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Silverstone Auctions adds digital auction channel

Silverstone Auctions adds digital auction channel

Silverstone Auctions, the UK’s leading specialist classic and sports car auction house, has integrated its Automotive Auctions business in-house and rebranded it as Silverstone Digital Auctions.

Launching on 1st December 2021 and quickly following on the phenomenal success of the recent Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Car Show physical auction, the new platform retains all of the original functionality wrapped in the respected Silverstone Auctions banner. The new Silverstone Digital Auctions platform allows sellers to quickly list their vehicle for sale to an audience of credible buyers and with the support and assistance of highly-regarded Silverstone Auctions team of consignment experts.

The launch capitalises on the recent growth in digital car auctions during the pandemic period and means Silverstone Auctions can supplement the company’s number one position with a complimentary digital experience. Silverstone Auctions has an average sale price of £76,000 at an in-the-room sale event and hopes to attract a similar quality of vehicles for the digital offering. Speed of listing, exceptional customer service and a trusted reputation will set Silverstone Digital Auctions apart, and the company will focus on consignments of sports, classic, modern and luxury vehicles – including SUVs and racing cars.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions founder comments “We recognise the convenience and benefits that a digital auction platform can deliver for both buyers and sellers. Whilst we remain firmly committed to our very successful physical auctions under the Silverstone Auctions and Classic Car Auctions banners, it makes sense for our company to offer this service. Combining our first-class expertise, knowledge and audience, our team will be focussed on providing the best auction solutions for our discerning customers. The Silverstone Digital Auctions brand is an exciting further development for the company and our customers.

Silverstone Digital Auctions joins the portfolio which includes Silverstone Auctions, Silverstone Motorcycle Auctions and Classic Car Auctions. Consignments go live on 1st December. Each car consigned will be on sale for 7 days, with full marketing support through the company’s extensive database and social media channels. Selling your car through Silverstone Digital Auctions is free, and buyers pay a low 5% buying fee. Consignments are open immediately, please contact the Silverstone Digital Auctions team to find out more or get a free valuation today.

ABOUT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS
Formed in 2011, Silverstone Auctions is a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia.

We hold the exclusive automotive auction rights for Silverstone circuit and host sales as stand-alone events as well as an integrated element of some of Europe’s biggest motorsport events such as the Silverstone Classic Festival.

In addition to our sales at the circuit, we also host a number of auctions each year at other major classic car events including the NEC Classic Motor Show and Race Retro.

At Silverstone Auctions we take pride in selecting the very best of breed vehicles for our sales which not only attracts buyers from around the world, but has already helped us achieve a number of record-breaking auction prices on behalf of our vendors.

We are committed to providing the best possible service for both buyers and vendors alike, so if you’d like to know more about buying or selling a classic vehicle with Silverstone Auctions, call us today on +44(0)1926 691141.

The evolution in Ducati never stops: the new Panigale V4 has been presented, even more powerful and improved in every aspect

The evolution in Ducati never stops: the new Panigale V4 has been presented, even more powerful and improved in every aspect

  • With the 2022 version, the Panigale V4 project takes the most significant evolutionary step since its presentation, to become even faster on the racetrack and at the same time more intuitive and less tiring for a wide range of sport riders
  • The Panigale family is the maximum expression of the continuous exchange of information and technology from the world of racing to production bikes and with the latest version it continues its evolution year after year, just as with the Ducati Corse prototypes
  • The new Panigale V4 2022 has been improved in all areas: aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics

In the fifth episode of the Ducati World Première 2022, the Borgo Panigale-based motorcycle manufacturer revealed the Panigale V4 2022 to all the fans and motorcycling enthusiasts in the world

The Panigale V4 2022 represents the last step in the characteristic path of the Borgo Panigale sports bikes and it takes life from Ducati Corse long-time experience married to continuous knowledge and technology sharing from the world of racing directly to production bikes. This new project expresses the uniqueness of a brand capable of winning the MotoGP constructors’ championship for the second consecutive time, which works to ensure that every single element designed for competitions can then be transferred on motorcycles built for enthusiasts. That’s the reason why the Panigale V4 is constantly refreshed and improved, just as it happens in MotoGP and WorldSBK.

With the 2022 version, the Panigale V4 project completes the most significant evolution since its birth. The improvements involve all areas: aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics. The result is an even faster bike on the racetrack and at the same time more intuitive and less tiring for a wide range of riders. In short, it offers great and rewarding excitement to pro-rider and amateur alike.

These exclusive features have been confirmed through a special testing on the Vallelunga racing track, in Italy. The Panigale V4 S 2021 and the 2022 version both equipped with Pirelli SC1 tyres gained centre-stage, ridden by two testers joined by the pro-rider Michele Pirro (Ducati Official Tester). At the end of the day, it turned out that the first tester improved his best lap on the new Panigale V4 S 2022 by 0.9 seconds, the second by 1.2 seconds, while Michele Pirro was faster by half a second, lapping just three seconds from his best time in Race 1 at Vallelunga, on the occasion of this year’s Italian Superbike ​​Championship, where, however, he raced counting on the most performing SCX compound.

The first new feature of the new Panigale V4 2022 version has to do with aerodynamics. Ducati engineers concentrate in fact their hard work on the fairing, which now integrates more compact and thinner double-profile design wings with increased efficiency: this update guarantees the same vertical load, up to 37 kg at 300 km/h. Furthermore, the lower part of the fairing features redesigned extraction sockets to improve the cooling system and, as a consequence, the performance of the engine, in particular during racetrack days.

Ergonomics has also been a core focus of in-depth development with the aim of improving the control of the bike during track sessions and to allow the rider to get the most out of the Panigale V4’s performance, both on a single lap and heavy use on the track.
The seat can now count on flatter shape and a different coating, to further support the rider when braking and allow easier movement of the body. Compared to the 2021 version, the tank has a new shape in the rear portion to allow the rider to better anchor when braking and allowing him to ride faster and longer. Thanks to this new ergonomics, the rider is also completely integrated into the bike and therefore more comfortable when riding in general; even the contact area of ​​the arms during hanging off, namely when leaning completely outside the curves, has been enhanced.

The heart of the bike is represented by 1,103 cm3 Desmosedici Stradale MotoGP-derived, which has undergone a series of updates. The Desmosedici Stradale completes a further evolution for 2022, thanks to the introduction of some dedicated technical elements that allow an increase of power together with an instant throttle response.

The new engine has been updated in the lubrication circuit and is coupled to a new oil pump that reduces power absorption. The increased diameter of the silencer outlets allows to reduce the exhaust back pressure and, consequently, to increase the engine performance. Thanks to these interventions and a new dedicated mapping, the Desmosedici Stradale – Euro 5-compliant* – delivers 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a power increase of 1.5 hp compared to the previous version, which rises to 2.5 hp over the peak of maximum power at 14,500 rpm. The engine also delivers a torque of 123.6 Nm (12.6 kgm) at 9,500 rpm, and already from 6,000 rpm it provides 80% of the maximum torque available.

