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2022 PORSCHE TAYCAN GTS

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2022 PORSCHE TAYCAN GTS

By EWAN KENNEDY

Sleek Porsche hatchback cuts through the air with a minimum of fuss.

Porsche Taycan is a full electric five-door hatchback aimed at those who want a practical family vehicle with plenty of performance, and that does minimal harm to the environment.

That’s right – it’s a family hatch, but there’s a lot more to it than carrying you and the kids around. This is a full-on sports machine that can be taken on track days – or to simply carve your way around your favourite section of country road very early in the morning when there’s nobody else about.

Like all Porsches with GTS badges, it’s a midrange model. There are faster, much more expensive Taycan variants with added performance, but the standard model is relatively affordable starting at just $158,100 for a two-wheel-drive working on the rear wheels.

Prices can go sky high up to $283,000 if you go the whole hog with extra power in the so-called Turbo models. Obviously, the latter don’t have a turbocharger, but we guess that adding a lot of extra grunt does sort-of justify the Turbo tag (your thoughts?)

 The warranty is three years and unlimited distance which is on the low side these days. Many vehicles are now covered for five years and no distance limit. Surely Porsche has enough faith in its cars to cover them for five years?

STYLING

Taycan carries a decent resemblance to the famed 911 which isn’t easy to do in a practical family car. We like the shape, as did all of our friends and neighbours who popped around to check it out. Well done the stylists!

The Taycan GTS variant has blacked-out styling elements within the front bar, headlights, door mirrors, side sills and window trim.

INTERIOR

The driver gets a 16.8-inch curved display easy to see at a glance. You can customise it, it’s beautifully laid out and easy to read in all light conditions.

Luggage space is useful, too, with 84 litres in the small front ‘boot’, sometimes tagged as being a ‘frunk’ a shortened version of front trunk … or a ‘froot’. There are 366 litres of space under the rear hatch and it’s easy to load.

INFOTAINMENT

A high-quality Bose audio system is standard. The high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen is clear to see in any light and is easy to use.

POWERTRAIN

Power is produced by two permanent magnet synchronous motors. There’s a two-speed transmission at the rear, the front axle has a single-speed.

The Porsche GTS model has 380 kW of power. But if you use ‘overboost’ there’s 440 kW and 850 Nm sent to all four wheels.

The Performance Battery Plus system gives you a 93.4 kWh battery pack with a claimed range of 485 km.

During our 340 km week of driving, we averaged 19.8 kWh per 100 kilometres, which is less than the estimates given by Porsche. Perhaps because I tend to be an economical driver in all cars (and have a Guinness Book of Records entry to prove it).

SAFETY

The Porsche Taycan GTS hasn’t been rated by Australasian NCAP. It does score well on the Euro NCAP testing program, gaining the maximum of five stars in 2019

It has an active bonnet system, a full suite of airbags including curtain ‘bags along the entire roof frame and side window sections, and with rollover detection.

There’s lane-change assist and lane-keep assist with corrective steering should the driver not paying attention.

In addition, there’s active lane-keep assist with traffic jam assist and emergency assist, crossroad assist, collision and brake assist rear cross-traffic alert and exit warning.

DRIVING

The zero to 100 km/h time claimed by Porsche is 3.7 seconds. That’s right 3.7 seconds, not that many years back anything under six seconds was considered to be rocketship acceleration, the ultra-low time of the Taycan was due not only to its instantaneous reaction to flooring the right pedal but also the huge torque that’s there from one rpm.

Three driving modes allow you to select Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. The full 440kW comes in when you select launch-control. The 380kW still offers plenty of grunt.

Driver and three passenger get comfortable seats, with a bit of a squeeze in a centre seat in the back. The driver and front passenger have 18-way electric adjustable seats.

There’s a head-up display, which is easy to read even in sunlight.

