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3 Things To Watch Out For In The Unveiling Of Reborn TVR

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Are you ready for the 2017 Goodwill Revival this September? You have one more thing to be excited about. Reborn British sports car brand TVR is set to unveil its newest model for the first time in years. A teaser photo was released via the TopGear magazine, and we couldn’t be more in awe.

The latest image shows that a TVR Le Mans comeback might actually be possible, but let’s focus first on the new car to be unveiled in September.

A Griffith Nameplate

There’s no news yet on what name this new Reborn TVR car will carry. It is widely believed that it will use the Griffith nameplate, but there’s no confirmation on that yet. The Griffith nameplate was actually retired in 2002 but TVR surprisingly registered the name once more in 2016, paving the way for speculations to rise that Reborn is set to revive it.

Lightweight but Powerful

The new Reborn TVR car will only weigh as little as 2,645 pounds, but it will have a power alike the Ford Mustang GT. To achieve this, TVR worked with Gordon Murray Design for the application of the iStream carbon fiber chassis, which was inspired by Formula One design to keep unnecessary weight off the car.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 5.0-liter V-8 engine tuned by Cosworth to produce around 480 horsepower. It will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Price Starts at $115,800

The launch edition vehicles will comprise the first batch of the newest TVR cars. So far, it already received 400 orders for the car, pushing TVR to close the order books. It promised to reopen it, however, once the car has been revealed in September, so we can expect plenty more people to come knocking on TVR’s doors.

If everything goes well for the British automaker, it will release three more models and produce 2,000 cars by 2022.

 

BMW X2 Crossover Spy Photos Released

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Apparently, BMW is not yet done with crossovers. We have seen what they did with the X4, the X6, the X3, the X5, and even the X1. While some of us loved the lineup of crossovers from the German automaker, others felt that the brand was trying too hard to compete with US and Japanese manufacturers.

Then, came the BMW X2 crossover. BMW released spy photos of the X2 Crossover in camouflage. Remember this was previewed as a concept during last year’s Paris Auto Show? Back then, there was no excitement surrounding its design, which was actually seen as the more stylish version of the X1.

The BMW X2 was made essentially to provide the same functionality as the X4 and the X6, though the latest BMW crossover exchanged the X4’s and X6’s fastback shape for a more traditional roofline. This significantly ups the X2’s design and style. It also has a lower height and higher window line, allowing the X2 to have a more proportioned and sportier body style than the X1.

To prove its more aggressive aesthetic, the X2 will also have an angry-looking pair of headlights and BMW’s ever-popular kidney grille.

Similar to the X1, the X2 will also use BMW’s front-wheel-drive-based UKL platform. Majority of BMW’s global market will get a front-wheel-drive X2, but the United States may actually expect an all-wheel-drive for its market.

As for the power, BMW will be using a B46 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with an output from X1’s 228 horsepower. If you are looking for more power, the X2 might also offer an M Performance variant, which will add power, torque, and even better handling and driving experience.

We don’t have any details yet on when BMW plans to unveil the X2, but  you might be able to see it before the year ends. Maybe the Frankfurt auto show in September is a good event to launch it? Sales and distribution should begin by 2018.

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