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Electric car Mini Cooper SE have focused on sportiness

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Although the model carries the index of the SE (with cursive writing), on the back of the body corporate’s by itself, and the E moved to the other side of the door and stylized image of the outlet.

The car got traction battery with a capacity of 32.6 kW•h. This is much less than the BMW i3, where the battery reaches 42,2 kWh. However, the stated power reserve on a single charge at a good Mini: 235-270 miles depending on conditions (“Calculated according to the WLTP cycle and adapted to the NEDC for comparison,” writes the manufacturer). Charging from AC (home outlet, wall-mounted Wallbox or a public station) can go from power up to 11 kW, in which 80% of the battery will be full in two and a half hours, and 100% in 3.5. High-speed charging constant current is only 35 minutes (80%) at power up to 50 kW.

Battery Mini based on a specific menu and graphics digital tidy (5.5 inch). The nature of the settings of the machine can be changed via the selector driving modes (Sport, Mid, Green and Green+). Navigation is standard equipment (and led lights). Central screen: 6.5 inch by default and 8.8 inches in the option.

But the return of the Mini motor was exactly the same as the BMW i3s: 184 HP and 270 N•m. It enables the British kid to get 60 km/h from zero in 3.9 s, and a hundred in 7.3 s. top Speed is electronically limited at 150 km/h due to the low center of gravity (T-shaped battery pack hidden under the floor), as says the manufacturer, the car provocatively rulitsya. But to ensure the machine acceptable ground clearance, the body itself had to be raised to 18 mm in comparison to the petrol counterpart.

Curb weight of the electric vehicle (DIN, without driver) is 1365 kg. It is only 145 kg more than the two pedal drive three-door hatchback Cooper S, complimented by the authors of the model. The car has received a new version of the dynamic stabilization system (DSC), a fast-acting and adapted for a high thrust electric motor developed from the bottom. And for the first time on models of the BMW group appeared on the preliminary adjustment of the level of recovery (two positions). With more intense you can go, “one pedal” (perceived slowing starts as soon as the accelerator pedal is released).

The implanted battery has not affected the volume of trunk: same 211/731 l (with decomposition/folded second row), and petrol hatchback.

Finally, one more specific to the electric vehicle detail: dual-zone climate control with heat pump consumes when heating 75% less energy than a simple electric heater. Salon Mini battery can be heated or cooled before the trip, putting her time through the mobile app. We add that the release of the Mini Cooper SE starts in Oxford in November this year. About the release dates on certain markets, the company will be reported separately, but promises that it will happen quickly enough.


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CD BMW i3s from AC Schnitzer got a bright wrapper

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Bmw i3,Bmw i3s. Наш тест показывал, что i3s рулится точно, живо и с лёгким заднеприводным акцентом. Так что не стоит думать, будто электрокар с максималкой всего в 160 км/ч — это история исключительно про «экономичные поездки в городе».

Leonid Popov, July 17, 2019. Photos: AC Schnitzer

Our test showed that the i3s rulitsya accurately, vividly and with a light rear-wheel drive accent. So do not think the electric car with a top speed of just 160 km/h — this is a story solely about “economical travel in the city.”

The German Studio AC Schnitzer often mentioned in the news in connection with some powerful BMW. Get at least a 570-strong ACL2 based on a coupe-kopeck piece. But far less incendiary models, with a claim to environmental friendliness, in view of the Schnitzer got no time (hybrid i8). Therefore it is not surprising the latest proposal of the Germans: the package of improvements for the compact electric BMW i3s.

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For “AI-third” of the proposed new lowering springs and 20 mm, splitter, black aluminum cover for the iDrive controller, aluminum pedals, spoiler, protective film on top of the rear bumper, dilators gauge (12 mm on each side).

Usual BMW i3 for six years my life has undergone several upgrades, and two years ago got sportivnoi version index i3s. From the base it is not only the appearance, but also efficiency electric motor: 184 HP and 270 N•m against the original 170 HP and 250 N•m. the Dynamics of such electric cars is already possible to characterize as a vigorous — dispersal to hundred in 6.9 vs a 7.3 source S. So now Atelier AC Schnitzer was not to change anything in the electrical part of the BMW, but simply emphasized its playful nature with new parts in the exterior.

That the BMW i3 was not invented for the sake of saving money on fuel, they say, and the price tags. For example, the base i3 in the Russian catalogue of stamps costs 3 840 000 rubles, and sportively i3s — 4 140 000.

