New Ford Mustang “Can’t Be Tuned”, 2023 Porsche GT3 RS Wild Ring Laptime, Sony-Honda To Build U.S.-Market EV: Your Morning Brief


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Ford Won’t Give “Unauthorized Tuners” Access To The 2024 Mustang S650

Ford says it has encrypted the new Mustang’s software to protect owners by fending off attacks from hackers, but that same encryption means third-party tuners won’t be able to mess with the engine mapping. If you do want to tune your S650’s Coyote V8 or 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4, you might have no option but to go with a Ford-approved upgrade.

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Laps Nürburgring In 6 Min 49, Beating GT3 By Over 10 Seconds

Porsche’s aero-intensive new GT3 RS proved that all those wings and scoops aren’t just for show. It slashed 10.6 seconds from the regular GT3’s Nürburgring time to become the fastest naturally-aspirated production car to lap the Nordschleife.

Meanwhile, Porsche’s electric Taycan has been boasting about an entirely different set of numbers. Some Taycans can now travel 14 percent further on a charge (and up to 246 miles / 396 km) on the EPA cycle following a software update.

Alpine Alpenglow Concept Debuts With Hydrogen Power, Shows Future Design Language

Alpine’s latest concept is a futuristic hypercar with striking proportions and a hydrogen internal combustion engine. The motorsport-inspired concept might not be destined for production, but it is a manifesto for the brand, previewing future Alpine models for both the road and the racetrack.

Tesla Semi Prototype Breaks Down Just Six Weeks Before Deliveries Start

If there’s one thing truckers hate more than big fuel bills, it’s trucks that are out of action, because a truck that can’t move can’t make any money. But while coverage of this broken Semi might have worried potential buyers and spoiled Elon Musk’s day, the bad news was balanced out by a report that Euro NCAP found no evidence that Tesla is cheating safety tests.

Here’s How Honda Builds The New 2023 Civic Type R In Japan

As if we weren’t already dribbling at the prospect of getting our hands on the 2023 Civic Type R, Honda decided to stoke our anticipation by releasing a video showing the cars being produced at the Yorii Automobile Plant in Saitama, Japan. The sixth generation of the Civic Type R sticks with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, front-wheel drive, and a manual transmission.

Final Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae Roadster Is A Homage To The One-Off Miura Roadster

Lambo’s last-ever non-electrified V12 supercar needed to be something special, so modeling the design on one of the most famous Lamborghinis of all time seemed like a smart move. The final Aventador Ultimae Roadster is decked out in metallic blue and silver paint that’s set off by a white leather interior, just like the one-off 1968 Miura Roadster.

Sony And Honda To Debut Their First EV In 2026 In North America And Japan, Tease New Model For CES

Sony Honda Mobility teased a few more details about its new U.S.-built electric car, explaining that it won’t be a mass-produced car, but a “high value-added product” that will be characterized by Autonomy, Augmentation, and Affinity. So expect it to be fairly pricey and crammed with tech, some of which you’ll have to pay for by subscription.

What Else Is Making The News

Netlfix Undercuts Disney+ With $7 Plan But You’ll Have To Watch Ads And It’s Only 720P

Cost of living increases are starting to bite and streaming platforms know their subscription revenue is at risk as we all start to look at what non-essential monthly purchases we could cut. Netflix’s response is a new $6.99 (UK: £4.99) entry-level plan that undercuts rival Disney’s cheapest offering. The downsides are that you’ll have to watch ads during your favorite car chase movies and shows are only streamed at pathetic 720p, rather than 1080p or 4K, TechCrunch reports.

Ordinary Cars Are The Stars In British Artist’s Striking Street Scenes

It’s not hard to find prints and posters of legendary classics and supercars to cover your walls, but Kieran Gabriel’s automotive art focuses on far more prosaic machinery like the Nissan Micra and Ford Fiesta. And the backgrounds aren’t famous racetracks but ordinary urban and suburban UK (and American) street scenes. Classic & Sports Car spoke to Gabriel about his work, which was inspired by art from the likes of David Hockney and Edward Hopper.


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