After a long wait, Mercedes-AMG finally took the wraps off its first four-door AMG GT at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It’s clear that the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé draws inspiration from the SLS AMG and the more recent AMG GT models. Designed and developed entirely by AMG, the performance arm of Mercedes-Benz, it was conceived with the aim of offering practicality and performance at the same time. The way AMG puts it, this is a vehicle that could be used as a daily ride and will be exciting to drive on a race track.
The return of the convertible
The Aston Martin Volante is an all-new version of the regular, hard-top DB11 that has been with us for a little while now. The same elegant looks now come with the defining feature of a convertible roof. Combining the timeless appeal of a fabric hood with the very latest acoustic and insulation materials, the eight-layer roof cossets drivers and passengers from the extremes of weather and wind noise. Folding to a class-leading stack height, the Aston Martin Volante’s hood takes only 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close. It can be operated remotely from the key or while on the move at speeds of up to 49km/h. So smooth.
A ‘full tank’ a day
As the world realises it cannot continue to choke itself with carbon emissions, leading car manufacturers are getting on board with the battery revolution (hopefully we’ll find a way of generating electricity without burning coal, too!) Jaguar has just launched its all-electric I-PACE five-seater SUV, which has a range of just under 500km and a recharging time of only an hour on a fast charge or overnight from a wall socket. A 15 minute charge is the equivalent of 100km. As Jaguar says, imagine waking up every morning with a full tank…
Sometimes a concept car is so aggressively futuristic that it’s hard to see what parts would be able to translate to any production vehicles. And while the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is lavish, it’s a more realistic take on the future of the luxury
SUV than previously seen from Lexus. Combining the features of a crossover with the performance and comfort of a limousine, it can be powered by a variety of different types of drivetrains, including fuel-cell, electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid, as well as a conventional internal combustion engine.