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ONE IN FOUR PUT OFF LEARNING TO DRIVE DUE TO EXCESSIVE INSURANCE COSTS

ONE IN FOUR PUT OFF LEARNING TO DRIVE DUE TO EXCESSIVE INSURANCE COSTS

We have all been there… Just managed to get yourself, your very first car and BOOM; you are hit with an insurnace premium that is twice or three times your monthly salary.

With one in four parents (24 per cent) admitting the high cost of car insurance is putting them off encouraging their child to learn to drive at 17, the UK’s leading pre-17 driving school has pledged to end insane premiums for new drivers.

According to the poll of 2,500 parents by Young Driver, which has delivered more than 600,000 driving lessons to under 17s, one in seven (15 per cent) think the best idea to cut costs on car insurance is for the parent to put themselves as the main driver, and the child as an additional named driver – commonly known as fronting, which is illegal and would effectively leave their insurance invalid.

In a bid to make car insurance more affordable for responsible novice drivers, Young Driver On the Road, in partnership with iKube Insurance, has launched comprehensive cover for newly qualified drivers from £95 a month, or just £22 a week.

Available to teens who have had multiple lessons with Young Driver, the low price is based on research showing that youngsters who have had early driver education make better drivers. The company will also offer young drivers combined vehicle leasing and insurance packages, with a brand new Vauxhall Corsa 5 Door Hatch 1.4 with sat nav and full insurance starting from just £270 a month.

Young Driver’s research revealed that more than a third (38 per cent) of parents think that when a youngster first passes their test they should have an old, cheap run-around car – despite the fact that older vehicles have less safety features. A car which tested five stars in 2012 on the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program), would more than likely only receive three or four stars if tested in 2018. Given that one in five newly qualified drivers has an accident within six months of passing their test, a safe, properly insured car is essential.

Laura White, Young Driver’s head of marketing, said: “Not all new drivers are the same and there shouldn’t be a blanket high cost to getting on the road. For too long new drivers have been quoted ridiculously high insurance premiums, disadvantaging several generations. We know our lessons help create safer drivers, so it’s common sense that our past pupils should benefit in terms of insurance costs. Using iKube’s telematics knowledge and our refresher lessons, Young Driver On The Road is proud to offer a highly competitive novice driver insurance cover, whilst also helping to keep the roads safer. Education shouldn’t stop as soon as you pass the test.”

An innovative Drive Doctor scheme will offer additional support and tuition to those who take out Young Driver on the Road insurance, ensuring they feel confident with key aspects of driving. If telematics highlight any area of concern, this will be addressed through a lesson with a Young Driver instructor.

Motoring journalist and Young Driver patron, Quentin Willson says: “Hideously high new driver insurance premiums are partly responsible for the historic 20% decline in young people learning to drive*. Kids who need a car for university, college or work have been largely ignored by an insurance industry who doesn’t care about their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Young Driver is determined to put a generation of well-qualified, safe novice drivers on the road with fair and affordable insurance premiums.”

Young Driver has spent almost a decade teaching 10-17 year olds to drive at 60 private venues across the UK. Lessons are taught in dual control Vauxhall Corsas with a fully qualified instructor, with an emphasis on safety and responsibility.

These Are The Top 10 New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride In 2019

These Are The Top 10 New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride In 2019

 

Once all the new models have been unwrapped at EICMA and Intermot, it’s time to start looking forward to another year of testing, riding, and comparing. Right now, they’re all good motorcycles fresh off their press release blasts. But as the year unfolds, we’ll see which ones don’t live up to the hype, and which ones shine beyond their spec sheets. Of course, 10 models don’t cover everything for 2019, so drop your favourite in the comments. For now, let’s look at what we believe are the most compelling bikes for 2019.

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2019 KTM 690 SMC R

 

Your license has met its match. The KTM 690 SMC R is coming back to the United States.

Courtesy of KTM

For 2019, KTM is bringing the 690 SMC R back to the United States, wheelie fiends rejoice. It comes packing much of the componentry we enjoy in the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. The engine is the same double-balancer 692cc liquid-cooled single found in the 701 Supermoto and Enduro, and we’d bet our lunch money that output is identical as well at a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque.

With the new motor, there’s also the inclusion of the up/down Quickshifter +, Sport and Street ride modes, cornering-sensitive motorcycle traction control (MTC), and cornering ABS with Supermoto mode. However, it’s not just a twin to the 701, the 690 SMC R is packing an all-new WP Apex suspension

Small changes aside, it’s always awesome to have more factory supermoto options, and welcome a return for a bike that helped define the segment. What would you like to see from a review of this bike?

