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Porsche gives Cayenne E-Hybrid models a 30% power boost for 2021

Porsche has given the 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid a larger battery capacity.

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is an impressive electrified SUV that combines the benefits of battery power with the luxurious appointments and pointed handling that the Cayenne has embodied for years now. For the new model year, the SUV is getting a power boost thanks to an increase in the gross capacity of its high-voltage battery.

The battery is now 17.9 kilowatt-hours, up from 14.1 kilowatt hours in the previous version. That increase means that the all-electric range of the SUV is up 30 percent from last year's edition. It can now achieve 29 miles (and some change) of EV range as measured by WLTP standards.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid The 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has increased charging ability.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

This changes means that all Cayenne E-Hybrid models meet the current range criteria to receive an "E" number plate and reduced company car tax in Germany. Germany is just one of the European countries that is aggressively incentivizing electric powered vehicles and cracking down on vehicles their governments see as gas guzzlers with taxes, fees, and no-drive zones.

Each plug-in hybrid Caynenne E-Hybrid model is powered by the battery, which is attached to an electric motor that is integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain generates 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that is immediately accessible the moment you put your foot down on the accelerator. It has an electronically limited top speed of 84 mph.

Those numbers might not be enough to knock your socks off, but the Cayenne's E-Hybrid variant also has an internal combustion engine that kicks on when the car is not in EV mode, or the driver designates it to be in Sport or Sport Plus mode. There, the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 kicks in to up the overall output to 455 horsepower.

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models have a 542-horsepower, 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 under the hood that gives the SUV a full output of 670 horsepower.

Porsche has also optimized the Sport Chrono Package for the 2021 model year. The battery's target state of charge has been reduced from 100 percent to 80 percent. Much like a smartphone battery, the battery charges much more slowly and inefficiently when the battery's state of charge reaches approximately 80 percent or more.

The battery is also charged at a higher, more consistent power. A charging power of up to 7.2 kW can be achieved with the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect. Using a Mode 3 charging cable, it is also possible to charge at public charging points. Many charging operations can be controlled via the Porsche mobile app.

In Sport and Sport Plus drive mode, the car's battery is always charged to a minimum level to provide sufficient boost options to deliver a sporty driving style.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid models for the new model year are available to order now. The Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $81,800.

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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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