First generation of Formula E race cars up for sale – Autoblog

Formula E is getting ready to launch its second generation of battery-powered race cars for the 2019 circuit, so owners are making the first 40 electric race cars available for purchase.

Bloomberg reports the cars, some of which presumably raced all four seasons, will fetch between $200,000 and $289,000. Formula E paid about 16 million euros ($18.4 million) for the 40 cars — or $460,000 apiece, meaning they’re roughly half-off the original price. They were leased to the teams, some of which are apparently interested in purchasing them back. Formula E isn’t officially marketing the cars but is using word of mouth. Also, every car has an identical chassis and battery, so their individual value may be pegged to things like victories, sentiment and other factors.

Since they were introduced, battery technology has improved enough that the next generation will be able to do a 45-minute

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2020 Cadillac CT5 loses the fake scoop – Autoblog

Well folks, the inevitable has happened. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sports sedan prototype has shed its hood scoop. Yes, we’re as disappointed as you are that instead of being outrageous and brash, Cadillac is still going to try to be classy, understated and luxurious when it comes to its mainline models. And yes, we’re being sarcastic here … but there’s a part of us that would kind of like to see the scoop survive.

Anyway, the good news is that the scoop is only one of a few bits of fake bodywork and camouflage that the CT5 has shed. As such, we get our best look yet at the new Cadillac sedan, and it looks pretty good. The grille is very wide and not nearly as tall as the prominent prows of current Cadillacs. It actually doesn’t even look as tall as the grille of ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/07/2020-cadillac-ct5-spy-shots-hood-scoop/

GM offering factory-backed extended warranty for Chevys, GMCs, Buicks and Cadillacs – Autoblog

Cars are generally more reliable than ever before. When things do go wrong, every automaker offers some form of factory warranty (in most cases at least three years and 36,000 miles, though many extend even longer), providing peace of mind to new-car buyers that many faults will be fixed at no charge to the customer. Starting today, GM is offering a new optional plan that will extend the factory warranty on all new Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac products.

In the past, extended warranties have been offered as dealer add-ons, with all profits from these sales going to the dealership. GM’s new program can be viewed as another nail in the the looming dealership-model coffin. According to Automotive News, some dealers aren’t happy to see GM cut into their

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Cadillac cancels its car subscription program after just two years – Autoblog

Cadillac is cancelling its Book by Cadillac subscription service, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal and confirmed to Autoblog by a Cadillac spokesperson. The $1,800 a month service has been in operation since early last year.

The Cadillac spokesperson told us this: “Following nearly two years of service, Cadillac will temporarily pause the Book by Cadillac program effective December 1, 2018.” This moves comes not too long after the decision to leave its New York City headquarters and return to Michigan.

While Cadillac claims the disruption of service will be temporary, there’s no defined plan to start the program back up again. The reason for the cancellation? The service ended up being more costly than Cadillac expected it to be. Owners will have 30 days from the time they’re notified to turn their vehicles in. If this subscription service was your only transportation, then you

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2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV quick spin review

When the Cadillac Escalade debuted 20 years ago, car-based crossovers were just getting their start. The Escalade was and still is basically a Chevy Tahoe with new styling and a nicer interior. That’s especially true today, as our test car has an interior that looks like it was lifted straight from a Cadillac CTS rather than a Chevy Silverado. Crossovers may be more comfortable and fuel efficient, but they can’t hold a candle to towing and payload capabilities of a body-on-frame SUV. If you need to haul seven people and a full-size Airstream in quiet comfort, few options are better than the Escalade.

This week, our tester was a long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. That means substantially more room both behind the third row and with the seats folded. The Premium Luxury trim sits in the middle

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2020 Cadillac CT5 prototype shows off more lighting details – Autoblog

The elusive 2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sports sedan has once again been spotted by a spy photographer. This time, we get to see it from all angles, whereas last time we only saw it from the front. It still has quite a bit of fake body work, and it’s very clear Cadillac still hopes you’ll think this is a Charger, from the big hood scoop to the fake full-width taillights. Digging past those misdirects, we can find some new details about the car.

First, the car’s front lighting has developed further. There are production-ready headlights fitted that appear to have some sort of LED illumination. These production lights also fit the shape we saw on the last prototype, so they’ll end high up on the body, extending slightly horizontally toward the grille. There’s still a section that extends back along the fender, seeming to bridge the

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Aston Martin’s project 003 could have a name: Valhalla – Autoblog


If you’re unclear on all the connections, the Valkyrie was codenamed AM-RB 001, denoting the first collaboration between Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. The Valkyrie AMR Pro was AM-RB 002. That makes the Valhalla, nee 003, next in the chute. The naming inverts Norse myth, since the legends say Valkyries escorted fallen warriors to the Hall of the Slain in Valhalla. In Aston Martin’s working, you need to go through Valhalla to get to the ferocious women with the swords.

Although not thought to be co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valhalla will retain lightweight, carbon-fiber-intensive construction and active aerodynamics like its larger siblings, as well as an active suspension. As a road-legal and more practical step below the Valkyries, the Valhalla includes “space for luggage,” and a quieter cabin. Instead of a naturally-aspirated V12, the third member of the family

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What is the MSRP? – Autoblog

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

The term MSRP is an abbreviation for manufacturer’s suggested retail price. This is simply the price that the manufacturer suggests the dealer asks for the car. You’ll see it on the Monroney (window sticker) while perusing any dealership shopping for cars — it’s the law to have it there.

However, the dealership doesn’t have to charge that price at all. Most of the time buyers will drive away having paid less than the MSRP lists. In rare situations, a dealership will actually mark the price up when there is heavy demand for a particular car. This typically happens with performance cars — the Honda Civic

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Ferrari Purosangue SUV test mule spied in video – Autoblog

We all know Ferrari has lost its shame and is working on an SUV, but here’s the first hint of it with this video of what’s most likely a Purosangue test mule. Yes, Ferrari Purosangue is the terrible name reportedly being given to the upcoming vehicle that Ferrari will not want you to call an “SUV.” But what we’re looking at here is the body of a GTC4Lusso with some obvious SUV hints. Just look at the ground clearance and wheel gap on this thing. That’s clearly not typical Ferrari style.

The video was captured by SupercarsNews on YouTube, and is actually quite comical too. As soon as the driver of the Ferrari notices the videographer standing by the fence, he jumps on the brakes and backs out of there behind the cover of trees. All was for naught, however, because we

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Cadillac to Corvette: You?re not getting our twin-turbo V8 engine – Autoblog

NEW YORK — Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen bluntly shot down rumors his brand’s powerful twin-turbo V8 is also headed for the Chevy Corvette. Speaking Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, he said: “Just quit the speculation it’s headed for Corvette. It’s not.”

The 4.2-liter V8 cranks out 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque in the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport, which debuted at the show. With that kind of performance and the fact the engine will be hand-built at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, Ky. — at the Corvette factory — led enthusiasts to presume the engine would eventually be under the Vette’s hood.

De Nysschen, however, argued the engine will also focus on levels of refinement, rather than the Corvette’s raw, visceral dynamic. “I think Corvette wants a different kind of

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/03/28/cadillac-corvette-v8-turbo-engine/