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Supercar Blondie left “disappointed” by Porsche Taycan’s design

Published: 29/Sep/2020 10:33

by Kieran Bicknell

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Having taken the world by storm, the all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has won many fans. Unfortunately, Supercar Blondie was left “disappointed” by the Taycan, and she explains why in her September 29 video.

With incredible acceleration, handling, and performance characteristics, the Taycan proved to be an immediate hit when released in earlier in 2020. Many YouTubers fell head-over-heels for the electric Porsche, but Supercar Blondie had an altogether different experience.

That’s not to say that she didn’t have plenty of praise for the Taycan, too. The blistering speed at which it accelerates from 0-60 had her giggling like a schoolgirl, while the “clever” dual charging ports left her wishing conventional cars had two gas filler caps.

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YouTube: Supercar Blondie
Supercar Blondie was left “disappointed” that the Taycan’s design didn’t resemble the Mission:E concept more closely.

“Super Futuristic”

The “super futuristic” edgeless dash display fully impressed SB, as did the amount of luggage capacity for a car such as this. She was also a fan of the pop-out door handles that retract into the body when locked, along with the clever aerodynamic design of the wheels.

Inside the Taycan, Blondie was very impressed with the overall interior design, calling it “super cool” but there were a few issues. The air vents have to be controlled via the touchscreen on the center console, which she called “a cool feature, but very annoying.”

The biggest issues however involve the design of the car. “Looking at it, it’s obviously a Porsche… but my issue here is they had a chance to completely redesign the car,” she said. “I’m a little bit disappointed because I would really love to see Porsche push the boundaries of design.”

“A whole new era of cars”

Comparing it to the Mission: E concept that Porsche showed before releasing the Taycan, there are a number of glaring omissions which SB highlights. The concept showed rear-hinged ‘suicide doors’ but these never made it onto the production model.

Not only were the doors missing, but the front fenders and hood are much less aggressively-styled than on the Mission:E concept. While unmistakably¬† Porsche in design, Blondie “really wished [Porsche] made it stand out, especially when you’re talking about a whole new era of cars.”

Overall, SB was impressed by the car, in particular its performance. Whether that would be enough for her to overlook the design faults remains to be seen – perhaps we’ll see an EV on the Supercar Blondie channel in the future?

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The insane tech inside GMC’s new $100,000 Hummer EV pickup

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:25

by Kieran Bicknell

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When GM announced that the next Hummer was going to be electric, few believed them. Fast forward to 2020, and the all-new Hummer is indeed fully electric, and packed to the brim with crazy technology, as YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovered.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage at the moment. With the state of California announcing the ban of combustion-engined (petrol & diesel) cars from 2035 and the entire country of England doing the same, the race is on for manufacturers to bring EVs to the masses.

While GM’s new Hummer isn’t aimed at the masses – since it starts at $100,000 – it is a massive step for the company. It becomes even more significant when you realize precious Hummers were gas-guzzling behemoths, though this one isn’t exactly small.

Doug DeMuro with Hummer EV
YouTube: Doug DeMuro
The Hummer’s light bar at the front doubles up as both an illumination device and a charging status bar.

Doug DeMuro reviews the 2020 Hummer EV

YouTuber Doug DeMuro is no stranger to reviewing prototype vehicles, and that’s exactly what he has his hands on for his October 29 video.

While he was unable to drive the Hummer on the open road, he still got to delve deep into the interesting tech and design of the new EV.

With an all-electric range of 350 miles, the Hummer is ideal for everyday driving. Coupled with an ever-increasing EV charging network, and the possibility of an electric-only lifestyle becomes very real indeed.

Features of the 2020 Hummer EV

The light bar on the front of the Hummer is instantly recognizable, but its coolest element is initially hidden. When plugged in to charge, the light bar turns into a battery charge gauge, showing just how much charge is in the battery.

Inside, the interior is firmly rooted in 21st-century design, and represents a “big departure from anything else on the market today.” Screens adorn the cabin, with the instrument cluster and infotainment being a fully-digital affair.

The rear window of the Hummer can be lowered, while there are plenty of hidden storage compartments throughout. These are especially useful in the summer, as it allows drivers to park with the windows down, without their valuables being on show.

Not only does the back window roll down, but the entire roof comes off. Called the ‘sky view roof’ the roof comes off into four components, leaving just a roll bar and the windows.

Power for the Hummer EV comes from three electric motors, which result in mind-boggling performance. According to GM, a performance version will be coming that will hit 60mph in less than three seconds. That’s always impressive, but even more so given the size and squared-off shape of the truck.

The first ‘Edition 1’ models are all spoken for, with deliveries aiming to begin during fall 2021. With numerous other variants confirmed by GM, it will be interesting to see how widely-adopted the Hummer EV becomes.