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PostHeaderIcon Lister Shows a Viable Way to Preserve Vintage Sports Car Brands

The modern automotive market with all its variety and customization possibilities did bring about one undesirable side effect. IT has made almost impossible for small-time manufacturers to continue doing what they do, which is making specialty, low-volume boutique cars for enthusiasts. It does not make sense business-wise, which is why many of the great sports car brands of the previous centruy have all but disappeared. But there might be a way to save those precious brands, as Lister is showing us.

To your father and grandfather, the name Lister Motor Company is synonymous with some of the most serious racing cars and hardcore sports cars. To your kid, however, the company is known as a Jag tuner. That’s right, Lister has metamorphosed into a tuner of Jaguar products following its take over by father and son team Andrew and Lawrence Whitaker in 2013. While upgrading and garnishing Jaguar products is a far cry from what Lister used to do, at least the brand is still alive, and flushed with cash.

It’s actually better than you think, Lister or any other legendary sports car brand being turned into a tuning shop. You see, custom exotics are in vogue these days, which means by becoming tuners these brands stand a good chance of making some serious money. Then, as a sort of extracurricular activity, as it were, they can channel that money into reviving one of the iconic old models or a completely new one designed from scratch. That is what Lister is supposed to be doing. In their day to day job they are customizing F-Types and F-Paces, but in their free times they are working on stuff you see above, a new, modern and extremely sleek Knobbly.

Speaking of Lister’s souped up Jag, they aren’t half bad, either. The latest creation, the LFT-C, is an open-top version of their take on the F-Type coupe (known as the LFT-666 coupe), and it’s a serious performance machine. Boasting a Lister-tuned and supercharged 666 bhp V8 engine, the LFT-C is able to sprint from nought to 60 miles an hour in just over three seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. That is what 666 horsepower can do for you, besides giving your car a cool, sinister air of naughtiness. The first thing you should do upon getting one of these is buying a pair of ‘666’ sticker for the side sills. Whereas the coupe version is limited to 99 units, this open-top version comes in only 10 copies, each priced from £139,000.

In addition to the production LFT-666 and LFT-C models, Lister is also offering wheel and body enhancements for all Jaguar F-Type models worldwide, with kits starting from just £9,750 for the Lister badge, bumper and wheel upgrade. Cars with only the Lister body enhancements will be known as simply the Lister LFT, with no BHP denotation added.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of The Lister Motor Company said: “Launching the new LFT-C is a personal triumph, as I have always loved convertible cars, even since my 2nd car, an MG Midget. While we are famous for cars like the Knobbly and the Storm, the LFT series heralds a new era for Lister and continues our historical enhancement of Jaguar drive trains, which dates back to 1957. In 2019, we will see the launch of at least two new cars and have also just opened our new £5m headquarters in Lancashire that will be known as the home of the new Lister. There is lots more to come, and we look forward to sharing more news in the near future.”

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PostHeaderIcon Tuning à la Smartphone: Upgrading Cars Via Apps

It goes without saying that these days there aren’t many things one cannot do on one’s phone through the magic of apps. They have apps for anything and everything, including, as it turns out, tuning your car. The new generation of DIY chip tuning makes upgrading the software in your car’s brain as easy as touching a few virtual buttons. 

This no concept, either. One of the best known Ford tuners in the UK, Mountune, has already launched a package for the new Ford Fiesta ST which utilizes their mTune SMARTflash app to make installing the upgrade software on the car’s computer simpler than sending a text. Not only that, the app provides updates for that software, so you if there is a new version of the program that can extract more power out of the engine, you automatically get that just as you get updates for your Instagram app. And it gives you the option of playing with different calibrations to see what works best for you.

Sound interesting, doesn’t it? It sure does, but as with other app-related technologies, there are certain concerns associated with the whole thing. You see, people do all sorts of crazy things with their phones, whether it’s rooting them, or cracking the apps to get them to do more, or to cheat a paid service and use it for free. So how long do you think it’ll be before some nerd decides he knows better than the engineers at Mountune and messes with the codes built into the app? The DIY deal should work well as long as you use the ingredients just as they come from the supplier. But when you start fiddling with it, well, that’s a recipe for disaster.

It is one thing cracking a dating app so you can use their paid features, quite another to try and boost your engine beyond its standard capabilities without doing the necessary engineering work. When Mountune launches a DIY app-based chip tune, you can be sure they have done the homework. So there is only good thing to be gained from it, i.e. more power and torque, more responsiveness, better performance. But if, like so many computer geeks, you change the parameters thinking it is no big deal. In first instance the worst thing that can happen is you wreck your phone. The latter could have catastrophic consequences as regards your safety.

That is why we don’t think this sort of app-based tuning is such a good idea. Sure, it works for Mountune’s Fiesta, but only so far as it is not “tweaked” by Johnny two-wrench in his shed (or rather Johnny Snapdragon in his mom’s basement). Speaking of the professional upgrade, Mountune’s kit for the Mk8 Fiesta ST adds 26PS and 55Nm for a total of 225PS and 340 Nm of torque. This is what you get with the app flash which comes with its own bluetooth OBD dongle and three calibrations: Performance, Stock and Anti-Theft. But the package also includes a high-flow induction kit which makes things more serious.

“With m225 and our innovative new SMARTflash system, owners can safely increase the performance of the Fiesta ST with unprecedented ease,” continued David. “With that almost instantaneous delivery of torque the ST really comes alive, but you also have peace of mind in knowing that this is an engineered upgrade. As with all mountune packages, the m225 has undergone extensive performance and durability testing with all safety parameters retained. This is not just the best upgrade for the Fiesta ST, it is also the most robust.”

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model Y Crossover Unveiled – Should You Care?

It’s unfortunate, but Tesla is now kind of known for not being able to keep their promises. They come through eventually, but they usually give everyone a heart attack before ding so. That is why we are finding it hard to get excited about their latest product, even though it is quite a significant one. The new Tesla Model Y is an affordable-ish electric SUV that could potentially take the market by storm. And that’s the word that bugs us about Tesla – it is mostly potential. 

On the face of it, one would be forgiven for thinking Tesla has rushed the debut of the Model Y. For heaven’s sake, their Model 3 is still in a sort of marketing limbo, still trying to be all it can be, which is the revolutionary electric sedan for the masses we were led to believe it was. And then there is all those problems with the production and Tesla sticking to the deadlines, which makes it even harder putting any money on their words. But all the same, Tesla Model Y seems to us a fine creation – a hit, if it’s market launch is timely and nary of the usual Tesla crap.

