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Porsche just debuted a taller, more rugged Taycan EV with matching e-bikes – tour the $91,000 Cross Turismo

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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
  • The Taycan Cross Turismo is the wagon version of Porsche's Taycan EV sedan.
  • It has additional ground clearance, more cargo space, and a Gravel Mode.
  • Prices start at $90,900, not including the $1,350 delivery fee.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

The Taycan, Porsche's first EV, has been a hit so far. Riding on that popularity, Porsche introduced its much-anticipated wagon variant on Thursday.

Meet the 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, a car that Porsche calls a crossover in its press release but is most certainly a wagon. The Cross Turismo version of the Taycan is intended for slightly more utility; it has more cargo room than the sedan and additional ground clearance. 

Four versions will be available at launch: the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. There will not be a rear-wheel drive version like with the regular Taycan. All Taycan Cross Turismo models will come with a dual-motor setup and all-wheel drive.

Pricing starts at $90,900 before the $1,350 delivery fee. You can expect them at US dealerships this summer.

Keep reading to see more - as well as the two electric bicycles that Porsche's also launching.

The 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo is the wagon version of Porsche's Taycan EV sedan.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
The Taycan Cross Turismo will come in four variants.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
They are the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
It's designed to be the more utilitarian Taycan.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Porsche gave it additional ground clearance and extra cargo room.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
The Cross Turismo rides 0.8 inches higher than the sedan version.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
The rear cargo space has been increased to 15 cubic feet in the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
The 14.3 cubic feet in the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is the same as in the Taycan sedan, however.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Source: Insider

A small trunk was one of our chief complaints about the Taycan sedan, so it's good to see a couple of versions of the Cross Turismo address that.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Source: Insider

You still get the 2.9 cubic-foot front trunk, too.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
You can option it with Cross Turismo-specific details, like different packages and wheel choices.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
There will be no rear-wheel drive, single-motor version.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
All of the Cross Turismos will have the dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Other standard features include air suspension, Porsche's Adaptive Suspension Management system - or PASM - and the more powerful Performance Battery Plus.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Basically, features that are optional on the Taycan sedan will be standard on the Cross Turismo.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
There's a Gravel Mode that adds 10 millimeters to the ride height and sets the suspension system to handle low-traction surfaces more easily.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Porsche even gave the Cross Turismo extra body cladding for this purpose.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Alongside the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche is also launching the eBike Sport and eBike Cross.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
Both are electric bicycles, one for the street and the other for off-roading, and have carbon wheels "inspired by the roofline of the Taycan."
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
No EPA range figures were provided at this time.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
They'll start at $90,900, which doesn't include the $1,350 delivery fee.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo will start at $90,900, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo at $110,300, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo at $153,500, and the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo at $187,600.

And you can expect the Taycan wagons to arrive at dealerships this summer.
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
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The $200,000 Acura NSX supercar comes with a tricky chore: cleaning out the massive air vents down its sides

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2020 Acura NSX.
  • The Acura NSX is a supercar, yet part of its design traps dirt and other debris after driving.
  • You can clean it either by taking part of the car apart or with compressed air.
  • This is not an NSX-specific issue. It happens to a lot of other supercars.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Some of the most prominent features of the new Acura NSX - or indeed, any mid-engined supercar - are the rear airflow intake vents, located just behind the doors. They're large, eye-catching, and most importantly, functional.

But they do present a bit of a problem sometimes: They get dirty and they're not always easy to clean.

Airflow is necessary for all internal combustion engines, no matter where they're located - in the front of the car, the rear, or like the NSX, in the middle. An air intake system lets air reach the engine, and part of that system includes vents in the front of the car so the air can get channeled to the engine more easily. 

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Here's a visualization of the NSX's aerodynamics.

Because the NSX has a mid-mounted engine - meaning that it's found between the car's axles - it has two giant intake vents in its sides. Air that flows over the hood gets fed directly into the engine via these vents. Cool stuff all around.

Here's a diagram of the NSX without its body panels so you can see. The two radiators are placed behind where the car's doors would be and right in front of the rear wheels. The engine is behind the driver.

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The big rectangles in front of the rear wheels are the radiators.
While I was out with the car, I happened to look down into the NSX's intake vent and saw some debris chilling in there. Not big debris, mind you - just what appeared to be some dust, small pebbles, and pine needles. Undoubtedly, the honeycomb mesh grille protecting the vents kept the bigger stuff out.

