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      THE NEW AUDI RS
      116 Views . 21 Jun 2020

      Ingolstadt/Neckarsulm, May 26, 2020 – The RS Models From Audi Sport GmbH Are The Dynamic Spearheads Of Their Respective Product Lines. They Have A Strong Character That Consists Of Distinct Design Differentiation, Full Everyday Usability, Effortless Top Performance, And A Thrilling Driving Experience. This Results From A Relentless Focus On Minute Details By The Designers And Development And Test Engineers, And It Is Perfected Over Numerous Test Drives Around The World. This Is A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Development Work.

      The North Loop (Nordschleife) Of The Nürburgring Is A Legend Among Race Tracks:
      The 20.832-Kilometre Course Is Among The Most Challenging Worldwide. And Every Single Metre Is Truly A Tough Challenge: The Compression At The Fuchsröhre, The Kickbacks At The Karussell, Or The Jump At The Pflanzgarten. More Than 80 Percent Of The Course Is Driven With Full Power. With Maximum Load Applied In Fast Motion, Every Kilometre On This Course Equates To Multiple Kilometres Of Regular Road Operation. 8,000 Kilometres Of Endurance Testing On The North Loop Easily Equates To A Car’s Entire Lifetime. With Its High Demands, The North Loop Is The Benchmark For Every Performance Car. If You Can Survive Here, You Can Survive On The World’s Roads.

      The North Loop Can Also Tell A Knowledgeable Driver A Lot About An Automobile: Its Strengths And Weaknesses, Precise Handling To Achieve Fast Lap Times, Easy Controllability At The Limit And, Most Of All, Solid Quality Even In The Most Challenging Conditions. This Is Why The North Loop Is One Of The Fixed Stars In The Cosmos Of Vehicle Development And Testing At Audi Sport GmbH.

      A North Loop Expert Working For Audi Sport: Frank Stippler
      Frank Stippler Is One Of The People Who Know The “Green Hell” Best. The 45-Year-Old Was Born In Cologne And Lives In The Eifel Region. He Is Connected With The History Of Audi Sport Like No Other Racing Driver. His Greatest Accomplishments Include Winning The 24 Hours Races Of Spa In 2012 And The Nürburgring (2012 And 2019). Stippler Was Part Of The Team Right From The Start, When The GT3 Racing Car Audi R8 LMS Debuted In 2009.

      Aside From His Skills As A Driver, He Also Contributed His Engineering Expertise. Ever Since Then, It Has Been Hard To Imagine The Development Of Customer Sport Racing Cars And Even Performance Road Models Without Him. This Applies To The RS Models As Well As The R8 Supercar, Which Was Extensively Updated At The Beginning Of 2019 – As A Coupé, As Spyder, And As An R8 V10 RWD With Rear-Wheel Drive.

      Stippler’s Latest Coup Is A Lap Record On The North Loop, Which He Set With An RS Q8 In The Autumn Of 2019. The Clock Stopped After 7 Minutes And 42.253 Seconds – Attested By A Notary – And The Racing Professional From Cologne Had Beaten The Former Best Time For Standard SUVs By Twelve Seconds. While The New Record Was Not The Aim Of The Development Work, It Is Nevertheless Clear Proof Of The Immense Dynamism That Audi’s Most Dynamic Q Model Has To Offer.

      Oliver Hoffmann: “The North Loop Is The Ultimate Endurance Test”
      “The North Loop Represents The Ultimate Endurance Test In Our Development And Coordination Work,” Explains Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director Of Audi Sport GmbH. “Every RS Model Undergoes At Least 8,000 Kilometres Of Testing Here. The Track Provides Us With Detailed Information About The Durability Of Our Parts Under Extreme Conditions And Specifics About The Suspension. With The RS Q8, Our Main Focus Was On The Setup Of The Springs, Dampers, And The ESP As Well As The Performance Characteristics Of The Roll Stabilisation And The Sport Differential.”

      What Distinguishes The Character Of Audi’s Fastest SUV? “The RS Q8 Combines Outstanding Performance And Extraordinary Design Along With The Power And Versatility Of An SUV And Our Extensive Quality Standards,” Hoffmann Explains. “RS Vehicles Have A Strong And Unique Character: Spontaneous Maximum Performance Wherever And Whenever Desired, And Effortless Performance On Long Journeys.” This Is Important, As Many RS Drivers Use Their Car Every Day For Business Trips And Running Errands And Rack Up A Lot Of Kilometres. “An RS Is A True Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde. It Is Important For Every Kilometre, No Matter How It Is Driven, To Be An Experience. This Is Achieved Thanks To Breathtaking Design, High-End Look And Feel, And Outstanding Quality,” Says Oliver Hoffmann, Who Is Also Responsible For Technical Development At The Neckarsulm Site.

      Twelve Models In The Portfolio: The RS Initiative Is Underway
      The RS Model Offensive Is In Full Swing: The Performance Subsidiary Of AUDI AG Already Has Twelve RS Models In Its Portfolio: The RS 3 As A Sportback And Saloon, The RS 4 Avant, The RS 5 As Coupé And Sportback, The RS 6 Avant, The RS 7 Sportback, The TT RS Coupé And Roadster, The RS Q3 And The RS Q3 Sportback, As Well As The RS Q8. Eight Of These Models Were Only Introduced In 2019, And Audi Sport GmbH Already Has Many More Ideas Up Its Sleeves For The Near Future.

      Future RS Models Will Enhance The Range Relatively Soon After The Launch Of The Respective Base Product Lines. That Means That Their Characteristics Will Be Defined At A Very Early Stage And That Their Development Will Run Alongside Work On The Corresponding Product Line Upon Which They Are Based. In Addition To Design, This Work Will Focus On Powertrain And Suspension. After All, The Aim Is To Bring The Sporting DNA That Every Audi Carries To The Fore As Much As Possible.

      Modern Efficiency Is One Of The Fundamental Goals Here. With The RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Sportback, And RS Q8, The List Of Ingredients Already Includes A Sophisticated Mild Hybrid System Based On The 48-Volt On-Board Electrical System As Well As Cylinder Deactivation (COD) In The V8 TFSI Engine Under Partial Load. Needless To Say, These Functions Must Also Be Implemented In An RS-Typical Way. “Fine-Tuning” Is The Magic Word When It Comes To The Long Road That Is The Development Of A Spectacular RS Model. “A Unique Character Will Only Evolve If We Work Consistently And With Great Precision. A Lot Of Experience And A Clear Visionare The Keys To Creating A Coherent Overall Concept,” Says Oliver Hoffmann With Certainty.

      Around The World 30 Times:
      The Testing Programme For The RS Q8 – And Not Just This RS
      Test Engineers From Audi Sport GmbH Spent Around Two Years On The Road In The RS Q8, Covering More Than 1.2 Million Kilometres, The Equivalent Of Driving Around The World 30 Times, With Development Vehicles And Prototypes. The Test Drives Took Them To Finland, Sweden, France, Italy, South Africa, China, And The USA. They Were Conducted On All Types Of Racing Tracks And Roads.

      Testing Areas Like The High-Speed Circular Track In The Southern Italian Town Of Nardò Were Used To Test The Resilience Of All Components At A Consistently High Speed. The Ice And Snow In Scandinavia Offered Ideal Conditions For Putting The Finishing Touches To The Response Characteristics Of The Suspension And Control Systems. When Driving On A Slippery Surface, Even Minor Changes To The Setup Have Very Noticeable Effects. The Heat And Elevation In South Africa Presented The Air Conditioning, Engine Cooling, And Performance Characteristics With Special Challenges.

      Inspired By The Racing Car: The Design Of RS Models
      The RS Models Are The Dynamic Spearheads In Audi’s Model Portfolio, As Is Already Indicated By Their Particularly Striking Exterior Design. It Is Very Much Inspired By Motorsports, Combining Cool Understatement With A Dynamic Edge. Top Performance In Motorsports Requires More Extreme Component Shapes. According To The Principle Of “Form Follows Function,” It Is Therefore Natural That The Use Of High-Performance Technologies From Motorsports Is Also Reflected In The Visual Appearance Of RS Models.

      In Many RS Models, The Proportion And Position Of The Singleframe Are Based On The R8: It Is Both Wider And Lower Than On Its Sister Models And Dominated By A Puristic Black Finish Instead Of Chrome Elements. Some RS Models Have Horizontal Slits Between The Grille And The Hood That Are Reminiscent Of The Iconic Audi Sport Quattro From 1984. Mighty Air Inlets And Large Elliptical Tailpipes Symbolise The Power Of The Turbocharged Engines.

