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Long list of Mercedes-Benz models recalled for emergency services locater fix

A long list of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the 2017 GLS450, have been recalled.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued a recall on a long list of model year 2013-2017 Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The recall is specifically due to a software fault that may cause the date and time for the emergency call system (eCall) to differ from the actual date and time, potentially relaying an inaccurate vehicle location to emergency responders.

To remedy the problem, Mercedes-Benz has initiated an Over the Air (OTA) remote update. The automaker will also notify owners, and dealers will check software for a successful OTA or update the communication module software as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 31, 2019. For more information, vehicle owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

A list of impacted vehicles includes:

MakeModelModel Years
MERCEDES BENZAMG GT2017
MERCEDES BENZAMG GT S2016-2017
MERCEDES BENZB-CLASS ELECTRIC2014-2015
MERCEDES BENZB250E2016
MERCEDES BENZC2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZC3002013-2017
MERCEDES BENZC3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZC350E2016
MERCEDES BENZC4002015
MERCEDES BENZC4502016
MERCEDES BENZC63 AMG2013-2016
MERCEDES BENZC63S AMG2015-2017
MERCEDES BENZCLS4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZCLS5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZCLS632013-2014
MERCEDES BENZCLS63S2014-2016
MERCEDES BENZE2502014-2016
MERCEDES BENZE3502013
MERCEDES BENZE4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZE400 HYBRID2013-2015
MERCEDES BENZE5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZE632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZE63S AMG2013-2015
MERCEDES BENZG5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZG632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZG652016
MERCEDES BENZGL3502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL4502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGL632013-2016
MERCEDES BENZGLA2502015-2016
MERCEDES BENZGLC3002016
MERCEDES BENZGLE3502016
MERCEDES BENZGLE4002016
MERCEDES BENZGLE4502016
MERCEDES BENZGLE550E2016
MERCEDES BENZGLE632016
MERCEDES BENZGLE63S2016
MERCEDES BENZGLK2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZGLK3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZGLS4502017
MERCEDES BENZGLS5502017
MERCEDES BENZGLS632017
MERCEDES BENZML2502015
MERCEDES BENZML3502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZML4002015
MERCEDES BENZML5502013-2014
MERCEDES BENZML632013-2015
MERCEDES BENZS5502014-2017
MERCEDES BENZS6002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZS632014-2017
MERCEDES BENZS65 AMG2015-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL4002015-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL5502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZSL632013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSL63 AMG2016
MERCEDES BENZSL652013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSLK2502013-2015
MERCEDES BENZSLK3002016
MERCEDES BENZSLK3502013-2016
MERCEDES BENZSLK552014
MERCEDES BENZSLK55 AMG2013, 2015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZCLA2502014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZCLA45 AMG2014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZE3502014-2016
MERCEDES-BENZGLA452015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZGLE300D2016
MERCEDES-BENZS550 4MATIC2015-2016
MERCEDES-BENZS550 HYBRID2015

To find out if your model is impacted by the recall, visit the NHTSA website and enter your car's vehicle identification number (VIN).

The GLC is a family hauler that provides sufficient space for four adults on a short road trip.

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Vehicles are all about the user experience. Whether it's how comfortable the seats are, how easy the infotainment system is to use, or how obtrusive the safety technology is, automakers are attempting to tick every box in every vehicle, within their (and the customer's) budget constraints.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC goes a long way in checking boxes for the average buyer. The model won't be winning awards for cutting edge design anytime soon, but there's nothing wrong with that. Its exterior design is pleasant enough, especially with the minimalist grille on the GLC 300.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC The minimalist grille on the GLC really enhances its appearance.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

As tested, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its get up and go is good enough for daily driving and acceleration off the line is inspired. Still, this version of the GLC just isn't that exciting.

Front-wheel drive is standard in the model and all-wheel drive is available. Mercedes has updated the SUV's handling for the 2020 model year and it delivers with an engaging ride in a car that stays planted in daily driving situations without many complaints.

