When the Citroen SM was first presented in 1970, it looked like a car from a different planet. No carmaker had ever built a mass-production vehicle with such striking lines or aerodynamic contours. And the 170hp Maserati engine under its hood rocketed the SM to 225 km/h. Georg Johannes from Düsseldorf is a big fan of the model.His 1971 SM has 250,000 km on the odometer, and he still takes it touring.
vintage: Mercedes C111 | drive it!
More than forty years ago, car lovers the world over watched as the
Mercedes C 111 rounded the track. Presented in 1969 as a two-seater with a
fiberglass body and Wankel engine under its hood, the C 111 created a real
stir in the motor world. True to the Mercedes motto"only the best is good
enough,"it was developed almost to the point of going into series
production.The C111 was widely praised for its unusual design, but the 1973
oil crisis blocked it from getting onto the road. The Wankel engine was
thirsty, not thrifty, so the car was sent out to the track instead. drive
it! recalls a much-loved model that never made it into the showroom.
vintage! the Lamborghini Countach | drive it!
The Jaufenpass in the Italian Alps is the ideal launching pad for the
Lamborghini Countach. The sporty number is like a cross between a car and a
spaceship. Its market premiere in 1973 triggered an earthquake in the
sports car industry - the design took everything to the extreme.Just 1.07
meters high, it guarantees to turn heads. When the revs tip 8000, the
Countach hits its limit of 375 horsepower. In 1974, a top
speed of 288 kilometers an hour was enough to be called the fastest car on
the road. And even today, opening the car's scissor doors is guaranteed to
draw a crowd.
Turkey: Modern Housing for Smaller Families | European Journal
More and more Turks want a nice apartment and just a small family with just
two children. Modern developments are under construction on the outskirts
of Turkish cities providing for just that need.More and more Turks are
choosing against large families and the poverty that often involves. Even
in eastern Anatolia the birthrate is sinking. At the moment Turkish women
are having on average two point two children. At current rates the
population will keep growing until 2030. But after that it will sink. More
and more Turks are moving into the booming cities. The state housing
authorities are reacting to that and are aiming to provide an apartment
with fitted kitchen.
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