We add that the popularity of the i3 model in Europe is going up. Only in January — may this year implemented 13 357 instances, whereas for the whole of 2018 — 24 252, and for 2017 — 21 010. Apparently, it affected the update, conducted last fall, which brought the little one the traction battery with a capacity of 42.2 kW•h On the machines of yesteryear was 33,2 and 22 kWh.


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Pair of crossovers Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 have increased in power

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Leonid Popov, 3 days ago. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Grille Panamericana with vertical teeth replaced the former, with one horizontal strap and loose so, completely changed the headlights and bumper.

Soon after updating conventional models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe earlier this year, the Germans introduced the “charged” SUV GLC 63 and 63 S (consoles 4Mаtic here and below we omit for brevity). As it turned out, they return biturbomotor 4.0 has not changed a single drop (476 HP, 650 nm and 510 HP, 700 N•m). But the “intermediate” fellow 43 GLC and GLC Coupe 43 was more fortunate: the restyling has brought them additional 23 “the horse”.

After the usual GLC and GLC Coupe version 43 got new lights. And the revised design of the exhaust nozzles instead of a pair of trapezoids with the jumper in the middle now back flaunts a Quartet of round tips, two on each edge of the bumper.

Thus, the crossovers went in the footsteps of the family Mercedes-AMG C 43, and biturbomotor V6 3.0 here develops 390 HP and 520 N•m (maximum torque is preserved). Passport acceleration from a standstill to hundreds of this bonus is not affected: the same with a 4.9 that was informed as normal GLC 43, and a version of the Coupe. Maximum speed is traditionally limited to 250 km/h.

Restyling brought the “forty-third” of the latest version of the infotainment system with MBUX specific to AMG features two large displays (tidy 12.3-inch Central screen 10,25) and a variety of touch control buttons on the steering wheel to the tunnel on the touchpad and voice control, answering to the phrase “Hey Mercedes”.

The standard for GLC 43 wheels rim diameter 19 inches, but in the option there are five more versions of wheels from 19 to 21 inches.

The rest of the components is to be expected: nine-storyed “automatic” AMG Speedshift TCT 9G, all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4Mаtic with torque distribution in normal conditions, 31:69 (front/rear axle), chassis, AMG Ride Control with multi-chamber suspension and an electronically dampers, switch driving modes AMG Dynamics with five programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual). Thus, the crossover with index 43 retained their core, pulling up to the recently updated fellows image and electronics.

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Targa Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was an engineering masterpiece

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The model Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with an index of C8, the eighth generation of the legend, represented the United States at a special event. Say a direct comparison of this sports car with the predecessor is not quite correct: we have before us essentially new machine with the old name. For the first time in its history, the Corvette was mid-engined, although concepts and prototypes with this layout the GM has built in a considerable number since the sixties. Actually, mid-engined could be the last Corvette C7. This option was considered but was rejected for cost reasons. Now, this decisive step has been made.

No common ancestor, no, but angular lights, divided into four sections, remind me of the Corvette. Even labels you do not want to feel the kinship.

Behind the back seat of a new aspirated V8 6.2 LT2. Structurally, it comes from a friend on the previous Corvette LT1 motor, but got a lot of rework required to adapt to a mid-scheme. He develops 502 HP and 637 nm (with the optional performance exhaust) vs 466 HP and 630 N•m, which was the common Corvette in the past generation. This is one of the few atmosferico in the segment (from the mid-engined models, you have to remember Huracan with its V10 5.2).

But the transition to such a layout, among other things, caused and active involvement in the races even with the motor in front of the cabin of the previous Corvette managed to win Le Mans in its class. But now in the senior categories GT almost all of the competitors are mid-engined (even the Porsche 911).

The LT2 engine is aluminum block and cast iron cylinder liners, two valves per cylinder, a compression ratio of 11.5:1 direct injection on 150 bar, dual phases change, the disabling of the cylinders, lubrication is dry sump. The “robot” index M1L. There is a very large gear ratio, the first to start the seventh and the eighth designed for fuel economy, and operating range for the track — the second to the sixth.

This “eight” is connected to the first for a Chevrolet eight-speed “robot” with two clutches, developed in cooperation with the firm Tremec, which built an electronically limited slip differential. With the Z51 Performance package, the new sports car scores 60 mph from zero in less three seconds. Never before has the base model of the Corvette was not so dynamic, says Chevrolet.

