Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette stalled, insider says

It sounds like you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. After the Bowtie Brand confirmed it would not be unveiling any new vehicles at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in January, an inside source told GM Authority that development of the new sports car has been … Continue reading “Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette stalled, insider says”

It sounds like you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette.

After the Bowtie Brand confirmed it would not be unveiling any new vehicles at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in January, an inside source told GM Authority that development of the new sports car has been held up by the decision to redesign its electrical system.

The website says the move will result in at least a six-month delay, although Chevrolet has never even officially acknowledged it is working on the car, let alone announced a date for its reveal, so any changes to the schedule are entirely internal.

Camouflaged prototypes of the car have been spotted being tested on public roads and at racetracks, however, and several patents have been applied for in relation to the vehicle, leading many to believe its public debut is imminent.

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Chevrolet has been toying with the idea of a rear- or mid-engine Corvette since the 1960s and has built several concepts that never made it into production along the way.

As for what to expect when the latest one finally appears in showrooms, speculation is that several models will be offered with a number of powertrains that include naturally-aspirated and turbocharged V8s and an all-wheel-drive hybrid setup delivering a combined 1,000 hp, which could explain the need for the electronics overhaul.

An anonymous poster to CorvetteForum.com claiming to be close to the project said the new Corvette will be offered in Manta Ray, Grand Sport and GT trim levels, which meshes with recent trademark filings by the brand. General Motors has also protected the “Corvette E-Ray” name, which could tie into a hybrid model.

Regarding the recent rumors, a GM spokesperson told Fox News that “there’s been a lot of speculation about the future of Corvette, and this is merely the latest example. As a company policy, we do not comment on potential future products.”

Chevrolet isn't the only automaker that's taken its time to bring a mid-engine sports car to fruition. The second-generation Acura NSX was in the works for a decade and fully re-engineered at least twice before the high-performance hybrid finally went on sale in 2016.

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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.

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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.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye test drive: A miraculous muscle car

Remember when 707 hp seemed like a lot?

That was way back in 2015, when Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Hellcat and its 6.2-liter supercharged V8.

It was the most powerful American production car ever. A title it held until the barely street-legal Challenger SRT Demon arrived last year with an 808 hp version of the engine that could be boosted to 840 hp with the addition of a special control module and a tank full of nutritious 100 octane fuel.

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Unlike the Hellcat, which was a runaway hit that Dodge produced as fast as the car could cover a quarter mile, the Demon was limited to just 3,300 examples, and 300 of those were destined for Canada. Suffice it to say, they were all spoken for before you could speak its name in English or French.

But the Demon’s evil spirit lives on in the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which is a 797 hp mashup of the two models that starts at $72,745 and is being offered with no production restrictions. If you want a factory-fresh car with more power today, prepare to spend 20 times as much. I’m not exaggerating.

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The Redeye’s engine gets the beefed-up pistons, larger 2.7-liter supercharger and twin fuel-pumps from the Demon’s, along with an air intake system that’s fed in part by a retro twin-snorkel hood.

The tsunami of power that comes out of it is channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission and a drivetrain that’s been enhanced with new prop and half shafts that can better handle its 707 lb-ft of torque. If you want a Hellcat with a stick, you’ll have to downgrade to the standard version, which is now rated at 717 hp.

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What the Redeye doesn’t get is the Demon’s racing-style transmission brake, or its vaunted Drag mode, which uses the computer-controlled dampers to manage weight transfer under hard acceleration from a standstill. It does have launch control, however, and a launch assist system that does its best to reduce wheel hop once you’re on the move.

The Redeye is also equipped with a line-lock feature that holds just the front brakes as you do a burnout to warm up the rear tires, which are 275 mm wide on standard cars and 305 mm with the optional $6,000 widebody package. The extra rubber on the latter is almost a necessity, especially when the surface gets slick.