RATINGS:

Looks: 8/10

Performance: 10/10

Safety: 8/10

Thirst: 7/10

Practicality: 6/10 (mainly because of the short fuel range)

Comfort: 8/10

Tech: 9/10

Value: 8/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE

Taycan RWD: $158,100

Taycan 4S AWD: $197,200

Taycan GTS AWD: $240,300

Taycan Turbo AWD: $280,300

Taycan Turbo S AWD: $351,000

Taycan Cross 4 Turismo: $178,800

Taycan Cross 4S Turismo: $208,000

Taycan Cross Turbo Turismo: $283,000

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Porsche dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Porsche Taycan GTS AWD EV Coupe)

ENGINE:

Capacity: NA

Configuration: NA

Maximum Power: 460 kW

Maximum Torque: 850 Nm @ rpm

Fuel Type: NA

Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): L/100km

CO2 Emissions: Nil

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:

Length: 4963 mm

Wheelbase: 2900 mm

Width: 1966 mm

Height: 1381 mm

Turning Circle: 11.2 metres

Kerb Mass: 2295 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity: NA

BRAKES:

Front: Ventilated disc

Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:

Three years / unlimited kilometres

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2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record

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2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The all-new 2024 Lotus Emeya, an upcoming electric super-sedan, has set a new benchmark in DC fast-charging technology. With its advanced 402kW peak charging speed, the Emeya can recharge its 102kWh battery from 10% to 80% in just 14 minutes.

Key Highlights:

  • Record-Setting Recharge Speed: The Emeya achieves a 10-80% top-up in just 14 minutes using a 400kW DC charger, maintaining an average charge speed of 331kW.
  • Rapid Range Addition: This translates to approximately 310km of added range in just 10 minutes.
  • Advanced Battery Technology: The Emeya’s cell-to-back battery structure incorporates a cutting-edge cooling system that significantly enhances thermal performance, surpassing many competitors.

Performance and Competition

The Lotus Emeya was tested against several high-profile electric vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz EQS, BMW i7, Tesla Model Y, Genesis G80, XPeng G9, Hyundai IONIQ 6, Nio ET5, and BYD Atto 3. This testing highlights the Emeya’s superior charging capabilities, narrowing the gap between the time required to recharge an electric vehicle and refuel a conventional combustion-engine vehicle. However, it’s worth noting that recharging the Emeya for a 310km range still takes five times longer than refueling a combustion engine car like the Porsche Panamera, which takes about two minutes.

Among its competitors, the XPeng G9 was the closest, achieving a peak charge rate of 320kW but averaging around 233kW as it approached 80% capacity.

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

Power and Speed

Designed to compete with the fastest electric vehicles on the market, particularly the Porsche Taycan, the flagship Lotus Emeya boasts impressive performance specs:

  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds, matching the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
  • Top Speed: 256km/h.
  • Powertrain: Dual-motor setup delivering 675kW and 985Nm.
  • Transmission: Two-speed system for optimised performance.

Official Statements

Lotus Group CEO Qingfeng Feng emphasised the breakthrough in charging technology, stating, “With our industry-leading charging technology available today, Emeya pushes the boundaries for how an EV performs, providing drivers with the confidence to travel anywhere. We’re bringing an unrivalled driving experience in the ultimate grand tourer package, so drivers want to go electric.”

Launch and Availability

Customer deliveries have already begun in China, with the Lotus Emeya set to launch in right-hand drive markets, including Australia, in the second half of this year.

The 2024 Lotus Emeya not only sets a new standard for fast-charging electric vehicles but also promises exceptional performance and driving experience, making it a strong contender in the luxury EV market.

 

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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000

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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater now comes exclusively as a hybrid and is significantly better equipped, resulting in a base price increase of $9,450 compared to the previous V6 model.

Key Points:

  • Pricing and Specifications for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hybrid-Only Model Available in Three Variants
  • Expanded List of Standard Features
  • Starting Price at $55,500 Before On-Road Costs

The entry-level price for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seat SUV has jumped by nearly $10,000 for this larger, better-equipped, hybrid-only model, set to arrive in showrooms soon.

New Hybrid Powertrain and Design

The 2024 Santa Fe will be available in Australia solely as a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol hybrid, offering both front- and all-wheel drive options. The redesigned model features a larger, boxier body and includes more advanced equipment and technology. While a petrol-only 2.5-litre turbo variant may be added later to replace the previous V6, the diesel option has been completely discontinued for this new generation, according to Hyundai Australia’s latest information.

Price Increase Details

The starting price has risen to $55,500 plus on-road costs from the previous $46,050 plus on-road costs for the base petrol V6 model. The lineup now includes three models: an unnamed base grade, the Elite, and the Calligraphy, which replaces the Highlander.

