Ohio dealership selling 750-hp supercharged 2020 Ford Mustang GTs for $45,000

Ohio dealership selling 750-hp supercharged 2020 Ford Mustang GTs for $45,000

An Ohio Ford dealer is selling 750-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang GT models for $44,994, according to Car and Driver. That’s just 10 hp less than the 2020 Shelby GT500, which starts at $71,495. So if you can live without the Shelby’s track-focused suspension, brakes, and aero, this could be the horsepower bargain you want.

Beechmont Ford in Cincinnati, Ohio, will sell you a new Mustang GT with a Roush Phase 2 supercharger. The kit costs $7,999 directly from Roush, but the installation cost of the TVS 2650 blower is baked into the price of Beechmont Ford’s Mustang GT.

In addition to the aforementioned 750 hp, the supercharger increases torque output from the 5.0-liter V-8 to 670 pound-feet. That’s more than the 625 lb-ft produced by the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V-8.

Beechmont Ford Mustang GT

Beechmont Ford Mustang GT

Beechmont Ford is also offering the supercharged Mustang GT with a 6-speed manual transmission, something you can’t get on a GT500. That car is only available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Customers can also opt for the 10-speed automatic offered from the factory on the Mustang GT, and the upgrade is available for both the fastback and convertible. Beechmont Ford also offers different stripe, paint, vinyl wrap, window tint, and suspension options. Cars can be fully financed and shipped anywhere in the United States. The upgraded cars come with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Beechmont Ford is no stranger to modifications. The dealership previously offered a retro Ford F-150, with two-tone paint inspired by trucks of the 1970s and 1980s. The package also included a 3.5-inch lift kit and chrome roll bar, as well as the option for a Roush supercharger.

Jeep Wrangler with 392 6.4-liter V-8 teased ahead of Ford Bronco reveal

Jeep may crash the 2021 Ford Bronco’s party early. On Saturday, the off-road brand teased a Jeep Wrangler with a 392 cubic-inch V-8 on Facebook.

The single shadowy teaser image shows a 392 badge on the hood of a Wrangler. A raised hood scoop appears to be a functional and feed cold air to cool the big V-8. The fender flares are painted body color as is the roof, but the side view mirrors are black.

The 392 cubic-inch V-8 will likely be the same 6.4-liter V-8 found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It’s unclear what four-wheel drive system the Wrangler 392 will use or whether it will be a full-time or part-time setup.

It’s clear that the 6.4-liter V-8 and Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 fit under the hood of the Wrangler, but the Hellcat engine likely isn’t in the cards due to cooling issues.

On Saturday, Jeep spokesman Trevor Dorchies declined to comment.

Expect more information to come on Monday regarding the Jeep Wrangler 392 to try and steal the Bronco’s spotlight.

2020 Polaris Slingshot R, Dodge Challenger Super Stock, 2021 Ford Bronco: The Week In Reverse

We drove the 2020 Polaris Slingshot R; Dodge talked Challenger Super Stock and Demon; and the 2021 Ford Bronco family took shape. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

We tooled around in the 2020 Polaris Slingshot R and basked in the attention of fans and onlookers. Our resident 12-year-old fangirl said “it’s like a roller coaster.” The three-wheeler is a fun toy unlike anything on the road, but it’s a tough sell for our imaginary garage.

The new 2021 Nissan Frontier was spotted roaming public roads in production form. The truck will get the 3.8-liter V-8 and 9-speed automatic transmission that debuted in the 2020 model, plus mini-Titan looks and its first significant update since 2005. Expect a reveal in the coming months.

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told us the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is not another Demon. The Super Stock lacks the Demon’s hood, trans brake, skinny front tires, and some suspension parts. Kuniskis confirmed Demon parts will only be available to Demon owners who can provide the correct VIN.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette was announced with new colors and additional tech features, but it retains its sub $60,000 starting price. The powertrain stands pat with a 6.2-liter V-8 with 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful Z06 model is likely coming for the 2022 model year.

Ford announced the 2021 Bronco won’t be just a Bronco, it’ll be a lineup consisting of three models—a Bronco family. With two-door and four-door body styles, plus a smaller Bronco Sport model, the Bronco lineup is aimed at off-road enthusiasts who might otherwise buy a Jeep Wrangler.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition drops weight, sets Suzuka lap record

Honda’s hottest hatchback is getting a special-edition variant with even greater performance. The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition detailed by the automaker Thursday is lighter, louder, and is just getting started. Scheduled to arrive in the United States later this year, the Limited Edition just set a lap record at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit.

In the hands of Super GT driver Takuya Izawa, the Type R Limited Edition lapped the 3.6-mile track in 2:23.993 and became the fastest front-drive car to lap the track. (The previous record of 2:25.524 was set in 2019 by a Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.) The record attempt took place during testing in February, using a development car built to final European production specifications “with no modifications or performance enhancements,” Honda said in a statement.

The Limited Edition went on a diet compared to  the standard Civic Type R. The hatchback rides on forged aluminum BBS wheels that reduce unsprung weight by 18 pounds, according to Honda. The automaker also stripped out 28.2 pounds of sound-deadening material. European-spec cars shed further weight by eliminating air conditioning, audio, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids, but those features will be retained on U.S.-spec cars. 

Other changes include Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, dampers turned for the new wheel/tire package, and recalibrated steering. The only available color will be Phoenix Yellow Pearl, and each car will have an individually numbered serial plate denoting its original country of sale.

No changes were made under the hood, so the Limited Edition still uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a 6-speed manual transmission.