A detail that says a lot about the evolution characterising this new 2022 engine is the adoption of a new gearbox that provides for a lengthening of the ratio for the first, second and sixth gears. This new SBK gear ratio is therefore more “racing-oriented”, more suitable for use on track. The first gear has been lengthened by 11.6%, while the second by 5.6%. Thanks to this new gearbox, it is now easier to tackle the tightest corners in first gear, enjoying greater engine braking and better acceleration out of corners. Furthermore, the smaller jump in speed between the first two ratios allows the DQS, equipped with new calibration, to work more effectively, offering better performance. Lastly, sixth gear has been lengthened by 1.8% allowing, in combination with the increase in engine power, a top speed of 5 km/h higher than the Panigale V4 2021.

new Power Modes logic has been implemented on the Panigale V4 2022 which provides for 4 engine configurations: Full, High, Medium, Low. The Full and Low configurations are newly designed while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy. Power Mode Full is the sportiest ever adopted by a Panigale V4 and allows the engine to express its full potential with torque curves without electronic filters, except for first gear. A new Ride by Wire map management system has been developed for the High and Medium Power Modes; now dedicated to each of the six gears, which guarantees the rider the possibility of always having the optimal thrust when opening the throttle. The Power Mode Low, on the other hand, has been conceived to make road riding even more enjoyable, limiting the maximum power of the bike to 150 hp and offering a particularly manageable throttle response.

The performance of the Desmosedici Stradale can be further improved thanks to the racing exhaust systems contained in the Ducati Performance catalogue. In order to offer everyone the opportunity to ride with a full racing exhaust even on circuits with tighter noise limits, a new exhaust system is available, completely in titanium, developed in collaboration with Akrapovič, which falls within the 105 dB noise limit (102 dB with the dB killer fitted). The new exhaust is equipped with high silencers alongside the tail and ensures a power increase of 12.5 hp, bringing the maximum value to 228 hp, while the maximum torque value rises to 131 Nm, with an overall weight reduction of 5 kg. This new exhaust is added to the more compact full racing version already available in the catalogue, that extends under the engine and is also made entirely from titanium by Akrapovič, which at the same performance levels reduces weight by 6 kg and has a noise level of 109 dB which drops to 107 dB when the dB-killer is installed.

The Desmosedici Stradale is also a structural element of the chassis and directly connected with the aluminum front frame. The chassis is completed by the lightweight front frame made of magnesium and the seat post in cast aluminum.

The new Panigale V4 S is equipped with the new Öhlins NPX 25/30 electronically controlled pressurised fork that uses a pressurized cartridge damping system derived from that of Öhlins racing forks, minimizing the risk of oil cavitation compared to a traditional model. The result is improved braking support and at the same time better absorption of bumps, which translates into a better riding feeling for the rider.
The new fork has 125 mm travel (+5 mm compared to the one that equips the Panigale V4 2021), thanks to which it can not only adopt softer settings improving the smoothness of the response even on rough tarmac, and grip in critical conditions, but it can also offer that racing plus that increases the feeling in the most demanding braking sections.

The new fork works in combination with the Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and the Öhlins steering damper, both with event based control system. This system offers the rider the opportunity to customise the suspension intervention according to different riding situations (braking, cornering, acceleration), as well as changing the operating parameters of the hardware components. For the rider, this means a higher level of control over the dynamics of the bike for the benefit of road safety and lap times on the racetrack.

Furthermore, the pivot of the single-sided aluminum swingarm is positioned 4 mm higher than that of the 2021 bike version. This specific technical choice increases the anti-squat action, namely the reduction of the lowering of the rear, stabilizing the bike in acceleration.

The Panigale V4 S is equipped with 3-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels and fitted with Pirelli Diablo™ Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 ZR17 front and 200/60 ZR 17 rear). The braking system is equipped with Brembo Stylema® monobloc calipers at the front with four 30 mm diameter pistons each working on 330 mm diameter discs, ensuring exceptional braking power, while at the rear, a single 245 mm disc with 2-piston caliper.

Even the Panigale V4 standard version features a state-of-the-art chassis, which includes: 43 mm fully-adjustable Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF), Sachs steering damper, Sachs monoshock also fully adjustable and cast aluminum rims with a 5-spoke design.

The Panigale V4 2022 is equipped with latest-generation electronic package based on the use of a 6-axis inertial platform capable of instantly detecting roll, yaw and pitch angles of the motorcycle in space. The electronic package includes controls that manage all the riding phases, whose operating parameters are connected by default to the 4 Riding Modes available (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street).

These parameters can be viewed even more effectively thanks to the improved dashboard, which features a new distribution of the functions of the external lights. But that’s not all, Ducati technicians introduce an additional Info Mode, developed keeping in mind the MotoGP riders suggestions and named “Track Evo”, an option added to the existing Road and Track settings.

In the “Track Evo” screen, the tachometer moves on a horizontal scale positioned in the highest part of the instrument, which is the most visible, and the indication of the gear engaged is in the center of the screen. On the right area there are four sectors of different colours, each dedicated to an electronic control (DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC). These sectors light up individually when the electronics are working on a certain parameter, remaining on for the time necessary for the rider to identify which indicator is activated. This signaling mode facilitates the user’s task in understanding the control that has actually worked to allow him to intervene more precisely and punctually on the choice of the optimal level and to obtain better performance more quickly. The left sector completes the information with the stopwatch, the number of laps completed and the speed.

To make the gear change indication clearer, a green LED positioned on the left side of the dashboard, has been introduced. This solution makes all even more visible and precise in the feedback.

Even the look of the bike has been revamped, with a further dose of aggressive flavour. The unprecedented graphic design conceived by the Ducati Centro Stile includes the black color for the logos applied to the full red fairings, the double fabric saddle (two-tone on the S version) and, again for the S version, the red tag on the black rims.

The Panigale V4 and Panigale V4 S will be available starting at December 2021 in the classic “Ducati Red” colour.

The Panigale V4 can be equipped with the accessories included in the Ducati Performance catalogue. It includes both homologated components and pure racing elements designed for circuit riders. Ducati Performance accessories can be viewed via the online configurator on Ducati.com.

Aside a wide range of accessories, Ducati offers leather suits (with airbag system also available), helmets, boots and gloves, all in the name of the rider’s safety. To be precise, Ducati meets all the biker needs from the sporty riding on the racetrack to the on-road adventures wearing the perfect outfit as an official Ducati rider.

Toyota’s Hilux pick-up secures top spot in Aston Barclay’s November used LCV desirability index

Toyota’s Hilux pick-up secures top spot in Aston Barclay’s November used LCV desirability index

Toyota’s Hilux pick-up was the most sought after used light commercial vehicle for the second consecutive month according to Aston Barclay’s November LCV desirability index.

Aston Barclay saw the Toyota beat the Mercedes Sprinter and Peugeot Boxer into second and third place.

November is the first month that the same manufacturer has topped both Aston Barclay index, with the Toyota Prius also heading up the car list.

Despite the Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200 pick-ups joining the Hilux in the top 10, the larger panel vans rose to the top this month by taking the remaining seven places.

Parcel delivery companies and their sub-contractors are getting their fleets ready for another record Christmas of home deliveries. With the supply of new vans still restricted these companies have been forced to buy from the used market to get themselves ready for the festive season.

Last month’s second placed van the VW Transporter fell to eighth place, while three Fords, the Transit, Transit Custom and Ranger pick-up all making the top 10.

“The used van market continues to break records because the supply of used LCVs coming into the market continues to falter.

“Companies continue to hang onto used vans and are being forced to bid at auction to source used vehicles to expand their fleets. This looks likely to continue for many more months to come,” explained Geoff Flood, Aston Barclay’s LCV national sales manager.

Aston Barclay’s desirability index takes into consideration three key metrics: web views prior to sale, number of physical and online bids per sale, and the sale price achieved as a percentage of CAP average.

