Examine it! Electric Bicycles in a Crash Test | drive it
Electric bicycles are gaining in popularity in Germany, with double digit growth in recent years. But the new, faster bikes also pose safety risks. The electric bicycles can reach speeds of up to 45 kilometers an hour.Many people underestimate the speed of electric bikes with often fatal consequences. We join accident researchers from German insurers to see how electric bikes perform in crash tests.
Vintage. The Borgward Isabella Cabriolet | drive it
In 1954 carmaker Borgward launched its most popular model: the Isabella. Founder Carl Borgward had the sedan converted into a slick coupe specially for his wife. The latter caused such a commotion that the Borgward Isabella Coupé went into volume production in 1957. There was also another version.Body supplier Karl Deutsch was a popular choice at the time for converting regular sedans into flashy convertibles - and Borgward's Isabella was no exception. The result was a very exclusive affair, as only two dozen convertibles based on the Isabella coupé were built. Drive it! discovered one of these rare specimens.
compare it! BMW 1-Series M vs. Audi RS3 | drive it
Two lightweight contenders with the punch of a heavyweight, as the BMW 1-Series M Coupé and the Audi RS3 face off. The dynamic duo certainly have one thing in common: a sumptuous output of 250 kilowatts.In the Audi's case it's delivered by the reborn legendary 5-cylinder engine, whose modern direct injection and turbocharger give it a peak torque of 450 Newton meters. That's matched by the BMW, albeit thanks to a 6-cylinder unit with twin turbochargers. An overBoost function can be activated to raise the torque by a further 50 Newton meters. Both make the dash from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in under 5 seconds.
present it!: Audi RS3 | drive it
Audi's Sporty AS series has a new member, the RS3 Sportback. The difference to the normal A3 is striking - there's a roof spoiler and a large rear diffuser with a double Exhaust and at the front a sporty radiator with large air-intakes. The silver exterior mirrors are also typical of the RS models. The car goes zero to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.6 seconds. But it doesn't come cheap.In Germany the starting price is 49,900 Euros.