New EV services

BMW EV buyers get two years of free charging

Buyers of the new iX and i4 will get two years of free charging sessions.

BMW/Electrify America

BMW is accelerating its electric vehicle efforts and currently offers two brand-new EVs, with more promised soon. To help improve adoption of new technologies and ease people into EV ownership, BMW is partnering with Electrify America, a company that builds and operates charging infrastructure, to provide free charging to buyers of its new electric models. Buyers will receive two years of free charging sessions at any Electrify America location.

BMW i4 ChargingAt max speed, the i4 can recover up to 108 miles in ten minutes.BMW/Electrify America

The service comes with the sale of a new BMW iX xDrive50, i4 eDrive40, or i4 M50 starting in March. At no extra cost, buyers receive complimentary charging at over 3,000 chargers across the country. BMW says the charging benefit will last for two years from the date of the vehicle purchase, and notes that it will provide free 30-minute charging sessions. The service is similar to the programs developed by other automakers, some with Electrify America.

\u200bBMW/Electrify AmericaElectrify America operates thousands of chargers across the country.Electrify America

Charging speeds can be a major issue, but Electrify America's ultra-fast chargers can deliver between 150 and 350 kW. Those are the fastest speeds available today, which enables the i4 to recover up to 108 miles in just ten minutes. The company operates 800 charging stations and around 3,500 individual ultra-fast chargers in the United States. Electrify America plans to more than double those numbers by 2026 with the addition of 1,800 charging stations that feature 10,000 individual vehicle chargers.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

Toyota

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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New performance sedan

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

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

Mercedes-AMG

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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