New 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is 400bhp Baja-style SUV

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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The hardcore new Ford Bronco Raptor introduces a raft of off-road-focused upgrades to the reborn SUV to make it "capable of highway-speed desert-dune conquering and Baja rock-crawling". Like the standard Bronco, it remains a US-only proposition for now, but it's similar in its positioning and claimed capabilities to the Ford Ranger Raptor pick-up truck, which is sold here. It's the third entry into Ford's revived Bronco model line, following the full-size Bronco and road-focused Bronco Sport Read More »

Porsche introduces updated infotainment for 2022 models

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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Newly-configured Porsche 911, Taycan, Cayenne and Panamera models will now arrive with the firm's latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 6.0 infotainment system. The upgrade includes stronger links to mobile devices, a revised user interface and wireless Android Auto functionality. Natural voice control, and intelligent navigation that can better plan charging stops for electric vehicles is also part of the latest software. Another key feature that will be introduced is the integration of Spotify, which connects to the service directly Read More »

From the boardroom: Britishvolt aims for performance EV market

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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For commercial customers, Britishvolt will make LFP batteries (for lithium iron phosphate). These use cheaper cathode materials and are lower-maintenance, but the cost/ease trade-off is reduced energy density, meaning you lose range or need bigger packs. Tesla uses LFP for some standard-range Model 3s and it’s popular in China for both cars and commercials, but Britishvolt is targeting just the CV side. “We think for commercial vehicles, it’s extremely relevant," said Hoare. "It’s isolated from cost Read More »

KTM to launch X-Bow GT2 as 600bhp road-legal supercar

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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Dutch sports car and motorbike manufacturer KTM is developing a road-legal version of its X-Bow GT2 race car, which will rival low-volume lightweights including the Radical Rapture and Dallara Stradale. It will be KTM's second road car, joining its open-roof X-Bow sibling, which has been sold in various forms since 2008.  It wears a completely bespoke body shell and is substantially different in its positioning to the X-Bow, touting power and performance specifications that line Read More »

Used buying guide: BMW M3 E30

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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Suspension: If there’s any wandering or vagueness of response, it’s likely that the suspension bushes have worn. Rear subframe bushes also wear, as do the ball joints and lower steering coupling. All are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to replace. Engine: Listen out for a lumpy idle, which might point to air leaks in the inlet manifold blocks. All engines tend to sweat a bit of oil, but check the sump and head gaskets for serious Read More »

Inside the industry: Why Dacia's formula is a winning one

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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‘Enough and no more’ is an appealing mantra that almost nobody truly follows. Why else would you aspire to own a particular brand of shoe, shop in a different supermarket chain or use a certain type of phone? But it is a mantra we can all apply to some aspects of our lives, as Dacia’s surging success shows. Drivers who want little more than they need just can’t get enough of its stridently value-focused cars: Read More »

RAC adds Renault Zoe to patrol van fleet

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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The RAC has added the Renault Zoe to its fleet on a trial basis, becoming the first major breakdown service company to run an electric patrol van. The firm has taken delivery of the new van version of the French city car, launched last year, which it says is “one of the few EVs on the market capable of carrying the necessary tools and parts needed to fix four out of five breakdowns on the spot”.  Read More »

BMW iX xDrive50 M Sport UK review 2022

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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There are some recognisable BMW qualities about the car’s performance and handling, and some new ones - but they combine to agreeable effect. Those electrically excited motors certainly seem to respond very quickly, even by electric car standards, and they keep working really hard and giving abundant extra thrust at motorway speeds.  The iX xDrive50 would be a very fast car just about anywhere you’d be likely to drive it in the UK. It’s quicker Read More »

Under the skin: How acoustic glass makes car conversation easier

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 24, 2022
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Glass may be one of the things most taken for granted in cars, but it plays a much greater role than merely allowing us to see where we’re going. Noise insulation is an example, and acoustic glass is something premium that manufacturers have been taking advantage of for years. Its potential is even more attractive for EVs, because airborne noise is far more noticeable as powertrain noise all but disappears. The technology behind acoustic glass Read More »

Ten electric motorbikes to look forward to in 2022

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 23, 2022
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Damon HyperSport This Canadian brand may not have the coolest moniker (unless you're a real fan of the 1996 Formula 1 World champion...), but we’re not sure anyone will care when it finally starts selling the 200hp, 200mph HyperSport Premier. Sure, it’ll set you back around £30,000, but Damon promises it’ll also make a more upright naked version, as well as models with less power such as the $17,000 HyperSport SE. We wonder if the Read More »