Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week along with the weekend racing schedule for your viewing pleasure.
Porche’s 918 Spyder was approved for production shortly after its debut, but it wasn’t until this week that the automaker placed a sticker price on its new hybrid supercar. Despite giving the 918 an $845,000 price tag, its production run of 918 units should have no trouble selling out quickly. And for those that wish to tell the world they own a 918, but don’t want to drive it on a daily basis, Porsche also announced that a limited-edition 911 Turbo S Edition S 918 Spyder will be available only to those who buy a 918.
There was fear a few months ago that Mitsubishi was going to discontinue its Lancer Evolution, but now some positive light has been shed on the rally-inspired car’s future. Rather than ditching the popular high-power AWD sedan, the automaker may substitute its standard I-4 powertrain in favor of a plug-in hybrid setup. Fear not performance fans, the automaker aims to eclipse the current Evo’s performance with the new setup.
Many questioned whether Fisker would ever actually ever produce its extended-range electric luxury sedan, but this week the automaker proved naysayers wrong. Fisker’s production site in Finland commenced production of the Karma this week, which the company expects to sell some 7000 examples of this year.
Automakers throughout the globe continue to be affected by the aftermath of the recent Japanese earthquake. Several manufacturers in Japan have yet to restart production, while the remainder of the world is starting to feel the effects of a faltering supply chain.
BMW’s next 3 Series is due in just over a year. Whetting our appetite for the forthcoming model, the automaker just released a video of the next-gen sedan undergoing some hot-weather testing in Death Valley.
Ferrari’s newest model, the FF was just officially unveiled earlier this month, and just a few weeks later we’ve been given some seat time in the hatchback. New for the 2012 model year, the Buick LaCrosse now employs General Motor’s eAssist mild hybrid drivetrain. The new system results in a 25-percent fuel economy improvement over 2011 four-cylinder models.
-Formula One, Quantas Australian Grand Prix, Sunday March 27th, 2 a.m. EST on Speed
-IndyCar, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, Sunday March 27th, 12:30 p.m. EST on ABC
-NASCAR, Auto Club 400, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California, March 27th, 3 p.m. EST on FOX