MotorTrend January 2021

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reference mark

@markrechtin Quick, look at the picture. Which of these Volvos is a car, and which is the truck? The Volvo on the left is the V60 Polestar Engineered, a fizzing family hauler with 415 hp and 494 lb-ft coursing through its 2.0-liter superturbo-four engine and motors. It has a ground clearance of 5.4 inches and gets 28/33 mpg city/highway fuel economy (70/68 mpg-e on gas+electricity). The Volvo on the right is a (discontinued) XC70 AWD, a refined trundler generating 235 hp and 236 lb-ft through a 3.2-liter inline-six engine. It has 8.3 inches of ground clearance and fuel economy of 18/25 mpg city/highway. On initial inspection, they’re both wagons based on passenger-car platforms. And they sure look like the same type of vehicle, right? Wrong. The V60 Polestar is a station wagon, which…

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nascar 2020: under pressure brings the intensity

It all started with a dramatic Daytona 500 that was delayed a day by rain for the second time ever and then went to a thrilling overtime, with Denny Hamlin roaring to the checkered flag by a scant 0.014 of a second. Then came the pandemic, which upended NASCAR and the world as we know it. And a reckoning on race would further challenge the sport. To say that the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season has been unprecedented would be the height of understatement, much like 2020 itself. It’s a season that demanded an in-depth telling of how it unfolded, and NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure does just that, documenting a year on the track unlike any in NASCAR history. Now available for streaming on the MotorTrend app, NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure brings…

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2021 acura mdx prototype

Tom Nguyen, Acura’s global development leader for the 2022 Acura MDX, has been waiting four years for this day. In 2016, he and a team of 19 engineers, product planners, and designers met at Acura’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, hopped into seven three-row SUVs built by competitors, and set off for a cabin in Mammoth. Over the next week they shared ideas, bickered over what they liked and disliked about those luxury three-rows, and burned the midnight oil to decide what direction they were going to take Acura’s next-generation MDX. “In Honda culture we have this concept called Waigaya,” Nguyen tells us. “People from diverse areas come together and speak as equals, and that’s how we hashed out what we want from the MDX.” Even though what you see here is…

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2021 hyundai santa fe

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has received an—ahem—refresh. We almost spit out our coffee at the description. The word “refresh” in automotive parlance gets a lot of exercise. We’ve seen it used when a model gets a new fascia and a new color. We have also seen automakers refer to a vehicle as “next-generation” when it continues to ride on the same platform with an engine tweaked to coax out a bit more power—on top of the new fascia and new color. Imagine my surprise, then, when Hyundai execs outlined the serious changes to the Santa Fe. For starters, it switches to a new platform, one shared with the 2021 Kia Sorento, and Kia isn’t shy about calling that the new fourth generation of the vehicle. The degree of modification drove…

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2021 volvo xc40 recharge

Pop quiz: How many 400-plus-hp production cars has Volvo built? The 402-hp 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is one of the most significant cars the Swedish brand has launched, not for its power but because it’s Volvo’s first electric car. The headlines: The XC40 Recharge P8 is powered by a pair of 201-hp electric motors, one mounted at the front axle, the other at the rear, for a total system output of 402 horsepower and 486 lb-ft of torque—and, of course, all-wheel drive. The motors are fed by a 78-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that will deliver an EPA-rated range of about 208 miles and can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes using a 150-kW DC fast charger. With federal tax credits included, the XC40 Recharge P8…

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mt confidential

So long, 9,000 rpm. The 992-series Porsche 911 GT3, set to make its debut this year, might be the last with a naturally aspirated engine. Sources inside Porsche’s Weissach R&D center say it is virtually impossible that a naturally aspirated engine will be able to meet the next generation of emissions and fuel consumption regulations. “It’s as if they want us to build nothing but turbocharged engines,” one engineer grumbles. If that happens, the 992 GT3s are certain to become instant classics. Details are scarce, but you can bank on the choice of either a PDK twin-clutch auto or conventional six-speed manual transmission being offered. A wingless Touring version will be included in the lineup, as well. All change for the next-generation Range Rover. Code-named L460, JLR’s flagship SUV is…