2022 GR86 skims under $29K, 700-hp Silverado in Trans Am garb, world’s fastest Lego car

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2022 Toyota GR86 skims under $29K

Intake: Toyota announced that the 2022 GR86 has a starting MSRP of $27,700. With an estimated destination cost of $1025—Toyota hasn’t announced the actual figure yet— it should actually cost you around $28,725, almost dead-even with its twin, the 228-hp Subaru BRZ, which stickers for $28,625 with destination. The GR86, which boasts four more ponies from its 2.4-liter flat-four, comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch wheels with Michelin Primacy HP tires, and six-way-adjustable black G-embossed fabric seats (G for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s racing division and the source of the “GR” in the coupe’s name). The GR86 Premium, which includes leather seats and 18-inch rims, starts at $30,300, again without destination. Both configurations are expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships this December.

Exhaust: The improved sports car seems to have addressed critics’ complaints about a lack of torque and comes with just about everything an enthusiast would want in a tidy package, all for just a 2 percent increase in price over the 2020 model. We hope these fly off Toyota and Subaru’s lots—the companies’ investment in delivering a fun driver’s car at such an affordable price should be rewarded.

700-hp Silverado concept dons Trans Am costume

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Intake: A wild, customized Silverado built by Saleen Automotive and Legendary Concepts that’s set to debut at next week’s SEMA show takes design inspiration from one of our favorite Trans Ams. The crew-cab Silverado RST has been lowered and given flared fenders and bedsides along with a new fascia and rocker-panel extensions. Its 5.3-liter V-8 is topped by a Magnusson supercharger and it exhales through Magnaflow mufflers for a grand total of 700 horsepower. The custom wheels remind us a bit of Pontiac snowflakes, and there’s a decidedly screaming-chicken-like gold hood graphic.

Exhaust: While the looks are a bit extreme, there are an awful lot of plain, crew-cab Silverados out there, so we’re all for spicing them up. Even if the new aggressive fascia isn’t for you, you might be swayed if you got behind the wheel of a 700-hp pickup. We’ll be seeing this thing in the flesh when SEMA opens on November 2. 

Illinois family replicates Ferrari for son’s amazing Ferris Bueller costume


Intake: Tony and Deanna Alfano wanted to make their son’s Halloween costume extra special, so they came up with an elaborate idea that made him a star—or at least put him in a starring role. The Illinois family recreated the 1961 Ferrari GT California from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and included details like the mileage (3162) and the car’s NRVOUS license plate. And they didn’t stop there. Using mannequins, they put Ferris and his girlfriend, Sloan, up front, and then they dressed their son—who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair—as Cameron and placed him in back. According to ABC Chicago, the Alfanos began working on the project in August. Deanna Alfano says the public’s reaction has been overwhelming: “All these people here is what makes it so exciting for us and so exciting for him.” Tony Alfano added, “This is a perfect day, perfect thing for him; it makes me feel like (we’re) doing something right.”

Exhaust: Add us to the list of people who are impressed not only with the huge hearts of Tony and Deanna Alfano, but their amazing talent as well. We’ve seen our share of tribute cars—hey, the Ferrari in the movie was even a replica of a real GT California—but the most impressive thing about this story is how loved the Alfanos’ son must feel. Bravo.

The next Pagani will save the manuals—and is already sold out

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Intake: Pagani hasn’t publicly revealed the successor to its Huayra hypercar yet, but that hasn’t prevented the Italian marque from selling out. Codenamed C10, the car is expected to make its debut in 2022 and all 300 build slots have already been taken. In an interview with Quattrouote Horacio Pagani revealed that the new car will come in two versions. The first will feature a twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG six-liter V-12 engine with a choice of manual or sequential automatic transmissions, while a fully-electric derivative will also be available. Pagani is focused on keeping the car’s weight down, so says there’s no need to chase the highest horsepower numbers and neither model will go beyond 900 hp. Top speed will also be capped at 217 mph.

Exhaust: We’re delighted to see that Horacio Pagani has joined the “save the manuals” movement and will re-introduce a stick shift for the C10, and that he’s also concentrating efforts on keeping the car as light as possible rather than on headline-grabbing power. “Look at Gordon Murray’s T.50: it sold out even though it only has 650 hp. It is very light, has a manual gearbox, and a V-12 that runs very high. You don’t need 2000 CVs to thrill the driver,” he says in the interview.

This is the world’s fast Lego car

Intake: A model motor manufacturer from Slovenia says it’s built the fastest app-controlled Lego car in the world. The 1:8-scale mean machine is a replica of the Spania GTA Spano, but instead of V-10 power it has 15 electric motors. At 22.6 mph, the little Lego car, assembled from scratch by BuWizz, doesn’t sound that quick, but remember how small it is: That equates to a scale speed of 180 mph, which is almost as rapid as the real thing. If you want to know more about this brick build, BuWizz has filmed an hour-long documentary that answers every question.

Exhaust: This is model behavior at its best. The BuWizz boffins not only recreated the GTA Spano in Lego from the company’s original CAD data, they then managed to almost match its performance (in scale speed, at least). Unfortunately this model isn’t available from Lego, but hopefully its creators have submitted it to the Lego Ideas site.

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