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Lincoln opts for “Grand Touring” to denote electrified vehicles

2020 Lincoln Aviator Lincoln executives spent a lot of time deciding what to call the brand’s electrified vehicles, and the winning nomenclature might be unexpected: Grand Touring. Ford’s luxury division decided on the Grand Touring name for its electrified vehicles after much consideration and work with focus groups, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday. The Grand Touring, or GT, name, often reserved for the sportiest or more powerful models, is a deliberate marketing attempt to recalculate how consumers think of plug-in hybrids. 2020 Lincoln Aviator Lincoln President Joy Falotico said consumers…

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Porsche targets 6:30 Nürburgring lap time for next hypercar

Porsche 918 Spyder on the Nürburgring Just 6 minutes and 30 seconds. That’s the targeted lap time for the 12.9-mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife for Porsche’s next hypercar. The information was confirmed to Top Gear magazine at last week’s 2018 LA Auto Show by Frank-Steffen Walliser, the head of Porsche’s motorsport department as well as the man responsible for the automaker’s high-performance road cars and soon the 911 line, too. “It must achieve a 6:30 at the Nürburgring,” he said. “I don’t care about the drivetrain, 6:30 is the target.” Mercedes-AMG One Porsche…

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 first drive review: A stable genius

Turn 16 at Atlanta Motorsports Park is a test of a driver’s courage and a car’s ability to stick to the track. Though it’s only a slight right-hander, it follows the turns 13, 14, and 15 left-handers that link to create one big, high-speed arc. Turn 16 is the moment of truth when the weight shifts from the right side of the car to the left, at a speed as high as the car can handle and the driver will dare. It’s a turn made for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette…

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Next BMW M3 and M4 will have manual transmission, AWD

2020 BMW M3 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien At the 2018 LA Auto Show, BMW offered some clarification on its back-and-forth stance on the manual transmission. Klaus Fröhlich, head of vehicle development, told Road & Track in an interview published Thursday that there will absolutely be a manual transmission in the next BMW M3 and M4. His statement nixes the notion that BMW’s M division planned to kill off the manual, which we first heard in 2017. 2020 BMW M3 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien However, like former…

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