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Unfortunately, that was the case when I visited the track at the Monticello Motor Club with a Redeye on a cold, rainy day that kept me from coming anywhere near confirming Dodge’s claims that it can do a 10.8-second quarter-mile and hit a top speed of 203 mph. The traction management systems impressed in the conditions, however, and it accelerated as ferociously as you’d expect once the tires hooked up. With the exhaust thundering and the supercharger screaming, it’s a singular experience in a world increasingly full of supercars powered by muffled turbocharged engines and whiny electric motors.

The 3.5-inch wider stance and the Flintstone-spec tires that go with it pay added dividends in the curves. The Redeye is supernaturally well-behaved for a 4,500-pound bruiser when you need to change direction. Clearly there’s some wizardry afoot, but what’s really surprising is how good the Redeye is on the street. Most cars with front tires this wide, like the Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 and BMW M5, constantly tug at the steering wheel as they tramline along, but the it cruises ahead straight and true like a battleship, or maybe one of the 16-inch rounds fired from one.

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Miraculously, the Redeye delivers an angelic 22 mpg on the highway, where the lighter, sleeker 789 hp Ferrari 812 Superfast only manages 16 mpg. And that’s not just according to the EPA, I witnessed the same efficiency on several occasions. It’s a different story around town, where it gets 13 mpg, or on an unrestricted Autobahn in Germany, where the Redeye could empty its 18.6-gallon fuel tank in less than 11 minutes at full-throttle.

Four years ago it was hard to believe that there’d ever be another car like the Hellcat. But now the only reason I’d tell you not to buy a Redeye, if you’re into this sort of thing, is that even in the face of so much change in the car industry, this engine is clearly immortal and there’s little doubt that Dodge will conjure up something even wilder with it soon.

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Base price: $72,745

As tested: $78,745

Type: 2-door, 5-passenger rear-wheel-drive coupe

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V8

Power: 797 hp, 707 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

MPG: 13 city/22 hwy

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

A mysterious message was flown over Ford HQ on Monday, and here’s why a superfan did it

It’s not odd to see an airplane pulling a banner with a car advertisement behind it, but what about one with message from someone who's looking to buy a car?

That’s exactly what was spotted over Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Monday as a single-engine plane circled around at lunchtime towing a sign that read: IS A FORD GT IN MY FUTURE? #GOINGFURTHER.

The note was referencing Ford's $450,000 limited edition GT supercar, which is only being sold to customers deemed worthy stewards by the automaker, based on factors that include previous Ford ownership, celebrity and social media reach. Jay Leno, Joey Logano and Tim Allen were among the first 750 buyers approved when it went on sale in 2016.

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The application process for the last 600 cars Ford will build through 2022 is currently open and Ford says it has been getting about seven bona fide requests per slot, so it’s going to take a little more than a laminated resume to stand out.

And that’s exactly what Rand Advisors CEO John Honis was thinking when he booked the flight through aerial advertising firm Airsign. The investment manager isn’t a NASCAR star or famous comedian, but he is a lifelong Ford enthusiast and the owner of a 2006 GT along with a few other collector cars that he often loans to the Saratoga Springs Auto Museum near his company’s office.

Honis was one of the original applicants, but didn’t make the cut, so he said he wanted to come up with a way to stand out this time around.

“The last page of the application gives you the opportunity to be creative” Honis told Fox News Autos. “So I started thinking about the company’s slogans like “Bold Moves,” “Is There a Ford in Your Future,” and “Go Further” and had some fun with it.

Honis said his connection to the GT goes back to the 1966 GT40 it pays homage to, which scored Ford’s first LeMans victory at the hands of Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren. One of the other cars in his collection is a McLaren Can Am racer from the era, so he's a certified fanatic.

Ford released a statement regarding the event that said it encourages applicants to submit “creative videos to support their applications instead of high-flying stunts,” but it comes across more like its attorneys fretting over liability rather than a lack of enthusiasm for Honis’ effort.

