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Mercedes-Benz has brought the new generation S-Class to Australia, where it will launch next month in a single trim level with two wheelbase lengths.

Pricing for the S450 4Matic starts at AU$240,700 (US$191,361), excluding on-road costs and dealer fees. Its standard equipment includes a 12.8-inch OLED infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, sat-nav, smartphone integration, wireless charging pad, MBUX assistant and Burmester premium audio.

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The list is far from over, as it also includes ambient lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, electrically adjustable front seats with heating and cooling functions, power closing doors, panoramic sunroof, fingerprint scanner and keyless go with flush-mounted door handles. The Driving Assistance Package, which features several safety systems, as well as the Parking Package, multibeam LED headlights with adaptive highbeam assist, adaptive suspension and many others are standard as well.

The LWB variant, named the S450 L 4Matic, will set buyers back at least AU$264,900 (US$210,600), and it has a 110 mm (4.3 in) longer wheelbase for more backseat legroom. This model features all of the equipment mentioned above, as well as electrically adjustable rear seats with memory function, automatic climate control for backseat occupants and forward facing rear airbags.

Both the S450 and S450 L are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six which puts out 270 kW (367 PS / 362 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque and is coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 48-volt mild-hybrid system adds an extra 16 kW (22 PS / 21 HP) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) for short periods of time. The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 5.1 seconds in both versions, and average fuel economy is rated at 8.2 and 8.4 l/100 km (28.7-28 mpg US) for the standard and long wheelbase respectively.

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The McLaren 765LT may have been the quickest production car on sale, but it appears that it has lost its crown to the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

In recent months, the DragTimes channel on YouTube has put the 765LT through a series of tests to see just how quick it is in a straight line. The best quarter-mile time recorded on a prepped surface was 9.33 seconds, and eager to see how the British supercar would compare to the SF90 Stradale, the YouTuber headed out to Hennessey’s drag strip in Texas for a series of head-to-head races.

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The races between the two were held on a cold day and not on a prepped surface, impacting the acceleration times of both cars. However, the results do give a clear indication of where the Ferrari outpoints the McLaren.

Off the line, the Ferrari is able to put its 986 hp to the ground much more efficiently than the McLaren thanks to its all-wheel drive system which allows it to establish an unassailable lead in the first race. The 765LT performs better in the second and third races, but it is still the SF90 Stradale that comes out on top.

Things get particularly interesting when the duo line up for a series of rolling races. In the first, the driver of the Ferrari botched the launch and hit the rev limiter, allowing the McLaren to take the win. In the others, the SF90 got the lead but as the speeds started to build, the McLaren began to slowly close the gap.

 

While most car manufactures have been forced to cut production due to microchip shortages, Hyundai has so far avoided a similar fate.

Sources assert that the Hyundai Motor Group, including Kia, began to stockpile chips last year while most other car manufacturers started cutting orders for chips due to diminished new car demand in 2020. Not only did Hyundai keep on ordering chips but it actually accelerated purchases of them towards the end of the year.

“Like other automakers, Hyundai also planned to cut production at the beginning of the year because of COVID-19,” one source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. “But procurement read the trend of the semiconductor industry cutting auto chips production and said, ‘if we don’t buy them as well, we’ll be in trouble later on.”

Analysts believe the fact that the South Korean market remained relatively strong throughout the pandemic in 2020 likely influenced the company’s plans to increase chip orders. Hyundai’s decision to keep on ordering the chips also allowed it to reduce costs.

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“This has allowed Hyundai to first, secure auto chips, and second, buy them when they were cheaper,” Korea Investment & Securities analyst Kim Jin-woo said.

In addition, Hyundai has more local suppliers than many of its rivals. These include Telechips which analysts believe will likely prioritize orders from Hyundai.

Hyundai and Kia’s chip supplies won’t last forever, however. In a recent earnings call, Kia said it couldn’t say if it is prepared for the next three to six months but is not “seeing any immediate production disruption.” Hyundai is said to be trying to save the chips it has by adjusting production of its weaker-selling Sonata model in Korea.