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The Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3 are already on the market, Mercedes-AMG is preparing an improved A35, and BMW is responding with a few changes to its compact powerful hatchback.
The Series 1 has unfortunately not yet undergone full M treatment, but the closest to it is certainly the M135i xDrive which comes with a series of mechanical improvements three years after the appearance of the “original” model.
It should be emphasized that this is not a redesign, ie Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) in BMW's vocabulary, but a subtle evolution of the most powerful version of the Series 1. Recalibrated springs and shock absorbers improve the car's behavior on the road, especially in corners. Engineers also adjusted the rear and control levers on the rear axle, and the front axle got a new hydraulic carrier. The slope is increased in order to better absorb the forces created by passing through the curves.
The M135i xDrive retained a limited-slip mechanical differential integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the same remained the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, which develops 302hp and 450Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four 18-inch wheels, and a 19-inch set is optionally available.
BMW has changed the artificial sound of the engine that is emitted into the cabin via speakers. However, enthusiasts do not want it at all.
The Bavarian company now offers Individual colors for the standard Series 1, so it makes sense that the M135i xDrive also benefited by expanding the palette. In the photos, the car is painted in Sao Paulo yellow, and others are available, such as Frozen Pure gray and Frozen orange.
The exclusive Range Rover SV Golden Edition is ready for the Japanese market only, in a limited series of only 5 copies.
The factory's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department took care of the realization, while the model with Autobiography equipment served as the base.
The vehicle features SV blue, gold-colored elements (air vents, side protection, tailgate molding), 22-inch alloy wheels, black pillars, panoramic roof ...
The equipment also includes leather seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 10-inch infotainment screen, a head-up display, as well as a Driver Assist Pack (with adaptive cruise control and parking assistance).
The car is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 416 kW / 565hp and 700 Nm of torque.
The price for such a Range Rover in Japan is 23,218,000 yen (175,175 euros).
The latest generation of Honda Civic (model year 2022) had its premiere in the form of a sedan in April this year, then a new Civic hatchback arrived at the end of June, and now the sporty Civic Si has appeared in North America.
It is already the 11th generation of Civics, which Honda says will raise the bar in terms of style, performance, safety and advanced technologies in the compact vehicle market.
As for the new Civica Si, this version also received standard LED headlights and taillights, modified suspension, improved steering, aero body kit (modified bumpers, front spoiler, sills, trunk spoiler), 18-inch black alloy wheels, LSD differential, black honeycomb mask with Si marking, black mirrors, sports brake system, two chrome exhaust pipes, sports interior with two-tone seats, leather steering wheel and aluminum pedals, as well as a 1.5 liter turbo gasoline engine with 200HP and 260 Nm of torque ( with 6-speed manual transmission).
There’s also 7.0-inch digital instruments, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, higher-quality materials, a 12-speaker Bose audio system and a higher level of security (with Honda Sensing active technology).
California startup IndiEV shows a prototype of their first electric model Indi One.
It is a hatchback with all-wheel drive, 95 kWh batteries and autonomy of up to 523 km.
The news states that acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km / h) takes 5.5 seconds, while the top speed is 209 km / h.
The length of the vehicle is 4800 mm, width 1981 mm, height 1701 mm and weight 2495 kg.
The Indy One will go on sale at the end of 2022, at a price of $ 45,000 for the base version.
Bugatti debuted with the "superlimited" Centodieci model back in 2019. However, deliveries will not start until next year, because the French manufacturer continues to test its new hypercar.
According to Vrele Gume, the last test was done this summer in America, where a team of 27 engineers along with Centodieci enjoyed dealing with several other Bugatti, three Chirona Pur Sports and four Chirona Super Sports, in warm weather in the southwest. Centodieci has gone through the same tests as other hypercars, although the company plans to produce only 10 units, at a cost of 8m euros each. What has been done is a couple of additional suction openings near the oil cooler, in order to keep the temperature of the machine under control.
"The newly developed Centodiecia body, the aerodynamic changes and the glass engine cover, mean that the thermal behavior is quite different, especially when it's 45 degrees Celsius outside," says Andre Kulig, technical project manager at Bugatti. Of course, the engine is a quad-turbo W16 with a displacement of 8.0 liters, which produces 1,600 horsepower, capable of launching a car up to 100 km / h in just 2.5 seconds. It accelerates to 300 km / h in just 13.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 380 km / h. Centodieci, which has several stylistic differences compared to Chiron, is a homage to the cult EB110 from the nineties.
Bugatti is now facing the novice's behavior testing at high speeds. The test of endurance at high temperatures has passed, and now 30,000 kilometers of driving in Europe is ahead. When it's all over Centodieci will be ready for sale.
A school van is an interesting idea. Does this solution make sense? Hyundai Staria offers a maximum of nine seats in conventional versions. Here, however, it is different. According to the manufacturer, the Hyundai Staria Kinder can use up to fifteen seats - all seated and equipped with adjustable seat belts. Supposedly. It should be added that the driver has at his disposal a system that informs those passengers who have not fastened their seat belts.
It is a pity that no photos of the interior have been discovered that would show what we are actually talking about and how the problem of relatively small space has been solved for this type of car.
For now, we have to settle for a body design that is enriched with yellow, special markings, and additional lights.
The car uses safety systems, including collision avoidance assistance, lane maintenance, blind spot monitoring and reversing warning. It was not revealed what was under the hood. It is probably the well-known and favorite 2.2-liter diesel engine that offers 175 horsepower.
Interestingly, the car found its way to the user. The 15-seater Hyundai Staria Kinder costs 37.41 million won or more than 26,000 euros - in the Korean market, of course. It seems that such a configuration will probably not reach Europe.
After introducing the new NX in June, Lexus has now promoted a new generation of the larger LX model as well.
The new Lexus LX is based on the latest Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series (built on the new GA-F platform, so it weighs up to 200 kg less, has a lower center of gravity and about 10 percent lower CO2 emissions).
The vehicle is 4985 mm long, the wheelbase is 2850 mm, and the wheels are from 18 to 22 inches.
With a new exterior design, as well as a more modern interior (12.3 and 7.0-inch screens), the new LX will also offer a long list of safety and driver assistance systems (including adaptive cruise control, automatic braking system, pedestrian and cyclist detection ...).
Under the hood of the LX 600 is a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo petrol engine with 305 kW / 415hp and 650 Nm of torque, along with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Among other things, the LX 600 Ultra Luxury variant with two individual rear seats will be offered, as well as the F Sport version with modified suspension, Torsen LSD differential, 22-inch wheels and a honeycomb front grille with a dark chrome frame.
The new Lexus LX will officially hit the US market from the first quarter of next year.