But how would one clean such an area? The grille that keeps bigger rocks out also prevents you from wiping away the accumulated grit. I couldn't see an easy way to remove the grille, either.

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Looking down into that vent.
As it turned out, my instinct for removing the grilles was correct. Daniel, a professional car detailer from Clear Detail LLC in Richmond, Virginia, told me via email that when detailing cars like this, he also tries for the best access by removing the grille.

This isn't always possible, though.

"The new NSX grilles can only be accessed [by] removing the wheels, wheel wells, and radiators," Daniel said.

Since that isn't an option for most people, Daniel recommended that owners first try blowing out the area with compressed air, a pressure washer, or even a vacuum, spraying it with a paint-safe citrus cleaner, letting it soak, pressure washing it out, and finishing with blowing it out again with compressed air - or a Master Blaster, if you've got one. 

An Acura spokesperson declined to confirm whether or not this is the recommended way of cleaning out an NSX's intake vents.

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It's a great vent.
I'm not dogging on the NSX for this issue, as it seems fairly innocuous. I just know that if I owned the car, the buildup of dirt in the vents would bug the hell out of me, and I wanted to see how someone would go about finding a solution.

In the case of my loaner, it had been driven 15,000 miles by journalists who, like me, can sometimes enjoy making a car do things it wasn't designed to do. Because of the life it's lived, it is very possible that this NSX merely accumulated more dirt than others that haven't been tracked or parked, outside, under trees. 

And it's also not an NSX-specific issue!

"With a lot of supercars, the intakes are fantastic leaf, pebble, dirt, pine needle, and sand traps," Daniel said. In his experience, this is a problem that has plagued many supercars, not just the NSX. It's just what happens when you combine sticky, performance tires that have a habit of flinging debris around with an intake vent that's behind those tires.

The issue is addressed more easily in some other cars, though. All Daniel has to do in a Lamborghini, for example, is remove three screws and then the grille comes right out.

But if you're an NSX owner who's been frustrated by a small collection of dirt riding around with you, here's your solution.

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Hyundai’s new, space-age electric SUV has a vital feature most cars lack: a dedicated place for your bag

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The interior of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
  • The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV debuted this week with striking looks and an airy cabin.
  • There's even a space between the front seats for a purse or bag.
  • Many cars today lack that feature, so it's great to see an automaker implement it.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

News of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 all-electric SUV on Tuesday was exciting for many reasons, but chief among those reasons was that it has a place to put your freaking purse!

As I scrolled through photos of the airy-looking interior, I came across this one and stopped. Owing to the Ioniq 5's batteries-along-the-floor design, its passengers can enjoy a far more spacious interior cabin - especially in the footwell. 

See that space between the front seats? Behind the upholders? That's primo purse real estate right there.

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I want to live here.

I can't tell you what a drag it's been all these years, getting into cars and having nowhere to put my purse. Usually what happens is the bag goes in the back seat for longer trips (bad, out of reach) or dumped in my boyfriend's lap (also bad, because it's rude).

It's all been suboptimal, is what I'm saying.

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Here's a good car: the 2000 Lexus RX 300.

There have been a few attempts to correct this in the past, including in my mom's old 2000 Lexus RX 300. The car was already great, but what made it a true triumph in automotive design was the little dedicated space between the front seats for bags. There was even a plastic tray to set your things down on.

Subsequent generations of the Lexus RX models did away with that space, and it was a move for the worse.

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Someone was clearly thinking smart 21 years ago.

And then there have been more blatant attempts at marketing cars toward people who carry purses - ones that make a big deal about who certain features are for, all for the sake of advertising.

There have been "cars for women," which are "soft," "gentle," and can have "children in the back." There was once, back in the not-so-faraway land of 2016, even a car "for women" with eyeliner-shaped headlights, jeweled wheels, and an atmosphere designed for "impromptu karaoke performances, last-minute wardrobe changes, dramatic gossip sessions and emergency lunch-hour kips."

All of this slides into the neighborhood of being patronizing, stereotypical, dumb, and bad. It's a rough neighborhood and you don't want to be seen there.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

But here, in all-new, space-age electric Hyundai, you get all of the usability and none of the patronization. You can drop your purse right in between the front seats, which will keep your bag upright so it won't spill over. The bag itself remains close by, never out of reach. Your phone, wallet, sunglasses, and lip balm are all conveniently right there.

Hyundai hints at that utility rather than screaming it by featuring a photo of a person literally in the act of putting their purse in that little cubby. 

