Launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September 1975, it created an automotive category that hadn’t actually existed until that moment—sporty front-wheel-drive compacts, or hot hatches. With its six successors to date, it has become the world’s most successful hot hatch and more than 2.3 million units had been produced by the end of 2019. That’s a phenomenon.
However, revolutionary ideas require evolutionary development. The first Golf GTI’s DNA lives on to this day in the agile front-wheel drive chassis, sporty performance, intuitive ergonomics, and authentic design. Some 45 years after the first GTI’s world première, Volkswagen is now launching the eighth generation. The first Golf GTI of the digital age will be a brand new, networked, and fully-fledged sporting vehicle.
The eighth Golf GTI is the most digital GTI of all time. Its entire electronic architecture has been created from scratch. And that changes everything. The new generation of software and hardware is tangible inside and when driving the vehicle. On the interior, drivers have access to a digitally-networked world of displays and controls. This enables the driver to customize the visual look and technology of their Golf GTI more intuitively, and in greater detail, than ever before. The driver can decide on functions including the color range of the background lighting and the individual configuration of the infotainment system, the Digital Cockpit and the engine sound—and they also have a greater influence on their Golf GTI’s handling characteristics than previously.
The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager control system makes its debut in the Golf GTI, controlling the XDS® electronic differential lock, the VAQ electronically-controlled, torque-sensing, limited-slip differential that is now standard, and also the lateral dynamics of the optional DCC® adaptive damping system. Drivers can customize their setup using the standard driving mode selection feature and a more finely adjustable DCC system. Sharper driving dynamics guarantee an enhanced and unadulterated driving experience as the eighth Golf GTI handles extremely accurately, virtually eliminating understeer.
The new Golf GTI is powered by a 242-horsepower (180 kW) 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection EA888 evo4 TSI® engine, with maximum torque of 273 pound-feet (370 Nm). The TSI unit is coupled with a standard manual six-speed transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG®). The electronically limited top speed is 155 mph in both cases.
Compared with its predecessor, the new Golf GTI body has become lower, longer and even sportier. Designers created each body part from scratch and worked with the aerodynamicists to hone the vehicle in the wind tunnel. The drag coefficient (Cd) of the basic model dropped from 0.3 to 0.275 and the aerodynamics have been improved by a range of individual measures: Cd-optimized exterior mirrors; aerodynamic corners; a bespoke GTI roof spoiler; extensive underbody panels; and aerodynamically refined wheelarch linings.
The car also features a range of traditional and completely new exterior features. The red strip in the radiator grille is a must for a GTI and stretches across the vehicle’s entire front end above the radiator grille, merging with the fenders. For the first time, the red GTI strip is refined by a parallel LED crossbar below it, which gives the Golf GTI a new and unmistakable light signature. The exhaust system’s tailpipes, arranged either side of the rear diffuser, as well as chrome/red GTI badges on the front fenders, the hatch and on the radiator grille are also specific to the Golf GTI.
Interior highlights include new sport seats with integrated head restraints that are reminiscent of the first Golf GTI thanks to their red stitching and a tartan “Scalepaper” style fabric on the seat and backrest areas. The new multifunction sport steering wheel has been specifically designed with a red appliqué and the GTI badge. The new engine Start/Stop button comes as standard in the Golf GTI and pulses red until the engine has been started.
Every new Golf GTI is fitted with assist systems such as the Lane Assist lane keeping system, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Monitoring, the XDS electronic differential lock and also, for Europe, Car2X (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure). In the interior, the Digital Cockpit and standard 8.25-inch Composition Media infotainment system have been digitalized and integrated into a network, providing We Connect and We Connect Plus online services and functions. Other standard features include a multifunction steering wheel, single-zone automatic climate control, the Press & Drive comfort start system, Bluetooth mobile phone pairing, LED headlights, taillight clusters, and LED daytime running lights, LED reading lights and two USB-C ports. This range of equipment has been extended significantly for the GTI.
The Golf GTI is an icon. “Each member of our team is aware of the responsibility on their shoulders when developing a new Golf. Evolving an icon like this is an enormous challenge but also the most exciting thing that can happen to you as a designer”, explains Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Group Design and the Volkswagen brand’s Design department. He continues: “The Golf GTI also requires an evolution or even a reinvention of the very specific cues of this sports car. And I think that we have done a particularly good job with the new Golf GTI.”
