Sunday, March 25, 2018

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

Volkswagen Touareg 2018. The new Volkswagen Touareg will be available at the beginning of the summer. More imposing, more luxurious, more powerful, more connected...! Volkswagen unveils the new Touareg! Here it is! Announced for weeks, the new Touareg is finally revealed. Volkswagen has just introduced it in China, a month before its arrival at the Beijing Motor Show (April 25-May 4, 2018). And from the outset, the differences with its predecessor are obvious. 

Based on the VW Group MLB modular platform (that of the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne), this third generation of the SUV grows by a few centimeters: +7,7 cm in length (4,88m) and +4,4 cm in width (1,98m). This growth obviously benefits the passengers but also the volume of chest. The latter wins 113 liters to go from 697 to 810 liters (rear seat not folded). 

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

More imposing, the new Touareghowever, is lighter than his predecessor. Thanks to a body made of aluminum (48%) and high-tech steels (52%), it loses indeed 106 kg on the scale.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

A look of mover
On the design side, the mastodon is imposing with more pronounced edges, more muscular shoulders and especially a particularly massive chrome grille that incorporates new projectors with a new LED lighting system. At the rear, the bezel is more inclined and the lights, sharp, adopt an L-shaped light signature.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

The Innovision Cockpit is full of sights
On board, Volkswagen continues to do gigantism with the Innovision Cockpit. Here we find 12-inch digital instrumentation and a large 15-inch (9.2-inch entry-level) touch screen. 

The interior of the Touareg is also customizable thanks to 30 mood lighting and three finishes: "Atmosphere", "Elegance" and "R-line". Warmer, "Atmosphere" gives pride to wood, "Elegance" pays more in modernity with metal and "R-Line" focuses on sportsmanship. Always on board, the seats can now be equipped with a pneumatic massage function and a sliding seat on 16 cm is also present.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

New under the hoods
Radius engines, Volkswagen still offers two V6 3.0L TDI. But these are gaining power. Formerly posted at 204 and 262 hp, they climb respectively to 231 (500 Nm) and 286 hp (600 Nm). In the fall, the range will expand with the arrival of a V6 3.0L strong petrol of 340 hp (460 Nm). A plug-in hybrid version of 367 hp is also planned in Europe while other countries will benefit from a 421 hp 4.0L Turbodiesel V8. All these blocks will be associated with an 8-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. Volkswagen also promises a towed weight of up to 3.5 tonnes.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

A technophile SUV
Finally, the SUV embarks a whole slew of new technologies dedicated mainly to safety and comfort of driving. Standard or optional depending on the version, it can notably have a semi-autonomous driving system (active up to 60 km/h in traffic jams), the "Park Assist", the "Trailer Assist" maneuvers with trailer), a new night vision assistant called "Nightvision" (detection of people and animals in the dark by means of a thermal camera) and an intersection assistant (reacts to transverse traffic located in front of the Touareg). 

The new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 has arrived!

Pell-mix, Volkswagen also announces active full steering, new active roll control, a new air suspension system, a head-up display directly on the windshield ("Windshield Head-up-Display") as well as low beam and interactively controlled by camera ("IQ.Light - Matrix LED projectors"). The new and third generation of the Volkswagen Touareg is expected to be launched later this summer. Its prices should soon be communicated.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch: true legend but false sports!

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch

I have already told you so much about the "series" cars (and not the series of cars) that had marked me that the links concerning them are at the bottom of the page. But today, I want to talk about the missing link, the one that probably equal to the Magnum Ferrari has made us want to drive, and have a vehicle out of the ordinary. After The Dukes of Hazzard, K2000, Magnum, The Love of Risk, here is finally the long awaited: the Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch.

This series is a miracle: a white band on a red body, two antithetical cops (the blond / the brown, the big / the small, the philosopher / the blood, the leather / the sweater in wool etc) and hop, one gets a cult series. With guest star Michael Glaser (brown), and David Soul (blond), and the Ford Gran Torino (red and white). Add to that Huggy the good tips of the big days, lots of chases and action, a touch of humor and you get one of the greatest hits of Aaron Spelling, who later gave us another kind series, Beverly Hills (among others).

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch

The Gran Torino has probably become legendary thanks to Starsky and Hutch. The highlight will be pressed years later by Clint Eastwood and his excellent film soberly titled Gran Torino. However, at the release of the version that concerns us, in 1974, the Gran Torino is only a distant memory of the Muscle Cars. I let you go take a look at Wikipedia to realize that we are far from the sports car with this box there. But whatever!

