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You can file this in the "saw that coming" file, but Lamborghini is going to be making multiple versions of its new Huracán over the next few years, including a rear-wheel-drive model. This news comes courtesy of Autocar, who managed to get a few words with Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann after the reveal of the new Huracán Super Trofeo at Pebble Beach last week. The key phrase Winkelmann uttered was “why should we not do a rear-drive option?”

There was a limited run of RWD Gallardos that started with the special LP550-2 Balboni Edition . After the Balboni came another limited run Bicolore special edition , and finally Lamborghini just began offering a base level RWD car. It makes sense that the Huracán will follow this same tradition, but Autocar expects the RWD model to be a special, high-end creation that will carry a higher price and more limited production numbers.

Before the RWD model arrives, expect a convertible Spyder version to arrive next year, with a higher performance variant a year or two after that. There will inevitably be lightweight versions as well, and this may be where the RWD comes into play. Cutting the AWD system from under the Huracán is likely to save 100 pounds or more.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Huracan

Source: Autocar UK

It’s been four years since Lotus introduced a brand-new model, but the financially troubled automaker could soon bounce back with a couple of new vehicles besides the Elise R that was spotted testing at the Nurburgring in August 2014. According to Malaysian outlet Utusan, the British sports car manufacturer is aiming to save itself from bankruptcy by entering two previously unexplored markets. Specifically, Lotus is planning to develop an SUV and a D-segment sedan (midsize for the U.S. market).

The new plan was devised Jean-Marc Gales, who took over as Lotus CEO in May 2014, and presented at a Board of Directors meeting chaired by Proton executives in Malaysia. Gales, who has previously worked for Citroen , Daimler , GM and Volkswagen , has been appointed to implement a new brand strategy at Lotus, which suffered a $283 million net loss in 2013, when global sales dropped by 40 percent.

Still hoping to sell more than 4,000 vehicles a year, a plan that went down the drain given last year’s disastrous results, Lotus wants a piece of the ever-growing SUV market and a powerful sedan that would appeal to Asian, and especially Chinese customers.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Lotus’ new vehicle plan

Source: Utusan
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Aston Martin is probably the coolest car company in the world. Its stunning designs, growling V-12s and relationship with everyone’s favorite British spy, give it an image of undeniable desirability. However, despite its icy coolness, Aston has always been a flawed company. Being a relatively small company, it’s always dealt with financial issues and, because of this, has always suffered in the R&D department. Due to it’s lack of funds, Aston has never been able to keep up with it’s rivals, particularly Porsche , when it comes to technology and innovation. For instance, Aston’s latest and greatest, the new Vanquish , uses an engine that’s essentially a decade old. So Aston Martin needs some help and Daimler very well may be there to help it carry on.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler, acquired four percent of Aston Martin. Now, however, Daimler wants a larger stake and bought one more percent to make it a nice, even five.

Click past the jump to read more about the Daimler-Aston Martin partnership.

It has basically been a big whaaa-fest from the Viper community since Dodge unveiled the Hellcat siblings, the Charger and Challenger . I can see their point in the whole mine-is-bigger-than-yours game that happens in the auto-enthusiast realm. I get it, 707 ponies is bigger that 640 horses and same goes for the torque value between the Hellcats and the Viper, but that isn’t the entire picture. The Viper is a track machine that can handle twists and turns all while delivering blistering performance. Put a Charger Hellcat on the track with a Viper and get back to me as to which one is the more capable machine — I likely know the answer. Despite logic, Chrysler and Dodge Dodge do have bills to pay, a Viper to save and customers to please, so it is no surprise to hear rumors that a supercharged Viper is on its way.

The rumor hails from folks at Allpar — the Interwebz’ utmost authority on all things under the Pentastar — and they are saying that a supercharged V-10 is being prepped for the Viper. In fact, a new rumor also claims that Chrysler actually took delivery of a completed version of said engine.

So, just how powerful will it be? You can expect somewhere in the 800-horsepower and 650-pound-feet range. That’s just enough to give the Viper a clear advantage in the numbers game. Could SRT squeeze 1,000 ponies and 1,000 pound-feet of twist from the V-10? Of course it could, but that would require a ton of drivetrain, chassis, cooling system and body modifications, which would make the Viper unrealistically expensive.

Besides, all that matters to the group that is concerned about this is that the Viper has more power than the Hellcat brothers, so why push the Viper any further than needed?

And before people start screaming "yay!! A Viper Hellcat!!!" please remember that Dodge made it rather clear that the Hellcat name refers only to the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 and it will not affix it to any other engines.

Stay tuned for more info.

Click past the jump to read more about the Viper.

Source: Allpar

While buying a Tesla Model S requires customers to fork out at least $69,000, owning one is more than affordable, given the fact that you don’t have to visit the gas station unless you need a sandwich and a soda. As of August 2014, current and future owners have one more reason to be happy with their all-electric sedan , as Tesla has extended the drive unit warranty for the 85 kWh sedan to match that of the battery back. Specifically, both the battery and the drivetrain now benefit from an eight-year, infinite-mile warranty.

The good news expands even further, as the rule doesn’t apply only to newly purchased vehicles. The warranty extension will apply retroactively to all 85 kWh Model S sedans ever produced. What’s more, the new warranty extends upon resale of the Tesla S too, no matter the number of owners, meaning the used-car market benefit from Tesla Motors’ gesture of generosity.

