ForceGT.com http://www.forcegt.com The Latest in Car News, Car Reviews, Aftermarket Tuning, Videos and much more. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:49:21 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Peugeot revives 504 Coupe with e-Legend Concept http://www.forcegt.com/news/peugeot-revives-504-coupe-with-e-legend-concept/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:44:25 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=85008 Peugeot has been building cars for 120 years and is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world. It’s certainly produced some beautiful cars in that time, including the 504 Coupe from the late 60s. Now the company has unveiled a modern interpretation of the model in the form of the e-Legend. Set to …

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Peugeot has been building cars for 120 years and is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world. It’s certainly produced some beautiful cars in that time, including the 504 Coupe from the late 60s. Now the company has unveiled a modern interpretation of the model in the form of the e-Legend.

Set to debut at next month’s 2018 Paris Motor Show, the retro-inspired concept is radically modern, featuring a fully electric powertrain and advanced autonomous driving tech.

An athletic and sensual look

To frame its technological vision, the e-Legend Concept reinterprets the 504 Coupe with its angular front fascia and double headlights. The front grille has been added just for décor as it doesn’t serve any purpose due to the concept’s all electric powertrain.

At the back, it carries the visual signature of modern Peugeots with its 3 claws that is treated in a very technological way. The 3rd brake light located at the top of the rear window covers its full width with a multi-blade assembly that reflects itself.

The wheel arches housing the 19-inch alloys not only look great, but also serve an aerodynamic purpose as the front ones incorporate an air passage to boost airflow.

At the bottom of the rear pillar, a piece of black trim contains a screen that displays a personalized greeting as well as the batteries’ charge level.

High standards for materials

Inside, the designers focused on warm materials to counter balance the cold digital material. Silk velvet is cleverly mixed with a modern technical mesh, woven digitally and especially for the e-Legend Concept from a shiny thread reminiscent of the hue of velvet, which can also be found in the Peugeot 3008 and 5008.

Futuristic interior

Most conventional controls have been replaced by a 6-inch touchscreen and a rotary knob. There is also a digital toggle bar presenting various commands configurable based on the driving mode on the left hand side of the steering wheel.

Most information is broadcast on 16 screens of different sizes around the cabin, including a massive 49-inch curved display, 29-inch displays in the doors and 12-inch screens in each sun visor.

Electric powertrain and all-wheel drive

Powering the e-Legend is a massive 100kWh battery pack that provides enough electrons for 600km of driving range in the new WLTP cycle. Impressively, it takes just 25 minutes to recharge the battery to 500km of range.

The electric drivetrain produces 340kW of power and a stout 800Nm of torque, distributed to all four wheels to enable the e-Legend to hit 100km/h from a standstill in less than 4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 220km/h.

Peugeot says it has not plans at this stage to create a road-going version of the e-Legend.

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Nissan unveils mobile observatory – Navara Dark Sky Concept http://www.forcegt.com/news/nissan-unveils-mobile-observatory-navara-dark-sky-concept/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:41:27 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84995 Nissan has unveiled the one-of-a-kind Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show which takes exploration to the next level. Developed in the UK in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the concept vehicle functions as a mobile astronomy lab, featuring an observatory-class telescope on a bespoke off-road trailer. ESA is …

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Nissan has unveiled the one-of-a-kind Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept at the 2018 Hannover Motor Show which takes exploration to the next level.

Developed in the UK in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the concept vehicle functions as a mobile astronomy lab, featuring an observatory-class telescope on a bespoke off-road trailer.

ESA is mapping the stars with unprecedented precision using the Gaia satellite, which has already observed more than a billion stars.

The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept supports this project by helping astronomers conduct follow-up observations of the universe from hard-to-reach, so-called “dark sky” locations – away from the nighttime glow of urban areas, which decreases visibility.

“The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering our customers to go anywhere,” said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Nissan’s light commercial vehicle business.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility and ProPILOT, we are creating the best solutions for the next frontiers of business, no matter how complex the commercial need.”

