Mar 9, 2017

BMW has updated the fourth series coupe

Bavarian concern completely declassified the details of restyling its two-door coupe several months ago, but now it's time for a "live" premiere.

Perhaps the main change in appearance is the new head optics, which is now based on LED technology. LED lights already in the "base" are now also fog lamps, and for a surcharge BMW 4 series can be equipped with adaptive optics. By the way, LEDs are now registered in the rear lights, and their pattern compared to the lanterns of the pre-style 4-series significantly changed.

In parallel, the family of the 4 series slightly changed the bumper design, added some trifles in the bodywork, built several new sets of wheel rims and two exclusive body colors - Sunset Orange and Snapper Rock Blue. In the interior there were new schemes of interior trim with chrome or black overlays, three new versions of armchairs and the like.

For the multimedia system of the coupe "painted" a new interface, all available versions of the suspension adjusted to slightly more sportiness, but the engine scale of the coupe has not been subjected to any changes. However, it still has to change: in BMW they prepare for the premiere a "heated" modification of the BMW M4 CS. Meanwhile, dealers of the Bavarian concern opened orders for civil versions of the renovated coupe.

In Geneva, a flying car from Airbus was introduced

More precisely, it's not even a car, but rather a transport module. Developers from the companies Airbus and Italdesign offered their vision of the transport infrastructure of the future, in which the usual cars will be replaced with universal capsules. And motorists such a future will not like.

This is not just a prototype of a vehicle - it's a whole transport concept. The project called Pop Up is a small autopilot capsule that can either fly or ride - depending on which platform it is installed on. You can, for example, reach a certain destination, in which the chassis with wheels separates from the capsule, and on top of it docked the quadrocopter, and the further way Pop Up will continue already through the air. Moreover - even special trains are provided for this capsule to dock, and passengers, in fact, are in public transport without leaving the cabin.

The whole process is maximally automated, there is no independent management. You just need to call the capsule with a special application and set the destination. The autopilot will itself lay the optimal route. The transition from the ground to the air movement also occurs automatically if the route requires.

Each replacement module has its own power unit and its source of energy. It is, of course, exclusively about environmentally friendly technologies: all power plants operate on electricity. The capsule itself is a carbon-fiber monocoque with a length of 2.6 meters.

The Pop Up project raises the question about the format of passenger mobility of the future: it is assumed that these capsules will be public, like a taxi. In other words, this is a new type of car-sharing, in which personal transport simply does not have a place. By itself, the driver for a trip to Pop Up is no longer needed - the system will do everything itself.

All details about the revived coupe Alpine became known

Lightweight sports coupe Alpine was presented officially before the "live" debut in Geneva, but some technical nuances developers reserved for the auto show. In Geneva, everything was decided: the French really created a sports car that could spoil the life of the Porsche Cayman.

The main feature of the Alpine A110 - lightness. The body is made of aluminum, the weight saving touched even the seats - they weigh only 13.1 kg. As a result, the total weight of the rear-wheel-drive coupe is only 1,080 kilograms. The car has a flat bottom, a diffuser is installed at the rear, which improves aerodynamics without having to spoil the appearance of an additional spoiler.

Under the hood, as predicted, installed a 1.8-liter turbo engine of the alliance Renault-Nissan, which specialists of the sport division Renault Sport have improved the intake, production and installed a new turbine. But its power will be less than expected: it produces not 300 hp, but 252 hp. At 320 Nm of torque. Nevertheless, given the small mass of the A110 is very fast: acceleration to a hundred takes only 4.5 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited at 250 km / h. The engine works in tandem with the seven-step robotic gearbox gear Getrag with two "wet" clutches.

The assembly of the revived sports coupe is organized in its historic homeland, in Dieppe, where the first Alpine models were once produced. Sales start in France with a special configuration First Edition. The starting circulation will make 1955 cars (1955 - year of start of the plant). The price at the start of sales will be 58,500 euros, while the entire circulation is already sold out on pre-orders. In addition to France, the sports coupe will be sold in 10 countries in Europe.

Mar 8, 2017

McLaren demonstrates the new supercar 720S

The British prepared a lighter, faster and more technologically advanced replacement for the outgoing 650S model. Presented in Geneva, the supercar, which is only the youngest model of the brand McLaren, is able to humiliate many Ferrari and Porsche.

The model called the McLaren 720S is not a restyling or modernization, but an absolutely new supercar in every detail. The company's specialists reconsidered the whole design of the car, having supplied it with the newest carbon-fiber monocoque of ultrahigh rigidity and strong aluminum subframes, on which the suspension is attached. The new power structure is called Monocage II and saves 18 kg of weight at once compared to the previous model, which by the standards of this class of machines is a worthy win.

The high rigidity of the monocoque allowed the engineers to make the front racks thin, and the windshield became almost panoramic, which, together with a large glazing area, provides the supercar with first-class visibility. The exterior body panels are made of carbon and aluminum.

Another unique feature - two-step doors, which, in fact, form the roof of a supercar. In addition, McLaren 720C has actively developed aerodynamics, and 15% increased the volume of air entering the engine cooling system.

As for the engine itself, the 720S received a new 4.0-liter V8 engine with a 720 hp turbo. And with a torque of 770 Nm at 5500 rpm. The traction is transmitted to the rear wheels through a 7-speed robotic transmission with two clutches. The dynamics are impressive - up to 100 km/h supercar accelerates in just 2.9 seconds, and up to 200 km/h in 7.8 seconds. The maximum speed of the British supercar is 341 km/h.

The engineering highlight of the 720S is the adaptive PCCII suspension, which is completely interconnected through a hydraulic system in analogy with the Formula 1 cars. This design completely eliminates the need for stabilizer bars. The control electronics of the 720S allow you to choose between comfortable, sporty and track driving modes, and the special Variable Drift algorithm helps to drive the car in a controlled skid.

All 400 copies of the limited series Launch Edition have already been sold, and by the end of the year McLaren is going to sell about 1200 cars.

Fully declassified serial Honda Civic Type R

The company Honda was noted for one of its most anticipated premiere hot hatty Civic Type R of the new generation. He really became an almost exact replica of the recent prototype, having received a very aggressive appearance. It is supported by a modified engine that has become even more powerful.

However, for the US market, where the Civic Type R falls for the first time, Honda will save the output of the previous generation - 306 hp. But in Europe a two-liter turbo engine will develop 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque. It will work with non-alternative six-speed mechanics with very short switching and differential. By the way, despite the power of the engine, the Type R remained front-wheel drive.

For the sports car is promised a suspension with adaptive shock absorbers and a choice of several driving modes - Comfort, Sport and +R. Depending on the mode, the steering, suspension, response to the gas pedal and stabilization systems change. In addition, the hot-hatcher received 20-inch wheels with ContiSportContact tires of dimension 245/30 and massive Brembo brakes.

As for the exterior, the hatchback differs with a very aggressive aerodynamic body kit, an abundance of light-emitting diodes, a developed diffuser, a huge wing and an unusual solution for the exhaust pipes - there are three of them, but this group is located in the center of the rear bumper. In the interior of the sports car traditionally there were sports steering wheel and chairs, branded round knob lever gearshift and other genre-appropriate details.

The production of Honda Civic Type R will be located in English Swindon, but the company's division in US Ohio will be producing turbo engines for it. Sale of a sports car will begin in a few months.