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The News for November 6th, 2020

Welcome to another completely boring and uneventful season of the hit show “2020”. Despite it being a real snooze fest that kept us all wishing for just anything interesting to happen, some automakers dropped a few bombshells on us that are worth talking about. So welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week: Volkswagen debuts the new Golf R, Subaru gives first official teaser for the new BRZ and it’s coming soon, Porsche is caught testing a Taycan wagon, Bentley commits to 100% EV power by the end of the decade, and your automotive news for the week.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R

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Volkswagen’s performance halo gets another iteration on the new eighth-generation Golf platform. As is expected of every new sports car, the 2022 Golf R will be the fastest and most powerful one they’ve made yet. It also gets some new tech to back it up. Here’s the rundown…

Volkswagen has given the Golf R their most powerful EA888 powerplant yet. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder now produces 315 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a substantial increase over the previous generation’s 288 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. That peak torque is available over a very broad rev range which will make sure there’s a steady flow of power in any gear. Some new tricks include a fully electric coolant regulator unit for excellent thermal management and a short warm-up phase. It also has variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust cams for more control over achieving optimum performance, efficiency, and emissions.

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The standard gearbox in North America is a six-speed manual while the super-quick seven-speed DSG is an option. From there, power goes to all four wheels through a new 4Motion system. It features a newly developed rear differential which can now distribute power between the left and right rear wheels (up to 100% of it) in addition to the system’s ability to shift power loads between the front and rear axles. VW says the benefits are a tighter cornering radius, less understeer, and greater agility compared to its predecessor. This 4Motion system helps achieve a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds.

Its suspension has been improved as well with a strut-type front and multilink rear suspension with slightly stiffer spring rates and roll bars. The front wheels have more negative camber on the factory alignment and the front subframe is now made of aluminum for a 6.6 pound weight reduction. Braking is also improved with front brake discs that are now 14.1 inches in diameter, up from 13.4 inches in the last car. There are two pistons clamping down on them and the discs themselves are now aluminum for a 60% weight reduction.

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Additionally, there’s a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager on board to monitor the car’s performance and apply corrective action if needed. This controls the 4Motion system, dampers, traction and stability control, and that new diff. Among the usual driving modes you’ve come to expect, the new Golf R also has a “Special” and Drift Mode. Yup, the Golf R has a drift mode now. As for that Special mode, that calibrates the car with a setup made specifically for the Nürburgring. Compared to normal Race mode, this mode has softer dampers, a different automatic shift profile under braking (if applicable), and AWD controls optimized for corners on the north course. Meanwhile, Drift mode is sure to create some funny YouTube compilations in the near future.

The 2022 VW Golf R will launch in the later half of 2021 here in the US and Canada. Europe may get it a little early. No pricing yet either but that’ll come out later.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Subaru teases new BRZ – coming soon


As has long been reported, the enthusiast special that is the Subaru BRZ is in fact getting a new generation. It’s been leaked, rendered, and even caught under wraps in testing, but now it’s just gotten a little more official. On Subaru’s website is a future vehicles page which now shows definitive proof of a new BRZ that is just weeks away from seeing the light of day. November 18th is the special date and you can bet we’ll be on that.

[Source: Jalopnik]

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo caught testing

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In cars meant for rich people but are still kinda cool news, Porsche has been caught testing the Taycan again, but this one’s a bit different. It seems that the old Mission E (which became the Taycan) Cross Turismo concept is getting a shot at life. This was an off road-oriented wagon that was shown two years ago. As the Mission E evolved into the Taycan, it seems Porsche found a place for such a car to be brought into production. Almost.

Spy photographers at Motor Authority seem to have caught one of these mythical creatures testing in public with very little camouflage. While this one certainly doesn’t seem like it’ll be factory-built Safari car like the concept, it’s at least confirmation of some sort that a Taycan wagon is coming. From there, it’ll be wheels, tires, and a lift kit away from that concept brought to life.

But off roader or not, the Taycan Cross Turismo (or perhaps Sport Turismo) is already shaping up to be a stunning example of automotive design which I’m sure will be bought by countless dozens. If you want to salivate over a car that few of us will ever see, head on over to Motor Authority for the full gallery.

[Source: Motor Authority]

Bentley commits to all electric lineup by 2030


In more cars meant for rich people but are still kinda relevant news, Bentley has committed to having a fully electrified lineup by 2030. For the rest of the decade, Bentley’s lineup will begin to transition to plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric only. By the end of the decade though, it’ll be all battery electric and the company hopes to be carbon neutral end to end.