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

Not much is known about the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. The Motor Company previewed a (“production-ready” LiveWire at Milan’s EICMA Show, and confirmed again it will be released in 2019 as a 2020 model. It is also the same model ridden at the 115th Anniversary Celebration last August.

Power, range, weight, and price are all still mysteries, but we did learn the LiveWire will be packing some serious componentry. It appears to be Level 2 charging capable, has the latest Showa suspension, 300mm Brembo brakes, cornering ABS system, traction control, and a TFT dash. All signs point to a premium, and tempting, electric option—and one of, if not the best-looking electric motorcycle to date.

This is on the list as not only an exciting electric motorcycle to ride, but an exciting motorcycle, period. What are you looking for from the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

The Ninja H2 SX SE+ rounds out Kawasaki’s hypersport family.

Courtesy of Kawasaki

We really could have put the entire Kawasaki H2 lineup in this listing. For 2019, Kawasaki threw a treasure chest of tech at its hypersport offerings and expanded the lineup with more models than ever, but it’s the H2 SX SE+ that has us most intrigued.

It’s the sport-tourer out of the lineup, but Kawasaki added more componentry for curves, not just straight-line slaying. The Ninja H2 SX SE+ now has Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), a 43mm inverted Showa cartridge fork, and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. Along with integration with their Rideology app, riding modes, and self-healing paint.

In Kawasaki’s opinion, this new model offers, “an unrivaled level of performance and comfort, with agile handling akin to its superbike counterparts.” We say, we can’t wait to find out.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen adds street tracker steeze to the neo-retro lineup.

Courtesy of Husqvarna

Last year, Husqvarna nearly made the list with its neo-retro café, the 701 Vitpilen. However, Husky is now firmly on the board with its flat-track-inspired Svartpilen 701.

The two have most of the same components, but the ride will be quite different. The chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame is identical. The engine is the same double-balancer 692cc liquid-cooled single found throughout the lineup, and still outputs a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque. The WP suspension is the same, as are the Brembo brakes. But the addition of bars and more rugged look make this a more attractive option, at least initially.

With a revised tailsection, headlight mask, Pirelli MT 60 RS tires, and a more upright riding position, the Svartpilen looks like a proper street brawler, and one rowdy commuter that won’t be uncomfortable in the process. Does this bike have you excited as much as we are?

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Courtesy of Ducati

It’s shaping up to be an incredible year if you’re in the market for the ultimate in superbike performance, and the Ducati Panigale V4 R may be the most premier of the lot. For one, this is Ducati’s homologation special to go toe to toe in World SBK and bring a championship back to Italy. So it’s got a pretty big mission ahead of it.

To accomplish this, it features a 998cc version of the 90 degree V-4 that generates a staggering 221 hp at 15,250 rpm, and 234 hp with the optional Akrapovic racing exhaust system. It’s equipped with non-electronic Öhlins suspension and Brembo Stylema brakes, along with the full suite of Ducati electronics. And, of course, MotoGP-derived winglets on the fairings.

The price tag is just shy of $40,000 dollars, but this is the razor edge of superbike performance, and a truly staggering package available from a dealership floor. Can’t wait to ride this one.

BMW S1000RR

The ground-up redesign for the S1000RR could catapult BMW to the pointy end of the literbike class.

Courtesy of BMW

The other superbike at EICMA should not be ignored however. The BMW S1000RRis a confirmed ground-up redesign for 2019, and is looking to take both the attention, and podiums away from its Italian and Japanese rivals.

Power is touted as 205 hp from an all-new, ShiftCam-equipped 999cc inline-four (up 6 hp from the previous iteration) and 84 pound-feet of torque—with BMW promising peerless throttle response and tons of midrange punch. The whole motorcycle is slimmer, lighter, and features semi-active suspension in a package that is sure to be more exploitable than ever before.

The BMW S1000RR moved the goalposts for the superbike class upon its debut, and the impact of this bike has us excited for a full test, and we’re sure it has its rivals worried. Will it have enough power to satiate the spec-racers among us?

2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R

2019 KTM 790 Adventure

Courtesy of KTM

KTM took the oxygen out of the room with the announcement of the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R. These middleweight ADV entries will have a crowded field to navigate, but unlike the other bikes on this list, we’ve already gotten a peek at what’s in store—and like it.

They come ready to rumble with the LC8c powerplant out of the 790 Duke, premier WP suspension components (fully adjustable on the R), and a bevy of tech. Lean-sensitive traction control, four adjustable riding modes of Street, Off-road, Rain, and Rally, Motorcycle Slip Regulation (MSR)—all standard.

It’s a competitive segment, and KTM looks to be continuing its assault on the off-road space with a total package of the 790 Adventure and Adventure R. However, we’ll have to await a full test to see if they live up to the hype.