Elon Musk certainly feels pretty confident about his new toy, which is, of course, expected. The guy’s a showman, a new Steve Jobs with fake hair and better wardrobe. He reckons they’re going to knock it out of the park with this one:

On paper, Tesla Model Y is indeed a promising proposition. Said to have a starting MSRP of just $39,000 , the crossover seats seven adults in optimum comfort and offers 230 miles of range (standard version). The thing is, that 39 grand, which by the time the car hits the market in the fall of 2020 will be a lot higher, is for the base model. If you want the 300 miles range, the 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, and the top speed of 150 mph, you are going to have to choose one of the higher grade versions including Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance.

So a Model Y you actually want is not going to be 39 grand. A wild guess would put the real figure somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 grand. What’s more, the 2020 launch date is for the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants. The semi-affordable Standard version won’t come out until spring 2021. So the Model doesn’t just look like Model 3, it is going to be just as frustrating in terms of availability.

All that said, one cannot deny the Model Y is a well-engineered car. Tesla has put all the experience they have gained from the S and the X and the 3 into good use with this car. So we believe them when they say the Y is one of the safest mid-size SUVs with low center of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones. We also like the front trunk and split-folding second-row seats, though the spartan interior with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface still isn’t our cup of tea. In terms of technology, and besides the seamless smartphone integration which is a given these days, the Y comes with the Tesla Mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.

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PostHeaderIcon Karma Hooks Up with Pininfarina In Latest Strategy Move

You know the likes of Tesla and Polestar, the big players of the electric scene? Well, before they become the prominent names they are now there was Fisker and their Karma. It was the first real-world electric car, if you will, with a dose of sportiness and luxury. Sadly though, Fisker’s journey to become the world’s leader in luxury EV production has been plagued with many misfortunes. But the company still survives under the name Karma in a metamorphosed sort of way, and in their latest move they have partnered up with the design giant Pininfarina. Could this be the solution to Karma’s problems?

On paper, it seems, the answer to that question is a yes. When you look at the lineup of executives Karma Automotive now boasts, which includes some Chinese blood, and when you take into account the reinforcement to be brought in by Pinin under the auspices of Mahindra Group, this little company now packs a formidable, international punch. So it comes as no surprise that they have already laid out an ambitious plan for the near future.

That plan includes the launch of Pininfarina-designed concept car, along with a next-generation luxury electric Revero and an all-electric Karma Vision concept. And they have all been proposed to make their debut at Auto Shanghai 2019. In fact they are known internally as the “Shanghai Big Three”. This alone shows Karma is now on the right track to success. Instead of focusing on a small market in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, like Henrik Fisker did when he started this whole shindig, the new global company is putting emphasis on the the Chinese market, hence that Chinese executive we mentioned above.

The new strategy is called  ‘Value-Forward’ business plan and it calls for accelerating future technology and product development through Pininfarina’s turn-key automotive experience. The Italian firm is the right firm for this as they have a long and glorious history of helping car makers step up their game. They have the know-how, and not just in terms of design. Pininfarina is now a fully-fledged engineering with the backing of one of the world’s largest and richest conglomerates. The only niggle here has to do with the fact that with Pinin now busy developing cars for so many clients, they might lose some of the exclusivity, some of the joie de vivre that made them great in the first place. Well, that’s something the likes of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have to contend with.

“Karma is united in spirit with Pininfarina through our shared commitment to stunning design, and we are excited about the reaction we anticipate the end result of our partnership will generate,” said Karma CEO Dr. Lance Zhou.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Geneva Motor Show: A Flurry of Hyper Hybridity

With all the brouhaha about the state of the environment and that it’s all the automobile’s fault, we were expecting this year’s Geneva Motor Show to include nothing but a lineup of weak and pasty electric sedan that look like crap and run out of juice after half an hour. Well, turns out we were only half right. While the 2019 GIMS didn’t show much love for the internal combustion, the hybrids on display were a lot cooler than we were anticipating. In fact, the show was chock full of hyper hybrid cars with horsepower numbers in the thousands. 

It seems that in their effort to go hybrid and electric, car makers have collectively decided to start from the very top of the food chain, first making super hybrids and electric cars and then work their way down to more mundane stuff. Now, granted, not all of the hypercars presented at the GIMS 2019 were hybrids. But a gander through some of the most important debuts clearly shows that that’s the way we’re headed. So let’s check out the very cream of 2019 Geneva debuts, starting with this, the Rimac C Two:

We are still amazed with the Rimac One and the fact that how a little Croatian firm could make such a superb piece of super electric car. So you can imagine how stunned we are that they have now come up with a second model. And this one is absolutely insane in terms of the performance it promises. This thing packs an unbelievable 1,914 hp (1,408 kW) of power and 2,300 Nm of torque and has a zero to 60mph time of 1.85 seconds and a zero to 100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3, with a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h).

Next up is the Koenigsegg Jesko which is the replacement for the Agera. True, this is not a hybrid or electric hybrid car. But the Jesko features an ultra-modern, lightweight V8 which can be run on biofuel. And the cool thing is, while this motor produces only, I mean only, 1,000 horsepower on regular fuel, E85 biofuel takes that power up to 1,600 horsepower! With a 9-speed LST gearbox and a curb weight of only 1,420 kg, you can see why this car needs such a massive wing at the back. It would have taken off into the air otherwise.

The 2020 McLaren Speedtail also showcased its hybrid excellence at the Geneva Motor Show, giving us our first complete look at the spiritual successor to the legendary F1. The Speedtail features a central driving position and a petrol-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,050PS. This car is more about handling and lap times than outright top speed, which is why it can only do 403 km/h (250mph). Yep, it seems 400 km/h is the new norm for supercars. Well, that, and insane, spaceship-like designs. We quite like it.

Besides the hybrid-electric monsters, the best of which we covered above, there were a bunch of pure petrol-powered supercars at the Geneva show this year that deserve a nod, even though they are a dying breed. One was the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. The world’s most expensive production car at 11 million EUR, this rather ugly reinterpretation of the Chiron is a gift from Bugatti to itself – a sort of homage to the brand’s glorious history. The 1,500 PS W16 engine is unchanged, but it now has six tailpipes for some reason.

We also had the new Ferrari F8 Tributo making its debut at the show, replacing the 488 GTB as the firm’s new GT super car. The F8 has a heavily turbocharged V8 with 720 horsepower, and La Ferrari-inspired design which is hard to fault. It comes with new technology as well, one of which is a new version of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE+) which can be activated in the manettino’s RACE position for the first time, a move designed to make performance on the limit easier to reach and control for an even greater number of drivers.


