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Jay Leno has his first dab at driving the Porsche Taycan


The Porsche Taycan is one of the most anticipated cars of 2020, and after driving it in several locations we can unequivocally say it’s good. Very good.

Jay Leno has now spent some time with the car, in this case behind the wheel of the flagship Taycan Turbo S. He comes off as a bit cautious in this episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” but begins to warm up the more he learns about the car, such as why it has a transmission and how it can be charged from 5 to 80 percent in a little over 20 minutes. Porsche’s spokesman in the episode also explains to Leno why the car doesn’t have a flat floor inside the cabin.

The Taycan reached dealers last December, in Turbo and Turbo S grades only. These range-topping models are priced from $152,250 (launch pricing is increased to $154,660) and $186,350 (launch pricing of $188,960), respectively. Both offer 616 horsepower in standard mode but with launch control the Taycan Turbo’s output temporarily jumps to 670 hp and the Taycan Turbo S’s output temporarily rises to 750 hp.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

A Taycan 4S will be available in the spring. This model is priced from $105,150 and has two battery options to choose from. Peak output is 522 hp with the smaller battery and 563 hp with the bigger battery.

So far only the Turbo and Turbo S have had their ranges measured by the EPA, with the numbers coming in at just 201 and 192 miles, respectively. From our own experience with the car, the EPA’s estimate is fair. But what it doesn’t portray is the fact that the Taycan’s range tends to be consistent whether you’re driving fast close to the Arctic Circle or along warm Californian canyon roads. In other EVs, range can vary by as much as 30 percent depending on the weather.

Production of the Taycan takes place within a new wing of Porsche’s main plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. To ensure CO2-neutral production, Porsche’s plant relies on renewable energy for all power and heating requirements.



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Tadge Juechter brings the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible to Jay Leno’s Garage


The convertible version of Chevrolet’s new mid-engine Corvette Stingray only made its debut in October but has already stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage for an episode of the funny man’s YouTube show.

The car’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, was more than happy to step in front of the camera and explain to Leno all that he needs to know about the open-top version of America’s sports car (or should that now be supercar?).

As Juechter explains, the coupe and convertible were developed together, which ensured that very little modification was required to accommodate the new roof, in this case a retractable hard-top. The result is that the weight difference between the body styles has been kept to a minimum, with the convertible option suffering from a weight penalty of just 80 pounds.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Interestingly, Chevy was originally going to go with a soft-top design but thankfully changed its mind, thus ensuring the convertible looks just as handsome as the coupe. The designers even went the proper supercar route of adding a pair of flying buttresses to the tonneau cover to conceal the rollover bars.

The powertrain is the new LT2 6.2-liter V-8 which delivers 490 horsepower as standard and 495 hp with an available performance exhaust, and it’s mated to a bespoke 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. After going for a drive, Leno quickly finds that Chevy is limiting power on the car for the first 500 miles to ensure proper engine break-in.

Originally due by the end of 2019, the new Corvette’s arrival at dealerships has been pushed back to February 2020 due to recent strike action at the car’s plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. While the coupe starts at $59,995, you’ll need to pay at least $‭67,495‬ for the convertible. Both figures include destination.



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1965 Ford Shelby GT350R continuation car built by original Shelby crew visit’s Jay Leno’s Garage


There are plenty of companies out there building continuation versions of original Shelby Mustangs under license, but only one is run by original crew members who worked at Shelby American more than half a century ago.

The crew consists of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, and together with Shelby historian Randy Richardson they’ve formed the new company Original Venice Crew. The company’s name is a nod to Shelby’s original headquarters in Venice, California, and the first product is a continuation version of the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition, a car more commonly referred to as the Shelby GT350R.

It turns out Shelby had actually named the car a GT350 Competition, but because Shelby’s race cars featured an “R” in their VINs, everyone referred to it as the “R model” and over the years this morphed into the GT350R name we know today. That’s just one of the original stories you’ll learn about the car in the latest video from the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel, which features Marietta and Sutton with a prototype.

L to R: Peter Brock, Ted Sutton and Jim Marietta

So how did this project come about? Marietta was just a teen when he joined Shelby in the early 1960s. At the age of 71, he came up with the idea of rebuilding the GT350 Competition. Fortunately he was still in contact with Brock and Sutton, and when Richardson joined, OVC then developed a business plan and took it to Shelby to see if the modern company would be interested in licensing, producing and selling the continuation car. Fortunately, the answer was yes. As with the original, only 36 OVC Shelby Competition continuation cars will be built, including this prototype. There’s no word if any build slots are still available.

The goal was to make the GT350 Competition continuation as faithful and authentic to the original as they reasonably could, right down to using original ’65 Mustang chassis. OVC’s Shelby GT350 Competition isn’t exactly the same as the original, though. In addition to a handful of modern safety items, the company implemented some designs envisioned by Brock but never used back in the day because Brock had to leave the project for an assignment in Europe. These include an original Shelby-designed independent rear suspension, disc brakes all around, and a flat rear windshield.

There’s also more power…a lot more power. The original might have been good for 306 horsepower, but these OVC-fortified 289-cubic inch V-8s crank out 440 horses. The transmission is a Borg Warner “side loader” 4-speed manual, the carburetor an air-filterless 4-barrel Holley, and every bushing and bearing in the car is all new. The original speedometer and dash binnacle are replaced with a racy array of period-looking Stewart-Warner gauges. Very cool.



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