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Hongqi L-Concept - 2021 Shanghai auto show

This week’s Auto Shanghai 2021 was the first major auto show to be held since the pandemic hit, and it didn’t disappoint. But it wasn’t the established automakers that stormed the show. Rather, it was China’s domestic brands which put their mark on their home show for the first time.

Case in point was a new hypercar from luxury brand Hongqi. The hypercar is called the S9, and it features a V-8-based plug-in hybrid powertrain good for 1,400 hp. Just 99 examples are expected to be built.

Hongqi L-Concept – 2021 Shanghai auto show

Hongqi also used the Shanghai auto show to present a flagship concept. Called the Hongqi L-Concept, the show car is a striking sedan with a fastback profile, suicide-style doors, and we’re told even hanging mood lighting with crystal elements.

2021 Zeekr 001 - 2021 Shanghai auto show

2021 Zeekr 001 – 2021 Shanghai auto show

Zeekr (Ji Ke in China), Geely’s new brand designed to target Tesla with sporty cars packed with the latest in vehicle technology, showed its first product. That first product was a handsome hot hatch with over 500 hp on tap.

2022 Xpeng P5 - 2021 Shanghai auto show

2022 Xpeng P5 – 2021 Shanghai auto show

Xpeng presented the P5 in Shanghai, a small electric sedan with world-first self-driving technology. The P5 is the first production vehicle fitted with lidar, a technology that enables it to sense a much wider environment than if it relied on radar and camera systems alone.

Hengchi 1 - 2021 Shanghai auto show

Hengchi 1 – 2021 Shanghai auto show

A cashed-up electric-vehicle startup by the name of Hengchi unveiled a total of nine vehicles, one of which was a Tesla Model S rival. Hengchi, which plans to start production of its first model in 2022, is the parent company of NEVS, the company that tried to save Saab.

MG Cyberster concept - 2021 Shanghai auto show

MG Cyberster concept – 2021 Shanghai auto show

MG isn’t a Chinese brand, but its parent company, SAIC, is one of the country’s biggest automakers. In Shanghai, MG unveiled a striking concept that teases a rival to electric sports cars like the Tesla Roadster.

Audi A6 E-Tron concept

Audi A6 E-Tron concept

But what about non-Chinese automakers? Audi surprised everyone with its stunning A6 E-Tron Concept. The stunning electric sedan is one of 20 EVs Audi plans to have in its lineup by 2025, and we should see it on sale in 2023.

Toyota BZ4X concept - 2021 Shanghai auto show

Toyota BZ4X concept – 2021 Shanghai auto show

And finally, Toyota used the show to preview its first volume EV, also with a thinly veiled concept. It’s called the BZ4X, and its production counterpart should be at dealerships in 2022.

There was much more in Shanghai. As always, you’ll find our complete coverage over at our dedicated hub.

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2022 Genesis G70, 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: This Week’s Top Photos

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Electric Porsche Macan development

Genesis this week kicked off its European launch with the reveal of a sexy G70 wagon. It’s based on the updated 2022 Genesis G70 sedan, and sadly we won’t see it in the United States.

Electric Porsche Macan development

Porsche plans to offer an electric Macan alongside an updated version of the current gas-powered model. While we’ve previously spotted the updated gas model, Porsche this week provided a glimpse of the new electric Macan for the first time.

2023 Porsche Cayenne Coupe facelift spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche Cayenne Coupe facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Another Porsche out testing was an updated Cayenne. Porsche’s Cayenne range is about to undergo its mid-cycle refresh and the changes look to be more substantial than normal. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for the more dynamically styled Cayenne Coupe.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS production at plant in Sindelfingen, Germany

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS production at plant in Sindelfingen, Germany

Mercedes-Benz reached a major turning point with the start of production of its first dedicated electric vehicle, the 2022 EQS. The big sedan is due in showrooms this fall with a 108 kilowatt-hour battery, or enough for 400 miles of range.

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport

Lexus has a new generation of its IS sedan on its hands, one that boasts bold styling and a sport-tuned chassis. The car is more of a heavy update of the outgoing IS than a true redesign, and this becomes evident after a quick drive.

2021 Acura TLX Type S

2021 Acura TLX Type S

An alternative to the IS is Acura’s new TLX, which comes in sporty Type S guise. The TLX Type S is serving as the official pace car at this weekend’s Mid-Ohio round of the 2021 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, ahead of the showroom appearance later this month.