Of course, this result depends on many factors. For example, the dry weight of model is only 1530 kg. the New power structure built around a Central tunnel, which is (by definition of the developers) spine that holds everything else. This basic detail provides such a high rigidity that has allowed it to make rather large door openings (relative to the mid-engined rivals) and save on Corvette removable center section of the roof. And for the first time the Corvette will be produced and right-hand drive too.

The cockpit is like hugging the driver. For releasing more space used a very narrow baffle ventilation and climate control stretched vertical stripe. The decoration applied leather, stainless steel (Bose speakers Performance Series), aluminum and carbon fiber (the latter on the console and doors, you can choose).

The main part of the superstructure is a total of six parts of aluminum alloy, cast under pressure. This decision reduced the number of joints and increased stiffness. In an industry first, the car received a bent I-beam rear bumper made of CFRP. Front and rear racks, as well as the instrument panel is made from a new material combining fiberglass with a special resin. They are so light that they can float in the water. Other body parts: different types of glass and carbon fiber.

Electronic selector drivetrain offers pull key drive and reverse push buttons neutral, the manual mode and the Parking lot.

And front and rear suspension uses aluminum double-wishbones of unequal length (the top hammered, bottom cast). With the Z51 package you can buy the adaptive suspension Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0. Brembo brake calipers chetyrehporshnevye “circle”, rear monoblock. With the Z51 package — all-in-ones everywhere. Diameter brake discs (front/rear) is equal to or 321/339 mm 345/350 with the Z51 package. Interestingly, the brake system is equipped with a new booster, E-boost, more accurate responses and having the ability to customize.

Tyres: 245/35 ZR19 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear Michelin Pilot Sport ALS “in the database” (this is new vsesezonka capable of lateral overload about 1 g) or Michelin Pilot Sport 4S with the Z51 package (it also includes an improved exhaust system, manual adjustment of the supports of the suspension springs, the other main gear, reinforced cooling units).

The selector driving modes in addition to the programs Weather, Tour, Sport and Track offers two new: MyMode (personal settings with memory), and Z mode, named after the versions of the Z06 and ZR1 and the Z51 package. This is also a personal combination of parameters, but more athletic. Is activated by a separate button on the steering wheel. By the way, the paddle shifters in the new sports car not only change the transmission in manual mode. If you press them both at once, double clutch “robot” opens all clutch.

Attention to detail is worthy of every respect, whether the emblem on the nose, the slope on the back cover or the optics (rear turn signals, by the way, animated). The engine is deliberately put on display under the rear glass.

The Americans promise better handling due to optimal weight distribution and low centre of gravity. The driver shifted closer to the front axle than in the past generation (the layout of the cab, says the company, inspired by modern fighters such as F22 and F35) in front of him — located below the tidy, steering wheel and hood. This contributes to a better visibility and a heightened perception of the road. In the same piggy Bank recorded the steering is sharper than before (15.7:1), clamping force, reaching up to 181 kg and Launch control.

Claimed space in the trunk touching specified in tenths of a liter (356,8). This number represents the sum of the two compartments, as the front of the Corvette also has a trunk that can accommodate a bag, considered to be hand Luggage on the plane, and the bag with the laptop.

Other advantages of the model firm include on-Board Performance Data recorder with high definition camera and new tools for the analysis of the round, digital clean-up on 12 inch with graphics that are changing depending on the driving modes, two possible Bose sound system (10 or 14 speakers), the latest generation multimedia system with a screen larger resolution, interfaces, Bluetooth and NFC, wireless charging and voice control that adapts to your speech. Both chairs are now equipped with memory, and steering wheel — heated.

Of the twelve possible colors of the body, the authors of the Corvette added six color themes in the cabin to choose from, plus six shades of seat belts and tri — stitching. And besides basic chairs there are three types of optional. The number of combinations is huge.

And the machine has a lift system the front suspension 40 mm for 2.8 C, for the passage of difficult sections of the road, speed bumps and so on. Interestingly, this device can work automatically by GPS (in the memory 1000 stores the coordinates of such places). Serial production of the new Corvette will start at the plant in Bowling Green the end of 2019. The prices the company promises to announce later, but she has already surprised the audience with a statement that the “base” version will cost at least $60 000 (of 3.77 million). For a mid-engined sports car is a very attractive price.

