There is plenty to know about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang , ranging from its all-new body, to engine upgrades, to suspension and chassis overhauls. Chris Nelson of Automobile Magazine has gone straight to the source and interviewed Dave Pericak, the chief engineer over the Mustang project.
Pericak talks about what systems received upgrades and how that plays into the overall performance of the car. Starting from the underside of the pony, Pericak emphasized the fact the Mustang is in fact all-new with nothing more than a few bolts and nuts being carried over from the current-generation car . The 107-inch wheelbase and the 3.7-liter V-6 are the only other carryover items, one being a mere measurement of distance.
Diving into the under hood details, the pair discuss the Mustang’s three engine options and what that means for buyers in the U.S. and abroad. Keep in mind, the 2015 Mustang is the first global edition of the famed pony car Ford has ever produced. Besides the 3.7-liter V-6, the 5.0-liter V-8 returns with all-new cylinder heads and upgraded lower components like its crankshaft that, if you read between the lines, will push it well above its current 420-horsepower rating.
The biggest news, however, is the addition of the 2.3-liter, EcoBoost in-line four. The engine was designed for the Mustang platform and features enough technology to produce over 300 horsepower, while still earning the best (estimated) EPA fuel economy numbers in Mustang history.
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WhatCar? reports that Land Rover could launch a pickup version based on the next-generation Defender. The news broke after Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern explained that the pickup can only be launched when more conventional models of the Defender hit the market.
Now, Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender in the year 2016, this according to reports, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, and permanent all-wheel drive. The WhatCar? report goes on to say that the upcoming Defender pickup would be a premium offering with all-wheel drive as standard. It is touted to rival the Volkswagen Amarok
The pickup version will only come in a five-seat, crew-cab configuration with permanent all-wheel drive. Traditionally, the Land Rover Defender has been available in various body styles, including hard top, soft top, wagon, utility wagon, chassis cab, double cab, etc. The rugged Defender platform has proven to be versatile, which can be tailored for specific applications.
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We’re sure that you all want to read the latest news on the new LaFerrari , but today we bring you a little reminder of what a great car the Ferrari 288 GTO was. Though the steed is more than two decades old, it is still amazing to see what it is capable of.
The 288 GTO was powered by a 2.8-liter, V-8 engine — gotta love those old-school small-displacement V-8s — equipped with a pair of IHI turbochargers and Weber-Mareli fuel injection. With thee advancements, the powerplant puts out a total of 395 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 366 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. This power helps the car sprint to 60 mph in a wild 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
Currently, you can snag up a 288 GTO at auction for around $1 million. That’s quite a pricey vehicle to do this type of rump wagging with...
Check out the video to see the Ferrari 288 GTO doing some epic drifts and awesome donuts! Enjoy!
Nissan unveiled the Leaf in 2010, and there were no major updates until the 2013 model year when it was updated with a new, lower priced Leaf S grade, an array of new features for the Leaf SL grade, new option packages with available Around View Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time to four hours. Additionally, Nissan increased cargo space to 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright by relocating the onboard charger to the front of the vehicle.
For the 2014 model year, the model continues pretty much unchanged, with the only addition including a RearView Monitor standard on all grades and an updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout.
The 2014 Leaf will go on sale in late December 2013, and prices will be announced at a later date. As usual, the model will be offered three grades: S, SV and SL models.
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It is an American icon, this Chevrolet Corvette and the latest C7 Stingray just got the approval of a veteran Corvette fan. Mat Juechter is 80 years old and has seen this icon evolve into what it is now. Recently, this Corvette connoisseur took delivery of his very own 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .
Mat Juechter is not only a huge fan of the Corvette, but he is also the father of Tadge Juechter who was the Chief Engineer on the 2014 C7 Corvette project. His father, Juechter Sr. is nothing short of a gearlhead, and he had been driving the previous-generation C6 Corvette up until now. When he saw the new Vette, he simply knew it was time for an upgrade.
Another interesting fact about the Laguna Blue C7 ’Vette Stingray that Juechter Sr. just bought is its license plate, which reads, "MYSNSCR" — an adaptation of "My Son’s Car." Mat picked-up his C7 Stingray from the National Corvette Museum recently.
Mat has also owned a couple of Porsches during his life and used his C6 Corvette for the past five years as a daily driver.
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If the name "Lamborghini Sogna" does not ring a bell, don’t feel bad. Since it was not actually produced by Lamborghini , it is not a well-known model. This model happens to be the handy work of the Japanese company Art & Tech.
The Songa is based on a Lamborghini Countach and started as a dream car for the 13-year-old Ryoji Yamazaki’ego. The fact that is was his dream car plays right into the name, as "Sogna" is the Italian word for "Dream."
By today’s standards, this car is anything, but a dream car, giving its very strange exterior look. Still, considering the model was inspired by the cars from the 1980s, you have to give it at least a little credit. The Sogna features a body made in aluminum and came equipped with scissor doors.
