When Chevrolet does just 500 of any kind of new Corvette, you can bet it becomes a collector’s item. The latest is the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition – a car Chevy calls a “road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars.” It comes in Corvette Racing’s yellow livery –- or black –- and yes, just 500 are coming “later this year,” according to Chevrolet.
Both coupes and convertibles are available and have the Z07 Performance Package, so that means Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, adjustable front and rear aero pieces and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires. Other goodies include yellow brake calipers, black wheels with yellow accents and Corvette Racing-logo center caps and a carbon-fiber ground effects package.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it won't be taking legal action against Jiangling Motors' Landwind X7 SUV, which Land Rover and just about everyone else agrees looks a little too much like a Range Rover Evoque, Automotive News Europe reports.
Last fall Jaguar Land Rover was planning to engage Chinese officials shortly after the X7 debuted at the Guangzhou motor show in China, recalling an earlier period of large-scale industrial design replication by a significant number of Chinese domestic automakers. The X7 debuted just as Jaguar Land Rover opened a plant outside Shanghai in October of last year, making the Landwind knockoff a particularly cruel welcome-to-the-neighborhood present.
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DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I don't know why they do it, but every time Dodge updates the Charger, they throw a police pursuit model into the Detroit press fleet, complete with working lights, siren, spots, PA system and black-and-white paint job. It's not like the cops are reading consumer reviews to determine their next fleet purchase -- they have their own rigorous (and, we suspect, highly entertaining) test procedure for police cars.
So what's a Charger Pursuit doing here? Don't care: these cars never fail to entertain…and not just for the obvious reasons. They're extraordinarily good full-size American sedans, full of traditional muscle-car cues.
Rubber floor mat in lieu of carpet? Check. Column shifter? Check. Steelies with dog-dish hubcaps? Oh hell yes. If it wasn't for AWD you could use the nearly 400 lb-ft of torque to roast those fat Goodyear Eagles all afternoon. There's just enough infotainment technology to make the Charger Pursuit an acceptable modern daily driver and nothing else.