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An­other im­por­tant fig­ure is 50,000, be­cause ev­ery 50,000km (if any­one ever puts on that much mileage) the Project One will have to be re­turned to the Af­fal­ter­bach AMG head­quar­ters in Ger­many for a com­plete strip­down and re­build.

The cost? $2.54m. We’ll take two.

GET YOUR TURBO ON

It is no sur­prise that Porsche planned a Turbo ver­sion of the new Cayenne it re­vealed a couple of weeks ago, but we did not ex­pect it so soon.

The com­pany re­vealed the Turbo ver­sion of its pop­u­lar SUV at Frank­furt, promis­ing “even more 911 in a SUV”. The new model will ar­rive in SA in June 2018 and fea­ture a 4.4l biturbo en­gine push­ing out about 404kW and 770Nm. Porsche claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 sec­onds or 3.9 if cus­tomers opt for the Sport Chrono pack­age.

RANGE EXTENDERS

The bat­tle for the long­est elec­tric ve­hi­cle range is on and it is be­ing ex­tended rapidly. No sooner had Nis­san an­nounced a 400km range for its sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Leaf than Volk­swa­gen promised 450km for its EV and then 24 hours later BMW re­vealed its i-Vi­sion Dy­nam­ics con­cept, ex­pected to be called the i4 with a claimed range of 600km when it launches in three years.

RACE PACE

We have al­ready seen a num­ber of elec­tric race cars, from For­mula E to the au­ton­o­mous Rob­o­race series, but Jaguar used the Frank­furt show to re­veal a new racing series us­ing its I-Pace.

Due to start late in 2018 as a sup­port race for the For­mula E cham­pi­onship which Jaguar al­ready com­petes in, the com­pany re­vealed its I-Pace eTro­phy and plans a grid of 20 cars for 10 races around the world.

“For­mula E has grown ex­po­nen­tially since we joined as the first pre­mium man­u­fac­turer last year, with com­mit­ments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The Jaguar I-Pace eTro­phy will im­prove the spec­ta­cle for the fans and gives young driv­ers a lad­der into For­mula E. We ex­pect our series to be a sell-

BREXIT KILLS DROP TOP

The world has some­thing new to blame on Bri­tain’s de­ci­sion to leave the EU — a lost Volk­swa­gen con­vert­ible. The com­pany’s brand chief Her­bert Diess has ad­mit­ted that Brexit and a soft­en­ing UK mar­ket forced it to aban­don plans for an all-new con­vert­ible.

Europe’s biggest brand aban­doned the unloved Eos and walked away from its longterm favourite, the Golf cabri­o­let, both in the shadow of Diesel­gate in 2015. Its sole re­main­ing drop top is the Bee­tle cabri­o­let.

“We are con­cerned about the UK,” Diess ad­mits. “We wanted to do a con­vert­ible now, but with the rel­a­tively weak UK mar­ket and the un­cer­tainty about what will hap­pen, we had to think against it. We think ‘hm­mmm’ in­stead. It’s very im­por­tant for con­vert­ibles there.”

He re­fused to be drawn on what type of con­vert­ible it had to aban­don, but sources sug­gest he is re­fer­ring to dump­ing the cabri­o­let from the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for the next gen­er­a­tion of Europe’s most pop­u­lar car, the Golf Mark 8. It had al­ready been aban­doned for the Golf Mk 7.

While Brexit has been cited as the cause of a lot of things, in­clud­ing con­fu­sion among the car in­dus­try’s sup­plier base, the cancelling of a global car is a first, and is es­pe­cially con­cern­ing be­cause it wasn’t a de­ci­sion by a UK car maker.

“We are con­cerned re­gard­ing the mar­ket and how it will de­velop af­ter Brexit,” Diess said. “The mar­ket also is a bit slug­gish and the pound has lost so much value.”

Mercedes-AMG has un­veiled its F1-en­gined Project One hy­per­car. BMW re­vealed its i-Vi­sion Dy­nam­ics con­cept which is likely to be­come the i4.

Jaguar has turned its IPace elec­tric ve­hi­cle into a full race car.

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