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Spy Shots: Prepping the Next Mustang

Updated platform will be shared with a new RWD Lincoln.

by on Feb.20, 2013

It may look like the current Mustang...but it's a "mule" helping develop the next-gen pony car - and a long-rumored Lincoln coupe spin-off.

At first glance, this Mustang looks completely familiar. Well, not completely. Take a closer look and you’ll soon realize it has been somewhat altered in a number of ways from the pony car in the showroom today.

That makes it clear to our spy shooters that they’ve captured a “mule” being used to test the platform and, very likely, the updated engine that will go into a completely updated version of the Mustang now just a couple years away.

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And that means we’re also getting some hints about the planned rear-wheel-drive Lincoln model that Ford CEO Alan Mulally recently acknowledged during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com is currently under development.

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Sneak Peek: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

Official debut of near-supercar set for Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Aug.07, 2009

The all-new 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo will debut in Frankfurt, next month, but here's a sneak peek of the Cabriolet version. Both Coupe and drop-top will make 0 - 60 in just 3.2 seconds.

The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo debuts in Frankfurt next month. Here's the Cabriolet. Both Coupe and drop-top will make 0 - 60 in just 3.2 seconds.

There’ll be some big news from Porsche, next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  But we’ve gotten a first look at the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo – which will be offered in both Coupe and Cabriolet trim – and want to share it with our readers.

The word, “more,” immediately comes to mind when describing the new Porsche flagship.  It will be defined by an all-new engine, a new design, and performance numbers that normally fit into the supercar category. Yet, it also will deliver better mileage, a seeming must, no matter what category you compete in, these days.

The big news is the all-new flat-six boxer engine, the first time in the 35-year history of the Porsche Turbo that the sports car gets an all-new engine of its own.  Displacing a modest 3.8 liters, it nonetheless will make a stunning 500 horsepower – 20 bhp more than the 3.6-liter boxer-six in the 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo.  Torque jumps from 511 to 516 pound-feet with the optional Sport Chrono package.  That’s enough to launch the 2-seater from 0 to 60, the German maker claims, in just 3.2 seconds.

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Super-site for supercar fans!

To make those numbers, the new engine feature Direct Injection, a variable turbine geometry turbocharger, and a new expansion intake manifold first used by Porsche on its GT2 supercar.

Buyers will be offered a choice of either a 7-speed manual gearbox or the Porsche-Doppelkupplung.  Call the latter PDK, for short.  It’s essentially the same gearbox offered as an option on the new, 4-door Panamera, and can operate in either automatic or manual mode.  In essence, this electronically-shifted manual system always has two gears ready to go, so there’s none of the bucking of earlier electro-mechanical transmissions, and shifts are not only smooth but lightning fast.

 

Spy Shots: Devon GTX Prototype on the Track!

First look at the new American-built supercar.

by on Jul.02, 2009

This is the first true spy shot of the Devon GTX, the planned American supercar.

This is the first true spy shot of the Devon GTX, the planned American supercar.

Sometimes hiding in plain sight is the best way to get spy photos, and that’s exactly how we managed to photograph this Devon GTX undergoing aerodynamics testing. Patience and persistence also play a big role: besides the obvious, we waited until the Devon GTX was packed up and the hauler was heading out-of-town before we offered these revealing images.

This is the VERY FIRST time that the Devon GTX has been seen, driven on a track and photographed!! Any and all previous “photographs” were actually computer-generated imagery (CGI) and no concepts have ever put on display, but our photos are the real thing and prove that the production Devon will be true to the concept rendering!

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In addition, this is the first evidence that Devon is using up-and-forward doors and that it sports a glass roof and carbon-fiber body. Other observations include a full belly pan and – although we were unable to discover exactly what’s powering the Devon GTX, we did overhear the engineers bragging about the 650-horsepower.

This test date must have been an important one, as we spotted company, Scott Devon, company founder, and British LeMans champion Justin Bell driving the soon-to-be American-built supercar.

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