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[PICS] Newly Revised C8 Mid-Engine Corvette Renders Show Off More Details

Corvette Blogger - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:30am

Yesterday in our “Five Videos to Watch” post, we offered up that really quick video of that spinning 360° white render of the C8 mid-engine Corvette from a member of the Mid Engine Corvette Forum who goes by the name of “bdsvavars”.

Yesterday he offered these updated still image renders that show a lot more detail to his earlier designs.

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GM, Tesla, Nissan Join Forces To Extend Electric Car Tax Credit

GM Authority News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:14am

The three automakers have sold qualifying vehicles for years now, and they're first to lose the $7,500 credit.

IIHS Study Says Automatic Emergency Braking Drastically Reduces Crashes In GM Vehicles

GM Authority News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:53am

But, GM doesn't offer the technology as standard.

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Corvette Blogger - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:33am

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Some restrictions apply. Offer expires on November 18th and applies only to retail orders placed at www.CorvetteCentral.com.

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Chevrolet FNR-CarryAll Concept Advances The New Blazer For China

GM Authority News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 8:48am

A new concept car will join the all-new Chevrolet Monza at Guangzhou.

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Prototype Review (W/Video)

Motortrend Magazine News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:00am

You’ve always wondered what it would be like to drive a concept car. We all have. You may have “driven” one in a game like Gran Turismo, just to get a taste, but they won’t even let you sit in the real thing, much less drive it.

Usually, though, that’s because concept cars are held together with hot glue and hope. Cool as they look, most are either bricks or motivated by a golf cart drivetrain. Every so often, however, an automaker will build one out of a real car.

This is one of those. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign began life as a 600-hp GT-R NISMO, and unlike other concept cars I’ve driven, it hasn’t been electronically limited to 20 mph. This thing isn’t just a runner—it has run up the hill at Goodwood. It could do that because Italdesign, a legendary design studio and coachbuilder, didn’t just hang a bunch of new body panels on it with double-sided tape. No, Italdesign engineered Nissan’s concept for limited production, and it looks like that’ll be just what will happen.

What’s happened already is clearer. Italdesign, celebrating its 50th anniversary, reached out to Nissan, which is about to celebrate the GT-R’s 50th anniversary, at the Geneva Motor Show and proposed a little joint birthday present. Nissan accepted and sketched up this car from the future, and Italdesign made it a reality. After a publicity tour at Goodwood and Pebble Beach, Nissan reached out to us and offered a drive. How could we say no?

The build sheet alone is enough to get our attention. The all-new custom body with an active rear wing and 2.1 inches taken out of the roof draw you into a driver-focused interior made mostly of carbon fiber. The video game looks are just the gateway drug to the real hit: 710 hp and 575 lb-ft from a hardened 3.8-liter V-6 huffing twin turbos from the GT-R GT3 race car.

Except this car doesn’t have that. Once on board, our Nissan handlers admitted the prototype doesn’t have any of the engine upgrades; it’s just a GT-R NISMO wearing Gucci rather than Miyake. That’s far from a bad thing, but it means there’s little to tell you about the driving experience you haven’t already read in previous tests. Sure, this one wears Michelin Pilot Super Sports on special 21-inch wheels rather than the usual Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST on 20s, but the Nissan people didn’t really want me to push their multimillion-dollar prototype hard enough to see how much difference that makes. We didn’t notice much of a difference in the ride from the revised Bilstein adjustable dampers, either.

The one real difference in driving the GT-R50 is the outward visibility, or lack thereof. Although 2 inches doesn’t sound like much, when it all comes off the top, you absolutely notice it. Not only is the windshield not as tall, but it also doesn’t come back as far, so it’s a bit like driving with a big baseball cap on. If you’ve ever sat in a Lamborghini, you know what I mean. Overhead traffic signals disappear, and you often find yourself ducking to get a better view.

At least there’s that workaround for the windshield. The vestigial rear window is both so low and so small that no amount of craning your neck will allow you to see anything in the rearview mirror that’s more than four car lengths behind. Despite that, the driver-deployable rear wing was disabled for our drive because it would completely block what little rearward visibility we had. (It’s activated solely by a switch, not speed.)