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This could be you!

Hyundai's own press release explains it plainly: "The 'Living Space' theme runs throughout the interior, most notably embodied by the Universal Island, a moveable center console that can slide back as much as 140 mm. Universal Island, along with the flat floor where the batteries are stored, allows more freedom of movement inside the vehicle."

This, my friends, is how you market to purse-carrying people. If you want to put thoughtful features in your car that you think women or purse-carrying people will enjoy, then just do it. Present the information in an informative manner, give us some photos of people using it. Move on without any gendered stereotypes.

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Here's me napping after reading about all the bad "cars for women."
If you have a genuinely good feature - such as a place for purses - congratulations! You thought outside of the box. Let everyone know it's there. 

After that, we can figure the rest out. 

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Hyundai just unveiled its stunning EV to compete with Tesla and Volkswagen – tour the brand-new Ioniq 5

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
  • The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first battery-electric car from Hyundai's dedicated EV brand.
  • With the biggest battery and rear-wheel drive, Hyundai estimates it to return about 300 miles.
  • No price was announced at this time, but you can expect them to arrive in the US later this year.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Back in August, Hyundai revealed plans to create a dedicated brand for battery-electric vehicles called Ioniq. This week, the automaker showed off the first model of that brand.

Meet the 2022 Ioniq 5 - a stylish little SUV that comes in either an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor setup or rear-wheel-drive, single-motor setup, according to the announcement. With the rear-motor setup, Hyundai estimates the maximum range to be just under 300 miles.

Size-wise, the Ioniq 5 comes within spitting distance of the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4. Hyundai did not announce pricing at this time but did say that the Ioniq 5 will be available in "selected regions" during the first half of this year.

Keep reading to see more!

The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first model in Hyundai's dedicated battery-electric vehicle brand, Ioniq.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
It is an all-electric SUV that's built on Hyundai's new E-GMP platform.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
And, no, these are not renderings of a concept. They're photos of the real car that's going to production.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
There are two battery pack options: a 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can get it in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Or a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
When using the 72.6-kWh battery and rear-drive setup, Hyundai estimates the Ioniq 5 to return between 292 and 298 miles on a full charge.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 5 uses both 400- and 800-volt charging infrastructure.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
With ultra-fast charging, it can return to 80% of its battery from 10% in a claimed 18 minutes of charging.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The interior is airy, spacious, and cleanly designed. It features a 12-inch infotainment screen and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The seats, door trim, floor, armrests, and headliner are made from sustainable materials like recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, natural yarns, eco-processed leather, and bio-paint with plant extracts.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The electronically-adjustable front seats can recline quite far.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
That center console is called the Universal Island, which can slide back by as much as 5.5 inches.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The thickness of those front seats was also reduced so second-row passengers can enjoy more room.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can also equip the Ioniq 5 with a solar roof.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Following the Ioniq 5, we can expect the Ioniq 6 (a sedan) and the Ioniq 7 (a large SUV). All fully electric, of course.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Hyundai did not announce pricing for the Ioniq 5 for now, but Motor Trend thinks it'll start at above $30,000.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

Motor Trend also reports that production will start next month. Hyundai said the car will be "available in selected regions starting in the first half of 2021."
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

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Hyundai just unveiled its stunning EV to compete with Tesla and Volkswagen – tour the brand-new Ioniq 5

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
  • The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first battery-electric car from Hyundai's dedicated EV brand.
  • With the biggest battery and rear-wheel drive, Hyundai estimates it to return about 300 miles.
  • No price was announced at this time, but you can expect them to arrive in the US later this year.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Back in August, Hyundai revealed plans to create a dedicated brand for battery-electric vehicles called Ioniq. This week, the automaker showed off the first model of that brand.

Meet the 2022 Ioniq 5 - a stylish little SUV that comes in either an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor setup or rear-wheel-drive, single-motor setup, according to the announcement. With the rear-motor setup, Hyundai estimates the maximum range to be just under 300 miles.

Size-wise, the Ioniq 5 comes within spitting distance of the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4. Hyundai did not announce pricing at this time but did say that the Ioniq 5 will be available in "selected regions" during the first half of this year.

Keep reading to see more!