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PostHeaderIcon Automotive Communism: Volvo To Limit Their Cars to 180 kph

So Volvo announced today that, starting from 2020, they will be limiting all their production cars to 180 km/h or 112 mph. And just like that they have opened up themselves to ridicule and massive verbal abuse from the automotive press who, by default, loves speed. Let us get the ball rolling by giving those pasty yet good-looking, fika-loving, safety-obsessed Swedes an earful.

The Swedes have to remember they are the descendants of the Vikings who, as we know from the TV series, were extremely tough, extremely cool people. They are sons and daughters of Eden and Thor and other gods with fantastic names, and they used to love death because of an imaginary place called Valhalla. What happened that made them such pansies, they are afraid of travelling a bit fast in those fortresses on wheels they call Volvos?

Well, the right-winger go-to answer to that question is socialism. That, and the influx of immigrants to Sweden that has sullied the pure blood of the (savage) Vikings. But that’s an idiotic, not to mention racist, answer. We reckon what happened is, thanks to the wonders of Social Liberalism, Sweden has become over the past fifty years or so a veritable heaven to live in. Citizens are content and happy. They are well cared for with free healthcare and education, and they “live” a lot more than they work. Obviously, when you are having that good a time you would want to prolong it as much as you possibly can.

Trying to limit accidents this way brings to mind the teachings of communism: why have more when you can make do with just a little bit?

So you introduce strict emission laws. You ban smoking and frown upon foods with actual taste. You become neutered politically and steer clear of any type of conflict. And you cram your cars full of airbags and electronic systems to prevent accidents. All that is fair enough, of course. That’s what any prosperous nation would so. But the thing about liberalism is, if you don’t keep it in check, if you let it run rampant, soon it’ll turn into a kale-eating, slipper-wearing, hash-smoking monster that is afraid of, and offended, by anything and everything. Its adherents would want a cocoon where nothing exciting ever happens, where they can live a long and boring life incomplete safety and peace of mind.

The trouble with that model is the real world is a cruel and nasty place. And no matter how hard you try to shelter yourself and keep away from trouble, it’ll find a way to wrap its filthy tentacles around your ankles and pull you down into the dirt. When the crap inevitably hits the fan, how well the sheltered, spoiled, extremely demanding individuals are going to cope?

That is basically why Volvo’s decision to limit their cars to 180 km/h next year is wrong. I know the argument to get here was a bit highfalutin and maybe politically incorrect. But the fact remains, trying to limit accidents this way brings to mind the teachings of communism: why have more when you can make do with just a little bit? It’s nanny state gone mad, and we all know it’s a small step from there to Big Brother and all that. It wouldn’t be like this if the Swedes still had to plunder their neighbors for food and do human sacrificing to cure their diseases instead of relying on universal healthcare.

If the real Vikings were in charge today, Volvo’s would have rocket engines and grenade launchers, not automatic brakes and geo-fencing speed limiter!

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar – Europe’s Tesla Is On The Right Path

The Chinese-owned Swedish firm Polestar, as I’m sure many of you know, started out as a tuner and builder of racing cars for Volvo. The brightest future one could imagine for this company only a few years was that they would become something like AMG – a subsidiary of the mother company charged with the task of making their cool cars. Well, they were charged, almost literally, but to do something entirely different. 

Polestar, as it turned out, was tapped by Volvo to become a stand-alone electric car brand. They could still have the backing of the Swedish giant, now flushed with Chinese cash, but they would design and develop their own thing and market it as a high-end boutique product built specifically for the new and tech-savvy generation of car buyers. Well, that’s how they started, anyway. They came up with the Polestar 1, a Volvo-based sports coupe with a beefy electric powertrain and a healthy dose of Scandinavian common sense.

So while they started like Tesla – that is, making an electric sports car – Polestar soon realized that that’s not a sustainable business plan and in order to grow and flourish, nay, survive, they need to tap into larger niches and markets. Alright, so maybe they just looked at Tesla and learned from the American’s mistakes. Those guys insisted on making the sports car for too long before making the Model S sedan, which is why they have yet to become a properly profitable business.

That is the main reason why we think Polestar will soon take over Tesla as the world’s finest specialty electric car maker. You see, Tesla is one man’s vision basically. And while that works for small-time super car making, when it comes to the big league, mass-produced family cars, that vision may fall short of reality in many aspects. Unlike Tesla, Polestar is already an international business with backing form one of the world’s richest firms, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, and it benefits from the know-how and experience of Volvo, not to mention their design and engineering prowess.

So unlike Tesla, Polestar didn’t really get stuck with the sports car project. They looked at it as more of a exercise than anything else. they moved on quickly to their second project, the freshly unveiled Polestar 2. This car is what Tesla always wanted to make, and did a half-assed job of it with the Model 3. Tesla Model S and Model X, for all their brilliance, are way too exclusive and expensive, and frankly prissy, to become real mainstream electric cars. The P2, however, ticks all the right boxes.

Polestar 2 is a premium five-door fastback with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity. You get 00 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft), 0 to 100 km/h in under five seconds, and a range of around 500 km. It’s practical, fully digital and up to date in terms of connectivity technologies, and it strikes the right balance between prestige and economy. That’s where Tesla still needs some work. While the Model S is way too high-end, the Model 3 seems almost spartan with that interior. Granted, the P2 is far from being on the same level as something like Ford Fusion or a Honda Accord – a proper people’s car. But the more you learn about this car, the surer you get these Chinese and Swedes are on the right path to success.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered – Is This The New 405 Mi16?

One of the top five coolest car ever to come out of Peugeot factories in France, without a doubt, is the 405 Mi16 sports saloon. This child of 90s was a stunner in ever sense, packing a lot more power and attitude than the standard version, and boasting the best name ever given to a car – Mi16. After that Peugeot kind of forgot how to make cool cars. Until, it seems, now. This is the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered, and it has a strong whiff of the Mi16 about it. 

If you forgive the rather silly and on-the-nose name, the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered – which makes more sense if we call it the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered – is the Mi16 of our time. To be unveiled at the next Geneva Motor Show in concept form, the 508 SE is a hybrid sports saloon featuring up-to-the-minute technologies. But those technologies are not used just to make this car an efficient tree-hugging family car. They are used to make a monster out of this car.

The powertrain in the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered consists of a PureTech 200 engine and 110bhp electric motor driving the front wheels and a separate 150kW (200bhp) electric motor powering the rear wheels. The setup is backed by an 11.8kWh battery which enables the car to travel for 31 miles with zero emission and helps it to achieve CO2 emissions of 49g/km in hybrid mode. Another thing those electric motors are good for is performance. Making the car a default four-wheel-drive, they result in a combined output of 510 horsepower. Now that is enough to take this feline motherhumper from 0 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds. Sadly though, they have limited its top speed to 155 mph. That is not very Mi16-ish.