Indian FTR 1200

Indian FTR 1200

Courtesy of Indian

We’ve already briefly ridden the FTR 1200, but all eyes are on the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S for a comprehensive road test. With flat-track-derived looks and heavily revised Scout motor belting out a claimed 120 hp, Indian Motorcycle is looking to capture hearts and sales from Harley-Davidson with its new street tracker.

During our initial ride, we remarked that the FTR 1200 is dripping in its own model-specific parts and components to create a machine wholly different from the Indian Motorcycle lineup. At EICMA, Indian debuted an extensive lineup of accessories, and curated them into four unique packages for the FTR, showing the flexibility and individuality of the platform. And, yes, it showed that you will be able to get high pipes for the FTR.

It’s a performance, American standard motorcycle, with seemingly few corners cut to get there. We’re excited to ride not only the standard models, but also take the accessory packages for a spin. What will the FTR 1200 and 1200 S have to do to live up to the hype in your opinion?

2019 Honda CB650R

2019 Honda CB650R

Courtesy of Honda

This is the sleeper hit of EICMA. The CB650R replaces the competent but dowdy-looking CB650F. With the transition, the CB650R transforms into a neo-retro stunner, with sharp lines, upgraded components, refined quality, and a clear relationship between its larger CB1000R and smaller CB300R siblings.

Underneath its looks are a revised 650cc inline-four powerplant with 5 percent more power, an inverted 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF), a lighter and stronger frame, and a keen eye taken toward engineering evocative engine sounds.

In a field that has largely abandoned the four-cylinder engine, Honda now finds itself with a unique engine option in a field of twins. The components are upgraded, and there’s a fair amount of electronics as well. This may be a surprising hit among riders and fans.

2019 Yamaha Niken GT

Niken GT

Courtesy of Yamaha

Why would a three-wheeler make it on this list? Well, for one, it’s classified as a motorcycle. Secondly, with our initial ride on the Niken we found it offered a riding experience unlike any other, and can still do wheelies to boot. With the Niken GT, we’re intrigued to see how slight changes to make it more touring ready can enhance the motorcycle.

The Niken GT takes the stated aim of the Niken and adds content to make it more touring friendly. Namely, the Niken GT adds a wider and taller touring windscreen, heated grips, specifically designed comfort seat, and quick-release 25-liter ABS side cases. For added convenience, the rear of the carrier base features integrated passenger grips.

Yamaha added largely tweaks and features to its existing lineup for EICMA 2018, but the Niken GT is an interesting take for the expanding sport-touring class.

 

PRODUCTION OF THE DIAVEL 1260 BEGINS IN BOLOGNA

PRODUCTION OF THE DIAVEL 1260 BEGINS IN BOLOGNA

 The Borgo Panigale plant has begun producing the new Diavel 1260. The first bike rolled off the line on Monday 21 January and, as is the tradition, was greeted by the entire factory with a toast and an official speech by CEO Claudio Domenicali and Production Manager Silvano Fini.

The success of the new power cruiser, begun with its official debut at EICMA 2018, underscores the high levels of interest and expectation this bike is generating among enthusiasts all over the world, Ducatisti and non. Unconventional, unique, unmistakeable: as soon as it was launched at EICMA 2010, the Diavel stunned with its personality, design and sport naked handling.

The Diavel 1260 – the second generation of this unique bike – has more assertive lines and higher performance, is more fun on mixed-road routes and even more comfortable for rider and passenger alike. Its sport naked soul is magnified by a Testastretta DVT 1262 engine that combines breath-taking acceleration with the smooth low-rev power delivery that’s ideal for everyday rides or longer-lasting tours. An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 surprisingly agile while top-drawer technology and electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a superbike (and does so safely, thanks to Bosch Cornering ABS) and user-friendly engine performance control. Comfort levels for rider and passenger remain outstanding thanks to an upright riding position, a large, generously padded seat and another Diavel hallmark, the 17″ inch rear wheel with its 240 mm wide tyre.

The Diavel 1260 is also available as a sportier S version featuring first-rate Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, an even higher-performing braking system and Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo as standard.

As of early March the bike will be in UK Ducati dealerships, ready to play a pivotal role in the 2019 motorcycling season. The Diavel 1260 is available in Sandstone Grey, while the Diavel 1260 S goes on sale in Sandstone Grey or Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth.

Taking place from 15th to 17th Feb 2019, at the ExCeL London, Kawasaki Motors UK will once again present an assembly of the newest Kawasaki motorcycles including the all-new A1 license compliant Kawasaki Ninja 125 and Z125, plus our lightweight Z400 supernaked.

The latest addition to our supersports category is the next level Ninja ZX-6R with a legendary 636cc capacity engine, plus a revised Ninja ZX-10R range with higher peak power of 203ps.