The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first model in Hyundai's dedicated battery-electric vehicle brand, Ioniq.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
It is an all-electric SUV that's built on Hyundai's new E-GMP platform.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
And, no, these are not renderings of a concept. They're photos of the real car that's going to production.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
There are two battery pack options: a 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can get it in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Or a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
When using the 72.6-kWh battery and rear-drive setup, Hyundai estimates the Ioniq 5 to return between 292 and 298 miles on a full charge.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 5 uses both 400- and 800-volt charging infrastructure.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
With ultra-fast charging, it can return to 80% of its battery from 10% in a claimed 18 minutes of charging.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The interior is airy, spacious, and cleanly designed. It features a 12-inch infotainment screen and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The seats, door trim, floor, armrests, and headliner are made from sustainable materials like recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, natural yarns, eco-processed leather, and bio-paint with plant extracts.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The electronically-adjustable front seats can recline quite far.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
That center console is called the Universal Island, which can slide back by as much as 5.5 inches.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The thickness of those front seats was also reduced so second-row passengers can enjoy more room.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can also equip the Ioniq 5 with a solar roof.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Following the Ioniq 5, we can expect the Ioniq 6 (a sedan) and the Ioniq 7 (a large SUV). All fully electric, of course.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Hyundai did not announce pricing for the Ioniq 5 for now, but Motor Trend thinks it'll start at above $30,000.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

Motor Trend also reports that production will start next month. Hyundai said the car will be "available in selected regions starting in the first half of 2021."
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

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Hyundai just unveiled its stunning EV to compete with Tesla and Volkswagen – tour the brand-new Ioniq 5

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
  • The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first battery-electric car from Hyundai's dedicated EV brand.
  • With the biggest battery and rear-wheel drive, Hyundai estimates it to return about 300 miles.
  • No price was announced at this time, but you can expect them to arrive in the US later this year.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Back in August, Hyundai revealed plans to create a dedicated brand for battery-electric vehicles called Ioniq. This week, the automaker showed off the first model of that brand.

Meet the 2022 Ioniq 5 - a stylish little SUV that comes in either an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor setup or rear-wheel-drive, single-motor setup, according to the announcement. With the rear-motor setup, Hyundai estimates the maximum range to be just under 300 miles.

Size-wise, the Ioniq 5 comes within spitting distance of the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4. Hyundai did not announce pricing at this time but did say that the Ioniq 5 will be available in "selected regions" during the first half of this year.

Keep reading to see more!

The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first model in Hyundai's dedicated battery-electric vehicle brand, Ioniq.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
It is an all-electric SUV that's built on Hyundai's new E-GMP platform.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
And, no, these are not renderings of a concept. They're photos of the real car that's going to production.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
There are two battery pack options: a 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can get it in a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 302 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Or a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup, which produces a claimed 215 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
When using the 72.6-kWh battery and rear-drive setup, Hyundai estimates the Ioniq 5 to return between 292 and 298 miles on a full charge.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 5 uses both 400- and 800-volt charging infrastructure.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
With ultra-fast charging, it can return to 80% of its battery from 10% in a claimed 18 minutes of charging.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The interior is airy, spacious, and cleanly designed. It features a 12-inch infotainment screen and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The seats, door trim, floor, armrests, and headliner are made from sustainable materials like recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, natural yarns, eco-processed leather, and bio-paint with plant extracts.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The electronically-adjustable front seats can recline quite far.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
That center console is called the Universal Island, which can slide back by as much as 5.5 inches.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The thickness of those front seats was also reduced so second-row passengers can enjoy more room.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
You can also equip the Ioniq 5 with a solar roof.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Following the Ioniq 5, we can expect the Ioniq 6 (a sedan) and the Ioniq 7 (a large SUV). All fully electric, of course.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Hyundai did not announce pricing for the Ioniq 5 for now, but Motor Trend thinks it'll start at above $30,000.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

Motor Trend also reports that production will start next month. Hyundai said the car will be "available in selected regions starting in the first half of 2021."
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Source: Motor Trend

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This Rolls-Royce features a starry ceiling display of the sky on the night its owner was born – see inside

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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
  • The Rolls-Royce Koa Wood Phantom Extended is a highly customized car built for a single collector.
  • Inside, it's inspired by a beloved koa wood rocking chair and has a display depicting the night sky on the day its owner was born.
  • It took the Rolls-Royce Wood Specialist three years to find the perfect koa log to use.
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Rolls-Royce is a company that continually reminds me the sky's the limit as long as you've got the money.

I've seen the automaker customize cars with contemporary African art and literal bird feathers. What I haven't seen is a Rolls-Royce that was inspired by a rocking chair. 