      The Body Also Features An Exclusive Look, Which Is Particularly Striking In The Audi RS 6 Avant. It Is 80 Millimetres Wider Than The Base Model, And The Design Of The Wings Is Just As RS-Typical As That Of The Rear Doors, The Side Panel Frames, The Front Section, And The Bonnet. Only The Front Doors, The Roof, And The Tailgate Are Unchanged. The Wheel Arches Of The High-Performance Avant Accommodate Wheels With A Diameter Of Up To 22 Inches – Or Even 23 Inches In The Case Of The RS Q8.

      Workshops And Master Jig: Top-Of-The-Line Quality Even During Development
      The Audi Maxim Of Uncompromising Quality Applies To Each Of The Many Exclusive Solutions. “Our Customers Demand The Best Products On The Market,” Says The Managing Director Of Audi Sport, Oliver Hoffmann. “We Have The Best Specialists And Teams To Meet Their High Expectations.” The RS Workshops, Where The First Cars Are Assembled By Hand, Play An Important Part During The Development Phase.

      The Audi Quality Assurance Department Has A Great Influence On The Later Series Production Vehicle Even During This Phase. The Employees Assemble The Complete RS Body On Highly Precise Aluminium Measuring Fixtures Known As The Master Jig. They Use State-Of-The-Art Measuring Methods Such As Laser Scanners, Which Record Several Million Measuring Points On The Surface Of The Part, To Adjust All Surfaces, Joints, And Radii Down To The Tenth Of A Millimeter. This Benefits Both The Aerodynamics And The Appeal Of Each Individual RS.

      Four Locations: Production Of The RS Models
      RS Models Are Produced At Four Locations. The RS 3 Sportback, The RS 3 Sedan, The
      RS 4 Avant, The RS 5 Coupé And The RS 5 Sportback Roll Off The Line In The German Plant In Ingolstadt. The RS 6 Avant And The RS 7 Sportback Are Produced At The Neckarsulm Site. At The Hungarian Plant In Győr, The TT RS Coupé And Roadster, The RS Q3 And The RS Q3 Sportback Are Built. The RS Q8 Is Produced At The Slovakian Plant In Bratislava. All RS Models Are Processed On Shared Systems With Their Sister Models. The Audi Press Shops Supply The Specific Sheet Metal Parts Made Of Steel Or, In Many Cases, Aluminium That Are Then Assembled In The Body Shop.

      The Marriage, That Is The Assembly Station Where The Suspension And Drivetrain Are Joined With The Body, Is Very Challenging In The Case Of The Models With A V8 Engine In Particular.

      RS-Specific Parts Such As The Exhaust System, Bumpers, Rear Aprons, And Wheels Complete The RS Models. A Two-Digit Number Of RS 6 Avants And RS 7 Sportbacks Are Built In Neckarsulm Every Working Day. Each One Of Them Is Checked On A Road Course Before Being Handed Over To The Customer.

      The “Böllinger Höfe” Factory Is Located Close By The Neckarsulm Plant, The Headquarters Of Audi Sport GmbH. This Is Where The Sports And Racing Cars Of The R8 Family Are Built, In Large Part By Hand, And The Fully Electric Audi E-Tron GT Will Soon Be Built Here, Too.

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      Note To Editors

      Worldwide, Audi Sales Totalled 1.845 Million Cars In 2019, An Increase Of 1.8 Per Cent Year-On-Year. Despite Political And Economic Uncertainty And The Residual Impact Of The Transition To The New WLTP Emissions Regime, The Contribution By Audi UK To This Total Remained Significant At 138,924 Cars, A Reduction Of Around 3 Per Cent Versus 2019. The Brand Is Currently Engaged In The Most Ambitious New Model Launch Initiative In Its History, And Is Already Making Considerable Headway With Its Range-Wide Electrification Roadmap.

      Five Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of Core Models Made Their World Debuts During 2019 As Part Of The Nascent TFSI E Range, While The Fully Electric E-Tron SUV Laid The Foundations For An E-Tron Model Portfolio Which By Year-End Will Also Expand To Include New Coupé-Inspired E-Tron Sportback And E-Tron GT Sports Car Variants. The Broad-Based Electrification Programme Will Be Underpinned By Planned Investment Of Approximately €12 Billion Over The Next Five Years As Part Of An Overall Fund Covering Research, Development, Property, Plant And Equipment Totalling €37 Billion.

      For Further Information Please Contact:

      Alex Fisk,                                          
      Telephone: 01908 601980 / 07860 228994
      Digital PR Manager                         
      E-Mail: Alex.Fisk@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Camilla Scanes,                 
      Telephone: 01908 601688 / 07983 537215
      Media Relations Manager
      E-Mail: Camilla.Scanes@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Kate Dixon                                       
      Telephone : 01908 601629 / 07714 447653
      Media Relations Manager
      E-Mail : Kate.Dixon@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Joanne Catchpole             
      Telephone: 01908 601663 / 07795 410377
      Media Relations Manager
      E-Mail: Joanne.Catchpole@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Louise Vukomanovic                       
      Telephone: 01908 548921 / 07717 731021
      Press Fleet And VIP Relations Manager
      E-Mail: Louise.Vukomanovic@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Lucy Banks                                       
      Telephone: 01908 548706 / 07884 012146
      VIP Relations Executive    
      E-Mail: Lucy.Banks@Audi.Co.Uk 

      Gavin Ward                                     
      Telephone: 01908 601455 / 07776 316316
      Head Of Press And PR                      
      E-Mail: Gavin.Ward@Audi.Co.Uk 

    • 00:01:27
      • 20,000 examples of the benchmark luxury SUV now built
      • Bentayga defined and has grown luxury SUV segment since launch
      • Four years of extraordinary adventures
      • Power, agility and record breaking performance
      • First step on Bentley’s journey to electrification and the future
      • Bentayga Highlights film released

      (Crewe, 4 June 2020) Bentley Motors has built the 20,000th Bentayga since the start of production and customers deliveries in 2016. The Bentayga remains the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world, offering a true Bentley driving experience and showcasing unparalleled luxury combined with effortless performance and everyday usability.

      The multi-award-winning Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark back in 2016, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions. Go-anywhere driving ability and imperious luxury are the hallmarks of the Bentayga – powerful, individual and exquisite in equal measure, the Bentayga is for those who demand luxury without compromise. To summarise the car’s achievements, Bentley has today released a short film showing the car delivering on its promise of power, performance and luxury.

      Driving growth of the luxury SUV market sector
      The first customers received their vehicles at the start of 2016 and in the four years since,  20,000 Bentaygas have been handcrafted by the skilled workforce at the Bentley factory in Crewe. Each one has spent more than 100 hours on a dedicated production line, where a team of 230 craftspeople meticulously assemble every Bentayga by hand.

      Over the introduction of five derivatives and four different powertrains has provided greater opportunities for customers old and new to Bentley, to add to their portfolio.

      Generating demand also creates opportunity for competitors, however the Bentayga’s diverse abilities means that it has outsold all of its key competitors over the last four years and cemented the acclaim of the pinnacle luxury SUV.

      Bentayga – The ‘Game Changer’
      Recognition soon came after the launch of Bentayga winning the ‘Game Changer’ award from a leading automotive publication for setting new standards and defying convention, due to its unique combination of luxury and go-anywhere ability.

      The Bentayga’s interior set new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods, leather and metal elements. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley’s colleagues in Crewe.

      Never before had a vehicle so coherently combined genuine luxury with go-anywhere driving ability. The development programme for the Bentayga was the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa, the dunes of Dubai, the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions was proven.

      One of the key successes of the Bentayga was the introduction of Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. The system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling.

      While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces.

      It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition.

      Extraordinary adventures and past times
      The Bentayga enables customers to explore unimaginable places in exquisite luxury – an ability showcased with a Bentley ‘Extraordinary World’ drive across Chile and Bolivia with a number of customers in September 2016. The week long journey began in northern Chile, at Moon Valley where NASA tested the Mars Rover, then continued through the Atacama Desert, the highest in the world, and onwards across Chile’s expansive salt flats where the customers had the opportunity to use the full potential of the Bentayga.

      By 2018 further adventures had unfoldeded; exploring Iceland in a fleet of Bentayga V8s, experiencing the luxury SUV’s incredible off-road prowess, fording frozen rivers, climbing ragged rock faces and navigating frozen trails.

      Guy Smith demonstrated the pace of the Bentayga V8 on Rømø Beach in Denmark whilst racing two Kitesurfing World Champions, while others enjoyed the comfort and technology on their way to the Faroe Islea to go surfing - all displaying the ability and ease to explore further in a Bentley than ever before.