Keeping in the theme of more power, our updated and supercharged Ninja H2 unleashes an unbelievable 231ps! Make your escape with the Versys 1000 SE and H2 SX SE+, both endowed with electronic suspension and both containing more rider aid wizardry than Merlin could shake his wand at.

Aside from the factory favourites, Kawasaki will also be displaying the ever popular custom Yoshimura edition Z900RS, brought to life with the assistance of master motorcycle spray painter, Surrey Customs.

Would it be a proper motorcycle show without an unveiling? Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki are coming to the party with the first public viewing of their 2019 BSB spec Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR superbike, to be raced by Glenn Irwin, who will also be interviewed on stage throughout the weekend. Alongside Glenn we will be interviewing Kawasaki supported road racing phenomenon and crowd favourite, James Hillier.

Another drawcard at the Kawasaki stand will be world-famous motorcycle filmmaker, AMA Hall of Famer and rider of over 60 years, Peter Starr who will be celebrating the launch of his adventure and health recovery inspired book, Motorcycle Traveler.

Peter’s book will be available from the Kawasaki Shop, where there will be endless amounts of unique Kawasaki memorabilia and merchandise to purchase.

Are you a Club Kawasaki member? Perfect – you will be given access to our members only area on the stand, allowing you to take a breather with a hot cup of tea or coffee and refreshments. This dedicated area will also give Club Kawasaki members exclusive access and a premium view of our world famous racers during their interviews.

Rider skills and helping to encourage newcomers into our gratifying world of motorcycling is immensely important to us at Kawasaki, so why not visit our stand to talk to dedicated experts about our Kawasaki Rider Training School (KRTS) programme.

“HONDA E PROTOTYPE” WORLD PREMIERE AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW 2019

“HONDA E PROTOTYPE” WORLD PREMIERE AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW 2019

Honda’s new urban electric vehicle will be previewed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in the form of the Honda e Prototype. This new model leads on from the brand’s highly acclaimed 2017 Urban EV Concept, and is a key part of Honda’s “Electric Vision” strategy for the European region.

Designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle, the Honda e Prototype combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment.

Distinctive, simple exterior design
The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality & purpose featuring a simplicity of design with unique character. The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen to create a continuous surface up and over the front passengers. Further enhancing aerodynamic performance, the stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass, to help deliver a quiet, refined journey.

Stand-out style elements, which accentuate the clean, uncluttered profile, include flush ‘pop out’ door handles and compact cameras replacing traditional side view mirrors. Both the door handles and Camera Mirror System are unique features for a vehicle in this class. The car’s advanced charging port is integrated centrally in the bonnet for ease of use from either side of the car, with LED lighting visible through the glass cover to welcome the driver and inform of the battery charging status.

Black panels with unique concave profiles at the front and rear are defining design motifs. The unique and exacting attention to detail of the round light clusters enhance the overall simple, clean design and defines the Honda e Prototype’s ‘human face’.

Beneath the skin is an all-new, EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions, while a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs facilitate exceptional urban manoeuvrability and dynamic driving characteristics. The appearance of a low, muscular stance – emphasised by the flared wheel arches that accommodate the wide tyres – lends a dynamic accent to the simple, clean exterior design.

Contemporary interior with advanced technology
Inside, a spacious cabin with a modern minimalist aesthetic creates a relaxed ambience for occupants. A comfortable lounge-like feel is achieved with the application of melange-style sofa fabric and other tactile materials often found in contemporary homes. The sense of spaciousness is enhanced by the walk-through flat floor in the front and rear of the cabin.

To keep occupants engaged with their connected lifestyles, the intuitive and customisable dual screen horizontal display features a range of intelligent applications and services. This sophisticated high-end interface has been designed for ultimate usability and shifts the car beyond being a means of transportation to become fully integrated into modern everyday life.

The array of next-generation digital aids is presented alongside many of the car’s comfort and infotainment controls for easy multi-tasking and simple menu navigation. Screens showing the rear-view images relayed from the Camera Mirror System are integrated at either end of the dashboard ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver. The vehicle also features a digital rear view camera increasing the driver’s field of vision.

Sporty and efficient for urban commutes
The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the driving dynamics are focused on delivering a fun and emotive experience, with the powerful electric motor driven through rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.

The Honda e Prototype will be unveiled on 5 March at the Geneva International Motor Show. Production of Honda’s compact urban electric vehicle will begin later this year.

POLESTAR REVEALS NEW POLESTAR 2

POLESTAR REVEALS NEW POLESTAR 2

Polestar has taken the next step in its development as the electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the new all-electric fastback that brings electric performance cars to a broader and increasingly progressive audience. It offers avant-garde design and a unique customer experience in the premium compact electric segment. Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros. For the first 12 months of production, guide price of the launch edition is 59,900 euros1.