But honestly, who cares? We make sacrifices in the name of fashion every day, and having to check the mirrors a few more times and look a little harder out the windows aren’t big ones. Not when you’re driving a car that looks as though it’s just arrived via time machine. I seem to be in the minority on this, but I think the GT-R50 looks stunning, all sharp creases and low roof and rocket booster taillights. I love the little clear dorsal fin that doubles as a brake light and the strategic use of negative space in key areas of the bodywork.

Less is more is the interior theme, too. The prototype doesn’t just reskin the interior. It reimagines it. The only identifiably Nissan pieces left are the window switches and the climate controls, and even those have been modified. The instrument cluster and infotainment system are gone, replaced with a simple Motec CDL3 display. I’d have popped for a full-color model, personally.

Were I a paying customer, I could absolutely do that because each of the 50 cars that might get built will be customized to the buyer’s wants and needs. If you want to keep the infotainment system and all its Gran Turismo­–designed screens, you can, or you can fit a stereo if you’d like one. The only real rule is that it can’t be the same as any of the other 49 cars, so if you want the most design freedom, get your order in early.

To do that, you’ll need to call Italdesign and plunk down about a million dollars. That’s not the final price of the car, though. That’s just to get your name on the list. How you customize it will determine the final bill. Assuming Nissan and Italdesign get 50 serious buyers and all goes to plan, Italdesign will call up Nissan and order a car. Back in Japan, the special GT3-enhanced engines will be built in the same cleanroom by the same takumi and fitted to the car along with a hardened dual-clutch transmission and drivetrain and revised dampers. From there, the car will be shipped to Italy to have its roof chopped, body and interior resculpted, and larger brakes, wheels, and tires installed. Then it’s off to your climate-controlled garage, from which it will hopefully escape for a bit of exercise now and then.

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2019 Range Rover Sport P400e Plug-in Hybrid Review

Motortrend Magazine News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:00am

Whereas the plug-in hybrid powertrain was once defined by quirky econo-cars like Toyota’s Prius, luxury automakers are increasingly seeing it as both a credible alternative to dirty diesels and a viable halfway house to full battery-electric vehicles. It promises energy-efficient driving with fewer nasty particulates out the tailpipe, and no range anxiety. It’s the best of all worlds, then. At least, that’s how Land Rover would like you to regard the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e.

The P400e made its debut as part of the mildly restyled Range Rover Sport lineup unveiled early this year. Exterior upgrades include new headlights, grille, and front bumper, and new rear lights and bumper with integrated exhaust outlets. Inside are new front seats and a redesigned center stack with the high-tech dual-screen layout first seen in the Range Rover Velar.

The P400e’s hybrid powertrain comprises a 296-hp version of JLR’s 2.0-liter Ingenium turbo I-4 gas engine and a 114-hp e-motor fed by a 13.1-kW-hr lithium-ion battery mounted under the rear loadspace floor. Total system output is 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, making the P400e more powerful than the diesel and V-6-powered Sport models, and, in terms of torque output, second only to the head-banging 174-mph Sport SVR. Land Rover claims a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 6.3 seconds, 1.1 seconds less than that of the diesel-powered Sport HSE Td6 and half a second quicker than either supercharged V-6 Sport, despite a 350-pound weight disadvantage due to the battery pack.

Available only in HSE trim, the $79,295 P400e is more expensive than similarly specified diesel or V-6 models. Putting a premium on performance makes sense, on paper. But is the Range Rover Sport HSE P400e really worth $3,950 more than the 254-hp Sport HSE Td6 and $5,950 more than the 340-hp V-6-powered Sport HSE? After more than 600 miles behind the wheel of a P400e, this much is clear: The answer to that question depends very much on how and where you drive it.

The hybrid powertrain mixes and matches electric and internal combustion power to meet load demands. Lift off the gas, and the little four-banger under the hood promptly shuts down, activating mild regen while coasting that increases with braking. When a destination is entered into the nav system, the P400e’s electronic neural network factors in traffic conditions, the gradient of the route, and whether it’s operating in a rural or urban environment, to deliver the most efficient combination of power modes.

Flick the transmission into sport mode, and the engine opportunistically pumps additional charge into the battery to ensure the e-motor is always ready to deliver extra power and torque and boost performance. The Save mode, selected via the central touchscreen, preserves the battery’s charge level to allow the P400e to operate in pure EV mode—selected via a button on the center console—or drive for extended periods on the e-motor under light throttle loads.

