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Watch: First full-length 'Fast & Furious 9' trailer released

The first full-length trailer for "Fast & Furious 9" has dropped.

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"I used to live my life a quarter mile at a time," Vin Diesel's character narrates. Yes, we remember. And we liked it.

The first full-length trailer for "Fast and Furious 9" has dropped, continuing the saga that started 19 years ago. Known to F&F fanboys as "F9", the new movie looks to carry over most of the themes that have made the franchise so popular - fast cars, beautiful landscapes, defeating evil with questionable techniques, and some family drama (including a resurrection).

Fast & Furious 9 trailerOne of the cars shown in the trailer is a rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero.Photo courtesy of Universal Studios

From the opening to the trailer's closing, the music sets the mood. Early in the trailer, Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" plays but as the action picks up, "Frequency 75" by DJ Snake takes over.

We see Diesel's character Dom being chased by a bevy of bad guys with the action pausing just long enough for viewers to see Dom's wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) land squarely on the windshield of the Dodge Charger Diesel is piloting. From there, the trailer focuses on bringing up the rivalry between Dom and his brother Jakob (John Cena) as the two also fight Cipher (Charlize Theron).

Also, Han's back. That was a surprise.

Along the way, there are some pretty slick cars driven, destroyed, and on display including the Charger, a rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero, Toyota Supra, a few BMWs, police cars, Jeep Gladiator, and Ford Mustang. There's also airplanes, military convoy vehicles, buses, and Lamborghinis. Typical F&F stuff.

By the looks of the trailer. the plot line of "F9" brings along the series just far enough to create yet another need for yet another sequel. See all the action for yourself when it opens May 22.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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