John Lennon drove one, Peter Sellers roared through his detective comedies in one, and even the Queen was chauffeured through the park of Windsor Castle in one. Countless celebrities succumbed to the charm of the classic Mini, which was first presented to the public 60 years ago. The car’s distinctive design, surprisingly generous space and agile driving characteristics were all major factors in the revolutionary small car being accepted into the circles of high society at an early stage – especially in its home country of Great Britain. Exclusive photographs show numerous stars from the world of music, film and fashion choosing the classic Mini as their preferred means of transport, making it an icon of its time. To mark the brand's 60th anniversary furthermore, MINI is commemorating those glorious early years with some exceptional special vehicles. Following the successful market launch of the MINI 60 Years Edition for the current MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door, the classic Mini will once again be at the forefront. A unique, elaborately restored one-off in the colourful striped design of the current MINI 60 Years Lifestyle Collection revives the fashionable panache and lifestyle of the wild sixties.
The new Abarth 595 Range - Fast acceleration and efficient braking
Fast acceleration and efficient braking are part of sporty driving. The new 595 is therefore equipped with a high-performance braking system developed for Abarth. Thanks to the internally ventilated front brake discs (284 millimeters in diameter) and the rear brake discs with 240 millimeters in diameter, the 595 offers maximum safety even at the limit. The 595 Turismo and the Competizione have also been updated technically and stylistically and offer customers two different options for experiencing the world of Abarth up close in everyday life
Electric mobility is becoming dynamic and fascinating, as the Audi e-tron GT proves. The four-door coupé, which will be introduced in the market as an RS model at the same time, reinterprets the classic idea of the gran turismo: Its design is highly emotional, the technology revolutionary. Two powerful electric motors provide confident electric all-wheel drive and stunning road performance.
The powerful heart and equally one of the highlights of the Ranger Raptor is the all-new EcoBoost V6 engine with twin-turbo charging. The three-liter petrol engine, optimized by Ford Performance, converts its output of 212 kW (288 hp) and maximum torque of 491 Newton meters into remarkable propulsion. Power is sent to the wheels via a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. Each individual gear also has an individual boost pressure characteristic. The result: the EcoBoost V6 engine of the new Ranger Raptor impresses in every situation with dynamic power delivery. The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with twin turbo is made of high-density cast iron and combines low weight with enormous robustness and reliability. The engine block is 75 percent stiffer than an engine block made from conventional gray cast iron. Thanks to fine tuning by Ford Performance experts, the engine responds spontaneously to accelerator pedal commands. Compared to the 2.0 liter EcoBlue diesel engine with four cylinders and bi-turbo charging in the current Ranger Raptor (157 kW / 213 hp), the new power plant offers a significant increase in output. This proven 157 kW diesel remains in the range for other versions of the new Ranger generation, which will be available from spring 2023. Ford will announce details of other engines in good time before the other Ranger versions are launched.