It’s time to head to the big apple to get the juiciest new car news from the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Confirmed debuts include Cadillac’s new CT6 flagship sedan and a production version of the Scion iM compact hatchback as well as the Scion iA small sedan. Expect an updated Lexus RX, Lincoln Continental Concept, 2016 Kia Optima and a production version of the 2016 Jaguar XF, as well as the exciting new McLaren 570S.
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There’s a new, lighter version of the Lotus Exige that you can pine over in America, but not own.
The coupe-only Exige S Club Racer has a curb weight of 2,560 lbs, marking a roughly 30-lb reduction over the Exige S. That in combination with a front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody aerodynamic enhancements offering almost 93 lbs of downforce make it a measurably improved product over the Exige S.
Top speed for the new model is just over 170 MPH with a 0-62 MPH sprint in four seconds flat courtesy of its supercharged 3.5-liter V6.
Lotus managed to save weight in the new derivative by using lightweight versions of key components including the battery, center console, doors and seats. Other changes include new drive modes that vary how much slip the traction control system will allow. There are three in total: drive, sport and race.
The new Lotus Exige S Club Racer is already available to customers in the U.K. for £56,900 ($84,100), which is a £2,400 premium over the normal Exige S.
The Lotus Elise is celebrating its 20th birthday in style.
To celebrate 20 years of the Elise, the British automaker is releasing a Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition model, boasting a 1.8-liter supercharged engine and a weight of 2,015 lbs – 22 lbs less than the Lotus Elise S. As a result, it’ll go 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph.
Standard equipment on the special edition includes lightweight matte black wheels, lightweight center console and sport seats in leather or Alcantara. A sport mode is also included, increasing throttle response and altering the traction slip thresholds.
Modern vehicles are expensive, but one way to avoid headaches and purchasing a new ride is by properly maintaining your existing car or truck. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Not only can regular maintenance save you money but it can also prevent unexpected mechanical failures. Nobody wants to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm. Keeping up with your vehicle’s needs is critical to a happy ownership experience and fortunately there’s quite a bit the average motorist can do to keep their ride running in tip-top shape.
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