Monthly Archives: January 2016

DMC Motors To Resume Production Of DMC-12

In a surprise announcement released earlier this week, Texas based Delorean Motor Company (DMC) revealed that it will resume production of the iconic DMC-12 sports car next year.

The company did not originally design the DMC-12, but rather it acquired all the tooling and spare parts that were leftover from the original Delorean Motor Company when it and its creator John Z. Delorean fizzled out of the market in the 1980’s. The company had been selling new fully restored DMC-12s since 1997. But a recently passed law that allowed low production automakers to sell complete turn key cars helped pave the way for DMC’s shift into formal vehicle production.

Buyers looking to dust off their flux capacitors and anti-gravity shoes from years of basement storage will be pleased to hear that the replica DMC-12 will retain the distinctively 80’s styling that made the original car a cult classic. However, it will also benefit from modern technology thanks to a suite of upgrades including better brakes, bigger wheels, as well as a decidedly more modern interior featuring higher quality materials.

Performance hardware will also be updated for the 21st century with DMC pitching the wheezy and problem plagued 2.8 liter PRV V6 for a modern V6 that will be tuned to make 350 to 400 horsepower. The company does not have a formal engine supplier as of yet, but company executives are talking with two possible suppliers including, perhaps ironically, GM so formal performance figures will not be avalible until an agreement is reached. If GM is indeed chosen as the supplier, we suspect that the company’s familiar naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 will be the prime candidate for the DMC-12 due to its proven track record in the Chevrolet Camaro and select Cadillac models.

Production of the newly updated DMC-12 will formally kick off early next year with the company only building 325 examples annually (the maximum amount allowed by the new law.) Each copy will start at $100,000 before options are factored into the equation. Buyers that are not too keen on spending BMW grade money on a Delorean can still opt for the fully restored version, which starts at a much lower $50,000.

GMC Unveils Sierra All Terrain X At Houston Auto Show

Buyers looking for a big brutish off road vehicle have a plethora of choices these days. While the iconic Jeep Wrangler has withstood the test of time (for better or for worse) during its long production run, other entries including the Ford SVT Raptor, Ram Rebel, and Ram Power Wagon have all added their own piece of the sales pie. However, ever since GM killed the Hummer brand during the death throes of the Great Recession. The firm has not had a formal off road entry to tackle this segment, but it looks to take a step back in that direction with the unveiling of the 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X.

While the All Terrain X will not be a true threat to the fore-mentioned models, it does arrive with a copious blend of off road oriented features that should at least help it get noticed by off road buyers. The exterior styling for example gets a monochromatic treatment and the 2016-GMC-Sierra-AllTerrainX-038slick black paint helps it look sinister yet functional at the same time. The “X” gets all new Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT mud rated tires that help improve off road grip and capability while the bed mounted sport bar not only brings a decidedly 90’s vibe to the truck, but can also accommodate accessory LED lighting packages.

Performance hardware for the All Terrain X has also been upgraded with the main draw being the familiar 5.3 liter V8 which is paired with a performance exhaust system to help raise power up to 365 horsepower (a gain of 10). GMC also claims that the exhaust has a 2016-GMC-Sierra-AllTerrainX-041meatier sound than before though we will actually have to hear it in person before we can issue a final verdict. The model also comes equipped with the standard All Terrain’s Z71 off road suspension and an Eaton locking rear differential to help it thunder its way through rough trails.

The 2016 GMC All Terrain X will make its way to dealer lots this spring with pricing and other information being revealed closer to its official launch. Some enthusiasts might question the need for the All Terrain X considering that it is the lone black sheep in GMC’s current strategy of being known for precision and refinement. However it does serve as an example of what GMC’s engineering arm is capable of, and we look forward to seeing one in person very soon.

Chevrolet To Bring Updated Trax, Camaro 1LE To Chicago

With the 2016 Chicago Auto Show fast approaching, Chevrolet has revealed that it will be bringing two updated models to its stand in the Windy City when the event kicks off on February 11th. Among them will be the resurrection of the 1LE performance package for the Chevrolet Camaro

The first model will be a revised version of the Trax compact CUV. The Trax was introduced just a few months ago, so expect the first round of revisions to be relatively minor with the exterior styling of the Trax being tweaked to include more youthful cues and also some alterations to the interior to help eliminate some of the bland traits that have been a favorite target of critics, and also have helped it fall behind rivals from Toyota and Volkswagen.