Sogna was unveiled at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show when Art & Tech announced plans to put into limited production with a price tag of $1.6 million per unit - which is pretty huge for that period (about $4 million at the current dollar value).
Art & Tech dropped its plans for a production model, as it only found the means to an engine for just the one show car. This engine was a mid-mounted, 5.2-liter with an output of 455 horsepower. The second unit was left with no engine and is currently on display at a museum in France , leaving the Sogna as a one-off model.
Art & Tech claimed a top speed of 201 mph, but later testing showed the Sogna could only hit 186 mph.
If you so happen to be interested in this monster, you are in luck, as it can now be yours for a cool €2,380,000 — about $3,3 million at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to see the Lamborghini Sogna in action and to read more about it.
Lexus just dropped the first teaser image on a new F model that will be unveiled next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . All the image shows in the front wheel, fender and part of the headlight, but most the model in question is likely the F variant of the recently launched 2015 Lexus RC .
While no concrete details were offered, Lexus did describe the new model as "engineered from scratch, one performance layer at a time, the newest F model promises a bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage."
The RC F was caught testing plenty of times, and it will be offered as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the BMW M4 Coupe and Audi RS5 .
If the model shown here is indeed the RC F, then you should expect it to simply look like an RC updated with the usual F model elements, like the more aggressive body kit, the larger wheels, sports suspension, high-performance brakes and the obligatory more potent engine.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.
For those looking to own a piece of a supercar without having to burn their pockets, a new Canadian kit-car manufacturer may have the answer.
Dubuc Super Light Cars, a straightforward name for a company if there ever was one, has officially unveiled the Tomahawk, a mid-engine kit car that looks the part of a sports car, albeit one that comes in a 2,000-pound package.
According to Dubuc SLC, the Tomahawk will come with a lightweight polymer body and a 300-pound aluminum monocoque. Both components have been bonded and bolted together, ensuring that the car’s overall dimensions aren’t compromised by the infusion of the two parts.
From there, prospective customers will have the choice of dropping any type of engine they want on the bay, including a gas engine or an electric motor. The suspension setup was developed using components from a C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette .
Owing itself to looking like a bonafide sports car , the Tomahawk also comes with a number of sporty components, highlighted by doors that actually open at a 75-degree angle. Even as a kit car, this bad boy also has door panels, an ergonomically-designed cockpit, a dashboard, console seats, a see-through Targa roof, side mirrors, and a DOT-approved windshield.
Given the dimensions of the cockpit, Dubuc SLC says that the Tomahawk can accommodate a wide range of body types, even somebody who’s 6’3" and weighs 275 pounds.
The Dubuc SLC is scheduled to make its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show this coming January. Once it goes on sale, the body and the frame kit will be priced at CAD$19,995, which is a little under USD$19,000 based on current exchange rates. All in all, the price for a complete bid is estimated to be around CAD$30,000, or somewhere in the USD$ 28,000 range.
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From what we’re hearing, both new M Series models will make their online reveal this on December 12th as a part of a DLC package for Gran Turismo 6, which is now available for PS3.
We already knew that the BMW M4 Coupe will come to life in the GT6. According to an announcement made by Sony, the M4 "will be made available through a free update shortly after the release of GT6, allowing car enthusiasts around the world to drive it before it arrives in BMW showrooms" in 2014.
Since the model will be revealed in GT6, it would make no sense for BMW to keep it a secret until January, so we’ll have the first details on both models this Thursday.
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Lightweight, track-ready sports cars have turned into its own market these days, so much so that more and more companies are coming out with their own versions. We’ve seen a number of them in recent years, including the Ariel Atom , the KTM X-Bow, and heck, even the Flip Car from Fast & Furious 6.
Recently, two companies are joining in on the fun, and they’re preparing a car that will pack a chest-caving punch.
The companies are Palatov Motorsport and Sector 111 and their mission is to build an 1,800-pound sports car that will not only make use of an emissions-compliant, V-8 engine, but do so while also producing 430 horsepower. Using Palatov Motorsport’s D2 racer as the base car, the vehicle, which has been coined "Project Dragon," is being developed with the purpose of turning it into a full-fledged pocket rocket that can give its more esteemed competitors a serious run for their money.
Other than their ambitious plans and stated goals, both Palatov and Sector 111 are keeping tight-lipped on the progress of Project Dragon. Rest assured, though, the two are serious are about this project, and with Sector 111 having some experience in building the US-market BAC Monos, this project figures to gain more traction in the coming months.
Someday, we’ll probably see Project Dragon get an official name and someday, we might even see it go toe-to-toe with the Atoms and X-Bows of the world. Like everybody else, that’s a day we can’t wait to see.
Click past the jump to read about the Palatov D2 Race Car