Thursday, October 3, 2019
The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, priced $7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe, is the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible and is powered by the next-generation 495 horsepower 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The two-piece top, powered by six electric motors, can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and retract in as few as 16 seconds. A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019, with the convertible following in late first-quarter 2020.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The 3rd generation BMW X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 M Sports Activity Coupe are powered by a 600 horsepower twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine with the Competition models producing 617 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with M shift paddles and offering both automatic and manual shift modes with three selectable levels of programming controlling shift speed and sharpness. Intelligent connectivity allows the M Steptronic to adapt its shift strategy according to the route and driving situation by working with the standard Navigation System and if equipped, combining this data with information from the Active Cruise Control system’s radar sensor to shift proactively to the correct gear for upcoming road conditions. Pricing begins at $106,095 for X5 M (including $995 destination fee), $115,095 for X5 M Competition, $109,595 X6 M and $118,595 for X6 M Competition. Market launch is set for Spring of 2020.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Scott Brown FCA Group PR West Manager takes us through the attributes of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that offers off-road capability with a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles and electronic lockers. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon starts at $43,290 (including $1,495 destination charge) and is powered by either a 285 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine or a 270 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or available eight-speed automatic. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has an approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 10.9 inches and features next-generation Dana front and rear heavy-duty axles, off-road rock rails and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Wrangler Rubicon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials and disconnecting front sway bar.
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