The big news item here is the revamped 1LE package which will be the first such package offered on the current generation Camaro. Chevrolet has not revealed major details about it, but look for the 1LE to follow the path set by the previous generation 1LE, and bring unique exterior styling, uprated performance hardware, and a host of interior upgrades including improved seats and a flat bottomed steering wheel. Chevrolet also claims that the 1LE will add about $3500 to the sticker price which is not a bad bang for the buck proposition. It should also offer buyers better performance numbers, though Chevrolet has not revealed official details on that front. The 1LE would also foreshadow the debut of the upcoming ZL1 model which will turn up the wick on performance even further thanks to even more power, aerodynamic enhancements, and new performance technologies.

Lastly Chevrolet will also showcase the latest iteration of the “Midnight Package” for the Colorado, Silverado, and Silverado HD models.

Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for our inaugural coverage of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show in February where we will have a chance to view both models first hand.

Jaguar Previews F-Type SVR, Will Unveil It In Geneva

Following on the heels of a poorly timed leak in Germany, Jaguar has revealed more details about the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR with the British luxury car maker confirming that it will make its debut in Geneva.

As we reported earlier, the SVR was designed to be the pinnacle of F-Type performance, and as a result, packs several exterior and mechanical enhancements that make the car shine both on the track and on twisty sections of road. The SVR will appear in both coupe Jag_FTYPE_SVR_Convertible_Studio_Image_270116_03_(125705)and convertible form, and each will feature revised styling including an all new front bumper with bigger air intakes, a front splitter, and a bigger rear spoiler made out of carbon fiber.

While the interior will not be as function oriented as the old XKR-S GT, it’ll still stand out from other F-Types albeit not at first glance. The basic design theme and driver focused layout is still there, but the SVR brings goodies such as a sport steering wheel, aluminum trim, and custom leather seats with quilted leather stitching.

Jaguar is still not revealing formal technical details (preferring to wait till Geneva) but the leaked brochure did reveal that it will make 575 horsepower which would put it in contention with rivals such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. All Jag_FTYPE_SVR_Range_Location_Image_270116_01_(125706)wheel drive and a slick eight speed automatic transmission allows the car to rip its way to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds before topping out at 200 mph.

After it makes its debut in Geneva, the 2017 F-Type SVR will go on sale next summer with U.S. buyers getting a crack at it shortly afterward. In the meantime Jaguar has released a slick video showing the SVR in action which can be seen below.

 

Jaguar F-Type SVR Leaks Onto The Internet, Ferocious Feline Has Exotics In Its Sights

Jaguar went to great lengths to keep its upcoming F-Type SVR under wraps, but thanks to a poorly timed leak by a German importer (which was spotted by the folks at Autovise,) we have a detailed look at this ferocious feline, and just exactly what it has in store for the competition.

The exterior styling of the SVR retains much of the basic traits that are seen in other F-Types but SVR engineers have made the model stand out by equipping it with bigger front air intakes, massive diffusers, and a bigger rear wing that can be extended or retracted Jaguar SVR rearautomatically. The SVR also comes equipped with an optional Titanium exhaust system, and meaty carbon ceramic brakes which are also available as a piece of optional equipment. The SVR can also be equipped as a convertible though personally we prefer the coupe over that particular configuration.

The interior also retains the basic theme that has come to define other F-Type models but SVR designers have also added several unique touches including a sport steering wheel, Jaguar SVR interioraluminium trim accents, and quilted leather seats with custom “Argyle” pattern stitching. The interior will also feature a healthy dose of SVR badging especially on the seats, dashboard, and tread plates.

However the headline here is raw performance and the F-Type SVR packs it in abundance thanks to a tweaked version of the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that now makes 575 horsepower (a gain of 25) and 526 lb-ft of torque (a gain of 15 lb-ft.) These figures are more potent than the R model, and allow the SVR to claw its way to 62 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds before it eventually reaches its 200 mph top speed. All of this raw power is sent to all four wheels through an eight speed transmission that allows the SVR to be a formidable all season track weapon.

