Hyundai Motor has announced that NEXO will be the name of its all-new, dedicated Fuel Cell EV during a press conference at CES 2018, and disclosed Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that expand its autonomous driving potential. NEXO is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and marks Hyundai’s continued momentum toward having the industry’s most diverse CUV powertrain lineup.
The NEXO model will spearhead Hyundai Motor’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s renewed goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles.
Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM)
Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor is an industry-first technology. It shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of NEXO using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system uses wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror. Hyundai is the first car manufacturer to provide drivers video footage from both sides of the vehicle.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
Lane Following Assist is an all-new technology for Hyundai and it debuts in the NEXO. LFA automatically adjusts steering to help keep NEXO centered in its lane of travel. LFA can keep NEXO centered at speeds between 0 and 145km/h on both highways and city streets. When paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) which utilises sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments, drivers will be able to traverse long distances with greater ease and improved safety.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
RSPA enables NEXO to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The RSPA system can even back a NEXO into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver. When faced with any challenging parking scenario, NEXO drivers will be able to park with complete confidence and accuracy.
“Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society. Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of ix35 fuel cell,” said Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Company. “Yet as another result of this earth-saving effort, today, I am so proud to introduce to you our second-generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle which is a culmination of our cutting-edge technologies.”
NEXO is Hyundai’s second-generation of commercialised fuel cell electric vehicle that will be available in select markets around the world starting in early 2018. Improving upon the acclaimed ix35 FCEV, the NEXO has an estimated driving range of 800km*, 206km more than its predecessor. Acceleration and power have increased to improve the overall performance.
Designed to handle extreme temperature and environments, the NEXO testing has proven that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. NEXO boasts cold start capability within 30 seconds which is an industry-leading achievement and the fuel cell system warms up faster for maximum performance. The NEXO also has excellent cooling performance on steep grades with temperatures exceeding 49 degrees Celsius.
Improvements in the air supply system, performance at high altitudes and refueling times, along with overall efficiency and fuel economy put the NEXO in a class all its own. In addition the NEXO has improved power density and durability comparable with petrol-powered vehicles.
For the first time ever, Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture. This architecture has many benefits including:
- Lighter weight
- Improved power-to-weight ratio
- Faster acceleration from 0 to 100km/h than the ix35 FCEV
- More cabin space
- Allows the battery to be relocated to the trunk
- Improved fuel cell system layout
NEXO vs. ix35 Fuel Cell System Architecture
- NEXO’s fuel cell stack and battery have more net power to supply a more powerful motor
- NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and has improved packaging
- Improved hydrogen storage tanks
- NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and takes up less space compared with ix35 FCEV
- More efficient
- Better module integration
- Peak acceleration is increased by 25 per cent compared with ix35 FCEV
- NEXO accelerates from 0 to 100km/h 20 per cent faster than ix35 FCEV
- NEXO has more torque than the ix35 FCEV
- NEXO has 30 per cent more range than the ix35 FCEV
- NEXO has an estimated range of 800km* compared with the ix35 FCEV 584km
Quiet and Comfortable Driving Characteristics
- NEXO maintains the quiet and comfortable driving characteristics of the ix35 FCEV
- All of the NEXO’s moving parts are inside the engine bay which isolates the noise to one area
- NEXO has the same level of durability as internal combustion engine vehicles
- NEXO’s storage system is lighter than the ix35 FCEV
- NEXO’s storage system has world-class storage density
- NEXO can be refueled within five minutes
Fuel Cell: 95kW
Fuel Cell: 100kW
|0 to 100km/h||9.5 seconds||12.5 seconds|
(All NEXO specification and technologies mentioned above may vary according markets)
*Estimated driving range based on New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)
Hyundai Motor Company Australia has agreed to supply 20 NEXO fuel cell vehicles to the ACT Government as part of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project. It is expected that deliveries of these vehicles will commence in early 2019.
The 2016 Festival of 86, a national celebration of Toyota's cult sports car, is set to draw dedicated owners and enthusiast admirers from all over the country when it kicks off in Canberra this Saturday (May 7). This is the third Festival of 86 held in Australia since the car was released locally in mid-2012, with the Sutton Road Driver Training Centre ready to entertain hundreds of Toyota 86 fanatics with a free-of-charge celebration event.