      For those staying closer to home, customers can personalise their vehicles in line with their pastimes, via Mulliner – Bentley’s bespoking and coachbuilding division. A number of limited editions have been commisioned for a range of outdoor pursuits including falconry, fly fishing, field sports and even horse racing - utilising the Bentayga’s significant 3,500 kg towing capacity.

      Power, records and agility
      At the heart of the Bentayga is the powertrain, which delivers previously unseen levels of power and torque for an SUV. Whether the powerful W12, sporting yet efficient V8, future-focused plug-in hybrid or the technologically advanced triple charged V8 diesel -all of Bentayga’s powertrain provide the ability of effortless grand touring.

      At launch an all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine combined efficiency and refinement. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivered a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).

      The innovative Bentley V8 engine was also calibrated to suit this exceptionally capable SUV. Powerful and efficient, with seamless power delivery, it provides an effortlessly engaging drive – both on and off the road. It delivers an impressive 542 bhp (550 PS) of power that can take it to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), accompanied by a potent V8 engine sound that reflects the car’s sporting capabilities. The V8 engine achieves its maximum torque of 770 Nm (568 lb ft) at 1,960 rpm and maintains this right through to 4,500 rpm, ensuring rapid acceleration at any engine speed and a 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.4 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds).

      The Bentayga demonstrated its outstanding performance credentials by claiming the outright record for a production SUV at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday 24th of June, 2018 in Colorado, USA.

      Driven by two-time champion Rhys Millen, the Bentayga completed the 12.42-mile course in just 10:49.9 – taking nearly two minutes off the previous record by averaging 66.5 mph while climbing almost 5,000 ft through 156 corners,.

      The Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date. It builds on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007. The Bentayga Speed takes the Bentayga’s extraordinary abilities to new levels, boosting maximum power from 608 PS in the existing 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged model to 635 PS (626 bhp).

      With exceptional performance, comfort and handling, maximum speed increased from 187 mph (301 km/h) to 190 mph (306 km/h), while the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time is reduced from 4.1 seconds to 3.9 seconds.  

      The first step to Bentley’s journey to electrification
      The Bentayga Hybrid represented Bentley’s first step towards full electrification, combining the serenity of silent motoring with exquisite comfort and effortless performance.

      Offering the best of both worlds, the new plug-in hybrid model combines an advanced electric motor with a powerful and efficient new-generation V6 petrol engine. The hybrid version of the world’s most luxurious SUV will be the company’s most efficient model ever with CO2 emissions of 79 g/km (WLTP).

      The Bentayga Hybrid combines traditional Bentley values with the very latest technologies, giving customers the best of both wrlds - engaging, effortless performance on the open road and silent, emission-free driving in the city, which will become increasingly important. Following Bentley tradition, the Bentayga Hybrid pioneers a new automotive sector – the luxury hybrid – and sets Bentley on the path towards a sustainable electrified future.

      [Bentayga WLTP drive cycle: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) – Combined 19.2-80.7 (14.7-3.5). Combined CO₂ – 79-335g/km.]

      - ENDS -

      Notes to editors

      Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

      Mike Sayer
      Head of Product Communications
      Communications Manager
      mike.sayer@bentley.co.uk
      +44(0)7507 846782

      Jonathan Smedley
      Product Communications Manager
      jonathan.smedley@bentley.co.uk
      +44(0)7958 058427

      Bentley Motors Ltd
      Pyms Lane
      Crewe
      CW1 3PL

      www.bentleymedia.com
      communications@bentley.co.uk
      @BentleyComm

    • 00:01:50
      Bentley Mulsanne Highlights
      111 Views . 21 Apr 2020

      ​CELEBRATING ‘THE GRAND BENTLEY’: A DECADE OF HIGHLIGHTS CAPTURED IN FILM

      • New film celebrates the life and triumphs of the Bentley Mulsanne
      • Handcrafted in Crewe, England from 2010-2020
      • End of production postponed due to temporary factory shutdown
      • Flagship to be handed to new Flying Spur when production completed

      (Crewe, 15 April 2020) Bentley has today released a newly-produced film celebrating the life of the Mulsanne, compiling a number of memorable highlights over the past decade. From the world’s first glimpse of the all-new Mulsanne at Pebble Beach back in 2009, through to the recently revealed final encore in the exclusive 6.75 Edition by Mulliner, the Mulsanne is not short of extraordinary milestones.

      With Bentley’s factory temporarily shut down to protect the workforce during the COVID-19 crisis, the Mulsanne’s reign as Bentley’s flagship model has been extended a little further, with production now likely to end in the summer as the 30 cars that make up the 6.75 Edition by Mulliner are handcrafted in Crewe.

      When the last car completes its 600-item quality inspection, the Mulsanne’s time as the pinnacle modern Bentley will draw a close, and the baton will be handed to the new Flying Spur – a worthy successor, having recently been reviewed as “the new best car in the world”.

      Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

      [All vehicles in release: WLTP drive cycle: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) – Combined 17.4 - 19.1 (16.2-14.8). Combined CO₂ – 337-365g/km.]

      Wayne Bruce
      Director of Communications
      wayne.bruce@bentley.co.uk
      +44(0) 7780 004537

      Mike Sayer
      Head of Product Communications
      mike.sayer@bentley.co.uk
      +44 (0) 7507 846782

    • 00:02:20
      • Hyundai Motor has further revealed new images and details of its latest concept EV, “Prophecy”·      
      • Hyundai Motor Group’s Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke guides viewers around the car, explaining its key features·      
      • Key characteristics include a joystick steering mechanism, a unique air filtration system, and a dedicated EV platform 

      High Wycombe, 03 April 2020 –Hyundai Motor has revealed more details of its Prophecy Concept EV. In a new walk-around video, Hyundai Motor Group’s Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke explains some of the key features inside and outside the vehicle.

      Prophecy received its digital premiere last month. Rather than being a pure concept, its name refers to the fact that this vehicle teasers ideas and features Hyundai will develop in the future.

      A classic car design to achieve the Ultimate Automotive Form

      Prophecy is inspired by the vintage cars of the 1920s and 30s, with a smooth, coupe-like design. Sweeping curves and smooth lines set it apart from the angular 45, another Hyundai concept car which debuted at the IAA in 2019. However, like 45, it inherits the design language of pixel lights. Its dynamic shape and rear spoiler give it a sporty appearance, and propeller-shaped wheels reduce air resistance. This look is based on Hyundai’s design identity: Sensuous Sportiness.

      Inside, the car exudes relaxation, with dark colours and natural materials that hearken back to nature. This is meant to create a completely new type of in-car experience.

      “The word ‘sensuous’ integrates the value of more emotion in our designs. ‘Sportiness’ implies dynamics, to be reactive of what’s happening around us,” says Donckerwolke. “Sensuous Sportiness is not about a new language or philosophy. It’s about a new concept in the creation of our cars.”

      No steering wheel, but joysticks

      One of the most unique characteristics of Prophecy is the steering mechanism. Rather than a steering wheel mounted high on the dashboard in front of the driver, Prophecy is controlled by dual joysticks located left and right from the driver: one on the centre console and the other on the door trim. In combination with a spacious interior, this not only allows for a more comfortable seating position while driving, it also frees up more space on the dashboard for other features. In addition, 90 per cent of the vehicle’s functions can be controlled via buttons on the joysticks, so there is no need for the driver to take their hands off the joysticks to change the music. This ergonomic setup is known as the Intuitive Human Interface. It has the benefit of increasing passenger safety as well as visual freedom.

      Optimised seating position through the Smart Posture Care System

      Installing joysticks is not the only way the seating position has become more ergonomic with Prophecy. The new Smart Posture Care System (SPCS) allows drivers to enjoy an optimised seating position based on their individual physical characteristics. The driver can either adjust the seat manually to fit their preferences, or allow the car to suggest a “smart” seating position for them. In “smart” mode, the driver enters their height, seated height, and weight, and the car automatically adjusts to the driver’s individual physical condition. The SPCS controls the seat, steering wheel, mirror, and Head-Up Display, and is based on medically-verified information.

      Relax mode: turning a vehicle into an entertainment space

      The infotainment system is integrated into a large screen stretching across the entire front of the vehicle’s interior. When not driving, the car can be used as an entertainment space by switching into Relax Mode. In Relax Mode, the seats recline and the dashboard swivels upwards, creating the optimal seating position from which to enjoy the content shown on the display. Because of the lack of a steering wheel, the occupants have virtually zero visual obstacles – they see only the horizontal pillar-to-pillar display and the wing-shaped dashboard. As autonomous driving technology progresses, the potential for vehicles to be used as relaxation spaces will grow in importance.

