Porsche Cayman and Boxster: the next generation 100% electric?

Porsche Cayman and Boxster the next generation 100% electric

Launched in 2016, the current Porsche Cayman and Boxster should be renewed in 2023. On this occasion, they could well take the turn of the all-electric …

Porsche boss Oliver Blume said in an interview with British magazine Auto Express that the brand had not yet decided whether the Porsche Cayman and Boxster were going to go 100% electric, while specifying that this hypothesis was quite likely .

According to Blume, “We’re still waiting a few months before making a choice. But I think there is potential for that to happen, and if we make an electric 718 it should be able to be driven like a 911 and all of our stuff. other sports. ”

Porsche Cayman and Boxster: a new generation is well planned

The boss of Porsche added that, despite the fact that many manufacturers are abandoning the sports market, Porsche will not draw a line on the Porsche Boxster and Cayman , which will know a new generation , and this, whether they are driven by thermal or electric motors: “You cannot compare combustion engines to electric motors, but there are a lot of advantages in electrification, because of the torque and the acceleration that you can offer the car” .

Despite everything, the Stuttgart firm will continue to offer thermal engines in its range, which will always be useful for equipping hybrid traction chains, which will be found in particular on the Porsche 911 . As for the future of the future Porsche Cayman and Boxster, regardless of the nature of the engine that will drive them, Oliver Blume assures us that they will be “100% Porsche” …

 

GMC Hummer EV: the future SUV version announced

GMC Hummer EV the future SUV version announced

Initially presented as a pickup, the new GMC Hummer EV will also be available in an SUV version, which will be unveiled on April 3, 2021.

The Hummer brand (for High-Utility Maximum Mobility Easy Rider ) was born in 1992 with the marketing of an imposing vehicle: the Hummer H1, a civilian version of the Humvee of the American army. The concept was developed by General Motors with the H2 and H3, before abandoning the brand in 2010.

Ten years later, the American manufacturer relaunched the behemoth under the GMC brand , with the GMC Hummer EV , a 100% electric pickup presented for the 2020 Super Bowl, and which should be marketed in the fall of 2021 .

GMC Hummer EV SUV: presentation April 3, 2021

In a video recently posted on its YouTube channel, GMC is already announcing a new version of the new Hummer EV: an SUV version , which will be unveiled on April 3, 2021 . If no additional information has been revealed during this teaser , this SUV version should be very close to the pick-up, with its imposing front face and its four-wheel steering, allowing it to move diagonally with an unusual ” crab mode “.

We should also find its three electric motors delivering a total of 1,014 horsepower and 15,592 Nm of torque , and powered by a battery offering more than 560 km of range with a charge. On the pickup, the performance is quite impressive for such a size, with a 0 to 96 km / h ( 60 mph ) swallowed in just 3 seconds: enough to stand up to many supercars …

 

Audi e-Tron GT (2021): all prices, range, equipment

Audi e-Tron GT (2021) all prices, range, equipment

Discover all the prices, range and equipment of Audi’s new 100% electric sports sedan: the e-Tron GT, the announced rival of the Tesla Model S.

Unveiled on February 9, the Audi e-Tron GT , a 100% electric sports sedan, 4.99 m long (1.96 m wide, 1.41 m high and 2.90 m wheelbase) Dedicated to compete with the Tesla Model S , is already available to order on the French market.

Two models: e-Tron GT or RS e-Tron GT

Two models are offered : the e-tron GT , powered by two electric motors (one on each axle) for a total power of 476 hp and 630 Nm of torque (up to 530 hp for a maximum of 2.5 seconds thanks to in Boost mode), and the RS e-Tron GT , with 598 hp and 830 Nm (up to 646 hp in Boost mode).

In both cases, Audi installs an 86 kWh lithium-ion battery between the axles for a range of 488 km for the e-Tron GT and 472 km for its RS version (WLTP cycle). Its 800 volt technology allows fast direct current charging with a power of up to 270 kW. Charging from 5 to 80% takes less than 23 minutes.

Two finishes

Range side, for both models, two finishes are available : the basic version and the “Extended” version for the e-Tron GT, and the basic version as well as the “S Extended” level for the RS e-tron GT.

Entry-level, the e-Tron GT has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, 3-zone automatic air conditioning, a panoramic glass roof and heated front seats as standard. . To this the “Extended” level adds 20-inch rims, LED Laser projectors, ventilated pro sports seats, a reversing camera, an induction charger for smartphones, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and an adaptive air suspension.

The RS e-Tron GT is sportier on the outside and inside thanks to its black aesthetic pack (bumpers, singleframe grille, side sills …) and its 20-inch rims. It also has a multifunction sports leather steering wheel, Audi pre sense front with pedestrian detection and a lane departure warning system. The “S Extended” finish adds four steering wheels, perforated leather with the choice of red or gray quilted stitching, red brake calipers and parking aid.

Produced at the Audi factory in Böllinger Höfe, at the Neckarsulm site in Germany, the e-tron GT quattro is available from € 101,500 and the Audi RS e-tron GT from € 140,700.

All prices of the new Audi e-Tron GT

Discover the prices of the Audi e-Tron GT and its radical RS version below.

  • e-tron GT: 101,500 €
  • e-tron GT Extended: 122,000 €
  • RS e-Tron GT: 140,700 €
  • RS e-Tron GT S Extended: 156.200 €

 

Lotus E-R9 (2021): an electric concept for Le Mans!

Lotus E-R9 (2021) an electric concept for Le Mans

Lotus is showing its vision of endurance by 2030. On the menu: aero thrust, and of course electric motors.

