A newly added model to the Australian Mercedes-Benz GLC range brings an enticing new entry point to the popular SUV and Coupé range.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV combines a powerful yet frugal 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (135kW/300Nm), a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, and full-time rear-wheel-drive with a long list of standard appointments.
This includes Parking Pilot with a 360-degree camera, an EASY PACK tailgate, Audio 20 entertainment system with seven-inch colour display and touchpad control, satellite navigation system, digital radio, media interface with smartphone integration, keyless start, electric front seats, black ash wood trim, ARTICO upholstery, LED head-lights, Active Parking Assist, DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode selector, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Additionally, the GLC 200 is equipped with a suite of Mercedes-Benz safety features including nine airbags, PRE-SAFE® accident anticipatory system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Blind Spot Assist (passive).
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV will retail for $61,990 MRLP and is available to order now, first vehicles are expected to arrive in September 2018.
To coincide with the addition of the petrol-powered GLC 200 SUV model, the previous entry model, the GLC 220 d models from its SUV and Coupé range, will no longer be available to order.
Below is the complete GLC SUV and Coupé range from June 2018 production.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV
Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV
Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d SUV
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d SUV
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV
Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupé
Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d Coupé
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupé
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupé
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupé
Nearly 50 years ago, Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with the introduction of the Range Rover. Now it’s defining a new genre with the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé: the limited-edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupé.
Created by Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations, SV Coupé is an exemplar of Range Rover design, craftsmanship and capability. It features a seductive body allied to the next-generation of cabin luxury – with the peerless all-terrain ability expected from Range Rover. No more than 999 will be hand-crafted by SVO for clients worldwide.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline. With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breath-taking four seat coupé alludes to its unique heritage whilst being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realised, superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupé delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built.”
Beautiful proportions with a powerful stance give SV Coupé unrivalled on-road presence. The signature floating roof, continuous waist and tapering tail are instantly recognizable Range Rover DNA, yet are expressed in a unique way for this exclusive addition to the Range Rover family. SV Coupé’s purity of line is perfectly complemented by elegant power-close doors with frameless glass. In combination with the panoramic roof, light floods into the cabin, accentuating the relaxed, sophisticated and contemporary ambience.
Carefully curated body colour combinations, including a new Contour Graphic available in four duo-tone colourways, are offset by unique side vent and grille designs. This is also the first Range Rover with a 23-inch wheel option.
Enhanced luxury and exquisite craftsmanship extends inside too, with semi-aniline leather front seats bringing Range Rover’s already premium interior to a new level of luxury: accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts. Their gradated diamond quilt design is unique to SV Coupé. Each SV Coupé will be hand-assembled to the client’s personal specification by the fastidious experts at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK – a first for Range Rover.
John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director said: “The introduction of the new SV Coupé brings a new level of individual expression to the Range Rover portfolio and builds on the success of Special Vehicle Operations’ existing bespoke Range Rover programme. Feedback from SV clients who have already seen the vehicle in confidential commissioning sessions has been overwhelmingly positive.”
SV Coupé clients can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior colourways, or a range of single-tone interior colours. Both are complemented by a choice of three elegant wood veneers. A first for Range Rover is Nautica, which carefully balances heritage craftsmanship with new technology, fusing walnut and sycamore together.
Optional paint finishes include Liquesence, which brings a sensational liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time.
Additionally, Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation team offers SV Coupé clients the opportunity to indulge their desire to create a truly unique vehicle to their exacting taste, granting access to 100 more paint colours, plus unique ‘match to sample’ hues, with a range of finishes; duo-tone front and rear leather colours with a bespoke quilt pattern; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; door handle and tread plate engraving and semi-precious metal badging.
SV Coupé is also the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with a 226kph top speed. Powered by an exhilarating 416kW 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, the most powerful engine ever placed in a full-size Range Rover, means SV Coupé hits 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds.
Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director, said: “As you’d expect from Range Rover, the engineering integrity in SV Coupé is more than skin deep. This is a meticulously honed vehicle that’s designed for SV clients who love driving.”
The suspension is tuned to provide a more driver-focused edge than the standard Range Rover, with a ride height lowered by 8mm, but will remain composed and comfortable at all times. Plus, the SV Coupé loses none of Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability, with 900mm maximum wading depth – and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
*Range Rover SV Coupé sales are anticipated to start in Australia from the Q1, 2019, local pricing will be announced shortly.
RANGE ROVER SV COUPÉ: IN DETAIL
COMPELLING BODY DESIGN
With the exception of the bonnet and lower tailgate, all of the two-door SV Coupé’s aluminium exterior panels are new, as are the front and rear bumpers. A new two-part grille features Brunel Metallic rear mesh overlaid with Bright Chrome front mesh and a Satin Indus Silver metal surround, while Bright Chrome/Black Knurled Range Rover bonnet and tailgate script is handcrafted in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
Noble Chrome metal side vents with Brunel Metallic mesh and Satin Indus Silver metal surrounds complement frameless doors with Power Close functionality and Bright Chrome embellished body colour door handles. Pixel-laser LED headlights with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes (market dependent fitment) provide five times higher luminance than standard LED lights on Laser Supplementary High Beam – over 500m, operational above 80kph when no other lights are detected.
Eight body colours are available, in gloss or satin effects, four offered for the first time on Range Rover: Constellation, Parallax, Liquesence and Obsidian; and four from the SV Premium Palette: Ethereal, Flux, Valloire, and Desire. The Liquesence option brings liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time. SV Coupé clients can also specify one of four exclusive duo-tone gloss Contour Graphic options: Valloire/Flux, Valloire/Ethereal, Parallax/Ethereal, Obsidian/Desire.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover said: “Accentuating Range Rover SV Coupé’s proportions, and available as a unique feature for the first time, the new Contour Graphic is created by applying a contrasting paint to the flanks of the vehicle. Starting at the side vent, it flows rearwards and around to the opposite vent, and offers customers the opportunity to further personalise their specification.”