Also, the car could have a little bit more joie-de-vivre in terms of design. Granted, Peugeot’s design team has done a fine job with the new valance and radiator grille and bumper and flaps. And the Selenium Grey and carbon mirrors are cool touches which complement the Kryptonite and Onyx Black interior nicely. But comparing it to the Mi16 again, that car you look at it and you immediately know it’s a beefed up version of the 405. This one, well, let’s say it takes even the most hardcore fan a minute or two to tell the differences between the Peugeot Sport Engineered 508 and the vanilla version.

Now Peugeot is tight-lipped as to whether this little kitty cat will make it into production or not. But that have devised a social media campaign around it with the hashtag #unboringfuture. So something tells us this car will see the light of the day as a series production model, but it will take a while.

Jean-Philippe Imparato, PEUGEOT Brand CEO, said: “Electrification provides a marvellous opportunity to develop new driving sensations. We are creating a “neo-performance”, new energy sources, new features, new territories, new challenges….sheer pleasure for only 49g of CO2/km.”

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PostHeaderIcon A Look Back at the Past 30 Years of Motoring – What’s Changed?

The Royal Automobile Club of the United Kingdom recently published a massive and very comprehensive infographic, detailing the changing motoring trends in Britain over the past thirty years. It makes for an amazing read, and sheds a lot of light on where we might be headed in the future, what predictions about the future of motoring may turn out to be true, and how we might all be mistaken about some of the changes we’re sure will take place. 

We won’t go through every year of that thirty years one by one. For that you can refer to report itself. Here we will give you an overview of the piece and mention some of the more startling points. It is astonishing what people used to think about the future of cars and motoring in 1998. Evidently, they have been wrong on many counts. For instance, when asked about what advanced feature they were looking to see on the cars of the future, most mentioned rear seatbelts! They didn’t have a clue how advanced the safety technologies would get, and they certainly didn’t know about the extent that computers will come to dominate that aspect of driving. That is fair enough, since computers still ran on leaded petrol in 1998 and nobody could even begin to comprehend how powerful they might get, and how quickly.

Another striking aspect of the report is the fact that most of the important advances in terms of car technology took place within a short period of time. Surveys revealed that people in the 90s thought it would take 20 or more years for all cars to be fitted with airbags as standard. What’s more, as late as 2010, ABS was considered a fancy safety feature reserved for high-end models. A few years after that we had ABS and airbags as ‘given’ equipment even on the cheapest of cars. The shift towards electronic safety gear took place in an even tighter window, and its growth has been exponential ever since. Clearly, this shows that the industry might go on for decades without any major innovation. But once a new infrastructural technology is introduced, a bunch of new features get introduced and change the trends in one massive sweep.

The RAC report also presents interesting information on how motoring laws have evolved in the UK. A lot of it, of course, has to do with speeding and speed cameras, and it shows a direct correlation between the rules getting harsher and the roads becoming busier and more congested. The rather peculiar fact is that, according to the report, more people are using public transportation now than 30 years ago. But simultaneously, more people are becoming dependent on their personal cars. Add to the equation the rise in population due to migration and what not, and it is not hard to see that the problem is going to get worse. So cut Her Majesty’s government some slack next time they introduce an even lower speed limit, or put more cameras up in your neck of the woods. They are wrestling with an eight-legged monster here!

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PostHeaderIcon 5G Connectivity Will Revolutionize Driving Safety

You may have come across the terms and Internet of Things in various TED talks and news snippets. But many don’t have the faintest the idea what these technologies mean and what impact they can have on our daily life. In this piece we will examine the advantages of the 5G connectivity, which is an ultra-fast mobile data network, on motoring safety

5G connectivity is named thus because it is the 5th generation of network connectivity technology, offering what its predecessors 3G and 4G offered, only more and faster.It’s all about the amount of data that can consumed and how fast. That is why 5G is said to finally make the vision of IoT (Internet of Things) a reality. What that means is, you have a bunch of stuff, appliances in plain terms, connected together to coordinate their function for the sake of convenience, efficiency, and of course safety.

In terms of driving safety, 5G connectivity enables evolutionary new features that are said to reduce accidents by up to 68 percent. Now, it’s a complicated system that is being proposed, involving not just the cars on the road, but some serious infrastructural equipment to be implemented throughout the cities. But once this system is up and running, motoring safety will be handed over, in large part, to machines and artificial intelligence. It’s about cars being connected to each other and the road, and a computer overlord controlling the lot so as to make sure your car won’t bumps into anything else – be it a car, a tree, or a human being.

Speaking of the equipment and the infrastructure, some of the items on the list for this system include infrared cameras, sensors and beacons. These will be embedded into the city’s infrastructure and communicate with the cars traveling on the roads and streets. One of example of a real-life application would be the cameras connected to traffic lights which detect the pedestrians and alert the car/driver through audio visual signals. They could also utilize other existing technologies such as auto-braking to stop the vehicle should the driver fails to respond. A lot of these technologies, of course, we already have. But 5G enables us to link them together and utilize them in amazing new ways.

Now, it goes without saying that a side effect of such technology would be an invasion of privacy. One reads about this stuff and immediately thinks Big Brother. It enables the government to know who is where and when, and in extreme scenarios even control the vehicles on the road. Then again, that is what we are going to get with autonomous vehicles, anyway. 5G will just pave the way for us to get there faster. And anyway, you cannot stop the flow of technology on ethical grounds. What we need to do is work on the ethical questions and implications of new technologies at the same time that we are developing them. If we postpone the issue until the tech has grown to big to manage, then we’re going to be in big trouble.

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PostHeaderIcon The New Bentley Bentayga Speed – How Much Is Enough?

Talk about excess! Bentley dropped today a new variant of their Bentayga SUV, and it’s a bit confusing. The variant in question is called the Bentayga Speed and it’s a super deluxe SUV with a top speed of 190 mph or 306 km/h. What we want to know is, who did Bentley have in mind when they came up with this? That one daredevil Arab playboy billionaire business boy who lives in Abu Dhabi? Because that’s the only type of person who would appreciate something like this. 

The average age of Bentley owners, even after taking into account the new flock of teenage internet millionaires, is still pretty high. It is safe to say that when you are a 55-year-old hedge fund executive you are not interested in speed and performance and acceleration. What you want from your Bentley, which you have bought to make a statement about your net worth, is comfort, luxury, and safety. The latter is probably why you have gone for the SUV model. Now is such a person ever likely to go faster 70 mph? We don’t think so. Looks like that extra 120 mph the Bentayga Speed is capable of is completely pointless.

