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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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Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime

Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.

We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”

Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime, Clover

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed

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New 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.

The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.

Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.

We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Is One Exclusive Convertible

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

Production of this drop-top German will be limited to just 750 units.

Just four months after the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT made its debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT family has grown yet again with the addition of the GT R Roadster.

Arriving just in time for summer, the limited-edition convertible features a three-layer fabric soft top with lightweight aluminum and magnesium construction and an acoustic mat that helps absorb wind noise.

Power is provided by AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 Bitrubo engine, producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is complete in 3.5 seconds and top speed is reached at 197 mph (317 km/h).

Like the GT R coupe, the GT R Roadster boasts a long list of exterior upgrades that include a wider stance, a larger rear wing, exclusive 20-inch wheels in the rear and 19-inch rims up front, and an adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering

A number of active aerodynamic components have been implemented to manage airflow around the engine and underneath the car, reducing lift and maximizing efficiency and downforce.

Notable interior touches include AMG black carbon fiber trim elements, AMG Performance seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and an AMG Performance steering wheel.

Mercedes plans to build just 750 examples of the GT R Roadster, so act fast if you want one.

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