Highlights include race car passenger hot laps on the centre's 2.5km road course for lucky draw winners, drift rides on the skid pan, and of course an amazing array of machinery on show. Extensively modified custom cars will fill a large central display area, with classic sports Toyota models, including the iconic AE86 Corolla, mid-engine MR2, Celica Coupe and Supra GT, also forming a dedicated historic exhibit.
Toyota Australia is using the event to launch its one-make Toyota 86 Racing Series, which will be contested at selected V8 Supercars rounds, starting at the Winton SuperSprint (May 20-22). The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, with Toyota adding guest professional racers (several of whom will be running hot laps at Sutton Road) at every round to help mentor amateur entrants.
The 86's global chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, a rock star in the world of 86 enthusiasts, is travelling from Japan and will be on hand to sign autographs on everything from components, including the car's dash panel and engine cover, to model cars, T-shirts, owner's manuals and posters. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the festival's continuing popularity is further evidence of Australia's ongoing love affair with the 86.
"With over 16,000 cars sold in just on four years on sale, Australia is the 86's largest market per-capita in the world," Cramb said. "Previous Festival of 86 events have drawn big crowds of passionate people from all over the country, and we're excited to be supporting its third running," he said.
Entry to the event is free, and includes food and drink vouchers, as well as tickets to go in the draw for road course and skid pan hot laps. There's also a range of Toyota 86 and Toyota 86 Racing Series merchandise available, as well as face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon sculptures for junior 86 fans in The Kids Zone.
Registration, via the Eventbrite ticketing portal is essential, and only those holding valid tickets will be allowed entry. Gates will open at 10:00am and the event is scheduled to finish with a grand parade lap at 3:00pm.
Mopar has unveiled a huge 10-car line-up of vehicles transformed using both production and concept parts and accessories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Fiat, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram customised vehicles were spread out over the vast 1425-square-metre Mopar SEMA display. In addition, hundreds of Mopar products — from engines to wheels to lift kits and much more — are on display at America’s premier automotive specialty products trade show.
“The lineup of Mopar-modified vehicles premiering at SEMA represents real-world examples of our brand’s continued commitment to helping owners create customized dream rides that suit their specific lifestyles and passions,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “It doesn’t matter if you drive an SUV, commercial vehicle, compact crossover, sedan or a muscle car. Mopar has the products to help make each vehicle your own.”
Some of the Mopar modified vehicles at the show include:
Fiat 500X Chicane
The Fiat 500X makes its SEMA Show debut in 2015, and Mopar is using a pair of the compact crossovers — including the Fiat 500X Chicane — to showcase how Mopar can take the vehicle’s iconic Italian style, functionality and performance and personalise it to fit a variety of lifestyles. The Fiat 500X Chicane is a street-tuner vehicle, designed to buzz through urban areas with a concept Mopar fascia, body cladding and concept oversized 20-inch two-tone Satin Black and Gloss Black wheels. The pop of the gloss Competition Blue exterior is accented with a concept Chicane bodyside stripe and concept Gloss Black paint on the roof.
Mopar pulled from its more than 100 genuine accessories designed especially for the Fiat 500X to customize the Chicane’s cockpit. Upgrades include a bright pedal kit, concept satin black door sill guards emblazoned with the 500X logo, a 500X logo-embossed premium carpet mat, a cargo management kit and a telescopic bar organiser, all from the Mopar portfolio. Bringing the exterior into the interior, the Katzkin leather seats are bordered in blue, and blue also colours the instrument panel and surrounds the FIAT badge at the centre of the steering wheel. Areas of the chrome bezel trim have been blacked out.
The 500X Chicane is designed to hug city streets with a concept lowering kit. A concept cat-back exhaust provides additional power, and concept exhaust tips add to the appearance.