      Cleaning the air both inside and outside the vehicle

      Not only is Prophecy a zero-emissions electric vehicles – it actually cleans the air. This is thanks to a unique air filtration system with a fine dust sensor built in to the vehicle. When particle levels inside the vehicle get too high, the air system activates, taking in fresh air from the outside, filtering it for purity, and circulating the clean air throughout the vehicle. Moreover, this does not just happen when the car is driving – Prophecy continues to clean the air, even when it is idling or charging, and even if no one is inside.

      In most cars, the driver or passenger rolls down the window when they want a breath of fresh air. With Prophecy, the air is always fresh, so the windows of dual-pane glass are locked in place. When the air inside the vehicle grows stale, fresh air is taken in via intake valves at the front of the vehicle. When no fresh air inside the car is needed, the filtered air is pumped back into the outside world via two outlets at the bottom of the side doors. This system is significantly more energy efficient than a traditional ventilation system.

      Platform and powertrain

      After 45, Prophecy is the second Hyundai vehicle to be built using the Electric Global Modular Platform or “E-GMP” – Hyundai’s first dedicated EV platform. A dedicated EV platform opens up a world of possibilities for new design and comfort features. Electric powertrains are much more compact than their internal-combustion counterparts, meaning there is no need for a wide front hood or a bulky centre console. This allows automotive designers to reclaim the space for passenger use, and to reimagine the range of in-car experiences.

       – End –

      About Hyundai Motor

      Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2018 sold in excess of 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type. 

      About Hyundai Motor UK                                                   

      Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 23rd to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold 83,284 vehicles with a 3.6% market share. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers consumers the broadest range of alternative fuel vehicles from the electrified IONIQ range, the 278 mile range KONA Electric and the hydrogen fuel cell NEXO, as well as award winning internal combustion engine vehicles such as the i10 city car, the high performance N range and the trusted and capable SUV ranges of KONA, Tucson and Santa Fe. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk.

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    • 00:02:15
      • Hyundai Motor has further revealed new images and details of its latest concept EV, “Prophecy”·      
      • Hyundai Motor Group’s Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke guides viewers around the car, explaining its key features·      
      • Key characteristics include a joystick steering mechanism, a unique air filtration system, and a dedicated EV platform 

      High Wycombe, 03 April 2020 –Hyundai Motor has revealed more details of its Prophecy Concept EV. In a new walk-around video, Hyundai Motor Group’s Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke explains some of the key features inside and outside the vehicle.

      Prophecy received its digital premiere last month. Rather than being a pure concept, its name refers to the fact that this vehicle teasers ideas and features Hyundai will develop in the future.

      A classic car design to achieve the Ultimate Automotive Form

      Prophecy is inspired by the vintage cars of the 1920s and 30s, with a smooth, coupe-like design. Sweeping curves and smooth lines set it apart from the angular 45, another Hyundai concept car which debuted at the IAA in 2019. However, like 45, it inherits the design language of pixel lights. Its dynamic shape and rear spoiler give it a sporty appearance, and propeller-shaped wheels reduce air resistance. This look is based on Hyundai’s design identity: Sensuous Sportiness.

      Inside, the car exudes relaxation, with dark colours and natural materials that hearken back to nature. This is meant to create a completely new type of in-car experience.

      “The word ‘sensuous’ integrates the value of more emotion in our designs. ‘Sportiness’ implies dynamics, to be reactive of what’s happening around us,” says Donckerwolke. “Sensuous Sportiness is not about a new language or philosophy. It’s about a new concept in the creation of our cars.”

      No steering wheel, but joysticks

      One of the most unique characteristics of Prophecy is the steering mechanism. Rather than a steering wheel mounted high on the dashboard in front of the driver, Prophecy is controlled by dual joysticks located left and right from the driver: one on the centre console and the other on the door trim. In combination with a spacious interior, this not only allows for a more comfortable seating position while driving, it also frees up more space on the dashboard for other features. In addition, 90 per cent of the vehicle’s functions can be controlled via buttons on the joysticks, so there is no need for the driver to take their hands off the joysticks to change the music. This ergonomic setup is known as the Intuitive Human Interface. It has the benefit of increasing passenger safety as well as visual freedom.

      Optimised seating position through the Smart Posture Care System

      Installing joysticks is not the only way the seating position has become more ergonomic with Prophecy. The new Smart Posture Care System (SPCS) allows drivers to enjoy an optimised seating position based on their individual physical characteristics. The driver can either adjust the seat manually to fit their preferences, or allow the car to suggest a “smart” seating position for them. In “smart” mode, the driver enters their height, seated height, and weight, and the car automatically adjusts to the driver’s individual physical condition. The SPCS controls the seat, steering wheel, mirror, and Head-Up Display, and is based on medically-verified information.

      Relax mode: turning a vehicle into an entertainment space

      The infotainment system is integrated into a large screen stretching across the entire front of the vehicle’s interior. When not driving, the car can be used as an entertainment space by switching into Relax Mode. In Relax Mode, the seats recline and the dashboard swivels upwards, creating the optimal seating position from which to enjoy the content shown on the display. Because of the lack of a steering wheel, the occupants have virtually zero visual obstacles – they see only the horizontal pillar-to-pillar display and the wing-shaped dashboard. As autonomous driving technology progresses, the potential for vehicles to be used as relaxation spaces will grow in importance.

      Cleaning the air both inside and outside the vehicle

      Not only is Prophecy a zero-emissions electric vehicles – it actually cleans the air. This is thanks to a unique air filtration system with a fine dust sensor built in to the vehicle. When particle levels inside the vehicle get too high, the air system activates, taking in fresh air from the outside, filtering it for purity, and circulating the clean air throughout the vehicle. Moreover, this does not just happen when the car is driving – Prophecy continues to clean the air, even when it is idling or charging, and even if no one is inside.

      In most cars, the driver or passenger rolls down the window when they want a breath of fresh air. With Prophecy, the air is always fresh, so the windows of dual-pane glass are locked in place. When the air inside the vehicle grows stale, fresh air is taken in via intake valves at the front of the vehicle. When no fresh air inside the car is needed, the filtered air is pumped back into the outside world via two outlets at the bottom of the side doors. This system is significantly more energy efficient than a traditional ventilation system.

      Platform and powertrain

      After 45, Prophecy is the second Hyundai vehicle to be built using the Electric Global Modular Platform or “E-GMP” – Hyundai’s first dedicated EV platform. A dedicated EV platform opens up a world of possibilities for new design and comfort features. Electric powertrains are much more compact than their internal-combustion counterparts, meaning there is no need for a wide front hood or a bulky centre console. This allows automotive designers to reclaim the space for passenger use, and to reimagine the range of in-car experiences.

       – End –

      About Hyundai Motor

      Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2018 sold in excess of 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type. 

      About Hyundai Motor UK                                                   

      Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 23rd to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold 83,284 vehicles with a 3.6% market share. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers consumers the broadest range of alternative fuel vehicles from the electrified IONIQ range, the 278 mile range KONA Electric and the hydrogen fuel cell NEXO, as well as award winning internal combustion engine vehicles such as the i10 city car, the high performance N range and the trusted and capable SUV ranges of KONA, Tucson and Santa Fe. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk.

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    • 00:09:26

      Premium compact class pioneer returns, revolutionised inside and out

      • More dynamic, expressive and individual than ever
      • Featuring a digital operating concept with new interactive functions
      • Top driving performance combined with great efficiency and increased comfort
      • Technik, Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung specifications available
      • Standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, an integrated 10.1-inch touch display with MMI Navigation Plus and Audi connect services plus
      • Priced from £24,900 OTR and ready to order from next week, with first deliveries in May
      • TV footage available via www.audimedia.tv and all other assets via www.audi-mediacenter.com

      Ingolstadt, March 3, 2020 – The Audi A3 firmly established the premium compact class in 1996. Now, 24 years later, the fourth generation of this highly successful model is ready to make its mark. True to the brand’s Vorsprung durch Technik philosophy, the premium five-door compact once again sets new standards, incorporating an all-new digitalised interior and cutting-edge infotainment, unique new light signatures, powerful engines and a suite of innovative assistance systems enveloped in a completely redesigned, yet immediately recognisable body.

      “Each generation of A3 has represented a significant step-change not only for Audi but also for the premium compact class,” said Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK. “Our new model is no different and continues to be a torchbearer for Vorsprung durch Technik – it’s fully digital, completely connected and highly intuitive.”

      Revolutionised: the exterior and lighting
      The new A3 Sportback has an athletic stance and its concave flanks introduce a completely new motif into the Audi design lexicon. They emphasise the dynamic appearance of the compact five-door vehicle, as do the heavily slanting C-pillars above the rear wheels. The shoulder line tapers upward from the headlights to the rear lights.

