The Manhart MH4 GTR Outguns Mightier M Cars, Sniffs Around Hellcat Territory

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The outgoing M4 was plenty powerful, but this takes it to a whole new level.

 

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BMW recently took the wraps off of the new BMW M4, and, well, it didn't go over so well with the internet. There's hardly any way around the fact that its grilleface is a tough one to love, so let's cast our minds back to the original BMW M4 and its smaller kidney grilles. The BMW M4 originally came out in 2015—when it stopped being known as the M3 coupe—and it was a spicy car to drive, so naturally Manhart has decided to give it the one thing it didn't need: Even more power.

 

The Manhart MH4 GTR is actually based on the already rather rare BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. Just 200 of these special editions were built to celebrate BMW's successful return to the German Touring Car Championship. In BMW's first season with the M4, Marco Wittmann won the driver's title, and the commemorative M4 followed with DTM-inspired looks, some extra aero bits, and a fresh BMW M inspired livery.

 

 

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Manhart takes things just a little bit further. Thanks to an ECU remap, a new intercooler, aluminum charge pipes, and a stainless steel exhaust, the  MH4 GTR now makes (a frankly ridiculous) 698 horsepower and 722 lb-ft of torque. For reference, the M4 DTM  Champion Edition came out with "just" 500 horsepower—the same amount as the M4 GTS thanks to their shared water injection system.

 

You might think that, to cope with the extra power, Manhart has maybe added some fancy dampers or maybe some extra bracing around the car. But no. Instead, to tame all that grunt they added custom wheels that are just 0.4 inches wider than the wheels the car originally came on. There's also a new front splitter and a bigger rear wing, but you're probably going to need a few more enhancements than that to tame that monstrous engine. Hey, at least it's still better looking than the new M4.

 

Use Lexus's LX 570 J201 Concept as a Template for a Bougie Overlander

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It's like many of the old-school Land Cruiser and LX builds you've seen, only new and expensive.

 

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Luxurious, expensive, rare...a brand-new Lexus LX 570 might not seem, at first glance, to be a great candidate for an overlanding build. But Land Cruiser aficionados are well aware that this big luxury SUV shares its bones with its Toyota sibling—and as upmarket as both of them are, the underpinnings are formidable, as are their capabilities. Older Land Cruisers and depreciated Lexus LXs are popular starting points for full-size overlanding rigs. Lexus is fueling the imagination with this J201, a custom overland build done in collaboration with Expedition Overland.

 

Normally the LX 570 doesn't boast the kind of power the J201 produces. The 5.7-liter V-8 is naturally aspirated in normal models, good for 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It's plenty, even at part throttle, even considering the LX's heft. And yet, more is always welcome. The J201 features a supercharger, cranking up the output to 550 ponies and 550 lb-ft. The supercharger is an aftermarket unit sourced from Magnuson, which can be added to the LX (or Tundra, Sequoia, or Land Cruiser with the same basic 5.7-liter V-8). Icon suspension provides up to 4.8 inches of front and 4.1 inches of rear lift.

 

There's a long list of goodies besides that, including more performance-oriented bits and plenty of overlanding gear—too much to list, as the saying goes, so we'll call out the highlights. ARB front and rear air lockers are a great upgrade to provide useful traction to the General Grabber X3 tires in sticky situations. CBI off-road bumpers front and rear are complemented by CBI skid plates and rock sliders. A Warn Zeon 10-S winch is on board, as well as two Rigid Industries light bars and a TJM Airtec snorkel. For gear storage, there's a Prinsu rack up top with storage for MAXTRAX traction boards. Inside a Goose Gear drawer system and Zero Halliburton aluminum travel cases help organize other gear.

 

 

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The J201 is a concept, although given the heavy reliance on existing aftermarket parts there's no reason you couldn't build one pretty much exactly like this—if you're willing to spend. Many of the components are relatively top-of-the-line, fitting the character of the Lexus. But why is it called the J201, anyways? It's a nod to the enthusiasts who refer to vehicles like this by their internal model code. The LX 570 is the "URJ201"—the UR refers to the V-8 (designated 3UR-FE), and the J201 represents the model code for the J200-series Land Cruisers and LXs. It's dorky fanservice and that's great.

