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19-Sep-2017: Genesis G70 rear-wheel-drive saloon guns for luxury German brands

Genesis has unveiled its latest model, the G70, in a move that will see Hyundai's nascent upmarket brand further challenge Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar, lexus and Mercedes-Benz for premium sales in selected markets from late 2017.

Conceived as a direct competitor to the A4, 3 Series, Q50, XE, IS and C-Class, the G70 will offer three turbocharged engines when sales begin, including a headlining 3.3-litre V6 petrol and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol unit, as well as a 2.2-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel, in both rear and four-wheel drive.

Revealed at a media presentation held in the Korean car maker's new design studio at its Namyang research and development centre on the outskirts of Seoul, the G70 rides on a newly developed rear-wheel-drive platform, elements of which are shared with the recently introduced Kia Stinger.

In range-topping 3.3-litre V6 petrol guise, which produces 365bhp and 383lb ft of torque, the four-wheel-drive G70 Sport AWD is claimed to outperform the highly regarded BMW 340i xDrive for straight-line speed, with an official 0-62mph time of 4.7sec and a 168mph top speed. The engine channels its power through a standard eight-speed torque converter equipped automatic gearbox.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder delivers 252bhp and 265lb ft in standard guise and a more powerful 255bhp with the same 265lb ft when combined with an optional Sport Package - the latter being 3bhp and 7lb ft more than the similar-sized turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol used by the 320i.

Also available in selected markets is a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine. With 202bhp and 332lb ft, it outpunches the smaller turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel used by the BMW 320d by 12bhp and 37lb ft.

like all its key premium rivals, the new Genesis model uses a multi-link rear suspension. It is allied to a mechanical limited-slip differential and, in four-wheel-drive versions, a torque vectoring function. Genesis claims a front-to-rear weight distribution of 50/50.

Genesis is out to disrupt the premium brand status quo with a string of new models planned for launch by 2021. Along with the G70, G80 and G90, the brand is also readying a range of SUV models, the first of which was previewed by the GV80 concept at the New York motor show in April. It is planned to form a three-strong line-up of SUVs that will be followed by the upcoming GV70 and GV90.

18-Sep-2017: MSO Mclaren 570GT celebrates 20 years since F1 XP GT 'longtail'

Mclaren Special Operations has produced a special-edition version of the 570GT to celebrate 20 years since the original F1 XP GT 'longtail' was built.

Six units of MSO's latest car will be produced for customers in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, each painted in the same XP green colour as the first longtail homologation special. The six models also wear MSO exterior trim and get Saddle Tan leather seats with contrasting green stitching. Each car gets a plaque to signify its build number.

As standard, MSO is fitting its Upgrade Pack, adding a vehicle lift system, rear-view camera, Bowers & Wilkins audio system and car cover. The car sits on five-spoke forged wheels.

No changes have been made to the drivetrain, so it sticks with Mclaren's twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine that produces 562bhp and 443lb ft, enabling a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and a 204mph top speed.

Based on Mclaren's most practical model, the 570GT, the car offers 370 litres of boot space, 220 litres more than the regular 570S. Its chassis settings are also unchanged from the standard 570GT, so it has suspension that's 15% softer at the front and 10% softer the rear compared with the regular 570S.

The original Mclaren F1 XP GT of 1997 was produced as a homologation model with a new longtail body that increased downforce on the original F1 GTR race car it was designed to improve on. The XP GT spawned a production version called the F1 GT, which was built in three units. Its racing equivalent, the F1 GTR longtail, finished as high as second at the 24 Hours of le Mans that year.

The 570GT follows the P1 XP Carbon Series as the second model to dedicate its colour scheme to the iconic F1 homologation special.

15-Sep-2017: Tesla lorry to be revealed in October with 200 to 300-mile range

The all-electric Tesla lorry will have a range of 200-300 miles when it is unveiled on 26 October.

Musk made the announcement on social media, although 'tentatively' pinned the date. He also described the truck as 'unreal', but did not give any further details on its capabilities.

According to reports from Reuters, the brand is aiming to crack regional hauling in the US. The lorry is expected to have an advanced level of autonomy.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the image when detailing the brand's future product plans and gave details of the truck's performance during an interview with academic media outlet TED in June.

Musk claimed that the heavy-duty, long-range HGV is capable of the heaviest class of haulage permitted on US roads.

The lorry is also claimed by Musk to produce greater torque than any lorry currently on the road and that it could pull a diesel-engined equivalent uphill in a contest.

Musk also insisted that the truck could be driven around "like a sports car" and that he was surprised by a development vehicle's nimbleness when he drove it.