But why are we analyzing this? Why do we care? Well, we are interested in the mindset that spawns stuff like the Bentayga Speed. This is old world luxury, full of excess and unnecessary garnish. It is wasteful and borderline unethical these days to concentrate so much power and resources where it’s not even going to be used, let alone put to a good use. It is an outdated notion that just because you can, you should do it. You realize we don’t make the same complaints against something like a Porsche GT2, because that car is meant to be fast and powerful. The power crammed into it is not going to be wasted. But who is ever going to max a Bentayga Speed? Who is that millionaire who has enough balls to risk his life going 300+ km/h in a high riding SUV?

Fitting a luxury SUV with a 635 PS 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged which gives it a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 306 km/h is the wrong way of upgrading the car. Bentley wants to sell more of these, instead of upping the power and speed they should put a cigar humidor in it with a lifetime supply of Montecristos. They should fit a drinks cabinet with a bottle cooler. A gun rack in the back for the shotguns and an espresso machine in the center console works a lot better in this car than ceramic brakes and trick suspension.

Alas, people these days are growing more and more superficial, caring more about numbers and statistics than the real substance of things. In a world where we measure happiness by the number of likes we get on social media rather than our true feelings, a pointless monstrosity like the Bentayga Speed is viewed as a hit.

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PostHeaderIcon Mitsubishi Puts its Concept Designs to Good Use in the 2020 ASX

We’re not going to lie. There have been a fair few occasions where we have lamented, in somewhat harsh terms, Mitsubishi’s tendency to come up fantastic SUV and crossover concepts which never see the light of day. Well, it seems they have been taking notice. No, they have not put into production one of those awesome concepts. But they have just revealed the new 2020 ASX and it amounts to the same thing. 

Now, if you are not familiar with the Mitsubishi ASX, this car does not seem particularly interesting to you. Sure, it looks handsome and all, but what’s so special about it? But those who have seen the previous versions of the car will be amazed at how much nicer the 2020 ASX is. And we have those concepts, those unsung heroes, to thank for it. Bear in mind the ASX is an affordable, mid-range crossover. That makes the new design all the more impressive. Granted, there is a lot of Pajero in there, but so what? It’s like saying there is a lot of David Beckham in Brooklyn. That’s a good thing!

Mitsubishi’s concept crossover saga dates back to the beginning of this decade. For years we watched them announce a new concept for every major motor show, and then kept watching as that sweet concept went nowhere. We didn’t see any reference to it in the production models they released. Now they seem to be making up for all those lost opportunities in the 2020 ASX. This car inherits features from a number of concept models. The chrome garnish under the lights, the new grille which is Mitsu’s corporate look these days, the vertical fog lamps, and the underbody protection parts. We have seen them before on the XR, the GT, and the E-Evolution models.

With its handsome new looks, the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX stands a good chance of taking the crossover market by storm. For European markets, ASX is powered by a 2.0L MIVEC 16-valve engine equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or the INVECS-III CVT with six-speed Sports Mode. Both two and four-wheel-drive versions are available. So if you get one that doesn’t go anywhere, that’s your fault. The car also boasts he RISE impact safety body and a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking system, as well as Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA). So it’s fair to day it’s not lacking in the technology department, either.

We predict big things ahead for the ASX, and for the brand itself, if they keep the momentum. As we said before, we would love to see Mitsubishi getting back on top, becoming once again that cool car maker who always gave sportiness a higher priority than safety, sales, and sanity!

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PostHeaderIcon The Easiest Way To Make Your Car Cooler, Literally…

Over the years in these here pages we have discussed many different ways of “tricking out” a car and gone through the advantages and drawbacks of each. Admittedly though, we have been neglecting one of the most obvious tricks, perhaps princely because it is so obvious. Some of may have already guessed it: window tinting. 

Pretty much all of the visual modifications the tuning world has to offer come with certain provisos. We can’t think of a single mod that is everyone’s cup of tea, except for tinting. To be sure, there are degrees to this. Some like a lighter shade whereas others think anything less than a full presidential tint is a waste of money. But nobody dislikes them, which of course means window tinting is a nice and easy way of making your car cooler.

Now, that is both literally and figuratively. Any car would benefit aesthetically from a nice tint. And there are added advantages that comes with sun protection films. One is, needless to say, protection against the harmful rays of such which also regulating the temperature inside your car. What many people don’t realize though, is the positive effect a professional tint could have on your fuel bills. With a good tint that absorbs or reflects most of the unwanted sunlight, the interior of your car stays nice and cool, which eliminates the need for air conditioning to be turned on. And everybody knows that air con is the biggest fuel efficiency killer. With the climate change and global warming and long summers, window tinting is not going to be optional in the near future. Just look at the traffic is desert countries. Every single one has a heavy black tint.

Yet another reason for going for a tint is privacy. This is for some a more important feature of window tints than the others. If you live somewhere where people are nosy, or you just wish to protect your family’s privacy from prying eyes at a set of light, then a tint is a must for you. What’s more, a good tint could prevent your car from getting broken into. Thieves are lazy people – otherwise they would get a regular job – and want an easy score. If they can’t see the briefcase you have left on the rear seat they are not going to try their luck on the off-chance it might be there. They move on to the next un-tinted car where they can see the insides. Just a word of warning, check with the local authorities before you get a full black tint. In some areas the police frowns upon deep tints.

For us, window tinting is an absolute no-brainer because of all the above-mentioned benefits. But if we were to choose one, we’d go with the looks. Name any car you like, and chances are it would look better with a tint. But, as with everything, there are certain pitfalls. For example, you don’t want a presidential tint on a Ford Fiesta. It could do with a light, 25 percent depth smoky tint. If you drive an Escalade, however, you are advised to go coal black all around.

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PostHeaderIcon The Right Private Number Plate For Your Car

Let us be clear about one thing right from the get go. Vanity plates, personalized registration numbers, private number plates, or whatever else you want to call them are big game nowadays. If you think they are stupid, then this piece is not for you. But if you always fancied one, then read on to make sure you get the right one for the right car. It matters, since we are talking about what is essentially an accessory. 

Some people are against the whole idea of personalized, private number plates because there is a degree of showing off in that. And while that’s true, we don’t reckon you can hold it against those who want a piece of the action in the same way that you can’t fault someone for wanting an expensive, fancy mobile number. Some people just like it. The difference is, whereas with the mobile number you can be a plumber and have a rock star-level number, with the number plates you really have to have the right car for, say, a Cherished 2 letter x 1 number plate. Otherwise you will look like a massive knob.