However, the steering wheel's control (not steering wheel controls – those operate as expected) leaves a lot to be desired. The wheel passes along every uneven bit of tarmac to the driver's hands consistently requiring a firm grip on the wheel. However, steering is sharp so adjustments can only be slight without causing major deviation from the route.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC This SUV has its shifter and other controls on the column in the same places the automaker keeps similar equipment in other vehicles.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has outfitted the GLC 300 in premium materials that are befitting its $50,000 price tag. As is expected, the Germans have given the model excellent fit and finish.

What wasn't expected is the GLC's numerous, very noticeable mediocrities. Let's start with small item storage. Don't expect much and you'll still be disappointed. Owners will have to make do with the center console and little else.

The car's wireless charging pad is located under the center stack and behind the cupholders. Its slim space means that while phones fit, getting a hand in there to get the phone is a pain, especially when the cupholders are full. Also, the in-cabin lighting system illuminates the screen of any phone charging in a way that is distracting while driving, especially in the dark. This is clearly a case of "where to stick it" rather than thoughtfully planned design execution.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC The car features a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In the center of the dashboard sits a standard 10.25-inch touchscreen. The picture is sharp and the system's response to touch is quick. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Gone is the rotary dial in the center of the console that controlled the infotainment screen and worked so well. There instead is a touch pad that, while operationally functional, is not nearly the gem of a solution to navigating the infotainment system that the dial was. Its functionality allows swiping and pushing to select while offering a proper amount of feedback.

Still, to scroll through your favorite channels, you either have to swipe by each one individually or go to the screen that lists a few and swipe up or down to find what you want. If the user wishes to change the channel by swiping through to see more previews, then there's more unnecessary scrolling. Even scrolling between favorites takes too much attention leaving eyes off the road for too long.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC The touch pad seems to be the answer to a question no one was asking.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Want to skip the scrolling and just input the station you're looking for? While that's a slightly easier scenario thanks to the ability to use a finger as a stylus and write the number of the channel, the system has a heck of a time trying to differentiate between zeroes and the letter "o".

The touch pad is sensitive, which is both good and bad. Its location makes it possible to frequently change the channel just by brushing up against the pad. Reaching for a phone in the wireless charging tray almost always resulted in a brush against the pad during the test week.

Simply put, this touch pad is the answer to a question no one was asking.

The GLC comes standard with a long list of safety and driver assistance technology. While most work as advertised and expected, there are two big missteps that were evident after a week of testing.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC The cockpit of the GLC is set up nicely and allows for the driver to easily reach all the controls.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes technology reads both speed limit and minimum speed limit signs the same. It's easy to be driving along at a clip, say 75 mph, pass a minimum 40 mph speed limit sign on the road, and have the technology slow the car from 75 to near 40 mph in a jiffy, no matter how close the car behind you is to your tailgate, night or day. A driver has to stomp on the gas to override the action. That is unacceptable.

While there are numerous algorithms for lane centering technology, getting a car to stay in the middle of a lane is something a handful of automakers do well. In the GLC, the technology allows for a ping pong effect where the SUV mildly dances from one line to the other in an effort to stay centered. Driving on the highway at speed, with the technology activated, is maddening at best.

That all being said, the mechanics of the GLC are mostly great, albeit not that exciting. The new infotainment and safety technology could stand a thorough once over by someone not invested in reinventing the wheel.

For $50,000, buyers are better off going elsewhere to check out the BMW X3 or X4, Volvo XC40, Porsche Macan, or Acura RDX. Each executes its features list better than the GLC.

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When it comes to power in a road-going automobile, how much horsepower is too much? Some might say there is no such thing as too much, and it seems like a growing number of car companies would agree. Even as car shoppers the world over seek more fuel-efficient rides (and automakers work diligently to deliver those fuel-thrifty cars), automakers have debuted at least a dozen new sports cars that boast more than 1000 horsepower.

One thousand.