16 optional SV Premium Palette colours include a range of finishes including tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent, ChromaFlairTM and satin matte finishes. And, further colours are available as part of Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation service offered exclusively at Range Rover SV Coupé commissioning events or by appointment at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, UK.
Stunning to the eye, sumptuous to the touch, SV Coupé’s interior is a light, contemporary, space where attention to detail has been paramount. Four curated duo-tone colourways, contrasting light to dark, front to rear include Orchid/Eclipse, Orchid/Vintage Tan, Brogue/Ebony and Cirrus/Lunar, while four single-tone colours are also available: Ebony, Lunar, Eclipse and Vintage Tan.
The heated and cooled 20-way electrically adjustable front and 10-way electrically adjustable rear seats, wrapped in specially selected semi-aniline leather from a single tannery established in 1905, feature a unique gradated diamond quilt design. Concurrent with the latest Range Rover line, SV Coupé has wider, deeper seat foams and specially developed interlayers for world-class comfort.
Nautica veneer – a first for Range Rover – combining heritage craftsmanship with a patented new form-following process to fuse walnut and sycamore together, joins three elegant wood veneer options for the steering wheel rim, door casings, centre console, instrument panel and loadspace floor: Nautica, Natural Black Ash and Santos Palisander.
InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment includes a 10-inch display, 10-inch control panel and 12-inch Interactive Driver Display, while a 10-inch full-colour Head-Up Display shows turn information including street names, slope and wheel information, cruise control, RPM and gear information. The 1700w, 23-speaker, Meridian 3D Signature Sound System with dual-channel subwoofer features Trifield 3D technology for optimum sound quality.
SV Coupé features Range Rover’s most powerful 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain producing 416kW, 700Nm, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with rotary drive selector and paddle-shift. That delivers a 0-100kph time of just 5.3 seconds and a 266kph top speed. Permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer box and Active Locking Rear Differential ensures effortless go-anywhere progress, assisted by Terrain Response 2 featuring Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl programmes.
SV Coupé’s ride height is lowered by 8mm over the standard Range Rover, to deliver enhanced dynamic performance and aesthetics and automatically lowers by 15mm at cruising speeds of 65mph or above to enhance stability and minimise fuel consumption. Its five air suspension height settings include: Access Height (-50mm max below normal ride height), Off-Road 1 Ride Height (+40mm max above normal ride height, up to 80kph), Off-Road 2 Ride Height (+75mm max above normal ride height, up to 50kph) – additional 30-40mm automatic increase if obstacle detected, and a further manually selectable 30-40mm increase above that.
Four alloy wheel options from 21-inch to 23-inch include two new forged wheels – the 23-inch wheel, a two-tone silver polished six split-spoke design with 275/40 R23 all-terrain tyres, is a first for Range Rover. The 22-inch dark grey polished five split-spoke with polished finish is also new.
Unique to Range Rover SV Coupé is a five-year Care Package, available either as standard or as an optional extra in most markets*. An extension to the existing Land Rover warranty is accompanied by five-year servicing and maintenance plans, which cover scheduled services plus wiper blade, brake disc and pad replacement.
*Excludes Latin America and the Caribbean region (LACRO), Ukraine, Morocco. Terms and conditions vary by country
Another intoxicating chapter is about to be written in the success story of the BMW i8, as the updated version of the 2+2-seater – the world’s highest- selling plug-in hybrid sports car since its launch in 2014 – is joined by the new BMW i8 Roadster in the line-up. The open-top two-seater with electrically operated soft-top adds a whole new sensation of freedom to the combination of locally emission-free mobility and high-calibre performance. It opens the door to virtually silent motoring with zero CO2 emissions, bringing an extra edge of purity to the experience of open-top Sheer Driving Pleasure.
Like the new BMW i8 Coupe, the new BMW i8 Roadster is based on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture with aluminium chassis and carbon-fibre- reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell. The further optimised BMW eDrive technology employed in both models comprises a high-voltage battery with significantly expanded cell capacity and energy content, and an electric motor generating a higher peak output. The result is a noticeable increase in dynamic performance, operating range and the amount of driving possible using purely the electric drive system.
The proportions, lines and surface design mark out both the BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster as belonging to a new breed of sports car. On an individual level, the BMW i8 Coupe stands out as an extremely sporty 2+2 seater, while the BMW i8 Roadster oozes all the freedom of open-top motoring for two. The two models sport “Coupe” or “Roadster” lettering respectively on their C-pillars. The choice of exterior paint finishes now includes the new E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic shades.
The BMW i8 Roadster: emotion-packed design, a character all of its own
The BMW i8 Roadster carries over the BMW i design language into another vehicle concept, and is awash with individual highlights that radiate elegance and fire the emotions. The soft-top roof has a visual lightness to go with its low physical weight and serves as a defining element of the silhouette in reinforcing the road-hugging impression made by the car’s low centre of gravity. The body’s dynamic wedge shape can also be best appreciated when viewing the two-seater in profile.
When opened, the BMW i8 Roadster’s broad roof retracts fully into the rear end. A unique mechanism allows the soft-top to be folded into a compact package and stowed away in a perpendicular position, creating around 100 litres of additional storage space behind the seats. The all-electric roof opens and closes very quietly in 15 seconds, a process which can be initiated while travelling at up to 50 km/h. Dropping down the roof raises the rear window by around 30 millimetres into a comfort position, where it can serve as a draught stop.
Innovative lightweight design cuts the roadster weight penalty. The familiar lightweight design measures used for previous BMW i models have been meticulously adapted to the specific requirements of the i8 Roadster. The open-top two-seater comes with newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminium outer shell, while the windscreen frame is made entirely from CFRP. This ultra-strong high-tech material is ideally equipped to provide exceptional rigidity, maximising the car’s occupant protection even if it rolls over.
