The Ferrari 488 Pista Just Leaked, And It Looks Ready To Battle The Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The Ferrari 488 is one helluva supercar, but now, it looks like there’s a go-faster competition variant just about to officially break cover. It’s called the Pista, which is Italian for track, and the specs were just leaked ahead of the full reveal. Read on for the info.
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The 2019 Chevy Camaro Won’t get a Seven-Speed Manual; Will Be Offered with 10-Speed Auto
Chevrolet is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for its sixth-generation Camaro for 2019, but there appears to be confusion regarding its transmission options. In January 2018, a California Air Resource Board document was discovered by Auto Guide showing the presence of M6, M7, and SA8 transmission codes available for the upcoming Camaro. That indicated both a six-speed and seven-speed manual transmission as being offered, along with the familiar eight-speed automatic.
However, Chevrolet apparently rescinded the document in recent days and filed new paperwork that dropped the M7 code and added the SA10 designation.
That means Chevy is apparently foregoing the seven-speed manual for its new 10-speed automatic already used in the Camaro ZL1. That means a few things: One, this concerns only the Camaro SS, V-6, and turbo-four; two, that the six-speed manual will remain as the only manual gearbox option; and three, that Chevy is dropping the idea of the seven-speed manual for Camaro use.
Of course, we already had our doubts about the seven-speed working with the Camaro. See, Chevy’s seven-speed manual is exclusively used in the C7 Corvette Stingray – a vehicle that uses a torque tube and a rear-mounted transaxle. That means the Corvette’s transmission doesn’t bolt to the engine, but rather sits nearly between the rear tires and connects to the rear differential. Corvette does this for improved weight distribution. The Camaro, on the other hand, uses a more traditional driveline configuration with the gearbox mounted to the engine block. Reconfiguring the M7 for Camaro duty would involve extra engineering hours.
The 10-speed automatic, however, is already used on the Camaro and would easily work with the Camaro SS’ naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, along with the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four, as well.
So, while there was a glimmer of possibility for the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission in the 2019 Camaro, that hope is now gone. Its replacement, though, is far better. The 10-speed auto is a far smoother transmission than the eight-speed currently used in the Camaro. Combine that with the current six-speed manual that comes standard, and the 2019 Camaro will have two solid transmission choices that everyone should be happy with.
It’s Not in the Works but an Electric Koenigsegg is a Real Possibility
Koenigsegg doesn’t have an all-electric car to its name, but Christian von Koenigsegg isn’t closing the doors on making one. The automaker’s CEO was in attendance at the Canadian International Auto Show and spoke to Autoguide about the possibility of ever seeing an all-electric Koenigsegg down the road. It’s something the company is interested in doing, but there are issues that need to be addressed before an all-electric Koenigsegg can become a reality.
Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer
Aston Martin has James Bond and Audi has Tony Stark, and now BMW is getting on the movie star action with the upcoming film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film portrays Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, who finds the latest 7 Series accompany her on a journey of intrigue and danger. Watch Red Sparrow in theaters on March 2nd.
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2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion
Volkswagen is preparing its latest I.D. Concept vehicle for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show slated to begin March 8. The German automaker’s lineup of I.D. concept models offers a glimpse at what Volkswagen has planned for the future. Three previous I.D. models have made their way across international stages, but this, the I.D. Vizzion Concept, is the first one designed to be fully autonomous. It doesn’t even have the option for human input. Yep, there is no steering wheel, pedals, or shifter – it’s all handled by the computer.
Volkswagen calls this computer the “digital chauffeur.” Simply plug in your destination, and the car takes care of the rest while passengers sit back and use their new free time for other tasks.
More in-depth information will be announced by Volkswagen at the 2018 Geneva show, so stay tuned for that. Until then, check out everything we know about the I.D. Vizzion Concept car.
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Kia Marketing Boss Confirms a Ceed SUV is in the Works
The all-new Kia Ceed will eventually grow into an entire family of new models that will include a compact SUV. The surprising revelation came from Artur Martins, Kia’s vice president of marketing, who told Auto Express that the new SUV will sit beneath Sportage and will act as the brand’s champion against models like the Volkswagen T-Roc. Details are still unclear, but the model is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of 2019.
Ford Employees Can Get This Exclusive Color If They Buy A Ford GT
The Ford GT is rare enough on its own, but Ford employees have the opportunity to make it rarer. All they have to do is buy one and avail of the “Victory” paint scheme that’s available exclusively to Ford employees. The specific finish is inspired by the colors worn by the Ford GT LM GTE racers that won their class at Daytona and Le Mans. As you might expect, the GT is teeming in red, white, and blue, looking every bit the part of an all-American supercar.
Faraday Future Teases a New Model, the FF81, at a Supplier Meeting in California
Faraday Future took a bold step last week when it reportedly gave a preview of its second model, called the FF81. The reveal occurred at a supplier’s meeting the company hosted in its California headquarters. Not much is known about the car, but it is expected to be a smaller SUV compared to the FF91. The concept is being lined up to make its debut this year, and signs point to it taking place at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in China this April.
Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Will Cost you $2.4 Million
The Italdesign Zerouno Roadster will cost $2.4 million, $500,000 more than its coupe counterpart. That’s how much you’ll have to pay for the limited-run supercar, though, considering how fast the coupe version sold out with a $1.9 million price tag, Italdesign shouldn’t have any problems moving inventory once the Zerouno Roadster makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Believe it or Not, Ford Considered a 13-Speed Automatic Transmission for the Ranger Raptor
Ford Australia’s new 2019 Ranger Raptor has made a splash over the last week with its debut in Thailand for the Asia Pacific market. It packs a 2.0-liter turbodiesel and Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission it co-developed with General Motors. Just a few years ago, the industry thought eight-speed automatics were revolutionary. But according to John Fallu, the transmission and driveline engineering manager for Ford Asia Pacific, his team explored the possibility of 12- and 13- speed automatic gearboxes.
Lamborghini’s Successor to the Aventador Super Veloce Could Use "Jota" Moniker
The successor to the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce may feature a designation that Lambo fans are very familiar with as a new spy image revealed that the car’s full name will be the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. We can establish that the first two letters of the suffix stand for "Super Veloce," but the last letter — J — could point to the return of the “Jota” moniker.
A Ford Everest Raptor is in the Works; Could Lead to a Bronco Raptor
First, there was the Ford F-150 Raptor, then came the Ranger Raptor, but if Australia’s Drive.com is to be believed, Ford might have an Everest Raptor in the works. The Everest, the three-row SUV version of the Ranger, would theoretically be easy to give the Raptor treatment. Both the Ranger and Everest share similar frames and suspensions, along with the forward second of the cab.
So, what spurred this theory? No less than Ford Performance’s head engineer, Jamal Hameedi, in fact. He told Drive, “There’s no reason [we wouldn’t do an Everest Raptor],” he said.
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