With the release of its very first electric car inching ever closer, Porsche has ramped up its trash talk of Tesla. The critism this time around centers around the Model S P85D’s record-setting acceleration.
Porsche EV VP Stefan Weckbach told that the top-trim Model S’ claimed supercar-beating launch from zero to 62 mph (100 k/m/h) in under three seconds is not repeatable after a few attempts and can be done “only twice” since the “system is throttled.” The third attempt will supposedly fail.
He may be referring to Tesla’s earlier software that limited the number of full-power launches as a way of preserving the powertrain, a limitation the company claimed to have removed after it was uncovered by owners.
Apparently, this is something Porsche drivers won’t have to worry about with the company’s Mission E electric car because it has been developed to deliver “reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods.”
The Mission E’s 800-volt battery system also supports extremely rapid recharging, enabling 250 miles of range from just 20 minutes worth of charge.
Weckbach must be confident that Porsche can walk the talk. Then again, has there ever been a reason to doubt the German automaker?
Mercedes-AMG Will Not Make Standalone SUV
It’s no secret that the Mercedes-AMG brand was created in large part as a response to Porsche. It has a 911 and Panamera competitor in the form of the GT Coupe and GT Four-Door Coupe, respectively, and could eventually get a smaller sports car that rivals the Boxster and Cayman, but what about an SUV?
With SUV and crossovers now the bread-and-butter of all major automotive brands, including Porsche, one would think Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand would be scrambling for one, but that is not the case. The firm is open to designing more cars in-house in the coming years, but none will be a standalone Mercedes-AMG SUV.
In an interview with , AMG boss Tobias Moers stated:
“There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT, but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car.”
That’s too bad…
Lincoln Will Build Five Vehicles In China By 2022
China, with a population of over 1.3 billion people, is now the most important market for the world’s automakers, including Lincoln.
The American firm, which currently makes all its vehicles in the United States, plans to build at least five new models in the country in an effort to increase sales, avoid potential import tariffs, and up its presence.
Ford Motor Co. previously confirmed that it will build a new SUV in China in 2018, and that SUV will likely be the new Lincoln Aviator. According to sources, the Aviator will arrive in late 2019 or early 2020, and it will be followed by the replacements for the MKC crossover and MKZ sedan.
The Nautilus will also be produced in China by 2021 and could be followed by a small coupe-like crossover that’s set to enter production by 2022.
Lincoln spokeswoman Angie Kozleski told :
“Our localization plans to support the China market are on track and will serve to further drive Lincoln’s growth in China.”
Lincoln’s increased focus on China is no reason to think it will stop making cars in North America. Like other automakers, the firm simply needs to be able to build in China, as well, in order to be competitive globally.
New, 2019 Audi A6 Avant Proves Wagons Can Be Sexy
Following the introduction of the brand-new Audi A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi wasted no time to the take the wraps off the Avant (wagon) version, and it looks great.
Like the sedan, the A6 Avant receives an evolutionary design with a wider grille. It looks more dynamic thanks to designers giving it more prominent wheel arches, a sportier roof line, and restyled taillights connected by a trim piece. It’s a simple and clean look that manages to ooze class.
The interior benefits form the most significant changes and borrows technology from the A7 and Audi’s flagship, the A8. The dashboard and the user interface are nearly identical to the A7’s, featuring two driver-oriented screens that run the infotainment system and a third screen for the digital instrument cluster. As with the A6, the top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and turns on automatically when it detects a door open.
Geared more towards buyers that need extra space, the new A6 Avant boasts 20 cubic feet cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic feet with them down. Audi claims class-leading front and rear elbow room, as well as knee room for rear seat passengers.
In Europe, the 2019 Avant will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. The former is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the latter shifts through an eight-speed automatic. Both spin the four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and benefit from a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system that enhances fuel efficiency.
While its unlikely that the new, 2019 Audi A6 Avant will be offered in North America, there’s is a chance that an A6 Allroad could be offered to rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country.