The transition to electromobility brings several changes, including farewells to internal combustion engines. On the other hand, quite some news filled the arrival hall.
One of the latest farewells is the end of the legendary W16, which has become the heart of the Bugatti supercar range.
The imaginary goodbye to the 8.0 W16 engine takes the form of a limited series of Bugatti Mistral roadsters – 99 pieces will be made. Mistral is based on the Chiron Super Sport platform but received a new body. The leaving 8.0 W16 engine is tuned to 1176 kW (1600 hp), making Mistral the fastest roadster in the world. Although the price climbs to 5 million euros, the last edition with this aggregate is hopelessly sold out.
The Future of Stylistics
The Mladá Boleslav automobile manufacturer revealed sketches of the future design of a larger electric SUV – the Škoda Vision S7 model. Other models should be presented in stylistic language too. The wider and lower radiator grille is removed on the massive front. The front headlights are displaced to the sides and are in two rows above each other. The front bumper stands out with seven vertical openings, the bottom part is provided with aluminum protection. The attached sketches reveal more.
Electrification Concept Testing
BMW M GmbH has started testing the so-called concept vehicle for high-innovative drive and chassis control systems. A team of developers is investigating hardware and software solutions designed for future fully electric high-power vehicles. The work focuses on a four-wheel drive system consisting of four electric motors and an integrated driving dynamics control system.
A Special Car for Ordinary Roads
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a tribute to the 1972 model 911 Carrera RS 2.7, a celebration of the six-month anniversary of the first model with the abbreviation RS. The new model year 2023 is the most extreme model 911 till now, which is allowed for use on ordinary roads. The drive is provided by a 4.0-liter atmospheric six-cylinder boxer engine (386 kW/525 hp/9000 rpm; 465 Nm/6300 rpm). The aerodynamics of the vehicle generates high-pressure values. This specialist passes the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 296 km/h.
The Highest Performance
The Kia EV6 GT is the most powerful Kia series vehicle to date, with two electric motors (front and rear) providing a maximum power of 430 kW (585 hp) and a torque of 740 Nm. The capacity of lithium-ion polymer accumulator batteries is 77.4 kWh, the manufacturer states a range of up to 424 km. The EV6 GT can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, making it the fastest Kia and Hyundai Motor Group series vehicle to date, reaching a top speed of 260 km/h. Charging from 10% to 80% takes only 18 minutes thanks to 800 V ultra-fast charging technology.
The German manufacturer Audi is gradually revealing a concept called sphere. The previously introduced GT skysphere, grandsphere sedan, and MPV urbansphere models were complemented by the current Audi activesphere concept. This model is a combination of crossover and coupé. Of course, the concepts count on electric motors and should be equipped with autonomous steering. Further information will appear at the beginning of next year.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: Bugatti, Skoda-Auto, BMW, Porsche, Kia, Audi