At the heart of the trailer is the ultrahigh-power PlaneWave telescope. The upgraded driver assist technologies allow the telescope to be transported to wild, remote dark-sky locations.

“The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept allows observations to take place in very remote places, avoiding light pollution, while also transporting telescopes safely and easily,” said Fred Jansen, ESA’s senior mission manager for Gaia.

“Telescopes like the one in the trailer are needed in studies of planets and stars in our galaxy, allowing Earth-based follow-up campaigns enabled by the Gaia data.”

The design of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept takes its inspiration from the cosmos.

The dark exterior colour scheme features nebula motifs using parametric patterning, and the interior brings together the deep hues of the night sky with the orange shades of a setting sun.

Reflective orange piping on the seats also provides visibility inside the vehicle, negating the need for white lights that would disrupt the astronomer’s night vision.

Since red light affects human night vision least, both the vehicle and trailer exclusively use red lighting to avoid visual disruption during observations.

READ MORE: Nissan Navara Review

Working closely with ESA, the trailer module also incorporates a special refrigerated atmosphere, allowing the telescope to remain stable and calibrated at the optimum temperature in transit to any location.

Once at the desired, often hard-to-reach destination, the trailer module’s mechanised roof can be opened to focus the telescope on the night sky.

Using a 40-centimetre (primary) mirror, it has the ability to give detailed views beyond the rings of Saturn, to distant galaxies, nebulae and supernovas.

The Navara is powered by a 2.3-litre turbo diesel engine producing 140kWof power and 450Nm of torque.

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First ever Ferrari crossover to be known as Purosangue http://www.forcegt.com/news/first-ever-ferrari-crossover-to-be-known-as-purosangue/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:20:55 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84976 Ferrari is officially joining the crossover race with its upcoming Purosangue (Italian for thoroughbred), which is set to arrive towards the end of 2022. Just don’t call it an SUV. “That word, I do not want to hear it in the same phrase as Ferrari,” new Ferrari boss, Louis Carey Camilleri said when announcing the …

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Ferrari is officially joining the crossover race with its upcoming Purosangue (Italian for thoroughbred), which is set to arrive towards the end of 2022. Just don’t call it an SUV.

“That word, I do not want to hear it in the same phrase as Ferrari,” new Ferrari boss, Louis Carey Camilleri said when announcing the model during the Capital Markets Day. While preferring to call it anything but, Camilleri did reveal a few juicy details about the Purosange SUV (!!).

First up, it will be offered with a traditional internal combustion engine along with a hybrid setup and all-wheel drive.

On the styling front, as well as being the brand’s first ever vehicle with a five-door body, it will feature a coupe-inspired silhouette and won’t be as big as the competing Lamborghini Urus.

The Purosange will sit on Ferrari’s new Front Mid Engine Architecture, with its front-mounted engine sitting behind the wheels, while a dual-clutch transmission is mounted at the rear to optimise weight distribution and low centre of gravity.

According to Camilleri, former chairman and CEO, Sergio Marchionne pushed for the Purosangue due to changing customer tastes, especially in burgeoning China. He also believed it could boost the company’s profit and takes its annual sales volume to above 10,000 cars a year for the first time.

Camilleri went on to admit he was initially skeptical about Ferrari entering the crossover segment but is not convinced after seeing the design sketches.

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Mercedes-AMG A35 breaks cover http://www.forcegt.com/news/mercedes-amg-a35-breaks-cover/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:12:41 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84974 The first ever Mercedes-AMG A 35 has joined the A-Class family as the new, more affordable performance grade until the full fat A 45 flagship arrives next year. Hailed by its manufacturer as “a true AMG for the Hot Hatch stage”, the A 35 is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharging that produces …

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The first ever Mercedes-AMG A 35 has joined the A-Class family as the new, more affordable performance grade until the full fat A 45 flagship arrives next year.

Hailed by its manufacturer as “a true AMG for the Hot Hatch stage”, the A 35 is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharging that produces 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Driving all four wheels through Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system and 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the baby AMG is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, en route to a limited top speed of 250km/h.

