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PostHeaderIcon X-Tomi’s Rendering of a Three-Door Urus Proves Lamborghini Should Make One

We’re still coming to grips with the long-awaited arrival of the Lamborghini Urus, but that hasn’t stopped artist X-Tomi Design from making us crave once again for a Urus model that may not even come. Just as soon as Lamborghini unveiled the four-door Urus, the rendering genius decided to create a different version of the super SUV, one that has two doors instead of four. This is what a two-door Lamborghini Urus looks like, and it looks incredible.


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“The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality”

Before anybody gets their hopes up, a point of order is in order. Lamborghini has made no plans of developing a two-door version of the Urus. It’s not in the cards, at least as far as we know. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wish for one, especially after seeing X-Tomi Design’s rendering. The coupe-SUV look of the two-door Urus actually fits more with Lamborghini’s own personality. That’s not to say that the current four-door Urus looks bland and upright — it’s sexy in its own way — but the two-door version looks sleeker and sexier. In other words, it looks like a proper Lamborghini.

That said, going the route of a two-door setup does have its disadvantages, specifically when it comes to space. Part of what makes the current Urus special is that it has a luxurious interior that goes well with the aggressive exterior. A two-door version could still produce that luxury element, but it’s going to come at the cost of less space in the cabin, particularly in the rear section the high point of luxury is more prominently shown. Lamborghini would have to give up that aspect of the current Urus’ offering if it goes in the direction of a two-door version.


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Note: Land Rover Evoque Two-Doors pictured here.

In the event it does offer a two-door Urus in the future, it’s going to enter a market that isn’t as populated as the four-door segment. By and large, companies that have launched two-door SUVs have seen their models crash and burn. The two-door version of the Range Rover Evoque has managed to remain relevant, but the list of crossovers and SUVs that had a similar configuration reads like the obituary section of the Sunday newspaper. Very few models lasted the test of time because customers didn’t want them. A two-door Urus can be an exception because it’s a Lamborghini. Its reputation as a performance car brand allows it to circumvent the usual advantages associated with four-door SUVs, including cabin and cargo space. No one’s going to mistake the Urus for a people-carrier because it really isn’t one in the first place. It’s a high-riding supercar that’s packaged as a four-door SUV.

Know what could potentially be better than that? Get rid of the two rear doors and unleash the Urus as the 650-horsepower super SUV that it really is.

References

Lamborghini Urus


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Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.


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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.


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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Cadillac CT5 Spied For The First Time

The Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans are not long for this world, and will permanently bite the dust as soon as they reach the end of their production cycle in the next year and a half or so. As such, a fresh four-door replacement dubbed the CT5 is undergoing real-world testing as we speak, as evidenced by this new batch of spy shots.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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Back in July, General Motors announced that Cadillac would ditch the ATS and CTS lines in favor of a single model, namely the up-and-coming CT5, ushering in a new era for Caddy’s luxury-stuffed four-doors. Now, we have our hands on the first batch of spy shots to reveal the 2020 Cadillac CT5, showing it in camo’d form out and about on wet, leaf-strewn streets in preparation for a launch sometime next year.

Of course, GM is playing this one rather close to the chest, outfitting the test mule with somebody components intended to throw us off the scent, including a bolstered bodywork in the flanks and a sizable hood scoop to boot. It’s the sort of components that, at first glance, are meant to suggest the this isn’t a Caddy, but rather some kind of upcoming Dodge Charger. However, GM ain’t pulling a fast one this time. We’re on to your game!


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“The new Cadillac CT5 should take its styling cues from the Cadillac Escala Concept that dropped in 2016, pictured above.”

The new CT5 is reportedly codenamed the A2LL, and will take its styling cues from the Cadillac Escala concept that debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2016.

Features include a coupe-like roofline, which falls into the shortened rear end to create some subtle cab-back proportions along with the extended hoodline. And obviously, it’s impossible to tell exactly what’s going on under all that body wrap and faux padding, but we can still pick out a few details here and there. The nose appears to employ a large, crest-like grille for the central intake, as well as a slimmer lower intake and side intakes as well. The headlights appear quite slim in shape, and look to include LED lighting elements in horizontal lines with outer main projectors. There’s also a pair of side markers just ahead of the front wheels along the inner fender lines.


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“We expect the CT5 to get the next-generation Alpha platform from General Motors, or more specifically, the long wheelbase iteration”

Under the skin, we expect the CT5 to get the next-generation Alpha platform from General Motors, or more specifically, the long wheelbase iteration. As for the powertrain lineup, the CT5 will use all the familiar engines we’ve seen from Caddy in the past. These will include a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V-6, and of course, GM’s party piece, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 for the hot-to-trot V-Series trim line. We’re also expecting a plug-in hybrid version of the 2.0-liter four to drop shortly after the CT5 launches.

As for the rest of the drivetrain, a 10-speed automatic will be used across the board, with performance enthusiasts grabbing the six-speed manual in the V-Series. Both AWD and RWD will be offered (RWD as standard and AWD as an option), while the V-Series will be exclusively RWD.

Production will kick off in Q2 or Q3 of 2019. The CT5 will be built at GM’s plant in Lansing Grand River.

References


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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon Chevy Drops Teaser of Silverado 4500 and 5500 Prior to March Debut

Chevrolet has dropped a darkened teaser image of its upcoming medium-duty truck, the 2019 Silverado 4500 and 5500. The truck will compete directly with the Ram 4500 and 5500, along with the Ford F-450, F-550, and even the F-650. Chevy officially announced the trucks were coming at the 2017 Texas State Fair.

In a statement at the fair back in September of 2017, John Schwegman, Chevy’s U.S. director of commercial product, said, “We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow. The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more.”

The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be powered by the current 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel and use the Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and 4WD will be offered, as well as the regular cab and crew cab configurations. Important to upfitter companies, the trucks will come in a variety of wheelbases and GVWRs to accommodate a wide range of jobs. Fleet managers will also appreciate the optional of 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for keeping track of fleet maintenance and vehicle locations.

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The Teaser Photo After Editing


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We ran the mysterious, darkened teaser photo through some edition software and came up with more detail than Chevy likely intended for us to see. The shadows were easily lightened and the grille, headlights, and bumper were quickly revealed.