Jaguar for its part has not released any official details on the SVR, but look for the car to Jaguar SVR droptopmake its appearance sometime this summer with sales fully kicking off either towards the end of this year or early 2017. Pricing information has not been released either, but look for the SVR to have a price tag that would surpass the $100k “R” model.

Shelby Unveils 750 Horsepower Terlingua Mustang

The Terlingua racing team was a formidable crew of talent during their heyday out on the racetrack with the team establishing this reputation in 1967 when they won the Trans Am championship. Shelby American has chosen to pay homage to this milestone with a limited edition Mustang model.

Known as the Terlingua Edition, this model is based on the V8 Mustang GT which is a break in tradition from past models where they were powered by V6’s. The latest iteration uses a highly modified version of the 5.0 liter V8 which now produces 750 horsepower (a gain of Terlingua Pic 2315 horsepower versus the stock GT.) A big chunk of this gain was achieved by using a Whipple supercharger which is a popular add on in the muscle car market. The car also boasts distinctive exterior styling and features 20-inch Weld brand alloy wheels, Borla exhaust system with black tips, carbon fiber trim pieces, and the trademark yellow and black paint job that is a subtle nod to the 60’s racer that serves as its inspiration.

Performance specifications have not been released as of yet, but considering that the stock GT makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, Look for the Terlingua Edition to cleave a significant chunk from that figure, while also increasing overall top speed which would make the car a formidable opponent out on the drag strip.

However being a straight line missile is not this car’s only talent, Shelby engineers also made sure that the car could get its groove on in twisty sections of road thanks to an all new set of adjustable coilovers, a Terlingua exclusive sway bar, and massive Brembo Terlingua 4brakes for all four wheels. This allows the Terlingua to be highly adaptable, while also catering to a wider range of driving enthusiasts.

Shelby American will only be building 50 examples of the Terlingua Edition Mustang with each one featuring a base MSRP of $65,999 which of course does not include the cost of the donor vehicle.

 

Morgan Commits To Hybrid Technology, Promises Full Hybrid Range By 2020

When one views the Morgan Motor Company, its long standing links to the past are quite evident. Boasting a strong heritage of building vehicles the old fashioned way with wooden frames and meticulous hand crafted build quality, their vehicles deliver a driving experience that many modern automobiles simply cannot match. However even a company like Morgan has to adapt to a future where green motoring and higher fuel economy figures are becoming a higher priority for many buyers. The company has announced its plans to address this future, revealing that it has begun a new plan to fully embrace hybrid vehicle technology.

This new initiative comes after the company entered a consortium with other British automotive engineering companies including Delta Motorsports, and Potenza Technology. Both of these companies have extensive experience in developing high performance electric powertrains and other hybrid technologies. The consortium recently achieved a key milestone by obtaining an $8.5 million grant from the British Advanced Propulsion Centre to pursue the development of electric and hybrid powertrains. The first fruits of these efforts will make their appearance in Morgan road cars by 2019, with the entire lineup featuring a hybrid model by the end of the decade.

This latest announcement is actually not the first time that the firm has seriously explored the idea of offering hybrid vehicles. Back in 2008, the company unveiled the LifeCar concept which featured a hydrogen fuel cell, and was based on a modified Morgan Aero 8. This concept was followed in 2012 by the unveiling of the Plus E concept which was a modified Plus 8 that previewed an all electric sports car. Recently the company unveiled the electric version of its hot selling 3-Wheeler the EV3 Concept but all three were ultimately not put into production.

As for what candidates in the lineup will be the first to receive a hybrid model, we suspect that the 3 Wheeler and the Plus 4 will be the initial two. Both models (especially the 3 Wheeler) have simpler engineering and layouts, as a result, they could fit a hybrid or electric powertrain without major modifications. We look forward to hearing more about Morgan’s plans for a green future, and we’ll have the latest information here as it becomes available.

 

Cadillac CT6 Slated To Get 4.2 Liter Twin-Turbocharged V8?

Cadillac’s CT6 currently boasts a V6 and four cylinder only lineup, but if a new report is to be believed, the car could soon receive an eight cylinder alternative to further help its goal of achieving sales supremacy over the Germans.

