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With almost 29,000 units shipped last year in Europe, according to CarSalesBase, the Dacia Lodgy hasn’t been that popular, which is why the Romanian automaker has reportedly decided to pull the plug on it.

Discontinuing the minivan won’t leave a gap in the company’s lineup, though, as they are allegedly to replace it with a seven-seater SUV.

According to Largus’ sources, the RJI (internal codename) will be based on the CMF-B platform that’s shared with the new-gen Logan and Sandero, as well as the latest Renault Clio, Captur and Nissan Juke. In order to accommodate the two extra seats, it will reportedly have a longer wheelbase as well as a longer rear overhang.

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Power is expected to be supplied by the regular 1.0-liter TCe petrol engine, with 100 and 120 HP, and the 1.3-liter TCe, rated at 140 and 160 HP, with the latter possibly featuring a 12V mild-hybrid system. An LPG version of the smaller unit is understood to launch too, alongside the 1.6-liter E-Tech self-charging hybrid powertrain from the Clio, where it puts out 140 HP.

Safety gear such as the automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and hill-start assist, alongside an electric parking brake, should be available.

While the Lodgy is assembled in Morocco for the European market, the new yet-to-be-named SUV, which will slot above the popular Duster, is said to be put together at Dacia’s plant in Pitesti, Romania. This should give the brand extra points with the unions, which are currently angry with Renault for making Europe’s cheapest EV, the Dacia Spring, in China.

The model will supposedly premiere at the end of next summer and enter production in October, while deliveries should begin in late 2021 or early 2022.

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Performance SUVs have come a long way in recent years and as it stands, the BMW X4 M Competition, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, and Jaguar F-Pace SVR are among the finest currently available – but which is the fastest?

On paper, it is the F-Pace SVR that has the upper hand over its rivals. Slotted beneath the brash and brutish bodywork is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pumping out a very impressive 550 hp and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. Coupled to this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

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The BMW X4 M Competition may seem somewhat underpowered by comparison as its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder is capped at 503 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque. It too features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 matches the X4 M for horsepower, but eclipses both the BMW and Jaguar with 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque.

In the first of the drag races held, it was the Mercedes that performed the best, sprinting to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.59 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 11.71 seconds at 188.92 km/h. The BMW followed closely behind with a 0-100 km/h time of 3.87 seconds and a quarter-mile of 11.82 seconds at 191.94 km/h, while the Jaguar trailed well behind with a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.68 seconds and a 12.58-second quarter-mile.

Were the results the same in the rest of the races? Watch and find out.

 

The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is officially the fastest production vehicle around the Nurburgring after posting a very impressive 6:43.616 around the historic 12,94-mile track.

Mercedes-AMG has released a behind the scenes video, where topics like tires, suspension setup, and aerodynamic settings are discussed before the team went for the lap record attempt.

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According to AMG, the perfect suspension setup for them to beat the production lap record around the Nurburgring had the front coilovers lowered by 0.2 inches and the rear ones by 0.1 inches, the adjustable anti-roll bars set in their hardest setting plus 3.8 degrees of negative camber at the front and 3 degrees at the rear.

In addition, GT3 driver Maro Engel adjusted the nine-stage traction control system between positions six and seven depending on the section of the track while the tires were the standard (and bespoke) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R with the softest compound.

As discussed on the video linked below, the tires feature the shape of the AMG GT Black Series on their sides and come with a softer compound designed to work better in colder environments, like the Nurburgring. However, the company will also offer the same tires with a harder compound to Black Series owners living in warmer countries.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is powered by an extensively modified twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which features dry-sump lubrication, new camshafts, exhaust manifolds, bigger turbos and an altered firing order. The V8 delivers 720 HP (730 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque and is paired to a reinforced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.