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Audi R8 Green Hell edition marks Audi’s five Nurburgring victories

Audi has announced a new, limited-run R8 model dubbed “Green Hell” to commemorate its success on a little piece of country road in Germany called the Nürburgring. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

While ‘Ring fever has subsided over the past decade or so, its nickname is known to enthusiasts worldwide. Audi is tapping into that collective reverence with a 50-unit run of the new special edition based on its R8 V10 Performance variant to mark Audi Sport’s five 24 Hours of the Nürburgring victories with the R8 LMS race car dating back to 2012.

“We are synonymous with high performance — in both series production and motorsport,” said Audi Sport boss Julius Seebach in the R8 Green Hell’s official announcement. “The R8 road sports car and the R8 LMS racing car were designed and developed jointly; around half of

2021 Acura TLX First Drive | Impressions, specs, photos

Buildup for the 2021 Acura TLX started more than a year ago when Acura released the stunning Type S Concept. It was long, low, wide and graced with gorgeous rear-drive proportions. Plus, it was slathered in some of the best blue paint we’ve ever seen. Acura could not have thought of a better way to say, “Hey, we’re back!”

It’s no surprise that the Type S Concept is a dead ringer for the production TLX. Acura designers told us the car was just about finished when the concept debuted. So yeah, the new TLX and TLX Type S were always going to look this good. The latter won’t be arriving until next spring, but our first drive of this next-gen base TLX has us hopeful for the Type S and its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. And maybe just a

FIA will try to avoid Le Mans/F1 clash in 2021

LE MANS, France — Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, will do what it can to avoid a calendar clash in 2021 between the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a grand prix, president Jean Todt told reporters at the 88th edition of the event.

This year’s F1 calendar had listed the Canadian Grand Prix on the same June weekend as Le Mans before the COVID-19 pandemic tore up the schedules, with the Montreal race ultimately cancelled.

Le Mans will be the highlight of a reduced six-round World Endurance Championship (WEC) season in 2021 with the race scheduled for June 12-13 on a provisional calendar published last Friday.

“Clearly, we will do as much as we can to avoid a clash between WEC and Formula One,” Todt said in a Zoom news conference.

“But of course it can also

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Review | Impressions, photos, performance

Even in the domestic car bubble that is Greater Detroit, a 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S in Papaya Orange will garner some attention. While you might expect most foreign cars to be objects of derision in the heart of America’s auto industry, as it turns out, southeastern Michigan is pretty much like the rest of the world when it comes to retina-burning super-sedans. Heads will turn.

The 2021 Turbo S is the latest iteration of Porsche’s most potent gasoline-powered Panamera. While it plays second fiddle to the Turbo S E Hybrid in terms of overall power, it’s now pretty darn close, thanks to a bump in power, some mild chassis revisions, and a few nip-and-tuck styling tweaks front and rear.  

Porsche’s luxury sedan has polarized from the outset, though less for its more luxurious, four-door mission than for

Michael Jordan, Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin partner in NASCAR team

Basketball great Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin have partnered to form a new single-car NASCAR Cup Series team that will feature Bubba Wallace as its driver, the trio said on Monday.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, will serve as principal owner of the team with Hamlin a minority partner while he continues to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Wallace, the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level, was thrust into the spotlight this year when his calls for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag — which many Americans see as a symbol of oppression — at all events was ultimately adopted.

The driver was later thought to have been a victim of a racial attack when a noose, a symbol connected to lynching and America’s slave history, was found in his garage. Wallace announced earlier

Lincoln Sync 3 Infotainment Review | Video, photos, impressions

Many of the newer Lincoln products might be vastly different in design and experience than their Ford counterparts, but infotainment software is still heavily shared between the two brands. That said, Lincoln has made a great effort to make its version of Sync 3 feel more upmarket and premium compared to Ford’s.

If you can think of it in terms of Android smartphones, Sync 3 in Ford vehicles is like stock Google software. Sync 3 in Lincoln products is akin to Samsung’s UI, which amounts to a totally new look and added features. The core interface remains the same across the two brands. Lincoln’s snazzy new look can be customized with a few different color combinations, but they generally all consist of muted tones that exude old-world luxury more than the heavy-handed blue hues on Ford’s version of Sync. One