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BMW M4 vs Audi RS5: epic track battle
We test the BMW M4 against the benchmark setting fast coupe, the Audi RS5.
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The arrival of a new BMW M car is always big news for performance car fans,
and the new M4 is no exception.
Costing almost £60,000, the replacement for the legendary old BMW M3, the
M4 has moved away from the V8 power plant in the old car, and is now
powered by a 425bhp twin-turbocharged
Meanwhile, the similarly prices Audi RS5 is propelled by a 4.0-litre V8,
which produces 430bhp. It's also mated to the Audi quattro four-wheel drive
system. Like the BMW, it also features a dual-clutch gearbox, the Audi S
There's no denying the Audi lacks the fun factor of the BMW - the quattro
four-wheel-drive system prevents the lurid powerslides than you can really
go for in the M4. You can also feel the weight of the engine over the front
axle in the RS5, but it certainly doesn't feel slow at all.
Overall then, the RS5 feels very punchy, and the gearshift is also really
nice - the same can be said for its V8 soundtrack. It's not a track machine
though, and the car from Neckarsulm is more of a very stable and very rapid
Meanwhile, the BMW M4 feels very raw and very serious, especially when all
the settings are put at their sportiest via the M1 switch on the steering
wheel. These also turn the traction control and stability control off.
With no electronic aids, the M4 is always trying to get its tail out.
However, the body control is amazing, but there is a feeling that it's all
a bit artificial. The same can be said for the engine note, which has been
The M4 is a proper M car though, and something BMW can be truly proud of.
It set a lap time of 1m09.9s, compared to the 1m12.2s set by the Audi -
that's 2.3s quicker.
BMW M4 maxed out on 1,000-mile road trip
Mat Watson takes the new BMW M4 on a 1,000-mile review, taking on the
Austrian mountains, an autobahn and even the Nurburgring.
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Redesigning retro is a herculean task. You need to change the vehicle
enough to be worth the effort, meanwhile maintaining an iconic retro theme.
If you don't change enough, shoppers won't see a reason to trade in their
old flashback for the new time capsule. Change it too much and you're left
with a caricature. The task is so daunting that few even attempt it. (Just
look at the one-hit-wonders: PT Cruiser, HHR, SSR and Thunderbird.)VW on
the other hand is different. After all they continued to build and sell the
same Beetle with minor tweaks for 65 years straight. If anyone can tweak
retro and convince people they need it, it's VW. Sure enough, 2012 was the
best Beetle sales year since 1973. As a chaser to VW's revived retro-mojo,
the Beetle is now offered sans-top and VW tossed us the keys to a
brown-on-brown model for a week so we could get our 70s on. Can you dig it?
This Beetle, like the old "New Beetle," sells on nostalgia and
cutesy-bubbly good looks. In fact, the first words anyone utters upon
seeing a Beetle are: "aww, its cute." See the problem? How many guys buy
"cute" cars? Recognizing the problem, VW set out to "butch things up" with
the second generation FWD Beetle. The bubbly-fenders, round headlamps and
"smiling" hood lines haven't left but they have been joined by VW's
corporate "Gillette" grille, sharper corners and more "masculine" tail
lamps. (Or so I'm told.) The redesign also adds an incredible 3.5 inches to
the Bug's width and 5 inches to the length. The extra length means the
Bug's side profile is no longer semi-circular, something of a loss for
retro fans. The wider stance and crisper creases do make Herbie look
meaner, but the ginormous fenders make him look fatter as well.
Sorry '70s fans, our chocolate brown Bug didn't come with a built-in CB
radio. Burn! Instead shoppers will need to get hip with the 21st century,
VW style. Base drop-tops get an AM/FM radio, single slot CD player,
Bluetooth speaker phone/audio streaming and VW's USB/iDevice interface
(MDI). Working your way up the ladder, the next stop is the touchscreen
audio system which adds HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and am MP3
compatible CD reader (why is there no 1990s edition?).
You won't find a air-cooled engine in this Beetle, this isn't the '50s.
Base Beetles (and the '50s and '70s edition models) use VW's refreshed 2.5L
inline 5-cylinder engine which gets a 20 HP bump to 170 at 5,700RPM while
torque creeps up to 177 lb-ft at 4,250 RPM. VW mates the 5-banger to a
5-speed manual and for an extra $1,100 you can opt for the 6-speed
automatic. If you need more shove, you can opt for VW's ubiquitous 2.0L turbo, good for 200 ponies and 207 lb-ft of
twist. A first for America (as far as I know), VW's topless cruiser can now
be had in oil-burning form with the same 140 HP 2.0L TDI powerplant as the
Jetta. Both 2.0L mills are mated to VW's slick-shifting 6-speed manual
transmission or for $1,100, VW's latest 6-speed dual-clutch DSG
How well the Beetle accelerates and handles is unlikely to matter to
prospective convertible shoppers. I'm not kidding. There isn't a drop top I
can think of that has better performance metrics than its hard-top donor
car, that's just the nature of the beast. Convertibles are all about open
air motoring and style, something thee Beetle, despite all of its flaws,
still has in spades. VW's infotainment options feel like they are stuck in
1990, the lack of power front seats and automatic climate control irk me to
no end, and the 2.0L engine needs a testosterone injection, yet the
Beetle's topless charm is enough for me to overlook its flaws. There is
only one problem: Herbie's still cute. Go figure.