It goes without saying that the eighth Golf GTI will carry the DNA of the original GTI into the future. Bischoff adds: “The new GTI is a design statement; it merges a dynamic, sporty character with uncompromising functionality.” The eighth-generation Golf is again based on the MQB modular transverse architecture, in this case allowing for even sportier proportions. Bischoff adds: “The new Golf GTI boasts a very low, visual center of gravity which we achieved through the wide air intakes at the front and the striking shoulder line. This superior, sporty character gives aesthetic expression to the vehicle’s potential.”
The design of the new Golf GTI embodies attention to detail. An LED strip in the headlight mirrors the red line that runs across the front of the car when the daytime running lights are activated—or when the driver approaches with the key. Another striking and unmistakable feature is the large, single-piece honeycomb lower air intake grille. The new GTI graphics also include optional foglights that have now been integrated into the intake in an X shape.
The 17-inch Richmond aluminum-alloy wheels are standard and also available in 18-inch form. There are other options in 17-, 18- and 19-inch sizes. Red brake calipers peek behind the wheels, another GTI trademark. A bespoke spoiler extends the roof line at the very top of the vehicle silhouette, while the signature C-pillar remains, shared with the regular Golf.
The new Golf has a powerful shoulder section and a strong rear end design, carried over to the GTI. The GTI lettering is now positioned centrally under the new Volkswagen emblem rather than on the driver’s side as it was before. The Golf GTI appears to be even lower than less powerful Golf models thanks to the roof-mounted spoiler.
Right from the outset, Volkswagen created distinctive, unmistakable GTI styling cues with the multitude of interior details—the sport steering wheel with three silver double spokes and recessed Wolfsburg emblem, the golf ball shift lever, and plaid GTI sport seats with black side bolsters.
The sport steering wheel of yesteryear has been transformed into a new multifunction wheel with touch controls. The three silver spokes have been retained, with a red outline on the lower spoke. The plaid seat design is now called Scalepaper (featuring red seams with grey and black plaid), with all the decorative seams and edging also being picked out in red.
The Golf GTI’s digital displays start up as soon as the doors are opened. They are a fusion of the standard Digital Cockpit and the Infotainment system. Composition Media, featuring an 8.25-inch screen, is installed in this vehicle as standard while the 10-inch Discover Pro system is available as an option. Discover Pro merges with the Digital Cockpit to form the Innovision Cockpit, offering further enhanced functionality. Regardless of which infotainment system is fitted, the visual and functional fusion of systems creates a new and consistent digital architecture. Background lighting, which comes as standard, embeds the displays and all other illuminated interior areas (dash, door trim, storage compartment, footwell) in a spectrum of 30 configurable colors.
“The Golf GTI has always been synonymous with pure driving pleasure. Few other vehicles in this category offer a similarly finely tuned balance between sportiness and comfort,” says Karsten Schebsdat, Manager Vehicle Dynamics and Chassis Control Systems. “Considering the Golf GTI Mk7 already handled great, we aimed to further enhance the driving pleasure of the Mk8 Golf GTI with even more direct steering response and handling. And we have succeeded.”
This is a new, enhanced GTI experience. “We owe this to elements including the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager that centrally coordinates all electromechanical running gear functions,” Schebsdat says. “Thanks to the combination of new running gear plus the VAQ and the Vehicle Dynamics Manager we were able to elevate the Golf GTI’s outstanding overall performance to an even higher level.“
The control arm bearings, springs and bump stops on the front suspension have been reconfigured, as have the damping hydraulics. The front suspension weight has also been cut by nearly 7 pounds thanks to a new aluminum subframe optimized to provide maximum rigidity. The front axle spring rate has been increased by five percent in comparison to the Golf GTI Mk 7.
The rear axle also features a new bearing and spring setup, with reconfigured helper springs and damper bearings. As is the case for the front axle, the rear axle also features new damping hydraulics. The spring rate at the rear axle has been increased by 15 percent compared with the Golf GTI Mk7.
The Vehicle Dynamics Manager coordinates and activates the functions of the electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, the electronic XDS differential lock, and the adaptive damping system. In this process, adapting the individual wheel damping (200 times a second) guarantees particularly agile and accurate handling, virtually eliminating understeer. This is partially due to the VAQ being able to increase torque in Sport mode. At a race track, it is possible to adapt the stability control (ESC) in two stages. In ESC Sport mode, the ESC thresholds and traction control (ASR) slip thresholds are increased to reduce the intensity of interventions. In ESC Off mode, ambitious drivers can deactivate ESC altogether. However, Front Assist and Swerve Assist reactivate ESC in emergencies.