The headlights are from the current Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty (2500 & 3500), while the bumper, hood, and grille are all unique pieces. Unlike the Cab of the TopKick and Kodiak, the new 4500 and 5500 won’t be based on the Express van. Rather, these will have the Silverado’s cab and interior.

Chevy’s Resurging Commercial Fleet


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“Now with the return of the 4500- and 5500-series trucks, General Motors will once again be able to compete against Ford’s impressive F-Series lineup”

General Motors’ commercial presence took a huge nosedive during the 2008 recession. The Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick medium-duty trucks were dropped and GM’s partnership with Isuzu floundered. Thankfully, Isuzu and Chevy announced their revived partnership in 2015 with the Low-Cab Forward medium-duty trucks. Now with the return of the 4500- and 5500-series trucks, General Motors will once again be able to compete against Ford’s impressive F-Series lineup. While Ford doesn’t offer a low-cab forward truck, the automaker does have a Stripped Chassis vehicle that can be upfitted in the aftermarket with nearly any cab and body. Ford also has the E-Series and Transit van cutaways. In the medium-duty segment, the F-Series includes the F-650 and F-750. Bridging the gap are the Super Duty-based F-450 and F-550.

On the Ram size, the Ram 4500 and 5500 are designed after the Ram 2500 and 3500 series truck. Ram currently doesn’t build a true medium-duty or a low-cab forward truck, but does offer cutaway vans thanks to the ProMaster.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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PostHeaderIcon Will Hyundai’s Upcoming Supercar Use DNA From the Kia Stinger?

Hyundai has confirmed plans to build its first-ever supercar. Now that we know what the Korean automaker is planning, the time for speculation begins. There are a lot of different directions we can go to, but we’re focusing on Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, and the latter’s own — and new — performance car: the Kia Stinger GT. Knowing what we know about the Stinger GT and Kia’s admission that the sports sedan is capable of so much more, is it possible that Hyundai could tap into the Stinger’s DNA as it develops its own supercar?


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“Part of the endless string of narratives surrounding the Stinger GT was the possibility of a more potent version coming in the next few years.”

It’s been a year since the Kia Stinger GT first made our hearts flutter. The sleek and sexy 365-horsepower machine debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, becoming one of the most talked-about cars of the past year. Part of the endless string of narratives surrounding the Stinger GT was the possibility of a more potent version coming in the next few years. Some have even christened it the Stinger “GT-R,” a reference to Nissan’s mighty Godzilla that resides just across the Korea Strait in Japan.

Albert Biermann, the head of Kia’s high-performance division, didn’t exactly shoot down those rumors, but he did say that we shouldn’t expect to see a hardcore Stinger GT anytime soon. “The [Stinger GT] has more potential no doubt, but at this point, there is no plan to do more,” Biermann told Motoring Australia last June.

Is it possible then that Hyundai steps into the picture, looks at the Stinger GT’s DNA, and borrows some of it for the development of its own supercar?

The thought is tantalizing, but I think it’s too much of a reach to expect something like that to happen. It’s hard for me to see a scenario wherein Hyundai doesn’t work on its first-ever supercar by itself. Sure, it could borrow bits and pieces from Kia’s own development, but “borrowing” specific elements from the Stinger GT and adopting it into its supercar development feels like a move to cut corners and costs.


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“If Hyundai wants to make a big impression with its first supercar, it needs to be all-in on the development of the car”

If Hyundai wants to make a big impression with its first supercar, it needs to be all-in on the development of the car. No stones should be left unturned, and no cost should be deemed too expensive. A more realistic argument also can be made of the status of the Stinger GT and Hyundai’s planned supercar. Unless the latter has a different interpretation of “supercar,” we expect it to enter a higher segment than Kia’s prized sports sedan. There’s a reason why we got excited about the thought of seeing a two-seater hybrid supercar to come out of Hyundai. It’s never been done before, and the potential to excite is there.

Hyundai shouldn’t waste that potential by giving us elements we’ve already seen from Kia. Make it new and make it exciting!

References


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Wonders Will Never Cease – Hyundai is Seriously Working on a Supercar


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Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.


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Read our full review on the 2014 Hyundai PassoCorto Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon Wonders Will Never Cease – Hyundai is Seriously Working on a Supercar

Hyundai is preparing to enter the big leagues, and I’m not talking about baseball. The Korean automaker has made its plans known to develop a supercar. Yes, a supercar. This isn’t your dad’s Hyundai anymore. This is the new Hyundai that’s taking its shot at becoming an automaker that can compete with the likes of Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and dare I say, Ferrari and Lamborghini.


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“Our first glimpse of what the N Division is capable of came with the launch of the i30 N”

It only took 10 days into 2018 for the auto industry’s first big bombshell to drop. The thought of Hyundai developing a supercar may come as a shock to some people, but the Korean automaker has come a long way from its past life as a purveyor of cheap and flavorless cars. Over the years, Hyundai has ventured into higher ground. It’s become a force in the crossover and SUV markets, and it’s slowly gotten a foothold in the luxury car segment. Most recently, the Korean automaker created the N Division, a performance-focused arm that it plans to grow into a certified alternative to Europe’s finest performance divisions.

Our first glimpse of what the N Division is capable of came with the launch of thei30 N, a hot hatchback that’s on its way to challenging the establishment in its segment. The new performance division is off to a good start, and according to Hyundai’s Vice President for Research and Development, Yang Woong Chul, the people who are part of the N division will be taking the lead in developing the proposed two-seater hybrid supercar.

“At the Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai Chief Designer, Luc Donckerwolke, confirmed that Hyundai is working on a supercar.”

Details are still foggy on Hyundai’s specific plans, but in a conversation with Drive at the Consumer Electronics Show, chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, confirmed that Hyundai’s working on a supercar. More importantly, the development has progressed to the point that Donckerwolke himself admitted that he’s “reviewing a project” next week after CES ends. For those who don’t know the man, Donckerwolke is the same man behind the designs of two of the most iconic Lamborghinis in history — the Gallardo and Murcielago. If he says he’s “reviewing a project,” it points to one thing: a supercar.

