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Atelier AC Schnitzer has presented sportpaket BMW i8 Roadster

Atelier AC Schnitzer has presented sportpaket BMW i8 Roadster

Leonid Popov

1 day ago. Photos: AC Schnitzer

The passport parameters of the Roadster could almost not change (numbers Bureau does not), but on the road, the i8 will bypass the serial counterparts due to the lower mass and retuned the chassis. This principle, called the Bureau Innovation 2.0.

Atelier AC Schnitzer has presented sportpaket BMW i8 Roadster

Leonid Popov

1 day ago. Photos: AC Schnitzer

The passport parameters of the Roadster could almost not change (numbers Bureau does not), but on the road, the i8 will bypass the serial counterparts due to the lower mass and retuned the chassis. This principle, called the Bureau Innovation 2.0.

Hybrid family BMW i8 — it’s more about technology, fashion and style, rather than about sport, despite all the spectacular view. But in the Studio AC Schnitzer think that buyers of such cars can make interesting offer. Last year, the Bureau worked on the coupe, and even put him on the Nordschleife. No matter what time of 8:19.8, only slightly better than the figure eight Camaro SS of the previous generation. The standard i8 is even slower. And now the experts from Aachen have turned their attention to i8 Roadster.

Atelier AC Schnitzer has presented sportpaket BMW i8 Roadster

New components for bodywork Atelier made of carbon fiber. This applies not only to the wing or splitter, but also mirrors, frames, hidden door handle, door sill. Still offered several different decorative radiator grilles to choose from.

The reason to work with an open version was a long time coming. Since the experience with the i8 coupe, the family survived the upgrade. Among other things, the engineers have slightly increased the capacity of the hybrid system (now it is hidden 374 “horse” against 362 before the reform). Atelier AC Schnitzer to interfere in the settings of the units did not. So, it is unlikely to disperse hundreds changed any tangible (the source was 4.6 C). The Bureau prepared a new draft on the proven recipe.

Atelier AC Schnitzer has presented sportpaket BMW i8 Roadster

The aesthetics of the lame places, but the Studio assures that there is form follows function and all the aerodynamic components really work.

The first step is lowering the suspension front and rear 20-25 mm. the Second step is AC1 wheels with a diameter of 21 inches (black or two-tone), giving a saving in weight of 4.4 kg. It is a bit for the whole machine as a whole, but the savings account for unsprung weight, and rotating — in movement can be felt. Third — aerodynamic components. Changes on the outside is complemented by a proprietary velour floor mats, aluminum pedal caps and original cover of the iDrive controller. And now the Roadster sparkle with new colors.

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Audi E-tron Quattro will present at the forum in Germany

Audi E-tron Quattro will present at the forum in Germany

At events dedicated to the development of electric vehicles, Audi will show its E-tron Quattro.

This car is embedded in the concept from Audi called E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo. Present an electric car at events timed to the anniversary of the Volkswagen concern.

E-tron Quattro will be the first representative among cars in the Audi line. His appearance is expected by the end of this year, but at the moment the final tests are held in all corners of the planet.

The car will install a battery that is able to hold a charge of 400 kilometers without charging. At the same time, it is likely that electric motors will be able to produce 435 horsepower.

If we talk about the financial side of the issue, in Europe, the price of sales of electric vehicles from Audi will start from 80 thousand euros. Therefore, in terms of value, there is competition with Tesla Model X 100D

As for the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo sedan, it is still available to users of the PlayStation 4 consoles. It is not known yet when the car becomes available in the real world.

Honda Civic and CR-V launch timelines revealed for India

At the 2018 Auto Expo, Honda revealed that it will launch a slew of new cars for the Indian market. The Japanese brand announced the launch of three all-new models in the Indian market. Of these, the Honda Amaze will be launched soon and the rest – the Honda Civic sedan and the CR-V luxury SUV will be launched in India before Fiscal Year 2019. We now have the exact timelines.

Honda Civic and CR-V launch timelines revealed for India

According to Honda officials, the all-new CR-V and the all-new Civic would be launched in the second half of this year. It is expected that after the launch of the all-new Amaze in May 2017, Honda will launch the CR-V around the festive season and the Civic by the end of this year or early 2019. Both the cars are highly awaited in India, especially the Civic that will make a comeback to the Indian market.

The all-new CR-V will also introduce a new diesel engine in the Indian market. The CR-V will get the 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine for the first time in the Indian market. The engine generates a maximum of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. There is a more powerful version of the same engine that is available in the European markets. There will also be a petrol engine on offer – the 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 186 Bhp – 226 Nm.

