2020 Toyota Supra leaked

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The first photo showing an undisguised version of Toyota’s reborn Supra has surfaced ahead of the car’s world debut next month at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The photo was taken inside a transport truck and the full version can be seen at the Supra MKV forum. Notably, it gives us our first clear look at the face of the car, revealing details such as the design of the lower front fascia, the smooth, vent-less hood, and the placement of the Toyota logo on the nose.

As previously reported, the new Supra represents the fifth generation of the nameplate. This time, though, the car has been developed on the same platform found in BMW’s latest Z4. The Supra will also share powertrains and a production site in Austria with the Z4, but it won’t get the BMW’s convertible roof.

2019 BMW Z4 Roadster

2019 BMW Z4 Roadster

The core powertrain will be BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, which in the Supra should be rated around 335 horsepower, or enough to see the car sprint to 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds. A Toyota-developed hybrid powertrain with more power is expected later in the life cycle, possibly in a track-focused model. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, also borrowed from BMW, is also expected, bringing with it around 260 hp.

Sales of the new Supra will commence next summer, with the first examples arriving as 2020 models. The very first example available for sale will be offered via a charity auction, more details of which will be announced next year.

As mentioned, the new Supra will make its debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show, which starts January 14. In the days leading up to the show, Toyota will also preview its Supra-based race car being developed for Japan’s Super GT touring car series. The preview will come in the form of a concept at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon.

2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe spy shots and video

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BMW has just launched a new generation of its 8-Series but this time around there will be more body styles than just a coupe.

We’ve already seen the covers come off an 8-Series Convertible and now we have revealing shots and video of a tester for the 8-Series Gran Coupe.

Despite the coupe in the name, the 8-Series Gran Coupe is actually a liftback sedan. It’s due on sale in late 2019 as a 2020 model and will fill the void of the 6-Series Gran Coupe that BMW recently phased out. Alternatives include the Audi A7, Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, and Porsche Panamera.

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2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Spy Video from Motor Authority on Vimeo.

We got a preview of the design in March with the unveiling M8 Gran Coupe concept. Yes, an M8 version of the 8-Series Gran Coupe will be launched alongside the regular model. A patent drawing of the regular model surfaced in June.

Like the 8-Series coupe, the 8-Series Gran Coupe looks to feature a low roof and wide, muscular shoulders. Those wide shoulders should mean buyers will be able to add a three-seat bench in the rear.

The design of the cabin will be standard BMW fare, though to the highest levels of craftsmanship. Digital screens will serve as the instrument cluster and infotainment hub and on the center console will sit the gear lever and a rotary-dial controller. A photo of the 2019 M850i xDrive coupe‘s interior below shows what to expect.

2019 BMW M850i

2019 BMW M850i

The platform is the CLAR modular design that debuted in the 2016 7-Series. Its multi-material construction is meant to help shed weight but the 8-Series coupe weighs a hefty 4,478 pounds in M850i guise and the 8-Series Gran Coupe will likely be even heavier. The platform also brings compatibility with electrified powertrains.

It’s not clear what powertrains will be offered at launch but you can count on the same 523-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 found in the M850i coupe being present. A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 will likely be added as an entry-level option at some point, while the M8 will get a version of the M850i’s V-8 with over 600 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid option is also expected.

Pricing will start above $100k. The 2019 M850i xDrive coupe starts at $112,895, and the Gran Coupe body style should sell at a slight premium.

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Daimler to spend $22.75B on batteries through 2030

Daimler future electrified vehicles

Daimler future electrified vehicles

German automaker Daimler has put its money where its mouth is with its promise of a fully electrified future: the company announced Tuesday that it will purchase $22.75 billion worth of batteries through 2030.

The automaker has plans to not only go all-in on electrification for the Mercedes-Benz brand, but it will also electrify its commercial vehicle and bus lineup. Daimler has already shared some of the electric trucks and buses it plans to put into mass production in the next few years. 

At Mercedes-Benz, executives have promised 130 electrified vehicles through 2022. It’s important to remember what actually qualifies as an “electrified” vehicle within the industry. Electrified ranges from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, to a plug-in hybrid vehicle, to a fully electric car that does not feature an internal-combustion engine. Expect most of the electrified Mercedes vehicles to feature the former two solutions. However, the luxury brand plans to launch at least 10 electric cars by 2022.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The first of them will be the 2020 EQC, a 200-plus-mile electric SUV. Sales of the SUV will begin in some markets in mid-2019, but we won’t see it arrive in the United States until 2020. Expect an EQA small car and EQS sedan mirroring the traditional S-Class to be a part of the strategy, too.

While the world’s automakers go all-on on electric cars, controversy often surrounds the way suppliers obtain the precious Earth materials needed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. Daimler said in its announcement that it will protect human rights with what it calls the Human Rights Respect System. The system intends to hold suppliers accountable for how they source their materials for the batteries Daimler plans to buy. Any new supplier will be thoroughly vetted by some 700 engineers and human rights experts in the field before executives sign off on a supplier contract.

Although $22.75 billion is not an insignificant amount of money, fellow German auto giant Volkswagen Group has it beat. The automaker announced in May that it plans to boost its battery purchases and will spend $48 billion. But, the automaker ideally wants to spend as much as $50 billion to cover its needs for future electric cars through 2025.

Bugatti Veyron turbochargers cost over $42,000 to replace

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse land speed record holders

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse land speed record holders

Expensive cars often come with lofty maintenance charges, but the Bugatti Veyron is something else entirely.

The $1 million-plus supercar’s turbochargers cost over $42,000 to replace, according to an EPA document Road & Track reported on last week.

To break down the extent of the cost, it will set owners back $21,000 per side. The Veyron features a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine to produce its astounding 986 horsepower in standard guise and 1,183 hp in Super Sport flavor.

For those on a budget after buying a Veyron, hope only one side needs replacing. However, we doubt millionaires adhere to incredibly strict budgets. And the air chargers the turbo sends air to? Those are $9,000 each, and Bugatti will charge $2,000 to install new ones.

Building the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Building the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Another incredibly expensive component is the fuel tank, which will cost owners a grand total of $42,000—$20,000 for the part, and $22,000 for technicians to install the fuel tank.

But, not everything on the French supercar is bespoke and costs thousands of dollars. In fact, the Veyron actually pulls a small number of parts and components from the Volkswagen parts bin. For example, the camshaft position sensors cost just $9 each since they’re also found in the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta.

Reality check: working on a Bugatti is not like a VW, however, and those $9 sensors will cost $7,200 to replace after labor. Ouch. And the boost pressure sensors can also be found in the Golf GTI or Audi A3. They’re just $20, but again, expect a $1,800 labor bill.

All of the simple and relatively cheap components have exuberant labor costs associated with them. Why? The Veyron often requires a lot of disassemblies to install parts. The rear deck might need to be removed, or the engine could require disassembly to reach obscure parts. But, as we said, coughing up thousands of dollars in maintenance is probably just a drop in the bucket for the supercar’s owners.