2020 Audi RS Q8 rides a wave of blisteringly fast family SUVs

It’s a short throw between Audi’s hot family wagons. 

Yet, the 2020 Audi RS Q8 and RS 6 Avant are far apart in mission and execution. Despite their shared engines—a fire-breathing twin-turbo V-8 shared with Lamborghini and sourced from Porsche—the $113,995 RS Q8 and $109,995 RS 6 Avant are distant like the sun-drenched beaches and snow-capped mountaintops on the Spanish island of Tenerife off the coast of Africa. More than 50 degrees separate the air between two; the Audis are even further apart.

The Canary Islands’ impossibly long clouds; tall pines and palms; and purple, red, gold, and brown volcanic rock valleys are where I’ve been given the chance to dash the RS Q8 up a dormant volcano above the clouds and back down to soft, yellow sand in time for siesta. 

The RS Q8 squats, screams, then springs toward the next curve with a violent but restrained holler every

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2020 New York auto show postponed until August due to coronavirus concerns

Organizers of the 2020 New York auto show confirmed Tuesday that next month’s show will be postponed until late August due to increasing health concerns related to the spreading coronavirus in the area.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association that operates the auto show, said in a statement.

The auto show will be held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6 at the Javits Center in New York City.

The 2020 New York auto show is the latest in a string of auto shows or vehicle debuts that has been pushed back due to the spreading coronavirus. This month, the Geneva auto show announced it would cancel its annual exhibition. Ford and General Motors have separately announced voluntary travel bans or delayed vehicle debuts because of the outbreak.

Several

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Bloodhound land speed record team runs out of funding, again

Bloodhound Land Speed Record’s attempt on cracking the land speed record for a steerable car looked to be all set after the team reached 628 mph during a test run last November. The record stands at 763 mph and Bloodhound LSR wants to not only beat the record, but go on to cross the 1,000-mph threshold.

Unfortunately, Bloodhound LSR last week announced that the future of the project was in jeopardy as 8 million British pounds (approximately $10.5 million) would need to be raised by the end of March to ensure the team can meet its deadlines for a planned attempt on the record in 2021 at the Hakskeenpan in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert.

Bloodhound LSR

The funds are required to pay aerospace and motorsport experts involved in the project and complete development of the team’s 44.3-foot streamliner to make it go faster. Areas that still need work include

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The Czinger 21C 3D-printed hypercar changes how cars are built

The Czinger 21C isn’t just another boutique hypercar. It demonstrates a new way of building cars. The 21C’s 3D-printed construction does away with tooling, assembly lines, and all the other expensiverappings of traditional automotive manufacturing.

Almost every metal component in the 21C (the name stands for “21st Century”) is 3D printed, Jens Sverdrup, Czinger chief commercial officer, told Apex One in a recent video interview. Those parts are made from a mix of aluminum, titanium, and Inconel–a heat-resistant material originally developed for use in the aerospace industry.

Instead of mating those components together on a traditional assembly line, everything is done by robots in one central location. This means the Czinger factory won’t have to be reconfigured to switch to a different model, Jon Gunner, Czinger chief technical officer, said.

Czinger 21C

That may be fine for a low-volume hypercar, but these production techniques aren’t practical for mass-market vehicles. Titanium

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GM might make an electric Chevrolet Camaro

General Motors is preparing to launch a new crop of electric cars. A short video posted by the automaker on Twitter this week hints that an electric Chevrolet Camaro could be one of them.

The video shows the silhouettes of different cars atop GM’s recently announced BEV3 electric car platform. GM said BEV3 will be flexible enough to accommodate many different models.

At about three seconds into the short clip, the outline looks a lot like a Camaro coupe. The long-hood, short-rear-deck proportions of Chevy’s muscle car are clearly visible.

To be clear, this is in no way confirmation that GM is planning an electric Camaro. But it does seem like

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2020 BMW 7-Series, 2021 Genesis GV80, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette: The Week In Reverse

We drove the 2020 BMW 7-Series; the 2021 Genesis GV80 was priced; and we dove into the details of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

The 2020 BMW 7-Series fixes the current generation’s biggest issue: it wasn’t getting noticed. BMW execs said people didn’t realize the current-generation flagship was new when it arrived for 2016, so 2020 updates include a more-distinct front end and even more tech. Now the question is whether the latest 7-Series is getting noticed for the right reasons.

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT was spied undergoing testing in Europe for the first time. Through the camouflage, the prototypes looked nearly identical to the E-Tron GT concept shown at the Los Angeles auto show. Based on the Porsche Taycan and its J1 platform, the E-Tron GT will have an 800-volt electrical system and a 96-kwh battery. Expect

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