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The News for September 6th, 2019

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week, Porsche does their first EV right with the Taycan, Lamborghini shows off glimpse into a future of V12 hybrids with the new Sian, Ian Callum takes a second stab at the Vanquish, Edelbrock is expanding supercharger lineup to V6 Colorado/Canyons, and your automotive news for the week.

Porsche Taycan

porsche taycan

After many years of development and countless test mules and concepts, the Taycan is finally ready to take Porsche into a new era. It’s the brand’s first all-electric car and is billed as a sports car that’s earned its badge. It’s a four-door sports sedan with typical Porsche performance and everyday usability, it just happens to have a groundbreaking new electric powertrain underneath that sets it apart from anything else at the moment. They promised that it would be a true Porsche from the beginning, so let’s see if they’ve delivered.

Setting the foundation for the Taycan is production-first 800-volt electrical system (normal EVs run with 400 volts). This provides crazy fast recharging times, sustained performance with less power degradation, and a bit less weight than normal. The “Performance Battery Plus” providing the juice has a capacity of 93.4 kWh and can be recharged at home with up to 11 kW of AC at home, or use Porsche’s high-power DC charging network and benefit from some absurd recharging times. Like, 22.5 minutes from a 5% to a 80% state of charge with the first 62 miles being gained in just 5 minutes kind of absurd. Charging power can peak up to 270 kW.

porsche taycan

Two “permanently excited synchronous motors”, one on each axle, are developed with technology that’s been proven by the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race cars. The motors provide smooth, consistent, and responsive power. And even though it’s all electric now, they still found a need for a transmission. The Toucan has a two-speed transmission on the rear axle with first gear being for launches and second gear for cruising at high speed. Helping improve range at speed is a very low drag coefficient of 0.22 thanks to its extremely attractive and sleek exterior. Unfortunately its weight doesn’t do it many favors. This absolute chonker tips the scales at 5,060 pounds.

At this point I should mention that there are two initial models of the Taycan being offered… and I should also mention that the names are pretty dumb. They’re calling them the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Even though there are actually no turbos. Nobody else but Porsche could be staring in the face of sheer perfection and go “well we gotta fuck something up”. So back to the Taycan Not-a-Turbo and Not-a-Turbo S, both cars have pretty much the same powertrain but have differing numbers and priorities.

porsche taycan

The Not-a-Turbo produces up to 671 horsepower in overboost, accelerates to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, and has a driving range of up to 280 miles per charge (by WLTP numbers). Meanwhile, the Not-a-Turbo S is the heavy hitter with up to 751 horsepower on overboost (616 hp normally), 774 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, but at the expense of some range with up to 256 miles per charge. So they’re extremely powerful and quick no matter how you spec them, but most importantly they can perform consistently at those limits. Read about their incredible endurance run here for proof.

porsche taycan

The Taycan has been a very long time coming. Porsche first began testing electrification in earnest back in 2010 with a hybrid 911 RSR that ran the Petit Le Mans, then slowly but steadily improved on it to give us the 918 Spyder and 919 LMP1 race car, and now this. Having attended the 2010 Petit Le Mans and now getting to write about the Taycan, I gotta say it’s pretty neat being able to cover this from both ends. Based on the numbers, their endurance run at Nardò in the sweltering heat, and some initial passenger seat impressions, the Taycan really is a true Porsche. It even lacks Android Auto like every other Porsche, so it’ll fit right in.

The Taycan Not-a-Turbo and Not-a-Turbo S are available to order now. Prices start at… get ready… $153,510 and $187,610 respectively. Yep. Porsche.

[Source: Porsche]

Lamborghini Sian

lamborghini sian

Lamborghini knows they build some of the best naturally-aspirated engines on the market and they still sell well, but they also have to conform to fuel efficiency standards like everyone else. But rather than downsize and add turbos, Lamborghini is turning to hybrid power to keep the best of both worlds. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.

The Lamborghini Sian is a mild hybrid V12 supercar that’s headed to production in limited numbers and it just so happens to be the most powerful car they’ve ever made. A good ole 6.5-liter V12 brings 785 horsepower to the table while a 48-volt mild hybrid system fed by a supercapacitor goes for the participation trophy with 34 horsepower to add, bringing the total to 819 horsepower. The benefits of this mild hybrid setup would be low speed EV propulsion around town, extra grunt on launches (0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds), and short bursts of extra power at speeds up to 80 mph. And with this kind oof hybrid setup, there’s only a 75-pound weight increase. There may not be a noticeable difference in efficiency in normal driving conditions with this model, but it’s a first step. 63 are being made and they’re probably sold out by now.

[Source: Lamborghini via Autoweek]

Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

Ian Callum, one of the greatest designers of the modern automotive era, couldn’t stay out of retirement for very long. Since departing Jaguar earlier this year, he’s taken the reigns of a design and engineering firm called Callum who will be making some very customized and very expensive stuff. Here’s the first of said very customized and very expensive stuff. Callum revisited one of his own designs, the Aston Martin Vanquish from 2001, and reworked it to his original, unrestricted vision. More power, carbon fiber, modern electronics, more leather, and a lot more money. If the original Vanquish didn’t need to be at least somewhat affordable back in the day, it could have looked more like this.

Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

If you bring in your own Vanquish or have them find one for you, it will be a nearly all new car when you get it back. The 5.9-liter V12 will get reworked to produce 580 horsepower and you can pick from a manual conversion or a six-speed torque converter automatic, or the original automated manual gearbox if you still want it. The car is being prepared by R-Reforged of AF Racing AG, the ones who run Astons in DTM currently, so it’s the real deal in terms of performance.

Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

As for things that Callum is responsible for, it wears new carbon fiber bumpers front and rear which slightly alter and modernize the look but not to an extent where you can’t recognize it. The car is lowered slightly as well and rides on new 20″ wheels that look similar enough to the originals. They’re wrapped in what I think are Michelin tires, not sure. The interior gets a big overhaul of its own as well. Everything inside is leather or carbon fiber – no plastic here. They even added a little touch screen in the middle with Android Auto and Apple Car Play integration which automatically makes it modern. Besides the orange accents, tire decals, and the seemingly out of place media screen, this is a promising sign of things to come from Callum. I, for one, and glad we haven’t heard the last of him.

Just 25 of these will ever be built with each starting at £550,000 or $677,000. Prices will be adjusted if you bring your own Vanquish.

[Source: Callum via Autoweek]

Edelbrock Offering Supercharger for Colorado/Canyon

Supercharger Kit_Colorado + Canyon (2)

With midsize trucks becoming more and more popular among buyers, the aftermarket is responding with new ways for owners to get more out of their vehicles. Edelbrock, a well-established manufacturer of aftermarket performance parts you may have heard about, is jumping on the hype train with a new bolt-on supercharger kit for the 2017 and up Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon equipped with the HFV6 engine.

Because the midsize truck owners need some love too, this supercharger kit is good for at least a 24% boost in power over the stock engines. That equals 345 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, a gain of 71 horsepower and 70 lb.-ft. of torque, and that’s just on the 50-state legal tune. If you wanted your Colorado ZR2 to go after the Hennessey VelicoRaptor Ranger with its 360 horsepower, that’s likely just a tune away. The unit features an Eaton R1740 rotor assembly with an integrated air-to-water intercooler core and front-mount heat exchanger. The supercharger is powder-coated black to blend in with the standard engine bay.

With two major players in the aftermarket performance industry taking the V6 mid-size pickups seriously, we’re hopeful to see them continue to push the envelope in this growing segment.

[Source: Edelbrock]

What’s Your Automotive News?


That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

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22 responses to “The News for September 6th, 2019”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    I intend to attempt the drive from Seattle tomorrow morning in my Allegro for the All British Field Meet at Portland International Raceway. Assuming all goes well enough, it will be in the highly competitive “Marques from the ’80’s on” class at the car show. So far there don’t appear to be any other Allegros registered, even though an Estate was spotted in Bremerton a couple of years ago…


    1. Kamil K Avatar

      Oh… take pics and then send them over!!!

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        (1) Borrow a functional digital camera.

        (2) Arrive at show, fail to achieve photographic mindset, wander around for hours while taking few pictures. Nice show, though. I particularly admired the guy who towed his classic Mini on a U-Haul dolly behind a Rabbit. His greatest challenge was convincing the U-Haul guy to let him leave the lot with one of their dollies behind a Rabbit in the first place.

        (3) Lose camera. I mean, it’s probably somewhere. I’m pretty sure I had it with me when I left the show. In the trunk? No, not in the trunk. Under the seats? No. Recheck the glove box. Still not there, either…

        (4) Abandon hopes and dreams of a career in automotive photojournalism.

        1. Kamil K Avatar

          I expected nothing less.

        2. Vairship Avatar

          Moving into the digital camera age is likely not in accordance with your background. But did you carve any fetching images on a nice piece of slate? If so, during the next ice age, please send the engravings by the fastest moraine to Jeff Glucker (assuming he lives downhill from you, which according to the map, he does. South is down, right?). Or wait until Southern California has moved north along the coast far enough and simply hand them to him. For publication within the next geological era.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            The next time around I may just go ahead and get some more packs for the SX-70. I hear the new color film is becoming quite good.

          2. Vairship Avatar

            You use film, not slides?

  2. outback_ute Avatar

    On the Taycan Turbo issue, perhaps it is someone in Porsche getting back at not being allowed to put turbo badges on all the cars that have turbos?

  3. 0A5599 Avatar

    My wife’s car had an intermittent fuel gauge, that used to resolve itself by re-starting the car, but had become much more frequently all the way on E. Last week, it “ran out of gas” when she was coming home from work, about 20 feet before reaching our driveway. It would not restart, and the needle would not budge off of E. I had a gas can, so I put a few gallons in the tank; it still didn’t start.

    I took a dinner break. After dinner, it started at the first turn of the key, and then each of the dozen more starts I attempted. We took it to the gas station to top it off, to see if it really had been empty, but it was only about 1/4 low.