There’s a lot going on, a bogglingly complex interplay of data and energy flows, under the skin of the P400e, but you’re barely aware of it behind the wheel. What you do notice is that the PHEV powertrain feels more responsive than the 3.0-liter diesel engine, especially with the transmission in Sport mode, and generally smoother than the supercharged V-6. The one thing the Range Rover Sport P400e doesn’t feel like: A 5448-pound SUV with a four-cylinder engine under the hood.

The P400e’s party trick, of course, is its ability to waft down the road under smooth, silent electric power. Maximum range, according to Land Rover, is 31 miles, but as in a gasoline-powered car, your mileage may vary. A peak-hour crosstown drive to and from Motor Trend‘s London office that started with a full gas tank and a fully charged battery saw the internal combustion engine begin to fire up consistently after just 18 miles in brutal stop-and-go traffic. The ultra-slow speed of travel—barely 7 mph average on the outward leg—inhibited the powertrain’s ability to plough energy back into the battery by way of regen, so it was an extreme test. Even so, the P400e used barely four-tenths of a gallon (U.S.) over the 30-mile round trip, effectively returning 75 mpg.

That’s an impressive number, but the laws of physics are immutable. Once the battery charge is depleted, the PHEV Range Rover’s efficiency advantage fades fast. A 500-mile road trip that included a mixture of suburban running, fast freeway, and flowing two-lanes saw the hybrid Rangie average between 19 mpg and 22 mpg, about what we’ve seen from V-6 models under similar conditions. The Sport Td6 on our long-term fleet last year would routinely return 26 mpg or better on a road trip and averaged 24 mpg over the 27,000 miles we ran it.

Bottom line: The Range Rover Sport P400e makes sense if you live in a congested urban or suburban area, can recharge it overnight, and most of your trips are relatively short. There’s just one giant caveat, however. The $5,950 you could save buying an identically equipped Sport powered by the 340-hp supercharged V-6 would buy—at the time of writing—about 1,800 gallons of premium unleaded gas, enough to take it 30,600 miles, based on official EPA city fuel consumption numbers.

Statistics show Americans drive, on average, just 13,467 miles a year. You do the math.

TOTAL CONTROL Range Rover Sport P400e vs Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

 

On paper Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport HSE P400e and Porsche’s Cayenne E-Hybrid have a lot in common. Both hybrid powertrains are similarly architected, with a small e-motor mounted between their internal combustion engines and eight-speed transmissions.

Not all plug-in hybrids are created equal, however. The Porsche is much more powerful, rocking a 335-hp, 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 internal combustion engine and a 134-hp e-motor. Total system output of 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque shades the Range Rover’s 398 hp and 472 lb-ft.

The Range Rover carries a 13.1-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack, while the Porsche’s is a 14.1-kW-hr unit. Land Rover says the P400e will travel up to 31 miles on pure e-power, compared with the 27-mile range Porsche claims for the Cayenne E-Hybrid.

But where the two PHEVs differ most is in the amount of control each allows the driver to have over the hybrid powertrains. Land Rover only offers the choice of preserving the existing state of charge in the battery to ensure the P400e can operate in pure EV mode at a point in the future. Porsche allows the driver to get much more involved.

Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, which includes the mode switch integrated into the steering wheel, is standard equipment on the Cayenne E-Hybrid. The Porsche always starts in the purely electric E-Power mode. Select Hybrid Auto mode, and internal combustion and electric drive are automatically mixed and matched for ultimate efficiency. In addition to stiffening its sinews and sharpening its responses, Sport and Sport+ modes change the powertrain mix and battery charge protocol so the e-motor works with the internal combustion engine to deliver more performance.

Two more modes are accessible via the touchscreen: E-Hold, which conserves the battery’s charge, and E-Charge, in which the internal combustion engine generates more power than needed for driving in order to quickly recharge the battery.

Left to its own devices the Porsche E-Hybrid system works just fine, delivering a good combination of performance and efficiency. But there’s something deeply satisfying about being able to hustle the Cayenne along a back road in Sport+, the internal combustion engine and e-motor working together to deliver maximum performance and response, and then simply twisting the Sport Chrono mode switch to E-Power so it instantly glides smoothly and silently through a small town.

