Porsche Cayman S and Boxster S as used cars: Boxer-Power with around 300 hp for 20,000 euros?

The entry-level models from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen Porsche promise full feeling. What can the Boxster S and Cayman S when they are getting on in years, and only half of the former original price cost mid-engined sports car?

27/10/2013 Frank Mühling Powered by

When former Super Test heroes are getting older, it's over with the glory. A photographic flashbulbs? Past. Instead Nordschleife, Hockenheim and wind tunnel the used car parking lot suddenly becomes a home address. A tough draw - but unavoidable. The flip side of the coin? Cheap prices.

High depreciation Porsche Cayman and Porsche Boxster

While the Porsche Boxster S in the sport auto-Super Test 12/2009 still shocked with a test car price of 93,023 euros, is a good three years later a similar ready for 2009 copy with 310- hp engine for less than 35,000 euros. Okay, the carrera white roadster Koberstein automobiles in the Swabian Schorndorf already has over 90,000 kilometers on the clock. He is also not as lavishly equipped as the former test car. But central features like PASM suspension, shift, 19-inch Turbo wheels with new Michelins and even a flap exhaust prove lure the highest quality.

Who wants to invest 10,000 euros less, reaches for the Porsche Cayman S. Wait a minute, not 25 thousand euros for the crocodile among the Porsche? No problem, you get a good seven-year-old 295-horsepower coupe with over 100,000 kilometers mileage.
The prices for the Porsche 987 series are currently more attractive than ever. If you look on the Internet or at the dealerships, discovered already offers about 20,000 euros.

Clear that in this price range, especially cars with many kilometers of dubious history, right hand and from Italy: waiting for new owners (keyword tax investigation). But only three to four thousand more, and you will find German cars from independent dealers with warranty. The two special models Porsche RS 60 Spyder with 303 hp and Porsche Boxster Spyder with 320 HP are naturally rare and not cheap.

Porsche Approved used cars even when free traders

Porsche centers require logical as most of the money for used Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman with the dynamic addition of "S". For this, only they offer the Porsche Approved warranty, right? not quite true, because even the free traders Koberstein conveys the warranty on customer request.

Owner Klaus Koberstein: "We get our used Porsche mainly by German Porsche centers - scheckheftgepflegt and with complete history included. The factory warranty, we provide the customer if desired. "In the case of Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman will cost around 1,200 euros. In this case, the cars go through our usual 111-point check at the Porsche center and have one or two year warranty.

Depending on what budget is available: here, decide whether it should be 987 before or after the facelift a mid-engine Porsche series. A short trip to the Model history: In November 2004, the Porsche Boxster S replaced the previous model 986 from. Mid-2006 the 280-horsepower engine with 3.2 liter displacement by the 15 PS stronger 3.4-liter six-cylinder is replaced.

The engine with direct injection (DFI) and 310 PS appeared for the facelift in early 2009. In November 2005, the Porsche Cayman S was presented. The 295-horsepower engine was replaced for facelift in February 2009 by the direct injection engine with 320 hp here.
In both two-seaters also known by the Porsche Carrera seven-speed Doppelkupplungetriebe comes since 2009 are used. Since then, the unfortunate five-speed automatic is history. take what engine? Well - snappy, easy turning and melodious they are all.

Good marks for Boxer engines

In each sports car-Super test, there were virtually only high marks for the centrally installed along behind the crew boxer engines. Sure - the 3.4-liter DFI with 310 respectively 320 hp is the snappiest convinced there with the best performance and subjectively and objectively very Carrera suspicious.

With PDK Porsche Cayman S graduated in sports car super test 12/2009 the sprint from 0 to 200 km / h in 18.1 seconds fixed (Boxster S: 19.0 s). Only five seconds longer the subsequent emergency braking took to the stand. The lap times in the Green Hell was below 20.8 minutes and speak for themselves. The competition? Clear mounted.

The consumption of around 14 liters of Super Plus are reasonable, especially as vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure still be beyond doubt and make it clear: At Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Cayman S sports car you really get a lot for the money. A lot of car, low fat: Little more than 1,400 kg brought the two candidates in the Super Test on the scale - a full tank.

Porsche Boxster and Cayman are agile and precise

You can feel in the first roundabout. The mid-engine sports cars of Koberstein present themselves on the test drive agile and precise as the first day. A few kilometers later in the winding, hilly hinterland is clear: The DFI engine that coming from first-hand Porsche Boxster S reacts more greedy on the twitch of the right foot.

Thanks electrically switchable valve exhaust the melody of the Porsche boxer engine can be varied easily - the sound spectrum ranges from subtle and downtown safe up gasping-jubilant for the detour through the tunnel favorite. Except for a few scratches on the entry of white Roadster looks practically new. An easy hakendes clutch pedal is something wrong thoughtfully.

Porsche Boxster S with up to 310 hp

This little problem he shares with the silver Porsche Cayman S, which ran four months to a Porsche Center when it came secondhand. The coupe looks a little cleaner than the Porsche Boxster S, smells almost like a new car. There are a few burn holes in the leather of the passenger seat. feel of a loud traders professionally resolved guardrail damage and you see nothing.

The subjective impression of a somewhat more muted dynamics confirmed a look at the sports car-Observations: Almost one second of the Porsche Boxster S depends on the 310 hp Porsche Cayman S with 295 hp. Nevertheless, the entry-level Porsche pushes to tidy up and running top 275 km / h. But that engine is also installed to arouse delight, the finely tuned response of the six-cylinder naturally aspirated - as a four-cylinder turbo will not be able to compete in 100 years.

In terms of reliability, it is important to note the shift cables for both assembled in Finland, Schwaben, often they are hanging from just Mileage 60,000. Unfortunately, the Porsche Classic crankshaft Simmering plays a role not only in the model 996, but also in the Porsche Cayman S and Boxster S.

Other abnormalities of the Porsche models are the water pump (leak) and the coupling rods of the stabilizers (rattling at high mileages). Important, free of completed service actions include the replacement of the handbrake lever with the 2006 models, the clutch pedal switch (2008 - 2011) and the high-pressure fuel pump (2009 - 2010).

Vorfacelift against newer models

Even if the inspection costs and insurance rates of Porsche Cayman S and Porsche Boxster S are lower than those of competitors BMW M3 E 46, one has to note that the expenditure on spare parts and consumables can leave in your wallet, depending on the assembly big holes. It is striking that the models cause before the facelift painful cost than afterwards.

Surprise: Through technical changes some components of the Porsche models in the series 987 were dramatically cheaper. Example alternator: The direct injection the replacement part cost 291 euros, with its predecessor, however 798 euros. Not unimportant, if a car is taken with high mileage on the short list.

