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Hennessey C8 Corvette Twin-Turbo Promises 1,200 Horsepower

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 21:50

The mid-engine Corvette has caused quite a bit of fanfare over the last several months. Almost immediately after the new ‘Vette won MotorTrend’s coveted Car of the Year award, reports surfaced that a 900-hp ZR1 will eventually reprise its role as top dog of the ‘Vette range. But what if you don’t want to wait, and 900 hp simply isn’t enough (because you’re insane)? Well, have no fear, John Hennessey is here.

The Texas tuner recently announced that he and his team will offer up to 1,200 hp via a specially designed twin-turbo system in addition to upgrading the internals of the LT2 V-8 with forged aluminum pistons and forged steel connecting rods. When I spoke with Hennessy at the C8 reveal in July, he mentioned that, though he was excited to get to work on the new C8, he was worried that Chevy might intentionally prevent tuners like him from making big changes to the engine. Based on the limited info in the release, the Texas-based tuning firm is likely still working out the details on its C8 offering, but it sounds like Hennessey’s initial concerns about the mid-engine Corvette’s tunability have been put to rest.

Hennessey Performance Engineering will also upgrade the Tremec eight-speed DCT and will offer a series of other upgrades to make the C8 Corvette a little racier on the outside. The company plans on offering a carbon-fiber aero kit that includes a huge rear wing, a new front splitter, and airdam—we also see a roof scoop we hope to see on customer cars. Bigger Brembo brakes, new wheel and tire packages, and Penske suspension mods will also be made available to help tame all that extra grunt. A lightweight, stainless-steel exhaust will also be available upon request.

No word on pricing yet, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be cheap. To give you some idea, back when the C7 Corvette was new, Hennessey offered its 1,000-hp supercharged HPE1000 package for nearly $68,000, not including the price of a C7 Stingray.

 

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Starwood acquires £200m urban industrial portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:16
An affiliate of Starwood Capital Group has acquired ten urban industrial estates in the UK totalling 1.6m sq ft for £200m.
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2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:45
If the compact hatchback was the precursor to the small crossover, then the Kia Soul and Mazda 3 took completely different approaches in influencing small crossovers that came after them. The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul is less quirky than when the hamsterbox first launched for 2010, yet it still retains the tall boxy proportions that provide roomy...
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2020 Kia Soul vs. Mazda 3, 2021 Jaguar F-Type facelift, Audi E-Tron range boost: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:33
2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Mazda Mazda 3: Compare Cars The 2020 Mazda 3 packs just a bit more sophistication to come out with a 6.7 out of 10 ranking from our editors, compared to a 6.3 for the 2020 Kia Soul. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features Uprated headlights and standard automatic emergency braking on...
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REVEALED! Meet the Hosts of Top Gear America

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:00

After an exhaustive search, we’re proud to announce the hosts of Top Gear America, coming exclusively to the MotorTrend app in spring 2020: Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon. Or, as they tell it: two comedians, a guy who’s actually British … and the Stig.

“If we’re ever given a script, I promise the viewers that I’m going to light it on fire and throw it away,” Corddry said. “So you can count on me for that, at least. I really think that the strength of this show is going to be an honest interplay between the three of us.”

Corddry, like Shepard and Bovingdon, is both a lifelong car enthusiast and big Top Gear fan.

“I feel like that’s the one prerequisite the host should have,” Shepard said. “Cars are my full-time hobby. It’s the only reason I act: to acquire money to buy s–t that you put gas in.”

Bovingdon, who doesn’t own a ranch to fill with 17 different vehicles and trailers like Shepard does, is all about the driving.

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“I love cars, I love driving cars, and I love doing stupid stuff in cars,” Bovingdon said, “and if we get to do all of those things, I don’t see how it can’t be fun and fun to watch, really.”

Bovingdon is well known among MotorTrend subscribers as the cohost of Head 2 Head, where he’s pitted some of the greatest sports cars, trucks, and SUVs in the world against each other. Off camera, he’s been found on the pages and websites of MotorTrend, Automobile, CAR, and evo. In between all that, he occasionally finds time to win his class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and set lap records around the world.