The reality, of course, is most Cayenne E-Hybrid owners will let the onboard computers figure it all out. But, like putting manually adjustable sway bars on a 911 GT2 RS, it’s nice to know Porsche still believes in offering the driver the ability to fine-tune the way their vehicles drive. Even plug-in hybrids.

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Baby Ford Bronco Leaked, Chevy Lacks Rival

GM Authority News - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 1:22am

But that’s not a bad thing.

[VIDEO] Corvette vs Camaro on the Streets of Wagoner, Oklahoma

Corvette Blogger - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 9:13pm

Love to see these two old school Chevys lining up for a drag race on public streets. It’s okay though and perfectly legal as the city of Wagoner, Oklahoma hosts the street event with spectators watching from behind barriers along the designated drag strip.

We won’t give away the end so enjoy these two red Chevys as they go wheels up at full throttle!

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Aston Martin DBX Confirmed as Name for Brand’s First SUV

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:30pm

Many probably could have guessed Aston Martin would name its upcoming SUV after the concept that first previewed it, but now we get to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Aston Martin confirmed today that its first SUV will indeed be called DBX, and it also shared the first photos of a development prototype for the vehicle.

The prototype, seen here driving the mixed-terrain route of the WRC’s Welsh Rally stage, looks less low-slung than the concept we first saw way back in 2015. As promised by Aston CEO Andy Palmer, the DBX sports rear doors, which help it look more like a conventional SUV when viewed from the side. But up front, the DBX is anything but conventional. Aston’s signature grille shape is enlarged to fit the DBX’s front end and is outlined in red, giving it a gaping, catfish-like appearance. Luckily, this is just a prototype and doesn’t necessarily preview the production front end. Some grille slats and trim should improve the look.

Aston Martin says its DBX prototypes will eventually see action in such extreme environments as the Arctic and the deserts of the Middle East, but it decided to start testing in Wales where the DBX will be built. Aston will produce its first SUV at its new St Athan facility, the future production site for all electrified Aston Martin and Lagonda models. The production DBX is expected to offer a hybrid drivetrain, but other engine options are unknown. A Mercedes-AMG-sourced turbocharged inline-six has been rumored, however.

We previously reported that the DBX would arrive in late 2019, but now Aston gives us the slightly more specific target of the fourth quarter of 2019. Until then, stay tuned for more details.

Source: Aston Martin

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Spy Photos Hint At Silverado HD Trailboss

GM Authority News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:41pm

The addition of a heavy-duty Trailboss would give Chevy a wide-range of off-road ready trucks.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Starts at $27,785

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:30pm

It may only have three doors, but the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N looks ready to take on the best hot hatches in the segment. The base version gets a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a suspension developed by the former head of BMW’s M division. It promised to be fun, but from the beginning, pricing was always the big question. Would the Veloster N be an OK deal or a great deal? Now we know.

Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the 2019 Veloster N. Choose the base model, and it will cost you $27,785 including destination. That’s only a few hundred dollars more than the starting price of the Volkswagen GTI. Cabin materials may be nicer in the VW, but with only 220 hp under the hood, the GTI is down quite a bit on power compared to the Veloster N.

Add the optional Performance Package, as we imagine most buyers will, and you’re looking at an even better performance bargain. Power increases to 275 hp, and you get a limited-slip differential, modular exhaust system, bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels, and sticky Pirelli P Zero tires. All that can be had for a mere $2,100, meaning the cost of a Veloster N with the Performance Package is $29,885.

Now that Ford’s canceled the Focus ST, that makes a Performance Package-equipped Veloster N more of a Subaru WRX competitor. But since it doesn’t come with all-wheel drive, buyers are probably more likely to think of the Veloster N as a budget-priced Honda Civic Type R. The 2019 Type R just increased its base price $1,000 to $36,595. That sounds like a pretty good deal to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we have the chance to drive the two hot hatches back to back.

Currently, the Veloster and Veloster Turbo are already available, but you’ll have to wait until December for the Veloster N to land on dealer lots.

Source: Hyundai

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Have You Heard Of the General Motors Ranger Brand?

GM Authority News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:13pm

A little known GM sub-brand sold in South Africa, Belgium and Switzerland.

