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Subaru Might Be Working On More Powerful WRX STI

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special

The new special edition WRX STI will be for the U.S. and Canada.

There have been a number of special edition versions of the WRX STI; however, the likes of the S208 and Type RA-R have never been offered in North America. Subaru may be looking to rectify that.

The Japanese automaker has filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the “S209” name, possibly hinting at a successor to the WRX STI S208 that was sold in Japan.

With production capped at 450 units, the STI S208 was special in a number of ways. Firstly, it featured a larger rear spoiler, carbon fiber roof, BBS wheels, a better steering system, Bilstein dampers, and active torque vectoring. And secondly, it was powered by a 324-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder compared to the stock WRX STI’s 310-hp 2.5L engine.

Buyer could have any color they wanted as long as it was Cool Gray Khaki.

If a WRX STI S209 is indeed coming to the US, Subaru will likely limit its production as it did with the WRX STI 208.

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Is Jeep Working On High-Performance Gladiator Truck?

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The Wrangler-based pickup truck may be getting a high-octane makeover for adrenaline junkies.

Jeep is reportedly working on a high-performance Gladiator along the lines of a Ford Ranger Raptor.

According to inside information provided to the Jeep Gladiator Forum, the model will be dubbed the “Hercules” and one-off prototypes of it are currently undergoing testing.

The Gladiator Hercules would also do battle with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD, even though it will be a more powerful pickup. However, without a proper high-performance mid-size pickup on the market — Ford has ruled out the Ranger Raptor for North America — it could very well have a segment to its own.

Jeep has yet to give the green light, but considering that Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, previously hinted at the idea of a high-performance Gladiator and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s reputation for making over-the-top high-performance models (Dodge Challenger Demon and the Ram 1500 Rebel, just to name a few), it’s easy to see why such a model is likely to see the light of day.

More power is never a bad thing, if you ask us.

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Lamborghini Huracan Evo Hits Land With More Power, Performance, Tech

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New Lamborghini Huracan Evo supercar

A powerful ‘Huracan’ of design and powertrain tweaks has hit land, but you wouldn’t want to get out of the way.

Lamborghini has updated the Huracan, its smallest and most affordable supercar. Adopting the Evo moniker, the model features more power, styling updates, and some new tech features.

Starting with the powertrain, the Lamborghini Huracan EVO is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 that, like the track-ready Huracan Performante that released in 2017, generates 630 horsepower (470 kW) and 443 lb-ft. (600 Nm) of torque.

That’s an additional 10-horsepower for drivers to work with, which when combined with dry weight of only 3,135 pounds (1,422 kilograms), helps the Huracan Evo reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 2.9 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.0 seconds, and a top speed over 202 mph (325 km/h).

The baby Lamborghini also boasts an upgraded suspension with adaptive dampers that can be adjusted instantly, as well as a new traction control system that can send all the power to one wheel if needed. As with previous model, a rear-wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring system are standard ware.

On the outside, the Huracan EVO arrives with a new-look rear end inspired by the Performante, highlighted by a redesigned rear spoiler and exhaust tips that have been moved further up to clear up space for a diffuser that stretches nearly the entire width of the car.

The front end is not only more aggressive than the previous Huracan, but it’s also more aerodynamic thanks to the incorporation of a front splitter with an integrated wing. From the side, notice the new 20-inch alloy wheels in the Aesir design and the reshaped air intakes…

Inside, the Huracan EVO receives a new 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity and multi-finger gestures controls that lets you adjust just about everything, including the seats and climate control settings.

Voice commands are also supported, as is an optional dual-camera telemetry system for track days.

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO goes on sale in spring 2019 with a starting price of $261,274 in the United States. Do you want one?

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Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Supercar, black

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 big price bump 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…

2019-Chevy Corvette Price increase chart

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.

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