Fiat 500X Mobe
The Fiat 500X Mobe, named after a kite-surfing trick, is customised with off-the-shelf Mopar products to haul toys to the beach in search of surf and sand. The Ivory Pearl exterior is accented with Matte Bronze paint on the hood, roof, mirror caps and lower grille surround. The lower sides of the all-wheel-drive 500X Mobe are embellished with “X” stripe graphics from Mopar, coloured in concept Mopar Blue. The same blue touches a single pocket of the production 18-inch wheels, painted in two-tone Matte Bronze and Satin Black.
A Mopar roof rack, featuring special Mopar logo graphics, works in concert with side rails to create a perfect transport for a kiteboard or other recreational equipment. Moving to the interior, a blue kite surfer decal keeps with the vehicle’s theme and ties in with the accent blue seat inserts embroidered with the “X” logo. The 500X logo adorns the Mopar door sill guards modified with Matte Bronze paint, with the FIAT logo on the black molded cargo tray (perfect for storing gear), premium front all-weather mats and emergency first aid kit. An additional spot to store gear is provided through a head restraint-mounted coat hanger.
Chrysler 300 Super S
Style and sophistication can meld harmoniously with performance and attitude. For proof, take the Chrysler 300 Super S. The bold persona of the customized Chrysler 300 Super S begins with a concept, aggressive front fascia. More than 300 unique “Easter eggs” are hidden on the Matte Black grille, where miniature Mopar “M” letters, painted Dark Hyper Black low gloss, dot the entire grille.
The lowered body (thanks to a Mopar coilover lowering kit) is planted on concept Mopar 22-inch wheels at the front and rear. Like the Mopar “M” grille lettering, production Mopar center caps are painted to match the Dark Hyper Black low gloss wheels, which are set off stunningly against the Matte Cerulean exterior finish. At the back, a concept rear valence and a deck-lid spoiler from the Mopar brand portfolio drive the tires to the pavement. Unique 300 Super S and Mopar Design badges round out the exterior appointments.
The aggressiveness of the exterior is paired with premium styling inside. Concept Katzkin light grey leather seats are trimmed in blue stitching, as are the armrests, with blue flourishes also featured on the side panels and instrument panel. The production 300’s rotary shifter has been swapped out for a concept polystable T-handle shifter and the steering wheel replaced with a sportier, flat-bottom version. Production Mopar door sill guards carry the Chrysler logo, and premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat feature metal badging.
Beneath the 300 Super S hood lurks a powerful beast. The 5.7-litre HEMI engine is beefed up with Mopar Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Upgrade Kits, which exactly mimic the modifications and performance boosts delivered by Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits available for the 5.7-litre HEMI engine-equipped Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles. Additional Mopar production parts include front and rear performance strut tower braces, which provide extra stiffness for cornering and handling, as well as a Mopar Big Brake Kit.
Chrysler 200 S Mopar
The Chrysler brand’s mid-size sedan receives an “attitude adjustment” with a mix of production and concept Mopar parts and accessories used to create the Chrysler 200 S Mopar. A more muscular look is achieved on the Ceramic Grey Metallic exterior of the 200 S Mopar with the addition of a production Mopar body kit, including a front chin splitter, side sills and rear valance. A concept, dual-vented Mopar performance hood elevates performance and appearance. Large, production Mopar 19-inch wheels are painted a unique Satin Black finish, set off distinctly against the Ceramic Grey Metallic skin. Other exterior features include concept exhaust tips and the Mopar Design badge.
Inside, the concept Katzkin leather seats with perforated inserts are outlined in Mopar Blue piping, with blue also coloring the instrument panel and portions of the door panel. Mopar premium carpet mats and a Mopar pedal kit further dress up the interior. The V6 Pentastar engine of the Chrysler 200 S Mopar is kicked up by adding a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake. A Mopar production suspension lowering kit helps the 200 S Mopar ride nearer to the ground and improve handling and drivability. A Mopar Big Brake Kit provides additional stopping power.
Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept
It’s V8 muscle with all-wheel drive. Yes, you read that right. The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept is a one-of-a-kind, year-round muscle car that lets you have your cake and eat it too, combining wickedly fast power and performance with the confidence of increased traction. Mopar stepped outside its usual colour palette in designing the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept, choosing Header Orange highlights to line the grille and taillight surround of the Destroyer Grey body. Header Orange continues as a distinct contrast point for the Destroyer Grey body colour stripe that runs through the Matte Black paint blanketing the upper portion of the vehicle, from tip to rear. Mirror caps are also painted with Header Orange accent stripes.