“One of my first cars was an E36 BMW M3 GT,” he said. “I’d read it had done an 8:23 lap or something, and I foolishly—having never been to the Nürburgring—was like, ‘Well, we can probably get that down to eight minutes.’ I spent two years trying to make it do that. The first attempt, I think I did an 8:12, and then every time I went back after that, it broke. One time, it got stuck in fourth gear and I had to drive it back from western Germany to my home in Northamptonshire, north of London.”

Shepard, known for shows like Parenthood, Bless This Mess, and the movie CHiPS, is no stranger to a racetrack, either.

“Road America is my favorite track,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. The fact that you could hit a deer out on the back straightaway is always thrilling. I think that track is spectacular. There’s so much going on.

“I also really like Road Atlanta,” he continued. “It’s certainly a fun track, too. I got to race in that Lamborghini Super Trofeo series at Lime Rock, and the last turn into the straightaway, the downhill right-hander is a very precarious turn. It’s surreal. You’re all in or you’re all out. And then Fontana, which is basically you’re racing in a parking lot and then the huge bank oval, which is an incredible feeling, as well. And then of course Laguna (Seca), which is basically if you live in California, the track. That’s the track I probably am on the most frequently.”

With two racers on the show, you can bet there will be rivalry between them whenever they get behind the wheel.

“I think there’ll be a lot of competition between Jethro and I, in a loving way,” Shepard said, “Obviously, he’ll win, and sometimes I’ll win, and it’ll be devastating when I lose, and I think that’ll be fun for everyone to watch. Jethro’s definitely got the seat-time advantage on me, and I’ve not driven any of these cars. I’ve never driven a McLaren or half the (cars) that he’s driven.”

Whatever contests Jethro, Dax, or the producers cook up, you can be sure Corddry will be stirring the pot.

“It’s not going to be my role to talk about the technical (stuff),” Corddry said, also working blue, “as much as it’s going to be to just go, ‘Ooh,’ and ‘Aah,’ and then pit Jethro and Dax against each other, because I want to watch those nerds fight it out.”

Corddry is far more than the setup man, though. He knows his cars. Long before he was driving exotics on HBO’s Ballers and traveling through time in a hot tub, the four-time Emmy Award winner cut his teeth on a ’75 Ford Pinto Wagon with no floorboards. These days, it’s a Porsche 911 Carrera S.

“Early on, in my experiences with cars at a young age,” he said, “I made a choice to not get all bogged down in the details. And just get psyched about cars, in general. Yeah, I know what the different sizes of engines are and I understand why, but I don’t bug myself with that.

“I told them, when they called me, you know, I was a big fan of Top Gear, the original,” he continued, “and I said, ‘Look, I’m none of those guys. I’m an enthusiast. I’m, if anything else, the audience.’ But I’m not gonna say no to something like this. I’m just gonna fool them for as long as I can. And then they’re finally going to be like, ‘Wait a minute, this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Let’s get some boring dude in here.’”

Even if he’s not a walking automotive encyclopedia, Corddry won’t be boring.

“They gonna want me to wrestle the Stig?” he asked. “I’ll wrestle the Stig. I’ll Greco-Roman wrestle the Stig.”

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Exclusive Interview With The Stig: Talking to the Fastest Racer on Top Gear America

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:00

Forget any American cousin you may have seen, the Stig has landed in California to film the MotorTrend exclusive series Top Gear America alongside hosts Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon (meet the hosts here).

We cornered the reclusive racing driver and TV personality during a promotional photo shoot in hopes of gaining some insights on the new hosts and the new show. We know the Stig is a driver of huge talent, but few words, so we hoped bringing a brand-new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, a mid-engine C8 Corvette, and a McLaren 720S into the studio would help open things up. Instead, we found the Stig staring inquisitively at a lamp.

MotorTrend: Welcome back to the office! Don’t worry about the mess from last time. It’s all been taken care of.