      The surface below it falls inward, accentuating the quattro blisters and highlighting the body shoulder. This creates an intensive play of light and shadow, which is mainly due to the strong contour in the sill area. The lower body line is drawn upward again before it reaches the rear wheel arch. This makes the A3 Sportback appear particularly dynamic.

      The front end is dominated by a wide, hexagonal Singleframe with a honeycomb grille. In interaction with the large, angular air inlets and the striking bumper, it visualises the sporty character of the premium compact car. At the rear end, the long roof edge spoiler makes the window appear low. Together with the shoulder line that extends all around the vehicle, the flat rear lights, the diffuser, and the trapezoidal exhaust screens, this effect emphasises the width of the vehicle.

      The A3 can also be identified immediately by its headlights. Fitted as standard to Edition 1 and flagship Vorsprung versions, the matrix LED headlights integrate digital daytime running lights for the first time. An innovative pixel matrix consisting of 15 light-emitting diodes shows a specific daytime running light signature depending on the equipment version: While horizontal lines are characteristic of the basic models, two vertical LED lines emphasise the sportiness of the S line exterior. In addition, the matrix LED headlights offer intelligently controlled high beam light, dynamic turn signal light, and dynamic light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.

      Digitalised: the cockpit
      A black-panel look to the instrument panel and centre console, stylish contrasting stitching, striking door handles and a new shifter design all contribute to the high quality feel of the interior of the A3 Sportback. Precise horizontal lines and surfaces with a clear design emphasise the width of the cockpit. This is also achieved by the striking air vent door strip on the passenger side and the curved trim strip below. On the driver’s side, the air vents form an impressive unit with the cover of the instrument cluster. The elements are merged here, which underlines the puristic design.

      The cockpit is fully focused on the driver. It uses familiar elements from the brand’s full-size class models and is equipped with a 10.1-inch touch display as standard. It can be used to adjust the settings of the media selection, navigation, and extensive connect services. When the driver selects a function, the system provides acoustic feedback. The centre display is integrated harmoniously in the high-gloss black bezel in the centre of the instrument panel. The entire area is inclined slightly toward the driver, as is the newly developed control unit for climate control located below. The black-panel look is continued to the left of the steering wheel.

      The design of centre tunnel console is designed to be particularly ergonomic. There is an innovative shifter integrated in its black-panel surface that offers the driver a completely new operating experience: Using shift-by-wire technology, the compact controller can be pushed and pulled to control the basic functions of the seven-speed S tronic. Next to it is a further innovation: A round, sensory volume control that reacts to circular finger movements.

      The Audi A3 Sportback also comes with a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit as standard, which is operated via the multifunction steering wheel. The displays relating to the MMI navigation plus appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which has many additional functions such as a large view of the navigation map. The Audi virtual cockpit plus with a 12.3-inch display is even more attractive, and is standard on the Edition 1 and Vorsprung trims: It offers three different views, including a sport layout. As a further option, there is a head-up display that projects important information onto the windscreen in colour. The image appears to be floating at a distance of around two metres in front of the driver.

      Informed: infotainment with the new MIB 3
      The MMI operating concept is powered by a new main unit, the third generation of the modular infotainment platform (MIB 3), which provides ten times more computing power as compared to the MIB 2 in the predecessor model. The MIB 3 cooperates closely with the separate communication box, which performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed, and integrates a Wi‑Fi hotspot. Individual settings can be stored in up to six user profiles. They range from the seat position to the air conditioning settings, frequently selected navigation destinations, and frequently used media.

      One major strength of the MMI in the new Audi A3 Sportback is the simple, intuitive operation with a flat menu structure and symbols that users are familiar with from their smartphones. Even the basic equipment with the MMI radio plus features handwriting recognition. The system recognises individual letters, cursive, whole words, and letters written on top of each other. With the MIB 3, natural language voice control is also on board as standard. The A3 Sportback turns into an intelligent conversation partner: The driver can formulate their instructions freely and the dialogue manager responds to them. For example, the system understands questions such as “Where is the nearest Italian restaurant?” and displays matching restaurants nearby. If the customer books the Audi connect navigation & infotainment plus package, the system also performs an online comparison, which improves the rate of recognition and the quality of the results.

      More precise: the navigation
      The MMI navigation plus, standard on the new A3 Sportback, recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. In doing so, it takes statistical experience values on time and traffic density into account, as well as real-time data on the traffic situation. High-resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D models of many major European cities also make navigation easier.

      The basic services from Audi connect add online traffic information to the navigation, enrich points of interest with photos, opening hours, and user reviews, and provide a weather forecast for the navigation destination.

      Communicated: Car-to-X
      Multiple Car-to-X services connect the A3 Sportback with other vehicles and the environment. Provided the local infrastructure is available, they help with finding free parking spots on the roadside or allow the driver to surf the green wave by communicating with the city’s main computer.

      The information on the traffic light circuits is displayed to the driver in the Audi virtual cockpit. This allows drivers to adjust their speed preemptively, which increases efficiency and improves traffic flow. The on-board camera and vehicle sensor system also detect hazardous areas and speed limits and communicate them to vehicles with the corresponding equipment.

      Intensified: the entertainment
      The A3 Sportback is equipped with DAB+ digital radio as standard. Online radio and hybrid radio can also be installed upon request. The former provides access to online stations that are available worldwide, while the latter automatically switches between FM, DAB, and the online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times. The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with virtual 3D sound at the front offers an intensive sound experience and drives 15 loudspeakers producing a total output of 680 watts. The B&O system is available as part of the Comfort & Sound Package, and features as standard equipment on the top-of-the-range Vorsprung.

      In order to connect the smartphone to the MMI, the A3 Sportback is equipped with the Audi smartphone interface. It establishes contact with the customers’ iOS and Android smartphones and transfers their Apple CarPlay or Android Auto environment to the MMI display. This will even work wirelessly in the near future. The Audi phone box charges the smartphone inductively, couples it with the car’s antenna, and provides a hands-free function in the highest speech and reception quality. Amazon’s voice service “Alexa” offers a new form of interaction that will be available for the A3 as of the middle of 2020. It offers access to thousands of pieces of information, ranging from news and music all the way to the weather. Smart home devices can also be controlled while on the road.

      Synchronised: the myAudi app
      Many Audi connect functions are bundled in the free myAudi app, which connects the customer’s smartphone to the A3 Sportback. It can be used, for example, to transfer navigation routes to the MMI and to stream music. The driver can also use the myAudi app to lock and unlock their A3 Sportback remotely, to locate where the car is parked and to be guided to the vehicle.

      The many innovations also include the Audi connect key, which will be introduced a few weeks after the market launch. It allows the user to lock and unlock the car and to start the engine with the start/stop button via an Android smartphone.

      Sophisticated: the engines
      All engines in the new A3 Sportback impress with their powerful torque and sophisticated running characteristics. In the UK, the premium compact model will be launched with two engine versions, both with front-wheel drive: a 1.5 TFSI manual with 150 PS and a 2.0 TDI that outputs 150 PS as an S tronic. In connection with this dual-clutch transmission, the A3 Sportback is fitted as standard with steering wheel paddles. Shortly after the market launch,a second version of the 1.5 TFSI with a mild hybrid system (MHEV) will follow. With this engine, Audi is continuing is electrification strategy in the premium compact class.

      A belt alternator starter (BAS) feeds a 48-volt electrical system that integrates a compact lithium-ion battery. When decelerating or during slight brake applications, the BAS can recuperate up to 12 kW of power and feed it to the energy storage unit. When driving off and accelerating from a low rotational speed, it assists the TFSI with up to 9 kW and 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) of torque. With the MHEV system, the A3 Sportback can glide with its engine deactivated for up to 40 seconds. The advantage in terms of consumption is up to 0.4 liters per 100 km.

      A few months after the market launch, Audi will gradually expand the offer by adding further TDI and TFSI engine versions, including some with quattro drive, as well as a plug-in hybrid in two power levels.

      Precisely tuned: the suspension
      Even the standard suspension of the Audi A3 Sportback is supremely balanced, combining supple ride comfort with good dynamics. The sensitive and securely regulating electronic stabilisation program completes the dynamic handling characteristics with wheel-selective torque control. Should the front wheel on the inside of the corner lose grip at high speed, it intervenes with a slight brake application. The difference in drive forces turns the car into the bend, allowing the car to follow the steering angle precisely. This makes the handling even more agile, fluid, and safe.

      The A3 Sportback is fitted as standard with electromechanical power steering with speed-dependent steering assist. It ensures a precise steering feel at high speeds and positive assistance while parking.