“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication. As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges. Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

Polestar 2 is a premium five-door fastback with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity2 that will enable a targeted range of 500 km3, based on Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA). The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels – road noise has been reduced by 3.7 dB compared to a traditional chassis.

Polestar will answer the important question of charging Polestar 2 with a smart, convenient and extensive approach. With a connected digital solution available both in-car and on mobile devices, Polestar is setting up strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging networks.

For Polestar, performance underlies the entire driving experience. The all-wheel drive electric powertrain in Polestar 2 produces 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft). This translates to a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 5 seconds.

The standard dynamic chassis can be enhanced by the Performance Pack that improves driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. Polestar’s signature gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the performance visuals.

Highlighting the technology spearhead role that Polestar plays within the Volvo Car Group, Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to embed an infotainment system powered by Android. The Android backbone provides a solid and adaptable digital environment for apps and vehicle functions to coexist, and brings embedded Google services to a car for the first time – including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store5. Natural voice control and a new 11-inch touch screen display bring the new interface to life.

 

 

 

Phone-as-Key technology enables car sharing and a more integrated ownership experience, as well as Polestar’s connected services such as pick-up and delivery. It also allows Polestar 2 to sense the driver upon approach. Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the car. Polestar 2 can also predetermine the driver’s next move to create a seamless experience with a prepared cabin and quick start sequence.

Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar, comments: “We decided to bring something different to the segment. Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement. We have also designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2.”

Design-led features include Pixel LED headlights4 and proximity lighting which enable a unique welcome sequence, Polestar’s now-signature frameless side mirrors and the unique illuminated Polestar logo, which is reflected onto the car’s panoramic glass roof.

In common with all Polestar cars, Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online. The guide purchase price for the launch version of Polestar 2 is 59,900 euros1 with subscription pricing to follow at a later date. Pre-orders are open at polestar.com. Production of Polestar 2 begins in early 2020 in China for global markets in both left- and right-hand drive.

Polestar 2 will make its first public appearance at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and then embark on a global roadshow in Europe, North America and China throughout 2019. Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces that will provide physical viewing and test drive opportunities.

Initial launch markets include China, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Other markets are under consideration for future expansion.

Cupra to Unveil its first ‘stand alone’ concept car at the Geneva Motor Show

Cupra to Unveil its first ‘stand alone’ concept car at the Geneva Motor Show

CUPRA is marking its first anniversary by taking the covers off its most stunning, dynamic and eye-catching vehicle yet, the CUPRA Formentor concept car.

CUPRA’s first year of operations has proved its potential in the market, as sales in 2018 increased by 40% compared to last year, with up to 14,400 units sold. After releasing its first model, the CUPRA Ateca, the brand’s plan to double sales within the next three to five years will gain momentum with the unveiling of the CUPRA Formentor.

Wayne Griffiths, CEO and member of the Board of CUPRA, highlighted that “CUPRA’s current success is a clear reflection of the brand’s popularity in the market. CUPRA’s response is exceeding all of our expectations and we want to continue consolidating this special brand, which is winning over the most demanding car enthusiasts. Now is the time to go full throttle with CUPRA.”

With a dazzling exterior design that instantly captures the attention, an interior that cocoons the driver and passengers whilst integrating the latest technologies and a powertrain that provides inimitable performance, the CUPRA Formentor is a window into the future of the high-performance brand.

The vehicle brings together the benefits of a performance car with the qualities of an SUV, at a time when the CUV segment is destined to see incredible growth. It demonstrates the ambition, expressiveness and inspiration that the brand inherently holds and underlines the CUPRA’s position as a technology brand with one eye on the future.

Designed to be noticed
The CUPRA Formentor is a concept car full of character, one sculpted to emphasise its varied attributes and the last word in sophistication, which exudes emotion.

The CUPRA Formentor is closer to the ground to highlight its sportiness, with a visual emphasis placed towards the rear of the vehicle while at the same time accentuating the length of the bonnet, underscoring its dynamic proportions.

“The CUPRA Formentor’s strong design points are the beauty of its proportions, the strength of its lines, the refinement of its surfaces and the sublime colour concept. I truly believe that CUPRA Formentor inspires pure desire,” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design.

The two-tone body is reminiscent of a robust all-terrain vehicle, but the CUPRA Formentor’s design uses the aesthetic technique to lighten the vehicle’s silhouette. But unlike the toughened, rough finish on a traditional SUV, the CUPRA Formentor uses a seamless design, greatly amplifying the vehicle’s exterior quality. The feeling of high quality is strengthened with the integration of the rear infinite light concept that magnifies the distinctive look of the rear of the vehicle, while the overall design is heightened by the matt petrol blue exclusive exterior colour.

Interior sophistication
The CUPRA Formentor’s expressive exterior design is matched by its high quality interior. The vehicle’s cabin provides a sense of modernity and sportiness with a unique take on the feel of the CUPRA brand.

From the moment the door is opened and the unique welcome light is projected, to the CUPRA steering wheel and leather-clad bucket seats, the CUPRA Formentor’s occupants are cocooned in a high-end interior that wraps around the driver and their passengers.

The dashboard seemingly floats, providing a horizontal line from each door across the front of the cabin, helping maximise the vehicle’s expressiveness. The use of dark chrome and black high gloss accents throughout the interior aid the cabin’s premium feel. The carbon-backed sports bucket seats give a sense of lightness while also highlighting the performance credentials of the CUPRA Formentor as the driver sits lower, in a more ergonomic position.

Technology is at the forefront inside the vehicle with the integration of the digital cockpit putting all the necessary driving information right in front of the driver, and a 10” panoramic floating navigation system providing a near endless source of functionality and connectivity to the occupants.

Engineered for the future
The CUPRA Formentor is engineered to take the brand into the future, incorporating one of the most advanced propulsion systems and providing the performance the CUPRA badge demands, but in a sustainable manner. Powering the CUPRA Formentor is the high-performance plug-in hybrid engine, a powertrain designed to meet today’s requirements for performance and efficiency and begin the electrification of the brand.

Mixing the technology of an advanced high-performance plug-in hybrid petrol engine with a high power output and the high-torque characteristics of an electric motor allows the CUPRA Formentor to surpass the performance expectations of the driver.

Linked to a dual-clutch DSG transmission the total output of 180kW/245PS is delivered seamlessly to the wheels. The intelligent DCC chassis setup and differential lock mean that the vehicle performs majestically no matter what the driving conditions or driving style as the driver directs the car with its progressive steering.

But while the CUPRA Formentor is developed to offer the highest levels of dynamics, the combination of electric and combustion energy also allows the car to reduce the overall fuel consumption of the vehicle, and significantly lowers carbon emissions. And with the advantage of a large integrated battery pack, the CUPRA Formentor can drive in pure electric mode for up to 50km in the new WLTP cycle (equivalent to a range of around 70km in the NEDC cycle).

The CUPRA Formentor will make its world debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, where the public will be able to see the concept car for the first time, giving a taste of the high-performance brand’s future.

STRIKING ON OR OFF THE TRACK: THE 600LT SPIDER BY McLAREN SPECIAL OPERATIONS

STRIKING ON OR OFF THE TRACK: THE 600LT SPIDER BY McLAREN SPECIAL OPERATIONS

The Geneva Motor Show car has been designed by MSO to demonstrate how the 600PS convertible can match its single-minded dynamic purpose – shouting to the world through its top-exit exhausts – with a truly individual look that accentuates all the design elements that distinguish a Longtail from other Sports Series variants. With all 600LTs hand-assembled and available only for a limited time, MSO is providing owners with the opportunity to commission a car that will remain not just rare but unique.

The McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO combines colours, finishes and materials that express in heightened form the drama of the 600LT’s aerodynamically-optimised body. The latest MSO creation follows in a tradition of spectacular MSO Bespoke supercars that have made their debut in Geneva over the past few years.

The car’s striking colour palette centres on a Dove Grey body with flashes of Napier Green outlining key design elements of the Longtail concept, from the more pronounced front splitter to the larger rear diffuser. Dove Grey, a solid colour to save weight, provides the perfect canvas on which the shimmering metallic Napier Green accents can stand out. The choice of Napier Green provides a link back to the 600LT’s predecessor, the 675LT, for which Napier Green was one of the original hues. It has been available only as an MSO Bespoke colour since then.

In a first for McLaren road cars, the Napier Green accents are applied using a new technique that sees the paint applied onto a light and flexible film which ensures a premium quality bespoke colour match. The film has previously been used on McLaren 720S GT3 and 570S GT4 race cars and this application typifies MSO’s commitment to new and innovative techniques. The contrast-colour film will be available as a bespoke option in the future.

For the 600LT Spider, the film is applied to the splitter, sills and door inserts as well as the rear diffuser, where the four outer vertical ribs create a highly distinctive look.

The car features the full suite of carbon fibre options, including the MSO Defined Visual Carbon Fibre Front Fender Louvres, the ‘gills’ that have rapidly become one of the most popular options for the 600LT. In another homage to the 675LT, all the Visual Carbon Fibre exterior elements feature a satin finish. The retractable hard-top is MSO Bespoke Carbon Black while the 10-spoke Ultra Lightweight forged alloy wheels have a gloss black finish.