CFRP is also used to manufacture the side skirts with their extra-large cross- section. Additional struts and panels in the front and rear axles also help to maximise the body’s rigidity. The unladen weight of the new BMW i8 Roadster stands at 1,595 kilograms, meaning the design’s inherent weight penalty vis-à-vis the Coupe is limited to around 60 kilograms, a remarkably low figure for an open-top car.
Optimised BMW eDrive technology: more power, longer range, a further enhanced electric driving experience
Rigorously further developed BMW eDrive technology and the optimised operating strategy of the intelligent energy management lead to a significant increase in the number of driving situations where the electric motor can be solely responsible for powering the car. This underscores the ground- breaking character of the new BMW i8 Coupe and ensures that drivers of the new BMW i8 Roadster can enjoy silent and locally emission-free open-top motoring to the full.
Underpinning this new level of electric driving experience is an updated version of the lithium-ion battery developed for the BMW i8. The high-voltage unit is located centrally in the car’s underbody. Its cell capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah and gross energy capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh (net: 9.4 kWh). All of which means the electric motor has more energy at its disposal. The cell configuration allows a 9 kW/12 hp increase in peak output to 105 kW/143 hp, lacing quick sprints on pure-electric power with an even more vivid streak of dynamism.
In the standard driving mode, the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster can be driven exclusively on the electric motor alone – from step-off to a speed of 105 km/h, which is up from 70 km/h in the original i8. The combustion engine is only brought into play at higher speeds or when the driver stamps down hard on the accelerator, and is switched off again far more frequently when a measured driving style is maintained. Pressing the eDrive button allows both models to travel at up to 120 km/h on electric power alone. The electric range of the new BMW i8 Coupe in the NEDC test cycle has increased to 55 kilometres (34 miles)* and the new BMW i8 Roadster posts a figure of 53 kilometres (33 miles)*.
Engine with optimised emissions
The internal combustion engine has also undergone further optimisation to ready it for the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster. The three- cylinder unit extracts maximum output of 170 kW/231 hp from its displacement of just 1.5 litres, along with peak torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft). In the process, it generates an even sportier soundtrack. A particulate filter is now fitted to further reduce emissions by absorbing the particulate matter contained in the exhaust gases.
The system output produced by the electric motor and engine acting in unison is now 275 kW/374 hp. The new BMW i8 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while the new BMW i8 Roadster takes a tick longer with a time of 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption, as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, stands at 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres * for the BMW i8 Coupe and 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres * for the BMW i8 Roadster, plus 14.0 kWh and 14.5 kWh of electrical energy respectively per 100 kilometres*. Petrol CO2 emissions come in at 42 grams per kilometre* for the BMW i8 Coupe and 46 grams per kilometre* for the BMW i8 Roadster.
Hybrid-specific all-wheel drive, precision-tuned chassis
The electric motor’s power is transmitted to the front wheels and the engine’s drive to the rear wheels, resulting in a hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system that is controlled by the car’s intelligent energy management. In hybrid mode, the electric motor provides a power boost to assist the engine when the driver is accelerating with particular vigour. It is also able to recuperate energy and feed it to the high-voltage battery on the overrun and under braking. The petrol engine’s high-voltage starter-generator can likewise generate additional reserves of electricity, thereby ensuring sufficient energy is on tap at all times for the electric drive system in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster.
When the navigation system’s route guidance function is activated, the intelligent energy management ensures the electric motor is employed as extensively as possible and as judiciously as possible from an efficiency point of view. The system analyses the route in full and sets up the powertrain management to run on purely electric power, particularly over low-speed sections of the journey.
The model-specific tuning of the suspension and damping systems, the specially configured steering characteristics, a firmer roll stabilisation set-up and targeted modification of the DSC parameters together guarantee that the new BMW i8 Roadster retains all of the plug-in hybrid sports car’s trademark handling and performance qualities. Dynamic Damper Control is included as standard on both models. The standard 20-inch light-alloy wheels fitted to the new BMW i8 Roadster feature a lightweight construction and each weigh around one kilogram less than the lightest wheels previously offered for the BMW i8.
Exclusive equipment with innovative style
The new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster come with Carpo interior trim as standard, comprising full-leather upholstery in Ivory White for the Coupe and Ivory White/Black for the Roadster. As well as Halo interior trim, the list of optional extras also includes new Accaro interior trim with an Amido/E-Copper colour scheme. Standard specification also includes features such as a leather sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles, electrically adjustable and heated seats, the multifunctional instrument display, the Driving Assistant including Surround View, the BMW Display Key and the Navigation system Professional. The main menu in the Control Display is now presented in the form of horizontally arranged tiles with a live mode.
The equipment options available include a model-specific BMW Head-Up Display, the non-dazzling BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam and acoustic pedestrian warning.
Seamless connectivity with BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive
ConnectedDrive Services are also included as standard, providing access to functions such as Real Time Traffic Information and On-Street Parking Information, as well as Concierge Services. The BMW Connected personal mobility assistant interfaces the vehicle with the customer’s selected touchpoints, such as a smartphone or smartwatch, via the flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform.
Numerous products and services offered as part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio are designed to help make electric mobility in the new BMW i8 Coupe and new BMW i8 Roadster a convenient and practical experience in everyday life. Both models are supplied with a mode 2 charging cable as standard that enables the high-voltage battery to be recharged from a standard domestic socket in under four-and-a-half hours. Hooking the vehicle up to a BMW i Wallbox allows charging to be performed at a rate of up to 3.6 kW and completed in under three hours. The BMW i Wallbox Connect makes it possible to utilise the globally unique BMW Digital Charging Service – the key to intelligent charging which either optimises cost efficiency or ensures preferential use of self-generated solar power.
