Tesla Motors’ CEO, Elon Musk, apparently likes to follow the alphabet since he just confirmed that the new entry-level crossover will be called the Model Y, following the recent Model X crossover.
Musk announced the name on Twitter, but has since deleted the tweet, most likely just to tease the public.
The Model Y is one of two new models due from the California-based automaker, with the next one being the Model 3, which is expected to be a competitor to the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and so-on in the form of a compact EV luxury sports sedan–basically a Model S mini-me.
When asked if the new Model Y would echo the Model X’s Falcon Wing doors, Musk enigmatically replied saying: “There will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will,” which probably means the Model Y will have it.
The Model Y is said to be ready by the end of next year with a 70-somewhat kWh battery.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Road & Track
Enthusiast site GM Authority reports Chevrolet is keen on introducing more diesel-powered cars to the American market, even after Volkswagen’s latest Dieselgate scandal, on top of the already preexisting stigma diesel has in the US.
Diesels certainly have grown very popular, even after the bad image they have in America and the popularity continues to be growing, especially in the truck market where GM found a niche market and filled it, with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Duramax models.
Specifics weren’t aplenty, but given General Motors’ massive diesel passenger car offerings across the pond thanks to their European division, and their desire to globalize their cars, the chance for an increase in oil burners is favorable for our market.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: GM Authority
Mitsubishi is at it again with a new concept and car they’re unlikely to make for another decade or so.
Meet the new eX Concept, which is due for a public debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in just a short time. So, what is it?
Well, obviously, it’s a crossover, and a very unique styled one, which is perfectly OK. It featured Mitsu’s latest EV powertrain apparently, powering a permanent all-wheel drive system. The system has no specific details at the moment in terms of construction, except that it churns out a total of 190hp through two 95hp electric motors at both axles powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. But really doesn’t matter since Mitsubishi’s unlikely to actually produce this car anywhere in the near future. Oh, there is a supposed range of around 250 miles.
Instead, the company boasts more about the eX’s long list of driver aids, all of which are helping their push for autonomous driving technology and better active safety systems and connected-car capabilities. This is great and all, but how about actually producing a car that will sell first?
McLaren’s not only famous for their Formula 1 team, the F1, their current line of road-going supercars, and of course, the P1.
They’re known for their participation in the Can-Am racing league since the beginning in 1966. And to pay a tribute to this long-standing relationship, the company created a special 50th anniversary limited edition of the 650S Spider from McLaren’s Special Operations division, featuring design cues and a paint scheme that mimics the livery similarly found on some Can-Am cars.
This livery involves a red and black combination, while the 650S Spider gains carbon fiber body parts for the retractable hardtop, the hood, front and rear bumper bits, the air brake, door blades, and more.
Aiding the look are glossy black forged alloy wheels with a diamond-cut rim to pay homage to the wheels often found on the original Can-Am McLaren racers. Of course, their wrapped in grippy Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Ever wondered what would happen if you attempted to drink the water emitted from a hydrogen fuel-cell? Specifically a fuel-cell powered car?
So would we. But thankfully, automotive journalist Vadim Ovsiankin decided to test this out for us.
Don’t forget, one of the most enticing characteristics of hydrogen fuel-cells is the production of water as their byproduct and waste, similarly to how gasoline and diesel engines produce mainly carbon dioxide.
Not too long ago, an exciting report from Motoring surfaced to say Lexus is in the works with a possible LFA supercar successor, and one that’ll be cooperatively developed and built with BMW.
And although such rumors were to be taken with a grain of salt, it appears the rumors are holding to be true as AutoExpress in the UK reports the supercar should cost around $243,000 US, or around 217,000 euros when it gets launched sometime in 2020.
So far, we’re told there will be two versions of the supercar, one from Lexus and the other from BMW.
BMW revealed the production version of the 2016 BMW M4 GTS recently, a harder-edged, high-performance track-focused version of the standard M4 Coupe.
As a refresher, it comes with an intense bodykit, complemented by a fully-functional boy-racer rear-spoiler and funky orange-trimmed multispoke wheels.
But obviously, the changes are more than skin deep with track oriented suspension, heavy duty brakes, and BMW’s touted water-injection system, allowing for a power rating around 500hp and 442 lb-ft of twist. The result is a 0-62 time of just 3.8 seconds and a top-speed of nearly 190 MPH.
Watch the M4 GTS in action in a short video promo after the jump.
Is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro not enough car for you?
Not to worry as General Motors just released details for a new line of performance parts and accessories for the standard 2016 Camaro.
The extra parts and bits include a performance-optimized air intake, a performance exhaust system, beefier Brembo brakes for the front with the choice of either four- or six-piston aluminum clamps, and even a sports suspension that’s stiffer and reduced ride height by nearly one inch.
There is also a range of body enhancements, including “ground-effects” like lower spoilers for all the body panels, and upgradable rear spoiler, and even an illuminated bow tie logo.
Chevy also made sure not to leave out the graphics, which can be added to your Camaro, with the possibility of gaining some extra horsepower. The interior can be also be turned up with various trim kits, while customers can also choose from various sets of custom wheels.
Not too long ago, Porsche revealed the updated Type 991 version of the 911 Carrera, both in convertible and coupe form, with an all-new standard 3.0L twin-turbo flat-six.
That said, it was only a matter of time that the other 911 variants were to follow, such as the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 Coupe, Carrera 4 Convertible, and Targa 4 versions.
Like the new 911 Carrera Coupe and Convertible, the updated 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4s receive the same list of tweaks, including that new 3.0L twin-turbo six, with 365hp and 331 lb-ft of twist, while the S versions get a bit more oomph at 415hp and 368 lb-ft of twist.
Both a seven-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic are available for both cars, allowing the standard Carrera 4 models to zip to 62 in just 4.1 seconds, with the S models doing it in 3.8.
Toyota and sports cars seems like such an odd and distant pairing, especially when you consider that the Japanese auto giant has been synonymous to automotive conservation, hybrids and family-friendliness, all the sort of things that otherwise would bore the typical sports car lover to sleep.
But thanks to the appointment of its current CEO, Akio Toyoda, who’s openly been an avid lover of speed and motorsports, Toyota’s been working hard to reinvigorate their love affair with the sports car, especially when they produced some of history’s most iconic sports cars, such as the 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course, the Supra. And they’ve attempted well so far, giving us excellent examples like the GT86.
Now, meet their latest pitch at a possible new entry-level sports coupe–the S-FR Concept.