A slow build


” The idea of a Hyundai exotic has been thrown around in the past. The Hyundai PassoCorto concept is a good example of that. ”

Go back to some of Hyundai’s past concepts and you’ll notice that the idea of a Hyundai exotic has been thrown around in the past. The Hyundai PassoCorto concept is a good example of that. The two-seater sports car made its debut in 2014, and, for all intents and purposes, it looked like a proper exotic, albeit a smaller version that fell into the size category of the Alfa Romeo 4C. At that time, it became clear that Hyundai had the right design team that was capable of designing a high-end performance machine.

In 2015, Hyundai introduced a far more extreme example of what its design team was capable of when it unveiled the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. Sure, the car may have been created for the Gran Turismo video game franchise, but like the PassoCorto Concept, it planted some seeds in the industry on what the Korean automaker was capable of.

What can we expect?


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“According to Hyundai's Vice President for Research and Development, Yang Woong Chul, the goal is to steer away from using big internal combustion engines and use electric motors as much as possible”

Sources with knowledge of Hyundai’s supercar plans have also told Drive that the automaker is well past the point of talking about the development of a supercar. Apparently, the company is already benchmarking a number of supercars at its development center in South Korea. Among the cars mentioned include a Porsche 911 Turbo and a Lamborghini Huracan, two performance machines that are considered legitimate supercars in the business.

As it is now, the proposed Hyundai supercar will likely use batteries and an electric motor to achieve a high-level of performance. According to Hyundai’s Vice President for Research and Development, Yang Woong Chul, the goal is to steer away from using big internal combustion engines and use, “as much as possible,” electric motors.

By the looks of it, Hyundai’s planned supercar will at least come in hybrid form. Speculation is expected to increase once we get more details about the exotic machine, but if anybody’s still doubting the Korean automaker’s ability to build one, take the word of the company execs who are already talking about it.

Or as Yang Woong Chul said, “It is pretty high performance. It is serious.”

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.


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Read our full review on the 2014 Hyundai PassoCorto Concept.


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Read more Hyundai news.


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Read more CES news.

PostHeaderIcon Breaking: BMW 8 Series Leaks With an Ugly Rear End

We’ve seen too many spy shots of the upcoming 8 Series for its exterior design to be a mystery, but some important details were still hidden under wraps. And needless to say, the concept car looked way to aggressive for a production model. The flagship coupe is still a few months away from going public, but we can already have a look at its design thanks to a batch of photos that just surfaced the Interwebz. The 8 Series shown in Bimmer Post’s leak is white, camo-free, and confirms that the new coupe will be just a slightly fancied-up 6 Series.


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“The rear end is indeed unique thanks to its long and slim headlamps, the massive license plate recess in the bumper, and the black trim around the diffuser-like element”

Its front fascia is far from surprising. We’re looking at the same design cues seen on most current Bimmers, especially the slim, angular headlamps and the three-piece intake in the bumper. The grille is the only feature that’s slightly different, being wider and having sharp outer edges, but we’ve seen that too on some of the brand’s concept cars. The long hood and the roof seem similar to the outgoing 6 Series in terms of shape size, so the 8 Series is far from being a full-sized competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

The rear end is indeed unique thanks to its long and slim headlamps, the massive license plate recess in the bumper, and the black trim around the diffuser-like element. But it’s still ugly. Okay, it’s not as ugly as the Bangle-era 6 Series, but that massive recess makes the rear fascia look unfinished. Seriously now, maybe BMW forgot to add something in that area?

The 8 Series will probably make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show so make sure you stick around for updates.

References

BMW 8 Series


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Read our full speculative re view on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.


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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 8 Series Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Is Hard At Work On A New V-12 Vanquish, Set To Debut This September

Aston Martin’s large-and-in-charge grand tourer, a.k.a the Vanquish, will soon get a highly anticipated overhaul, gaining extra speed thanks to a thumping turbo V-12 under the hood and new aero on the exterior body panels. The countdown has begun for interested customers, as the new Vanquish could hit dealers as early as this September.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The upcoming Vanquish is billed as a faster, more hardcore model with less of a focus on luxury than what came before it”

Rumor has it the new Vanquish is undergoing testing right now, with speculation fueled by recent spy shots that show a fresh test mule out on public roads and putting in laps at the Nurburgring. The upcoming Vanquish is billed as a faster, more hardcore model with less of a focus on luxury than what came before it, as confirmed by Aston head Andy Palmer in a recent interview with Autocar.

Although the oily bits under the skin of the new Vanquish first saw testing in the body panels of the new DB11, it’s expected that the production model will utilize a refreshed design, breaking from the old Vanquish’s decade-plus aesthetic. Recent spy shots reveal that the Vanquish will get a significant upgrade in the downforce department, modernizing the model’s ability to stick at speed.


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“Complementing the extra wing will be a new engine spec that throws in a boosted 5.2-liter V-12, the same lump currently in play under the hood of the new Aston DB11.”

Complementing the extra wing will be a new engine spec that throws in a boosted 5.2-liter V-12, the same lump currently in play under the hood of the new Aston DB11. However, in the Vanquish it should make a good deal more than the DB11’s 600 ponies, according to Autocar. As a reminder, the current Vanquish produces 580 horsepower from a 6.0-liter V-12.

Despite the shift in focus to ever-greater performance, the interior should also get a good amount of new stuff too, possibly drawing from the new layout seen in the latest Vantage, which just dropped last November.


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“The new Vanquish is expected to get a full reveal soon, with an on-sale date as early as September of this year”

“The majority of product investment [for the Vanquish] is finished,” Palmer told Autocar. “What’s left is preparation of manufacturing the car rather than preparation of the car itself.” He also added that the Vanquish was “bloody good.”

Sounds promising, no? The new Vanquish is expected to get a full reveal soon, with an on-sale date as early as September of this year. If it doesn’t drop in 2018, the Vanuqish will almost definitely see a release early in 2019. Following the coupe will be a convertible Volante model for those of you interested in unlimited headroom. Pricing for the hardtop is expected to slot in at around $300,000, more or less matching that of the outgoing model.

References

Aston Martin Vanquish


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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S.


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PostHeaderIcon What the Hell is a Ferrari 488 Special Series Coupe?

Is Ferrari preparing a more hardcore version of the 488 supercar? That looks to be the case after documents from the California Air Resources Board revealed an unidentified 2018MY Ferrari that carried the name 488 Special Series Coupe. The CARB certification was published on January 2, 2018, after only being finalized two weeks prior. All signs point to this new Ferrari 488 making its debut in the early part of this year, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March.


