Monday, July 3, 2017

2017 Summer Product Reveals: Part 6

Alexander Carabitses 

Another week and another batch of new summer product launches.  This week's entry encompasses introductions from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, some Frankfurt Auto Show previews, and some miscellaneous products as well. While not as many vehicles debuted at Goodwood this year, the products that did show up were pretty incredible.  To find out why you'll have to read on...

2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8:  Forget the BMW M4 GTS because Jaguar has just launched the most insane sedan that the world has ever seen. Powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 motor, the car produces 600 horsepower, has a top speed of 200 mph, and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds.  Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations have added carbon fiber to the front and rear ends, as well as an Electronic Active Differential with an oil cooler, a carbon ceramic braking system that uses silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings (a first for any production car), forged aluminum wheels, and an adjustable rear wing.  Sure you can have four seats, but you can also ditch the two rear seats and add a roll cage instead. The car will be limited to 300 units, with the price estimated to be near the $200,000 mark.
(Image credited to Jaguar)

2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat: The only reason I'm covering this bit of insignificant news is because Dodge has decided to add a 3.5-inch wide body kit to the Challenger Hellcat for some reason. In addition to the flairs, the car features a front splitter that comes directly off of the Demon, a new grille, a unique hood scoop, and illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps. Dodge says the car is 2 seconds quicker on a 1.7-mile track and that it features a 0.3-second improvement in quarter mile drag times.
(Image credited to Dodge)

2018 Dodge Durango R/T:  Even less significant than the updates to the Hellcat, this new version of the Durango R/T has been made to look nearly identical to the Durango SRT that debuted earlier this year.  That's it.
(Image credited to Dodge)

2018 Ram Tungsten Edition, Black Package, 1500 Sport: The never ending onslaught of Ram special edition models keeps on coming with the reveal of the Tungsten Edition.  Available for both light duty and heavy duty models, the Tungsten Edition features a unique exterior trim, including a grille that has a tungsten color.  The interior features many great luxury appointments, with the most notable being the suede headliner, a feature that's unheard of in pickup trucks. Prices start at $55,120. The Black package mentioned above is exactly what its name implies in terms of color and trim, both inside and out.  Finally, the 1500 Sport gains a body color RAM front grille on light duty models, while heavy duty models will feature an exterior sport-package that gives the same exterior effect.
(Image credited to Ram)
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2018 Maserati GranTurismo:  Initially shown in front of the New York Stock Exchange of all places, this revised version of the decade-old sports car now makes 460 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque from its 4.7 liter V8.  The car also features some minor exterior styling tweaks, as well as a revised interior, which includes Chrysler UConnect and a new sound system.  The 2018 GranTurismo Cabriolet features the exact same updates.
(Image credited to Maserati)

2018 Aston Marin DB11:  Due to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, this new version of the DB11 features a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0 liter, twin turbo V8 that makes 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint happens in 4.0 seconds and the car has a top speed of 187 mph.  In addition to the powertrain, the exhaust, air intake, wet sump lubrication system, and ECU software have been revised for this particular powertrain. The suspension also gets some revisions of its own to make sure the overall package is as close to perfect as possible. The styling has also been slightly tweaked, featuring details such as two fewer hood vents, darker headlight embezzles, and new wheels.
(Image credited to Aston Martin)

2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro: Described as "Aston Martin's wildest ever-car", this updated version of the Vulcan still makes 820 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque from its naturally aspirated, 7.0 liter V12.  The only real updates that existing owners can add to their cars are some aerodynamic and light weighting tricks that supposedly improve downforce.
(Image credited to Aston Martin)

2017 Bentley Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner: This limited edition Bentley Flying Spur features unique exterior and interior colors.  Additionally, the brand has added some special trim and badging to compliment the color changes. Pricing has yet to be announced, but note that only 100 units will be produced worldwide.
(Image credited to Bentley)

2018 Seat Arona: Meant to compete in the subcompact b-segment crossover space, the Seat Arona features a suite of safety features and fuel-efficient powertrains.  Expect more details to be announced later this year, as it is quite likely that this model will officially debut at Frankfurt in September. I should note that after all is said and done though, it is pretty safe to say that this vehicle's styling lacks the personality that's expected of crossovers in this segment.
(Image credited to Seat)

2018 BMW X3: While this new version of the X3 may look similar to its predecessor, both inside and out, that is not actually the case. Under the skin, BMW has made this new model two inches longer and 120 pounds lighter than the previous generation X3. If you want further proof, look no further than the 3.0 liter, turbocharged inline-six powered M Sport model that makes 355 horsepower and gets from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.  The suspension, steering, and braking system have also been upgraded for this trim level.  Despite all of this hype that BMW has made surrounding this new model, I will be pleasantly surprised if it comes remotely close to handling as well as the Jaguar F-Pace and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.  Expect a public reveal at Frankfurt in September and for the vehicle to go on sale in November.
(Image credited to BMW)

2018 BMW X5 M and X6 M Black Fire Editions: Since BMW apparently has nothing better to do, it has decided to create this special sport package for its two largest crossovers.  When they both go on sale in August, they will feature a blacked out exterior and some new interior trim that is unique to these specific models.
(Image credited to BMW)

2018 McLaren 570S Spider: After initial details on this model were released in early June, the drop-top variant of McLaren's entry level model has finally made its public debut at Goodwood. Power still comes courtesy of a 3.8 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque; the car tops out at 204 mph with the roof up and 196 mph with the roof down. Speaking of which, the retractable hardtop takes 15 seconds to be either raised or lowered.  Combine that with the fact that it goes from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and you have yourself one hell of a car.  Deliveries commence in August with prices starting at $208,800.
(Image credited to McLaren)

2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: After first showing its face on the cover of the new Forza video game, the hotly anticipated 911 GT2 RS finally arrived at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six that churns out 700 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, this truly is the fastest Porsche 911 ever.  0-60 mph happens in 2.7 seconds, while its speed tops out at 211 mph.  Not surprisingly, the car also features Porsche's active suspension management system and an electronic limited-slip differential, both of which should aid in the handling of this 3,241-pound monster. Porsche intends for this to essentially be a street legal race car, which is why it used a lot of lightweight materials on the car and included a roll cage (although US buyers won't get that option).  If one wants their GT2 to weigh less, they can easily dish out an extra $31,000 for the Weissach package, which will lend them 40 pounds of weight reduction. Those who aren't that picky can expect to pay $293,200 when the car goes on sale in early 2018, with an official production number not being announced.
(Image credited to Porsche)

That wraps up a lengthy list of product introductions. Stay tuned for more new product unveilings and more editorials from this website in the not-too-distant future.  Until then, thank you for reading, have a good week, and to all of my US readers, have a Happy 4th of July!

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