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WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: April 18, 2020

The McLaren 720S is known for being an engaging, athletic drive whether you're cruising on the highway or carving up the twists of Angels Crest Highway.

Photo courtesy of Post Oak Motors

This week's Virtual Car Show entries are as varied as America itself. From a vintage Chevy (or two) to a modern Ferrari there's something for everyone.

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2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast

Photo courtesy of Post Oak Motor Cars

This pony will roar. It's a 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and achieves 800 horsepower.

The car's Bianco Avus exterior is paired with a red interior and checks many options boxes. It has yellow brake calipers, a carbon fiber driver zone with LEDs, carbon fiber central bridge, colored inner details, colored safety belts, carbon fiber dashboard inserts, horse stitched on headrests, colored mats with logo, heat insulated windscreen, 'Scuderia Ferrari' shields, front and rear parking cameras, Daytona racing seats, and racing seat lifter.

It rides on 20-inch forged dark painted wheels. *chef's kiss*

The car is available for sale at Post Oak Motor Cars and has a price tag of $369,950.

2020 Porsche 911

2020 Porsche 911

Photo courtesy of Christian Brown

Why get a Porsche 911? "Because it's ... iconic," said the owner of this 2020 model, Houston, Texas resident Christian Brown.

The car was first introduced in September 1964 and has undergone continuous development while still holding true to its design heritage. A new, eighth generation of the car debuted in 2019 and given the 992 designation. It's available in an expanded number of varieties for the 2020 and 2021 model year including the 911 S Turbo, which is the fastest 911 to date.

1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

Photo courtesy of Craig Bethscheider

Craig Bethscheider of Cypress, Texas traded for this 1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery in 2016, marking his 50th '57. The only thing he's updated since he purchased it is the drivetrain, which now features modern components.

The car was originally produced under the Chevrolet One-Fifty line and 1957 was its swan song. For '58, the One-Fifty lineup was replaced by the Delray.

2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z51

Photo courtesy of Craig Beecher

The LeMans Blue paint job is the key reason Craig Beecher owns this 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Z51. He said, " I hunted for this car, nation wide. It just popped up, 50 miles from me, one morning." He paid $18,000 for it in 2019.

Since purchase, Beecher has modified the car a bit. There's a new Borla back axle, Hurst shifter, and SLC cold air intake.

The car already came with the the Z51 package, which includes a stiffer suspension, larger brakes than the typical 'Vette, a six-speed manual transmission with shorter ratios, and a transmission-oil cooler. Legendary Car & Driver editor Csaba Csere was impressed with the car's performance with the added package, giving it high marks when it was new.

2018 McLaren 720S

Photo courtesy of Post Oak Motor Cars

In the words of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, "More power!" This 2018 McLaren 720S has gotten the Hennessey Performance HPE900 Performance upgrade giving it 890 rwhp - up from the 710 bhp it comes with out of the factory.

Its already race-like prowess is further enhanced by the 720S Performance Package, MSO defined cargo fiber steering wheel, MSO defined carbon fiber steering wheel paddles, silver brake calipers, 5 twin-spoke lightweight forged wheels, HomeLink system, vehicle lift, secondary interior components in carbon fiber, power steering column, electric and heated memory seats, sports exhaust, and a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. It wears a Pearl White exterior and black interior.

The car is available for sale at Post Oak Motor Cars and has a price tag of $304,950.


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The car rides on new alloy wheels.

Photo courtesy of MINI

MINI has given the Cooper Countryman a facelift for the 2021 model year refining the subcompact crossover's space, functionality, and ride comfort. The model will be available later this year.

In the US, the MINI Cooper Countryman remains one of the brand's most popular models, accounting for close to 40 percent of all MINIs sold in 2019.

