Companies from all over the automotive landscape are increasingly replacing sheer displacement with forced-induction in a bid to reduce emissions and improve gas mileage. This is especially true in Europe, where a seemingly endless list of cars ranging from the Lilliputian Volkswagen up! all the way to the Ferrari 488 GTB come with a turbo.
Today we’re bringing you this spectacular 1989 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans-Am 20th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car. Pontiac only made this model in 1989 specifically to pace the 73rd Indy 500. Total production numbered 1,555 units. GM kept 5 of them and sold 1,550 to the public. This is #1,221 of the 1,555 ever made. This example is highly original with only the battery and tires being replaced.
You can expect to hear a lot more about the Escape in the months to come, as Ford continues to build awareness for the name through advertisements, product placement, and the like. You may have already seen the NBC program, Escape Routes, wherein teams compete in various challenges to win prizes and a 2013 Ford Escape. If not, don’t worry, Ford has you in its sights, and it thinks its new compact crossover is worthy of your attention. Here’s why.
Underground Racing has made a name for itself by twin-turbocharging cars that probably have no business being twin-turbocharged. We’re glad they do it, though.
Today marks the arrival of our long-anticipated Chevrolet Cruze loan. This all-new Chevy is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. The four-banger’s 138 horsepower is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s a pretty modern package, and according to Chevy is good for 36 miles per gallon.
We always get a bit excited when we find out that a European car is being rebadged for American consumption. That feeling of excitement quickly dissipates, though, when we look back on the actual history of cars from foreign markets being rebadged in the States. Stories of the Renault/AMC Alliance, Cadillac Catera, and Ford Contour stream back to our consciousness, causing us to drop to our knees and pray that history won’t repeat itself. We had a similar moment when we heard that the Vauxhall/Opel Insignia, the 2009 European Car of the Year, was coming stateside. Thankfully, our fears were unfounded as the Insignia, using the resurrected Regal nameplate, is a homerun for Buick.
Back in 2002, the maniacs at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team took the three-door Focus hatchback and injected some guts, creating the Ford Focus SVT. The SVT lasted until 2005 when it was killed off, in favor of the mundane ST. Now, there is a new ST for 2012. Featuring a 246-horsepower EcoBoosted 2.0-liter I-4, the new ST will be on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Just yesterday, we posted our list of cars that are all bark and no bite. The good folks at Kia must have an ear to the ground, as the Forte Koup may be getting a turbocharger for the model year 2012, Edmunds reports.