That is not a major cause of concern, though, given the price of a really high-level private number plate. The example above for a 2 letter x 1 number Cherished Dateless plate can be as much a house. You just have to pop over to and see for yourself. These top dog plates are for the high-end supercars – your Bugattis and Paganis. But if you are like only modestly successful in whatever it is you do, there are still great choices in the 20K to 50K bracket. The letter could be your initials, and the number your lucky number. That’s the way it goes, isn’t it? Needless to say, the more letters and numbers you include in there, the lower the price gets, and the less cool your plate will be.

What you don’t wanna do is get a 30 grand private plate for a 20 grand hatchback, even though it would be hilarious. A general rule of thumb is that your personalized plate should not cost more than one third of the price of your car. Why? Because if it’s anymore – and people would now thanks to the above-mentioned source for private plates – you will come off as a phoney who wants to appear grander than his means. And really, is there anything less cool than that? That doesn’t mean if you drive a 20 grand car you shouldn’t get a private plate. It just means for that you car you are better off choosing from the “regular” list with a post or prefix. These are a lot more affordable, but to be honest in order to get a really cool one you have to be both lucky and imaginative with letters and numbers.

That is what we think is so cool about the NewReg website. You can browse thousands of available plates there, or create your own and see if it’s available. What’s more, some plates offered by the site are negotiable in terms of price. So you won’t necessarily have to pay the sticker price. There is even an option for offering a price if a plate has no taker, and you may even add a number plate on retention.


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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy – The Rare Case Where Bland Is Good

If you a regular follower of this motoring journal, you know that are a few things we hate more than bland and boring cars. We think they are an abomination, up there with costume parties and superheroes. But we have to admit, sometime we tend to overgeneralize when we use inflict a car with those ghastly terms. You see, the truth is we only hate bland cars that are also rubbish at being bland. Yes, there is an art to that. There is a way you can get a great bland car. Just look at the Subaru Legacy. 

Now, you may ask why would anyone want a bland car in the first place? The answer is simple. Sometimes you just want to blend in. Sometimes it is actually cooler to turn up somewhere in an invisible car than in something people notice. School run is one example, and funerals is another, which amount to the same thing. In any case, some situations call for a bland car. What’s more, if we car guys are brutally honest with each other, we would admit that outside of our own circle being marked as a car guy is not the coolest thing in the world. There have been occasions where we wished our car didn’t set us apart as someone “who likes cars.” Like it or not, that phrase has certain stereotypes attached to it.

That brings us to the Subaru Legacy. Now, this is a car you can forget about owning, and that is just perfect . It it perfect because a day-to-day runabout should not stand out. It should not occupy a space in your consciousness as you go about your daily business. It must be like a comfy pair of slippers: an extension of your limbs. And that is what the Legacy does brilliantly. This car, especially in white, is like a pair of jeans. It works everywhere, it’s comfortable, it’s supportive, and it’s practical. Of course, there are many bland cars that have these very characteristics. But not may of them offer a package as well-rounded as that of the old Subi.

For one thing, the Legacy is a Subaru which is a brand famous for its bulletproof reliability. So it’s not going to bother you for years with – another reason it’s forgettable, but in a good way. Also, the Legacy is quite good-looking in its latest iteration, at least for a bland car. So if someone does notice it, or if you catch a glimpse of yourself in a shop window or something, you are not going to be embarrassed. This new 2020 model you see here has something of the Impreza about it, which is nice. Then we have the features and the technical specs, both of which are at least a head and shoulders above the competition, even though the price tag for this model is usually much lower.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy boasts a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter in the XT model, and a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter in others. It also comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as well as available tablet-style high-definition 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK multimedia screen, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, as well as all the other bells and whistles you are used to in this segment. This car is like a notorious soup that also happens to be somewhat tasty. It’s good for you, you consume a lot of it, and you will like it, even though in the back of your mind you are thinking about a big juicy steak.


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PostHeaderIcon Celebrating an Icon: The NSX Turns 30

Before we begin, let us point out that we can’t be bothered with all the marketing nonsense that results in a model having multiple brands associated with it. So instead of referring to the subject of this laudatory post as the Honda NSX or the Acura NSX, we’re going to just call it the NSX. This iconic sports-verging-on-super car is turning 30 this year, and that’s an occasion worth marking in every petrolhead’s calendar. 

Much has been said of the NSX’s greatness and heritage and character. This car does not need to prove itself. It was a favorite of Ayrton Senna – that says it all. What we would like to explore in this piece, as we pay homage to the car, is if the new NSX, which is interestingly only the second generation model, a worthy successor to that legendary model from the 90s we all know and love. And again, we are not questioning the merits of the new boy. It’s a superb car on its own. We are just going to examine it vis-a-vis what made the first model such a superstar. We want to know if the new NSX will someday turn into a collectible classic whose very image evokes fond memories in the hearts of every car lover.

To do that we need first to remind ourselves of the original NSX and its magnificent recipe. I am not old enough to remember the car’s actual debut at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on February 9, 1989. But I do remember the first time I clapped eyes on a picture of it in a car magazine. And I remember how I was totally blow away by the low-slung nose, the streamlined side profile with those unique opening, and the sweet, sweet shape of the front and rear fascia. And need I say anything about the pop-up headlights combined with those nice and clean strips down below? Everything about the looks of that car worked, and it is still working 30 years on. I still get the “fizz” when I look at the car. I believe it is was one of the all-time great car designs – a design so great, even Honda themselves couldn’t copy it properly.

That brings us to the looks of the new boy, the 2019 NSX. There is no doubt that it is a striking-looking machine. When yo look at the two next to each other you can clearly see that the designers have got the proportions right. Sadly though, we don’t see any of the features we loved on the original on the new model. Okay, so pop up headlights are out of the question. But what’s with the feline look of the car around the front? And why couldn’t it have the one-of-a-kind aero design of the old model with the flat engine cover and the integrated tail wing? Trying to be in tune with the times, they have made the new NSX all round and curvy, which is fair enough, but it means the new model is far less special than the original. So going by the looks alone, we would still have the first-gen car over the modern version.

So what about the mechanical features, then? Well, when the NSX first came out thirty years ago it boasted a 270-horsepower VTEC V6. Now, the VTEC technology which has to do with valve timing was an innovative back then as the hybrid system in the new model is today. The thing is though, back then only a handful of manufacturers had such weapons in their arsenal, whereas today pretty much anybody can whip out a hybrid power plant that utilizes electricity for extra oomph. Granted, the three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive in the new version is quite exquisite. But we have to say comparing that VTEC to this new hybrid is like comparing a 30-year-old Macallan to a 12-year old Chivas. The latter is still impressive, but that former is the one you want.