The powertrains required to generate that kind of output range from large V8s to fully-electric systems. What follows are the current crop and upcoming range of road-legal machines that make up the 1000-Horsepower Club. Note that several tuning companies will upgrade vehicles to this level of power. However, the vehicles listed here all come with at least 1000 horsepower direct from the manufacturer.

Bugatti Chiron 110 ANS

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Horsepower: 1,500

Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary, and to commemorate this milestone the legendary brand is introducing a special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport — the "110 ans Bugatti." Finished in a two-tone color scheme with exposed Steel Blue carbon fiber and matte Steel Blue, the Bugatti Chiron Sport "110 ans Bugatti" pays tribute to France with exterior and interior elements utilizing the French Tricolor — the three colors of blue, white and red found in the French flag. On the exterior, the mirror caps, underside of the deployable rear spoiler and "110 ans Bugatti" logos all feature the blue, white and red, while many interior elements also incorporate the French Tricolor.

Underneath the matte Steel Blue and Steel Blue Carbon engine cover of the Bugatti Chiron Sport "110 ans Bugatti" lurks the awesome 8.0-liter W16 engine with quad turbochargers producing 1500 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque, with all that power delivered through a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. According to Bugatti performance figures, the Chiron Sport "110 ans Bugatti" will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds, reach 124 mph in 6.1 seconds, and 186 mph in 13.1 seconds. Maximum speed is 261 mph.

The production run of this Bugatti Chiron Sport "110 ans Bugatti" will be limited to a mere 20 cars.

ARCFOX GT

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Horsepower: 1600

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of ARCFOX — most people haven't. But the Chinese car company certainly made a splash at this year's Geneva Motor Show where it debuted the production version of its exotic all-electric GT sports car with versions for the street and track. With a lightweight carbon fiber body, plenty of downforce from the active rear spoiler and all-wheel drive with a torque-vectoring system, handling should be outstanding — and perhaps downright devastating.

ARCFOX showcased both the GT and GT Race Edition at the Geneva Motor Show, the latter of which boasts six electric motors — two at the front, four at the rear — for a total output of 1600 horsepower. The "standard" GT gets by with four motors and a lesser output of 1000 horsepower. ARCFOX claims that either model will reach 62 mph in a bit over 2.5 seconds with maximum lateral acceleration of 1.5gs.

ARCFOX is a division of Beijing Automotive Industry Company, and the GT was designed, tested and will be produced at BAIC's R&D center in Spain.

Aston Martin Valhalla

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Horsepower: 1100+ (estimate)

Just as deliveries are beginning for the extreme Aston Martin Valkyrie, the British marque took the wraps off the Valkyrie's successor at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Initially called the AM-RB 003 — the RB represents Red Bull's involvement in the project — this new model has now been given a proper 'V' name – Valhalla. The Valhalla features all the performance expected of a hypercar but with slightly more practicality. The center console has been widened to provide more space between driver and passenger, and there is even some luggage space behind the seats.

Although there's no denying that Valhalla is one sexy-looking machine, the shape and design are primarily driven by aerodynamics. In true exotic fashion, the Valhalla employs next-generation aircraft morphing technology that can create a variable airfoil across the entire rear wing for improved downforce. Full details about Valhalla's powertrain have not been released beyond the fact that motivation will come from an all-new Aston Martin turbocharged V6 hybrid engine. Given that the Valkyrie boasts more than 1100 horsepower, educated musings suggest that engine power for Valhalla will be in a similar realm.

Only 500 Valhallas will be sold when the new model becomes available in 2021.

Hennessey Venom F5

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Horsepower: 1817

The Hennessey name has long been associated with making cars — and trucks — go faster. Throughout its history, the American tuner has upped the performance on an array of vehicles ranging from sports cars to SUVs. Now Hennessey Motor Sports is building its own vehicle from the ground up called the Venom F5 – successor to the 270-mph Venom GT. The F5 features a new chassis and a carbon fiber body shaped to have the least possible drag. With active aero components, the F5's coefficient of drag is a mere 0.33 — a very slippery car. Although aerodynamics is important, so is weight savings. The lightweight chassis and carbon fiber body help the F5 tip the scales at 2,950 lbs.

