Honda has changed its luxury sedan strategy several times in Brazil, O agreement. In the past, the car came in versions with six-cylinder engines – which provided good performance, but with high fuel consumption.
The 2.0 turbo engine came at the end of 2018, which reduced gasoline consumption. But efficiency, in fact, arrived on the 2022 line.
The Japanese automaker has adopted a hybrid kit that favors electric mode. The power has dropped from 256 hp to 184 hp, but now there is a 2.0-liter engine without a turbo and two electric ones (one works as a generator). The result: an average consumption of 28.9 km/l in the city, the best result ever achieved by a petrol car in the Folha-Mauá test.
Or more or less gasoline. The 2.0-liter engine works best at a speed of more than 100 km/h, when it is compatible with the car on the road.
In the city, your task is to enable sprints and keep a small charge battery, burning as little fuel as possible.
Introduced in small batches—sold under order—, the Honda Accord doesn’t even appear on the automaker’s website. But another novel with a hybrid system has already been confirmed for this year: the citizens of the new generation.
The fastest among luxury cars was BMW M440i, which has a 3.0 turbo engine (387 hp).
The car went from zero to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, the same mark as the Mercedes CLA 35 AMG. The tie breaker came in the attempt to restart from 80 km/h to 120 km/h.
The M 440i completed this part of the test in 2.9 seconds, while the competitor clocked in at 3.7 seconds.
The BMW is a classic luxury car: two-door, rear-wheel drive, smooth-driving coupe. The space is designed for two occupants, and it is difficult to even reach the back seat.
It is also a rare car to see on the street, both in design and price – about R$600,000.
Its platform is the same as the 3 Series sedan, which will undergo a change soon. BMW confirmed that production in Araquari (SC) starts in September.
The model comes with a new digital panel, consisting of two slightly curved screens. On the outside, there are new bumpers and headlights.
The current model also passed the Folha-Mauá test, in the 320i version. It was the only luxury model with adaptive technology among those evaluated, with no competitors when fueled by ethanol.
HOW THE TESTS ARE DONE
To measure the performance of vehicles, IMT (Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia) uses V-Box, devices that use GPS signals.
Acceleration and restart tests are carried out on the track of the ZF company, in Limeira (in the countryside of São Paulo).
The point to check the use in the city is 27 kilometers long. To simulate a road trip at 90 kilometers per hour, the engineers drive for 31 kilometers. Both routes are located in São Caetano do Sul (ABC), where the headquarters of the institute are located.
If the car is flex-fuel, two tests are done: one with ethanol, the other with gasoline.
The consumption of electric models is measured through a charger installed on the IMT. The test calculates the cost of running 100 km in urban and road conditions.