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The head of Ford Performance has hinted that the US automaker is considering creating RS versions of selected SUV models. Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, admitted to British publication Car Dealer that he believed there was a clear "opportunity" in the market for RS-badged SUVs. "If you did what you needed to do to make it perform the way that an RS should, the answer [to the question of whether Ford would build an RS-badged SUV] would be sure," he told the magazine. "I t…
03.24 / 10:35
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We've seen a couple of hot examples of the Fiat 500 thanks to the in-house Abarth brand, but not one of them comes close to the extreme power figure from this new Pogea Racing Abarth 500. The hot new model boasts a whopping 302 kW (yes, more than the 280 kW Mercedes-AMG A45) and 445 N.m of torque from its tiny 1,4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. How has Pogea Racing achieved this feat? By replacing almost every component in the engine and decreasing its compression ratio to 8.9:1. The dr…
03.24 / 08:38
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When a prototype version of the new Honda Civic Type R was first spotted testing, it sported a third, smaller tailpipe squeezed between the two centrally mounted exhausts. This third exit featured on the concept model as well, before finally making it through to the production version unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. There has been plenty of speculation regarding the third pipe's purpose, including the possibility of a Ferrari F40-like setup, where the central p…
03.24 / 04:10
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A Chinese automaker has reportedly lodged a complaint against Mercedes-Benz for the German brand's planned use of the "EQ" nameplate on its upcoming range of electric vehicles. According to Automotive News, Chery has filed a complaint with China's trademark regulator, saying that it has been using the "eQ" name on one of its small electric vehicles for the past two years. "If it [the EQ-badged Mercedes-Benz range of electric cars] entered the Chinese market, it would impact our trademark…
03.24 / 04:10
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CAR magazine's resident Formula 1 expert, Maurice Hamilton, shares his team-by-team analysis of how he expects the 2017 season to pan out... MERCEDES 44 Lewis Hamilton (GB) 77 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Key factor: Change of formula, driver line-up and technical director Individually, these variations should make little difference to this well-ordered team, but collectively, they might edge the world champions onto the back foot for the first time in four years. The sudden departure of Nico R…
03.24 / 03:39
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