The Challenger GT AWD Concept enhances its signature muscle car proportions, bulging out with Mopar’s concept wide body kit and its massive wheel flares housing concept Mopar five-spoke wheels: 20-inch x 10-inch on the front and 20-inch x 11-inch on the rear. Mopar center caps are painted to match the body and wheels. The body kit compliments Challenger’s heritage-inspired styling, adding an aggressive profile with a front chin splitter and rear spoiler, which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Additional Mopar modifications dress up the rear, including quad Mopar exhaust tips painted in a powder-coated Satin Black, a Mopar fuel filler door painted Satin Black with a unique Mopar graphic and a concept Mopar Design decklid badge.
The interior takes cues from the exterior, with Header Orange stitching embellishing the rich Katzkin leather seats, center console, shifter boot and side panels. The Katzkin seats are also upgraded with medium taupe suede inserts. Additional control is gained for navigating tight corners with a flat-bottom steering wheel. Mopar door sill guards with the Challenger logo and a trunk mat round out the interior. The vehicle’s 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine uses an AWD package to power all four wheels, paired with an eight-speed transmission. The 5.7-litre engine is upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit.
The Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit maximizes gains achieved by the Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 kits by adding new Mopar Performance CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, a gasket set, exhaust manifolds, exhaust adapter, mounting brackets, hardware and two Scat Pack 3 badges. The Scat Pack 3 kit — as with Scat Pack 1 and 2 — boosts performance while maintaining the factory warranty. A concept Mopar suspension kit drops the Challenger GT AWD Concept closer to the road, lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity for race-inspired handling, with an assist from production Mopar performance front and rear strut tower braces.
Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3
For the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3, Mopar injected up to 75 additional horsepower (56kW) with the Mopar Scat Pack 3 Kit and then for good measure bolted on a selection of production and concept Mopar products to create a completely original, performance-driven version of the four-door muscle car. The Silver Bullet exterior colour is masked by full-length Matte Black paint covering the top of the vehicle. Body colour comes through the Matte Black via centre stripes bordered by Mopar Blue tracer accents. The styling, inspired by the second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, is modified with a concept Mopar body kit, including a front chin splitter, side sills, rear spoiler and unique rear valance, providing an aggressive look while augmenting aerodynamic characteristics.
In keeping with the Charger Deep Stage 3’s name, it rolls on concept Mopar Dark Bronze 22-inch Classic III wheels, with colour matched Mopar centre caps. A concept Mopar decal flanks both front fenders, with Scat Pack 3 badges and a Mopar Design decklid badge displayed. Heading inside, concept Katzkin leather seats boast such selections as a special R/T embroidery with a blue surround and the R/T logo centred in black to pick up on exterior cues, perforated Katzkin fog suede seat inserts and Mopar blue stitching on the armrests, steering wheel and seat inserts. Pulled from the Mopar catalogue are door sill guards emblazoned with the Charger logo, premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat carry metal Dodge badging.
Powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI engine, the Charger Deep Stage 3 is punched up in three phases by the trio of Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits. Mopar Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 upgrades, featuring a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar cat-back exhaust, Mopar low-restriction oil filter, new Mopar Performance camshaft, a set of Mopar Performance valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods and all the gaskets, are finished off with an up to 75 horsepower boost (56kW) and 44 lb.-ft. (60Nm) of torque improvement of the Scat Pack 3 kit.
A Mopar coilover lowering kit enhances handling while providing a menacing appearance by bringing the Charger Deep Stage 3 closer to the street. Mopar Performance front and rear strut tower braces keep the tires in contact with the road. Reining in the car’s horsepower is a job the Mopar Big Brake Kit is equipped to handle.