PositionManufacturerModelDesirability score
1TOYOTAHILUX6.9
2MERCEDES-BENZSPRINTER6.2
3PEUGEOTBOXER5.9
4FORDTRANSIT5.8
5FORDRANGER5.7
6MITSUBISHIL2005.7
7FORDTRANSIT CUSTOM5.5
8VOLKSWAGENTRANSPORTER5.5
9CITROENDISPATCH5.4
10VOLKSWAGENCRAFTER5.1
11RENAULTMASTER5.1
12NISSANNAVARA4.7
13VAUXHALLVIVARO4.4
14CITROENBERLINGO4.3
15FORDTRANSIT CONNECT4.1
16PEUGEOTPARTNER4.0
17PEUGEOTEXPERT3.8
18VAUXHALLCOMBO3.7
19VOLKSWAGENAMAROK3.6
20RENAULTTRAFIC3.5
21MERCEDES-BENZVITO3.4
22RENAULTKANGOO2.2
23PEUGEOTBIPPER2.1
24VOLKSWAGENCADDY1.5
New S-Cross for 2022

New S-Cross for 2022

  • All-new model S-Cross makes a strong statement with bold, dynamic SUV styling complemented with a spacious and versatile interior and 48V mild hybrid technology.
  • New grade naming and two grade structure: Motion and Ultra.
  • 1.4-litre K14D turbocharged petrol engine with Suzuki’s renowned Boosterjet technology offers a wide spread of available torque of 235Nm available from 2,000rpm.
  • CO2 emissions of just 120g/km and fuel consumption of 53.2 Combined mpg for 2WD models with six-speed manual transmission (both WLTP regulation).
  • ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four-wheel drive available as standard equipment on Ultra grade.
  • Dual Sensor Brake Support automated braking, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control included as standard on all versions.
  • High level of standard specification fitted to both new S-Cross grades include Apple CarPlay & Android Auto smartphone link, keyless entry and start, dual-zone auto air conditioning, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors.
  • Ultra specification adds 360 view camera, leather upholstery, on-board navigation and large sliding panoramic sunroof.
  • 100 per cent ‘Hybrids for all’ availability across the full Suzuki passenger car range offering 12V, 48V, Higher Voltage Hybrid and PHEV models.
  • Priced at £24,999 for 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid Motion with manual transmission and £29,799 for 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid Ultra ALLGRIP with manual transmission.
  • Six-speed automatic transmission available optionally on both grades at £1,350.
  • On sale in the UK in January 2022.

The Suzuki S-Cross has earned high acclaim for its stylish design, compact and easy to manage dimensions, good on-road performance as well as off-road capability with its optional ALLGRIP Select 4×4 system.

It is now replaced by an all-new model which takes advantage of Suzuki’s long established expertise in packaging vehicles above their class with flexibility, an even higher level of safety equipment and the latest technology to meet the diverse needs of both driver and passengers. 

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The S-Cross expresses Suzuki’s SUV styling heritage and the new model makes a strong statement featuring a bold and more muscular design that enhances its presence with larger and more angular wheel arches and smooth flowing lines. The front design incorporates a raised bonnet line, piano black front grille and new design three LED position headlamps that help portray a high centre of gravity. This theme continues at the rear with larger combination lamps that integrate horizontally with the rear centre garnish to emphasise a sense of width, in addition to roof rails and integrated rear spoiler. This all-new design is complemented with a more spacious and versatile interior and an even higher standard and safety specification than the previous model.

S-Cross is produced at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary which also produces Vitara models for European markets as well as exports of both vehicles around the world.

SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS
New S-Cross now has an even higher standard specification than before and a full equipment table is listed at the end of this press pack and on the media website.

Standard equipment for Motion is comprehensive and includes seven airbags, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, three signature LED projector headlamps for low and high beam, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter, keyless entry and start, dual zone auto air conditioning, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors.

Moving up to Ultra adds 17-inch polished alloy wheels, leather seat upholstery, integrated on-board navigation, panoramic sliding sunroof and further driver safety and convenience with the fitment of a 360 view camera. 

The new S-Cross is available in a total of six different shades of which one is a solid colour and five are optional metallic finish. 

1.4-LITRE K14D BOOSTERJET TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
The Boosterjet engine was developed with Suzuki’s ethos of reducing weight and size with added response and smooth power delivery to achieve the characteristics that Suzuki engines are renowned for. 

The 1.4-litre engine was developed further in 2020 and is fitted to both model grades. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 9.5 seconds (2WD models) for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed (where permitted) of 118mph.

48V HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
The 48V Suzuki system is lightweight and consists of a lithium-ion battery, Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) and 48V-12V (DC/DC) converter to power components requiring lower voltage including lights, audio and air conditioning. The ISG acts as both a generator and starter motor, is belt driven and assists the petrol engine during vehicle take off for a higher level of torque with 235Nm available from 2,000rpm and up to 3,000rpm.

CO2 EMISSIONS
CO2 emissions are low thanks to the use of hybrid technology, high tensile steel and other weight saving measures in the body. Weight savings during development help the new S-Cross remain one of the lightest SUV’s in its class at just 1,235kg for 2WD with manual transmission and an increase of only 70kg for the optional ALLGRIP model (manual transmission).

S-Cross monthly fuel cost versus competitors

ModelEngine TypeFuel Economy mpgMonthly Fuel Cost*CO2 emissions g/km
S-Cross 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid 129HPMild Hybrid53.2 £115120
3008 1.2 Puretech 130Petrol48.0+£12140
Mokka 1.2 130PSPetrol47.1+£15135
Ateca 1.0 TSI 110Petrol46.3+£17139
C5 Aircross PureTech 130Petrol46.3+£17139
Ateca 1.0 TSI EVO 150Petrol45.6+£19142
Qashqai DIGT 140Mild Hybrid44.5+£23143
Kadjar TCe 140Petrol44.1+£24140
Tucson 1.6 T-GDi 150PS 48V MHEVMild Hybrid43.5+£26144
Tucson 1.6 T-GDi 150PS DCTPetrol41.5+£33151
*Based on 1,000 miles/month and petrol price £1.35/litre (AA Fuel Price Report September 2021)


FOUR-MODE ALLGRIP ‘SELECT’ SYSTEM
Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘Select’ system is fitted as standard on Ultra models and Suzuki is unique in the sector by offering 4WD with both manual and automatic transmissions. In combination with 48V Hybrid, the new S-Cross ALLGRIP with automatic transmission is also more fuel efficient than competitor 4WD vehicles with automatic transmission.

The ALLGRIP ‘Select’ system incorporates four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces and has proved very successful. In further development, the ALLGRIP system was then enhanced by the addition of a feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. The system’s four driver-selectable modes are as follows:

SAFETY – S-CROSS RANGE
The S-Cross’s passive and active safety systems are designed to intelligently anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations with an excellent level of protection. One of its major safety features is Total Effective Control Technology which is a concept for occupant protecting impact absorption and low weight developed by Suzuki. Extensive use of high tensile steel and computer aided engineering technologies make the body light, highly crashworthy as well as fuel efficient.

Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags which includes a driver’s knee airbag as well as seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters.

DUAL SENSOR BRAKE SUPPORT (DSBS)
The advanced forward detection system fitted as standard on all S-Cross models supports numerous safety technologies of which collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) is included. With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist,

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE TECHNOLOGY

360 VIEW CAMERA
Fitted as standard equipment to the Ultra model, the 360 view camera is equipped with four cameras – one each on the front, rear and sides of the vehicle. These are linked to the central display to provide a clear all-round view to the driver. Functions include a 3D opening view which enables the driver to check surroundings before moving off and a birds-eye view which supports safer parking. Further functions include a high resolution view that can be enlarged and automatic front-rear view display that switches according to gear selection.

PANORAMIC SUNROOF
Ultra specification includes a large sunroof consisting of two individually sliding glass panels which extends over the front and rear seats, making the cabin more relaxing for all occupants.

