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2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4: 7 Pros and 3 Cons | News

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4

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The Porsche 911 is the benchmark sports car that rivals like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette have first and foremost in their sites. In fact, the Porsche 911 has been such a standout performance machine for so long, it’s sometimes criticized as being too clinical, too cerebral, and even a little soulless. 

Related: 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 Review: All the 911 Goodness, Just Breezier

Please allow the 2021 911 Targa 4 to inject a little personality into the proceedings. Thanks to its slick folding top and standard all-wheel drive, the Targa can be enjoyed come rain or shine. The ride and handling balance is sublime, and the 379-horsepower, turbocharged flat-six is engineered to perfection.

Not everything in this Porsche is perfect, however. The cabin has

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Top 5 hardtail mountain bikes for 2021

The humble hardtail seems to be going through a mini-revival, with a raft of cross-country, downcountry, trail and potentially even radder rigid frames being introduced for 2021.

The advantages are clear. Where uphill speed matters, the direct connection from crank to axle, without some energy-inefficient suspension spoiling the fun, is the quickest way to get up to speed.

Riding rough-and-ready trails on a hardtail might beat you up a little more, but there’s something almost zen-like about being able to pick the smoothest line between the chunder, while pumping through rollers to generate free speed.

Hardtails might also be lighter, easier to maintain and cheaper too, because there are simply fewer moving parts that add weight, a requirement to service, and need building in the first place.

So, we decided to pick out five notable bikes with a rigid rear-end that we’ve seen recently, ready for all of your 2021

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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture



a close up of text on a black background: McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture


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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture



a close up of a chair: McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture


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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture

McLaren has unveiled its new lightweight carbon-fibre architecture as it gears up to launch the first car in its hybrid Sports Series next year.

  • New Sports Series range is set to feature more affordable hybrid McLarens
  • New carbon-fibre architecture to underpin upcoming hybrid Sports Series range
  • McLaren is focusing on eliminating the weight penalty of a hybrid powertrain



a car parked on the side of the road: McLaren Speedtail


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McLaren Speedtail

What about the added weight of a hybrid powertrain?

Developed at the firm’s new Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in England, the platform has been designed with a focus on lightness to offset the added weight of an electrified powertrain. 

While it won’t be possible to fully cancel out the weight penalty of a hybrid system, CEO Mike Flewitt hopes to minimise it. He previously mentioned that his ambition was

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Government examines plans for ‘hands-free’ driving on British roads by next year

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 10:28 am

Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 10:39 am

The UK Government is consulting on new car technology that could see drivers hand over control to vehicles for prolonged periods at speeds of up to 70mph.

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Unlike existing driver assistance systems, where drivers remain responsible for controlling the car and must keep their hands on the steering wheel, the aim of ALKS is to allow drivers to fully delegate the task of driving to the vehicle itself, offering hands-free driving for the first time in Britain.

According to the DfT ALKS is a “traffic jam

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