Archive for the ‘Green Machines’ Category

LA 2012: BMW i3 Concept Coupé

BMW unveiled this i3 Concept Coupé at the LA Auto Show and if this is the city car of the future, sign us up. It’s stylish, simple and has a fresh design that is unlike any current BMW on sale. The interior has a pleasing simplicity with a high-quality look. The 20″ wheels of the […]

With or without you

Pop megastars U2 have been employed by Mercedes-Benz to produce an audio track of a different kind. The usually quiet SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive needs a sound to please the driver inside the cabin and to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence on the outside. Fritz Eichler, Head of powertrain, explains: “We have to […]

Audi R8 e-tron production future in doubt

Newly appointed Audi R&D boss Wolfgang Dürheimer is making his mark by calling a halt to the development of the R8 e-tron. It’s being reported the prohibitive cost of batteries is one of the major factors forcing Audi’s hand. Limited range is another. There is a review of the R8 e-tron’s production future underway and […]

Volkswagen Jetta world’s fastest hybrid, kind of

All the hybrid talk round here of late has been about the Porsche 918, so it may surprise a few to learn it’s the humble Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid LSR that has officially etched its name into the records books first. Competing at the Bonneville Word Finals in the class for production cars with engines of […]

Walter very, very impressed by 918 Spyder

We’re sorry that we’re bringing you even more Porsche 918 Spyder content. But when Walter Röhrl speaks, we tend to listen. Okay, in this promo piece from Porsche, Walter doesn’t really say a lot. Consider this, though; Walter Röhrl, the Nürburgring and Porsche’s latest supercar—it’s a combination that can’t be ignored. Don’t you agree? We […]

More details on the Porsche 918 Spyder

When Chris Harris filed his video on the Porsche 918 Spyder he also wrote his usual summary for PistonHeads. Buried in that article was a link to the press kit supplied by Porsche when the 918 was at the Nürburgring. It’s not been made available to the general Porsche press outlets so we were keen […]

Paris 2012: Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has rocked up to Paris with the spectacular looking SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. They reckon it is the most powerful and fastest production electric sports car ever made. With 552kW and 1000Nm of torque you can see why Mercedes is so confident. All that power comes courtesy of four electric motors, one at […]

Paris 2012: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

And just like that Porsche has made the Panamera cool. This is the Panamera Sport Turismo, the latest in the current craze of Shooting Brake models. Officially it’s only a concept, but we think we know where this will end up, and that’s on the roads around the world. We say, it won’t happen overnight, […]

VIDEO: Audi R8 e-tron Nürburgring lap record

Audi has released onboard video of the R8 e-tron setting its Nürburgring lap record for an electric powered production car. Markus Winkelhock was at the wheel and he managed to pedal the eerily quiet R8 around the Ring in 8 minutes 9.09 seconds. While the lap time is impressive enough you can see from the […]

MINI finds cheeky way to advertise inside London 2012 Olympic stadium

One of the edicts of the Olympic Games is that there shall be no advertising on view inside any Olympic venue. But MINI has found a cheeky way around that hurdle for the London 2012 Games thanks to its remote controlled Mini MINI. You may have already seen the 1100mm machines, approximately one quarter scale, […]

Porsche 918 Spyder provisional specifications

In addition to the gorgeous pictures of the Martini Racing inspired Porsche 918 Spyder prototype Stuttgart has released provisional specs for the car. You’re a Porsche fan, right; so all you really need to know is the 918 has a 4.6 litre V8 and an electric motor on each axle. The end result is 770hp […]

Porsche 918 Spyder in classic Martini livery

A little over a week since we saw a Porsche 918 Spyder in monochrome Martini livery, Porsche has gone the full monty by revealing four pics of the 918 in classic Martini Racing team colours. We’re going to forget the specs of this car for a moment. And we’re not even going to mention the […]