Fiat Chrysler took reporters on a tour of its Michigan Viper assembly plant and showed off what it is calling “the fastest street-legal track car” it has ever made. The ACR Viper has a top speed of 177 mph, and while that is not a record, its maker said the car can complete a lap at the track faster than any model offered before due to improved aerodynamics. On board will be a V10 rated at 645 horsepower with a whopping 600 lb-ft of torque. I don’t know about you, but just looking at pictures of the ACR, (American Club Racer,) increased my blood pressure. That is one mean looking devil!!! It will go on sale in the third quarter.
The 2016 Mustang will be offered with two new trim lines, the California Special and Pony Packages. Turn signal indicators will be located in the hood vents, a cue from the ’67 Mustang, and the GT convertible will be available with the Performance Package. It will include suspension adjustments, Brembo front brake calipers, 19 inch wheels, limited slip differential and aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges. And there will be stripe options galore. The 2016 GT equipped with the Black Accent Package is pictured.
Volvo has selected Berkeley County, South Carolina as the location of its first U.S. factory. The now Chinese owned auto maker will invest up to $500 million in the facility that initially will produce up to 100,000 cars per year. The plant will be located outside Charleston with the first model scheduled to roll off the assembly line in 2018. Volvo said the facility will initially employ 2,000 workers with that number increasing to 8,000 over time and contribute about $4.8 billion in total economic output on an annual basis.
GM said it will not meet its goal of a half million vehicles with some kind of electrification by the year 2017. It said sales were hurt by the low price of gasoline and more electric vehicles on the market. Yet GM said it remains juiced about electric cars such as the upcoming restyled Volt, and the all-electric Bolt concept.