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BMW's new all-electric, 530-horsepower i4 sedan will have 300 miles of range

BMW's new all-electric car is ready to offer a compelling argument for the reason to go electric.

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BMW is making a lot of promises with the upcoming i4 sedan. Sporty looks. Best-in-class driving dynamics. An estimated 300 miles of all-electric range.

The new gran coupé will arrive in 2021, a couple months ahead of schedule. The fully electric car is said to achieve typical BMW sportiness while offering comfort and sustainability.

"With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric," said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales.

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The car will come in a variety of ranges, up to 300 miles. It will have a power output of 530 horsepower and will be able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in around four seconds.

But it's a sedan? The BMW electric vehicles, SUVs, and cars will run on parallel naming tracks. The i3 is a hatchback-style sedan so it makes sense that the i4 would be as well. Meanwhile 4 Series cars are coupes and the X4 is a high-riding hatchback that's more crossover than SUV.

The i4 will join the iX in in being one of the first vehicles with BMW's new iDrive 8 infotainment system.

BMW is just one of the automakers that is making a sincere push toward full lineup electrification. Their sister brand MINI has already announced intentions of going electric. Volvo is doing similar things and taking the big step of promising to move to strictly online sales.

More details about the BMW i4 are expected to be announced closer to the model's on sale date.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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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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