The VAQ torque-sensing limited-slip differential offers benefits including a variable degree of intervention, full integration into the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, and ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions. This makes it possible to completely avoid interference with the steering, as is the case with mechanical locking differentials. Thanks to a multi-plate clutch, the VAQ optimizes grip and handling in fast corners, thus enhancing the performance and ultimately providing additional driving pleasure.
The DCC adaptive damping system continuously reacts to the road surface and driving situation while taking account of various inputs including steering, braking, and acceleration. By means of the set driving profile mode, the driver can influence the reduction in body motion as desired. The required damping is calculated for each wheel and adjusted at the four dampers within fractions of a second. This ensures that DCC always provides the highest level of driving comfort and ideal driving dynamics in conjunction with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
In the latest DCC generation, the vehicle setup can be extended in INDIVIDUAL mode to go beyond the existing range of the fixed COMFORT, ECO and SPORT modes. The driver can accurately set and store their personal driving profile using a digital slider. Beyond the COMFORT setting, the body is “decoupled” from the road surface as much as possible, thus boosting comfort. Beyond SPORT mode, there is an extended setting range with maximum damping for minimized body movements and extremely direct handling for that unbridled GTI feeling.
The progressive variable-rate steering system is installed as standard in the new Golf GTI. This is essentially differentiated from the basic steering system by variable steering rack and pinion gearing as well as a more powerful electric motor. This system has also been enhanced, with a more direct ratio and new software and software algorithms. The variable ratio on the steering significantly reduces the effort required when maneuvering and parking, but on winding country roads the steering is more direct. From lock to lock, there’s a mere 2.1 turns.
Enthusiasts will recognise in the latest 911 Targa stylish design cues from the legendary 1965 original, such as the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window – with no C-pillar. Unlike the classic models, however, on the new 911 Targa the roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds. Pioneered in the prior generation model, when the button is pressed the fully-automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats, providing a choreographed kinematic spectacle in the process.
Power for the Targa models is true to the Porsche 911 tradition in its use of a charismatic flat-six, rear-mounted engine. Like its Coupé and Cabriolet siblings, the 3.0-litre flat-six engine with twin turbochargers in the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 385 PS (+15 PS). In combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, acceleration from 0-62 mph is possible in 4.2 seconds – one tenth faster than before. Where permitted, top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 180 mph. WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 25.9 – 26.9 mpg, equivalent to 239 – 247 g/km CO2 Combined.
The flat-six engine in the 911 Targa 4S offers 450 PS (+30 PS) and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds under the same conditions – four tenths faster than its predecessor. Top speed for the 4S is 189 mph, where permitted, and WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 25.4 – 27.2 mpg, equivalent to 236 – 253 g/km CO2 Combined.
Both models feature an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and intelligent Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive is standard on each 911 Targa to deliver confident dynamic performance in all weathers and road conditions. As a no-cost option, and to further amplify the pure driving experience of the open-roof style, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with the new seven-speed manual gearbox, with which the Sport Chrono package is combined.
Elegant Targa design with a modern interpretation
The exterior of the 911 Targa is characterised by the design elements of its ‘Type 992’ model generation. Compared to the prior model, the familiar 911 silhouette has evolved and the nose features more pronounced front wheel arches incorporating rounded, LED headlights and the bonnet has a distinctive recess evoking the design of the earliest 911 generations. A variably extending rear spoiler and integrated light bar brings further distinction to the tail. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is aluminium.
The interior of the Targa echoes the 911 Carrera models and is characterised by the clear, straight-lined design language of its dashboard and recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central rev counter – very much a defining feature for Porsche – two thin, frameless freeform displays extend information to the driver. A compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions is located below the 10.9-inch centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with online navigation.
The model for a new class of sports car since 1965
Unveiled at the IAA Frankfurt Show in 1965, the first 911 Targa 2.0 was a trailblazer for a whole new type of car. Originally marketed as a "safety cabriolet with anti-roll bar" - primarily in response to increased safety legislation in America - the Targa, with its detachable roof, soon established itself as an independent concept and indeed became a style icon.
Right to the present day, Porsche has continued to combine two worlds in the 911 Targa: open-top driving in a cabriolet paired with the sleek convenience of a coupé. The name ‘Targa’ comes from the famous Targa Florio race and since the mid-sixties has been synonymous with the Porsche open driving concept.
