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Dodge has seemingly teased a “Coyote Killer,” with the brand releasing its 24 Months of Muscle Calendar that contains a picture of a dead coyote. Dodge hasn’t said anything further, but it’s expected to debut before the company’s electric muscle car concept.
A video of a Bugatti Chiron traveling at near-V-max has been released with GPS-verified data. In the original video, which was featured a few weeks ago, only the car’s speedometer was shown, but now the raw GoPro footage has been uploaded showing the reaching a GPS-indicated 259 mph (417 km/h), or just 2 mph (3 km/h) shy of the car’s electronically limited 261 mph.
It’s now confirmed: the Toyota teaser that was released early this week is for the 2023 Sequoia. Those wanting to get a better look at the new SUV will only have to wait until January 25, with the debut scheduled for 9:30 PM EST. Toyota is keeping details under wraps, but the latest teaser shows the model will have slender taillights connected by a thin metallic stripe. We can also see edgier styling and a black accent on the bumper.
VW has launched the MQB Evo-based Lamando L in China. It sits between the Jetta and the Passat and is powered by a 1.4 TFSI four-cylinder engine producing 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque, which are sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
Snapped on the streets of Detroit, this Ford Mustang prototype is believed to preview the next-generation GT, with our spy photographers telling us that the car had a “definite V8 rumble.” Our photographers also noticed 19-inch 10-spoke wheels and a “subtle protrusion” aft of the front wheels which they believe could hint at front fender air vents.
Bad news for anyone wanting a customized spec 2022 BRZ: Subaru has quietly stopped all custom orders, despite the car only going on sale in the fall of 2021. This comes as the Japanese automaker continues to suffer from a shortage of semiconductors, with reported 45,000 unfulfilled orders. But although customers can no longer configure BRZs to their tastes, Subaru told us that retailers were still able to order cars, meaning that if you do want a BRZ this year and are prepared to compromise on spec, you should still be able to get one.
Sedans are more or less dead in the water for Ford in western markets. But for China, the popular Mondeo nameplate has been given a stay of execution. The new Mondeo incorporates the Blue Oval’s latest design language for China called “Progressive Energy in Strength,” and would most likely have translated into a Fusion for the U.S. – if only crossovers had not found such favor with buyers.
In what could be a record for one of the shortest police chases on record, the driver of a Dodge Challenge takes the shortest route possible to jail. We see him gun his Challenger (supposedly a Hellcat Redeye) as he tries to hang a slidey U-turn. Before he makes it around, the 5-0 are on to him, with a passing patrol car lighting up its lightbar. Before too long, the Challenger slides into the curb, making for a rather embarrassing video.
What Else Is Making The News
YouTuber Questioned Over Decision To Crash Plane
Trevor Jacob is under investigation over whether he deliberately orchestrated an incident in which he jumped out of his plane, leaving it to crash. It was noted by some that Jacob was wearing a skydiving parachute at the time, which small aircraft pilots don’t usually wear.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved In Crash With Prius
Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved in Bad Car Accident with Injuries https://t.co/uDRiIlmyMm
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 22, 2022
Actor, film producer and ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has reportedly been involved in a car accident involving his GMC Yukon and a Toyota Prius. The SUV appears to have mounted the Prius, and TMZ reports that the Prius driver was injured and was taken to the hospital.