 

The special Lexus J201 will also run in this year's Rebelle Rally, a 1,200-mile all-female rally, with past champs Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawney behind the wheel—quite a debut for this ultra-lux off-road machine.

Use Lexus's LX 570 J201 Concept as a Template for a Bougie Overlander

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It's like many of the old-school Land Cruiser and LX builds you've seen, only new and expensive.

 

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Luxurious, expensive, rare...a brand-new Lexus LX 570 might not seem, at first glance, to be a great candidate for an overlanding build. But Land Cruiser aficionados are well aware that this big luxury SUV shares its bones with its Toyota sibling—and as upmarket as both of them are, the underpinnings are formidable, as are their capabilities. Older Land Cruisers and depreciated Lexus LXs are popular starting points for full-size overlanding rigs. Lexus is fueling the imagination with this J201, a custom overland build done in collaboration with Expedition Overland.

 

Normally the LX 570 doesn't boast the kind of power the J201 produces. The 5.7-liter V-8 is naturally aspirated in normal models, good for 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It's plenty, even at part throttle, even considering the LX's heft. And yet, more is always welcome. The J201 features a supercharger, cranking up the output to 550 ponies and 550 lb-ft. The supercharger is an aftermarket unit sourced from Magnuson, which can be added to the LX (or Tundra, Sequoia, or Land Cruiser with the same basic 5.7-liter V-8). Icon suspension provides up to 4.8 inches of front and 4.1 inches of rear lift.

 

There's a long list of goodies besides that, including more performance-oriented bits and plenty of overlanding gear—too much to list, as the saying goes, so we'll call out the highlights. ARB front and rear air lockers are a great upgrade to provide useful traction to the General Grabber X3 tires in sticky situations. CBI off-road bumpers front and rear are complemented by CBI skid plates and rock sliders. A Warn Zeon 10-S winch is on board, as well as two Rigid Industries light bars and a TJM Airtec snorkel. For gear storage, there's a Prinsu rack up top with storage for MAXTRAX traction boards. Inside a Goose Gear drawer system and Zero Halliburton aluminum travel cases help organize other gear.

 

 

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The J201 is a concept, although given the heavy reliance on existing aftermarket parts there's no reason you couldn't build one pretty much exactly like this—if you're willing to spend. Many of the components are relatively top-of-the-line, fitting the character of the Lexus. But why is it called the J201, anyways? It's a nod to the enthusiasts who refer to vehicles like this by their internal model code. The LX 570 is the "URJ201"—the UR refers to the V-8 (designated 3UR-FE), and the J201 represents the model code for the J200-series Land Cruisers and LXs. It's dorky fanservice and that's great.

 

The special Lexus J201 will also run in this year's Rebelle Rally, a 1,200-mile all-female rally, with past champs Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawney behind the wheel—quite a debut for this ultra-lux off-road machine.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex First Drive: At What Price Handling?

Dance to the Masochism Tango in Toyota’s sported-up Corolla sedan.
 

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LOS ANGELES—The sure-fire way for a car to get on my bad side is to remind me that I'm getting old; 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition, j'accuse!
 
The limited-run Corolla Apex Edition I tested, as its name implies (think corner apex), is the better-handling version of the Corolla sedan, and Toyota achieved the result the old-fashioned way: by making the suspension as stiff as a marble slab. The springs are lower and stiffer, the shocks have internal rebound springs, and the anti-roll bars are solid.
 
Yes, this improves the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition tester's handling, but holy hell, does it stiffen the ride. The Corolla Apex Edition bumped and thumped and jiggled and joggled, pounding its way down the pavement while sending wakeup calls to the pain centers of every muscle in my aging back and shoulders. And that was just down the first three blocks between my apartment and the freeway.
 
