Although the 2012 Ford Focus has yet to hit our North American shores, those smug Europeans are the first to get the chance to test-out Ford’s new global compact car. As first impressions go, the reviewers at AutoCar.com like the more premium feel — inside and out — of the new Focus, while expressing dissatisfaction that in an effort to appeal to a wider demographic, it has lost much of the sporty personaility that characterised the previous models. Find their review below:
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…
Porsche Will Add 500 Fast Chargers Across The U.S.
Porsche plans to install 500 fast chargers across the United States by the end of 2019 in support of its upcoming Mission E electric car and other models.
The 800-volt fast chargers will be installed at dealers and along highways to help alleviate any range anxiety that its clients might have. The production Mission E is expected to arrive by the end of 2019 and will be followed by a production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept in 2020.
In an interview with , Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, stated:
“If you want to buy that car, you want to know what happens if I go skiing and go further than 300 miles,” “What do I do? So we need to have answers for that.”
Porsche predicts 80-90 percent of the EV owners will charge their electric cars at home but believes the fast chargers, will be capable of recharge the batteries up to 80 percent in 20 minutes, will help with extended trips. Using them won’t be free, however, with Zellmer adding:
“We are pretty certain that it’s not free of charge. It’s too early to talk about how exactly that payment process for customers will work. There are various opportunities. You could buy a package all included for the car. It could be a membership card that you use. We’re not quite there yet.”
Porsche’s pursuit of Tesla is gaining serious traction.
2019 BMW M2 Competition Is An M2 With An M3 Heart, Makes 405HP
The ultimate M2 and, thus, 2-Series has arrived. A more track-ready, tire burning sports car, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by the S55 twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 and M4.
The M2 Competition’s turbo six has been tuned to pump out 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm, which is an extra 40 horsepower and 63 lb-ft. over the standard M2. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the M2 Competition reach 60 mph (96 k/h) from a standstill in 4.2 – and 4.0 seconds, respectively.
Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249.50 km/h), though it can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Other performance goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that helps deliver the distinctive M sound, the BMW M3 and M4’s CFRP high-precision strut, and larger disc brakes. The electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and Dynamic Steering and Stability Control systems have all been enhanced.
Inside, the BMW M2 Competition comes equipped with new M Sport seats with a very supportive, bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, and the black leather upholstery boasts design perforations (available in either blue or orange) in the seat and backrest.
The center console houses selector switches that allow instant control of settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions. The driver can combine the various configurations in whichever way he prefers and stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.
The BMW M2 Competition goes on sale in summer 2018.