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Audi recently revealed the Q8, a coupe SUV. Despite the coupe name, the Q8 offers a five-seat layout with four doors. The Q8 combines the elegant look of a coupe with the practicality of an SUV.

The Q8 is a direct competitor for the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Range Rover Sport, the Porsche Cayenne and the Maserati Levante. Although the sport SUV market is saturated with extravagant styling, the Q8 offers a unique design experience with optional 22-inch wheels.

The engine range starts with a 3-lt V6 diesel (badged 50 TDI) which produces 282-bhp. The Quattro all-wheel drive is rear-biased, and coupled with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It offers 0–62mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 144mph. There is a mild-hybrid system that uses a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter, to give engine-off coasting between 34 and 99mph.

The Audi Q8 offers driving assistance systems – adaptive cruise [...]

Blockchain Technology Porsche

Blockchain technology is weaving its way through various businesses. Porsche is the first car company to implement blockchain technology for their vehicles.

What is blockchain technology? Without getting into the technical details too much, it is a distributed ledger of transactions verified by independent third parties with everything being encrypted. Basically, it is a log of events that everyone can see to determine what has happened in the past. In other words, with blockchain, you can easily access the history of a second-hand car and see every single detail of its life.

Porsche is implementing blockchain technology to transfer data more quickly and securely, and to give its customers more peace of mind in the future. This will be the case whether they are charging, parking, or need to give a third [...]

Mercedes-Benz recently revealed a new vehicle on the market, the X-Class. Aside from the G 6 The X-Class is a premium pick-up based on the Nissan Navara and was introduced as part of the Mercedes-Benz family. Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have been working together since April 2010 as the automotive industry is becoming more competitive and brands need new models. Partnerships are becoming the new normal for the car industry.

The X-Class is the first vehicle Mercedes-Benz created as a result of this alliance. Despite the Nissan factor in the X-Class, the Navara is robust and reliable. Therefore, Mercedes-Benz preferred this platform for a new vehicle.

The other question is, why a Mercedes-Benz pickup? We can clearly see that Mercedes-Benz realised that there was a gap in the premium pickup market globally. Despite the existence of American pickup trucks, there are a very limited number of premium pickup vehicles that can be purchased under a luxury [...]

Ferrari SUV in Red
2018 started with a big surprise from Ferrari. Fiat boss, Sergio Marchionne, said that the Ferrari SUV would be on the market sooner than we expected. It will be ready by 2019 and it will be the fastest SUV of its type. Marchionne even created a new name for the Ferrari SUV, the Ferrari Utility Vehicle (FUV).

Until the Ferrari SUV arrives, the fastest SUV will be the Lamborghini Urus that offers a 641hp twin-turbo V8 engine, and is capable of reaching 62mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190mph. Beating this is more likely to be Ferrari’s real target, whether they see it as a competitor or not.

This plan will outrage Ferrari fans and will create a massive shockwave. However, FCA, the group that owns Ferrari, is looking forward to [...]

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is over. It was packed with electric cars, a number of SUVs and extreme supercars. We have already shared photos from the show, and you can also view them at the end of this article. It is no wonder that 2018 was the year of electric cars coming of age. No longer can Tesla own this space exclusively as full electric power becomes a mainstream niche!

Also, we can’t ignore the plug-in hybrids. Audi, Jaguar, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Porsche and Ssangyong all featured their electric and plug-in hybrid cars this year.

One of the most eye-catching electric car was the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Even though Porsche recently stated that the 911 would not house a full electric drive train, we can see what they can do with the rest of the range.

The Bugatti Chiron was the most powerful car in the show, and Bugatti revealed a new [...]


The Defender is back! Land Rover recently released a new Defender, sort of! This is called the Defender Works V8. It is built as a limited edition that celebrates the Land Rover brand’s 70th anniversary and aims to recapture the market taken by the Defender customisers.

This is a limited edition run of 150 units based on selected low mileage used Defenders from 2012 to date.  It’s an interesting move to see that the factory decided to “restomode” used vehicles to build these.

According to Land Rover, the idea emerged in 2014 when LR was approaching the end of the Defender production. LR recognised the gap in the market and had designed this model much earlier. The decision to reveal the Works V8 is a bit tactical. The company wishes to keep the Defender brand alive, whilst Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the second-generation G-Wagon.

This is an extraordinary Defender Works V8. A V8 produces 400 [...]

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo’s first SUV, Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the first SUV from Alfa Romeo that promises to be the fastest SUV available on the market until the Lamborghini Urus becomes available.

We are interested in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio in that it produces 510 bhp from a 2.9-lt bi-turbo V6 engine with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. It reaches 62mph in 3.9-sec and has a top speed of 177mph! The weight distribution is 50:50 and the Quadrifoglio weighs 1.8-tonne.

This power unit is derived from the Ferrari California T, with only two cylinders being removed. That’s how this Alfa Romeo SUV finds such power.

Stelvio is a driver-focused car and with the interior architecture from the Giulia. The driver-focused controls and the 8.8-inch infotainment clearly show the resemblance.

With the Quadrifoglio spec, you will find leather seats, LED headlights, carbon ceramic brakes, driving assistance systems (autonomous braking, [...]

 

At the recent Detroit Motor Show, Dodge revealed the latest RAM. This time Dodge has removed 102 kg, and have introduced an eTorque mild-hybrid system and 14-inch front brakes. The weight loss is achieved by the use of high-strength steel in the frame and the body. We are quite familiar with the use of high-strength steel in the case of European cars, but now the Americans are following this trend.

As the SUVs have been morphing into. the new MPVs, pickups are becoming the new SUVs, and we can clearly see this with the RAM’s recent improvements, from engine technology to driving assistance systems.

Starting with the bonnet, the RAM houses a 5.7-lt V8 Hemi that generates 395-HP and 555 Nm of torque. As the V8 Hemi is a petrol engine, we can’t get the high levels of torque as we can with a diesel engine. However, the new mild-hybrid system adds 176 Nm [...]

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