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Chevrolet announced a new police vehicle based on the Blazer EV SS, slated to arrive in early 2024. While the SS model is rated at 557 hp (415 kW / 565 PS) and 648 lb-ft (878 Nm) of torque, Chevy didn’t reveal much about the Blazer EV Police Pursuit Vehicle. We do know that it will be “pursuit-rated,” have the biggest Ultium battery in the portfolio, Brembo front brakes, and a special Police-use interior.
A 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 test car was sighted testing in Germany, though it was not camouflaged. Our spy shots give us a clear sight of the revised diffuser, new air outlets in the corners of the rear bumper, and the relocated license plate. They have not yet tested the modified front end, though. We may anticipate it with the former engine and an updated interior.
Maserati has (finally) been spotted testing the GranTurismo Folgore after teasing the press multiple times now. Evidently, it now boasts Grecale-style headlights, a partially blocked-off grille, and aerodynamic wheels. Maserati remarked that a tri-motor powertrain would bang out more than 1,184hp and achieve a 0-62 sprint in less than three seconds!
The revised Nissan Kicks goes on sale in Japan featuring a better e-POWER system. This 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine is coupled to an electric motor with a combined output of 134 hp and 206 lb-ft torque now. This Nissan Kicks has a more comfortable interior, updated safety features, and a 4WD option, and it’s yours for a starting price of 2,798,400 yen ($20,302).
The 2023 Porsche Taycan is set to receive multiple software and technological improvements. Inside, you’ll find a “colorful tile screen” with a “revised HUD design,” featuring wireless Android Auto and Spotify integration. Updates extend to the powertrain as well, including improved thermal management. Additionally, Porsche offers 2023 Taycans new wheel options and extended Variable Light Control availability for the panoramic glass top.
The 2025 Audi SQ5 was captured in camouflage by our photographers, and there are several exterior features to examine. Among them include a more prominent grille, sleeker headlamps, vertical intakes, and an angular beltline. The four-tailpipe exhaust system denotes that it is an S model. Although the new SQ5’s specs are unconfirmed, it will probably use the S4’s turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is rumored to produce 370 hp.
BMW has added M Performance components for the M3 Touring, their sporty wagon with all-wheel drive. The carbon fiber parts that make up the cosmetic upgrades include a front splitter, canards, mirror caps, fender vents, side skirts, a roof spoiler, and a diffuser. More performance-oriented additions include new forged wheel choices and a lighter M Performance titanium exhaust system. The interior enjoys suede-like materials, carbon fiber, and Alcantara. In honor of the performance division’s 50th anniversary, buyers can choose the “50 Jahre BMW M” motif.
What Else Is Making The News
Judge Sets October Trial For Musk-Twitter Takeover Dispute
An October trial date was set by a Delaware judge on Tuesday, despite Elon Musk’s efforts to delay Twitter’s lawsuit against him. Twitter urged an expedited trial in September, while Musk’s lawyers requested a delay until early next year due to the complexities of the case. “The longer the delay, the greater the risk.” said Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick.
Two Companies Aim To Beat SpaceX To Mars With ‘Audacious’ Landing
Relativity Space, a new rocket corporation and a little startup created by an engineer who formerly oversaw SpaceX’s rocket engine development, revealed plans on Tuesday to launch a privately designed robotic lander to Mars. They claim they might complete it in two and a half years. This could create a new market where government and corporate space programs might deliver affordable payloads to Mars.