Ford Lotus Cortina - Fifth Gear Legends
Graham gets behind the wheel of a sixties icon as he tells the story of the
Ford Lotus Cortina and explains why it's one of our favourite fast saloon
cars of all time.
Ford Model T - Fifth Gear Legends
Over the coming months, we're going to drive some of our favourite cars of
all time and we're starting with an absolute cracker. In this video, Graham
gets to grips with the backwards controls of a 101 year old Ford Model T
and tells the tale of the car that revolutionised motoring.
Morgan 3 Wheeler - Fifth Gear Web TV
It's based on Morgan's first ever car from 1910 but is equipped with a
modern 2 litre bike engine sending power to one rear wheel and propelling
it to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds! So is the new 3 Wheeler a recipe for fun?
And does it justify the car's £30,000 price tag? We went to Morgan HQ to
Fifth Gear Web TV - Skoda Superb vs Mercedes E-Class
This week, Graham from the Office compares our brilliant Skoda Superb
Estate crew car to the very best estate on sale - the Mercedes E-Class. Can
a Skoda really be as good as a Mercedes? For more videos, news and reviews
go to http://fwd.five.tv/fifth-gear
Group B Worship: Ford RS200 and Audi Sport Quattro - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
To enter Group B in the 1980s, car makers had to build 200 road-going
examples of the car they intended to rally. These rules created some of the
most spectacular road cars of all time. I love rallying: the chance to
drive an RS200 and a Sport Quattro nearly sent me to the nut-house. Fire up
Written and presented by Chris Harris
Shot and edited by David Litchfield
Audi: The quattro principle
quattro four-wheel drive enjoys a lengthy tradition. The principle involves
distributing the engine's power permanently and optimally between all four
Audi A1 quattro vs original Audi Quattro - Auto Express
We've brought the limited-run Audi A1 quattro together with the original
Audi Ur-Quattro to see if technology can triumph over tradition.
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Audi Quattro Concept review - Auto Express
Audi is heading back to the future! Thirty years after the original quattro
rewrote the rulebook, Audi has re-imagined its most iconic model for the
modern age. But can the Quattro Concept, first shown at the Paris show last
month, do justice to its illustrious ancestors? Auto Express was first to
put this year's most exciting new model to the test.
Walther Rohrl drives the Audi Quattro up the Col de Turini - autocar.co.uk
Rally legend Walther Rohrl drives the Audi Quattro up the Col de Turini
stage of the Monte Carlo Rally. What did we think at the time? Read
Autocar's original road test of the Audi Quattro
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' Audi A4 Allroad Quattro ' Test Drive & Review - TheGetawayer
I tested this Audi A4 Allroad Quattro 2.0TDI in November 2010, in perfect
quattro-conditions: rainy and damp autum-weather on wet b-roads ...
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AlfaRomeo 156 1.9 M-JET sport distinctive Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
The Alfa Romeo 156 is a confusing car. At first glance it looks like a
two-door coupé, yet it's actually a four-door saloon with an interior that
feels Germanic. Fire up one of the diesel versions and it even sounds like
a petrol unit.
Styled by Giorgetto Giugaro, the 156 was launched in the UK in January 1998
and established itself as one of the best looking saloons money could buy.
In an age when most cars merely toe the line, the 156 is a breath of fresh
air. Six years on it remains a handsome car, and with good used examples
available from £3,500 it's a tempting proposition.
The heart of any Alfa Romeo is its engine. Choose the entry-level 1.6, the
range-topping 250bhp V6 3.2, or anything in between, and you will not be
disappointed. All produce a glorious sound, are free-revving and offer a
level of driver involvement rarely found in cars costing this little.
The 156 also has the honour of being the first Alfa in the UK to be powered
by a diesel engine. The largest 2.4 litre five-cylinder diesel sounds gruff
and powerful even when merely ticking over. With 140bhp and 224 lb ft of
pulling power at just 2000rpm, it also performs very well, with 0-62mph
coming up in 9.4sec. Top speed is 127mph.
And the 156 is a car that encourages you to enjoy this performance. The
supremely accurate steering — just 2.2 turns from lock to lock — allows
you to place the car with pinpoint accuracy. Similarly, the suspension,
firm and reassuring at speed, is compliant on motorways and shames even the
BMW 3-series in terms of its blend of control and comfort.
Italian cars have traditionally had a "long arm and short leg" driving
position and this is still slightly noticeable in the 156, although the
adjustable steering column reduces this to a minimum.
But all this exuberance can lead to abuse. Alfas eat their front tyres if
driven hard, and the 156 is particularly prone to front-wheel misalignment,
so check the edges of tyre treads carefully. It's also worth closely
inspecting the car's cabin: while the general quality is high, owners still
report a number of electrical problems — most commonly associated with
the climate control and sound system.
It's difficult to buy a 156 with a bad engine, but the same cannot be said
of the car's gearboxes. Available with three different transmission
systems, the standard manual gearbox (some with six speeds) is normally the
best bet. The clutch is light and the changes are precise, although there
is little space to rest your clutch foot when it's not in use.
The Selespeed clutchless manual gearbox is second best: a button on the
right-hand side of the steering wheel shifts up a gear, while one on the
left changes down, aided by electronics that "blip" the throttle on the
downchange. Least desirable and best avoided is the Q-System four-speed
automatic transmission, which has a manual override shift. It somehow fails
in its attempts to combine the benefits of an auto with the control of a
The 156 can also be bought as an estate, or Sportwagon as Alfa romantically
calls it. Basically, this is all the same good stuff, but with a bigger
boot, so your spaniel can also come out and enjoy the pleasures of an
Italian car.Model: Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD
Engine type: Five-cylinder, 2387cc
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Fuel: 42.2mpg (combined)
Acceleration: 0-62mph: 9.4sec
Top speed: 127mph
Servicing: 12 months/12,000 miles and must be done as dirty oil is
particularly bad for variable valve-timing system (listen for rattles).
Safety: Side and passenger airbags standard since September 1999.
Air-conditioning: Standard since June 2000 on all models.
Warranty: New cars have three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Front suspension: Part-aluminium double wishbone suspension can be very
expensive to repair Ð listen for knocks.
Front tyres: Heavy engines in JTD and V6 models mean wear can be high,
particularly if steering misaligned.
Wheels: 17in rims and sports suspension on Veloce models enhance great
handling but also road noise.
Disc brakes: Check surface of the discs for scoring and unpolished areas.
Leather: Standard on Lusso models.
Rear spoiler: Huge rear spoiler available as an option but may imply a boy
racer among previous owners.
Boot space: 378 litres, so not huge but bigger than a VW Golf or Ford
Transmission: Diesel engines only mated to manual gearbox but petrol models
can have Selespeed or Q-System automatic boxTHE ONE TO BUY
Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD Lusso with five-speed manual gearbox, leather
upholstery; 2000 W-reg with 20,000 miles. Pay £8,350 at a dealer with
12-month warranty, or £7,250 privately.
800bhp Ford Escort RS Cosworth HUGE FLAME & REVS SOUND!!!
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This Ford Escort Cosworth RS has been well prepared for drag races and for
sure only a few components of the car are the original ones.
All the engine modifications allow to produce a power of 800 BHP, I think
with the NOS. You can hear the sound of this car making some loud revs and
shooting a VERY big flame (0:30).
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