drive it! - This time, we're taking a ride on the road ... and in the water. But before we arrive in Rotterdam for a city tour on a swimming bus, we present the new Audi Q3, one of the latest contenders in the compact SUV market.We'll also take a summer ride on a special three-wheeler before putting the Mercedes SLK, BMW Z4 and Audi TT to the test. And we'll check in with competitors at the Porsche Carrera World Cup as they face off against the challenging "Nordschleife" track at the Nürburgring.
The Motor Magazine - 09.04.2010 | drive it
present it!: Audi R8 Spyder The Audi R8 has always been one of the most
eye-catching cars on the road. Now the German carmaker has released the
convertible version, and it is also turning heads. In fact, the technical
data alone is enough to make those heads start to spin.The 10-cylinder
engine gives the Spyder 525 horsepower from just 5.2
liters of displacement. The car can rocket from a standstill to 100 km/h in
just 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313 km/h. The suspension is tight,
but forgiving -- unlike the prices, which, in Germany, start at €156,000.
taste it!: Nissan Qashqai Three years ago, Nissan introduced the Qashqai.
Since then, the crossover model has sold over 500,000 units worldwide. The
seven-seater Qashqai+2 is an especially popular variant. The combination
station-wagon/SUV was designed in Europe, and is built at the companys
Sunderland factory in northern England.The majority of visible changes in
the facelift were made to the front end of the car, where hood, fenders,
grille and headlights were completely reworked. At the back, the Qashqai
was given new taillights and a roof spoiler.
test it!: Citroen DS3 Sportier, more dynamic -- and not retro. The Citroen
DS3 is a member of the upstart generation at the venerable French carmaker.
The designers have developed a stylish little runaround based on the C3
platform that could end up giving BMW's Mini some stiff competition.The DS3
has an idiosyncratic look, and offers a huge range of color combinations
for individualists. Similar to the Mini, prices for the latest Citroen
start in Germany at just over €15,000.
vintage: Adler 1914 In the early 20th century cars were still a luxury
bought either by the extremely rich or those obsessed with technology. The
1914 Adler marked a turning point in the car world.Its advanced technical
features plus a robust and dependable construction were a winning
combination for customers looking for a practical and quick means of
transportation rather than a sophisticated toy.
The Motor Magazine - 13.07.2011 | drive it!
Join drive it! and learn more about Citroën's look back at its glorious
design past with the unveiling of cars reminiscent of the DS21. We check
out the latest family member, the DS4. drive it! also takes a critical look
at luxury sedans, comparing the Audi A6 with the BMW-5 and Mercedes
E-Class.Then we step into the land of dreams as drive it! goes for a spin
in a Lamborghini Countach. Come along as we take the world-famous veteran
sports car for a ride that is neither quiet, slow nor economical.
The Motor Magazine - 29.06.2011 | drive it
The new M-Class is designed to show that Mercedes SUVs are no dinosaurs -
but in fact luxurious fuel savers. The BMW M1 and Audi RS3 make no
pretences of economy in their battle of the pocket rockets. And after
beefing up on so much automotive testosterone, we take you for a relaxing
trip down memory lane to a meeting of vintage vehicles by Lake Constance.
Mercedes SLK 350 vs BMW Z4, Audi TTS & Nissan 370Z roadtest (English subtitled)
Autorijden is soms puur plezier. Zo koop je een dure roadster omdat je weet
dat je iemand bent die met hart en ziel houdt van autorijden. Wij nemen de
nieuwe SLK 350 mee op reis naar het lege wegen paradijs Nord-pas-de-Calais
en als we dan toch bezig zijn, kijken we hoe hij zich verhoudt tot drie net
zo speciale concurrenten: een Audi TTS Roadster, een Nissan 370Z Roadster
en een BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Welke is het leukst?
The Motor Magazine - 21.09.2011 | drive it!