Honda Civic and CR-V launch timelines revealed for India

Just like the current version of the CR-V, the all-new CR-V will be assembled in India and will be imported as CKD (Completely Knocked Down) units. The biggest change in the upcoming CR-V is the additional row of seats. It will be a 7-seater vehicle, pitting it directly against the likes of Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.

Like the new CR-V, the Honda Civic will also get a diesel engine unit in the Indian market. The same 1.6-litre diesel engine will be present in the Civic and it will produce a similar 118 Bhp and 300 Nm in the premium sedan too. There will also be a 1.8-litre petrol engine option on the Civic. The petrol engine has a power output of 138 Bhp and 174 Nm. It will get a 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission. The diesel is likely to be manual-only.

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is coming this year

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is coming this year

April 18, 2018 07:05

We have a name: Aston Martin makes the name from his new ‘Super GT’, a car that will follow the current Vanquish.

Aston Martin is busy with the replacement of his three-door coupes and two-door convertibles. With the DB11 the DB9 was followed up and now the world already able to get used to the new Vantage. A next step in Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century Plan’ is the replacement of the Vanquish, and the name Vanquish is canceled and Aston Martin chooses DBS Superleggera.

We with that name in 1967 for the first time at Aston Martin. In 2007 the name returned to a new one topcoupé and now, 11 years later, it seems to be used again. The new super GT will be officially presented in the second quarter of this year.

Report: Mercedes planning electric S-Class-sized sedan to compete with Tesla Model S

Report: Mercedes planning electric S-Class-sized sedan to compete with Tesla Model S

After Tesla launched the first luxury electric car with the Model S, it relatively quickly took over the mantle as the best-selling luxury sedan.

That didn’t sit well with Mercedes-Benz or Audi, the prior kings of the $80,000-plus luxury sedan world.

Both companies have now announced an onslaught of plug-in models. So far, Mercedes-Benz has stuck mostly to plug-in hybrids, including the 12-mile plug-in hybrid S560e, sold in California. (It also sold the barely remembered B-Class Electric Drive, and sells electric cars from Smart.)

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Now the granddaddy of luxury automakers has announced its own fully electric luxury sedan, the EQ S, as reported by British car magazine Autocar.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche reportedly revealed the EQ S at a presentation of Mercedes’ tiny A-Class in Croatia, according to Bloomberg. 

The company says the EQ S will be a parallel model, similar in size and luxury to the S Class, but will not be based on the same architecture. 

With a low, flat battery pack under the floor electric drivetrains are ill-suited to today’s sedan chassis, the company said. Instead, the EQ S will have a long wheelbase and short overhangs and a somewhat elevated body to accommodate the battery pack.

It is expected to cost around $90,000 to start, roughly in line with the Model S. As always with luxury automakers, buyers will be able to option the cars up to well beyond that.

Mercedes was less-than-specific on the time frame, but said the car could be expected as early as 2020, but in any case by 2022. We’d expect the U.S. to be on the latter end of that time frame.

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Worldwide, the EQ S is part of a 10-model push under Mercedes’s new EQ electric brand. The lineup is expected to include a mid-sized SUV, the EQ C, as well as a smaller, more affordable sedan—perhaps to compete with the Tesla Model 3—and an electric version of the A-Class to be sold outside the U.S.

Other luxury automakers, including Jaguar and Audi are also rumored to be developing electric sedans, although both companies have announced battery-powered SUVs as their first all-electric models. And Porsche is developing the Mission E sedan, similar in concept to its Panamera.

Whether these cars will garner the following that the Model S has developed is anyone’s guess. What is clear is that buyers will soon have more choices when it comes to electric luxury cars.

2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE Prototype First Drive: Entry-Level Excitement

– Las Vegas, Nevada

Three laps around Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s twisty road course was all it took for me to be instantly enamored with Chevy’s new Camaro Turbo 1LE. It’s the entry-level performance offering Camaro fans will undoubtedly snap up, and follows the same formula as the V6- and V8-powered 1LE models before it: stiffer, lighter, and all-around more fun to drive.

Producing just 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the standard Camaro RS carries over, and it’s the least powerful 1LE of the bunch. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make up or it elsewhere. A finely tuned suspension, sharp, direct steering, and plenty of straight-line speed make the Turbo 1LE one to consider.

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The most important upgrade is the beefier suspension. The Turbo 1LE rides on a new FE3 performance setup, making it tighter and more athletic all around. Technically speaking, the new suspension features larger front and rear anti-roll bars, specially tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings, and cross-axis ball joints in the rear toe links. Combined, the extra engineering increases lateral stiffness, and yields a near-perfect 50/50 weight balance, resulting in better handling on the track.