Until now.

This is the Rolls-Royce Koa Wood Phantom Extended - a custom Phantom created for one Jack Boyd Smith Jr. and inspired by a koa-wood rocking chair that's been in the family for years, according to a company press release.

As this was a purely custom job, Rolls-Royce did not reveal how much the Koa Wood Phantom cost. But a regular Phantom starts at $463,350, if that's any indication. Inside, there's actual koa-wood veneer, which was very rare and difficult to come by. It also features a light display showing the night sky on the day Smith was born, because loving yourself is important. Even if sometimes you love yourself a little too much.

Read on to see more.

This is the Rolls-Royce Koa Wood Phantom Extended.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
From the outside, it looks like a dark blue Phantom.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
But it is a meticulously customized one-off for a client named Jack Boyd Smith Jr.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
His initials are visible on the driver's door.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
His wife Laura's initials can be found on the passenger door.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Phantom wears a coat of "Packard Blue" exterior paint.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
It was color-matched the 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe from Smith's personal collection.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
But the Koa Phantom is named as such because it was inspired by a beloved koa-wood rocking chair that the Smiths have had in their home for many years.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
This is that chair.
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A koa-wood rocking chair.
The Smiths have always been very taken with koa wood, since they've spent so much time in Maui, Hawaii.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
Koa trees only grow in Hawaii. They are protected on a state and national level.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The only way to get it is by harvesting it from private growers.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Smiths waited three years for the Rolls-Royce Wood Specialist to find the perfect log of koa wood.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The specialist "negotiated with a supplier for a highly prized log from his own, personal collection."
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.

Source: Rolls-Royce

Smith really wanted to capture the warmth of koa-wood in his car.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The log that the specialist found had a particularly beautiful textural finish.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The dash-mounted clock is a staple in nearly all modern Rolls-Royces.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
Why, yes, there is a champagne fridge.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
Why, yes, it comes with a crystal decanter.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
And there is a pair of initialed champagne flutes.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The rest of the wood went toward creating this picnic hamper.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
It's made from koa wood, saddle leather, and stainless steel.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The 12-piece stainless steel cutlery set was hand-made in England.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The set also includes hand-made wine glasses and decanters from the Hungarian Ajka Crystal factory.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
A personalized plate reminds you who this car was built for.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Smiths' names can also be found in the personalized treadplates.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Starlight Headliner, with 1,420 fiber-optic lights, shows the constellation of the sky above Cleveland, Ohio, on the day Smith was born.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Koa Phantom marks the fifth Rolls-Royce to become part of The JBS Collection of Jack Boyd Smith Jr. in Elkhart, Indiana.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
The Koa Phantom was a custom job, so there was no pricing announcement.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.
A regular 2021 Phantom starts at $463,350, though, so expect the price to have only gone up from there.
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Rolls-Royce Koa Phantom.

Source: Car and Driver

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The $120,000 Audi RS 6 Avant has some of the fanciest light features on the market – check them all out

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Let there be light.
  • The 2021 RS 6 Avant I tested recently did cool light tricks when you locked or unlocked it.
  • Inside, it even had futuristic, Tron-like cabin illumination.
  • The best part was that the seat belt buckles lit up so you never had to find them by touch alone.
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There's always been something about Audis and LEDs.

Audi was among the first - if not the first - automakers to adopt light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lights. They debuted in 2004 on the Audi A8 W12 sedan as five LEDs in each headlight. 

The look quickly trickled through the rest of Audi's lineup after that. Soon, everything from the cheaper A4s up had the scintillating detail - a sparkly, checkmark-shaped strip of LEDs flanking the signature four rings. Nothing like it had ever been seen before and, for a while, you could pick out an Audi heading toward you from afar just based on that pattern of LEDs.

In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car fitted exclusively with LEDs. Its headlights, turn signals, and daytime running lights all used the technology, which Audi claimed reduced CO2 emissions and was more efficient than the widely used halogen light bulbs. 

It's now 2021 and nearly everything on the road uses LEDs of some kind, but Audi's still found a way to distinguish itself. Recently, I tested out a 2021 RS 6 Avant - read the review here! - and stumbled across a neat little light show it puts on when you lock or unlock it. For your viewing pleasure and convenience, I have GIFed the experience below.

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Look at this light show!

When you unlock the car, the front daytime running lights light up in sequence, almost like a welcome greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights fade out in sequence, like a curtain closing after a show. 