Much of the lorry's styling is hidden in the preview, although the lights draw inspiration from the design of Tesla cars' lights, with l-shaped daytime running lights.

Aerodynamics also appear to be a focus of the truck, which has a sleek, tapered cabin. The front section is hidden; whether it will have a long nose like American semi-lorries or a bluff front like European ones has yet to be seen. The latter is the more likely solution, though.

Tesla also has a Model Y small SUV, an electric cargo van, a minibus and a pick-up truck all slated for introduction in the coming years.

13-Sep-2017: Fifth Bentley model will be electric sports car

The first all-electric Bentley, which could go into production in two years, will be a medium-sized sports car. It will be the fifth model in the brand's line-up.

Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer had previously stated that the decision for a new model was between a sports car, likely a two-seater, and a SUV smaller than the Bentayga - and the firm has now decided in favour of the former.

Asked at the Frankfurt motor show whether a decision had been made, Durheimer said: "What I can say is that a small SUV is no longer on the scheme. We're favouring a car with full electric powertrain."

The electric car could go into production as early as 2019 and would share the J1 electric platform that fellow Volkswagen Group brand Porsche is using for its upcoming Mission E model.

The Crewe-based company's showed an electric two-seater roadster concept called the Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. While the firm has ruled out making a production version of this machine, it hints at the direction an electric Bentley sports car could take.

When first showing the EXP12 concept at Geneva, Bentley declined to give much away about a potential powertrain, but the instrument panel suggested a range of around 300 miles, along with a four-wheel-drive powertrain. That would likely include a pair of motors, one at the front of the car and one at the rear.

The concept was slightly larger than an Aston Martin V8 Vantage but a touch shorter than a Continental GT. It is understood a production Bentley EV would likely be slightly longer than the concept.

At Frankfurt, Durheimer also confirmed that the firm would offer three plug-in hybrids - the already-confirmed Bentayga V6 plug-in hybrid, which will arrive first, as well as the Continental and Flying Spur.

13-Sep-2017: The New Bentley Continental GT

The new Bentley Continental GT will represent "a paradigm shift in driving performance" over its predecessor, according to engineering boss Rolf Frech.

The grand tourer, which has made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show, has been created to "set a benchmark for all GTs", said Frech, who added that he believes "this [car] redefines luxury driving again".

While the front retains the muscular look of the second-generation model, the rear design is more refined. This has been achieved by so-called 'superforming', a precision technique that heats aluminium panels to 500deg C, allowing more defined lines to be created. The Continental is the first production car to have an entire body side made via the superforming process, Bentley claims.

The model follows in the Bentayga's footsteps by having Bentley Dynamic Ride, a 48-volt electric active roll control system that improves ride and handling and makes the car "feel much lighter and more precise", according to Teale.

There are four driving modes: Sport, Comfort, Bentley and Custom. The Bentley setting is what the company's engineers think is the optimum set-up and blends characteristics of Sport and Comfort.

Under the bonnet is a heavily revised version of Bentley's 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine, which the brand describes as "the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world". It is mated for the first time to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission.

The Continental will be launched with the W12 engine only and Bentley won't discuss any other powertrains for now. However, there will be a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.

There will also be a petrol-electric variant, using the same system as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

The cabin features high-quality leather and veneers and hand-finished chrome details. laminated acoustic glass has been used for the windscreen and side windows for a quieter cabin, resulting in a 9dB reduction, said Bentley.

The biggest innovation inside is the rotating display. At first glance, the central dashboard is a veneer finish. When the engine is switched on, the veneer rotates to reveal Bentley's largest touchscreen yet, a 12.3in display, which has been designed to be "akin to a modern mobile phone". A third side of the rotating display features three analogue dials: outside temperature, a compass and a chronometer. Drivers can choose which side of the display they prefer.

The Continental has 21in wheels as standard and two 22in lightweight forged alloy wheel options, one of which is part of Mulliner specification from Bentley's personalisation division. There are 17 exterior paint colours available, eight veneers and 15 leather colours.

The new Continental will go into production later this year, with first deliveries due in spring 2018. The price is expected to rise slightly over the existing starting price for a Continental W12 of £150,500.

12-Sep-2017: New Porsche Cayenne revealed - full details of revamped SUV

The new Porsche Cayenne has been revealed, with the firm saying that it has taken a "no compromise" approach to the SUV.

The third generation Cayenne, on display in Frankfurt, has been thoroughly revamped and re-engineered despite only receiving a mild exterior design revamp. It has a lighter and more contemporary platform, an aluminium body structure, a 48V electrical system and a redesigned interior with added connectivity options.

