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It was a week of mixed messages from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who first suggested the company lay off one in ten employees, before saying its workforce would grow over the next 12 months. The uncertainty caused Tesla stock to plummet, prompting prominent automaker supporters, especially investors, to ask Musk to bring back the Tesla press department as a solution to avoid confusion in the future.
Bentley unveiled the S-series for the Continental GT and GTC, which focuses on sporty styling and driving pleasure. The only mechanical change compared to the regular variant, however, is the sports exhaust system and the standard Bentley Dynamic Ride 48V active anti-roll system that improves road holding and improves road comfort. Externally, they feature glossy black elements, different wheels and the S badging on the front fenders. At the same time, the interior gets a unique two-tone split, optional quilting on the seats and the embroidered S or Bentley emblem on the headrests.
Big grilles and BMWs are something we all expect in 2022. Although the results are not always bad† BMW‘s new M Hybrid V8 LMDh race car is arguably the best interpretation of the super-sized kidneys yet – even if you can’t go out and buy one. It is designed to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship in 2023, with a camouflage livery styled to include images of the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL, the 1981 M1/C, the 1978 320i Turbo, the 1986, the M3 E36 GTS -2, the Z4 GTLM and the M8 GTE.
An updated model of Hyundai’s Venue is already available for pre-order in India, with the small SUV getting a new, more prominent grille and redesigned lights. The rear has been given even more attention, with full-width taillights featuring modern LED graphics, a lower skid plate and an elongated rear element.
The K20 is no longer just a Honda engine code; it is now the name of a new EV sports car from Qiantu. It follows on from the larger K50 and will have a single electric powertrain that will enable acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Further details on the drivetrain have not yet been revealed, but the above photo of the K20 drift implies it will be rear-wheel drive.
Who knew that if you put the engine in the middle of the C8 Corvette, it would not only be a great alternative to Europe’s supercar contingent, but also allow the Chevy to ford small floods. A handful of videos have surfaced on social media showing a black C8 Corvette being driven through a flash flood in Miami and, remarkably, appearing to emerge unscathed. It really has to be seen to be believed.
What else is in the news
Apple iOS 16 unveiled
Apple’s WWDC keynote was dominated by the new features iOS 16 brings, including a new lock screen that allows Android-like levels of customization, including the ability to change the way the time and date look and add widgets.
Elon Musk could walk away from Twitter deal
Elon Musk has told regulators he has the right to make his own measurements of spam accounts. Twitter claims that spam and fake accounts make up less than five percent of daily users, but Musk believes the amount is higher. Analysts have said the Tesla boss could use the issue to try to renegotiate the price or even walk away, the company reports. BBC†
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