The car gets a new grille with a chrome frame and standard LED headlights and fog lights up front, newly designed front and rear bumper coverings, now entirely in body finish, lend a more refined appearance. The radiator grill of the MINI Cooper S Countryman has a bold hexagonal grid pattern with a red "S" and a single chrome strut.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI has given the model a fresh front and rear look.Photo courtesy of MINI

In the back are LED rear lights in a Union Jack design and a fresh bumper design. MINI will offer the model with an available Piano Black exterior trim joining the new White Silver metallic and Sage Green metallic paint jobs. The model will ride on standard 17-inch light alloy wheels. Buyers can opt for 17-inch light alloy wheels in Channel Spoke Black design or 19-inch light alloy Turnstile Spoke two-tone wheels.

The Countryman will continue to be offered in a variety of models from the plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 to the high performance MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4. The base Cooper Countryman will still come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine under the hood that generates 134 horsepower.

The next tier up, the Cooper S Countryman gets the same engine, tuned to put out 189 horsepower. The John Cooper Works model, with its standard all-wheel drive, has a 301-horsepower version of the power plant. All-wheel drive is available on the other two vehicles.

AN electrified version of the powertrain is available in the Cooper SE Countryman. It pairs a 1.5-liter engine with a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid model has 17 miles of all-electric range.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman The interior of the model has been given a facelift, just like the exterior of the car.Photo courtesy of MINI

The cabin of the car features a new cockpit display with an available 5-inch color screen. MINI is offering the 2021 Countryman with a new list of leather trim and interior surfaces. MINI is offering a new option for the Yours Interior Style package - Shaded Silver.

MINI offers the vehicle with new Chesterfield Indigo Blue and Chesterfield Matt Brown leather in addition to the 2020 model year roster of upholstery colors and finishes.

The MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 models now come as standard with Piano Black interior surfaces for the cockpit and door bezels. These are combined with accent strips in the variant British Oak dark.

At the center is an 8.8-inch touch screen. Signature and Iconic trim levels have navigation. MINI has refined the look of the audio control panel, buttons for hazard lights, and driver assistance systems. Amazon Alexa integration is available.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman There's an 8.8-inch touch screen in the middle of the car.Photo courtesy of MINI

For the new model, there is a longer list of available MINI accessories from the manufacturer. The selection ranges from a roof box, molded luggage compartment mats and all-weather floor mats, to individual MINI LED door projectors from the MINI Yours Customized program, and of course, John Cooper Works performance products designed for extreme driving fun.

The 2021 MINI Countryman is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms later this summer. Pricing will be available closer to the model's on-sale date.

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Travis Pastrana will return to Ken Block's popular "Gymkhana" stunt series.

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Gymkhana GRiD is back. Ken Block's popular video series will be making a return in 2020 with Travis Pastrana behind the wheel of a specially configured Subaru.

The news comes just two days after Pastrana, a full-time member of the 2020 Subaru rally team, and Block (and Subaru) agreed that they would be willing try to make it happen. Here's how it went down.

Pastrana and Block have been staying at home with their families during the COVID-19 crisis but they haven't been idle. The longtime friends and former teammates have been competing to produce at-home stunt videos for their fans. Block's "Gymkhana GRiD: Stay at Home Edition" called out the Pastrana family, challenging Pastrana to film a better version at his home in Maryland. Pastrana's rebuttal featured big dirt jumps, driving on two wheels and donuts around his personal WRX STI. Both drivers encouraged their fans to vote on who made the better video.

Then, on Tuesday's "Hoonigan Tangents Live" show, the talk turned from friendly jabs between the two into Block offering Pastrana the chance to film his own Gymkhana installment in 2020 with Subaru and the Hoonigan Media team. Pastrana and Subaru immediately agreed to the challenge, marking the first time in 11 years that Subaru will be a part of the series.

"What Ken has done with 'Gymkhana' over the years has really been amazing," said Pastrana. "But I think he made a big mistake giving me a shot at doing one of my own! I've got some ideas that I think can blow Ken's videos out of the water, and Subaru is on board to provide a car to do it. One thing's for sure, it's going to be unlike any 'Gymkhana' you've ever seen before."

This won't be Pastrana's first trip around the "Ghymkana" block. The five-time U.S. rally champion, freestyle motocross pioneer, action sports icon and stunt expert has made cameo appearances in the fifth and tenth installments of the series.

More details of the location and release timing of the special video will be announced at a later date.

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