Unlike his long-time colleague Jeremy Clarkson, veteran journalist and TV host James May is very open to the widespread adoption of electric cars and recently had the chance to test out an MGB Roadster that’s now sporting an all-electric powertrain.
The car in question comes from a British company by the name of RBW EV Cars. It retains the MGB Roadster’s timeless looks and combines them with a new powertrain that has replaced the internal combustion engine the car once left the factory with.
Providing the RBW EV Roadster with its go are six ‘Hyperdrive’ lithium-ion batteries, but customers can opt to have up to eight batteries installed. The car also features a single electric motor that produces 70 kW (93.8 hp) and supports 3.0 kW DC charging, with a full charge taking eight hours. While that’s a long time compared to some of the current EVs on the market, we suspect most RBW EV Roadsters sold will only be driven for special occasions or during weekends.
The British company says the EV has a range of 160 miles (260 km), but this can increase to 200 miles (320 km) with the extra batteries.
Various upgrades have also been made to the interior of the car, such as a Pioneer Wi-Fi enabled infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
What kind of SUV is the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque? What does it compare to?
The Evoque is a five-seat luxury crossover that trades on the Land Rover and Range Rover names for its SUV credibility—but dresses in runway-fashion attire. It’s sleek and talented like its rivals—the BMW X3, the Volvo XC60, and the Benz GLC.
Is the 2021 Range Rover Evoque a good SUV?
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For the fashion-conscious, yes. It’s also a better Evoque than the first Land Rover effort under the name. We give it a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2021 Range Rover Evoque?
The Evoque’s adopted a new infotainment system that has built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Active lane control and a surround-view camera system are now standard.
Redesigned for 2020, the current Evoque takes a more refined approach to the stiletto style applied to the first-generation model. This one’s softer, with taller sides, slimmer glass, and bigger wheels. Its more refined approach echoes in the cabin, where digital displays and natural textiles and trim wash over it with low-gloss, modern appeal.
A 246-hp turbo-4 gives the Evoque energetic punch from stoplights and carries it to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, with a quoted top speed of 143 mph. It’s quieter than the older version, and its 9-speed automatic is more confident and quick in its shifts. The ride has softened thanks to a redesigned suspension, but it’s still grippy and enjoyable to thread through winding esses—and able to traverse pitted muck thanks to its many traction modes. It’s not the hardcore off-roader as its bigger siblings, but it can tread through almost two feet of water or manage steep inclines with electronic hill-descent control.
It’s still more on the compact side of the equation, but the Evoque’s spacious enough for four adults. The front chairs could be softer and more accommodating, and head room can be too slim under its panoramic sunroof, but cargo space is good.
Every Evoque has automatic emergency braking and a surround-view camera system; other cameras generate a rear view in the rear-view mirror, or lay out the view ahead of the wheels for early obstacle detection. As of now, the IIHS and NHTSA haven’t tested its crashworthiness.
How much does the 2021 Range Rover Evoque cost?
Priced from $44,350, the 2021 Evoque has 18-inch wheels, 10-way power front seats, and a new twin-screen infotainment system. More expensive versions have a panoramic sunroof, a blacked-out roof, 21-inch wheels, and eucalyptus trim—and a sticker price of at least $54,450.
The more powerful F-Type R, meanwhile, does make more power but it only comes in AWD. That’s good for putting the power down but does make it a bit less fun in the corners.
The P450, on the other hand, is just right. With all of the poise and balance of the 4-cylinder, but without the wanting for power, and all of the excitement of the R, but less lunacy and a bit more fun, the P450 is just right.
It will only take you a few seconds-worth of this video to understand how good the V8 sounds, too. And although it can howl and pop and wail with the best of them, it isn’t always howling and popping and wailing. If you want to start it in the morning without waking your neighbors, you can that. And then a quick pop of the exhaust button and you’re howling again.
It’s not all perfect, though. The damping can be overwhelmed by some big bumps and the transmission is a little lazy, but there isn’t a whole lot to complain about.
More importantly, the materials are great. Soft leather, slim, uncomplicated seats, and an air of reserved luxury give the Jag just the quality and sophistication it needs to make itself a little niche in the market.
