Mercedes-Benz R-Class to return as EV?

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class bowed out of the United States after 2012 but lived on for several more years in China where there’s demand for luxury minivans—so much so that Lexus launched one there in 2019.

Now a new R-Class, or something like it, might be in the works at Mercedes for launch around 2025, Car reported last week.

Mercedes already sells a luxury minivan called the V-Class, though this is based on a commercial van that’s sold in the U.S. as a Metris. According to Car, the idea for the modern R-Class was conceived by former Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers, meaning the proposed vehicle might be performance oriented.

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class

Such a vehicle offered by AMG might be badged a GLR, according to Car, though something like EQR is also possible if the vehicle ends up part of Mercedes’ EQ family of electrics,

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Lets You Rock Some Style on Your Target Runs

  • Refreshed Pacifica with updated interior and exterior styling
  • New infotainment system gets Amazon Alexa integration and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • A new suite of standard driver aids including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control
  • Part of the first Pacifica minivan generation introduced for the 2017 model year

What is the Pacifica?

All right, minivan or SUV — what’s more stylish and better equipped for bad weather? SUV, right? Normally, you’d be right. But the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is a viable exception. With updated styling and the continuation of available all-wheel drive, the Pacifica has some of the best attributes of an SUV to go along with its excellent practicality.

From nose to tail, the Pacifica has a new look. The center grille is larger and glittering with glossy black diamond-textured mesh, and the reshaped headlights are eyelined with LEDs like Cleopatra at a rave. Also, the lower air inlets

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Deep dive: Sean’s RB26-powered Ford Mustang from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

One of the most controversial cars from the “Fast and Furious” franchise is the RB26-powered Ford Mustang from “Tokyo Drift.” If you’ve ever wondered why the production team decided to stuff an iconic Nissan engine in a classic American muscle car, or how it was accomplished, this video has the answers. It features Craig Lieberman—technical advisor on the early “Fast and Furious” movies—and Sean Morris, the car’s builder.

Used in multiple generations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the 2.6-liter RB26 inline-6 is one of the most legendary engines to come out of Japan. The car symbolizes main character (and muscle-car lover) Sean Boswell fully embracing Japanese drifting and tuning culture.

Morris is a GT-R specialist, and was brought in to advise on the project. He chose a fairly basic version of the RB26 with a single turbocharger (as opposed to the stock GT-R twin-turbo setup), due to clearance

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All of the Last Supercars With a Manual Transmission

At their core, supercars represent the march of progress. The supercar space, more so than perhaps any sub-genre of the automotive industry, has no room for stagnation; from advanced hybrid powertrains to NASA-grade computational power for managing chassis dynamics to groundbreaking use of exotic and rarified materials, most supercars represent the very best of the “now.” As a result, the gulf between these missiles and what is considered a traditional sports car widens by the model year. But remember when part of the whole experience was driving or lusting after manual-transmission supercars? It seems like a lifetime ago.

Indeed, one of the most significant leaps forward in the supercar arms race is the advent of the dual-clutch transmission. The Bugatti Veyron was the first to incorporate dual-clutch tech in a high-performance application in 2005, followed soon after by the 2007 Nissan GT-R and 2008 Ferrari California, signaling the death

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Tesla Model Y vs. Porsche Taycan: Testing EPA Range in the Real World

  • According to EPA range estimates, the Tesla Model Y trounces the Porsche Taycan — but the EPA tests in a lab.
  • Do the estimates hold up in the real world? Edmunds’ test results have something to say about that.
  • TLDR: The Taycan beat the Model Y by a whopping 70 miles in our testing, yet the EPA says it should lose by 88 miles. So what gives?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “your mileage may vary” with regard to how your real-world fuel economy compares to the EPA estimate. The adage refers to gasoline-powered vehicles, but the same applies to electric vehicles.

Edmunds has found, however, that the variance can be even greater with an EV, depending on the vehicle.

After owning and testing many of the popular EVs on the roads today, Edmunds created its own standardized real-world test to provide an additional data point for comparison. A closer

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