No. 1001
June 19, 2019

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On The Surface


JUNE 19, 2019

(Porsche images)
The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder "represent the most powerful and engaging variants of the 718 lineup yet created," this is according to Porsche PR minions. Developed by the Porsche Motorsport department and offering a blend of pure, unfiltered driver’s car character and track-oriented performance, both models are powered by a new 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing 414HP and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. An entirely new sport exhaust system was designed specifically for the car to enhance the visceral flat-six sound of the engine, which can rev up to 8,000 rpm. Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The six-speed manual offers an “Auto Blip” function that automatically matches gearbox and engine speeds during a downshift. This feature can be individually activated or deactivated at the touch of a button. The GT4 is capable of a top track speed of 188 mph, while the Spyder can reach 187 mph. 
The 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder share a Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) setup with adaptive dampers, helper springs on the rear axle and a ride height that is 1.18 inches (30 mm) lower than a standard 718 Boxster or Cayman. It also allows for manual adjustments of camber, toe, ride height and anti-roll bar settings. The front axle is taken from the 2018 911 GT3, while the rear axle is a specific design for the GT4 and Spyder. The brakes on both models are adopted from the 911 GT3. The standard grey cast iron rotors measure 380 mm front and rear. The optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system features ceramic composite rotors measuring 410 mm in the front and 390 mm at the rear, providing a weight savings of approximately 50 percent from the cast iron equivalents. 
At the rear, a standard mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) helps to maintain optimum traction. The GT4 and Spyder are fitted with specifically designed 20-inch wheels shod with UHP tires measuring 245/35 ZR 20 at the front and 295/30 ZR 20 at the rear. The wheels as standard on the 718 Spyder feature a silver finish, while the GT4 is equipped with wheels painted in Satin Platinum. Other wheels finishes are optional. ABS as well as electronic stability (ESC) and traction (TC) controls have been specifically calibrated for the cars and, as is typical for a GT model, ESC and TC can be switched off in two stages. The 718 Cayman GT4 is capable of lapping the “Nordschleife” more than ten seconds faster than its predecessor. The 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder have their own unique styling elements. Both cars feature a front spoiler lip with recessed model designation, a central air outlet ahead of the front luggage compartment lid which aids downforce and cooling, as well as tinted taillights. The design of the 718 Spyder is further characterized by a manually-operated lightweight fabric top, a rear lid with two dynamic streamliners, and an automatically-extending rear spoiler designed specifically for the car. A new rear diffuser not only frames the sport exhaust system, but also reduces lift on the car. The 718 Cayman GT4 shares this diffuser, which contributes to an increase in downforce of approximately 50 percent compared to the predecessor, in conjunction with the redesigned, manually adjustable rear wing. Side air intakes with additional side blades are also specific to the GT4.
The interior of both cars includes a standard GT Sport steering wheel measuring 14.1 inches (360 mm) in diameter; a top center marker in black is on the GT4. The shift lever is 0.39 inches (20 mm) shorter than on standard 718 models, and standard Sport Seats Plus with raised side bolsters provide a high degree of lateral support. The seat centers are upholstered in Alcantara, as is the steering wheel rim, the shift lever and the lower part of the dashboard. While the 718 Cayman GT4 has Brushed Aluminum interior trim, the trim pieces of the 718 Spyder are painted in exterior color; however other trims are optional. Optional on both models are Full Bucket Seats or electrically adjustable 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus. Air conditioning and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with Sound Package Plus are fitted as standard. The PCM system can be optionally upgraded with features such as navigation including Porsche Connect and Apple CarPlay®. The 718 Spyder can be ordered with the Spyder Classic Interior Package, which includes two-tone leather in Bordeaux Red and Black, extended Alcantara upholstery, GT Silver Metallic interior trim, and a new two-tone fabric top in black and red – reminiscent of historic Porsche racing cars. The 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder offer the option of decorative interior stitching in Red, Silver or Yellow. The 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder are available to order now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in Spring 2020. The MSRP for the 718 Spyder is $96,300, while the 718 Cayman GT4 retails for $99,200 – both not including the $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee. 

(Honda images)
Shortly after American Honda Motor Co., Inc. first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California. One of these trucks is depicted in an iconic photo circa 1961 in front of AHM's original office at 4077 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Underscoring their importance during those early days, American Honda restored a truck to authentically match the one in the old photo, helping celebrate the company's 60th anniversary. Tapping its U.S. archives and memories of retired Honda associates for details, a 1961 Chevy half-ton pickup was found and carefully renovated, replicating the original paint scheme as used by company salesmen delivering motorcycles to dealers to sell on a consignment basis. These trucks helped American Honda quickly establish a U.S. market foothold, starting in Southern California. By 1965, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in America with a market share of almost 72 percent. To ready the special truck for its debut at AHM's 60th anniversary celebration on June 11, it was given a mild mechanical freshening new factory-correct white paint and hand-painted graphics like the originals. Two vintage motorcycles, a Honda 50 and CB160, like those originally carried in the trucks, are placed in the truck bed. The completed package is now on display in the lobby of American Honda's Torrance, Calif., headquarters. Plans for public display include the 2019 SEMA Show and other events around the country, as well as classic vehicle gatherings around Southern California. Ultimately, the truck will make its way to the American Honda Collection Hall in Torrance, where it will be staged in front of a replica of the company's original Los Angeles office.