      The driver can also control the characteristics of the steering and throttle response as well as the shift points of the S tronic in Audi drive select. The modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic, and efficiency. In individual mode, the driver can freely specify their individual preferences to a great extent. In addition, Audi drive select influences comfort and safety systems, such as the automatic air conditioning, matrix LED headlights, the seat belt tensioner, and adaptive cruise control.

      For the axle concept, Audi relies on a MacPherson axle with bottom wishbones at the front. Models with an output of 150PS and more are equipped with a multi-link rear axle with separate spring/damper arrangement. Engines with an output of less than this are equipped with a light and compact torsion-beam rear axle. The swivel bearings are made of aluminium.

      The wheel portfolio of the new Audi A3 Sportback ranges from 16- to 19‑inch wheels and up to a tire dimension of 235/35, each with a focus on the best possible rolling resistance combined with optimum driving dynamics and performance. The powerful and fade-resistant brakes are actuated by a further innovation, the electric brake booster. Due to the fact that it responds very quickly, the developers were able to increase the air gap between the brake pad and the brake disc slightly.

      This solution suppresses friction loss caused by slightly touching brake pads almost entirely, thereby contributing to the high level of efficiency.

      Optimised: spacial concept, body, aerodynamics 
      The new A3 Sportback offers more space and functionality combined with compact external dimensions. It measures 4.34 metres in length and 1.82 metres in width without the mirrors, and is therefore just over three centimetres larger than the predecessor model. The passengers benefit from this directly: They have more elbow room at the front and rear and more shoulder room in the rear. Without the roof antenna, the new A3 Sportback is 1.43 metres high, which is identical to the third generation, as is the wheelbase of 2.64 metres. By contrast, the slightly lower seat position for the driver is a new feature. This underlines the dynamic character of the premium compact model and benefits the headroom in the first seat row. There are plenty of handy and clever places to store a smartphone, coffee cup, and other items.

      Larger belongings can be stored in the luggage compartment, which has a capacity of between 380 and 1,200 litres. The loading floor can be adjusted to different heights, and the rear shelf can be stored underneath it to save space. On request, Audi will deliver an electric tailgate, which can also be opened and closed with a foot motion. Depending on the engine version, the new Audi A3 Sportback has a towing capacity of up to 1,600 kg (braked, at a 12 percent incline) with the optional coupling.

      The body is extremely impact resistant, rigid, and acoustically comfortable. With the 1.5 TFSI, the A3 Sportback has an unladen weight (without driver) of just 1,280 kg, making it very light. In the passenger cell, components made of hot-formed steel create a strong compound structure. The front-end flap is made of aluminium.

      With a drag coefficient starting from 0.28, the A3 Sportback is particularly aerodynamically efficient, which reduces CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. To achieve this, the aerodynamics developers put a great deal of effort into optimising many areas of the body, for example the exterior mirrors and the underbody, which received a large-area lining.

      Aeroacoustics also plays a major part in ensuring that the wind noise is kept to a minimum even at high speeds and providing the customer with maximum comfort in terms of noise levels. Many engine versions have a controllable cooled air inlet: two horizontally positioned louver modules behind the Singleframe that are actuated electrically. They regulate the airflow intelligently and situationally, thereby solving the conflict of objectives between optimum cooling output and aerodynamic efficiency. While driving, they remain closed as much as possible. The brake cooling with a neutral drag coefficient, where the air is guided from the engine compartment through the wheel arch shell to the brakes, is another new feature. When the vehicle is at a standstill, the engine fan generates the air flow.

      Well versed: the driver assist systems
      The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with numerous assist systems that provide support when driving in the city or on long journeys. In the Vorsprung, it uses a mid-range radar that takes measurements to the front, as well as two rear-end radar sensors, a front camera, four surround view cameras, and twelve ultrasonic sensors.

      With Audi pre sense front, the collision avoidance assist, and the lane departure warning, the premium compact car provides a high level of safety as standard. The interaction of the camera and front radar allows Audi pre sense front to prevent accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists or to reduce the severity of such accidents. The collision avoidance assist also uses the data from this sensor system. It helps the driver steer their A3 Sportback around an obstacle in a critical situation. Assistance is provided in the form of targeted braking of the wheels and applying a little steering torque to correct the steering wheel angle. From a speed of roughly 40mph, the lane departure warning helps the driver to stay in their lane. If the vehicle approaches a boundary line without the driver having activated the turn signal, the system performs corrective steering action to steer the vehicle back into the correct lane. Additional steering wheel vibration can be activated upon request.

      The vehicle can be equipped with further driving assist systems by ordering the Driver Assistance Package, for example the lane change and exit warnings. If a lane change is categorised as critical, for example because there is a vehicle in the blind spot, an LED lights up in the exterior mirror.

      The exit warning uses the same method plus an acoustic signal to warn the driver about vehicles and cyclists approaching from behind, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. The purpose of this is to avoid possible accidents caused by opening the door. The rear cross-traffic assist is a further optional system. When reversing out of perpendicular and diagonal parking spaces, it warns the driver of approaching vehicles via the MMI display. In particularly critical situations, a warning signal is output and the brakes are applied in addition.

      The adaptive cruise assist, which assists the driver with longitudinal and lateral guidance, is the most complex system in the portfolio. The system maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle driving in front and assists with lane guidance by means of gentle interventions in the electromechanical steering up to 130mph. This increases the level of ride comfort during long journeys in particular.

      In stop-and-go traffic and in traffic jams, the system brakes the A3 Sportback down to a standstill – this is the case with both automatic and manual transmission. The vehicle is set in motion again automatically or by declutching and accelerating. The adaptive cruise assist is available as part of what is known as the Driver Assistance package. It also includes the efficiency assist, which notifies the driver whenever it would be sensible to take their foot off the accelerator pedal, as well as traffic sign recognition. The two functions allow the adaptive cruise assist to adapt the speed to the speed limits and the course of the road automatically, even without a vehicle driving in front.

      The high-beam assist and the emergency assist are also part of the extensive Driver Assistance  package. It also includes two parking functions: the park assist and the parking system plus. The former can guide the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular parking spots almost independently, using ultrasonic sensors all around the car. The driver only has to accelerate, brake and shift gears.

      In the case of parallel parking spots, the system provides the same assistance when maneuvering out of the parking spot. The system can also be activated during an ongoing manual parking procedure, for example if the driver realises that they approached the parking spot from an awkward angle.

      The surround view cameras, which will be available as an individual option after the market launch, are equally useful in city traffic.

      Individualised: the equipment
      In terms of the paint finish, customers can choose from twelve colours. Audi now offers the completely new color Atoll blue, available on Technik and Sport. Upon request, the Audi A3 Sportback is now also available in Manhattan grey (Technik and Sport) for the first time.

      The new A3 Sportback is equipped as standard with a 10.25-inch  Audi Virtual Cockpit, a 10.1-inch touch colour display in the instrument panel, MMI Navigation Plus, Audi smartphone interface and Audi Connect Services Plus. Further standard equipment on the lead-in Technik trim also includes headlights with LED technology, 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, Audi pre sense front, the lane departure warning, and the collision avoidance assist.

      Next in line is Sport trim, which builds on Technik and adds 17” alloy wheels, interior and exterior styling upgrades, dual-zone electronic climate control, and twin leather upholstery.

      S line models benefit from 18” alloy wheels, sport suspension, LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators, front sport seats with twin leather, S-embossing and contrast stitching, upgraded interior inlays and privacy glass.

      As a new addition to the specification range, the Edition 1 will gain 19” alloys, Black exterior styling, Matrix LED headlights, front sport seats in Alcantara and leatherette combination, electrically adjustable front seats, exterior mirrors with memory and heated front seats. The Audi Virtual Cockpit plus, and the new extended ambient lighting pack that features interior lighting with 30 colours to choose from are also added.

      At the top-of-the-range is the new Vorsprung, which features all of the standard items from the Edition 1, but with alternative 19” alloy wheels, a panoramic sun roof, electric tailgate, sport seats in Fine Nappa leather, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, and Audi phone box with wireless charging. The Vorsprung also includes all of the latest safety features available on the new A3, such as Head-up display, Adaptive cruise assist, traffic sign recognition and parking assist.

      Scheduled: pricing and market introduction
      The new Audi A3 Sportback will become available to order in the UK almost immediately after its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. First deliveries are expected in May this year.