Summing up the above-mentioned points, I think you can tell that we would have the original NSX over the pristine new model every day of the week. Does that mean we think the modern version is rubbish? Not at all. We just wish they could have integrated more of the original in the new blend. Still, we’re glad that there are plenty of old NSXs around so, when the time comes, we could find a good one and start the process of lovingly restoring it to original glory.

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PostHeaderIcon Heads Up: Automated Driving Is About To Go Mainstream!

We have known for while now that autonomous cars are a fact of daily life in the near future. But still, this phenomenon remains for the most part an abstract idea that a lot of people can’t get their head around. That might soon change, though. You know automated driving is here when a car like the VW Passat is getting it.

Well, it’s a partial system for now, but the new Passat, to be launched at the next Geneva Motor Show in March, will boast a new system called Travel Assist which works with IQ.DRIVE. I know, that sounds strange and all. And we would have made fun of it, had it been presented on an outlandish concept or design study. But this is the new 2020 VW Passat we’re talking about – the car of the people. And it’s getting a partial automated driving system capable of navigating itself at any speed (0 to 210 km/h). It is a small leap from there to fully autonomous vehicles and connected cars.

Actually, we might have already arrived at the age of connected cars. This very Passat also comes with an always-on infotainment system. The Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) featured on this car as standard is permanently online via an integrated sim card. Such a system will undoubtedly offer many benefits and advantages. But it also raises some concerns about privacy. Good luck denying being somewhere when your car is always connected to the internet, which of course makes you extremely traceable.

While we are on the subject of the new Passat, let’s see what other new interesting technologies this car has which will soon be featured on any mid-range family sedan. Well, it has a capacitative steering wheel which works with the driver’s touch and activates “Emergency Steering Assist”, which in turn increases safety when performing evasive manoeuvres by means of braking interventions. There is also the interactive “IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights”, and all of this is tied together via a digital cockpit featuring enhanced high-contrast graphics display with multiple configurations.

Needless to say, such an advanced vehicle could be not be offered with only a bunch of fossil fuel-burning motors. So you get new variants such as the Passat GTE which has a hybrid system with a 218 PS output and a 55 to 70 km (depending on which cycle you are using to measure) of pure electric range. The new Passat, then, is right up the alley of the modern, tech-savvy buyers who can’t wait for full autonomy because s/he want to spend more time on the phone rather than behind the wheel. For this reason we reckon the 2020 Passat will be a hit with the customers. And for that very reason we already hate it!

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PostHeaderIcon Dear Mitsubishi, Please Come Back!

A question many petrolheads have been asking this past few years is what the hell has happened to Mitsubishi? For decades this iconic Japanese car maker was a byword for performance, value and quality. And then one day they just sort of stopped being that. Honestly, we are not even sure what Mitsu is making these days. 

We just know whatever it is they are making, it is not interesting because otherwise we’d be talking about them a lot more. Those of you old enough to remember Mitsu’s heyday recall that they were famous for two things. One was making sports coupes and saloons – the likes of the Lancer Evo and the 3000 GT. The other was, of course, producing rugged SUVs unrivaled in terms of performance and durability. The latter is still the case, even though they are now focused more on making their SUVs more environmentally friendly. But as far as sports cars are concerned, they seem to have dropped them like a bad habit.

One would understand that under the current economic climate, and considering the trends of the automotive world, it would not make too much sense for Mitsubishi to bring back something like the 3000 GT. But what we would like to know is, why aren’t we getting a new Lancer? And we don’t mean a Lancer like those rubbish mid-range executive boxes that legendary nameplate degenerated into before it gets forgotten altogether. When we say Lancer we mean the Evo, that magnificent sports saloon that was the envy of car makers everywhere. Where did that go?

If you listen to Mitsu officials they will tell you that they have not dropped the Lancer. But if you delve deeper and look for more details, release dates, and specs, they’ll draw a blank. And that, frankly, is what we don’t get. Something like the Lancer Evo is very much a car of the times. For starters, it has that cool and highly respected badge and that is something people appreciate greatly these days. Plus, a practical four-door saloon with a high-performance powertrain and sweet handling has proven itself to be a successful recipe, even in the age of hybrids and electrics. What’s more, launching a new Lancer is the optimum chance for Mitsubishi to step up their hybrid/electric game. We’re sure nobody would object to the idea of a hybrid Lancer in which a small electric motor is employed to boost up the oomph.

Sadly though, Mitsubishi’s top brass seem preoccupied, as they have been for a number of years now, with trying to create the best crossover possible. Now, it would have been alright if they could actually pull it off. Instead, all they have managed to do so far is come up with a new fancy concept each year – and they all look fairly similar to each other – promising this time they have cracked it. The latest of this bunch is the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept you see above, set for debut at the next year’s Geneva Motor Show. Come on, Mitsu. Not again. We reckon there is an urgent need for a few heads to roll up at the Mitsu HQ.

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PostHeaderIcon Are Digital Instruments Coming to Affordable Cars? New Renault Clio Says Yes

There are a lot of things we don’t like about the incredibly fast pace at which the auto industry advances. But one thing we do like is the fact that this relentless pursuit of better and fancier means that we can now get tech features that were exclusive to high-end luxury cars only a few years ago in humble little hatchbacks. A good instance of this is the completely digital instrument binnacles which will soon be available with the new Renault Clio.

Just take a look at that dashboard. Not that long ago having digital switches and knobs for the air con system was considered the height of technology in a family hatchback. Now though, the new Renault Clio comes with not just a central screen but also a ‘Smart Cockpit’ digital instrument binnacle. And those are not any old screens, but a massive 9.3 inch tablet for the dashboard and an even bigger 10 inch monitor for the configurable instrument panel. And below these you get a wireless charger for your phone. We feel compelled to point this out again: this is not a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW. This is a small French hatchback you will be able to buy on a college student’s budget. Amazing!

Now, whether all that techie stuff are strictly necessary in a car of this size and class – or indeed any car – is besides the point. Granted, we have lived perfectly well with out cars for more than a hundred years without the benefit of fancy graphics in our binnacles. And it’s true that some of those flashy digital dials could prove to be distracting. But this kind of gimmicks are what people like these days, and the fact that we are able to have them in cheap cars is pretty cool. That means cheap cars are no longer going to be boring and sparse and horrible. That digital instrument alone is enough to cheer you up in the morning on the way to work.

