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Autocar May 08, 2019

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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporter Felix Page Used cars deputy editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Head of video Mitch McCabe Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom Evans Features apprentice Harry Roberts Special correspondents Mauro Calo, Jesse Crosse, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Peter Liddiard, Julian…

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time for fca to give maserati the fresh start it deserves

LIKE SEVERAL OTHER Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands, Maserati has promised a lot but under-delivered in recent years. When announcing the roll-out plans in 2012 for the Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante in an expanded range to be later topped by the Alfieri sports car, it vowed to sell 75,000 cars a year by 2018. In reality, it sold only half that, and the Alfieri won’t now make production until at least 2021. That trio of new cars were only average in their class, and the welcome improvements made since (like the Levante, road tested on p34) have only highlighted again just how far rivals have moved on. There are signs that FCA knows this, too. So Maserati now has a new strategy: every car is to be replaced by 2022, each including a…

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bmw lines up all-electric future for next-gen i8

“Senior officials at BMW are now said to be favouring a pure-electric model for the new i8” BMW is on the verge of making the next generation of its flagship i8 sports car a fully electric model, according to sources at the firm. Bosses are at a crucial decision-making stage with the next i8 and senior officials at the German car maker are now said to be favouring a pure-electric model. The second-generation i8, tentatively slated for introduction by the end of 2023, was originally conceived as a high-powered four-wheel-drive evolution of today’s petrol-electric hybrid. That type of set-up has been clearly indicated by BMW development boss Klaus Fröhlich on a number of occasions over the past year. However, recent information out of BMW’s R&D headquarters in Munich, Germany, reveals the development of an…

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perfect timing for an all-electric i8

You’ll forgive BMW for being hesitant to commit to launching an electric supercar. After all, previous attempts from its main rivals weren’t roaring successes. Audi launched the battery-powered R8 E-tron in 2015 after nearly six years of it being mooted. However, it was axed after a little over a year on sale and, according to Audi, fewer than 100 were sold. Blame the absurdly high price (around £850,000), the lack of direct marketing and the fact that buyers apparently had to travel to Audi’s German HQ to buy it. Mercedes didn’t fare much better with the SLS Electric Drive in 2013. Like the electric R8, its performance was astonishing, but the brand claimed only 160 miles on a charge to the R8’s 280. It was also launched just a year before the…

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bmw readies inext suv for 2021

BEFORE THE NEXT i8 arrives on the scene, BMW will launch the iNext, an electric SUV with advanced autonomous technology. Imagined by Autocar (left), the new model has already begun winter testing in Sweden in prototype form ahead of its 2021 launch. The iNext was first revealed in concept form at last year’s Los Angeles motor show. It sits on a radical new platform that’s different from those used by other planned i models, including the iX3 SUV and i4 saloon. The model is similar in size to the X5 and will serve as a technology flagship for BMW. It’s set to be built at the firm’s Dingolfing plant in Germany. The iNext’s platform is one of two destined to be used for all future BMW models. This one will be used…

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the cars an electric i8 would have to beat

Audi R8 Audi is set to reinvent the R8 as an electric supercar in 2022, according to sources. While that will spell a sad end to the glorious naturally aspirated V10 engine, it will likely give a substantial performance increase. A battery-powered R8 will serve as the ‘halo’ model in Audi’s market-leading electrification plans, with targets to sell 800,000 electrified cars by 2025. The current R8’s sales haven’t been as strong as its predecessor’s and this radical rethink aims to address that. Tesla Roadster The second generation of Tesla’s all-electric Roadster has been a long time coming, and the first examples of it aren’t expected to be delivered until 2020. The Californian brand is making typically bold statements about the performance and efficiency of its Roadster, claiming it has the highest range of…