Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Front Corner – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Worldwide, rumors of a Lamborghini hybrid supercar are spreading. Currently known as the “LB48H”, the concept was recently shown in summer 2018 at a private event in Italy. Beyond this, there is not much info about the vehicle. The biggest tip so far is a resemblance to the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. This Terzo Millennio was basically a fighter jet on wheels. So, the LB48H should be quite a spectacular vehicle. Although no information is 100% confirmed, a decent number of tips have hit the auto news network.
Expectations for Production & Delivery
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Side – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Overall, the Lamborghini hybrid supercar, aka the LB48H, will be arriving before anyone realizes it. As time moves forward, the currently believed production date is quickly approaching. Expectations seem to be that Lamborghini will begin production by the end of 2018. From there, the goal will be to deliver the vehicles by end of 2019 or early 2020. This means it will probably be a 2020 model year. Furthermore, there will be only around 63 units made for market. With this limitation, the car will be quite a collector’s piece. And, at around $2.5 million USD, most people will not be able to afford it, let alone place a down payment the equivalent of a home.
Will Lamborghini Shock the World?
Designing the future: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio – Lamborghini – YouTube
When the Lamborghini hybrid supercar hits markets, it will be a determining factor for the company. With many brands jumping into the hypercar realm, competition is increasing more than ever. So, by joining the market, it will only up the requirements to compete. But, the question is, will Lamborghini be able to beat out Koenigsegg, McLaren, and the other manufacturers? Well… nobody truly knows. But, within the next 2 years, Lamborghini will receive appraise or disapproval from the world. Until then, let’s enjoy the current hypercars already at play.
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Rear – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Note: All of the pictures and video for this article are of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. These ARE NOT pictures or video relating to the “LB48H”.
For the 2018 model year, the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid arrives in six different variants. Starting with a base model at a MSRP of $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 in its peak range. Currently, Porsche offers the Panamera in the following options: Base, Sport Turismo, Executive, Turbo S, Turbo S Executive, and Turbo S Sport Turismo. Each model varies in purpose but share only two engine options. In this article, each version of the Panamera E-Hybrid will be discussed in more detail. Furthermore, this article will act as an overview of the technology in the E-Hybrid.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Base
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid base model starts at a MSRP of $99,000. This vehicle arrives with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. The V6 motor produces 462 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the base model to hit 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Furthermore, this car sports all-wheel drive. Overall, this is the cheapest E-Hybrid in the Panamera market.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The second stage of the Panamera E-Hybrid offerings is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This version starts at a MSRP of $104,000. The 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shares the same motor as the base model with 462 horsepower and 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. This model variates from the base design with a sportier body including a different rear end. Another notable feature is the rear roof spoiler above the back window.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive
The third available option for the E-Hybrid is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive. This model’s basis is a emphasis of luxury. Due to this, the E-Hybrid Executive is 0.1 seconds slower than the base and Sport Turismo models. Although it has the same horsepower of 462, this model is slightly heavier due to the executive styling. This model is for someone looking for a luxurious sedan while staying within the realm of Porsche. Not surprisingly, this vehicle starts with a MSRP of $104,100.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Stepping up into an entirely new level is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $184,400, $80,000 more than the base V6 Executive or Sport Turismo. With this model, Porsche offers a beastly 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 with 680 horsepower. The V8 itself provides 550 horsepower while an electric machine produces 130 horsepower. This allows the Turbo S E-Hybrid to hit 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. Phew, that’s as fast as a true sports car!
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive
The second to last model currently available on market is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. This version starts at a MSRP of $194,800 containing the same engine as the base Turbo S E-Hybrid. The only different, as with the base Executive, is a 0.1 second 0-60 gain over the base and Sport Turismo models. Again, this is due to the emphasis on executive luxury which increases the weight of the vehicle. This vehicle targets people looking for a luxury sports car with a deep pocket. Overall, this is the most expensive Panamera E-Hybrid base option.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
For this year, there is the all-new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This vehicle sports the same 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 as the base and executive Turbo models. Furthermore, this vehicle also maintains the 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Even furthermore, this vehicle is the second most expensive base Panamera E-Hybrid model. For someone interested in sport over luxury, this model is a better decision than the Executive version. Fully loaded with options, this car can reach close to $250,000!
