February 01, 2016

DeLorean And Tesla Launch New Models


Always dreamed about owning a DeLorean? The iconic car immortalised by the Back to the Future franchise might be making a comeback.

The DeLorean Motor Company has been given the green light for low-volume production, after the US Government passed additions to the federal highway bill in December.
The cars will not be modern takes on the classic design — the company hopes to reproduce the 1982 DeLorean model.

Chief executive Stephen Wynne told local media he estimated he had enough new old stock parts — original parts that were never used or sold — to make about 300 replica cars.
"There's no reason to change the appearance of the car. As we go into the program, we'll decide what areas need to be freshened up," Mr Wynne said.
Mr Wynne said he hoped to have the first car completed by 2017, but that a "number of hurdles" had to be overcome before production could begin, according to a statement from the company.

All going to plan, Mr Wynne said he hoped to sell the new cars for less than $US100,000, depending on the engine chosen for the cars.

The company, based in Humble, Texas, holds dozens of old DeLoreans at their facility — some pre-owned models owned by the company, and some shipped from owners around the world to be refurbished.

It was formed in 1995 by Mr Wynne and is separate to the original DeLorean Motor Company founded by John DeLorean in 1975.

The Texas company soon after acquired the DMC logo trademark as well as the leftover parts inventory from the original company.

However, only a limited number of the gull-wing sports cars are planned for production.
With many thanks to ABC 

The Tesla Model S


As both the ultimate eco-friendly luxury car and an absurdly fast sports sedan, we simply love the Model S. With an aptly named “Ludicrous Mode,” the top-spec, all-wheel-drive P90D hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

And yes, the optional Autopilot can do the driving for you in certain situations. The other trim levels offer varying performance and range as you move down the lineup, but all offer a classy cabin and electrifying driving experience. We gave the 70 and 70D a 10Best award for 2016. Instrumented Test – 2015 Tesla Model S P90D

Tesla made history with the introduction of its Model S sports sedan two-plus years ago, prompting approbation from car critics far and wide. This was the breakthrough electric car the world had seemingly been waiting for, offering attractive design, a remarkable interior, and entertaining performance. The price—starting at about $60,000 before the $7500 federal kickback—was far beyond the average household’s reach, and range anxiety will always be a concern for any pure electric, but the S was a refreshing interpretation of just how super a modern supersedan could be. 

The recent expansion of the lineup to provide four distinct Model S, er, models warrants an award grander than the 10Best Cars recognition we bestowed upon the S earlier this year: our nomination for “Car of the 21st Century” honors. Combining the aforementioned virtues with significant new features and a modest increase in price makes the Tesla Model S 70D reviewed here the new ultimate in four-door sedan engineering and technology. It’s worth noting that the 70D replaces the Model S 60 that picked up our 10Best accolade as the entry-level version. “D” signifies dual-motor all-wheel drive; the only RWD Model S available now is the 85.

The 70D Rundown

As with the rest of its Model S lineup mates, the 70D has mostly aluminum body and chassis construction, a battery pack built into the floor, comfortable seating for five (or up to seven with the optional jump seats), and attractive interior and exterior design. The huge, 17-inch touch screen providing navigation, entertainment, and car information and control functionality still smiles congenially from the center of the dash. 

The big news here is a pair of 257-hp (Tesla’s before-the-transmission rating, the post-gearbox rating is 329 combined horsepower) AC motors driving all four wheels and a base price of $76,200 before federal tax credits. A 70-kWh battery provides an EPA-rated 240-mile driving range; your results will vary. 

Compared with the Signature Performance (P85) rear-driver we tested more than two years ago, the new 70D is 177 pounds lighter and delivers slightly poorer accelerating, braking, and cornering performance. That said, it consumed less energy, achieved a higher top speed, and is a bit quieter during acceleration and cruising. A major plus is the extra confidence in adverse weather conditions provided by the 70D’s all-wheel drive. (It improves in nearly all areas save for weight versus the now-defunct, rear-drive Model S 60 we tested.) 

Much more here.


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