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“The number being touted is 700 horsepower, which, together with the expected weight-savings, could make for a more potent version of the 488 that can live up to the Prancing Horse’s GTO legacy.”

There are no details available about the model other than the fact that we’ve heard reports in the past that Ferrari was working on a more powerful version of the 488, reportedly called the 488 GTO. We’ve caught sight of a handful of 488 prototypes undergoing testing as early as 2016. There were even sightings last November of two versions of the car — a red one and a white one — doing some test runs.

We didn’t get a really good look at the two 488 mules, but we did notice the different bumper with the larger outlets and a new black trim that looks to be part of a more advanced aerodynamic package that will be included for weight-saving purposes. The CARB certification does not reveal details on car’s power output. We should at least expect it to produce more than the 660-horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque output of the existing 488 GTB. The number being touted is 700 horsepower, which, together with the expected weight-savings, could make for a more potent version of the 488 that can live up to the Prancing Horse’s GTO legacy.

It is worth mentioning that Ferrari’s 2018 model-year certification of the 488 Special Series Coupe means that the Italian automaker needs to have the model on sale before June. That timetable means that we could see the model make its debut in the coming months, with the most likely venue being the Geneva Motor Show this coming March.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO.


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PostHeaderIcon Rolls-Royce Is Putting Serious Thought Into Electric Vehicles

Seven years ago, Rolls-Royce rolled out the Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Then things turned quiet in Crewe. Outside of CEO Torsten Muller hinting at the possibility of an EV Rolls in 2015, we haven’t heard a peep about the company’s electric car plans since the 102EX broke cover. That changed recently when a high-ranking BMW board member admitted that the Spirit of Ecstasy could go electric real soon.


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“Owners of Rolls-Royce models have become more open to the possibility of an EV Rolls, with some even asking about the company’s plans for the growing segment.”

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is the man who dropped the bombshell. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Schwarzenbauer said that “there’s no doubt in my mind you will see an electric Rolls-Royce.” That’s as close to a commitment as you can get from someone who actually has a hand in deciding these things. Apparently, owners of Rolls-Royce models have become more open to the possibility of an EV Rolls, with some even asking about the company’s plans for the growing segment.

Schwarzenbauer refused to identify a specific timetable, but he did say that an all-electric Rolls-Royce isn’t going to arrive overnight. There are some issues that need to be addressed, not the least of which is developing a different platform that can accommodate an electric powertrain. As it is, Rolls’ existing aluminum space frame platform isn’t configured to fit an EV powertrain. Schwarzenbauer did say that the company doesn’t have to develop an all-new platform specifically for its electric cars. Instead, it could make “a major adaptation” to its current platform.


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“An all-electric Rolls-Royce still sounds weird when you think about the company’s stature as a top-shelf marque”

Should Rolls-Royce decide to make the leap into the world EVs, it at least has the aforementioned Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX to look back on. The concept was developed in 2011 as a test vehicle for the brand to gather as much relevant data as possible with the hopes of determining whether jumping through the electric car world was worth the trouble. It’s taken seven years to get to this point, but Schwarzenbauer’s comments should get a lot of people excited. On that end, it looks like the 102 EX could still play a big role in guiding the company if it decides to walk down the EV aisle.

For those who don’t remember, the Phantom Experimental 102 EX carried the largest car battery pack in the world when it debuted in Geneva seven years ago. Its pack was made up of five modules of lithium cells that weighed 1,411 pounds (640 kg). Power came from two electric motors that were mounted on the rear sub-frame, and together, the motors combined to produce an output of 375 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers helped the 102 EX sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under eight seconds.

An all-electric Rolls-Royce still sounds weird when you think about the company’s stature as a top-shelf marque. But just as it did when it decided to develop the Cullinan SUV, it appears that Rolls-Royce is once again steering into the wind as opposed to against it.

References


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Read our full review on the 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Although a full reveal isn’t expected to drop until later this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is previewing the upcoming 2019 G-Class with a rundown on its off-road specs. The German automaker is also offering up a few shots of the camo’d luxury box bashing around in the rough stuff as visual proof of its prowess.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

The Full Story


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We just got a look at the new G-Class’ revamped interior last month,which assured us that yes – this thing is still very much a five-star luxury hotel on wheels. Now we’re getting a few tidbits on the other side of the equation – that is, what it can do off the paved stuff.

“The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road,” Mercedes sates in the press release. Apparently, the automaker put the new G-Class to the test at a place called Schockl, which is a 1,445-meter (4,741-foot) mountain in Austria. Snaking its way towards the top of the mountain is a road about 5.6 km (roughly 3.5 miles) long, offering challenges like gradients up to 60 percent and lateral inclinations up to 40 percent. Here, Merc made sure the G-Class had the right stuff by clocking some 2,000 km (1,243 miles) along the difficult route.

To help it feel at home up there on the Austrian mountain, the G-Class keeps its ladder-frame construction, while in the corners you’ll find double wishbones for the front mated directly to the ladder-frame, sans a subframe. In back is a rigid rear axle that utilizes a quartet of longitudinal control arms per side, plus a Panhard rod. AMG provided input on the suspension set-up, maximizing capability and ground clearance, while keeping it somewhat civil on flatter, more even surfaces.


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“Updates for the latest model year include extra ground clearance, a deeper fording depth, higher driving stability angles, a higher approach angle, and finally, a higher breakover angle.”

Updates for the latest model year include an additional 6 mm (0.24 inches) of ground clearance between the axles, an additional 10 cm (3.9 inches) for the fording depth (up to 70 cm, or 27.6 inches, total), an extra 7 degrees for the driving stability angle (up to 35 degrees), one more degree for the approach angle (up to 31 degrees), and finally, one more degree for the breakover angle (up to 26 degrees).

On the traction front, the G-Class gets three differential locks, plus a Low-Range off-road ratio. Routing the power is a new nine-speed automatic transmission, which Mercedes says was adapted to suit the needs of an off-roader thanks to shorter, crisper shift tuning. Torque is split 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear. 18-inch all-terrain tires are an available option.

There’s also a new G-Mode that sets the mood with all the proper settings for off-roading. G-Mode is activated automatically when engaging the diff locks or Low Range Mode, and affects the steering, dampers, and throttle response.


