No. 1010
August 21, 2019

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AUGUST 14, 2019

The new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
 will have a starting price of $59,995 (including Destination Freight Charge of $1,095, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment). The 1LT will start at $59,995, the 2LT trim package will start at $67,295 and the top-level 3LT trim package on the 2020 Corvette Stingray will start at $71,945 (including DFC, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment). “We’ve packed a lot of performance into the Corvette Stingray at this price when you consider an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, Small Block V-8 and engine-mounted dry sump oil system are all standard,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer. Interested Chevrolet Corvette Stingray shoppers can view a pricing guide with available options and order codes and pre-order their vehicle by visiting the 2020 Corvette reveal page at . A dedicated Chevrolet Corvette Concierge team will provide 2020 Corvette customers with answers about the vehicle discovery, buying and ownership process. The team, which is based at General Motors headquarters in Detroit, can be reached by calling 866-424-3892. Customers can also live chat with a Corvette Concierge online by visiting . The team is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Mondays through Fridays. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. Editor-in-Chief's Note: Anyone who thinks the new Corvette won't put serious pressure on Porsche is kidding themselves. Porsche operatives have allowed their greed to get the best of them, and Porsche prices have been out of whack for a long time. Would I get a Porsche 718 GTS with a base price of $80,700? Or, a new Corvette Stingray with the top-level 3LT trim package for $71, 945? I had quite a few 911s back in the day and I love the 718 Coupe, but I would get the Corvette all day long. In fact, I wouldn't even give it a second thought. -PMD


(Canepa Group)
Legendary UK automotive designer Gordon Murray has created some of the most iconic machines over the past decades, from Formula One race cars to the legendary McLaren F1 road car. The announcement of Gordon Murray Automotive’s supercar, the T.50, has created a huge buzz throughout automotive community. The T.50 is built around a hand-laid carbon fiber monocoque and is extremely lightweight even by today’s standards, weighing in at 2,160 pounds. With a bespoke 650HP, Cosworth-designed 3.9-liter V12 that revs to 12,100rpm mated to a special 6-speed manual transmission, fan-assisted aerodynamics, excellent driving dynamics and the culmination of 50 years’ worth of Murray's design experience, it is expected to be an extraordinary machine. The T.50 marks Gordon Murray’s 50th automotive project and includes design influences from many of his previous projects. Murray says “We expect this to be the last, and the greatest ‘analog’ supercar ever built.” You can learn more about the T.50 at . Having consulted on the project in its early phase of concept and development, the Canepa Group has been selected as the exclusive North American representative for the T.50 Supercar. “Cars are meant to be driven, and this may be one of the most exciting road cars ever designed. I am both honored and excited to be a part of this amazing project,” Bruce Canepa commented. Canepa is an industry leader in the collector car world; including sales, restoration and motorsports. Canepa Group will handle all aspects of customer support for the new supercar in North America, including sales, importation, service/maintenance, and warranty. Interested parties are invited to Bruce Canepa at (831) 430-9940 or [email protected] regarding available build slots for the T.50.

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The new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R picks up new performance tech to make it "more fun to drive on the track and off," according to Ford PR minions. Shelby GT350R refinements for 2020 include redesigned front suspension geometry with a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the all-new Shelby GT500; a new steering rack and re-calibrated electric power steering control is also added. “It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “These latest updates to the GT350R keep its performance competitive and on the top if its game, whether that’s on the track or on the street.” The GT350R continues to also deliver against aggressive targets for weight reduction with a rear seat delete and carbon fiber wheels. Exhaust resonators also have been removed for weight savings. The benefit? A sharper exhaust tone. The GT350R also features distinct design details including red painted brake calipers, red pin striping at the edges of the optional over-the-top racing stripes and Shelby GT350R badging. Inside is high-contrast red stitching, Shelby GT350R badging and the D-shaped steering wheel fitted with a red center mark at the top.

SpeedKore, the American performance company known for its carbon fiber vehicles and pre-preg carbon fiber body parts, will be displaying its one-of-one 1970 Dodge Charger at McCall’s Motorworks Revival on Wednesday afternoon in Monterey. This full carbon Dodge Charger features a supercharged 6.2-Liter V8 from the Dodge Demon, paired with a Tremec 6060 6-speed transmission, HRE Wheels, a 14-point roll cage with full interior by Gabe’s Custom Interiors. 

