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Donkervoort Automobielen has sold more than half of the JD70s it's going to build

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is a pure driver's car.

Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is one of those cars that puts a smile on an enthusiast's face. It's centered around the driving experience as a pure expression of the true sport of being behind the wheel. The model was developed to celebrate the 70th birthday of the company's founder Joop Donkervoort.

The exterior of the car looks more than a little bit like a bird's skull from the side. It's unique and not so streamlined that it blends in. More than 95 percent of the model's body is made of a weave of carbon fiber and Kevlar. Its front end is entirely 3D-printed. The car is compliant with the European Community's Small Series type approval crash regulations.

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Buyers can get their model in a raw finish or painted with a lacquer coating with a matte or polished finish.

Underpinning the model is a hybrid chassis. It has carbon fiber added to its tubular steel ladder frame for strength and has aluminum in less critical areas to reduce weight. The car also saves weight by having single-piece doors and a light-weight lithium-ion battery.

Its exhaust shoots out the side that, when paired with the second rear diffuser, allows for additional downforce at the rear.

The car's quick-release steering wheel is a muti-function unit. Electric power steering is available.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Electronic steering is available in the model - a Donkervoort first.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Donkervoort has designed the car for both the track and the road. It has a wide-track double-wishbone suspension system and three-way adjustable Intrax dampers at each corner. A variable traction control system is standard.

The car sports Tarox braking hardware. A Bosch Race ABS system is an option for track-focused drivers.

The JD70 rides on 17-inch forged alloy wheels up front and 18-inchers in the back. Carbon fiber rims are available. Dokervoort has put Nankang AR-1 on the model as original equipment. These tires provide significant mid-corner grip, which helps the car successfully pull more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners and more than 1G of acceleration.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 The model rides on 17-inch wheels up front.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Each model is powered by an Audi Sport turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 415 bhp and is capable of getting the car from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.

Paired with that engaging drive is a minimal topside setup with open-top accommodations.

The car's seats are also made of carbon fiber. Overall, the car weighs 1,499 pounds - a little over half the weight of a Ford Fiesta.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 The car's body is mostly made up of a carbo fiber-Kevlar blend.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The D8 GTO-JD70 starts at €163.636,36 (before taxes). Donkervoort says that over half of the 70 limited edition models are already sold. Deliveries start this summer.

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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 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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