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Week in Review: Test Drive of Rivian R1S, Unveiling of Ringbrothers’ “Raskal,” and 2025 Audi Q3 Road Testing

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In the past week, our team took the Rivian R1S for a spin, Ringbrothers presented its newest project, and the 2025 Audi Q3 was observed in road tests. Here is your weekly automotive roundup, brought to you by AutoMotorMart.

Our Executive Editor, Marty Padgett, embarked on a journey through Cape Cod driving the Rivian R1S. Alongside experiencing the vehicle’s off-road capabilities, Padgett took the opportunity to explore his ancestral Pilgrim roots. The Rivian R1S is not just an American-made marvel, adept at off-road navigation, but it also served as an exploratory vehicle in this particular journey.

Audi Q3 Analysis

Manual transmissions are becoming increasingly rare, leading us to discuss the technology of no-lift shifting. This mechanism allows for gear changes without releasing the throttle, presenting another reason to appreciate manual transmissions.

Ringbrothers, a Wisconsin-based automotive company, revealed its latest masterpiece, a 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer renamed “Raskal.” Constructed over 2,800 labor-intensive hours, the vehicle incorporates contemporary powertrain technology with a bespoke chassis, yet it maintains a classic aesthetic.

VW Group of America’s role as the official importer for Rimac vehicles was made official this week, bolstering the electric supercar manufacturer’s distribution within the U.S. market. This is an advantageous move considering that VW Group of America already holds a similar position for Bugatti vehicles, following the merger between Bugatti and Rimac.

Finally, the 2025 Audi Q3 has entered the advanced phase of its development and has been seen on public roads for testing. With nearly complete bodywork and minimal camouflage, the next iteration of the Q3 is aligning its design elements with the forthcoming Q6 E-Tron, particularly in the area of split headlight design. Its official debut is anticipated to occur either later next year or in the early part of 2025.

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What vehicles were featured in this week’s automotive roundup?

The vehicles featured in this week’s roundup were the Rivian R1S, a 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer remodeled by Ringbrothers and named “Raskal,” and the 2025 Audi Q3.

Who is Marty Padgett and what did he do?

Marty Padgett is the Executive Editor at AutoMotorMart. He drove the Rivian R1S through Cape Cod, using the journey not only to test the vehicle’s off-road capabilities but also to explore his family’s Pilgrim lineage.

What is no-lift shifting and why is it discussed?

No-lift shifting is a technology that allows drivers of manual transmission vehicles to change gears without lifting their foot off the throttle. It is discussed as it provides another reason to appreciate the increasingly rare manual transmissions.

What is unique about the 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer named “Raskal” by Ringbrothers?

The “Raskal” is a restomod, meaning it combines both old and new elements. The Wisconsin-based Ringbrothers took 2,800 hours to build it, featuring a modern powertrain and a custom chassis while retaining a vintage look.

How does the VW Group of America’s role as an importer affect Rimac?

The VW Group of America has become the official importer of Rimac vehicles for the U.S. market. This expands Rimac’s distribution network in the U.S., and it is a logical move given VW’s similar role as the official importer for Bugatti, with whom Rimac has recently merged.

What updates are expected in the 2025 Audi Q3?

The 2025 Audi Q3 is in the late stages of development and has been observed undergoing tests on public roads. While the proportions seem similar to the current model, it will feature a new split headlight design that aligns it with the upcoming Q6 E-Tron. Its official debut is expected either later next year or early in 2025.

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MikeJr September 24, 2023 - 8:10 pm

Wow, Marty Padgett drivin the Rivian sounds like a dream gig. Explorin Cape Cod and gettin paid for it? Sign me up!

BusinessMogul September 24, 2023 - 9:26 pm

VW group’s strategic moves are interesting. Smart to serve as the importer for both Bugatti and Rimac. Synergy at its best.

Gearhead67 September 25, 2023 - 1:14 am

no-lift shifting is a gem in manual trans. Gotta love tech that keeps the stick shift alive.

EcoWarrior September 25, 2023 - 7:14 am

Great to hear about Rimac getting a distribution deal in the U.S. Electric is the future, people.

CarFan101 September 25, 2023 - 8:43 am

Ringbrothers never disappoints! 2800 hours on a Blazer? That’s commitment. Cant wait to see it in person.

AudiLover September 25, 2023 - 10:15 am

The new Audi Q3 sounds intriguing. Split headlights, huh? Should be a looker. Hope they keep the performance up too.


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