This edition of drive it! focuses on the Frankfurt Motor Show, the IAA. We
take a look at some of the new concept cars with the latest electric motor
technology. And we also go back in time to one cult classic from Germany.
The Motor Magazine - 11.05.2011 | drive it
Audi is one of the few carmakers that put real racing car technology into
their road-going models. The latest example is the Audi RS 3; 250 kilowatts
make it drive like a Porsche. If you like it more elegant, then the Jaguar
XF could be for you. But even the Jaguar has to bow to young-at-heart
classic car, the Borgward Isabella convertible.
Большой тест-драйв (видеоверсия): BMW Z4
Машина, привлекающая взгляды и
вызывающая безграничное уважение в
новом выпуске «Большого тест-драйва». В
российских условиях она абсолютно
бесполезна большую часть года, но 3-4
месяца на ней можно поездить. Комфортно
ли погружаться в машину, на что похож
процесс раскладывания крыши, смог ли
Стиллавин закрыть крышку багажника, в
котором находился Вахидов, как
умудрилась сломать палец одна из девушек
и чем от неё пахло. В качестве
постскриптума будни российского
The Motor Magazine - 17.08.2011 | drive it!
The Beetle is dead, long live the Beetle! VW is launching a second attempt
to resurrect its legendary cult model. The new version bears a closer
resemblance to the original - while both the technology and price are
distinctly modern! Plus we have two station wagons for under 10,000 euros:
the Dacia Logan and Lada Priora. And the Mercedes CLS: a slick and stylish
coupé version of the E-Class.
The Motor Magazine - 27.08.2010 | drive it
present it! The Audi A8 L - The A8 L is elegant and nimble in spite of its
more than 5 meters and 27 centimeters. The 13 centimeters of extra length
have been added between the sets of tires, stretching the car's wheelbase.
That translates into more space and comfort in the interior.Along with the
standard range of 6- and 8-cylinder A8 motors, A8 L customers can also
choose a 500-horsepower 12-cylinder
gasoline engine that's exclusive to the stretch version. drive it! settled
for half that power, and took out the more economical, 3-liter
250-horspower diesel A8 L.
picture it! The Silvretta E-Auto Rally - 200 gorgeous antique cars, perfect
weather, and the beautiful backdrop of the Austrian Alps - the Silvretta
Rallye was a huge success this year. And the cars in the Silvretta Classic
were joined by the latest generation of electric automobiles as well, among
them the VW Golf Blue e-motion and a new electric Mercedes SLS.
test it! The Opel Astra EcoFlex - Opel's low-emission EcoFlex family of
cars now includes 33 members, from the Agila to the Zafira. The latest
model is the Astra EcoFlex, which has a 1.3 CDTI diesel motor that the
carmaker claims burns just 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on the
road.Along with a series particle filter, the new Astra has a five-gear
transmission that is optimized for efficiency. drive it! put the economical
little Astra through its paces.
admire it! The Porsche 911 GT2 - Any Porsche 911 bearing the GT badge is a
natural born racer. The engine of the 911 GT2 is based on the 6-cylinder
boxer unit of the 911 turbo, and boasts
twin Exhaustturbochargers. The 3.6-liter motor reaches its
maximum output of 530 hp at 6,500 rpm. This powers the rear-engine
speedster with a manual 6-speed transmission to 100 kph in just 3.7
seconds.Top speed is an exhilarating 329 kph -- provided you can find a
long enough stretch of empty autobahn. drive it! checks out the GT2 on the
spot it! Free4Style - Freestyle Motocross Frenzy - Every July the quiet
little town of Estavayer-le-Lac in Switzerland is invaded by over 20,000
fans of OTT sports. Among the crowd favorites at the Free4Style festival,
which also includes wakeboarding and jetskiing, is the spectacular
motocross competition. Riders perform spectacular jumps and tricks at
heights of 10 meters above the ground.
