2021 - Drive

  • 2021 Ford Capri revival hopes still alive

    Ford Capri SUV concept

    Ford design boss says he’d ‘love’ to resuscitate the model for today

  • 2021 Honda E

    2021 Honda E

    Hondas adorable electric car certainly looks the business but is it more than just skin deep, asks Jonathan Musk?

  • 2021 Jaguar XE Reims Revealed

    2021 Jaguar XE R-Dynamic "Reims Edition"

    Jaguar has revealed the new XE Reims Edition, only available in the UK and limited to just 200 units. Named in honour of the famous Reims- Geux circuit in Northern France where the D-type took its maiden victory in 1954, the Reims Edition comes exclusively with the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol (P250) engine in R-Dynamic S guise and is fitted with a number of bespoke and standardised options. Each of the 200 units will be painted in French Racing Blue (previously only used on Jaguar’s most extreme models, the XKR-S and XFR-S), with a number of unique contrasting elements including a black contrast roof, black mirror caps, black sill inserts and fitted with 19in, five split-spoke, gloss black alloys.

  • 2021 Mazda RX-9 Rotary engine tipped for comeback

    2021 Mazda RX-9 Rotary engine tipped for comeback

    New tech raises RX-9 hopes. Mazda ponders sports car using new rotary engine developed as range-extender.

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 C206

    2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 C206

    I’d be exaggerating if I said I had to pull myself off the floor after first learning about Mercedes-AMG’s plan, but it certainly came as a shock. We’ve always known the race to meet the 2021 95g/km fleet average CO2 regulations would bring about widespread downsizing, but so far, much of the performance market has been unaffected by this.

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe C167 & AMG GLE53 C167 Models

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe C167 & AMG GLE53 C167 Models

    Stylish coupe and performance model launched together. Details of the sleek coupe version of the new GLE have been announced and AMG is wasting no time in also revealing pictures and details of the GLE53 version that will join it upon release.

  • 2021 Nissan GT-RS Experts JRM - 23 limited edition

    2021 Nissan GT-RS Experts JRM

    UK-based race engineering Experts JRM are building 23 limited edition Nissan GT-RS as the ultimate race cars for the road.

  • 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 992 spotted winter testing

    2021 Porsche 911 Targa 992

    Imminent production reveal after final shakedown in cold weather

  • 2021 Porsche new 918 hypercar - Aborted F1 hybrid engine mooted

    2021 Porsche new 918

    Porsche looks at secret F1 drivetrain for new hypercar Aborted hybrid F1 drivetrain could be repurposed to power new Porsche hypercar.

  • 2021 Seat Cupra to top new Leon line-up with 241bhp PHEV

    Plug-in hybrid hot hatch will crown Mk5 Leon, on sale in Seat and Cupra guises in 2020. Scop Seat’s new VW Golf beater KING OF LEON: 241BHP CUPRA-BADGED PLUG-IN HYBRID CROWNS NEW LINE-UP Seat Leon Hot plug-in Cupra spices up new range Seat will launch a bold new Leon in 2020 – which will include a hot 241bhp plug-in hybrid from sub-brand Cupra.  As well as a redesign inside and out, the fifth-generation Leon will take its platform, powertrains and technology influence from the recently revealed Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The Cupra Leon hot hatchback and estate will initially be available solely as a plug-in hybrid.  The new Leon is expected to be revealed at the 2020 Geneva motor show in March before going on sale very soon after. The model will take an evolutionary approach to its exterior design and retain a shape that’s familiar to owners of the outgoing Leon. Seat sold around 137,000 examples of the current Leon in its 2014 launch year and sales have been at or above that level every year since. For this reason, company bosses won’t dramatically alter the formula.  However, inspiration will be taken from the brand’s newer models and the front end will be heavily influenced by that of the Tarraco SUV. The Cupra variant, meanwhile, will adopt bold exterior details first previewed by the Formentor SUV, which will go on sale towards the end of 2020 not long after the Cupra Leon, due in the autumn. No three-door Leon will be offered this time. A minimalist, tech-heavy approach is expected for the new Leon’s cabin, similar to that of the latest Golf and recently revealed new Octavia.  The number of buttons will be reduced in favour of a new infotainment system that incorporates advanced voice and gesture control. Material quality should receive a welcome boost, too.  All Leon variants are once again set to share their platform with that of the 2020 Golf and Octavia. That means it will use a version of the tried-and-tested MQB architecture, evolved to be structurally stiffer and allow better packaging. Historically, the Leon has been set up to be the sportier-feeling of the Volkswagen Group trio, with stiffer spring and damper rates, and that’s due to continue with the new model. The standard, Seat-badged Leon’s engine range will be familiar. Base versions will use the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder turbo petrol in varying states of tune, with the new 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol powertrain drafted in for higher-spec cars. That will be offered as a mild hybrid in higher-spec variants, with the 48V system claimed to reduce fuel consumption by around 10%.  The sole UK-bound diesel engine in the latest Golf, for the time being, is a 2.0-litre TDI putting out 114bhp or 148bhp, with the latter due to be mated to a mild-hybrid system by the time the Leon is launched. Those powertrains should transfer to the new Seat, alongside the option of manual and automatic gearboxes.  Seat has confirmed it will offer a range-topping plug-in hybrid Leon. It’s expected to use a 1.4-litre TSI petrol and an electric motor for 201bhp – the same as the non-GTE plug-in hybrid version of the latest Golf. The Cupra Leon, which will be sold under the new brand banner with no Seat badging, will put out 241bhp from a more highly tuned version of the same petrol-electic unit.  Expect a 0-62mph time of around 6.5sec, with a 13kWh battery allowing for an allelectric range of up to 35 miles. It will also dramatically lower the car’s CO2 output, a crucial factor to ensure Seat and Cupra meet the upcoming fleet average targets.  “Expect a 0-62mph time of around 6.5sec and an all-electric range of up to 35 miles from the Cupra Leon” It is likely that the Cupra R will return as a range flagship. Although unconfirmed, reports suggest it will retain all-wheel drive and share a 300bhp-plus 2.0-litre petrol powertrain with the upcoming Golf R, rather than keep the lesser Cupra’s plug-in hybrid system. Expect it to complete the 0-62mph sprint in under five seconds.  However, such a model may be offered in limited numbers only as electrification remains the overriding priority for both brands. Design boss Alejandro Mesonero- Romanos told Drive-My at a recent Cupra event that Seat plans to start production of its last internal combustion-engined model in 2026.  That’s likely to mean the firm will go electric only by 2032 at the latest.   Cupra-badged Leon is due to go on sale in autumn next year.  Seat (far left) and Cupra Leons will have evolutionary design

