Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Halloween Candy From the Brands and Nameplates That We've Come to Love

Alexander Carabitses

(Image credited to Lamborghini)

Just about everyone who has read this post consistently is well aware of my summer product reveal posts and my miscellaneous product debut posts that take place during the auto show season.   What you see before you is one of the latter, but with some hot stuff, courtesy of the brands and nameplates that we've all come to revere throughout our lives.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2:  Of all the vehicles on this list, this one, in particular, is the most affordable. It is a simple performance trim pack that's available for the Ford Mustang GT, but it is not a Scatpack and 1LE competitor (although that is coming soon).   In addition to the minor exterior design tweaks, Ford has also recalibrated the steering a little bit, added a few new suspension parts and has given the car new wheels and tires.  Ford has yet to announce how much these upgrades are going to cost, but we do know that sales begin next Spring. 
(Image credited to Ford)

2018 Porsche 911 Carrara T:  At this point, it's safe to say that there are about as many version of the Porsche 911 as there are Heinz condiments.  So what's new with this model?  Well, it's kind of hard to say, but this is basically a tweener between the GTS and the GT3 if that makes any sense.  It's powered by the same 3.0-liter flat-six as the regular Carerra, only the engine now makes 370 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque.  You can hit 60 mph with this thing in about 4.3 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the standard Carerra, as if anybody will notice) and a top speed of 182 mph.  In addition to some minor suspension changes, the brand has made the effort of reducing weight through the reduction of sound deadening materials.  Porsche has already started taking orders for this car and people are shelling out $102,100 (not including destination). When Porsche can do so little to a car and get people to pay a hefty amount of money for it, it serves as a clear testament to the amount of loyalty people have towards the vehicle and the brand.
(Image credited to Porsche) 

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate:  There's not a whole lot to say about this one, as it is nothing more than a special trim package that is being limited to 175 units.  Its purpose: to commemorate the end of the line for the current Vanquish, as we await its successor to come along in the not-too-distant future.
(Image credited to Aston Martin)

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake: We've seen the coupe, the convertible, and the roadster.  Now, we have the last of the bunch, and again, it comes looking better than ever in everybody's favorite body style. As with the other Vanquish Zagato models, the changes are limited to the exterior, while everything else remains the same.  Only 99 of these will be produced and sales kick off next year.
(Image credited to Aston Martin)

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept:  About 30 minutes away from where the post that you're reading was published, Lamborghini and MIT unveiled their new pet project.  The first thing you'll notice about this vehicle is that the styling makes the much-criticized Veneno of 2013 look about as conservatively styled as a Toyota Sienna.  The car is electric but uses supercapacitors instead of batteries.  The supercapacitors only store energy, but send power to motors in each of the wheel hubs. The supercapacitors are actually located within the carbon fiber bodywork, and for this reason, both the brand and the students have developed a system that detects cracks in the carbon fiber, while the material would be engineered to heal itself.  As you'd expect, all of this is pure fantasy at the moment, but its great to see that Lamborghini is collaborating with students in this fashion
(Image credited to Lamborghini

2018 Ferrari FXX-K Evo:  While the Ferrari FXX-K was supposed to be the most extreme Ferrari ever made, it now has company in the form of this incredible white car that you see before you.  In reality, this vehicle is nothing more than an aerodynamic handling package.  A variety of carbon fiber components have been added, with the rear wing being the most prominent example.  The suspension has been retuned to better the downforce, while the steering has also been recalibrated.  In total, this car produces 75% more downforce than the LaFerrari and 23% more downforce than the FXX-K.  Although it does plan on producing a few of these, Ferrari will predominantly be offering this as an upgrade for existing FXX-Ks. The downside is that the car is not street legal, so owners will only be able to drive them in the nine XX program events that Ferrari has planned, starting in March of next year.
(Image credited to Ferrari)

That's all for now.  My highlights of the 2017 SEMA show will be coming on, or before the thirteenth of November.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week.

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