"If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that," Elon Musk explained in a statement.

The new warranty only applies to 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance models. The former comes with 362 horsepower and costs from $79,900, while the latter carries a $93,400 sticker and cranks out 416 ponies. The entry-level 60 kWh version benefits from the same four-year, 50,000-mile warranty as before.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S.

Things aren’t looking so good for Aston Martin’s future if the automaker fails to get an exemption from the U.S. government’s crash test standards regarding its DB9 and Vantage models. More specifically, both models fail to comply with the new side-impact crash standards coming into effect next month and therefore would not qualify for sale within the U.S. Bloomberg reports Aston Martin filed for an exemption for the two cars last year, but the word is still out on whether the automaker will be able to continue selling the two models without making significant structural changes to meet the higher standards.

The exemptions would allow the DB9 to be sold through August 2016 and the Vantage through August 2017. Without such leeway, the automaker could suffer tremendous financial losses to its dealer network, resulting in many lost jobs and closed franchises.

With the independently owned Aston Martin already in a tight financial bind, the automaker likely cannot afford to significantly alter the DB9 and Vantage to comply with the new legislation. Since Aston Martin isn’t a part of a larger organization of automakers, it cannot simply borrow technology or shift funds to fix the problem.

The new side-impact crash standards taking effect next month are designed to heighten a vehicle’s ability to protect occupants against impacts with solid objects such as utility poles and trees.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage and DB9

Source: Bloomberg

If you’re one of those gearheads who has his fingers crossed for a mid-engined Corvette , then this report will likely keep your hopes up. According to Motor Trend, quoting "multiple sources" around General Motors , the next-generation Corvette will have its V-8 engine mounted behind the seats. What’s more, the report suggests a mid-engine Corvette could come as soon as the C7 -based ZR1 hits the market.

Just as we pointed out back in June 2014, when Chevy trademarked the "Zora " name, Motor Trend also hints that the said moniker will be used on a mid-engined Corvette. A move that would make sense, given that Zora Duntov himself created a mid-engined Corvette prototype in the early 1960s. Dubbed CERV II, the concept also featured a unique AWD system which, at the time, would’ve helped GM develop one of the most advanced supercars for the road.

Unfortunately, the CERV II never became more than just a concept and Chevrolet never offered supercar. But that could change in a few years if Motor Trend’s report proves to be accurate.

Now we know what some of you might be thinking; shifting the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle would be a huge departure from the ’Vette’s 60-year-old legacy. Well, not quite. Motor Trend speculates that Chevy is considering a "Corvette family" for the next-generation, C8 model. Specifically, the lineup could include both a familiar, front-engine sports car and a mid-engine supercar .

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Motor Trend

We’ve known about the 458 Speciale Spider — or whatever it name ends up being — since June 2014, and we all know that it’ll essentially be mechanically identical to its coupe sibling. This means that it’ll carry a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine with 605 cv (596 ponies) and 398 pound-feet of torque. This should translate to a 0-to-60-mph time in the low-three-second range. What we didn’t know, until today, is just how limited it will be.

According to 4WheelsNews, the 458 Special Spider will be limited to exactly 458 units. The website does not list a source, other than the typical "insider," so a grain of salt may be in order.

Other details that 4WheelsNews learned while talking to a "friend" who attended a special unveiling of the Spider include some styling variations between this and the coupe model. The main variances of note are the different stripes that come on the Spider model and two new wheel options. Like the report of the number of units, the source is an unnamed "friend," so this could end up not being the case.

We should learn all the juicy details soon, as we expect to see the 458 Speciale Spider in the flesh at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale

Source: 4WheelsNews

After months of speculation, Cadillac has finally confirmed it will roll out a range-topping, luxurious limousine to rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class , the BMW 7 Series , and the Audi A8 . The news broke ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, where Cadillac chief engineer Dave Leon told reporters the rear-wheel-drive sedan will arrive in late 2015, Bloomberg reports.

In addition, Leone revealed Cadillac is also planning to introduce a redesigned SRX SUV and confirmed the launch of the ATS-V in 2015. "This is going to be a fantastic year for Cadillac," he said.

There’s no word as to when the flagship Caddy will be unveiled, but recent reports have hinted toward a New York Auto Show debut in April 2015. Both the luxury sedan and the revamped SRX will be among the first models to be launched with Johan de Nysschen, previously in charge of the Infiniti brand, as president.

Note: Photo is of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac LTS and SRX models

Source: Bloomberg

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In this week’s show we are down one man, as Mark is on vacation, but Justin and I held strong to deliver a great show without him.

For the Weekly Wheels segment we have the might Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X, the super-fast V-8 Miata “Elvis” and the track day special Exocet. It is quite the fun time. When we break into the real news we start with the Hellcat powered Charger and the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. We then move on to video games with a full list of announcements from Forza and the team at Turn 10 Studios. This includes some new cars that have been added to Forza Motorsports 5 as well as a full roster update for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2. We finish out the news with a little talk about the Ferrari F12 at the Nurburgring and the eye-watering price tag of the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

We didn’t have any questions this week, so we just wrapped up the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of very expensive two-doors.

Thanks for watching and listening. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions in the comments below. We hope everyone has a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday.


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