A longtime favorite among young car enthusiasts was the rally Subaru WRX STI, but the automaker released a “shocking” statement regarding the car’s future:
“As the automotive market continues to evolve towards electrification, Subaru is focused on how our future sports and performance cars should evolve to meet the needs of market evolution and gas regulations and requirements. emissions (GHG), zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), and company average fuel consumption (CAFE).
“As part of this effort, Subaru Corporation is exploring opportunities for the next generation Subaru WRX STI, including electrification. In the meantime, a next-generation WRX STI internal combustion engine will not be produced based on the new WRX platform.
“The Subaru WRX STI and the STI brand represent the zenith of Subaru performance vehicles, exemplifying Subaru’s unique rallying DNA and heritage. As we look to the future, we also look forward to bringing the essence of STI into our next generation of vehicles.
Washington (State) will ban the sale of gasoline vehicles
The Washington Legislature – the state, not DC – voted to ban sales of new gas-powered vehicles by 2030. The “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package was handed over to Governor Jay Inslee for signing at the end of last week, according to a press release from Coltura, a nonprofit focused on phasing out the use of gasoline and a major backer of the bill.
The legislation would end sales of new gas-powered vehicles 5 years earlier than California’s 2035 goal.
Audi offers infotainment in virtual reality
Starting this summer, Audi will offer an infotainment system with virtual reality capability. Those in the back seat can put on VR glasses for a variety of options, including games, movies and interactive content, the company told South by Southwest.
The MIB 3 (modular infotainment toolkit) infotainment with holoride capability goes into production in June and will be offered in a variety of Audi vehicles.
BMW acquires the Alpina brand
Alpina, known for its high-performance tuning of BMW vehicles, was acquired by BMW Group. Founded over 50 years ago and based in Buchloe, near Munich, Alpina is entering what the announcement calls “a new chapter”.
“For more than fifty years, the Buchloe firm has demonstrated how to deliver premium car cachet through meticulous attention to detail,” BMW said. “The BMW Group is also driven by this same passion for cars that capture the imagination.
“That’s why today we are starting a new chapter in our long-standing partnership. Acquiring the brand rights will allow us to shape the long-term journey of this brand steeped in tradition.
The announcement also highlighted the challenges faced by small series manufacturers such as Alpina as the automotive industry shifts to electric vehicles.
Karaoke in the car
VinFast, Vietnam’s new automaker, will offer Cerence Sing, an in-vehicle karaoke system, in its VF 8 and VF 9 models. The Cerence Sing, powered by Stingray Karaoke, features a catalog of over 100,000 songs in more than one dozen languages, according to the press release.
“Unlike other in-car karaoke offerings, Cerence Sing prioritizes safety alongside the enjoyment of an interactive karaoke experience,” according to the announcement.
Not only is the system integrated into the car’s infotainment system, but it offers a driver mode with spoken rather than visual speech as well as a classic “available only in case of security” mode allowing passengers to see the speech on the touch screen.
Ducati’s new track bike
Ducati calls its new Panigale V4 SP2 “the ultimate track machine”. The motorcycle, produced in numbered series, is equipped with carbon fiber wheels, Brembo brakes, a dry clutch and a specific kit based on the WorldSBK-bike race for track use.
SP stands for Sport Production and is powered by a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine rated at 215 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.