Automobili Lamborghini announces the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae: a celebration of the iconic V12 super sports car and combustion engine in a final production model, concentrating the purest features of all Aventador editions into a perfect finale. The Aventador LP 780-4 harnesses the performance of the SVJ and intensifies the sophisticated elegance of the Aventador S, converging design and dynamism into a decisive collector’s piece in both coupé and roadster forms. After more than a year where events worldwide were cancelled due to the pandemic, the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae coupe and roadster will be displayed at the UK’s 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed in front of automotive enthusiasts and owners.
Audi RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 Sedan - Maximum agility - RS Torque Splitter and RS 3-specific modes
The RS Torque Splitter, installed for the first time in an Audi, provides more driving pleasure and a dynamic balance by replacing the previous rear axle differential with upstream multi-plate clutch package. Instead, an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is used on each drive shaft, which variably distributes the drive torque between the two rear wheels. This ensures even greater stability and agility. In sporty driving, the torque splitter increases the drive torque to the respective outer rear wheel with the higher wheel load, which significantly reduces any tendency to understeer. In left-hand curves, it transfers the drive torque to the right rear wheel, in right-hand curves to the left, and when driving straight ahead to both rear wheels. The difference in propulsive forces allows the new RS 3 to turn into the curve even better and follow the steering angle more precisely - especially when cornering at high speeds. In addition to the torque splitter, seven Audi drive select systems also influence the engine and transmission application, steering assistance, adaptive dampers and exhaust flaps. Different characteristic curves of the aforementioned systems provide a wide spread of driving feel - from comfort-oriented and consumption-optimized to distinctly sporty and dynamic to race track-specific. The new RS 3 specific mode RS Performance is designed specifically for the racetrack with its own engine and transmission setup and is tuned to the Pirelli P Zero "Trofeo R" semi-slick tires, which are optionally available from the factory for the first time. The torque splitter ensures the most neutral possible handling with little understeer and oversteer in the various driving situations. This enables earlier acceleration at the exit of the corner, resulting in faster lap times. Another new feature is the RS Torque Rear mode, which enables drifts. It is designed for use on non-public roads. Here, the torque splitter transfers up to 100 percent of the drive force directed to the rear to one of the rear wheels - a maximum of 1,750 Newton meters. There are also efficiency, comfort, auto, and dynamic modes, as well as the RS Individual mode, which allows the systems to be set individually.
The VISION EQXX from Mercedes-Benz has now taken to the roads of Europe and has demonstrated its outstanding range and efficiency. Travelling from Sindelfingen across the Swiss Alps and Northern Italy, to its destination of Cassis on the Côte d'Azur, it effortlessly covered more than 1,000 km in everyday traffic, on a single battery charge. The journey started in cold and rainy conditions, and was undertaken at regular road speeds, including prolonged fast-lane cruising at up to 140 km/h on the German autobahn and near the speed limit elsewhere. The battery's state of charge on arrival was around 15 percent, amounting to a remaining range of around 140 kilometres, and the average consumption was a record-breaking low of 8.7 kWh per 100 kilometres.
The New Ducato is turning 40 and is celebrating this anniversary as market leader, having become the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe in 2020 with sales of 149,000 units, 8% up on 2019. But that’s not all: for 13 years running now, the Ducato has been named “Best Motorhome Base Vehicle” by users from all over Europe. The New Ducato is therefore going strong with these results and is ready to grasp new opportunities, by offering customers its traditional strengths, but also practical and functional innovations based on Style, including the take-up of the new vintage Fiat logo, generous in size, to highlight the sense of identity and belonging. The new grille and engine housing boost the impression of robustness, while the LED headlights are 30% brighter than halogen lamps. Turning to the interior, a real “revolution” is underway in the cabin, aimed at improving quality of life on board and practicality of use. There is also a new, smaller steering wheel with various controls “at your fingertips”, while the door panels have been enhanced with additional compartments. The automatic climate control system has been improved, plus the adoption of keyless startup guarantees time savings and ease of use. The parking brake is now electric, to create more room in the cabin.