The new Chevy SS
THE car uses GM’s global rear-wheel architecture from the Camaro and Holden VF Commodore and the LS3 engine is hoisted out of current cars like the C6 Corvette.
Yep, this car is aimed very narrowly and directly at those that want muscle car power and performance but don’t want to be limited to two doors with 415-hp 6.2-litre V8 configuration.
The LS3 engine works in concert with a six-speed automatic transmission with TAP shift paddles on the steering wheel. The SS has a sport-tuned suspension system with MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear set-ups, electronic power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo fronts, and 19-inch alloy wheels rolled up in Bridgestone ultra-high-performance tires. That package, along with a 50/50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity, is sure to open the door for driver-centric performance available on few other available sedans, including a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) time of five seconds.
While it harkens back to the days of fast-but-simple muscle sedans, it includes some of the latest technologies, such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. Technology extends behind the windshield with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Chevy MyLink, 220-watt Bose audio system with SiriusXM, colour head-up display, keyless access and push-button start. It’s also OnStar equipped and comes standard with six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service.
Tesla to expand Supercharger network
TELSA Motors, makers of fine electric performance vehicles, recently surprised the mainstream with news its Model S performance sedan had surpassed Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7-series in sales for the first quarter in the US.
Tesla’s dedicated Supercharger networks, launched late in 2012, are already a part of the EV landscape in California, New York and Delaware, but the company has plans to increase the network not only on the east and west coast but across the US and into the great frozen land of moose and beaver, Canada.
Current coverage shows eight stations strategically located in these regions, but by.
Tesla’s Supercharger network, which runs 120 kW of power direct to the Model S, is unlike regular EV charging systems which can only provide outputs from 7 kW to 10 kW, with ranges of 10 to 15 miles (16 to 26 km) on a 30-minute charge. But with Tesla’s 120 kW Supercharger networks, Model S owners can stop over at strategically located stations near diners, cafes or malls, grab a coffee, donut or three, and in 30 minutes have enough charge to run another 200 miles (320 km).
Also in the works, Tesla is working on improving its existing Supercharger technology, to reduce Model S charging times from 30 minutes down to 20. This quicker charge will still provide drivers the same range as the existing system just in a shorter charge cycle. Tesla anticipates rolling out the new system around now.
Handmade Vencer Sarthe supercar ready for the market
THE low volume, handmade Sarthe sports a mid-engined V8 of unknown displacement that develops 510 hp (375 kW) and 480 lb.ft (650 Nm) of torque. The supercar is designed around a rigid hybrid chassis made up of tubular steel, a chrome-molybdenum safety cage and rear sub-frame, and a honeycomb-structured aluminium floor. Body panels laden with carbon help strengthen out the architecture, while keeping the Sarthe light on the scales at 1390kg (3064lbs).
The Sarthe, which appears to have taken its name from the 24 Hours of Le Mans “Circuit de la Sarthe” track, is nicely balanced with weight distribution put at 45 per cent front and 55 per cent rear, this thanks to the supercar oriented placement of the engine and 6-speed MT gearbox.
Performance-wise the Sarthe is said to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and achieve an overall top speed of 326 km/h (203 mph).
Inside the Sarthe there appears to be an old world gated shift box for the 6-speed MT transmission. Carbon fibre looks to be in play on the dashboard, as do brushed aluminium air vents and a sport leather wrapped steering wheel. Drivers may notice the lack of a traditional gauge cluster thanks to Vencer’s centrally located Central Info System (CIS). Vencer’s CIS system is a customisable multitasking digital display that provides critical info like speed, fuel, revs, mileage, system info and temperature. Hand stitched Alcantara leather seats and a tri-striped aluminium shifter knob finish out the car’s otherwise minimalist interior.
Flagship Mercedes SLS AMG E-Drive
“WITH the extremely efficient battery technology deriving from Formula 1, four electric motors positioned close to the wheels, the individual wheel torques AMG Torque Dynamics, the SLS eSound and our ambitious AMG Lightweight Performance design strategy, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive generates a breath-taking sensation unlike any other model out on the road.” says Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development.
Mercedes launched the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive last month. The car isn’t just a milestone in electric design; it’s the flagship Mercedes AMG, offering 751 hp and 738 lb-ft (1,000.6 Nm) of torque from its four wheel-mounted motors. That’s close to 130 hp more than the hardcoreB SLS AMG Black Series. The all-wheel drive with AMG Torque Dynamics allows for selective distribution of power to each wheel, providing optimal traction in all driving conditions.
The E-Drive’s other performance numbers are as impressive as its Nürburgring time. It accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It can also travel an impressive 155 miles per charge, according to its spec sheet.
Peugeot prepares its most powerful model
MOVING from concept to reality, the Peugeot RCZ R is being readied for its official world debut at this month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new model adds a little kick to the RCZ sports car, delivering a package that the French automaker calls its most powerful street car ever.
Those 260 horses gallop across the pavement with the help of a Torsen limited slip differential and bespoke suspension configuration. The RCZ R also has a distinct set of wheels setting it apart from the standard RCZ.
Peugeot will move past the interesting but kitschy black-copper paint job in Goodwood, showing two red RCZ R production cars. The cars will appear on Peugeot’s stand and participate in the driving festivities under the piloting of UK Peugeot 208 GTi Ambassador Bradley Philpot.
The RCZ R will hit the market later this year.