When the sunroof is closed, the glass panels have a combined length of 1,000mm. When open, the aperture has a length of 560mm giving occupants an invigorating open-roof experience.

ADVANCED MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY
New S-Cross utilises a 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking. 

DISPLAY AUDIO SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION AND SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY
The audio system fitted to the Motion grade has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) with a seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. The system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection.

Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer way to use iPhone in the S-Cross. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more.

For the Ultra grade specification, the screen size increases to nine inches and includes a three dimensional navigation map that makes landmarks easy to distinguish and includes a multitude of features. The system in Ultra models also enables Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity wirelessly.

Vauxhall Plug & Go offer makes switching to electric even easier

Vauxhall Plug & Go offer makes switching to electric even easier

  • Plug & Go offer for buyers of Vauxhall’s electric and plug-in hybrid cars and LCVs
  • Offer includes free home charging unit, eight years’ roadside assistance and battery warranty, a free six-month BP Pulse subscription and three years’ free servicing
  • Vauxhall to offer an electrified variant across its entire model line-up by 2024 and have a fully electric vehicle range by 2028

Available to buyers across its electric car and van range, Vauxhall’s new Plug & Go offer includes a free home charging unit, eight years’ roadside assistance and battery warranty, a free six-month BP Pulse subscription and three years’ free servicing.

Every Vauxhall electric vehicle, including all-electric and plug-in hybrid models, comes with a free home charging unit (worth £800) and includes free home installation. Customers can choose from two wallbox options: PodPoint Solo 3 or Hive EV Charging.

All Vauxhall electric and hybrid models also come with eight years roadside assistance cover, that includes roadside, home service, relay and European assistance.

Plug & Go customers will also enjoy further peace of mind with Vauxhall’s eight years/100,000 mile battery warranty for electric vehicles. The warranty is transferable and guarantees at least 70 per cent charging capacity throughout the warranty period.

In addition, Vauxhall electric vehicle customers will also benefit from a free six month subscription to BP Pulse – the UK’s biggest charging network giving them access to over 7,000 charging points across the country.

And, if that wasn’t enough, every fully electric and plug-in hybrid Vauxhall vehicle comes with three years’ servicing included, absolutely free.

Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors, said: “Vauxhall is helping to move Britain into the electric era with our Plug & Go offer that aims to remove the barriers to making the switch to electric and simplify the EV ownership experience. Switching to electric is now an even better choice for Vauxhall customers with an easy, all-in-one package covering home and public charging, warranty, roadside assistance and servicing. Vauxhall is committed to making electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle ownership as simple as possible, as we continue to progress towards becoming a 100 per cent electric brand by 2028.”

Plug & Go is available to buyers of Corsa-e, Mokka-e, New Grandland Plug-in HYBRID-e, All-new Astra Plug-in HYBRID-e, Combo-e Life, Vivaro-e Life, Combo-e, Vivaro-e and All-new Movano-e.

Vauxhall will offer an electrified variant across its entire model line-up by 2024 and will have a fully electric vehicle range by 2028 – years ahead of the UK Government deadline. Across cars and LCVs, Vauxhall already offers five fully-electric models and, following the launch of All-new Astra, two plug-in hybrid models. One of those fully-electric models, All-new Combo-e, lands on UK shores in December, completing Vauxhall’s fully-electrified LCV line-up.

For Plug & Go offer, terms, eligibility and conditions apply. Variations may occur depending on wallbox provider.

Next-Generation Ford Ranger Delivers High-Tech Features, Smart Connectivity, Enhanced Capability and Versatility for Work, Family and Play

Next-Generation Ford Ranger Delivers High-Tech Features, Smart Connectivity, Enhanced Capability and Versatility for Work, Family and Play

  • Ford engineers and designers teamed up with customers around the world to create a pick-up they can rely on for work, family and play
  • With rich input from customers, designers created a bold, purposeful exterior design and sleek, high-tech, inviting interior
  • Next-gen Ranger offers a choice of proven and durable diesel powertrains, including the addition of Ford’s powerful V6 turbodiesel 1
  • An upgraded chassis and suspension ensures excellent ride and handling, whether riding with passengers, fully loaded with cargo or towing
  • Cargo area built to help customers do more, with increased functionality and better access

Ford today put the global pick-up world on notice by revealing the smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger ever – delivering an even more desirable pick-up partner for customers.

Using years of Ford truck expertise and deep understanding of truck customers, the company collaborated with customers around the globe to create a vehicle and ownership experience that next‑gen Ranger owners can rely on for their businesses, family lives and adventure.

“With Ranger, we’ve had a big extended family for decades,” said Jim Farley, president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company. “This truck has always been a trusted partner to small business owners, farmers, families, adventurers, commercial fleets and so many more in more than 180 markets around the world. And with the new Ranger, this is our moment to deliver. Not just a product our customers will love, but an always-on experience that will help us build strong and lasting relationships with them. This is the midsize truck people will want to own and experience.”

Order books for next-generation Ranger will open in Europe in late 2022 for customer delivery in early 2023. The current Ranger is Europe’s pick-up segment leader and recently set a new September year-to-date sales record of 45,539 units, with market share of 39.9 per cent. 2

“Ranger continues to go from strength to strength in Europe with record-breaking sales,” added Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “The smartest, most capable, most versatile Ranger yet will deliver even more of the strength and style that we know customers value.”

Living the Ranger Life
“We’ve really packed a lot into the next‑generation Ranger to inspire owners to do more of what they love to do, with features that encourage them to explore new horizons,” said Gary Boes, Enterprise Product Line Management director, Global Trucks. “We’re truck owners too, and this passion for the Ranger lifestyle translates into a passion for the product. Ultimately, we want our customers’ experience with the pick-up to enable and enhance their lifestyles.”

Ford calls this “Living the Ranger Life,” and it’s something shared by every designer and engineer involved in creating the next-generation Ranger.

The next-gen Ranger project was led by Ford’s Product Development Center in Australia. Its international team of dedicated designers and engineers worked with teams around the globe to not only incorporate the very latest in Ford technology, capability and safety, but to also engineer and test the Ranger to Ford’s toughest standards.

“Our team was focused on one goal – to make this Ranger the toughest and most capable we’ve ever created,” said Graham Pearson, Ranger vehicle program director. “They put it through one of the most exhaustive global testing schedules we’ve ever developed and would not rest until we were satisfied that it was Built Ford Tough.”

New Look, New Capabilities
Customer input was key to developing the next-generation Ranger’s rugged new look. Ford spent a lot of time with owners around the globe, conducting more than 5,000 interviews and dozens of customer workshops to understand how customers used their pick-ups and what they wanted and expected in the new Ranger.

Visually, the next-generation Ranger is bold and confident, with a purposeful exterior that shares Ford’s global truck design DNA. The design features a defined new grille, and signature C‑clamp headlight treatment at the front while a subtle shoulder line down the sides incorporates bolder wheel arches that gives Ranger a sure-footed stance. For the first time, Ford Ranger offers matrix LED headlights. At the back, the taillights are designed in harmony with the signature graphics on the front. Inside, the car‑like cabin steps up, using premium soft‑touch materials, and prominent portrait‑style centre touchscreen with Ford’s signature SYNC™ 4 connectivity and entertainment system. 3

“Customers told us the Ranger needs to look tough and needs to inspire confidence,” said Max Tran, chief designer for Ranger. “They were very clear in what Ranger should be, both in the way it looks, and the way it makes them feel.”