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid may arrive in six different variants but each vehicle offers a ton of features. First, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid contains active AWD with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Secondly, the engine works in combination with an 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. Thirdly, the vehicle also has Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) and Porsche Vectoring Plus. On the suspension side, there is the well performing Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has additional features and optional features. One major addition is the rear axle steering which enhances performance. Next, is the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). Furthermore, the optional Sport Chrono Package arrives with launch control for the car. Lastly, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has the option of 21” 911 Turbo design wheels.
LED Headlight Technology, Night Vision, & ParkAssist System
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has many advanced technological options ranging from headlights to parking assist. First, the vehicle arrives with LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). For an additional cost, there is a package for LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus. If this isn’t enough to see the road, even furthermore, there is an infrared night vision feature. Lastly, the car arrives with the ParkAssist system that provides a reverse camera as well as surround view.
Adaptive Cruise Control & Technological Assists
To no surprise, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid boasts a ton of technological assists. First, there is an adaptive cruise control (ACC) option. To step further into the wallet, the ACC is available with Porsche InnoDrive. On the assist technology side, there is Lane Change Assist with Turn Assist. Basically, the car will recognize if it is safe to change lanes as well as help the driver do so. Furthermore, there is a Lane Keep Assist which has traffic sign and cornering recognition. Basically, this car is on the way to driving itself.
On the interior, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers a ton of great options. First, the panoramic sunroof provides a great view for passengers in the vehicle. Second, if there is somebody in the back, there is a Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment setup that’ll impress anyone. Thirdly, the car contains a Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control including a touchscreen display in the rear. Each of these features create a technological powerhouse inside the vehicle.
BOSE or Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound Systems
For the surround sound system, there are two great options for the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The cheaper option, the BOSE Surround System, offers 14 amplifier channels at 710 watts. The expensive option, the Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System, creates a concert hall in the vehicle. The Burmester features 21 loudspeakers and 1,455 total watts. Basically, the Burmester has twice as much power as the BOSE version. Lastly, the whole system comes together under the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a Spaceship on Wheels
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – Venture On. – Porsche – YouTube
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is basically a spaceship on wheels. From its manageable V6 to its beastly V8, this car offers a casual drive to a thrilling ride. Starting at only $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 by selecting certain models and options. Either way, this car is a beautiful sports sedan that will impress anybody. In conclusion, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind tech powerhouse.
The Porsche LMP Team No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid is a sports-prototype racing car. This vehicle’s design is for competitive racing in the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) category of the FIA World Championship. The development of the 919 Hybrid began in 2012 and continued into 2013. The 919 Hybrid made its first debut at the 2016 6 Hours of Silverstone in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the 919 Hybrid was discontinued at the end of 2017 to allow Porsche to focus on Formula E. Furthermore, Porsche isn’t the only manufacturer to back out of this category. Similarly, Audi also sent shockwaves through the Le Mans community as it has left the category as well.
2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine with 900 Horsepower
The Porsche 919 Hybrid sports a 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a battery-based hybrid system. This motor configuration produces a whopping 900 horsepower and 1,100 lb.-ft. of torque… phew! The 4-cylinder engine may seem small but in combination with the lithium-ion electric battery hybrid system, this car is a beast. For the transmission, Porsche uses a seven-speed hydraulically-activated sequential gearbox with a rear-lock differential. Another benefit to performance is the carbon fiber composite chassis with it’s honeycomb aluminum core. Furthermore, for the front and rear suspension, the 919 Hybrid utilizes an independent multi-link pushrod configuration with adjustable shock absorbers.