Dodge Dart GLH Concept
The Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell) owns a special spot in the Dodge brand’s 100-plus year pantheon, and the brand’s American compact car pays homage to that beloved 1980s-era ride with the Dodge Dart GLH Concept. The athletic, stylish exterior of the Dodge Dart GLH Concept is coloured Pitch Black and looks ready to pounce with an in-your-face, production front fascia with concept grille details and a Mopar Performance aluminium hood. A production front chin splitter, side sill accents and rear fascia diffuser form a Mopar body kit that creates a speedy, nimble appearance.
Red accents on the lower body provide an outline reminiscent of the original Omni GLH. The Dart GLH Concept rides on lightweight Mopar 18-inch wheels, painted anodized black, with matching Mopar centre caps. Stopping power is upgraded with a Dart high-performance brake kit by Mopar. Exhaust tips add an aggressive growl, and a Mopar Design badge adorns the decklid.
Inside, the all-black Katzkin leather seats are modified with concept red mesh seat inserts and red stitch accent touches on the bolsters and armrest. Red on the door pulls and instrument panel tracer are production offerings. The enhanced interior adds extra performance with a Dodge sport steering wheel, Mopar pedal kit, Mopar shift knob, Mopar premium carpet mats and Mopar door sill guards featuring the Dart logo.
Ram Rebel X
The Ram 1500 Rebel makes a statement by itself. Mopar helps proclaim its all-terrain credentials even louder with the Ram Rebel X, a full-size pickup outfitted with a catalogue of production parts and accessories. The unique dark Copper exterior extends to the functional sport performance hood, accented with a Matte Black graphic trimmed with a Mopar Blue tracer. Mopar wheel flares extend over the 35-inch Toyo tires, which wrap around 17-inch cast-aluminum beadlock wheels that equip the 1500 Rebel for rumbles over off-road terrain. Painted functional beadlock rings with fasteners are also featured on the beadlock wheels, with Mopar center caps providing another highlight to the rims.
The front features the distinctive Rebel grille with the RAM logo painted in Satin Black and a concept two-piece skid plate. The bed is stylishly secured with a soft tri-fold tonneau cover, and a Mopar dual exhaust bed step helps reach tools or equipment stored in the rear. Black tubular side steps provide a lift into the interior, which features prototype Katzkin leather seats embroidered with the Rebel X name outlined in silver in a black field, with a blue field for the “X.” Copper stitching accents the armrest and steering wheel. Additional features inside include all-weather slush mats, a pedal kit and door sills.
The Ram Rebel X, powered by a 5.7-litre HEMI engine, is also tuned up to tame the streets and beyond. A Mopar 5.7-litre cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust and exhaust tips, fed by an active Ram Air duct, enhance the performance capabilities, with a concept air ride suspension smoothing out the ride.
Ram ProMaster City DiveMaster
Mopar has a full portfolio to draw from in bestowing the Ram brand’s purpose-built van with a unique, active personality, offering up a scuba-themed approach to the Ram ProMaster City DiveMaster. No one will mistake this ProMaster City for an ordinary commercial van. A flowing, gradient color palette “aquatically” illustrates the exterior, stepping from white to Ocean Blue to mirror a scuba diver’s deep sea perspective. Matte black paint covers the hood, a slice of the front end and the side windows, which also sport a distinctive “Mopar Ram Deep Dive Scuba Shop” decal.
The mirror caps are creatively customized with the iconic red and white “diver down” flag, and a scuba diver silhouette draws eyes to the hood. The ProMaster City DiveMaster rides on 17-inch concept wheels. Functional Mopar accessories include side rails, a locking fuel cap and wheel locks. The interior boasts Mopar blue seat inserts and blue stitching on the Katzkin leather first- and second-row seats, with Mopar logo embroidery. In the cargo area, custom racks and shelving help organize scuba gear, with a unique spray-on floor liner offering protection. The rear doors also double as scuba gear storage space and a TV screen mounting area. Mopar LED lights brighten up the cargo space to locate equipment or prepare for nighttime dives. All-weather floor mats are also added.
