Four sporty and powerful saloons, all with more than 600 hp, were compared in a start-up race. Between BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Doors, Porsche Panamera and Tesla Model S which the best? If there are luxury comparisons involving super-sporty family saloons, it is decidedly the case of this, carried out by the Carwow channel. The goal was to determine which would be the fastest to accelerate from 0 to 402 meters, which is equivalent to accelerating to almost 195 km / h in the fastest vehicles. The Tesla Model S P100D, which has since changed the name to Long Range Ludicrous Performance, is always a hard-to-chew bone, but if it’s unbeatable at 0-100 km / h, 0-195 km / h talk is another. More so than its 612 hp (in the video, certainly by lapse, a power of 680 hp is mentioned, but although the arithmetic sum of the two engines reaches 772 hp, 510 hp behind and 262 hp ahead, it is modulated to a maximum set of 612 hp) have to pull 2,250 kg, a value much higher than the competition. In front of the American electric, the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Portas, in the version 63S, that is, the best that this saloon, designed to beat the Panamera, has to offer. With a weight of 2,120 kg and a 4.0 V8 biturbo engine with 640 hp, the Mercedes promises to be an opponent to the height. As far as the BMW M5 Competition, the lightest of the four, accuses only 1,940 kg when placed on the scale, animated by a 4.4 V8 biturbo, with 625 hp. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid closes the batch of dreamy family members, the heaviest, with 2,385 kg, which can be attributed to all-wheel drive. The mechanics of Porsche, which claims 680 hp, actually draws 550 hp from 4.0 V8 biturbo gasoline, with the other camaro outdoor car cover.
With the start of the race, the Tesla reached the quarter mile (402 meters) in 10.8 seconds, winning comfortably, with the Mercedes being the second fastest with 11.1 seconds, relegating its direct opponent, Porsche Panamera, for third, with 11.2 seconds. The BMW M5 was the slowest, with 12.4 seconds, but due to the regulation of launch control , with carwow saying that, optimizing the start, also the M5 Competition reached 11.1 seconds. The video also features a start-up test, from 80 to 210 km / h, where Tesla and Mercedes are once again shining, with the victory granted to the German saloon, ahead of the Porsche and BMW, for the braking test, to be surprisingly the Model S to be the most effective, practically on par with BMW, with Porsche being 3rd and pushing the Mercedes to the 4th position. The comparison came in two wins in three for Tesla, one for Mercedes – which meanwhile is the best of the German sports family – and none for Porsche or BMW.
BMW X7 or Mercedes GLS: what is the best super SUV?
BMW and Mercedes introduced their new super SUV. Both with more than 5 feet in length, plenty of space and seating for seven, but what are the main differences? The fashion of the king size SUV may have started with the Mercedes GL (in 2006), now GLS, and the Audi Q7 (2009), but BMW bet on joining the battle and has strong arguments. The new X7, which BMW has been talking about for a long time, has finally come on the market, at 5.15 meters in length, which puts it in direct competition with the latest GLS, 6 inches longer. In terms of style, both proposals are imposing and faithful to the image of the two builders and if Mercedes is likely to show the largest grid of the brand’s models, BMW has provided the largest of its off- biggest double kidney grille ever. However, its more torn headlights make it look lower and wider, which makes sense to the more sporty features of BMW as well as the more robust aspect of the Stuttgart brand. Viewed from the side, the lengths of both are at least imposing and just do not seem larger because the generous wheelbase – from 3.10m to the X7 and 3.14m to the GLS – helps it to disguise. Besides the space for the first two rows of seats, the traditional ones, both manufacturers promise good access and more space for the two places of the third row, which we will confirm when both vehicles reach the national market. Seen from behind, the two manufacturers’ strategy remains consistent, with the BMW being (and looking) lower and wider, with the horizontal elements, starting with the beacons, to make a decisive contribution. Inside the boot is 326 liters with the seven seats in use and 2,120 liters with the two rear rows folded, to maximize the space for cargo. In mechanical terms, initially the X7 proposes the versions xDrive 30d, with the six cylinders in line turbodiesel, with 3 liters and 265 hp, for later the gasoline version (xDrive 40i) adopt a six cylinders in line 3.0, with 340 cv. The most demanding drivers can opt for the M50, which uses the same engine, but extracts a further 60 hp, reaching 400 bhp and a torque of 760 Nm. For its part, Mercedes will initially offer a range consisting of the 350d, with 286 hp and 400d, with 330 hp, both with inline six-cylinder engines, as proposed by BMW.