Honis didn’t say what he paid for the ad, but public rates for a similar flyover run from $1,500 to $3,000. Given the widespread attention it’s already gotten across the automotive media, his earnest desire to own a GT and the fact that used examples are already https://www.foxnews.com/auto/controversial-flipped-ford-gt-supercar-is-for-sale-againselling for over $1 million at auctions, it will have been well worth it if Ford gives him a thumbs-up.

If nothing else, it’ll be tough for one of his competitors to come up with something more ingenious before the application window closes on Dec. 7.

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Ford Mach E may be in the works, but what is it?

Ford may be shifting from Mach 1 to Mach E.

The automaker announced in January that it was working on an electric performance SUV codenamed Mach 1, but Mustang fans immediate balked at the appropriation of the classic muscle car moniker for such a different type of vehicle.

Ford later clarified that it was just “evaluating” the use of the name, and now a new trademark application indicates that it may have decided against it.

First reported by The Drive, Ford on Nov. 26 filed for trademark protection of the name Mach E for “Motor vehicles, namely, electric vehicles, passenger automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and structural parts, fittings, and badges therefor; metal license plate frames.”  That boilerplate language covers a lot of ground, but clearly includes the kind of vehicle that’s supposed to debut in 2020.

While Ford has acknowledged the public filing, it won’t confirm the intent behind it.

Ford included this rendering of what may be the hybrid Mustang in a new TV ad. (Ford)

Making this more intriguing is the fact that Ford is expected to release a hybrid version of the Mustang that year, too, and Mach E might be an even better fit for that car.

Ford also holds the trademark for the name Model E, which it fought Tesla for the rights for in 2014, and which could end up on one of the other 40 electrified vehicles it plans to introduce by 2020.

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The Dodge Charger proves you can still sell big cars, here’s why

Full-size American cars are going extinct, but a couple of dinosaurs are hanging in there.

While the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala are set to be discontinued next year in favor of SUVs, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 continue to thrive, with over 72,000 and 43,000 sold through November. This despite the fact that they are among the oldest new cars on sale today, and share a platform that dates back to 2011.

Both totals are down a little from last year, but the Charger saw a 20 percent spike in sales in November month to go with a 55 percent jump for the 300. Tim Kuniskis, who is the new Head of Jeep but used to oversee all of Fiat Chrysler’s North American passenger car brands, thinks he knows the secret to their success.

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“This is my personal opinion, this isn’t the industry opinion, it’s the Tim opinion, but the Tim opinion is that the cars that will still survive are the cars that have a very unique positioning. Performance cars and cars that have a lot of personality that aren’t commoditized and selling on price.”

The Charger is a four-door muscle car with bold styling, rear-wheel-drive and a selection of powerful engines that includes Dodge’s 717 hp Hellcat V8.

“It’s been around for a while, but we keep changing it a little bit, keep it fresh every year. But it’s going up because it’s different, it’s unique, it has a personality,” Kuniskis said.

2019 Chrysler 300S with 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine

The 300 is basically the same car in a gangster-style zoot suit, although it tops out with a 363 hp Hemi V8.

Although the future of the 300 and the Chrysler brand as a whole remains a little cloudy, Fiat Chrysler’s late CEO Sergio Marchionne said in June that a totally reengineered version of the Charger’s platform is in the works, with most analysts expecting it to arrive in 2021. His successor, Mike Manley, hasn’t yet indicated any change to that plan.

In any event, Kuniskis is hoping the same logic applies to his Alfa Romeo Giulia, with its standout Italian styling and powerful Quadrifoglio model, which is one of the fastest sports sedans on sale today.

VideoGary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

2018 Ford Mustang GT test drive: Survival of the fittest

The Mustang isn’t Ford’s best-selling car, but it will be soon.

That’s because it will be the only true car the company sells in the U.S., as the brand switches to a lineup of mostly trucks and crossovers in a couple of years.

It’s doing alright now, though. The Mustang outsells the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger here, and Ford says it’s been the best-selling sports coupe in the world since the latest generation launched three years ago.