It is time to relaunch at Lotus. The small British manufacturer is starting its 100% electric shift with an ambitious plan which will see the arrival of three new models very soon. But what about the racing commitment of a brand that first made itself known in competition?

Without giving us more information on this subject, Lotus has nevertheless unveiled an endurance car concept, the E-R9, for Endurance-Racer 9 (endurance racing car 9). The name is a tribute to the Lotus Mk IX , the first car entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the firm of Colin Chapman, in 1955. The inspiration is therefore clear, and comes directly from the Sarthe .

Half-plane, half-car piloting

The E-R9 also incorporates the attributes of today’s endurance prototypes: highly refined aero , and fighter-style cockpit. The concept is the representation of a vision of endurance by 2030. The assembly is obviously electric, but the batteries can be replaced very quickly during a pit stop. The E-R9 is powered by an electric motor on each wheel , which allows it to vary power as you turn.

The most interesting still remains the aerodynamics. Lotus announces that many surfaces are movable , vertically and horizontally, to guide the car. The downforce and the drag can therefore be adapted according to the situations: maximum downforce when cornering, and priority to maximum speed in a straight line. According to the manufacturer, the E-R9 “will be piloted half like a car, and half like a fighter plane”. It promises !

A return to racing in the future?

Should we see this as a future commitment by Lotus in endurance racing and at Le Mans? Hard to say. With this concept, Lotus recalls its long history in the great Sarthoise race, as well as in F1, but does not evoke a return to competition. Especially with its shift towards 100% electric , the brand is probably not favorable to thermal or hybrid competition. However, with the new Hypercar and LMDh regulations, having a chance to win Le Mans has probably never been so accessible, as the upcoming returns of Peugeot, Audi and Porsche prove.

 

Suzuki Across (2021): how much for the copy-paste of the Toyota RAV4?

Suzuki Across (2021) how much for the copy-paste of the Toyota RAV4

Suzuki is launching a new plug-in hybrid SUV on the French market: the Across, which is nothing but a copy of the Toyota RAV4. Explanations … and price.

In July 2020, Suzuki presented a new model: the Across . A plug-in hybrid SUV modeled on … the Toyota RAV4 . A vulgar copy? No, simply the fruit of a partnership between the two Japanese manufacturers who have been working together since March 2019 to produce and generalize electrified vehicles on a large scale.

4.63 m long, the Suzuki model is simply distinguished from its Japanese cousin thanks to a revised front panel . On the menu: large hexagonal honeycomb grille, tapered headlamps, redesigned bumper and larger air intakes.

For the rest, no change . The rear and the interior are identical. On board, we find in particular a central 9-inch touch screen (compatible with Apple CarPlay for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink).

306 hp rechargeable hybrid engine

Same thing under the hood since the Across uses the plug-in hybrid engine of the RAV4 , namely a 2.5L four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline of 185 hp and two electric motors (182 hp at the front and 54 hp at the rear) for a total of 306 horsepower sent to all four wheels (electronic all-wheel drive E-Four) via an automatic E-CVT.

A lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 18.1 kW, mounted under the floor, completes the range for an all-electric range of approximately 75 km (WLTP).

Cheaper than the Toyota RAV4

A few months after its presentation, the Across is now available on the French market . Its price: from € 53,990 in the 1st Edition version, or € 56,200 later, against an entry price set at € 61,500 for the Toyota RAV4 PHEV.

 

Peugeot: the 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids to recall

peugeot the 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids to recall

A few thousand cars are affected by technical problems that Peugeot prefers to rectify.

Small glitches that Peugeot prefers to take in hand immediately. A recall campaign has been launched for plug-in hybrid versions of the 508 sedan and 3008 SUV , launched a few months ago.

The concerns in question are mostly easy to correct: a problem concerning the attachment of the wiring harness affects 2,690 of these cars, while a deflector could affect a fuel line in 6,695 examples. In both cases, a visit to the garage will make it possible to verify that everything is in order, and to replace the faulty part if necessary.

Some 42 other vehicles also need to be checked for a pivot problem on the rear axle , a problem which this time also affects 508 thermals.

91 electric motors to be replaced

Finally, a problem probably more costly for Peugeot, affects 91 examples of 3008 Hybrid4 : the electric motor is “non-compliant”, and must therefore be replaced.

If you own one of the cars concerned, Peugeot will contact you to make the free workshop visit. This campaign comes when these cars have only been running for a few months, and overall remains of a small scale.

 

Fiat Panda 4×4 takes on Ferrari SF90 Stradale (2021)

Fiat Panda 4x4 takes on Ferrari SF90 Stradale (2021)

After a Porsche Taycan, the Fiat Panda 4×4 faces a Ferrari SF90 Stradale on the snow. To your bets.

The original Fiat Panda 4×4 has more than one trick up its sleeve and, perhaps inspired by the recent video showing the 1980s off-road city car taking on a Porsche Taycan in the snow without having to be ashamed of its performance, the Instagram user named maxige78 posted a similar video.

We see the Panda 4×4 facing, again in drag racing on the snow, a Ferrari SF90 Stradale . And again, David is defending himself pretty well against Goliath.

50hp against 1.000hp

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the first plug-in hybrid from the manufacturer of Maranello. Its mid-rear twin-turbo V8 is associated with three electric motors to provide 1,000hp, 900Nm of torque and all-wheel drive combined with electronic torque management. The coupe weighs 1.570kg empty.

The Panda, with its 50hp for around 800kg, does not quite play in the same court. Yet its lightness and the narrowness of its tires once again allow it to set off at least as well as the supercar it faces, which catches it after a few meters. We can imagine the head of the owner of the Ferrari , who has spent more than 400,000 € to acquire it, if that had not been the case!