Without fears. BMW scares ghosts and undead
BMW is developing solutions to make the life of the users of its vehicles more comfortable and safe. According to the brand, so much technology can raise problems for ghosts and the undead. Betting on making life easier for those who buy the vehicles, BMW focuses on satisfying the living. It appears that in the process he develops technologies and solutions that leave hair ghosts standing and cause apoplexy to the zombies. At least, this is the conclusion of a film produced by the Bavarian brand to promote autonomous driving, in which, with some humor, a BMW without a driver travels along an unmarked side road and covered by a fog. Even when a zombie suddenly appears in front of you, the car stops before you run over it, avoiding to send it off for the better (for the second time). The surprise comes when the undead prepares to attack the driver and discovers that no one is behind the wheel. The video, published below, serves to promote the breakthroughs of BMW’s autonomous technology, known as D3, namely Data Driven Development, which aims to make it possible for a vehicle to move from point A to point B without anyone behind the wheel, relying only on a lot of hardware and even more software . According to the German brand, a fleet of autonomous BMWs moves around everywhere, collecting information on traffic, other vehicles, the road and streets of our cities, in order to feed the system that will replace the driver. In the process, the builder hopes to gather information of more than 5 million kilometers in real conditions of use, which will then generate another 240 million kilometers in simulator.
At this stage of data collection, the D3 system records 1.5 terabytes of information every day, with more than 230 petabytes of capacity, which is handled at the research center in Germany, more precisely at the Autonomous Driving Campus, located in Unterschleissheim, near the headquarters of the brand, in Munich. BMW has already promised that the iNext SUV would be able to provide Level 3 stand-alone driving when it launches on the market in 2021. Until the system is able to screw up life (the little it still has) to ghosts and zombies , It is necessary to wait a little longer … BMW rejects Brussels accusations about cartel and talks on technical discussions with industry BMW today rejected the European Commission’s allegations of an alleged cartel with Daimler and VW. The mark was justified as having only created “technical working groups”. BMW today rejected the European Commission’s allegations of an alleged cartel with manufacturers Daimler and VW which has limited competition in clean technologies in the European Union (EU), justifying them as “technical working groups”. These are a formal communication made to these companies today, based still on a preliminary ruling, in which Brussels accuses these companies of “breaching EU competition rules between 2006 and 2014 by collusion which restricted competition in the development of clean technologies for gasoline and diesel emissions in passenger cars. ” In a statement, however, the BMW group confirms receipt of the notice, but rejects the existence of “any price or territorial agreements to harm customers or suppliers.” “As is well known, the Commission is investigating specifically whether German car manufacturers cooperated in technical working groups to restrict competition in the development and deployment of emission abatement technologies,” said the German company.
However, “from the point of view of the BMW group, this situation can not be seen as a cartel”, he points out. This is because, “fundamentally, the engineers participating [in these working groups] of the development departments wanted to improve the technologies of exhaust treatment,” adds the German manufacturer. “Contrary to what would happen in cartel agreements, the whole industry was aware of these discussions, which did not involve any secret agreement and which were not intended to harm customers or suppliers,” said the company, stressing its commitment to a responsible and legal conduct as basis of all its commercial activities. ” The BMW group will now examine the Brussels notification by way of a statement of objections, as well as assess the financial impact of a possible fine. After today’s announcement, Brussels will now listen to manufacturers. If, after hearing these undertakings, the Community executive considers that there is sufficient evidence of infringement, it may impose a fine of up to 10% of each company’s annual turnover. In the press release, the European Commission argues that the cartel between BMW, Daimler and VW (which includes Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) was created “within the framework of so-called ‘ . The European Commission’s “concerns” concern the restriction of competition in technologies used to reduce the dangerous emissions of nitrogen oxides in diesel cars through selective catalytic reduction systems and to reduce emissions of harmful exhaust gases of passenger cars, through particle filters. Responding to these criticisms, BMW says that talks with other manufacturers are “a common practice” aimed at “developing cooperation” of these systems and to discuss regulatory proposals for the industry. The European Commission initiated this in-depth investigation in September 2018, after inspections of the BMW, Daimler and VW facilities in Germany in October 2017.