It was another night for the Hethel history books as resurgent British sports car manufacturer Lotus gave a world debut to the all-new Emira. It was staged live in front of an on-site audience of VIP media and honoured guests, with tens of thousands more viewing the simultaneous online broadcast from all corners of the world. Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, told guests: “The Emira is an absolute game-changer for Lotus. It’s a hugely significant milestone in our path to becoming a truly global performance car brand. It’s a new sports car – our first in many years – and what an offering it is from Lotus!” The hour-long live-action unveiling was centred on the iconic Hethel test track and culminated in a high-octane lap of the north circuit by an Emira – officially the last petrol-powered car from Lotus. That lap drew to a close on the steering pad, directly in front of the audience as they witnessed the ‘unboxing’ of another Emira.
The Subaru Forester - The Design
The Subaru Forester shuns neither road nor terrain: Longer and wider, but also flatter than its predecessor, the SUV presents itself more dynamically than ever, without neglecting its all-wheel drive virtues. Robust elements such as the increased ground clearance of 220 millimeters, the silver underride guard and the muscularly flared wheel arches inspire a sense of adventure. The redesigned, three-dimensional front end is dominated by the brand-typical hexagonal radiator grille with chrome clasp, which is flanked by LED headlights as standard. Reminiscent of eagle eyes, the lights feature dynamic cornering lights, LED high beams and C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and together with the low-positioned LED fog lights, also standard, give the Forester an unmistakable appearance at night and in fog. Despite the sharpened design, the classic SUV remains functional: a good example of this is the active grille flaps, which reduce drag when closed, resulting in faster engine warm-up, reduced friction and lower fuel consumption. If engine temperature and cooling requirements increase, the air intake opens.
Following the two variants with V8 engines, Mercedes-AMG presents the SL 43, a technically innovative entry-level model of the newly developed roadster icon. Under the bonnet of the open-top 2+2-seater with fabric soft top is an in-line four-cylinder petrol engine with two litres displacement that provides the befitting propulsion. This is the first time in the world that an electric exhaust gas turbocharger is being used in a production vehicle. This technology comes from Formula 1™. The system in the SL 43 is a direct derivative of the development successfully used by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for many years in the premier class of motorsport. The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous throttle response across the entire rev range, thereby offering an even more dynamic driving experience while increasing efficiency at the same time. The turbocharger is operated via the 48-volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (RSG). As a result, the Mercedes-AMG SL 43 has an output of 280 kW (381 hp) and a maximum torque of 480 Nm, plus an additional short-term boost of 10 kW (14 hp) from the RSG in certain driving situations. The new entry-level model in the SL family also shines with extensive standard equipment. In addition, numerous options that enhance comfort and safety offer a wide range of possibilities for individualisation.
Embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original, the new California Special is offered exclusively in convertible body style with a folding soft-top for classic looks and open-air thrills. A special-edition design package with unique badging, detailing, 19-inch alloy wheels and special “colour shift” California Special decals delivers distinctive style. Ford’s charismatic 450 PS V8 petrol engine provides the power for effortless cruising. Inside, the Mustang California Special is designed to help liberate all the fun of the open road whatever the weather. Bespoke California Special detailing adds exclusive appeal. Standard comfort technologies include heated and cooled front seats, a 12-inch customisable instrument cluster, and advanced SYNC 3 connectivity that enables drivers to call up their favourite road trip soundtrack or find directions to the nearest beach using just their voice.