      Engines

      Specification

      OTR pricing

      35 TFSI (150PS) manual

      Technik

      £24,900

      Sport

      £26,300

      S line

      £28,200

      Edition 1

      £31,240

      Vorsprung

      £36,340

      35 TDI (150 PS) S tronic

      Technik

      £28,350

      Sport

      £29,750

      S line

      £31,650

      Edition 1

      £34,690

      Vorsprung

      £43,040

       

      – End –

      Picture caption
      The Audi A3 has come of age –
       Via its online media platform, Audi MediaTV, the brand with the four rings is today presenting the all-new A3 Sportback – a fully digital, fully connected five-door hatchback that once again breaks new ground in the premium compact class.

      Note to Editors
      Worldwide, Audi sales totalled 1.845 million cars in 2019, an increase of 1.8 per cent year-on-year. Despite political and economic uncertainty and the residual impact of the transition to the new WLTP emissions regime, the contribution by Audi UK to this total remained significant at 138,924 cars, a reduction of around 3 per cent versus 2019. The brand is currently engaged in the most ambitious new model launch initiative in its history, and is already making considerable headway with its range-wide electrification roadmap. Five plug-in hybrid versions of core models made their world debuts during 2019 as part of the nascent TFSI e range, while the fully electric e-tron SUV laid the foundations for an e-tron model portfolio which by year-end will also expand to include new coupé-inspired e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT sports car variants. The broad-based electrification programme will be underpinned by planned investment of approximately €12 billion over the next five years as part of an overall fund covering research, development, property, plant and equipment totalling €37 billion.

      For further information please contact:

      Alex Fisk,    Telephone: 01908 601980 / 07860 228994
      Digital PR Manager    e-mail: alex.fisk@audi.co.uk

      Camilla Scanes,    Telephone: 01908 601688 / 07983 537215
      Media Relations Manager e-mail: camilla.scanes@audi.co.uk

      Kate Dixon    Telephone : 01908 601629 / 07714 447653
      Media Relations Manager e-mail : kate.dixon@audi.co.uk

      Joanne Catchpole     Telephone: 01908 601663 / 07795 410377
      Media Relations Manager e-mail: joanne.catchpole@audi.co.uk

      Louise Vukomanovic     Telephone: 01908 548921 / 07717 731021
      Press Fleet and VIP   e-mail: louise.vukomanovic@audi.co.uk
      Relations Manager

      Lucy Banks     Telephone: 01908 548706 / 07884 012146
      VIP Relations Executive    e-mail: lucy.banks@audi.co.uk

      Gavin Ward     Telephone: 01908 601455 / 07776 316316
      Head of Press and PR     e-mail: gavin.ward@audi.co.uk

    • 00:00:47
      ​MASERATI MC20 Name Revealed
      183 Views . 21 Mar 2020

      ​MASERATI MC20: THE NAME OF THE NEW SUPER SPORTS CAR OF THE TRIDENT BRAND IS ANNOUNCED

      • MC20 means Maserati Corse 2020 and celebrates that the Brand will return to racing.
      • The super sports car is the first model of the new Maserati Era and it will debut by the end of May in Modena.
      • The MC20, developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the Viale Ciro Menotti Plant in Modena.

      Modena, 20 February 2020 – The eagerly-anticipated Maserati super sports car will be named MC20. The car was developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab, will be built at the historical plant in Viale Ciro Menotti and will have its worldwide debut at the end of May in Modena.

      MC20 underlines the sporting credentials of the new model: MC is the acronym of Maserati Corse and 20 refers to 2020, the year which marks the start of a new phase in Maserati’s history.

      The first racing car to wear the Trident logo was the Tipo 26, where the number indicated the year of manufacture, and in the same way, the MC20 will be the first car born in the new Era of the Modena firm.

      The super sports car is the natural evolution of the highly successful MC12, the car that in 2004 marked Maserati’s return to racing after 37 years. The MC12 won 22 races (including 3 victories in the 24 Hours of Spa) and 14 Championship titles across Constructors’ Championship, Drivers’ Championship and Teams’ Championships in the FIA GT from 2004 to 2010.

      Maserati will return to the world of racing with the new MC20.

      The model will be built at the Modena Plant where modernization works are already in progress on the production line, which will also accommodate its advanced electric powertrain. At the same time, to further complete the production areas at the Viale Ciro Menotti Plant, work has already started on a paint shop, a completely new feature for the facility, which will be equipped with advanced innovative low environmental-impact technologies.

      Ends

      Maserati S.p.A.
      Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars with an amazing personality, immediately recognisable anywhere. With their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been an automotive industry benchmark. Ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, and the Levante, Maserati’s very first SUV. A complete range, with petrol and diesel engines, rear and all-wheel drive, the finest materials and outstanding engineering. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety.

      For further information please contact: 

      Anna Angelini
      Press and Public Relations Manager 
      Maserati GB
      Tel. +44 (0)1753 878 705
      Mob +44 (0)7725 826 007
      e-mail: anna.angelini@maserati.com
      Jessica Leimanis
      Press Officer
      Maserati GB
      Tel +44 (0)1753 878 756
      Mob +44 (0)7753 851 347
      e-mail: jessica.leimanis@external.maserati.com
    • 00:01:36
      Czinger Reveals 21C
      122 Views . 21 Mar 2020

      Czinger 21C Editorial :

      Czinger Reveals 21C

      Specifications, images and video. Public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020

      • The attached video and images reveal Czinger Vehicles' 21C hypercar
      • Production of the 21C is limited to 80 vehicles with road and track-oriented variants - both of which offer options and individual customisation
      • 21C provides the ideal seating position to achieve optimal performance driving and weight distribution
      • Created by a small team of designers, engineers and scientists using a revolutionary, patented, production system
      • This proprietary production system enables design, engineering, optimisation and innovation in vehicle creation beyond what has previously been possible
      • The 21C is an all-wheel drive vehicle with a strong hybrid power train:
        • An in-house developed 2.88-litre, flat crank V8 with twin turbos located mid-vehicle
        • Two high output electric motors, each powering a front wheel with torque vectoring
        • An ultra-light, seven-speed automated manual transmission gearbox
        • Total output of 1250 hp (1233 bhp), redlining at 11,000 rpm
      • With 1250hp and dry weight under 1200kg, the all-wheel drive 21C features a true 1:1 power-to-weight ratio
      • Quarter mile time of 8.1 seconds and 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 1.9 seconds
      • 0 to 186 mph (300 kph) to 0 in 15 seconds and 0 to 248 mph (400 kph) to 0 in 29 seconds
      • Global public debut at Geneva International Motor Show, press conference on 3 March, 11:00 – 11:15 CET
      • Czinger Vehicles has revealed the full specifications of its groundbreaking 21C hypercar, of which just 80 will be built. The reveal includes an in-depth look and explanation of Czinger’s in-house developed drivetrain and proprietary production and manufacturing technologies. The Czinger 21C is designed, built and manufactured in Los Angeles for the 21st century.

        The Czinger 21C will debut next month at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020. Both a road and a track-orientated variant will be displayed at the booth (Hall 1, Booth 1030).  Founder and CEO Kevin Czinger will introduce the Czinger brand and the 21C to the public on 3 March, 11:00 – 11:15 CET.

        As a performance vehicle designer and manufacturer, Czinger seeks to achieve iconic design, revolutionary technology and dominating performance.

        https://youtu.be/VgDu6RT-w7M

        Revolutionary technology:

        The 21C is manufactured using cutting-edge technology tools that are integrated into a patented production system. The Divergent-Czinger team has created this production system, including automated design and optimisation software, patented additive manufacturing driven processes, high accuracy automated assembly, and novel performance materials.  The 21C is the first vehicle born from this revolutionary system.

        This revolutionary technology enables Czinger’s design and engineering team to express 21st century art in performance and design. A 21st century look at coachbuilding, each 21C is assembled by a team of artisans, from the fit and finish of each and every part - from seat brackets to suspension components - to the hand-crafted carbon fibre and multi-layer, show quality paintwork.

        Dominating performance:

        Vehicle performance results from a design in which all parts have a precise purpose, are built to achieve that purpose and combine to work in harmony. The 21C embodies that approach to total vehicle design.

        The 21C is designed and manufactured from the ground up by the Czinger team in Los Angeles, California. Lightweight, proprietary high-performance alloy and carbon fibre multi-material structures form the 21C chassis. Computationally engineered, printed and assembled, the chassis is home to an in-house designed strong hybrid powertrain that drives all four wheels. Achieving a true 1:1 power to weight ratio, a 2.88-litre, flat crank V8 with twin turbos located mid-vehicle, and an electric motor assigned to each front wheel drive the 21C to a 8.1 second quarter mile, 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 1.9 seconds, 0 to 186 mph (300 kph) to 0 in 15 seconds and 0 to 248 mph (400 kph) to 0 in 29 seconds. At 329hp (324bhp) per litre, Czinger's priorities are clear - maximize power to weight and power efficiency.

