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    • The high-riding, all-terrain 2023 Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will run on similarly tough Bridgestone tyres equipped with run-flat technology and designed exclusively for the model. Bridgestone has revealed full details on the custom Dueler All-Terrain AT002 tyre specially designed for the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, a highly anticipated model that is set to begin production next month. The Dueler All-Terrain AT002 tyres will be the world’s first supercar all-terrain tyres that support Run-Flat Technology (RFT), which will allow Sterrato drivers to continue after a puncture for 80km at up to 80km/h with 0-bar pressure. The Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain AT002 tyre is designed to be fit to carry the all-wheel-drive V10 Sterrato over any terrain, promising on and off-road performance to match the capabilities of the supercar. Bridgestone says that the AT002 tyres will be manufactured with a specialised compound and shoulder designed to provide optimal grip in deep gravel and mud. The Dueler All-Terrain AT002’s tread pattern provides ideal high-speed handling without losing any performance during off-road running. Sterrato owners who want to make the most of their all-terrain vehicle in colder climates will also have the aftersale option of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 winter tyre for additional traction in snow and low-grip wet conditions. Both tyre options will have wider rear tyres with the AT002 measuring in at 235/40 R19 at the front and 285/40 ZR19 at the rear, while the Blizzak LM005 comes in at 235/40 R19 in the front and 285/40 R19 in the rear, only missing the ZR performance speed rating. “With the Dueler All-Terrain AT002, we’ve created a tyre that is just as capable at high speeds on asphalt as it is when driving off-road, providing high-speed stability and off-road capability, rising to meet a completely different set of challenges on mud, gravel, and demanding terrains,” said Bridgestone EMIA VP of consumer replacement Steven De Bock. The 2023 Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato is limited to 1499 production units and will run on a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine that produces 449kW of power and 565Nm of torque. It is the final variant in the line of V10 Huracan supercars that started in 2014. Once it goes on sale it will compete against the recently-revealed Porsche 911 Dakar. Lamborghini has claimed the model will do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds, and the 0-200km/h sprint in 9.8 seconds. View the full article
    • While Porsche isn’t necessarily known for segment-leading infotainment systems, it has recognised that owners of older models may want to keep up with the times. Porsche Classic has released new editions of its Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) and Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus (PCCM Plus) systems for a wider range of vintage and modern models – after a successful 2020 launch prompted further demand. The PCCM infotainment systems will now be available for owners who want 2023-era technology in the sixth-generation 911 997 (2005-2008) and the early 987 Boxster and Cayman (2005-2008), as well as the first-generation Cayenne (2003-2008). The retrofitted devices bring these older models up-to-date with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display (for the wider PCCM Plus) supporting features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smarter navigation with 2D and 3D maps, and further media playback and bluetooth connectivity. Porsche is taking the restomod revenue, which is normally capitalised on by a third party, into its own hands. It will enable the infotainment upgrade with a seamlessly fitting device which still uses the existing amplifiers, speakers, and antenna. “There is huge demand for contemporary networking of our timeless classics. And soon after the successful launch of the infotainment systems for retrofitting, we received corresponding queries from owners of early 911 generation 997, this is why we’re now significantly extending our range,” said Porsche Classic director Ulrike Lutz. Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus 997, 987, Cayenne E1 Porsche Classic assures that the devices are made to be imperceptible from the components already installed in the car, with the design style and materials matching elements such as the climate control panel. The American and European devices will be equipped with region-specific features such as embedded local radio stations and onboard navigation with Porsche ‘points of interest’. We have reached out to Porsche Classic for clarification on any potential Australia-specific features. The new PCCM Plus will naturally be the most expensive of the two devices, starting at EUR 1520 (A$2383), with extra costs for navigation maps. The devices can be ordered at any Porsche centre from today, and fitting is recommended at an allocated Porsche Centre or Porsche Classic partner. MORE: Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment review View the full article
    • Lamborghini’s new V12 hybrid flagship has been revealed in a set of sketches ahead of its unveiling in the first quarter of 2023. Sketches filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation show the highly anticipated Lamborghini Aventador successor. The sketches, originally obtained by Motor1, show an angular mid-engine coupe that shares design cues with its Aventador predecessor. The aggressive, angular front face of the vehicle is reminiscent of the exclusive Lamborghini Sian, with a pair of scalene LED headlights and large cooling ducts at the bottom of the bumper. The side profile features deep air intakes and what are presumably Lamborghini’s trademark scissor doors. The rear of the model continues the angular design motif with prominent hexagonal exhaust outlets and slim Y-shaped lighting strips. The sketches also provide a birdseye view of the mid-mounted V12 engine, a crucial element for a flagship Lamborghini. “It’s important to start a new era with the V12,” said Lamborghini’s regional director of Asia Pacific, Francesco Scardaoni, describing it as “the masterpiece that the company started with in 1963”. The new supercar will differ from the Aventador in featuring a hybrid V12 powertrain. Spy photos taken in November 2022 gave us a glimpse at the interior, including a digital instrument cluster that revealed an 8500rpm redline. The cluster also showed a “Rear aero system fault!” message, suggesting the model will feature at least a pop-up rear spoiler. Outputs for the new powertrain haven’t been revealed, but Lamborghini isn’t likely to move backwards from what’s on offer in the Aventador. Its V12 powertrain makes 574kW and 720Nm in LP780-4 Ultimae guise. With all-wheel drive and an automated manual transmission, the Ultimae