Retro-electric 1967 Ford Mustang revealed in Russia

The folks at Ford are working on an electrified Mustang, but the Russians may beat them to it. A startup based outside of Moscow called Aviar Motors is now taking orders for a battery-powered muscle car that looks just like a 1967 ‘Stang. The company claims it will have 840 hp and all-wheel-drive, allowing it … Continue reading “Retro-electric 1967 Ford Mustang revealed in Russia”

The folks at Ford are working on an electrified Mustang, but the Russians may beat them to it.

A startup based outside of Moscow called Aviar Motors is now taking orders for a battery-powered muscle car that looks just like a 1967 ‘Stang.

The company claims it will have 840 hp and all-wheel-drive, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.2 seconds as speakers mounted on the otherwise silent sports car replicate the sounds of a classic Shelby GT500.

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A top speed of 155 mph and a range of over 300 miles per charge of its 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack are promised, along with some level of self-driving capability that Aviar calls Autopilot, just like Tesla does. There’s also has an extendable rear spoiler and an adjustable air suspension to improve ride and handling.

The two-seat interior features a more modern design with a huge touchscreen display that looks a lot like the one in a Tesla Model S, but tucked between two dashboard brows that mimic the authentic Mustang’s signature style.

(Aviar)

Come to think of it, the R67’s pop-out door handles are the same shape as the Tesla’s, which is available with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Hmm.

As far as the price is concerned, Aviar has not yet responded to a request from Fox News Autos for more information, so you’ll have to make them an offer if you’re interested.

Or maybe you can just buy a Model S and a Dynacorn 1967 Mustang Fastback reproduction body shell and build one yourself.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Brand-new classic Ford Broncos now on sale

In about a year you’ll be able to buy a new Ford Bronco that’s inspired by the original. But if you can’t wait that long, you can by an original Bronco that’s brand new right now.

Gateway Bronco of Hamel, Ill., which started out as a restoration shop specializing in the classic SUVs just over two years ago, has been granted the first license from Ford to build ground-up recreations of the 1966 to 1977-era Bronco.

This allows it to manufacture vehicles with all-new frames and bodies and sell them with Ford Bronco branding, although you’ll find that they are a little different from the classics under the skin.

As it does with its resto-mods, which it will continue to sell, Gateway updates the suspensions, brakes and engines, using either a 347 cubic-inch “stroker” V8 or a 5.0-liter Coyote from the current F-150.

Several models are offered that run from the $95,000 Fuelie to the $180,000 Modern Day Warrior, which is equipped with the six-speed transmission and rear suspension from a Ford F-150 Raptor.

(Gateway Bronco)

They’re also equipped with a noise and vibration reduction system engineered by Gateway and can be trimmed in high-end woods, leathers or pretty much anything the customer requests.

Founder and CEO Seth Burgett told Fox News Autos that a $250,000 model is being added to the mix that comes with either a Shelby supercharger or a Gateway-designed twin-turbocharger, along with other performance upgrades that include a Borla exhaust and Brembo brakes.

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They won’t be the only old-school Broncos modified with Shelby parts. Back in 2016, Burgett bought the first Bronco that was ever made, which was originally owned by Carroll Shelby himself, who wasted no time swapping a Mustang Hi-Po 289 V8 into it.

Caroll Shelby modified the first Ford Bronco, just as many owners that followed did. (Gateway Bronco)

The agreement with Ford is aimed at taking advantage of a new law that allows for low volume vehicle manufacturers to build 325 cars annually that qualify for a federal vehicle identification number without having to meet current safety standards, as long as they are a licensed replica of a vehicle that is at least 25 years old.

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However, while the legislation was passed in 2015, the final regulations have yet to be written and put into effect. In the meantime, Broncos can be built to state-by-state regulations that cover custom car registration.

And Gateway is ready to build them. It already does its restorations using an assembly line process that has turned out over 40 trucks so far, and Burgett said it is being expanded to handle 50 annually as production of the all-new trucks ramps up.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Special edition Nissan GT-R50 sports car looks like a million bucks…literally

The current Nissan GT-R has been on sale for a decade now, but is still one of the quickest and best handling cars in the world.

That’s why it has a starting price of $99,990, with top of the line models going for $1.1 million.

