MotorTrend November 2020

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reference mark

A man envisions a future of electric cars, starting with a high-powered, six-figure, midsize super sedan, followed by a platform-sharing SUV, then migrating to smaller, more affordable vehicles in mass quantities. Sales will be mostly handled online (thanks to a virtual reality app), with a scattering of factory-run boutique stores in tony enclaves. Service will be via remote van. If it reads a little like Tesla’s playbook, it’s because Peter Rawlinson, the Lucid Motors CEO and CTO, was once Elon Musk’s engineering czar before venturing out on his own. He wants to build a better mousetrap. It’s also basic business strategy: You have to pay off your initial investors, and selling high-zoot luxury cars delivers larger margins than trying to pinch pennies to sell zillions of small, affordable EVs. It all sounds great…

5 min
2021 lucid air

RANGE TEST IF IT HOLDS UP, THE LUCID AIR’S 517-MILE RANGE FIGURE WILL CATAPULT THE SEDAN INTO THE STRATOSPHERE OF ELECTRIC CAR RANGES. It’s 8:09 a.m., and we’re doing 66 mph on I-580 in the Bay Area, heading east from Hayward, California, when the odometer of the Lucid Air we’re riding in shows we’ve gone 100 miles since leaving the company’s headquarters at daybreak. The PR guy driving calls out, “We’re at 83 percent of the battery now,” and I jot this all down while in the back seat of a beta prototype of the aero-wheeled Air. Tapping out numbers on my phone’s calculator app predicts a wild 588 miles of range, so I’d better calculate it again—but it really says 588 miles. It’s unwise to project an EV’s range using the imprecise numbers…

4 min
2021 ram 1500 trx

FIRST LOOK Blame social media for coming up with the nickname. Ram execs swear “TRX” is not pronounced “T. rex.” They say internet forums made it up. Not like Ram is going to stop the chatter, because the false name makes a certain sense. As Jurassic Park taught us (incorrectly), Tyrannosaurus rexes lunched on Velociraptors back in the day. Frankly, we fret that this new TRX, powered by a 702-hp, 650-lb-ft supercharged V-8, might not feel sated upon devouring the current Ford Raptor, what with its comparatively puny 450-hp, 510-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6. It’s tempting to get greedy and wonder: Why doesn’t the TRX get the fully hellish 707-plus horsepower? Because it needs a deep-sump truck oil pan capable of guaranteeing proper lubrication at wild off-roady angles and new exhaust manifolds. To cope…

2 min
mt confidential

NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOU TO BUY… Have a spare $3.3 million and want the ultimate addition to your toy box? Word out of Newport Pagnell is a handful of the 25 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger continuation cars—brand-new James Bond DB5s with functional and faithfully recreated 007 gadgets—remain unsold. Insiders blame the pandemic but also note demand in the U.S. market has been softer than expected. SAVE THE V-12: The MRA2 vehicle architecture that underpins the seventh-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been engineered to allow fitment of the 6.0-liter V-12. That’s the good news. The bad news: The V-12 won’t be available in the new S-Class. Only the closely related Mercedes-Maybach will get the V-12, sources in Stuttgart have confirmed. The new Maybach shares most of its hardware with the…

4 min
2023 cadillac lyriq concept

FIRST LOOK Cadillac enjoyed two years of increasing sales pre-pandemic, but MotorTrend hasn’t exactly been singing the praises of its heart-of-market XT4, XT5, and XT6 crossover vehicles. The brand hopes to change our tune with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq (like a song’s words), by giving it dramatic proportions and a new face, plus Tesla-esque electric performance, range, and technology. Technically, the “show car” you’re seeing here is a concept, but Cadillac assures us it’s 80–85 percent production-ready. With the 2023 model year two years away, you can expect the final production Lyriq to look very similar. THIS IS A CONCEPT, BUT CADILLAC ASSURES US IT’S 80–85 PERCENT PRODUCTION-READY. Its Ultium EV platform will feature rear-or performance all-wheel drive, powered by an underfloor structural battery featuring nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum chemistry that supports 150-kW public DC fast charging…

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rear view

50 NOV 1970 PRICE: $0.50 Stop if you’ve heard this one before: Our November 1970 cover was dedicated to the “four-wheel drive mid-engine Corvette,” which, we speculated, would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The mid-engine Corvette finally came in 2020, but it features rear-wheel drive. It does, however, accelerate to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. See? We were right-ish. 30 NOV 1990 PRICE: $2.95 Our whole issue 30 years ago was dedicated to our automotive Top 10s: performance cars, new car buys, engineering advancements, and investments. Looking back on our handy work three decades later, we’d say we got at least some of those right. 10 NOV 2010 PRICE: $4.99 The C6 Corvette ZR1 took on the 997 Porsche 911 Turbo in this issue—a battle the ’Vette won. Also featured: our SUV/truck buyer’s…