Beneath the bonnet of the new 2015 Shelby GT350 sits Ford’s most powerful normally-aspirated production engine ever. A 5.2 litre V8, it produces more than 500 horsepower (370 kW) with around 540 Nm (400 lb/ft) of peak torque.
Chevrolet’s ZR2 badge traditionally stands for enhanced off-road ability, and that’s certainly the case with the latest truck to wear it. The Colorado ZR2, which has been revealed in concept form at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is suitably equipped for rough terrain use.
Following the launch of its ATS-V.R race car, Cadillac has revealed the road-going ATS-V. This new variant, which is described as a ‘dual-purpose luxury performer’, is going to be offered in both Sedan and Coupe guises. Obvious rivals include the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG and BMW M3 / M4.
There can be no doubt about which rival the Bentley Grand Convertible is targeting. Design elements such as its ornate wooden tonneau cover and contrasting ‘liquid metal’ silver bonnet and windscreen surround clearly mimic the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, after all.
Peugeot has revealed the colour scheme that its 2008 DKR will be wearing at January’s 2015 Dakar Rally. Predominantly blue and white, the new paintjob replaces the carbon finish previously seen.
January’s Dakar Rally could see Mini achieving a fourth consecutive victory in the event. Once again the Countryman-based ALL4 Racing, as prepared by German firm X-raid, will be used for the attempt.
Cadillac has previewed the ATS-V.R Coupe ahead of its competition debut in 2015. Built to comply with GT3 regulations, the new contender will be eligible for numerous championships such as the Blancpain Endurance Series, Pirelli World Challenge and ADAC GT Masters.
It might seem rather odd that a collection of one-off cars created to commemorate the historic relationship between Rolls-Royce and the Indian Maharajas is going to be available only in Dubai. But that market is where the demand is, so the decision makes commercial sense.
Kawasaki is charging a hefty £22,000 in the UK for its new street-legal Ninja H2. That’s a lot of money for a motorcycle, but apparently most of the bikes in the initial batch have already found customers.
Kia has decided to offer the all-electric Soul EV in the UK. Recognisable by a blanked-off grille and unique 16” alloy wheels, its specification closely matches that of the rival Nissan Leaf.
Changing a few things on an existing motorcycle can be enough to create another model which appeals to a very different type of rider. And that’s exactly the strategy used by Yamaha to devise the latest member of its expanding MT family.
Porsche’s sporty Cayenne GTS has lost its 4.8 litre V8 engine. The latest version, which will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, is getting a 3.6 litre V6 instead.
With its upright riding position, wide handlebars, high ground clearance and four-cylinder engine, the BMW S 1000 XR is essentially a cross between the R 1200 GS and S 1000 RR. Such a combination should make the new arrival an appealing all-rounder that’s equally suited to touring or more rapid use.
Organisers of the new TC3 International Series for touring cars have announced a schedule for 2015. Its inaugural season is going to comprise twelve two-race rounds which will take place in Europe, Asia and South America.