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2021 BMW 330e gets company's new PHEV drivetrain that includes a boost function

BMW recently redesigned its 3 Series. The 2021 BMW 330e is the latest model to be added to the 3 Series lineup.

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BMW is adding the 330e sedan to its lineup for the 2021 model year. The sedans feature the next-gen BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain and a new power boost function that delivers additional output off the line for drivers looking for a more exhilarating drive experience.

Offered in 330e and 330e xDrive (rear and all-wheel drive) variants, the models both have a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that yields 181 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That engine pairs with an electric motor that develops an additional 107 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque.

The engine and motor work in tandem with a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery that is located beneath the car's rear seats. The car has 22 miles of all-electric range and an estimated 75 MPGe rating (67 MPGe for the all-wheel drive model).

The system is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

New XtraBoost functionality enhances power and performance when the car's throttle is in the kick down position and in Sport mode. It provides an immediate 40 horsepower increase for a period of 10 seconds.

The car can operate on purely electric power at speeds up to 68 mph. Emissions-free driving is available up to 87 mph.

The BMW 330e accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (5.7 seconds for the 330e xDrive Sedan). Both models feature an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph when equipped with all-season tires. When equipped with summer performance tires, the 330e Sedan reaches a top speed of 142 mph (140 mph for the 330e xDrive model).

BMW has equipped the model with the most modern technology is has in its 3 Series sedan, including phone as key functionality.

Amazon and BMW have teamed up to offer a 240-volt/Level II wall charging unit for sale, including installation services. By visiting www.amazon.com/bmwcharging, customers can find out charging times for their specific vehicle, choose from a selection of best-selling charging units and compare prices, with and without professional installation. An installation estimate is provided based on a simple three-question survey and the customer's zip code.

The model goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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