To keep the ball rolling, Ford updated it for 2018 with mildly redesigned front and rear styling, more soft-touch trim in the cabin and an available full-digital instrument cluster. But the biggest changes are heard and felt, not seen.

(Ford)

Ford dropped the Mustang’s tried and true V6 engine, made its 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder the new base motor and gave the GT a more powerful V8. The 5.0-liter truly is one now, thanks to a switch from liners to spray-in cylinder coatings that increased its displacement from 4970 cc to 5030 cc.

A blend of port and direct fuel injection, along with a freer-flowing intake and sky-high 7,500 rpm redline help to increase output from 435 hp to 460 hp, making this the most powerful Mustang GT ever. (At least until the new Bullitt edition arrives later this year with a promised 480 hp.)

There’s a 10-speed automatic now, but a six-speed manual is still standard at the GT’s starting price of $36,090. Believe it or not, the stick accounts for more than half of GT sales these days. Either can be had with a few semi-autonomous driving assist features, including radar cruise control and pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency brakes.

Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel. (Ford)

That’s great stuff on the street, where the Mustang remains an excellent cruiser, even without the optional computer-controlled MagneRide shock absorbers that are worth their weight in gold, not to mention their $1,695 price tag.

For the track, Ford offers two Performance Package options that make it quicker in a straight line and a round curves. The first costs $3,995 and comes with wide, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on dark 19-inch wheels, a stiffer chassis and suspension with heavy duty springs, Torsen limited slip differential, Brembo front brakes, sportier stability control and anti-lock brake calibrations and a larger radiator to keep things cooler during hot lap sessions.

Ford claims one of these fitted with the 10-speed and set to its Drag Mode with launch control enabled will do 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the rest of the changes sharpen the handling without messing up the on-road ride too much. It’s a nice compromise for someone who uses their Mustang as a daily driver but likes to put it through its paces sometimes.

(Ford)

If you prefer doing the latter most of the time, you’ll want to check the box for the Performance Package 2, which costs $6,500, but is mandatorily bundled with another $2,000 package of comfort and entertainment features. It steps things up with foot-wide Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, standard MagneRide shocks, more extreme tuning across the board, and a jutting chin splitter that produces downforce to squeeze the front tires into the tarmac and can take out someone’s ankles if you’re not careful with it. The only caveat is that you can only order the PP2 on GTs with manual transmissions. Sorry, lazy boys and girls.

(Ford)

Mustang Vehicle Engineering Manager Tom Barnes says the goal was to create a car that felt really alive. The kind of car that a track rat looking for the best handling might build for themselves, but with the bonus of factory integration and tuning for all of the modifications.

The incredibly responsive steering is the first thing you notice as those huge contact patches go to work, but the overall grip is monumental. During a couple of laps around a short circuit at the Monticello Motor Club, the PP2 felt right at home. It requires a recalibration of your expectations of what a Mustang GT should be able to do before you start getting anywhere close to the most out of it.

Unfortunately for me, it was a rainy, and those nearly slick steamroller tires turn into skates on anything resembling a puddle, so my time flying in it was limited. You have to tread lightly when things get wet. On public roads, the front tires keep your hands busy as they chase ruts and ridges in the pavement, too. Otherwise, a PP2 GT remains a very comfortable car. I drove one equipped with a set of racy and very huggy Recaro seats two hours from the office to the track and would happily do it again.

In fact, I did just that in the other direction at the end of the day.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT W/PP2

Base price: $44,590

Type: 4-passenger 2-door rear-wheel-drive coupe

Engine: 5.0L V8

Power: 460 hp, 420 lb-ft

Transmission: 6-speed manual

MPG: 15 city/25 hwy

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

L.A. Auto Show: The 2020 Lincoln Aviator can fly…down the road

The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator may have a name from the history books, but it’s the most powerful and technologically-advanced vehicle the brand has ever made.

The three-row SUV is being offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain comprised of a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, a 10-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor between them that’s aimed more at performance than efficiency, but delivers a bit of both.