Ram ProMaster DragMaster
Switching from scuba to the strip, the Ram ProMaster DragMaster is equipped for double duty, serving as a tow vehicle for a drag racing machine, as well as a pit vehicle with the space needed to store tools and performance parts. The white exterior is embellished with the Mopar Performance logo on the sliding cargo door, with the blue Mopar logo emblazoned on the rear doors and “MOPAR” text in white displayed on the windshield. A Mopar blue stripe on the side echoes that of the tow vehicle — the all-new, supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
The DragMaster sits on concept painted 16-inch wheels and is outfitted with additional production Mopar accessories, including a locking fuel filler cap and a hitch receiver with trailer tow wiring harness. Other exterior Mopar mods include a side step, fog lights and wheel locks. Custom shelves and racks provide a mobile pit stall to store the tools and performance parts required to go fast on the quarter-mile. Mopar LED cargo lights provide illumination for late-night race fixes or prep, and additional production Mopar accessories include all-weather mats, cargo area floor covering and D-pillar and B-pillar handles. A raised headliner provides extra headroom for racers or crew working in the cargo area.
The Mopar stand will also display modified Jeep brand vehicles such as the Jeep Chief, Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder, Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail and the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk. All of these concepts debuted at the 2015 Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
The Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) is regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customisation and sports tuning. The new products presented at SEMA to trade experts influence the entire scene and set trends. At this year's SEMA show from November 3rd to 6th 2015, BMW presents a selection of distinctively sports- oriented BMW M Performance Parts to the trade fair audience. Located on the lower level of South Hall (Stand 40247), trade fair visitors will see a BMW M Performance modified BMW M4 Coupé as well as the first BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé.
What is more, the new "M Performance" inscription in dynamic technical design is to be seen on selected parts. The inscription reflects the increased dynamic flair of BMW M Performance as well as underscoring the essential functional orientation of all BMW M Performance Parts. Evidence of this is also to be seen in the new, extremely sporty parts and components with which BMW has fitted the demonstration vehicle. The new inscription will initially appear on the BMW M Performance Parts for the models BMW M2 Coupé and BMW M4 Coupé, but in future it will be used for the entire BMW M Performance product portfolio.
The BMW M4 Coupé is regarded as the ultimate driving machine and the benchmark for sporty driving dynamics in its class. This status is also reflected in its appearance, which is defined by motor racing style. It is now possible to enhance this look even further by means of the new BMW M Performance aerodynamic components. The front inserts in high-end carbon fibre (CFRP) and the BMW M Performance front trim grille in high-gloss black give the face of the BMW M4 Coupé an even more striking expression.
The lateral BMW M Performance side sill attachments made of polyurethane (PUR) with the new “M Performance” inscription emphasise the dynamic elegance of the BMW M4 Coupé. BMW M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon fibre finish, the lateral BMW M Performance side gills in high-gloss black in the M gill elements and BMW M Performance motor racing stripes applied to the body perfectly supplement the dynamic side view.
Meanwhile at the rear of the car, a BMW M Performance carbon fibre diffuser with three strikingly shaped bars derived from motorsports and a newly designed BMW M Performance through-flow rear spoiler likewise made of carbon fibre further highlight the powerful rear section of the BMW M4 Coupé. The new “M Performance” inscription on the lateral end plates of the rear spoiler as well as the motorsports stripes on the spoiler connecting sections constitute a further distinctive visual highlight.
These attachment parts, some elaborately crafted by hand, not only give the BMW M4 Coupé a distinctive and high-end appearance, they also provide a perfect match for the car's highly expressive design. What is more, all BMW M Performance aerodynamic components are harmonised with the car's airflow response, so they ensure optimised aerodynamic performance as well as supporting an ambitious driving style. The adjustable BMW M Performance coilover suspension likewise enhances sporty driving pleasure. The lowered suspension intensifies the distinctively sporty look of the BMW M4 Coupé as well as conveying a more dynamic ride feel.
The lightweight construction exhaust system comprises a stainless steel exhaust duct with a rear silencer made entirely of titanium and bearing the “M Performance” inscription when viewed from the rear. Eye-catching BMW M Performance tailpipe trim elements made of carbon fibre with M logo add another visual highlight. There are two settings available to adjust the sound characteristics of the BMW M Performance silencer system, each of which is linked to the performance characteristics of the engine activated at the press of a button. Even the standard mode is impressive with its striking, sports-style sound that is still well-suited to everyday use.