can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 2.8 seconds, hit 200km/h in 8.7 seconds, and max out at 355km/h. Mr Scardaoni previously told CarExpert that “the cost price (of the new model) will be slightly higher than Aventador, but not because of the hybrid but because of the materials, the cost of material, cost of parts.” Lamborghini already has over 3000 orders and an 18-month waiting list for the still unnamed Aventador successor, showing the appetite for ultra-luxury vehicles hasn’t slowed down. When the Aventador launched in 2011, it became the first series production car to feature a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. Its replacement is also set to bring a list of firsts to market and Lamborghini says it will be best in class, which suggests it should take the fight to Ferrari’s ballistic SF90 V8 hybrid. Lamborghini is coming off a record year with 9233 car sales worldwide in 2022, 10 per cent higher than the previous year. The Italian brand is making a 1.8 billion euro (A$2.8bn) investment into electrification of its range through to 2026 and is set to launch its first electric vehicle by 2028. A plug-in hybrid version of the Urus has been spied testing and it is scheduled to launch in 2024, following the new V12 hybrid supercar. The successor to the current Huracan will also receive a hybrid system when it launches in 2024. View the full article
    • Lamborghini‘s upcoming Urus plug-in hybrid “super” SUV has been spied once again ahead of its previously confirmed launch in 2024. Once the electrified Urus goes on sale it’ll go head-to-head with vehicles like the BMW XM, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. Our spy photographers captured this Urus PHEV prototype with a swirly black-and-white camouflage while parked in a grassy field. It’s parked next to a number of other Volkswagen Group vehicles, as well as what appears to be a Porsche Macan EV prototype. This latest Urus PHEV prototype appears to be very similar in terms of design to a recently-spied example, with the reworked LED headlights and the tweaked grille design. There’s also a covered-up charging flap on the left-hand side rear wheel arch like all previous Urus PHEV prototypes. This Urus PHEV prototype is still covered in an abundance of camouflage, which could point toward Lamborghini hiding some of the changes for now. The interior is all covered up too. It’s expected that future Urus PHEV prototypes will shed the camouflage and give us better look both inside and out. At this stage it’s unclear what will power the Urus PHEV, but it could share its plug-in hybrid powertrain with Porsche. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 mate with an electric motor and a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, with total system outputs of 500kW of power and 900Nm of torque. This is 10kW and 50Nm more than the recently-revealed Urus S which is the “entry-level” version of the updated super SUV range. In addition to the Urus S, Lamborghini has also revealed the meaner-looking Urus Performante. Both models are powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine making 490kW and 850Nm, sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Lamborghini has previously said it’s launching its first hybrid series-production vehicle in 2023, with Lamborghini’s director for the APAC region, Francesco Scardaoni, recently confirming it will be the Aventador successor. This successor to the Aventador has been previously spied and will have a V12 naturally-aspirated engine with a plug-in hybrid system. The Urus PHEV and an electrified Huracan successor will follow in 2024. Lamborghini’s roadmap to electrification will culminate with its first all-electric model, which will arrive “by the second half of the decade”. Mr Scardaoni recently confirmed this electric vehicle (EV) will have a 2+2 seating configuration. Previous rumours have pointed toward it being a grand tourer that will look similar to the Estoque concept from 2008, and the Asterion concept from 2014. Click an image to view the full gallery. MORE: Everything Lamborghini Urus View the full article
    • The updated Bentley Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible have been spied testing in the snow, ahead of an expected 2024 introduction. The latest series of photos show an apparent – if minor – change in design for the headlights and tail lights, as well as tweaks to the front and rear bumpers. Our spy photographers recently spied a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Continental GT featuring both a fuel filler cap on the right-hand side and a squarer charging flap on the left. Bentley has confirmed its Continental range will feature a PHEV variant. The brand uses different PHEV powertrains in its Flying Spur and Bentayga, and it’s not yet clear which will be used in the Continental – or if it will use a different one entirely. The Continental range is based on the Volkswagen Group MSB platform which also underpins the Bentley Flying Spur and Porsche Panamera. In plug-in hybrid guise, the Flying Spur features a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine alongside an electric motor and a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery, with total system outputs of 400kW of power and 750Nm of torque. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid also features a 2.9-litre V6 with a pair of turbochargers, but a total system output of 340kW. The hotter Turbo S E-Hybrid, in contrast, uses a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, and total system outputs of 514kW and 870Nm. Finally, Bentley’s plug-in hybrid Bentayga uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol and a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery, with total outputs of 330kW and 700Nm. Though unconfirmed, the Continental GT and GTC’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 may continue, at least until 2026 when the brand says it will then only offer electrified or electric vehicles. The current Continental was first revealed in 2017 and entered production in 2018, making it due for an update. With the launch of a plug-in hybrid version of its coupe and convertible range, Bentley will have electrified variants across all its model lines. Current Continental GT The two-door PHEVs will then be followed by Bentley’s first electric vehicle, set to be revealed in 2025 ahead of a launch in 2026. The company will then exclusively sell EVs from 2030 onwards. Bentley Motors claims to have delivered 15,174 vehicles to customers in 2022 across 65 countries, setting an all-time record for sales which were up four percent year-on-year. With the introduction of PHEV versions of the Bentayga and Flying Spur, Bentley sales jumped 23 percent in the Asia-Pacific region alone. The Bentayga was Bentley’s top-selling model, accounting for 42 percent of total sales. Current Continental GTC MORE: Everything Bentley Continental View the full article
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