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It all started back in 1951, when the management of General Motors took the decision to develop a small two-seater type Roadster Nash-Healey. In January 1953 at the GM Motorama event in new York Americans showed a pre-production prototype of the sports car Chevrolet Corvette first generation (C1). Mass production in flint (Michigan) was launched in the same year. Buyers offered two-seater with an open body and rear wheel drive.

At different times on the Corvette put six engines. The first couple of years customers have been satisfied with only the row “six” with a capacity of 3.9 150-155 forces, but from the second half of 1955 under the hood of the Corvette prescribed atmospheric V-shaped “eight”: 4.3 (195-240 HP), 4.6 (220-315) and 5.4 (250-360). Gearbox, depending on version — manual with three and four degrees, or dual-band “automatic”.

It is noteworthy that due to low demand, the heads of General Motors wanted to roll production of the Corvette. People are not satisfied unconvincing dynamics of acceleration and weak brakes of a sports car. The situation has changed thanks to the efforts of engineer Zachary Arkus-Dante’s (also referred to as the father of the Corvette) and the emergence of V8 engines. In 1953 it was made 300 cars, but only until 1962 released 69 015 Corvettes.


Machine of the second generation, published in 1962, known worldwide under the name Sting Ray (stingray with English translates as “SKAT”). Perhaps this is one of the most compelling from the point of view of the design of the Corvettes in history — Larry Shinoda under the direction of bill Mitchell did a good job. In sale cars with bodies coupe and convertible, and the engines were all eight-cylinder. The least powerful was the unit working volume of 5.4 l (250-375 forces). Next in the ranking followed V8 6.5 (425), and on the top of the range was seven-liter engine (390-435). A set of transmission remained the same. But the engineers have increased rigidity, improved weight distribution along the axes, facilitated the design of the chassis, brakes. Rear independent suspension with transverse leaf spring. Steering is sharper, and a special damper on the steering shaft to get rid of the rim from impacts.

The popularity of the Corvette grew in the eyes — from 1962 to 1967 was issued more than 117 thousand cars.


The next Corvette (also Stingray) is a result of deep modernization of its predecessor. Changed design, a new interior, but the technical stuffing, which is still responsible Russian immigrant Zora Arkus-of Danton, updated slightly. The range almost entirely consisted of familiar engines, but has expanded gradation of power from 165 to 450 forces. Especially for the market of California was a version with the 5.0 V8 engine (180 HP), and the most powerful modifications put a monster V8 with a volume of 7.4 L.

Remained in the ranks of the “mechanics” with three or four gears and two-step “machine” was replaced with automatic transmission with three or four ranges. The production of C3 Corvettes were engaged in factories in Missouri and Kentucky, and from 1967 to 1982 made 542 741 car.


The machine is the fourth generation was the first completely new Corvette for the last 15 years. Launched in 1983 the car was based on rear wheel drive platform Y-body with independent suspension on all wheels. A completely new body became rigid, and the outer panels are made of fiberglass and plastic. The rear window was lifting. Springs, shock absorbers, the angular stiffness of the suspensions — all became denser, the settings are revised in the direction of greater sportiness. Curb weight of the basic machine was equal to 1469 kg.

The diversity of the line motors has evaporated — only V8 5.7, which was developed depending on the year and version from 205 to 405 forces. On sale Corvette C4 came with Quad-band “automatic” and the exotic four-speed manual transmission with Overdrive on the top three gears (the development of the Doug Nash). But from 1989 it is in the model established six-step “mechanics” ZF.

A special place is the Corvette ZR-1 sports car on which worked the engineers of the company Lotus (at the time British owned General Motors). For version ZR-1 produced 375-horsepower engine V8 5.7 LT1 series with improved fuel systems, intake and exhaust. Up to 97 km/h coupe accelerates in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 290 km/h. For six years, was released 6939 Corvette ZR-1, not counting the 25 cars with active suspension. And the company in Kentucky until 1996 produced 366 227 car of the fourth generation.


In 1997, stood up on the conveyor C5 Corvette. Keeping the platform Y-body sports car has acquired a more rigid bodyshell of the new design, the creation of which was used hidrotermica steel elements. Dvuhdverka became larger: length increased to 4564 mm and a width of up to 1869 mm While kerb weight has not exceeded one and a half tons — 1439-1473 kg depending on body type. Transmission was attributed to the leading rear axle. On a standard Corvette put the V8 engine 5.7 LS1 impact forces up to 350 and 495 N•m Versions of the Z06 got the 5.7 V8 LS6 series, which took 405 “horses” (to 97 km/h in 3.9 s).