Meanwhile the powerful in-line 6-cylinder with M TwinPower Turbo Technology remains the same, offering an output of 317 kW/431 hp (combined fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 194 g/km)* and combining enthralling driving dynamics with impressive efficiency in a way that is unrivalled by any other engine in its output class. Fitted with an M twin-clutch transmission, the BMW M4 Coupé exhibition car at SEMA accelerates in just 4.1 seconds from standing to 100 km/h. The top speed is electronically cut off at 250 km/h.
On the inside, one eye-catching feature is the BMW M Performance steering wheel Pro with a rim in Alcantara Anthracite. The steering wheel trim element is in clear-finish carbon fibre and also bears the "M Performance" inscription. At the 12-o'clock position the steering wheel rim features a blue centre-position marking derived from motorsports.
A BMW M Performance gear selection lever for the M twin-clutch transmission (M DKG) protrudes from the BMW M Performance centre console trim, perfectly fitting the driver's hand. The light and yet highly resilient composite material carbon fibre was also used for the door handles and the handbrake handle with Alcantara gaiter. Meanwhile the driver's feet control a pedal system fitted with BMW M Performance pedal covers that are made of stainless steel. The trade show vehicle also features LED door projectors. From January 2016 the first of the new BMW M Performance Parts will be available for the BMW M4 Coupé. The entire range of parts will be available from the BMW dealer network by June 2016.
Not long after the world premiere of the new BMW M2 Coupé, BMW now presents BMW M Performance Parts at SEMA 2015 which were developed especially for this compact high-performance athlete. These include black gloss trim grilles with M specific twin trim bars for the front kidney grille elements, featuring trim ring surrounds which are likewise finished in black gloss. Black gloss trim bars are also available for the side M gill elements as well as BMW M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon fibre. A BMW M Performance rear spoiler in carbon fibre finish, the newly developed BMW M Performance suspension and the sports exhaust with flap system for the new BMW M2 Coupé with tailpipe trim elements in carbon fibre are exhibited at SEMA for the first time. Exhibits that demonstrate individualisation of the interior are a BMW M Performance steering wheel with Alcantara cover and an open-pore carbon fibre trim element, a BMW M Performance gear selection lever complete with trim element for the M twin-clutch transmission, likewise in open-pore carbon fibre, a BMW M Performance centre console combining carbon fibre and Alcantara and pedal covers in stainless steel. Further details of BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé will be available in the course of spring 2016.
*Figures for vehicle with M DKG. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on the ECE test cycle, dependent on tyre format.
At the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2015 in Las Vegas (6 – 9 January 2015) BMW i will unveil a further innovative product from its 360° ELECTRIC portfolio: BMW i Home Charging Services. This smart solution for home charging of electric and plug-in hybrid BMW models is based on the smart home-enabled BMW i Wallbox Pro system already presented by BMW in spring 2014.
How the smart charging service works
Using BMW i Home Charging Services, the vehicle is charged with home-generated solar power whenever this is available. At other times, or if the household does not have a solar generating system, the vehicle is automatically charged at the cheapest off-peak rates. This makes it possible to take advantage of flexible electricity pricing that varies depending on the time of day. In the USA, this can result in savings of up to 800 dollars a year. With this fully automated charging service, customers get a simple-to-operate system that integrates vehicle charging with the household electrical system and online-based data systems.
“With Home Charging Services, BMW is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer such a broad-based EV smart charging product,” says BMW Project Manager Julian Lienich. “Our aim is to make mobility as cheap as possible for users and to allow them to maximise their use of green power – but without having to organise everything themselves.”
