The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA can 'transform' at high speed

Ahead of this week’s Frankfurt auto show, Mercedes-Benz just showed off the Concept IAA, a silver bullet of a car that’s designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. But it’s got two very different modes: below 80 km/h (50mph), it bears some resemblance to a normal sedan; above 80 km/h, a bunch of panels deploy from the front, rear, and sides to reduce drag coefficient to 0.19 (for comparison, the most efficient current-generation S-Class has a Cd of 0.23).

There’s clearly some design DNA shared with Mercedes’ wild F 015 self-driving car, but the Concept IAA feels considerably closer to reality, despite its status as a transformer — it’s got a fairly conventional 279-horsepower hybrid drivetrain and appears to be designed for driving by…

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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Porsche Mission E concept announced, a beautiful all-electric sports sedan

Don’t call it a 911: Porsche spent much of its presentation at this evening’s Volkswagen Group press conference talking about the new 911, yes, but the real news is the Mission E — an all-electric four-seater with a design that’s well beyond anything Porsche’s ever made. The company is focusing on “long-distance driving” with this concept, but that’s not to say it won’t be exciting to drive: Porsche is promising 600 horsepower, a 0-62mph time “under” 3.5 seconds, a top speed of over 250 km/h (about 155mph), and a total range of over 500 kilometers (311 miles) while driving in a “sporty” manner. Those are Tesla Model S numbers, and it stands to reason that Porsche could command at least the same amount of money, too — well over $100,000…

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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Microsoft hid a secret ninja cat in its Windows 10 hardware invite

Apple is usually the company that hides secret hints in its event invites, but Microsoft is joining in on the fun today, too. Hidden in the full Windows 10 hardware invite, Microsoft embedded some binary code that links to a webpage with a new ninja cat wallpaper. Reddit users were quick to crack the code and discover the webpage, and the wallpaper features the Windows ninja cat riding King Kong, picking out bacon-powered planes out of the sky.

Microsoft’s Windows ninja cat has grown in popularity in recent months. Originally discovered earlier this year, it started as a small meme inside Microsoft that gathered pace among Windows fans. Microsoft updated Skype in July to include the Windows ninja cat riding a Tyrannosaurus rex as an…

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This is the real, live version of Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo video game car

Bugatti has the unusual distinction of being an automaker without any automobiles for sale, since its Veyron hypercar recently went out of production and it’ll be another year or so before the even more ridiculous Chiron is ready for action. Meanwhile, it has some time to kill — and it’s doing that in the best way possible with a maximum-insanity race car for Gran Turismo‘s ongoing Vision Gran Turismo series of virtual cars.

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo had already been unveiled in sketches, but now we’re seeing the real car for the first time: yes, “real,” as in “made of things like carbon fiber and suede.” Unlike some automakers, Bugatti decided to make a one-off show car of its Vision Gran Turismo design that’s debuting at the…

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Watch Volkswagen Group's huge Frankfurt press conference live at 1:30PM ET

Volkswagen Group Night — a giant, joint press conference for all of Volkswagen’s many brands — tends to be a highlight of major auto shows, and tonight’s gathering in Frankfurt should be a big one. We’re expecting a Spyder version of Lamborghini’s gorgeous Huracán, an all-electric SUV concept from Audi, and the first live appearance of Bentley’s opulent Bentayga SUV, among other things. (We might even see the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo if we’re lucky.)

The action should start at 5:30 PM UTC, which works out to 1:30PM ET / 10:30AM PT, so tune in (you can see it above) and keep an eye out for a new Lambo or two.

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Microsoft to launch Surface Pro 4 and new phones at October 6th event

Microsoft has started inviting media outlets to a special Windows 10 devices launch next month. The software giant is holding a press event in New York on October 6th to unveil a range of hardware running Windows 10. The Verge previously confirmed details of the October launch, and Microsoft looks set to launch its Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 / Lumia 950 XL handsets, and a new Microsoft Band in the same hardware event. Microsoft isn’t revealing exactly what the mysterious hardware event is about, other than a hint at Windows 10-powered hardware.

After a disappointing Microsoft event at IFA in Germany earlier this month, all eyes are now on the company to produce its own hardware and showcase the replacement to the Surface Pro 3. The main…

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