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In August, Porsche announced the facelifted Panamera Turbo was the fastest “executive car” as it lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:29.81.

That record has now fallen as the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ is the “fastest luxury class vehicle on the Nordschleife.”

According to Mercedes, the record was beaten by development engineer Demian Schaffert who posted “officially measured and notary-certified” times of 7:23.009 and 7:27.800 minutes. Both those are faster than the Panamera Turbo and it means the GT 63 S 4MATIC+ has “regained the crown in this class after only three months.”

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Mercedes went on to say the car was “completely standard,” but well equipped for the task as it has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 630 hp (470 kW / 639 PS) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. Backed up by a nine-speed gearbox and a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system, the car can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds before hitting a top speed 196 mph (315 km/h).

Besides the almighty engine, the record breaking car was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires and an aerodynamics package. Both are optional on the GT 63 S 4MATIC+ and they help the model to achieve its full performance potential.

Following the record breaking lap, Schaffert said “Even though I’ve been accompanying our GT 63 through its development for several years now, it’s always impressive to see the wide spread we have been able to achieve with this exclusive vehicle.” He added the model has a dual personality as it’s comfortable and equipped with intelligent safety features, but also offers “extremely high level of driving dynamics and precision.”

While most automakers only give one lap time, Mercedes noted prior to 2019 lap times were based on a distance of 12.8 miles (20.6 km). However, an official lap was established last year and it’s 761.2 feet (232 meters) longer at 12.9 miles (20.832 km). By providing both times, you can see how the GT 63 S 4MATIC+ stacks up to modern competitors as well as those from the past.

 

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Rezvani has taken the wraps off their new Hercules 6×6, which is being billed as the “god of all trucks.”

Apparently based on the Jeep Gladiator, the model follows in the footsteps of the Rezvani Tank but adopts an 8 foot (2,438 mm) bed and four rear wheels.

The truck has also been equipped with a roof-mounted LED light bar, a unique rear end, and sculptured metal sport bars which are available in a variety of finishes including the bronze seen here. Other highlights include customizable wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch off-road tires.

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While the exterior is pretty interesting, the cabin is little more than a dressed up Jeep. That being said, the Hercules 6×6 features an aftermarket Alpine infotainment system with a 9-inch display as well as Apple CarPlay compatibility. Customers can also order a Napa Leather package that includes premium leather seats and a suede headliner.

Under the hood, there’s a variety of engine options including familiar a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 which pumps out 260 hp (194 kW) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.

Fans seeking something more exotic can opt for a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). If that’s not enough, the company will offer a “highly upgraded” version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that powered the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

According to Rezvani, the engine is bored out to displace 7.0 liters and then equipped with new pistons, a camshaft and a forged stroker crank. Thanks to these changes, the supercharged V8 will reportedly produce more than 1,300 hp (969 kW / 1,318 PS) and 989 lb-ft (1,341 Nm) of torque.

The first three engines will be offered with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. However, the supercharged 7.0-liter V8 is only available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox sourced from the Ram 1500 TRX.

Regardless of which powertrain is selected, all come with an on-demand six-wheel-drive system. It enables owners to switch between 6×2, 6×4 and 6×6 drive.

Speaking of performance, the Hercules 6×6 has been outfitted with a Fox racing suspension and Dana 60 axles which feature air lockers.

If the standard model isn’t interesting enough, there’s a Military Edition which features Kevlar armor, bulletproof glass, run flat tires, a self-sealing fuel tank, underbody blast protection and electro-magnetic pulse protection. The model also sports “ram bumpers,” a reinforced suspension, electrified door handles and a smoke screen system.

Other highlights include a thermal night vision system, an intercom, gas masks and “blinding” lights to hamper the visibility of would-be attackers. To cap things off, the Military Edition also includes hypothermia and first aid kits.

Pricing starts at $225,000 and climbs to $325,000 for the Military Edition. However, the options are outrageous as the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 costs $40,000 while the supercharged 7.0-liter V8 retails for $249,000 – that’s on top of the prices listed above, so the latter, costs from $474,000! In case you want to pretend spending your money on a Hercules 6×6, Rezvani has even made a configurator where you can go and customize it.

 

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Audi’s Q4 e-tron duo of electric crossovers has been spotted once again, and this latest sighting offers us a look at the cabin for the first time.

The Q4 e-tron crossover and its Sportback crossover coupe sibling were spotted undergoing testing in Germany covered with the same amount of camouflage as before. Mind you, the full-body wraps cannot hide the fact the production models will look quite similar to the 2019 Q4 e-tron Concept and 2020 Q4 Sportback e-tron Sportback Concept.

Moving on to the interior, there’s a lot of camouflage inside these prototypes too, but the photos do shed light on the digital instrument cluster, big central screen, and the steering wheel that looks borrowed from the bigger Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback.

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Mind you, one prototype features a different steering wheel that looks identical with the one from the Q4 e-tron concepts. Other similarities to the concepts include the shape of the center console and the driver-oriented center screen.

The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback are underpinned by the same MEB platform as the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. This means we can expect three batteries and five outputs. Base variants are expected to be RWD and feature a single 109 kW (146 HP / 148 PS) rear motor attached to a 55 kWh battery.

When Audi revealed the Q4 e-tron Concept, it mentioned an 82 kWh battery powering two electric motors producing a combined 302 HP (225 kW / 306 PS). This powertrain is expected to equip the range-topping models offering a maximum driving range of around 450 km (279 miles) WLTP.

The Q4 e-tron is expected to launch in early 2021, with the Q4 e-tron Sportback likely arriving later in the year. Both models will be built alongside the VW ID.4 at the Zwickau plant in Germany.

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