Editor's Note: Our tester this week was the 2019 Colorado AWD ZR2 Crew Short Box, which is also called the Colorado ZR2 Bison (life is short, so I will be calling it simply the Colorado from here on out). I know nothing about American Expedition Vehicles, the Montana-based parts and accessories supplier that partnered with Chevrolet to provide all the stuff that makes up the $5,750 ZR2 Bison Package, but I do like bison! And I think this Colorado looks pretty hot, but it should, it is RED HOT, according to the window sticker (I like it when the color actually looks like its name). I was worried that the Colorado wouldn't be big enough or "truck" enough or some sort of a compromise from the full-size Silverado (I am basically 'go big or go home' when it comes to vehicles). My fears were unfounded. The Colorado is plenty big. And although I did not actually "haul" anything other than groceries, there is no question that it would be a perfect Costco/Home Depot/garden store/patio rock hauler. Yes, it is somewhat spartan inside and has a very utilitarian feel, but it is, after all, a truck (the disconnect reenters the picture when you remember the sticker price...then, you wonder if maybe it couldn't be a bit more luxe). It does have a real key that you put in a real ignition (how quaint). And I am big on compartments, so the Colorado gets high marks in that department. Overall, there is a lot to like about the Colorado. It has personality and attitude and all of that good truck stuff. But all those Bison accoutrements and that Duramax diesel are pricey, and this Colorado topped out at just over $53k. That's a lot of bison burgers. -WG

Editor-In-Chief's Note: Our tester this week was definitely one out of the usual for us: a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD ZR2 Short Box pickup. Not only that, it had the full-zoot ZR2 Bison package to boot. We've had a Colorado before, but the ZR2 Bison is something entirely different. First of all, the 2.8-liter Direct-Injected DOHC DURAMAX 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel is the news with this package. With 181HP and 369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm, I have to say that this Diesel was more than up to the task. It was responsive, torquey and well suited to the urban slog, and it handled the freeway cut and thrust with aplomb. Now, we get it, with the ZR2 Bison, your backyard should be a ranch in - ahem - Colorado, or an off-road park in Southern California or Arizona, but that was not in the cards for our experience with this pickup. But nonetheless I thought the drivetrain was impressive and acquitted itself well. The multi-faceted ZR2 Bison package by American Expedition Vehicles adds a hefty $5,750 to the price, but it is definitely well-finished and looks the part, if the "look at me, I'm an off-road Dude" is what you're looking for. The Colorado ZR2 Bison is definitely not my thing, but I can see the appeal to a very narrowly-focused market. But, $53,000+ for a toy with an off-road look? No thanks. -PMD 

2019 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD ZR2 CREW Short Box: $53,245 ($42,900 Base Price; Red Hot; Jet Black; 3.6-liter, Direct Injected, DOHC V6 with 308HP and 275 lbs-ft of torque; 8-speed automatic transmission; All-Wheel-Drive; Transfer case shield; Hill descent control; 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; Four-wheel independent suspension; 17" alloy wheels; Projector-type headlights; LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps; Power adjustable and heated body color outside mirrors; EZ lift and lower tailgate; Remote vehicle start; Automatic climate control, dual zone; Driver and front passenger heated (and cooled) seats; Heated steering wheel, Tilt and telescoping steering column; Leather-appointed seats; OnStar capable; SiriusXM and HD radio (first three months free); Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus with 8" Diagonal HD color touchscreen with voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming, Apple Carplay and Android Auto capable, In-vehicle APPS and personalization capable; 4G LTE WI-FI Hotspot capable; and much more stuff; ZR2 Specific off-road appearance package, Driver selectable full-locking front differential, Driver selectable full-locking rear differential, etc.; ZR2 Bison Package - Chevrolet lettered grille, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) front and rear bumpers, Fog lamps, AEV hot-stamped boron steel skid plates, AEV designed 17" aluminum wheels, AEV designed wheel flares, AEV badged floor liners, AEV badged embroidered headrests - $5,750; 2.8-liter Direct-Injected DOHC DURAMAX 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel with 181HP and 369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm, includes exhaust brake and 6-speed automatic (replaces standard transmission), $3500; Destination charge, $1,095)


By Tom Pease

Beverly Hills. Father's Day, June 16th, marked the 26th annual Concours on Rodeo. Three blocks between "Little" Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards are closed-off to display classic cars to a crowd estimated to be 35,000 people. This year was about Bentley, which showed all of the new models as well as its timeless classics. Here are a few photos from the event. If you're in Los Angeles around Father's Day, this event certainly well worth your time. But get there early, because by noon the crowds are, well, crowded.
(Photos by Tom Pease)

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