All figures relating to performance, consumption, emissions and range are provisional
*The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and operating range figures were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment.
The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from the values stated here (depending on national legislation).]
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the latest version of the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.
Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled two concept models, the Mazda KAI CONCEPT and the Mazda VISION COUPE at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the show will be open to the public from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5.
The Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback heralds a new generation of Mazda cars. Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the model embodies the technology, engineering and design concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda cars.
Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a dramatically quieter, more comfortable ride and an enhanced performance feel. The KAI CONCEPT features muscular, solid proportions and its form is brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the body sides.
The VISION COUPE represents Mazda’s design vision for next-generation models; a more mature expression of KODO applies a Japanese aesthetic to achieve more elegant and premium styling. The exterior features a “one motion” form that exudes a sense of speed and the interior combines three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to create a relaxed space that maintains a sense of speed.
In line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile – driving pleasure – to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.
BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification details for the new BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible range. Following on from a successful range-wide engine update in 2016, the freshened BMW 2 Series range now benefits from styling updates, new materials, and additional technology.
“Compact rear-drive coupes and convertibles have long been part of the BMW DNA,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “The 2 Series Coupe and Convertible have always been seen as dynamic leaders in their segments, and this latest update adds further desirability with sharp looks, a high-quality interior and a strong mix of performance, dynamics and efficiency,” he said.
BMW 2 Series LCI pricing*:
|BMW 220i Coupe||$52,900|
|BMW 230i Coupe||$63,000|
|BMW M240i Coupe||$76,800|
|BMW 220i Convertible||$59,900|
|BMW 230i Convertible||$73,000|
|BMW M240i Convertible||$85,800|
By model: Performance and efficiency
|Model||Engine||Power / Torque||0-100km/h||Fuel Use||CO2|
|BMW 220i Coupe||2-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol||135kW / 270Nm||7.2sec||5.9L/100km||135g/km|
|BMW 230i Coupe||2-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol||185kW / 350Nm||5.6sec||5.9L/100km||134g/km|
|BMW M240i Coupe||3-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol||250kW / 500Nm||4.6sec||7.1L/100km||163g/km|
|BMW 220i Convertible||2-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol||135kW / 270Nm||7.7sec||6.1L/100km||140g/km|
|BMW 230i Convertible||2-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol||185kW / 350Nm||5.9sec||6.2L/100km||142g/km|
|BMW M240i Convertible||3-litre 6-cyl turbo petrol||250kW / 500Nm||4.7sec||7.4L/100km||169g/km|
Redesigned exterior highlighted by new LED lighting signature
Distinctive LED lighting arrangements add further flair to the BMW 2 Series range’s road presence. Bi-LED headlights in bi-circular design are now fitted as standard to the 220i and 230i variants, while hexagonal design Adaptive LEDs are standard fare for the M240i M Performance models.
All now feature LED front fog lights as standard, while Luxury Line-equipped models feature an upgraded front apron. With larger intakes and a more pronounced kidney grille, the redesign blends smoothly with the strong lighting signature. The LED lighting theme continues with one-piece LED tail lights shaped in an ‘L’ formation – a strong BMW brand identifier.
Four new alloy wheel options are offered, including a new 17-inch standard for 220i Luxury Line, and three alternative 18-inch M alloys for M Sport-equipped vehicles (all are available on M240i at no cost). Ten exterior colours (including eight metallic) are now on offer, with Sunset Orange metallic, Seaside Blue metallic (220i, 230i Luxury Line) and Mediterranean Blue metallic (220i, 230i Luxury Line) joining the range.
Upgraded interior feel showcases the latest in infotainment
Showcasing the technology transfer that BMW is renowned for is the adoption of the latest iDrive6 infotainment system, as debuted in the all-new BMW 5 Series earlier in 2017.
An upgraded black-panel instrument cluster adds a level of refinement that is in line with the adoption of iDrive6. The very latest in BMW’s renowned iDrive infotainment lineup, the livecontent, customisable, app-style interface is standard across the 2 Series range. Opt for BMW’s Navigation system Professional (standard on 230i and M240i), and the large 8.8- inch screen features touch screen capability.
New design stitching features throughout the updated cabin, highlighted by Pearl Chrome trim finishers, chrome window button elements and a centre console in high-gloss black. The available Dakota leather or cloth/Alcantara upholsteries are augmented by the inclusion of a new Dakota leather trim finished in Cognac. This is available at no cost on variants fitted with leather trim as standard.
Standard specification highlights
- Luxury Line
- 17-inch light-alloy wheels
- LED Headlights
- LED Fog Lights
- Driving Assistant
- DAB+ Digital radio capability
- Interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function
- Eight-speed sport automatic transmission
- Navigation System Business with iDrive6 functionality
- Automatic climate control
- DAB+ radio capability
- Rear view camera
- Speed Limit Info
- Sport leather steering wheel
- Sports seats for driver and front passenger, finished in Dakota leather upholstery
- Front and rear park distance control
- Extended smartphone connectivity
- Extended instrument cluster contents
- BMW ConnectedDrive suite with ConnectedDrive services, remote services, Teleservices, emergency e-call and Real-Time Traffic Information
BMW 230i (in addition to 220i)
- M Sport Package with M Sport suspension
- 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey
- M Aerodynamics Package
- M Sport brakes
- High-gloss Shadow line exterior trim
- BMW Individual anthracite roofliner
- M leather steering wheel
- Cloth/Alcantara upholstery (Coupe)
- Dakota Leather Upholstery (Convertible)
- Navigation System Professional with iDrive6 functionality and 8.8-inch touchscreen
- Electric seat adjustment
- Comfort Access
- Variable Sport Steering
- Seat Heating (Convertible)
BMW M240i (in addition to 230i)
- 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Bicolour Jet Black
- 12-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system
- Adaptive M Suspension
- Adaptive LED Headlights
- Dakota leather upholstery
- Seat Heating
BMW M240i – A superb blend of performance and style
SSince its 2016 debut the M240i M Performance Coupe ($76,500*) and Convertible ($85,800*) variants have impressed with their blend of high specification, incredible performance and everyday usability. New design 18-inch alloys combine with M Performance-tuned Adaptive M Suspension and performance-biased rubber to deliver strong dynamic response, cornering grip and traction.
