- It’s officially official: the next-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will make the switch to a mid-engined layout.
- The new Corvette C8 makes its debut July 18, 2019, and will go on sale by the end of the year.
At long last, General Motors is admitting that the Corvette will reach another generation and has confirmed that the car—yes, the real, bona fide 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8—will make its official debut July 18. We’ve spilled plenty of ink (and pixels) about the upcoming C8 for the past five years (not to mention our relentless and breathless coverage of the idea of a mid-engined Corvette spanning several decades), and now Chevrolet is finally ready to talk about it as well.
Tesla announced that it is launching a lease program for Model 3 and interestingly, it won’t let people buy the cars after the leases, instead Tesla plans to use them in its planned self-driving Uber-like service dubbed ‘Tesla Network’.
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We expect to hear more details about the service on April 22.
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday issued a safety recall for roughly 327,000 trucks over potential issues with the vehicles that can lead to overheating or fires.
The announcement affects Ford F-150 trucks from 2015 to 2019 and Super Duty vehicles from 2017 to 2019 that were inspected and serviced after a separate December recall spurred by potential fire concerns.
Pic of Concept Vehicle above may not match the prototype.
The new Ford Bronco is going to have at least two things the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t: Full-time mirrors.
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Ford dealers who were shown the upcoming SUV at a private event in February told Automotive News that it features removable doors like the Wrangler, but instead of attaching the side mirrors to them, Ford put them on the windshield frame so that they stay in place when the doors aren’t fitted.
Spoiler alert. The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe has two of the things. In addition to the adaptive roof spoiler that’s a stand-out feature on the current Cayenne Turbo – the first SUV to feature active aero – the Coupe gets another one, that sits below the tailgate window. Above 56mph, it extends by 135mm, increasing downforce on the rear axle. Porsche, no stranger to an acronym, has added this to the suite of features that make up Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA).
It clearly points to the Cayenne Coupe’s more aggressively sporting character, and the inevitability of another Nürburgring record (there’s even a crash helmet in the boot of one of the reveal images, the wags). Two engines are available at launch: the 3.0-litre, 335bhp V6 turbo, which will hit 62mph in 6.0 seconds and reach 150mph, and the 4.0-liter 545bhp twin-turbo V8, that dusts 62mph in a faintly silly 3.9 seconds and will reel in autobahns at speeds up to 177mph. No diesels here.
A 2.16m squared panoramic roof is standard fitment, with a contoured carbon fiber roof also available as part of three different optional lightweight sports packages. It’s a strict four-seater in standard configuration, the rear two positioned 30mm lower to optimize headroom. A full bench seat can be ordered as a no-cost option, but then you may as well as go the whole, erm, hog and order the full Cayenne to go with it.
The standard Coupe will land in the UK in May, priced from £62,129, the Turbo at £104,729. They will surely be as magnificent to drive as they are a largely pointless addition to the 2019 automotive landscape.
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The Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup to earn a Top Safety Pick designation in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test ratings, thanks in part to the performance of its headlights and collision avoidance technology.
The Ridgeline is also the only pickup that employs a car-like unibody chassis rather than body-on-frame construction.
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Lego seems hesitant to nail down an exact model year its 1,471-piece replica is based on (although the license plate says 1967) but there’s little doubt the company’s model makers took at least some inspiration from the iconic 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback that Steve McQueen drove through San Francisco in Bullitt. Lego’s chosen a blue paint job for its Mustang instead of green, finished with a pair of white racing stripes, but builders can further customize their tiny ride to match their muscle car tastes.
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Available starting on March 1 for $150, Lego’s Creator Expert series models have become a great alternative for collectors who don’t necessarily want to spend hours on a traditional model kit that requires lots of intricate glue and paint work.
Tesla started remotely increasing the power output of all Model 3 vehicles through a software update over a year after starting production.
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When the US E.V. maker pushed out their new Model 3 with its shorter range and lower price they promised upgrades were in the works. The first of which pushed out for free via a remote software upgrade.
The automaker also promised to increase Model 3 range with a Long Range battery pack and rear-wheel-drive motor as well as a peak power increase for all Model 3’s.
Now Tesla is starting to roll out the peak power increase update – through its firmware version 2019.8.2.
In the release notes, Tesla writes about the Peak Power Increase:
“Your vehicle’s peak power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and Performance.”
Tesla previously said that this increase in peak power output should result in an increase top speed to 162 mph for Model 3 Performance, but all Model 3 vehicles should feel a little more powerful.