I can't remember a car that beat me up this badly since the last Mini Cooper JCW I drove. The 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition isn't as much of a test of handling limits as it is your threshold for bumps and shocks. It exhibits the sort of ride quality I normally associate with 35-inch rims, 20 degrees of negative camber, and chrome rocker panels that say SWEETNESS.
 
Halfway to the curvy roads, I began to wonder if I should just yank a spark plug wire and call AAA, and then call my boss: "I'm really sorry, but the car doesn't run, so I just can't drive it anymore." Surely whatever flatbed truck AAA sent to the rescue would be more comfortable than this Corolla. Who signed off on this suspension calibration? The Marquis de Sade?
 
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Test: At Least It Shines In The Curves …
Finally, I found a road that put the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex in its proper element, one that had lots of curves and freshly-poured asphalt. And I have to give Toyota its due: I was seriously impressed by the way this car went down the road.
 
Two years ago—before I'd driven the shockingly-good Corolla hatchback—I would never have guessed a Toyota Corolla could turn in such a good curvy-road performance. The Apex Edition gripped well, turned-in accurately, and kept its body motions in check. I even kind of liked the steering feel, which was light and accurate and loaded-up nicely as I turned the wheel further.
 
My test car had the CVT, and even that did a passable job as a transmission. I'm not one of those car guys who hates CVTs—actually, I kind of like them for day-to-day driving—but as performance transmissions, I find them hopeless. Now I'm re-assessing. I happen to like Toyota's CVT, which features an actual low gear to provide a smarter move-off from the line. That's worth noting but tangential to this conversation. It can also imitate a 10-speed stepped transmission, which is also not what I'm talking about. แม่จำเนียร
 
No, what the CVT did best was to give up on all of this let's-pretend-I'm-a-geared-transmission nonsense and let the 169-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine rev its little lungs out, for which the engine gets an A for effort. (It also gets a D for music appreciation, because the engine note is buzzy and coarse, and it played at way too high a volume.) If you must subject yourself to a Corolla Apex Edition, the six-speed manual is the way to go. But we can't all drive a stick, and kudos to the CVT for not screwing up what parts of my drive were within shouting distance of being enjoyable.
 
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Test: Returning To Reality
Speaking of the brief bit of driving I enjoyed: As I flung the Corolla through the curves, every positive-review-of-an-inexpensive-sporty-car cliché popped into my mind: Lively. Entertaining. Tossable. And then the smooth pavement turned bumpy, and another cliché popped into my mind: Kill me now.
 
To be fair to Toyota, the bumps didn't do anything to disturb the Apex Edition's path; it steadfastly refused to be thrown off of its line. Curvy-road abilities verified, I made a beeline for home, trying to think of which freeways had the fewest bumps.
 
The Corolla's power is fine around town and on the curves, but on the highway it runs out of breath. A turbo would go a long way here, but you'd probably lose the stellar fuel economy. If the trip computer is to be believed, I averaged 30.5 mpg in what little, mostly-aggressive driving I did.
 
Frustration, Thy Name Is 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition
Yes, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition I tested really frustrated me. The handling is great, just what you expect from a budget funster. The look—blacked-out trim with copper accents inside and out, black roof, lightweight wheels shod with no-cost-option performance tires—is great. Even the seats look cool. However, it's a small shame the only exterior paint-color choices for this Corolla are black, white, and gray.
 
It's the ride that's the sole problem—even here in Los Angeles, where you can at least find smooth roads. I can't imagine driving this car on the lunar-surface roads of New York or Detroit, or L.A. 's not-so-good stretches of tarmac. I know suspension tuning is a trade-off, and I don't know if it's possible to fix the 2021 Corolla Apex Edition's ride without losing the terrific handling. I mean, I know it's possible, because I've driven lots of cars that handle and ride better; maybe it's just not possible for Toyota with this car at this price point.
 
