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McLaren 765LT debut marks the next chapter of the Longtail story

McLaren has made a new model that's lighter than the 720S.

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With optimized throttle response and a whopping 7655 bhp, the McLaren 765LT is the latest member of the McLaren Super Series family. It the newest iteration of the Longtail MacLarens and represents the most dynamic and engaging LT model McLaren has offered to date.

The new model builds on the successes of the McLaren 720S. The British automaker has given the model advanced carbon fiber technologies and bespoke carbon fiber LT body panels. It weighs 176 pounds less than the 720S.

McLaren 765LT

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Its Super Series chassis has been tuned to be more engaging and the drive dynamics updated with hardware and software affiances. The car rides 5 mm lower in the front than the 720S and its front track is 6 mm wider. The springs are lighter weight in this model and roll stiffness has increased.

An extended front splitter and elevated active rear wing keep the car grounded, delivering 25 percent greater ground force than in the 720S. The wing works to assist the car's braking, allowing for softer brakes and better street driving performance - they're 60 percent stronger than traditional carbon ceramic discs and have four times the thermal conductivity. McLaren has employed Formula 1-inspired integrated caliper cooling in the model.

McLaren has forged a new 10-spke Ultra-Lightweight alloy wheel for the model that matches with titanium wheel bolts, and bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. The weight savings for the wheels versus shoe 720S's is 48.5 pounds.

Buyers get to choose from 13 available paint jobs.

It has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine under the hood that achieves 755 bhp and 590 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed sequential shift gearbox is paired with the engine. Drivers can choose from Comfort, Sport, or Track drive modes.

McLaren claims the car can get to 60 seconds from a standstill in 2.7 seconds. To go from zero to 124 mpg it takes just 7.2 seconds.

McLaren has equipped the car with LT-specific springs and dampers. There's also stiffer engine mounts, which should help reduce some of the vibration felt in the cabin. The car has a full-titanium, quad-exit exhaust.

The motorsport-inspired interior design features carbon fiber racing seats, carbon fiber center tunnel, exposed carbon fiber floor, and Alcantara upholstery throughout. McLaren is offering the car with the buyer's choice of eight color schemes.

The light-weighting of the model has caused McLaren to remove many of the comfort and convenience features in the model, though the automaker is quick to point out that they can be added for a price. A standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen makes the cut, but an audio system, rearview camera, and park assist are options.

Just 765 individually numbered cars will be available to order globally. Pricing announced shortly. Deliveries will start in September.

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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 Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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