The third-generation Cayenne will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with UK deliveries starting next April. It will face a long list of luxury rivals, including the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GlE and Range Rover Sport.

The 2018-model-year Cayenne will initially have a two-variant line-up, the Cayenne and Cayenne S. Both run newly developed V6 petrol engines in combination with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive that has five driving modes to suit the terrain: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks.

The Cayenne runs the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 as the new Panamera. With 335bhp and 332lb ft, it delivers 40bhp and 37lb ft more than the previous Cayenne's naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6.

The Cayenne S receives a more powerful 2.9-litre turbo V6. With 434bhp and 405lb ft, it packs 20bhp and the same torque as the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces.

Further models are due to reach showrooms by the end of next year. They include a pair of plug-in hybrids running the same petrol-electric driveline combinations introduced to the 455bhp Panamera E-Hybrid and 666bhp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. There will also be a range-topping Cayenne Turbo sporting a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with more than 540bhp.

Because of regulatory problems in its home market, Porsche is yet to confirm any diesel engines for its latest Cayenne.

Although the exterior represents a clear evolution of the outgoing model, the interior of the new Cayenne has been revamped. A newly styled dashboard features a combination of analogue and digital instruments as well as a centre console with the same touch-sensitive controls and 12.3in touchscreen as the Panamera.

Porsche is already talking up the dynamic properties of its new model. Together with the reduction in weight, the Cayenne adopts an aluminium-intensive chassis with double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. It comes with a Porsche 4D Chassis Control system and, on the Cayenne S, Porsche Active Suspension Management with variable-rate dampers.

As with all Porsches, there is an optional Sport Chrono Package with four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and an individually configurable setting. A Sport Response function sets the mapping for the engine and transmission to their most performance-orientated settings.

In a further development, the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which provides roll stabilisation by acting on the roll bars to counteract body lean in corners, dispenses with hydraulic control for a new electrically operated system that's claimed to provide faster response times. The SUV also receives optional rear-wheel steering.

The new Cayenne is already available to order in the UK. The entry-level model is priced from £55,965, with the Cayenne S costing £68,330.


12-Sep-2017: lamborghini Aventador S Roadster launched as 217mph drop-top

lamborghini has launched a more powerful drop-top Aventador at the Frankfurt motor show.

The Aventador S Roadster uses lamborghini's 730bhp and 509lb ft 6.5-litre V12 and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3sec dead. It tops out at 217mph.

This is just one-tenth and 2mph down on its coupé alternative and ranks the V12 lambo ahead of smaller open-roof supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Spider.

like the coupé Aventador S, the Roadster gets an active rear wing and aerodynamic addenda to increase downforce by 130% over its predecessor.

Four driving modes remain: Strada, Sport, Corsa and the new Ego, which allows suspension, throttle and gearbox settings to be adjusted separately.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via lamborghini's seven-speed robotised Independent Shifting Rod, which is claimed to switch cogs in up to 50 milliseconds.

Following its reveal in Frankfurt, the Aventador S Roadster will go on sale in Britain priced from £301,754, making it £30,608 pricier than the regular Aventador S. First deliveries are expected in February 2018.

12-Sep-2017: New BMW M5 revealed with 592bhp and four-wheel drive

BMW is billing its all-new M5, which adopts four-wheel drive for the first time, as the most powerful and quickest M5 yet.

The sixth-generation M5 will run a heavily revised 592bhp version of its predecessor's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine in combination with a standard M xDrive four-wheel-drive system to deliver a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and a 190mph top speed.

The new M5 will go on sale in the UK priced from £89,640 in February next year. It was first revealed at the Gamescom video game show in Cologne, Germany, and is now on show at the Frankfurt motor show.

Based on the latest 5 Series, the M5 represents a decisive break from its predecessor, which first went on sale in 2011. Among the key innovations brought to the performance four-door is a new platform.

The ClAR (cluster architecture) structure, as it is known, endows the new M5 with a considerably more rigid, yet lighter, body than its predecessor's. BMW's M division claims it contributes to even more engaging driving traits than the outgoing F10- generation model, despite the adoption of four-wheel drive in place of the M5's traditional rear-wheel drive.

Mounted longitudinally up front, the engine used by the new M5 is a development of its forebear's twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8. Power is increased by 40bhp over the standard version of the previous M5, at 592bhp, and it is delivered some 400rpm lower than before at 5600rpm.

The intensity of the exhaust note is controlled by a flap within the exhaust system and influenced by the different driving modes. An M Sound Control button allows the driver to reduce noise levels when desired.

