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Fully charged: Jaguar uncovers electric I-Pace

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Jaguar has finally revealed their foray into the future as the covers have come off their new I-Pace.

In a live global event, streamed via YouTube, Jaguar took the covers off their first all-electric vehicle. First teased back in November of 2016, the I-Pace had, until now, only been seen in its camouflaged guise before being fully revealed during the event.

Electric Drive

Powered by two electric motors, Jaguar has said the I-Pace will hit 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and will have a range of 298 miles (480km). The all-wheel-drive set up is also good for outputs of 394hp and 512 lb-ft of torque (294kW / 696Nm). In comparison, Tesla’s Model X does 0-60 in about 4.8 seconds and its range sits at about 295 miles.

The I-Pace is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that when charged at most public charging stations, will add about 168 miles of range in an hour.

There will be four models available at launch, including a special I-Pace First Edition. The special launch edition is based on the high-end HSE trim, that features 18-way Windsor leather seats, Jaguar’s Driver Assist Pack and unique 5-spoke, 20″ HSE styled wheels. We can assume that there will be options galore available for those looking to add specifics packs and additions to their I-Pace. All models come with Jaguar Land Rover’s dual-screened infotainment and climate control layout, LED headlights, Sat Nav and Connect Pro (4G Wi-Fi, online services).

Electric Looks, Electric Heritage

Most striking, however, is how Jaguar has made an electric vehicle just as compelling as a classic XJ (yes, I said it). A classic XJ was symbolic of its time, its lush lines and curves fitting of the late 60s and early 70s. The I-Pace boasts the same vision of a future we’ve seen in countless Hollywood films and is a near perfect representation of it. It is by far, the most beautiful electric vehicle we’ve seen, outclassing the practicality over style looks of Bolts, Volts and yes, Xs.

It’s no surprise that it would take an established player like Jaguar to find the blend of electric performance with style. One that works in today’s (and tomorrow’s) automotive landscape. Combining know-how and heritage, future I-Pace owners will know that their interiors will be more than an iPad bolted on to an empty dash, and that their vehicle comes gimmick-free.

Electric Pricing

US prices have not formally been announced yet, although some have speculated that Jaguar’s electric revolution will begin at about $70,000 before incentives. The I-Pace will arrive in US dealers by the end of 2018.

In Australia, pricing will start at $119,000 before on-road costs (feels good to buy cars in America doesn’t it?) and will come with a 3-year warranty (Jaguar have said the battery comes with an 8-year warranty). Australian buyers can expect the I-Pace to be available in October.

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Rare Ferrari GTO sells for record $70 million

How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams?

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How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams? What about a one-of-a-kind beauty that you see driving past your prestige dealer? How about a rare 1963 Ferrari GTO?

If you are Dave MacNeil, the answer to the latter, is USD $70 million. MacNeil, who is the CEO of automotive weather guard company WeatherTech, shelled out the record amount for a rare Ferrari.

It is no ordinary rare Ferrari of course. While already limited to 39 builds, this particular one, chassis number 4153 GT, is special. The car won the 1964 Tour de France motor race and finished fourth at Le Mans in 1963.

Records Broken

The $70 million paid by MacNeil eclipses the previous record for the Ferrari GTO. In 2013, a GTO was sold for a then record $53 million.

The Ferrari GTO is powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine and is one of only 39 built between 1962-1964.

MacNeil joins an exclusive group of GTO owners that include Ralph Lauren and Walmart heir Rob Walton.

How much is too much?

When you are in the same tax bracket as the Ralph Laurens and Walmarts of the world, perhaps there really isn’t a price that is too much for a prized automobile. It is truly rarefied air when the cars in your collection exceed seven digits a piece. For the rest of us, it seems utterly ridiculous of course. Collectors however, do see the worth of these incredibly rare vehicles.

How would you rather spend $70 million? I would definitely buy an expensive sports car, but one for considerably less.

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Camaro coming to Australia as an automatic only

The Chevrolet Camaro is officially coming to Australia this year as an import from Holden Special Vehicles. Excitement may have been tempered slightly with its expected high price, and its auto-only option.

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With the demise of local manufacturing, Australian buyers looking for grunt outside of expensive European options have flocked to the Ford Mustang. Almost 10,000 ‘Stangs were sold last year, which is enough proof that, while Australians don’t make affordable muscle cars anymore, they still want to buy them.

Holden, without a flagship V8 for the first time in decades, is turning to its parent company GM for a much needed boost. Holden’s performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles, announced earlier that the Chevy Camaro, in its 2SS trim, will be made available this year.

Good News and Bad News

That’s definitely the good news portion of it. While the thrill of locally made, hotted-up Commodores have been put to bed, the Camaro is more than a worthy successor. HSV have announced the specs for the 2SS for Australia, proving that it’ll pack quite the punch to satisfy the cravings of auto enthusiasts and muscle car fans.

The Australian 2SS Camaros will come with a 6.2-litre Gen 5 LT1 V8, packing 454hp (339kW) and 455 ft-lb of torque (617Nm). It will have Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust, tons of technology and a variety of colour options.

So what is bad news here? Well, the Camaros have started arriving in Australia in your factory standard left-hand drive version. They are being converted to right-hand drive by HSV, which will add a hefty bump to the price tag. While no official numbers have been released just yet, speculation is that the price will come in around USD$60,400 (AUD$80,000). That’s almost $20k more than made-for-Australia Mustangs. HSV says they will be looking to keep numbers at 1,000 units a year, well below that of Ford’s current Mustang sales.

Another sticking point for performance enthusiasts is that the Australian Camaros will be available with an automatic transmission only. I know that probably stings, so I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Equipped with paddle shifters, it’ll be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission, which means the Camaro will be based on the outgoing 2018 model, and not the new 2019.

Still a Winner

Time will tell how the factory-backed Camaro will do. European performance cars have done pretty well with automatic transmissions, so it shouldn’t really hurt that much. While on the pricey side, the Camaro will still be far more affordable than an Audi RS or BMW M-series. It is a just a shame that this particular car, one that is aimed at filling in some lofty Commodore shoes, comes a little shackled from the get-go.

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