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“There's also a new G-Mode that sets the mood with all the proper settings for off-roading.”

A bird’s eye 360-degree camera, reversing camera, and three additional cameras provide extra visibility when searching for the right line. The infotainment assists include data like height, gradient, steering angle, diff status, and even a compass for extra explorer style points.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed, as we’ll be bringing you all the information on the new G-Class when it drops later this month in Detroit.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

PostHeaderIcon Is China Getting a Longer Q2 EV?

We already know that the Audi Q2 is here because it was launched in 2017. We also know that a long-wheelbase version of the Q2, dubbed the Q2 L, will go on sale in China in 2019. Now it seems that the small crossover family is getting another member in the form of an all-electric Q2 L that’s tipped to make its debut in the next few years.


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“The model will reportedly carry a driving range of around 310 miles.”

Word of the all-electric Q2 L’s existence comes by way of Indian Autos Blog, which claims that the pure electric variant of the Q2 carries the internal codename “Audi X55 BEV,” a nod to the Q2’s own “X55” codename. Details are scarce at this point, but the report indicated that the model will use the same MQB platform that currently underpins a number of Audi models, including the Q2. The model will reportedly carry a driving range of around 310 miles.

Beyond these details, there’s very little information to go by as far as the all-electric Q2 L is concerned. While there is a distinct possibility that it could arrive, it’s hard to assume that’s going to happen when non-electric Q2 hasn’t even arrived yet. From what we know, the Q2 L is expected to arrive in China in 2019 as a 2018 model. That much was revealed through images from an Audi product planning presentation that the German automaker had in China last year. There have also been reports that the Q2 L will go to India, though that’s also contingent on how much Audi plans to spend to develop an RHD variant of the Q2 L.


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“The Q2 L is expected to arrive in China in 2019 as a 2018 model”

An all-electric Audi Q2 L sounds good on paper, but there are plenty of reasonable questions to ask regarding the feasibility of the variant, including the kind of weight it’s carrying and how that translates to its efficiency. The setup of the chassis and suspension will also have to be reconfigured to fit electric motors instead of a traditional engine.

Given the world we live in, it’s possible that Audi does have an all-electric Q2 L on the table. But, until more details are revealed, we’re taking this report with a handful of salt.

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PostHeaderIcon SSC Charges Back Into The Limelight With New Teaser For Tuatara Supercar

U.S.-based supercar producer SSC has been quiet for several years now, but just broke the silence with a new teaser image of its forthcoming model. Dubbed the Tuatara, the fresh offering looks to take on the best of the best for ultimate top speed production glory.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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SSC North America, previously known as Shelby SuperCars, Inc., is best known as the company that produced the SSC Ultimate Aero, a mid-engine two-door that snagged the record for fastest production car in the world back in 2007 by going an impressive 256.14 mph. SSC held that record for about three years, but was eventually dethroned by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010.

As a follow-up to the Ultimate Aero, SSC introduced a new concept in 2011 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Dubbed the Tuatara, SSC said a production version was in the works, with plans to build it at a new facility in the company’s home state of Washington in 2013. However, delays put a damper on SSC’s momentum, and things have been quiet ever since.

Until today. Now, SSC has returned with a new teaser image to once again stoke the flames of enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the teaser doesn’t come with any new information, merely offering a single shadowy outline of the car and its headlights, as well as the tag line “The Evolution Is Coming.”


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“Last time we heard from SSC, the Tuatara came equipped with an aluminum turbocharged 6.9-liter V-8 making as much as 1,350 horsepower and 1,280 pound-feet of torque, with output rising to 1,700 horses with all the emissions stuff disconnected.”

In case you were wondering, the Tuatara name comes from a type of lizard native to New Zealand. Last time we heard from SSC, the Tuatara came equipped with an aluminum turbocharged 6.9-liter V-8 making as much as 1,350 horsepower and 1,280 pound-feet of torque, with output rising to 1,700 horses with all the emissions stuff disconnected. Power is routed exclusively to the rear axle by way of a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission. Dry weight is rated at 2,750 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber and aluminum body and frame, plus there’s carbon brakes and adjustable suspension to help it handle. Redline is set at 9,200 rpm, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in 2.3 seconds. Top speed was originally rated at 276 mph.

Outside, there’s wild, space-age looking styling, with the cab placed in the middle and ultra-sleek aerodynamics. The concept’s interior is also ludicrously high-tech-looking, although we doubt all those cues will make it into the production version.


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“There's been a lot of new entries since the Tuatara was first revealed in concept form back in 2011, with a bevy of impressive machines dropping cover just in the past year.”

The SSC Tuatara is expected to cost around $1.3 million a pop, with production limited to less than a few hundred units.

The real question is this – will this thing have what it takes to hang with the biggest and baddest in the modern supercar market? There’s been a lot of new entries since the Tuatara was first revealed in concept form back in 2011, with a bevy of impressive machines dropping cover just in the past year. For example, there’s top contenders like the Mercedes-AMG Project 1 and Hennessey Venom F5, not to mention our pick for Best Supercar of 2017, the Aston Martin Valkyrie. It’s also worth noting Koenigsegg just went 277.9 mph in a run on public roads in Nevada, beating SSC’s projected top speed.

All told, the Tuatara might have some catching up to do.

References

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Read our full review on the 2006 SSC Ultimate Aero.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

As those of us in the Mid West and on the East Coast gear up for yet another major winter storm, it’s important to know that your ride can take the freezing temperatures and won’t leave you out in the cold. As such, all of the major automakers out there undergo extensive testing when it comes to cold weather proofing their models, and Mercedes-Benz is no different, bringing their products to Sweden before they hit the dealership floor. The above-featured 35-second clip is a quick glimpse at what goes into prep for oodles of the white stuff, including a little sideways drift action on a giant snowy skid pad, grip on an iced-over road, and extreme temperature tests that pelt the car with winds as frigid as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a quick little video, but in addition to the winter testing stuff, it also affords us an opportunity to check out the new A-Class. The car in question is decked out in swirly camo, which means it’s a little tricky to pick out all the details, but more eagle-eyed readers can use it as an opportunity to preview the latest model year. It’s also worth noting that the car in the vid is the five-door hatchback body style, which won’t arrive on these shores (we’ll get the four-door sedan instead).

