Welcome to the Chasing Cars weekly news wrap-up – a great way to catch up on the stories we’ve published in the last seven days. We’ll be posting every Friday – so stay tuned!
This week saw carmakers announce some genuine passion projects, with Ford unleashing their absurd F-150 Raptor and Audi paving the way for their EV future with the e-tron GT.
There was other EV news as well, with Chargefox just one step away from completing a rapid charging network and BMW jumping on the target-setting bandwagon and promising more electric vehicles down under.
The fire-breathing, plus-sized F-150 Raptor ute was officially unveiled this week with bigger shocks, more ground clearance and a host of swish new features. Those who aren’t keen on the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine should stay tuned for the F-150 Raptor R which should pack a supercharged V8 mean enough to take on the Ram 1500 TRX which, unlike the Ford, is coming to Australia.
This is a car that Audi’s head of design, Marc Lichte, said will guide all of Audi’s future EV models – making the new e-tron GT much more than just a rehash of its cousin, the Porsche Taycan. Packing both a base quattro and unhinged RS variant the latter can get from 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds – while also providing 488 kilometres of range with a Tesla-beating 270kW charging speed once you’ve run out of juice.
We made a Bronco ute! Well, sort of…
Late last year Ford released a design video showcasing quite a few concept sketches hinting at a dual-cab ute variant of the Bronco 4×4 – and it really got the rumour mill buzzing, hot on the heels of our earlier coverage of an Australian firm’s plan to import and convert the regular Bronco wagon for local buyers.
The addition of a Ford Bronco ute would make complete sense, given that the Bronco sits on the Ranger’s T6 platform – so we put our graphic designers to work and the result is appealing to say the least.
And that’s a wrap for Friday the 12th of February!
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