Unlike the ordinary Mustang, the 2018 Shelby GT350 isn’t refreshed inside and out. In fact, both of the 2018 Shelby Mustangs are virtually identical to last year’s. The only update is three new exterior colors: Kona Blue, Orange Fury, and Lead Foot Gray—replacing Grabber Blue and Avalanche Gray. While the successful Shelby GT350 lives another year, it’s uncertain if this is the last.
It’s easy to drive, too. So far, I’ve discovered the best thing to do is to sit there and try to work out what methods of propulsion the PHEV’s using. There is a handy energy flow display on the screen that shows you just that and, as with all similar cars, the object soon becomes seeing how long you can keep the car going on full electric drive around town before the engine cuts in. I dare say there’ll be a lot more on that in future reports.
You can get a home battery tester, but it’s easier to see a specialist. Assuming you can start the car, you can drive to your local dealer or car spares shop to buy a new one. Most car battery stockists will even fit it for you.
A software update introduced the Chill Mode, which can be accessed via the on-board infotainment screen. In the software update notification, it says that Chill Mode is ‘ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for passengers’.
Honda is doing its best to singlehandedly prop up the dreams of the enthusiast driver by offering a six-speed manual transmission with two of the Accord’s engines. We continue to genuinely enjoy working that manual, so we’d choose an Accord Sport, which is the only trim to offer the stick shift. We prefer the more powerful, Civic Type R–derived turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, but if the $31,185 asking price of the Sport 2.0T is too rich for your blood, the 1.5-liter turbo four in the $26,655 Sport 1.5T model will still offer plenty in the way of driving enjoyment. An automatic transmission—a continuously variable automatic (CVT) on the 1.5T and a new 10-speed automatic on the 2.0T—is a no-cost option in both trims. Standard features on the Accord Sport 2.0T include:
Workhorse hasn’t yet said much about the HorseFly drone that comes with the N-Gen, but it’s a model that the company engineered in-house. It will deploy from the vehicle and will be software linked, so that it might be able to take a small package to a nearby cul-de-sac, for instance, while a larger one is being delivered. This isn’t the only company vying for the last-mile delivery business and its electric future. One particularly well-funded effort is Chanje, a startup that has managed to recruit former executives from Volkswagen, Tesla, and one earlier fleet-focused company, Smith Electric Vehicles. And a Hybrid Helicopter for Two Workhorse also has a larger, manned aircraft under development. The unique eight-blade SureFly Octocopter, which the company revealed at the Paris Air Show this summer, can hold the pilot plus one other occupant. It’s also an electrified product, but with power sources prioritized the opposite way compared to its trucks; there, a gasoline engine provides power to the electrically driven prop system, and twin battery packs serve as a five-minute power backup, allowing the pilot enough time to land if they run out of fuel or the engine fails.
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With BMW, Mercedes and Porsche all producing four-wheel-drive, turbocharged (and, in the Panamera's case, electrically assisted) super-saloons, the XJR 575 represents the end of a wonderful and wild era. ‘Responsible performance’ is now the order of the day – a memo that Jaguar must have missed, because, instead of taking this opportunity to dial out some of the XJR’s wilder characteristics, it's simply accentuated them. Like handing Liam Gallagher another pint mid-gig, everything about the XJR has been turned up to 11.