Beneath the new bodywork is an upgraded chassis riding on a wheelbase 50mm longer and a track 50mm wider than the prior Ranger. A hydro‑formed front‑end structure creates more space in the engine bay for the new V6 engine and helps future-proof the Ranger for other propulsion technologies. It also opens up the front of the pick-up to allow more airflow to the radiator, which helps keep running temperatures low when towing or carrying heavy loads.

New powertrain choices
Customers wanted a choice of more power and torque for towing heavy loads and extreme off‑roading, so the team added Ford’s proven 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and developed it for the Ranger. It is one of three turbodiesel engine options available at launch. 1

“The 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 delivers,” said Pritika Maharaj, Ranger program manager. “When you drive a Ranger with the V6 turbodiesel, it feels like a much bigger truck. And it feels really tough in the sense that it’s got endless power and torque, which is exactly what our customers wanted.”

The next-gen Ranger will also come with a choice of proven Single-Turbo and Bi-Turbo 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder diesels. The Single-Turbo comes in two different performance levels and delivers power, torque and fuel economy, 1 which is important to small business owners or commercial vehicle fleets. The Bi-Turbo engine is a more sophisticated, performance variant for customers who want more power but need to maintain fuel economy. 1

“We know our customers push their Rangers to the extreme, so that’s how we test them. We go the extra mile to make sure Ranger will do everything our customers want, over and over again,” Maharaj said.

Improved ride and handling
To develop the ride and handling expected of a truck customers use for a wide range of work, family and play – engineers focused on the fundamentals.

“We have a really wide spectrum of customers,” Pearson said. “On one end, you might have small business owners looking for very work-oriented transportation. They want traditional two-wheel drive with a single cab and a load box to transport their goods.

“At the extreme other end, you have the serious off-roaders who really push their Rangers to the limit with endurance races like the Dakar Rally. The next-gen Ranger will meet the needs of both types of customers and everyone in between.”

Engineers moved the front wheels forward by 50mm for a better approach angle and outboard for better off-road articulation, both of which improve the off‑roading experience. They also shifted the rear suspension dampers outboard of the frame rails to give drivers and passengers a better ride both on- and off‑road, no matter if they’re carrying heavy cargo for work, or just taking the family out for dinner.

“On the next-gen Ranger, we’ve increased the tuning range to give our customers the best of both worlds – think of this as Built Ford Tough Plus – so you’ve got the capability, toughness and durability that Ford trucks are known for, plus comfort and a more car-like ride that Ranger is known for,” Pearson said.

Customers will have a choice of two four-wheel drive systems – an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, or an advanced new full-time four-wheel drive system with a reassuring set-and-forget mode, designed for capability when and where customers need it. Off-road recovery is made easier with prominent dual recovery hooks in the front bumper.

Customer-focused interior features
Customers wanted a flexible, modern cockpit that caters to both work and family duties. So, Ranger needs to serve as both a workspace and a haven, providing smart and connected features with more comfort and storage options than ever before.

“We know our customers are looking for a smart and functional interior space that feels comfortable. So, we set about designing it with a high level of well-integrated technology, clever functional storage and visual cues so the environment feels comfortable and spacious,” Tran said.

The heart of the Ranger’s connective experience is the large 10.1-inch or 12-inch touchscreen in the centre stack. It complements the fully digital instrument panel and is loaded with Ford’s latest SYNC™ 4 system, which comes customer-ready with its voice-activated communications, entertainment and information systems. Additionally, there’s an embedded factory-fitted FordPass Connect modem, 4 allowing connectivity on the go when linked with the FordPass™ app, 5 so customers can stay connected to their world. FordPass enhances the ownership experience with features like Remote Start, 6 Vehicle Status, and remote lock and unlock functions via a mobile device.

Many of the traditional driving mode controls have been moved from the dash and centre console to their own dedicated display on the SYNC™ screen. With one button press, drivers can go to Ranger’s dedicated screen for all off-road and drive modes where they can monitor the driveline, steering angle, vehicle pitch and roll angles and other controls.

The screen also is linked to a 360-degree camera 7 to make parking a breeze in tight urban spaces or to assist when negotiating particularly tricky terrain while out exploring. In addition, customers can control Ranger’s new exterior zone lighting system via the touchscreen or the FordPass app, which means they don’t have to work, camp or do anything in the dark. Ranger technology will also be future-proofed to accept Ford Power-Up wireless software updates thanks to the embedded FordPass Connect modem.

“You’ll find the interior plush but with the dual purpose of work and play in mind. The new short‑throw e‑shifter is central to the layout and is another example of where customers really guided our decision making,” Tran said. “Customers overwhelmingly liked the e-shifter – they liked the fact that it looked higher-tech and that it was intuitive to use.”

The design team also created clever storage and useful features for owners. There are not only places to store your phone or charge it wirelessly (where compatible), 8 but there’s a large centre console bin to stash things. In addition, the door pockets are designed to carry more, the wide dash conceals an upper glovebox and there are storage bins under and behind the rear seats.

Built to do more with better access, more functional space
“When we met with our customers and observed how they climbed up to the load box, we saw a big improvement opportunity,” said Anthony Hall, Ranger vehicle engineering manager. “There were people stepping on the tyre and then going over the side of the truck or hoisting themselves onto the open tailgate.”

That was the inspiration for creating an integrated side-step behind the rear tyres of the next‑generation Ranger, to create a strong, more stable way for them to access the box. In addition, the Ranger team worked to ensure that a wider variety of cargo could fit and stay secure in the load box.

“Widening the truck by 50mm may not seem like a lot, but it makes a huge difference, especially in the cargo box. It means that customers will be able to load flat some pretty fundamental items, such as a sheet of building plywood or a full-size pallet,” Hall said.

Additional thoughtful, customer-focused touches include a new, tough plastic-moulded bedliner that helps protect both the truck bed from scratches and owners’ knees from kneeling on a steel truck bed. Extra cargo tie down points – on strong steel tube rails – provide convenient points to secure loads. Durable, flexible load box caps around the sides of the box and across the tailgate conceal structural attachment points for canopies and other aftermarket accessories.

In addition, Ranger offers a new cargo management system designed with dividers to hold various sized items – like timber or toolboxes. Owners also can create smaller compartments to store objects, which would otherwise have to go in the cab, using a system of ultra-strong spring-loaded cleats that clip into rails bolted to each side of the cargo box. The tailgate can also double as a mobile work bench with an integrated ruler and clamp pockets to measure, grip and cut building materials.

Zone lighting – controlled via the in-cabin SYNC™ screen or through the FordPass app – provides 360‑degree lighting around the truck to help give customers better visibility around the vehicle. Load box lighting is provided under the left- and right-hand rails and provides plenty of light for finishing up jobs in low light or finding things in the cargo box at night.

Accessories to help you personalise
Customers in Europe will be able to personalise their next-gen Ranger from launch with a range of over 150 fully factory‑backed work, urban and adventure accessories. These accessories include those developed in collaboration with global off-road icon, ARB 4×4 Accessories.

The next-generation Ranger will be built at Ford’s plants in Thailand and South Africa beginning in 2022, with other markets to be announced at a later date.

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1 Officially homologated fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions figures will be published closer to on-sale date. The declared WLTP fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers.

2 Ford of Europe reports sales for its 20 European traditional markets: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. 

3 Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.

4 FordPass Connect (optional on select vehicles), the Ford Pass App., and complimentary Connected Service are required for remote features (see FordPass Terms for details). Connected service and features depend on compatible network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. Connected service excludes Wi-Fi hotspot.

5 FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

6 In regions permitted by law.

7 Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.

