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Friday 30 November 2018

Novelties : Audi, Nissan and Kia

Audi unveils a 590 horsepower electric bomb, Nissan unveils its new race car and Kia unveils its new generation of Soul.

Audi’s gorgeous e-tron GT concept makes huge splash at the LA Auto Show

I’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting car here at the LA Auto Show than Audi’s announcement of its sport-back e-tron GT. Although the teasers and camo version drip released over the previous 2 days made it out to be a S7 sportback body plopped onto a 2019 Porsche Taycan powertrain, we were pumped to see more.

Seeing the real thing in person at an Audi event this week, which we were brought to on Audi’s generous dime, was an experience unto itself.

We were brought to a non-descript parking lot in downtown Los Angeles Monday Night for the presentation which was MCed by Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr.

While I’m not a celebrity or RDJ fan in the least, the e-tron GT and its designer Marc Lichte really stole the show here. Lichte also participated in a roundtable with a few journalists where he espoused his affinity for electrification and the new opportunities it gives designers.

While he was slightly strapped with the design parameters of the J1 platform / Porsche Taycan wheelbase, the freedom of losing the ICE and exhaust more than made up for it. Lichte noted that he was a big fan of what Tesla was able to do with the Model S and was excited to have the same type of design freedom.


Nissan unveils new LEAF NISMO RC electric race car with dual motors

Under its racing brand Nismo, Nissan unveiled in Tokyo this week a new LEAF-based electric race car with dual motors: the LEAF NISMO RC.

Nissan says that the vehicle is equipped with “advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan LEAF.”

They modified the powertrain to work with dual motors, which is not available on the consumer version of the LEAF.

According to the company, the two electric motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. That’s more than double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous LEAF NISMO RC, which was introduced in 2011 and based on the first generation LEAF.


Kia unveils 2020 Soul EV with 201HP, 64kWh, 200+ mile battery and 100kW CCS chargin

Kia is skipping a year and unveiling its 2020 Soul EV at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It is a stunner.

The automaker’s flagship electric vehicle is adding the same 64 kWh battery pack found in the Niro EV and Hyundai Kona to push the range of the Soul EV to over ~200 miles.

Kia didn’t want to confirm the actual range with the new battery pack and instead said that it would “vary based on the conditions”, but it is likely going to be over 200 miles based on an EPA cycle. It is the same battery/motor combo that nets the Hyundai Kona 258 miles.

It should easily double the current usable range of the current version.

The battery pack is not the only update coming to the 2020 Kia Soul EV.

It’s also getting a new 201-horsepower electric motor with 291 lb.-ft. of torque and the Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge is becoming standard equipment on the vehicle. Previous models had CHAdeMO which isn’t a great sign for the Japanese-led standard.


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