Napier Green is the MSO Bespoke choice for the brake calipers and this provides the inspiration for contrasting stitching and the 12 o’clock mark on the steering wheel inside the cabin. Unique among Sports Series models, the 600LT is also optionally equipped with super-lightweight carbon fibre racing seats, originally developed for the McLaren Senna.

MSO Bespoke additions on show include 600LT headrest embroidery, Alcantara® headlining and steering wheel and a range of MSO ‘surprise and delight’ features for owners to find. These include an accelerator pedal etched with 600LT branding and an MSO dedication plaque.

In addition, the car has been equipped with many of the most popular features from across the Sports Series range including carbon fibre interior upgrade with interior components, door inserts and tunnel sides trimmed in the material, and McLaren Track Telemetry (MTT) with lap time function and three cameras.

Like any Longtail, the 600LT Spider by MSO has been honed for track driving with increased power, reduced weight and optimised aerodynamics for absolute driver engagement, attributes inherited without compromise from the 600LT Coupe.

Endowed with 600PS from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the 600LT Spider is lighter than any rival ensuring remarkable performance, with 0-100km/h (62mph) available in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 324km/h (201mph) with the retractable hard-top in place. With the roof open, top speed falls by just 5mph while the driver’s connection with the car at any speed is made all the more visceral by the V8 engine’s top-exit dual exhausts close behind the occupants’ heads.

“Almost half of 600LT Coupé buyers have benefitted from MSO’s services, so it makes perfect sense to curate our own 600LT Spider to mark its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Our design team relished the opportunity to accentuate the 600LT’s cutting-edge looks and with painstaking attention to detail, including the use of innovative materials, we’ve showcased our craftsmanship too. Few cars deserve MSO’s personalisation more than a McLaren Longtail and we can help our clients realise their visions with a car of their own making.”

Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations.

Prospective McLaren owners can also employ MSO’s expertise to craft their perfect car, but spend too long pondering your 600LT Spider and you may miss out completely. McLaren is building the 600LT Spider for a limited time only.

THE BMW Z4 M40i FIRST EDITION

THE BMW Z4 M40i FIRST EDITION

  • BMW to present exclusive First Edition of the new open-top sports car at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey, California.
  • With a new straight six-cylinder 340hp engine with TwinPower Turbo technology.
  • New sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission.
  • UK launch will take place in spring 2019.

BMW has a long and illustrious history of building two-seat sports cars and now, more than 80 years since the first BMW roadster went on sale, the latest has been unveiled, the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition.

Based on the BMW Concept Z4 presented at Concours d’Elegance 2017 in Pebble Beach, the new edition of the roadster inspires not only with the agility, precision and dynamic handling characteristics that are typical of BMW M Performance models, but also with particularly sophisticated design and equipment features, including a body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic.

The central sitting position for the driver, the low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 axle load distribution, wide tracks and a compact wheelbase form the ideal prerequisites for a dynamic drive.

The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition comes with a powerful 340hp, straight six-cylinder engine and a sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission. The BMW M Performance automobile takes a mere 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 62mph.

Vertically aligned headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, the bonnet stretching sports car-like over the wheels, large air breathers on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the new BMW Z4. The design of the interior also places the focus on the sportiness of the new BMW Z4. Forward-oriented lines underscore the driver-oriented cockpit styling. Likewise, the clearly structured arrangement of all control elements enhances the focus on the driving experience inside the new BMW Z4.

Moreover, for a perfect start into a new roadster era, the new BMW Z4 M40i First Edition offers specific design and equipment features that add exclusive accents to the car’s sporty flair. The expressive body paintwork in Frozen Orange metallic is combined with an electrically operated textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, black exterior mirror caps and 19-inch light alloy wheels boasting a bicolour, double spoke design.

The interior of the edition model comprises the Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, the option ambient light and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam, BMW Head-Up Display featured for the first time in a roadster and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional offering the latest networking technology underpin the advanced status the tradition-steeped concept of a two-seater, open-top sports car has reached with the new BMW Z4.

The world premiere of the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition in Pebble Beach is a taster of the forthcoming on-road debut of the new roadster generation. BMW will announce all details of further engine variants, technical innovations and the diverse equipment features of the two-seater on 19 September 2018. This will be followed a short time later by the trade fair premiere of the new BMW Z4 at the Mondial de l’Automobile (4 – 14 October 2018) in Paris. The worldwide market launch will commence in the spring of 2019.

