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Ford, off-road specialists showcase Bronco accessories at Easter Safari

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RTR-equipped Bronco

Ford has announced collaboration with RTR Vehicles, ARB 4×4 Accessories and 4 Wheel Parts to expand the list of OEM-approved off-road parts and accessories that will be available this summer with the launch of the Bronco 2- and 4-door sport utility vehicles. Components will include suspension, drivetrain, wheels, body parts and off-road and camping gear, Ford said at the Easter Safari event in Moab, Utah.

“Off-road enthusiasts crave accessories to create their ultimate off-road machines,” Jeff Seaman, Ford regional product line manager, was quoted in the announcement, “so we’re accelerating the development of Bronco-specific offerings by working directly with three of the leading suppliers in the 4×4 arena to further build out our list of off-road parts and accessories available this summer.”

This past fall, Ford launched the Bronco Sport with more than 100 aftermarket accessory options. More than 200 Ford-approved items will be available with the arrival of the 2- and 4-door Broncos this summer.

RTR-equipped Bronco

4 Wheel Parts with roof-top tent

4 Wheel Parts with roof-top tent

ARB setup

ARB setup

“We’ve brought more companies into the personalization process a lot earlier than in the past to take advantage of the unique design aspects of Bronco and Bronco Sport, all aimed at making customization more accessible to a wider range of off-road enthusiasts – from hobbyists to professional off-roaders,” Seaman added. “In the end, no two Bronco SUVs should ever need to be the same. They can be as diverse as our customers are.”

Ford’s Easter Safari display includes many of the new parts. For example, a custom Bronco 4-door Outer Banks with Sasquatch package features JAC Products rock rails, fender flares by Air Design and Trail Armor rocker panel covers by Lund, a 40-inch curved LED light bar by Rigid, a retractable full-roof soft-top by Bestop, a matte-black hood wrap and Covercraft windshield sunscreen.

Inside the cabin, there is secure stowage with a DC Safety rear cargo organizer, a first-aid kit, a Tufty MOLLE straps, security drawer, and Console Vault.

RTR Vehicles is showing a heavy-duty Bronco 4-door Badlands with RTR rock sliders and rear bumper, RTR 3D-printed grille with simulated accent lights, 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires mounted to RTR Tech-6 wheels, roof-mounted Project X light bar, custom RTR graphics and 12-volt Type S Blizzard Box refrigerator/freezer.

ARB’s customer, Bronco Badlands, showcases airbag-compliant front and rear bumpers, heavy-duty rock sliders and differential cover, ARB twin compressor, jack and Zero refrigerator/freezer.

4 Wheel Parts’ Bronco 4-door Black Diamond series features a modular front bumper, skid plate and winch platform, heavy-duty suspension components, custom roof rack and light mounts, Smittybilt overhead tent and camping gear, awning and refrigerator/air system, as well as 37-inch BFGoodrich® mud-terrain tires on 17-inch Method alloy wheels.

For more information, visit the Bronco website.

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

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Audi to unveil EV concept in Shanghai, and it may just be a sedan

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Marc Lichte

Audi on Thursday provided a glimpse of a new concept car it plans to unveil at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2021.

An E-Tron badge at the front confirms the concept as an electric vehicle, but other than that we don’t have any further information.

Rumors point to the concept being a sedan, specifically a fastback-style sedan previewing an electric successor to the current A5 Sportback. Interestingly, there are also rumors the full A5 range might not be renewed after the current generation. Perhaps Audi is planning to replace the A5 with an electric equivalent. The automaker is committed to having at least 20 EVs by 2025, so it’s likely some existing models will either be replaced or redesigned on an EV platform.

Marc Lichte

The only official comment on the matter was made by Audi design chief Marc Lichte who in early 2019 said the automaker was planning an electric sedan similar in size to the A4. He described it as a low, sporty sedan similar to the E-Tron GT. Just a few months later, Audi teased the silhouette of just such a car while presenting the new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) modular EV platform, which Audi is developing for the Volkswagen Group in partnership with Porsche.

