Audi R8 RWD gets more powerful for 2022, MG ZS refreshed with longer range and Lexus LX600 teased: your morning summary
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Google Maps wants to save the Earth from a million tons of CO2 emissions per year thanks to ecological routes
Google Maps will now show you the most fuel efficient route to your destination, even if it is not the fastest. The tech giant believes the feature could save more than a million tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Users can choose between taking the most efficient or the fastest route depending on their priorities.
2022 Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD is the new standard, bringing 562 hp and better handling
Audi’s second-generation R8 is nearing the end of its life, which means now is the perfect time for a new, more powerful model. The R8’s latest RWD entry point features a 30bhp increase over the old car’s 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 FSI, bringing power to 562bhp (419 kW / 570 PS) . The Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD Coupe starts from € 149,000 ($ 172,192) in Germany, while the Spyder starts at € 162,000 ($ 187,215).
Refreshed MG ZS EV debuts with grille-less look, new infotainment and bigger battery
The popular MG ZS EV has received a facelift, with a new grille-less front end, LED headlights and taillights, and revised bumpers. The big change is that the 2021 MG ZS EV optionally offers a larger 72 kWh battery offering a WLTP range of 273 miles (439 km). The longer range model will be offered alongside a cheaper variant with a smaller 51 kWh battery that has a range of 198 miles (319 km). Both options are better than the 44.5 kWh battery housed in the older car.
Geneva Motor Show canceled for third year in a row
For the third year in a row, the Geneva Motor Show is once again canceled. Organizers are calling it a postponement, keen to see it again for 2023. Next year’s event was deemed unfeasible due to ongoing global travel limitations resulting from the pandemic. There was also another reason: the chip crisis which put pressure on OEM finances.
Retro-looking Ferrari V12 hypercar spotted again ahead of November launch
Our spies photographed the upcoming mid-engined Ferrari V12 testing in heavy camouflage. However, the outline that can be seen seems to give credit to the internet chatter, suggesting that it is inspired by the 330 P4 racer from the 1960s. Either way, we’ll have our final reveal in a month, as the Italian brand is removing the covers of its latest edition from its range of limited-series Icona machines.
Lexus teases new LX600 as Toyota Land Cruiser luxury brother
Lexus has set a reveal date for the all-new LX600. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 series, the new full-size SUV will debut on October 13. Along with the announcement, we were treated to a brief, dust-filled preview video, with a pretty good look at the rear. The photo shows us the Lexus lettering, the L-shaped tail lights connected by an LED strip and the LX600 badge.
Air travel goes bad and goes viral after being stuck under a bridge in India
On the Gurugram-Delhi highway, in front of IGI airport! pic.twitter.com/fLG0FiijkS
– Deepak Sharma (@DeepakSEditor) October 2, 2021
A plane lodged under a bridge in India, although luckily it was not in flight at the time. One Mile at a Time reports that this A320, formerly owned by Air India, was loaded onto a truck and taken from Indira Gandhi International Airport near the city of New Delhi. The plane was destined for scrap anyway, but we can’t imagine that the damage to the bridge would have been taken lightly.
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Twitch blamed a server error on massive data leak
Twitch reportedly suffered a massive data breach
If you are using Twitch, the advice is to change your password and activate 2FA.
– Computer networks of the South (@SouthernIT) October 7, 2021
A large amount of Twitch user data was leaked online, which the company said was due to a “server configuration change” that “exposed” some data, reports the BBC. The site has advised its users to change their passwords and enable two-factor authorization.
Lewis Hamilton struck with a 10-place grid penalty for the Turkish GP
Lewis Hamilton will be assessed a penalty of 10 grid places for the start of the Turkish Grand Prix. He’s applied as his team opts for another new internal combustion engine outside of the season’s allowance.