ZR1? Z07? Z06? Bueller?
If you ask us, the C6 Corvette lineup was pretty much the ideal performance spread for America's sports car. Base, Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1; each bump up the 'Vette food chain offered a well-rounded increase in performance and badassitude, along with an appropriate increase in price. So we have no idea why Chevrolet would muck around with that for the C7 generation, but it seems they might.
The first step in raising Aston Martin to new heights.
No joke: Your humble writer has a half-formed editorial kicking around his Documents folder called "How To Save Aston Martin." And apparently Aston Martin's managed to hack my computer, because they're taking one of the steps I recommended—partnering with Mercedes-AMG for technology and engines.
Look for it in Boxster and Caymans around then, however.
Porsche's primary sports car lines—the Boxster/Cayman and the 911—have always been powered by flat-six engines, but the company has a history with the boxer four, too. The 356
, the 912
, the 914—all powered by boxer four cylinders. And come 2016 or so, the flat four will make a triumphant return to the engine compartments of Porsches.
It all depends on "the spirit of the times."
Downsized engines and forced induction are all the rage these days, but you wouldn't know it from looking at Aston Martin's model lineup. As of today, Aston's model range consists entirely of eight- and 12-cylinder naturally aspirated cars, all making prodigious horsepower outputs and all sucking down gas with aplomb. But the river of progress is flowing in the other direction, so it may be only a matter of time until Aston Martin kicks their engine size down a notch. Or three.
All they need is $550,000.
Ever heard of Lazzarini Design? Neither had we, as of last Friday. Then we noticed a story going around that they've come up with a way to shove the engine from a Ferrari 458 Italia into a Fiat 500 create what they call the 550 Italia. Obviously, these are the sort of guys we want to know.