Combining traditional BMW values, the turbocharged six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive M240i models are equally at home in town or on an energetic morning drive in the mountains.
BMW 230i – A balanced performance
Featuring a high-output version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the M Sport Package as standard, the BMW 230i range offers strong straight-line performance, surprising efficiency and engaging rear-drive dynamics. Available from $63,000* in Coupe form or $73,000* for the Convertible, the updated 230i’s standard M Sport Package adopts exclusively-designed kidney bars finished in black highgloss, with exhaust pipe finishers in high-gloss black chrome.
An M Aerodynamics picture, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line finish and M designation on the front side panels complete the exterior picture. Inside the theme continues with Aluminium Hexagon finishers, BMW Individual Anthracite roofliner, M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel and an instrument cluster with specific M Sport contents.
BMW 220i –EfficientDynamics in two-door form
Fitted as standard with the sophisticated Luxury Line trim package, the BMW 220i Coupe and Convertible represent compelling entry points into their respective ranges. Luxury Line includes a specific alloy wheel design, updated front and rear bumper designs with an emphasis on elegance, chrome exterior trims and the ‘Luxury’ Designation on the front side panels.
Priced from $52,900* for the 220i Coupe and $59,900* for the 220i Convertible, the 220i range features the latest iDrive6 infotainment interface in conjunction with the Navigation System Business. Other key technologies include front and rear park distance control, Speed Limit Info, a rearview camera and BMWs suite of ConnectedDrive Serivices.
Sports seats in Dakota leather trim, as well as a sport leather steering wheel and fine-wood interior trims, add a touch of vitality to the luxurious, refreshed interior space.
Option packages add specification, enhance value (Note: pricing includes GST, but not LCT)
Innovations package (BMW 220i)
The Innovations Package combines upgraded Navigation System Professional, a sevenspeaker HiFi Loudspeaker System and additional Concierge Services for the in-built ConnectedDrive service.
The Innovations Package is available for $1,700.
Comfort Package (BMW 220i)
Providing additional convenience and extra luxury, the Comfort Package adds Comfort Access, electric seat adjustment with memory function, and both lumbar support and seat heating for the driver and front passenger.
The Comfort Package is available for $2,400.
Driver’s Assistance Package (BMW 220i and 230i)
Augmenting the already-high technologies of the BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible, the Driver’s Assistance Package adds High-Beam Assist, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Parking Assistant. The Driver’s Assistance Package is available for $1,350, or $1,200 when ordered in conjunction with Adaptive LED headlights.
For a comprehensive list of available options, please refer to the latest vehicle specification guide.
Condition Based Servicing
All maintenance requirements for the BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.
With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.
Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.
A more striking design, LED headlights and an all-new interior take sporting flair and quality feel to another new level
The BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible have raised the bar in the premium compact class in terms of dynamic prowess, aesthetic appeal and emotional richness. Scheduled for launch in July 2017, the new models promise to build on this successful concept. They feature sharper front-end styling, LED headlights fitted as standard, further interior upgrades and new connectivity services. And they also offer unbeatable sports performance, courtesy of rear-wheel drive (unique in the segment) working in tandem with efficient power transfer systems. More than 140,000 units of the Leipzig-built models have been delivered to customers so far. The biggest markets are the USA, Great Britain and Germany.
New design elements and new LED lights add another layer to the cars’ presence and elegance
With the changing of the guard from outgoing model to new generation comes a more eye-catching front end for the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible. Both models are now fitted as standard with bi- LED headlights. The main headlights can also be specified in adaptive full- LED form as an option, their prominent light graphic strengthening the dynamic and technical impression created by the front end. The familiar twincircular- headlight look has a hexagonal interpretation, inspiring an even more precise and modern appearance. A larger kidney grille gives the front end of the new models a wider look and allows it to project a sportier impression.
The outer air intakes in the three-section front end are now larger and emphasise the cars’ powerful stance on the road. The rear end likewise cuts a muscular figure, the single-piece rear lights (LEDs as standard) with hallmark BMW L-shape extending well into the flanks.
Further upgrades for the interior and appointments
The interior of the new BMW 2 Series models features an all-new design for the instrument panel, which emphasises the focus on the driver even more clearly and significantly enhances the cockpit’s quality feel once again. The interior now has a more spacious, calmer and clearer feel. The elegant design is accentuated by a host of details, such as contrast stitching and high-gloss black surfacing for the centre stack and the chrome elements for the control panels in the doors. New cloth or leather seat upholstery variants, interior trim strips in aluminium or fine wood and high-gloss black panels with chrome accents provide even greater scope for individualisation.
New light-alloy wheels, new paint finishes, excellent practicality
As well as the standard model, the Coupe and Convertible are available in Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport variants, and the line-up also includes a BMW M Performance representative – the BMW M240i/M240i xDrive. Mediterranean Blue, Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange have been added to the selection of exterior paint shades. And the choice of light-alloy wheels has also been expanded – to 17 designs in 16-, 17- and 18-inch formats.
