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Ford Details Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 Track Upgrades

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Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

Ford has detailed its new Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, which bridges gap between the Level 1 Performance Pack and the Mustang GT350.

Mustang GT models equipped with the Level 2 variant are distinguished by a new front splitter and rear spoiler, a lower ride height, and new split-fitment 19-inch wheels (19×10.5 inches up front and 19×11 in the rear) covered in grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are a little wider than those of the Level 1 package.

Ford’s engineers also retuned the Mustang’s MagneRide dampers and steering calibration, made the front and rear stabilizer stiffer, and increased the spring rates.

Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

These upgrades work together to improve the Mustang GT’s overall performance, delivering better responsiveness and increased downforce for better cornering on any race track. Jamie Cullen, Ford’s supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, stated:

“It will just beg you to go faster. The car has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip.”

Visually, Ford Mustang GT models with Performance Pack Level 2 can be distinguished by black detailing on the splitter and spoiler, tire spat on the back edge of the rear wheel wells, and 10-spoke Dark Tarnish wheels.

The interior gains Recaro seats that can be had in either leather or cloth.

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Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, Black

The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.

Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.

“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.

The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.

In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.

Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”

In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.

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Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra

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2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, rear top

A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.

Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.

“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”

2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, side

Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.

Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.

What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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