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Mercedes-AMG brings back GLA 45 with 382 horsepower for 2021 model year

The sportier and flashier Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is coming later this year.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA has previously been known more for its tin can-like drive quality than as a zippy choice for commuters. The 2021 GLA redesign took care of much of the crossover's image problems and a new power infusion from Mercedes-AMG is taking care of the second bit. Meet the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45.

The fresh model is powered by the company's new M139 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That's a lot for a little package. Engineers have paired the engine with AMG's eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (manual transmission mode is standard). Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph and the crossover can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Mercedes has opted to up the crossovers rigidity over the traditional GLA.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Race-Start functionality is standard on the model as are other drive modes including Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual. Switch the crossover into Pro or Master mode (available with the AMG Dynamic Plus package) and the system switches into Sport mode.

All-wheel drive is standard and has active torque control functionality that can determine which wheels get how much power based on the driving conditions.

Mercedes brags that the model's new body structure, struts, and suspension allows it to be more rigid which limits body roll, even at higher speeds. An adaptive damping system, called Ride Control, allows drivers to choose from three different settings. Additionally, AMG engineers attached a lightweight aluminum plate under the engine, known as the "shearing plate", to increase torsional rigidity and added diagonal struts at the front and rear.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 The SUV is electronically limited to 155 mph.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The German automaker has upped the impact of the brakes as well. At the front of the GLA 45 are four-piston fixed front calipers act on 13.8 x 1.3 in brake discs, while at the rear axle, one-piston floating calipers act on 13.0 x 0.9 in brake discs. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brake fading, even with extreme use. The grey-painted brake calipers feature white AMG lettering.

The interior of the GLA 45 has been given the standard AMG treatment. Upholstery is a combination of black MB-Tex with Dinamica with red double topstitching, red seat belts' nd a carbon fiber-look trim on the dashboard. MB-Tex in Neva Grey/Black with mid-grey double topstitching and light-longitudinal-grain aluminum trim, four other leather upholsteries, and AMG Performance seats are available.

In front of the driver, the instrument screen features three different appearance options: Comfort, Sport, and Supersport. The Supersport mode features a three-dimensional perspective. Via the AMG menu, the driver can call up various special displays such as gear speed indicator, Warm-up, Set-up, G-Meter, Racetimer, and Engine Data.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 A number of leather and Dinamica interior upholstery options are available.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

AMG Race Pace technology gives the model track day functionality with the ability to count laps, keep track of times, and continuously monitors over 80 sets of data.

The model will go on sale later this year and be priced at a premium over the traditional GLA. The 2019 GLA 45 started around $53,000 and there was no 2020 model.

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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The Langen Two Stroke will debut at Salon Privé.

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Langen Motorcycles, a new British company, is set to launch its first bike, the Two Stroke, at Salon Privé this week. The Two Stroke is a road-legal bike that, according to the company, "will attack your senses through the sound, smell and sheer thrill that only a lightweight, two-stroke can deliver."

Intrigued yet? The new model is powered by a two-stroke 250cc V-twin engine that relies at 14,500 rpm. The heart is produced for Langen by Vins, which is based in Maranello, Italy. It makes 75 brake horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque. Lagen describes its development: "Born from an 'extra-curricular' passion project from members of the Ferrari research and development department, the CNC-machined engine has been developed over the last five years."

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke Each Langen Two Stroke is handmade.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The motorcycle's chassis is made from large-diameter, laser cut aluminum tubing with bonded and machined connection points and has Ohlins front forks and British K-Tech rear shocks. Hel Performance brakes, Dunlop tires, and a K-tech suspension also take residence on the motorcycle. The Langen Two Stroke weighs just 251 pounds and has a power-to-weight ratio that is better than most supercars.

Each Two Stroke is a handmade, bespoke creation. The bodywork, including the fuel tank is made from hand-laid carbon fiber, as is the gold leaf detailing. Buyers can customize their moto's paint color, chassis finish, suspension type, and wheels. Ergonomics can be customized to the buyer's preference.

The Two Stroke has been designed and engineered in England. Each model will be built in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke The motorcycle's ergonomics can be adjusted to best fit the driver.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

'The company has been founded with the aim of producing motorcycles with a simplicity and purity of days gone by, like the 'Ton-up boys' and their Caf racers – yet pushing the limits of modern technology," said Chris Ratcliffe, creator of Langen and designer of the Two Stroke. "My dream has always been to create a small piece of British motorcycling history. To be able to launch this special motorcycle under a completely new brand really is a dream come true. The aim is to continue to push boundaries and create more interesting bikes, which we hope will really please people"

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke The company is new to the retail landscape.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The first round of builds will be limited to 100 individually numbered models. Production is targeted to begin in summer 2021.

A further 150 motorcycles will be produced starting 2022, which will be available in homologated form for road use in other countries around the world. The total number of builds will be strictly limited to 250 bikes, each of them built to order.

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke Each motorcycle's suspension is customizable.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The Two Stroke is priced from £28,000 plus VAT where applicable. Pre-orders are now being taken with a £1000 refundable deposit to secure one of the 100 initial bikes.

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