The M5's boosted reserves are channelled through a new eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox with remote steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A so-called Drivelogic software package provides it with three different driving modes as well as a full-manual mode for sequential shifting via a rocker switch located on the centre console. The ZF-engineered unit, which is combined with a 3.15:1 final drive ratio, replaces the Getrag-produced seven-speed dual-clutch unit used by the fifth-generation M5.

An even more significant departure for the M5, though, is the adoption of four-wheel drive - a first for the M5. Dubbed M xDrive, the hardware of the four-wheel-drive system is based around that used in standard 5 Series xDrive models and BMW M's existing Active M differential.

The inclusion of M xDrive has allowed BMW M to offer a variety of different driving modes, the most aggressive of which, M Dynamic, permits pure rear-wheel drive in a process designed for track use.

The added traction delivered by the new M xDrive four-wheel-drive system is reflected in the M5's official 0-62mph time, which betters that of its rear-wheel-drive predecessor by a full 1.0sec, at just 3.4sec.

The nominal top speed of the new M5 is pegged at 155mph, although customers can have that raised to 190mph by specifying an option called the Driver's Package.

The tuning of the M5's suspension has taken place predominantly at BMW's Miramas test track in France and the Nurburgring in Germany. The new M5 will feature standard-fit 19in wheels shod with 275/40 front and 285/40 rear tyres or optional 20in rims with 275/35 front and 285/35 rear rubber.

07-Sep-2017: Alpina D5 S - 322bhp diesel due in saloon and estate forms

Alpina will launch saloon and estate versions of its D5 S diesel at the Frankfurt motor show this month.

The D5 S has been fine-tuned for Britain with sharper handling and a lighter set-up than European versions. In order to cater to the UK's narrower, potted roads, the model has shed 100kg thanks to the use of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six as opposed to a triple-turbo version offered on the continent.

Alpina GB said it prioritised this more nimble set-up over the additional grunt offered with European cars.

But the UK D5 S get the brand's Integral Active Steering as standard. This four-wheel steering system is said to boost low speed manoeuvrability and high-speed agility, with Alpina CEO Andreas Bovensiepen claiming it makes the D5 S "feel like a 3 Series" sized car.

It also uses UK-specific Alpina Dynamic Drive electro-mechanical anti-roll technology, which enables softer damping to absorb bumps but minimises body roll in turns. The car sits on the same 20in Alpina Classic wheels as its European cousins.

All four wheels are driven via an eight-speed ZF gearbox, with a quoted 0-62mph time of 4.9sec and top speed of 171mph. This makes the D5 S six-tenths quicker to reach 62mph than BMW's quickest oil-burning 5 Series, the 530d xDrive, and 16mph quicker than that car's limited terminal velocity. The D5 S is also claimed to offer 46.3mpg and emits 161g/km of CO2.

The car gets nappa leather-wrapped seats with 20-way adjustability and a 205w 12-speaker sound system. Externally, its design is identical to that of the B5 - its 600bhp petrol sibling (pictured).

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the D5 S is expected to start at about £62,000. This is just shy of £10,000 more than BMW's sportiest diesel 530d, the xDrive M Sport - but the Alpina will be produced in substantially smaller numbers.

06-Sep-2017: Jaguar reveals Future-Type concept with 'Sayer' steering wheel

Jaguar has revealed the Future-Type - its vision of the car for 2040 and beyond, equipped with what it calls the steering wheel's future: an artificially intelligent, voice-activated steering wheel that's removable from the car.

The Future-Type is fully autonomous and is a virtual representation of what cars will become when shared rather than owned outright. The concept was revealed at Jaguar land Rover's first Tech Fest event today.

The car has a narrow body with 2+1 seating, which is intended to optimise urban driving and parking. There is also an option for face-to-face seating for socialising in autonomous-driving mode.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum described it as "an advanced research project" and said it offered an "insight into the potential for driving and car ownership in the future".

The steering wheel device is named Sayer, after famed Jaguar designer Malcolm Sayer. It will be the only part of the car owned by the driver in a future where mobility solutions replace car ownership.

The Sayer is designed to be brought into its owner's home and used in a similar fashion to Amazon's voice-command device Alexa. It can even know what's in your fridge and order your groceries, as connectivity in cars reaches new heights in the coming years.

Jaguar said the wheel is, in essence, a member card for its on-demand service club, which would offer sole ownership or the option of car-sharing.

The company claims that the Sayer will calculate your journey based on the time you get up and will offer control of the car to the driver at points when it thinks the journey will be fun to drive.

The Sayer was presented in a concept showcased at the JlR Tech Fest. The concept was accompanied by a keynote from JlR CEO Ralf Speth.