Almost twice as expensive is also the manual: For the "old" one 7514 Euro expensive new parts is available, the facelift brother, however, comes with a replacement part for 3984 Euro on.

the purchase of a Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Cayman S So if you do not have to count every euro twice and even more places on safety value, which was placed with Porsche Approved warranty to the heart. Surprises (almost) impossible.

The Porsche DNA - what has it?

The biggest pounds of the two mid-engine Porsche is their origin. Unlike most competitors are in the market Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Cayman S genuine, serious sports car and no offshoot ordinary mass commodity. Driving dynamics and image benefit significantly. The maintenance is sports car typically not very favorable. Some spare parts for the six-cylinder boxer with direct injection were cheaper after the facelift in 2009.

The price level on the used car market is as attractive as the insurance rates. almost 300 hp, mid-engine boxer six cylinder and the Stuttgart DNA are possible for more than 20,000 euros. But one aspect should not be ignored: With an Audi TT, Mercedes SLK or BMW Z4 one is inconspicuous in the face of this country growing social envy go.

Abarth 695 Biposto: Extremely hot two-seater from 39.900 euro

Fiat presented under the label Abarth to radically trimmed on sports Abarth 695 Bipopsto, who is competing with 190 hp to 997 kg weight.

03/12/2014 Uli Baumann

Abarth writes with the 695 Biposto the history of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corses consistently. The road model even further approaches the race car. Its premiere has been held at the Geneva Motor Show the extremely sporty Biposto. Now he comes into the trade. Annual production in 2014, however, is already sold. Orders are still possible, in Germany, the base price is 39,900 euros.

Abarth consistently trimmed 695 Biposto on racing

For extreme performance counts, as its name suggests, the pure two-seater layout. The rear seat unit flew out, a titanium cage holding tray. Xenon headlamps, fog lamps, climate control, electric windows or the radio system was also sacrificed for the power to weight ratio. Driver and front passenger sit on carbon racing seats and are held in place by four-point belts. The front side windows are now set and carry sliding surfaces made of polycarbonate. For even more potent appearance a new body kit with new bumpers, side skirts, wheel arches and spoilers with carbon inserts ensures.

In the wheel housings to 18-inch wheels rotate with sports tires measuring 215/35. Behind a Brembo brake system with sports 305er discs with four-piston calipers work. The chassis Abarth puts on full inbound and height-adjustable shock absorbers.

PS 190 and any amount of titanium on board

but the heart of Abart 695 Biposto is sure to be 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which brings it here to 190 hp and 250 Nm, which hit only 997 kg weight. In order for the Abarth sprints in 5.9 seconds from zero to 100 km / h and reaches a top speed of 230 km / h. is manually shifted by five courses, plus an optional derived from racing speed manual gearbox can be had. A limited slip differential is always on board.

The optimized charge air cooler is located behind the front bumper, the exhaust gases escape a titanium double pipe exhaust with valve control by the specialist Akrapovic.

Titan was also the choice of material for hood holders in the front, the door handles, the wheel bolts, water, oil and fuel cap. The bonnet with its two humps is made of aluminum, as are the pedals. Exterior mirror housings, door sills and numerous interior trim produced from carbon.

And who wants to take the driving experience on the way to the office or the turn on the runway to take home, to support an electronic data recording.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R: 595 hp sedan for Opel’s sister

Vauxhall increased to its model range with a new top model. In Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R is now 595 hp V8 heart beats.

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Vauxhall, the British Opel's sister has been digging for years on the shelf of Australia's GM Holden sister and picks out there potent sport sedans out. Holden in Australia now closes its doors, including the supply of Vauxhall remains off. For the finale of the Vauxhall VXR8 there it just got a bang - the VXR8 GTS-R based on the Holden Commodore

As the name suggests is based on the on the GTS, but still gets a performance lookup. In VXR8 GTS-R of the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 may submit a whopping 595 hp - yet there were only 576 hp. The maximum torque climbs to 740 Nm.

To upgrade a front six-piston brake enlarged to 410 mm discs, as well as standard 20-inch forged wheels with 255 / 35s tires belongs forward and 275 / 35s rollers are fitted at the rear. Of course, the optics is adjusted. The new aerodynamic attachments formed around wereden of carbon. The interior is upgraded with a lot of Alcantara.

Premiere is the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R celebrate the Festival of Speed ​​at Goodwood in September. From Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R only 15 copies are to be launched. The award is approximately (around 82,300 euros) given as 74,500 pounds.

Shown in the photo show is the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.

Erlkönig BMW X5 (2018): The new generation rolls on

BMW sets 2018 a new generation of the BMW X5 on (G05). Now the SUV Erl King was shot at the Nurburgring with significantly less camouflage. Since 2013 is the third generation of the BMW X5 - known internally as the F15 - on the market. After five years, then have a new generation coming so.

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New BMW X5 is built on the platform CLAR

Yes, while Bayern will change the successful package of the SUV visually only marginally, the innovation is hidden under the sheet metal. The new BMW X5 is built on the new platform, which has been called 35up, but now as CLAR (Cluster Architecture) is named. She wears in the future from the 3 to the 7 Series, the new BMW models, including the SUV models including the new BMW X7. Thanks CLAR with its lightweight materials aluminum and magnesium, the vehicle weight is significantly lower.

BMW X5 Erlkönig
Nordschleife test with the new SUV 1:37 min.

No three-cylinder in the BMW X5 (G05)

In terms of drive BMW will rely on four-, six-, and eight-cylinder and the X5, the three-cylinder one seeks in vain in the safe Dick ship. Accordingly, there are the following models: BMW X5 xDrive 50i (462 hp), X5 xDrive 40i (340 hp), X4 sDrive 40i (340 hp with rear-wheel drive), X5 XDrive 30i (252 hp). The diesel models are X5 M 50d (400 hp), X5 xDrive 25d (231 hp), X5 xDrive 30d (265 hp) and BMW X5 xDrive40d (320 hp). In order to reduce fleet fuel consumption, a plug-in version X5 xDrive40e come to raise him, an M version with 600 hp.

Current costs of gasoline-entry into the BMW X5 world with the 206-hp X5 35i from 66,400 euros. The 50i with 450 hp gheht going from 85,400 euros. On the diesel side, the top model, the BMW X5 M50d with 91,390 euros in the price list, the front-wheel drive X5 25d cost entry level is 59,800 euros, as a four-wheel version xDrive be 65,900 euros due. We expect a price increase of at least 2,000 to 3,000 euros. is built, the new BMW X5 the way, like all BMW X models, the US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

New generation BMW 3 Series G20 (2019): All information, data, photos to Dreier

The current BMW 3-Series (F30) has just been released with a small facelift in another stage of life, there already appears to be for 2019 expected successor (G20) as Erl King on first tests.

