Autocar March 24, 2021

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1 min
ev grant changes: bad move, badly handled

THE GOVERNMENT’S sudden, unexpected move to cut the grant towards the purchase of an electric car by £500 to £2500, and to lower the maximum purchase price from £50,000 to £35,000, makes clear that financial incentives to encourage people to go electric are an endangered species. While you can see some logic in reducing the maximum purchase price to ensure the scheme targets more affordable cars, cutting the amount of the grant at the same time discounts any notion of this move being an act of generosity. Electric cars are more expensive to buy, and anyone keen to make the switch may rightly baulk at the extra cost without assistance from the government to get them over the line. Of concern in the announcement, too, is the absence of consultation with or…

5 min
new lambo supercar keeps v12 but adds hybrid punch

Lamborghini is gearing up to launch the long-awaited replacement for the Aventador in 2022 – and the new V12 supercar will, unlike its predecessor, feature a hybrid powertrain as one of the first steps the brand is taking to ‘reinvent’ itself for the electric age. The new flagship machine from the Sant’Agata manufacturer is due to be revealed this year and will go on sale shortly after the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version of the Urus SUV. It is set to be the final series-production Lamborghini supercar to use the firm’s fabled 6.5-litre V12, with the subsequent generation likely to adopt electric power. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Lamborghini posted the second-best financial results in its history in 2020 and company boss Stephan Winkelmann, who recently rejoined Lamborghini after spells at Audi…

1 min
urus to gain phev model in mid-life facelift

The first production Lamborghini to be offered with a conventional hybrid powertrain will be the crucial Urus SUV, which will gain a plug-in variant as part of a mid-life facelift due in 2022. The Urus currently uses the Volkswagen Group’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8, tuned for 650bhp. The PHEV version will adopt the hybrid system currently featured on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is built on the same MLB Evo architecture. In the Cayenne, the system offers a combined output of 671bhp, with an electric-only driving range of 19 miles from a 14.1kWh battery pack. With the Urus PHEV set to retain its 650bhp V8, the total output could eclipse 800bhp. CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the different role the Urus plays to Lamborghini’s supercars made PHEV technology relevant: “It’s not a big…

1 min
stephan lamborghini ceo

Is it good to be back at Lamborghini? “It’s very good to be back. My reception was incredible: I had standing ovations when I came into the factory. It was very emotional. But this is the first day – then you have to get back to reality.” To what do you attribute the firm’s 2020 success? “One is the fact we are very resilient to crisis. The brand is very strong and has a perfect image. The products are incredibly strong. If you look at the stock market, it came back pretty soon, which is a good sign for the economy. “People also wanted to reward themselves for what they are losing in terms of time being locked up, so to say.” What is the situation looking like for 2021? “By the end of 2020, we…

1 min
what is bugatti’s future now?

Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess has confirmed plans to spin off Bugatti into a joint venture between Porsche and EV specialist Rimac – but he has denied reports that it could sell the brand outright. There had been reports that the German giant would sell a controlling interest in the French hypercar maker to Rimac as part of a financial deal that involved Porsche increasing its investment in the Croatian firm. Porsche recently increased its stake in Rimac from 15.5% to 24% in a deal worth £60.4 million. Diess said responsibility for Bugatti is currently being transferred to Porsche, which will then discuss a possible joint venture with Rimac. Stephan Winkelmann remains in charge of Bugatti, alongside his new role at Lamborghini. “Transferring [Bugatti] to Rimac isn’t true,” said Diess. “Porsche is currently…

3 min
new 308 pushes upmarket

The Peugeot 308 hatchback has been substantially overhauled for its third generation, ushering in the firm’s latest design cues and new logo alongside revamps to the engine line-up and interior. The 308 is now more closely related visually to newer Peugeot models, including the 208, 508, 2008 and 3008, with a front end characterised by the marque’s trademark ‘fang’ LED daytime-running lights, slim headlights and a large grille housing the brand’s new ‘coat of arms’. The new logo, which hides the driving aids’ radar sensor, will appear first on the 308 before being rolled out to all Peugeot models over the coming years. The hatchback’s wheelbase has been extended by 55mm – and its overall length by 110mm – to offer more space in the back seats. The car also sits 20mm lower…