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While everyone was busy checking out the stunning GT Black Series, the folks at SportAuto put the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro through its paces at the track.

With Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel, the German supercar was set loose at the Hockenheim GP to put in a hot lap. However, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill GT R Pro, but one extensively modified by TIKT.

Also Read: It’s Official, Mercedes Confirms AMG GT R Is Dead For 2021

In addition to the carbon fiber body kit, complete with a new hood, front splitter, canards and rear wing, and additional vents, it features enhanced steering and brake cooling. The new 10×19-inch front and 12×20-inch rear wheels are lighter than the stock parts, and the GT3 bucket seats help secure the driver and passenger. Moreover, the tuner has bumped the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8’s output from 577 HP (585 PS / 430 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque to 759 HP (770 PS / 566 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm).

As a result, it lapped the German track in just 1:45.10, almost three seconds faster than the stock model. According to FastestLaps, it managed to beat the McLaren 720S (1:45.50), Ferrari 488 Pista (1:45.90) and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (1:47.30). As impressive as it may sound, it was slower than the GT Black Series, which posted a time of 1:43.30 with the same driver at the helm. As for the undisputed king of unofficial lap times at the Hockenheim GP, this is still the McLaren Senna, with 1:40.79.

 


The United Kingdom wants to phase out internal combustion engines, so it’s a bit perplexing that the government is making it more expensive to go electric.

In a surprise move, the Department for Transport announced the grant scheme for electric vehicles has been updated to “target less expensive models and reflect a greater range of affordable vehicles.”

While that doesn’t sound too bad, the government cut the grant by £500 ($696 / €584) to £2,500 ($3,482 / €2,921). Furthermore, the grant is now limited to EVs that cost less than £35,000 ($48,746 / €40,916).

Also Read: UK To Ban Sales Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars In 2030

Thanks to the price cap, a number of popular electric vehicles are no longer eligible for government incentives. This includes the Audi E-Tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 – just to name a few.

This has upset a number of people, but the government contends the change will allow funding to last longer and be available to more people. They also noted the price cap means taxpayers will no longer have to subsidize wealthy car buyers who can afford to go electric without government incentives.

The Department for Transport went on to say “the number of electric car models priced under £35,000 ($48,746 / €40,916) has increased by almost 50% since 2019 and more than half the models currently on the market will still be eligible for the grant, including spacious family cars, such as the Hyundai Kona 39kWh and the MG ZS EV.”

The changes have been slammed by automakers and industry groups, including Ford of Britain chairman Graham Hoare who described the moves as “disappointing and … not conducive to supporting the zero emissions future we all desire.”

His sentiments were echoed by Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), who said the decision is the “wrong move at the wrong time.” He added, “This sends the wrong message to the consumer, especially private customers, and to an industry challenged to meet the Government’s ambition to be a world leader in the transition to zero emission mobility.”

After years of broken promises, Jeep finally introduced the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer last week.

However, the models feel a bit soulless as they eschew the classic design cues that made the originals so iconic. If you’re inclined to agree, you might want to check out this 1979 Wagoneer on eBay.

The listing is light on specifics, but the model is a restomod that appears in relatively original condition. That being said, it has been given a two-tone paint job recently and equipped with retro-styled wheels wrapped in new Toyo Open Country all-terrain tires.

Also Read: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer Return From The Dead To Battle The Tahoe And Escalade  

While the exterior looks pretty good at first glance, there are some issues such as pits on the windshield and trim that could use a little love. On the bright side, the Wagoneer appears largely devoid of rust.

The so-so job continues in the cabin as the poorly wrapped dashboard is an eyesore and something bound to drive perfectionists crazy. Thankfully the reupholstered seats turned out much better.

The cabin also sports air conditioning and original gauges. We can also see what appears to be the original radio, but the listing notes the vehicle is equipped with a “hidden stereo with subwoofer” so it’s likely just for show.

Under the hood, the old AMC engine has been replaced by a GM-sourced 5.3-liter V8. There’s no word on specifications, but it’s connected to an automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.

That brings us to the final downside as the seller is asking $54,999 (£39,478 / €46,161) or best offer. That’s almost as much as the new Wagoneer and you can get a used Grand Wagoneer for less.

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