Volkswagen has electrified Europe’s best-selling car. Called the Volkswagen e-Golf, the new electric car combines the practicality and relative sportiness of the regular Golf with the zero-emissions of an EV.
The e-Golf is powered by an electric motor that sends 115 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.4 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 86 mph (140 km/h). Energized by a 4.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located in the vehicle floor, the motor is linked to a single-speed gearbox with integrated differential and mechanical parking brake.
The battery provides a driving range of between 130 km (81 miles) and 190 km (118 miles) on a single charge. Using current average electricity prices in Germany as a reference, the e-Golf consumes 12.7 kW/100 km, which equates to an energy cost of €3.28 (around $4.35 USD) per 100 km.
Charging the battery completely takes up to 13 hours when using a conventional plug and 8 hours when using a wall box for the garage or a carport. It can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes when using a special CCS charging station.
To maximize driving range, the e-Golf’s body also underwent some modifications. It features a radiator shutter and a partially enclosed radiator grille to reduce the volume of cooling air; new underbody panels; a unique rear spoiler and C-pillar air guide; and special aerodynamic wheels with partially closed openings. The changes lower drag coefficient to 0.281.
Styling touches include LED front and back lights, C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a blue strip that spans the radiator grille.
New, 2019 BMW 1 Series Arrives With FWD Setup, More Of Everything
BMW’s small hatchback enters a new era with a front-wheel-drive platform.
The all-new, 2019 BMW 1 Series has been unveiled, bringing a number of firsts for the nameplate.
Developed from the ground up, the third-generation 1 Series represents a vast departure from predecessor. It is the first 1 Series to have a front-wheel drive layout instead of rear-wheel drive, which theoretically would make it less of an enthusiast car.
The old 1 Series looked a bit gawping with their large headlights and slightly-awkward styling proportions, something the new 1 Series remedies with a more chiseled design that neatly integrates BMW’s current styling language. Flanked by a sleek set of headlights, the twin-kidney grille is of a tasteful size, while wider and slimmer tail lamps give the rear end character.
The interior is roomier than before, and like the exterior, features a familiar design seen in BMW’s latest vehicles. A standard 8.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system comes standard and supports gesture controls, while high-spec models get a bigger 10.25 inches screen, complemented by a fully-digital instrument cluster of the same size.
In Europe, the new 1 Series will be offered with three diesel and two gasoline engines, with output ranging for 116-horsepower to 302 ponies. A six-speed manual transmission will be available, as well as a seven-speed dual clutch on higher trims.
The M135i (pictured) is powered by a 2.0-liter gas unit that produces 302 horsepower and 450 Newton-meters, making it BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine ever. The capable engine, combined with a eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system, allows it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than five seconds.
In keeping with the competition, the long list of driving aids include lane-keeping, city-braking functions, active cruise control, and an array of parking assistants.
The all-new, 2019 BMW 1 Series goes on sale in September 2019 shortly after making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. How do you think it compares with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3?
New 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Glorious, Most Powerful 911 Ever
The new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has finally been unveiled, having made its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the fastest, most powerful Porsche 911 ever.
Porsche was able to boost the output of its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six engine — borrowed from the latest 911 Turbo S — to 700 horsepower (up 80-hp) and 553 pound-feet thanks to the use of larger turbochargers and a water injection system that helps reduce intake charge temperatures at high boost pressures.
All that power is delivered to the tarmac through the company’s 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gear box and wide 325/30 ZR 21 tires. It’s rear-wheel drive unlike its 911 Turbo cousins.
The 911’s body panels have been revised to reduce weight and improve downforce, not forgetting the massive rear wing that characterizes the model.
With more overall output than the previous-generation GT2 RS and a wet curb weight of just 3,241 pounds (1,470 kg), the new GT2 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds – places it in the same league as a LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Bugatti Chiron — and hit a 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed. Stopping power is provided by standard ceramic composite brakes.
There is an available Weissach package that adds carbon fiber anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels, both helping cut weight by a further 40 pounds (30kg).
Porsche has opened the order book for the new 991.2 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which has a starting price of $294,250 in the United States and £207,506 in the UK. The optional Weissach package can be had for an extra $31,000 and £21,042, respectively.
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All-New, 2019 Porsche Cayenne Arrives Lighter, Faster, Nimbler and Techier
The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has finally been unveiled, representing a great improvement over the high-performance family SUV that forever changed the face of the German automaker.
Remember when Porsche only made sports cars? Well, the first-gen Cayenne made that a thing of the past, skyrocketing the brand’s sales through the roof. The new Cayenne rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform — also used by other vehicles like the Audi Q5 and Q7 — and, as a result, is nearly 150 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Motivating the lighter, leaner and meaner chassis is a 3-liter V6 that churns out 340 horsepower and 332lb-ft of torque, allowing the 2019 Cayenne to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
Buyers looking for even more performance have the option of the Cayenne S, which boasts a 2.9L twin-turbo rated at 440 horsepower and 406lb-ft, and needs just 4.9 seconds to hit 60 mph.
All-wheel-drive is standard across the board, and an available Sport Chrono package can make both models faster in acceleration.
Not only is the new Cayenne faster than ever, but it’s also better at stopping, thanks to the world-exclusive application of Porsche’s new braking technology. The new tungsten-carbide-coated brake rotors are said to increase friction yet reduce wear and dust. The Porsche Surface Coated Brakes package is optional.
On the handling front, the new Cayenne can be equipped with rear-axle steering that improves vehicle dynamics and that supposedly makes it more like the Porsche 911 than ever. The system is automatically disabled at highway speeds to increase stability.
The all-new, 2019 Porsche Cayenne has a starting price of $66,750 in the United States, while the Cayenne S kicks off at $83,950 (both include destination). European sales begin in late 2017, while North American sales start in mid-2018.
Is there anything you don’t like about the new Porsche Cayenne? Share your impressions in the comments below.