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch

With the Gran Torino we enter the world of cinema and TV series. No need for a fantastic engine to make it a fantastic car. At the time, the Ford Motor Company had a brilliant idea: create a specific department, which would be called today "product placement", to flood the world of free movies and teloche. Free advertising that is perfectly suited to rapacious (or supposedly) Californian producers. At this time no special effects needed to make a car cult. No need for accelerated images as in K2000, just a little paint.

The brilliant idea comes from Georges Barris, the creator of the Batmobile. Rather than creating an extraordinary car that would not fit with the series, it will realize a specific paint immediately recognizable even today. Not many know that this is a Ford Gran Torino, but seeing it, all know that it is the car of Starsky and Hutch: it is the miracle of the white band on a red background.

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch

But this magic would not work if the series stayed on the traditional codes of then. Playing on this quirky image, on this zebra car, Aaron Spelling takes us with Starsky and Hutch in a new dimension: a Los Angeles a sleazy hair like we had never seen, a lot of action, panting chases and especially, above all, a lot of humor a little quirky. The Glaser / Soul duo works perfectly, and the red and white Gran Torino joins them to form a trio stripper.

Of course, the versions of this Gran Torino seen in the serials are skillfully prepared, far from the original V8 too windy for action scenes. In all and for all, ten copies will be used for the two seasons of the series, two for close-ups, the others for action. At least two will be destroyed during filming, and two will be resold after the last season to an individual who is now pampering them.

The Ford Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch

There is also a special series, launched by Ford to ride the success of the series: 1000 copies to satisfy the fans of the time. Today, there are plethora of replicas all more or less faithful. I do not think I would like to have one today, but one thing is certain: at the time it was my favorite car... Like what you can turn an ugly duckling into a star.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Keanu Reeves Motorcycle 2018

The Keanu Reeves Motorcycle 2018

The American actor protagonist of Speed ​​and Matrix brings the motorbikes produced by his Arch Motorcycle Company to the Milan Motor Show, founded together with the customizer Gerard Hollinger. The Hollywood star is co-founder and partner of an exclusive motorcycle manufacturer in Southern California. But the celebrity entree does not need it, because the motorcycles speak for themselves.

A few days before the start of EICMA in last year, scheduled from November 7th to 12th, the hundreds of thousands of visitors who are about to crowd the pavilions of the Rho / Milan Fair will not be surprised. At the 75th edition of EICMA, an exceptional guest star is expected to arrive directly from the big screen: Keanu Reeves, who has just confirmed his presence at the Milan International Exposition, in two ways: as a genuine enthusiast of the two wheels and to present, in world preview, 3 new models of ARCH Motorcycle Company, the company he founded together with Gard Hollinger, well-known customer and long-time riders. 

KEANU, AUTHENTIC PASSION FOR MOTORCYCLES
We do not now discover the great passion of the protagonist of films like Matrix , Speed and Point Break , just to mention some of the most famous titles among the many that he has interpreted, for the world of motorcycles, engines and chrome. The company produces tailor-made motorcycles in the most famous California metropolis: Los Angeles. The first model, launched in 2015, was the KRGT-1. In November, the company took part for the first time at the International Cycle and Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan and presented, on the prestigious EICMA international stage, three new models. 

AN ARTISAN COMPANY 
ARCH created over 200 unique in-house pieces, which were used to compose the KRGT-1, their first production model. The designer and builder Gard Hollinger supervises an expert staff of expert craftsmen who manually assemble each unit to meet the client's ergonomic and aesthetic preferences. Arch Motorcycle collaborated with Suter Industries to distribute these new models, including the current KRGT-1 internationally in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein. 

THE THREE NEWS
The KRGT-1 2018 makes its debut at EICMA, which is the most recent and refined version of the first KRGT-1 of 2015, a cruiser that can be driven aggressively but at the same time comfortable over long distances. At its side is the KRGT-1S, the first motorcycle of the oscillating arm ARCH Motorcycle, an evolution of the KRGT-1. This model is sporty, from the most aggressive driving position while maintaining its performance cruiser formula. CNC machined aluminum and the extensive use of carbon fiber characterize this stylish race-inspired motorcycle. Finally the ARCH METHOD143: equipped with a Mono-Cell carbon fiber frame, this concept will be limited to 23 units. The concept of layering design and the elegance of the bodywork craftsmanship include leather, carbon fiber and CNC machined aluminum.

Arch KRGT-1
The first Arch KRGT-1 was presented to the company in 2015. It was designed as a tailor-made, high-performance cruiser that can handle both aggressive and relaxed, tourist driving style. The latest revision for 2018 places special emphasis on ergonomic improvements. In addition, the fork (now Öhlins FGRT) and the brakes (now available with ABS!) Were changed. In addition, the Arch meets the Euro4 requirements.

The Keanu Reeves Motorcycle 2018

In it pulsates a 124 V2 engine. I beg your pardon? Yes, 124 cui (cubic inches), that is 2032 cc. A steel frame and a CNC milled rear frame made of light metal keep all components in place. The 5-spoke wheels were manufactured by the carbon specialist BST. Footpegs can be ordered in the middle or pre-routed. In fact, Arch has taken up the cause to customize each KRGT-1 individually for their customers. Prices?

Arch 1S
The Arch 1S is the first motorcycle from the manufactory, which leads its rear wheel with a one-arm swingarm. It is based on the KRGT-1, but is influenced by motorsport and therefore offers a more aggressive driver's attitude without leaving the Powercruiser base altogether. The Arch 1S is the first motorcycle from the manufactory, which leads its rear wheel with a one-arm swingarm. It is based on the KRGT-1, but is influenced by motorsport and therefore offers a more aggressive driver's attitude without leaving the Powercruiser base altogether.

The Keanu Reeves Motorcycle 2018

CNC machined aluminum and generously used carbon flow in the lines of this elegant and equally sporty motorcycle. Engine and frame are largely identical to the KRGT-1, but the 1S 7-spoke wheels made of carbon, which were also manufactured by BST. ABS is available, Euro4 meets it. From when and how much money they will have to have, Arch wants to announce soon.

Arch Method 143
Forward thinking and development art are two of the pillars on which Arch Motorcycle rests. Among other things, this resulted in the carbon monocoque of the Arch Method 143, of which exactly 23 copies are to be produced. The design concept and the high quality craftsmanship includes components made of leather, carbon and CNC machined aluminum.

The Keanu Reeves Motorcycle 2018

The Arch Method 143 owes its model name to the 143 cui, so 2.343 cc V2 engine. The single-arm swingarm was CNC milled at Suter, the Öhlins fork was redesigned to meet the special requirements of the Arch 143. The design and construction of the titanium / carbon exhaust system are based on MotoGP racing motorcycles. The wheels of the Arch 143 are made of carbon, were designed by Arch and manufactured by BST. Arch is still silent about production start and pricing.

Monday, March 5, 2018

VOLVO V60 2018: The Wagon Station Is Not Dead

VOLVO V60 2018
Volvo is developing its range of high-speed SUVs, but do not forget its flagship models. The Swedish manufacturer presented this Wednesday the new V60. Design, technical specifications, engine, price. Discover this premium estate in detail and in pictures.

With the success of the SUV XC 90, XC 60 and now XC 40, Volvo could have made the choice to leave behind its old iconic station wagons and sedans. It is not so. The manufacturer of Gothenburg has just unveiled the all-new V60, a mid-size premium break. Clearly, Volvo does not forget its glorious past and presents this V60 2018 in its natural and historic environment, an alley of family homes in Stockholm. "The family break driver has been our customer base for generations," said Håkan Samuelsson, president of Volvo Cars.

VOLVO V60 2018

VOLVO V60 2018

VOLVO V60 2018

We do not change a winning method. Thus, the new Volvo V60 station is based on the SPA platform (technological base grouping the chassis and some mechanical components) of the group, like its seniors like the SUV XC60 and the various models of the range 90. Formerly austere, Volvo puts a point of honor to look after the design since two generations of vehicles. Here again, great efforts have been made. The Volvo V60 "has superb proportions and a strong identity, with no concessions on practical assets and versatility," says Robin Page, in charge of the brand's design. It's up to you to judge with the video at the end of the article.

VOLVO V60 2018

VOLVO V60 2018

VOLVO V60 2018

VOLVO V60 engines
Promised thing, thing due. Volvo announced the upcoming electrification of all its models in 2017. The V60 will therefore be available in two versions with plug-in hybrid engines by the end of the year. Under the hood, you will find the new T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol with a combined power (engine block thermal and electric) of 340 hp or T8 Twin Engine AWD gasoline developing 390 hp. For the nostalgic of more conventional engines, a petrol will also be in the catalog end of 2018 and two diesel, from the launch.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Unveils and Announces Pricing

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Unveils and Announces Pricing

Faithful to the homonymous concept, I-Pace takes advantage of its presentation to open its order books. The first Jaguar SUV therefore reveals its prices, expensive, as well as all its characteristics: power, performance and autonomy.

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV

If there is one thing that can not be reproached to the I-Pace series, presented in Geneva, it's good to have gone too far from the homonym concept, discovered late 2016. Despite optics and a grille typical of the current style of the brand, this first 100% electric Jaguar is therefore different from its thermal sisters. There is indeed a clear break between the very inclined rear window and the rest of the tailgate, while the small front cover is amply dug. Impossible to confuse this SUV of 4.68m of length with the recent E-Pace, shorter of 28cm, nor with the F-Pace, more bulky of 5 cm hardly. Especially as its height is limited to 1.57m, with a ground clearance of only 14cm.

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Unveils and Announces Pricing

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Unveils and Announces Pricing

400 hp and 480 km of range announced
The main singularity of this I-Pace, however, will be technical, since it will receive no mechanical gasoline, diesel or even hybrid. Instead, Jaguar's newborn opts for two electric motors, one in front and the other behind. It has four-wheel drive in series, 400 hp and 696 Nm, which would allow it to jump from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8s. Spread 50/50 between the two axles, the weight exceeds 2.2 tons, despite the use of an aluminum structure. A logical overweight since the battery used claims the enormous capacity of 90 kWh, which would allow a range of 480 km on the recent WLTP certification cycle. Even if Jaguar announces that it is possible to recover 80% in 40 minutes on an expensive charger 100 kW, to refuel on a catch "classic" risk of the blow to be interminable.

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Unveils and Announces Pricing
The interior is reminiscent of the recent Range Rover Velar with its two screens juxtaposed, but it differs in particular by its double arch at the bottom of the center console. © Jaguar
As for the price, it inevitably suffers: with rates ranging from €78,380 for the basic finishing S and € 102,570 for the First Edition launch edition, not including the bonus of €6,000, this I- Pace is definitely more expensive than an F-Pace, available from 44 410€. But the comparison with the version S V6 3.0 380 bhp of the latter, billed 83 508 €, is already more favorable, and the Model X Tesla starts even higher, 86 050 €.



With its 5.04 m long, the American is however much larger than its British competitor. But while waiting for the future Audi e-Tron quattro and Mercedes EQ C, even the electric X3, it is indeed the most direct competitor of this I-Pace. Especially since Jaguar promises a livability worthy of larger model and a generous trunk volume of 656 dm3 on the models with conventional suspension (638 dm3 with the optional air suspension). Credit image: jaguar.com

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

Ducati 1299 Panigale R. A sequence of emotion! Before taking the handlebars of the V4 next week, let's close the magnificent story of Ducati twins superbike with the test of the last of its kind, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The moment is historic. In 2018, the first 4-cylinder Ducati Superbike will put an end to one of the most beautiful sagas of the bike. Relegated to the rank of emotional memories, the desmodromic twins will obviously continue to live on the other models of the range but will no longer animate the jewels of the brand. Next week, we will discover the magnitude of this revolution on the handlebars of the Panigale V4, a surge of sensations still unknown so far. But now, the time is goodbye, the last of a line illustrious We are waiting for his test on the station.

Braced in box number 15, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition hands us its most beautiful rear three-quarter with, in the foreground, its double exit Akrapovic grid WSBK way. Bruno (our photographer) tries to make a remark, tries to put a qualifier on the stage, except that his denture begins to stammer, hatching his best thoughts. I do not understand the meaning of the sounds coming out of my favorite little man but I understand the content: "Well yeah old, you're like me, taped, almost stunned by the diva who stands there. He unpacked in an excitement barely contained his flashes and his objectives, I put on my leather cracked. Bruno points to the sun and throws his chin towards the track. Literally, it means that he judges the perfect light and it is time that I accompany the supermodel on his parade place.

Hypersportive engaged
Two new Pirelli Supercorsa tires, no heat blankets but a largely conciliatory ambient temperature and track allow a serene approach. The beauty starts in a momentum of relatively contained decibels. Pushpin, the way WSBK way suggested stronger than that but it was forget a little faster punch Euro 4 she sports. It should be able to blow these pesky dbkillers hidden behind grids but with only a jack available in the rental car, that's for sure, we would leave ugly marks on the beautiful titanium envelope then no, not touch.

