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Lincoln Zephyr Reflection previews the brand’s gorgeous future

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Lincoln on Monday unveiled a handsome sedan concept at Auto Shanghai 2021, but we likely won’t get it in the U.S.

The Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept previews a production model for the Chinese market that will appear later this year, the automaker said in a press release. That model is unlikely to reach the U.S., where Lincoln has shifted its lineup entirely to SUVs.

Lincoln may be done with sedans in the U.S., but they’re still going strong in China and the Zephyr Reflection was designed with Chinese tastes in mind, the automaker said.

The styling is a rework of Lincoln’s current “Quiet Flight” design philosophy seen on recent SUVs, with new additions like flush door handles and large air intakes flanking the grille. A lighting strip connecting the headlights, and bisected by the Lincoln grille badge, is a novel feature as well. Most of the lighting activates when approaching or walking away from the car, part of Lincoln’s “Embrace” and “Farewell” features.

 

Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept

The interior gets what Lincoln calls a “coast-to-coast” screen, the automaker’s name for the dashboard-spanning screens that now seem obligatory in luxury cars. Composed of three elements, the screen provides different functions for the driver and front passenger, Lincoln said.

Some of that functionality will be part of a new human-machine interface (HMI) dubbed “Constellation.” It reconfigures the display based on three themes—Normal, Sport, and Zen—with designs based on a night sky, according to Lincoln.

Lincoln didn’t provide any details on the powertrain. That will have to wait for the launch of the production version later this year.

For more Shanghai auto show news, head to our dedicated hub.

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2021 Ford Shelby GT, 2022 BMW X3, 2023 Porsche Cayenne: This Week’s Top Photos

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2021 Genesis GV80

Ford has offered a number of Shelby-branded Mustangs in recent years, but you can also purchase a tuned ‘Stang direct from Shelby American. The company’s latest is the 2021 Ford Shelby GT which comes standard with 480 hp but can be upgraded to 700-plus-hp.

2021 Genesis GV80

One of the vehicles we tested this week was a BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class rival from Genesis. Called the GV80, the luxurious mid-size crossover appeals with good looks, superb build quality, and non-intimidating tech.

2023 Porsche Cayenne facelift spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche Cayenne facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Buyers looking for more performance from their mid-size crossover should definitely consider the current third-generation Porsche Cayenne. A prototype for an updated version was spotted this week.

2022 BMW X3 facelift spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 BMW X3 facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Another crossover out testing was an updated BMW X3. The X3 is among BMW’s best-selling vehicles, and the automaker plans to keep the momentum going with some mild tweaks.

Ferrari 812 Competizione A

Ferrari 812 Competizione A

This week Ferrari unveiled the 812 Competizione, the hardcore version of the 812 Superfast. There’s both a coupe and an open-top version, the latter featuring a targa-style roof with a removable panel made from carbon fiber.

Ford NASCAR Next Gen Mustang race car

Ford NASCAR Next Gen Mustang race car

NASCAR this week unveiled its Next Gen race car, in Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota guises. Among the changes are independent rear suspension, modular construction, a 5-speed sequential transaxle, and 18-inch, center-lock wheels.

1936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible Berline - Image via Mecum

1936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible Berline – Image via Mecum

Two Duesenbergs are coming up for sale, including a car originally purchased by a president of Coca-Cola. The cars will be sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction later this month.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

And finally, Ford unveiled the Explorer Timberline. With more ground clearance, all-terrain tires, increased departure and approach angles, and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, the Timberline promises to be the most capable Explorer off the road.

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First customer McLaren P1 is for sale

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First customer McLaren P1 (Photo by Silverstone Auctions)

McLaren’s P1 plug-in hybrid hypercar launched the automaker’s range-topping Ultimate Series when it started production in 2013, and now the first customer car is scheduled to be auctioned online by Silverstone Auctions on May 22.

As a refresher on recent hypercar history, the P1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 with electric assist, for a combined output of 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. McLaren quoted 0-62 mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds, 0-124 mph in 6.8 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 16.5 seconds when new. Top speed was billed as 217 mph.

