Auto Notes - August 2017
New Porsche. The fastest and most powerful street-legal Porsche 911 model had its world premier in early July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. The 2018 911 GT2 RS features a 700 HP twin-turbo flat-six engine (80 more horsepower than the 2011 model) that can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 2.7 seconds and can reach a top track speed of 211 MPH.
The new 3.8-L engine, based on the current power plant found in the 911 Turbo S, delivers 553 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 37 lb.-ft. on the previous 911 GT2 RS. Extended performance comes from larger turbochargers and a new cooling system that delivers optimum cooling at peak loads.
Porsche said the customized GT seven-speed double-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission allows for maximum efficiency with uninterrupted torque transfer.
The new Porsche has a race-style chassis with rear axle steering, high performance tires, and an ultra sporty interior. MSRP on the new GT2 RS will be $293,200 and will be available at U.S. dealers in early 2018.
Powerful Jag. Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has revealed its most powerful, agile, and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever produced. The new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be the first model completely hand-built at the SVO Technical Center in Warwickshire, U.K.
The Project 8, also revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is the first Jaguar with a 592 HP 5.0-L supercharged V-8 gas engine. It has a top speed of 200 MPH and reaches 0-60 MPH in 3.3 seconds.
With a limited edition, the Project 8 will feature motorsport-derived aerodynamics, standard all-wheel-drive, Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, carbon fiber bumpers with enhanced cooling ducts, adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear aerodynamic wing, and a 380-watt Meridian audio system, among its many attributes.
All of the 300 models to be produced will be left-hand drive and those available in the U.S. will be four-seat units. Pricing will be in the $192,000 range.
GM MapAnything. General Motors Fleet has launched MapAnything Live to its fleet customers. GM said it is a new connectivity solution that combines telematics fleet management and customer relationship management (CRM) software to streamline routes and automate critical business processes.
“We are expanding our relationships with technology companies because customer interest is so high,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet. “The reasons are simple and compelling. Inside the data streams are the critical insights fleet managers need to help their drivers stay safe and productive and their operating costs to remain as low as possible.”
MapAnything, a Salesforce Ventures Portfolio company, powers MapAnything Live with the GM OnStar system.
New Camry. It’s been the best-selling car in the U.S. for 15 years, and the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry is about to hit showrooms with major advancements. The eighth-generation Camry has a new design, refined interior, cutting-edge safety and tech features, plus class-leading fuel economy.
The Camry has three new powertrains that include an all-new 2.5-L inline four-cylinder D-4S gas engine, and a new 3.5-L V-6 with D-4S fuel injection, both mated to a new eight-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. There is also a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System.
Using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the Camry gets the completely new strategy of designing, engineering, and packaging of its vehicles. In the case of the Camry, TNGA represents new engines, transmission, and a GA-K platform.
The 2018 Camry is the first to offer enhanced connectivity and entertainment, including the Toyota Entune 3.0 multimedia system that is available on all models. The 3.0 App Suite Connect has several new technologies that include Remote Connect for remote start plus vehicle status notifications.
With 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the new Camry also has generous passenger space, offers up to 29 MPG fuel efficiency, provides vastly improved handling capabilities, plus a smooth and quiet ride quality.
While the midsize Camry sedan is loaded with safety, tech, and design features, it will have a highly competitive starting price of just $23,495.
First electric. Aston Martin confirmed in late June that it will begin a limited production cycle in 2019 on the RapidE, the brand's first electric vehicle. The company first showed an electric concept two years ago.