  • Base Model (AWD): Priced at $58,500, this is $8,950 more than the previous entry-level all-wheel-drive version, which used a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. It is only $210 more than the entry-level Toyota Kluger Hybrid.
  • Elite Model: The hybrid AWD Elite is now $65,000, marking a $2,000 increase over its predecessor, which was the most affordable hybrid in the previous Santa Fe range.
  • Calligraphy Model: Prices for the Calligraphy variant range from $75,000 for the seven-seat version to $75,500 for the six-seat version, an increase of $5,450 to $5,950 depending on the configuration.
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Enhanced Features

The significant price increases are justified by a longer list of standard features. These include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual 12.3-inch interior screens, dual-zone climate control, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, all standard across the range. Many of these features were previously limited to the higher-priced Active and Elite versions of the Santa Fe.

Advanced Technology and Safety

Top-tier models now come with advanced technology such as semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist, which can centre the car in its lane and assist with lane changes.

Performance and Efficiency

All variants are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, delivering a combined output of 172kW and 376Nm (an increase of 3kW and 26Nm from the previous hybrid). This powertrain is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, available in both AWD and, for the first time in Australia, FWD configurations.

Hyundai Australia claims a fuel consumption rate of 5.6L/100km, although it is not specified whether this applies to the FWD or AWD models. Despite the new model being approximately 250kg heavier than its predecessor, this figure is more efficient than the 6.0L/100km claimed by the outgoing Santa Fe Hybrid AWD and matches the efficiency of the Kluger Hybrid.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices in Australia:

  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat front-wheel drive: $55,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat all-wheel drive: $58,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Elite seven-seat all-wheel drive: $65,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy seven-seat all-wheel drive: $75,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy six-seat all-wheel drive: $75,500

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a notable advancement in hybrid technology, design, and features, albeit at a higher cost. Potential buyers will need to consider the improved capabilities and efficiency against the significant price increase.

 

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Nissan is set to maintain a versatile approach for its Qashqai SUV, continuing to offer petrol, hybrid, and electric powertrains to cater to varying market demands. While the next-generation all-electric Qashqai is on the horizon, Australia is likely to continue with petrol and e-Power options for the time being.

Continued Production of All Powertrains

Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK will keep producing the Qashqai for global markets, complemented by production in Dalian, China, for the local market with partner Dongfeng. The Sunderland facility supplies Qashqais to over 100 countries, including Australia. Speaking to Australian media, Nissan’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer for the AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania) region, Francois Bailly, confirmed that the electric Qashqai will not replace existing models but will be produced concurrently to meet diverse market needs.

Electrification Strategy and Market Adaptation

Bailly emphasized the variability in market readiness for electrification. “The markets around the world are so diverse, there’s a speed of electrification that we could imagine different technologies at the same time in different markets,” he said. However, he did not confirm the all-electric Qashqai for Australia specifically, noting the growing but still relatively low EV market share in the region.

Current and Future Qashqai Offerings in Australia

In Australia, the Qashqai is available with two powertrain options:

  • A 110kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.
  • A 140kW/330Nm e-Power range-extender hybrid, which pairs a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor driving the front wheels.

For emissions-restricted markets like Europe, the Sunderland factory also builds a mild-hybrid version.

The facelifted Qashqai, expected to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of the year, will likely retain the current powertrain options. It will feature updated exterior styling, improved cabin materials, and a new Google-powered infotainment system, although the latter is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Investment and Production Plans

To prepare for the new all-electric Qashqai, Nissan has invested an additional £30 million ($AU57.7 million) in the Sunderland plant to accommodate the installation of heavy battery packs and high-voltage components. The Qashqai EV will share the production line with the internal combustion engine and e-Power hybrid versions, as well as the Juke small SUV and the upcoming new-generation Leaf crossover. This strategy allows for a seamless transition from the current Qashqai to the new models, ensuring continuous production of the popular SUV.

In conclusion, Nissan’s multipronged approach with the Qashqai ensures that the SUV remains adaptable to market trends and consumer needs, offering a blend of petrol, hybrid, and electric options. This flexibility positions the Qashqai to effectively meet the demands of diverse global markets, including Australia.

 

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