Vintage: Porsche 911 Turbo | Drive it!
Our test driver Christoph Bauer regularly borrows classic cars from the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg and takes them out for a spin. All of the vehicles in the museum's collection represent milestones of automotive history. This time around Christoph wants a lean, mean driving machine -- and the Porsche 911 turbo fits the bill perfectly.The car made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1974. Initially fitted with a 260 horsepower engine, the 911 turbo got a power Boost in 1977. Thanks to its new intercooling system, the 3.3-liter motor could generate 300 horsepower. As the world's first turbocharged, series production supercar, the Porsche 911 turbo combined power with luxury. And it still impresses over 3 decades later -- rocketing from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in 5.5 seconds flat.
vintage: Porsche 3.0 SC | drive it
Just about everyone dreams of buying a Porsche 911 - but a new one is a pricey investment.One option is to buy an older model. The Porsche 3.0 SC, which was built from 1978-1983, takes just 6.8 seconds to go from 0-100 km/h, and its top speed is 225 km/h. But when you are buying an old Porsche you need to be clever - repairs can be costly. Porsche specialist Helmut Freinecker tells us about the pitfalls.
vintage: Mercedes C111 | drive it!
More than forty years ago, car lovers the world over watched as the Mercedes C 111 rounded the track. Presented in 1969 as a two-seater with a fiberglass body and Wankel engine under its hood, the C 111 created a real stir in the motor world. True to the Mercedes motto"only the best is good enough,"it was developed almost to the point of going into series production.The C111 was widely praised for its unusual design, but the 1973 oil crisis blocked it from getting onto the road. The Wankel engine was thirsty, not thrifty, so the car was sent out to the track instead. drive it! recalls a much-loved model that never made it into the showroom.
Compare it! "Active Brake Assist"systems | drive it!
Cars of today use the latest technology to keep their occupants from harm."Active Brake Assist"systems are just one example of how they do that.These systems are designed to significantly reduce the severity of collisions. They're able to recognize potentially dangerous situations and warn the driver or even intervene itself to bring the vehicle to a halt. What is this technology really capable of? To find out, Drive it! compares six different systems with the help of Germany's automobile association, the ADAC.