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2017 BMW i3 – In-Depth Review

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2017 BMW i3 in Depth: Putting the “i” in Electric

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In a world where auto manufacturers have filled nearly every niche of the market, the BMW i3 occupies a place all its own. The BMW i3 is the only luxury electric vehicle not named Tesla that can drive more than 100 miles on a single charge. Along with the i8 hybrid sports car, the i3 is part of BMW’s eco-friendly i sub-brand, and both have elevated car design. That said, the i3’s range is no longer competitive in the overall EV landscape, even when fitted with the optional gasoline-powered range extender, which boosts total range to an EPA-rated 180 miles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV makes more sense, goes much farther on a charge, and costs far less. READ MORE ››


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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: We Get a 755-HP Thrill Ride around Willow Springs

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“We broke a lot of dynamometers testing this engine,” explained Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s chief engineer for small-block engines, before handlers strapped us into the passenger seat of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for a few laps of Willow Springs International Raceway. It’s understandable, because the engine to which Lee referred is the ultra-Vette’s supercharged LT5 V-8; its 755 horsepower cracked exhaust piping with its heat and decimated flex plates at General Motors’ engine-testing facility. It’s a common problem among blown V-8s making this much power, it seems—Dodge faced similar challenges developing the 840-hp supercharged Hemi V-8 for its Challenger Demon. READ MORE ››


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