New Fullback Cross: Style has never been so free

New Fullback Cross: Style has never been so free

  • It combines has ruggedness and versatility with distinctive design features that make its style unique.
  • There’s more to life than work: announcing the birth of New Fullback Cross, built to escape, the ideal pickup for every professional challenge and the perfect companion on flights from routine, alone or with friends.
  • Fullback Cross refuses to be bound by the rules for the traditional pickup.
  • From city streets to the loneliest trails and back. With Fullback Cross, every trip is a promise of freedom. Thanks to Torsen central differential as standard and rear differential lock, with Fullback Cross the feeling at the wheel is always superlative, with unbeatable comfort and the maximum safety.
  • The utmost for freedom-lovers is Fullback fitted with a camper cabin, such as the Tischer Trail 200.

 

Announcing the birth Fullback Cross, built to escape, the new pickup with a strongly lifestyle personality, extremely versatile and able to fulfil mobility needs and free up the emotions, providing top performance during the daily grind as well as getting the most from every moment of the day. Because with Fullback it is easy to overcome every obstacle, without sacrifices, without constraints and with no half measures.

Rugged and versatile, with sedan-class comfort and a distinctive style, Fullback Cross is the top-level version of the Italian pickup and completes a range tailored to suit the latest market trends. A market that has grown by more than 60 percentage points in four years, with leisure versions accounting for 25% of the segment.

 Tough but with style

Sporty, aggressive look, with exclusive style details that convey dynamism and strength, such as the exclusive, aerodynamic textured black sports bar, the front grille, the rearview mirrors.

the handles, the wheel flares and the 17″ wheels, all with a matte black finish. The new, innovatively styled side steps are finished in black.

This unmistakable look goes hand-in-hand with outstanding, sedan-level comfort, delivered by a lavish standard outfit: Bi-Xenon headlights, LED DRLs, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and leather seats and steering wheel. The front seats are also heated, with electric adjustment on the driver’s side. Comfort is completed by the navigation system with 7” touchscreen, DAB radio, CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth and USB port. Last but not least, to escape from the daily routine in complete safety, there are seven airbags (including driver’s kneebag) as standard, electronic stability control, trailer stability assist, lane departure warning (LDW) and hill start assist.

Safety in every adventure

The traction system is the most complete in the category and will get its driver to any destination: Fullback Cross has no fewer than four different modes, as well as rear differential lock.

Just a touch of a button switches from two-wheel drive mode, ideal for fuel-saving, to all-wheel drive with a Torsen central differential for off-road use. In addition, Fullback Cross offers its driver the option of low-range gears and, for the most extreme terrains, mechanical locking of the rear differential.

However large your passions, Fullback Cross is ready to take them all, with its double cab configuration (length 5.28 m – width 1.81 m – height 1.815 m – wheelbase 3.00 m). In spite of its considerable size, Fullback Cross leads its segment in agility: the turning circle diameter – just 11.8 metres – is best-in-class. As yet another plus factor, the rear parking camera is supplied as standard. Fullback Cross is able to transport up to 1.1 tonnes and tow 3,100 kg, enough to overcome any challenge.

To provide ample energy for work and leisure, Fullback Cross is equipped with a powerful 2.4 litre aluminium turbodiesel engine of 180 HP (133 kW) with the torque of 430 Nm at 2500 rpm, with electronic variable valve timing All this optimises fuel saving and emissions while delivering optimal torque and power throughout the operating range.

Fullback Cross also offers two transmissions: manual six-speed or automatic five-speed, the latter with steering wheel paddles for a dynamic, exciting driving experience.

Versatile at work, adaptable when travelling

Only a vehicle as versatile as Fullback Cross can be both the most trusted working partner and a fun-loving companion in every adventure. All its features and equipment make it extremely easy to use, with a comfort level clearly tailored to lifestyle needs: maximum agility anywhere thanks to the best-in-class turning circle diameter, parking simplified by the rearview camera, and comfort guaranteed by the leather seats and automatic transmission.

It is truly the car for doing absolutely anything that comes to mind, thanks to the body-on-frame architecture, the chassis that guarantees load capacity, space and resistance to the toughest demands, such as off-road use at full load,; and the cargo space designed down to the tiniest detail to carry articles of all kinds.

The many anchor points and sport bar are designed to secure articles even of widely different sizes. What’s more, it can also be equipped with the specially designed cover to transform it into a real boot.

There are no limits to its versatility: with a towable weight over 3 tonnes and load capacity of more than 1 tonne, Fullback can even be fitted with a camper cabin t

o transform it into a small motorhome. For example, the range now includes Fullback camper with Tischer Trail 200 cabin, a solution that provides virtually unlimited freedom and mobility, easy to fit and remove quickly and in complete safety. The interior of the cabin provides a comfortable living area, plenty of space and a roomy bed, and features top quality materials and fabrics.

Eclectic even in its look, Fullback is also on show with a special motocross livery created in partnership with Garage Italia Customs and admired by spectators at the various events in the FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP 2017, which crowned Fiat Professional ambassador Tony Cairoli world champion for the ninth time.