In the interest of fairness, I waited a day for my back to settle down, then took another quick drive in the Corolla to a nearby curvy road. Nope, same conclusion: Great handling, terrible ride, could use more power. And I, meanwhile, could use more ibuprofen. The Toyota Corolla Apex Edition has a Sport button, but what it really needs is a Mercy button.
 
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Separates Boys From Men
Now, I think it's reasonable to ask if I'm being entirely fair to the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition. Is it really so unlivable, or am I just being an incorrigible old fart?
 
Well, the whole purpose of cars like this—small sedans or hatchbacks with better-handling suspensions—is to serve double-duty. They need to be good performers and good family sedans, because if you didn't care about the latter you'd do the less-sensible thing and buy a Mini Cooper or a Hyundai Veloster N (or at least an R-Spec).
 
The Corolla Apex Edition is a good performer but not a good family sedan. Even if you can stand its rough ride—and I question whether you'll still feel that way after two months of commuting in this penalty box—there's a good chance your significant other, especially one who is achy and irritated with the frustrations of raising your young family, is going to lock onto those rock-hard springs as something to complain about. (Trust me, I've been there and done that. Our old pillow-soft Oldsmobile was better than marriage counseling.)
 
If I was still the boy I was 25 years ago, maybe I wouldn't mind this Corolla's setup. Then again, 25 years ago that boy probably wouldn't have realized there are plenty of $25,000-$30,000 cars that are good fun to drive and don't beat you up anywhere near as much. Now the boy is a man—well on his way to old man, I guess—and this man is content to leave the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition to the younger folks.
 
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go yell at some kids to get the hell off of my lawn.
 
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Highlights
Stiffer chassis tuning
Black exterior trim with copper accents
Six-speed manual or CVT
Production limited to 6,000 units for 2021 model year
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Pros:
Better curvy-road handling than you'd expect from a Corolla
Looks the part of a sporty sedan
CVT isn't totally hopeless
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Cons:
Hard, busy ride is a deal-breaker
 
 

Porsche Carrera Cup Series Announced for North America for 2021

North America now joins nine other regional Carrera Cup series around the globe.

 

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After three decades hosting Porsche-on-Porsche excellence elsewhere, the vaunted Porsche Carrera Cup series comes to North America for the 2021 motorsports season. Not to be confused with the existing GT3 Cup Challenge run in both the States and in Canada, this is seen as the next level in the wide array of one-make Porsche spec-series around the world, and makes the U.S. the tenth regional Carrera Cup series on the global stage.

While there are 21 distinct Porsche spec series run in 31 different countries on five continents, not all series are created equal. By merit of both the participating cars and level of factory support, only ten of these series are considered part of the Carrera Cup roster. Primarily, this means Porsche Motorsport North America now manages the series in its territory, partnering with IMSA for logistical requirements like track management and tech inspection while handling for itself the organizational items such as qualified cars and team/driver assistance.

The arrival of the Carrera Cup also brings Michelin as its title sponsor. All tires used in the NA Carrera Cup will be Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N3 slicks, bringing the leading U.S. Porsche spec series in line with the nine other series. This, along with a new and as-yet-unrevealed 992-based GT3 Cup car, will give American drivers a better shot at the popular and very competitive Porsche Junior Shootout. The Shootout pits one Junior driver from each participating region against each other in a race for the chance at running in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup that supports and follows the Formula 1 racing season.

The start of the new North American Carrera Cup kicks off March 17 at Sebring and will run 16 rounds over eight venues in both the U.S. and Canada. Each race is 45 minutes long and slots in as part of a season-long driver and team championship for Pro, Pro-Am, and Rookie classes. Like other spec series, all drivers who use the newest 992-based GT3 Cup race in the Pro category, but so-called "gentleman drivers"—or pay-to-players—primarily stick to the Pro-Am section and may run older cars. Rookies are all drivers under 23 years and play a part in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Junior program that assists in both driver and motorsports career development. แทงบอลออนไลน์

 

As of this writing, Porsche Motorsport North America has not issued a statement regarding the future status of the existing GT3 Cup Challenge and whether or not the old program will exist alongside the new series, but it has has confirmed it is working toward a forthcoming announcement.