08/06/2017 Holger Wittich 6 comments

The next BMW 3 Bayern want to venture not only a great technology, but also a large design step. So it is with BMW, with the best-selling 3 Series one could create the fastest in traffic visibility with the new look and the BMW fan could get used to it so quickly. In addition, the 3-driver was regarded as progressive and open to new ideas than about who tend more conservative drivers of the higher class models. The kidney is intended to, the lighting by OLED technology are narrower and striking more present. The dimensions of the new BMW 3 Series grow - little. The track width will grow slightly. Six centimeters in length, there is more, two centimeters more wheelbase. This is the passengers come to the best. The rear sitting on a three-part back bank. In combined maximum of 1,500 liters of cargo volume should make is possible. From the F31 Touring then takes the separately opening rear window.

BMW 3 Erlkönig
The G20 in Action 2:11 min.
BMW i Vision Future Interaction CES 2016 vesting 01/06/2016 Photo: BMW
BMW i Vision Future Interaction: The CES study already takes a bit of the design and controls of the upcoming 3 Series anticipated.

BMW 3 Series with Lightweight and Hybrid

In terms of interior quality new BMW 3 Series to be significantly upgraded. Here, the new BMW boss Harald Krüger will respond to customer criticism. Up-to-date, the ads, the operating system and infotainment services should be represented. The number of buttons is reduced, a first glimpse of the interior, the study showed i-Vision, which was shown at the CES.

Erlkönig BMW 3 Series Photo: Stefan Baldauf
The new BMW 3 Series gets more wheelbase.

In the basic version of Mittelklässler receives analogue instruments and in the center console, a touch display. Optionally, there is a large display, which faces the driver. A digital instrument cluster is also available at extra cost. As before, a head-up display is offered. Gesture and voice control are finding their way. Nevertheless, the BMW customer does not waive the i-Drive with the rotary push-button control.

New BMW 3 Series 40 kg lighter

With the upcoming 5 Series, the new BMW 3 Series also 35up basic architecture that CLAR is now divided. Thanks CFRP components and a higher proportion of aluminum allows the platform, the new 3 Series slim down by around 40 kg. Just over 1.4 tons will then weigh the model.

BMW 3 Series Touring Photo: Christian Schulte
About half a year after the sedan and the station wagon version is introduced.

The engine range should populate the Bayern with aggregates from the new 0.5-liter engine kit. The offer will range from three cylinders in the basic models over four cylinder back to six-cylinder engines in the top versions - all with turbocharging. Specifically: all gasoline obtained a particulate filter. The consumption and CO2 emissions by 5 percent, the performance is about 7 hp up, the maximum torque by 20 Nm. The make, among other things, an optimized belt drive, efficient cooling and more injection pressure (350 instead of 200 bar) possible. In addition to the plug-in hybrid 330e (henceforth 265 hp), there will be a BMW 325e with 230 hp. The electric ranges rise from 40 to 50 kilometers inductive charging should be possible.

On the diesel side, there is even more specific: All four-cylinder will receive a two-stage turbocharging, an SCR catalytic converter is ordered, the consumption fall by 5 percent. The services is increasing: In the 316d from 115 to 136 hp in the 318d from 150 to 163 hp and the 320d of 190 to 204 hp. In the 325d will in future be 238 instead of 224 hp at work.

BMW sets a 340i M Performance on

As before, the eight-speed automatic passes the engine power to the wheels. Importantly, BMW will offer the Mercedes-AMG C43 Paroli and bridges the gap between the BMW 340i and the M3 with a BMW 340i M Performance. Furthermore, should fail, the spreading of the adaptive chassis larger. On the diesel side, there will be a 340d M performance exclusively with all-wheel and 320 hp. Speaking M3: The course comes again - with 460 hp, but with an electric motor to the engine and for a portion of extra power. More carbon and magnesium parts are installed. Accordingly, there is a 48-volt electrical system.

And what becomes of the BMW 3 Series GT? Might grace the 4-series in the future. Analogous to the BMW M3, the M4 coupe comes just as the derivatives of 4 Cabrio (with steel folding roof) and 4 Gran Coupe from 2020 onwards.

Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands

SUVs are bestsellers. Even with brands that actually stand for Sport and Luxury. Porsche, Jaguar, Bentley and Maserati. We have recounted: Even with these manufacturers in the SUV share is in dizzying heights. All figures here.

09/28/2017 Andreas Haupt
  • Porsche sales Macan & Cayenne in H1 2017
  • Jaguar: sales F-Pace for the first half 2017
  • Bentley and Maserati sales of SUVs in the first half
  • The individual markets
  • Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin: Even more SUVs

Porsche stands for sports cars. Jaguar for a mix of sporty and upscale vehicles. Bentley for luxury. Maserati for Italian flair. With their company name is associated coupes, sedans and perhaps convertibles. But surely no SUVs. But this is no longer true. You could say it is outdated. All four brands build now SUVs. Porsche and Jaguar now even two series. In all four cases, they act on the sales curves such as anabolic steroids to build muscle. In all four cases, they are always the strongest series. Their sales figures support the construction more expensive and faster sports cars.

Porsche has become a SUV brand

In the first half of 2017 Macan and Cayenne hang the non-SUV model series 911, 718 Boxster / Cayman and Panamera from easy. In the first six months, Porsche delivered from 126,497 cars. Seven percent more than in the same period last year. 85,704 go to the account of Macan and Cayenne. In other words, two thirds of all the cars that run off the production lines are SUV. Porsche has long been more than SUV sports car brand.

Porsche's second SUV, the Macan, has taken 2,014 as did the Cayenne of 2002. both the sports car manufacturer sold like hot cakes. In the first half of 2017 there were 50,103 Macan and 35,601 Cayenne. The larger of the two Porsche delivered in just over 15 years from more than 760,000 times. There is no reason that even Cayenne generation number 3 is a bestseller.

Porsche Cayenne 2017
Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands
SUV will start in the third generation

He stands with six-cylinder turbo gasoline engine and 340 hp from 74,828 euros in the price list. The Macan Porsche sold in Germany as the most favorable variant from 56,264 euros. Then puts a four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with 252 hp under the front hood of the compact SUV.

Porsche once single series, the 911, finished the first half of 2017 only three place in Porsche's sales statistics. Porsche delivered from the flagship of the brand in the same period less than 17,000 cars off the 718 there are degrees times 13,083 pieces. The Panamera 10,738.

