Last Week's Car News in Pictures
22 February 2021 to 27 February 2021
Three-time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, were he still with us, would have turned 72 on Monday the 22nd. To celebrate him and his birthday, Gordon Murray has debuted the track-only GMA T50S Niki Lauda. The 3.9-liter V12 has been reworked to save 35 pounds (16kg), reach it's peak of 12,100 rpm faster, and produce 725 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed manual transmission, the T50S uses a six-speed Xtrac paddleshift sequential designed for a 200-210 MPH v-max (322-338 KPH). The chassis of each T50S will be named after one of Gordon Murray's grand prix victories on different circuits, with the first one being named "Kyalami" after his debut win in South Africa. Just 25 will be produced, each for a price of £3,100,000 ($4,358,864/€3,586,824).
The Cupra Formentor is now available in VZ5 trim with the Audi RS3's 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine under the hood. It produces 385bhp and 354 pound-feet of torque for a 4.2-second 0-62 time. 7,000 units are planned to be produced.
The 2022 Lexus IS500 is an IS350 F Sport with every available performance enhancement, a 5.0-liter V8 producing 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 4.5-second 0-60 time. Pricing has not been announced.
The Karma GS-6 PHEV is the new base model in Karma's range. A 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides energy for the two electric motors powering the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine from BMW acts as a range extender and 170kWh generator. The power output is 536 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, the electric-only range is 61 miles with 21-inch wheels (54 miles with 22-inch wheels) (98 km, 53 cm, 87 km, 56 cm), and the range when using both power sources is 330 miles (531 km). Standard and Luxury trims have a 4.5-second 0-60 time, whilst the Sport trim has a 3.9-second 0-60 time. Prices start at $85,700 (£60,919/€70,471).
The powertrain lineup for the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class consists entirely of 48v mild-hybrid four-cylinder engines and nine-speed automatic transmissions. A 1.5-liter petrol develops 168bhp in the C180 and 201bhp in the C200, and a 2.0-liter petrol develops 254bhp in the C300 and C300 4Matic, which are the only models available in the US. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel produces 197bhp in the C220d and 261bhp in the C300d, and 2.0-liter petrol PHEV produces 309bhp. The C300 is capable of a 5.9-second 0-60 time and the C300d is capable of 5.7. Inside, the C features the second-generation MBUX infotainment system, which uses a 9.5- or 11.9-inch center screen and a 10.25- or 12.3-inch gauge cluster (24.1, 30.2, 26.0, 31.2 cm). Rear air suspension is standard on the PHEV, four-wheel steering is optional, and a diesel PHEV will arrive later. Pricing has not been announced.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first car to use Hyundai's Electric-Global Modular Platform. With the 72.6kWh battery and two motors, the Ioniq 5 produces 214 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for a 7.4-second 0-60 time; with one motor (RWD), it produces 301 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque for a 5.2-second 0-60 time. With the 58kWh battery and two motors, it makes 232 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque for a 6.1-second 0-60 time; with one motor, it makes 214 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for an 8.5-second 0-60 time. All models have a 115-MPH top speed (185 KPH). Large-battery single-motor models have a 295-mile range (475km), but Hyundai hasn't mentioned range figures for other models. Thanks to 800-volt fast-charging, it can replenish 62 miles of range in five minutes (100km), and solar panels on the roof can produce up to 205 watts of power.
Hyundai calls the interior a "Smart Living Space", thanks to a 3,000mm (9.8-foot) wheelbase, use of sustainable materials, and a moveable center console called the "universal island" that moves backwards 140mm (5.5 inches). Up front, there are two 12.25-inch screens (31cm), full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, augmented head up display, and wireless phone charging. Pricing has only been announced for the Project 45 edition, which costs £45,000 ($63,753/€52,439).
Kia's slow-selling Sedona minivan has been renamed as the Carnival for its 2022 redesign. Inside, it features two 12.3-inch (31cm) screens on the dashboard, and an optional low-light camera that monitors and can zoom in on second- and third-row passengers. Furthermore, there's an intercom system for conversation between the driver and passengers, voice recognition for the second row, and a two-screen entertainment system for the second row with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include dual hands-free power sliding doors, a Safe Exit Assist system that prevents children from exiting into oncoming traffic, and a rear occupant alert system that will honk the horn, flash the hazards, and send the owner a notification to their phone (if they have Kia's UVO app) to prevent children and pets from being left behind. The sole powertrain is a 3.5-liter V6 sending 290 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing has not been announced.
Ford has added a King Ranch trim level to the Explorer, which sits between the Limited and top-level Platinum and is inspired by a 168-year-old ranch in Texas. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 365 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque that sends power to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes adaptive cruise control, lane-centering assist, a 10.1-inch (25.7cm) portrait-oriented infotainment system with navigation, massaging seats, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. RWD versions start at $53,595 (£38,022/€44,197) and 4WD versions start at $55,595 (£39,445/€45,816).
After numerous delays, the USPS (United States Postal Service) is replacing the iconic but seriously outdated Grumman LLV with the Oshkosh NGDV (Next Generation Delivery Vehicle). Across ten years, Oshkosh will assemble between 50,000 and 165,000 mail trucks, with the first ones arriving in 2023. The design is not yet finalized, but there will be both internal combustion models and EVs.
Starting for the 2022 model year, Land Rover will offer the Defender with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 518 horsepower and 416 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is 149 MPH (240 KPH) and 60 MPH is achieved from a standstill in 4.9 seconds. Outside, it's distinguished by 22-inch wheels (56 cm), four tailpipes, blue brake calipers for the front wheels, and V8 badges. It will be available only with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and start at £98,505 with the short wheelbase and £101,150 for the long wheelbase ($139,342/€114,561 and $143,084/€117,637).
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the GTI. It's mechanically identical to the standard Clubsport, except for the addition of the Race Package, which adds Akrapovic exhaust and deletes the 155MPH top speed limiter. Performance figures and pricing have not been announced, but it will cost below £40,000 ($55,807/€46,183).
For the A7 and Q5 PHEVs, Audi has ditched the 14.1kWh battery in favor of a 17.9kWh battery. Range and fuel economy figures have not been announced.
This is the new Peugeot logo.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L starts at $38,690 (£27,785/€32,049).