The latest Dodge Charger and Challenger are based on a very old Mercedes-Benz E-Class platform introduced in 1995, and it does’t look like that’s going to change with the next-generation models.
There were were rumors that the next Charger and Challenger would use Alfa Romeo’s lightweight, athletic Giorgio platform, which underpins the Giulia and Stelvio crossover, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) may be leaning towards keeping the current architecture.
At the company’s investor conference in Italy, Motor Authority FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne as saying:
“We may not necessarily have to go as far as the Giorgio architecture for Dodge as long as we are willing to commit to a significant upgrade to the current architecture to make it competitive. That’s something that’s already started. “
Marchionne believes that Giorgio platform is ill-suited for a high-performance, all-American sports car, adding:
“The problem with Giorgio is from size and capability standpoint it reflects much more of a European performance requirement than it does the American heritage of Dodge.”
That’s a bold move considering how old the Mercedes-Benz platform in question is. Yes, it has been heavily updated over the years, and Marchionne promises we will not recognize its origins by the time the latest slew of updates are completed, but there is an argument to made for a brand-new, ground-up architecture custom-tailored for the modern era of vehicles.
We will have to wait and see how well the decision turns out for the Charger and Challenger. An old and heavy German or a young and athletic Italian — which would you choose?
Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019
The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.
Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.
For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…
Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.
It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.
You Might Be Able To Afford The New Toyota Supra
Pricing for the Japanese sports car will be “acceptable for Toyota fans.”
Although the new Toyota Supra has a German heart — it was co-developed with BMW — it probably won’t be priced through the roof.
Fewer and fewer people are buying sports cars, but it’s still a fiercely competitive segment. Speaking with Australia’s , Toyota Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada stated:
“The segment for this Supra is very competitive, there are so many other competitors as you know in this segment. So, to compete with that, it has to be so much more fun than its competitors. So, it’s a lot of pressure, and that’s why we have to limit the price as well.”
It’s not clear what an “acceptable” price means to Tada, but leaked documents have revealed that the Supra will launch with a starting price of $63,500 price in the United States.
When asked on how the success of the new Supra will be measured, he said the company would look at the reaction it garners from fans of the car rather than sales performance.
How much should the revived Supra cost? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Porsche 718 Cayman T, 718 Boxster T Arrive For Driving Purists
The two sports cars are the purest examples of the 718.
Driving enthusiasts, rejoice! Porsche has finally introduced the 718 Boxster T and Cayman T, the highly-anticipated alternative for those who want a 911 T but can’t afford one.
The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T slot between the base and S models, and similar to the 911 T, do away with several key creature comforts to offset the weight added by the gasoline particulate filter, most notably the infotainment system, which has been replaced with a large storage compartment.
Visually, the German sports cars are distinguished by 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, gray mirror shells, model-specific decals on the bottom of both doors, and black sports exhaust outlets that stick out from the middle of the rear bumper.
Buyers have several color options to choose from, but if you want something special, we recommend the Lava Orange or Miami Blue.
Inside, the doors have fabric door pulls and the seats feature black Sport-Tex center sections, with a “718” logo embroidered on their headrests. Although the infotainment system has been removed, buyers can choose to re-add it at no extra cost.
The 718 Boxster T and Cayman T are powered by the same 300-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine as the base 718, with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channeling 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds and top speed checks in at 170 mph (274 km/h). Opting for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox lowers that first figure to 4.7 seconds.
Despite not packing extra power, both models should be a little more fun to toss around corners thanks to the application of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis. They also sit 20 millimeters lower to the ground and come standard with the Sport Chrono package.
The 2019 Porsche 718 T is on sale in Europe with a starting price of 63,047 euros for the Cayman T and €65,070 euros for the Boxster T, which convert to $72,000 and $74,000 USD, respectively.