Production of the vehicle began towards the end of 1966 with the market launch of the 911 Targa taking place in 1967. This roof concept was enhanced from one 911 generation to the next. During this time, the Targa acquired the status of a stand-alone model in the Porsche range, becoming the choice for one in ten 911 buyers.
For the 1996 model year, Porsche presented a fully revised version of the 911 Targa (‘Type 993’). The entire roof was made of glass, with an electric sliding glass cover above the driver and front seat passenger that could be lowered and retracted beneath the hinged rear glass window.
Precisely 20 years after the last 911 Targa with the classic roll-over bar style (based on the ‘Type 964’) was discontinued, the ‘Type 991’ 911 generation in 2014 was the first to introduce the innovative, integrated folding powered roof mechanism. Now, the latest ‘Type 992‘ further refines this concept to bring the 911 Targa story right up to date.
Every 911 Targa is all-wheel drive
The enhanced performance of the all-wheel drive goes hand-in-hand with further development of the front-axle drive. As previously introduced on the 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models, the clutch and differential unit is now water-cooled and has reinforced clutch discs for greater robustness and a higher load capacity. The increased actuating torque at the clutch improves its adjustment accuracy and the function of the additional front-axle drive. Overall, the enhanced front-axle drive with PTM (Porsche Traction Management) contributes to even better all-wheel traction in all road conditions.
The 911 Targa 4 rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 ZR tyres on the front axle and 295/35 ZR tyres on 20-inch wheels on the rear axle. As standard, the 4S model is fitted with 245/35 ZR tyres on its 20-inch front wheels and 305/30 ZR tyres on its 21-inch rears. On the Targa 4, braking performance is delivered by 330-millimetre diameter discs with black four-piston monobloc fixed calipers. The red-painted brake calipers on the Targa 4S have six pistons at the front axle, four at the rear while its discs measure 350 mm front and rear. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an option.
Further developed chassis control systems
The electronically controlled variable damping system PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is part of the standard equipment on the 911 Targa. This system automatically adjusts the damping characteristics in terms of driving comfort and handling to each driving situation and has two manually adjustable maps, Normal and Sport.
Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which includes an electronic rear differential lock with fully variable torque distribution, is standard for the Targa 4S, and available as an option on the Targa 4. When the manual transmission is specified on the S model, variable torque distribution on the rear wheels via controlled braking interventions is delivered by Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) in combination with a mechanical rear limited slip differential.
Like the other eighth generation Porsche 911 variants, the Targa models are also equipped with Porsche Wet mode as standard. Sensors fitted in the front wheel housings are capable of detecting water on the road surface and, if significant volumes of water are picked up, a signal in the cockpit provides a recommendation for the driver to manually switch to Wet mode. The vehicle drive systems are then adapted to the conditions to guarantee maximum driving stability.
New technology has also been integrated to extend the range of features and, for the first time, Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise control, is available on the 911 Targa. The enhanced Smartlift function enables ground clearance to be programmed, so the front ride height can be raised. The list of options is supplemented by an extensive range from Porsche Tequipment and new personalisation options from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
Porsche will further extend the combination of traditional style elements, timeless design and cutting-edge technology in a special edition of the 911 Targa, which will make its debut in June.
On sale today
The new models are available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland from today, arriving with customers from August. The 911 Targa 4 is priced from £98,170.00 RRP and the 911 Targa 4S from £109,725.00.00 RRP.
Customers will also be invited to explore the potential of their new car, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
The Tivoli facelift boast new exterior front styling, and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV and features a whole range of enhancements to the outgoing model. It pairs new stylish exterior and interior design with advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as efficient new powertrains complying with future emission standards. All wrapped up with a comprehensive and market-leading 7-year/ 150,000-mile warranty.
An evolution in Tivoli design
Tivoli takes its name from the Italian town near Rome with a reputation for style. Noted for its cultural heritage and beautiful location, the gardens at Villa d’Este have inspired others to use its name, including Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. SsangYong’s new Tivoli takes inspiration from its Italian namesake with a design that blends excitement with style and performance. With a renewed exterior design and brand-new interior, SsangYong’s B-segment SUV Tivoli offers European styling, class-leading safety and competitive fuel efficiency.
