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SSC Tuatara land speed record, Tesla Model S Plaid+, 2022 Lincoln Navigator: This Week’s Top Photos

The team at SSC has done it. The company’s Tuatara hypercar has set a new land speed record for a production car, having registered a top speed of 282.9 mph. Yes, Bugatti’s Chiron 300+ ran up to 304.773 mph last fall, but for the record a car needs to make two runs in opposite directions, which the Bugatti did not.

2022 BMW M5 CS

2022 BMW M5 CS

BMW revealed a new range-topping version of its M5 super sedan called the M5 CS. The car develops 627 hp from a twin-turbocharged V-8 and will rocket to 60 mph in less than three seconds. This makes it the quickest production BMW to date.

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+

If you want the quickest production car to date, the position is currently filled by the new Tesla Model S Plaid+, which was revealed this week. The family sedan packs over 1,100 hp and will hit

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Lexus to preview design direction for EVs with new concept

Current Lexus models have some of the biggest grilles of any vehicle in production, with the design, known as the spindle grille, having grown to become a signature trait of the brand.

But battery-electric vehicles don’t require huge openings at the front so Lexus has decided to rethink how it can redefine its brand-defining grille as it prepares to rollout EVs.

We’ll get a preview of the new look for Lexus’ future EVs via a concept set to be unveiled this spring. Lexus revealed a new teaser shot of the concept on Monday, which looks to show the vehicle’s rear. An earlier shot showed the front of the concept, which looks to feature a sealed-off spindle grille forming the front fascia. We’ve already been given a taste of the design direction with 2019’s LF-30 Electrified concept.

The new concept’s reveal will mark the arrival of a new generation of Lexus

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2021 Tesla Model S and Model X revealed with airplane yoke steering wheel, Plaid performance variants

The updated Tesla Model S and Model X are no longer the subject of rumors.

On Wednesday ahead of the Silicon Valley automaker’s earnings call, Tesla released its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 update, which contained the first details on the refreshed 2021 Model S and Model X.

Both battery-electric vehicles are available to order on Tesla’s website, including new Plaid and Plaid+ (Model S only) performance variants boasting a new three-motor powertrain.

The bulk of changes take place inside where the vertical 17-inch touchscreen of the current models has been replaced with a Model 3-like horizontal screen. The size has not been released yet. A storage cubby now sits below the touchscreen, along with a hard button for the four-way flashers.

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

2021 Tesla Model X Plaid

Unlike the Model 3, a digital gauge cluster remains. The steering wheel

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Plug-in hybrid super sedan coming soon

Mercedes-Benz AMG is readying a new plug-in hybrid version of its GT 4-Door Coupe.

Our spy shots show a prototype of the AMG sedan with a concealed flap on its rear fascia, located just below the taillight on the right. On the corresponding rear fender is the regular filler cap.

When the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept bowed in 2017 as a preview of the GT 4-Door Coupe, the striking show car packed a powerful electrified V-8 under the hood. So far such a powertrain hasn’t taken shape but that is now about to change. In fact, AMG has already teased it. A debut will take place later this year and we should see the car reach showrooms as a 2022 model.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The electrified sedan will be positioned as the range-topper in the GT 4-Door Coupe lineup,

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