Extra! 2016 Chevy Volt, Toyota Desert Racer

In this episode, Eurojax gives you the latest on Chevy’s upcoming Volt, plus, a bunch of SEMA-bound concepts, including Toyota’s Tundra Baja 1000 Race Truck a hot Kia K900 and… a Subaru Forester STI?!? Also, Audi unleashes the new R8 Competition package.

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The next generation Chevy Volt will come with an all-new Voltec propulsion system. Utilizing data from customer driving habits, the new Volt will come with three improvements. One, a battery with revised cell chemistry… better put on my scientist goggles for this sentence… the revised cell chemistry was developed in conjunction with LG Chem which increases storage capacity by 20 percent. The cells are also positioned lower in the battery pack for improved center of gravity and if my calculations are correct, a decrease in weight of 30 pounds. The second improvement include a reengineered drive unit that operates 5-10 percent more efficiently and is 100 pounds lighter. And finally, the next-gen volt will ditch the old 1.4 liter range extender for a 1.5 liter. Will this be enough to fend off Tesla? Possibly? (uncertainly)

Subaru has released images of this, a possible STI version of the Forester. So. Very. Excited. Zero details have been released, but it does look a lot like the Forester STI tS concept which was unveiled in Japan last month. We’ll know more specs and whether or not this will be a stateside option on November 25th.

Toyota will sending this behemoth to SEMA. It’s the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck and will compete in the upcoming Baja 1000. Toyota Pickup Trucks Chief Engineer, sweet job title, says the Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving ground for research on how to continuously improve To
yota trucks. Toyota also says the truck will be competing in the Full Size Stock class, keeping the truck as close to stock as possible to showcase the strength and durability of the Toyota brand. The Pro Desert Race truck will be joined by a 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra at the SEMA booth, as well as Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s championship-winning trophy truck.

Meanwhile, Kia dropped this 16 second video to promote it’s high-powered K900 SEMA Concept. The current K900 runs a v8 at 420 horsepower. So this… should be more than that.

Last week all Dodge had was a bunch of silhoutted pictures of their SEMA car contingent. Now, they’ve been released. Most notable of the bunch? the Viper ACR Concept. No word on power output, but, wow, just wow. Second most notable is the Dodge Challenger T/A Concept. It’s no Hellcat, but it will drop 485 horsepower and 475 pound feet of torque.

And finally, Audi confirmed the debut of the 5.2 liter V10 2015 Audi R8 Competition. Said to be the most powerful Audi production vehicle ever, the R8 will come with 570 horsepower and a top speed of 199 with a 0 – 60 time coming in at 3.2 seconds. As reported by Jalopnik, Audi is running a contest with Blipshift to see who can come up with the best R8 inspired shirt. The winner will get to take the R8 Competition on a track day. The car will make its full debut at the LA Auto Show in late November, with only 60 units being made. Price? Not announced, but we’re expecting something around $200,000-ish.

That’s it for this episode of Driving Sports Extra. I’m eurojax, we’re off to SEMA next week to give you a first hand look at all it has to offer. It’s my first time, I hope it’s gentle. If you have anything you’d like to see at the show, hit us up in the comments. Don’t worry about photos of the booth babes, I’ve got you covered. I’m eurojax, have a happy Halloween and we’ll see you after SEMA.