Autocar confidential: Audi R8 RWS to make a comeback, Seat creating new audio tech and Rolls-Royce accepts Bitcoin

The brand new BMW Z4 M40i
Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week's gossip from throughout the automotive trade

This week's snippets of automotive information embrace information on the brand new BMW Z4, Audi R8 RWS, Seat creating new audio tech and Rolls-Royce accepting Bitcoin.    

BMW Z4 M40i sooner than M2:

The brand new BMW Z4 M40i is three seconds sooner across the Nürburgring than the M2, in line with Z4 product supervisor Andreas Ederer. “The benchmark goal throughout growth was the driving dynamics of the M240i, however the automobile obtained so good that that benchmark is now the M2,” Ederer stated. The time makes the Z4 simply three seconds slower than that set by the M4 Coupé.

Audi R8 RWS to make a comeback:

Audi sport is contemplating bringing again the rear-wheel-drive R8 RWS when the facelifted model arrives later this yr. Advertising supervisor Linda Kurz informed Autocar the RWS was “a terrific success” for Audi, and is “one thing that we're trying into” for the up to date automobile. The limited-run RWS was the brainchild of Stephan Winkelmann, former Audi Sport head and present Bugatti president.

Seat to develop new audio tech:

Seat is working with start-up agency Noveto to develop a automobile audio system that works with out audio system or headphones. The brand new know-how would beam sound waves from units straight into the ears of particular person passengers, permitting every particular person to take heed to a unique sound supply on the identical time.

Rolls-Royce dealerships accepts Bitcoin: 

A US-based Rolls-Royce dealership has grow to be the primary to simply accept Bitcoin as a technique of fee for its fashions. Put up Oak Motors in Houston, Texas, will settle for the net foreign money by way of the BitPay processor. Presently, one Bitcoin is price round £5000, which means that it might take just below 48 Bitcoins to safe the ‘entry-level’ Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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