Auto News: Viper Mania, New Diesels, Ford Focus RS (Video)

2016 Ford Focus RS


Whoa! We doubt very much that Ford meant to leak the price of its new Ford Focus RS Hatchback this week, but it apparently did so.

Earlier this week, a post on the company’s website mentioned listed the starting price at $35K, but it soon vanished from the site. If that number holds up, it would be nearly double the current hatchback’s price, but this is the RS boosting 345 hp version, after all. Choosing all the options will put you north of $40K.


If you think you’re a Dodge Viper fan, a Texas couple is about to put you to shame. You see, they now own 79 Vipers. A little excessive, maybe. Can we blame them, no.

Dodge Viper owners Wayne and D’Ann Rauh take Viper Nation enthusiasm to a whole new level. Last Friday, the Arp, Texas, couple visited the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit to receive keys to not one, but two new customized “1 of 1” Dodge Viper GTC models, yep those would be number 78 and 79 in their collection. Wayne chose a Viper decked out in brown with black stripes, D’Ann went with purple and white. D’Ann by the way owns the majority of the collection.

The Rauh’s garage already includes the last of the previous-generation Vipers decked out in two-tone gold finish. eGarage profiled the couple two years ago when their collection numbered “only” 65.


The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon are both packing a new surprise under the hood.  Come this fall, both will come with a diesel engine option.

The diesel option will be available on the Colorado’s LT and Z71 Crew Cab models in both 2WD and 4WD. It will cost $3,730 more than similarly equipped 3.6-liter V6 models, which means that the base LT model will start under $32,000. It gives the tuck 369 pound-feet of torque with 181 horsepower and is paired to six-speed automatic transmission. The engine ups the truck’s maximum towing capacity to up to 7,700 pounds on 2WD models and 7,600 pounds on 4WD models.

“A diesel engine was part of the Colorado’s portfolio plan from the very beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support its capability. That means there are no compromises with the Colorado diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control,” says Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer.

As for the GMC, the new Duramax diesel is offered on SLE and SLT Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped Canyon V-6 model.  It will churn a SAE-certified 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

“The new Duramax diesel takes the GMC Canyon’s award-winning capabilities to a new level in its segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

Both will be available this fall.

Photo Credit: Ford


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