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: I hope the A/C is on high enough in here. I know it’s a bit warmer than you’re used to outside. Does it ever get a little warm under all that gear?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: I see you’ve had a chance to meet the hosts. Are you excited to be working with them?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: You’re no stranger to working with celebrities, of course, what with all the stars in the reasonably priced cars.

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: Jethro is from the U.K., as well, and quite a driver himself. Have you two worked together previously?

The Stig: …

(Editor’s note: At this point, the Stig abruptly wandered off in the direction of the Corvette.)

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MotorTrend: What do you think of them putting the engine in the back?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: Do you support carmakers breaking decades of tradition if it makes a car better?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: You know, both that Mustang Shelby GT500 and the McLaren Senna over there have more than 700 horsepower. If you could only pick one, which do you drive?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: You’ve driven some incredibly powerful and incredibly quick cars in your career. Is there one that stands out?

The Stig: …

(Editor’s note: The Stig again wandered away, this time toward the rear of Dax Shepard’s 1967 Lincoln Continental. That’s where we caught up.)

MotorTrend: You almost exclusively drive new cars on Top Gear, but are you a fan of the classics?

The Stig: …

MotorTrend: How do you feel about modifying classic cars with new engines and things?

The Stig: …

(Editor’s note: The Stig turned and walked out the door. We assumed this meant the interview was over.)

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2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:31
The 2020 Chevy Equinox compact crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick award, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported last month. The insurance-industry funded group recognized the high-beam assist feature standard on the 2020 Equinox for improved ratings on its headlight tests, helped it qualify for the coveted award over the 2019...
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LociLab platform can poll communities to inform development

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:25
Global real estate consultancy MindFolio has launched a new community engagement platform to assist public sector development.
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2020 Ford Ranger

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:00
It would be a shame if the 2020 Ford Ranger were lumped into a category to include “all trucks.” The 2020 Ranger is not a diesel-swilling, lifted, train-sized hauler that hardly fits in your driveway. The Ranger is not a profane sticker with a comic character or an ill-advised tattoo. The Ranger isn’t faultless, but it is good at...
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Pakistani property tycoon agrees £190m settlement with NCA

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:19
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has agreed a £190m settlement with a Pakistani property developer following an investigation into suspected proceeds of crime.
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Samsung to launch experience store in Bristol

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:12
Hammerson has revealed that Samsung is to open a new 5,000 sq ft Samsung experience store in Cabot Circus in Bristol.
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Search Acumen adds new datasets to due diligence platform

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:47
Search Acumen has added several new datasets on its property due diligence platform ForeSite.
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Search Acumen adds 40 new datasets to due diligence platform

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:47
Search Acumen has included 40 new datasets on its property due diligence platform ForeSite.
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Sky Studios Elstree to deliver £3bn boost for UK’s creative industries

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:48
Sky is to open a major new studio at Elstree as part of a £3bn investment in the UK creative sector.
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2020 Hyundai Sonata 1.6T vs. 2020 Nissan Altima 2.0 VCT: A Tale of Two Techie Turbos

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:00

Engine design is even harder than 21st century democracy because it requires even more compromise. Every design parameter “knob” that engineers can turn affects an engine’s power, fuel efficiency, and emissions, and clever solutions to hack long-established trade-offs between them generally compromise cost, durability, and refinement. Nissan’s recent hack is to vary the compression ratio, and now Hyundai is introducing the world’s first variable valve-duration camshaft. These two very different approaches seek a similar effect: enable strong turbo boost for performance without inducing knock (which demands a lower compression ratio), while enhancing low-load fuel efficiency by expanding the combustion gases as much as possible (expansion ratio is the piston-going-down mirror image of compression ratio).

Nissan’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine uses an elaborate linkage system to alter the piston stroke (and displacement, slightly), thereby providing a turbo-friendly 8.0:1 compression ratio when needed, and a fuel-sipping 14.0:1 expansion ratio while loafing along. Hyundai’s CVVD concept is perhaps even more elaborate (at least from a parts-count perspective—see our companion feature to this tech comparison) and manages to vary the length of time the intake valves stay open, so the effective compression ratio (compression that happens after the intake valve closes) can be way less than the expansion ratio.