The P1 appeared around the same time as the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid and Ferrari LaFerrari mild-hybrid, introducing electrification to modern performance cars in a big way. Only the McLaren and Porsche have plugs, meaning they can be charged without using the engine and driven short distances solely on electric power. EPA ratings peg the McLaren’s electric range at 19 miles, compared to 12 miles for the 918 Spyder.

McLaren later introduced a P1 GTR track car (some of which were converted for road use). The last standard P1 was finished in December 2015, with the final GTR shortly after that. Just 375 cars were built in total.

 

First customer McLaren P1 (Photo by Silverstone Auctions)

Finished in Volcano Yellow with black leather upholstery and an Alcantara dashboard, this car is the first of those 375 P1s delivered to a customer, according to the seller. A personal letter from then-McLaren designer Frank Stephenson to the first owner is provided as confirmation of that.

The car has covered 3,666 miles in the hands of two U.K. owners, both from the same family, according to the seller. Its last service was at a U.K. McLaren dealership in September 2020, and prior to that a different dealer replaced the lithium-ion battery pack in 2018, per the seller.

Silverstone Auctions lists pre-auction estimates ranging from £885,000 to £985,000, equivalent to between $1.2 million and $1.3 million at current exchange rates. For context, the P1 had an estimated price of $1.1 million when new, and sold out almost immediately, so this estimate seems conservative.

McLaren is reportedly planning a P1 successor, but it isn’t expected to start deliveries until 2025. The automaker isn’t expected to launch another Ultimate Series model until then, having recently introduced the Senna (including GTR and LM variants), Speedtail, and Elva models in that series.

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2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spy shots and video: Flat-plane-crank V-8 sings

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2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been out for over a year and the general consensus is that the Bowtie brand has a huge hit on its hands.

But the Stingray represents just the first stage of the mid-engined C8 Corvette’s performance. There is still a handful of models to come, one of which will be a track-focused Z06.

Fresh prototypes of the Z06 have just been spotted ahead of the expected reveal this summer. The car should arrive as a 2022 model.

The prototypes may look like previous testers for the Stingray but there’s no missing the much wider rear wheels. The rear fenders also appear to be wider than on the Stingray, which makes sense given the wider rubber. On the Stingray, the rear tires max out at 305 millimeters, but the rear tires on the Z06 are expected to max out at 345 mm. We can see on some of the prototypes that the front tires, in this case Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires, already measure a meaty 275 mm.

Inside, we can expect a few elements unique to the Z06. An official sketch has teased what appeared to be the Z06’s cabin. The layout of the dash matched the design used in the Stingray, but the controls on the steering wheel were different and included a giant red button with “Spec Mode” written on it. There was also the layout of a racetrack in the instrument cluster, and carbon fiber on many of the surfaces instead of the usual leather.

As for what’s powering the car, we can count on an engine related to the 5.5-liter V-8 fitted to the C8.R race car. The race car’s engine is a naturally aspirated unit complete with dual overhead cams and a flat-plane crank—and this is the same configuration expected for the Z06. Just listen to the engine in our latest spy video.

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Peak power is expected to hover around 625 hp. Although this is less than the 650 hp of the C7 generation’s supercharged V-8, there are plenty of buyers who appreciate naturally aspirated power, even if it means a lower top-end compared to a force-fed mill. The engine in the new Z06 is also expected to scream all the way to a 9,000-rpm redline, which should appease the many fans who were saddened to see the Z06 switch from naturally aspirated to supercharged power when the C7 generation arrived.

For the power hungry, a twin-turbocharged version of the new V-8 with something closer to 800 hp is expected in a new Corvette ZR1. Beyond the new Z06 and ZR1, expect Chevy to launch a pair of hybrids. One is expected to be a model to replace the Grand Sport. The other is expected to be a flagship combining the ZR1 engine and an electric motor (or two). Don’t be surprised if it ends up being badged a Zora, after Corvette father Zora Arkus-Duntov. An electric Corvette is also thought to be in the works.

Sadly, there’s no word whether a manual transmission will be offered in any C8 variant, and there’s a good chance one won’t make it at all, though it’s hard not to love Chevy’s brilliant 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that debuted in the Stingray.

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