5 Fast and Furious 8 Cars Revealed – This Week in Automotive News
Fast and Furious 8 Cars Revealed
Having celebrated its 15th anniversary, the Fast and the Furious franchise is working on its next installment, Fast and Furious 8. The cars of these movies have become the dreams and icons of auto enthusiasts across the country. The franchise was kind enough to give us all a sneak peek preview at 5 Fast and Furious 8 cars from filming in Iceland.
Volkswagen to Pay $15 Billion in U.S. Dieselgate Settlement
Following the Volkswagen emissions scandal that emerged in September of 2015, VW has to pay dearly for its mistakes. The company has allegedly made a deal to pay out $15 billion in the US. Of that amount, here are a few of the expected actions under this deal.
Just over $10 billion will allegedly cover a buy-back program and a compensation program, giving drivers for as much as $10,000 per car for their troubles. Volkswagen is expected to pay roughly $2.7 billion in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. $2 billion could go to an investment in clean-emissions tech.
How does this affect you? If you own a VW diesel between the 2009 and 2015 model year, you may be eligible for a buyback at pre-scandal vehicle value. If an owner would opt out of the program, their diesel would have to be retrofitted to comply with emissions standards.
This story is still developing, and Volkswagen’s tab could still grow.
Ford Performance Announces 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
We’re all excited for the 2017 Ford GT, and this Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a great throwback. This limited-edition GT honors the historic 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II car that was driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. This car speaks beautifully to its heritage, while still incorporating mostly modern design elements found in the 2017 GT.
Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Spotted
General Motors is allegedly working on a mid-engine Chevy Corvette! This will give the car the exotic feel of a Ferrari, and could surface as competition with the new Ford GT. A spy photographer spotted this rare prototype during track testing. Rumor has it GM was initially running tests at night only to keep this project secret.
While these are just rumors, reports suggest that this Corvette with have a turbo-charged V6 that produced over 700 hp. The car could debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show as a 2019 model. We can’t wait to see what Chevy is cooking.