BMW enthusiasts will cringe at the sound of this, but BMW is reportedly working on a mid-size gas-electric people mover, dubbed the i5. A BMW minivan? I never thought I would live to see the day…
According to BMW insiders, the i5 “people mover” will be part of the German company’s upcoming i-Series range and will go on sale in 2015. It will likely be based on a stretched version of the i3’s (pictured above) platform and feature a rear-mounted 170-horsepower electric motor tied to a 90-HP three-cylinder gasoline engine that acts as a range extender.
There are a lot of numbers between 1 and 8, so we wouldn’t be surprised to hear BMW announce more i-Series models in the future.
Next Audi RS7 Will Be Most Powerful Audi Yet
The next-generation Audi RS7 will have big power to work with.
Prototypes of the next RS7 have been spotted undergoing testing on the Nurburgring on several occasions, but we’ve now learned a bit more about what’s underneath the cameo.
According to , the performance-tuned A7 will be the most powerful Audi yet. Whereas the standard RS 7 will reportedly be powered by a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 that makes around 600 horsepower, the RS 7 Performance will take advantage of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of the 4.0L V8 and a 140 horsepower electric motor.
The hybrid system will be similar what powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid, which produces 680 horsepower.
If the report is accurate, the next Audi RS 7 Performance will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 3.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest Audi’s to date.
Meet Thor And Vader, The Last Two Koenigsegg Agera
Production of the Koenigsegg Agera has come to an end, but not without a bang!
Meet Thor and Vader, the final two Ageras to roll off the assembly line. Both are based on the Agera RS but come equipped with all available options, including customized aerodynamic solutions, at no additional cost to the owner.
Thor is distinguished by a two-tone clear carbon finish with diamond flake and a LeMans-inspired central fin that enhances the Agera’s existing active aerodynamics.
Väder, on the other hand, boasts a traditional clear carbon finish with diamond flake and white gold leaf highlights, two small rear winglets, and an enlarged rear spoiler that’s supported by strakes with custom cutouts that reveal the skeleton beneath.
Both Final Edition Ageras benefit from several other enhancements, including custom-designed front winglets, enlarged front and rear spoilers, and the 1MW (one megawatt) upgrade to their 1,360 horsepower, 1,011 pounds-feet of torque 5.0-liter V8 engine.
In 2017, the Agera compiled a handful of speed records, including earning the title of world’s fastest street-legal production car after posting an average speed of 277.9 mph (444.6 kph) in two trial runs.
Yes, production of the impressive Swedish hypercar has come to an end, but don’t expect Koenigsegg to rest on its laurels. The company still has the Regera in production and is already working on a replacement for the Agera.
Apple Car is Dead, Apple Now Focused on Self-Driving Car Tech
The rumors of an Apple car can be put to rest. Instead of entering the automotive industry with its very own car, Apple will instead focus on autonomous technology.
In an interview with , head honcho Tim Cook confirmed that the company is developing the computing technology that powers autonomous cars, describing the program as challenging and “the mother of all AI projects.” He sated:
“I think there is a major disruption looming there. It’s a core technology that we view as very important.”
The iPhone maker initially wanted to build its own car and hired more than 1,000 engineers to join the program it called “Project Titan” back in 2014. After two years of development, it saw it best to refocus its efforts on autonomous technology.
The company is still reluctant to announce any product details, though it has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test three self-driving SUVs. Reports claim at least a half-dozen vehicles have been testing the self-driving technology on public roads in and around San Francisco.
Cook pointed out that autonomy is not the only major disruption converging on the automotive industry. noting the significance of electrification and the expansion of ride-sharing services. If Google is anything to go by, Apple may be working on an autonomous system for a driverless fleet of electric taxis.