Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it

It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it! got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.

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Vintage! The VW Beetle | Drive it!
Marcus Diamand turned his old 1200 VW Beetle from the 1967 to 1973 period into a "Sport Bug". Its 1.8-liter engine yields 90 horsepower give it a top speed of 180 kilometers an hour. The other modifications are inconspicuous: slightly wider wheels and a lower chassis. That's all for the fleet sportster in orange. More drive it: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





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! BMW 507 | drive it
At its premiere in the New York Waldorf-Astoria in 1955, the BMW 507 was an instant success.The sleek roadster designed by Albrecht von Goertz caused an even bigger sensation when it was presented at the Frankfurt car show that year. Many automobile enthusiasts consider it the most beautiful sports car of all times. Only 252 exemplars of the exclusive car were built.





present it! VW's 2011 New Beetle | drive it!
The Beetle is back. In October Volkswagen will be launching the next generation of its cult car, which will of course be out to win more hearts.The new model has a changed appearance: longer, flatter and wider. The New Beetle's lengthy engine hood is particularly striking, and is a throwback to the roots of the original car. drive it! took to the streets of Berlin to find out what people on the street thought of it.




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