Fisker has long claimed to have ambitions beyond the high-end-luxury-sports-hybrid market and here is their first salvo of seriousness: the mid-range luxury-sports-hybrid Atlantic.
Called the Atlantic, the stunning all-new four-door saloon developed under the codename of Nina will go head to head with the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 when it goes on sale ‘sometime in 2013’. It will cost around $63,000 after tax rebates, according to the company.
Powered by a similar electric drivetrain with petrol engined generator set up as the Karma, the Atlantic ditches the occasionally rough-edged GM-sourced four-cylinder turbo in favour of a shiny, new 240bhp/260lbft BMW unit.
No official details have yet been released about the Atlantic’s chassis, but the company has confirmed that the car will be offered in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive layouts. Performance versions echoing BMW’s M Sport models will be added to the range after launch, as will a convertible. A small SUV to go up against the Audi Q5 is also being considered.
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We’ve seen the concept and if you’ve seen Mission Impossible 4, you’ve seen the coupe. Now, here’s the BMW i8 Spyder:
It’ll be unveiled at this year’s Beijing auto show later this month and is, as you’d imagine, a pretty good sign that Munich’s going to give us a drop-top to join the i8 coupe. For those hard of memory, that’s the 155mph, 100mpg sportster due to land in showrooms come 2014.
BMW has kept the swan doors, which swivel up like the wings of a, umm, swan… They’re retained thanks to the amount of carbon that’s used in the i8’s super-stiff passenger ‘Life’ cell, which is made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
Underneath, there’s an aluminium chassis with a lithium-ion battery buttered along its length, keeping the centre of gravity nice and low and achieving a 50:50 weight distribution. It’s got the same plug-in powertrain as the coupe, too; a petro-electro melange of 129bhp electric motor driving the front wheels and three-cylinder turbo petrol engine sending 220bhp to the rears (that’s 349bhp in all).
All together, it makes 406lb ft of torque, which gets it from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds and a tethered top speed of 155mph. And it’s claimed it can do 20 miles of FWD on the battery alone.
Coachbuilding can be a hit or miss thing: take a production car like the BMW 6, put it in the hands of Henrik Fisker and you get the interesting looking Fisker Latigo. But take a Corvette, put it in the hands of others and you get the Enodra SC-1.
Instead of the track-focused hellion of yore, the Milan-based coachbuilder (which also invented Superleggera lightweight construction, as it goes) has created this rather pretty chap’s grand tourer. It doffs its hat to the ‘52 original with a boattail rump, tiny rear lamps, shrouded front wheel and a chrome pinstripe.
All of the oily bits are lifted from a “normal” 8C. That means there’s a 450bhp 4.7-litre V8 - built at the Ferrari factory, no less - automated manual ‘box, top speed of 181mph and 4.2sec 0-62mph time hiding under the skin.
Rumors suggest that a very limited number will be sold and that the Disco Volante will be pretty pricey.
But at least it’s pretty, right?
You know, for the Geneva Motor Show:
Celebrating the motor show’s host nation is the Swiss Up concept, designed to show how versatile the city car really is. And that versatility is reflected in a special pouch behind each front seat that stores the famous knife. Oh, and some red paint with white door mirror housings.
The Winter Up concept is based on the Cross Up - first seen at Frankfurt - featuring snowboards on the roof, and a white and blue livery. It gets a higher ride height and greater underbody protection to help navigate its snowier destiny.
Next is the X Up, equipped for night time expeditions. For this, read, it’s got a roof box with built in searchlights. Your ‘night time’ expeditions will not go unnoticed, mind, thanks to its Burnt Orange paint scheme.
Finally, there’s Cargo Up concept, which features a 1,400-litre storage capacity. It is the Transit of the Up range. It too benefits from a raised ride height and underbody protection - to help tackle pot holed streets - while the rear seats have been binned to allow that cavernous load space.
Think you can imagine your own special edition Up? TopGear.com wants you to photoshop your own and send them the results. From there, they’ll post their favs. Details here.
As it’s this time of year, the Hyundai i-oniq is set for a Geneva motor show debut next week, and is a balls-out statement of intent from the company showcasing its future design.
