With the days getting shorter and the September heat beating down on us, we understand that you may not want to sit at your computer and read everything we’ve written this week. We’d much rather be enjoying the remaining summer weather outside with a cold drink. We’ve gathered the most relevant stories of the week, from spy photos of the Chevrolet Corvette Z07 to Chrysler filing for an IPO to uncovered vehicles at the bottom of a lake in Oklahoma. Take a look at the stories below to catch everything you missed.
Monday, September 16
Kicking off the week, we caught the new Chevrolet Corvette Z07 testing. The photos show that this follow-up to the Corvette Z06 will feature different wheels, bigger brakes, and a rear brake duct. We expect this soft-top Corvette to be powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 or an updated version of the 7.0-liter V-8, with either delivering a minimum of 600 horsepower. Chevrolet will no doubt be introducing the new model in tiers to battle its main competition, the Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper, and Porsche 911 Turbo, among others. Be sure to check out all the spy photos to get a full impression of what to expect when the camouflage is finally removed from this new Corvette.
Tuesday, September 17
We recently drove the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and if you put its looks aside, it may very well be one of the best SUVs on sale today. We went on the drive expecting not to like the newest Jeep model, but what we discovered was a vehicle that surpassed expectations and seemed to be a generation a head of the rest of the compact SUV class. Although the exterior styling may be striking at first, it grows on you the longer you’re around it, especially after you’ve driven it for some time. The new Jeep Cherokee had a heavier steering feel with precision and solidity, making it a pleasure to drive through twists and turns.
Wednesday, September 18
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the company’s plan to file for an initial public offering, which could take place as early as next week. The process began back in January, as Fiat couldn’t buy up shares currently held by the United Auto Workers’ retiree health care trust due to disagreements on price. By turning the company public once again, Fiat will be able to buy up the shares, completing the merger of Fiat and Chrysler. As early as November, Chrysler could be going public; however, Marchionne, who didn’t want to file for the IPO initially, would prefer to wait until after the holiday season if possible.
Thursday, September 19
We got behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Scirocco R, a hot-hatch with 265 horsepower, front-wheel drive, and long for the day that it hits our shores. Volkswagen enthusiasts have been asking the same question: Why not bring it to America? The automaker’s product planners believe that not only would it be too expensive, but there are already two hatchbacks offered in its U.S. lineup, the GTI and Golf R. Both are great alternatives to the Scirocco, and if it were to come to our shores, it would no doubt become the hot-hatch halo. The Volkswagen GTI has recently been updated, with a diesel version possibly in the works for the American market, and the next Golf R will arrive by 2015, giving us plenty to look forward to.
Friday, September 20
While testing new sonar equipment, Oklahoma trooper discovered two submerged vehicles. Both vehicles, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and an early 1950s Chevrolet sedan, held the remains of five people, with a skull of a potential sixth person near both cars. This discovery may have solved two cold cases, and although officials are still working on the investigation, the remains have yet to be identified. The three bodies found in the Camaro are believed to be three high school students who went missing in 1970, while the other car may have held a couple that disappeared near the lake in the early 1960s.