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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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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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