2020 BMW M8, first SSC Tuatara, Cruise Origin: Today’s Car News

We drove the 2020 BMW M8 on the track and the street and found that it excels at both. The luxury coupe is big, but it cooks and is comfortable, too. With up to 617 horsepower, it’s greatest strength is straight-line acceleration. The rear seat may not be entirely hospitable, but the M8 coupe is more well-rounded than the supercars in its price stratosphere.

The first production SSC Tuatara was delivered to a customer in Philadelphia in August, and nobody noticed. The customer took deliver of the 1,750-hp supercar in its “high-speed” configuration, the version likely to go after the 300-mph barrier. The owner will show the car to the public at the Philadelphia auto show in February.

Cruise Automation revealed the Origin, an electric six-passenger autonomous people mover with no steering wheel due next year. The Origin has a next-generation sensor set that may be Level 5 self-driving capable. It is meant to be cheaper, cleaner transportation than ride-hailing services. Expect to see it in small demonstration areas first, then in select cities.

You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.

First drive review: The 2020 BMW M8 may be a large coupe, but it cooks

First production SSC Tuatara was delivered, no one noticed

Cruise Origin previews a future that take the driver out of electric ride hailing

Jaguar Land Rover created a shape-shifting seat to make you think you’re walking

Barrett-Jackson scales new heights with record-setting Scottsdale sale

Tesla looks to open R&D center in China, develop Chinese-specific vehicles

Maserati debuts limited “Edizione Ribelle” for Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte

2021 Kia Seltos crossover nets up to 31 mpg combined rating, starts at $ 23,110

Subaru aims for dramatic CO2 cuts: All hybrids and EVs by mid 2030s

Canoo opens waitlist for subscription-only EV, offers Tesla-like referral perks

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