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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor, 2022 Nissan Frontier: This Week’s Top Photos

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

Cadillac’s true successor to the CTS-V made its debut this week. The new super sedan goes by the name CT5-V Blackwing, and it is the most powerful Caddy to date.

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

The CT5-V Blackwing was joined by a smaller CT4-V Blackwing which replaces the former ATS-V. Both Blackwings go on sale this summer as 2022 models.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Ford was out testing a new high-performance option for the Bronco along the lines of a Raptor. The jury is still out on the name, though rumor points to it being called a Bronco Warthog.

2022 Ford Ranger Raptor and Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medie

2022 Ford Ranger Raptor and Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medie

Ford was also spotted testing the Raptor version of its redesigned 2022 Ranger. The new Ranger will be a twin under the skin with the Bronco, so it’s not surprising to see the performance versions of both vehicles being tested together.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford’s redesigned 2021 F-150 spawned its own Raptor variant this week. The new F-150 Raptor is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6, just like its predecessor, but we’ve been told that a more potent Raptor R is coming complete with a V-8 under the hood. In other words, Ford will soon have an answer for the Ram 1500 TRX.

2022 Nissan Frontier

2022 Nissan Frontier

Nissan this week revealed its new 2022 Frontier which comes standard with 310 hp. The mid-size pickup truck has been redesigned but still shares a lot mechanically with its predecessor.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan also revealed a new 2022 Pathfinder. The redesigned SUV comes standard with a V-6, plus a 9-speed auto instead of its predecessor’s continuously variable transmission.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Mercedes-Benz AMG was spotted testing a new variant of its GT 4-Door Coupe. Expected to be badged a GT 73e, the new variant may end up boasting over 800 hp.

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Next generation of driver’s coupe spotted

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2023 BMW M2 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

BMW is working on a redesign for its 2-Series coupe—the current one dates back to 2014—and the plan is to stick with rear-wheel drive. This means that our favorite 2-Series variant, the M2, won’t lose its hardcore edge.

Prototypes for the new 2-Series coupe have been spotted for a while and now we have our first look at the new M2.

All the signature BMW M styling cues are present on the prototype, like the center-mounted quad-exhaust tips, flared wheel arches, and aerodynamically shaped side mirrors. The front is heavily camouflaged but we can expect the same aggressive design seen on the latest M3 and M4, including the tall kidney grilles. Yes, BMW wants its vehicles to stand out, especially the sportier variants.

The new 2-Series coupe is expected to ride on the platform underpinning the Z4 and Supra twins—a design related to the CLAR platform underpinning BMW’s whole lineup from the 3-Series up. This is an excellent base from which to build the M2.

2023 BMW M2 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Power is expected to come from a detuned version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 found in the M3 and M4, as well as the X3 M and X4 M. Look for about 420 hp in the M2, which is up considerably on the 365 hp of the current M2. The rating will provide a healthy gap with the 473 hp of the M3 and M4.

The redesigned 2-Series coupe is expected to debut in 2021 as a 2022 model (it isn’t clear at this point of a repeat of the 2-Series Convertible will happen). The M2 should trail the regular coupe by about a year.

This means we might not be looking at a new M2 until the 2023 model year. To help tide things over, there are rumors that an extra-hardcore CSL version of the current M2 could be launched. The car would be aimed at track enthusiasts in a similar fashion to 2016’s M4 GTS.

Interestingly, there have also been rumors that the front-wheel-drive 2-Series Gran Coupe and related 1-Series hatchback sold overseas will get their own dedicated M models. These are rumored to come with all-wheel drive and peak outputs registering over 400 hp, likely from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. BMW M boss Marcus Flasch has previously said that such cars weren’t possible due to the lack of a suitable engine. Given the interest in rival offerings from Audi Sport and Mercedes-Benz AMG, the situation could change.

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2022 Land Rover Defender adds V-8 to powertrain portfolio

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2022 Land Rover Defender

Ever since the modern Land Rover Defender’s reveal in 2019, fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a V-8 option.

Well, we can confirm that Land Rover will finally deliver with the 2022 Defender which will offer up Jaguar Land Rover’s familiar 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 as the range-topping powertrain. Here, it will be rated at 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque.

Buyers seeking more performance may want to wait as the SVO division is rumored to be planning a more potent version of the V-8 for the Defender, possibly in an SVR-badged model, though Land Rover remains quiet on the matter.

2022 Land Rover Defender

The current V-8 still offers plenty of grunt and will be offered on both the two-door Defender 90 and four-door Defender 110. It will come hooked to an 8-speed automatic and should see the Defender deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in about five seconds and a top speed approaching 150 mph.

Numerous chassis tweaks were also added to suit the extra grunt. The list includes stiffer anti-roll bars, unique spring and damper rates, as well an electronic active rear differential.

2022 Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender

The Defender’s off-road driving mode selector known as Terrain Response has also been augmented with a special Dynamic mode exclusively for the V-8. It helps to optimize power delivery whether on a smooth or rough surface. It also improves throttle and steering response to deliver a sharper and more agile driving experience, and dials in the exhaust note for a spicier sound.

Apart from the noise it makes, it will be hard to tell the V-8 Defender from those with lesser engines. There will be some unique visual cues, though. The list includes quad-exhaust tips at the rear, model-specific 22-inch wheels, and 15-inch brake rotors with bright blue calipers.

Other powertrains offered on the 2022 Defender will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 mild-hybrid setup with 395 hp and 406 lb-ft. Buyers outside the U.S. will also have the option of a plug-in hybrid setup that uses the 2.0-liter engine.

The 2022 model year also sees the Defender receive Defender XS and Defender Carpathian editions. The latter gets its name from its exclusive Carpathian Gray paint finish (with a contrasting black roof) and will come exclusively with the V-8.

2022 Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender

Other changes for 2022 will include an available 11.4-inch infotainment screen instead of the standard 10.0-inch unit, along with a standard wireless charging pad for mobile devices, over-the-air update capability, and a navigation system that optimizes route guidance using AI and real-time traffic updates.

The 2022 Defender will arrive at dealerships later in the year. Pricing information will be announced closer to the market launch.

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Shelby F-250 Super Baja is the Super Duty Raptor America wants

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2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja

Ford doesn’t make an F-250 Raptor, leaving an opening for the aftermarket. Shelby American already sells upgraded Ford F-150 pickups, but now the company is launching an F-250 Super Duty with enhanced off-road capability.

The 2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja gets a new suspension from Fox, giving it an increased ride height and better off-road handling, Shelby said in a press release. The truck also gets 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels—including two spares mounted on a rack in the bed. Those are bigger tires than the factory F-250 Tremor model, which rolls on 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac rubber.

Other exterior alterations include a ram-air hood, powder-coated steel front and rear bumpers, fender flares, power side steps with rock sliders and lights, powder-coated exhaust tips, and extra LED lighting all around.

2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja

The interior sports leather seat covers, carbon-fiber trim, stainless steel gauges, and a serialized dashboard plaque.

Shelby didn’t mention any powertrain modifications. The Super Baja uses the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8, which produces 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque from the factory. That tremendous amount of torque is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Production is limited to 250 units, with a base price of $125,805, including the cost of a 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat Ultimate 4×4 donor vehicle. Shelby provides its own 3-year/36,000-mile vehicle warranty, and its modifications don’t affect the factory powertrain warranty. If the Shelby F-250 isn’t to your liking, Roush offers its own suspension and styling upgrades, and there’s also a limited-edition Harley-Davidson F-250.

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