Winner of World Endurance Championship from 2015 to 2017
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a legendary sports-prototype in the World Endurance Championship series. Overall, the 919 Hybrid has performed in 36 races with 16 wins, 36 podium appearances, 11 poles, and 4 fastest laps. Most noteworthy, this vehicle won the World Endurance Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In it’s first year, the 919 Hybrid merely missed 1st and 2nd place obtaining a 3rd place placement. In the car’s second season, it is estimated that the car contains 85-90% new parts. As a result, this change also alters the class of the vehicle from 6MJ to 8MJ.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a Legendary Prototype
Overall, the Porsche Team No 2. Porsche 919 Hybrid is a beastly prototype racing vehicle. From its enormous power to its nimble structure, this car is a top contender in the racing world. Above all, the 919 Hybrid has been on the podium in every single race that it competed in, which speaks for itself. Unfortunately, at the end of 2017, the 919 Hybrid was retired to allow Porsche to focus on Formula E. In conclusion, the Porsche 919 hybrid is a racing legend that deserves placement in a museum as an artifact of automotive history.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive Super Sedan
For the 2018 model year, Porsche was proud to present the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. The E-Hybrid version of the Panamera enters the sedan into the hybrid plug-in market. The MSRP of the base 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is $185,540. For the Executive version, the MSRP is $195,850.
E-Hybrid with a Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive sports a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the E-Hybrid contains a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor boasting its own 136 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Woah! That’s a major leap in torque. In the end, the combination was engineered by Porsche to output 680 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque.
If the power was stacked directly, there would’ve been a 6-horsepower difference. On the torque end, there would’ve been a 237 lb.-ft. difference. That’s ridiculous! I can’t imagine what I’d do with 863 lb.-ft. of torque. Somebody will most likely try to unlock this car’s full potential in a tune.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a front-engine vehicle. The E-Hybrid has all-wheel drive and allows up to 4 passengers. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission allows manual shifting via paddle shifters. The car is the direct merge of a super sports sedan and a hybrid vehicle.
Difference Between Executive & Non-Executive E-Hybrids
The main differences between the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Executive edition are in size and speed. The wheelbase of the Executive edition is 122 inches while the base is 116.1 inches, a 5.9-inch difference. For the length, the Executive is 204.7 inches long while the base is 198.8 inches long (same difference as wheelbase). For height, the Executive is only 0.2 inches taller at 56.2 inches versus 56 inches. The passenger volume of the Executive is 102 cubit feet while the base is 96 cubic feet. The curb weight difference is 5400 pounds versus 5200 pounds, respectively. Lastly, the 0 to 60 difference is only 0.1 seconds as the Executive takes 3.3 seconds while the base takes 3.2 seconds.
Overall, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a clean beast of a machine. From its sporty design to its hybrid utilization, it is a car of the future. For being such a large sedan, the Executive has no trouble hitting 60 in 3.3 seconds. In the end, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a great addition to the super sedan market.
The new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is considering a second model to sell alongside the popular Chiron. Bugatti has considered entering the Sedan Market but tends to favor the SUV body style instead.
“It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car…We would look at every body style and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading”.
Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO
His reference to “something that is fading” was towards the saloon, or sedan as they are known in non-European markets. Apparently, there has been a decline in sedan sales in the European market, while SUVs have seen an increased demand.
It’s true that prior to the arrival of their new CEO, the company worked on the idea of a four-door sedan using the Galibier name. However, indications are that the market would better support an SUV body style.
Breaking into the SUV Market
Winkelmann has experience in the SUV market. He was part of the conception of the Lamborghini Urus SUV which has been launched.
Bugatti is not the only car manufacturer whose looking at the possibility of a new SUV. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley also want a piece of the action. Ferrari project, known as Purosange, will feature plug-in hybrid technology and be the fastest vehicle of its type. This could make competition for a Bugatti SUV even stiffer.
Timeline for the Next Bugatti Model
2016 Bugatti Royale INTERIOR 5-door Fastback Bugatti Veyron? Bugatti Sedan Commercial CARJAM TV HD – YouTube
Whether sedan or SUV, it does look as if the new Bugatti model is not the only project for the Volkswagen Group. It may have to take a backseat to their electric vehicle and autonomous technology development. However, with the current popularity of the Chiron, their priorities could change.
