with Bilstein components.

The end result is a behemoth that’s 294 inches long, 94 inches tall, and capable of towing 12,000 pounds. Visual modifications include 20-inch wheels, KC lights above the cab, and “WAR” lettering on both ends, where you’d expect to see “RAM.” Inside, there’s black and red leather and suede upholstery plus a long list of tech features shared with the standard, four-wheeled TRX. What’s not included is a stepladder, which you may need in order to hop inside the cab, though power-operated side steps help reduce the size of the jump.

If you want one, you’re in luck: there is a Warlord looking for a new home at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2022 sale, which runs between January 22 and 30. The truck is scheduled to cross the auction block on the 29th at 6 p.m. mountain time. It’s offered with no reserve, so the highest bidder will take it home, but don’t expect to score a bargain. Apocalypse charges $250,000 before options are factored in.

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7 ways to sell a luxury used car

These are good times for selling just about any kind of car, but pickups and luxury cars are doing especially well in early 2022. While it’s true a rising tide lifts all boats, if you’re aiming to unload a luxury vehicle, choosing the right place to sell it can possibly lift your boat just that little bit higher than someone else’s.

As with any kind of sale, how much time you have to make a deal and where you set your won’t-go-a-cent-lower price will have the biggest effects on the transaction. Unlike sales of mass-market cars, though, transaction prices can swing by five figures depending on what’s being sold.

The first piece of advice is the best advice for any seller: Do your research. It’s not enough to know that someone somewhere sold a luxury car kind of like yours for an insane amount of money. Find transaction prices for cars just like yours. You can still ask an insane amount, but research might help you understand why the sale is taking longer than planned.

After that, specialization is a great way to go. There are plenty of brick-and-mortar and online sites to sell cars. Focusing on those that sell luxury cars could put you in front of the best buyers, ones least likely to waste your time pleading for you to lower the asking price for their dream car.

Here are some places to consider – and remember, you don’t need to limit yourself to just one marketplace:

Sell to a dealer or online site

The obvious choice, but if a significant other – or a former significant other’s divorce attorney – is compelling a fire sale, this is the quickest way to goose the bank account if you can forgo a top-dollar return for the convenience.

Coronavirus compelled online marketplaces to get serious about creating a better online experience, and nowhere has this been more pronounced than with car sales. You can get instant offers from sites Vroom and Kelley Blue Book, or a local dealer, but consider luxury specialists like I Buy Luxury Cars, or We Buy Exotics if the vehicle is worth more than $100,000.

Pawn it

If you just need some money to get through a rocky spot but know you want that car back, consider pawn brokers focusing on high-value assets like Borro, which operates nationally, or find a local shop like Pawn Brokers of Rodeo Drive.


Is there something distinctive about your car? A rare color or color combination? An unusual wheel choice? A holy grail manual transmission? Places where fans of your specific make and model gather to discuss that make and model can often yield the best sale prices. You need to know what you have, though; don’t try to fool the guy or gal whose unpaid part-time job is knowing everything about your car.

Luxury auctions

Aiming for a grand-slam sale on a luxury site – the kind that makes it to the Autoblog front page – can be worth a shot, especially if your car has some special feature. Bring a Trailer is now best known for turning high prices into utterly ridiculous prices, but BaT is also mysteriously selective about what it accepts for auction. If BaT rejects your car, try Cars and Bids or, for classic stuff, Hemmings.

There are also IRL auction sites that sell ‘everyday’ luxury cars you might not expect them to have. The lead image for RM Sotheby’s Open Roads auction in December of 2021 was a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with a pre-sale estimate starting at $135,000, but there were also a 2003 Dodge Viper and 1998 Porsche 911 Cabriolet both starting at $45,000, and a 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster starting at just $20,000.

Luxury sales sites

Certain sites boast of having an audience of high-net-worth individuals looking for very expensive cars. DuPont Registry is a shoo-in, but consider JamesEdition for modern wares and Hemmings (again) for classics.

