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Porsche gives Cayenne E-Hybrid models a 30% power boost for 2021

Porsche has given the 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid a larger battery capacity.

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is an impressive electrified SUV that combines the benefits of battery power with the luxurious appointments and pointed handling that the Cayenne has embodied for years now. For the new model year, the SUV is getting a power boost thanks to an increase in the gross capacity of its high-voltage battery.

The battery is now 17.9 kilowatt-hours, up from 14.1 kilowatt hours in the previous version. That increase means that the all-electric range of the SUV is up 30 percent from last year's edition. It can now achieve 29 miles (and some change) of EV range as measured by WLTP standards.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid The 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has increased charging ability.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

This changes means that all Cayenne E-Hybrid models meet the current range criteria to receive an "E" number plate and reduced company car tax in Germany. Germany is just one of the European countries that is aggressively incentivizing electric powered vehicles and cracking down on vehicles their governments see as gas guzzlers with taxes, fees, and no-drive zones.

Each plug-in hybrid Caynenne E-Hybrid model is powered by the battery, which is attached to an electric motor that is integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain generates 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that is immediately accessible the moment you put your foot down on the accelerator. It has an electronically limited top speed of 84 mph.

Those numbers might not be enough to knock your socks off, but the Cayenne's E-Hybrid variant also has an internal combustion engine that kicks on when the car is not in EV mode, or the driver designates it to be in Sport or Sport Plus mode. There, the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 kicks in to up the overall output to 455 horsepower.

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models have a 542-horsepower, 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 under the hood that gives the SUV a full output of 670 horsepower.

Porsche has also optimized the Sport Chrono Package for the 2021 model year. The battery's target state of charge has been reduced from 100 percent to 80 percent. Much like a smartphone battery, the battery charges much more slowly and inefficiently when the battery's state of charge reaches approximately 80 percent or more.

The battery is also charged at a higher, more consistent power. A charging power of up to 7.2 kW can be achieved with the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect. Using a Mode 3 charging cable, it is also possible to charge at public charging points. Many charging operations can be controlled via the Porsche mobile app.

In Sport and Sport Plus drive mode, the car's battery is always charged to a minimum level to provide sufficient boost options to deliver a sporty driving style.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid models for the new model year are available to order now. The Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $81,800.

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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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An all-electric vintage Bentley offers retro looks and modern tech.

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It's been a busy few months. Lunaz has increased its U.K. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint by 500 percent and added the world's first electric classic Bentley to its portfolio.

"Restoration, re-engineering and electrification responds to the global requirement for a clean-air future," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business."

New home

The new Lunaz production home, designed from the ground up, will be completed this spring. It will feature a state-of-the-art design and a research and development hub. The company will have the ability to finish surfaces, engineer batteries, restore the bodies of vehicles, and crafts key components in hard and soft finishes in-house.

Customers will be able to access a hosting space on the second floor of the building, which has an uninterrupted view of Silverstone Racetrack. Beyond race days, the suite will be used as consultation space with the Lunaz design team.

Lunaz Bentley Continental

Lunaz is now offering electrified versions of vintage Bentley Continentals.

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Electrified vintage Bentley Continental

Following the offering of an all-electric vintage Rolls-Royce, Lunaz is responding to demand, offering a full production of the world's first electric Bnetleys.

"The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine," said Lorenz. "Customers across the globe asked us to create the world's first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence."

The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. It is presented with a two-tone paint job and an interior that is finished in hand-restored lustrous green leather with burr walnut trim. Modern conveniences have been fitted to the car including power steering and air conditioning. An infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included.

This particular model will be used as a daily driver by a U.K. car collector so hill seats have been integrated into the rear.

Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.

Prices for original factory steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.


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