Volkswagen brought the new Arteon to market last Autumn, and with it an additional body variant: the new Arteon Shooting Brake. Now the powerful top models have been added, and their key data is impressive: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, an optional increase in maximum speed to 270 km/h, plus permanent all-wheel drive with the sophisticated R-Performance Torque Vectoring technology, which distributes power individually between the rear wheels and enables even higher cornering speeds. The exclusive R colour Lapiz Blue is available for both body variants. The high-performance braking system with blue brake callipers and R logo and the distinct front air intakes not only look good, but also enhance performance. The suspension is tuned for a sportier drive, and the DCC adaptive dampers can be steplessly adjusted using the touchscreen in the cockpit. The driver can select Comfort, Sport, Race or Individual driving mode using the R button on the steering wheel – and the list of benefits does not stop there.
Dynamic charisma increased, vehicle center of gravity lowered - M carbon roof in the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series
The new BMW M440d xDrive Coupé, like the BMW M 440i xDrive Coupé and the two corresponding top models of the BMW 3 Series Sedan in the future, can set further accents for sportiness with an exclusive lightweight design measure. Available from March 2021 for these four models, the M carbon roof emphasizes the dynamic charisma while at the same time further lowering the vehicle's center of gravity for the benefit of agility. To match, the new interior trims will be offered in the M Carbon Fibre finish in the future. They are also available for the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible and for all other model variants of the new BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series, in each case in conjunction with the M Sport equipment model.
Another MG novelty that will be launched this month is the new MG ZS EV. A fully updated version of the first model launched by MG in continental Europe that immediately garnered public attention as the first truly affordable 100% electric SUV in the B-segment. Certainly this is where the reason why the ZS EV has already satisfied more than 15,000 customers in its first year on the market, a result with which the model reached the top positions in the UK, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and France. However, MG engineers have worked to offer customers greater autonomy and ease of use. The new MG ZS EV features a cooler design, improved performance, significantly longer range and even more technology. The ZS EV will be offered with a choice of two trim levels (Comfort and Luxury) and two battery variants. The 70 kWh Long Range battery will be available from market launch, offering a range of 440km (WLTP) compared to the current model's 263km. At a later stage, a 50.3 kWh Standard Range battery with a range of 320 km (WLTP) will also be available. In addition to the increased battery capacity, the new MG ZS EV can also charge faster. The Long Range version is equipped as standard with an 11 kW three-phase on board. In addition, like the Marvel R Electric, each MG ZS EV is now equipped with the new MG iSMART connectivity system, which also offers a connection via a smartphone app, with which various functions can be controlled remotely.
Twelve years ago, Porsche introduced the first GTS version of the 911. Now, a new generation of the popular sports car model is being launched – more powerful and visually distinctive, and with better driving dynamics than ever. Its six-cylinder boxer engine delivers 353 kW: Fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 10.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 259 – 236 g/km), which is 22 kW (30 PS) more than the current 911 Carrera S and the previous 911 GTS. An eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) or a seven-speed manual, as well as GTS-specific suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo, ensure the superior transmission of longitudinal and lateral forces. Driving dynamics will be further improved with the Lightweight Design package, which will be available for the first time for the GTS from November 2021 and saves up to 25 kilograms.