- The German manufacturer confirmed that the new car will continue to use diesel power - setting it apart from its petrol-powered Toyota and Porsche competitors - as part of a revamped 4-litre V6 engine.
It also revealed that the car will be entered into the 6MJ energy retrieval sub-class, up from 4MJ on this year's model, which finished runner-up to Porsche in both teams' and drivers' competitions in the WEC.
Flywheel energy storage for the hybrid system has been abandoned in favour of a lithium-ion battery solution similar to that used by sister manufacturer Porsche.
The car also features heavily revised front bodywork in a bid to maximise aerodynamic performance.
"With our new Audi R18, we’re setting a clear signal: Audi continues to put the pedal to the metal in motorsport, deliberately relying on TDI – the world’s most successful automotive efficiency technology – at Le Mans," said Audi...
- BMW is gearing up for the addition of yet another model in its rapidly growing lineup, the 1- or 2-Series sedan that is/are being previewed by the Concept Compact Sedan at this week’s Auto Guangzhou 2015 in China.
current 2-Series Active Tourer models and the next generation of the 1-Series hatchback, possibly offering BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system as an option.
Visually, the concept incorporates BMW’s current design language with chiseled surfaces and a bold front, with a silhouette that splits the difference between the more conventional 3-Series and the sportier 4-Series Gran Coupe in a smaller package and with a longer front overhang due to the drive layout.
It’s not clear if BMW plans to develop a single compact sedan or two different proposals in the segmentfollowing the example of the aforementioned 3-Series and 4-Series GC, but as of now, we’ve only caught the Germans testing what is believed to be a 1-Series Sedan and which looks like a softened-down version of the...
- Lamborghini has unveiled the Huracan LP580-2 ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts, the model is instantly recognizable but features modified bumpers which to help distinguish it from its four-wheel drive counterpart. The car also has new 19-inch wheels which are equipped with Pirelli PZero tires that have been specially developed for the car.
Power is provided by a detuned 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 580 PS (426 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. While it's 30 PS (22 kW) less powerful than the Huracan LP610-4, the removal of the all-drive system enables the car to weigh 33 kg (72 lbs) less than the standard model.
Despite the weight savings, the model is slightly slower than the LP610-4 as the dash from 0-100 km/h takes 3.4 seconds and the top speed is rated at 320 km/h (198 mph). In terms of...
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