Volkswagen Atlas Gets Angry Makeover And 350 HP

The Volkswagen Atlas is a respectable SUV, but it isn’t known for its performance, The range-topping model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 276 ponies and 266 lb-ft of torque, but we’ve always thought the seven-seater SUV would benefit from a bit more power. Thankfully, Volkswagen tuner APR has answered our prayers with its new extensively modified Atlas that offers more power and improved off-road prowess.

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Based on the entry-level 2.0-liter Atlas, which produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the tuner has installed a turbocharger lifted from a Golf R, upgraded the ECU, and added a carbon-fiber intake and custom-fabricated cat-back exhaust. As a result, the modified Atlas has an output of 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

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Tesla Model 3 Production On Track To Hit 8,000 A Week?

The Tesla Model 3 has been plagued with well-publicized production issues over the last few months. However, it seems the situation is finally improving. Back in June, the carmaker met its target of producing 5,000 Model 3s in the final week of the month.

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Musk confirmed that this production target was met for at least two weeks in July during a financial call with analysts. Now the goal is to ramp Model 3 production up to 6,000 a week, but CNBC reports the automaker is on track to exceed that target by a significant margin.

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The Spice-X Is A Lightweight Electric Affordable Race Car From Italy

An Italian company is taking a different approach at race car building. It is aiming to produce an affordable electric race car using non-expensive materials to cut costs and make a lightweight construction. According to Motor1, the project is the result of a collaboration between car companies in Piedmont, Italy.

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Designed by Fabrizio Pepe of Mastery Design, the Spice-X SX1, which has so far only been previewed in a series of render images, measures just 150.6 inches long and 66.7 inches wide. The materials are so light that the Spice-X SX1 weighs just 1,323 pounds, making it one of the lightest EVs yet. It’s an impressive feat since car manufacturers often struggle to keep the weight down in electric cars.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Could Really Affect Ford F-150’s Sales

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been in the news a lot recently for many good reasons, among them its upcoming arrival at dealerships. But is it possible for the new Silverado to surpass F-150 in sales? Anything is possible, only if they use the right strategy.

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According to Automotive News, Chevrolet has literally “restructured” its full-size pickup truck is not only design and materials but also its lineup range. What was lacking before is now present. For example, for 2019 there will be three new trims to help expand the Silverado’s market share. These new trims, however, are not in the luxury realm but rather at the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Toyota’s New Hypercar Will Cost A Million Dollars

Toyota has a new hypercar in the works, previewed by the rather extreme-looking GR SuperSport concept. But while we don’t know too much about it at this early stage, we do know that it’s going to be expensive. As in, seven-figures expensive.

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Toyota’s Australian spokesman confirmed the race-car-for-the-road will carry a price tag upwards of a million dollars. And even if a million of Australian dollars may not be worth as much as a million of American dollars, it gives us an idea of what sort of pricing the Japanese automaker will be looking at. At this point, there are more questions than answers. We don’t even know when cars will be available, what markets they will go to and where they will be road registerable and where they won’t.

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Driver Assists Still Aren’t Advanced Enough According To IIHS

Driver assists are now so advanced, we often take technology that can take care of accelerating, braking, and steering in certain situations for granted. But, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these convenient assists are still no substitute for human drivers.

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As reported by Automotive News, the IIHS tested the Level 2 driver assistance systems on vehicles from TeslaMercedes-BenzBMW, and Volvo and found that each system has potentially dangerous weaknesses. During four track-based tests, the IIHS discovered weaknesses in Volvo’s adaptive cruise control and Tesla’s automated emergency braking systems, relative to competitors from Mercedes and BMW.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Reimagined As A Rally-Ready Crossover Coupe

Mitsubishi’s current U.S. lineup may not be as performance-oriented as it once was. But with customers flocking to crossovers, the marque hopes it can cash in on the craze by reviving nameplates like “Eclipse.” The Eclipse won’t be the only victim of the SUV shift, though; Mitsubishi has confirmed the arrival of a Lancer crossover.

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Artist Tigran Lalayan has imagined a Lancer crossover coupe concept that would look right at home in the current Mitsubishi range. It does not share a lot in common with the outgoing sedan– apart from the slim upper grille – but it does have a few sharp features, including some shared elements with the e-Evolution concept from 2017. The headlights have a futuristic Cadillac XT4-vibe to them, with cascading LED accents. The backside is more distinctive with sharp taillights that embed into the body and a small lip spoiler.

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