Day: May 7, 2020

2020 Lotus Elise gets special paint schemes in honor of Lotus race cars

For 2020, the Lotus Elise is getting a very limited edition. The Elise Classic Heritage Edition is a version that can be had in one of four liveries that reference past Lotus race cars. While the paint schemes are fitting tributes, the redundancy of having “Classic” and “Heritage” in the same name seem antithetical to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “simplify and add lightness.”

Name aside, the color schemes look good. Naturally, one of them is the famous black and gold of the John Player Special Lotus race cars. Others are less familiar, but still significant. Two of them highlight cars driven by famous racers. The blue, red and silver combo references the 1980 Lotus Type 81 driven by Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Elio de Angelis. The red, white and gold version is for the 1968 Type 49B driven

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo launch control, plus its screaming exhaust

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is the hottest and fastest Macan in the lineup, packing a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. With the Sport Chrono Package (as ours is equipped), it launches from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and runs out of steam at 167 mph.

That launch control system is mighty aggressive compared to that of other manufacturers, too. Porsche pegs the needle at about 5,000 rpm for Macan Turbo launches, and thereafter the seven-speed PDK cracks off shifts like no other car in its class. We illustrate the impressive launch from a few different angles above to get an idea of what it sounds like from every vantage point. A quick bit of tire scratch, and it’s off. Porsche’s launch control mode immolates any amount of turbo lag we experience