Don’t be afraid to let overseas buyers in on the action as well, particularly if you have a spendy American vehicle with a big V8, using sites like Autotrader UK, Car Sales in Australia, eBay Germany, and Dyler.


A fire-and-forget solution if you have time to wait but no time to deal with selling, this can be as easy as finding a luxury consignment shop with a good reputation in the closest major metro area. Or, Gateway Classic Cars has a national footprint with 18 showrooms across the country, and the company is flexible about the word “classic.” At the time of writing, the New Arrivals page showed both a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air and a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Craigslist and Copart

Be wary of using Craigslist for a luxury vehicle in good condition; the site can be a hive of tire kickers and hobbyists who want to play 20 questions and test drive a car they’ve been drooling over but won’t buy. However, if you have a luxury car in a bunch of luxury pieces or one big misshapen piece, look no further than Craigslist or Copart, and the latter site also buys broken-down heaps outright.

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2022 Lincoln Navigator priced at just $5 more than 2021

The 2022 Lincoln Navigator still isn’t listed on the Lincoln site at the time of writing, but Ford Authority says it has a price — one you’ll not be surprised to hear is higher than that of the 2021 Navigator. The 2022 Navigator Standard sets the baseline with an MSRP of $76,710, or $78,405 with destination, a trifle of an up-charge at just $5 more than last year’s trim. After that, premiums for the tech and feature updates given to the new Navigator climb quickly except in the case of the lengthened Standard L in rear-wheel-drive guise. That trim comes down by $200 on its MSRP, going up overall by $200 because of the updated destination fee, totaling $81,400.   

2022 Navigator prices and their differences from last year are:

  • Standard: $78,405 ($5)
  • Standard L: $81,400 ($200)
  • Reserve: $89,100 ($4,955)
  • Reserve L: $91,770 ($4,760)
  • Standard 4WD: $81,405 ($735)
  • Standard L 4WD: $84,400 ($530)
  • Reserve 4WD: $91,440 ($1,760)
  • Reserve L 4WD: $94,465 ($4,785)
  • Black Label 4WD: $104,675 ($4,725)
  • Black Label L 4WD: $107,720 ($4,570)

All Navigators will benefit from Lincoln Enhance, the brand name for Lincoln’s over-the-air software update capability, and the improved Amazon Alexa integration that can respond to more natural language. The substantial rises on the Reserve and Black Label trims pay for ActiveGlide and CoPilot360 2.0. ActiveGlide is the advanced driver assistance tech allowing hands-free highway driving (known as BlueCruise on Fords) if the right conditions are met. Using adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane centering and traffic sign recognition, the system can be activated on more than 130,000 miles of divided highways in North America. To help ensure hands-free doesn’t turn into attention-free, ActiveGlide monitors the driver’s head and eye positions with a driver-facing camera.

Lincoln Co-Pilot360 2.0 bundles more ADAS like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and dynamic brake support, and for 2022 adds Intersection Assist and Active Sense Park Assist 2.0.

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Best portable air compressors for 2022

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Despite how easy it is to use the compressed air machine available at your local gas station, too many people are still riding around on under-inflated tires. According to TireRack.com, “If a vehicle’s tires are under-inflated by only 6 psi … the tire’s tread life could be reduced by as much as 25%.” Luckily, it’s more affordable than ever to get your own air compressor and fill your tires in your very own driveway. There are options now with built-in flashlights, bike tire and sports attachments and more. Starting at under $30, these could save you a trip to the gas station for a top-off or a call to AAA for a tow.

