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3.0 CSL Hommage Sampled @BMW Classic…


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Praying the new radical grill on the 4 series and M3/M4 looks likes this and the concept was just their way of easing us into the design. A fanboy can dream right…


That’s absolutely not happening, but SCOTT has hinted that the G42/G87 (particularly the latter, I suppose) will borrow some elements from this car. I wouldn’t expect reactions like, “Wow – that’s a dead ringer for the 3.0 Hommage!”; however, I suspect the front end will look similar.





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2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Cars, Concept Cars, International News, Nissan, Videos, Walk-Around Videos

VIDEO: Nissan Ariya and IMk concepts on display at Tokyo Motor Show – previews new EV styling direction


At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan presented two interesting concepts, the Ariya and IMk, with both said to preview a new design direction for the Japanese carmaker, which follows the theme of “Timeless Japanese Futurism.”

The Ariya takes the shape of a crossover, and features a more contemporary take on the company’s signature V-motion grille that is flanked by ultra-slim, four-element LED headlamps. Other highlights include a Suisei Blue paint finish, 21-inch aluminium wheels, a rear light blade and a minimalist interior that continues the minimalism approach.

According to Nissan, the Ariya is built on an all-new electric vehicle platform with a dual-motor drive configuration for all-wheel drive. While the company is coy with the specifics, it says that the powertrain provides optimum traction on slippery surfaces thanks to the knowledge gained from the development of the GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split and Patrol’s Intelligent 4×4 systems.

On the other hand, the IMk sports a boxier look that is reminiscent of kei cars that are popular in Japan, with the dimensions to match. Finished in Akagane paint scheme, the EV show car’s numerous lines seen on the grille, bumpers, wheels, tyres, windows, tailights, roof and rear spoiler are a nod to the flowing patterns of mizuhiki, a thin twine made of Japanese rice paper.

Inside, the IMk continues to pay homage to Japanese craftsmanship with wood slats in the lower door section that points towards the wood joinery technique of kigumi. There are also modern touches here like bench-style seats with a dimpled texture and a bezel-less prism display for important driving information.

It’s certainly interesting to see the direction that Nissan is taking with its future models, and if you want to see more of both concepts beyond just static photos, we’ve prepared a brief video with live footage from the floors of this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Enjoy, and share your thoughts about the two Nissan concepts in the comments below.

GALLERY: Nissan Ariya Concept

GALLERY: Nissan iMK Concept

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Cars, Concept Cars, EVs and Alternative Fuel, Hybrids, International News, Lexus

Tokyo 2019: Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept debuts


Lexus has unveiled the LF-30 Electrified Concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, which forms part of the company’s “Lexus Electrified” vision. The show car is certainly striking to look at, and that’s before we get into the technologies the Japanese carmaker crammed into it.

Subtle isn’t the right word to describe the concept’s design, which the company says “embodies the vision of Lexus’ electrification.” It’s a very aggressive look, with a mix of sharp angles and contours around a large cabin, which is possible thanks to the low positioning of the battery as well as the in-wheel electric motors, of which there are four. Signature cues like the spindle grille are present as well, while gullwing doors and aVoltaic Sky finish that employs a metal-infused coating technique add to the visual drama.

Breaking out the spec sheet, the LF-30 isn’t a small vehicle either, despite what the images suggest. The concept measures 5,090 mm long, 1,995 mm wide, 1,600 mm tall, and the roomy cabin is justified by its 3,200 mm wheelbase.

With everything put together, the EV weights 2,400 kg, and is propelled by the aforementioned in-wheel e-motors that provide 536 hp (400 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. Performance-wise, the vehicle will get from a rest to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 200 km/h.

The battery is just as substantial, with capacity of 110 kWh, and Lexus claims a WLTP-certified cruising range of 500 km. Wireless charging technology is used to recharge the battery, and the company claims a charging speed of up to 150 kW.

Another driving-related technology present here is Lexus Advanced Posture Control, which regulates the output from the electric motors to ensure the vehicle’s posture isn’t disruptive to occupants, in a similar fashion to Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system.

The Tazuna-themed interior is just as mesmerising as the exterior, and while the vehicle has autonomous driving capabilities, the concept still comes with a steering wheel. A wraparound cockpit places functions like the navigation, infotainment and drive mode systems within easy reach, while the passenger has access to a separate display with gesture control support.

In other areas, there’s a Mark Levinson audio system, while overhead is a gesture controlled SkyGate display window that features augmented reality to display various types of information, such as a realistic star-filled sky, user-favourite videos and even navigation. As this is a Lexus, premium, sustainable materials are used, including Yakisugi (charred cedar) and recycled metals.

Lexus also touts an onboard AI that deals with energy management as well as providing occupants with a more personalised experience when inside the vehicle. There’s also the Lexus Airporter drone support vehicle, which is capable of carrying out certain tasks like independently transporting baggage from a household doorstep to the vehicle’s luggage area.


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