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If we had well over $300,000 to get a new car, we wouldn’t blow ‘em all on an SUV. Nonetheless, if you want to do just that, there are several to choose from, including Mansory’s tuned Audi RS Q8.

Presented last month, it certainly has the grunt to match its looks, with the twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 pumping out 769 hp and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Nm) of torque.

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Thanks to some aftermarket parts such as a high-performance exhaust and tuned ECU, it’s way more powerful than the stock model, which has 591 HP and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm). The extra oomph lets it go from rest to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds, 0.5 seconds quicker than the regular RS Q8, and hit a 198 mph (320 km/h) top speed, up from 190 mph (305 km/h).

Mansory’s modified RS Q8 also features several carbon fiber components on the outside, such as the piece around the grille and the spliter, and boasts fender flares, more aggressive looking side skirts and a set of 24-inch wheels. The super SUV is finished in black and has a few red accents.

Advertised on Mobile, it has an asking price of €288,888, including tax, or $350,122 at current exchange rates – a pretty hefty premium over the stock RS Q8 which starts at €126,235.29 ($152,992) in Germany.

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Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the track-focused Lamborghini Huracan STO, the carmaker has teamed up with Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis to launch a limited-edition timepiece inspired by the hardcore supercar.

Dubbed the Excalibur Spider Huracan STO, the timepiece has been displayed with the same Blue Laufey and California Orange color combination as the Huracan STO show car.

The Excalibur Spider Huracan STO features a 45 mm skeletonized carbon case with rubber inlays topped with a titanium bezel and metallicized sapphire crystal, while the strap has perforated calfskin leather and a rubber interior liner.

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The Excalibur is powered by an automatic RD630 caliber that provides a power reserve of up to 60 hours. The movement combines a 12-degree angled balance wheel with a 360-degre oscillating weight inspired by the wheels of the Huracan STO.

Interestingly, whereas Lamborghini hasn’t committed to capping production of the Huracan STO, Roger Dubuis has confirmed that just 88 examples of the Excalibur Spider Huracan STO will be produced, with a retail price $56,500. That’s an eye-watering figure, especially when you consider the car itself starts from $327,838 in the United States – but then again, Roger Dubuis’ watches have always been luxury items and priced accordingly.

As for the supercar that inspired the timepiece, the STO is the most hardcore variant of the Huracan and is powered by a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 churning out 631 hp and 417 lb-ft (565 Nm) of torque. Unlike most other variants, the STO is rear-wheel drive and is 43 kg (95 lbs) lighter than the Performante.

 

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Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess expects to see fully self-driving cars on public roads anywhere between 2025 and 2030.

According to Reuters, Diess recently told Wirtschaftswoche that improvements in computer chips and advancements in the area of artificial intelligence are speeding up the development of autonomous driving technologies.

“It is foreseeable that the systems will soon be able to master even the complex situations of autonomous driving,” he stated.

Read Also: VW Group Investing 73 Billion Euros In Future Tech Such As E-Mobility And Digitalization

Diess took over VW in 2015, arriving from BMW in the wake of the former’s diesel scandal. VW will be investing a massive 73 billion euros ($87 billion) into future electric and connected technologies.

This investment also includes building up the group’s new Car.Software organization, whose goal is to create a proprietary software stack, which then Audi’s Artemis project will embed into advanced, self-driving vehicles.

According to Diess, VW is now a global leader in terms of its electric platforms and broad range of EVs, and in the coming years it will aim to reach “a leading position in car software in order to meet people’s needs for individual, sustainable and fully connected mobility in the future. To that end, we have doubled our digitalization spend.”

Within the next 10 years, VW believes it will produce some 26 million fully electric vehicles for Europe, China and the United States, 19 million of which will be based on the MEB architecture, and the other 7 million on the high-performance PPE platform.