Two virtual supercars tease the future; the 2017 F-150 Raptor takes to the dunes; and Karma gets a reboot. It’s the Week In Reverse for the week ending Friday, October 9, right here at Motor Authority.
This week’s coverage at Motor Authority included at least a couple of cars that are strictly just fantasies at this point. One of those is the jaw-dropping Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, shown this past month at Frankfurt. It’s a car we simply kept coming back to stare at some more; and you’ll likely understand why after you watch Bugatti’s new video on how this design came to be and what it signals for the future—and yes, we’re talking beyond the virtual world.
Nissan also earlier in the week released some first pictures of the next concept in that series to look forward to: a new version of its Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, to be shown later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. For now, of course, it’s also now only a car for the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6, but you can bet these are some styling themes we’ll see in the next-generation GT-R due in a few years.
You might not have thought about your Halloween party costume yet, or even decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving. Yet the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out, and how could we complain when there’s a 700-horsepower Mustang Convertible in it? All 100 of these 195-mph beasts might even sell out this next week, the same week it goes on sale, so after that you can go back to thinking about candy corn and jack ‘o’ lanterns.
So far Toyota’s approach toward autonomous driving technology has been a little cautious. But the automaker this past week revealed a few technologies that its testing in a prototype based on the Lexus GS sedan. Automatic merges and lane changes seem to be the new technology here—and that’s a big step forward beyond smart cruise control systems.
We don’t yet have final specs for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, but we do know that it’ll pack at least 450 horsepower, a ten-speed automatic transmission, a trick Terrain Management System, and lots of other off-road goodies. Ford teased the next generation of its hero truck, seen here around Michigan’s Silver Lake sand dunes.
The Ford GT racecar is aiming for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where it will make its motorsport debut in January; and this past week Ford Performance provided some footage of it testing there. We can’t wait to see, and get into, the road-going version as well.
Finally, remember Fisker? It’s back, only its best-known model, the Karma is now the brand. With new Chinese ownership, management, and a production site in California, Karma Automotive is ready to give its $115,000 extended-range electric sedan a second try.