Tivoli was launched in Korea in January 2015, and immediately achieved sales in its home market of over 3,000 vehicles a month. Its international debut was at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, and sales of petrol engine models began in June following its media launch in Europe. Since Tivoli has been praised universally for meeting a wide range of customer requirements and in the region of 50,000 cars have been sold in Europe from its launch to date.
Five years since its initial launch, new Tivoli is now available with a brace of new high-tech petrol engines - a 1.2 GDi Turbo 3-cylinder engine and a 1.5 GDi Turbo 4-cylinder engine - and an uprated version of the 1.6 diesel engine.
Tivoli offers the perfect all-round compact SUV with smart driving technology, a brilliant digital interface, advanced safety technology, and a wide range of design upgrades, both inside and out.
The new Tivoli has a choice of brand new 1.2 GDi-T and 1.5 GDi-T litre direct injection and turbo charged petrol engines or an uprated 1.6 litre diesel engine compliant with the latest Euro 6D emission standards. Drawing on considerable knowledge of petrol engines, the new 3-cylinder 1.2 litre GDi-Turbo engine is aimed at delivering a powerful yet eco-friendly, quiet and refined driving experience, and is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.2-litre engine output is 128PS @ 5000 RPM and 230NM of torque at 1750-3500RPM. SsangYong's 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine boasts a robust performance of a maximum output of 163PS at 5,500RPM and maximum torque of 280NM of torque at 1,500 to 4,000RPM with automatic transmission. Also, a double carbon accumulation prevention valve system has been applied to increase reliability. The Tivoli’s uprated 1.6 diesel engine performs with a maximum output of 136PS at 4000RPM with a maximum torque of 324NM at 1500-2500RPM with automatic transmission.
The has a 4* NCAP safety rating. It’s built on a high-strength construction and features a comprehensive suite of the latest electronic safety aids. An increased level of Active Safety has been applied to new Tivoli that helps prevent accidents and utilises class-leading technologies to provide greater safety. All trim levels have a minimum of 6 airbags and electronic safety features including Front Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Front Vehicle Start Alert (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Emergency Stop System (ESS), Safety Distance Alert (SDA).
New Tivoli Ultimate features an LCD smart instrument cluster. It’s a 10.25” high resolution LCD instrument cluster which provides driving information in a style to suite consumer style and taste. There is a choice of a bold digital screen with bright red graphics or a sophisticated analogue style format, the cluster provides the whole range of data, giving the means adjust safety, comfort and technological features, ranging from the sensitivity of Tivoli’s automatic braking system to the choice of welcome chime when turning on the ignition. Each trim level features DAB+ for the clearest of sounds and use Bluetooth technology to connect to phone and to stream music.
8” Screen Smart Audio System
This system, standard on Ventura and Ultimate models, includes:
Now available with new 1.2 GDi-T and 1.5 GDi-T petrol engines and an upgraded 1.6 diesel engine, the SsangYong Tivoli is extremely well equipped and comes with generous levels of equipment as standard. Adorned with all round new and striking styling, this B-segment vehicle comfortably seats five with plenty of cargo space and has the versatility that you would expect from a modern SUV.
There are three trim levels to choose from – the entry-spec EX, mid-spec Ventura and the high-spec Ultimate. The EX entry level is available with the brand new 1.2L GDi-T petrol and manual transmission only. Newly named mid-spec Ventura is also available with the 1.2L GDi-T petrol engine with manual transmission only. Finally, the high-spec Ultimate model is available with 1.5L GDi-T petrol or uprated 1.6 diesel, in both manual and automatic transmissions.
The new Tivoli EX is available with the new 1.2 GDi-T petrol engine and manual transmission only. It boasts cruise control, electric windows, remote central locking, smart steering, DAB Radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, 16” steel wheels with covers, manual air conditioning, 6 airbags and electronic safety features including Front Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Front Vehicle Start Alert (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Emergency Stop System (ESS), Safety Distance Alert (SDA). It has black deluxe fabric seats, D-cut steering wheel, tinted glass, and electric windows.
The Tivoli Ventura, which is available the new 1.2 GDi-T petrol engine and manual transmission only, adds newly designed 16” alloys, black faux leather TPU and cloth seats with front seat heaters, 7” integral touchscreen with rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated leather steering wheel, leather gear knob, a seventh airbag, floor mats, mini spare, luggage cover, LED front fogs, roof rails, keyless start, auto lights, wipers, front and rear parking sensors.
