SEMA News—September 2020
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Ford Mustang Mach 1
The Ford Mustang Bullitt is set to be sunsetted after the ’20 model year, and its replacement—the Mustang Mach 1—is set to arrive for 2021. These shots give the most comprehensive look at what to expect when the Mach 1 hits dealers.
This Mach 1 prototype wears thin camo front and rear and matches the recently teased shots of the Mach 1, even down to the rims. Inside, however, sits a Bullitt badge where you’d expect to see a Mach 1 steering-wheel logo. On top of that, the six-speed manual shift knob from the Bullitt is clearly visible. It’s assumed that these are just carryover parts used for the prototype, but it’s still interesting to see that they raided the Bullitt parts bin.
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover will launch its first hybrid Discovery as part of a roster of updates aimed at boosting the model’s sale. Considering the amount of disguising for what’s being called a “model-year update,” this could be a hybrid test mule.
Land Rover has yet to confirm which hybrid powertrain it’s going to use for the Discovery. It’s possible that the brand is considering introducing a plug-in with the four-cylinder system used on the Range Rover and RR Sport. However, it’s likely going to be a mild hybrid using the 48V system added to the Range Rover last year. The only current LR system suitable for a car of this size is the latest 3.0L straight-six turbo engine mated to a starter/generator and 48V battery.
Porsche Cayman GT4 RS
The Porsche Cayman GT4 is about to be usurped as the range-topping Cayman by an even hotter RS model of the mid-engine sports car, pictured here.
Porsche engine guru Markus Baumann said that pilfering the GT3’s parts bin would liberate tech to take the GT4’s flat six even further. Adding a dry sump, new valve gear and titanium internals would “enable this engine for more power and more revs,” he added. Chassis mods would be likely to include new tires, race-spec suspension components and new aero fixtures to create extra grip in corners.
YNACA ducts at the front of the mid-engine GT4 RS snatch air for brake cooling, and Porsche engineers funneled extra air into the upgraded flat six with louvers in the rear side windows.