With the goal of making this one of the fastest cars in the world, the F5 will be powered by a newly developed 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates an astronomical 1817 horsepower and 1193 lb-ft of torque. "We exceeded our target horsepower number. Actually, we blew our target number out of the water by delivering over 1,800 horsepower," said company founder and CEO John Hennessey. "The F5 engine has a very broad power band with over 1000 lb-ft of torque available from 2000 to 8000 rpm. Give it the full throttle and it's the most furious engine that we have ever built. Thus, we gave our F5 engine a special name: "Fury," Hennessey noted. Some outrageous Venom stats: The F5 is expected to reach 186 mph (300 km/h) in less than 10 seconds. Hennessey also claims this new hypercar should sprint to 249 mph (400 km/h) and back to a standstill in under 30 seconds. Most importantly, Hennessey hopes the F5 will reach the ultimate goal of exceeding 300 mph.

Only 24 Venom F5s will be built, half of which will be sold in America. The price is currently set at $1.6 million, with deliveries commencing later this year or early next year.

Koenigsegg Jesko

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Horsepower: 1600

This Swedish supercar company chose the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the successor the powerful Agera RS. The all-new Jesko — named for the founder's father — is a car suited for both street and track. The Jesko's carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is slightly longer and taller than the Agera, which provides a roomier cabin. Styling is clearly Koenigsegg; however, the massive rear spoiler is what instantly draws the eye. At high speed the Jesko generates more than 2,200 pounds of downforce for excellent grip and handling.

Powering the Jesko is a redesigned 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 1280 horses on standard gasoline, and when fueled by E85 biofuel, the output rating jumps to an incredible 1600 horsepower. This energy gets directed through an all-new 9-speed "Light Speed Transmission" that was designed in-house and allows for practically instant gear changes from any gear to any gear. Koenigsegg also announced that there will be a sibling to the Jesko — the Jesko 300. With less downforce and more streamlined aerodynamics, the Jesko 300 is named for the goal of breaking the elusive 300-mph mark.

Only 125 Jeskos will be sold, and at the time of the reveal more than 80 had been reserved.

Bugatti Centodieci

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Horsepower: 1600

Continuing the celebration of its 110th anniversary, this French supercar company with an Italian name, which happens to be owned by the Volkswagen Group, unveiled the very exclusive Centodieci — a car designed as a tribute to a previous Bugatti supercar, the EB110. As expected, the Centodieci is based on Bugatti's current extreme supercar, the Chiron. That said, designers and engineers had significant hurdles to overcome beyond simply swapping out Chiron body panels to create the Centodieci. The Chiron's complex design incorporates bodywork as an integral part of the car's aerodynamics and cooling, as well as its high speed.

While the original EB 110 was powered by a V12, the Centodieci features Bugatti's incredible 8.0-liter W16 engine that produces almost three times the power of that original V12 — 1600 horsepower. The sprint to 62 mph occurs in a lightning-like 2.4 seconds, 124 mph goes by in 6.1 seconds and in a bit over 13 seconds this Bugatti will be accelerating past 186 mph. Top speed is electronically limited to 236 mph. "It's not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports car. With the Centodieci, we once again demonstrate that design, quality and performance are just as important," said Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. Engineers were able to reduce the weight of the Centodieci compared to the Chiron, which permits even better performance and handling.

Bugatti will build only 10 of the Centodieci, with the price starting at €8 million (US$8.9 million). Don't bother reaching for that checkbook — all 10 have been sold.

Hispano-Suiza Carmen

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Horsepower: 1005

One hundred and fifteen years ago, Damián Mateu and Marc Birkigt founded a car company in Barcelona called Hispano-Suiza. Until the mid-1940s the company turned out more than 12,000 luxury automobiles. After what would be considered a rather lengthy hiatus, the company is back with an all-new model that debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Named for Carmen Mateu — the granddaughter of the company's founder and mother of the current president — the Carmen is a fully-electric luxury hypercar. Styling is heavily influenced by early Hispano-Suiza models, particularly the 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, of which only one was ever produced.