It measures 4.4m long - a smidge over a Ford Focus - and offers space for four. We haven’t been shown any interior shots, but are promised “future premium consumer electronics technology” and “high-tech equipment”. It’ll probably offer more tech than say, Short Circuit, but won’t be far off Minority Report.
When Nissan introduced their Murano Crosscabriolet (convertible) last year, reaction was, dare we say, mixed. But perhaps Nissan was onto something — and perhaps that thing was predicting Range Rover’s next move:
The drop-top Rangie follows last September’s equally stunning Land Rover Defender DC100 Sport concept (an open-topped off-roader), stretching the appeal of Top Gear’s Car Of The Year 2011 to new, fresh air highs.
It’s a concept for now, but as with the Defender models at Frankfurt, Land Rover has built it to see what the public think when it hits the Geneva motor show next month. We’re informed that should reaction prove positive - as it has done for the standard Evoque - you could see this thing within a couple of years.
So… if you could, would you?
This is the Bertone Nuccio concept - an amuse bouche of 100 years of Bertone design. And it’ll be unveiled in a matter of days at this year’s Geneva auto show.
It’s been scribbled by the legendary styling house’s current design boss, Michael Robinson, who seems to have been inspired by.,.. the 1970’s. Namely some of the company’s greatest hits, including the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Lancia Stratos, and Fiat X1/9.
Note to self: on February 29, 2012, Ferrari will unveil the successor to it’s big grand tourer the Ferrari 599. In order to tease us, it’s released a video… of it’s sound:
All we have at the moment is this teaser video, released with the sole, merciless aim of coaxing us into a fizz with the promise that “a new era of extreme V12 cars dawns”. Messrs Alonso and Massa appear to have stolen the keys to a prototype too, as the two Ferrari hotfoots take it out for a spin.
It’s the successor to the much feted 599 - codenamed F152 - and by definition, will need to produce more than the 660bhp of the FF’s 6.2-litre V12 (the most powerful Ferrari on sale today) and the 670bhp 599 GTO. Think 700bhp, and you’re probably about there.
Expect the GTB’s first appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, you can visit TopGear.com for more info.
Oh Honda slash Acura… how we’ve missed you so. You used to make really interesting sports cars like the CR-X and the S2000. And, of course, long before the R35 GT-R, the original NSX forced all of the supercar makers to up their game.
But then the auto industry crisis of 2008 made everything uninteresting including, it seemed, anything designed and built with a Honda/Acura badge on it.
So we perked up a bit when we heard that you were thinking of making a new NSX. And now that we see it, we’re smiling again, happy to have you back:
The Honda NSX is back. And just like the original this is not just a sledgehammer supercar clone, but a fascinating, intriguing contemporary take on the genre.
OK, this is only a concept, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show – and for geographical reasons it’s also called an Acura. The real thing is three years off. That time gap allows the engineers to be maddeningly non-specific about some of the details (like, er power, or indeed engine size). But the designers are promising it’ll look very much like this.
It’s sharp, dramatic without being flashy, and refreshingly compact – actually shorter than the original. It’s edgier than the original too, as the passing years dictate. But it’s still got a few sly nods to its father, like the rear lights, and the overall proportions.
It’s about three years off but we can wait.
Chevy is looking to get some market feedback on its two new sporty car concepts aimed at the “internet” generation. So they want to “crowdsource” what goes into the Tru 140S and Code 130R concepts seen above.
We think it’s an “air-quote” kind of day:
The Chevrolet stand at this year’s Detroit motor show had two rather interesting concepts on it.
Both are coupes, and both are targeted squarely at young people: bristling with connectivity and sporty styling, but with four seats apiece and insurance-friendly engines.
The white one - named the Tru 140S - is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine and based on a FWD Cruze platform. Think of it as GM’s VW Scirocco or Honda Civic coupe.
The other’s called the Code 130R, which leverages the Corvette and especially Camaro heritage, though it was actually penned by Brit, Joe Baker. He says it’s not retro, but does nod to those cars.
But they’re just concepts, right? Well, yes. But Chevy’s undertaken a lot of market research to come up with the outlines. Mark Reuss, head of GM North America says: “Who knows if there’s a way of getting the young to fall in love with an automotive brand like they do with their phone brand? But if there is, Chevrolet will find it.”
More air-quotes can be found at the link.