The Motor Magazine - 15.09.2010 | drive it
This time, drive it! has something for everyone, whether it's a racing car
that goes like a rocket or a cozy three-wheeled caravan. With more than 500
horsepower and a
maximum speed of over 300 kilometers an hour, the Wiesmann GT burns up the
track. A test driver says it's the most challenging car he's ever
driven.And motorcycling fans take part in a celebrating the birthday of the
legendary BMW enduro-bike, the GS. And finally, we took it easy while
checking out some unusual caravans.
admire it! The Wiesmann GT MF - 5Like its trademark gecko, the Wiesmann GT
MF5 is quick. Hop in for a ride and let its 507 horsepower engine with a top
speed of 310 kilometers give you that racetrack feeling. The Wiesmann
brothers have been building their dream cars by hand since 1988.At their
workshops near Münster, they spend 350 hours making each car, which
incorporates BMW's M5 and M6 technologies. A choice of 400 different types
of upholstering leathers, together with a wide range of thread, carpet and
interior paints, guarantees a tailor-made interior. The no-frills MF5 model
can be had for €180,000, although extras can cost much more. drive it!
tested the Wiesemann where it's meant to run - on the racetrack.
present it! Volvo in 2011 - In the coming year, environmental protection
will be writ large at Volvo. It's the first time a front-wheel drive model
of its XC 90 SUV will be available in Europe alongside the all-wheel drive
models that have been on sale up to now. That's because not everyone takes
their SUV off-road.With a small diesel under the hood, fuel economy is a
real feature on the front wheel drive XC 90. And it's cheaper as well, with
a selling price some €5,000 lower than the all-wheel drive model. Also
new in Volvo's palette is a two-liter gasoline engine that's available for
Volvo's small SUV, the XC 60, and in its S80 sedan.
examine it!: The BMW GS Endurobike turns 30 - The BMW GS enduro bike has
been a symbol of freedom and adventure for three decades. The secret of the
motorcycle's popularity is that it perfectly blends sturdiness and off-road
maneuverability with long-haul comfort. One of the GS' biggest fans is
rally driver Jutta Kleinschmidt.She started her career by winning the
women's race at the Dakar Rally on a GS. A visit to this year's GS meet at
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a good way to find out just how well-loved the
classic motorbike is.
test it! The Lexus IS 250 The Lexus IS 250 is supposed to give the Audi A4,
the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes C-class a run for their money on the
European market. Lexus is using the IS 250 to succeed on the old continent,
particularly in Germany. It offers a choice between diesel and gasoline
The Motor Magazine - 24.08.2011 | drive it!
Racing safely in the streets - drive it! presents the latest in sports cars
and new automotive safety technology.present it! The Porsche Panamera
DieselPorsche is introducing the Panamera Diesel as the long-distance
comfort sedan for this series. With its 80-liter fuel tank, the car is able
to travel more than 1,200 kilometers non-stop. Yet the Gran Turismo's 84
kilowatt engine is still economical, needing only 6.5 liters to travel 100
kilometers.With low friction tires, the car is even less expensive to run,
with consumption going down to 6.3 liters. But with a starting price of
80,183 euros in Germany only the well-heeled will get the chance to drive
one. compare it! Renault Clio Gordini RS vs the Citroen DS3 Racing and MINI
John Cooper Works ClubmanThis time Compare it! hits the track with three
really racy mighty mites. The test models all weigh in at less than 1,300
kilos and are less than four meters long, but they have plenty of power
under the hood.The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, Renault Clio Gordini RS
and Citroen DS3 Racing all produce at least 147 kW of power and can easily
get up to speeds of 220 km/h. The Clio Gordini's flashy striped design
means the car cannot be missed. For those who are a bit more discreet,
there is always the DS3 racing. drive it! finds out if the two French
challengers can surpass the tiny British classic speedster, the MINI. test
it! The Golf Convertible Makes a ComebackGermans used to call the old Golf
convertible the"fruit basket", because its distinctive fixed rollover bar
resembled a huge handle. The bar was great for acrobatic types who
catapulted themselves into the car without having to open the doors.Now
Volkswagen has introduced a new generation Golf convertible that does away
with the rollbar altogether. Should the car overturn, an automatic rollover
protection system hidden behind the rear seats deploys instantly. We put
the new VW convertible to the test.
