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2022 BMW iX spied undergoing winter testing north of Scandinavia near the Arctic Circle

The 2022 BMW iX is the company's new technological flagship SUV.

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There's still a year before the 2022 BMW iX will go on sale. In that year, there's a lot to do. BMW is foraging ahead with testing of the new technology flagship SUV. Earlier this year the company showcased the final design of the model.

BMW engineers have taken the 2022 iX to north of Scandinavia near the Arctic Circle to test its endurance in extreme weather conditions. The company will use the testing to fine tune the drive and suspension systems. It also serves to test the iX's electric motors, four-wheel drive system as well as charging technology, high-voltage batteries and heat management are put to the demanding acid test under sub-zero temperatures.

2022 BMW iXThe SUV is undergoing extreme conditions testing.Photo courtesy of BMW

The icy roads, unsecured tracks, and ice surfaces put the iX's motor control technology through its paces. This includes the electric four-wheel drive and suspension control systems, and moving them to the limits of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics.

The German automaker has taken the iX on a variety of challenging Northern European terrain and in a variety of environments during the testing process. This includes the deserted roads in Finnish Lapland and to the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Magerøya. The specific goal of the North Cape testing is the final tuning of the iX's intelligent four-wheel drive system and adaptive adjustment of the axle-specific yaw moment, which in addition to stability and traction also constantly optimizes the SUV's efficiency.

BMW is hoping that the iX will have impressive efficiency figures. According to the automaker, "The aim of the development is to achieve an extremely low combined power consumption of less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometers in the WLTP test cycle and a range of more than 600 kilometers, likewise according to WLTP, values which are untypical of this class."

2022 BMW iX

2022 BMW iX

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Battery electric vehicles like the iX face challenges regarding fuel management including charge level, range, and operating status as well as the regulation of the car's heat management system.

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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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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.

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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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