It’s not often that you announce the end of an era – let alone two – but this week has been nothing short of dramatic in the automotive world.
As the automotive industry strives to adapt to the changing needs of its increasingly savvy drivers, brands have strayed far from their heritage and decades of expertise to remain relevant. Case in point: Everything in this summary has something to do with electrification.
We’ve talked about electrification over and over here, but you know a new era of driving really dawned when Lotus announces its last internal combustion engine sports car, followed by Lamborghini’s decision to dose out the Aventador and its famous V12.
In the meantime, Bentley has taken the next step in its Beyond100 strategy with the Flying Spur Hybrid to achieve an end-to-end CO2-neutral organization while at the same time promoting electrification. Closer to home, Volvo’s performance and electric vehicle brand Polestar is finally making its way to Singapore to offer even more environmentally friendly options. Even Bugatti will soon be tapping into Rimac’s EV technology expertise once the partnership is official later this year.
For more juicy details on these, read on.
Lotus presents its last petrol car
Lotus could have its sights set on the electric route, but not without a final hurray. Its final combustion sports car, the Emira, will replace both the Elise and Exige and will be the only non-electric vehicle from 2022 and beyond, so purists of the brand will want to move forward with it quickly.
The mid-engine sports car – the first completely new sports car since the Evora in 2009 – is a real eye-catcher, especially since it is based on Lotus’ first electric hypercar, the Evija. Like all Lotusses, the Emira is relatively light at 3,097 pounds and will be fitted with either a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 from Toyota or the two-liter four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG engine from the A45.
Choose the former and you’ll get 400 horsepower and a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with a limited slip differential. The car is also a lot quick; The 0-100 km / h time was estimated to be 4.0 seconds before a top speed of 180 mph.
Lamborghini says goodbye to the Aventador with a bang
It was only a matter of time, but the days of the symphonic V12 are numbered, making it one of the best supercars to ever hit the road. More than a decade after its launch, the Lamborghini Aventador and its recognizable V12 growl will cease to exist, but not without a grand finale.
The limited edition LP 780-4 Ultimae will be Sant’Agata’s last V12 production car with an all-internal combustion engine, and it is also his most powerful. The 6.5-liter power pack has an output of 10 hp more than the SVJ and delivers 769 hp and 720 Nm to achieve a time from 0 to 100 km / h of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 356 km / h. The next V12 to add to the portfolio will be the third new variant in Lamborghini’s entire history and will see a naturally aspirated V12 that is supplemented by an electric hybrid system.
Only 350 coupes and 250 roadsters will be available, each with a numbered badge and offered in a range of unique color schemes. The Roadster in particular is available with a dashing carbon fiber roof panel.
Polestar is coming to Singapore
Just in time for the increasing demand for electrification on the roads, the Swedish electric car brand Polestar has finally found its way to the local coast and appointed Wearnes Automotive as the sole distributor in Singapore.
That means that soon you will be able to see cars like the Polestar 2 on streets near you. The full-fledged production car has been dubbed a serious competitor to other electric vehicles in the market like the Tesla Model 3 and takes its cue from its parent company Volvo to offer clean aesthetics and reliable performance with no unnecessary frills. It’s also the first car in the world with Google built in. Three versions of this model will be available for launch here: the Standard Range Single Motor, Long Range Single Motor and Long Range Dual Motor version.
The Polestar Space in Singapore is located at 45 Leng Kee Road and will be open to the public in November 2021.
Bentley is expanding its hybrid product range with the Flying Spur
Bentley is true to its promise of a greener, more environmentally friendly product line and has announced its second hybrid after the Bentayga. This time it’s the Flying Spur.
As the “most efficient Bentley of all time”, this sedan will see a 410 hp, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 134 hp electric motor that works with the eight-speed dual clutch transmission and delivers a total of 536 hp and 750 Nm of torque. Interestingly, it will also have a mode that requires around 40km of all-electric range, which means more efficiency for all of your trips. Despite the mechanical changes, the hybrid’s 0-100 km / h time is only a hair slower than the V8 model with a 0-100 km / h time of 4.3 seconds (4.1 seconds for the V8) before it reaches a top speed of 285 km / h.
The Flying Spur Hybrid also tries to use its battery most effectively with a destination programmed into the navigation system, prioritizing the charge for urban use. In terms of aesthetics, the Hybrid is little different from the rest of the Spur range – which is a very good thing – though there is a subtle badge on the front fender and a rear left charging port that supports its eco friendly away.
Bugatti, Rimac and Porsche announce joint venture
With a stronger focus than ever on the future of driving – think of digitization, electrification and autonomous driving – the Volkswagen Group no longer has the financial means or the manpower to waste the “hobby brands” of its former CEO.
That brings us to this mutually beneficial joint venture between the three big names. Bugatti shares will soon be transferred from the VW Group to this new automotive initiative, with Rimac holding 55 percent of the shares and Porsche controlling the other 45 and all of Bugatti’s responsibilities.
With Rimac’s outstanding EV technology, Bugatti could soon jump on the bandwagon with its own electric hypercars. The shared technology and resources also mean that the 918 Spyder may get a more advanced replacement in the near future.