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Ferrari Plugs In, Charges Out With its First Plug-In, the SF90 Stradale

“A milestone,” proclaims CEO Louis Camilleri.

by on May.30, 2019

Ferrari's new SF90 Stradale puts out 986 horsepower and will hit showrooms next summer.

Ferrari has decided its time to plug-into the electrification revolution, joining traditional competitors like Aston Martin, as well as upstarts such as Croatia’s Rimac.

As was widely expected, the Italian automaker’s prancing pony will show up on its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale, set to roll into showrooms during the summer of 2020. The PHEV, which will combine Ferrari’s most powerful V-8 with three electric motors, will be able to operate at up to 84 mph in pure electric mode, though its modest 7.9 kilowatt-hour battery will yield no more than 15 miles in range in eDrive mode.

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The debut of the SF90 is “a milestone” for the exotic automaker, said CEO Louis Camilleri, though Ferrari did dabble in electrification once before, using a Formula One-based KERS, or kinetic energy recovery system, on its flagship LaFerrari model introduced in 2013. (more…)

15 Years Later, Caddy Ready to Reveal Two New Models

CT4-V and CT5-V to debut next week. Could electrification by the future of the V-Series?

by on May.24, 2019

The original Cadillac CTS-V was tested on a variety of different tracks, including Germany's Nurburgring, as well as Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Fifteen years after Cadillac introduced its first V-Series model, two more performance offerings are set to make their debut next week, the automaker has confirmed.

What’s unusual about the coming news is that Caddy will use a preview in Detroit to reveal the all-new CT4 sedan in V-Series trim first, with the base model set to follow later, reversing its normal approach. The event also will see the introduction of a V-version of Caddy’s mid-range sedan, the new CT5-V, that effectively replaces the old CTS-V that kicked off the performance program when it debuted in 2004.

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“From the very beginning, Cadillac’s V-Series represented the ultimate expression of our design, technology and performance,” said GM President Mark Reuss, ahead of the two introductions. “It introduced an entirely new breed of performance-minded customers to Cadillac showrooms and helped transform the brand’s traditional image into one with different facets for customers’ varying driving tastes.”

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Another Automaker Abandons the V-8

Genesis will drop Tau V-8 when new G80 debuts this autumn.

by on May.20, 2019

The next version of the Genesis G80 will come to market without its familiar Tau V-8.

Way back in the late 1970s, when twin oil shocks and the then-new Corporate Average Fuel Economy mandate forced automakers to start focusing on energy efficiency, conventional wisdom had it that the V-8 would soon vanish. It didn’t quite work out that way and the engine of choice for many performance and heavy-duty vehicles has remained surprisingly robust.

But as global emissions and mileage regulations continue to tighten, the V-8 appears, once again, to be an endangered species, and the Hyundai Motor Group is the latest getting ready to throw in the towel.

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The Korean carmaker’s luxury brand Genesis plans to abandon its 5.0-liter Tau V-8 when it rolls out new versions of its two biggest sedans, according to the marque’s CEO. That phase-out will begin later this year with the launch of a new version of the G80.

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Hyundai/Kia Partnering up with Croatia EV Supercar Maker Rimac

Croatian company positions itself as a major supplier of electrification technology and components.

by on May.14, 2019

Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac celebrates with Hyundai's Euisun Chung their new alliance.

Alliances and joint ventures are becoming as much the norm as the exception in today’s auto industry, but Hyundai Motor Group just entered a particularly strange-bedfellow sort of relationship, investing nearly $90 million in Rimac, the Croatian manufacturer of battery-electric supercars.

The Korean parent of the Hyundai and Kia brands will not only invest 80 million euros in Rimac Automobili but also establish a technology partnership that will put some high-performance electric vehicles in their future line-ups, as well.

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“Rimac is an innovative company with outstanding capabilities in high-performance electric vehicles,” said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group. “Its startup roots and abundant experience collaborating with automakers combined with technological prowess makes Rimac the ideal partner for us. We look forward to collaborating with Rimac on our road to Clean Mobility.”

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Behind the Scenes: How Toyota and BMW Teamed up to Develop New Z4, Supra

You can't cost-cut your way to a world-class sports car.

by on May.13, 2019

Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra flashes a thumbs-up during the sports car's first media drive.

(This story has been corrected to reflect the proper spelling of Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada.)

The call came as a surprise. The chief engineer overseeing Toyota’s joint venture with Subaru that resulted in the 86 sports car, Tetsuya Tada was attending a media event in Barcelona when he was asked to jump on a flight for Munich seven years ago this month.