As far as I can tell, this choice was purely an aesthetic one. It certainly doesn't make the car drive any faster or better. It just gave me, the driver, some small delight in seeing it. There doesn't seem to be any other reason to include such a feature. 

(And before you email me to yell at me that this is old news and I should get with the program: The internet isn't all about you. Not everyone knows this about Audis.)

But that's not all! I invite you to check out two more things.

First, the RS 6 Avant's door sills light up in the dark and the car projects "Audi Sport" onto the ground, lest you forget what sort of vehicle you have.

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Like a giant, light-up name tag.
Second, and more practically, the RS 6 Avant's interior lighting includes seat-belt buckle illumination!

The wagon seats five, so five buckles are encased in a ring of light for you to locate more easily. Anyone who has felt around in the dark for their buckle no longer has to if they're riding in one of these.

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Strong Tron vibes here.

The rest of the cabin lighting gives off a very futuristic, Tron-like aesthetic. If you looked at the interior during the day, you'd see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design. 

But those seat-belt buckle indicator lights. That's some real MVP stuff right there.

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How the refined new Mazda 3 Turbo is pivotal to Mazda’s push to compete with the likes of Audi and Mercedes

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The 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo.
  • Spiritually, the new turbocharged Mazda 3 is similar to the hot-hatch Mazdaspeed 3, an enthusiast favorite from 2007 to 2013.
  • But the new 3 Turbo is missing a lot of the flair from the sporty Mazdaspeed 3, like front-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and a hood scoop.
  • This new take on a turbocharged Mazda 3 represents the upmarket push that Mazda's been aiming for — one that it hopes will put it in entry-level Mercedes and Audi territory.
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Not since the hotted-up Mazdaspeed 3 - last on the market in 2013 - has there been a turbocharged Mazda 3. But don't call the new 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo a Mazdaspeed 3, because it's not. 

The 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 was a hot hatch done proper. It produced a claimed 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It was rowdy, with all of its power going to the front wheels and resulting in some uncouth torque steer. It was offered exclusively with a manual transmission. It had a functional hood scoop - big enough that you could slide a whole pizza into it - to channel air into its top-mounted intercooler. 

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The 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 was a true hot hatch.

The new Mazda 3 Turbo, despite coming from the factory with even more torque (Mazda quotes output to be 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet), is not the successor to the beloved, rockety hot hatch of yore. Those tricks are for kids. 

Don't call it a Mazdaspeed 

Mazda, instead, wants you to see the new 3 Turbo as the latest piece in its upmarket push to the premium space. The turbocharged engine is present, but there's also standard all-wheel drive, a quality interior, and - I'm sorry to report this - no option for a manual transmission. Zilch. The only transmission you get is the six-speed automatic. 

Those who prefer rowing their own gears will have to look elsewhere; specifically, downmarket and at the non-turbocharged versions of the Mazda 3. They're lower on power, but they can come with a clutch pedal if you want one.

"The Mazdaspeed 3 was a pure enthusiast's car," Dave Coleman, Mazda's vehicle dynamics engineer, told Business Insider during a roundtable interview. "There were a lot of sacrifices in [noise, vibration, and harshness] and livability. And that was what that brand was about."

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The mid-2000s Mazdaspeed 3 started it all.

All grown up

The new 3 Turbo has grown up - and with it, Mazda imagines its buyers have as well.

"This is positioned as [the Mazdaspeed 3] grown up with a job and some responsibility - much like our customers," Coleman went on. "It still has a lot of the fundamental capabilities but it doesn't wear it on its sleeve so obviously. 

"The 'Mazdaspeed' name brings some expectation that this car does not deliver. We do not want to sow confusion with the name and thought that the purpose of this car is much higher volume than with another Mazdaspeed 3."

Coleman has a point. By being manual-only with scoops, wings, and flairs, the Mazdaspeed 3 likely alienated non-enthusiast buyers for the very things car enthusiasts loved about it. Just recently, someone on Twitter called the Mazdaspeed 3 "corny."

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This is what Mazda's idea of upmarket looks like.

The Mazdaspeed 3 was great for brand perception, but its niche market perhaps didn't necessarily translate to healthy sales.

Plus, had Mazda called the new, more subtle 3 Turbo a "Mazdaspeed 3," it would have caught a lot of enthusiast grief - which, if you've spent any time at all on the internet or on forums, is some of the loudest grief there is.