At 4,432 millimetres in length, the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible condense their sporting prowess into a compact package. And the four-seaters combine these dynamic talents with a high level of everyday practicality. The Coupe has a boot capacity of 390 litres, while the Convertible’s electrically operated fabric soft-top offers admirable acoustic comfort when closed thanks to additional insulation. Plus, it can be opened while on the move – at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
Operating concept and connectivity
The high-resolution 8.8-inch central display in the new BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible now comes in touchscreen form if the optional Navigation system Professional is specified. This provides the driver with another way of operating various functions, in addition to the latest generation of the iDrive operating system (standard), the Touch Controller and the intelligent voice control system.
The new-generation models present the option of powering compatible smartphones wirelessly by means of an inductive charging tray, and Apple CarPlay can be accessed via a BMW navigation system. Meanwhile, the in-car WiFi hotspot provides a high-speed mobile internet connection for up to ten devices.
The standard SIM card integrated into the car enables optimum connectivity and access to BMW services via BMW ConnectedDrive, without the need for a linked smartphone. These include Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) with hazard preview, On-Street Parking Information and access to the vehicle via Remote Services. The all-encompassing BMW Connected concept seamlessly integrates the BMW 2 Series into the user’s digital life. BMW is also the first car manufacturer to offer Microsoft Office 365 users a secure server connection for exchanging and editing emails, calendar entries and contact details, thanks to the car’s built-in Microsoft Exchange function.
The list of assistance systems customers can specify includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. The Driving Assistant is also available as an option and comprises the Lane Departure Warning system and City Collision Mitigation, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph) in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian.
A meeting of dynamic excellence and remarkable efficiency
An extensive line-up of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines is available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible, producing outputs from 100 kW/136 hp to 250 kW/340 hp (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 – 3.8 l/100 km [34.0 – 74.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 189 – 101 g/km)*. All the petrol and diesel engines are from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. In addition to a basic concept that is inherently more efficient, all the diesel engines feature new turbocharger technology and enhanced common-rail direct injection systems.
There are nine drive options to choose from for the BMW 2 Series Coupe and eight for the BMW 2 Series Convertible. The various model variants channel their power through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The efficient automatic comes as standard in the 220i, 230i, 225d and M240i xDrive Coupe models and 225d and M240i xDrive Convertible. The 225d and M240i xDrive variants of both the Coupe and Convertible link up as standard with the eight-speed Steptronic Sport version of the automatic, which offers a steering wheel-mounted manual shift function.
The BMW M240i/M240i xDrive are the M Performance representatives of the Coupe and Convertible line-ups. Their three-litre straight-six engine with direct injection and M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology develops 250 kW/340 hp, propelling the BMW M240i xDrive Coupe, for instance, from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 l/100 km [38.2 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 169 g/km)*.
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive
The M240i and 220d variants of the BMW 2 Series Coupe can be ordered either with the particularly engaging characteristics of rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. BMW 2 Series Convertible customers can specify xDrive for the M240i. The xDrive concept ensures optimum power transfer, enhances driving safety and reduces understeer and oversteer through corners. Sophisticated suspension technology, a low centre of gravity, a wide track and almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution all play their part in the BMW 2 Series’ outstanding dynamics and handling properties.
China’s SUV manufacturer HAVAL unveiled the new hybrid-powered SUV coupe concept at Auto Shanghai 2017. HAVAL Design Director Pierre Leclercq said the design team was proud to produce an “expressive’ concept vehicle.
“HAVAL remains dedicated to building SUVs and developing different products that meet the different needs of all our customers. Within this palette of vehicles some of them should be more expressive than others and this is certainly the case with the HB-03 concept – the HAVAL Blue 03.”
Leclercq explained the HB-03 was a continuation of the DNA evolution shown in the HB-02 concept at Beijing in 2016, but added that this year the design team wanted to show something that is close to production.
“The HB-03 combines clever hybrid technology together with the pure excitement of a real coupe. It’s very sporty, mature and full of muscle. In profile, it clearly exhibits the centre line of a coupe with very dynamic attitude, but with no compromise on headroom and comfort of rear seat passengers.
“The vehicle features a lot of full surfaces as our form language. There are very sexy sheet metal movements and highly technical details that show the DNA direction for HAVAL. The rear view offers a unique GT-like configuration made by the combination of a very fast greenhouse combined with a small rear deck. A section of that rear deck has been optimised for an ideal downforce and is therefore highly aerodynamic.”
Leclercq said the HB-03 concept was meant to be a bit louder than other vehicles in the range. “We certainly wanted to express this with the interior and its mix of orange leather, carbon and black chrome, which give a unique and sporty character. This shows what customers can expect in the next generation of HAVAL in terms of design, functionality, quality and comfort.
“The interior shows a lot of three dimension effects in the overall theme, starting with an instrument panel that accentuates a horizontal theme. This helps us to integrate air vents that look smaller visually, without losing any functionality.”
Leclercq said the HB-03 concept was true to his philosophy of “simple, but strong”.
“The design expression should never be over explained. The best products speak for themselves. As a designer, I feel fortunate to work for a company that understands the importance of bringing such exciting vehicles to market. HAVAL is proud to design vehicles that are not only meant to transport you from A to B, but inspire you to enjoy looking at when you reach your destination. We want to design more vehicles that create desire and therefore carry out the best expression of our brand image.”
The concept vehicle is powered by the intelligent hybrid unveiled in Beijing in 2016, which delivers more than 200 kilowatts and 450 Newton-metres, while consuming just 2.1 litres of fuel to travel 100 kilometres. Rather than the traditional hybrid design of a separate combustion engine and electric motor, the HAVAL approach combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and transmission.
Linked to a rear-mounted NCM Lithium-ion battery, the high level integrated design delivers dynamic performance and outstanding fuel economy. The HAVAL plug-in hybrid powertrain will offer three distinctive modes for the driver to select from, according to their daily needs. In Pure Electric mode, drive is provided solely by the electric motor. The 95kW/278Nm motor is fuelled by a large 13 kilowatt/hour battery, providing a range of 65 kilometres while producing zero emissions.