What kind of SUV is the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport? What does it compare to?
The Discovery Sport scales down the classic Land Rover look and adapts it to a five- or seven-seat crossover cabin. It’s practical, affordable, and comfortable, but it’s not as ruggedly capable as other Landies. Compare it to a Mercedes GLC, BMW X3, or even a VW Tiguan.
Is the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport a good SUV?
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It’s above average as a family wagon, though fuel economy falls behind the pack. We give it a TCC Rating of 6.2 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport?
Last year’s mild-hybrid powertrain has gone away, but a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is now standard—as are active lane control and a surround-view camera system.
It’s clearly related to bigger Land Rovers and Range Rovers, but the Discovery Sport’s leaner profile still telegraphs “crossover.” The headlights and grille meld into a smoother aero-friendly wagon body that’s without the drama infused in the similar Evoque. Want something more brutish? There’s always the Discovery proper. Inside the Sport the same ethos wraps a plain dash in more plastic than you’ll see in a more expensive Landie, with flourishes of high-resolution displays and metallic trim.
The Disco Sport keeps a turbo-4 beat with its 2.0-liter engine. With 246 hp and a 9-speed automatic, it’s quick to reach highway speeds and grunty enough to launch from stoplights with authority. The mild-hybrid option from 2020 is gone—and the Sport doesn’t have a low-range gearbox for rock-crawling. Traction’s still effective in slippery weather, and on pavement the Sport handles with an almost stiff ride.
Four adults can spend hours in the Disco Sport’s seats, but a fifth in the second row won’t be very comfortable. Neither will anyone seated in the available third row; it’s among the smallest we’ve tested and it’s short on space in every dimension, except perhaps time. Keep it folded down to max out the Sport’s cargo space.
Automatic emergency braking and a surround-view camera system come with every Discovery Sport, but it hasn’t been crash-tested.
How much does the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport cost?
Prices start at $42,950 for the Discovery Sport S and its new twin-touchscreen infotainment system, 18-inch wheels, and LED headlights. Fully optioned R-Dynamic SE models get adaptive cruise control, a power tailgate, and high-end audio—and cost more than $50,000.
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BMW is supposed to build the Ultimate Driving Machine(s), but according to Matt Farah, the 2021 M440i xDrive does not live up to that slogan.
A look at the specifications of the M440i xDrive would make you assume it is the next best thing to an M4. It is powered by BMW’s B58 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that is also used in the Z4 and Toyota Supra and features a mild-hybrid 48-volt starter-generator system that provides a boost of 11 hp, increasing power to 380 hp.
Mated to this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power through an all-wheel drive system. In a straight line, the M440i xDrive is quick, as one would imagine. However, that’s where the good things end.
Farah notes that the steering is very sharp but says you feel disconnected from the road and as if you’re playing a racing game. He is also critical of the driving assistance systems, saying that the car no longer feels like the ultimate driving machine but instead “the ultimate machine for people that would rather do basically anything besides drive.”
That’s not all. The seasoned reviewer notes that in BMW’s pursuit of speed with the all-wheel drive system, the M440i has abandoned the type of feel one would expect from a sports car.
Will the new BMW M3 and M4 be the cars that renew interest in the automaker’s performance models and be fitting of that time-honed tagline? Hopefully we’ll find out in the coming months.
Until Ferrari launches its Purosangue SUV, the Maserati Levante Trofeo will remain the king of performance-focused SUVs from Italy and as discovered by CarWow, it’s capable of some very impressive feats.
The SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that’s been built by Ferrari and is rated at 582 hp and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque, all of which is channeled to a Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Maserati claims that the Levante Trofeo requires just 4.1 seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h), but during this review, Mat Watson was able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.8 seconds, improving on Maserati’s official numbers.
Unsurprisingly, the reviewer is a huge fan of the engine and full of compliments for it. He says it sounds much better than any of the German V8s on the market and performs exceptionally well. Not everything is perfect about the Maserati, however, as the steering doesn’t provide all that much feel.
The Levante Trofeo thrives along twisty roads where you can make the most of its performance, but it also does well around town, although the stiff suspension leaves a little to be desired and the turning circle isn’t that good either.