The V8 in question has a displacement of roughly 4.2 liters, but a pair of turbochargers help the engine deliver potent performance numbers with initial estimates pegging the engine at 500 horsepower. The engine is expected to be hooked up to GM’s familiar eight speed automatic transmission, but it is unknown whether the engine would be offered with all-wheel drive, or arrive as a rear-wheel drive only setup much like the Jaguar XJ V8 and its RWD only configuration. There could be a chance that both options will be available, though we suspect that we will have to wait until the engine is officially confirmed before we find out the definitive answer to that question.

Curiously, the engine appears to be an all unique design, and does not share any components with the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that sees duty in the Cadillac CTS-V and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This would allow it to follow Cadillac’s push to be more independent from GM, and serve as an enticing piece of tech to lure new buyers looking for an extra helping of exclusivity.

The folks at Car & Driver claim that the new engine will make its debut very soon and appear under the hood of the range topping CT6 Platinum before eventually branching out to other models including the upcoming flagship model. The publication is quick to point out that while there is a good chance that the engine will eventually be shared with other GM brands, the odds of an all out track oriented CT6 V-Series with a tweaked version of this engine will not happen.

The engine (when its unveiled) will join the CT6’s other engine offerings in the model family, and serve as a vital cog in the CT6’s mission of providing a budget friendly alternative to established rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and the Lexus LS.

Buick Avenir Concept Not Being Produced, Strength Of Cadillac Possible Cause

When Buick first unveiled the Avenir sedan concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, it’s slick styling and elegant appointments previewed the idea of a full size Buick flagship sedan. However if recent comments are proven to be true, it will not be produced with Cadillac and it’s growing sales strength serving as a key reason.

In a recent interview with Automobile Magazine Buick GMC chief Duncan Aldred revealed that the Avenir will not be produced claiming that the sedan market is shrinking, and that General Motors already has “an emerging and strengthening Cadillac line.”

This latter comment has us intrigued, and would appear to indicate that GM execs saw the Avenir as a potential threat to the sales of the recently unveiled Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan. This would’ve been due to its shared platform, as well as the lower pricing ladder it would’ve had when compared to the big Caddy. Aldred wouldn’t elaborate on whether that was the sole reason, but he did say that the Avenir “would have been a viable buisness case” despite the overall slump in large sedan sales. All is not lost however, since the Avenir still has a strong legacy, and was a key influence on the 2017 Buick Lacrosse.

The same fate could be in store for the Avista coupe, though we suspect that it could still get the green light for production to allow the brand to have a true halo model versus the awkwardly styled and priced Cascada convertible. It would also help cement the brand’s newfound love for turbocharging and give younger buyers a more compelling performance choice. Aldred also revealed that while the “capabilities are there to build it” the Avista in its current form was designed solely as a concept.

While this is unfortunate news for hardcore Buick fans (myself included), Aldred said that these same fans shouldn’t give up hope, since he would also like to see Buick gain a halo model in the near future, which could perhaps be a veiled hint that something is in the works.

 

 

Koenigsegg Sells All 25 Agera RS Models It Will Build, Ends Production

Looking to get your hands on one of the 25 Agera RS models that Koenigsegg revealed late last year? Your time is up due to the company selling all 25 examples of the car.

When the RS was unveiled alongside its Regera flagship model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg claimed that it was designed to be the ultimate Agera model with elements from both the Agera R and S models with a pinch of One:1 traits for good measure. The end result was a track focused 1,160 horsepower missile that just barely qualified as a street legal car. The RS was also the first model that was formally unleashed on the North American market with the company earmarking a sliver of the production run for two buyers one in the U.S. and the other in Canada.

Koenigsegg claimed that it took just 10 months for all 25 units to be sold. While 25 units is a rather small figure, its quite impressive not only when you factor in its seven figure price tag, but also that 10 cars were already pre-sold before its formal debut. This brisk pace also helped the RS make company history, and emerge as the fastest selling model that Koenigsegg ever produced. In addition to the two that will be heading to North America, one will be headed to the UK before the rest of them get shipped off to buyers in the Middle East and Asia. All 25 cars will make their trek down the production line before the end of the year, with the final car expected to be completed and delivered by 2017.