Hyundai doesn’t use the low effective compression ratio for power, though. Here the power mode is to open and shut the valves quickly with negligible exhaust-valve overlap, trapping and compressing as much intake charge as possible and taking full advantage of the fixed mechanical compression/expansion ratio of 10.5:1 (the cooling effect of direct injection helps reduce knock). It’s under light loads that the intake valves stay open until the piston is well on its way back up. The crankshaft does less work pushing the piston up with the intake valve open, but the combustion gases keep pushing on the piston all the way down so efficiency improves.

There is, of course, a lot more to this new 1,598cc Smartstream engine than its fancy cam drive. The bore shrinks and the stroke extends relative to the outgoing 1,591cc turbo (from 77.0 x 85.4mm to 75.6 x 89.0mm)—providing those combustion gases a notable 3.6mm of additional room to expand. The fuel injection pressure increases from 250 to 350 bar (roughly 3,600 to 5,100 psi), to be sure enough fuel can be injected and atomized after the late intake-valve closing. Redesigned intake runners generate more charge-air tumble to ensure thorough mixing. And because adding stroke inherently adds friction, as does the new CVVD system, extensive friction-reduction measures were taken throughout the engine: smaller journal bearing diameters and polymer coated bearings, lightened pistons, a lower-friction cam chain drive, and new roller-swing-arm valve actuators. Overall engine friction is said to be down 34 percent. Integrating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head reduces heat lost to the exhaust, while the smaller bore and a new integrated heat management system help reduce heat lost to the cooling system for improved thermal efficiency.

The 1.6-liter TGDI Smartstream engine is rated to produce 180 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm, up from 178 hp at 5,500 rpm and identical torque on the outgoing 1.6T. That’s just a 1.1 percent boost in peak horsepower, but Hyundai claims that over the engine’s entire operating range, performance is improved by 4 percent while brake-specific fuel consumption over the entire operating range of the engine improves by 5 percent relative to its predecessor. Sadly, the EPA didn’t find that 5 percent bump on its test cycle—the 2020 Sonata 1.6T earns a 28/37/31 mpg EPA city/highway/combined rating; the outgoing model was rated 27/36/31.

We’ve heard the cost came in at about $200 per engine. If so, it likely represents a huge discount over what we infer Nissan/Infiniti spends on VC-Turbo. At the time the system was released, Nissan engineers claimed they spent about half the going rate for reducing a single gram/km of CO2 emissions (which they pegged at $70 to $80). In switching from a V-6 to the VC-T engine, both the Infiniti Q50 and the Nissan Altima saved 22.5 g/km on the EPA cycle, so that puts their system at $800.

So how do the two engines drive? The VC-T engine only comes mated to continuously variable transmissions, and that’s an unhappy marriage. There’s always too much variability happening at any one time, resulting in nonlinear, unpredictable acceleration under most driving conditions short of foot-to-floor drag-racing. At wide-open throttle, it goes like stink, delivering on its V-6-performance promise. The rest of the time, in the vehicles we’ve sampled, we’ve struggled to find the four-cylinder fuel economy. We long-term-tested an Infiniti QX50 SUV with a VC-T engine, and in our Equa Real MPG real-world fuel-economy testing it underperformed the EPA’s 24/30/26-mpg city/highway/combined results by 14 percent in the city and 7 percent combined. Worse, though, was our 23,000-mile average of 20.8 mpg—fully 25 percent below the EPA combined rating, and about what we’d expect from a V-6.

