Mazda’s 25th Anniversary Edition Miata
Mazda’s 25th Anniversary Edition Miata
If you are afraid to fly or just want to arrive at your ultimate destination in absolute comfort, then the Ford Transit Skyliner concept might be the perfect vehicle for you. Built by Galpin Auto Sports and based on a 2015 Transit, the van is basically a private jet on wheels. It even has a touch of Transformers about it with the ability to switch between four modes by pressing a button in a smartphone app.
Based on the long wheelbase, high-roof model with 487 cubic feet of cargo space and 6 feet, 9.5 inches of interior height, the Skyliner has movable captains chairs that shift around among four modes. In theater mode, the seats turn and recline to face a 52-inch retractable movie screen with 7.2 surround sound. For business, a motorized table unfolds, and the chairs gather around it. There is a mode for tailgating where the door opens four-feet wide, and, when traveling, passengers can recline back with footrests that extend for maximum comfort.
To make the ride even plusher, there is a satellite and media server to meet your entertainment needs, and there is even a built-in bar in the back. If this Ford had a bathroom, you could live in it. Of course, you would need to hire a driver to enjoy all the amenities in the back.
The exterior of the van wears a custom silver paint with contrasting gray on the lower portion and chrome trim. The Transit goes on sale this summer, and the Skyliner is going to be on display at the New York Auto Show. Scroll down to read the official announcement.
Supercharged, 6.2-liter V8? Check. Seven-speed manual? Check. Obsession with weight? Check.
What did you expect when Chevrolet said it was bringing a new Corvette variant to the 2014 New York Auto Show? Maybe a sticker and trim package, like the C6 Corvette Grand Sport or a tie-in deal like the Black Widow car from Chicago? On the opposite end, maybe there was an even more hardcore Z06 waiting in the wings. Who knew?
In the end, the answer shouldn’t be surprising. This is the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible. Designed to make mincemeat of cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, everything that’s good about the Z06 Coupe can be found on the droptop. Supercharged, 6.2-liter V8? Check. Seven-speed manual? Check. Same obsession with weight? Check.
It’s that last one that’s most impressive. Traditionally, convertibles weigh a good bit more than their hardtopped brethren, thanks to the top mechanism itself, as well as extra bracing and structural enhancements to maintain rigidity. For example, a Camaro SS Coupe is 264 pounds lighter than an equivalent convertible. It’s one of the big reasons we’ve never had a Z06 Convertible before (the C6 427 Convertible was the closest we came in the last generation). With the C7 Z06 Convertible, though, there is no need for extra bracing thanks to an ultra-stiff aluminum frame. The result is a convertible that is very nearly as light as a coupe.
“Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. “The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques – many of which were not available just five years ago.”
Based on Juecter’s comments, it sounds like the only real difference between this car and the Z06 hardtop will be the amount of sunlight let in. The blown V8 still produces 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque, which is transmitted to ultra-fat, ultra-sticky Michelin tires on the rear axle through the owner’s choice of a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Steel or carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes are available, as are all the aerodynamic enhancements that allow the Z06 Coupe to slice through the air. And naturally, the suspension is just as track-ready as the hardtop, complete with a specially tuned version of Magnetic Ride Control.
On paper alone, there is a whole lot to like about the new Z06 Convertible. We’ll be eagerly awaiting the chance to drive one. Take a look below for the full press release, direct from Chevy.
It was unlikely the 2015 Nissan Versa was going to look worse than the outgoing model, but a splash of chrome, new wheels and fancy new door mirrors have livened up the least expensive new car you can buy. A little, anyway.
If you hated the idea of the Z06 going supercharged and getting a targa top, you’ll really hate this: Chevrolet will introduce the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible at the New York Auto Show next week. And thanks to the Stingray Forums, here it is. Looks great, but is it a real Z06?
Clear your calendars folks. Next Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 PM we’ll be having a bigass party with our friends at blipshift and you’re invited homey. It’ll be by the New York Auto Show and it’ll be full of cars. Go here to sign up for tickets.