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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS, Cayenne GTS Coupé add performance to Porsche's mommymobile

Porsche is upping the power and performance of the newest GTS family members.

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Perhaps calling the Porsche Cayenne a mommymobile is a bit too far, but one can't help but notice the inherent practicality that comes with owning Porsche's largest SUV. Now, Porsche is upping the sport factor on the model, offering two new variants: the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS and the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupé.

The SUV's heart is a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that achieves 453 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The engine is pared with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It only comes with all-wheel drive.

2021 Porsche GTS & 2021 Porsche GTS Coupé

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The model can get to 62 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds. Opting for the Sport Chrono package adds launch control and lowers the time it takes to reach 62 mph to 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 168 mph.

All these figures are an improvement on comparable last-gen models.

Porsche has given the SUV a lowered performance-oriented chassis, a unique design, and enhanced equipment. At the back is a high-frequency tuned sports exhaust system that is designed to provide a richer burble out the centrally located (Cayenne GTS and Turbo Coupés only as part of the Lightweight Sports Package) twin oval tailpipes.

The GTS models feature a standard steel-spring suspension that lowers the car by 20 millimetres. It rides on standard satin-gloss black RS Spyder Design 21-inch wheels. Of course, there are red brake calipers.A variety of brakes are available.

Porsche has given the model a standard Sport Design package which adds blacked out elements to the model including tinted LED headlights and taillight bar as well as black front air intakes, side window trims, tailpipes of the sports exhaust system, and badging.

The model's cabin is outfitted in Alcantara and accented with brushed aluminum. Standards eight-way sports seats are up front.GTS logos can be found on the front doors, door entry sills, rev counter and head restraints. Buyers can option up to include personalization options adding Carmine Red or Crayon-colored accents to the interior.

The new Porsche Cayenne GTS models are available to order now and will be in dealerships starting in July.

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Thought the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross just debuted in Thailand, it could be slated to come to the U.S.

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Let's face it, the Toyota CH-R was never really supposed to be a Toyota. The model, destined to be a Scion, had its life's direction altered when Scion closed up shop and parent company Toyota merged select members of its lineup with the Toyota line. For the last three years, the model has been doing its damnedest to escape the Scion mold, but hasn't. It remains the odd duck in the stable, not delivering the high-quality interior, good handling, and capability that earns the brand sufficient praise.

Enter: the Toyota Corolla Cross. Though its name doesn't quite invoke the feelings, of "Why? Whhhhhhyyyy?" that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross moniker does, the Corolla Cross name is clearly a strategic move meant to capitalize on the one already worn by one of the best-selling cars of all time.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

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Marketed as "Corolla Meets SUV", the Corolla Cross looks like it executes at every level. It rides on the same TNGA platform as the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, C-HR, and Corolla, and the Lexus UX. That architecture make the slightly longer and taller Corolla Cross spacious with class-leading cargo room for its class.

Though the model is undoubtedly going to be modified a smidge if it comes to America, Toyota has outlined its highlights as part of its launch in Thailand.

The Corolla Cross makes much of its looks from the RAV4, but it's a copy. It's a natural progression of the design language, the same way the Highlander is. Toyota notes that this design allows for an "impressive rearview".

A new torsion-beam suspension delivers a cushioned ride. Toyota notes that the Corolla Cross is easy to maneuver and has a tight turning circle.

Toyota is selling the front-wheel drive model with a traditional gasoline-powered engine setup and as a hybrid. These variants are similar to the Corolla and Lexus UX in the States.

The gasoline-powered model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid model returns 122 total system horsepower. Both engines are paired with a CVT.

The interior has good headroom and wide door openings. These are similar characteristics to the modern Corolla.

Toyota has already trademarked the Corolla Cross name for the U.S. according to Car & Driver. The model, which would fill a slot in Toyota product plans that were leaked earlier this year, may be the vehicle set to be made at the end joint Mazda-Toyota plant that is under construction in Alabama. It would fill the gap between the C-HR and RAV4 in the Toyota lineup, and compete directly with the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Kona.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is already sold out.

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Lamborghini is taking the top off the Sián Roadster. The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a drop-top version of the hybrid super sports car that captivated audiences last year. The cabriolet's run is limited to just 19 models - all of which are already sold out.

The model is outfitted with the same V12 engine and delivers equal hybrid performance. The engine is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology delivering more rapid availability of torque off the line and fuel savings. The 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 horsepower, sits in the gearbox. The mild-hybrid technology is more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery while producing the same power.

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The new Lambo has a top speed of 250 km/h. It can get from zero to 62 mpg in 2.9 seconds. To get back to zero, the car uses its regenerative braking system.

"The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini," says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián's innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions."

Lamborghini showed off the car with a Blu Uranus paint job. The company says that the color encapsulates, "the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open top Sián." The car rides on Oro Electrum wheels. Their color was chosen to signify the Sián's electrified powertrain. Its interior features Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum.

Three-dimensional printer technology allow customers to have their initials designed into the car's air vents.

The car features design that envokes the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach. It runs diagonally from the cockpit to the rear. It has a low front and integrated carbon fiber splitter with Y-shaped headlights sitting above.

It has been optimized for aerodynamic efficiency with airflow "directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster's roofless design". The car has active cooling vanes on its rear that use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini.

At the rear is a strong design featuring six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The car's rear wing extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance.

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