Much of the endless stream of chatter surrounding Tesla lately has centered around topics other than what the company actually sells.Tesla’s plans to slash 9 percent of its workforce have featured prominently, as has the dating life of its founder, Elon Musk. There’s also much to discuss when dealing with Tesla’s financial health. According to data compiled by Bloomberg last month, the company burns through more than $7,430 every minute, and free cash flow—the amount of cash a company generates after accounting for capital expenditures—has been negative for six consecutive quarters. That negative amount reached a bloated $1 billion when Tesla reported earnings May 2.So I wanted to write a column about something the company continues to get right: cars. Tesla may not have intended its up-to-seven-person sedan to be a car that makes you want to drag race at every stoplight, but that’s exactly what it is. Last week, I tested the … [Read more...] about With More Self-Driving Tech, Is Tesla Ruining What’s Best About the Model S?
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Maserati isn’t even trying to hide its ambitions -- it’s out to get Tesla.Its weapon of choice: the full-electric Alfieri sportscar, with a top speed exceeding 186 miles per hour (about 300 km/h) and an acceleration from zero to 62 mph in less than two seconds. By comparison, Tesla’s Model S P100D in its fastest ‘Ludicrous’ mode manages that sprint in just over 2 seconds. Other specs include a transmission supplied by Ferrari NV, an aluminum frame and the option of a coupe or open-top version. The styling is vintage Maserati, with its low-slung concave grill hungry for asphalt.The price? Maserati didn’t provide details when it presented the latest update at parent Fiat Chrysler’s strategy presentation in Balocco, near Turin. But if you need to ask, you can’t afford one, anyway. The manufacturer did hint, however, that availability will be on the scarce side, so place your order soon. The car will go on sale by 2022."It may look like we … [Read more...] about Maserati’s Plans to Speed Past Tesla
Prices range from €26,495 - €35,245 Jaguar XE Launched in 2015, the XE was designed to fill a gap in the Jaguar range left since the demise of the X-type some years before. The signature honeycomb grille, distinctive air vents and clean, smooth lines add to the aggressive and sporty stance, while the rear light cluster pays homage to the iconic Jaguar E-type. Inside, it is smart and uncluttered, blending old-world with new technology. Space in the front is good but headroom is a little tight and head and knee room are not overly generous for back-seat passengers. Engines include a range of petrol (200hp, 250hp, 300hp, 350hp) and diesel options (163hp, 180hp, 240hp). Fuel efficiency is not as close to the official figure of 4.4 litres per 100km as we would like, the engine is noisy and it's not quite as practical as some rivals but despite this Jaguar's XE is a serious sports car with sharp steering and great driving dynamics. Prices range from: €41,160 - … [Read more...] about Executive decisions
by Press Association 02/03/2018, 12:54 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jaguar has finally pulled the covers off its first production-specification all-electric vehicle – and has boldly raced it against a Tesla Model X to prove its performance credentials. The I-Pace was fully revealed yesterday, boasting a 298-mile range, fast charging capabilities and SUV-like cabin space. It also comes with some impressive performance figures, claiming 395bhp and 696Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-60mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds. Unlike internal combustion engines, which build power as revs increase, electric motors can deploy all of their performance immediately. This means acceleration can be astonishingly quick – something American EV maker Tesla has capitalised on as a way of marketing its vehicles. The Jaguar I-Pace’s direct rival is the Tesla Model X, another all-electric SUV, so the firm decided to pitch … [Read more...] about Watch the new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace drag-race a Tesla Model X and win
SOME of the world’s most advanced supercars have been put through their paces on Wroughton Airfield by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in The Grand Tour. The former RAF base in the countryside has taken its place alongside more exotic highways in petrol-head antics featured on the Amazon Prime show. The former Top Gear host can be seen tearing round the dedicated circuit, known as the ‘Eboladrome’, in recent episodes. High-speed thrills include a race between the electric Tesla Model X, driven by Clarkson, and the Audi R8, which reaches more than 110mph. Revving up the car on the strip, Clarkson says: “Sweet Jesus. That really is properly ludicrous.” After the race, Clarkson demonstrates the ‘celebration mode’, which activates the doors and lights flash to classic music. The Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport, which can reach speeds of more than 210mph, has also been given a spin on the track. As the car makes its way round the … [Read more...] about Clarkson, Hammond and May tear up the tarmac at Eboladrome