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Reviews on the new 2021 Toyota Mirai are starting to roll in, and most people have a lot of good things to say about it.

The original Mirai, which debuted back in 2015, was somewhat of a niche product, more of a proof of concept than anything else. Many people were put off by its lack of fueling infrastructure and expensive cost, if the unusual styling hadn’t gotten to them first. This left most wondering why they just wouldn’t buy a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) instead. That’s what Toyota aims to fix with the new Mirai, and from the looks of it, it seems to be working.

Read: 2021 Toyota Mirai FCV Revealed, Features Rear-Wheel Drive And 180 HP

The main complaints of the original Mirai, aside from the fueling concerns, mostly seemed to stem from the fact that it was not premium enough for its steep price tag. It appeared to have more in common with a Prius than an Lexus, despite the price being in the ballpark of the latter. Thankfully, the new Mirai, which is based on a shortened version version of the Lexus LS platform, is much more stylish and well appointed than its predecessor, as well as more spacious.

Another big selling point of the new Mirai comes in the form of it now being rear-wheel drive, and the only rear-wheel drive hydrogen vehicle for sale at that. Albeit a primarily functional change to better accommodate the fuel cells, it helps the Mirai further distance itself from the “overpriced economy car” reputation the first generation had taken on, as well as justifying its $49,500 base price.

Initial driving impressions seems to be positive. Despite the Mirai only having 182 hp (185 PS / 136 kW) and 221 lb-ft (309 Nm) of torque, it’s actually the most powerful hydrogen vehicle on sale today. The reviewer notes a similar driving experience to a lot of BEVs in the sense of its low-end torque, combined with the balanced handling characteristics of some gasoline-powered vehicles in the sense of its weight distribution.

It’s not going to do 0-60 faster than you can blink or set any lap times out on a track, but its certainly enough for motoring around town. And that’s exactly where this car shines. Its primary goal is to be a comfortable, eco-friendly cruiser that delivers all the environmental benefits of a BEV, while also solving the issues of range anxiety and long refueling times (with up to 402 miles of range, and a similar refueling time to gasoline). And at that, at least in reviewers’ eyes, it seems to succeed.

See: 2021 Toyota Mirai Starts At $49,500 And Offers Up To 402 Miles Of Range

The biggest weakness/limitation of the Mirai is its accessibility. Should you want to purchase one, at least in the United States, you can only do so in only two out of 50 states (California, and Hawaii, and only in Oahu), and even then, the fueling networks in those areas is paltry, even more so than a lot of electric charging stations. However, as mentioned before, if you do have access to fueling, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue given the Mirai’s range.


The exterior design of the A90 Toyota Supra may have rubbed a few people the wrong way since its unveiling, but what if someone decided to make it way edgier?

The renderings you’re looking at come from the Flat Hat 3D Studio, a SEMA award-winning design and concept shop. They depict a Supra that isn’t just ready to face the apocalypse but also has go-anywhere off-roading abilities and, thanks to its bulletproof exterior, could keep any occupants safe. So, apart from rockets and machine guns, it sounds like it has what it takes to be the Dark Knight’s next Batmobile, doesn’t it?

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While one might argue that some of the sharp angles that make up the exterior do have a resemblance to those of the Cybertruck, direct inspiration was in fact taken from the Karlmann King, the world’s most expensive SUV that was unveiled by Chinese company IAT back in early 2018.

The front end of the car has very little in common with a standard Supra, other than the basic shape of the hood and the pointed nose. Moreover, the headlights have also been ditched and replaced with thin LED units. The sides of the car are particularly striking and reveal a set of massive wheels with off-road rubber and flared, squared-off wheel arches.

It is the rear of the concept, though, that is perhaps our favorite aspect, thanks to the sharp taillights and LED light bar featured.

Note: These are renderings from Flat Hat 3D Studio and are not related to or endorsed by Toyota

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Lamborghini and Koenigsegg have produced some of the most accelerative production cars the world has ever seen, such as the Aventador SVJ and Agera R. However, as this video demonstrates, a certain electric supercar can out-accelerate both.

This clip comes courtesy of Chinese publication YiChe and shows a drag race between a yellow Aventador SVJ and a white Agera R. Off the line, it is the Lamborghini that got the far superior launch as the Koenigsegg struggled to put all of its power to the ground.

Watch Also: See The Nio EP9 Set A New Goodwood Record For the Fastest Production EV

Even as the speeds started to build, the Lamborghini held onto its strong lead and crossed the quarter-mile marker in 12.32 seconds at 191.2 km/h. Meanwhile, the Koenigsegg needed 13.17 seconds to cover the same distance and crossed the line at 199.1 km/h. Both of these times are well down on what the cars are capable of as the dusty surface of the runway made it difficult to get either off the line.

However, it wasn’t actually the Lamborghini that was the quickest that day, but instead a Nio EP9 that was being used by the publication as a camera car. Despite starting a bit further back than the two competitors, it sprinted off the line with far more pace than the Lamborghini and accelerated down the quarter-mile quicker than the two European supercars, although we have no time for the all-electric supercar.

All it takes is a quick look at the specs of the NIO EP9 to understand why it is so quick. It features an electric motor at each wheel that combine to produce 1,341 hp and, thanks to its instantaneous torque, can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, and 186 mph (300 km/h) in 15.9 seconds.