Welcome to AutoNation Drive’s Week in Review! This week, we’ve got an awesome Top Gear video, a tribute to an automotive icon, new details on the electric MINI, and more!
MONDAY, JULY 8th
For many folks, this Monday hit particularly hard, as it marked a return to the grind after a glorious four-day weekend packed with grilling, fireworks, and — at least in the case of your’s truly — an entire day on the couch binging the third season of Stranger Things. That said, the week kicked of with some sideways antics from Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, who took a brand-new Porsche 911 GT2 RS to the track and proved that it goes sideways as well it goes forward. If this video doesn’t give you an adrenaline rush, check your pulse — because you might not have survived the weekend.
TUESDAY, JULY 9th
Ever looked at the petite, fun-to-drive MINI coupe, and thought, “Wow, that would make a good platform for an electric car!” Well, then pat yourself on the back, because today, we got details on the forthcoming MINI Cooper SE. Power will come from the 181-horsepower unit currently seeing service in parent company BMW’s futuristic i8, which will allow it to hit 60 mph in a hair over seven seconds, eclipse 90 miles per hour, and travel about 114 miles between charges — though probably not all at the same time. Expect to see the green machine at your local AutoNation MINI dealer by the end of the year.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10th
Today, friend of AutoNation Drive Jerry Perez reported that the final examples of the venerable Volkswagen Beetle have left the assembly line, and his story for The Drive is a fond farewell to an automotive icon. We remember the excitement stoked by the first new Beetle spot way back in 1998, which used Spiritualized’s gorgeous “Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space” as the soundtrack, and will sorely miss the Bug. Fortunately, Volkswagen is currently readying the I.D. Buzz, an electric version of its much-loved Bus, so fans of retro-styled German kit won’t be without options for long. Godspeed, Beetle — there will never be another one like you.
THURSDAY, JULY 11th
The Jeep Gladiator is one of the toughest machines on the planet. Like all Jeeps, it was honed in the unforgiving landscape of the Moab desert, and on test drives, we’ve been beyond impressed with its off-road capabilities. But Ma Mopar didn’t evaluate how its new baby would hold up during a train derailment, because well, that’s not supposed to happen — and today we got news it did. The 33-car pileup near the Nevada-Utah border left a bunch of new Gladiators mangled, along with Jeep Wranglers, GMC Sierras, and Chevy Silverados. The photos posted by the local Sheriff’s office are full of carnage, but overall, we think all the vehicles held up pretty well. Given that Jeep fans have been waiting almost three decades for a new pickup, we hope replacements get shipped out pronto.
FRIDAY, JULY 12th
Next week, we’re heading to Orange County down in sunny Southern California, to get the first look a Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette. It’s going to be a historic moment, as rumors about it have persisted for virtually the entire history of the vehicle — and we’re stoked. But while we won’t see the next-generation of America’s Sports Car until Thursday, today the General released a picture of the new Vette’s steering wheel. With its flat bottom and prominent paddles, it looks like exactly the kind of tiller you’d expect to find in thoroughbred, and we’re sure the rest of the car will be even more impressive. Stay tuned, because we’ll have tons of pics from the official reveal live on Thursday!
That’s it for this week! And as always, if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, swing through your local AutoNation dealer today!