Rotorua Weekender : 2020-07-03

Driven : 21 : 21

Driven

21 Jul 3, 2020 Rotorua Weekender | dailypost.co.nz THE GOOD OIL Charge! Audi RS: A udi’s latest RS models have embraced electrific­ation, including 48-volt hybrid power systems. But the world of RS is and always will be about petrol-powered sound and fury, right? Wrong. Audi Sport is following its parent brand and launching genuine-rs plug-in hybrid and even pure-electric (BEV) models. Reports say the forthcomin­g e-tron GT — a BEV sports car based on the Porsche Taycan platform and powertrain — will be available in standard, S and RS versions. Electric sports cars might become quite a thing for Audi RS; it’s also rumoured that the R8 e-tron will return next year. Don’t remember that? Back in 2016 Audi offered a BEV version of its acclaimed R8. It was megaexpens­ive and less than 100 were sold. But a new version would no doubt be cheaper and crazy fast. Others? A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the next-generation RS4 is also a possibilit­y. In the Good Oil’s experience, Audi RS people are about as singularly passionate about their brand as Tesla people. So this seems perfect. GOODBYE GREAT 8 T he longest-serving V8 engine in the automotive world has quietly been switched off. Bentley has built its last iconic 6.75-litre powerplant, which can trace its engineerin­g roots back to 1959. The last L-series engine powers the 30th and last specially commission­ed Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner. The car carries myriad V8-inspired styling details, including badging, blueprint graphics and — of particular interest to the Good Oil — a version of Bentley’s famous “organ stop” ventilatio­n controls, featuring a miniature version of the V8 engine’s oil cap. The very first L-series was fitted to the Bentley S2, to develop around 134kw — described as “adequate” by the company at the time. Sixty years of technology (including a couple of turbocharg­ers) later and the Mulsanne Speed served up 395kw from the same base engine — while producing 99 per cent fewer emissions than the original. Each of the modern engines still took 15 hours to build, and the key components were individual­ly chosen to form a matching, balanced set. It was signed off by a Bentley’s engine specialist, with a plate carrying their signature on the front of the engine. ACADIA $42990 from We are back on deck to supply a service to our customers. Parts, Service and Sales will be operating Drive Away TRAX $24990 from Drive Away Parts Phone: 07 3483179 Email: parts@shorlandho­lden.co.nz 07 3483179 Service Phone: Email: servicerec@shorlandho­lden.co.nz Sales Phone: Grant 0274 974011 Email: grant@shorlandho­lden.co.nz ASTRA $24990 from Drive Away EQUINOX $29990 +3 years free scheduled servicing from Drive Away COLORADO 4X4 $39990 from Drive Away Hurry, while stocks last. Running out fast!

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