Archive | November 2022

603 horsepower in the Porsche Macan EV

The Porsche Macan EV will be the first Porsche to be built on the new PPE platform.

The top version will be four-wheel drive and pack 603 horsepower.

The upcoming electric car also gets a clever solution as the battery can be “split up” and charged in parallel.

In 2024, the fully electric version of the Porsche Macan will be launched.

Earlier this summer, Bybil’s car spy managed to capture it on picture when it was tested in the Alps . Since then, it has been relatively quiet about the Porsche Macan EV. Until now.

During a press event at one of Porsche’s “experience centers” in Franciacorta, Italy, the other day several neat details about the car, which Porsche themselves believe will be “the sportiest car in its segment”, were presented.

Can “split” the battery

The car will be the first from Porsche to be built on the new platform Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which has been developed together with Audi (previously it has been made known that the Audi A6 e-tron is also based on PPE ).

As in the Taycan, the PPE has an 800-volt architecture but charging should be faster than the peak of 270 kW. According to Porsche, it should take about 25 minutes to charge the battery from five to 80 percent and the battery itself has a capacity of 100 kWh and consists of twelve modules.

An unusual but flexible solution is also offered here. The Macan EV can, with a trick called “bank charging”, split the battery into two 400-volt batteries that can be charged simultaneously. In other words, it should be faster to charge at 400-volt chargers as well.

Total output of 450 kW

The new platform provides support for both rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive versions of the Macan EV. The top version gets four-wheel drive and with its two engines has an output of 450 kW, corresponding to 603 horsepower. The power will be distributed between the front and rear axles 48/52 and according to Porsche it should improve mobility when accelerating out of corners.

More information about the upcoming Porsche Macan EV will come next year, and the launch is thus planned for 2024.

Rimac Nevera breaks a new world record

That’s the new top speed record for an electric car set by the Croatian super sports car Rimac Nevera.

– It is an emotional experience for me, says Miroslav Zrnčević, who was behind the wheel.

Bytbil has previously reported on the Croatian electric car manufacturer Rimac and its monster car Nevera. Among other things, Rimac Nemera outclassed a Ferrari SF90 Stradale last summer when they were both pitted against each other in a drag race.

Since then, the Rimera has been able to boast the record as the fastest production electric car to run the English quarter mile (402 meters) in 8.582 seconds. And now the Croatians have also broken the top speed record and can thereby claim to be the world’s fastest series-produced electric car (see in the video player above).

Named after a storm

The drive took place at Automotive Testing Papenburg in Germany and the new record is 412 km/h (256 mph).

– I have driven the Nevera since its wheels started rolling. It’s really an emotional experience for me, says Miroslav Zrnčević, test manager and development driver at Rimac, who was behind the wheel when the world record was broken.

The name itself, Nemera, comes from a weather phenomenon. This is what the Croatians call the sudden storms that can occur in the Mediterranean off the coast of Croatia in the summers.

1,914 horsepower

The Rimac Nevera has 1,914 horsepower, 2,360 Nm of torque and weighs 2,150 kilograms. It also has a rather juicy price tag of over SEK 20 million.

Worth noting is that the customers who buy a Rimac Nevera on their own will not be able to reach these world record speeds. Namely, it has a top speed limit of 352 km/h which can only be removed at “special customer events with support from the Rimac team under controlled conditions”.

Here is the new Toyota Prius

But if the plug-in hybrid is a bit shyer than its predecessor in terms of design, stronger confidence is found elsewhere:

It delivers a total of 223 horsepower and the electric range should increase by 50 percent.

The night of Wednesday saw the premiere of the fifth generation of the Toyota Prius , with a European premiere to follow on December 5. The legacy, which stretches back to 1997, now continues with “the most efficient Prius model ever”, according to the Japanese themselves.

On the European market, the new Toyota Prius comes exclusively as a plug-in hybrid. It is built on the second-generation TNGAC platform and has a lithium battery with a capacity of 13.6 kWh. The goal from Toyota is that most everyday journeys can be made on electric power and according to the press release, the range is 50 percent longer than the current generation of Prius. However, no exact figures have been specified yet.

Delivers 233 horsepower

But more precise numbers are found in the engines – and here it approaches significantly more power.

The new 2.0 petrol engine produces 148 horsepower (111kW) and the electric motor 160 horsepower (120kW). Together, they deliver a total of 223 horsepower (164 kW). This compares with 122 horsepower in the current plug-in version.

How quickly the new Prius will do 0-100 km/h is not yet clear.

A new design

In terms of design, there are several departures from previously established paths. Previously unnecessary shapes and lines have been cut to make the new Prius look more sporty and restrained. The new Prius measures 50 millimeters longer between the wheel axles and is 22 millimeters wider. But at the same time, it is 46 millimeters shorter in length and 50 millimeters lower in height than the current generation.

Inside, a digital instrument cluster with a seven-inch screen is found in front of the driver. The interior in general can be described as more discreet than before. Production for the new Toyota Prius will begin in December and deliveries to Europe are planned for the beginning of next year. There are no Swedish prices yet.

Premiere of the Porsche 911 Dakar

It is a tribute to Porsche’s first overall victory in the Paris-Dakar rally.

It is an off-road Porsche that can handle “ambitious off-road driving” at 170 km/h.

It is the new Porsche 911 Dakar – which is only produced in 2,500 copies and costs just over SEK 2.5 million.

The year was 1984 when Porsche took its first overall victory in the Paris-Dakar rally. It was also the first time that a 911 got four-wheel drive.