        Two continuous front traction motors and one combined crank-driven generator and starter (to ensure the power from the lithium-titanate batteries is readily available when needed) completes the strong hybrid set-up, which has 1250 hp (1233 bhp).

        This is paired with a seven-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with a hydraulic actuated multi-plate clutch to complete the entire drivetrain, which is designed, developed and built by Czinger.

        Below are the specifications for both the road and track variants of the 21C:

        Model

        Dry weight

        Curb weight

        Powertrain

        Power to weight

        Downforce

        Top speed

        21C

         

        1183 kg

        1250 kg

        1250 hp at 10500 rpm

        1:00

        250 kg + @ 250 kph

        432 kph

        21C Lightweight track configuration

        1151 kg

        1218 kg

        1250 hp at 10500 rpm

        1:03

        790 kg +

        @ 250 kph

        380 kph


        Iconic design:

        The Czinger design team upholds the company ethos of next generation thinking. The 21C provides the ideal seating position to achieve optimal performance driving and weight distribution.

        The 21C's iconic design originates from the concept of functional art. Performance driven "Iine logic" gives rise to the car's dramatic shape. Every opening (cut) line on the car connects two graphic or functional features, and strong, athletic surfaces flow and wrap around the car's performance core. Rooted in aerodynamic efficiency, the 21C's in-line seating creates a narrow cabin that pierces the air. The shrink-wrapped body hugs the chassis, tightly sculpting the front and rear overhang around the wheels.

        Never has a production car combined all of these design elements. Czinger's revolutionary technology enables this design breakthrough. The result is a car that looks like nothing else on the planet.

        Geneva International Motor Show 2020 partners

        Czinger has partnered with a range of industry-leading specialists to create a reception worthy of a 21st century hypercar brand, its customers and fan base, as well as the media at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020.

        Alcantara has partnered with Czinger to supply a range of cutting-edge and next-generation material applications for the interior of every 21C. Alcantara, a company likewise driven by proprietary technology and iconic design, has also worked with Czinger on its booth design (Hall 1, booth 1030), and will customise the walls in Czinger’s VIP space.

        Caber Coffee and Rancilio Group will ensure that the stand is well caffeinated throughout the Geneva International Motor Show 2020, for both press (3-4) and public (5-15) days, and available to all accredited and invited journalists and attendees.

        California-based sunglasses brand Mr. Leight will showcase a range of frames and lenses on the Czinger stand throughout the show. These frames feature lens tints coordinated to the 21C's glass and paint. With parallels to Czinger, Mr. Leight is a father-son brand headquartered in Los Angeles, California and creates beautifully designed, exquisitely detailed pieces, that balance classic and contemporary influences for a next-generation audience. 

        Michelin has also collaborated with Czinger to work with the 21st century performance car brand’s tire development to deliver its impressive performance figures.

        Finally, Vitra AG will showcase a selection of their Californian furniture designs, such as Charles and Rae Eames, on the Czinger stand. Blending sophistication in Eames Lounge chairs and versatile Soft Work sofas and workspaces by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The Czinger booth will be a destination to relax and work while surrounded by cutting-edge technologies and design.

        Czinger’s global debut will be at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 (press days 3 - 4 March, public days 5 – 15 March 2020) in Hall 1, Booth 1030. Czinger’s press conference will take place on 3 March, 11:00 – 11:15 CET.

        For media information on the launch, brand, 21C and interviews with the Czinger executive team at Geneva International Motor Show 2020 and in the future months, please use media.czinger.com or the contacts below.

        Czinger’s previous films, captured at California’s iconic Bixby Bridge and Big Sur https://youtu.be/1pqfL1lIvg4 and testing at Alameda Naval base https://youtu.be/vyhYcgg0RQM can be found in the YouTube links and full assets at www.media.czinger.com

        -ENDS-

        Contacts:
        Hannah Burgess
        Communications Director
        UK mobile: +44 (0) 7730 570975
        US cell: +1 (424) 558-5382
        Los Angeles, California
        Email: hburgess@czinger.com 

        Jens Sverdrup
        Chief Commercial Officer
        UK mobile: +44 (0) 7939 481353
        US cell: +1 (424) 603-1450
        Los Angeles, California
        Email: jsverdrup@czinger.com

        Notes to Editors:

        Czinger (pronounced "zinger” with a silent c) is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2019 and named after its Founder and CEO, Kevin Czinger, the trailblazing performance brand is built around a core ethos of using revolutionary technology to create vehicles that have dominating performance and iconic design.

        The 21C is Czinger’s first production vehicle.  It was conceived, designed, engineered and manufactured from the ground up by a team of pioneering engineers, scientists and designers based in Los Angeles, California using a proprietary production system.  The result is the first vehicle of this era with a complex, optimised overall structure generated and manufactured using computing power, additive manufacturing and artisanship.  The 21C is designed and built for the 21st century.

        Social Media:

        www.czinger.com

        Facebook: facebook.com/czingervehicles
        Instagram: instagram.com/czinger_vehicles
        Twitter: twitter.com/CzingerVehicles
        TikTok: tiktok.com/@czingervehicles
        LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/czinger-vehicles

    • 00:02:36

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      Lotus At Bathurst
      119 Views . 21 Feb 2020

      Lotus At Bathurst 

    • 00:03:15
      Chicago Auto Show 2020
      123 Views . 21 Feb 2020

      Chicago Auto Show 2020

      Americans want bigger, beefier vehicles if the Chicago Auto Show is any indication. Billed as the nation’s largest, the Chicago Auto Show became America's first-of-the-year showcase for the automotive industry when the Detroit Auto Show moved to June.

    • 00:01:31

      “Alexa, put on the heating in my Huracán EVO” Automobili Lamborghini is first automaker to incorporate full in-car control by Amazon Alexa

      Sant’Agata Bolognese/Las Vegas, 7 January 2020 – Automobili Lamborghini incorporates Alexa in its Huracán EVO range in 2020, enhancing its super sports car driving experience with the cloud- based voice service from Amazon. The first Huracán EVO equipped with Alexa is on display at the global stage for innovation, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from January 7-10, 2020.

      In the Huracán EVO, Lamborghini introduced a connected infotainment system with digital services for the first time on a super sports car. It will be the first car manufacturer to deliver in- car control via Amazon Alexa, allowing drivers to adjust functions such as climate, interior lighting and seat heating with a simple voice command, leaving the driver to focus on the road ahead. Alexa will even be integrated into the LDVI dynamic set-up (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) on the four-wheel drive EVO, taking the Huracán EVO to a new level of voice-activation capabilities: place calls, get directions, play music and audiobooks, check news and weather, and more – all you have to do is ask!

      The Alexa integration also connects Lamborghini owners to the growing number of connected devices that work with Alexa. With a simple voice interaction, drivers in the Huracán EVO can control everything from entry gates to thermostats and lights, directly from the vehicle. The first step in a strategic collaboration with Amazon, the specially enhanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) system will allow continuous updating of Alexa’s functionality within Lamborghini models, and paves the way for future cooperation between the two companies: both companies are working to develop further connectivity innovations and integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

      “The Huracán EVO is an outstanding driver’s car, and connectivity enables our customers to focus on the driving, thus enhancing their Lamborghini experience,” says Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “Lamborghini is a future shaper, and this is the first time an automaker will deliver in-cabin car control through Amazon Alexa to bring together car controls as well as smart commands and Alexa’s standard capabilities.”

      “Our vision is for Alexa to become a natural, intuitive part of the driving experience, and Lamborghini has embraced that by integrating Alexa directly into its onboard infotainment systems,” adds Ned Curic, Vice President of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “The integration will enable Lamborghini owners to enjoy the convenience of an intelligent voice service while focusing on the joy of the Lamborghini driving experience, and we expect it to set a new standard for in-car voice experiences when it ships this year.”

      The V10 Huracán EVO Coupé and Spyder, launched in 2019, is Lamborghini’s latest generation of the four-wheel drive super sports car model. With a new design for improved aerodynamics it is the first Lamborghini with predictive logic on vehicle dynamics control and features a fully- integrated Lamborghini Vehicle Dynamics Control System combined with all-wheel drive, and all- wheel steering, for redefined parameters of responsiveness, agility and easiness to drive. The 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine from the Huracán EVO delivers 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracán EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.

      A rear-wheel drive (RWD) Huracán EVO Coupé was announced in January 2020, offering a highly emotive, purist, fun-to-drive experience. First deliveries of the Huracán EVO RWD will commence in spring 2020. The Alexa option will be available during the course of 2020 on the whole Huracán EVO family, including RWD.

       

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