'Zoom-Zoom' no more

A racy Mazda 3 doesn't really fit with the image Mazda is going for anymore, nor does the iconic and scrappy "Zoom-Zoom" tagline Mazda used for much of its 2000s marketing campaigns. As Automotive News pointed out in 2019, "Zoom-Zoom" has been replaced with "what it calls Mazda Premium under the latest 'Feel Alive' slogan."

Premium, by Mazda's definition, means the time for unruly hot hatches is over. It means fun but refined performance that doesn't go shouting about it from the outside. It means finally being able to compete against entry-level luxury heavyweights like Mercedes and Audi.

So the 3 Turbo's certainly got the hardware. But the public awareness? Maybe not so much.

Established premium brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Lexus have it easy. Buyers already associate them with luxury. Mazda still has work to do before the public automatically considers it in the same sentence as the others, if at all.

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The interior of the new Mazda 3 Turbo is real nice.
Part of the challenge lies in Mazda's approach, according to Drew Cary, Mazda's North American brand communications senior manager. He said Mazda's method is to build a car around driver experience rather than "marketing to a spec sheet" like its competitors do.

There's some truth to this, as press releases from Mercedes-Benz and BMW all typically include 0 to 60 times and top speed estimates. Numbers, numbers, numbers. It's much easier to pit numbers against each other. It's harder to quantify something that's "fun" on paper, but that's the hard sell Mazda - a much smaller company - is up against.

"Typical marketing tactics don't work," Cary said. "We're not able to spend as much as the big brands on marketing." 

So what's left to do?

A hard sell 

First, Mazda is working on improving its dealership experience - which, for many people, is critical to establishing loyalty. A bad first impression at a dealer can ruin a buyer's perception of the brand. 

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How do you translate "fun to drive" onto paper?
And second, the automaker is relying heavily on earned marketing. That is, third parties (such as owners) acting as advocates who can talk about Mazda and its products. On this front, it's especially important that Mazda alienates no one and engages as many people as it can.

In 2019, Mazda North America sold 50,741 3s, its second-best seller behind the popular CX-5. In all, the Japanese automaker sold 278,552 cars total, which means that the Mazda 3 accounted for 18% of all sales. 

It's not an insignificant figure. It would be in Mazda's best interest to try to appeal to a broader buying pool - but now one that appreciates premium features, wants power but with subtlety, and is willing to pay a bit more for it.

Maybe one day soon, a customer will have second thoughts before mindlessly buying a Mercedes when they see they can get a fully loaded Mazda 3 instead. Maybe.

Enthusiasts will have to deal

For car enthusiasts, though, it truly seems like a new Mazdaspeed 3 isn't happening anytime soon, if ever. In 2016, Mazda told the Australian publication Motoring that it was too "mature" for such Mazdaspeed shenanigans anymore. 

"As a brand we are trying to elevate again a little bit more, because execution of Mazda MPS or Mazdaspeed 3 or whatever you call it was a little bit - I am not afraid to say it - childish," Masahiro Moro, Mazda's chairman and CEO of North American operations, said. 

We all must grow up eventually, I suppose.

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Goodnight, sweet prince.

In the roundtable, Mazda obviously wouldn't give a straight answer on whether this new push to premium spelled the end for Mazdaspeed. But so as to not back themselves into corners, brands never give journalists a simple "yes" or "no."

"We're open to the market, but there's nothing in the pipeline, either," Coleman said. "But regardless of what happens with Mazdaspeed, we will always focus on driving dynamics."

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How a $1.6 million supercar clawed its reputation back after the internet debunked its 316 mph speed record

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SSC Tuatara.
  • SSC North America's $1.6 million Tuatara made three attempts at becoming the world's fastest production car.
  • The first one was disputed and during the second one, the car suffered mechanical problems.
  • It finally pulled off the feat during its third run at 282.9 mph.
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It's not often an automaker claims it just broke the record for world's fastest production car. But when the internet calls BS on that record and the car has to try again, twice, then you really sit up and pay attention.

This is the saga of the $1.6 million Tuatara supercar from boutique automaker SSC North America. The car's first record of 316 mph was short-lived; it was almost immediately questioned by internet sleuths, to the point where SSC was forced review its video footage and GPS data, found discrepancies, and vowed to try setting the record again.

It wasn't until the company's third try that it finally set the record at 282.9 mph, though this was nowhere near the 316-mph claim it made the first time around.

What happened? How did we get here?