The steering is scalpel sharp; the Camaro has the ability to dive into corners with tons of speed. The body is firm and planted and allows you to push the vehicle even further than you would the standard RS model. Chunkier tires also help with grip, specifically a set of P245/40R20 front and P275/35R20 rear Goodyears that prevent that 1LE from kicking out too dramatically in the corners.

2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE Prototype First Drive: Entry-Level Excitement
2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE Prototype First Drive: Entry-Level Excitement

A revised Track Mode setting improves throttle response, assuring all 275 horses are delivered more abruptly. A full-fledged Competition setting, meanwhile, (located within Sport and Track Modes) doesn’t necessarily do anything to further enhance performance, but does provide a few neat features like instrument readouts, shift lights on the head-up display, and yes, even launch control.

But even without launch control equipped, the Turbo 1LE feels fast. Paired to a six-speed manual gearbox (the only option), the Camaro sprints down the straights with speed you’d expect on a larger V6, leaving me stiff-necked with my helmet firm against the headrest, watching the shift point lights bounce from green to yellow before heavy braking; new Brembo brakes give the sporty coupe a significant amount of stopping power.

The only noticeable blemish to its otherwise impressive performance portfolio is exit speed; there’s a bit of turbo lag where the naturally aspirated V6 produces power more readily. For what it’s worth, our instructors told us to stick it in third gear and leave it for the entirety of the particularly quick, tight circuit; heel-toeing down to second probably would have yielded more pop out of the corners. Chevy hasn’t specified whether the Turbo 1LE gets the same mechanical limited-slip differential from the V6 model, but we’d assume so.

2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE Prototype First Drive: Entry-Level Excitement

Even with all that newfound performance, the Turbo 1LE remains a reasonably comfortable place to be. Sure, the sight lines are still pretty bad out of the front windshield, but the optional Recaro seats are both capable and comfortable, and there’s still a standard seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, meaning you won’t have to settle for something completely stripped out in the name of performance (i.e., Camaro Z/28).

Though all 2019 Camaros have been restyled, the Turbo 1LE, thankfully, is the most appealing trim of them all. Whereas the base RS model looks a little too Mustang-inspired for my liking, and the high-powered SS is overly styled with a gaping grille and black plastic accents, the styling of the 1LE is more inspired, with a more sculpted, aggressive look overall.

The headlights are sleeker and more stylish, and a larger upper grille and a second lower grille are separated by body-colored sheet metal that splits up the otherwise in-your-face look found on the SS model. A new front splitter, a carbon fiber hood, and a matching rear wing enhance the design, as do a new set of 20-inch wheels.

Chevy hasn’t officially given out details on price, but by all accounts, the Turbo 1LE will be performance on a budget. The bowtie brand benchmarked cars like the Honda Civic Type R, the Subaru WRX, and interestingly enough, the Hyundai Veloster N at its presentation. So expect pricing to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 to $35,000 when it goes on sale later in the year.

All told, the Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE takes the already successful formula found on the entry-level RS model and notches it up to 11 with race-inspired upgrades, and a punchy, powerful turbocharged engine that work together in perfect harmony to create an enticing vehicle. If anything, it’s further proof that you don’t need a V8 – or even a V6, for that matter – to have a ton of fun in the Camaro. There’s still a lot to learn about the Turbo 1LE – 0-60, top speed, weight, etc. – but we’ll be eager to see how the new 1LE performs more than three laps at a time.

Photos: Chevrolet

Car brands Subaru for the first time in two years raised prices

Car brands Subaru for the first time in two years raised prices
Vehicle company “Subaru Motor” announced podnyatii prices sanctoria self, presented avtorynke from the Spain. Ecopelle raising ценс2016.
So, the vehicle Subaru XV added scene 30-40000 roubles based on topolany. Auotmotive modification continued to be verejnem cost range— от1599000 rubles.

The vehicle Forester rose на40000 rubles. New price— от1699000 rubles. Is becoming more costly automodel Outback.

The cost tag— 2449000 rubles (50,000 rubles). Within this model selection continued to be just the cost from the Outback S3,the 6-liter unit— от3299000 rubles.

The cost of fresh self WRXот2479000 rubles. Ecosettlements stick shift. Avatarization Lineartronic— от2659900 rubles. Oemodifications-wheel-drive motorom на268л.with.

The vehicle WRXSTIсшестиступенчатой stick shift with kotorom на300л.with. includes a cost от3429900 rubles. All-wheel drive vehicle.