The new Audi e-tron S and the new Audi e-tron S Sportback deliver dynamics in a new dimension. In S gear, they provide their full boost performance for eight seconds – 370 kW of power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque. The standard sprint takes just 4.5 seconds and acceleration ends at 210 km/h (130.5 mph). The nominal values in D gear, i.e. without boost, are 320 kW and 808 Nm (596.0 lb-ft). The new S models have two electric motors on the rear axle and one on the front axle, making them the first volume-produced electric cars in the world to have three motors. Their drive layout is based on the modular construction principle: An adapted design of the more powerful electric motor that powers rear axle in the Audi e-tron 55 is now installed on the front axle. The front electric motor from the e-tron 55** operates together with a structurally identical counterpart and individual modifications in the rear. The high-voltage battery system is located under the passenger compartment. Each of its 36 modules contain 12 cells. The battery has a gross energy capacity of 95 kWh, of which 91 percent (86 kWh) is usable. With one battery charge, the Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback achieve ranges of up to 364 km (226.2 mi) and 370 km (229.9 mi) respectively in the WLTP cycle.
The new 2021 Toyota Highlander Highlights
The new Toyota Highlander starts at prices from 53,250 euros in Germany. The 4.95 meter long family SUV comes with seven seats as well as hybrid and all-wheel drive as standard. Customers can choose from three equipment lines and extensive accessories for further customization. As an entry-level version, the Business Edition already comes up with many amenities: In addition to heated and electrically adjustable front seats, it also includes 18-inch alloy wheels, parabolic LED headlights with automatic high beam, tinted rear and rear side windows from the B-pillar, a reversing camera, an infotainment system with an eight-inch display and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wireless charging cradle for smartphones as standard equipment. On colder days, the heated leather steering wheel, a windscreen de-icer and heated windscreen washer nozzles have a positive effect. The latest generation of Toyota Safety Sense, which combines various assistance systems, also creates a close-knit safety network. A blind spot warner is also included. Customers can choose from five standard metallic paint finishes
The expectations are high, the mission is clearly defined, and a glance at the calendar shows there’s no time to delay. As we draw closer to the yuletide season, the search for the perfect Christmas tree becomes the most important mission of the year – well, at any rate for the month of December. Not too big, but there again not too small, a straight trunk and evenly configured branches of a uniformly deep green. This is what the traditional fir tree should look like, decorated with lights and baubles to conjure up a festive mood in the living room back home. In other words, you need to be picky when you’re making a decision about the right Christmas tree. And anybody who entrusts this mission to husbands, partners or fathers generally suspects that the search for an iconic symbol of a peaceful Christmas celebration is inevitably going to be rather a protracted affair.
Parallel to the development of the eight-cylinder performance hybrids, the next technological stage is taking place: AMG Performance Hybrid in combination with the AMG four-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.0-litre engine with the internal designation M 139 has so far been used in the compact performance models installed transversely. As an E PERFORMANCE variant, it will also provide a fitting drive in other future Mercedes-AMG model series. However, it will be installed longitudinally, thoroughly reworked and its performance significantly increased once again. The engineers are aiming for the further developed M 139 to once again surpass the world's highest litre output of all four-cylinder series engines. The biggest innovation is the electric exhaust-gas turbocharger, which is being realised for the first time in a production vehicle. This technology comes directly from Formula 1 and is called MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit Heat). The identical system already powers the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar.