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Ford dishes on most popular 2021 Bronco build options

The 2021 Ford Bronco is very nearly ready to arrive on dealership lots.

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You know how you would spec your Bronco, but how is the rest of the country configuring theirs? In a recent interview with Autoblog, Ford's US consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber dished the details on which model options have become the most popular choices since the vehicle's online configurator launched last week. More than 190,000 people have reserved a 2021 Ford Bronco so far.

Two-thirds of reservation holders have called dibs on a four-door Bronco with the other third getting the two-door version. The number of four-door box checkers has exceeded Ford's expectations.

Ford Bronco build configurator 2021 Ford Bronco build-and-price configurator is now open for business. Photo by AutomotiveMap with screen image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Grueber relayed that the most popular Bronco trim levels chosen so far are among the most expensive - Wildtrak and Badlands. The Bronco Wildtrak has garnered about 26 percent of the reservations while Badlands has 20 percent. The remaining 54 percent of reservations are split between the remaining five grades: Bronco base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, and First Edition. First Edition models sold out quickly.

Half of the Broncos reserved have included the Sasquatch Package. It includes 35-inch tires, 17-inch beadlock wheels, front and rear locking differentials, a lifted suspension, Bilstein shocks, a wider track, and fender flares. Ford recently made the package available in combination with a seven-speed manual transmission after receiving feedback from social media users, but it won't be available at the outset of production because the powertrain combo is still undergoing some fine tuning. Look for Ford to offer it in late 2021.

Bronco has a standard 2.3-liter turbo-four in the base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, and Badlands models. Wildtrak and First Edition Broncos come standard with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine, which is also available in the bottom five trim levels. The V6 is proving to be the most popular engine choice though Ford declined to say by how much.

Despite the outpouring of support from online enthusiasts, just 10 percent of Bronco reservations have included a manual transmission. Though low compared to the 10-speed automatic's take rate, it far exceeds the industry average. Genesis offered a manual option in its G70 but after just 100 people chose it, the company announced that it was moving on. The Honda Accord also recently lost its manual option.

Like every other automaker, Ford is listening to customer voices and pouring over the data to see what their customers truly seem to want from the Bronco. A white roof option has been a popular ask, and it will go on sale in 2022.

As for the lingering elephant in the room, it's been forecasted that a Bronco super-off-roader should be expected down the line. Whether or not it wears the Warthog badge, or takes up the Raptor moniker is to be determined, at least for those outside the Ford payroll.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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