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We often hear of dealers commanding steep markups for new cars due to increased demand and limited supply. However, there are still some deals to be had, according to a list compiled by Consumer Reports highlighting Truecar.com data. It found that the BMW X3 and the X5 are both available for two percent under MSPR right now, while others like the Cadillac XT4, Volvo XC60, and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are around one percent under. The biggest bargain, though, comes from Alfa Romeo, whose Guilia is going 10 percent under asking!
The 2024 Honda Prologue is a big turning point for the Japanese car maker. The brand aims to convert CR-V hybrid owners into electric zealots, and is even going so far as to offer shorter lease terms so that buyers can easily switch once the Prologue is launched. Meanwhile, while Honda’s collaboration with GM on its EV SUV has been known for some time, it appears that it could share more with the Chevrolet Blazer than first thought, with the wheelbase of the two cars being identical. Tech specs have not yet been revealed, but expect more news closer to its on-sale date.
Heavy Duty pickup fans have never had it better, and with the launch of the 2024 GMC Sierra HD, yet another workhorse cum luxuobarge has entered the foray. The GMC’s top trims, the Denali and new Denali Ultimate, feature updated materials, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 13.4-inch infotainment system with Google integration as well as wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. Under the hood is either a revised 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with 470 hp (350 kW / 477 PS) and 975 lb-ft (1,320 Nm) of torque, or a 6.6-liter V8 that develops 401 hp (299 kW / 407 PS) and 464 lb-ft (628 Nm) of torque.
Although the A110 R may have the same output on paper, Alpine’s engineers have taken a Colin Chapman-like philosophy to the new hardcore stripped-out version of the sportscar and have managed to shed 75 lbs (34 kg) from the base A110 S. Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, ditching the rear window for a carbon shield, and single-shell seats from Sabelt, the A110 R gets to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 instead of 4.2 seconds. There’s also a new Fernando Alonso edition that’s limited to just 32 units (pictured).
A Hyundai Elantra N owner was told that his stock car was too loud after being pulled over by an officer in California. The car was being driven in N mode, which the officer refers to as track mode. He then goes on to say that it cannot be legally driven on the road and that the owner will have to spend $7,000 to rectify the matter. Hyundai has told us the following: “Hyundai N vehicles as sold fully comply with Federal regulations and are legal for sale and street use in all U.S. states. Hyundai is aware of this incident and is working directly with the customer to help resolve the issue.” Meanwhile, in a similar situation, the owner of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat was told a similar story regarding the use of the car’s red key, which unlocks the full complement of power. Like the owner of the Elantra N, the Dodge owner was challenged on whether the exhaust was stock.
Production of the Audi R8 V10 is coming to an end, and to honor the car’s combustion glory, the company has brought back the GT moniker for one last rear-wheel drive hurrah. The R8 GT RWD borrows the engine output figures from the Quattro, making it the most powerful rear-wheel drive car in Audi’s history, with 612 hp (456 kW / 620 PS) and 417 lb-ft (565 Nm) of torque. Limited to just 333 examples, the GT is also some 44 lbs (20 kg) lighter, with prices starting at €225,000 (around $221,000 at current exchange rates). Also exiting stage left will be the Audi TT RS Iconic Edition. Even rarer, the Iconic Edition is limited to just 100 units, all in Nardo Grey and featuring gloss black accents.
Tesla isn’t the only one revising its prices upwards. Ford has announced the second price hike in two months on the F-150 Lightning Pro trim, the least expensive model it offers. The 2023 F-150 Lightning Pro will now start at $53,769, including a $1,795 shipping fee. That marks an increase of $5,000 over the existing price and $13,795 more than when it was first introduced in May 2021.
What Else Is Making The News
Twitter Doesn’t Trust Musk’s Latest Move Agreeing To Buy Out
Although billionaire Elon Musk has now agreed to go ahead with the original Twitter takeover proposal, it appears that the company is no longer confident he will see it through. According to BBC News, Twitter is pushing ahead with litigation, saying it does not trust Mr. Musk’s promises.
Microsoft Announces New Surface Event
— Microsoft Surface (@surface) September 27, 2022
Microsoft has announced a new event for its Surace line of tech products. The live stream, which will start on October 12, may reveal a new Surface laptop (or laptops) and introduce a range of Arm-based devices.