The compact smart #1 SUV represents a new generation of all-electric smart models, featuring a dynamic blend of all-new design, impressive cabin space and state-of-the-art technology. The Launch Edition closely mirrors the concept smart #1 showcar that was revealed in Munich last year, with only 1,000 being available across Europe as a whole. On the outside, its exclusive combination of white body and gold roof, the smart #1 Launch Edition offers customers unique signature design cues as the range’s halo model. A bespoke Launch Edition Halo Roof brings an exclusive aesthetic to the vehicle, featuring an intricate chequered pattern for a striking, futuristic appearance. Its 19” Prism alloys mirror the same design, while exclusive interior trim colours and a two-tone leather interior highlights its upmarket character even further. The highest level of features available on the smart #1 are included on the Launch Edition, including matrix LED headlamps, 13-speaker Beats audio system, adaptive cruise control, fully automated parking system and wireless smartphone charging.
Audi RS e-tron GT Prototype Launch Control
Audi presents the production-based RS e-tron GT as the sporty and technological spearhead of its electric offensive and the first all-electric RS model launched by Audi Sport GmbH. Formula E Champion and Audi driver Lucas di Grassi extensively tested the Gran Turismo sports car and engaged in an exchange with its developers. Along with other texts, numerous photographs, videos and animations we have compiled this conversation in a press kit for you.
The Giulia GTA is instantly recognizable courtesy of an exclusive characterization that is both aesthetic and functional, confirming it is not an exercise in style but instead a high-performance vehicle derived from a mass-produced car, the exceptional Giulia Quadrifoglio. With the widespread use of ultralight materials, the Giulia GTA’s weight is reduced by up to 100 kg compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, and is powered by an upgraded version of the 540-hp Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo engine with a best-in-class weight-to-power ratio of 187 hp/L. It also delivers extraordinary performance, in terms of both its lap times on the track and its acceleration. With the Launch Mode system, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. Alfa Romeo engineers have worked to improve its aerodynamics and handling, but above all to reduce the weight, following the same guidelines as for the 1965 Giulia GTA. To achieve these objectives, widespread use has been made of components in carbon fiber and composite materials. The aerodynamics have been specially designed to increase downforce. These solutions embody technical expertise that comes straight from Formula 1, courtesy of the synergy with Sauber Engineering. They were entrusted with the aerodynamic appendages, the new rear spoiler – adjustable to 4 positions in the GTAm, and the active front splitter, which can be extended for use on the track by up to 40 mm on the GTAm. Other features developed include the Akrapovič central exhaust system in titanium, built into the rear diffuser in carbon fiber, and the 20-inch wheel rims with single locking nut, seen for the first time in a sedan, paired with specially selected Pilot Sport Cup 2 Michelin tires. The aerodynamic research in the wind tunnel was not limited to the aerodynamic appendages, it also focused on the specially developed fully faired underbody. The GTA and GTAm also benefit from a special new air extractor capable of increasing the car’s ground effect, thus guaranteeing excellent road holding at high speeds. More specifically, on the Giulia GTAm the most intense aerodynamic configuration mounts triple the increase compared to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, previously the benchmark in its class.
Hybrid cars have become one of the most popular choices for drivers around the world. 619,129 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in Europe in 2020, a 210% increase. At SEAT, the Tarraco e-HYBRID joins the Leon e-HYBRID in the brand’s electric offensive and for the first time, they are driving together on the streets of Barcelona. SEAT’s plug-in hybrids go one step further in terms of connectivity by including new functions. With the SEAT CONNECT mobile app in the hybrid versions, users can remotely access their vehicle’s data and thus manage the battery charging process and even control and programme its climate control before getting into their car. SEAT CONNECT also provides safety, with automatic emergency calls and a button that relays the car’s data and location in the event of a breakdown.