While the Carmen may look to the past for style, the powertrain is definitely gazing into the future. Working with QEV Technologies, Hispano Suiza has outfitted the Carmen with two electric motors — one on each rear wheel — that combine to generate just over 1000 horsepower. Power is controlled via a sophisticated torque-vectoring system, allowing the Carmen to rocket to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds. The 80-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack should provide range of around 250 miles.

Only 19 Carmens will be built — at a price set at €1.5 million. Deliveries are expected to start in June 2020.

​Aston Martin Valkyrie

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Horsepower: 1160

This British marque is well known for building luxurious high-performance sports cars, but a few years ago the company announced it was introducing its first hypercar. The mid-engine Valkyrie was designed to bring Formula One performance to a street-legal car, making full use of Red Bull Racing's experience and technology on the circuit. The entire vehicle is comprised of carbon fiber — in fact, there is not one steel component in the Valkyrie. With extreme aerodynamics and lightweight construction, handling will be unlike just about any other road car.

Aston Martin recently released the details of the Valkyrie's powertrain and it is quite impressive. With a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine teamed with a battery-electric system, total output is 1160 horsepower at a screaming 10500 rpm with 664 lb-ft of torque peaking at 6000 rpm. Performance specs haven't been released; however, the Valkyrie should sprint to 60 mph in under 3 seconds easily, with a top speed certain to exceed 200 mph.

Only 150 Valkyries will be built, and all have been spoken for. First deliveries are scheduled to take place later this year.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

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Horsepower: 1000+

A few years ago Mercedes-AMG celebrated the brand's 50th anniversary with the introduction of the Project ONE show car. This sexy 2-seat coupe borrows from Mercedes' extensive Formula One experience and is basically a street-legal race car. When most car companies refer to bringing their racing technology and experience to the street, it usually isn't as literal as what Mercedes-AMG has done. The Project ONE utilizes a full-fledged Formula One hybrid drive system consisting of a hybrid turbocharged combustion engine that employs four electric motors.

Power comes from the same engine found in a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One race car — a 1.6-liter direct-injection V6 that uses an electrically-assisted turbocharger. The electric motor can drive the compressor turbine up to 100,000 rpm in the right situation. The V6 can rev up to 11,000 rpm, and an additional electric motor pairs with the V6 and features a direct link to the driveshaft. As if this were not enough, two electric motors fitted to the front axle provide acceleration and braking at each wheel for better stability and all-wheel-drive control. This very complex system of electric motors, gas engine and turbocharger comes together to produce more than 1000 horsepower. Eschewing the industry-standard zero-to-60 mph stat, Mercedes-AMG is only reporting that this extreme supercar will reach 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 6 seconds. Top speed is reported at 217 mph.

When Mercedes began showing the car two years ago, the company planned a production run of 275 models. The world waits to see if this will happen.

​Pininfarina Batista

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Horsepower: 1900

The Pininfarina name has adorned some of the most beautiful cars ever built, but rather than being the design house for another car company, this time Pininfarina is building its own car. Named for Battista 'Pinin' Farina, who founded the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the new Battista is an all-electric hyper GT car with a stunning carbon fiber body and carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Although the design is completely Pininfarina, the fully-electric powertrain comes from the Croatian car company Rimac.

The Battista gets four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1900 horsepower and almost 1700 lb-ft of torque. This results in astounding acceleration — 62 mph is achieved in 1.9 seconds. With a 120 kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack, the Battista can travel about 280 miles on a single charge.

Deliveries of the Pininfarina Battista will start in 2020 with only 150 expected to be made available. When it arrives, the Pininfarina Battista will be the most powerful street-legal car ever designed and built in Italy.