Are you excited for the new A-Class? Are you prepared for the impending storms? Let us know in the comments, and check out our recent “Getting Ready For Winter With FWD” article.


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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Tweets Tesla Pickup Coming After Model Y

Elon Musk likes to tweet. He also likes to make grand promises. But unlike other billionaire geniuses with a space company, Musk tends to fulfill his grandiose promises – at least in due time. The latest on Elon’s long list is an all-electric pickup truck from Tesla. Musk recently responded to questions on Twitter about the truck, saying, “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after the Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost five years. Am dying to build it.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Elon say something about a Tesla pickup. The first official rambling from Elon came in January of 2016 when he said in an on-camera interview, “Yeah, I think it’s quite likely we’ll do a truck in the future.” He officially confirmed a Tesla pickup during the debut of the Tesla Semi and Roadster back November 2017. However, the rendering images of that truck show it being very large like a medium-duty truck rather than something found in your neighbor’s driveway.

Must took to Twitter shortly after tweeting the statement above to clarify the Tesla truck’s size. When asked if it would be similar to the Ford F-150, Elon replied by saying, “Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d Like to add.”
As for the when, reports suggest the Model Y, a compact crossover, will debut sometime in 2018. If that’s the case, we could see a Tesla pickup by 2020. As for what that game-changing feature could be, anyone’s guess is as good as ours.

Continue reading for more information.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Is Nissan Reviving the Xterra SUV?

Nissan is looking “very, very closely” at bringing the Xterra SUV back to life for a third generation. That news comes from Nissan’s own Michael Bunce, who serves as senior vice president-product planning for Nissan North America. In an interview with Wards Auto, Bunce said Nissan is watching the renaissance of the off-road utility segment with new vehicles like the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and Ford’s upcoming Bronco due for 2020.

“[Xterra] is a great asset in terms of a name and a badge, “Bunce said. “It’s on the shelf right now, but it’s something we could utilize in the future.” He backed up Nissan’s reasoning with research the automaker has done on Millennial males. “Through devices they’re becoming more isolated and they want to reconnect with friends, family, outdoors. And a vehicle is an expression, a way to do that. We’re doing a lot of work in the space to understand that customer very well.”

Of course, Bunce made no official statements or promises about the Xterra’s revival were made. Interestingly, rumors of a body-on-frame SUV coming from the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance have surfaced and suggest something could debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April. Motor Trend, which published the rumors from its unnamed source, says it is possibly the third-generation Xterra. At this time, we’ve seen no spy shots of test vehicles or any other leaked information suggesting the Xterra will return.

Continue reading for more information.

Should Nissan Build the Xterra?


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“Like the first and second generation Xterras before, an upcoming iteration would likely be based on the Frontier mid-size pickup”

The SUV and crossover segment is exploding in popularity these days thanks to buying trends and lower fuel costs. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and Infiniti QX80 have all undergone updates both big and small. Likewise, Fiat Chrysler has killed off its small car production (Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200) to build more SUVs and crossovers. Ford is rumored to be planning the same strategy.

Now, more than ever, seems like the right time to bring back the Xterra.

Like the first and second generation Xterras before, an upcoming iteration would likely be based on the Frontier mid-size pickup. Nissan has been working on the next-generation Frontier for some time now, though it’s not clear if the automaker will use its globally available Navara platform or develop a North America-specific chassis for the new pickup. The Navara chassis is already proven a successful and sharable platform. It underpins the Renault Alaskan and Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickups.


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“The last time Nissan built the Xterra, the calendar said 2015, however, the Frontier pickup on which it’s based is still in production”

Nissan is also rumored to be developing a new, small-displacement V-6 that’s possibly turbocharged for use in the next-generation Frontier and even the full-size Titan pickup. If true, expect this V-6 to be used in the Xterra, as well.

As for that next-gen Frontier, Nissan will likely debut the pickup sometime in 2018 as a 2019 model. Nissan will be fighting against its long-time rival, the Toyota Tacoma, along with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, not to mention Ford’s new Ranger pickup, which is also due in 2019.

The last time Nissan built the Xterra, the calendar said 2015, however, the Frontier pickup on which it’s based is still in production. The Xterra got its start during the 1999 model year. A mild facelift came in 2002 before the second-generation debuted in 2005. Another facelift came in 2009.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Do New Patent Images Reveal Forthcoming Honda NSX Type R?

Recently published patent images show that Honda has a new, simplified air dam design that increases strength and rigidity, while simultaneously improving air flow as well. The patents also show what appears to be the new air dam attached to a second-generation NSX, spurring rumors that the H Badge could be cooking up a go-faster Type R iteration of its hybrid supercar.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“These intakes use a mesh insert to help keep random rocks and sticks and small squirrels and other random road debris from entering the dam and damaging the cooling system”

The recently published images are a novel take on traditional air dam design. Typically, these intakes use a mesh insert to help keep random rocks and sticks and small squirrels and other random road debris from entering the dam and damaging the cooling system. However, Honda’s latest design instead employs crossbars to block the incoming debris, which then act as supports for the dam, helping to keep it stiff, while simultaneously easing the flow of atmosphere. The design is certainly useful for sports cars, but as the patent states, the design can also be applied to other segments.

However, as pointed out by our friends over at Motor1, the air dam design is clearly applied to the Honda NSX in the patent images, thus padding rumors that Honda is already working on a lighter, simplified iteration of its halo performance machine. That means that with the next product cycle, the NSX could very well carry the Type R badge.


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“With the next product cycle, the NSX could very well carry the Type R badge.”

We certainly hope so. We’ve already put together a speculative review and rendering for such a machine, and we’ve got our fingers crossed it comes with the power gains (700 horsepower) and aggressive weight reduction we expect.

Either way, the air dam patent in question was filed in June of 2016, which means we might see the design in the real world very soon, where it’s on a Type R’d NSX or no.

As a reminder, the current NSX comes equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and no less than three electric motors, all of which help pump out 573 horsepower. Routing the muscle is a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, while AWD puts it to the pavement. A sprint to 60 mph takes 3 seconds flat, while top speed is rated at 191 mph.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Honda NSX Type R.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit

Less than 24 hours ago it was discovered that Ford’s service information included a shot of what appeared to be a supercharged 5.2-liter as part of a wiring diagram. Well, once you dig around, it turns out Ford has already written the book on the GT500, so consider this as confirmation: It’s coming. And, it may be coming sooner than you think. Ford has an off-site event planned just prior to the kick off of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and the GT500 could very well stretch its wheels in the public eye for the very first time. Want to learn about all of this new information? Keep reading to see it all for yourself.

