Fast Lane: Electric BMW iX3, Opel Astra, Harley-Davidson Sportster S, Motoring News & Top Stories



BMW iX3 an affordable premium electric car

BMW’s electric iX3 is here. The first BMW made in China packs 210 kW and 400 Nm, and sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds. This puts it on a par with the petrol BMW X3 xDrive30i.

Top speed is electronically limited to 180 km / h. The rear-wheel drive has wheel slip attenuation and an 80 kWh battery providing a claimed range of 459 km.

It’s also the cheapest X3 at $ 252,888 – largely thanks to the tax incentives it gets and the emission surcharges its gas-powered siblings attract.

Merc SL again 2 + 2

The new Mercedes-AMG SL roadster will again be a 2 + 2 seater. PHOTO: MERCEDES

The new Mercedes-AMG SL roadster will again be a 2 + 2-seater (the first time since 1989), with the second row accommodating passengers up to 1.5m tall.

The interior is in single or two-tone nappa leather. A symmetrical instrument panel is designed as a sculptural and powerful wing, flanked by four galvanized turbine nozzles. Their surfaces blend into the dashboard in the form of powerful electric domes.

The 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD display of the instrument cluster is not designed to stand alone, but integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents glare caused by sunlight.

Nissan to probe the brains of its Formula E drivers

Nissan Motor has launched a program focused on research, training and development of brain functions and anatomy for its Formula E drivers, Sébastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland.

It uses advanced brain imaging and analysis to determine the anatomical specifics of professional runners to develop an optimized training.

The first step involves detailed analysis and testing of the racers’ brain functions, compared to a control group of non-racers. All drivers will perform a series of tasks on state-of-the-art driving simulators while their brain activity is monitored and recorded.

Based on the results, a training program involving electrical stimulation of the brain will be developed with the aim of improving driver performance.

Opel’s new, more spacious Astra available as a plug-in hybrid

Opel Astra (2022). PHOTO: OPEL

The new Opel Astra is available as a plug-in hybrid with two performance levels.

The compact will have an eight-speed automatic transmission, LED headlights and certified ergonomic seats.

The VW Golf rival will be launched as a five-door measuring 4,374mm long and 1,860mm wide. At 2,675mm, its wheelbase is 13mm longer than that of the previous model, promising more room inside. The trunk capacity is 422 liters.

The German brand, now a member of the Stellantis alliance, will only manufacture electric cars from 2028.

Harley Sportster S 228kg 121hp

Harley-Davidson Sportster S. PHOTO: HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Harley-Davidson has unveiled the Sportster S, a 121bhp V-twin performance bike with a lightweight chassis.

With its 11.8 liter tank filled, the bike weighs 228 kg – light for a Harley. A raised exhaust is designed to produce a pleasant low frequency tone.

Harley has no pricing information.

The new regional manager of Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has appointed Alistair Scott as new Managing Director Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Scott, who will manage 16 markets from Singapore, has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and has worked in various Asian countries including South Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

He worked for car manufacturers such as SsangYong Motor, Subaru, Fiat and Honda, before joining JLR in 2013. Porsche invests in an Israeli startup

Porsche has taken a minority stake in Griiip. The Israeli start-up has developed a cloud-based data platform that enables the transmission of motorsport data directly from the race car to drivers, teams and fans.

The company’s personalized digital media platform, RAMP (Racing Media Platform), offers a unique approach to motorsport fan engagement to appeal to a younger audience looking for a more viewing experience. immersive.

The solution includes direct access to raw data from the vehicle’s electronic units via a hardware component known as the “Red Box”.

Son of German tuner killed for making off-road sports car

Marc Philipp Gemballa Marsien. PHOTO: MARC PHILIPP

Marc Philipp Gemballa, the 27-year-old son of Uwe Gemballa who founded the German tuning company that bears his name, has unveiled an all-terrain supercar named Marsien.

His company, Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH (which is not associated in any way with Gemballa GmbH), will use the Porsche 992 Turbo S as the base vehicle for the single off-road racer.

It will be made in Germany, tested in the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert and available to customers around the world. Production is limited to just 40 units, more than half of which have already spoken.

The late Uwe Gemballa was found murdered in South Africa in 2010. Police believe his death was linked to an illegal money laundering scheme with convicted Czech crime boss Radovan Krejcir.


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