2014 C7 Corvette to be conservatively updated

November 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

For Chevrolet fans the next-gen Corvette can’t come around soon enough, but it’s not scheduled to arrive 2013 as a 2014 model. While it’s still a few years off, there is plenty of wild rumour and speculation about exactly what form the new model will take. Will it use a turbocharged V8 engine, will it have a retro-inspired split rear window design? Nothing is certain, but recent reports have been leaking out from GM sources that it might not be as exciting as fans hope.

The reports are stating that the design of the next Corvette will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. The design won’t include anything as far out as a standard split window, and it probably won’t be offered as an option, either. The rumored new 5.5-litre V8 may not happen and the new Corvette could push on with the tried-and-true 6.2-litre V8 as its base engine. The rumour of a mid-engine layout was always a bit fanciful and has also been denied. Continue reading “2014 C7 Corvette to be conservatively updated” »

Rumours of mysterious Audi TT-RS Plus continue

October 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Rumors of an Audi TT-RS Plus have been floating around for a while, but new details are beginning to emerge about the even more performance focused coupe.

According to recent reports, the car will debut sometime next year with an upgraded 2.5-litre engine that will produce 283 kW. Weight-saving measures will also include dropping 60kg by removing the rear seats .

Away from the reduced weight and added performance, this mystery machine may also receive unique alloy wheels and a fixed rear spoiler. Continue reading “Rumours of mysterious Audi TT-RS Plus continue” »

Rumours Toyota is developing a four door FT-86

September 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Speculation has entered the motoring world as an anonymous Japanese source has tipped there may be a four-door version of the Toyota FT-86 in the works.  While details are scarce its reported the sedan will be virtually identical to the coupe. This will mean we can expect a naturally powerful 2.0-litre boxer engine aligned with a six-speed manual transmission and ADVICS brakes.

Expanding the FT-86′s base to include two more doors would expand the potential market for the car, though its rear-wheel drive system will work against it in that regard, as the trends suggest consumers of low-to-mid-range vehicles tend to look for front-wheel drive vehicles.

The source also speculates a 3.6 litre H-6 engine from the Subaru Outback could be dropped in. However you couldn’t imagine there being any room for this. If that were to go ahead, the car would be more like an entry level luxury car, as the pricing and performance would easily surpass the reach of the typical mass market sedan.

However, if Toyota has green-lighted this, don’t expect anything until at least before 2013 as the FT-86 coupe itself isn’t due out until late 2011. Continue reading “Rumours Toyota is developing a four door FT-86” »