The Friday Five:The Electric Bus, Slow Ride, Speedy Continental Edition

Liz Kim | Mar 26, 2021

This week, we shared details about the Jeep Magneto electric Wrangler, changes to the 2022 GMC Terrain, specs for the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, and particulars of the 2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition.

Subaru teased its new 2022 Outback Wilderness, we explained what over-the-air updates are for cars, and we told you all about Jeep Selec-Speed Control technology. Also, don’t miss our complete guide to installing an electric car charging station at your home.

If you’re shopping for a compact car, be sure to check out our 2021 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Mazda 3 comparison. And if a small luxury SUV is what you seek, see what we think of the new 2022 Infiniti QX55. We’ve also test-driven the 2021 GMC Sierra AT4 with the Duramax diesel.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Electric Volkswagen Bus Coming in 2023 - Find the best Volkswagen deals!

Adults will grin. Children will shriek in delight as they punch their siblings upon a sighting. And Volkswagen might just have the right recipe for convincing people to go electric.

Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept Driving Near Ocean

That’s right. It’s official. The beloved VW bus is back. The ID.Buzz, the spiritual successor to the legendary Microbus, will make its American debut in 2023 as a 2024 model-year electric vehicle

In Europe, the ID.Buzz will debut next year in passenger and cargo formats, with a long or short wheelbase and equipped with advanced autonomous driving capabilities. Stateside, we’ll see a long-wheelbase passenger van, with horsepower ratings ranging from 200 to 300 horsepower depending on which battery pack and electric motor layout you choose.

Surfboards and bongs are sold separately. And not by VW dealers.

Lexus Electric Concept Shows Path to the Future - Find the best Lexus deals!

Lexus is teasing what its future may hold, and it takes the form of an electric concept vehicle that will provide the roadmap to the automaker’s place in the next era of mobility. 

According to the pictures, this as-yet-unnamed electric vehicle appears to be a crossover SUV with a sleek, sportback shape. It jauntily wears a doubled-down version of its sharply angled L lighting signature.

Lexus will release more information on Tuesday evening, March 30. We’ll be sure to get you all the updated information after its full debut.

Dodge Uses Foghat Method to Discourage Theft - Find the best Dodge deals!

If you’re thinking of stealing a newer, V8-powered Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger, forget about it. 

Stellantis just announced a new security feature for its 2015-2021 Dodge Charger and Challenger models with the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engines and those equipped with the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine. The feature will limit the engine to idle speeds, giving them no more than 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque. 

No, the stereo won’t play “Slow Ride” by Foghat when the power restriction is active, but that sure would be funny.

A dealer-installed software update will require owners to input a four-digit authentication code to release their Dodge’s full potential. That’s a bit of an extra hassle, but maybe your insurance company will agree to a lower rate if you use this new anti-theft modification.

Look for it later this spring, and please don’t forget the code.

Porsche Makes Taycan More Appealing - Find the best Porsche deals!

Another software update story makes a fast car even faster. Just take your 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S into the dealer for a free software update that enhances slip control and adjusts transmission shift points for a 0.2-second decrease in zero-to-124 mph acceleration. The new figure is now 9.6 seconds. And hey, what could be more beneficial than getting to 124 mph a fraction of a second faster?

Other enhancements are likely more practical for Taycan owners. They include improved Apple integration with the infotainment system, updates to the car’s charging system, and revisions for the adaptive suspension.

In other news, Porsche expands Porsche Drive, its app-based, single- or multi-vehicle subscription program. Now available in nine cities, the service costs between $2,000 and $3,000 per month. It includes the car payment, insurance, and maintenance.

If you’ve chosen the multi-vehicle car subscription program, Porsche Drive allows you to swap out your Taycan (or other Porsche model) for other Porsches in the same price category. 

Bentley Builds Fastest Continental GT Speed Ever - Find the best Bentley deals!

Just in case you don’t want to mess around with electrons and software updates in preference of raw, unadulterated muscle, Bentley has announced the 2022 Continental GT Speed, the fastest-ever version of the coupe. 

With an increase of 24 horsepower for a total of 650, the 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, gas-swilling 12-cylinder engine will zoom from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds – a 0.1-second improvement over the 2021 version. No word on how long it takes to get to 124 mph.

That improved acceleration might not seem like a big deal. Know, though, that the GT Speed also gets handling enhancements, including four-wheel steering, adjustments to the all-wheel-drive system’s torque split to add more of a thrill to the driving experience, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Appearance-wise, you can tell if a Continental GT has the Speed upgrade by its 20% increase in price over a regular Conti. It also gets a darkened grille, side sill trim, and Speed badges. Dealerships are taking orders now and will deliver the car later this year.

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