The PPE platform will make its production debut next year in an electric Porsche Macan. Audi has also confirmed plans for a Q6 E-Tron that will essentially be a twin to the electric Macan, similar to how the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT are twins under the skin. The Q6 E-Tron is due in 2022.

We’ll have all the details soon as the 2021 Shanghai auto show starts April 19. For our full coverage, head to our dedicated hub.

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Porsche dealers compete in restoration challenge

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Porsche also has a company-owned restoration shop at its US headquarters in Atlanta

You don’t have to go all the way to Stuttgart, or even to company-owned facilities in Atlanta for restoration of your classic Porsche. To underscore that fact, the 2021 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge involves 40 dealership service departments across the United States, each restoring a car for the company-sponsored contest.

“The entries run the gamut from the 1950s to the 2000s, from 75 to 612 horsepower, and from rear- to mid- and front-engine layout,” Porsche notes in its announcement of the challenge.

“The years and the miles have written individual histories for each car, but now a common chapter is about to tie their journeys together: the 2021 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge.”

Previously, the challenge has been based in Europe. However, “The U.S. is home to more classic Porsche sports cars than any other market. After decades on the road, some will inevitably be in need of a little extra care. Enter the Restoration Challenge, where Porsche Classic has encouraged U.S. dealerships to acquire a car that is due for some expert technical attention to ensure many more years of driving pleasure.”

Porsche reports that multiple 356 models, some dating from 1956, as well as five generations of 911, transaxle cars including the 944 and 928, as well as “modern classics” including the first-generation Boxster, are undergoing restoration work.

“Each vehicle will undergo restoration in the best possible hands: Porsche-trained technicians who will have a portfolio of more than 60,000 unique Porsche Classic Genuine Parts at their disposal,” Porsche notes.

Nine of the participating dealerships already have been designated Porsche Classic Partners “who every day go above and beyond in their commitment to keeping vintage cars on the road and driving just as well as the moment they left the factory,” Porsche adds.

Porsche also has a company-owned restoration shop at its US headquarters in Atlanta

]The challenge runs until mid-August when winners will be chosen from three regions — East, South-Central, and West. Those cars will advance to the challenge finals in September, when the winner will be selected based not only on the restoration itself but on documentation.

For more information, visit the Porsche Classic website.

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

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Maybach to celebrate 100th anniversary of first car, announce EV

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1921 Maybach 22/70 HP W3

Maybach was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl, originally as a company supplying engines for Zeppelin airships and later trains.

The company would soon expand into the car business, with the first prototype, the W1 Testwagen, unveiled in 1919. It proved so popular that a production version was launched just two years later.

That production version was the 22/70 HP W3, unveiled by Maybach in September 1921 at the Berlin International Motor Show. It featured an inline-6 engine generating 70 hp, an impressive figure for the time, as well as many other engineering and luxury marvels, such as brakes at each wheel, a planetary gearbox, and an interior lined in leather and wood.

1921 Maybach 22/70 HP W3

A little over 300 examples of the 22/70 HP W3 were built, after which Maybach launched a variety of additional cars. Maybach ceased building cars at the onset of the Second World War and never returned to it after the war ended, and by 1960 the company was absorbed into Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

Today Maybach is a sub-brand of Mercedes and the German automaker plans to celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of the launch of the 22/70 HP W3. However, the automaker hasn’t said what exactly it has planned so we’ll have to wait and see.

There will likely be special editions of the current Maybach S-Class and Maybach GLS-Class, and judging by the photo above there will also be a reveal of a new V-12-powered Maybach S-Class (only a V-8 is available at present). We can also confirm that an electric Maybach will be revealed in the coming months. It will likely be an ultra-lux version of the new EQS sedan. Stay tuned.

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