The Previously Seen Diagram


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As mentioned in our previous article, this is clearly the supercharged 5.2. It has the floating throttle position sensor due to a different design, a similar belt routing to the 3.6-liter, a cobra on the intake manifold, and there’s even a different flywheel with a unique-looking flexplate. However, this is just the tip of the GT500 Iceberg – You can read more about this initial leak, or keep reading to find out about top speed.

GT500 Top Speed Could Exceed the 200 MPH Barrier


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As you dig around Ford’s service information, it becomes painfully evident that the GT500 has been in the works and that Ford has already updated most of its service information to include it. Case in point – This snippet of the speedometer verification command structure. Take a look at that final entry: 100% at 200 mph. That sounds pretty promising, but look at the indication range: 194 -214 mph! Holy Toledo – we’re talking about some serious muscle from the Shelby. And as you might expect, the GT500 will also have its own special brake setup:

Ceramic Brakes With Wear Indicators


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But, that’s far from all, and it gets even more exciting. Check out this information on the new drive modes:

GT500 Drag Strip and Launch Control Drive Models


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You see that right, folks. The GT500 will trade off the Snow\Wet and Track drive modes in place of a fresh setup that includes “Drag Strip” and “Launch Control.” So, to put it simply, Ford is building its answer to the Dodge Hellcats (and maybe the Demon?) as well as the upcoming C8 Vette too. The plus side to the GT500, however, is it has that Magride suspension, so guess what? It’ll be able to corner with the best of them too.

Technology and Other Bits


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Ok, so Ford has a habit of going all out for GT models, no doubt, but this time around, it’s even giving the GT500 its own HUD. Now, the HUD hasn’t actually be confirmed yet, but service information shows it in the network message chart and tells us that there will be a shift point light. It will probably also display other important information like tach information and oil temperature. We’ve also learned that it will idle at 900 rpm – just a hair faster than that of the GT. Finally, Ford’s Vin decoder shows a Vin “Z” listed as a 5.2-liter, DOHC, Ti-VCT, Supercharged, V-8. Unfortunately, it won’t get the soul that is the flat plane crank, but you’re probably not going to care because this is going to be THE car of 2018, no doubt.

What do you guys think of all this information so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Information leaks seem to be commonplace today, and you couldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know which was worse: Leaks from the auto industry or leaks from the U.S. Government. On the plus side, however, the leaks from the auto industry give us a little glimmer of hope and, in this case, it’s hope that a GT500 isn’t only in the works but so far on its way into production that its engine is showing up in wiring diagrams already. That’s right, the guys over at Mustang6G have stumbled upon a supercharged 5.2-liter engine that’s even sporting the Corba logo right on top. This has to be, without a doubt, the engine for the GT500. You can add that to previous leaks as well, including an image of the cobra-baring intake manifold and an internal document about engine oil requirements.

Want to know more? Check out our little breakdown of this latest leak:

2019 Ford GT500 Engine Diagram


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“The apparent flex plate is a nod to the potential for an automatic transmission, or in this case, we’re probably looking at a dual-clutch unit – maybe the seven-speed”

It’s pretty clear that someone over at Ford really screwed up. Perhaps this is why the golden rule is to let writers write and designers design? Either way, someone snagged the wrong image and used it for this wiring diagram, and it’s clearly evident in a few different places. First off, you can, plain as day, make out the supercharger pulley. There’s also the Cobra logo, and the fact that the throttle position sensor is non-existent yet the wiring is still in place. The big thing here, however, is that the flywheel is completely different than that of the GT500. The engine is clearly derived from it, but that flywheel is different. The apparent flex plate is a nod to the potential for an automatic transmission, or in this case, we’re probably looking at a dual-clutch unit – maybe the seven-speed. And, for what it’s worth, that flexplate doesn’t match up with the 5.0-liter, so it’s not bolted to that 10-speed auto Ford is boasting these days either.

“The GT500 will likely use a sprung primary flywheel which, in any case, means that the GT500 will certainly be special – it will be a first for the GT”

With that in mind, the GT350 does have a primary/secondary flywheel design. It has the same three notches seen in the image above and a similar layout of eight bolt holes. The problem is, the GT350 has a secondary flywheel which isn’t seen in this image, ultimately leading to the conclusion that the Tremec seven-speed may be the transmission of choice. If so, the GT500 will likely use a sprung primary flywheel which, in any case, means that the GT500 will certainly be special – it will be a first for the GT. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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PostHeaderIcon More CAD Images Show the Mid-Engined, C8 Corvette’s Twin-Turbo, DOHC, LT7 in All its Digital Glory

The last time we saw CAD images for the mid-engined, C8 Corvette, Chevy lost its mind, sending out letters that asked publications to remove the images and it even used the digital copyrights act to have the images removed from another publication’s Facebook page. What Chevy doesn’t realize is that the mid-engined beast we’ve all been waiting for is the world’s worst-kept secret and, as evidence, we’re looking at more CAD images right now. The thing is, however, that we’re looking at a completely different engine setup this time around. Keep reading to learn more about it.

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Based on what we saw in the previously leaked images, we were likely looking at either an early iteration of the engine or an engine that wasn’t the LT7 that you see here. The engine seen previously (shown below) didn’t even have turbochargers, and here we are looking at a turbo sitting down low, between the exhaust outlets and the intake manifolds – this is, without a doubt, the twin-turbo DOHC engine we’ve been hearing rumors about.