Turn the clock forward 38 years and switch continents in favor of a car show during the Los Angeles Auto Show and we are at an exclusive homage to this feat. For the night of Thursday, Swedish time, the off-road monster Porsche 911 Dakar was presented, which gives a new echo to the classic winning car.

Top speed: 240 km/h

What should first be raised to the surface is precisely the ground clearance. It is 50 mm higher in the Porsche 911 Dakar than in the 911 Carrera with sports chassis. It can then be lifted a further 30 mm with the air system. And there are no low speeds that are promised in the terrain. According to Porsche, the 911 Dakar can be used for “ambitious off-road driving” at up to 170 km/h. If you drive faster than that, the car is automatically lowered to its normal height.

The car has specially manufactured tires from Pirelli (Scorpion All Terrain Plus) which, with their 9 mm tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls, should be able to withstand considerable resistance. However, the top speed is limited to 240 km/h due to the tires in particular.

480 horsepower

According to Porsche, this all-terrain vehicle is as dynamic on sand as it is on the asphalt of the Nürburgring. This is made possible, among other things, by the fact that the engine is connected to an eight-speed PDK box and the four-wheel drive system. The standard equipment also consists of an active anti-roll system (PDCC), rear axle steering and engine mounts from the 911 GT3.

Two new driving settings are available in the car. “Rallye” is optimized for loose and uneven surfaces where a greater part of the power is distributed to the rear wheels. “Offroad” is designed for maximum grip in difficult terrain and the ground clearance increases here automatically.

Made for rallying

Still, there is everything required to compete in a rally with the 911 Dakar. At least with the option aptly named “Rally design package”.

The roof rack can carry 42 kilos. Friction boards, folding shovels, water cans and other equipment for the rally can be loaded there. As an option, there is also a 12-volt power outlet for spotlights on the roof and a roof tent.

In total, the weight comes to 1,605 kilograms, which for reference is ten kilograms more than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS. This has been made possible thanks to lightweight glass, lightweight battery and not least the absence of a rear seat. Fuel consumption in mixed driving is 11.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions in mixed driving are 256 g/km, according to WLTP.

Still, it’s a cool car Porsche has produced. But it is truly exclusive and not very cheap.

The Porsche 911 Dakar will only be produced in 2,500 copies. From today it can be ordered and the Swedish prices start at SEK 2,480,000. That option that was mentioned before, the Rally Design Package, then costs another roughly 230,000 riksdaler.

Toyota’s new electric car concept: bZ Compact SUV

With a clean exterior, seats in plant-based materials and a folded center fender, the Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept gives a hint of what their future will look like.

The Los Angeles Auto Show certainly kicks off tomorrow, Friday. But even now a foretaste is being given of what our transatlantic car friends will get to see up close from Toyota. It’s about the Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept. The concept car provides a glimpse into the future of the Japanese beyond Zero (bZ) series, whose goal is to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

This compact electric SUV is a stylish story with a clear futuristic touch. The location of the wheels in the corners should give the impression that the car is moving even if it is stationary. Because it is built on a purely electric car platform, it is given an extra spacious interior – which also offers surprises. Because surely it’s hard not to stop at the folded center screen?

Seats in plant-based material

Toyota themselves choose not to talk about that screen. Instead, more emphasis is placed on emphasizing how the design team focused on the use of sustainable materials, where the seats, for example, have been made from plant-based and recycled materials.

Speaking of talking, there is a new assistance system based on sound and light signals. The concept car must be able to respond to commands and requests from people in both the front and back seats. We are not offered much more than that at the moment. More information on the Toyota bZ Compact Suv will come later in December.

The Toyota Corolla Cross is the family car of the year 2022

Skoda had won the award two years in a row.

But now the electric hybrid Toyota Corolla Cross can claim the title of “Family Car of the Year” in 2022.

The jury of the newspaper Motorförarens also cast their votes on a Volkswagen and a Kia from the past year.

Since 1996, the magazine Motorföraren, from the Motorförarna sobriety association (MHF), has awarded the Family Car of the Year award. The jury consists of some of Sweden’s leading motor journalists and they agreed, with a margin of three votes, that the electric hybrid Toyota Corolla Cross deserved to be the winner in 2022.

The criteria are that the car must be practical, economical, safe, have good environmental performance and, last but not least, it must have gone on sale during the year.

The Corolla Cross crushed all these criteria and the jury’s reasoning was:

“Toyota has numerous long stretches of involvement in crossover innovation and presently in its fifth era, further specialized advances are being taken forward for the people who need to drive a vehicle and lack the opportunity to charge with electricity. The Toyota Corolla Cross is thus a flexible SUV that will be an attractive choice for many families. The jury particularly emphasized proven hybrid technology, good standard equipment and a pleasant driving experience.”

Electric cars in second and third place

Christian Hallin, information manager at Toyota Sweden, is happy about the news.

– We are very proud that our electric hybrid Corolla Cross has been awarded Family Car of the Year. This is a fine testament to Toyota’s philosophy of constantly developing all our different technologies through kaizen (continuous improvement). But also that a diversity of powertrains is required to meet the different needs of our customers, he says in a press release.

Two electric cars are found in second and third place.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz takes second place with its two votes.

And with a vote from the jury, it will be the Kia EV6 that comes in third place as “family car of the year”.

The jury consists of: Mikael Stjerna (Teknikens Värld), Robert Collin (Aftonbladet), Jan-Erik Berggren (Expressen), Johannes Gardelöf (Bilnyhetsbyrån CNP), Alrik Söderlind (Auto Motor & Sport), Anders Helgesson (Vi Bilägare), Stefan Nilsson (Motor journalist), Mia Litström (Cars and Watches for Ladies) and Mikael Lindberg (The motor driver).