The Japanese market 180SX and S13 Silvia were a huge hit in Japan and sparked a wave of attention from US consumers when the US version 240SX made its way across the pond. Fans of the car were sadly disappointed when they learned that the turbocharged engine in the Japanese models had been replaced with the single camshaft engine common with the Nissan Hardbody truck.
The all-electric crossover that was first presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show will be powered by three electric motors and a 95 kWh battery pack. This setup should be good enough for 429 net horsepower. Since the Volkswagen Group is planning on producing a number of global volume all-electric models, I wouldn’t exclude at least one more battery capacity to be offered under the Audi badge.
However, engineers didn’t take into account that their target market lived mostly in town and didn’t drive consistently at full operating temperature. As the mostly urban drivers found out, their catalytic converters weren’t being purged as regularly as the engineers planned, and converters soon plugged and needed replacing. The aftermarket tried to get around the problem by adding performance chips, but that opened a Pandora’s box that also caused the direct fuel injection to make holes in the engine pistons.
Despite being dubbed an SUV, the BMW X5 has always lacked the off-road capability of the Range Rover, for example. The Bavarian automaker’s first-ever luxury SUV has been on the market for nearly twenty years. This speaks volumes about its popularity among the luxury SUV and crossover buyers, despite its shortcomings.