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“Other differences include the positioning of the exhaust manifolds, the belt routing, the charge-air cooler, and the size of the intake itself”

Other differences include the positioning of the exhaust manifolds, the belt routing, the charge-air cooler, and the size of the intake itself – clearly, we’re talking about two different engines. On a side note, that old CAD image has a beefy transmission hooked to the rear, almost suggesting that it was the hybridized engine, which wouldn’t necessarily make sense without turbos, but at this point, anything is possible. To save room, the turbochargers could be added post-cat on that engine, with the flat area above that transmission reserved for the airbox. Oh, the possibilities. Either way, the new image that you see above should look familiar – after all, it is styled after the 3.6-liter LGW:




Much like the engine you see in the newest leak, it has the turbos on each exhaust outlet and the feed heading upward to the air coolers on top too. Now, the new engine looks to have a slightly different intake setup as far as where drawing in air happens, but that’s because we’re talking about a mid-engined setup here. Based on spy shots, the air will likely be drawn in from vents behind the doors. The belt routing between the LGW and the engine LT7 shown above are also quite similar. So, where Chevy to a 5.7, chopped off two cylinders and made it a 4.3 in the past, it’s now taking a 3.6, and adding two cylinders along with some other goodies to make extra power. So what do we know about the C8, mid-engined Corvette so far? Keep reading to find out…

The C8 Chevy Corvette


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Official information as of this point is scant, and outside of seeing the Vette with our own eyes and seeing GM rush to have some leaked images pulled from the internet, we have yet to even receive confirmation of the beast we’ve all had wet dreams about. But, that hasn’t stopped us from garnering information from the images we do have, and there’s actually quite a bit.

C8 Chevy Corvette Suspension and Chassis


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“The Vette will finally get coil springs, a first and a heavy request from Vette guys for years”

What we can make out from these images is that the Vette will finally get coil springs, a first and a heavy request from Vette guys for years. It will also run with magnetic shocks, and the upper and lower control arms appear to be carried over from previous generations with minor changes. The very odd thing here is that the rear chassis is downright massive and appears to be a blend of tube and cast parts – undoubtedly designed to cut down on twist (we’re looking at some serious horsepower that the rear end now has to deal with) and increase strength throughout the body. Whether it’s bolted or welded remains to be seen, but knowing GM, it will likely weld in this area, not for strength but simplicity and inability to repair later. The front frame itself looks to be hydroformed rails, which means it’s probably cast aluminum which could be good or bad at this point. Unibody construction might not have been a bad thing for the C8, but we may never know.

C8 Chevy Corvette Drivetrain, Brakes, and Driveline




In the previous leaks, we could tell that the engine didn’t have turbochargers, but this new engine clear rocks dual turbos on each manifold. Those exhaust manifolds, by the way, appear to be cast directly onto the head – something that means there will be no ability to upgrade to headers later if that’s what you’re into. There’s no transmission shown on the latest leak, however, the transmission in the old leaks was boxy and flat. It could have been a manual, could have been DCT, there’s just no telling. It was shaped oddly, and I’ve argued that – especially with the lack of turbos – it was designed as a hybrid transaxle unit, something we’ve been expected with the C8 generation.

The previous CAD images did show that the half-shafts were bolt-on units, which means removal and installation is a breeze, eliminating the need to drain the trans before replacement. Maintenance-wise, the basic stuff should be easy as Chevy has taken care to make the oil filter somewhat easy to get to, assuming it isn’t obstructed somehow once it’s installed in the vehicle. We also have word that the braking system will be phenomenal and reminiscent of what you would expect on your typical Ferrari or Lamborghini. One-piece rotors will be standard equipment, and you can expect six-piston calipers up front as base equipment while eight-piston units may be optional.

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PostHeaderIcon Volvo to Join the EV Hatchback Community with an Electric Volvo V40

Volvo introduced its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform with the new XC40, and it’s already taking steps to expand, with an all-new, next-gen V40 hatchback being the next model to make use of this adjustable, electrification-ready platform. And, that is the keyword: Electrification – and that’s exactly what you can expect from the next-gen V40. And, it will be offered with at least two battery sizes too, making it more affordable in base form and more able to compete with its German rivals in higher trim levels.
Want to know more? Keep reading to find out all about it.

The V40 Will Borrow DNA from the Volvo XC40 and the 40.2 Concept


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“The CMA platform was designed from the very start to be plug-in capable”

So, as I mentioned before, the V40 will use the CMA architecture, but it will also adopt the XC40’s wheelbase as well as several engine options, including the D3, D4, T3, T4, and T5. More importantly, however, is the plug-in hybrid and all-electric drivetrains that will also be available, both of which (the EV at some point) will also come directly from the XC40.
So what will make the V40 unique? Well, it will have that lower and more dominating roofline. And, even though the XC40 was the first model to be produced on the CMA platform, it is also set up nicely for low, dynamic vehicles, and that’s exactly what the V40 will be – a low and dynamic hatchback.

And, the CMA platform was designed from the very start to be plug-in capable:

“In purely physical terms, we have to fit the battery in the floor,” Green said, “but CMA gives us pretty good bandwidth. Everything from the full SUV height down to fairly low cars is possible. We’ve designed CMA from the beginning to have plug-in capability.”

With that in mind, the V40 will also be its own vehicle too. Well, in a way, that is. See, the overall design, as shown by the exclusive images published by AutoExpress, will be borrowed directly from the Volvo 40.2 Concept – all of the way down to that funky front end, unique taillights, and sporty stance. This shouldn’t be a surprise, though, considering the 40.1 concept became the XC40… You did know that, right?

Looking into the Future of Volvo and the V40


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“The V40 will be the first all-electric vehicle to make use of the new CMA architecture.”

Under Geely ownership, Volvo has taken a turn for the better, and it’s quite amazing to see. We’re finally seeing some nice products come out of Volvo. When you take into consideration the fact that the V40 taking its DNA from it and the 40.2 concept, will have a wide range of engines, and all of that electrification goodness, the V40 is an undeniable winner. And, with it being available as a pure-electric model too, it will be able to take on models like the Volkswagen eGolf, as well as the A3 and BMW 1 Series.

Don’t get it twisted though. The V40 (nor the XC40, for that matter) will be the first all-electric vehicle to make use of the new CMA architecture. Nope – that will be the Polestar 2, a high-performance saloon that will be offered by the now stand-alone high-performance arm of Volvo and likely nothing more than a Volvo with some extras and a different badge. As for the V40, however, you’ll see a full list of options carry over from other Volvo models, including a foldable rear floor, seat drawers, Sensus nin-inch infotainment system, and a fully digital instrument cluster. And, there may be smaller vehicles in the works someday:

“You can probably do a smaller car with the CMA platform,” Green said, “but we’re not actively looking at that right now. So, one day we may have an SUV that’s even smaller than XC40, but at the moment this is the exciting size for us.”

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