caption Our Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo test car. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is all-new for 2018. It’s a hybrid version of Porsche’s first ever production wagon. Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by a 550 horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 along with a 136 horsepower hybrid drive unit to produce 680 horsepower. The hybrid drive system is inspired by the million-dollar 918 hybrid hypercar. According to Porsche, the hybrid V8 wagon can go from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 192 mph. Once again, we were impressed by the Panamera’s power, luxury, technology, and versatility. However, it wasn’t as fast as we had expected and it’s very pricey. The base Porsche Panamera sedan starts at $86,3000 while our Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo wagon starts at $188,400. Options and fees pushed … [Read more...] about We drove a $211,000 Porsche Panamera to see if it’s a hybrid supercar with room for the whole family. Here’s the verdict.
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So after the PR team affixed stickers to the front and back lenses of my iPhone, they gave me and other reporters a tour of the facility. It ended with a ride in one of the company's 12 prototype cars and a look at the final design. The ride was impressive, and the design is striking. But as the day progressed it became clear that Faraday is cramming a ton of features into its first car. It's hard enough to build an automobile, but to make your first one this complex doesn't seem like the best plan if Faraday is truly in such dire financial straits.As we were led through the offices, we were given a series of presentations about how the company is building its first car. Faraday is extremely proud of how it used VR to design the vehicle (other automakers do that) and talked at length about how its computer-model simulations of impacts were nearly identical to real-world collisions. That's great when you're figuring out how to build the safest frame without crash testing a bunch of … [Read more...] about A whirlwind tour of Faraday Future’s ambitious new SUV
Tesla is of course best known as a forerunner in the electrification of the motorcar. Under the leadership of bombastic billionaire Elon Musk, the company reimagined the car to give itself such a head start that its Model S, which went on sale in 2012, is only now facing credible rivals from the likes of the Jaguar i-Pace and Audi e-tron.But even if we park the electric motors and battery pack to one side, Tesla remain hugely innovative cars that are packed to the roof bars with technology. There's the huge dashboard touchscreen for starters, then there's Autopilot (where the car drives itself), the smartphone app, over-the-air updates which add new features free of charge, and of course the Easter eggs – which now include classic Atari video games to keep you entertained while charging the battery.With Tesla just rolling out Version 9.0 of its car operating system – which brings with it a slew of visual and functional changes – we've taken a deep dive into all … [Read more...] about Tesla in-car tech reviewed: Infotainment, features, software v9.0 update and more
Tesla doesn't really follow the whole model-year thing in the auto industry -- when it's ready to deploy a change to its vehicle lineup, it'll do so whenever is deemed convenient, like over a seemingly arbitrary weekend in November.Tesla has updated its Model S and Model X online configurator in a couple important ways over the weekend, Electrek reports. Now, a Model S 75D will set you back $78,000 in the US, while a Model X 75D now costs $84,000, representing a $1,000 increase for both window stickers. Meanwhile, non-Performance variants of the Model S and Model X are now $500 cheaper ($96,500 and $99,500, respectively).The automaker also shuffled and changed the prices on some of its interior options. The all-black Premium interior is now standard on Model S and Model X. If a buyer wants to upgrade to cream or white leather for the seats, it'll cost $1,500 instead of the $3,300 it used to. The Black Textile finish has been taken off the configurator entirely, but Electrek reports … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S, Model X base prices bumped, interior options streamlined
Tesla hasn’t offered a convertible model since it stopped production of the Lotus-based Roadster, its very first car, in 2012. The California-based company has never shown an interest in chopping the top off of the Model S, so an Italian coachbuilder named Ares is boldly taking the matter into its own hands. Ares has a long track record of turning luxury cars into stunning one-offs; it recently transformed a Ferrari GTC4Lusso into a tribute to the 412 from the 1980s. The Model S project is at the embryonic stage of development but a sketch published on the coachbuilder’s official Facebook page suggests the sedan will lose more than its roof during the conversion. Ares will also remove the rear doors and extend the front ones to transform Tesla’s electric family car into a two-door drop-top with a generous serving of Italian flair. Turning a sedan into a convertible normally requires solving complex rigidity problems. Starting with a Model S makes the process easier … [Read more...] about Ares turns the Tesla Model S into a two-door roadster with Italian flair