​Rimac C Two

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Horsepower: 1914

One of the most extreme cars in this list — which is a high rung to reach — is the Rimac C Two. The second model from Croatia-based Rimac, the C Two is billed as the most powerful electric hypercar in the world. The C Two is powered by four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1914 horsepower. Almost 1700 lb-ft of torque is generated instantly for acceleration that would leave just about any other car in its dust. The sprint to 60 mph takes 1.85 seconds and it passes 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is listed as 256 mph, and Rimac claims the C Two will have a range of 550 km (about 342 miles) with its 120 kWh battery capacity.

The C Two was designed and engineered in house by Rimac and features one of the world's largest single-piece carbon-fiber monocoques. The batteries and powertrain are integrated into the monocoque for greater torsional stiffness. Double-wishbone suspension with electronically-controlled dampers provides a smooth and comfortable ride, while the electric motors at each wheel work together for impressive dynamic control.

The C Two is expected to go into production for 2020. Only 150 will be built, but it will be certified for sale globally — including in the U.S.

​Bugatti Divo

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Horsepower: 1500

When it comes to the ultimate extreme sports car on the planet, most auto aficionados will think of the Bugatti Chiron. With enormous power and a top speed north of 260 mph, this car resides at a different level than practically any other. However, Bugatti felt it could make a special version that would not only be more exclusive but also offer better handling and performance. Thus the Bugatti Divo, which made its world debut last summer in Pebble Beach. Design changes that differentiate Divo from Chiron are primarily functional — all with the goal of improving agility and performance.

The newly-designed wider front spoiler on the Divo provides higher downforce as well as more airflow, which improves overall cooling. The roof of the Divo has been shaped to direct air into the engine to help manage operating temperatures. Bugatti engineers have also adjusted the steering and suspension for more direct response and sportier driving. While power and acceleration figures remain the same as the Chiron, the Divo is able to lap the Nardo handling circuit a full 8 seconds faster than the Chiron.

Koenigsegg Regera

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Horsepower: 1500+

Introduced a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the Regera is considered the flagship of the Koenigsegg lineup, combining a high level of luxury with the extreme performance expected from this Swedish car company. Inside the sleek sports car, lucky occupants will find memory-foam power seats, a 9-inch display screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and ambient lighting. The roof is removable and can be stowed under the front hood. Although passengers will enjoy the comfortable interior, this car is really all about extreme performance.

Powering this supercar is a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine teamed with two electric motors via a unique direct-drive system. With more than 700 horsepower from the electric motors alone, combined output is reported to exceed 1500 horsepower with 1475 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 3,500 pounds, the Regera will reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and — even more impressive — almost 250 mph in less than 20 seconds. According to the carmaker, the direct-drive transmission delivers extreme performance while offering an impressively smooth driving experience. It is also possible to drive the Regera in complete silence in EV mode.

Lotus Evija

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Horsepower: 2000

Lotus Cars established its retail reputation building lightweight, high-performance sports cars equally at home on both track and street. In that vein, Lotus has taken the wraps off its all-new flagship sports car — the Evija, pronounced ih-VIE-uh. Not only is Evija the first hypercar from Lotus, it's also the brand's first fully-electric vehicle. One look at this new Evija and it's clear the car is something special. The first Lotus built on a full carbon fiber chassis, the Evija sits low and wide with a sleek silhouette that introduces a new design language for the marque. Deeply sculpted from all angles, the Evija seems to have air ducts flowing through all parts of the body. The rear view is unique with large Venturi tunnel outlets surrounded by LED ribbon-style brake lights.

Aside from the standout design, the Evija sets itself apart from other hypercars with a fully-electric powertrain. Four Electrical Drive Units consist of an ultralight, single-speed, helical gear ground planetary gearbox tied to a high-power electric motor. Mounted at each wheel, these units have a power target of around 500 horses each — giving the Evija an estimated 2000 horsepower and 1254 lb-ft of torque. With each motor able to be operated independently, the Evija has full-time all-wheel drive as well as torque vectoring, which should provide exceptional handling and agility. The Evija's acceleration should be quite dramatic — the jump to 62 mph will take less than 3 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Perhaps even more impressive, Lotus predicts the Evija will accelerate from 62 mph to 124 mph in less than 3 seconds, and 124 to 186 in another 4 seconds.

