BMW iX3 an affordable premium electric car
BMW’s electric iX3 is here. The first China-made BMW packs 210kW and 400Nm, and sprints from 0 to 100kmh in 6.8 seconds. This puts it on equal footing with the petrol-powered BMW X3 xDrive30i.
Top speed is electronically limited to 180kmh. The rear-wheel drive has wheel-slip mitigation and a 80kWh battery offering a claimed range of 459km.
It is also the least expensive X3 at $252,888 – thanks largely to tax incentives it qualifies for and emission surcharges its petrol siblings attract.
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Merc SL to be 2+2 again
The new Mercedes-AMG SL roadster will once again be a 2+2 seater (the first time since 1989), with the second row able to accommodate passengers up to 1.5m tall.
The interior comes in either single or dual-tone nappa leather. A symmetrical instrument panel is designed as a sculptural, powerful wing, flanked by four galvanised turbine nozzles. Their surfaces merge into the instrument panel in the form of powerful power domes.
The instrument cluster’s high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen is not designed to be free-standing, but integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents reflections caused by sunlight.
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Harley’s 228kg 121hp Sportster S
Harley-Davidson has unveiled the Sportster S, a 121hp V-twin performance bike with a lightweight chassis.
With its 11.8-litre fuel tank topped off, the bike weighs 228kg – light for a Harley. A high-mounted exhaust is designed to produce a pleasing low-frequency tone.
Harley has no information on pricing.
This article was originally published in The Straits Times.