Jaguar soon with a dual leadership

Jaguar has the Macan competitors F-Pace since 2016 in the squad. It came as expected. The F-Pace sells from the model portfolio with XE, XF, F-Type and XJ best. And it is likely that the new e-Pace, a smaller SUV, and the F-Pace will soon take over the double peak in the sales statistics. As it make Macan and Cayenne at Porsche. Jaguar sold from January to June 2016 a total of 95,238 vehicles. The proportion of the F-Pace is with 39,643 copies at over 40 percent. It follows as the second strongest series of the Jaguar XE with 22,798 models.

New Jaguar E-Pace (2018)
Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Jaguar: So many SUV selling sports car and luxury brands
Compact SUV Jaguar has arrived

Bentley, the ratio is similar. The British luxury forged delivered in the first half of more than 5,200 cars. More than 2,200 of them as Bentayga. The second strongest series are Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible.

In the case of Maserati Levante SUV makes up about 50 percent of total sales. Which is the first half of 2017 amounts to approximately 25,100 units. Particularly interesting in this context, the growth rates. Maserati recorded an increase of 90 percent over the same period last year (13,200 delivered cars).

Key markets such as China (+ 125 percent) and Europe (+ 101 percent) growth is strongest. The Levante is a prime example of how a brand can catapult into another league with an SUV. Levante led Maserati in Europe until spring 2016th In the first months of the Italian brand thus benefited not from his SUV. Markets such as UK, USA and China were served before autumn and winter 2016 with the first cars. 2017 saw the different. Prompt sales figures reached previously unknown heights. Similar picture at Jaguar: In the first six months of 2017, the British carmaker recorded an increase of 54.5 percent over the same period last year.

What about the individual markets?

The best of the Jaguar F-Pace sold with two-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, all-wheel drive and in the equipment line R-Sport. With six speed manual transmission, the package costs 52,310 euros. In the base Jaguar launches first SUV at 43,560 euros. Maserati the six-cylinder turbo diesel draws with three liters of displacement and 275 hp, especially in Europe (from 71,200 euros). In the US and in China, the 430 hp six-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, however, is in demand. Bentley W12 (316 models) and the diesel hold in Europe surprisingly (302) in the first half of the scale. The twelve-cylinder costs from 208,488 euros. The diesel is around 34,000 euros cheaper. Porsche would not comment on sales figures of the individual Cayenne and Macan derivatives.

Bentley Bentayga, rear view Bentley Bentayga in the test The British super-SUV

For Porsche USA and China are the biggest SUV markets. In China, Porsche's largest single market at all, we delivered in the first half of the year 15,960 14,278 Macan and Cayenne. expected along the 30,238 of a total of 35,864 vehicles delivered are. In the US, Porsche sold 27,568 vehicles from - of which 17,698 Macan and Cayenne. In Germany, the sports car manufacturer delivered from 4503 Macan-copies in the first half to customers. The Cayenne were 2,901.

What about the markets in the other brands? Americans stand on the F-Pace. Jaguar made 11,194 pieces from January to June at the man. The second strongest market for the SUV is Europe (7893), followed by the home UK (6696). Bentley delivered on most models of the Bentayga in Europe (618). Followed by the US (577) and the UK (331). In China / Hon Kong / Macau, the British luxury manufacturer comes to 250 deliveries.

Lambo SUV comes Ferrari & Lotus SUV also?

How much business with SUVs is booming, have long recognized other sports car and luxury manufacturers and made on the implementation of a separate project. Lamborghini still makes this year the Urus before - the second large ship after the LM002. The SUV rolls on the Geneva Motor Show 2018 and the summer of 2018 to the dealers and the first customers - which include families can now count. Lamborghini is targeting in its first year to 3,500 deliveries. That would be double the previous total quantities.

Alfa has the Stelvio, Aston Martin brings the DBX, Rolls-Royce to Cullinan. Even Ferrari and Lotus thinking aloud about SUVs. Both high-octane brands hang their crossover models like Lamborghini, Porsche and Jaguar to the performance guise: SUV sports car manufacturers should be even more athletic. By modern suspension technology they can be too. As part of their physical possibilities. The body will only set high, only to be lowered again. Actually nonsense. But the customers love it.

Table: SUV deliveries by brand in the first half of 2017

Manufacturertotal deliveriesSUVSUV fraction in%
Porsche12649785704 (Macan Cayenne)67.8%
jaguar9523839643 (F-Pace)41.62%
Maserati25,10012000-13000 (Levante)about 50%
Bentleyover 5,2002,200 (Bentayga)42.30%

Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF 2018: New diesel and petrol engines on offer

Jaguar has played a little with his Ingenium motor system and generates new petrol and diesel engines for the series F-Pace, XE and XF, which are model year 2018th

06/26/2017 Uli Baumann

New for all three series are three two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 200 hp and 320 Nm, 250 hp and 365 Nm and 300 hp and 400 Nm. Models with the 200 horsepower engine shall be marked 20t, 25t, the 250 horsepower variants, the symbol and versions with 300 PS listen to the abbreviation 30t at the rear. The XE 20t costs from 36,960 euros, the XE 25t from 41,160 euros (AWD: from 43,760 euros) and 30t AWD from 48,060 euros. The F-Pace 25t costs from 51,160 euros, the XF 20t from 45,060 euros, the XF 25t from 48,560 euros; the AWD version costs 2,600 euros in addition. The F-Pace with the 300-horsepower gasoline engine and four-wheel drive is on the price list with at least 54,660 Euros. The all-wheel drive XF sedan 30t costs from 55,660 euros, the combination can not be had with the 30t engine.

380 hp in the XE-top model

Jaguar F-Pace 30d AWD
Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF 2018: New diesel and petrol engines on offer Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF 2018: New diesel and petrol engines on offer Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF 2018: New diesel and petrol engines on offer Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF 2018: New diesel and petrol engines on offer
First big cats SUV in the test

Dazugesellt in the F-Pace and the XF a erstarkter to 240 hp and 500 Nm two-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel. The name of the new variants is 25d. Jaguar returns the new F-Pace 25d from the factory with all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission with prices starting at 52,860 euros. The XF 25d is available from 49,360 euros (AWD: 51,960 euros) to have and the XE 25d from 46,260 euros. New to the Jaguar F-Pace is already known from other series two-liter turbo diesel with 163 hp and 380 Nm, which is to have from 43,560 euros. The 3.0 liter V6 compressor for Jaguar XE S strength to become the 2018 model year by 40 to now 380 hp. The top model in the series is available with 56,760 euros in the price list.

