Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary by offering the best products in the compact sports car segment is the mission of Abarth, a brand which has always been synonymous with Italian performance and style. Today, just a few weeks before its 73rd anniversary, the Scorpion stings once again with the introduction of its new 595 range, which pays homage to the inventiveness of its founder Carlo Abarth (1908 - 1979). Always part of Abarth’s DNA, it was the concept of upgrading which guided the work of the designers, engineers and technicians in to redesign the 2022’s range of timeless icons. Now available in two models and power levels, the Abarth 595 with 165 hp and Abarth 695 with 180 hp have special features to provide emotions to both customers who are more concerned with style and those for whom performance is a must. Both versions offer thrilling performance, a roaring exhaust, an irreverent and playful, yet bold, style and, of course, the joy of driving. Starting from these “basics”, the customers can build the car best fit for their tastes and needs, thanks to the four packs made with the most authentic Abarth traditions in mind. One instantly recalls Scorpion’s legendary tuning kits, which turned standard vehicles into unbeatable race cars in the Sixties. While preserving the brand’s dual soul with regard to its respective target customers, today a customized driving can still be achieved with one of four conversion packs. The Abarth 595 can be equipped with the “595 Turismo Pack”, more focused on style, and the “F595 Pack”, which emphasizes performance. Similarly, the already exclusive Abarth 695 can be further customized with the refined “695 Turismo Pack” or with the “695 Competizione Pack”.
BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 Design
With the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04, the BMW Group is presenting the near-series version of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link at #NEXTGen 2020. As a link between the analogue and digital worlds of the user, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is both a means of transport and a means of communication for the urban commuter. With its electric drive, trailblazing design and innovative connectivity solutions, it sets out to redefine the scooter segment.
Porsche has set a new lap record for road-approved production cars on the 20.8-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in a 911 GT2 RS fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit. The best time of 6:43.300 minutes was achieved on 14 June, in the presence of a notary, with Porsche development driver Lars Kern at the wheel of the 515 kW (700 PS) 911 GT2 RS. The new Performance Kit was developed as part of a close collaboration between Porsche's engineers in Weissach and Manthey’s Nordschleife specialists in Meuspath. The circuit-focused Porsche Tequipment components are sold via Porsche Centres. The plan was to beat the existing 6:48.047 road-car record. Kern achieved this with flying colours at the wheel of the 911 GT2 RS, beating the previous time by 4.747 seconds on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, at an average speed of 185.87 km/h.
Volvo Cars to be fully electric by 2030 - Interview with Lex Kerssemakers, Global Head of Commercial Operations
In a challenge to conventional tyre setups, Volvo Cars will equip its fully electric cars with Recharge tyres for use all year round as standard in Northern and Central Europe. With a single set of tyres capable of safely handling a wider range of weather and road conditions than summer or winter tyres, Volvo Cars aims to simplify customers’ lives by avoiding the bi-annual hassle of tyre changes, while also reducing CO2 emissions. The Recharge tyres are the first tyres for year-round use to achieve A-class energy efficiency. This innovation is in line with the company’s aspiration to lead the industry in offering more sustainable products. Driving a pure electric Volvo XC40 on Recharge tyres can reduce energy consumption by up to 8 per cent and extend the average driving range, compared with driving on winter tyres.