Panigale is a committed sportsman and the position it imposes on its driver leaves no doubt about it. At least, it envelops the cockpit well with the feeling of domination that goes with it. The mechanics are noisy but that, we know. The extraction of the box n° 15 is in the softness with this clutch certainly a manly hair but perfectly dosable and progressive. Immediately and while the decor of the Ricard still scrolls at a very small pace, accuracy and ease of placement is already manifest despite the tires still "cold". We start instinctively by pressing the braking line and put the load on the back, motorcycle straight. The gum rising in temperature, the test will be able to take the thickness, the photographer, images.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

A world of sweetness?
The instructions for use of a large Ducati sports twin engine remain very specific, with all the commitment it requires. Some love, others hate. But in this regard, what do they hate in the operation of a big twin like this one? Well, if they were lucky enough to be able to taste this definition, they would probably revise their judgment. Because the features of this "R" engine to the seriously lightened moving crew make him a much sweeter student than anything they can know about this architecture. It is felt in turn entry with this engine brake that is discreet, allowing to play the downshift without restraint, without fear of suffering excessive movement from behind. Of course, the electronics also play its role here but the reduced inertia of this engine extends its benefits until the inscription, while facilitating the changes of angle and softening the phase of recovery of the gases.

In the same vein, there is a drop in requirement for footrest supports in fast baffles. The bike is really lively and does not seem to mark a timeout at the tipping point, even with a lot of engine speed. And since it is less violent the machine, it is the overall sweetness that is harvested. Meanwhile, Bruno puts a few clicks here and there on his Canon case. And go on that I open the diaphragm, that I reduce the shutter speed, etc. He smiles, it's a good sign. On the other hand, I feel that I lack grip behind. My turn to fiddle with the palette of settings proposed by my toy of the day. Clearly, the rear is too hard, imposing too much stress on the tire without being able to stall it early enough. By slightly opening the hydraulic compression, here I find comfort and traction but it should be able to pass a less hard spring. Oh, it's easier to switch from one lens to another on a SLR camera than to replace the spring of the combined Öhlins TTX 36. Especially when one is equipped only with a car jack...

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

A frank... very frank push
And this Superquadro then? 209.4 horsepower, 14.5 mkg, the spec sheet suggests that it has in the casings, the reality approves. Oh yes it works! And if you actually see the restraint imposed by the homologated line in the raises at the bottom and mid-regimes, up there, it pedal! As usual, the Superquadro block shows the best of itself after 8000 rpm. A course that does not go unnoticed at the controls as it comes with a frank, very frank push. However, if on board the first generations of Panigale 1199 this occurred in a certain savagery, from now on, the punch explosion is otherwise better channeled.

Geometry reconsidered, refined electronics, we do not eat the top triple fork in the chin of the helmet and that is really appreciated. The enormous thrust of 9,000 to 11,000 rpm is finally interrupted by the breaker around 11,300 rpm. In the long and long accelerations experienced in the high-speed parts of Paul-Ricard, the quickshifter makes it possible to chain the rise of the reports in an optimal way. An impulse around 11000 rpm and the higher gear also plunges us back into the zone of maximum force. At the exit of the right of the Sainte-Baume, one passes already the four, swallowing the left commanding the straight line of the Mistral at nearly 200 km / h, full angle and high in the towers.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

"It's going to be chipping!"
In front, the straight of the Mistral which takes place on 1.8 km of macadam stands ready to receive a long and powerful desmodromic salvo. Even before the passage of the Pinewood, synonymous with connection between the 3.8 km and 5.8 km, the sixth report is already well locked and coriellement loaded by the 1285 cm3 launched full ball. Shortly before 11,000 rpm, as the North baffle is approaching, the digital speedometer stops galloping so as to display only three small points. I would never see the number 300 in the tachometer window. (gentleman agreement between manufacturers requires), while the tachometer continues its run up to about 11,200 rpm. Which, in maximum theoretical speed, should give us... Hmmmm ... Knowing that I am thoroughly for several seconds, that the engine is close to its maximum speed, that the last gear retransmission primary is 23/24, the final gear in 15 x 39, the Pirelli Supercorsa displays a dimension of 200/55 x 17, etc. Uh ... 