Now that we are talking about the new Renault Clio, let’s delve deeper into that cabin and see what’s what. Renault is not yet ready to reveal the whole thing, only the interior. But it’s a good interior. Apart from the digital stuff mentioned above, the new Clio’s cockpit features  high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. This is another aspect of that fast-moving advance we were just talking about. The seats, steering wheel, door panels and consoles have also been redesigned and improved in terms of ergonomics and material. In short, then, the new Clio’s cabin is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in this segment.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Corvette Drivers Series – Honoring Champions Or Unloading the Last of the C7s?

So just before we all tune into the weekend, Chevrolet announced a new bunch of special editions Corvettes. This is typical of all car makers when they are close to revealing an all-new version of a popular model. They release a special version to both commemorate that particular generation of the car, and, let’s face it, sell what they have left of them in stock. So please welcome the new 2019 Corvette Drivers Series.

Not that there is anything terribly wrong with that, except for the price, of course. You see, it would have been nicer if car makers actually lowered the price on the final batches of an outgoing model to unload the stock. But since they figure out people are willing to pay more for a badge, or a stripe, they’ve been having a field day emptying the pocket of their fans with all sorts of celebratory versions and special editions. The kings of this trick are the German manufacturers. But American car makers are fast catching up, as evidenced by the 2019 Corvette Drivers Series. This is a series of uniquely-specified ‘Vettes in four flavors named after Corvette Racing drivers Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.

If we’re honest though, once you get over the fact that your’re being kind of hustled here, these special C7s are actually kinda tasty. Each has its own exclusive highlights, but they all share a number of technical specs that make this batch very sweet as far driving and performance are concerned. The 2019 Corvette Drivers Series feature a 6.2L LT1 engine rated at 460 horsepower (343 kW) with dry-sump oiling system designed to support high-performance track driving. They also boast wide fenders, 19×10-inch front and 20×12-inch rear wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, extra cooling ducts, Brembo brake system, magnetic ride control, Five-position Driver Mode Selector, limited-slip diff, camera system, head-up display, leather everywhere, and available Z07 package adds larger carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires.

What really sets these models, offered on Grand Sport 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims, apart is the color and graphics packages. That is the reason those four drivers have lent their names and reputation to Chevy. That is also why they have a MSRP of $4,995 for 1LT and 2LT trims and $5,995 for the 3LT trim. Below is a list of the special design features for each of the four Corvette Drivers Series:

  • Tommy Milner Edition: Elkhart Lake Blue exterior with silver stripes and red hash marks, body-color mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers. Jet Black Suede interior (leather seats on 1LT) with red seat belts.
  • Oliver Gavin Edition: Shadow Gray exterior with Torch Red center stripe and Torch Red hash marks, Carbon Flash mirrors, black wheels with red stripe, red brake calipers. Adrenaline Red interior with red seat belts.
  • Jan Magnussen Edition: Arctic White exterior with Crystal Red stripes and gray hash marks, body-color mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers. Jet Black interior with red seat belts; red stitching on 3LT trim.
  • Antonio Garcia Edition: Racing Yellow exterior with “Jake” stinger stripe, red hash marks, Carbon Flash mirrors, black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers. Jet Black interior; yellow stitching on 3LT trim.

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End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 12:25:32 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang Coupe Base 1966 Mustang In-line 6 Coupe 60k miles
$1,800.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 19:44:43 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
$10,600.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 17:00:00 PDT
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Texas Direct Auto 2010 2SS Used 6.2L V8 16V Manual RWD Coupe Premium OnStar
End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 10:01:17 PDT
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1983 Chevrolet Other Pickups Rust Free Original Paint Survivor 2wd C20 350 Auto. Pristine AutoCheck Report!
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 20:45:00 PDT
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Texas Direct Auto 2015 GT Premium Used 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Convertible
$15,300.00 (33 Bids)
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 10:03:00 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet C-10 1972 Chevy C10 Custom Delux
$5,500.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 16:01:56 PDT
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1948 Chevrolet Other Pickups 2 Dr Base 1948 CHEVY 5W LS5.3 PICKUP
$10,500.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 18:10:34 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $14,500.00
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1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1950 CHEVY 3100
$6,095.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 8:19:08 PDT
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1941 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1941 Chevy 3100 Short Bed Truck Original Patina Hot Rod Rat Rod Street Rod 235
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 8:58:07 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11,000.00
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1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 289 Restomod project car with LOTS of trick parts
$6,500.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 17:17:44 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet C-10 Custom olid 1972 Chevrolet Custom C20 project truck.
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 17:35:54 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $1,999.00
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 6.2L V8 Manual 28,665 Miles Removable Top HUD
$30,100.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 12:17:46 PDT
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2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 86,372 Miles Pale Adobe Metallic 4D SuperCrew 5.0L V8 FFV
$9,400.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 19:07:29 PDT
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1950 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1950 chevrolet truck complete 48 49 50 51 52 chevy
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 10:16:17 PDT
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Beautiful Car
End Date: Thursday Mar-21-2019 16:04:44 PDT
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 Awesome 1969 Chevrolet P 10 STEP VAN SHOP VAN
End Date: Friday Mar-22-2019 18:58:02 PDT
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 Chevy 3100 Short Box Big Window Pick Up!
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 15:46:25 PDT
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 chevy truck
End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 17:00:47 PDT
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1972 Ford F-100 Custom 1972 Ford F100 Short Bed
$3,027.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 15:34:37 PDT
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS 6MT SYNERGY GREEN RARE COLOR COMBO SPEEDINC TUNED
$18,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 14:36:35 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang Convertible 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible, runs great! PS, Power top, TRADES?
$9,900.00 (44 Bids)
End Date: Monday Mar-25-2019 10:35:27 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet Corvette Base 1972 Chevrolet Corvette driver quality
$11,499.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 14:23:51 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 1968 Mustang Fastback GT390 S Code 4 Speed
$75,200.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Mar-20-2019 19:44:30 PDT
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1969 Ford Mustang 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach 1 (Tribute)
$9,088.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 13:00:06 PDT
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2017 Ford Mustang GT 2017 Ford Mustang GT
$21,100.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 17:17:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $35,000.00
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1935 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1935 Chevrolet Custom Street Rod Pick Up Truck/ V-8 with Fuel Injection
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 18:15:29 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $27,000.00
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1985 Chevrolet C-10 silverado 1985 Chevrolet C10 Lowered showtruck
$13,085.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Mar-23-2019 16:00:00 PDT
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