SEMA News - October 2009
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When it Hits: The new C-Max is scheduled to make an official debut at next year’s Paris Motor Show. U.S. production is expected to start near the end of 2011 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.
What Priddy Says: The C-Max will be bigger than its show-car alter ego, the Iosis Max, but also a lot less exciting, and should offer a few engine options, including the recently announced 2.0L Ecoboost. Priddy also points out that sliding doors will likely make it into production, evidenced by the slider rail above the fuel-filler cap.
When it Hits: The SLS won’t be launched for nearly two years.
|What Priddy Says: Priddy’s photo network caught up with the convertible version of Mercedes-Benz’s SLS supercar. Unlike the upcoming coupe with its iconic gullwing doors, the convertible will have a more traditional entry as well as an SLR-like powered soft-top.|
|When it Hits: The Ferrari Bella is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September|
What Priddy Says: Ferrari has confirmed that the replacement for its F430 will be dubbed the 458 Italia. The 4.5L V8-powered prancer is reported to have the highest specific power output of any road car in the world at 127 hp per liter. Doing the math, that’s a hair over 570 hp at a screaming 9,000 rpm.
Audi R8 V10
When it Hits: It will go on sale in Germany in the second quarter of 2009. There is no information at this time regarding a U.S. launch date.
What Priddy Says: Decked out in full production trim, including the V10 badges, the Audi R8 5.2L V10 convertible is probably the best look we’ll get at the four-ringed halo car until the expected Frankfurt auto show debut. The latest rumors suggest that the V10 powertrain may be the only one offered in the droptop, Priddy adds.
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