Subaru USA is looking to smash the lap record on four wheels around the Isle of Man TT course – and it’s enlisted rally legends Prodrive and Subaru Technica International to help it do just that. The brands will combine their extensive motorsports knowledge to produce a purpose-built WRX STI, designed specifically for getting around the high-speed circuit in a short a time as possible.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is seeking a merger partner in a bid to secure its long-term future in a move that could save $10 billion a year, according to its chairman. John Elkann, a member of the Agnelli family that founded Fiat, admitted a merger with one of the industry’s ‘big guys’ was an important objective of FCA as it seeks to shore up its long-term future in a highly disrupted automotive landscape.
Texas-based tuner Hennessey is back at it again, pushing the performance envelope with its twin-turbocharged Venom GT Spyder. It took the 1451bhp convertible brute to Naval Air Station Lemoore in California where, with its roof off, it stormed to a whopping 265.6mph – a speed verified by data-logging company Racelogic.
And like BMW, Cadillac minimizes knobs and buttons on the dashboard of the XT5, greatly simplifying the look. However, Cadillac favors more plush materials on cabin surfaces in contrast to BMW's more spartan approach. Following European tradition, BMW uses an indirect controller for its cabin electronics while Cadillac relies on a simpler touchscreen.
Looking around the cabin of the XT5, I noticed more than a few indications that Cadillac was chasing BMW, beyond just driving dynamics. The shifter for the eight-speed automatic transmission, a curvy pod that fit my hand well, resembles the ergonomically sculptured drive selector sticking up from the consoles of BMW models.