Lotus plans to create, a mere 130 copies of the Evija, and production is expected to begin in 2020 at a price of £1.7 million (approx. USD$2 million) each.

​McLaren Speedtail

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Horsepower: 1035+ (estimate)

Many would argue that the McLaren F1 is one of the most significant sports cars ever built, breaking a 10-year-old record in 1998 to become the world's fastest production car by clocking a maximum speed of 240.14 mph. The British carmaker subsequently created some thrilling sports cars, but nothing could really be considered a proper successor to that iconic F1 until now: enter the McLaren Speedtail. Referred to as a "Hyper-GT," the Speedtail will be the fastest production McLaren ever, with an expected top speed of 250 mph. The Speedtail is constructed around a carbon-fiber McLaren Monocage and makes extensive use of lightweight materials throughout. This includes a body made entirely from carbon fiber, aluminum active suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes — all contributing to a low vehicle weight of 3,153 pounds.

Full details of the Speedtail's powertrain have not been released, although its gas-electric hybrid system will generate at least 1035 horsepower. McLaren expects the Speedtail to be capable of reaching 186 mph in 12.8 seconds. In homage to the iconic F1, the new Speedtail possesses some striking similarities. Only 106 F1s were built, so McLaren will be limiting the production of the Speedtail to the same 106 models — all of which have been reserved. Most noticeable is the seating — when it debuted the F1 was pioneering in many ways, but it stood out for having the driver sitting in the center of the cockpit, flanked by two passenger seats set farther back. This same seat configuration has been carried over to the new Speedtail.

The McLaren Speedtail will have a starting price of £1.75 million (US$2.25 million). Deliveries of this new extreme-performance supercar are expected to start in early 2020.

Zenvo TSR-S

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Horsepower: 1177

If exclusivity and extreme performance are required, the Zenvo TSR-S may be the perfect solution. This Danish car company plans to build only five of these high-performance cars annually, so the odds of seeing another (or even one) on the road are rather slim. "Like all our cars, the Zenvo TSR-S is 100 percent Danish-designed and hand-built in an extremely limited number," said Zenvo Marketing Director Peter van Rooy. "Each car is fully customizable and built to order, tailored to the precise specifications of the discerning client," van Rooy noted.

This sleek exotic is powered by a twin-supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine that produces 1177 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. The run to 62 mph comes up in 2.8 seconds, and twice that speed in 6.8 seconds. One of the craziest features on the TSR-S is the Zentripetal Wing. This rear spoiler has two rotational axes that allow it to act as an air brake or cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car's longitudinal axis. This theoretically generates an inward force together with conventional downforce, boosting inner tire grip and cornering stability.

​Bugatti La Voiture Noire

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Horsepower: 1500

Bugatti created a handcrafted, one-off hyper sports car, La Voiture Noire, and unveiled it to attending media on opening day of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show press preview. Produced for a Bugatti enthusiast, La Voiture Noire is a stunning, sleek grand touring coupe with sculpted bodywork in black carbon fiber — a modern sports car that pays tribute to the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic developed by Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean.

Under the hood of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire resides the same engine that powers the Bugatti Chiron Sport: an 8.0-liter W16 with quad turbochargers producing 1500 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque. "For Bugatti, 'La Voiture Noire' is more than just a reminiscence of the Atlantic," said Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. "We are paying tribute to a long tradition, to France and to the creative work of Jean Bugatti. At the same time, we are transferring extraordinary technology, aesthetics and extreme luxury to a new age."

According to Bugatti, a car collector purchased La Voiture Noire for 11 million Euros — approximately 12.4 million dollars — making it the world's most expensive new car.