inside it! The Ford Safety Tour Shows off New Seatbelt AirbagsAirbags can
save lives. While we don't often see them, it's comforting to know that
they're there, ready to inflate in a fraction of a second. Front airbags
are a standard feature in modern vehicles, and many models also offer head,
knee and side airbags.Now Ford has developed seatbelt airbags to protect
passengers in the back. If a serious collision occurs, compressed gas from
a cylinder under the seat is dispensed through the belt buckle into the
seatbelt. The airbag hidden inside the belt pops out and inflates. drive
it! was on hand at the Ford Safety Tour to take a closer look.
vintage! Mercedes Benz Celebrates its 125th Anniversary In StyleCarl Benz
invented the first automobile 125 years ago -- and the company that bears
his name is celebrating this anniversary. At the Classic Days vintage car
and motorsports event, hosted at Schloss Dyck, Mercedes Benz showed off
many of its iconic models.This included the original Benz car from 1886,
with the inventor's great-granddaughter Jutta taking a seat behind the
wheel. Also on show was Mercedes'legendary 300 SLR roadster, which made its
debut at the Mille Miglia endurance race in 1955. Back then Hans Herrmann
was at the wheel. He's now 83 years old, but drive it! coaxed the legendary
race car driver to get back in the cockpit once again.
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The Motor Magazine - 11.06.2010 | drive it
present it! A facelift for the Audi TT - Audi has given the
second-generation model of its popular TT Coupé a makeover.In addition to
design changes to the light-weight, mostly aluminum body, the interior has
been touched up and there's an interesting new engine available. The
powerful and efficient 4-cylinder 2.0 TFSI produces 211 hp and needs just
6.6 liters/100 km.
taste it! Dacia Logan MCV - A conventional station wagon can provide a
great deal of practical versatility for everyday use, but sometimes that's
not enough.Families, for instance, may need a third row of seats. The Dacia
Logan MCV tries to address those demands. The tall roof and vertical sides
mean the station wagon offers a huge amount of interior space. So how does
the Dacia perform in practice? drive it! finds out.
compare it! Fiat Punto - Hyundai i20 - Two small cars - one Italian, the
other Korean - face off in this week's drive it! comparison.We put Fiat's
Punto Evo up against the Hyundai i20, an Asian car tweaked for the European
market at the company's Rüsselheim design center. We tested a Fiat Punto
Evo Racing equipped with a 95 hp, 1.3 liter diesel engine and a Hyundai i20
with the Comfort options package and a 1.4 liter diesel rated at 90 hp.
spot it! What's new at the Essen Tire Fair - Concern about global climate
change and the desire to reduce CO2 emissions is pushing tire makers to
look for ways to improve their products' performance.The result is new
tires with names like Ecopia, Efficient Grip or EnergySaver. Tire makers
from 42 countries put their latest innovations on display at the Essen Tire
Fair, giving drive it! a chance to investigate the technologies behind the
new greener tires.
vintage! Volkswagen buys Giugiaro - Volkswagen has added the legendary
Italian design studio Italdesign to its growing list of automobile-making
assets.In the past, its head Giorgetto Giugiaro has sketched cars for a
wide variety of manufacturers. Its ties to Volkswagen go back to the 1970s,
when Guigiaro gave first generation Golfs, Passats and Sciroccos their
distinctive sharp lines. Designers at Italdesign are currently at work on
Volkswagen's UP mini-car, scheduled to go on sale in 2011. drive it! takes
a look at 4 decades of Giugiaro design.