Show sees ideas for greener power

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AMONG the new cars on show at the Frank­furt Show was BMW’s new M5 sports sa­loon with a new, high­revving V8 en­gine equipped with M Twin­Power turbo tech­nol­ogy giv­ing 552bhp and 501lb ft torque, de­liv­ered through a seven-speed dou­ble-clutch Driv­el­ogic trans­mis­sion to the rear wheels.

Speed data is awaited but fuel con­sump­tion is re­duced by 30 per cent, to nudge 29mpg. Or, there is a new 520d with 181bhp rated at 62mpg and 119g/km CO2. The mar­que also showed its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion 1-se­ries hatch­back – still the only rear-wheel-drive model in its class and now of­fer­ing “noover­tak­ing” ad­vice.

In Frank­furt Honda was show­ing its lat­est In­sight hy­brid five-door, which now has 96g/km CO2 for zero tax and Lon­don con­ges­tion charge. There is clearer rear vi­sion and up­dates on com­fort and sta­bil­ity.

Audi was also show­ing its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 mod­els, which have re­placed the un­blown 5.2 litre V10 – now seen as thirsty. Fuel con­sump­tion and CO2 emis­sions are im­proved by up to a quar­ter. The V8 can shut down four cylin­ders on a lighter throt­tle. In the S6, S6 Avant and S7 Sport­back it de­liv­ers 414bhp and 405 lb ft, and in the S8 flag­ship 513bhp and 479lb ft.

Bent­ley, Audi’s cousin in the VW Group, showed its Con­ti­nen­tal GTC con­vert­ible. Key de­tails see a 60 per cent rear torque bias to re­duce un­der­steer and power now at 567bhp and 516 lb ft.

Nis­san’s lux­ury Infiniti brand pre­miered the M35h, aka the world’s fastest ac­cel­er­at­ing petrol/elec­tric car, reach­ing 62mph in 5.5 sec­onds.

The 359bhp power unit is rated at 162g/km CO2.

OUT AND ABOUT: The Berghaus ver­sion of VW’s Cal­i­for­nia camper, com­plete with side-mounted awning, costs £47,995 and just 80 are avail­able.

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