8 Available Qi wireless charging may not be compatible with all mobile phones.

9 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles: Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans and cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. The company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about184,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company is available at corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 42,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and consolidated joint ventures and approximately 55,000 people when unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 14 manufacturing facilities (10 wholly owned facilities and four unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

NAWA Racer e-motorbike dynamic prototype revealed, featuring the world’s first ‘hybrid’ battery system

NAWA Racer e-motorbike dynamic prototype revealed, featuring the world’s first ‘hybrid’ battery system

  • The first fully rideable prototype of the NAWA Racer e-motorbike, developed by an expert group of partners comprised of leading French energy storage experts NAWA Technologies, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR and YSY Group has been revealed
  • NAWA Racer features a revolutionary 100% electric powertrain that combines NAWA Technologies’ ‘NAWACap’ next-gen lithium-ion ultracapacitors, resulting in a world-first hybrid e-powertrain
  • Visit NAWA’s stand, Booth B79, Pavilion 18, at EICMA Milan from 23-28th November to see both the NAWA Racer and NAWACap ultracapacitor technology

NAWA Technologies (NAWA), pioneers of revolutionary 3D nano-technology to unleash efficient, green mobility, has revealed the first fully rideable prototype of its NAWA Racer electric motorbike at the world’s biggest two-wheeled show, EICMA 2021 in Milan.

First unveiled in concept form at CES 2020, NAWA has joined forces with expert technical partners to rapidly accelerate development of the revolutionary new machine; a zero-emission motorbike that illustrates how NAWA’s nano-based ultracapacitors, called NAWACap, can be applied to a real-world electric vehicle (EV) powertrain, by combining them with conventional lithium-ion cells to create a ‘hybrid’ battery system.  

Optimising both energy sources, the innovation opens up new possibilities for all e-powertrains, greatly improving efficiency, reducing charging times and extending entire system life. Entirely modular and scale-able, the system is applicable to any electric vehicle and can reduce the size of the lithium-ion battery by up to half, or extend the range by up to double – or a combination in between.

For the initial design of the concept, NAWA was supported by expert design and engineering services provider Envisage Group – based in Coventry, UK. To develop a dynamic prototype, it has had the support of InnoEnergy, the innovation arm of the European Innovation Institute, assembling an expert consortium of French partners comprised of NAWA itself, AKKA Technologies, Pronergy, FAAR and YSY Group.

Pascal Boulanger, Founder of NAWA, and CTO said: NAWA Racer is our vision for the electric motorbike of tomorrow – a retro café racer-inspired machine, but one that is thoroughly modern. It is lightweight, fast and fun, perfect for an emission-free city commute that will put a smile on your face. But it also lays down a blueprint for the future.

“NAWA’s next-gen ultracapacitors unleash the potential of the hybrid battery system with five times more power and energy than existing ultracapacitors. What is more, this design of powertrain is fully scale-able: there is no reason why this cannot be applied to a larger motorbike, or car or other electric vehicle. We believe it shows off the e-powertrain of the very near future. Since NAWA Racer’s initial unveil at CES in 2020, development has continued at pace. Thanks to our technical partners, we can now reveal our first dynamic prototype.”

Ultra-efficient e-powertrain
Located in NAWA Racer’s top tank area is an arrangement of NAWACap ultracapacitors, which offer 0.1 kWh and boost a lithium-ion battery mounted low in the chassis, where the internal combustion engine would otherwise be. Re-using more than 80 percent of the energy captured from regenerative braking, NAWA Racer uses a much smaller lithium-ion battery than would otherwise be possible: just 9 kWh, around half the size of a conventional electric sports bike’s battery. What’s more the two batteries combine to form a structural part of the bike’s carbon fibre frame, and with composite body panels and the NAWACap pack itself being extremely lightweight, NAWA Racer tips the scales at just 150kg, a weight saving of 25 percent over conventional electric sports bikes.

Exceptional range and acceleration
Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, NAWA Racer can cover 150km on a mixed cycle. But by capturing so much energy from stop-start riding, releasing it again as acceleration, NAWA Racer can double its urban range to 300km. The NAWACap pack recharges in just two minutes and the entire battery can be charged to 80 percent in one hour from a home supply. As standard, the in-wheel motor produces 100PS, rocketing NAWA Racer from rest to 100km/h in less than three seconds, onto a top speed of 150km/h. And no matter the charge level of the lithium-ion battery, this acceleration will always be available because of the ultracapacitor’s high power characteristics, which continually maintain response and performance.

With three driving modes (Eco, Urban, Sport) and a fully programmable bespoke driving mode, not to mention the option to easily upgrade the NAWACap batteries, along with an app that connects the rider to the bike 24hrs a day, there are many ways to configure NAWA Racer.

Future café racer style
Intended to turn heads as well as offer a ground-breaking electric powertrain, NAWA Racer brings a modern twist to its retro looks with simple, smooth lightweight composite panels and rear arm, painted aluminium, copper and black, based on a strong, stiff but light carbonfibre frame. Details such as LED lighting for the headlight and taillight, anodised matte black suspension forks, nubuck leather saddle in vintage complete the striking look. NAWA Racer will also focus on customisation with multiple ways to tailor and futureproof its striking design.

While NAWA has no plans to make or sell a production version of the NAWARacer, it is open to approaches from appropriate partners interested in taking this revolutionary e-motorbike to the streets.

About NAWA Technologies
Headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France with a second location in Dayton, Ohio in the US, NAWA Technologies is a world-leader in innovative energy storage and composites. Its range of game-changing products are all based on one patented technology: vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT).NAWA has applied the unique properties of VACNT to create high power and high energy ultracapacitors, one of the fastest electrodes for lithium batteries – and also reinforced carbon fiber composites.

NAWA Technologies now enters its next exciting phase – mass manufacturing on both sides of the Atlantic – but with environmental benefits always at its core. NAWA’s goal is to be a carbon neutral company. Already, its NAWACap batteries have been awarded 1000 efficient solution for the planet by Solar Impulse foundation.

ABOUT AKKA
AKKA is a European leader in engineering consulting and R&D services. Our comprehensive portfolio of digital solutions combined with our expertise in engineering, uniquely positions us to support our clients by leveraging the power of connected data to accelerate innovation and drive the future of smart industry. AKKA accompanies leading industry players across a wide range of sectors throughout the life cycle of their products with cutting edge digital technologies (AI, ADAS, IoT, Big Data, robotics, embedded computing, machine learning, etc.) to help them rethink their products and business processes. Founded in 1984, AKKA has a strong entrepreneurial culture and a wide global footprint. Our 20,000 employees around the world are all passionate about technology and share the AKKA values of respect, courage and ambition. The Group recorded revenues of €1.5 billion in 2020. AKKA Technologies (AKA) is listed on Euronext Paris and Brussels – segment B – ISIN code: FR0004180537.

For more information, please visit: https://www.akka-technologies.com/

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Alpine A110 range enhanced with three new models

Alpine A110 range enhanced with three new models

  • The Alpine A110 range has been updated, with three distinct new versions, uprated performance, and more equipment than ever
  • The revised range now consists of A110 offering a pure and typically Alpine driving experience, the luxurious New A110 GT and the more focused New A110 S
  • The New A110 GT and New A110 S receive sharper engine calibration with 300hp and bespoke chassis setups for an intensely Alpine drive
  • All new models come with a new and upgraded multimedia system with enhanced connectivity and Alpine telematics
  • A series of equipment packs allow customers to specify their Alpine with more features, from convenience packs to sports seats upgrades
  • New Fire Orange with contrasting Deep Black roof is the first dual-tone colour available on the A110 range
  • The New A110 S can be specified with an Aero Kit featuring carbon elements for added downforce and enhanced performance with 170mph top speed
  • Prices start from £49,905 OTR for the A110, £59,355 OTR for New A110 GT and £59,955 OTR for New A110 S
  • The New Alpine A110 range is available to order now, with customer deliveries taking place early March 2022

Today, Alpine is unveiling its new A110 range consisting of the A110, the New A110 GT and the New A110 S.