Other enhancements for the 2018 model year, a configurable Dynamic Mode in XE and XF, new driver assistance systems such as collision warning system include an advanced parking assistance. By gesture control could in the future open the trunks of all three series and Close. In XE there is a larger TFT screen in all three series the new InControl infotainment system.

the new engines and features can be ordered now.

Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta (Pebble Beach 2017): Really the last Zonda?

The sports car manufacturer Pagani has done it again and built by the mid-engine Macho Zonda another derivation. This time with cut windshield. It is the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta to the series finally end.

08/21/2017 Andreas Haupt Powered by

Pagani Huayra despite still feel like the Zonda. The mid-engine sports cars there were in 1999 first as C12. Since then followed the remarks S, F, R, - more radical, of course -, roadster versions and special models Cinque, Uno, Tricolore, Revolución.

In Pebble Beach, where the creme de la creme met last weekend of automobile enthusiasts, the Italian sports car manufacturer went on to the next Zonda edition. Although there are now the successor Huayra even as a hot-made BC with 800 hp and a roadster, surprised company founder Horacio Pagani in California with the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta. Meanwhile augenscheinlichstes feature is the cut windshield and the miniature side window. Great Grown people blowing as orderly wind through his hair and around the ears. And perhaps even a fly on the forehead.

Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta with V12-sucker

Second obviousness: the different wheels. On the left side put forward 20-inch rims and rear 21-inch wheels. executed in silver. On the right side of the vehicle they are painted blue. Third optical feature is the carbon cladding, which covers the well to the rear tire Pirelli P Zero brand Corsa one third.

Fahrbericht Pagani Huayra BC
Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta (Pebble Beach 2017): Really the last Zonda? Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta (Pebble Beach 2017): Really the last Zonda? Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta (Pebble Beach 2017): Really the last Zonda? Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta (Pebble Beach 2017): Really the last Zonda?
First exit in the over-Pagani

Behind the cabin is raging the famous V12 naturally aspirated engine, called M120, which comes from Mercedes-AMG. The power transmission ensures a six-speed manual transmission. For delaying a Brembo brake system is responsible.

In the interior Pagani built the sports bucket from the Huayra BC and equipped them with light-colored leather and tartan patterns. The driver engages in a steering wheel which reflect the designer Pagani on the outside with blue leather. Up and down the wooden rim shows.

The Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta was donated by Horacio Pagani Horacio Pagani himself. It is said that of the super sports car that is responsible for the Pagani department "Uno di-Uno", taking care of one-off projects and extremely limited vehicles , are likely to emerge three copies. It is rumored that it was the last Zonda models at all. Information on the costs does not make Pagani. The Zonda HP Barchetta with carbon-titanium structure is expected but surely collectors to be worth a few euros.

Erlkönig Lexus RX 7-seater Lexus TX to start in 2016

seven-seater SUV are a must on the US market. Lexus is not yet unbeleckt here. This should change but from 2016 with the Lexus TX. Now, the first prototype was caught based on the RX.

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The Lexus RX is a solid and important factor in the US SUV market over its competitors in the premium segment but the option of a third row of seats lacks. A fact that is also repeatedly complained of the dealers. That the Japanese now want to change with the upcoming Lexus TX.

Lexus RX TX with technology

As a basis for the Lexus TX the newly updated Lexus RX used. Which is in its dimensions stretched to accommodate the third row of seats, thus creating two additional seats. The design is the new but the original edged lines of faithful.

With the RX as the basis of the Lexus TX likely come with front and all-wheel drive and a gasoline engine and hybrid version. It is expected that the Lexus TX in the summer of 2016 as a 2017er model. Presumably, the TX is reserved for the US market.

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AUTOStraßenverkehr - Issue 23/2017 - from 18 October 2017: New releases in the first competition check + top Test: New VW Polo + Used check: VW Passat + Ford Edge vs. Hyundai Grand Santa Fe

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Dear readers, dear readers,

the electric drive triggers the emission problems of the car? No, as long as he is instructed as a storage medium on batteries which are energy-consuming to produce and are fed with electricity from fossil sources. Nevertheless applies as for the diesel talk: You have to differentiate. Where local air pollutants (though not matter) have to be reduced, a large electric fleet, which is ideally powered by electricity from renewable sources, quickly make a measurable difference. On the other hand, neither the available today battery technology nor the charging infrastructure are adapted to meet all mission profiles of cars and commercial vehicles.

Yet the e-technology can contribute to achieving the statutory CO2 targets for internal combustion engines faster. For example, in the form of lightweight mild hybrid concepts with small batteries and powerful starter generators that mitigate the peak loads of gasoline and diesel engines and thus reduce CO2 emissions. Critics also call this a temporary solution. True - but one with great potential.

Have fun reading the lecture,

Your Stefan Cerchez

Content AUTOStraßenverkehr issue 23/2017


  • AUTO-date: News about cars

new hits

  • Cover story: The most important innovations and their closest rivals. Also present: Skoda Karoq, VW T-Roc, Citroën C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic, Hyundai i30 N and Jaguar E-Pace
  • At the start: Kia Stinger - a Gran Turismo on Korean Art
  • At the start: VW Tiguan AllSpace - more than Van SUV?
  • At the start: BMW X3 - dominated the third generation of agility and comfort equally?


  • Comparison Test: Compact station wagon with three-cylinder: Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost, Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.0 Turbo DI and Skoda Octavia Combi 1.0 TSI
  • Top Test: VW Polo 1.0 TSI - is the sixth generation of new standards? With buying advice and equipment tips
  • Comparison Test: Ford Edge 2.0 TDCi against Hyundai Grand Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi - two powerful four-wheel drive in a duel. These five SUV alternatives with strong diesel engines
  • Comparison Test: Honda Civic Type R and VW Golf R - two wild cars, handing out strong and a lot of fun
  • Test: Audi A3 Sportback g-tron - natural gas variant is a real alternative to the diesel engine?
  • Test: Renault Captur TCe 120 - the French have touched up at the facelift in the right places?
  • Test: Range Rover Velar D300 SE - fills the gap between Evoque and Range Rover Sport

Buyer's guide

  • The better buy: Peugeot 3008 or 5008?

know refueling

  • Market car registrations in September
  • Report: Over the diesel problem, a tepid emissions legislation and the E-mobility that is not so green
  • Markenlexikon: Jeep
  • Winter tires: Alpine symbol is mandatory in 2018
  • Data security in the car: Where are the risks and how to go protect myself from hackers?


