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New Jaguar XE Could Spawn Coupe, Wagon and Crossover

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Like its German rivals, the new Jaguar XE compact sports sedan will spawn a crossover and likely a coupe and station (estate) wagon.

“The body shop has been equipped to be flexible. We can put more than one body style in it. It’s not a problem. In the future we’ll be able to show you other products off this architecture, but we’re not talking about it now,” Nick Miller, the XE’s chief program engineer, revealed to Australian website CarAdvice in an interview.

While an XE coupe will definitely be offered in North America if green-lighted, the family-friendly wagon will almost certainly be a Europe-only affair, seeing that Americans and Canadians generally shun wagons.

An XE-based crossover has already been confirmed for production and was previewed by the C-X17 Concept (pictured above) that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Aimed at the likes of the BMW X3, the crossover is expected to look very similar to the C-X17 and share most of its mechanical components with the XE, including powertrains. Miller hinted that it will launch in either late 2015 or early 2016.

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New Chevy Corvette C8 Is The Mid-Engine Supercar You Can Afford

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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?

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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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