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Smart Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour Get Electrified

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Smart has electrified its entire lineup, meaning the fortwo, fortwo cabrio and forfour can now be had with an electric powertrain.

All three electric models are powered by an electric motor that produces 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a leisurely 11.4 seconds (the fortwo cabrio takes 11.7 seconds), and hit a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h).

They source their energy from a 17.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides between 96 and 100 miles (155 km – 160 km) of range and can be charged to 80-percent capacity in a a whopping 22 hours when plugged into a standard, 110-volt outlet. You can cut that charging time to just 2.5 hours by using a 240-volt outlet.

There is an Eco mode that maximizes range by limiting top speed, adjusting the throttle pedal, and engaging the top level of energy recuperation.

Smart also includes a purpose-designed smartphone application that lets owners remotely charge the car, turn the climate control on or off, and check how much energy the the battery pack has.

The Smart fortwo, fortwo cabrio and forfour electric drive models are better equipped than their gasoline-powered counterpart, featuring more optional features like a winter package that includes a heated steering wheel and an electric drive design package that adds electric green body paint on the safety cell.

The smart fortwo and forfour electric vehicles go on sale in spring 2017, while the fortwo cabrio model releases a few months later in the summer. Is either one your type of vehicle?

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Chevy Camaro Gets New Face And Butt, Plus Turbo 1LE Model For 2019 MY

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Updated, 2019 Chevy Camaro new look

The sixth-generation Chevy Camaro has received a refresh for its 2019 model year in an effort to narrow the sales gap with the Ford Mustang, gaining a revised exterior, a new 1LE Turbo model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and improved gadgets.

Starting off with the exterior, designers have revised the front end to be distinct between the LS/LT, RS and SS variants. The SS stands out with a ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem and larger air curtains, package-specific headlights, and a new extractor-style hood, while the RS appearance package includes a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar, and 20-inch wheels. The RS, SS and ZL1 models get dark-tinted lenses.

All models now feature classic-design, four LED oval taillights, which I think looks better than the generic rectangle shape of the original design.

Inside, the updated Camaro gets Chevy’s next-generation Infotainment 3 system. The standard system uses a 7-inch touchscreen, while a larger 8-inch touchscreen is optional. A Rear Camera Mirror and Forward Collision Alert system are now available.

The biggest news is the introduction of Camaro Turbo 1LE, which joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE models in the Camaro lineup. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that — paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission — produces 275-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque.

An upgraded suspension, staggered 20-inch summer tires, Brembo brakes, and a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track mode are also part of the package.

So, what do you think about the Camaro’s new face and butt? Did Chevy’s designers get them right?

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New Corvette ZR1 Convertible Drops 755 Horses Like A Beast

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The C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has received a convertible version, and it’s just as bonkers as the coupe.

Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Corvette ZR1 Convertible is the first drop-top ZR1 since the ZR1 first launched in 1969.

It has the same mechanical bits as the ZR1 coupe, meaning power is provided by an LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a choice of either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, the addition of a retractable top results in a weight penalty (60 pounds, to be exact) that should impede overall performance a tad bit. Zero-to-60 mph (96 km/h) is expected to come in at less than three seconds, and the quarter mile in the high 10-second range. Top speed is approximately 212 mph (132 km/h).

Like the coupe, the Corvette ZR1 Convertible is available with the $2,995 ZTK Performance Package, which adds a large rear wing, front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Magnetic Ride control suspension. It can produces up to 950 lbs of downforce.

The new, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible starts at $123,995 in the United States, representing a $4,000 premium over the coupe.

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If You Want New Honda S2000, Sign This Petition

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Not long after Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said Honda may build a successor to the S2000 if enough people want it, someone has launched a petition on Change.org to have the discontinued roadster return.

Judging by his name, HondaPro Jason is clearly very passionate about Hondas, aptly titling his petition “Hey Honda Bring The S2000 Back.”

Honda’s CEO appeared open to the idea of a new S2000 in an interview with , specifically stating:

“I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next-generation S2000. Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars if the requests are there.”

The original S2000 roadster was produced from 1999 until 2009. While there is no guarantee that the petition will result in anything, the Japanese automaker seems to have a finger close to the go-ahead trigger should there be a large enough demand for a new model.

Sign the if you want the Honda S2000 to make a return.

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