Aviator chief engineer John Davis said that the combined output will be at least 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, which would make it more potent than Lincoln’s top of the line Navigator SUV.

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The Aviator can travel some distance in all-electric mode, but Lincoln isn’t bragging about the range yet, so I don’t expect it to be very far. Figure between 20 and 30 miles. Davis said that even if you don’t plug it in to recharge it, it should always have enough electricity in reserve to deliver full power in short bursts.

Standard Aviator models come without the hybrid bits, but still have 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which sounds more than adequate. Unlike Lincoln’s other front or all-wheel drive crossover SUVs — the Nautilus and MKC — the larger Aviator is built on a rear or all-wheel-drive platform, in the vein of its luxury competitors. This improves both handling and towing capability, according to Davis, and let the designers give it a long, stylish hood.

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The Aviator will be offered with an air suspension system that can adjust its ride height, and active dampers tied to a camera that monitors the road in front of the vehicle and prepares the stiffness of the shocks to match what’s coming up ahead.

Additional sensors will allow the Aviator to automatically brake for obstacles, or apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel to help guide the driver around them if evasive action is taken. It can also steer itself into a parking space, shifting from drive to reverse as needed while the driver simply holds down a button.

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Inside, the Aviator has a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system display, a fully digital instrument cluster, real wood and metal trim, high-tier leather upholstery, available massaging 30-way adjustable front seats and an optional surround sound system with 28 speakers.

You can use a new technology Lincoln calls "phone as key" to use your smartphone to enter and start the vehicle without carrying a fob. Keys can be given to friends or family members, and there’s a number pad by the door instead that can be used with a code if a phone goes dead when you’re on the road. It uses a Bluetooth connection that only works in close proximity to the vehicle, which reduces the threat of the signal being intercepted by thieves.

Aviator pricing has not been announced, but will likely start above the aging $50,000 MKT when it pulls into showrooms in the middle of next year.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

2018 Ford Mustang GT test drive: Survival of the fittest

The Mustang isn’t Ford’s best-selling car, but it will be soon.

That’s because it will be the only true car the company sells in the U.S., as the brand switches to a lineup of mostly trucks and crossovers in a couple of years.

It’s doing alright now, though. The Mustang outsells the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger here, and Ford says it’s been the best-selling sports coupe in the world since the latest generation launched three years ago.

To keep the ball rolling, Ford updated it for 2018 with mildly redesigned front and rear styling, more soft-touch trim in the cabin and an available full-digital instrument cluster. But the biggest changes are heard and felt, not seen.

(Ford)

Ford dropped the Mustang’s tried and true V6 engine, made its 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder the new base motor and gave the GT a more powerful V8. The 5.0-liter truly is one now, thanks to a switch from liners to spray-in cylinder coatings that increased its displacement from 4970 cc to 5030 cc.

A blend of port and direct fuel injection, along with a freer-flowing intake and sky-high 7,500 rpm redline help to increase output from 435 hp to 460 hp, making this the most powerful Mustang GT ever. (At least until the new Bullitt edition arrives later this year with a promised 480 hp.)

There’s a 10-speed automatic now, but a six-speed manual is still standard at the GT’s starting price of $36,090. Believe it or not, the stick accounts for more than half of GT sales these days. Either can be had with a few semi-autonomous driving assist features, including radar cruise control and pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency brakes.

Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel. (Ford)

That’s great stuff on the street, where the Mustang remains an excellent cruiser, even without the optional computer-controlled MagneRide shock absorbers that are worth their weight in gold, not to mention their $1,695 price tag.

For the track, Ford offers two Performance Package options that make it quicker in a straight line and a round curves. The first costs $3,995 and comes with wide, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on dark 19-inch wheels, a stiffer chassis and suspension with heavy duty springs, Torsen limited slip differential, Brembo front brakes, sportier stability control and anti-lock brake calibrations and a larger radiator to keep things cooler during hot lap sessions.