  • Test: Ten Wheel Cleaner face the practical test

used cars

  • Check with Master Wish: Is it worth buying a VW Passat last generation? Plus info on cost of wear parts and the market situation

travel & report

  • Driving times back: On the road along the River by numerous beautiful cities - from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg
  • United Germany Ring: Deep in the east of Saxony we go to a race track that was never really in operation


  • Ansichtssache SUV replace vans and station wagons
  • Readers Forum letters and inquiries
  • AUTO puzzles Profit: exclusive quilted jacket from Bilstein

All cars in the new issue of car traffic 23/2017

  • Audi A3
  • BMW 2 Series
  • BMW X1
  • BMW X3
  • Citroen C3 Aircross
  • Citroën C4 Cactus
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai i30
  • Hyundai Grand Santa Fe
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Stinger
  • Kia Stonic
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Opel astra
  • Opel Crossland X
  • Peugeot 3008
  • Peugeot 5008
  • Range Rover Velar
  • Renault Captur
  • Renault Koleos
  • Seat Ateca
  • Skoda Karoq
  • Skoda Kodiaq
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Subaru Levorg
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Toyota Century
  • VW Golf
  • VW Polo
  • VW Passat
  • VW T-Roc
  • VW Tiguan AllSpace

Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018): penalty in purist Touring version

Porsche has heard numerous calls of his fans. With the 911 Carrera T Porsche returns to the sports car purity law. The Touring comes as handset with rear-wheel drive and plenty of lightweight construction.

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A Porsche 911 in pure form, as a driving machine for purists - this recipe has caught already in 2016 with the Porsche 911 R. 500 horsepower, naturally aspirated engine, manual transmission, rear-wheel drive. Who made the cast-iron penalty fans to the heart. The support, however, was limited and the price extremely high. becoming the 911 R rather for speculative or collectible item, because the driving machine for the road.

Fixer as a Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera T Touring Photo: Porsche
The 911 Carrera T based on the Carrera, but gets a unique appearance and special technical features.

Now Porsche has again some understanding, or let's call it a return. With the Porsche 911 Carrera T is a limited to the essentials Elfer version comes again. T is in this case for Touring. Behind almost the same philosophy hides as the 911 R. The Porsche 911 Carrera T comes exclusively with rear-wheel drive and comes standard with a shorter translated manual seven-speed sports transmission. For the not so pure fans, a dual clutch transmission is to have optional. Since the Touring on the Carrera is based, proposes the rear whose three-liter turbo-boxer with 370 hp and 450 Nm torque. Thanks to the manual gearbox with shorter translation and mechanical limited slip differential, the 911 Carrera T sprints in 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h. He is 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupe. The 200-km / h speed limit reached the model after 15.1 seconds. With the optional PDK it reaches 100 km / h in 4.2 seconds, 200 km / hr after 14.5 seconds. The top speed of both transmission variants is more than 290 km / h - the Handschaltter comes to 293 km / h and the PDK version to 291 km / h.

Improved power to weight ratio, tougher suspension

Porsche 911 Carrera T Touring Photo: Porsche
Lightweight Interior: so the center console remains empty.

The improved performance figures are partly due to the reduced weight. The equipment of the 911 Carrera T is consistently trimmed for sportiness and lightweight: The rear window and the rear side windows are made of lightweight glass, the door panels have Öffnerschlaufen. The insulation is maximally reduced. dispensing with the optional rear seat system, also optionally to the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The result: The two-seater is equipped with 1,425 kg curb weight 20 kilograms lighter than a comparably equipped 911 Carrera. The power to weight ratio improved to 3.85 kg / hp.

For increased driving dynamics of the Porsche 911 Carrera T also carries additional features that do not exist for the 911 Carrera. These include the standard PASM sports suspension with 20 mm lowering, the weight-optimized Sport Chrono Package, the shortened gear lever with red shift pattern or fabric center panels in sports-Tex. The optional rear axle, which is not offered for the 911 Carrera, is the 911 Carrera T reserved.

Reduced equipment, unique appearance

Porsche 911 R
Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018): penalty in purist Touring version Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018): penalty in purist Touring version Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018): penalty in purist Touring version Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018): penalty in purist Touring version
Penalty after the purity requirement

Of course, the Touring is visually recognizable as a pure sports car. Body parts and wheels are clearly differentiated. Front of the 911 Carrera T has an aerodynamically matched spoiler lip. The SportDesign exterior mirrors are painted in Agate Gray Metallic. The side, the new model of 20-inch Carrera S wheels in titanium gray can be seen. In addition, "911 Carrera T" lettering the side view shape. The rear view is painted by the blades of the rear cover grille, the Porsche logo, the model number "911 Carrera T" in agate gray and a sports exhaust system as standard on board with black, characterized centrally positioned tailpipes. As exterior colors are Black, Lavaorange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Blue Miami and the metallic colors Carrara White, Deep Black and GT Silver for election.

Particularly sporting and purist Also, the interior presents. The driver takes (4-way, electric) on black sports seats with seat center sections in sports-Tex Platz. The headrests are embroidered with a black "911" logo. Optionally, there is for the new Carrera Model T for the first time Full cup seats. Steering commands are issued via the GT sports steering wheel with steering wheel rim in leather. The wheel mounted gear standard mode switch sorts the driving programs. The shortened gearshift lever with red shift pattern is exclusive in the 911 Carrera T reserved. The trim panels on the dashboard and doors are black, as are the door opener loops. New interior package is T. It makes the contrast colors Racing Yellow, Indian Red or GT Silver for an even sportier look. Thus, for example, optical accents in the seat belts, the "911" logo on the headrests, the Öffnerschlaufen or the center sections of the sports seats Southwestern set up.

The 911 Carrera T is available from January 2018 and can already be ordered now. The price list starts at 107,553 euros. The normal Carrera is to have from 97,914 euros.

And wishes? , maybe the 420-PS-boxer from the Carrera S or equal to 450 hp six-cylinder from the GTS.

First comparison of the SUV group brothers: Is the Kodiaq the better Tiguan?

So far, Skoda had a SUV only the small Yeti in the program. With the Kodiaq the Czech VW subsidiary is now building a 4.70-meter option with up to seven seats. With more space and reasonable prices it is potentially dangerous even for the VW Tiguan.

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As a Vision S-called concept car makes the Kodiaq since its premiere in spring all those appetites which primarily want from Skoda a larger, more spacious SUV than the somewhat elderly Yeti. Now the Czechs have finally unveiled the production version, which - only in details differs from the study - no big surprise. Although the Skoda Kodiaq competes from its size to alternatives such as the Nissan X-Trail, the Kia Sorento or the Ford Edge, provides for many potentially far more important question of whether he is the better choice compared to the VW Tiguan. With the Wolfsburg box office success, the new Skoda SUV shares known to the technical architecture (MQB).