Toyota Will Replace Tundra That Charged into a California Wildfire

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:45pm

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that California is facing its deadliest wildfire in history. So far, 42 people have lost their lives in Northern California’s “Camp Fire,” and more than 200 people are missing. A nurse has emerged as one of the heroes of the disaster, driving into the flames to evacuate patients from the intensive care unit he manages. While he made it out alive, his Toyota Tundra didn’t fare so well. Once Toyota found out about the nurse’s heroic deeds, the company offered to replace his Tundra.

The nurse, whose name is Allyn Pierce, posted a picture of the fire-damaged Tundra on social media. In the post, he said “this truck literally saved my life today.” In response, Toyota said, “We are humbled you’d risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Don’t worry about your truck, we’re honored to get you a new one!”

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We reached out to Toyota for further comment on the matter, and were issued this statement:

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the devastating California wild fires. We are extremely grateful to all of the emergency crews who are working tirelessly to extinguish the fires and helping people to safety. We are especially thankful to one hero in particular, Allyn Pierce, for risking his life and sacrificing his Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Toyota is so humbled by Mr. Pierce’s selfless act that we’re pleased to offer him a brand new Tundra.”

We’d also like to send our hearts out to those who have lost loved ones or their homes in the Camp Fire and the fires in Southern California.

Source: the_pandra via Instagram, Allyn Pierce via Facebook, The New York Times, CBS News

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Turn Your Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 into a Desert Racer With These Factory Parts

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 5:58pm

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is one of the coolest trucks you can buy. Not only is it one of the best off-road-ready trucks on the market, its magnetic suspension also makes it a fantastic daily driver. To make the ZR2 even more versatile, Chevrolet decided to put its adventure-focused AEV overland concept into production as the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison. But what if you’re looking to turn your ZR2 into more of a desert racer? Well, Chevy now has you covered.

Today, Chevrolet announced plans to offer a line of 15 factory race components that it originally developed for Chad Hall’s race truck. Over the last two years, Hall’s ZR2 race truck completed every race in the Best in the Desert series, as well as pre-running the Baja 1000. According to Chevy, that means these parts have been tested through more than 10,000 miles of off-road racing.

“After seeing the success of the Colorado ZR2, customers have been hounding Chad for help building their own ‘Hall Racing ZR2,’” said Mark Dickens, Chevrolet’s head of performance variants, parts and accessories, and motorsports, in a release. “For the first time, you can buy the same Chevy Performance Parts that raced and won in the desert. All you need to add is the required safety equipment to build a pre-runner for scouting the Baja 1000 or a full-blown race truck capable of competing in the race itself.”

The list of available parts includes a 1.5-inch body lift, long-travel shocks, long-travel leaf springs, and an anti-wrap link system. Just don’t expect any of these parts to be cheap. A set of front and rear long-travel DSSV shocks alone will cost you more than $8,000, and that doesn’t include tax or installation. Then again, if you’re looking to turn your ZR2 into a desert racer, you were probably prepared to invest quite a bit into making that happen.

The full list of parts and pricing is available here.

Source: Chevrolet

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Spied! 2020 Mazda3 Caught Looking Nearly Production-Ready

Motortrend Magazine News - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:00pm

We’re big fans of the Mazda3, but since it was last redesigned for the 2014 model year, it’s getting a little old. The good news is there’s a new Mazda3 coming, and we’ll see it at the Los Angeles auto show later this month. Weirdly, even though we’ve seen official teasers, we haven’t seen a production-bodied prototype in the wild. Until now.

Our spy photographer caught this Mazda3 hatchback prototype out testing alongside a Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, in addition to a current Mazda3 sedan. As you can see, it looks a lot like the current car, but we can see a bit of the rounded rear end previewed by last year’s Kai concept.

The front end looks more production-ready than the Kai, but overall, Mazda did a great job of preserving the overall design of the concept. The taillights appear to be basically the same, only flipped. Even the super-thick C-pillar remains, although there’s no telling how much of a blind spot that will create.

Our photographer was also able to grab a few shots of the Mazda3’s interior. If you’re already familiar with Mazda’s latest cabin layouts, you won’t see anything too shocking, but it is great to see a new infotainment screen that’s significantly bigger than before. Plus, it’s still got a good, old-fashioned, three-pedal manual transmission.

Look for more info when Mazda reveals the new Mazda3 at the end of this month.

Photo source: CarPix

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