2021 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Schedule (provisional)

March 17-20 | Sebring International Raceway
May 20-23 | Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 24-27 | Watkins Glen International
July | Toronto Indy
August 6-8 | Road America
August 20-22 | VIRginia International Raceway
September | TBA
October 6-9 | Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

 

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2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is the Rare Demon You Can Live With

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Okay, so it isn't exactly a Demon replacement, but it'll be just as rare. ufa.bet

 

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is still dead, but the new-for-2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock fills a similar role in the lineup. Officially, the 807-hp Super Stock is not a replacement for the Demon. With one less pony in its stable, a widebody kit, and standard items such as a front and rear passenger seats, the Super Stock is no carbon copy of the 808-hp Demon.

That said, both the Challenger SRT Demon and Super Stock were designed to dominate the quarter mile. Unlike the Demon, of which Dodge produced just 3,300 units for the 2018 model year, the Super Stock has no production limit. That's right, Dodge will make as many Super Stocks as it deems fit. Even so, the 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock is rarer than the Demon.

 

Credit Dodge's decision to make a small batch of Super Stocks for 2020 prior to putting production into overdrive for 2021. While the American brand will likely produce thousands of 2021 Challenger SRT Super Stocks, a Dodge spokesperson informed us it made just around 200 Super Stocks for the 2020 model year.

Admittedly, this means little to consumers simply looking to purchase the meanest Challenger model from their local Dodge dealership, as both 2020 and 2021 Challenger SRT Super Stocks share the same key mechanical features. This includes the monstrous supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that helps the big coupe rocket through the quarter mile in a manufacturer-claimed 10.5 seconds at 131 mph.

 

It's likely the rarity of the 2020 Challenger Super Stock will command a higher premium from future collectors. Mind you, we are not recommending owners of 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stocks turn their muscle machines into garage queens. Instead, we are simply letting these owners know their muscle machines will be far rarer than any subsequent 2021+ Challenger Super Stocks to follow. Do with that information what you will.

 

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Stealth Power: Mercedes-AMG Adds 54 Horses to 2021 GT Coupe and Roadster

A dark-hued Stealth Edition model joins the two-door GT line, too.

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Coming off a refresh for 2020, the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe and Roadster are about to receive even more updates for 2021. Most notably, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine delivers an additional 54 hp for the new model year. A new Stealth Edition model also joins the line.

Now with 523 hp, the two-door sports car shaves 0.2 second from its trot to 60 mph, according to Mercedes. That means the GT now reaches the mile-a-minute mark in as little as 3.7 seconds. (For what it's worth, our colleagues at MotorTrend pushed a 503-hp 2016 GT S coupe to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. As such, we expect the 2021 car to better Mercedes-AMG's estimates.) To complement its substantial increase in power, the GT adds several performance items to its standard features list. These include adaptive dampers (known by Mercedes as AMG Ride Control), an electronic limited-slip differential, and larger front brakes from the 2020 GT C with red-painted calipers. There's also a new "Race" drive setting and lithium-ion starter battery.

 

Meanwhile, the appropriately named Stealth Edition features dark accents on the exterior, which it borrows from the AMG Exterior Night package. The model also features a dark chrome grille, darkened headlamps, and black brake calipers. Coupes get a carbon-fiber roof with dark tinting, while drop-top models feature a black soft top. Both black and gray paint options are available.

Inside, plush leather seats with diamond quilting and a choice of carbon fiber or black piano trim add to the dark vibes. A badge in the center console marks the car's special edition status. แทงบอลออนไลน์

 

Mercedes hasn't announced prices for the 2021 GT coupe and convertible just yet, but expect both models to start north of $115,000. The sports cars will be available in early 2021.

If you're looking for something extremely potent, then the 2021 GT Black Series might pique your interests. This model's rejiggered V-8 delivers a whopping 720 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

 

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