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2013 VW Beetle Cabriolet review
The 2013 VW Beetle Cabriolet is the best looking one to date. Gone is the
chick-car image, this is a versatile and capable convertible.
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The new VW Beetle is perfect for those seeking a retro cool soft top whilst
still enjoying a certain degree of practicality and everyday comfort. The
Coupe was introduced in 2012, with the cabriolet joining the range in 2013.
There's plenty of different specs to suit all tastes and budgets, but
thankfully this one that we are in today has head turning looks for the
right reasons and has managed to impress us at CarBuyer.
And that's because it really does look the part with its non threatening
smiley face and distinctive bulbous wheel arches. The small spoiler on the
rear plays up to its cheeky and playful side, too.
But first and foremost we are interested in its practical side. Despite not
having a huge amount of space -- which is to be expected from a car like
this -- the folding roof doesn't affect bootspace in any way thanks to the
fact it folds on the outside of the boot. Thanks to this, you will always
get this much room [point], no matter where the roof is.
And although quite cramped, these seats are brilliant for occasional use --
as opposed to having none at all.
The first thing I noticed when I got in this car was the combination of
tones, there's some tasteful shiny painted, colour coded, trim here, soft
touch materials, which enhance the overall quality and the retro theme we
saw on the outside is very much present in here too. There are six
equipment levels available however the mid-level Design provides everything
you really need including air-conditioning and DAB radio, while the options
list includes a touchscreen sat-nav and a upgraded Fender sound system. The
50s, 60s and 70s versions are a bit more expensive, but if you want retro
flair, those are the cars for you. Anyway, enough tech, let's get this roof
It can be operated of speeds up to 31mph so you can put the roof up and
down as much as the weather fluctuates on your journey.
Bringing me on to my next point, it isn't noticeably noisier to travel in
than the coupe thanks to the multi layered fabric hood that provides plenty
of sound insulation.
Bringing me on to my next point, there is hardly any wind buffeting with
the roof down, as long as you have installed the easy-to-fit wind deflector
thus allowing me to talk to you about how economical this car is.
As expected there are a number of different petrol and diesel engines to
choose from. However the most economical is the 1.6 Bluemotion Diesel
returning a claimed 62.8 miles to the gallon and emitting just 118g/km of
CO2. All can be teamed up with a manual or Automatic DSG gearbox, apart
from the one that we're in today - the 1.4 twincharged engine only comes in
manual and that returns 41.5 miles to the gallon and certainly has enough
pace to complement the comfortable ride.
And that does bring me on to the Beetle's downsides. While it drives much
better than the outgoing model, mainly due to the fact that it shares its
platform with the previous generation Golf and is just as much fun as the
Coupe due to extra bracing, it isn't quite as much fun as the practicality
smaller MINI Convertible. The biggest sour grape in the Beetle fruit bowl
though is the price. It's £2,000 more expensive than the MINI, and that's
quite a lot!
Well that pretty much sums up the new Beetle Convertible, it's an easy to
live with retro inspired cool soft top that turns heads for all the right
2013 Volkswagen VW Beetle Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 70's - Fahrbericht der Probefahrt / Test / Review
Mit dem 2013 Volkswagen VW Beetle Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 70's Edition sind wir
zwei Wochen lang in und um Bielefeld herum gefahren. Die Erfahrungen
unserer Probefahrt haben wir in dem Fahrbericht auf unseren Blogs
veröffentlicht. Hier unter ausfahrt.tv zeigen wir einen kurzen
Zusammenschnitt unseres Review mit dem 2013 Volkswagen VW Beetle Cabriolet.
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Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio roadtest (English subtitled)
De huidige Volkswagen Beetle is net even wat minder bollig dan de vorige
generatie. Dat geldt zowel voor de open als voor de gesloten versie. Ook
rijdt de nieuwe coupé helemaal niet onaardig. Maar hoe zit dat als je het
dak eraf haalt? We reden de goedkoopste cabriolet van VW in de Franse
zee-Alpen. Wel sneeuw, maar gewoon met het dak open.
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2013 VW Beetle Convertible Review - Kelley Blue Book
Let's say you like the VW Beetle and you also like convertibles. Then maybe
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VW's iconic soft-top.
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Old vs New: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
We compare the design of the all-new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle to that of the
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2013 Volkswagen Beetle vs Eos Convertible snowy 0-16 MPH Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible
and the VW Eos are cars tailor made for warm and sunny destinations like
California and Florida. While the VW Beetle convertible has a soft top that
folds down for topless driving fun, the Volkswagen Eos has a hardtop that
also folds down in a ballet of engineering prowess. Both car will seat 4
people and both cars are front wheel drive. Both cars of course offer year
round driving fun but how do these convertibles fare in the cold North when
the snow starts to fly and the roads freeze. We decided to find out by
putting both convertibles to the very first TFLcar 0-16-0 MPH test, as well
as our brand new snowball performance roof test in another fun TFLcar
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR Quick Take Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is a special
addition VW Beetle. With a production run of just 3500 units worldwide,
this sporty version of the Beetle harkens back to the GSR (Gelb Schwarzer
Renner or "Yellow Black Racer") introduced forty years ago. The VW Beetle
GSR marks the debut of the new EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI engine which
generates 210 horsepower. You'll also see
this engine on the Jetta GLI and Beetle turbo for the 2013 model year and it'll give them
an additional 10 horsepower.
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