Auto News for Aug. 19 Concept Car Friday!!!
It’s Friday so let’s start off with some good news. Ford will extend production of the GT for an additional two years. “While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. Ford has received more than 6,000 applications for the first 500 high performance GTs that will appear as 2017 and 2018 models. Ford did not disclose a final production date, but it seems fair to assume there will now be 2020 models.
Now on to “Concept Car Friday”
Cadillac took the wraps off the Escala Concept that will be displayed this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Escala Concept previews the design and technical ideas driving the next phase of Cadillac’s ongoing expansion. Officials said it is a potential addition to the Cadillac lineup. The name, by the way, is Spanish for “scale.” This is no compact and would be the largest car in the Cadillac lineup at 210 inches long. Escala uses a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, a prototype of a new system in development for future Cadillac models. It has a most interesting interior!
Not to be outdone, Acura will present the “Precision Concept” at the Pebble Beach affair that features a “supercar-like stance, performance-minded proportions and alluring design details,” the company said. It is a product of Acura’s Design Studio in California. “More than a concept, the Acura Precision Concept is the blueprint for Acura’s future styling direction and manifests our commitment to delivering Precision Crafted Performance in every element of the Acura experience,” said Jon Ikea, vice president and GM of the Acura Division. A key design theme, dubbed “quantum continuum,” is seen in the seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle. The driver’s space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System controls, a floating center meter, a driver’s head-up display, a cantilevered center stack and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen. At 204 inches long it is eight inches longer than the Acura RLX.
Also at the Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Group is presenting the BMW 2002 Hommage to shine the spotlight back over its successful history with turbocharged engines. In 1973 the BMW 2002 turbo became the first series-produced vehicle in Europe to feature turbo technology. “With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s,” said Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. The company said it is a “confident statement of unadulterated driving joy” From the pictures that certainly appears to be the case.
Mercedes decided it wanted to play at Pebble Beach also so say hello to the “Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6” concept. The 2+2-seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future, Mercedes said. If you get the idea from the pictures that this too is a big car you would be right – over 18.5 feet long. Since the Olympics are still on I will mention that is nearly six meters. Like the classic Mercedes of the past, this one sports gull wing doors. And does that split rear window and boat tail style to the rear end remind you of another classic car? It is an electric with all-wheel drive with a total output of 738 horsepower, 0-62 in less than four seconds and a range of over 200 miles. If Mercedes ever decided to offer this car on the market, it certainly would keep Elon Musk awake nights!