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Renault has teased the Kiger, ahead of its debut on January 28th.

Previewed by a similarly named concept, the production model is instantly recognizable but features a handful of minor changes.

Starting up front, we can see a revised grille with a prominent Renault emblem. It’s flanked by slender LED daytime running lights, but thankfully the ‘electric unibrow’ has been dropped.

Also Read: Renault Kiger Concept Previews An Upcoming Crossover For India

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— Groupe Renault (@Groupe_Renault) January 26, 2021

Additional details are hard to make out, but we can see a familiar greenhouse and a more traditional roof rack. The lower lights carryover from the concept, but the road-going model will likely adopt a less aggressive front bumper.

Renault hasn’t said much about the Kiger, but the model measures less than four meters (157 inches) long and has been designed for the Indian market. When the concept was introduced, the company said the production model would “attract customers looking for novelty and modernity in a B-segment [SUV] that represents 51% of the Indian market.” The company also promised the crossover would be “surprisingly spacious” and at home in the city as well as the countryside.

While the model was “designed and developed for India,” Renault has already confirmed the Kiger will be exported to other markets. There’s no word on specifics, but it will likely be offered in other emerging markets.

Specifications remain a mystery, but the model will ride on the CMFA+ platform and be powered by an all-new turbocharged engine.  The latter promises an “exciting” driving experience.

Renault Kiger concept

Following a leak earlier today, BMW has officially unveiled the 2022 M5 CS.

Billed as the “quickest and most powerful production BMW car ever,” the M5 CS features a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to produce 627 hp (468 kW / 636 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.

The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the M5 Competition. If you keep your foot planted on the accelerator, the car will eventually hit a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h).

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Sticking with the performance theme, the M5 CS features an Active M Differential and a selectable all-wheel drive system just like the standard M5. The latter has 4WD and 4WD Sport modes as well as a 2WD mode for tire smoking antics.

Since the CS is based on the M5 Competition, it features stiffer engine mounts, firmer springs, a beefier anti-roll bar and a lower ride height than the standard M5. However, engineers didn’t stop there as they made further changes to the springs and Dynamic Damper Control system to take advantage of the CS’ lower weight and available Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Speaking of the weight reduction, the M5 CS has been equipped with a number of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic components including the hood, roof, front splitter, mirror caps, diffuser and rear spoiler. The company didn’t stop there as they also removed some of the sounding proofing for additional weight savings.  Thanks to these and other changes, the model weighs 230 lbs (104 kg) less than the M5 Competition.

On the styling, the car is distinguished by a gold bronze grille surround and matching 20-inch wheels. The latter are backed up by a carbon ceramic braking system which features red or gold calipers.

The car has also been equipped with a ventilated hood, shadowline trim and racing-inspired LED headlights with yellow illumination. Unfortunately, there’s a limited color palette that includes standard Brands Hatch grey metallic as well as Frozen Brands Hatch grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

Moving into the cabin, buyers will find power, heated carbon fiber front seats with illuminated M5 logos. They’re wrapped in black Merino leather and feature Mugello red accents, red contrast stitching and headrests with an imprinted map of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The changes don’t stop there as the model has two individual rear seats and an M Alcantara steering wheel with carbon fiber paddle shifters. Other highlights include a minimalist center console, an Alcantara headliner and M seat belts with tri-color stitching. Elsewhere, designers added special floor mats and illuminated “M5 CS” door sill plates.

The car also comes equipped with two 12.3-inch displays, a four-zone automatic climate control system and aluminum dark carbon structure trim. Other niceties include an ambient lighting system, a wireless smartphone charger and a Harman Kardon audio system.

The M5 CS will only be available for one model year and U.S. pricing starts at $142,000 before a $995 destination charge.  Across the Atlantic, Germans will have to shell out €180,400 when it arrives this spring.

 

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Despite its legendary status, despite everyone knowing the 2JZ engine code, despite great reviews in era, the Mk4 Supra was a sales stunner only in its stunning lack of sales.

And it was followed by the Lexus LFA. Both were well-loved, highly overengineered, cars that Toyota dumped money into and got little to nothing back for. So is it really surprising that the automaker is a little gun shy now?

Also Read: Patent Filings Reveal Upcoming Toyota GR 86 Front Bumper

Jason Cammisa, in his latest video for Hagerty, argues that Toyota’s decision to turn to BMW for its latest Supra is both understandable and a pretty good idea. Reasoning that the deal led to the creation not just of the new Supra but the new Z4, too, he argues that we’re all better off with it, even if the M2 CS is a better car.

The good news is that the Supra is, in many ways, a more dynamic car than the Z4. Despite BMW’s best efforts, Toyota’s tuning team was just better at getting the most out of the chassis.

And that’s because BMW is actually much better at making sporty sedans and coupes than it is at making all-out sports cars. With the exception of the M1, Cammisa argues that the BMW’s Z cars are better on spec sheets than they are in real life.

Despite the joys of the new Supra, though, the the M2 can actually be considered as a much better spiritual successor to the Mk4 Supra. It has twin-turbo inline-six, comes with a manual, rear seats, and is a real driver’s car.

Hard to argue with that.

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