Bringing the car to a stop is an AMG brake system that consists of 4-piston monoblock fixed calipers and 350 millimetre brake discs for the front axle, backed by 1-piston sliding calipers acting on 330 millimetre brake discs at the rear. The silver-painted brake callipers have black AMG lettering.

For the best aural experience, the exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.

Visually, the A35 is distinguishable from the rest of the A-Class line-up through a new grille with twin louvres and AMG front bumpers with integrated splitter. In the side view, the aerodynamically optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design and the side sill panels of the AMG Line catch the eye. The rear is dominated by the AMG rear bumper with a new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the twin round tailpipe trims.

The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 will make its global premiere at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October 2018, with market rollout starting in early 2019.

Mercedes-AMG A35 Technical data at a glance

Engine

2.0-litre turbo

Displacement

1991 cc

Max. output

225 kW (306 hp) at 5800-6100 rpm

Peak torque

400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm

Drive system

AMG Performance 4MATIC fully variable all-wheel drive

Transmission

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission

Combined
fuel consumption

7.4-7.3 l/100 km

Combined CO2 emissions

169-167 g/km

Efficiency class

D

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.7 s

Top speed

250 km/h

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2019 Toyota Supra: more details emerge, future plans revealed http://www.forcegt.com/news/2019-toyota-supra-more-details-emerge-future-plans-revealed/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:17:37 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84963 More details regarding the 2019 Toyota Supra – one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the coming year – have been revealed, including what’s on the cards for Australian-delivered models, and Toyota has also hinted at some of its future plans for its upcoming flagship sports car.  Known as the A90, following on from …

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More details regarding the 2019 Toyota Supra – one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the coming year – have been revealed, including what’s on the cards for Australian-delivered models, and Toyota has also hinted at some of its future plans for its upcoming flagship sports car. 

Known as the A90, following on from the renowned A80 Supra last sold in 2002, the new model will share a drivetrain and basic underpinnings that are closely linked to the upcoming BMW Z4.

Toyota has today confirmed that Australian Supra models will, upon launch, sport a 3.0-litre inline-six fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger, as was expected. The minimum amount of power and torque we can expect to see it producing is 220kW and 450Nm respectively, which should help it complete the 0-100km/h sprint in “well under five seconds,” according to Toyota.

Sending the drive to the rear wheels alone will be an eight-speed torque converter automatic which, while unconfirmed, is most likely the same ZF unit used by BMW. It is claimed that the transmission was chosen for its “shift speed and direct feel,” while the use of a torque converter will alleviate the take-off jerkiness of a dual-clutch transmission.

Helping to put the power to the ground will be an electronically controlled active differential, while perfect 50:50 weight distribution should keep it balanced through the bends.

It has also been confirmed that, like in an increasing number of new performance cars, the Supra will be offered with a ‘drift mode’ that can be used with ESC both on or off to allow for more or less slip angle.

Interestingly, the Supra will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, where the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Jaguar E-Pace and I-Pace, and some BMW 5 Series models are also built.

The A90 Supra will also be the first car with Toyota Gazoo Racing branding locally, with this being the company’s new performance-focussed sub-brand.

As for Toyota’s future plans for the upcoming model, the company is looking to offer more engine options, along with mention of a manual gearbox being fitted to right-hook Supras – if the market for it is there.

While a less-powerful turbo four-pot has been confirmed, assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai confirmed that the company is “still studying bigger engines and different transmissions,” although amped-up versions of the standard straight-six will be far more likely than a V8 making its way under the Supra’s bonnet as “the weight distribution will be destroyed.”

As for the Supra being offered with a DIY-shifter, the hardware is there for it, according to Kai, and it has been engineered to fit in right-hand drive cars.

However, the possibility of it being made available is only likely if the demand is there for it, although strong sales in Australia for manual-equipped Toyota 86s and Mazda MX-5s may help with making a case for it.

The Supra will be officially revealed at the start of 2019, although it won’t be making its way Down Under until later in the coming year.