All three revised versions of the A110 line-up are typically Alpine, and each has its own distinctive character and purpose. In their own way, they treat drivers to three kinds of Alpine experience.

They are as light and agile as any car with an Alpine badge and come with a four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, paired with a Getrag seven-speed automatic gearbox with a dual wet clutch to deliver the iconic Alpine experience.

The entry-level model, the A110 features the Alpine chassis and a 252hp engine offering similar driving characteristics to the original Berlinette – it is light, lively and precise, and delivers an agile and vibrant drive on all roads.

The New Alpine A110 GT is the range’s Grand Tourisme sports coupe. With 300hp and renowned Alpine chassis, it strikes a fine balance between performance and comfort. Versatile and elegant, the A110 GT is a sports car perfectly suited to everyday and long-distance driving, as well as more involved drives on twisty roads.

The New Alpine A110 S sits at the top of the revised range, focused on performance with 300hp and a unique Sports chassis. Optional semi-slick tyres and a new custom-made aerodynamic body kit brings enhanced thrills, precision and enjoyment – especially on track.

“2021 is an historic year for Alpine: it ventured into Formula 1, won the Grand Prix in Hungary and pushed ahead with the Endurance programme in the top category. This is exactly what the new A110 range is all about: it’s crisper, pushes performance up a notch and captures what we are aiming for in the motor sports arena.”
Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine

NEW ALPINE A110 S: THE ESSENCE OF A SPORTS CAR
The exterior design of the New A110 S provides more than a clue as to its sporty, intensely Alpine driving experience.

Exterior equipment includes chromium black Alpine lettering, bright 18-inch GT Race rims with black detailing, 215/40 R18 front tyres and 245/40 18 rear tyres, and orange brake callipers. Additional S badging completes the added detailing over the rest of the A110 range, while optional carbon aerodynamic body kit details are available, as well as Fire Orange paintwork with contrasting Deep Black roof.

Under the skin, the New A110 S delivers on its visual promise with an uncompromising mechanical specification – 300hp, uprated Sports chassis, brakes and exhaust – to deliver an enthusiastic and exhilarating drive on any road, at any speed.

The New A110 S is also available with optional Michelin PS Cup 2 Connect semi-slick tyres, while the optional Aero Kit pushes the top speed up to 170mph. The kit is comprised of a carbon rear spoiler improving aerodynamic support, a carbon front blade and longer front fairings under the car to step up the efficiency of the rear diffuser and flat floor. With the Aero Kit fitted, the New A110 S can deliver its full potential on track. Its stability at its enhanced top speed comes from the 60kg extra load on the front wheels (from the carbon blade) and 81kg extra load at the back (from the carbon spoiler), adding up to a total of 141kg extra downforce.

The interior comes with top-of-the-range fittings including adjustable Sabelt Sport seats, aluminium Sport pedals, and a microfibre covered interior with orange overstitching if the driver opts for the Microfibre pack and Racing Seats. The orange seatbelts, all-microfibre seat upholstery and fittings to add a harness are unique to the New A110 S.

“The New Alpine A110 S is the first A110 with a rear spoiler. We ran the A110 S through many wind tunnel tests, which showed that it needed substantial aerodynamic support to reach its maximum speed. The Aero Kit is our answer to that challenge. The A110 S peaks at 170mph, has fantastic looks and is set to be a star on the tracks that takes on any race against the clock.”
Antony Villain, Director of Design, Alpine

The New A110 S key facts:

 POWER
(hp)
TORQUE
(Nm)
COMBINED MPG
(WLTP)
CO2 EMISSIONS
(g/km)
0-62mph
(secs)
TOP SPEED
(mph)
PRICE
(OTR £)
A110 S300340 at 2,400 to 6,000rpm34.5-33.6153-1604.2170£59,955
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 3.7kg/hp
  • Sport chassis: recalibrated anti-roll bars and springs, purpose-engineered axle geometry, 50 per cent stiffer coil springs, shock absorbers adjusted accordingly, hollow anti-roll bars to minimise weight (and 100 per cent firmer), 4mm lower ride height, hydraulic steering wheel stops for optimal body control
  • Unladen kerb mass: 1,109 to 1,140kg
  • Exhaust system: Sport
  • Brembo high-performance braking system, 320mm diameter dual material discs at the front and rear, orange callipers Bright black 18-inch GT Race rims
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres (215/40 R18 at the front and 245/40 R18 at the rear)
  • Sabelt Sport adjustable seats in black microfibre and leather with orange overstitching, fitted on two visible rails

 

NEW ALPINE A110 GT: GRAND TOURISME, FRENCH STYLE
The distinctive features of the New A110 GT include the Thunder Grey launch colour, enhanced with subtle GT badging on the back and the door sills. The New A110 GT offers an unparalleled blend of performance and elegance with its Alpine chassis and 300hp powertrain.

The sleek exterior silhouette, sophisticated interior and sharp mechanical features deliver a tantalising combination. Standard features bring enhanced comfort and convenience, including Park Assist with front and rear sensors and rear-view camera, plus adjustable leather Comfort seats with blue overstitching.

The New A110 GT key facts:

 POWER
(hp)
TORQUE
(Nm)
COMBINED MPG
(WLTP)
CO2 EMISSIONS
(g/km)
0-62mph
(secs)
TOP SPEED
(mph)
PRICE
(OTR £)
A110 GT300340 at 2,400 to 6,000rpm34.5-33.6 4.2170£59,355
  • Alpine chassis, double-triangulated front and rear suspension
  • Unladen kerb mass: 1,119 to 1,140kg
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Brembo high-performance braking system, 320mm diameter discs at the front and rear, blue callipers
  • Légende 18-inch diamond-cut black rims
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 205/40 R18 tyres at the front and 235/40 R18 tyres at the rear
  • Adjustable Comfort seats on six rails, covered in black or brown leather with blue overstitching

 

ALPINE A110: THE ORIGINAL
The entry model to the A110 range has been renamed simply as the A110. Its agility and acceleration are unparalleled thanks to a combination of a lightweight and balanced chassis. Its mass has been optimally spread out – 44 per cent at the front, 56 per cent at the rear with the engine in a central-back position – and it is lighter at 1,102kg unladen. It comes with the Alpine chassis and Sport seats, and its communicative dynamics and efficiency in all circumstances provide uncompromised driving pleasure.

The A110 key facts:

 POWER
(hp)
TORQUE
(Nm)
COMBINED MPG
(WLTP)
CO2 EMISSIONS
(g/km)
0-62mph
(secs)
TOP SPEED
(mph)
PRICE
(OTR £)
A110252320 2,000 to 4,800rpm35.1-33.6152-1584.5170£49,905
  • Alpine chassis, double-triangulated front and rear suspension
  • Unladen kerb mass: 1,102 to 1,140kg
  • Brembo 296mm diameter front and rear brakes, Charcoal Black callipers
  • 17-inch rims
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 205/45 R17 tyres at the front and 235/45 R17 tyres at the rear
  • Adjustable Sport seats covered in black microfibre and leather with grey overstitching, fitted on two rails
  • New Alpine multimedia system with enhanced connectivity

 

SHARPER ENGINE CALIBRATION
To maximise driving pleasure, each version of the Alpine A110 comes with three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Sport and Track.