In addition, the HAVAL battery can be recharged in about four hours from a standard household power point. The HAVAL system will also offer a Power mode, where drivers get the combined performance of both energy sources. On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the instant response of the electric motor, with the petrol engine maintaining acceleration. With 450 Newton-metres of torque on tap, the HAVAL plug-in hybrid will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around 9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210 km/h.
The default mode is Hybrid Drive, which is designed for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption.
The all-new second generation Audi A5 and S5 Coupe have touched down in Australia. Its predecessor was described by legendary Audi designer Walter de Silva, as the ‘the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed’ and this next generation A5 Coupe builds on the original’s stunning silhouette and steps forward into a bold new direction.
Emboldened by dramatic lines and taut surfaces, the all-new Audi A5 Coupe has an athletic and sculpted appearance, while maintaining the classic sports coupe proportions. The three-dimensional Singleframe grille is wider and flatter, giving the new A5 an aggressive and sporty stance at the front-end. The bonnet encompasses two sculpted channels that highlight a central ‘power dome’ over the powerplant that lies beneath.
A sharply drawn wave-like shoulder line begins at the front of the car and flows through the entire length of the side profile. The four wheel arches are emphasized equally, so as to underscore the legendary Audi quattro DNA. At the rear, sharp creases that form horizontal lines accentuate the impression of width, rounding off the A5’s distinctive and sporty aesthetic.
“The all-new Audi A5 Coupe is even more stunning than its predecessor,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia. “The original A5 set an impressive benchmark for beautifully resolved sports coupe design. To evolve its elegant simplicity into something more edgy was a formidable task for the Audi design team, but the end result is astonishingly good! It’s no surprise that loyal A5 owners, and fans of the new design that are turning to Audi for the first time, have voted with their feet. Before this week’s official launch, we already hold 500 orders for this spectacular vehicle,” said Doyle.
To complement its athletic stance, the new A5 Coupe is up to 40kg lighter than its predecessor, with a contribution of 15kg coming from the body itself. Despite this, the A5 Coupe has been awarded the maximum 5-star EuroNCAP and ANCAP safety rating. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), along with other safety assistance features like side assist, parking system plus with rear view camera and rear cross traffic alert are equipped as standard across the A5 and S5 range.
The new A5 Coupe is offered with three drivetrain options. The entry-level 2.0 TFSI S tronic drives the front wheels only, with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission providing a real gain in sporty power delivery compared to its predecessor’s multitronic CVT arrangement. With 140kW and 320Nm and the ability to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.3 seconds, the entry-level A5 Coupe offers significantly more performance than ever before. Fuel consumption is impressive, thanks to the engine’s sophisticated dual injection, B-cycle combustion and advanced start-stop technology, at just 5.5 L/100km.
The other two models in the A5 line-up are both quattro models, with an all-wheel drive arrangement that employs the proven centre differential and a standard front-to-rear torque split of 40:60 respectively. Up to 70 per cent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the front and up to 85 per cent to the rear during particularly dynamic driving conditions.
The 2.0 TFSI engine delivers a substantial 185kW/370Nm, and together with the advantage of quattro, can reach 100km/h from rest in only 5.8 seconds – well into the realm of more expensive sports cars. The 2.0 TDI quattro drivetrain offers 140kW of power, with a substantial 400Nm of torque available from just 1750rpm. Both engines are equipped with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as standard.
The S5 Coupe offers the next level of performance, weighing in 60 kg lighter than its predecessor. With a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine that is an all-new design from the ground up, the new engine produces 260kW (up 15kW), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is available from as low as 1370rpm. Such spontaneous response is aided by the twin-scroll turbocharger’s location inside the 90-degree vee, which ensures the shortest possible travel paths for exhaust fumes to pass through. The engine itself is 14kg lighter than its predecessor’s supercharged powerplant.
Efficiency is also assured, at just 7.6 L/100km, also thanks to the same innovative B-cycle combustion method in the 2.0 TFSI engine.
Matched to a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro, the all-new S5 Coupe can reach 100km/h in just 4.7sec, which is 0.2 sec faster than its predecessor. As an enhancement to the standard quattro driveline, it is also possible to option a sport differential on the rear axle that can apportion even more torque to the wheel with the most grip. This effectively ‘points’ the car towards the apex of a corner.
This quattro system is the perfect partner for the newly developed five-link front and rear suspensions that is standard on all A5 and S5 models, and is further complemented by the standard adaptive dampers that can be adjusted for a more comfortable ride, focused dynamics and everything in between via the Audi drive select system. The brake system on the S5 Coupe is suitably powerful, with 350mm ventilated front discs clamped by 6-piston calipers.
The all-new A5 Coupe comes equipped a very high level of equipment, with a significant increase in standard specification across the range. In the case of the S5 Coupe, the total improvement in customer value is over $26,000.
The entry-level A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Audi virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation plus (with 10GB media storage and 2x SDHC slots), Audi connect with Audi smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), DAB+ digital radio, convenience key and the 180w Audi sound system all as standard equipment, with additional standard features on the quattro models. High-value option packages are also available, to cater for customers with individual requirements.
The all-new Audi A5 and S5 Coupe range are on-sale now.
- A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI S tronic 140kW - $69,900
- A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 140kW - $73,900
- A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 185kW - $81,500
- S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 260kW - $105,800
*MLP – Manufacturer’s List Price (excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)
With expressive proportions, clear and sensual design, and long-distance comfort for four people, the E-Class Coupé combines the beauty and virtues of a four-seater Gran Tourismo with with state-of-the-art technology. The new Coupé offers full smartphone integration, a widescreen cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems. A powerful engine and dynamic suspension guarantee a sporty and agile driving experience.