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New entry-level GT: 270kW/500Nm Mercedes-AMG GT 43 http://www.forcegt.com/news/new-entry-level-gt-270kw-500nm-mercedes-amg-gt-43/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:16:40 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84945 Mercedes-AMG has introduced the new GT 43 4Matic+ 4-door Coupe as a new entry-level model to the range powered by a version of the turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine in the GT 53 4Matic+. In the GT 43, the engine produces 270kW between 5,500rpm and 6,100rpm, and 500Nm of torque between 1,800rpm and 4,500rpm, while an …

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Mercedes-AMG has introduced the new GT 43 4Matic+ 4-door Coupe as a new entry-level model to the range powered by a version of the turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine in the GT 53 4Matic+.

In the GT 43, the engine produces 270kW between 5,500rpm and 6,100rpm, and 500Nm of torque between 1,800rpm and 4,500rpm, while an EQ Boost starter-alternator motor further adds an additional 16kW and 250Nm of torque. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission, enabling the GT 43 4Matic+ to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 270km/h.

On the styling front, the GT 43 looks almost identical to the more powerful GT 53, meaning front bumper with deep air intakes and a large ‘Panamerica’ grille. The car you see here also features classic AMG-style five spoke alloys wheels that makes the car standout even further.

Like the GT 53, the GT 43 employs active aerodynamics with the Airpanel air control system in the front, as well as the deployable rear spoiler.

A range of exterior packages including the Night, Chrome, Aerodynamic and two Carbon-Fibre options can also be specified.

Inside, the full range of customization option for the GT 53 is also available for the GT 43, including interior layouts for four or five seats.

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Facelifted Mitsubishi Triton teased ahead of 2019 arrival http://www.forcegt.com/news/facelifted-mitsubishi-triton-teased-ahead-of-2019-arrival/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:48:32 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84942 It’s 1978, and the world is changing. Space Invaders spreads to arcades across the globe and launches the video game industry. The first automated cellular phone network is being built in Japan and Superman takes off in cinemas. Another product is launched which, over the next four decades, will grow to become one of Mitsubishi’s most …

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It’s 1978, and the world is changing. Space Invaders spreads to arcades across the globe and launches the video game industry. The first automated cellular phone network is being built in Japan and Superman takes off in cinemas.

Another product is launched which, over the next four decades, will grow to become one of Mitsubishi’s most important and best selling models – the Triton pick-up.

Next year, a new facelifted Triton will be launched, as confirmed today by the Japanese car maker with this single teaser photo of the ute’s front quarter view.

While not much is revealed through the darkened image, upon closer inspection the updated Triton can be seen adopting the brand’s Dynamic Shield design theme and inheriting much of the styling cues from the current Pajero Sport.

Mitsubishi has remained tight lipped on specification but we can expect the old five-speed auto to go and in its place the eight-speed auto from the Pajero Sport.

An increased in specification levels is almost certain, while a slight bump in price is also likely when the new ute arrives in early 2019.

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Audi e-tron all-electric SUV bows in – 0-100km/h in 5.6s http://www.forcegt.com/news/audi-e-tron-all-electric-suv-bows-in-0-100km-h-in-5-6s/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:25:35 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84920 Audi has finally unwrapped its first all-electric model, the e-tron SUV which is set to go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X in the electron race. Billed as a “spacious five-seater, electric mid-sized premium SUV that is very well equipped to meet premium buyer expectations,” the all-wheel drive e-tron SUV …

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Audi has finally unwrapped its first all-electric model, the e-tron SUV which is set to go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X in the electron race.

Billed as a “spacious five-seater, electric mid-sized premium SUV that is very well equipped to meet premium buyer expectations,” the all-wheel drive e-tron SUV is powered by two asynchronous motors – one on each axle – in conjunction with a generous 95 kWh battery pack.

The e-tron’s battery pack also supports DC fast charging of up to 150kW – an industry first. This enables the battery to be recharged to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes. To further increase efficiency, most of the power comes from the rear motor at moderate speeds.

