Week 37 : What’s new in Motoring
Hitting the headlines this week are Volvo, Bentley, Audi and Infiniti with announcements galore. So, without further ado, let’s launch into what is new for week 37.
Polestar Performance package becomes available for S90 and V90
Polestar this week launched the new generation of its performance package for the new Volvo S90 and V90, . Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the package upgrades the entire drivetrain and further improves driving dynamics.
The S90 and V90 are the latest models launched on SPA, Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture that will underpin all new cars in Volvo’s 90 and 60 series. After bringing its new performance package to the XC90 last year, Polestar now launches the same upgrades for the other two models in Volvo’s top-of-the-line 90 range.
Rather than simply increasing engine performance, Polestar Performance Optimisation upgrades the entire drivetrain. By improving throttle and off-throttle response, gearshift speed and precision, as well as overall engine performance, the S90 and V90 become even more dynamic and fun to drive.
Bentley Motors announce Flying Spur W12 S
Bentley Motors earlier this week introduced of a new flagship to the Flying Spur range, blending luxury, style and power: the Flying Spur W12 S. The new model is the first four-door Bentley to have a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and offers a more sporting experience for owners looking for increased power, torque and responsiveness.
The Flying Spur W12 S features a number of dark styling cues which hint at its new and improved dynamic capabilities. A suite of blackware detailing – including Beluga gloss radiator grille and light surrounds – a rear diffuser and optional carbon fibre veneer gives the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.
2016 Paris Motor Show set to host all-new Audi A5 Sportback
Blending elegant and emotive coupé design with impressive family car functionality and comfort has long been the forté of the sleek Audi A5 Sportback. Seven years and more than 340,000 units later, the 2016 Paris Motor Show will play host to the world premiere of the all-new second generation model, which further refines the ‘best of both worlds’ concept with even more tightly wrought lines, a completely new platform, the very latest engine, transmission and quattro drive developments and a host of contemporary driver assistance and infotainment systems.
Sharing the stage at Paris will be the flagship Audi S5 Sportback, which draws upon a new V6 turbocharged TFSI powerplant to deliver a hefty 354PS and 500Nm of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. From rest, it will blast past 62mph in only 4.7 seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 155mph.
Audi designers have brought together dramatic shapes and taut surfaces to update the new A5 Sportback, creating a familiar yet completely contemporary silhouette for the five-door coupé design that retains the original’s unmistakable road presence.
Infiniti unveil pricing for the all-new Q60
Infiniti’s all-new Q60 premium sports coupe will be available from £33,990 when sales start in Europe in October this year. As entry-level option, Q60 will be available with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre gasoline engine turbocharged to produce 208hp. The Q60 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo version of the premium sports coupe, which produces 400hp, will arrive at a later stage in all showrooms across Europe.