In our drives in two high-end Sonatas equipped with the Smartstream 1.6T engine and a conventional eight-speed automatic, the valve-duration variability seems utterly unnoticeable, and drivability is quite pleasant. This is a much smaller engine in a similarly Altima-sized car, so it’s towing about 4.5 more pounds per horsepower than the Nissan Altima engine is, so it’s no surprise that the Sonata trails the Altima to 60 mph by about 2 seconds (8.2 versus 6.1 seconds). We have yet to fact-check the Sonata’s EPA ratings with testing of our own, but the EPA reckons it’ll best the Altima VC-T’s 25/34/29 mpg rating by 2 mpg in each category. (Note that among small turbo family sedans, the Sonata ranks admirably close to the Honda Accord 1.5-liter turbo’s 29/35/31 rating, though that car’s 10-speed automatic and lower curb weight give it a 0.6-second advantage in 0-60 mph.)

We look forward to our first chance to fully test the performance and fuel economy of Hyundai’s new CVVD system—and to test its drivability and durability in a long-term car.

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How does Hyundai’s Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) System Really Work?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 09:00

Caution: Nerds-only zone! If you just want to know what Hyundai’s CVVD system can do and how it drives, see our companion story comparing the tech to Nissan’s VCT system. Keep reading for more on how this advanced tech works.

Altering the length of time that a valve stays open is way trickier than changing when it begins its open-and-close cycle or how much it lifts. To achieve variable duration, Hyundai has basically had to toss out the conventional one- or two-piece machined or hydroformed camshaft and replace it with a hella-complicated multi-piece gizmo that may make your head hurt to try to comprehend.

First, the shaft that the timing chain drives (via a familiar variable-timing phaser, by the way) is now a smooth cylinder with four holes drilled across it. Into those holes go four little pins that slot into and drive four round steel discs that also include a separate perpendicular pin that ultimately drives the cam lobes. These discs rotate in elaborate needle roller bearings on a device that allows them to move a few millimeters inboard and outboard across the top of the engine, perpendicular to the camshaft axis.

When the movable discs and all their pins are positioned concentric with the camshaft, the cam lobes behave like a normal machined camshaft would, opening the valves for the length of time dictated by their machined profile. The magic happens when you move these discs inboard or outboard. Doing so changes the location of the little perpendicular pins that drive the cam lobes, which has the effect of either speeding up or slowing down the cam lobes as their noses swing around to open and close the valves.

Two separate carriers operate the valves for two cylinders each, and each carrier moves two eccentric discs from side to side using a mechanism of worm-drive gears. It takes 0.4 to 0.5 second to fully transition from one extreme to the other. Note that Hyundai only adds this system to the intake valves. It could also be added to the exhaust valves, but the only potential benefits of doing so would be emissions reduction, and this wasn’t deemed a priority worthy of the expense at this time.

The parts count to add this feature seems staggering, as does the added manufacturing complexity. It also adds about 5 kg (11 pounds). Managing the friction and lubricating all these sliding parts also seems a herculean task, but the engineers swear on a stack of service manuals that the engine has cleared all of Hyundai’s durability hurdles with flying colors running standard 0W20 oil.

We suspect that part of the argument in favor of green-lighting this complicated project included an element of Korean pride—a desire to lead the industry in a new technology. We sincerely hope it works and delivers on its performance and fuel economy promises in the real world—especially now that the EPA figures indicate the new Sonata with this engine gets slightly lower fuel economy than its 1.6T predecessor.

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NewRiver adds to pub portfolio with £18m Bravo Inns deal

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 08:10
NewRiver REIT has paid £17.9m for Bravo Inns to add to its burgeoning pub portfolio.
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Will Infiniti Build the 563-HP Project Black S?

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 01:27

There’s no doubt Infiniti has seen better days. The brand is struggling with sales in the U.S., it recently pulled out of Europe and other key markets, and it just cancelled the QX30. It also moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to Japan but has shifted its focus to China and the U.S., where it plans to launch five new vehicles in the next three years.

At the Paris Motor Show last year, Infiniti revealed its updated Project Black S, a Q60 coupe prototype that brings its Formula 1 hybrid technology to a road car. The Project Black S delivers 563 hp from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo hybrid engine, with a 0-60 mph estimate of 4.0 seconds, according to Infiniti. The car was developed to test the waters and see how well it would fit the market. The automaker recently finished the research phase and is now analyzing the results.

