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Sedans and wagons are dying, and sports cars may even follow suit. The reason? Everyone seems to love crossovers. But is that a bad thing? What do our readers think is the “best” body style out there? We’ve opened the floor to some answers, and as usual, the cross section of comments is brilliant.
The battle for outrageously powered SUVs has a new victor: the Aston Martin DBX707 which features an AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Power output is enough to put the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga Speed down a peg or two, with the DBX707 muscling in with 697 hp (520 kW / 707 PS) and 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque.
The new Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV is a new sloping-roof body style for the EV. The new design means better aerodynamics, while the hottest variant, the RS, features an optimized chassis and 295 hp (299 PS/220 kW) and up to 339 lb-ft (460 Nm) of torque for a 0–62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 6.5 seconds.
IG user derphound01 managed to get a sneak peek at the interior of the upcoming Acura Integra. The prototype was caught at the Acura booth at the Rolex 24 race at Daytona before the brand’s people rushed to cover it up. From these pictures, the Integra dash doesn’t look all that different from the Civic’s, although some changes could come through before the final production model turns up.
Here’s what we think the next BMW 7-Series will look like. Our independent illustrations by CarScoops’ artist Josh Byrnes preview what the seventh generation of 7-Series could look like, which will be released along with an all-electric i7 as well as mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. A controversial XM-like face will likely continue to divide opinion. But the rear would hopefully be more subdued, keeping the signature Hofmeister kink intact.
The Kia EV6 has been looked forward to as one of the most promising electric vehicles of 2022. Thankfully when we got our hands on one, it didn’t disappoint. And although there were a few minor quibbles, it performed pretty well on our drive through Northern California. It’s packed to the rafters with tech, has a rear-biased balance for a bit of oversteer, and progressive steering. Perfect for the new-age driving enthusiast.
Few cars have generated as much buzz (pun intended) as the ID.Buzz electric minibus. After a lengthy stop-start period on the Microbus successor, we’ve finally got a solid release date of March 9. However, if a new set of leaked interior photos is anything to go off of, for better or worse, it could turn out to be more conventional than we thought. The pictures from the VW ID Talk Forum show many similarities with the current ID range, with fairly standard-looking seats as well.
Here’s a typical drive on Tesla FSD Beta, and why it’s the opposite of useful. It’s most certainly not even close to being “safer than a human”, by any factor.
22-minute drive, 4.5 miles, and WAY too many interventions. pic.twitter.com/oKmkRZ3Tgh
— Taylor Ogan (@TaylorOgan) February 1, 2022
Yet another video has surfaced showing how dangerous FSD Beta can be without human intervention. Taylor Ogan, the CEO of a hedge fund from Boston, has been documenting his experiences with a Tesla Model Y and shows some rather alarming issues in his latest Twitter upload. In less than five total miles of driving, we see the Model Y drive into the oncoming lane twice, nearly t-bone a giant box truck, and make multiple erratic moves or turns. We reached out to Ogan, who says he uses FSD Beta on highways a lot, but “on urban roads, which is what this FSD Beta City Streets is, it is crazy.”
What Else Is Making The News
GTA VI Confirmed
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the GTA Online community for playing with us across 2021.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 4, 2022
Rockstar has officially confirmed the development of a new Grand Theft Auto. It comes nine years after GTA V came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Little was revealed, but Rockstar told fans that it would be sharing more information as soon as it is ready, asking fans to stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.
Meta Tackles Creepy Behavior In Metaverse
Although still in concept form, Meta (the parent company of Facebook) has announced a new feature for personal avatars to have more personal space in their virtual worlds. It comes as reports of harassment on the platform have been making headlines, reports the BBC.