Our morning roundup also unpacks the 2026 Formula 1 regulations and Tesla is legally allowed to use the Autopilot name.
Good morning and welcome to another morning roundup of the top automotive news stories since yesterday's edition of Cold Start. It's been a bumper week already, but there's plenty more to look forward to as developments emerge from Monterey Car Week. Bentley has added a Blackline Package to the Flying Spur, Maserati's gorgeous (and electric) GranTurismo Folgore has been leaked, and Acura has unveiled the ARX-06 hypercar with a bespoke V6 developing 670 horsepower.
But more exciting news lies in today's roundup. After a long wait, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been unveiled. Back home, Dodge has revolutionized what an electric car can be with its Charger Daytona SRT Concept. At the same time, the FIA has approved new regulations for the 2026 F1 season, Lucid has teased Tesla-beating performance, and Elon Musk's automaker has been vindicated in court. Let's dive right in.
After what felt like an eternity, Porsche has finally taken the wraps off its finest track-focused road car to date. The 2023 911 GT3 RS gets a tiny bump in power to 518 horses, but straight-line performance is not the point here. Nevertheless, 0-60 mph takes three seconds dead, and the top speed is 184 mph. A high-revving 4.0-liter flat-six is accompanied by a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, but all of these features pale in significance when compared to the suspension and aerodynamic enhancements. There's also more carbon fiber than ever before, an F1-inspired DRS rear wing, and the ability to instantly tune the way that suspension and aero work directly from the steering wheel.
The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has finally revealed how the sport's regulations will change in 2026. There's a lot to unpack, so be sure to click the link below to get the full lowdown. In summary, the regulations state that internal combustion and electric assistance will power the racers with an almost 50/50 split. The heat-scavenging MGU-H system is no longer necessary since it's ridiculously expensive to develop and has no real application to road cars. This is what OEMs Audi and Porsche had an issue with, and now they can both enter without blowing their entire wad (of cash) on almost useless tech. In addition, carbon-neutral synthetic fuel must be used, and the cars will become simpler and less expensive overall.Click here to read the full report
Lucid Motors has been shaking up the auto industry and showing that electric cars can be more than just efficient automobiles - they can be luxury experiences with astonishing performance. But since the arrival of the Tesla Model S Plaid, Elon Musk's company has stolen most of the EV performance car headlines. That will soon change, however, as Lucid has teased a tri-motor system that will facilitate active torque vectoring. Moreover, up to 1,920 hp could be unlocked, if not even more. With more power than the Plaid but more weight too, a showdown will certainly be in order sometime after the tri-motor system has been unpacked at Monterey Car Week tomorrow.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are no more infamous than those used by Tesla. Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) have come under fire numerous times over the years, and this has often culminated in some form of legal action. Honestly, we wouldn't be surprised if we learned that Tesla employs more attorneys than engineers. But as hard as their job is, they recently got a reason to celebrate after a German court ruled that, despite their misleading names, Tesla can continue to market Autopilot and FSD ADAS technologies using their current names. This came after a drawn-out legal process, but the decision was reached almost a year ago. Only now has the info come to light in the media.
We close with the coolest concept of the year so far. A Dodge muscle car with a pure-electric powertrain may cause you to reel in horror at first, but the Charger Daytona SRT Concept wants to make your jaw drop in awe. How? With a real, patent-pending exhaust producing the same 126 decibels as the Hellcat. This was developed specifically for the EV and is decidedly not a speaker box pumping out recorded noises. In addition, an eRupt multi-speed transmission, an R-Wing aerodynamic front fascia, and more performance than a Hellcat are all part of the car's appeal. The EV Charger also reintroduces the Fratzog name and logo as symbols of the electric age of Dodge muscle, while a new "pinnacle" of performance comes courtesy of the new Banshee 800-volt powertrain.