Just 600 cars will be available, with pricing to be announced closer to the Limited Edition’s U.S. launch later this year. This may be the last hurrah for the current-generation Type R. A redesigned Civic is expected to appear next year as a 2022 model, and a prototype Type R based on that model has already been spotted testing.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette still under $60,000 with new tech, new colors, new stripes

The C8 Corvette heads into its sophomore year with minor changes. After ushering in the era of the mid-engine Corvette for the 2020 model year, new colors and additional tech features are the only significant changes for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, but the sub-$60,000 price stays the same.

The 2021 Corvette coupe’s base price remains $59,995 and the convertible stands pat at $67,495.

New exterior color options for 2021 include Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat and Silver Flare Metallic, along with a Sky Cool Gray/Yellow Strike interior color option. Also new are optional full length dual racing stripes in blue, orange, red, or yellow. The previously available Stinger stripes, which go only on the hood, return in Carbon Flash/Edge Red, Carbon/Flash Edge Yellow, and Carbon Flash/Midnight Silver.

On the tech front, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, along with a Buckle to Drive feature that prevents the driver from shifting out of park for up to 20 seconds if their seat belt is not buckled.

The powertrain is unchanged, so the Corvette still packs a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated LT2 V-8 making 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form, and 495 hp and 470 lb-ft with the Z51 package. Power from the mid-mounted engine is sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

For 2021, the Magnetic Selective Ride Control adaptive suspension can be had without the Z51 package. That package also includes a performance exhaust system, upgraded brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, a performance final drive ratio, a rear spoiler, a front splitter, heavy-duty cooling, and stickier summer performance tires.

Performance figures remain unchanged. Chevy claims the Corvette will do 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, or 2.9 seconds with the Z51 package. The top speed is 194 mph in standard form, but 184 mph with the Z51 package. Both versions will run an identical quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds, but the standard version’s 123 mph trap speed is 2 mph faster than the Z51’s.

The 2021 model may be easier to buy of than the 2020 Corvette, which is likely to see production curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Stingray is expected to be followed by a hotter Z06 variant, likely for the 2022 model year.

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron electric crossover concept: MEB goes matchmaking

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron electric crossover concept: MEB goes matchmaking

As Audi rolls out electric vehicles to cover much of its model line and fill the gaps between its existing models, it’s preparing to offer just as much flexibility in body styles as you’ll find if gasoline is your preference. 

The Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept introduced Tuesday follows a design theme that Audi terms “dynamic elegance,” standing in contrast to the pragmatic take of the Q4 SUV concept, which was introduced at the 2019 Geneva motor show..

In a sneak peak before the Q4 Sportback’s  official reveal, Audi also called its two production-bound Q4 models “a cornerstone in the electrification strategy” for the brand. The Q4 Sportback and the Q4 SUV are effectively two sides of the same coin but may appeal to customers with very different priorities. 

Audi Q4 e-tron concept

Audi Q4 e-tron concept

The upcoming Q4 E-Tron models could make more inroads for the brand and its electric-vehicle push by offering far more luxury and refinement than you’re likely to find in the Tesla Model Y or Ford Mach-E, for about the same price.

Choice is a part of it, too. Distinct body styles are going to be part of the new norm afforded by going all-electric, partly because conceiving them is easier. Unlike what underpins the larger E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback, the modular toolkit (MEB) shared by Volkswagen and Audi for smaller and more affordable electric models is designed to accommodate a bevy of body styles and customization—as these brands have shown with countless concept cars from the Volkswagen ID Buggy to the ID Buzz. 

The Q4 Sportback and SUV start and end with roughly the same dimensions but are unique in profile, each with its own distinct roofline. While the SUV has a chopped-off look in back, with more rear glass—and likely cargo space and visibility—the Sportback’s roofline follows a smooth arc at the side pillars, as if it were traced along a French curve. 

The Sportback’s roofline makes the most of the at-the-corners  positioning of the big 22-inch wheels and articulated fenders, which according to Marc Lichte, the head of Audi design, look like four muscles at the corners. And the vehicle as a whole is unusual, Lichte notes, as it puts “a very sporty and slim roofline, on a very robust SUV body.”

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

There isn’t much difference by the numbers.  Audi confirms that the Sportback is just 0.4 inches longer and lower than the Q4 concept SUV. It’s 181.1 inches long, 63.0 inches tall, and 74.8 inches wide, on a 109.1-inch wheelbase. 

The floor of the Sportback concept is made of recycled materials, with a light, warm color scheme and white and beige microfiber materials on the dash. A 12.3-inch touchscreen stands atop the instrument panel, canted toward the driver, and an “augmented reality” head-up display pushes turn-by-turn directions and other assistance cues to the windshield. 

The Sportback has dual motors, with a total output of 302 horsepower. A rear permanent-magnet motor delivers 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque and the front asynchronous motor supplies 101 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. 

Audi notes that this version reflects  the top trim of the upcoming 2022 Audi Q4 production model. It says the Q4 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds and to a top speed of 112 mph. 

The suspension consists of a front strut, rear multi-link suspension layout with adaptive damping, and the company claims a weight distribution close to 50/50.. Range from the 82-kwh battery pack is 280 miles according to the European WLTP standard, with the potential for a fast-charge to 80% in just over 30 minutes. Expect less range in the U.S.

Partly due to the roofline and the spoiler at its tail, the Sportback’s coefficient of drag is 0.26, versus 0.28 for the SUV, which suggests this body style might do a bit better in driving range. 

The Q4 E-Tron lineup will go into production just a year from now, which will give prospective buyers enough time to mull which of these choices is best for their  garages.