Auto News for April 6 – Performance Thursday!

 

 Audi said its 2018 R8 V10 + will be the first in its lineup to feature laser light technology. It will be a blue light active at speeds of 40 mph or above when conditions permit and supplement the LED high beam and “greatly” enhance visibility for the driver, Audi said.

 The R8 V10 + will start at $194,400 minus transportation.

 On April 12 at the New York Auto Show, the winner of the World Car of the Year awards will be announced. For the first time, three crossovers monopolize all Top 3 sports for the overall World Car of the Year award. Here are the finalists:

 2017 World Car of the Year: Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and VW Tiguan

 2017 World Luxury Car: BMW 5 Series, Mercedes- Benz E-Class and the Volvo S90 / V90

 2017 World Performance Car: Audi R8 Spyder, McLaren 570S, and Porsche Boxster / Cayman

 2017 World Green Car: Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model X, and Toyota Prius Prime

 2017 World Urban Car: BMW i3, Citroen C3, and Suzuki Ignis.

 2017 World Car Design of the Year: Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes Benz S-Class Cabriolet, and Toyota C-HR

 The World Urban Car is a new category this year. Journalist from 23 countries do the voting.

 Chevrolet is adding a performance package to its full size SUV lineup this fall to be called the Tahoe RST and the Suburban RST, or Rally Street Truck. You will be able to identify one by the lack of chrome but what might really catch the attention of potential buyers is the availability of the 6.2 liter, 420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft of torque engine in the Tahoe RST. It will be attached to Chevy’s new 10 speed automatic. A performance package includes Magnetic Ride Control suspension calibrated for a performance vehicle.

 Not to be outdone, Jeep will announce a high performance version of the Grand Cherokee at the NYC show. It will boast the 700 horsepower Hellcat V8. Acceleration should be brisk.

 

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