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From Auto Week.
Aston Martin Volante Vision concept enters the flying car craze!
Aston Martin wants to expand into flying cars, and at this July’s Farnborough air show the automaker is presenting a concept craft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ability. Dubbed the Volante Vision Concept, the small craft is hybrid-electric and offers room for three adults, in addition to being able to operate in autonomous mode. Developed in a partnership with Rolls-Royce, Cranfield University and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, the craft is meant to preview a future where personal commuting by air is commonplace.

The concept features four tilting propellers up front in a double stack arrangement and a second set of propellers in a rear alcove to provide vertical lift. Once the craft achieves altitude vertically, it transitions to forward flight with the front rotors providing forward propulsion. The cockpit is arranged with a single seat in the front and two side-by-side seats in the back. The front wing, which actually looks like a car's front spoiler, provides lift during forward flight (along with two rear wings), while the craft steers itself via two vertical fins and other surfaces.


From Car and Driver.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8: The Mid-Engined White Whale Is Nearly Here!
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Mid-Engined Corvette is real, and you’ll see the official, genuine article next spring. And no, Chevy isn’t playing any games with the terminology: The engine will be bolted between the occupants and the rear wheels.
Like the recent front-engined Corvettes, the mid-engined one will remain an attainable sports car with supercar performance. Surely some bits of carbon fiber and magnesium will be stirred into the mix, but Chevy will construct the mid-engined car’s spaceframe primarily from aluminum. And as in the past, its body will be made largely of fiberglass panels. To contain costs, Chevy will launch the new car with an updated version of the pushrod LT1 engine that powers today’s C7 Corvettes. We expect the mid-engined Corvette, or C8, to be a bit heavier than the current car’s roughly 3500 pounds, but it will compensate for that with about 500 horsepower from the LT1. And thanks to the increased traction of a rearward weight bias and a quick-shifting transaxle, it’ll be quicker than the C7.There will be only one gearbox, and it won’t come with a clutch pedal. Chevy has been working with Tremec on a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. The driver’s involvement in shifting gears will begin and end with the steering-wheel-adjacent shift paddles.But there’s some consolation: That engine bay will also eventually host even more compelling mills. The first to follow the LT1 will be a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft capable of a Ferrari 458–like maximum engine speed of 9000 rpm. Sympathy for the transaxle, though, means the engine speed will be limited to several hundred rpm below that. That engine should be good for at least 600 horsepower.Then, because it is totally unnecessary, Chevy will bolt two turbochargers and two big air-to-water intercoolers to the 5.5-liter V-8. The turbo engine will make about 800 owner-maiming horsepower. You will not be surprised to learn that this will be the fastest version around the Nürburgring Ring.




From Automobile Magazine.
Cadillac plays catch-up over the next year with car-based sport-utility vehicles bookending its best-selling XT5. With a 237-horsepower, 258-lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo I-4, Active Fuel Management, stop/start technology, and a nine-speed automatic, the Cadillac XT4 goes after the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, and Lincoln MKC in the ultra-hot compact premium SUV segment.
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The Cadillac User Experience touchscreen gets a much-needed rotary knob in all new models, and the new SUV launches the marque’s new “Y trim strategy,” with Luxury as the base trim and Premium Luxury and Sport forming the Y’s upper tiers.That strategy also rolls out in the 2020 Cadillac XT6, a large-midsize three-row sport utility on the long-wheelbase (120.9 inches) version of the XT5’s C1XX platform. Both the XT4 and XT6 will come with front- or all-wheel drive. The XT6’s power should come from a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6 with AFM, stop/start technology, and the nine-speed auto. Think of the XT6 and XT5 as Cadillac’s answer to the Lincoln Aviator and Nautilus. The XT6’s on-sale date will be within months of the 2020 Escalade.Meanwhile, Cadillac’s sedan lineup shrinks, with the CT5 replacing the ATS and CTS late next year. The 2020 CT5 will be a true compact luxury sedan about the size of a C-Class. Expected engines are a turbo-four, 3.0- and 3.6-liter V-6 choices, and rear- or all-wheel drive. No word yet on whether Cadillac’s exclusive new V-8 will appear in the inevitable CT5-V. That engine is a 4.2-liter twin-turbo DOHC, with preliminary ratings of up to 550 hp and 627 lb-ft in the new 2019 CT6 V-Sport. The V-Sport will have blacked-out trim, lower aero features, 20-inch wheels, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, a revised AWD torque split, a 10-speed automatic, and some design cues from Cadillac’s Escala concept car.


2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Ford is working on a new Shelby GT500! In January, the automaker confirmed that this beloved nameplate would return for the most powerful Mustang ever, a 700-plus-hp monster. Official details on the upcoming GT500 are thin, but we've got a decent idea of what to expect.Ford says the Shelby GT500 will arrive next year, and we expect a launch in January at the Detroit Auto Show. That means it'll likely share the stage in Detroit with another long-awaited revival, the 2020 Ford Bronco.
A 2019 debut often means that a car will be a 2020 model-year, but as we've reported before, Ford's VIN decoder indicates that the 2019 Mustang will be sold with a supercharged V8. That means the GT500 could very well be a 2019, and that bit of information brings us neatly to the next section...The GT500 is Ford's answer to the 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 707-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat, so everyone is predicting it'll get a powerful V8. A twin-turbo V8 was rumored as a possibility, but a supercharged mill like the last GT500 seems way more likely.
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Our colleagues at Car and Driver think the GT500 will get a 5.2-liter V8 similar to the flat-plane unit used in the GT350, but with a traditional cross-plane crankshaft. The Instagram image you see above shows a supercharger housing with a Shelby logo and the number 5.2 stamped on it, which could confirm at least some of Car and Driver's speculation. The Truth About Cars also published images of a wiring diagram showing a Mustang V8 with a big supercharger on top.
Motor Trend obtained a picture of a Shelby GT350 with a supercharged engine, claiming that what's shown is a GT500 prototype, but that's unconfirmed. This could be a prototype for a factory supercharger kit for the Shelby GT350, not necessarily a GT500.