The Fall Harvest Continues


The innovations in the automotive community received quite a big spot. The good news for future owners is that there is an incredible number of novelties.

An Interest in SUVs and crossovers continues to prevail, but the company also presents performance-laden vehicles with a new face. So let’s see what’s new.

Program Enrichment

Audi’s striking with the plug-in hybrids, the example in this category is Q8 TFSI e quattro. Since mid-2019, it is the seventh model with this type of drive. There will be two versions of the SUV coupe – the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro with a system power of 280 kW (381 hp) and a torque of 600 Nm, as well as the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro (340 kW / 462 hp; 700 Nm). The propulsion chain includes a 3.0 TFSI petrol engine and an electric motor integrated into an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The rechargeable battery has 17.8 kWh; the pure electric drive will last 47 or 45 km (according to WLTP). The first model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 s; the second takes 5.4 s. The maximum speed is in both cases, electronically limited to 240 km/h.

Audi Q8 60 TFSI e quattro
Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro

Labeled as First Edition

Two high-performance models from the Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé segments – the BMW X5 M Competition and the BMW X6 M Competition – have been converted to the limited First Edition. The new edition is characterized by stylishly modified design elements and interior changes. With these innovations, the number of pieces produced is set at 250. In addition to their luxurious appearance, they add exceptional maximum power and impressive traction. Distinctive driving characteristics stem from the high-speed V8 engine with two turbochargers (460 kW/625 hp), a unique M chassis, and M xDrive all-wheel drive. Both special editions will be produced at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, USA.

BMW X6 M and BMW X5 M Competition First Edition
BMW X6 M and BMW X5 M Competition First Edition

The Role Model of Sport Cars

Hyundai is projecting its experience from the rally into ordinary road vehicles as well. As an example, we can mention the new i20 N model, which will bring dynamics to the professing driver. This event will happen in our country in the second quarter of 2021. The novelty with a weight of 1190 kg will be powered by a 1.6 T-GDi engine (150 kW/204 hp; 275 Nm), from 0 to 100 km/h will accelerate in 6.7, reaching a top speed of 230 km/h. The modified chassis is reduced by 10 mm, received new shock absorbers and springs, and stands on 18-inch wheels. The clutch is strengthened, the Launch Control function is not missing, and the technology also includes a self-locking differential m-LSD. Besides the fancy sporty look, the vehicle possesses a rich sound.

Hyundai i20 N
Hyundai i20 N

Three Different Body Types 

The charismatic brand Porsche is launching a new model. The novelty  Panamera will belong to plug-in hybrid vehicles. There are three body types available – sedan, Executive (extended version), and Sport Turismo.

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with a combination of 4.0 V8-Biturbo petrol engine (420 kW/571 hp; 770 Nm) and electric motor (100 kW/136 hp; 400 Nm) becomes a top performance alternative. The system power is 514 kW (700 hp) and torque 870 Nm, the manufacturer states a combined consumption of 2.8 l/100 km, the purely electric range of the vehicle is 59 km. A new rechargeable 17.9 kWh battery provides electricity. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in 3.2 s, which is -0.2 s less than in the predecessor. The maximum speed is 315 km/h.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Text: Peter Stano, photo: Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Porsche