    Diagnosis: bad fuel pump (which is an assembly with the float/fuel level sender).

    So guess who had to wrestle with changing the pump in a vehicle where the tank containing 30+ gallons of fuel had to be dropped because there was no topside access? Answer: the repair shop around the corner. It was worth paying someone else to deal with.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    Ten Cadillac Allantes in a row scooting up the on-ramp to I-295 in Portland, Maine; that’s what I saw (and didn’t get a picture of) this morning.

    Otherwise… Is Lamborghini ever going to make another radically styled or drop dead sexy car like the Countach or Miura? I see nothing bold or daring or contrarian about their cars since the Countach, three things that were part of the marque’s identity in the bad old days.

    1. caltemus Avatar

      They had the Asterion concept a while back that gave me hope, but nothing ever came of it


      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Half Huracan, half Urus?

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      the Huracan I do find captivating as a sports car, and it’s certainly a Lamborghini, but I agree it doesn’t have that bonkers “what the hell am I looking at” Lamborghini quality that characterized the Countach in particular.

      the Murcielago strikes me as the most recent totally silly Lambo. hard to tell how much of that is because it retained a lot of old-school Lamborghini charm – maybe VAG input meant the interior didn’t look quite so much like a shop class project, but it still comes across as raw and unfiltered, where the Aventador seems a little too well-packaged.

      but I have found that, with regards to cars, I tend to reject barbarism for its own sake. when something is crude because it’s better unfiltered – the Viper, go karts, The Blair Witch Project – I’m cool with it. but when it could have been better with a bit more effort, I’m disappointed. yet I still prefer the Murci. the quality improvements are welcome, but they should be independent of the car’s design, of how much it makes me want it.

      maybe people who can package things nicely and build them well just don’t have it in them to do silly things.

    3. Troggy Avatar

      I must be getting old. My first thought of the Sian was that it must be a complete pain to wash with all the angles and edges.

      It’s probably just on my mind because of the dust storm currently blowing over eastern Australia right now. Most of it seems to be landing on my cars.

  5. nanoop Avatar

    Now the Vivaro started to throw more codes, but still with a certain randomness: injectors, soot handling, and cruise control are on “please check”.
    I suspect that it is an intermittent cause, such as a sensor or some cracked air tubing, because the cruise control doesn’t have an obvious connection to the exhaust system, but I didn’t get any closer look yet.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    Here’s an interesting 28 minute video about how the German car industry and its environment is waking up to the EV shift, fitting to the Taycan-news. Nothing much exciting is said, but what is noteworthy is how every German interviewed seems to be convinced that German combustion engines are “unbeatable”, “at the top of their game”, “best in the world” etc. For those of us who don’t even consider German cars for a plethora of reliability-based reasons, that’s an odd show of self-confidence.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Next time I am doing a “what am I doing here, and how is that supposed to bring progress to either me, the customer or the corporate at all” task I will be watching this.

      You might be interested in the German book “Quality Land”, Marc-Uwe Kling of Känguru Trilogy fame. In a near future, among other things, all official language is using adjectives only in superlative form (fastest food, highestway etc), ignoring facts since the past commercial success confimes the current course… I have an idea where that inspiration is coming from.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      Well, they ARE the best in the world at cheating with any internal combustion engines, so they’re half-right… Now they’ll have to figure out how to cheat on emissions with electric cars, which will be a challenge. But I’m sure Bosch are working on it!

  7. salguod Avatar

    Wrenching on my 318ti and now my E46 325Ci has impressed upon me how well the Germans engineer and design things to be worked on. Even the complex tasks generally went off without a hitch.

    Then I got to doing the lower control arms on the 325Ci.

    The lollipop bushing brackets were no problem and the outer ball joints weren’t too bad, except for the rusty threads that meant the last 4 revolutions of the nut were the hardest to turn.

    But, clearances meant that neither passenger ball joint nut were accessible with a socket or even a ratcheting box wrench. The outer could be done with a standard box wrench, the inner required an open end wrench and you could only get 1/3 of a revolution at a time. Between that and the the rusty threads, it took me over an hour to get the passenger side inner nut off. Moving that ball joint or the motor mount just a couple of millimeters would have made a big difference.

    The driver’s side inner was accessible by a socket – from the engine bay with a collection of extentions and a universal joint. Which is good since the offset sump of the slant 6 meant that access from below is worse than the passenger side.

    I started it on labor day and worked on it several evenings this week and finally got it fully disassembled Thursday night. I’m on vacation this week in NYC so she waits in pieces on the jack stands for my return.

    Hopefully the reassembly will go better.

  8. Maymar Avatar


    My son is 3 weeks old, so time for his first car show! He… didn’t get much out of it besides a nap and some fresh air. I mostly just appreciate any show where an XJ220 can coexist alongside old Communist iron (there’s probably a British Leyland quip in there even if it’s not entirely era appropriate).


    1. Kamil K Avatar

      That Skoda!! hearts_for_eyes_emoji

      1. Maymar Avatar

        The owner’s on Instagram too, for regular Czechiacar updates (they’ve also got a 90’s Fiat Coupe).


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