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’18 Chrevrolet Corvette ZR1

 

’18 Jeep Wrangler

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Chevrolet engineers are polishing the final details of what is set to become the swan song of the C7 Corvette generation—the ’18 Corvette ZR1, spotted testing at the German Nürburgring
race circuit. The biggest question is the contents of its engine compartment. Rumors are split, with one of the most likely versions talking about the LT4 V8 animating the Corvette Z06, and the Camaro ZL1 receiving a larger supercharger for the newcomer. Others talk about the all-new LT5 DOHC V8, which has been confirmed for the ’18 Corvette, being the engine of the ZR1. Regardless of the engine, the ’18 Corvette should feature the new 10-speed automatic GM and Ford have developed together.

 

This is the ’18 Jeep Wrangler, spotted in downtown Los Angeles. The new Wrangler will resemble the outgoing one, but various aerodynamic tweaks will make it less upright. A fixed windshield and possibly longer front end will be the main giveaways. A new 2.0L turbo four-cylinder dubbed “Hurricane,” is slated as a more fuel-efficient option. The Pentastar V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission will be the mainstream powertrain, although the big news will be a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel for North America and likely global markets. A hybrid powertrain is rumored, but a six-speed manual is a confirmed option. Jeep officials have insisted that its off-road abilities will only be improved, despite the changes for economy.

 '19 Chevrolet Camaro

 

'19 Ford Mustang GT500

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This is the ’19 Chevy Camaro, caught while testing in the Colorado Rockies. The Camaro will get a mid-cycle lift next year. Based on the camouflage on this prototype, the standard models will get some comprehensive changes from the A-pillar forward and at the rear. To keep pace with the Ford Mustang, expect minor engine enhancements and more widespread use of the 10-speed automatic that is now offered on the ZL1. More technology features lifted from the Cadillac ATS are also likely to appear. There is still the rumor of the return of the Z/28 on the sixth-generation Camaro, too. Expect to see the revised Camaro next year.

 

 

Building on the GT350 and GT350R, the Ford Mustang GT500 is expected to be the next step in the hyper-musclecar stakes. The lack of a large wing on the back suggests new aerodynamic techniques may be employed. The GT500 will get styling modifications from the ’18 Mustang revisions. A heavy-duty transmission will be standard, although it may use a new dual-clutch setup. The nature of the engine is unclear, but a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 or an uprated 5.8L V8 are rumored. It’s likely that the GT500 will produce at least as much power as the ZL1 or possibly more than the 707hp Hellcat. Expect to see a GT500 next year.

 

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