08/2016, Skoda Kodiaq Photo: Skoda
Half the length Plus puts the Kodiaq in wheelbase. More weight to VW: around 40 kilograms.

Better value for money for Kodiaq

Ordered the Kodiaq must be at the end of October, the exhibition space of the German Skoda dealer he surfaced earlier on in March. As long as we do not want to keep you waiting and clarify why now in a first static compared to how good are the chances of success of the newcomer, wring Tiguan than the Group's own competitors and top dog in the segment market shares.

Already at the first meeting of the Kodiaq discloses a large, flexible, and functional interior. In other words, the new Skoda is a car for large families who want to drive a station wagon or van - and those who look twice on price tag.

Although Skoda still makes exact data, the Kodiaq will be on sale for less than 25,000 euros. He would be more favorable than the shorter VW Tiguan, which costs in the base Trendline version with the 125 hp 1.4 TSI petrol least 25,975 euros. Here, Skoda aims with the new SUV on to greater things. "The Kodiaq is next to the Superb our flagship," says chief designer Jozef Kaban, "in its segment, it can be a real magnet."

Kodiaq by 21 centimeters longer than the Tiguan

For this purpose, designers, and developers mapped your heart out. Visual highlights at the front end are the three-dimensional chrome grill and flat, wide headlights in four optometry that shine with optional full-LED. The LED taillights, which have around the C-shaped light strip incorporated a graphic as small crystals, however, are standard with - just like the Tiguan. The wheel arches and lower degrees of front and rear aprons are sold in black plastic, which gives more power and robustness of the Kodiaq.

In the length of Kodiaq dominates the Tiguan by 21 centimeters. Between the axes of the Skoda grabs 11.4 centimeters longer. Only the XL version of the Tiguan, which is expected to be the summer of 2017 in the trade, has with 2.79 meters over the same wheelbase.

In as well as the VW carefully crafted interior of Kodiaq scores by having more space for the passengers and for luggage. The rear seat can be displaced longitudinally, adjust the seat to be in the tilt by 18 centimeters. However, both can also be the Tiguan. About the lack of legroom and headroom to passengers can not complain here and there. Only individuals with over 1.95 meters size should caress with the hair the headliner.

The biggest advantage over the current Tiguan offers the Skoda in the luggage compartment. Optional draws there even a third row of seats. Seven inmates brings the VW only under the XL version. Tall man can at the back but just sit reasonably comfortable when the second row moves completely forward.

Kodiaq is the first seven-seater in the brand

With seven occupants of Kodiaq luggage compartment can hold only 270 liters. but without the third row of seats, the volume increases depending on the position of the rear seats 650-835 liters under the cover. When laid flat rear seats and loaded to the roof fit into the Sun about 1.85 meters long load space even up to 2,065 liters.

By comparison, the Tiguan tucked between 615 (rear seat in the front position) and 1,655 liter in the rear. As an option, Skoda offers a folding front passenger seat back that is the VW from Comfortline on board. Their unusually high transport capability underpin both SUV with a payload up to 600 kilograms and a trailer load of up to 2.5 tons.

VW Tiguan XL Photo: Stefan Baldauf
the Tiguan will be published in summer 2017 as a seven-seater on the market.

VW Tiguan optionally with fully digital instrument cluster

Behind the steering wheel of Skoda driver looks at clearly drawn and well-read, but always analog instruments. In contrast, Tiguan informed on request a fully digital display on the driving data - aside from an optional head-up display one of the few extras that can be had only for the VW.

But Kodiaq customers do not have to grieve. Whether online services, Wi-Fi hotspot or fast LTE module, smartphone connectivity via Apple carplay, Android car and Mirror Link and inductive charging - with infotainment and connectivity of large Skoda is well prepared.

And with the available safety and convenience assistance systems it stands after the Tiguan in anything. However, the Skoda only the automatic Collision front Assistant counts including emergency brake function as standard - the Tiguan and the lane departure warning. But whether Anhängerrangierhilfe, adaptive cruise control, congestion or lane change assistant - the Skoda also can be upgraded with all these systems.

In typical for the Czech brand practical details of Kodiaq even ahead - for example with the new, off and on automatically retractable door edge protectors, how far knows him only from Ford. Overall, the Kodiaq according Skoda has a total of 30 such Simply-clever solutions on board, including seven new ones.

Smaller drive offer at Skoda

In terms of driving the Kodiaq similar to the Tiguan, but is limited initially to five gasoline and diesel engines with 1.4 to two liters capacity with 125 to 190 hp. The small 1.6-liter TDI with 115 hp and the 240 HP diesel and the 220 horsepower gasoline remain initially reserved for the Tiguan. Six-speed manual and six- and seven-speed dual clutch transmission available here as there are available.

Of the available engines in both SUV only the 1.4-liter TSI with 125 hp is available as a pure front-wheel drive. The 2.0 TDI with 150 hp, there is the all-wheel drive with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch as standard. Off-road mode and Hill Descent Control also support the Skoda off the beaten track, a special off-road package with engine underbody protection and front bumper with a larger angle of repose is only available for the Tiguan.

The progressive steering or 20-inch wheels are reserved to the VW, but not the adaptive damper control - the Tiguan responsible for its excellent ride comfort. the Kodiaq springs as convincing, it would be difficult for the VW to have him in his place.


Technically closely related, the Kodiaq on a few specialties from the Tiguan offer will miss. But he offers more space, optional seven seats and is expected to lower prices. We are excited to see how he goes - and at first comparison test.


This item is from AUTOStraßenverkehr 20/2016. The book can be ordered online here.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge died: Power sedan does not come yet

The Q50 Eau Rouge experienced at the shows in Detroit, Geneva and Beijing various stages of evolution. Now the project has been stopped.

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Lange made Infiniti is serious about the attack on the power of the caliber of sedans BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG one or Audi RS6. At the Detroit Motor Show 2014, the Japanese showed a dynamic body concept for the mid-range model, at the Geneva Autosalon2014 followed by the presentation of the 568-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that has been adapted from the Nissan GT-R. is connected via a seven-speed gearbox. The speed limit should be at around 290 km / h.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype Vettel Screenshot
Vettel tests the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype 30 sec.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge too expensive and uneconomical

At Auto China 2014, the Japanese have the next Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge dynamically presented in the form of a video, showing a first prototype to test drive with F1 driver Sebastian Vettel at the wheel. The world champion from Heppenheim was in fact involved in the development of the sporting Japanese.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel sits in a Ferrari and the project Q50 Eau Rouge, it has become quiet - until the IAA. There colleagues want to have learned from the British car magazine the Infiniti Vice President Francois Goupil de Bouille that the Q50 Eau Rouge project was gecancelled. Too expensive and uneconomical is the power sedan. The topic Power models is in itself but this does not definitively buried for Infiniti.

