Škoda launching Octavia Green E line test fleet


Following on from last year’s concept version, Škoda is launching a test fleet of Octavia Green E line models.

Based on the Octavia Combi, the Octavia Green E line is Škoda’s first-ever vehicle with a 100% electric drive, which has a constant power of 60 kW and maximum output is 85 kW. 270 Nm of torque is available from the start. Power comes from a 26.5 kWh ion-lithium battery. A range of 150 kilometres is possible on a single charge.

Performance isn’t too bad, with the E line hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in twelve seconds. Maximum speed is limited to 135 km/h (84 mph).

[Source: Skoda]

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G-Power Typhoon for the facelifted BMW X5


Bayern-based BMW tuner, G-Power, has released its Typhoon kit for the facelifted X5 model. Constructed from high quality PU-rim, the pumped-up body focuses on those muscular front and rear wing extensions, and matching widened sill extensions. The X5’s face is given a more aggressive look thanks to the new front bumper, which features LED daytime running lights and large air intakes, and the vented carbon-fibre bonnet. At the rear there’s a new roof spoiler, substantial lower diffuser, and twin, central tailpipes, which finish off the company’s stainless steel high-performance exhaust system.

The new, bulbous arches house G-Power’s own Silverstone Edition forged wheels, sized 11×23-inches at the front and 12×23-inches at the rear.

G-Power offers a power upgrade for the xDrive48i model; after bolting its ASA T1- 522 supercharger to the 4.8L V8, and adding a larger capacity charge cooler, output jumps from 355 to 525 hp. That equates to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.

[Source: G-POWER]

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Audi R8 GT Spyder promo


Audi has released this full-length trailer featuring its hardcore R8 GT Spyder model. Powered by a 560 hp 5.2L V10 engine, the Spyder doesn’t hang around; with a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 317 km/h (197 mph), it’s more of a missile than a car. READ MORE »

 

Road & Track drives the Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Here’s the new video from Road & Track. Watch Porsche’s fastest street-legal car lap Miller Motorsports Park with factory driver Patrick Long at the wheel. Is the GT2 RS faster than the GT3 ALMS race car? Let’s find out… READ MORE »

 

On track in the Audi A1 Sport Plus


These new videos from Audi New Zealand see Audi Ambassadors Steve Dunstan and Sara Tetro joining Tim Martin of the Audi Driving School to experience the A1 Sport Plus on the track at Hampton Downs. The three also give their individual verdict on different elements of the baby hatchback. Developing 136 kw (182 hp) the Audi A1 Sports Plus hits 100 kmh (62 mph) in just 6.9 seconds. READ MORE »

 

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by Manhart Racing


Manhart Racing GmbH, the Geilenkirchen-based BMW tuner, is offering an optic and performance program for BMW’s superb 1 Series M Coupe. Visually, Manhart add black graphics to the car’s flanks and a rear diffuser that fits directly where the factory bumper insert resided. The company also adds its own 20-inch alloy wheels and suspension kit. A carbon front spoiler is in pre-production stage.

Thanks to the fitment of a new performance exhaust and reworking of the engine management the Baby M’s twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder unit enjoys a power hike from 340 PS (250 kW/335 hp) 420 PS (309 kW/414 hp).

Inside, the new MHR-embossed BMW Performance bucket seats, rear bench and even the dash board all receive a mixture of Alcantara and leather – with contrasting orange stitching.

[Source: Manhart Racing]

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