Ford claims one of these fitted with the 10-speed and set to its Drag Mode with launch control enabled will do 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the rest of the changes sharpen the handling without messing up the on-road ride too much. It’s a nice compromise for someone who uses their Mustang as a daily driver but likes to put it through its paces sometimes.

(Ford)

If you prefer doing the latter most of the time, you’ll want to check the box for the Performance Package 2, which costs $6,500, but is mandatorily bundled with another $2,000 package of comfort and entertainment features. It steps things up with foot-wide Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, standard MagneRide shocks, more extreme tuning across the board, and a jutting chin splitter that produces downforce to squeeze the front tires into the tarmac and can take out someone’s ankles if you’re not careful with it. The only caveat is that you can only order the PP2 on GTs with manual transmissions. Sorry, lazy boys and girls.

(Ford)

Mustang Vehicle Engineering Manager Tom Barnes says the goal was to create a car that felt really alive. The kind of car that a track rat looking for the best handling might build for themselves, but with the bonus of factory integration and tuning for all of the modifications.

The incredibly responsive steering is the first thing you notice as those huge contact patches go to work, but the overall grip is monumental. During a couple of laps around a short circuit at the Monticello Motor Club, the PP2 felt right at home. It requires a recalibration of your expectations of what a Mustang GT should be able to do before you start getting anywhere close to the most out of it.

Unfortunately for me, it was a rainy, and those nearly slick steamroller tires turn into skates on anything resembling a puddle, so my time flying in it was limited. You have to tread lightly when things get wet. On public roads, the front tires keep your hands busy as they chase ruts and ridges in the pavement, too. Otherwise, a PP2 GT remains a very comfortable car. I drove one equipped with a set of racy and very huggy Recaro seats two hours from the office to the track and would happily do it again.

In fact, I did just that in the other direction at the end of the day.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT W/PP2

Base price: $44,590

Type: 4-passenger 2-door rear-wheel-drive coupe

Engine: 5.0L V8

Power: 460 hp, 420 lb-ft

Transmission: 6-speed manual

MPG: 15 city/25 hwy

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor.

Parking attendants trashed my $347K Ferrari: lawsuit

They turned his sweet ride sour.

A Manhattan man dropped his sparkling $347,000 Ferrari off at a Tribeca parking garage only to pick it up four hours later and find its door bashed in and side-view mirror missing.

The bill to repair the striking blue 458 Spider? $19,500.

“I have no idea what really happened,” said car owner Mark Rosen, 70, a legal executive recruiter.

While he doubts the parking attendants pulled a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”-type joyride — where the valets take a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spider for a bottom-scraping spin through the streets of Chicago — Rosen wonders just how so much damage could have occurred.

“You’re driving a car five miles per hour in a garage, it’s almost impossible to do that unless you’re really, really careless,” he said.

The garage workers have refused to show him where and how it happened, he said.

Rosen is now suing City Parking LLC, which is on the ground floor of his 56 Leonard St. building, alleging it initially agreed to foot the bill for the damage, until they realized how much it would cost.

“ ‘This is the reason we don’t want cars like yours in the garage,’ ” a City Parking manager allegedly told Rosen as the incident unfolded.

“This is one of the most expensive, exclusive buildings in the city — what are people supposed to drive, Chevrolets?” Rosen fumed.

He’d lived there for just a few months when the August incident occurred, and had already paid the $800 monthly fee for a parking spot and more than $3,000 in tips.

The damage caused the value of his 2015 Ferrari, which had just 7,000 miles on it, to plummet by $140,000, the suit claims. Rosen sold the repaired vehicle via a dealer, who gave Rosen a $207,000 credit for the car.

“The car was in mint condition” before, he said. “They smashed the entire side passenger door, ruined the door, and the entire passenger side mirror had to be replaced. … Any of these cars get into an accident, the value goes through the floor.”

The luxury car aficionado has had four Ferraris and two Bentleys over the years. “This never should have happened,” he said.

City Parking did not return messages.

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK POST