Audi showed off the h- tron quattro concept, a fuel cell vehicle that it claims takes only four minutes to refuel with a range of up to 373 miles. It features an all-electric drive using hydrogen as its energy source, with electric motors powering the front and rear axles. With total output of roughly 200 horsepower, Audi said it accelerates from 0-62 in under seven seconds. It also contains technology that will appear in the 2017 A8 that can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 38 mph.
BMW showed the M2 performance sedan with a newly developed TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. Look for a 0-60 run of 4.2 seconds, BMW said, with a top speed of 155 mph and a starting price of $51,700 when it goes on sale in April.
Also making its world debut was the X4 M40i with the same power plant as the M2 with a top speed of 150 mph. It will travel from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. The chassis has been turned to M Performance specifications, and it will debut next month with an MSRP of $57,800 for this most sporty of crossovers.
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The Ford Fusion V6 Sport will sport a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with a projected 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with all wheel drive. It is projected by Ford to make approximately 100 lb-ft of additional torque and nearly 50 more horsepower than the 3.5-liter V6 engines in the rival Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. An upscale Platinum model has also been added to the lineup with an interior “wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel finished in premium Venetian leather.” Look for the Sport model to arrive in showrooms this summer.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew also made its debut this morning with a second-generation high output 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine. It produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, Ford claims, but it has not released power figures. It is paired with a new 10-speed transmission. Various changes have produced a truck that is 500 pounds lighter for an improved power-to-weight ratio. The SuperCrew rides on a 145-inch wheelbase that is a foot longer than the standard Raptor. It will hit dealer lots in the fall and will head immediately to the nearest off road trails.