The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports car lovers like something out of this world. The VW-Porsche 914 polarized people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise, others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some 120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up six-digit sales figures.
Vintage! Porsche 911S | drive it!
The 911 is THE iconic sports car and the raspy note from its air-cooled
engine became its trademark.Two years after the 911 hit the showrooms,
Porsche came out with the even more powerful 911S. Under the hood was a 2
liter motor pumping out 160 PS. It was enough to take car and driver to a
top speed of over 220 km/h. The original design from 1963 was the work of
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who was just 28 years old at the time. The
car's timeless silhouette still catches the eye today and provides the
blueprint for all 911s that followed.
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.
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.
drive it!: The Motor Magazine | drive it!
An SUV with a fuel consumption of just six liters per 100 kilometers?
Mercedes wants to make that possible with the third generation M-Class. We
also compare the Citroën DS4 with the Alfa Romeo Guiletta. And the
driverless car: how driving assistants are taking over.
present it! The Next Generation Mercedes M-Class
Mercedes is introducing the new generation of its M-class series. The
automaker has traditionally been behind the curve when it comes to
eco-friendly technology, but they want to change that now.The new M-class
is expected to consume 25% less fuel than its predecessor and it will meet
European emissions standards too. All the gas and diesel engines have been
redesigned with seven-speed gearboxes - and they, too, consume less fuel,
thanks to the start-stop function. The new M-class resembles both the CL
luxury convertible and the E-Class, but all in all it's kept the
traditional M-Class look. Drive It! takes the new car out for a spin.
Citroën DS4 and Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Italian and French carmakers have style down to a tee, from the cut and
form to the fabrics and colors. But what about the technology?We compare
the Citroën DS4 and the Alfa Romeo Giuletta. Both carmakers want their
designs to be different and eye-catching, but we take a closer look at just
how they drive, and how comfortable they are inside with our seat test.
inside it! Driving Assistance Systems
Just a few years back, driving assistant systems were only reserved for
luxury cars. But now you can find the specialized programs in all sorts of
new cars, in almost every segment and class.These systems can help you
park, pass other cars on the road or even turn night vision into day. Drive
it! tests three cars, from the compact, mid-sized and luxury segments. We
also visit an engineer in the city of Aachen who shows us a car that drives
itself. Are drivers even necessary anymore? We find out.
spot it! Best of British Logos
This time Drive it! takes a closer look at the logos of English automakers.
Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar are synonymous with luxury, and their
trademark logos are as well-known as the cars they adorn. But what's really
behind Bentley's winged 'B'? Why did Jaguar choose the big cat as its
symbol? And who is the mysterious woman that inspired Rolls Royce's iconic
hood ornament the "Spirit of Ecstasy", also known as the "Flying Lady"?
vintage! The VW-Porsche 914
The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what
Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports
car lovers like something out of this world.The VW-Porsche 914 polarized
people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise,
others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some
120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up
six-digit sales figures.