Step up to the Tivoli Ultimate, available with manual or automatic transmission and the new 1.5 GDi-T petrol and upgraded 1.6 litre diesel engines. In addition to the Tivoli Ventura, the Ultimate boasts 18” diamond cut alloys with road tyres, leather seats (heated front), dual zone air conditioning, 10.25” smart LED cluster and powered folding mirrors.
This can be seen instantly in the car’s design: a purist yet highly emotional exterior and interior visualise the GP genes more radically than ever before. The MINI John Cooper Works GP follows on from the likewise limited-edition John Cooper Works GP small series of 2013 and 2006.
The exterior – emotionally designed top-level performance.
The flat front section with its wide track, large front apron, flared wheel arches and a rear wing visible even from the front instantly conveys uncompromising dynamic performance. Classic MINI icons such as the elliptical headlights and the hexagonal radiator grille ensure a clear-cut sense of identity and high recognition value. At the same time, characteristic John Cooper Works elements such as the hood scoop in the bonnet and the hexagonal honeycomb grille with GP logo in the radiator grille underscore the sporty perception of the front.
The side view of the MINI John Cooper Works GP reveals the sportiest MINI silhouette to date. The interplay between the narrowing window area and the rising shoulder line traces a wedge shape at the side that gives the impression of acceleration even when the car is stationary. Below this, voluminous surfaces form a powerful vehicle corpus. The large front apron and large roof spoiler give the side view maximum sporty flair as well as ensuring aerodynamic optimum performance. The exterior paint finish Racing Grey metallic alternates between light grey and blue-violet, creating a powerful sense of depth, while the roof and mirror caps are finished in Melting Silver. All typical chrome elements at the front, side and rear such as MINI logos, door handles, fuel filler cap, side scuttle and headlight surrounds are finished in high-gloss black in this small-scale series.
Racing feeling with striking colour accentuations and carbon fibre elements.
Deliberate MINImalism in terms of form and colour focuses on technology, further emphasised by coloured accentuations in high-gloss Chili Red and matt Rosso metallic. The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre optimises the power-to-weight ratio, while the highly optimised axle load distribution promises the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling. The absolute highlight in the side view are the attached wheel arch covers – so-called spats – which are made of carbon fibre. Elaborately hand-crafted recycled carbon fleece from the Landshut plant is used here. For the first time, the carbon fibre fabric is directly visible and showcased by means of black hexagon stitching. Meanwhile the numbering in the front spat shows the small-series production number. The 18” lightweight forged wheels in bi-colour design interpret the striking four-spoke theme of the MINI John Cooper Works GP in filigree style. It is the lightest 18” forged wheel ever to feature in the MINI, making a significant contribution to weight reduction.
The rear section echoes the distinctive front and side design. The expressive roof spoiler is not only a statement in sporty styling: its shape also ensures optimum downforce and fits in perfectly with the geometry. The same goes for the air diffusers and air ducting surfaces in the apron. Prominently placed at the centre of the lower rear area, the classic double tailpipe embodies the John Cooper Works DNA. The bright stainless steel double tailpipes are manufactured with the largest possible diameter and protrude powerfully and puristically from the diffuser.
The interior – pure racing style.
The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP combines purist sporty flair with powerful colour accentuations. The dark colour and material concept creates a reduced, sporty basic mood, with high-quality, deliberately coloured details at selected points. In the driver area, the new free-standing digital instrument cluster on the steering column puts the relevant information in the driver's field of vision as required by the situation at hand.
3D printing in detail.
The latest production techniques such as 3D printing round off the special interior experience. A striking highlight from the driver's perspective are the aluminium shift paddles on the sports steering wheel – manufactured using 3D printing. They echo the hexagonal theme from the exterior in the form of filigree breakthroughs. The shift paddles are a prominent element in the interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP in terms of both appearance and new improved haptics and are featured in this form for the first time in a MINI. Another new element is the 3D-printed steering wheel clasp and the individual decorative trim strip in the passenger area. Each decorative trim strip is unique and bears the vehicle’s limited-edition production number. Their GP-specific hexagonal structure echoes the surface structure of the shift paddles. In this way, MINI demonstrates a whole new dimension of how 3D printing can be integrated in the serial production process. The use of additive processes such as 3D printing not only raises customisation to a new level, it also enables entirely new forms of design style that were not previously possible using conventional tools.