Normal mode is geared more towards comfort, while Sport mode is optimised for more dynamic driving and gear shifting – including the capability of shifting gears down and increasing engine revs (for the kind of smart boost you get from double clutching) between shifting up through the transmission.

The throttle and engine response, power steering’s sensitivity, gear-shifting rules, and exhaust valve activation all change according to the mode the driver selects. This also applies to the ESC system, which can also be deactivated at the touch of a button.

The New A110 GT and New A110 S engine’s calibration has been improved to push maximum power to 300hp at higher engine speeds (6,300rpm), add 20Nm (340Nm torque as low as 2,400rpm) and reach the enhanced top speed in seventh gear, while the automatic gearbox is also engineered to boost performance.

Another all-new feature is found when initialising the Launch Control procedure, with one of the cylinders temporarily disabled to produce a more engaging engine note.

NEW INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
Alpine is fitting its new A110 range with a new multimedia system including a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and two USB outlets. It is smartphone-inspired, intuitive with customisable widgets, and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The controls behind the steering wheel activate voice recognition so that you can control your smartphone’s operating system or run Google Online Search for addresses. The onboard navigation system provides a wealth of information in real time, including traffic updates and upcoming service stations including fuel prices.

The Alpine Telematics menu (standard on the New A110 S) includes real-time readings or bar charts displaying key metrics such as turbo pressure, gearbox temperature, torque, power, steering wheel angle and acceleration, while the built-in chronograph keeps track of performance on circuits.

The Alpine multimedia system is available, depending on the version, with a standard audio system, Focal audio system (two speakers + two tweeters) and Focal Premium audio system (two speakers + two tweeters + one subwoofer).

The new Alpine multimedia system is compatible with FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) remote updates. This connectivity ensures the system is always operating in as up-to-date format as possible and will make it possible to add a Wi-Fi connection in the near future.

 

ENHANCED EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION
For the A110, the following new optional equipment is available:

  • Comfort pack: adjustable Sabelt Comfort seats on six rails, black leather, Serac 18-inch rims, aluminium Sport pedals, Focal audio system and Park Assist
  • Park Assist: front and rear parking sensors and rear-view camera
  • Sport exhaust: hallmark Alpine sound is optimised post-injection and delivered through a tuned acoustic resonator, with an active acoustic valve for even greater sound communication in Sport and Track driving modes.

Optional equipment available on the New A110 GT and New A110 S includes:

  • Microfibre pack: microfibre finishing on the steering wheel, headliner, centre console and dashboard, which can be combined with optional Racing seats in the New A110 S

For just the New A110 S, the following are available:

  • Aero Kit: carbon front blade and rear spoiler providing enhanced aerodynamic support, longer front fairings under the car to step up efficiency for the rear diffuser and flat floor, top speed (limiter off) at 170mph
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect semi-slick tyres: high-performance tyre mounting with reinforced structure and better grip, suited for racing tracks as well as ordinary roads
  • Racing Seats: Sabelt Sport seats with microfibre upholstery

Other features available across the revised Alpine range include:

  • Brembo high-performance braking system, with 320mm diameter dual material discs front and rear
  • Aluminium sport pedals pack
  • Rear-view mirror pack: electric folding exterior mirrors and anti-glare interior mirror
  • Three alloy wheel options:
    • 18-inch Sérac 18-inch rims
    • 18-inch Fuchs Thunder Grey satin finish cast rims
    • 18-inch Grand Prix diamond-cut rims
  • 100 per cent gloss finish carbon finish roof, saving 1.9kg (New A110 GT and New A110 S)
  • Storage Pack: net behind the passenger seat and closed compartment between the two seats

The Alpine A110, New A110 GT and New A110 S models are available in Glacier White, Iridescent White, Abyss Blue, Alpine Blue, Deep Black, Thunder Grey, Thunder Grey matte finish, and Fire Orange tones. The New A110 S also comes exclusively with the all-new optional dual-colour body finished in Fire Orange with contrasting Deep Black roof.

In addition, the Atelier Alpine catalogue offers a range of 22 exclusive ‘heritage’ colours evoking the legend of the brand.

The New A110 range starts from £49,905 OTR and is available now to order.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 A110A110 GTNew A110 S
ENGINE
Cylinders4
Valves per cylinder4
Size1,798cm3
Max engine power185 kW (252 hp) at 6,000rpm221 kW (300 hp) at 6,300rpm
Max torque320Nm from 2,000 to 4,800rpm340Nm from 2,400 to 6,000rpm
FuelPetrol
TRANSMISSION
TypeRear wheel drive
GearboxAutomatic, dual clutch, 7 speeds
CHASSIS
ChassisAluminium structure (96%)
Front/rear axlesDouble-triangulated suspension / Hydraulic compression stops
BodyCoupe, engine in central-back position
Turning circle between pavements11.4 metres
BrakesFixed aluminium 4-piston callipers front, fixed single-piston callipers rear
Front brake disc diameter296mm320mm
Rear brake disc diameter296mm320mm
Front tyres205/45 R17205/40 R18215/40 R18
Rear tyres235/45 R17235/40 R18245/40 R18
WEIGHT
Unladen kerbside (min – max)1,102 kg – 1,140kg1,119 kg – 1,140kg1,109 kg – 1,140kg
Max permissible mass (laden)1,360kg
PERFORMANCE
Max speed250km/h250km/h260 / 275*km/h
0-100 km/h4.5 s4.2 s4.2 s
0-1000 metres23.2 s22.4 s22.4 s
CONSUMPTION/EMISSIONS(1)
Homologation procedureWLTP(2)
Fuel tank capacity45 l
CO2 emissions**, combined cycle152-158g/km153-160g/km153-160g/km
Consumption**, combined cycle35.1-33.6mpg34.5-33.6mpg34.5-33.6mpg

* with the optional Aero Kit
** pending certification

For further information on the Alpine range, please visit www.alpinecars.com

About Alpine:
Founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, the brand has set itself apart with its French-style sports cars. In 2018, the brand presents the new A110, a sports car faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of compactness, lightness, agility and driving pleasure. In 2021, Alpine Cars, Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing join forces under the Alpine flagship. It thus becomes the brand dedicated to innovative, authentic, exclusive sportscars of Groupe Renault, benefiting from the heritage and craftmanship of its historic plant in Dieppe, as well as the engineering mastery from the Formula One and Renault Sport teams.

BMW Drivers Most Likely to be psychopaths

BMW Drivers Most Likely to be psychopaths

You’ll be happy to know it’s still not that likely, but who doesn’t like poking fun at BMW drivers?

 
The research from Scrap Car Comparison got 2,000 drivers of varying car makes and models to complete a ‘Psychopath Test’. The test involves 12 questions that are able to show where you fall on the ‘psychopathy scale’.
 
Ranked on a scale of zero (no psychopathy) to 36 (psychopathy likely) the average score across all participants was 6.6 – so not very psychopathy on average which is always good to hear…
 
BMW drivers scored 12.1 across the board, with Audi drivers just behind in second place with an average score of 11.7. To my surprise, but also not really that surprised Fiat drivers need to be kept an eye on as they scored 7 but obviously that’s still pretty low and near the average of 6.6.
 
Ducati World Première 2022 Episode 5: The Evolution of Speed

Ducati World Première 2022 Episode 5: The Evolution of Speed

Save the Date 25 November | 16.00 CET | Ducati.com

The fifth episode of the Ducati World Première web series will be dedicated to the Panigale V4.

The Ducati magic continues bringing you the 2022 model: faster, more powerful and more intuitive at the same time!

All the details will be unveiled on Thursday 25th November at 4.00 pm CET on Ducati.com and on the Ducati YouTube channel .

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