Report: Camaro to spawn crossover, IMSA packs out Daytona, LEGO’s furiously fun Skyline
Report: Escalade, Camaro to be GM’s next “brands”
Intake: As rumors swirl about the Corvette name growing into a sub-brand for General Motors, it appears that the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevy Camaro may also get the same treatment. Citing sources inside GM, Car and Driver reports that a smaller, three-row SUV could take shape as a mini-Escalade, geared for competition against Porsche’s upcoming three-row SUV, codenamed K1. There’s also a chance of “a more carlike modern-luxury segment-fusing Escalade” which sounds like an off-road flavored wagon à la Porsche’s Taycan Cross Turismo. Meanwhile, the Camaro name could grace an all-electric 2+2-seater coupe and its convertible variant, as well as a sporty crossover. There’s also the possibility of a mid-priced flagship sports car that would share some content with the battery-electric C9 Corvette.
Exhaust: Cadillac has struggled for decades define its brand, with the Escalade the only model that’s kept its prestige fresh, generation to generation. Growing a name that strong into a sub-brand makes sense, if we’re thinking only with our corporate bean-counter brains. Blame Ford and (the very successful) Mustang Mach-E SUV for putting the Camaro idea into GM’s head.— Nathan Petroelje
Group B is back as German firm recreates short-wheelbase Audi Sport Quattro
Intake: Germany’s LCE High Performance has brought back the ’80s rally legend Audi Sport Quattro. The company offers a range of six different specifications, from a road-legal 220-hp version all the way to a 750-hp Pikes Peak replica. Road-biased cars use the running gear from the later Audi S2, utilizing its axles, differential, brakes, interior, and its 2.2-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission. A 350-hp tune is also available, while a 2.5-liter, 20-valve motor can be dropped in to boost power to 450 hp. That 20-valve motor goes alongside a six-speed transmission and more powerful Brembo brakes from a Porsche 996 GT3 RS. The entry-level Variant 1 uses a Kevlar body, but the rest employ carbon fiber to reduce weight. The king of the hill Pikes Peak edition gets custom KW suspension, a full roll cage, Brembo brakes, Speedline wheels and a KKK turbo to boost power to a sky-high 750 hp. Prices start from around $147,000.
Exhaust: Only 214 SWB Sport Quattros were made between 1985 and 1987, signing off on Audi’s World Rally dominance which began in 1981. Should you find one for sale, it will likely set you back $500,000, so LCE’s pricing looks quite keen for what would be the most awesome Audi on any (Ken) block.—Nik Berg
With a maxed out field, IMSA might have to turn away Rolex 24 at Daytona entries
Intake: The Rolex 24 at Daytona, IMSA’s season-opening race, has so many entries that some will be turned away, said IMSA President John Doonan. Sportscar365.com reports that IMSA will be forced to use a reserve list for entries to see who gets in and who doesn’t. The problem, Doonan said: “Obviously the challenge is that we can only fit so many in the garages and on pit lane. We showed that 61 is possible last year and have been very sensitive about people’s experience in making sure we’re not putting them in too tight of quarters.” By comparison, NASCAR caps the field at 43 for the Daytona 500. The selection process is expected to favor entries that are full-season competitors.
Exhaust: Having such interest in the Rolex 24 is a good problem to have, Doonan said. “I think it’s a wonderful statement for the OEMs that have customer car programs that there’s that many people who want to compete. That’s the positive.” The negative, obviously, is having to send some teams home. – Steven Cole Smith
Lego rolls out 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R
Intake: So many cars, so many Legos. The latest edition in the toymaker’s seemingly endless stream of build-it-yourself automobiles will hit the market in 2023: the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) from the 2 Fast 2 Furious movie. The highly detailed Lego Speed Champions car comes with a Brian O’Conner minifigure, providing the perfect tag-team partner to Dom’s Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. The blue-and-gray GT-R from the 2003 film wears a Toyo Tires badge and Florida license plate. Lego has not released complete details, but other cars in the Speed Champions set include 300–500 pieces and retail for $20–$40.
Exhaust: Lego’s latest replica toy car may not be immediately familiar to kids of a certain age, but their movie-watching parents will dig it. It seems there’s nothing beyond imagination when it comes to the iconic plastic building blocks, including a working life-size Bugatti Chiron. — Jeff Peek
Add pep to your Polestar for $1195
Intake: Polestar 2 owners can unleash an extra 68 hp by paying a one-off unlock fee. Buyers of the dual-motor, long-range version can opt to pay $1,195 to see power boosted to 476 hp from the standard 408, and a torque increase from 487 lb-ft to 502 lb-ft. The added electric oomph shortens the car’s 0–60 mph time from 4.5 seconds to 4.2 and cuts its 50–75 mph acceleration from 2.7 seconds to 2.2. What’s more, the upgrade can be done over the air, so there’s no need to visit a dealer, just buy online instead.
Exhaust: Offering software updates to boost performance after purchase is the new “mats and flaps”—a way to cash in on customers after they’ve paid. On the plus side, unlike Mercedes-Benz recent offering for the EQE and EQS, Polestar is sticking to a single fee and not a subscription, and they don’t seem to be charging an annual fee for heated seats, either, like BMW. — NB