VacLife Portable Air Compressor – $29.99

Key features

  • Plugs into your car outlet
  • 11.9-foot power cord
  • Automatically turns off once the pre-set pressure has been achieved
  • Includes built-in LED lighting
  • Includes three additional nozzles for sports balls, air mattresses, bike tires and more
  • “Not applicable for any large vehicles with tire pressure > 50 psi and tire width > 245 MM such as trucks, vans and off-road vehicles”

The VacLife tire inflator plugs into your car’s 12V power outlet with an 11.9-foot power cord to get its juice. It has automatic shut off capability, allowing it to turn off once it hits your preset psi level, a built-in LED flashlight, and comes with 3 additional nozzles for inflatables like sports equipment, bike tires and more. This one is a great budget option, but won’t work for large vehicles with tire pressure greater than 50 psi or tire width greater than 245 mm like some trucks and off-road vehicles.

FORTEM Digital Tire Inflator – $31.99

Key features

  • Plugs into your car outlet
  • 14-foot long power cord
  • Includes three nozzle attachments for sports balls, air mattresses, bike tires and more
  • Includes a built-in LED flashlight for nighttime emergencies
  • Includes a one-year warranty
  • Includes carrying case

The FORTEM air compressor stores its 14-foot long power cable within itself, making it super portable. The cable itself plugs right into your car’s cigarette lighter port for power. This inflator comes with multiple attachments for car and bike tires, inflatable toys and more, and has a built-in LED flashlight. Like many others, the FORTEM has automatic shut off functionality and allows you to set your desired PSI before starting your inflation. It even comes with a 1-year warranty! Learn more about the FORTEM right here.

EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump – $32.47 (24% off) at Amazon

Key features

  • Best-selling air compressor on Amazon
  • Plugs into the 12-volt DC lighter port 
  • Includes additional valve adapters for sports balls, air mattresses, bike tires and more
  • Does not support truck tires
  • Includes a built-in LED flashlight
  • Automatically turns off once the pre-set pressure has been achieved

The EPAuto air compressor is one of the most popular options out there. It plugs into your car’s 12-volt lighter socket, comes with additional valve adapters for things like basketballs, inflatables, etc., features an automatic shut-off and has a built-in LED flashlight, like so many others. Also, like many of the more portable tire inflator options, this one isn’t recommended for trucks or larger vehicles. Be aware that this air compressor actually has the shortest power cord on our list, clocked at only about 9-feet by a helpful answerer in Amazon’s Q&A section, so if you like a little more slack, this might not be the best choice for you. 

TEROMAS Tire Inflator Air Compressor – $49.99

Key features

  • Plugs into a car’s 12-volt cigarette lighter port or a 110/120-volt wall plug
  • 10.5″ power cord
  • Includes four nozzle adaptors for use with cars, RVs, motorcycles, air mattresses, bike tires and more
  • Accuracy of shown pressure is +/- 3 psi
  • Up to 150 psi
  • Automatically turns off once the pre-set pressure has been achieved
  • Features a bright backlit LCD display

The TEROMAS tire inflator is a great choice because it can plug into your car’s 12-volt cigarette lighter plug or a 110/120-volt wall outlet. It can inflate a P195/65R15 tire from 0 to 35 psi in under 4 minutes. The auto-off function automatically turns off the pump once it reaches your desired preset pressure value. This compressor, like many, has a digital display that conveniently shows your tire’s current pressure and a built-in LED flashlight. It comes with three additional adapters and can be used with cars, motorcycles, bikes, air mattresses, balls and more. Learn more here.

AVID POWER Tire Inflator Air Compressor – $65.99 (27% off)

Key features

  • Powered by a rechargeable battery pack or a 12-volt car power adapter (option to be totally cordless)
  • For use with car tires, motorcycle tires, bike tires, inflatable sports balls, pool toys and more
  • Not suitable for large truck tires
  • Accuracy of shown pressure is +/- 1 psi
  • Automatically turns off once the preset pressure has been achieved
  • Includes a carrying bag, air tap and inflating needle

This Avid Power tire inflator is a multi-purpose cordless pump that can be used with most tires, inflatable sports balls and more. It’s a little more expensive than the others on our list, but it’s also a little more convenient, since it doesn’t need to be plugged in. If its battery pack happens to be out of juice when you need it, it also comes with a 12-volt power adapter that can be used to plug it in. The compressor has an automatic stop function with an indicated pressure accuracy of +/- 1 psi, a built-in LED light and comes with its very own tool bag. Be aware that this compressor, like many others, isn’t suitable for large truck tires.