Read on for the full story.

The SSC Tuatara is the latest car from boutique American automaker SSC North America.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Insider

Priced at $1.6 million, it claimed to earn the title of "world's fastest production vehicle" on October 10.
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SSC Tuatara.
On a seven-mile stretch of public highway in Nevada, the Tuatara allegedly hit a top speed of 331.15 mph in one direction and 301.07 on the "slower run."
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SSC Tuatara.
The feat was uploaded to the company's YouTube channel for all to see. To be considered for an official world record, contestants have to submit the times for two consecutive runs and average them.
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SSC Tuatara.
The Tuatara averaged a speed of 316.11 mph.
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SSC Tuatara.
Professional driver Oliver Webb was at the wheel.
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SSC Tuatara.
This was faster than the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport's 2019 run at the Volkswagen Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, which achieved a speed of 304.77 mph.
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SSC Tuatara.
However, the Bugatti only ran once, not twice. So, it wasn't official.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Road & Track

The official record was previously held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which achieved an average speed in both directions of 277.87 mph.
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Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Source: Top Gear

The Tuatara is powered by a 5.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, flat-plane crank V8 and produces a claimed 1,750 horsepower.
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SSC Tuatara.
Only 100 of them will be built and priced starting at $1.6 million.
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SSC Tuatara.
But after the run, the questions started rolling in.
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SSC Tuatara.
Internet sleuths on Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube cried foul, saying the car's record video footage seemed fishy - the displayed speed did not appear to match the car's true speed, they claimed.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Insider

Among them was prominent automotive YouTuber Shmee, who said, "If the Tuatara did what [SSC] said it did, it would take seconds to prove it."
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SSC Tuatara Shmee.

Source: YouTube

In its own defense, SSC said that it used technology from Austrian GPS data-measuring company Dewetron to chart the car's speed.
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SSC Tuatara.
Dewetron pushed back, however.
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SSC Tuatara.
"Dewetron did not validate any data from world record attempts or preceding tests," the company said in a statement. "Not one of Dewetron's employees was present during the test drive or involved in the associated preparations."
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SSC Tuatara.
Even Webb, the professional driver who helped set the record, couldn't make sense of what was happening.

A post shared by Oliver Webb (@oliverjameswebb)

On October 28, SSC CEO and founder Jerod Shelby issued a statement.
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SSC Tuatara.
He blamed the misleading video and discrepancies in the displayed speed on a video-editing "mixup."
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SSC Tuatara.
He said that the video production company, Driven Studios, had additional footage of the run and he would share it as soon as he had it.
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SSC Tuatara.
But on October 30, Shelby uploaded a 3.5-minute video to YouTube, where he announced that when the company reviewed the additional footage, "We all of a sudden were seeing the same doubts." So, instead of showing everyone the "actual footage in its simplest form," as the company said it would, Shelby said he would redo the record.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Insider

But what about the GPS data?
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SSC Tuatara.
Shelby told Motor Authority on November 6 that there was no "data file with the GPS satellite data from the first run because it wasn't needed."
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Motor Authority

On December 12 and 13, SSC gave a second attempt at the record speed run at the NASA runway in Florida.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Insider

The Tuatara's owner, Larry Caplin, was at the wheel.
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SSC Tuatara.
There were issues. The hood kept popping open because various external systems had been wired to it.
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SSC Tuatara.
And on the car's second-to-last run, it became too hot so the engine software started cutting power as a safety precaution.
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SSC Tuatara.
On the final run, Caplin noticed the car wasn't accelerating like it was supposed to.
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SSC Tuatara.
The team discovered this was because two of the engine's cylinders were not firing properly, probably because of overheating.
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SSC Tuatara.
On January 17, SSC made its third record attempt at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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2021 SSC Tuatara.
With Caplin at the wheel once again, the Tuatara hit 279.7 mph in one direction and 286.1 mph in the other.
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SSC Tuatara.
Averaged together, the Tuatara hit a speed of 282.9 mph and beat the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
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SSC Tuatara.

Source: Insider

Unfortunately, the speed is still nowhere near SSC's original claims of 316 mph.
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2021 SSC Tuatara.
Still, SSC made certain that there was plenty of third-party validation available.
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SSC Tuatara.
Shelby isn't finished yet, though.
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2021 SSC Tuatara.
He's planning another Tuatara run this spring, where SSC will attempt to achieve a 300-mph top speed.
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SSC Tuatara.
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