The Friday Five:The Fast Porsches, Electric Ford Vans, and Dead Impalas Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Mar 06, 2020

This past week, we published in-depth reports about a new engine for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, details about the redesigned 2021 Audi A3, and information General Motors shared about its new electric Cadillac SUV and upcoming Ultium battery packs that rival Tesla in terms of power, range, and sophistication.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Porsche Debuts Fastest 911 Turbo Ever

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo accelerates to 60 mph in a claimed 2.6 seconds. That, according to the automaker, qualifies it as the quickest 911 Turbo in history.

This blistering performance comes courtesy of a new twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 640 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. A fortified version of Porsche’s 8-speed dual-clutch automatic puts the power to all four of the 911 Turbo’s wheels.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S at Speed

Additional performance specs for the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo include a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Prices start at $203,500 for the coupe, and $216,300 for the convertible.

Electric Ford Transit Promises Lean, Green Fleets

Ford announced this week that an electric version of the Ford Transit Cargo Van will be on roads by 2022. It will come in cargo van, cutaway, and chassis-cab variants in three different lengths. Cargo vans offer three roof heights, too.

Power, driving range, and payload numbers remain a secret, but the new Ford electric van will offer smart connected services to help fleet operators maximize efficiency and productivity. Technology highlights include an embedded FordPass Connect modem that supplies 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, while Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services collect information about how drivers are using the electric Transit van, where they’re driving it, and more.

Additionally, Ford is touting reductions in long-term operating costs related to fuel and maintenance of traditional combustion engines. Van drivers will have access to Ford’s national charging network, and the company will assemble the van in the U.S.

2021 Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep Package Coming in Time for Winter

Ram Truck surpassed the Chevrolet Silverado in terms of U.S. sales in 2019, and now a new Snow Plow Prep Package for the 2021 Ram 1500 aims to make the company’s light-duty, full-size pickup even more appealing to people who work hard year-round.

The package costs $195 and equips the 2021 Ram 1500 with a plow wiring harness, a 220-amp alternator, and a sliding rear window with a defroster. The option removes the truck’s active air dam, too. Requirements include 4-wheel drive; Tradesman, Big Horn, or Laramie trim; and a V-8 or EcoDiesel V-6 engine.

Chevrolet Stops Making the Impala

On February 28, 2020, the last new Chevrolet Impala rolled off General Motors’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly line. Stylish, and equipped with a huge interior and trunk, the full-size Impala simply couldn’t compete with Americans’ unquenchable thirst for SUVs. GM will refurbish the Detroit-Hamtramck factory to build its upcoming line of electric vehicles, including the 2022 Cadillac Lyriq SUV and GMC Hummer pickup truck.

2021 Genesis GV80 Prices Start Below $49,000

Genesis, which is Hyundai’s luxury brand in the same way that Lexus is Toyota’s, launched with three cars in a marketplace where consumers demand SUVs. Whoops.

Now, the company is about to release the 2021 Genesis GV80, a midsize SUV that simultaneously transforms Genesis’s design language while giving the automaker a vehicle people actually want to buy.

Prices start at $48,900 (plus a destination charge of $1,025). That’s for the 2.5T with rear-wheel drive. At the top of the Genesis GV80 lineup, the 3.5T Prestige with all-wheel drive will run $70,950.

The new SUV goes on sale in the summer of 2020.

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