While Bentley themselves will be carbon neutral by then if all goes to plan, the real question is whether their customers will. An EV can only go so far in saving the world when it wears the hides of 20 cows and is used to ferry people between their private jets. Here’s hoping Bentley takes hints from other manufacturers like Polestar and Toyota by adopting recycling for new car materials and investing in cleaner battery production. They have the rest of this shit storm of a decade to make it happen. As for their buyers… who knows. Maybe by then those people will realize that liking an Elon Musk tweet doesn’t mean shit for climate action.

[Source: Bentley]

What’s your automotive news?


That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

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29 responses to “The News for November 6th, 2020”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    Some interesting stuff on the Golf R, I presume “fully electric coolant regulator unit” means electronically-controlled thermostat, which makes a lot of sense and it’s almost surprising it hasn’t already been done (?). I’d be surprised if they haven’t already had independently variable cam timing, and aluminium brake rotors sound like a recipe for really frequent replacement.

    Looking forward to finding out details of the new BRZ, and on a slightly Taycan wagon-related note, I saw a parked Panamera one yesterday, didn’t spot if it was a 4S or GTS though.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      How long until you see threads on the VW forums (are those still a thing?) asking when the backordered CRU’s will be in stock?

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        When you see the threads, you are overdue for new tires.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    I only allow sports cars to park on my lawn, so you kids take your four-door hatchback econobox back to the sandlot where you belong. I know the formula invented by the muscle-car era was one part family car and one part high performance components but you know what? Muscle cars were shitty sports cars. So now the formula is family car with bone-jarring suspension, twitchy steering and a heaping helping of stupid. You can’t serve two masters, Volkswagen. Either make a freaking sportscar already or stick with making baby carriages for newlyweds.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    A friend of a friend is “thinking about” getting rid of a ’64 Scout that he’s had parked in his garage for the last several years, which means I may soon have to face the question of whether I need an additional Corn Binder just now. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet. Any pointers on what to check? Other than rust, that is; I’m already familiar with IH rust.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      That’ll be a Scout 80 and thus only came with the 152 cu. in. 4 cylinder engine. When I had Scout 80s the Holley 1904 carburetor could be tricky to rebuild, I’m not sure if there’s more availability these days. (Look to see if it has the nifty glass float bowl, though!) I think people were slapping Weber carbs on the 152s and 196s.
      I could never get my clutch hydraulics to work right until I filled the system with Girling fluid.
      Is it a 4WD or a 2WD?
      The T-13 (2WD) or T-14 (4WD) transmissions (a.k.a. Borg-Warner T-90 but with all the helical gears cut the other way) were fond of slipping out of second gear, and the speedo drive on the 2WD version is unobtanium.
      A 2WD with 4-lug hubs will need a whole new setup. The brakes on that variety sucked and were abandoned by IH early on, and the rear differential went out of production pretty quickly, too.
      Left-hand threads on the left side lugs.
      Pertronix makes an upgraded ignition system for those.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Significant design shortcomings and unavailable parts. So far I like what I’m hearing…

        1. Batshitbox Avatar

          Only in the early production 2WD versions, though! The 1964 might be considerably less interesting to own, especially if it’s a 4WD. Those just start up and drive around and steer and stop and start and shine all the lights on command. Bo-Ring!

          The Scout 80 will have a fold-down windshield, which may never fold back up again.
          If you’re really lucky, that windshield will have vacuum powered wipers on it, which sound like Darth Vader and only work when you downshift.
          At this point it’s advisable to bungee the doors shut just on speculation.
          A short cab top is a valuable object, and should be sold for funds to buy other parts.
          Sliding glass windows are the best. After you fold down the windshield and can’t get it back up all the way, and thus have no need or option to put the top back on again and have sold it, removing the sliding glass windows is a hell of a lot easier.
          All the bolts should be fine-series thread, unless they’ve stripped and someone has rammed a coarse series tap through there, as the engineers intended.
          There’s no fuse box. All the fuses are in-line, and sometimes piggy-backed on the switches. Good news is there should be less than 20 wires in the whole truck.

          I will, of course, defer to anything Scoutdude has to say.

        2. Scoutdude Avatar

          Well I’m a Scout II person and have no first hand experience with the 80/800’s so I don’t have much to add to what Batshitbox said.

          Yes there are people who run the Weber carb on the IH 4cyls and there are adapters out there.

          Of course you need it.

        3. Vairship Avatar

          Just remember: unlike a Zap Xebra, IH 80s go in the recycling bin, not the trash can.

        4. Lokki Avatar

          If you listen, you can hear the rust too… the rot heard round the world… or if you prefer, heard “Internationally”. Seriously, as much as I loved the concept of a brutally-basic farm-grade 4WD American Land Rover I could never understand how a company that built farm equipment could build something as susceptible to the tin worm as a Scout.

          Edit: But don’t let me discourage you….

