Porsche Cayenne Turbo, does a 911-roader?Automotive News
Mercedes-Benz announced today that it will invest $ 1 billion in Alabama and create some 600 direct jobs to start production of electric vehicles in the country.
The German company said in a statement that the investment in the existing assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, in the state of Alabama, will allow the production of todays SUVs of the EQ brand.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz will build a battery plant near the Tuscaloosa assembly plant, allowing “the availability of state-of-the-art technology for future generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles produced in the United States.”
The construction of the battery plant, which will have an area of more than 93,000 square meters, will begin in 2018.
Production at Tuscaloosa of EQ brand vehicles will begin at the beginning of the next decade, the manufacturer said.
The company also recalled that by 2022 it will have electrified its entire range of vehicles, which will allow it to offer at least one electric car in all segments of the sector.
In total, Mercedes-Benz plans to offer more than 50 electric vehicles.
“With this $ 1 billion investment, we are significantly expanding our manufacturing footprint in Alabama, while sending a clear message to our customers in the United States and around the world,” said Markus Schäfer, Mercedes car adviser -Benz.
Schäfer added that the message is that “Mercedes-Benz will continue to be at the forefront of the development and production of electric vehicles.”
The announcement of the investment coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the start-up of the Tuscaloosa plant, which produces the SUV GLE, GLS and GLE coupe SUVs for sale around the world.
Mercedes-Benz said it exports 70% of its SUVs produced in Tuscaloosa to markets outside the United States.
PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO
Tungsten discs to stop a mole from two tons
Adaptive aerofoil exercising airfoil
We recently published the main data of the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo, a todocamino with outstanding off-road capabilities and whose technology focused on driving dynamics make it look like a grown and muscled 911, with which to scare many sports in any type of track.
And as the main figures and details were there exposed I’m going to tell you the fun: how you feel in the car thrown in full gear with a test pilot on a twisty circuit and in the middle of a downpour. I will only remember four data: its power of 550 hp, its acceleration of 3.9 seconds in the 0/100 km / h (with Sport Plus package), its weight of 2,020 kilos and its official maximum speed of 286 km / h.
At the moment, Porsche did not allow us to drive the car, although we had a pilot tester available to us so we could enjoy the copilot to the maximum. The stage, a track of the famous German motor racing club ADAC on the outskirts of Düsseldorf, not only wet, but had ponds with aspirations to lake in some case.
For a start we gave a sort of reconnaissance lap in Normal driving mode, with the Porsche PSM stability control activated. Lightweight – this third generation Cayenne loses 65 kg compared to the previous – but comfortable, the Cayenne Turbo, felt like a board on the track. Thanks in part to their weight and the larger puddles made it feel no loss of traction, at least in the passenger seat, and that the windshield was filled with water preventing the view at the exit of one of the curves. In short, absolute comfort.
In the second round, our driver increases the sportiness to Sport mode, but still maintains the stability control PSM activated. This is when the Cayenne Turbo leaves us with our mouths open. The twisting circuit is small enough to reach maximum speed, of course, but it could not be better to show a sporty acceleration and a frenzied agility curve after curve. It does not matter the water and the speed as the car follows the direction signs, without showing signs of suffering. We do not feel that the back wants to leave at any time, nor that the nose tries to get into the curve more than necessary. We were stunned. That’s the truth. And delighted with the roar of the motor at the exit of the curves, which seems the deaf purr of pleasure of a big cat that was scratching under the chin. In short, a full-fledged exhibition.
But we return to the circuit to face the third and final lap and this time in Sport Plus mode and without stability control. We now notice how the car is still very strong thanks to its chassis and the effectiveness of its new platform, but its behavior is obviously wilder. Now the wheels would squeal because of the increased effort and the loss of traction is already noticeable, forcing the pilot to counteract at some point, but without the slightest sensation of danger. Without traction control and at such a devilish speed, it was not possible to wait so long. On the contrary, it would have been normal to finish anywhere but black. Finally, we move to the “drifting” circle and skid to the left, skid to the right, the car after the initial placement moves as smooth as waltzing. The final summary is of astonishment without palliatives when verifying the enormous effectiveness of a car so big, tall and heavy.
And after the adrenaline rush comes the “calm” off-road circuit. Four modes of driving: gravel, sand, mud and rocks determine the parameters of their total traction and their height to the ground. We face an ascent of about 35 degrees that the car finishes as if nothing (according to the brand, the Cayenne can get to climb slopes of 45 degrees, a magnificent figure), after having passed through a small area of gravel that the car has taken as an initial joke to break the ice. Then we descend to 8 km / h the slope, about 30 degrees, braking as if such a thing.
We cross one with a lateral inclination of about 25 degrees and, after a zone of big stones and another rise in curve of about 30 degrees, we leave the car equally impressed with its versatility, without having lost traction in any moment and without the slightest effort nor difficulty and especially when we think that cars ride the same tires we just tried on track.
Of course, the Cayenne Turbo faces the battle with unseen technological weapons so far. For example, you can optionally mount brakes whose discs are coated with a layer of tungsten carbon. Porsche puts in effectiveness between the classics of steel and the ceramics of “competition”. This layer helps to reduce fatigue and therefore maintains the braking capacity for longer without being influenced by temperature, while extending its service life by up to 30%.
In addition, it is the first SUV in the world to mount an adaptive wing that not only improves aerodynamics by providing greater load on the rear axle, raising it in different phases depending on the speed (2, 4, 6 and 8 centimeters), but which also serves as an airfoil – as when planes land – when the brake pedal is fully depressed in a range of speeds between 250 and 170 km / h. For example, when braking from a speed of 250 km / h, the braking distance can be reduced by up to two meters.
As a novelty in the model, now has a new directional rear axle (optional). With it and up to 80 km / h the rear wheels push in different direction than the front traction up to a maximum of three degrees assisting in the turns (now the car spins at 11.5 meters instead of at 12.1metros). Starting at 80 km / h, the drive wheels support the front steering. And the mixed wheels now assembled are also novelty, while also has grown its size range, being possible to have 19, 20 and 21 inch wheels.
Of course the counterpart is that we will have to shed some 160,000 euros if we want to get one with us later this year. But yes, knowing that few things can stop us in our way.
In 2016, the plant produced a total of 310,000 units.
EL MUNDO – DAVID ARROYO DÜSSELDORF – 22 sep. 2017 (Transaltion Soft)