Tesla might be an upstart but it’s shooting for the stars. The American company says it will eventually build an electric supercar that will compete with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini in performance.
The company’s first-ever product, the Tesla Roadster, was an electric sports car, but not in the same vein as, say, an Aventador or 458 Italia. It wants a true supercar, one that will likely carry a price tag of $200,000.
“We will do an electric supercar at some point,” CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg.
“It was going to happen right after the Model X, but it is more important to the world that we do a more affordable electric car,” Musk said. “Hopefully, we will get to an electric supercar in four to five years.”
The Roadster was a decent start, but the future supercar will surely outperform it in every way imaginable.
New Chevy Corvette C8 Is The Mid-Engine Supercar You Can Afford
It’s the first mid-engine Corvette, a performance bargain for the ages, and a new breed of supercar.
Months of leaks, rumors and speculation have finally culminated in the unveiling of the all-new, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. As the eighth generation of Chevy’s iconic sports car, the new Corvette premiers a mid-mounted engine and higher performance than ever before, effectively transforming from a sports car in it’s base form into a world-class supercar.
According to Chevy, the decision to switch to a mid-engine layout was made because the company had reached the limits of performance with a front-engine setup, and the new layout provides better weight distribution and responsiveness. Power comes from a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that puts out 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust, with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission channeling that power through the rear wheels. Don’t expect to find a conventional automatic, or a seven-speed manual transmission.
The C8 Corvette is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, which makes it the fastest base-model Corvette ever and put sit on par with the best Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren have to offer. Heck, it’s just as fast as the C7 Corvette ZR1, which not long ago was the fastest Corvette ever made!
The completely-reworked suspension is all-aluminum and uses diecast parts for maximum stiffness. There are still double wishbones at all four corners like the previous Corvette, but the traditional transverse rear spring has been replaced by coil springs.
Owners can opt for GM’s lauded Magnetic Ride Control system, which can be controlled through six driving modes, including a ‘Z mode’ that enables full customization of all settings.
The V8 uses dry-sump lubrication, allowing you to pull 1G through a corner without having to worry about oil starvation. And when it’s time to head home, a front axle lift system that can be programmed to raise the car automatically via the GPS system helps clear obstacles.
As with previous Corvettes, the Corvette C8 arrives with a Z51 Performance Package that adds a stiffer suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats, larger brakes and better cooling, a more aggressive front splitter, an open rear spoiler, a more aggressive transmission gear ratio, and a better electronic slip differential, among other performance enhancements.
Visually, the C8 Corvette looks like a refreshed C7 Corvette from the front and rear but a pure unadulterated mid-engine supercar from the sides. The loss of the traditional, long-hood Corvette proportions as a result of the mid-engine layout will surely upset some enthusiasts, but I for one think it looks great.
Highlights of the driver-centric interior include a new infotainment system, a 12-inch customizable instrument cluster, two available Bose audio systems, a wireless charger for your cell phone. A narrow bank of buttons. Fans of buttons will love the narrow bank of manual climate control button that effectively divides the cockpit in half, though some might find the odd arrangement and positioning to be unsightly. As expected, the room can be removed for open-air driving.
The new Corvette C8 offers a surprisingly of cargo room. Thanks to the relocation of the engine, there is now a font trunk (frunk) that can hold a of couple small overnight bags, while the rear cargo area can fit a reasonably-sized suitcase or a pair of golf bags when not housing the removable roof panel.
Las but not least is the price — the most shocking news of all. GM says the base C8 Stingray will start at under $60,000 in the United States and $70,000 in Canada! Let that sink for a second…
We now live in world where a world-class, mid-engine supercar that can accelerate to 60 mph in under 3 seconds costs less than $60,000. The new Corvette C8 is truly remarkable, and Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and even Porsche have something to worry about. Are you happy with how it turned out?
New Lotus Evija Is An Electric Supercar With 2,000 HP
There is a new electric hypercar speeding into town, and it has nearly 2,000 horsepower.
Lotus has unveiled its latest creation, the Evija electric hypercar.
Billed as the world’s first pure electric British hypercar, the Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) is powered by four electric motors that generate a combined “target output” of 2,000PS (1,973 horsepower), which should make it the most powerful series production road car ever built if the British sports car maker successfully delivers that lofty output figure.
The Evija electric hypercar stays true to the brand’s ethos of making lightweight, fun-to-drive cars. It’s made out of carbon fiber and weighs just 3,700 pounds, which although heavy for a Lotus, is light for an EV, especially one with a 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The battery provides a driving range of around 250 miles (402 km) and is mid-mounted just like the engines in Lotus’ normal cars. Once depleted, it can be recharged fully in a mere nine minutes when using a 800 kW charger and up to 90 percent capacity in only 12 minutes when using a 350 kWh charger.
Lotus says the Evija can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 6 seconds, and to 186 mph (299 km/h) in less than 9 seconds. Top speed is expected to be around 200 mph (322 km/h).
“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” said Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus. “It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”
Only 130 units of the Lotus Evija will be built, each costing a $2.1 million in the United States or £1.7m duties and taxes in Europe when sales begin in 2020. Buyers are required to make a $310,000 deposit.
New, 2020 Audi S8 Brings A 563 Horsepower Biturbo V8
A standard active suspension and four-wheel steering are some of the major performance highlights.
There is a new Audi S8 and it packs more power, more technology and better overall performance than its predecessor.
Audi’s has a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with cylinder deactivation and 48-volt mild hybrid technology that improves fuel efficiency for a heart, pumping out 563 horsepower (571PS) and 590 pound-feet of torque. That makes it 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet more powerful than the A8’s twin-turbo V8.
In addition to the powerful engine, the S8 comes standard with all-wheel steering and predictive active suspension that limits body roll to just 2.5 degrees in ‘dynamic’ mode and can lift the car by up to 50 mm for easier ingress and egress.
A revised front bumper, side sills, dual twin exhaust outlets, and S badging sets the performance sedan from the lesser A8, while the interior gets a Carbon Vector upper inlay that creates a special 3D effect, Matte aluminum trim, and diamond-stitched seats with embroidered S badging.
The new and improved Audi S8 will be offered in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions, but only the long-wheelbase S8 will be sold in the United States and likely in Canada… with size-figure price tag, of course.