You might not think your new car’s included equipment could land you in legal hot water, but that’s exactly the case with the 2015 Chevy Corvette’s Valet Mode system. The problem? Recording audio without the valet’s consent. Fortunately, that’s not illegal in most states, and GM is already working on an update to fix the issue everywhere. To be on the safe side, GM is recommending owners don’t use it until the update comes along in the next few weeks.
If you’re into sports cars, you probably have a soft spot for the MG roadster. As one of the progenitors of the modern sports car, the MG is adorable—if rather backward in its engineering. Frontline Developments has taken up that challenge, updating its MG Abingdon Edition in the style of Singer or Eagle to deliver a modern sports car with classic look and feel.
The 2014 Paris Auto Show kicks off in early October, and it's bringing with it a host of new sports car debuts. The Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta is among them, and it’s beautiful. For the enthusiast who wants to mix a little open-air refreshment to their flat-out driving, the Aperta takes everything that makes the Speciale coupe so good and rips off the top.
Mercedes-Benz’s latest C63 AMG has arrived, too, packing the same engine you’ll find under the hood of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT—but in a family-hauling, sexy sedan. It may just be the best performance deal in the AMG lineup, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. With 503 horsepower and about 30 percent greater efficiency from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, the styling of the new 2015 C-Class, and stunning new interior, it’s potentially a magic combination for those seeking a lightning fast daily driver.
Another all-new sports car arrived this week, to: the 2016 Audi TT Roadster. With a curb weight of just 2,910 pounds, it’s remarkably light for a modern luxury sports roadster, and with a 230-horsepower, 273-pound-foot 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood (or 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet in the TTS), it’s quick, too: the TTS Roadster hits 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Despite the great performance stats, and a body style that’s attractive enough, we can’t help but feel the TT has lost some of the iconic design status it once held—it’s become a bit more plain even while becoming quite a bit more impressive.
Finally, Cadillac announced some major changes this week: it will split off its operations from parent company GM into a separate business unit; it will move its headquarters to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood; and it will launch a new naming scheme centered around the letters “CT,” starting with the new range-topping CT6 sedan.