Speaking with MotorTrend at the recent L.A. Auto Show, Jeff Pope, Infiniti’s group vice president of the Americas, said he sees a place for the Black S in the U.S. as a special low-volume model. With a limited number of units available, the car would deliver good performance for those who want something special. “I think there’s absolutely space, as a specialty vehicle in a small volume, that’s more of a brand recognition type of model. It’d be great to have a nameplate, being one of 400, 500 or however much volume that would be. That’s where I would see the execution of that car. It would be a statement vehicle for us,” he said.

And although performance crossovers are on the rise, Pope doesn’t see the F1 technology making it into one of Infiniti’s SUVs. At least not right now. “I would leave that to the technical people to understand where it could go in the future,” he said. “Right now, I still think what we need to understand is, you can’t just take the F1 technology and throw it into a vehicle. It doesn’t work that way. But I think if we can get down the road with this, it’ll give us insights into what future technologies we can actually use in our vehicles. I think that’s an exciting question.”

Although the Project Black S is not one of the five new cars coming in the next three years, Pope briefly touched on upcoming electrified vehicles for Infiniti, which include battery-electric and gasoline-powered extended-range electric cars. Pope wants the latter to hit 500 miles of range thanks to a gas engine that serves solely as a generator, and given that the vehicle will not suffer any cold-weather range disruptions, he believes it will appeal to more people. “When you start getting over 400 or close to 500 miles of range, now you’re talking about something that consumers can get their head around because they get the performance and they get the range,” he said.

As Infiniti continues celebrating its 30th anniversary, some big challenges remain ahead. Still, Pope is excited for the future of the brand. “There’s nothing that’s going to be like what we’re going to bring to market, and that’s who we were as a brand when we launched,” he said. “That’s what I want us to be again, and that excites me. It gives me and my team a chance to be part of a story that just falls in line with Infiniti’s history; that’s exciting.” Here’s hoping Infiniti’s next 30 years are bright.

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2021 Tesla Cybertruck vs. Bollinger B2: Comparing Two Very Different Electric Trucks

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 00:56

Whether or not the world was ready for the ultra-utilitarian looks of the Bollinger B1 and B2 electric SUV and pickup, Elon Musk just hit the reset button on truck styling with the Tesla Cybertruck. The Bollinger may look unconventional for a road-going vehicle, but the Cybertruck looks straight up otherworldly by comparison. Opinions will be split on which EV truck looks better, but aesthetics will be among the least important factors for those in the market for an electric pickup. Instead, the most important thing about a truck boils down to how useful it is—and both trucks promise to be exceptionally capable. Let’s look at the key differences—apart from styling—between the Bollinger B2 and Cybertruck to get an idea of just what to expect from the two newest players in the EV pickup truck space.

Size and speed

The B2 and the Cybertruck are both big pickups, but the Cybertruck is the bigger of the two. It’s more than 2 feet longer than the B2. The bed in the B2 is 6 feet long, while the bed in the Cybertruck is 6.5 feet long (though the back of the Bollinger’s cab can be opened to allow items up to 16 feet into the cab, similar to the old Chevrolet Avalanche). They both come with handy frunks, too, but the Cybertruck also has a trunk. The Bollinger can seat four, while the Cybertruck can fit up to six.

As for performance, the Bollinger’s claimed top speed is 100 mph and it can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, according to the Michigan-based electric startup. The Cybertruck’s top speed ranges from 110 to 130 mph, and its 0-60 time ranges from 6.5 seconds to 2.9 seconds, depending on battery and motor configuration.

Breadth of capability

If you’re going to build a pickup truck you have to build something capable, and when it comes to towing, the Tesla wins out. Its claimed towing numbers are 7,500, 10,000, and 14,000 pounds for the single motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor models, respectively. Despite its legal classification as a heavy-duty truck, Bollinger’s B2 can only tow up to 7,500 pounds, says the manufacturer. As for payload, Tesla claims the Cybertruck will be able to haul 3,500 pounds in the bed, while Bollinger says its B2’s max payload is 5,000 pounds.

