Aston Martin DBR22 Concept, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV interior and 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: your morning briefing

Plus, Mahindra’s new EV concepts and GP2 car spotted on the open road

Through Sam D Smith

August 16, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Aston Martin DBR22 Concept, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV interior and 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: your morning briefing

Through Sam D Smith

Good morning and welcome to our daily roundup of car news from around the world, starting with…

Compensation of automaker CEOs increased nearly 80% in 2021

CEOs of some of the world’s top automakers have been raking in over the past year. This is evident from a study commissioned by automotive news, which ranks Elon Musk as the highest paid CEO, earning $23.5 billion. He was not alone, as CEO compensation rose 78 percent in 2021. Mary Barra was the third-highest-paid automaker CEO on the list, earning $62 million in 2021, and Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson, earning $67 million.


Q’s Aston Martin DBR22 Concept is a wild open-cockpit thrill machine

Created by Q by Aston Martin, the DBR22 is a concept designed to showcase the capabilities of the sports car manufacturer’s in-house customization department. The concept pays homage to the 1952 DB3S and DBR1, which won Le Mans in 1959 with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori behind the wheel. Power comes from a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 with 705 hp (526 kW/715 hp) and 555 lb-ft (753 Nm) of torque. It’s just a concept for now, but those attending the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be able to see the DBR22 in person.

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This is the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

The Mercedes EQE SUV is next in line for Mercedes’ extended MBUX Hypercscreen. Resembling what was found in the EQE Sedan, the luxury carmaker revealed what the interior of their new EV would look like ahead of the car’s world premiere on Oct. 16.


710 hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat returns for 2023

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was first introduced for the 2021 model year, but curiously was dropped after only one year of production. But thanks to high demand, the V8 SUV with the insane 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque is making a comeback for 2023. Orders for the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will open in September 2022 and the first dealer deliveries have arrived. for early 2023.


Mahindra previews 5 new electric SUVs from XUV and BE brands using VW Group’s Tech

Indian SUV and truck maker Mahindra prepares for a future full of electric cars and previews five new electric concepts that use parts from VW. The renderings are based on Mahindra’s new EV skateboard architecture, called Inglo, and it uses components from Volkswagen’s MEB platform, including the electric powertrain, battery system and battery cells.


Bugatti is teasing a new “icon” for Monterey Car Week, debuting August 19

Bugatti has teased its upcoming Monterey Car Week special. There’s not much to see, but we do get to see a single headlight, unlike anything found on the Chiron, with four rows of horizontal LEDs. It’s likely the car will be a new one-off, concept or special limited edition, but we’ll find out more later this week.


Someone was casually driving a non-street legal Dallara GP2 racer on a public road

A mysterious driver has been caught driving a Dallara-built GP2 car on a public road in the Czech Republic. The vehicle, likely made between 2008 and 2010, had a Ferrari livery and a Renault V8, making it look and sound like an F1 car. It is also not the first time that the car has been spotted, because it took to the streets in 2019. However, it appears that the driver was never identified after police made an appeal.


What else makes the news


Squirrel with a gun could be a more fun Grand Theft Auto

An upcoming video game developed by DeEntremont aims to have you terrorize a suburban neighborhood as a gun-wielding squirrel. There are few details about this independent title and no release date either, but the gameplay looks like nothing we’ve seen before.


Valtteri Bottas tops the podium during the summer holidays

Alfa Romeo F1 driver and 10-time F1 race winner Valtteri Bottas did not take the summer break lightly, opting instead to win a cycling race. He finished first in his age category in the 60-mile SBT GRVL Red race competition in Steamboat Springs, USA, and fourth overall. His partner Tiffany Cromwell won the women’s race around the 100 mile blue track.

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