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VIDEO: Opel Astra GTC Design Explained

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As North Americans, we are big fans of the new Opel / Vauxhall Astra GTC. The car looks hot, plain and simple, and we hope it performs as well as it looks. In the above video, head designer Andrew Dyson talks us through the main design features of his creation. We also get to see the sleek and sporty hatchback cruise through the beautiful and curvy roads of Wales, UK.

As a reminder, the Opel / Vauxhall Astra GTC is offered with three powertrain options in Europe. There is a 2.0L common-rail turbo diesel producing 165 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph; a 1.4 Turbo gasoline unit making either 120-hp or 140-hp, with both variants mated to a 6-speed manual; and a 180-hp 1.6 Turbo gasoline unit mated to a 6-speed manual that reaches a top speed of 136 mph.

There are reports that North America might get the Astra GTC in the form of a Buick.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1

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The Blue Oval’s high-octane muscle car is priced to matched its performance.

Ford has announced pricing details for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.

With a starting price of $73,995, the latest Mustang Shelby GT500 is priced higher than the Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye ($73,440). It is also $12,460 more expensive than the less powerful sibling, the Shelby GT350.

Adding the Carbon Fiber Track package increases the price to $90,000 but adds carbon fiber wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, a carbon fiber wing and dive planes. The package eliminates the rear seats to cut weight.

The optional $1,500 handling package gets you adjustable strut top mounts, a Gurney flap and removable splitter end plates, while the $3,000 technology package comes with a better audio system, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and puddle lamps.

Engineers went the extra mile to make the new Mustang Shelby GT500 a capable everyday driver and not just a track-carving monster, but shouldn’t underscore the massive supercharged 5.2L V8 breathing under its hoods. Billed as the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8, the powerplant produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If you could only choose only one, which would it be — 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye? Let us know in the comments below.

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Is The Chevrolet Camaro Going To Die Again?

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Was Chevy’s muscle car revived only to die again?

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro may be the last Camaro, at least for the foreseeable future.

According to Muscle Cars and Trucks, General Motors has stopped work on the seventh generation Camaro and has no plan to take the Camaro nameplate beyond the 2023 model year.

The sixth-gen Camaro is based on the same Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe. However, while the ATS’ successor (the new CT4) uses the next generation Alpha platform, there are no plans for the Camaro to make the same transition.

Sales of the Camaro have declined significantly over the past few years, which is unfortunate considering how good of a sports car it is. The fifth generation Camaro took off after debuting in 2009, selling over 80,000 Camaros every year. But despite getting rave reviews from critics, the sixth-gen saw its sales drop to 51,000 units in 2018, which was a whopping 25 percent decline from the prior year.

Supposing the report is true, this won’t be the first time the Camaro has gone on hiatus. There was a seven-year gap between the fourth- and fifth-generation models.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP

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This Mustang has the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8.

We already knew the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, but we didn’t know precisely how much power drivers would have to play with. Until now, that is…

Ford has announced that the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8 — paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that spinsthe rear wheels — produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”

The high-octane Mustang is more powerful than the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, but it falls short of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp 6.2L V8. It can complete the quarter-mile run in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour).

In addition to the powerful, Ford’s engineers applied a revised front fascia that improves the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent, an optional Carbon Fiber Track Package featuring a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of downforce at 180 mph, carbon fiber wheels, and nicely-bolstered Recaro seats.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you want one?

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