There my coconut, if you do not catch the brakes illico presto, it's likely to make chips! Ouch! What a mordant! Two fingers on the lever and a force measured on the lever are enough to provoke a frank and powerful attack. The dive is perfectly channeled, the deceleration is clear and reassuring, even if it is not at the entrance to Signs that we measure the true strength of the Brembo ensemble, since at this place, we keep a lot of speed with a ropeway at around 190 km / h. In this area, it is better not to blink too long. The bike is very instinctive, is placed very precisely, displays a good stability in this difficult passage and without expanding the output when you put gas thoroughly. This front is decidedly sharp, one would swear to be dealing with a running gear of 600 in the pognes.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

"A 600 cm3 that I tell you!"
On big, very big braking, we take advantage of the best provisions of Brembo material. Big biting therefore, and especially, perfect progressivity as much in the rise in pressure as in the degressive phase. Attack hard to transfer the load forces to the front and then re-open the hand gradually but without waiting for a smooth and fast degressive phase. The motorcycle encourages to return always faster since it turns short, never having a tendency to want to widen at the release of brake, not more than at go-around. A 600 cm3 that I tell you! It feels to put the net back very early, the neutral phase being only very brief.

In very tight sectors, we would not be against more gnac soon after the motorcycle straightened but for that, it would be necessary to blow up this flange Euro 4. And Bruno? Where did Bruno go? The time has gone so fast, already 150 km from Ricard shipped since this morning, it will be time to bring the dancer in the box No. 15. Ah, this is my Bruno! This small bending of the knees with the bust that goes back a little twitch, OK, I got it, the code is clear, we end the photo shoot with a peckish attitude and wheeling. Sacred code, sacred Bruno, sacred circuit and above all, sacred bike.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

Ducati Panigale Review 1299 R Final Edition
If technically speaking the Panigale 1299 R Final Edition ultimately only a relative interest compared to the Panigale 1199 R, it is instead the irreplaceable title of "Last of the Last", a sort of collector power. An exceptional part requiring a surplus of 6,645 €, the 1199 R being proposed at the price of 33 255 € (at 15/01/18). The question is what future attention will be given (or not) to the worshipers of big twin hypersports? Should they be satisfied with this: "When the end tells the whole story"? The Panigale 1299 R Final Edition being numbered but not limited, we can imagine seeing it rubbing the Desmosedici V4 Stradale for a while, but after? By Bertrand Gold, pictures Bruno Sellier (Moto Revue) and manufacturer.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition:
Ducati Panigale 1299 R Final Edition, practice
Price: from 39 900 € (at 15/01/18) 
Color: red / white / green 
Warranty: 2 years, parts and labor, unlimited mileage 
Homologation: Euro 4 
Availability: Since July 2017

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Trial

Technical sheet
Engine: 1,285cc, 4-stroke, 90 ° open twin-cylinder, 116mm bore x 60.8mm stroke, water cooled, desmodromic 2-ACT and 4-hp, electronic fuel injection, 6-speed with Ducati Quick Shifter up and down, Ride by Wire throttle, electric starter, chain transmission 209 hp. (154 kW) at 11,000 rpm, torque 14.2 daNm at 9000 rpm

Part-cycle: aluminum monocoque frame, inverted fork Ohlins NIX30 diam. 43 mm, deb. 120 mm; mono-damper AR Ohlins TTX36, deb. 130 mm; fully adjustable suspensions; front brakes 2 discs diam. 330 mm semi floating / monobloc radial callipers 4 pistons M50 - AR disc diam. 245 mm / 2 piston caliper, ABS standard; front tires 120 / 70ZR17 - AR 200 / 55ZR17

Template: wheelbase 1,443 mm, hunt 96 mm / angle 24 °, seat height 830 mm, tank 17 l., Dry weight (factory) 163 kg / 190 kg all full facts

Performance: + 300 km / h
 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

BMW i3s (2018): How about the "GTI" electric!

BMW i3s 2018. On the occasion of its restyling, the BMW i3 presents a new sporting version, more dynamic to drive as to contemplate. Contradictory with 100% electric propulsion? Answer in this test of BMW i3s. With its torque of Clio RS available immediately (250 Nm from 0 rpm!), The BMW i3 has never lacked nerve at the start of the green light. Its only fault? A dry suspension on the bumps, unwelcome on a city car which offers also a great quietude of driving: total silence of operation thanks to the 100% electric propulsion, and engine brake so marked, with the deceleration, that it is enough to raise the right foot to stop the car at the red light. Delicious, with the habit.

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

Today, the i3 gets its first restyling and we just expected it more comfortable. Finally: BMW draws a new declination i3 "s" which wins 14 hp and 20 Nm of torque, lowers its suspension by 10 mm and shifts its rims from 19 to 20 inches in diameter. Strange choice of evolution.

