Auto News for Feb. 19

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The track dedicated McLaren P1 GTR will make its debut at the Geneva show next month. The design is said to pay homage to the yellow and Green F1 GTR that dominated the 24 hours of Le Mans 20 years ago. A 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 is matched to a lightweight electric motor to generate 789 horsepower.

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Lotus will return to these shores with the Evora 400, a more upscale version of its flagship sports car. Power will come from a Toyota sourced 3.5-liter V6 rated at 400 horsepower tied to a six speed manual transmission. Lotus claims a top speed of 178 miles per hour with a 0-60 run of just 4.1 seconds. Lotus said the car will make its return visit toward the end of the year after a debut at the Geneva show.

Production of Subaru’s horizontally opposed “Boxster” engine has now reached 15 million units since it was first developed 49 years ago. Subaru said the design allows the engine to be fitted lower in the engine bay, helping lower the vehicle’s center of gravity to improve driving stability and handling. History has proven them to be long lasting as well.

Edmunds.com reports the average used car price hit $16,800 last year and that is a record high. It is also a 5.7% increase from 2013. Demand was strong for cars coming off leases that were reconditioned – the “certified pre-owned market.” Oh that’s right, there is no such thing as a “used” car anymore.

Cadillac will air three ads during Sunday’s Academy Awards show including one that doesn’t include a single picture of any of its cars. It instead uses a speech made by President Theodore Roosevelt in an effort to remake the brand’s identity. You can see the ad, named “The Arena” on YouTube. Cadillac said the ad is a “redefining statement of our core values.”

 

 

 

 

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