That second number isn’t a misprint, although it is a little misleading. Nissan has teamed up with Italian styling house Italdesign to build 50 special-edition cars to celebrate the GT-R’s 50th anniversary.

(Nissan)

The cars are based on a special 710 hp version of the highest performance GT-R NISMO that also gets a retuned suspension and longer, wider custom bodywork with a dramatic grille surround, swept-back headlights and an adjustable rear wing.

(The aging Nissan GT-R can still hang with supercars for a starting price of $99,990.)

Inside, the standard GT-R interior is trimmed with carbon fiber and Alcantara upholstery, but otherwise remains largely stock.

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Dec. 7, 2018) – Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R – and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle limited run.

The GT-R has always been an acquired taste, but it has a rabid fan base among high-end performance car collectors and this edition is meant to tide them over until a true all-new GT-R debuts.

One is still a few years away. It will likely be electrified, but to what extent has not been determined. However, Nissan chief designer Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar earlier this year that it will retain the GT-R’s signature “brick” style “the fastest super sports car in the world,” likely referring to its time around a road-racing track rather than top speed.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Dubai’s wild new police truck can I.D. pedestrians with facial recognition tech

The Dubai Police Force is famous for the fleet of flashy high-performance supercars it uses for community outreach, but now it is adding trucks equipped with some serious crime-fighting technology.

(W Motors)

The Ghiath was created by homegrown hypercar maker W Motors, which redesigned a Chevy Tahoe with the brand’s signature, aggressive look.

(W Motors)

Along with a stylish bull bar and all of the emergency lighting you’d expect, the SUV features an array of automatic license plate readers and a facial recognition camera mounted on a mast that extends through the roof.

(W Motors)

The camera can track pedestrians around the vehicle and identify anyone who’s been tagged by connecting to a database at the central command center.

(W Motors)

W Motors has not revealed if the Tahoe’s powertrain has been updated, but considering some of the company’s cars have over 800 horsepower, it’s a safe bet the Ghiath has a little something extra under the hood.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Trump, GM awkwardly silent on new Cadillac presidential limousine

With its recently announced U.S. plant closures and layoffs, General Motors isn’t exactly on President Trump’s good side these days. Which makes things a little awkward, because he just got one of its latest models.

You might not know that, though, because the all-new presidential limousine hasn’t generated any fanfare – from either side of the strained relationship.

The replacement for the famous Obama-era Cadillac “Beast” first appeared in New York on Sept. 23, when it picked Trump up at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and took him to Trump Tower, ahead of his appearance at the U.N. General Assembly.

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The heavily armored car is the result of a four-year, $15.8 million GM project, and is one of the most high-tech vehicles in the world. The contract reportedly covers a fleet of about a dozen identical vehicles.

But neither Cadillac nor the White House heralded its arrival. Aside from a response to a Fox News question posted to the private Twitter account of GM’s head of product planning and Cadillac, Mark Reuss, said “Very proud of our team. #America #Cadillac,” there hasn’t been a peep from the automaker. And its deployment was only tacitly announced in a U.S. Secret Service post.

Even the Tweeter in Chief, who once commissioned a line of “Trump Edition” Cadillac limousines, hasn’t typed a character about it – even as he has used the platform to berate GM for its recent business decisions.

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This is in stark contrast to 2009, when the first-generation Beast was unveiled ahead of its formal debut at Obama’s inauguration with a lengthy press release, accompanied by official photos from GM.

The "Beast" made its public debut on Obama’s innauguration day. (Cadillac)

“As Americans celebrate the inauguration of a new president of the United States next week, another new Cadillac will grace Pennsylvania Avenue to lead the proceedings. President Barack Obama will ride in an all-new Cadillac Presidential Limousine, continuing a long tradition of Cadillac limousines that have served many U.S. presidents,” it read.

“Cadillac is honored to again provide a new Presidential Limousine,” wrote then-Cadillac boss Mark McNabb. “This is a great American tradition that we’re delighted to renew with an all-new car featuring the best of Cadillac’s dramatic design and technology.”

A Cadillac spokesman confirmed the company won’t be putting out similar announcements this time around.

“We are not able to comment. This is all done through the Secret Service,” he said.

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But while the technical details of the limousine are top secret, there are no regulations that prevent Cadillac from touting its involvement – as it did the last time. So why isn’t it taking greater advantage?