The electric motors also act as an energy recuperation system, which recovers energy when the driver releases the accelerator and when the brake pedal is depressed. Audi says the system is responsible for as much as 30 per cent of the e-tron’s range, depending on the driving conditions.

Interestingly, the company has not revealed the e-tron SUV’s range, although some reports suggest around 402km on a single charge.

No power figures have been released either, but Audi says the SUV will accelerate from 0-60mph (96km/h) in 5.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 200km/h (124mph).

Drivers can choose from seven driving modes, ranging from comfortable to efficient and sporty. Its suspension system will also adjusts the vehicle’s ride height by up to 76mm depending on the speed and how the vehicle is being driven.

One of the e-tron’s highlight is its Virtual Mirrors which replaces the traditional wing mirrors with door mounted cameras that project live images onto small displays inside the car.

The Audi e-tron will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2018 and is the first of a series of production electric models from Audi. We can expect the model to arrive locally towards the end of 2019.

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Ford GT race car headed to Bathurst for track debut http://www.forcegt.com/news/ford-gt-race-car-headed-to-bathurst-for-track-debut/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:45:04 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84915 The Le Mans-winning Ford GT supercar will make its track debut on Australian soil at Mount Panorama, Bathurst this year. Driven by none-other than Australian racing driver, and full-time Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Ryan Briscoe, the Ford Performance GT will turn its first wheel in anger at the iconic 6.2 kilometre circuit as a …

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The Le Mans-winning Ford GT supercar will make its track debut on Australian soil at Mount Panorama, Bathurst this year. Driven by none-other than Australian racing driver, and full-time Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Ryan Briscoe, the Ford Performance GT will turn its first wheel in anger at the iconic 6.2 kilometre circuit as a prelude to this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Ford Performance IMSA GT Number 67 will be freighted to Australia for the first time, and will see Briscoe behind the wheel as part of the Ford Performance presence at this year’s Great Race.

Briscoe is well aware of this momentous occasion, and intends to take full advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity. “The Ford GT is an ultra-high-performance car, so I’m really excited and honoured to turn the Ford GT’s first laps at Bathurst” said Ryan Briscoe, who last raced in Australia’s premier motor race in 2013. “For me, Bathurst is one of the best, if not the best racing circuit in the world.”

Like its road-going counterpart, the Ford GT race car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 that generates over 600hp (441kW). It features port/direct fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The V6 is more powerful and efficient than the V8 found in the previous GT. It is also the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever produced and is connected to the rear wheels via a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission.

The Ford Performance GT will be in action during the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, held over October 3-6, 2018.

In 2019, Ford Performance will support the Ford Mustang’s entry into the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which kicks off in March at the Adelaide 500.

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Teased: Mercedes-AMG A35 to slot in between A250 and A45 http://www.forcegt.com/news/teased-mercedes-amg-a35-to-slot-in-between-a250-and-a45/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:43:30 +0000 http://www.forcegt.com/?p=84886 Mercedes-AMG is giving us a sneak peak at the upcoming A35 hot hatch with a series of teaser images released today. Slated for its global debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, the latest addition to the A Class family is aimed at offering enthusiasts yet another option, one that slots above the A250 …

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Mercedes-AMG is giving us a sneak peak at the upcoming A35 hot hatch with a series of teaser images released today. Slated for its global debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, the latest addition to the A Class family is aimed at offering enthusiasts yet another option, one that slots above the A250 / A250 4Matic and below the full fat AMG A45.

Powering the hot hatch will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine channelling around 300hp (223kW) to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic system. Expect stiffer dampers, bigger brakes and a dual-clutch transmission to go with the package.

Exterior wise, the A35 will be very similar to the A45 flagship save for different front grille and wheels. It will debut a new shade called Solar Beam Yellow Metallic, a colour that will most likely also offered on the A45.

The A35 will rival the likes of BMW M140i and Audi S3, with pricing around the $70k mark when it touches down in Australia early next year.

 

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