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Porsche introduces new 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 models sans turbos

Porsche is showing off new 718 Cayman and Boxster models.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

They make this look good. Porsche has introduced new versions of its Cayman and Boxster sports coupes. The German automaker has given the models the full GTS treatment, making them the sportiest version of the models Porsche currently offers.

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are both powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It can get from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 295 km/h when equipped with a sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black accents are featured not he exterior of the model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche has given the cars a standard 20 millimeter lower ride height to improve aerodynamics and an available Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Combined with torque vectoring technology, standard Porsche Stability Management, and a limited slip differential, the model balances on-track performance and daily driver duties, according to Porsche. The available PASM lowers the body by just 10 millimeters.

The cars come standard with the Sport Chrono package and the Porsche Track Precision App. Both models ride on 20-inch light-alloy wheels with a satin-gloss black finish wrapped in high-performance offset tires (235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear). There are cross-drilled discs and red calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are available.

Its interior features dark Alcantara, which is typical of GTS models and its exterior has a good amount of black accents. The optional GTS interior package adds another colour: the buyer's choice of Carmine Red or Chalk. The chosen color is featured on the rev counter, seat belts, all decorative seams including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats with black borders. The trim elements as well as the centre console trim are made of carbon.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black Alcantara is prominently featured in the new model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Cayman and Boxster 718 GTS 4.0 models standard with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) displayed on a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen. A Bose surround system and a Burmeister High-End Surround Sound System are available.

Porsche's smartphone app shows performance-related data on the PCM display while in race track use and records it for later analysis. The online navigation module with real-time traffic information, voice control and Porsche Connect are available.

The cars will arrive at dealerships in mid 2020. It is expected that they will start in the mid-$80,000 range.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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The model features a six-speed manual transmission.

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The Nissan Z Proto debuts next week. Ahead of its unveiling, Nissan has rebased a video featuring the noise of the Z Proto's engine. Take a listen below.

While the roar of the engine plays in the background, Nissan shows off images of the model. We see its top-bottom headlight signature up close, the "Z" logo on the sill plate, a six-speed manual transmission, and five double-V spoke wheels finished in a dark gray/black. Wheel caps look to wear the Z logo and there's a fin antenna on the roof of the car.

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The new Z is one of 12 models Nissan will be unveiling in the next year and a half. When it does come to market, it's anticipated to wear the 2022 Nissan 400Z name. A video posted by the brand earlier this year showcased the model's retro-inspired styling. It is slated to have a twin-turbo V6 under its hood (that's what powers the Infiniti Q50 and Q6 400 Red Sport today. In those cars it gets 400 horsepower and that's a figure that likely plays into the car's fresh name. Look for a NISMO-tuned edition of the model to push 500 horsepower.

Nissan will unveil the Z Proto on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Ahead of that, AutomotiveMap did a bit of sleuthing using Photoshop and was able to uncover the looks of the model.

The image isn't perfect, but it is telling.The Z Proto wears a a familiar nose, A-pillar, and fastback design. It's headlights are unique to the Nissan lineup and its back end appears blunted with beefy haunches.

It is expected that the 2022 Z will debut in the sheet metal flesh next year and enter the market in late 2021.

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