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Chevy engineers were spotted testing a hotter version of the mid-engined C8 Corvette, and it’s likely the new Z06. We hear it will run a naturally aspirated V-8, and some video footage of the tester seems to confirm it.

2022 Ineos Grenadier prototype

2022 Ineos Grenadier prototype

The Land Rover Defender-inspired Ineos Grenadier is undergoing durability testing ahead of the start of production in 2022. That’s about a year later than originally planned, but a lot has changed in the past year, and that’s before you factor in the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

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1-of-5 Pagani Zonda Revolucion coming up for sale

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion (Photo by BH Auction)

Now’s your chance to own an extremely rare Pagani Zonda Revolcion. The car is one of just five built, and is being readied for sale by the company BH Auction.

Unveiled in 2013, the Revolucion is a track-only version of the Zonda, and an evolution of the previous Zonda R track car. It was also meant to be the last Zonda production model, although Pagani has blurred that line somewhat by continually rebuilding individual chassis for customers. The Zonda was officially replaced in 2011 by the Pagani Huayra, itself now coming to the end of its production run.

Power is provided by a Mercedes-Benz AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V-12, producing 800 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. A carbon-titanium monocoque chassis and carbon-fiber bodywork keeps the curb weight down to 2,360 pounds, making this 800-hp supercar lighter than a Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Pagani Zonda Revolucion (Photo by BH Auction)

The Revolucion also features a 6-speed sequential gearbox, carbon-ceramic brakes, and elaborate aerodynamic elements that incorporate a Formula One-style Drag Reduction System (DRS).

This particular car also has blue-tinted carbon-fiber body panels, meaning it’s likely the car Pagani brought to the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, which was originally sold to a customer in Japan. At that time, the price was estimated at around $3 million.

The Revolucion wasn’t street legal in stock form, but British firm Lanzante offers a conversion. Lanzante specializes in these kinds of conversions, having previously built street-legal versions of the McLaren P1 GTR track car. At least one of the five cars was converted for street use as of April 2021, reportedly for Russian tuning company TopCar.

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Mazda looked to the future in 1981 with the MX-81 concept

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1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

Mazda has displayed its first concept car, the MX-81, now restored and accompanying the company’s newest and first electric vehicle, the MX-30 crossover utility.

As were so many concept cars for Japanese automakers in the 1980s, the 1981 MX-81 was designed in Italy, in this case at Bertone by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The concept, alternately known as the Bertone Aria, also was restored in Italy, by SuperStile of Turin, a product-engineering and prototype-building workshop established in 2015.

Due to the pandemic, the cars were presented on the 40th anniversary of the MX-81 via video conference from Hiroshima, Japan, and from Rome and Turin, Italy, with the cars presented in front of the Duomo di Milano, the cathedral in Milan that also has been the backdrop for the debut of the MX-81.

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

1981 Mazda MX-81 concept car undergoes restoration at SuperStile in Turin

The creation of the MX-81, powered by Mazda’s new turbocharged and fuel-injected 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, was motivated by a desire to imagine how people would interact with a vehicle equipped with computers. The car featured digital displays and a CRT screen within the rectangular “steering wheel.” We put steering wheel in quotes because instead of the conventional wheel, the car was steered via a flexible plastic belt that surrounded the rectangular “wheel.”

‘Steering wheel’ didn’t turn, but the belt around it did and was used to steering the vehicle

‘Steering wheel’ didn’t turn, but the belt around it did and was used to steering the vehicle

At the time, Mazda reported, “With its gold paint, huge glasshouse and pop-up lights, it stood out at the Tokyo Motor Show, but with its recessed square steering wheel, TV screen cockpit and side swinging front seats, it was arguably the interior that was the most radical. A one-off concept that certainly met the defy convention ethos of MX models, it led to a future relationship with Bertone, while things like the high-mounted taillights and pop-up headlamps appeared in future Mazda production cars later in the eighties.”

Mazda indicated the MX-30 was motivated with similar goals for accelerating the future, and now incorporating an electrified powertrain.

MX-30 and MX-81 photo opp Mazda indicated the MX-30 was motivated with similar goals for acceleratin

MX-30 and MX-81 photo opp Mazda indicated the MX-30 was motivated with similar goals for acceleratin

The MX-81 reportedly had been stored away for many years in a warehouse in southern Japan, and it underwent mechanical freshening at Mazda’s workshops before being sent off to Italy for the exterior and interior restoration.

The car’s creation is shared in a 13½-minute video with Italian subtitles. Even if you don’t understand the language, the images and the enthusiasm of Giugiaro and others is instructive of what went into the car’s design.

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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