Robert Bollinger, the company’s founder, said he built the B2 and its SUV stablemate, the B1, partly because he wanted something he could use as a farm vehicle. As such, off-road capability was a high priority. To that end the B2 (and B1) have all-wheel drive, with one motor on each axle. Bollinger claimed 15 inches of ground clearance for the B2, in addition to 52- and 28-degree approach and departure angles, respectively. The Tesla, with its adjustable air suspension has up to 16 inches ground clearance, and has the same departure angle as the Bollinger, but it’s approach angle is significantly lower at 35 degrees.

EV specs

The Cybertruck will be available in three different configurations, with ranges… well… ranging from 250 miles all the way up to 500 miles with the biggest battery and the tri-motor setup. The Bollinger B2, on the other hand, has only one estimated range figure: 200 miles. Both will have support for fast charging. The Tesla will, of course, be ready for the V3 Supercharger network, which brought big improvements to charge times (as we found out in our testing). The B2 will support Level 3 CCS DC fast charging, and Bollinger says when using a fast charger it will only take 75 minutes to get the B2 from dead to a full charge.

Price

 

This is where things start to get a little hairy for the Bollinger. At a base price of $125,000, it’s more than three times the $39,900 base price of the Cybertruck. Sure, the Cybertruck can cost upwards of $69,000, but even at that price point the Tesla has the value advantage over the B2. Then again, Tesla has been known to advertise outrageous prices to capture headlines, raise prices without notice, and take years to deliver its products. Will the Cybertruck buck that trend? Time will tell. The Tesla Cybertruck is slated to begin production in 2021, with the top-trim tri-motor variant due in 2022. Meanwhile, the first Bollinger B2 pickups are set to begin production in 2020, with deliveries to follow in 2021.

Check out more of our Tesla Cybertruck coverage below

Tesla Cybertruck First Ride

Tesla Cybertruck vs. Rivian R1T

How Tesla Is Taking On Range Anxiety With Cybertruck

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2021 Jaguar F-Type First Look: Meaner on the Inside and Out

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 20:55

Few cars can top the sonorous engine note of the Jaguar F-Type R. For the new model year, the sports car is about to get even more aggressive with an extra dose of power. Along with a revised supercharged V-8 engine, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type receives a light nip-tuck and new interior technologies.

Jaguar has injected 25 more hp and 14 more lb-ft of torque into the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 of the F-Type R, bringing total output to 575 hp and 516 lb-ft. According to Jaguar’s estimates, this engine should propel the F-Type R to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The model also features an upgraded chassis with new springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, and rear knuckles. With these changes, Jaguar promises improved comfort at low speed as well as better control at higher speeds. Wider Pirelli P Zero tires top off the performance updates, and they’re paired with new gloss black 20-inch wheels.

The base F-Type will continue to feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 296 hp and 295 lb-ft. The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 also carries over with 380 hp and 339 lb-ft for R-Dynamic models. It will be paired exclusively with AWD. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup, as the manual option was axed for 2020.

Jaguar makes no mention of the 340-hp V-6 engine that was available for the 2020 model year. The SVR trim is also absent from the lineup, but buyers might not miss it too much considering the updated F-Type R makes the same 575 hp.

No matter which trim you get, the F-Type looks meaner than before. Slimmer headlights and a larger grille with a new mesh pattern give the front end a sharper look. You’ll also notice a new clamshell hood, with air vents positioned farther forward. Along with a new front bumper, the model features subtle changes farther back, including fender vents with the Jaguar Leaper logo and updated rear light clusters.

Inside the cabin, drivers can’t miss the new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. This screen is standard and offers a choice of three display themes, including a full map. The model features Jaguar’s latest infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as over-the-air software update capability. Slimline seats come in two versions: Sport or Performance. First Edition models, available for the first model year, boast 12-way Windsor leather seats, special badging, Suedecloth accents, and other premium features.

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