“Don’t tell anybody,” his boss said, and didn’t give Tada himself much to go on, beyond advising him there would be a car waiting at the airport. Once he arrived, the Toyota veteran learned he was being driven over to BMW headquarters, putting into motion one of the most unusual alliances in the history of either manufacturer.

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Almost seven years to the day after that first meeting, Tada is sharing a dinner in suburban Washington, D.C. and, for the first time, revealing the back story of what eventually became the 2020 Toyota GR Supra – as well as the new BMW Z4.

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Ferrari Set to Reveal New Hybrid Supercar this Month

“Top-of-the-line performance…and a true beauty,” promises CEO.

by on May.10, 2019

The LaFerrari showed that hybrid power could deliver high levels of performance.

It’s been a while since Ferrari first dropped the hint that it would add a new hybrid to its line-up and now, according to CEO Louis Camilleri, we’ll be getting to see it before the end of this month.

The hybrid will be one of five new models coming from the Maranello-based manufacturer, said the chief executive, and there are some signs more than one of these products will rely on an electrified boost to performance. But that should surprise fewer and fewer Ferrari fans considering the broad push towards battery propulsion in the supercar and hypercar segments.

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We’re hearing plenty of rumors about the hybrid coming this month, including the comment Camilleri dropped during a conference call to discuss the brand’s first-quarter earnings. According to the chief executive, “It will be a top-of-the-line hybrid with supercar performance and a true beauty.”

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Nissan Adds Another Nail to Convertible Coffin with Plans to Kill 370Z Roadster

Choice of ragtops growing increasingly thin.

by on May.02, 2019

Nissan will still offer the Z Roadster overseas, but it's dropping the ragtop in the U.S. due to slow sales.

Nissan is pulling the plug on its 370Z Roadster at the end of the 2019 model-year, the Japanese automaker has confirmed, marking the end of one of the brand’s most iconic offerings.

The good news for roadster fans is that the coupe version of the sports car will remain in production indefinitely – which doesn’t mean it will last forever, just that there are no current plans to once again remove it from the line-up.

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The 370Z Roadster joined the Z Coupe after it was returned to the Nissan family in 2009, part of the automaker’s turnaround program. Its demise comes as automakers rethink their passenger car strategies and, in particular, cull their slow-selling convertible offerings.

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Lotus Goes Electric – But Can That Spark Brand’s Revival?

British sports car maker soon to build cars in China.

by on Apr.25, 2019

Lotus says the Type 130 will be the first all-electric British hypercar, and one of a number of new models the British sport car company is developing.

Even a cat might have run through its nine lives by now, but British sports carmaker Lotus somehow continues to hang on – and with a fresh infusion of capital from its new Chinese owners, Lotus is bound and determined to make a comeback.

It offered a hint of what’s coming at Auto Shanghai this month, announcing plans to get back into motorsports with its Evora line and teasing a new battery-electric hypercar called the Type 130.

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But Lotus is also set to break with tradition in a way that could shock some of its loyal fans, parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group set to begin producing at least some future Lotus products at a new, $1.3 billion plant in Wuhan City, about as far as you can get from the brand’s traditional base in Britain. (more…)

Aston Adds Drop-Top Volante to DBS Superleggera Line

Plenty of wind in the hair with a 211 mph top speed.

by on Apr.24, 2019

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante largely maintains the same performance as the coupe.

We’re not sure whether anyone will want to try opening up the top on the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, at least if they’re pushing it anywhere near the drop-top’s 211 mph top speed.

That’s the same top speed, incidentally, as the coupe version of the Superleggera, something that required some creative aerodynamic engineering to accomplish.

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Beyond the switch to a soft-top, the Volante manages to retain the same, basic shape as the original coupe which TheDetroitBureau.com first reviewed last August, a look that Aston’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman described as “a brute in a suit.”

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Bugatti Commemorates 110 Years with Chiron Sport “ans 110 Bugatti”

Covered in Blue Steel carbon fiber and steel, it hits 260 mph.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Bugatti Chiron ans 110 Bugatti is one of 20. The limited edition racer marks the company's 110th anniversary.

If a 25-year anniversary is silver and 50 years is gold, what’s 110? Bugatti!

Perhaps more precisely the limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” the specialty $4 million racer to commemorate the founding of the company in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti as well as the country where the company was created. The car is designed to “serve as inspiration for a company that follows its founder’s spirit.”

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The limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 Ans Bugatti” also emphasizes the company’s French heritage with an exterior livery, if you will, in the tricolor, “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.” That scheme rolls over to some parts of the interior as well. Just 20 of the cars will be built. (more…)


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