Automotive news, photos and videos – December 22nd 2020

Consumer Reports EV Survey Confirms Elon Musk’s Masterplan Is Working

2020-12-22 / U.S. drivers are warming up to the idea of EVs with just the infrastructure and the acquisition price standing in the way of mass adoption

 

2021 Lada Niva Travel Has Toyota RAV4 Vibes, Off-Road Version Flaunts a Snorkel
2021 Lada Niva Travel Has Toyota RAV4 Vibes, Off-Road Version Flaunts a Snorkel

2020-12-22 / If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Be that as it may, AvtoVAZ has updated the Lada Niva II for 2021 with a new version called Niva Travel

 

Infiniti Will Drop Out of F1 After 2020, Focus Switches to Electrification
Infiniti Will Drop Out of F1 After 2020, Focus Switches to Electrification

2020-12-22 / The Japanese company has gone from sponsor to technical partner over ten years but has now decided to step out of Formula One for good

 

1952 Ford F-1 Grins Like a Red Teeth Monster
1952 Ford F-1 Grins Like a Red Teeth Monster

2020-12-22 / This 1952 Ford F-1 comes in creme brulee white with accenting red elements, packs a bored 272-ci (4.4-liter) V8 engine behind the grille

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Single-Speed Gearbox of VW’s ID.3 and ID.4
Everything You Need to Know About the Single-Speed Gearbox of VW’s ID.3 and ID.4

2020-12-22 / Volkswagen’s first EVs, the ID.3 and ID.4, feature a compact drive that includes a clever little single-speed transmission

 

Dodge Charger SXT Turns Into an SRT With Aftermarket Bumpers, Side Skirts, Hood
Dodge Charger SXT Turns Into an SRT With Aftermarket Bumpers, Side Skirts, Hood

2020-12-22 / Aftermarket parts from Vicrez can help your Charger SXT turn into a Scat Pack, Hellcat, or a Demon, but don’t expect OEM levels of quality or durability

 

IONIQ 5 Alleged Leaked Specs Make the Korean CUV an Instant Hit Among EVs
IONIQ 5 Alleged Leaked Specs Make the Korean CUV an Instant Hit Among EVs

2020-12-22 / With an 800V charging system, dual-motor setup, up to 342 miles (550 km) of maximum range, and decent acceleration, all the IONIQ 5 needs is a good price

 

2021 Land Rover Defender to Be Part of Dakar Rally, Will Not Race
2021 Land Rover Defender to Be Part of Dakar Rally, Will Not Race

2020-12-22 / Two Land Rover Defender 110 to serve as crew vehicles for Bahrain Raid Xtreme during the 2021 Dakar Rally next month in Saudi Arabia

 

South Korean Automaker SsangYong Goes Bankrupt, Mahindra Considers Sale
South Korean Automaker SsangYong Goes Bankrupt, Mahindra Considers Sale

2020-12-22 / Desperate times call for desperate measures, and alas, SsangYong filed for bankruptcy protection after 15 straight quarters in the red

 

Audi Quattro E2 Rendering Shows R8 Adaptation to Electric Future
Audi Quattro E2 Rendering Shows R8 Adaptation to Electric Future

2020-12-22 / The switch to electric powertrains doesn’t have to spell the end for Audi’s sports car, the R8 – this rendering suggests it might actually be a step forward

 

Barn Find: 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R Listed for Sale in Japan at $338,360
Barn Find: 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R Listed for Sale in Japan at $338,360

2020-12-22 / Only 197 units were produced in 1973, and this fellow here is a survivor that definitely needs a bit of tender loving care to get back to its former glory

 

The World’s Only Cyberwheel Absolutely Deserves to Be Mass-Produced
The World’s Only Cyberwheel Absolutely Deserves to Be Mass-Produced

2020-12-22 / Wesley, who works with Tesla in Fremont, California, built his own version of the unicycle Cybertruck, and it’s a total beast

 

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Races Renault Alpine A110 S for Supreme Sports Car Title
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS Races Renault Alpine A110 S for Supreme Sports Car Title

2020-12-22 / The Alpine A110 reboot has gotten a well-deserved power hike as well as the “S” suffix, but is that enough to dethrone the mighty Porsche 718 Cayman GTS?

 

1990 Toyota SR5 Pickup Is the Steal of the Week, Has Cassette Stereo for Effect
1990 Toyota SR5 Pickup Is the Steal of the Week, Has Cassette Stereo for Effect

2020-12-22 / 1990 Toyota SR5 Pickup from an age when the Japanese were not heavy hitters of the segment is going for $15,000 at the time of writing

 

Supercharged Dodge Charger Races Chevrolet Camaro SS, Things Go South
Supercharged Dodge Charger Races Chevrolet Camaro SS, Things Go South

2020-12-22 / The Charger’s 392 sports an aftermarket blower; it looks like heat soaked diminished the performance between the two runs of this race

 

1984 Mercedes 280 CE Delivers a 200KPH+ Autobahn Statement of German Engineering
1984 Mercedes 280 CE Delivers a 200KPH+ Autobahn Statement of German Engineering

2020-12-22 / The Mercedes-Benz Coupe looks pristine (outside and inside) as far as we can tell, and delivers a powerful testimony when hitting over 200 kph / 124 mph

 

Autokraft by AC Takes the Iconic Cobra Brand Into Uncharted Two-Wheel Territory
Autokraft by AC Takes the Iconic Cobra Brand Into Uncharted Two-Wheel Territory

2020-12-22 / Here’s a bit of a shocking news: from 2021 the renowned British manufacturer of the AC Cobra will enter the two-wheel market with an e-scooter and new brand

 

2004 Mazdaspeed Miata With Honda K24 Engine Swap Isn't Your Average MX-5
2004 Mazdaspeed Miata With Honda K24 Engine Swap Isn’t Your Average MX-5

2020-12-22 / A mechanically sound car with less than 1,000 miles since the Honda K24 engine swap, this 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata is currently listed with a high bid of $10,500

 

Honda Brings Launch Control to UTVs in the 2021 Talon 1000X-4
Honda Brings Launch Control to UTVs in the 2021 Talon 1000X-4

2020-12-22 / One of the most capable four-seat side-by-sides out there, the Talon 1000X-4 offers a capable suspension system and a launch control function for 2021

 

Bride’s Dress 1953 Chevy 3100 Should Have Been a Rat Rod, Packs Insane Hardware
Bride’s Dress 1953 Chevy 3100 Should Have Been a Rat Rod, Packs Insane Hardware

2020-12-22 / 1953 Chevrolet 3100 packs a nice white dress over some monstrous hardware, including a 425 HP crate V8 engine; on sale for $35,000