The Lexus RC Coupe recently gained a new engine, adding to the selection of choices available for the lineup while making the RC Coupe just slightly more accessible to those who really aspire to get one.
Similarly to its four-door sibling, the Lexus IS sedan, the new 2016 RC Coupe was given the automaker’s new 2.0L turbocharged four with 241hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is to be named the RC200t.
Mated strictly to Lexus’ own eight-speed automatic, the new RC200t essentially sets off to be the new entry-level variant to the RC lineup, sitting below the RC300 AWD, the RC350 and the top-spec RC F. The 2.0L version will also be rear-wheel drive only.
You’ve probably heard it over and over again in a chant, screaming from the millions of fans and enthusiasts around the world, “the Mitsubishi Evo is dead, the Mitsubishi Evo is dead,” followed by modifiers such as, “the end is nigh,” and “what will we do,” as they also lament its eventual cease.
But it’s not over yet, Evo lovers, as Mitsubishi just announced a “Final Edition” 2015 Lancer Evolution, just to finally hammer the last nail into the coffin and send the Evo into the pages of history, for good.
Starting at a price of $37,995, the last ever 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution could be yours, but you’d need to jump on it quick since only 1,600 numbered Final Edition models will be made and sold.
BMW’s Facebook page for their homeland in Germany decided to subtly remind us that the reveal of the M2, one of BMW’s most highly-anticipated models, is about to happen in the very near future.
Due for an online web reveal sometime soon, the M2 is expected to be a successor to the beloved, limited production 1-Series M Coupe. Though, this time around, the M2 will be sold as a normal model, with no cap on its availability.
As a refresher, we’re expecting a detuned version of the same 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-six as the M3, with around 365hp and 343 lb-ft of twist, with an overboost function bumping that up to 369 lb-ft of twist for a temporary period under full throttle. The intended result is a 0-62 time in a “screw you E90 M3” time of less than 4.5 seconds, with BMW M’s seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch cog swapper.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: BMW Deutschland Facebook
Opel’s in British motoring news today with word of a new GT Coupe Concept apparently due at next-year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Judging from the name, this new Opel GT Coupe concept will most likely pay tribute to the original Opel GT sports coupe from the 1960s, which was briefly succeeded by the Opel GT Roadster/Saturn Sky from 2006. Though unlike those models, the original GT remained to be a coupe.
Now, this may not seem like much for us Americans since Opel’s been defunct from the US market for a few decades. But Opel’s owned by General Motors, and General Motors tends to import European-sourced models, rebadge and slightly reengineer them to be sold on our shores as various different models. For instance, more than half of Buick’s current lineup are either heavily based or are essentially Opel models rebadged as Buicks. The Regal is one of them, being a slightly reworked Opel Insignia for US shores, and the new Cascada, Buick’s first convertible since the Reatta from the 1990s, is basically an Opel Cascada.
Despite the roots of Volkswagen’s major Dieselgate scandal being sourced to the higher-ups at Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg, it seems Volkswagen’s division in America isn’t immune from the investigation either, especially when you consider Volkswagen of America’s EPA was the first worldly entity to bring the issue to light.
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee via AutomotiveNews, word is Volkswagen of America’s CEO, Michael Horn, is scheduled for a hearing on October 8th as part of the entire investigation of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.
“There are serious issues raised by reports that Volkswagen installed so-called ‘defeat-devices’ in some of their diesel vehicles to circumvent decades old rules in place to protect public health,” said Tim Murphy (R-PA), chair Rep. for the subcommittee. “The American people want to know why these devices were in place, how the decision was made to install them, and how they went undetected for so long.”
Horn will be heavily scrutinized and questioned to further contribute to the world’s understanding as to why Volkswagen decided to intentionally break the law with their diesel cars.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Energy and Commerce Committee via Automotive News
Chevrolet and “small block V8” go together like Intel and microprocessor in that Chevy’s known for their renowned, long-running 5.7L V8, which has been around in various forms with many technological upgrades since 1955.
And to continue the automaker’s long lineage and history of making the renowned eight-cylinder, Chevrolet just revealed their latest rendition of their “small-block V8,” complete with a 350 cubic-inch displacement rating, of course amounting to the traditional metric figure of 5.7L.
Called the ZZ6, the new 350 V8 is a crate engine, specifically designed and produced by Chevrolet’s Performance branch, featuring some new kit and caboodle to be the most powerful 350-based V8 ever produced by the Golden Bowtie. Such tech includes (WARNING, NERD ALERT) a new “Fast Burn” cylinder head, featuring “bee-hive” valve-springs, which are essentially valve springs with tapered ends, originally from the latest line of LS motors featured in the likes of the Corvette Stingray.
Even though Acura and Honda are taking their sweet-ass time launching the production NSX sports coupe, word has already gone amok regarding a possible “baby” version of the NSX, and AutoExpress in the UK apparently received the scoop on some new details.
AE says this new “baby NSX” is to literally be modeled after the standard NSX, hybrid powertrain and all. Further bolstering the possibility that a smaller NSX coupe was in the works was the discovery of some new patent design renderings, clearly depicting a NSX mini-me.
This has not only the automotive news sphere excited, but enthusiasts as well.
BMW revealed a new update for their latest X6-mini-me crossover, the X4, wherein it receives a similar treatment to the latest F30 3-Series by gaining the new “40i” nomenclature, representing the highest-spec model short of the M-cars.
Replacing the X4 xDrive35i M-Sport model, the new 2016 BMW X4 M40i somewhat simplifies the name, but not really, in that the X4 M40i has anything but a 4.0L engine. It still has the same 3.0L TwinPower Turbo mill as the xDrive35i car, though it’s been slightly updated to serve up 355hp and 343 lb-ft of twist. The sprint to 62 mph still takes around 4.9 seconds, which isn’t slow by any stretch of means.
We emphasize again,the only thing that’s really changing is the badge, and perhaps a little bit of aesthetic touches, such as a modestly updated front bumper, new side-view mirror designs, ans a new design for the 20-inch M lightweight alloy wheels. There’s also a new active sports exhaust system with “valve control,” complemented by chrome-black tailpipes.
Ford nuts might be quick to jump and argue, that Dearborn never made a V12 engine. But this isn’t an official Ford V12, rather its one built at the talented hands of the one craftsman.
The genius behind this one-off, custom-made Ford V12 is Jan Baker, who built this mill, a 552-cubic-inch V12, roughly a 9.0L engine, with 597 officially dyno’d horses, by joining two Ford Cleveland 302 inline-six engines at the crank.
Speaking of which, Baker describes the engine as basically one that functions as two straight-sixes operating in unison. They even have their own oiling and ignition systems, and fuel and air are fed through two massive Holley four-barrel carbs in the valley. Sounds like a hot rodder’s wet dream.
It’s about the time of the year, where the contestants for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards have been announced, ahead of the official ceremony at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
The cars selected for the award include the new new 2016 BMW 7-Series, the 2016 Cadillac CT6, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, 2016 Chevrolet Volt, 2016 Honda Civic sedan, 2016 Kia Optima, 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5, 2016 Nissan Maxima, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.