Minimalistic rear area.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP does not have a rear seat, as was the case in the predecessor models, with preference instead being given to achieving the lowest possible overall weight. The clear and tidy surfaces of the rear compartment also reflect a reduction to the essentials. The large “GP” lettering in the rear panel is achieved by the use of different grains and gives the interior a striking, novel accentuation. Behind the front seats, a red cross-brace generates a racing atmosphere.
The 2001 Toyota Prius, the world's first production hybrid car, had arrived, and it would profoundly change the trajectory of automotive propulsion evolution.
Over the next two decades, Toyota would go on to sell more than 6 million Prius vehicles worldwide and more than 3.6 million total hybrid models (including Lexus) in the US. Toyota Prius sales in the US reached 1.9 million through 2019, and the model name became synonymous with hybrid technology. The original Prius went into production for the Japanese market in 1997.
And so, Toyota is marking the special anniversary of the groundbreaking Prius, the foundational car of its global hybrid leadership, by offering the Prius 2020 Edition for model year 2021. Toyota will offer 2,020 of these special models, based on the well-equipped XLE FWD grade. Available in a choice of Supersonic Red or the new Wind Chill Pearl, the 2020 Edition features striking black exterior trim and unique features, including a color-keyed rear spoiler.
The 2020 Edition model includes black inserts for the 17-inch alloy wheels, blackout headlight components and trim, B-pillars and mirror housings. Unique to the Prius 2020 Edition are a "2020" insignia key glove/fob and floor mats, as well as black shift knob and interior A-pillar trim and smoked HVAC vents.
The overall look is both sporty and elegant, with just a touch of mischief. But there's nothing mischievous about a car rated at a manufacturer preliminary-estimated 54 city MPG / 50 highway MPG / 52 combined MPG and equipped as standard with one of the auto industry's most advanced driver-assist safety systems.
The Prius, which already had Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) standard, steps up to the more capable TSS 2.0 for 2021. This latest version of the critical safety system includes Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Bicyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and Road Sign Assist.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is designed to offer automatic braking capability, under certain conditions, should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist are also standard. Also for 2021, all but the Prius Limited add Android Auto compatibility. Apple CarPlay compatibility was already standard on 2020 Prius models.
The Prius is one of 10 Toyota hybrid models, and one of 11 electrified vehicles with Mirai, a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), available for 2021. Others include the first-ever Corolla Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, RAV4 Prime and Prius Prime.
Its 2020 livery gives the 2021 Prius an added edge of distinction on the road. The unmistakable Prius silhouette is still the car's signature design feature, made to cheat the wind with an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd). An automatic grille shutter reduces aerodynamic drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed.
Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps not only provide better light than halogens, but they also reduce energy consumption and give a longer service life. A full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive Prius design feature.
The foundation of Prius efficiency is the Toyota Hybrid System II. It operates much in the same fashion as the original hybrid system in the 2001 Prius, but is more compact, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient. In the Prius, the system combines the output of a high-efficiency 1.8-litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with that of two motor-generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The advanced Power Control Unit is the key to extracting the greatest efficiency from the powertrain. In most situations, the Prius launches on battery power alone and then seamlessly starts the gas engine and blends its output once underway, turning it off when its power is not needed.
Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, the Prius gasoline engine exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency. The air conditioning system, which uses a quiet electric compressor, works intelligently to maximize energy efficiency, with the Smart-flow (S-FLOW) mode directing airflow only to seated occupants to conserve energy.
The super-low-drag Prius shape is also highly practical. Thanks to its generous cabin room, the Prius is rated as a midsize car by the EPA. The front-wheel drive models, including the 2020 Edition, offer 50.7 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded down, which is more than in some small SUVs.
The Prius XLE grade on which the 2020 Edition model is based comes standard with 17-in. alloy wheels, Safety Connect; heated, SofTex-trimmed 8-way power driver's seat; SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; 3-door Smart Key system with Push Button Start; remote illuminated entry, rear wiper, and Qi wireless phone charging tray that accommodates larger phones.
The standard Toyota Audio system includes a 7-in. touch-screen display; AM/FM CD player; 6 speakers; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility; auxiliary audio jack, one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and two 2.1-amp USB charge ports; advanced voice recognition; Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming; Siri Eyes Free, and an integrated backup camera display.
All Prius models share the familiar central screen interface, a signature feature in every Prius since the original. The 4.2-in. color Dual Multi-Information Display with customisable screens includes Energy Monitor and Hybrid System Indicator with Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, and Eco Diary features, plus displays for climate control, driver support systems, audio system content, and the navigation system.