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The latest missive from the "Bring Money" File is the new Porsche 
Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe, which Porsche PR minions are calling "the most powerful Cayenne models ever." The new range-topping Cayenne models are the latest examples of Porsche using plug-in hybrid technology to enhance performance. Both new models will arrive as part of the 2020 model year. These models bear distinctive Acid Green coloring around their badges, and on their brake calipers. The Sport Chrono Package, which includes a mode switch featuring the Sport Response button, is also standard. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine making 541HP (404 kW) combined with a 134HP (100 kW) electric motor generate a total system output of 670HP (550 kW) and 663 lb-ft of torque (900 Nm). The electric motor sits between the gasoline engine and the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, allowing the respective power sources to propel the vehicle in combination or independently, depending on the selected drive mode. The new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe models accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, toward an electronically limited top track speed of 183 mph. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive is standard equipment on all Cayenne models, including the newly announced versions. The electric motor is connected to a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery offering 30 percent more energy capacity than the battery used in previous generation plug-in hybrid Cayenne models. The same battery is used in other current plug-in hybrid Cayenne models. A third new model also makes its debut in 2020: the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, which combines the same 3.0-liter single-turbo V6 and electric motor as the standard Cayenne E-Hybrid, only with a total system output of 455HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the standard Sport Chrono Package, the 0-60 mph sprint happens in 4.7 seconds for this model with a top track speed of 157 mph. These new Cayenne models have so much stuff on them you'll just have to check them out on your own if you're interested, because our eyes glazed over. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe are all expected to reach U.S. Porsche dealerships in the first quarter of 2020. The starting MSRPs are $161,900 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, $164,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and $86,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, (not including $1,350 for processing, delivery and handling).

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Acura will debut the Type S Concept at Monterey Car Week, saying that it "sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S." We shall see...

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Lexus aims to pump up the exclusivity factor on its Lexus LC 500 with the introduction of the limited-edition 2020 Inspiration Series. The new limited-production LC "aims to evoke a more refined, mature coupe without giving up any of the modern performance, technology and style that makes it so desirable," according to Lexus PR minions. If you have a special edition, special paint is pretty much mandatory, and the distinctive Nori Green Pearl paint is the exclusive Inspiration Series color for the LC. A set of 21-inch, two-tone wheels completes the visual look. The interior of the LC Inspiration Series is presented in a two-tone color scheme in Bespoke Saddle Tan color unique to the Inspiration Series and is complemented by a slightly darker shade of Alcantara® trim on the door panels. The 10-way power adjustable seats are trimmed in aniline leather and in contrast with the tan seats, dark Black Amber leather trim is used on the steering wheel, dashboard, center console and doors. Brown stitching ties the darker leather trim together with the seats. The finishing touch for each 2020 LC 500 Inspiration Series is a custom sill plate that marks the limited-edition nature of each car (I mean, you gotta have a custom sill plate, right?) Lexus PR minions say, "Drawing from the geometric shapes found in the rear brake lights, the laser cut plates function as a subtle reminder of this car’s rarity every time you open the door." Well, alrighty then! And just in case you're wondering, there are no mechanical changes to this limited-edition LC 500. The 2020 LC 500 Inspiration Series goes on sale this fall and it will be limited to just 100 units in the U.S. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (August 15-18, 2019) marks a highlight in the "125 Years of Motorsport" anniversary milestone for Mercedes-Benz. A reconstructed Mercedes-Benz SSKL streamlined racing car from 1932 will be driven on the road for the first time at the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance on August 15. Mercedes-Benz Classic has spared no expense in having the vehicle reconstructed in celebration of the "125 Years of Motorsport" anniversary. 
The SSKL, of which only four were built in 1931, was a pure competition vehicle and marked the crowning achievement of the Mercedes-Benz S series (W 06) with types S, SS and SSK. Aerodynamics specialist Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld designed a streamlined body for the SSKL, which was driven by Mercedes-Benz factory racing driver Manfred von Brauchitsch. The body was comprised of aluminum by Vetter in Cannstatt and mounted on von Brauchitsch's car. At the Avus race in May 1932, the streamlined Avus racing car had 25 percent less drag than an SSKL with the classic body, giving it an increased top speed that was 12 mph higher. Manfred von Brauchitsch won the race in the futuristic looking car ahead of the previous year's winner, Rudolf Caracciola.
Technical details of the Mercedes-Benz SSKL streamlined racing car: In-line 6-cylinder, supercharged, 7,065 cc engine with 300HP. Top speed? 146 mph.



AE Song Lyrics of the Week:

Watched the taillights fading, there ain't a dry eye in the house
They're laughing and singing
Started dancing and drinking as I left town
Gonna find my way to heaven, `cause I did my time in hell
I wasn't looking too good but I was feeling real well
After all is said and done
I gotta move I had my fun
Let us walk before they make me run
After all is said and done
I did alright, I had my fun
I will walk before they make me run

"Before They Make Me Run" - The Rolling Stones

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