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Japan"s Aspark Owl EV Casually Hits 62 MPH In 1.9 Seconds

Alongside unveiling the second-generation Tesla Roadster in November 2017, Elon Musk made the audacious claim that it would reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds.
We’re yet to see if that time is achievable by the Tesla but small Japanese marque Aspark has shown its Owl prototype achieving such a blistering time. indicating that Musk’s claim wasn’t so outlandish after all.

This Aspark Owl was unveiled last year and like the Roadster, utilizes an all-electric powertrain. With roughly 1000 hp on tap, it recently reached 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.9 seconds during testing.
A clip of the Japanese supercar shows the insane feat being achieved on a very short ribbon of tarmac. It may not be the most appropriate testing facility but the car seems to achieve the feat with relative ease.
As brisk as the Owl’s acceleration is, it’s worth noting one significant factor in its speed. The tires. Look closely and you’ll notice that they come from Hoosier and are probably slicks designed for drag racing. Thr…
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With A BMW M550i xDrive This Good, Who Needs An M5?

The BMW M550i is one heck of a set of wheels. With 456 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque on tap, it’ll rocket to 60 in under four seconds – making it quicker than the previous M5 with which it shares its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, and just half a second more lethargic than the new one.

If that new M5 weren’t such a bonkers performance machine, we’d scarcely think it’d be necessary. In fact, looking at this particular machine, we can’t help but wonder if this wouldn’t be the one we’d want.
On display at the world’s largest BMW dealership, located in the Persian Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, is a brand-new M550i xDrive, all decked out in white with a deep brown leather interior. Making it even more tempting is the optional M Performance body kit it wears and those oversized 20-inch alloys in a dark grey finish.
Even more compelling is the price gap from this model to the full-on M5. While the top-level model will set you back over $100k in these United States, the M550i sells for less than $75…

Mitsubishi"s Recalling Another 227k Vehicles In The US

We thought it was a pretty big deal for Mitsubishi, relatively speaking, when it issued a recall for over 140,000 vehicles. But now the same manufacturer has issued another two recalls that amount to another 226,995 units.

The larger of the two affects certain Outlander and Outlander Sport crossovers. The problem here comes down to the actuator shaft for the parking brake, which could be prone to corrosion due to water leaking into the rear brake calipers. That could render the parking brake inoperable, leaving the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly.
To address the problem, Mitsubishi is asking the owners of certain 2014-16 Outlanders and 2013-16 Outlander Sports to bring their vehicles in to their local dealers. There technicians will inspect the rear brakes and replace certain components if necessary. That already amounts to an estimated 170,354 vehicles across the United States… but there’s more.
At the same time, the Japanese automaker is notifying the owners of various models to brin…

22 Of 99 Lister Thunder Models Sold In Just 24 Hours!

British sports car maker Lister has received over £3 million worth of orders for the 200+mph Thunder withing the first 24 hours of its announcement.

The exact figure earned for the 22 models ordered is £3.1 million ($4.4 million), with each car priced from £139,950. The bespoke Thunder is now the fastest-selling new Lister in the company’s 65-year history.
“I am delighted, overwhelmed and gratified by the huge level of interest and excitement the Thunder has already generated. Following the release of the Thunder prototype, the number of phone calls and email inquiries have been bonkers,” stated Lister CEO, Lawrence Whittaker.
“Securing over £3 million-worth of orders within the first 24 hours is a company record, and I am now even more thrilled to be revealing the Thunder to the world at ExCel on Thursday 15th February, as the car looks even better in the metal, carbon fiber and Nappa leather than it does in the photographs!”. said Whittaker. “I’d like to thank Tiff Needell for his epic…

E92 BMW M3 Ownership Might Cost You Less Than You Think

With its high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine, the E92 M3 remains one of BMW’s hottest cars ever.

It’s easy to drive on a daily basis, it’s quick, reasonably loud and sufficiently practical, both as a Coupe and a Cabriolet. Meanwhile, its V8 produces 420 PS (414 HP) at a whopping 8,300 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.
This being an M3, it surely must cost an arm and a leg to maintain. However, on this episode of Road and Race, we get to hear what one E92 M3 owner had to go through one year of ownership, and we must admit, we’re pretty impressed with how low maintenance costs were.
The British owner ended up spending £34 on coolant, £120 on the oil and oil filter, a further £26 on power steering fluid and £10 on a set of leaf grilles. While he did spend way more on brake components, those don’t actually count as maintenance costs. Besides, if you don’t track the car, you’ll save a lot of money on brake and tire wear.
In total, maintenance and repairs over a year came in at just …

Audi Q8 Looks Poised To Make BMW X6 Owners Nervous

Audi continues to put the final touches on its edgy Q8 crossover and as these spy shots indicate, BMW X6 owners may soon start regretting their choice of SUV.

First unveiled in concept guise, the Audi Q8 will be slightly longer, wider, and shorter than both the X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Thanks to this long, low-slung profile, the Q8 looks seriously impressive, especially on the streets of Warsaw, Poland, as snapped by Carscoops reader Marcin Laudan.
As previous spy shots have confirmed, the production-spec Q8 will bear an uncanny resemblance to the concept. Consequently, the front end will be dominated by an expansive grille and a set of sharp headlights that’ll strike fear into other luxury crossovers.
Interestingly, Audi decided to premiere the Q8 Concept with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This package consisted of a 328 hp 3.0-liter TFSI powertrain and an electric motor providing an additional 100 kW and 330 Nm of torque.
At this stage, it remains unclear if this hybrid system wil…

Kia Teases New SP Concept Ahead Of Auto Expo Debut

Kia has a new SUV concept in the works, but it’s not bringing it to Chicago, or Geneva, or any of the other major international shows coming up that you might expect. This one’s destined for the Auto Expo show in New Delhi.

Called the Kia SP Concept, the little crossover previews a new model that the Korean automaker is developing specifically for the Indian market. That’s new territory for Kia, considering that the show (set to open in little over a week) will mark the manufacturer’s debut in India.
Previewed by these two teaser images, the concept is described as “bold and stylish,” combining “sophisticated beauty, breakthrough technology, and high functionality in a small SUV form” that’s “inspired by Indian heritage and driven by advanced technology.”
Kia will showcase the concept alongside a full range of its global models: 16 in all, ranging from EVs and plug-in hybrids to the Stinger sports sedan.
“All of us at Kia Motors are extremely proud to take our first steps into one of worl…