British sports car maker TVR is back, at least in the U.K., and one of the reasons you won't be able to order one is because they're all sold out for 2017, Auto Express reports. Another reason you won't be able to order one, of course, is the fact that a new car cannot be imported into the U.S. without a lengthy round of crash testing, assuming it was built to U.S. safety standards promulgated by the NHTSA and the EPA to begin with.
Established makers of supercars like Lamborghini regularly sell out special editions before production even starts, but TVR was reportedly able to secure orders for 250 cars -- its entire 2017 allotment -- before even showing buyers what they would be getting or revealing where the new factory would be located.
What has been revealed is that it will be front-engined, that engine will be a dry-sump Cosworth V8 and the rear wheels will get the power. We also know that the engine was developed with help from Gordon Murray, and we surmise this played a significant role in how quickly the 250 examples went. Expect a composite body and a manual transmission in keeping with the old TVR formula -- none of that paddle or push-button tech.
Amid reports that almost all Buick models will be built in China after 2016 -- a development that didn't surprise industry analysts -- we were once again reminded that Buick offers nearly double the number of models in China than in the U.S., including cars in some surprising segments. For instance, did you know that there was a Buick hatchback? The Buick Excelle XT is based on the Opel Astra hatch, which we receive in sedan form as the Verano, but that model is not coming to our shores anytime soon wearing the Buick badge.
At the other end of the size spectrum is the GL8, an MPV designed and manufactured in China. And it's the subject of this week's poll.
Minivans rarely make headlines in the U.S. anymore, and when they do it's usually for some recall or a report highlighting just how much they're losing to crossovers of all sizes. Buick has had a genuine home run with the Encore, and the Enclave crossover is likely to get a smaller sibling when the Envision becomes the first U.S.-branded vehicle made in China to be sold in the U.S. next year. But the GL8 dwarfs all of the crossovers, offering a luxury interior wrapped in an MPV shell.
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“Don’t lift.” That’s been the mantra of race-car drivers, basically since the beginning of race-car driving. The physics being, if you lift midcorner when your mind tells you to, the weight comes off the back end, possibly sending it around in an uncorrectable and uncontrollable skid. With the 2016 Shelby GT350, we’re going to add “don’t shift” to that saying. The 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 doesn’t redline at 6,750 rpm like some old muscle cars, and doesn’t redline at 7,250 rpm like some new muscle cars. It only cuts out at an astounding 8,250 rpm. When the active exhaust is wailing, and your mind screams “shift now!” remember, you have about three more seconds of pull before your hand needs to drop off the Alcantara wheel and toward the stubby shifter with the red lettering.
The new GT350, like the first GT350, is the track Mustang to end all track Mustangs. Its V8 is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine the Blue Oval has ever produced, and the chassis is the most track-capable it’s ever produced. Good thing it put them together. Output on the raucous hunk of aluminum is rated at 526 hp at 7,500 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,750. A six-speed Tremec manual is the only option for shifting. Power is sent rearward through a Torsen limited-slip differential.
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