In Las Vegas, BMW will stage a live demonstration of BMW i Home Charging Services, which was jointly developed by BMW and Beegy, a provider for distributed energy-management, based on the Beegy Software Platform. In this demonstration, a solar carport supplies solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox, which uses it to charge the vehicle. The system also uses real-time solar power data and home energy data supplied by Solarwatt and Kiwigrid. A screen at CES displays real-time weather data, together with solar power forecasts, showing visitors how BMW uses such forecasts to optimally manage charging times. Even if the sun is not shining, real-time electricity pricing data from Genability can be used to ensure that the vehicle is charged when electricity rates are at their cheapest. The Home Charging Services demonstration in Las Vegas also gives BMW the opportunity to present a concept product: a stationary energy storage system built from repurposed batteries previously used in BMW i electric vehicles. Energy fed to this home storage system – for example home-generated solar energy – can subsequently be used to charge an electric vehicle or to meet household power needs. The ability to use solar energy regardless of time of day helps households to achieve higher levels of energy self-sufficiency and to minimise the impact of rising energy prices.
Optimised costs, optimised energy use and simple operation
To sum up: BMW i Smart Charging Services aim to optimise charging costs and – if customers have a home solar generating system – to make best possible use of home-generated solar power. The fact that the system is integrated with home energy management systems also makes it possible to achieve the best possible balance between household electricity consumption and power used for charging the electric vehicle, thereby helping customers to achieve further cost savings and to make even more efficient use of solar energy. A solar carport with a roof area of 25 square metres or more can produce enough power for 32,000 kilometres of electric driving a year (global average). Smart use of this power will in future provide BMW i customers with a fully self-sufficient charging solution for their vehicle.
This is the world’s first EV smart charging solution of its type, and it will be available to customers by 2016.
At the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2015 in Las Vegas (6 – 9 January 2015) BMW i will unveil a further innovative product from its 360° ELECTRIC portfolio: BMW i Home Charging Services. This smart solution for home charging of electric and plug-in hybrid BMW models is based on the smart home-enabled BMW i Wallbox Pro system already presented by BMW in spring 2014.How the smart charging service works.
Using BMW i Home Charging Services, the vehicle is charged with home-generated solar power whenever this is available. At other times, or if the household does not have a solar generating system, the vehicle is automatically charged at the cheapest off-peak rates. This makes it possible to take advantage of flexible electricity pricing that varies depending on the time of day. In the USA, this can result in savings of up to 800 dollars a year. With this fully automated charging service, customers get a simple-to-operate system that integrates vehicle charging with the household electrical system and online-based data systems.“With Home Charging Services, BMW is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer such a broad-based EV smart charging product,” says BMW Project Manager Julian Lienich. “Our aim is to make mobility as cheap as possible for users and to allow them to maximise their use of green power – but without having to organise everything themselves.”In Las Vegas, BMW will stage a live demonstration of BMW i Home Charging Services, which was jointly developed by BMW and Beegy, a provider for distributed energy-management, based on the Beegy Software Platform. In this demonstration, a solar carport supplies solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox, which uses it to charge the vehicle. The system also uses real-time solar power data and home energy data supplied by Solarwatt and Kiwigrid. A screen at CES displays real-time weather data, together with solar power forecasts, showing visitors how BMW uses such forecasts to optimally manage charging times. Even if the sun is not shining, real-time electricity pricing data from Genability can be used to ensure that the vehicle is charged when electricity rates are at their cheapest. The Home Charging Services demonstration in Las Vegas also gives BMW the opportunity to present a concept product: a stationary energy storage system built from repurposed batteries previously used in BMW i electric vehicles. Energy fed to this home storage system – for example home-generated solar energy – can subsequently be used to charge an electric vehicle or to meet household power needs. The ability to use solar energy regardless of time of day helps households to achieve higher levels of energy self-sufficiency and to minimise the impact of rising energy prices.Optimised costs, optimised energy use and simple operation.
To sum up: BMW i Smart Charging Services aim to optimise charging costs and – if customers have a home solar generating system – to make best possible use of home-generated solar power. The fact that the system is integrated with home energy management systems also makes it possible to achieve the best possible balance between household electricity consumption and power used for charging the electric vehicle, thereby helping customers to achieve further cost savings and to make even more efficient use of solar energy. A solar carport with a roof area of 25 square metres or more can produce enough power for 32,000 kilometres of electric driving a year (global average). Smart use of this power will in future provide BMW i customers with a fully self-sufficient charging solution for their vehicle.This is the world’s first EV smart charging solution of its type, and it will be available to customers by 2016.