By the way, LEGO built an awesome Chiron model, check it out here!
Recently, in the auto news industry, rumors are spreading about the successor of the Agera. The name is believed to be from a “reliable source close to Koenigsegg”, according to The Supercar Blog. This name is the Koenigsegg Ragnarok. Unrelating, this may strike a reminder to the Thor: Ragnarok film that hit theatres in 2017 with slightly over $850 million in worldwide revenue. Just a quick reminder, this is the film where Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in protecting against the destruction of the gods and world. Furthermore, the word “Ragnarok” translates to “the Doom of the Gods” in old Norse. During this event, the mythical cycle ends, and the cosmos is destroyed, then recreation takes place. So, with a name like this, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok should rattle the hypercar realm.
An Expectation of Performance Figures
“We’re talking 0 to 250 mph in 14 seconds or something like this. It’s like, black marks all the way up to 250 mph.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Under the hood, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely sport the twin-turbo V8 seen in the Agera RS, but even better. The horsepower range will be around 1,400, at least 40 over the Agera RS that could reach almost 278 mph at top speed. Now, prepare yourself to be taken back by the expected performance. Koenigsegg wants the Ragnarok to reach 250 mph in only 14 seconds, leaving rubber the entire way behind. With the combination of a V8, 23 psi boost from the turbo, and a ratio of 8.8:1 instead of 9.5:1, this car could feed 32 psi for an instant 600 horsepower boost. Phew! That’s one hell of a performance. Honestly, hopefully it will happen as it is true insanity for a production vehicle of any type. With this car, Koenigsegg hopes to hold back the Tesla Roadster’s advantages.
Targets Set on the Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
“We kind of had our future mapped out, and then we heard about the new Tesla Roadster and its insane acceleration numbers, and we thought ‘damn, that’s put the gauntlet down. We thought, ‘this is not okay’”. – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Recently, Christian von Koenigsegg, the CEO and founder of Koenigsegg, spoke to Top Gear about the Tesla Roadster. Initially, Koenigsegg didn’t truly believe the performance expectations for the Tesla. But, unfortunately, Elon Musk wasn’t lying when we spoke of the insane acceleration in the Roadster. Now, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely be Koenigsegg’s attempt to strike back.
“We wondered whether it was possible, and yeah, it’s possible. Then we thought, ‘okay how do we deal with it? This is embarrassing.’ In two days we’d thought of a few things. The simplest way of putting it is like this: it’s combining direct drive with the hybridization we have in a different format with Freevalve engine technology, in a peculiar layout.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
After refocusing energy from the already planned future, to a new future, Koenigsegg believes to have found a way to do it. Koenigsegg plans to use a combustion engine, versus an electric setup, to compete with the Roadster. This doesn’t make it direct competition, but it is close enough being in the same hypercar class. Their goal is to use direct drive with hybridization. Next, it’ll include Freevalve engine tech in a specific layout. Not being extremely detailed, Koenigsegg teased at this during the interview as seen above. Now, it is somewhat an expectation that the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will be the new frontier.
Koenigsegg is “Just Scratching the Surface”
IN DEPTH: Koenigsegg Factory Tour with Christian von Koenigsegg – Shmee150 – YouTube
“What we see with our engines, we’ve noticed that we’re just scratching the surface of what we can achieve.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
According to Christian von Koenigsegg, the company is “just scratching the surface”. With the Koenigsegg Ragnarok, the auto industry will rattle from the wrath of power. Although nothing is truly known, the car will display at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March of 2019. At this show, the world will see the future of the hypercar realm. If the power figures are true, this is an Earth car fit for Thor, maybe somewhat of what he’d expect in Asgard. In conclusion, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok’s name may, or may not, be correct, but the car will be a beast.
Note: There are no pictures of the “Ragnarok” currently available. The main picture for the post is of the Koenigsegg Regera. Thanks for understanding!