Since we based these selections on user reviews, we’d love to hear if you have anything to add. Do you agree with our picks? Anything else you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments! Happy tire inflating.

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Brabus turns the Mercedes-AMG G63 into a nearly 800-hp pickup

Mercedes-AMG hasn’t done anything (too) crazy with the current-generation G-Class yet, so tuner Brabus is taking matters into its own hands. It has once again created a pickup truck out of a G63. It’s called the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack with 789 horsepower and a set of portal axles.

It’s a build that makes sense: pickup trucks and high-performance SUVs are both in hot demand, and the 800 Adventure is pegged right where the two intersect. Brabus started the project by chopping off the sheet metal behind the rear seats to create a small cargo box. It added a roll bar, presumably for style and rigidity reasons, and it kept the G’s side-hinged rear door; there’s no bottom-hinged tailgate like you’d find on, say, a Ram 1500. Several carbon fiber add-ons add a finishing touch to the over-the-top look that Brabus seeks to achieve. That’s not all, though: the engine exhales through a pair of carbon exhaust tips with integrated ambient lights. We can’t make this up.

Over 200 interior parts are specific to this build, including the leather upholstery on the seats (which features fish scale-like stitching) and in the footwells, several yards of carbon fiber trim, many of the switches, and the speaker covers. Of course, Brabus is willing to let customers with a particularly fat wallet work with its design team to create a one-off-a-kind build. What you see doesn’t have to be what you get.

Portal axles make the 800 Adventure taller and wider than the regular-production G63. They’re similar in concept to the units that Mercedes-Benz fitted to the G550 4×4², among other Gs, and to several variants of the Unimog. The task of spinning these axles goes to an evolution of the G63’s twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8. It develops 789 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, and it’s bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission linked to a pair of steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Brabus quotes a zero-to-62-mph time of 4.8 seconds, which is incredible considering we’re talking about a mammoth of a truck, and a top speed that’s electronically limited to 130 mph.

Brabus hasn’t announced pricing information, or how many examples of the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack it plans to build.

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Cadillac teases new Escalade V Series

Cadillac sent out a whopper of a teaser video Thursday, doing everything short of confirming the existence of the long-rumored Escalade V. Even better, this video clip makes it pretty clear that this new range-topping performance model will be powered by an old-fashioned V8.

The unmistakable upright lighting signature and sheer height above the other cars shadowed here all but confirm that we’re looking at an Escalade, which is already sold with GM’s 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8. Why does that matter? Well, V Series Cadillacs aren’t known for shipping with the same power as bone-stock models, and that means we’re likely going to see some sort of power bump on this mystery V model. 

What form will that take? Well, we’re not quite expecting Blackwing levels of power here — “V” and “Blackwing” mean very different things now — so while it’s possible the V will be supercharged, it’s not exactly a foregone conclusion. It’s also not entirely outside the realm of possibility that the V has merely been tuned to sound like it’s packing a V8. Cadillac does have twin-turbocharged V6s at its disposal, after all, though the cost associated with mating one to a whole new platform just for a mid-grade performance offering makes that proposition rather dubious. 

And let’s not forget that the Corvette exists. The 6.2-liter V8 in that application makes a healthy 495 horsepower — 75 more ponies than you get with the Escalade’s standard V8. That sounds about right for an Escalade V, if you ask us. But will it be enough to attract buyers? Paired with GM’s latest adaptive suspension tech, the Escalade V should carry its considerable heft with aplomb. We’re curious to see exactly what Caddy has in store. We won’t have to wait long. Look for more info on Friday, Jan. 21. 

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