The Past Week's Car News in Pictures
6 September 2020 to 12 September 2020
The Belgian coachbuilder Carat Duchatelet is building seven Rolls-Royce Silver Spectres, which are custom-built Rolls-Royce Wraith shooting brakes.
Startup company Nikola has partnered with General Motors. The 2023 Nikola Badger, a hydrogen-powered pickup truck designed to compete with the GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck, will ride on the same platform as the Hummer. Propulsion will come from GM's Ultium battery and Hydrotec fuel cell, which has been developed with Honda. Nikola intends to sell 10,000 Badgers per year. The Hummer is positioned as a personal-luxury truck, whilst the Badger is more mainstream and commercial customers.
The Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle will cost $54,885. Equipment includes all-wheel-drive, quilted leather seats, lumbar pillows for the second-row captain's chairs, a 360-degree camera, park assist, FamCam (like Honda's CabinWatch--you can see your passengers through the infotainment screen, which is safer than turning around), the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, and a 19-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system.
Maserati has been trying to go more mainstream and increase it's sales volume since 2013, launching the sub-$100,000 Ghibli and Levante, but they haven't forgotten their roots. To prove this, Maserati has created the MC20, which replaces the Alfa Romeo 4C in Group Stellantis's vast product lineup. (It does not replace the discontinued GranTurismo, which will get a successor in a couple years.) However, while the 4C competed with cars like the Porsche 718, the MC20 competes with cars like the Porsche 911. It's engine, an all-new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 mounted low and centrally, develops 612bhp and 538 pound-feet of torque and provides movement via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Finally, it can hit 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and reach a 202-MPH top speed. Maserati has announced that there will also be an electric version of the car; with two motors in the back and one up front, it will develop over 700bhp. The EV will be between 80 and 100 KG heavier than the V6 MC20, but it will still be able to hit 60 MPH in two seconds. According to Maserati, "we expect the driving behavior between the battery-electric MC20 and the combustion-engined car to be a little bit different, but we are confident that we can compensate the performance losses that we have due to the weight, thanks to torque vectoring". The V6 MC20 will start at £187,230 (€ 202,470/$239,914), there will be a convertible version (no details yet), and the EV will arrive in 2022.
Lucid is a small EV startup company from the San Francisco Bay Area, their first model being the Tesla Model S-rivaling Air. Four variants of the Air will be offered, with the most expensive model arriving first and the base models arriving in late 2021. The top-spec $169,000 Dream Edition produces 1,080 horsepower and delivers a 2.5-second 0-60 time and a 9.9-second quarter-mile time while delivering a spectacular 503 miles of range. Later comes the $139,000 Grand Touring, which delivers 800 horsepower and 517 miles of range (that's not a typo; the top-spec model truly does get less range). Arriving in late 2021 are the $95,000 620-horsepower 406-mile Touring and the $80,000 base model, whose specs have not been released. Production is slated to begin in early 2021 with first deliveries arriving soon after.
Production of the Rivian R1T has started, beating Tesla, GM, and Nikola.