Volvo Car Group’ newly-formed Polestar brand has revealed its first car, and it’s impressive. The Polestar 1 is a high-performance electrified sports car that will surely turn some heads.
As Polestar’s halo car, the two-door 2+2 Grand Tourer Coupe boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Its pure-electric driving range of up to 93 miles (150 km) is said to be the longest electric driving range of any plug-in hybrid as of the time of this writing.
The Polestar 1 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platform, though half of the components used were created from the ground up by the engineers at Polestar. It’s the first car to employ Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and benefits from a dual electric rear axle that allows for precise control over torque application at each wheel.
A carbon fiber body not only reduces weight by 500 pounds (227 kg) and lowers the overall center of gravity, but also increases torsional stiffness by 45 percent. Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, stated:
“Most electric cars are fast – that’s a product of the attributes of an electric motor. However, for Polestar, performance is far more holistic than just straight-line speed. It’s about acceleration, of course, but it’s also about cornering, braking, suspension control, chassis feedback and steering feel. This is what Polestar calls Progressive Performance.”
The Polestar 1 is slated to arrive in 2019 and will be followed by two other models, the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3. Also scheduled a 2019 release, the Polestar 2 will rival the Tesla Model 3 as the Volvo Car Group’s first fully-electric vehicle.
Don’t expect to the see the Polestar 1 or any Polestar car at a dealership. They will be sold exclusively online and offered on a two- to three-year subscription basis as part of an all-inclusive package that includes pick-up and delivery services and rental options for other vehicles from the Volvo Car Group.
Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day
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.
New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed
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?
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
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