We cover the big motoring stories of the week – but compacted into a minute and a half of revved up, four-wheeled goodness.
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This week there has been plenty of electric car news to get your teeth into as car companies demonstrate, in the wake of the diesel scandal, that the only power consumers really trust at the moment is electric.
As well as that, there have been some big car reveals from Ferrari and BMW’s M Division. Read on or click play on the video above to find out more.
First up, BMW has unveiled its latest addition to the M-car family – the M2 Coupe. This baby M4 has clear influences from the limited run 1M. It produces 364bhp and has been given the M divisions aerodynamic treatment for improved performance.
Tesla has made live an over the air version 7.0 software update for the Model S, which enables a Beta version of its ‘Autopilot’ technology. This uses existing tech such as the forward facing cameras with traffic sign recognition, and an ultrasonic sonar that continually scans the perimeter of the car. This combines with the existing GPS software and uses Tesla’s own “High Precision Digital maps” to paint a realistic picture of the road ahead.
Volvo has announce that 2019 will see the launch of its all-electric Tesla rival with 300 miles of range and performance figures to match the current king of electric cars. The new model is expected to be similar in size to the current S60 and is most likely to be a saloon, pitching it head-to-head with Tesla’s Model 3, due in 2017.
Also on the electric car front – Aston Martin has announced that it’s first all-electric car will be the brands four door saloon, the Rapide. You’ll no longer get the V12 noise, but it’s expected to have 1000bhp and do 200 miles of range.
Ferrari has confirmed that the rumoured F12 Speciale will actually be called F12tdf, which stands for Tour de France, the endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and 60s. It uses the existing naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 as the standard F12 Berlinetta, uprated from 731bhp to 769bhp. That shaves two tenths of a second off the standard F12’s 0-62mph time (now 2.9 seconds), while Ferrari claims a top speed ‘in excess of 211mph’.