Price and autonomy BMW i3s
Displayed at the minimum price of € 41,700 (minus € 6,000 bonus), the new i3s claims an additional cost of € 3,600 compared to the classic i3 170 ch itself more expensive from € 800 since the restyling. A rise justified by slightly enriched equipment (100% LED lights, velvet floor mats) and accompanying an unchanged range structure.

The customer retains the choice between three finishes (base, iLife, and + Connected instead of + Edition), associated with four interior environments called Atelier, Loft, Lodge and Suite (modifying the type of upholstery, inserts and interior). lighting, see detailed breakdown on next page ).

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

Alas, nothing changes: at 41 700 €, the first price i3s is always GPS navigation, automatic air conditioning or simple speed regulator series, while prices peak at 51 850 € in a finish that calls for the hands-free key, reversing camera or 10.25 '' screen instead of 6.5 '' in addition...

The auxiliary heat engine, it remains available as an option, and remains charged € 4,550. What extend the autonomy of about 100 km once the batteries are discharged, which alone ensure, according to BMW, 240 km cycle WLTP, and up to 200 km in normal conditions. Let's go check it...

At the wheel of the BMW i3s
The first meters at the wheel of the i3s remind us with pleasure the pleasures of our first meeting. The uncluttered dashboard provides unprecedented forward visibility, the marked engine brake allows for long minutes without ever moving his right foot, and a cathedral silence remains (up to about 110 km / h, before air noises appear) at the wheel of an i3 still able to humiliate the GTI at the slightest pressure on the accelerator...

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

On this point, the gain in power is especially significant on fast tracks, where the  raises become even more effective to insert or undertake an overtaking (accelerations since the stop were not really lacking nerve). Symbolically, the top speed also increases by 10 km / h to reach 160 km / h.

"Still very maneuverable in town and even more successful on the road, the i3s sadly lacks comfort on the bumps"

The comfort, obviously does not improve with the lowered body and larger rims while conversely, the dynamism stagnates in turns: the very direct direction is illusion in the city, but the front wheel still slides early enough, pins, little served by wider front tires, but still narrow (175 mm against 155 mm before).

On slippery road, however, note the best traction control management, which provides effective traction by clamping less torque to acceleration through faster management (reaction time of a millisecond instead of 100 on the old i3 ).

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

At this rate anyway, the energy of the batteries melts like snow in the sun and the new mode of driving Sport  does not arrange anything: during our test mixing city and expressways, the autonomy announced did not exceed not 180 km in terms of mechanics and without air conditioning.

A notable progress since the first battery (which provided a maximum of 190 km in the NEDC cycle, against 280 km for it, appeared early 2017), but which logically imposes longer charging times: 11 hours to recover 80% of the charge on a domestic outlet , against 8 hours for a full recharge before.

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

In this context, the installation of a wallbox at home seems advisable: 7:30 in 16A, or 3 hours 45 on a 32A socket requiring the option "accelerated charge" invoiced € 1,610 (standard on + Connected) . Electric or not, premium models keep their bad habits!

On board the BMW i3s
Recycled plastic dashboard and storm door, wooden glove box lid, steering wheel control removing the center console: the ambience remains special in a BMW i3. This large 10.25-inch screen corresponds to Professional GPS navigation (20 GB hard drive, 3D view in major cities) charged € 1,190 minimum.

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

But unlike recent BMWs, the screen is not tactile (because implanted too far from the driver) and is always controlled via this wheel. Very rigid, the carbon fiber reinforced plastic cell makes futile the middle foot. An advantage for access to the bench, facilitated by small rear doors with opening antagonist. The rear space is correct for a city of 4.01 m long, but the i3 remains homologated in 4 seats maximum. The engine (s) located at the rear elevates the floor of the trunk, which points to 260 l of volume. A Renault Zoe offers 338 l.

BMW i3s Competition
In the small family of 100% electric models, the BMW i3s is the only one to claim the premium circle. Its price / equipment ratio therefore seems misplaced in the face of the new Nissan Leaf (36,990 € in a series of over-equipped launch, against 41,700 € for the i3s first price), the recent Hyundai Ioniq electric (from 35,850 €) or the Kia Soul EV (€ 36,400).

The gap is still widening against the Renault Zoe, the price much softer because its owner does not buy the batteries: from € 23,700, then € 69 per month minimum rental batteries. The French also claims the best autonomy in NEDC cycle, the only value communicated by all four models above: 400 km for the Zoe, 378 km for the Nissan Leaf, and 280 km for the Hyundai Ioniq and the BMW i3s.

