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Porsche Taycan tipped to come in a cheaper 2WD version

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The Porsche Taycan EV range is currently made up of the Turbo, Turbo S, and 4S models. Porsche executives have now reportedly confirmed that a cheaper version of the Taycan will be added to the line. The cheaper Taycan will appeal to buyers in markets where all-wheel drive isn’t needed.

CAR magazine was told by Porsche R&D head Dr. Michael Steiner there will be entry-level models coming of the Taycan. According to Steiner, the new version will be a rear-wheel-drive model with a smaller battery aiming for lower cost and at markets like China where the weather conditions mean you don’t need all-wheel-drive.

As for pricing, Steiner reportedly refused to confirm a possible price for the cheaper Taycan. However, CAR believes the pricing will likely be similar to the increase in the Carrera 2 to Carrera 4 climb in the 911 range. If true, that would mean a starting price of around £77000.

The Taycan 4S starts at under £84000 in the UK. It’s expected that the new version of the Taycan would come to China first with sales of a variant in right-hand drive starting in 2021. It’s unclear if a move from all-wheel-drive to two-wheel-drive would impact performance, presumably, it would. Current Taycan models offer either a 79.2kWh battery pack or a 93.4kWh battery.

The 4S model ais to be very quick with a 0-62 mph run in four-seconds. The car also has a 155 mph top speed. The performance isn’t the best Porsche offers, but considering the car weighs 2305 kilograms, it’s not bad. The fastest is the Taycan Turbo S able to reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds with a 161 mph top speed. Porsche says that it is targeting a range of 250 to 280 miles per charge.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Under-Display Camera May Get A Stealthy Makeover

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According to a tweet from the account @SamsungRydah, which was first spied by SamMobile and has since been removed by Twitter based on a copyright claim (seemingly lending credibility to the leak), the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will rectify the poor invisibility of the UDC. The model will reportedly use a different arrangement of pixels to make it denser, providing a 132ppi circle, up from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 model’s measly 94ppi. The result is that the hole will hopefully be less visible, and text should be less distorted in that area. Unfortunately, it’s not completely invisible, at least not based on the leaked slide.

What isn’t clear, however, is whether Samsung is also upgrading the camera sensor itself to something more than just 4MP. Increasing the sensor’s own pixel count could help offset whatever side effects the UDC panel might have in terms of quality. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable’s internal camera was moderately usable for video calls, it just didn’t sit well with buyers considering how much they’d paid for the premium phone.

An upgraded internal camera would be in line with upgrades to the other cameras expected for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. These include a 50MP main sensor and a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. These are moderate upgrades, of course, but Samsung seems to be taking a page from Apple’s book here by improving quality through software and other minor tweaks rather than going all out on what would be a bulky sensor that wouldn’t fit the Galaxy Z Fold 4 model’s slim profile.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #416 – August 9, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#416 – August 9, 2022) is patty. Its meaning varies across cultural contexts — to the British, it’s a small pie or pastry; to North Americans, it’s a small, round, and flat chocolate-covered peppermint sweet. More generally to Americans, it’s a small flat cake of minced or finely chopped food, especially meat (via Merriam-Webster). To Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob, it’s a veggie burger (and a moneymaker). Seeing as the word patty has roots in the French word “pat,e” which means dough, Mr. Krabs obviously knew what he was doing. 

We solved the puzzle in four tries today, just like yesterday and the day before. We began guessing with the word roate, which is an uncommon but excellent first guess (even the WordleBot thought so). After following up with fluid, we hit a lucky strike with catty — only one letter short of the correct answer.

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The Reason Ford Won’t Build A Mustang GT500 Convertible

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Ford won’t be making a convertible Mustang GT500 because… it’s too powerful.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform, and operations officer confirmed the S550 platform on which the Mustang was built had reached “the top end of the capabilities” (via Muscle Cars & Trucks).

Dave Pericack, former Director Enterprise Product Line Management — Ford Icons, backs up those comments even more bluntly. “The real reason” Ford isn’t making a convertible model is because, by removing the roof, the car would lose all its structure and stiffness in the chassis and body. The power of the GT500 is simply too much for a convertible car to handle.

The only way it could make a convertible model would be to “spend a lot of money in exotic material” to compensate for the loss of the roof and the structural integrity it provides (via Ford Authority). Ford is not prepared to do that, considering the S550 platform is nearing the end of its road. The S650 platform — the seventh generation of Ford Mustangs — is on its way and will, in all likelihood, be the last Mustang with an internal combustion engine.

Fear not Ford faithful. The Blue Oval is already looking to the future and has already built a 900hp electric Mustang to show the world that an EV can also be a muscle car.

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