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I hope you don’t believe in omens, because LEGO releasing Grave Digger on the very first day of 2021. It will be joined by its Monster Jam compatriot, Max-D in a separate kit on the same day.

The kits, remarkably, only cost $20-a-piece. LEGO is being doubly budget-friendly because the sets come with instructions on how to transform the monster trucks into other vehicles. Grave Digger can also be assembled as an off-road buggy and Max-D into an ATV.

In either orientation, the sets will get pull-back action to chip your skirting board and provide you or your kids with hours of fun.

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As you might expect, the sets aren’t huge, but at about 4 inches tall by 9.5 inches long, they’re more than big enough to spark the imagination. And at 212 and 230-pieces, they should be complicated enough to occupy you for a bit.

The kits each transforming into another vehicle is smart, too. It means that there’s a reason to take the trucks apart and put them back together, which ought to extend the fun by quite a bit.

According to LEGO, the Grave Digger set comes with a bendable flag so you get rad action shots. That would likely help with you stop motion film, too.

The sets come with stickers and despite the pictures that LEGO has provided, it’s unclear to me how they’ll work with the alternate builds but, I suppose, does it really matter if your dune buggy has some stickers on it? You can sue yourself and litigate the intricacies of mini copyright laws in the staircase court. The highest court on the landing.

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雖然許多身處臺灣的《Honda》粉絲每每聽聞海外市場諸如《Honda Life》或者是《Honda City Hatchback》等話題新車上市時總不會忘記無奈的補上一句他國事務,但是對於身在俄羅斯的戰鬥民族《Honda》粉絲們來說在2020年即將結束前卻傳來了一個壞消息,那就是《Honda》官方日前正式宣佈將會在2022年起停止在當地的新車銷售活動。

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由於《Honda》並未如同《Toyota》、《Nissan》等其它日系品牌在俄羅斯當地建立工廠生產新車,在只能仰賴進口的情況下目前《Honda》品牌在俄羅斯市場所販售的新車除了在全球廣受歡迎而你我也同樣熟悉的人氣休旅《Honda CR-V》外只有主打北美市場的另一款休旅產品《Honda Pilot》,在產品選擇單調且缺乏新鮮感等種種內、外在因素影響下銷售表現自然也不如預期。

根據海外媒體所掌握的銷售數據,《Honda》品牌在俄羅斯市場於2020年11月僅售出了79輛的新車,對比2019年同期有著高達50%的下滑幅度,而在2020年1至11月期間俄羅斯市場總計售出約130萬輛新車,但《Honda》品牌則只繳出了1,383輛的銷售成績,對比2019年1至11月也有著15%的顯著下滑幅度。

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有鑑於新車銷售表現持續下滑再加上受疫情影響全球新車銷售普遍不佳,讓《Honda》決定進行品牌組織與資原的重新調整以及分配,趕在2020年即將結束前正式對外宣佈將於2022年停止在俄羅斯市場的新車銷售,但是除了將持續提供當地既有消費者車輛相關售後服務與保固外,《Honda》也仍將持續於俄羅斯市場進行摩托車以及包括發電機、割草機在內的動力設備產品的銷售,這回別人家的《Honda》是不是好像有點讓人失望呢?

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If there’s one thing that the Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo does not lack, that is power, with the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine pumping out 608 PS (600 HP / 447 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

However, McChip-DKR is a firm believer of more is better when it comes to the levels of power available via the right pedal, so they have launched a Stage 1 software update for the Alpina model.

Available for both the sedan and estate versions of the super executive 5er, it unleashes an extra 112 PS (110 HP / 82 kW) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft). The result is 720 PS (710 HP / 530 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft), which allows the long-roof variant to hit a maximum speed of 328 km/h (208 mph).

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They did not say how fast it reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill, but the stock B5 needs just 3.4 seconds to get there, whereas the B5 Touring is one tenth of a second slower. As for the money part, the tuning upgrade is listed for €1,851 (equal to $2,261) on the aftermarket firm’s website.

While this tune is aimed at the pre-facelifted version of the vehicle, Alpina has launched a more modern iteration that builds on the 5-Series LCI. It sports a visual makeover, including bespoke badging, wheels and colors, and brings 621 PS (613 HP / 457 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) into play. The 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint times have remained the same, despite the extra oomph, and top speed is also identical, with the sedan maxing out at 330 km/h (205 mph), and the estate running out of breath at 322 km/h (200 mph).