Wheels

WHEELS – Car of the Year

The 2020 Corvette took Motor Trend’s top honor for the third time in the car’s history.

The redefined Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the 2020 Motor Trend Car of the Year, regaining a title it earned in 1984 and 1998.

Chevy’s current model is the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette and represents the fastest, most powerful entry-level Corvette in the vehicle’s 66-year history. It reaches 60 mph in 2.9 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. The latest version sports exotic proportions and a modern design inspired by racing and aeronautics. Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Corvette Stingray packs 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Available in several packages, the 1LT version starts at $59,999.

The 2LT model includes most of the standard content plus additional features such as a heated steering wheel, universal home remote, and a Bose 14-speaker Performance Series audio system, among other amenities. MSRP for the 2LT model starts at $67,295.

Boost up to the 3LT version for GT2 seats with Napa and Mulan leather seating surfaces and carbon fiber trim, custom leather-wrapped interior, suede-wrapped upper interior trim and leather-wrapped door panels. MSRP for the 3LT model starts at $71,945.

Production on the Corvette is underway at General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. See your local Chevrolet dealer for more details. chevrolet.com

WHEELS – Making Tracks

Power and performance come together in BMW’s latest M series vehicles.

BMW engineers are a fussy breed, never quite satisfied with their finest creations. Take the M (for motorsport) series for example. Since the introduction of the M1 in 1978, BMW engineers have hammered away at making it better, combining motorsport functionality, agility and power with everyday usability. 

With that in mind, the 2020 versions feature the X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and X6 M Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), which offer more power and performance and improved luxury and comfort over earlier versions, according to BMW. The vehicles also include the latest in technology,  including driver assistance, personal connectivity and infotainment. Vehicle apps such as news, weather, office and online search are examples of the car’s intelligent connectivity capabilities. 

The latest X5 M and X6 M models are powered by a twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine generating 600 hp at 6,000 rpm, an increase of 33 hp over the previous models.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission offers both automatic and manual shift modes with three selectable levels of programming controlling shift speed and sharpness. Drivers can select from several all-wheel drive modes to tailor the experience to their liking. 

The new Ms include black extended merino leather interior as standard. 

To check out all the amenities, see your BMW dealer. MSRP starts at $105,100 for X5 M and $114,100 for X5 M Competition; $108,600 for X6 M and $117,600 for X6 M Competition, not including destination fees.

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