    Plug-in hybrid hot hatch will crown Mk5 Leon, on sale in Seat and Cupra guises in 2020.

  • 2022 Mercedes-AMG GT Hybrid 4WD to follow Black Series

    Mercedes-AMG GT Hybrid 4WD to follow Black Series

    Mercedes-AMG GT to turn hybrid and four-wheel drive. New GT will put more than 650bhp and 700lb ft to all four wheels in top-end guise.

  • 5 things you need to know about the 2021 Audi RS Q8

    2021 Audi RS Q8

    Audi launches 591bhp flagship SUV capable of 190mph, here’s what you need to know…

  • 911 last Porsche to go electric

    2021 Porsche 911 Mission-E

    Porsche doubles down on EV strategy

  • Daring styling for BMW’s incoming 2021 M3 G80/M4 G82

    BMW M3 G80/BMW M4 G82

    Next BMW M3 G80/BMW M4 G82 previewed; Rodin open-wheeler on-sale, Hyundai’s drift van

  • Facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-type revealed

    Facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-type revealed

    Jaguar gives the F-TYPE its most important update yet, including a new 444bhp supercharged V8 engine

  • GTI-beating 2021 Volkswagen ID 3 R is a priority

    GTI-beating 2021 Volkswagen ID 3 R is a priority

    GTI-beating ID 3 R is ‘a priority’. Volkswagen R&D chief says a high-performance ID 3 R is less than five years away.

  • Is Porsche’s EV strategy in flux?

    2021 Porsche 911 EV 992

    The simple answer is yes, of course it is. Shifting from combustion to battery power is a huge shift for both Porsche and the industry. Inevitably, planning for that future is an enormous challenge. It won’t all go smoothly.

  • New 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35 4MATIC H247

    2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35 4MATIC H247

    The range of compact 35-series models which offer an entrey level into the world of Mercedes-AMG is now complete with the introduction of the GLA35.

  • New 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA H247 stands tall

    2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Progressive Line "Edition 1" H247

    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its second-generation GLA H247 to the world; slotting between the A-Class hatchback and GLB SUV. It adopts Mercedes-Benz’ latest styling language and is set to go on sale next spring, replacing a car that’s sold to more than a million customers. Prices haven’t been officially confirmed yet, but it’s expected to start from around £32,000.

  • Next 2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 to ditch V8 for hybrid four-pot

    2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 C206

    But the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is expected to retain 500bhp-plus and four-wheel drive when it goes on sale in 2021

  • Polizei 2021 Audi RS4-R built by ABT Sportsline

    Polizei 2021 Audi RS4-R

    Featuring original Polizei car markings, flashing blue lights, a hefty 530bhp and 508lb-ft this is no ordinary police car. In fact it’s not a police car, nope, it’s this year’s campaign vehicle for TUNE IT! SAFE! An initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and the German Association of Automobile Tuners.

  • Predicting the new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo 992

    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo 992

    Now that it is 2020 (at least as you read this – as I write it I don’t even know who won the bloody election), I’ve been thinking about what Porsche I’m most looking for driving in 2020, and I guess a lot depends on whether we’ll even see let alone get a go in the new GT3. My guess is that even if it’s shown, I won’t get behind the wheel this year. But a new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo 992? That seems altogether more likely.

  • Spot the difference on Vauxhall Insignia facelift

    2021 Vauxhall Insignia facelift

    Vauxhall has given its flagship Insignia family car a facelift for 2020, adding sparkle to its exterior and freshening up its interior technology. New headlights also feature, lighting up the way ahead without dazzling other road users. The latest Insignia is available to order next month, with the first customer deliveries expected in May.

  • Vauxhall targets serious growth

    2021 Vauxhall Mokka

    New ad campaign, fresh models and different sales strategy are part of ambitious plan

  • We will witness the fastest road cars ever made

    Rimac C-Two

    You thought McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 were fast? Cute. Cars like the Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie – road cars heavily inspired by Formula One racers – will make them look a bit heavy and slow. And sell-out sales of both, despite eye-watering price tags, will no doubt embolden Ferrari and tempt the Volkswagen Audi Group to do the same.