Buyers are offered a choice of two types of transmissions (six-speed “mechanics” BorgWarner or Quad “machine”) and three types of suspension (normal, active, and track). Enterprise Bowling Green Kentucky released from 1997 to year 2004, more than 248 thousand Corvettes C5.


At first glance, the Corvette C6 did not differ almost from the predecessor, but the novelty was not a single shared exterior panel with the machine of the fifth generation. Yes, “truck” has remained the same, but the interior has greatly changed and the seat became more. The length was reduced to 4435 mm, but the wheelbase added 31 mm (up to 2685). Rear-wheel drive model received new engines.

The first three years of production under the hood installed the 6.0 V8 (400 forces, 542 N•m) and later 6.2 V8 (430 and 580, respectively). The choice of the clients were offered manual (Tremec T56) and automatic transmission (initially four, and later six ranges). The total circulation of the “sixth” Corvette — 201 657 units.

The status of “charged” wore two Corvette C6 — Z06 and ZR1. The first sported an aluminum space frame instead of steel (the weight of the car is 1440 kg) and 505-horsepower V8 engine 7.0 lubrication system dry sump, an electronically chassis and uglerodosoderzhaschie brakes (optional).

But the Z06 with acceleration to 97 km/h in 3.6 s — was a sort of prelude to the version of the ZR1. Here it is, a real eater kilometers! Targ weight 1519 kg force V8 engine 6.2, equipped with a power blower. Return — 638 strength and 820 N•m. Under this power have been retuned and the suspension — springs and active dampers have been recalibrated for better handling and greater stability in motion. Transmission — six-speed “mechanics” with the convergence close gear ratios, brakes — plastoquimica. Sprint to 97 km/h in 3,4 s and the maximum speed reached 330 km/h And the price was appropriate — $112 600. A normal Corvette cost $49 600, and Z06 — $75 600.


In early 2013, was presented the seventh generation Corvette, which received a historical prefix to the name Stingray (last used on the Corvettes in 1976). In January, the Americans showed the base of tarsu, and in March — Roadster. In the original version settled aspirated V8 6.2 LT1 with direct injection, a phase shifter and disabling part of the cylinder (output: 460 HP, 620 nm, and later, with another exhaust — 466 HP and 630 N•m). He was assisted by a seven-speed “mechanics”, located on the circuit transaxle (related to rear axle). Almost immediately in the form of options appeared a six-speed “automatic”.

Only in General terms C7 resembled the earlier model. Suspension (two and mnogorychazhka with transverse composite springs) became easier, and the body lay down new spatial platform of aluminum alloys. Outer panels were made of different plastic material (including carbon). Dvuhdverka was 45 kg lighter than its predecessor, although the rigidity of the body torsion has increased by 57%. (Right bottom picture — ZR1.)

A variety of packages, special editions, and versions like the Grand Sport has enriched the family of the Corvette in the coming years. But, of course, special mention should be made of the “charged”. In 2014 got out of the Corvette Z06 with the compressor V8 engine LT4 6.2 (659 horsepower, 881 N•m), which was combined with either a seven-speed “mechanics” or with the latest vosmidiapazonnym “automatic” (later the “fluid mechanics” eight gear engineers have presented and the underlying atmosferico). And for the first time in 51 years the company made Targ Z06 coupe Z06.

For a version of the Z06 (and with “mechanics”) — outstanding for a Corvette time on the North loop — 7:13.90, shown in 2017. In the merit is not so much brute power as suspension settings, aerodynamics, and tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP. At that time it was the fastest car of GM.

The top range of the C7 Corvette in 2017, according to tradition, was the Corvette ZR1 with the new compressor V8 6.2 LT5, eye-catching overhead camshafts. Its impact amounted to 765 HP and 969 N•m. for the First time in the Corvette ZR1 with the index in addition to the “mechanics” the Americans offered an optional “automatic”. You can select it and the wing (low Wing Low “in the database” and a High Wing on high poles as an option). Low Corvette ZR1, measuring, developing 345,82 km/h And then, for the first time in 47 years, was released Roadster ZR1. Well ended the career of “the seventh” Corvette June 28, 2019 when the last instance (it was a black Targa Z06) were auctioned Barrett-Jackson for $2.7 million Copies of the seventh generation has exceeded 160 thousand, and the total of all generations — more than 1.6 million


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