In response to several high-profile fires, the Tesla Model S has been upgraded with a titanium underbody plate to better products its battery pack from getting damaged and, thus, catching fire.
The titanium shield is layered on top of the aluminum armor plating that currently protects the battery. New builds of the electric car also benefit from a hollow aluminum bar in front of the battery housing that deflects hard objects from impacting the battery.
Despite the fire concerns for the car and the steps to address them, the company insists the Model S is still the safest on the road even without the new additions, claiming a 1-in-8,000 fire risk that is apparently five times lower than an average gasoline car.
“We felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero to give Model S owners complete peace of mind,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. “It is important to note that there have been no fire injuries (or serious, permanent injuries of any kind) in a Tesla at all. The odds of fire in a Model S, at roughly 1 in 8,000 vehicles, are five times lower than those of an average gasoline car and, when a fire does occur, the actual combustion potential is comparatively small.”
The additional safety features are said to reduce driving range by just 0.1 percent and have no negative effects on ride quality.
New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Is Ready To Battle Porsche Panamera
It’s the third and final 8 Series bodystyle and also the most family-friendly.
The BMW 8 Series lineup has just gotten more practical with the addition of the new 8 Series Grand Coupe, BMW’s answer to the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door, and other German four-door coupes.
As the third and final variant of the second-generation 8 Series, the four-door model not only has two extra doors over the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but it also offers more room with it’s taller roofline, longer wheelbase and extra width. A panoramic glass moonroof extends from the windshield all the way back to the rear window, but it can be replaced by a Carbon Fiber roof.
Despite being more family-friendly than the coupe, the new 8 Series Grand Coupe is Strictly a four-seater. The center console extends into the rear passenger area, making it impossible to comfortably (and legally) fit a third person on the rear bench.
Three versions will be available at launch — the 840i, 840i xDrive and M850i XDrive. The 840i models are powered by a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine that generates 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. of torque, allowing it to accelerate the rear-wheel drive varient to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and the all-wheel drive 840i xDrive to complete the task in 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph with all-season tires and 155 mph with performance tires.
The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque allowing it to reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is the same as the 840i models.
In the United States, the 2020 840i Gran Coupe has a starting price of $85,895, including destination fees, while the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $88,795. The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe kicks off at $109,895.
A 617-horsepower or higher, V8-powered M8 Gran Coupe is expected to join the lineup later on, and possibly even a plug-in hybrid variant. BMW plans to eventually electrify its entire lineup.
New, 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Arrives As World’s Best Luxury Sports Sedan
It’s a new Flying Spur for a new era.
2019 marks 100 years of Bentley, and to celebrate the milestone year, the British automaker unveiled an all-new Bentley Flying Spur that brings a number of technical innovation for the 21st century and even more luxury.
Described as a “sports sedan meets luxury limousine,” the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s answer to the Porsche Panamera and other luxury sports sedans. Its design is fresh but still instantly recognizable as a Bentley, with notable highlights including a prominent grille flanked by LED matrix headlights resembling those on the Continental GT coupe, flowing lines and distinct sculpting that give it a sportier yet elegant overall look than its predecessor, and a retractable version of the brand’s Flying B logo that illuminates as part of the welcome lighting sequence when the driver approaches the car.
As expected, the interior is covered in acres of leather and real wood, but that won’t detract from all the abundance of high-tech goodies. The rotatable 12.3-inch infotainment screen can be shown or concealed behind a panel with the push of a button, a panel that shows three analog dials depicting a chronometer, compass, and the outside temperature for a more old-school look, while a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen system or, optionally, a 19-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim system with active bass transducers will surely leave audiophiles more than satisfied.
Rear seat passengers get a five-inch Touch Screen Remote that lets them control the climate settings, massage seats and mood lighting.
Powering the Flying Spur is a 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 that produces a healthy 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That’s enough power to send the 5,370 pound sedan ‘flying’ to 60 mph (96 km/h) from an standstill in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h).
All-wheel steering system, better weight distribution, Bentley’s Dynamic Ride System, and an adaptive anti-roll bar controlled by an 48-volt system keep the massive heft in check and make it sportier than the previous Flying Spur while stopping power is provided by the largest iron brakes ever fitted to a production car.
Deliveries of the all-new Bentley Flying Spur begin in early 2020. Do you like what you see? Do you want one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
New Cadillac CT4 Sports Sedan Debuts In Performance CT4-V Guise
There is a new ATS, and ‘CT4’ is it’s name.
Cadillac has unveiled the CT4, its new entry-level sedan and the successor to the ATS sedan.
The company chose to show off the sporty, V-badged variant of the CT4 before the standard version to highlight a new strategy for its critically-acclaimed V-series performance line.
Visually, the CT4-V looks a lot like the new CT5 , featuring a shield-shaped grille flanked by thin, elongated headlights that shit atop vertical daytime running lights. However, unlike the CT5, it doesn’t have an arched, fastback-like roofline, retaining traditional sports sedan proportions that we find less polarizing.
Similarly, the clean and modern interior looks like a miniaturized version of the CT5’s, complete with a shield-shaped insert in the center console. A pair of analog gauges and an information display make up the instrument cluster, while the infotainment system gets a sizable screen that’s nicely integrated into the dashboard. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available.
The CT4-V launches with a turbocharged, 2.7-liter that produces 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear-wheels by a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive at an extra cost, but a manual transmission isn’t likely to be offered anytime soon.
Like the ATS, the CT4 is built on General Motors’ Alpha platform, giving it a 50/50 weight distribution. Other performance highlights include a limited-slip differential, Brembo front brakes, and GM’s lauded Magnetic Ride Control technology, all of which help the driver make the most of the engine’s power.
It’s a driver’s car from the look of things, but the available Super Cruise technology can take over vehicle controls should you get tired of driving. Super Cruise is the only true hands-off, semi-autonomous system currently available in the United States and Canada.
You’re not alone if you thought the CT4-V is weak compared to the outgoing, 460-horsepower ATS-V, but that’s where Cadillac’s new strategy comes into play. The CT4-V is just one of a series CT4 models that will wear the ‘V’ badge. Think of it as the base model of its kind, seeing as is already in the works.
Built in Michigan, the new Cadillac CT4-V goes on sale in early 2020. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.