Review of the BMW i3s test
Performance but uncomfortable since its launch in 2014, the BMW i3 becomes even more powerful and even less comfortable in this version "i3s". A strange evolution (but claimed by customers, according to BMW), and the additional cost of € 3,600 is nothing trivial. Since then? As much choose the classic i3, and invest this sum in the many (and necessary) options.

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

Pros:
The stunning performance of the electric motor
The maneuverability in town, unbeatable
The very neat presentation in high finish
BMW i3s logo

We regret:
Discomfort on the wrong road
The many options
The extra cost compared to the classic i3

BMW i3s 2018 prices:


i3s
i3s REX
i3 Workshop
$ 41,700
€ 46,250
i3 + Connected Workshop
$ 42,600
$ 47,150
i3 + Connected Loft
$ 44,150
€ 48,700
i3 + Connected Lodge
€ 44,600
49 150 €
i3 + Connected Suite
45 600 €
50 150 €
i3 iLife Workshop
$ 44,300
€ 48,850
i3 iLife Loft
45 850 €
50 400 €
i3 iLife Lodge
46 300 €
€ 50,850
i3 iLife Suite
$ 47,300
$ 51,850

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?

Standard equipment BMW i3s:
  • i3s Base
Six airbags. Manual air conditioning. Radio 4x25W. Connected apps 3 years. Bluetooth. USB plug. Reversing radar. 100% LED lights. Electric mirrors and de-icers. Steering wheel and front seats adjustable in height and depth. Rear seats foldable 50/50. 20-inch alloy wheels. Charging cable on 220V socket.
  • i3s iLife
In addition. Clim', lights and automatic wipers. 6.5 "GPS Navigation. Speed ​​regulator. Steering wheel controls.
  • i3 + Connected

In addition. Fast charging system. Traffic information in real time.

BMW i3s interior ambiances:

  1. Workshop. Leather steering wheel. Upholstery fabric with blue stitching.
  2. Loft. Fabric / imitation leather upholstery. White or orange ambient lighting, reading spots and vanity mirrors.
  3. Lodge. Leather and wool upholstery. Dashboard sheathed in leather. Decorative wood eucalyptus inserts.
  4. Following. Leather upholstery. Decorative inserts in oak wood.

BMW i3s options:
  • Metallic paint: 670 €
  • Business GPS Navigation: € 1,090 (basic)
  • Professional GPS Navigation: € 1,190 (€ 2,090 on base)
  • Apple CarPlay: 300 €
  • Rear view camera: 450 €
  • Front parking radar: 250 €
  • Heated front seats: 340 €
  • Glass roof: 990 €
  • Pedestrian buzzer: 110 €
  • Black alloy wheels: 160 €
BMW i3s packs:
Advanced Serenity Pack: € 1,890
  • Professional GPS Navigation
  • Real-time traffic info
  • Harman Kardon audio system
  • Handsfree key
Advanced Parking Pack: € 1,000
  • Reversing camera
  • Front parking radar
  • Automatic hands-free parking
Advanced Safety Pack: € 1,000
  • Braking and collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with congestion function
  • Reading the panels

BMW i3s dimensions:
Length: 4.01 m
Width: 1.79 m
Height: 1.59 m
Wheelbase: 2.57 m
Trunk volume: from 260 l to 1 100 l
Tires: 175/55 R20 to the front, 195/50 R20 at the rear
Spare tire: no, repair kit
Weight empty: 1340 kg

BMW i3s technology:
Engine: Synchronous electric
Power: 135 kW (184 hp)
Torque: 270 Nm at 0 rpm
Battery: Lithium-ion 353 V, 94 Amps or 32.9 kWh
Transmission: Rear wheels
Transmission: Automatic 1-speed

BMW i3s performance:
0 to 100 km / h: 6,9 s
Max speed: 160 km / h

Consumption / Autonomy BMW i3s:
Conso mix: 14.3 kWh / 100 km 

Autonomy announced in Comfort mode:
280 km (NEDC cycle)
235-245 km (WLTP cycle)
up to 200 km in real conditions

Cooldown at 80%:
11H on 230V socket
7:30 on Wallbox 3.7 kW 16A
3H45 on Wallbox 7.4 kW 32A

2018 Bonus: € 6,000

Taxation / Warranty BMW i3s
Fiscal power: 3 CV
Warranty: Two years, unlimited mileage
Battery Warranty: Eight years or 100,000 km

BMW i3s (2018): Worth for the "GTI" electric?
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