  4. crank_case Avatar

    Golf R pricing in Irelands rumoured to be €62k before options, which is mental. Cars here are stupid expensive thanks to punitive CO2 taxes, but for context the last gen was between 45-54k at various points in its life, so do’t be surprised if you see a price jump.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      For now, we only have pricing on the Golf GTI, and it is “only” 45k€. Still wacky times in the currency market, but how on earth do you guys reach those stratospheric price levels…? Feeling with you.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        Small market, taxes that don’t scale up in a linear fashion.

  5. danleym Avatar

    The engine for the Spirit is off to the builder!

    Im gonna stick with the AMC 258, planning on high compression (for this engine, at least), overbored, lumpy cam, ported 4.0 head. I’m real excited- never had an engine built before. When I first started down this road I was planning on building most of the engine myself, but as I’ve spent a ton of time on other parts of the build, and I have a ton of time left to spend, I’ve decided to just let the builder do the assembly, too.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    Due to my eternal troubles with OBD readers, a very friendly guy from the local EV forum came over and helped me with the Leaf. The diagnosis Nissan wants 270$ for cost me a glass of home-made jam now and ended on the expected and dreaded “P3173 00C0 EV/HEV On Board charger Sys EVC-236”. I will have to sit down and thoroughly check my options here. One of my kids is in associated quarantine so maybe more time at home will free up some mental space.

    One funny thing the Leafspy-app revealed is that the car has only seen 14 quick charges in 8 years and 82000 kms, which can be about right. But it also “says” it has seen a tad more than 5000 slow charges…which would be a daily charge over 13 years or 1.7 charges per day in the 8 years the car has existed. I’m baffled.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Maybe it counts going down your steep driveway as ‘charging at home’?

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      Charge it at home, charge it at the office, go to lunch and continue charging in the afternoon some days?

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        The thing is, the slow charger is defunct for now. And quick charging has significant drawbacks: Pricewise, it’s equal to the inapologetic fuel consumption of the glorious Centennial, and battery wear accelerates a lot this way, too.

  7. Smaglik Avatar

    Golf R looks very intriguing…will have to keep an eye on that.

    Put the winter tires on the wagon this week, and not too soon. We’re forecast to get a reasonable amount of the white stuff over the weekend, and not a moment too soon. We’ve have really one day with more than a trace of rain in the last 6 months, and have avoided a massive fire in our area, so we should be good for at least another 6 months now…

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    What’s that? I asked myself, It looks like Wolseley got ahold of a Studebaker Hawk and did something British to it.
    As it turns out it was just the fish-eye lens making a Wolseley 1500 look good.
    But in searching for the license plate number I found the Mitsubishi Colt Cabriolet, which looks like at least a weeks worth of fun.

    Beer-goggles version of the Wolseley (no politics, that’s a village in Ireland that needs an excuse to drink and has some distant Biden cousins in it.)

    Harsh realty

    Ever park your car and then forget that you owned a car? I found it. Call Eddy.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Oh, my. When I was 12 the big insult was, “If I had your looks I’d shave my ass and learn to walk backwards.”

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I never knew the Colt convertible was a thing. It looks horrible enough, you could pretend it’s French and just act as if it was cool anyway.

  9. P161911 Avatar

    After 3 weeks of waiting on parts and one week in the shop I finally got the Jetta back. This is a 2014 TDI that I got a deal on last year after it was “fixed”. The Diesel Particulate Filter went bad, basically the Diesel catalytic converter. A $1400 part and 8+ hours of labor. Basically all the “fixed” TDIs are going to have this replaced under warranty. More $$$ for VW. After warranty a delete pipe goes in.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Since I’m in a mean a pessimistic mood today, I am going to suggest that the Particulate Filter and Catalytic converter were spec’d based on the “pre-fix” needs of then engine and perhaps are not up to the “post-fix” task. Question though: on cars, as I understand it catalytic converters are part of the emissions system and must last 8 years or 80,000 miles. Where did you fall there? Even if I were over 80,000 miles I would fire off a missile to VW of America and see what happens.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        I was at 62k miles. The “fixed” cars get a ridiculously long engine/emissions warranty (12 years/120k miles from original in service date or 4 years/48k miles from fix, whicheveris longer). VW took car of it 100% under warranty. I had to wait 3 weeks on parts. Then it took them a week to get it fixed, but I got a loaner new 2020 Jetta for that week.

        1. Lokki Avatar

          If it was fixed under warranty where does the $1400 and 8 hours of labor complaint come in?

        2. Lokki Avatar

          If it was fixed under warranty where does the $1400 and 8 hours of labor complaint come in?

          1. P161911 Avatar

            It wasn’t a complaint it is just extra money that VW is having to spend on these cars even after they are “fixed”. They have a significant liability on their books for a few more years. Probably 95% of the fixed cars will get a new DPF under warranty.