“The difference between Obama and Trump is the difference between day and night. Generally speaking, being associated with Prez Obama was almost always positive. Being associated with Trump is risky biz,” Michael Bernacci, a marketing professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, wrote in an email.

Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, agreed.

“I'm actually not at all surprised that GM is keeping a low profile this time,” he said. “Making a big deal about it runs the risk of a backlash from either or both sides of the political spectrum.”

Things are very different over in Russia, where President Putin has been going out of his way to promote his new Aurus limousine, even taking it for a spin himself on a Formula One track.

It’s the flagship of a new brand of luxury vehicles developed by the Russian government for use by officials and sold commercially, possibly to other heads of state.

(Reuters)

Trump’s limo is exclusively for use by the executive branch – and isn’t even based on a retail Cadillac model. While it’s been designed to like a sedan, it’s built on a truck chassis and uses the headlights from a Cadillac Escalade. That was also true of the 2009 edition.

“I don't think that there is much of a product halo to be gained from this particular vehicle, since it really doesn't share anything with any production Cadillac,” Abuelsamid said.

Cadillac's U.S. sales are flat this year, and it will be eliminating three of the four existing sedan models by the end of 2019. That would leave it with just one in showrooms,  in a lineup of SUVs. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this report.

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Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Someone built a Delorean that can ‘fly’ and it’s for sale

There’s a flying DeLorean for sale on Ebay and you can actually use it to help Marty McFly.

Well, it’s technically a hovercraft that looks like a DeLorean, and Marty McFly still isn’t real, but 10 percent of the selling price has been pledged by the owner to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

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The vehicle isn’t a converted DeLorean, but its body has been designed from Styrofoam and fiberglass to look like one, but the seaworthy craft does have functional gullwing doors. It rides on top of a conventional hovercraft chassis that uses two engines to power a 24-inch fan for lift and a 36-inch fan for thrust.

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It won’t hit 88 mph and doesn’t have a flux capacitor, but the seller says it can do 31 mph on smooth water. It originally had a transparent skirt for the full levitating effect, but it was recently swapped out for a stronger one that’s only translucent.

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The vehicle is located in San Francisco and listed at $45,000. That price comes with a lesson on how to operate the unique creation, but unfortunately it’s not with Doc Brown.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Someone built a Delorean that can ‘fly’ and it’s for sale

There’s a flying DeLorean for sale on Ebay and you can actually use it to help Marty McFly.

Well, it’s technically a hovercraft that looks like a DeLorean, and Marty McFly still isn’t real, but 10 percent of the selling price has been pledged by the owner to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

(norcore707)

The vehicle isn’t a converted DeLorean, but its body has been designed from Styrofoam and fiberglass to look like one, but the seaworthy craft does have functional gullwing doors. It rides on top of a conventional hovercraft chassis that uses two engines to power a 24-inch fan for lift and a 36-inch fan for thrust.

(norcore707)

It won’t hit 88 mph and doesn’t have a flux capacitor, but the seller says it can do 31 mph on smooth water. It originally had a transparent skirt for the full levitating effect, but it was recently swapped out for a stronger one that’s only translucent.

(norcore707)

The vehicle is located in San Francisco and listed at $45,000. That price comes with a lesson on how to operate the unique creation, but unfortunately it’s not with Doc Brown.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Someone built a Delorean that can ‘fly’ and it’s for sale

There’s a flying DeLorean for sale on Ebay and you can actually use it to help Marty McFly.

Well, it’s technically a hovercraft that looks like a DeLorean, and Marty McFly still isn’t real, but 10 percent of the selling price has been pledged by the owner to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

(norcore707)

The vehicle isn’t a converted DeLorean, but its body has been designed from Styrofoam and fiberglass to look like one, but the seaworthy craft does have functional gullwing doors. It rides on top of a conventional hovercraft chassis that uses two engines to power a 24-inch fan for lift and a 36-inch fan for thrust.

(norcore707)

It won’t hit 88 mph and doesn’t have a flux capacitor, but the seller says it can do 31 mph on smooth water. It originally had a transparent skirt for the full levitating effect, but it was recently swapped out for a stronger one that’s only translucent.

(norcore707)

The vehicle is located in San Francisco and listed at $45,000. That price comes with a lesson on how to operate the unique creation, but unfortunately it’s not with Doc Brown.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.