The proportions typical of Mercedes-Benz are characterised by a distinctive front end with a low-positioned sport grille and central star, a long hood with power domes, a rearward-shifted, elongated greenhouse and a muscular rear end. The dynamic looks are underlined by four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar. With these clear forms, the design of the Coupé conveys an air of luxury and style alike.
"Our E-Class Coupé shows the next stage in the further development of our design idiom. Boasting perfect proportions, it embodies a puristic design with an emphasis on surfaces, reduced lines and sensual forms. This reduced design idiom is "hot" and "cool" at one and the same time." Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG
The E-Class Coupé is based on the W213 chassis, adding additional length (+123mm), width (+74mm) and wheelbase (+113mm) over the outgoing model. These gains increase effective rear legroom by 74mm and shoulder room by 34mm.
Mercedes-Benz E 220 d Coupé
The Australian E-Class Coupé range opens with the E 220 d model, priced from $96,000 (MRLP). It is powered by a 1950cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 143kW and 400Nm which helps the E 220 d sprint from 0 to 100kph in just 7.4 seconds. Combined with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and ECO start-stop, it uses just 4.9 litres of fuel per 100km. Standard equipment includes an AMG Line body styling package, 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery, Driver Assistance safety package, COMAND Online infotainment system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, PARKTRONIC parking assist, and Keyless-GO entry and starting system with hands-free access.
Mercedes-Benz E 300 Coupé
The E 300 Coupé is powered by a 1991cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 180kW and 370Nm, and is paired to the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Key additions over the E 220 d specification include 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system, AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension, heated front seats and MULTIBEAM LED headlights with 84 individually controllable LEDs. It will retail for $110,900 (MLRP).
Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC Coupé
The E 400 4MATIC utilises a 2996cc, 6-cylinder bi-turbo petrol engine producing 245kW and 480Nm in conjunction with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system which help propel the E 400 4MATIC froom 0 to 100kph in just 5.3 seconds. Additions over the E 300 Coupé specification include a 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround sound system, a head-up display, panoramic glass sunroof, metallic paintwork and privacy glass. Pricing for the E 400 4MATIC Coupé is set at $145,900 (MLRP).
Edition 1 Package
The Edition 1 Package is limited to 555 cars worldwide, with Mercedes-Benz Australia securing an allocation for its customers to add to E 300 Coupé or E 400 4MATIC Coupé models. The package includes two-tone nappa leather upholstery and nappa leather /DINAMICA microfibre sports steering wheel, AIR-BALANCE interior filtering package, designo cashmere white magno paintwork, bi-colour 20- inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, exterior design elements in black, and Edition 1 badging. The package adds $5900 (MLRP) to the E 300 Coupé and $2420 (MLRP) to the E 400 4MATIC Coupé.
All models in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé range are expected to go on sale from June 2017.
The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the first Audi Sport model in the new RS design idiom. The car’s all-new 2.9 TFSI biturbo engine produces 331 kW and delivers 600 Nm of torque. Standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels.
“The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, in describing the new model. “The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with excellent everyday usability. The car’s V6 biturbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency,” said Winkelmann.
The designers drew inspiration for the RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models characterise the front end of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé. The Singleframe radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model. Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets; tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlights. quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimetres.
Sporty accents are provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and surface-mounted spoiler lip. The RS 5 Coupé rolls standard on 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. The appearance packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation options. With a length of 4,723 millimetres, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is 74 millimetres longer than the previous model.
The 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency as well as an incomparably full-bodied RS sound. It produces 331 kW. Its peak torque of 600 Nm – up 170 Nm from the previous model – is available across a wide band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The top model in the A5 family sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and with the optional dynamic package reaches a top speed of 280 km/h.
The 2.9 TFSI unit’s two turbochargers are positioned centrally between the cylinder banks. The ingested air flows to the respective turbocharger and into the combustion chambers through a dual-branch system for spontaneous response. The B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection represents a new level of efficiency among the RS models. The shortened compression stroke used here enables an engine process with a significantly higher geometric compression ratio.
Combined with a power stroke that, while normal, is longer relative to the compression stroke, this allows for more efficient combustion and increased engine efficiency. In the NEDC test cycle, the V6 biturbo consumes just 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, corresponding to 197 grams CO2 per kilometre. This is an efficiency gain of 17 per cent over the previous model. Another factor in the greater efficiency of the new RS 5 Coupé is its significantly lower weight. It tips the scales at 1,655 kilograms, 60 kilograms less than before. A carbon fibre roof is available as an option.
The biturbo’s power flows through a sportily-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic with optimised shift times to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed asymmetrically to the axles (40:60) to guarantee dynamic handling with optimal traction and the greatest possible safety. Audi Sport also offers an optional rear sport differential.
An updated five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. This benefits the sporty driving characteristics and agility. It also improves comfort significantly. With the standard RS sport suspension, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé sits much lower than the production model. Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. Drivers can make their personal driving experience more individual, dynamic or comfortable using the standard Audi drive select system.
Bathed in black, the interior of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is luxuriously appointed, with a decidedly sporty edge. Details such as RS sport seats with optional diamond stitching in Fine Nappa leather and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel underscore the character of the high-performance coupe in the interior as well. There are RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the selector lever. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces.
A shift light prompts the driver to upshift upon reaching the rev limit. The RS design package uses red as a sporty contrasting color. Package highlights are the steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads in Alcantara plus seat belts contoured in red and floor mats with the RS emblem. Audi Sport offers Sonoma green metallic as an exclusive paint finish for the RS 5 Coupé.
A comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. The optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes the hardware module Audi connect, which connects the new RS 5 Coupé to the internet via LTE. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. Passengers can go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option.
The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Control is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the centre console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The intelligent interplay between these systems represents another step on the road to piloted driving.
The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupé will arrive in Australia before the end of 2017. Pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.