Volvo S60 and V60: Volvo diesel replaced by gasoline plug-in hybrid

Volvo replaced in the next generation of mid-range models S60 and V60 diesel hybrid variants by gasoline plug-in hybrids.


According to information of the magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the demand is so low that the drive technology does not make sense for the diesel plug-in hybrid. Plug-in hybrids are instead only offered with petrol engines yet. Both new models come onto the market in 2018.

Dia successor of Volvo S60 and V60 come 2018 on the market. The hybrid versions are replaced by efficient gasoline engine, says Volvo.

Electric car e.Go Life (2018): 16,000-euro-electric car in three power variants

The e.GO Mobile AG has presented at CeBIT in Hannover, the electric car e.Go Life. The small car can be ordered since May and will cost from 15,900 euros, the demand is high. Also new is a third power level.

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Which emerged from a research project of the University RWTH Aachen e.GO Mobile AG wants to promote the e.Go Life electromobility - and on the price factor. The e.Go Life will namely cost only 15,900 euros and be natural premium. The electric car premium currently amounts to 4,000 euros. So that the electric dwarf would cost only 11,900 euros bottom line. Since May, the e.Go Life is ordered, comes from spring 2018th

New engine range from summer 2018

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Customer demand is high. The e.GO Mobile AG already applies for over 1,200 pre-orders. And customers more power want. This customer desires, the company is now looking for a third performance drivers of small cars. From summer 2018, the e.Go Life will then be available with 20, 40 and 60 kW electric motor. The electric motors continue to come from Bosch, but changed from 48 to 230 volts. The new basic version with 20 kW is to create a real range of 104 km and will cost 15,900 euros as before. The 40-kW version is specified with 114 km range and 60-kW version with 154 km. The new power model will accelerate in 3.2 seconds and 50 in 8.6 seconds from zero to 100th The top speed climbs to 160 km / h. The smaller versions have it at 114 km / h respectively at 150 km / h at that. In addition to the 15,900-euro basic version, the average power variation has now priced at 17,400 euros. The power model should be to have from 19,900 euros.

The battery capacity will amount to 14.9 kWh 17.9 kWh and 23.9 kWh. The load times to 230 volts are given six to almost 10 hours. On a quick charger they will be reduced to approximately 3 to 4.5 hours. The empty weight with battery should be 880-950 kg

Starter motors on the rear axle

The e.Go Life comes as a two-door with a 2 + 2 seating configuration. It measures in length 3.35 meters, width 1.70 meters and 1.57 meters in height. The design looks like a mixture of glattgelutschtem VW Lupo and VW Up. Previously considered for the small car following drive configuration: Without batteries, the empty weight should be at 650 kg. The range of 14.4 kWh large battery was given as 100 km. With the 19.2 kWh large battery up to 130 km would have been feasible. The 22 kW electric powertrain would have come from Bosch. Designed were two electric motors on the rear axle. These are conventional starter motors, similar to those installed for example in hybrid models. The sprint from zero to 50 km / h e.Go Life should create in 4.9 seconds.

e.Go Life Photo: e.GO Mobile AG
The 22 kW electric powertrain delivers Bosch. It consists of two electric motors on the rear axle.

Series production of the e.Go Life starts in the spring of 2018 in Triwo-Technopark in Aachen. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the production facility with around 3.6 million euros - total is the sum of the investment desk Triwo AG 25.7 million euros. Their building is then leased to the e.Go Mobile AG. Overall, the production site covers 16,000 Quardatmeter should requested there annually 10,000 vehicles produced. Now is doubled (see interview).

Interview with e.Go Life CEO Günther Schuh

Günther Schuh teaches production engineering at the RWTH Aachen, the leading engineering forged in Germany. He is also head of the e.Go mobile AG, its now the second car company.

What makes the e.Go so cheap?

Shoe: This starts with the basic concept. We wanted to build a city car. So meet around 100 km range and low speeds. Therefore, starter motors that accelerate the e.GO so fast to pace 50 rich as any other car also and create a maximum of 100 km / h. Compared to the electric motor in the i3 they are very cheap. At the same time also so economical that we make do with a small battery - which in turn saves weight. The frame consists of simple square aluminum profiles. And we have omitted anything that you do not need. This is true not only for the car itself. Even in production, we are breaking new ground.

What do you do differently than a car manufacturer?

Shoe: We do not, for example, a press shop, which alone represents an investment of around 120 million euros. Our body produces a luggage manufacturer, uses the highest quality thermoplastic materials. These are more elastic than metal, and even a digest Parkrempler. And they allow us to dispense with the expensive paint line.

Thermoplastic reminiscent of the Trabant ...

Shoe: see today's thermoplastic parts incredibly well. A car manufacturer must apply five clear coat layers to achieve our brilliance. And since the dyed parts are screwed or glued, also a repair is much easier and cheaper.

It is everywhere, customers are not ready for electric cars.

Shoe: The main misconception is that the automakers believe the market take electric cars, for example, due to lack of coverage is not on, the price does not lie. Since I am a very different opinion: It is at the price. Many users would rather accept a limited range as a high price. If I want to offer a range-limited car, then just the price must be right!

Do you want to annoy the auto industry?

Shoe: No, we are not alls. But let's show how you can build a low-priced electric car that can afford a private customer. We hope the contrary, that producers assume our ideas.

Who are the sponsors for the e.Go project?

Shoe: Of course, we have capital from the sale of StreetScooter to the post office. We also have strategic investors from the automotive industry - but no automaker. While these also wanted to join us, but there would be a danger to us too great that they want to influence us.

And as the e.Go comes so far?

Shoe: The response has been overwhelming: 814 orders from private clients in two and a half months, more than we expected. This shows that even private clients access to if the price is right. There are also cities, government agencies, nursing services and logistics experts who are interested in the car. Police in Aachen will test some cars in the administrative area, perhaps the Bundeswehr. The demand of fleet customers is also much larger than expected. We have already sold the planned start of production in 2018 and are now trying to increase the capacity to 1,800 cars.

What is the capacity your factory?

Shoe: We had originally planned for 2019, the first full year of production, the construction of 10,000 cars. Now we consider the introduction of a second layer before in production. We admit to the end of May 2019 and then come to an annual output of 20,000 cars.