MotorTrend June 2021

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4 min
editor’s note

Thank heavens Robert E. Petersen had the forethought to call this magazine Motor Trend when he founded it back in 1949, as the age of electric, motor-driven vehicles is finally upon us. Again. EV 1.0 emerged shortly after the automobile itself, in the late 1800s. Back then the question was open as to what technology should power the newfangled horseless carriage—steam boilers, gas engines, or electric motors. By the time MT arrived, the decision had been cemented by 60-plus years of innovation, but the car world still flirted regularly with alternative propulsion propositions (1969 seemed a particularly provocative year); EVs were always humming in the background. The hum became a roar in November 2012, when we named the Tesla Model S our 2013 Car of the Year. Almost nine years later—more than…

5 min
drako gte

Successful software entrepreneurs, lifelong automotive enthusiasts, and Drako Motors co-founders Dean Drako and Shiv Sikand aren’t interested in being Tesla. “Tesla only sells one kind of car, a commuter car,” Sikand says. “It can be driven cross-country with Superchargers, but at the end of the day it’s a commuter car. [We’re building] a better-driving car.” That car is the 1,200-hp, four-motor Drako GTE. Ex-Pininfarina design director Lowie Vermeersch reworked its body, based on Fisker Karma architecture, so only the door skins are the same. More important, all the bits you can’t see have been overhauled thoroughly. A multipart battery pack feeds an electric motor at each wheel, and proprietary Drako DriveOS software aims to deliver a driving experience unlike any other. The package yields, the company says, “unprecedented yaw control, handling precision,…

5 min
2021 lamborghini sián

The 2021 Lamborghini Sián will catapult to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit 220 mph, leaving in its wake a shock-and-awe wall of sound from its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12. The Sián is long and low and extreme, with a menacing, almost alien road presence that signals its status as a tarmac predator ready to pounce and devour random Ferraris. The Sián packs an 807-hp punch, making it the most powerful Lamborghini road car ever built. It’s also Lamborghini’s first hybrid. Lamborghini will build just 19 roadsters and 63 coupes, to celebrate the company’s founding in 1963. The coupe costs $2.64 million, and 15 are coming to the U.S. No word yet on price for the roadster, U.S. versions of which will arrive between May and December. Finally, its name…

2 min
mt confidential

There were puzzled pundits aplenty when new Jaguar Land Rover boss Thierry Bolloré announced, as part of Jaguar’s transition to a full electric brand by 2025, that the forthcoming XJ sedan—due to be revealed later this year—was axed. That’s because, say our Gaydon sources, many assumed the new XJ was going to be an electric car, built using hardware evolved from the Jaguar I-Pace. Turns out the XJ Bolloré axed was a car built on JLR’s new MLA architecture, a convergence platform that accommodated mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and BEV powertrains. There would have been an electric XJ—but there would also have been plug-in and mild hybrid versions, with JLR’s new 3.0-liter straight-six under the hood. Now all new Jags will be built on a bespoke EV skateboard platform that…

2 min
2023 canoo pickup

Some shapes are intoxicatingly cool. They inspire irrational behavior like signing up to buy, lease, or “subscribe to” a vehicle you have no legitimate need for. This all-electric 2023 Canoo Pickup will be that vehicle for fans of the pickup variants of vintage forward-control vans like the Chevy Corvair Greenbriar (Rampside), Dodge A100, Ford Econoline, Jeep FC, and VW Transporter. It’s not quite Dodge Deora cool, but it’s close. Those vintage vehicles placed their front seats on top of the front axle, placing ankles out in the crush zone and rendering them deathtraps in a frontal wreck. Rest assured that—like VW’s ID Buzz riff on the microbus—the Canoo “Lifestyle Vehicle” van and Pickup aren’t really forward-control vehicles. Front seats are positioned safely behind the front axle, but the vehicle designs sell…

1 min
rear view

50 JUN 1971 PRICE: $0.50 For MotorTrend’s first 20 years or so, it was uncommon to see a foreign car on the front of the book. The gorgeous 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL V-8 on our June 1971 cover was one of the rare cars from overseas to earn the honor. We lauded the Benz for its focus on both safety and driving purity—in an era when U.S. automakers insisted consumers could only get one or the other. 30 JUN 1991 PRICE: $2.95 If the neon colors and questionable words were any indication, we weren’t quite done with the ’80s just yet. The cars in our June ’91 issue were thankfully contemporary, including convertibles like the C4 Corvette, Ford Mustang, and the mighty Geo Metro. 10 JUN 2011 PRICE: $4.99 With national gas prices once again easily exceeding $3.00…