drive it! presents the fastest and most luxurious cars of last century: the Audi R 15 plus as it prepares to race in Le Mans and the Maybach SW 38.
present it!: The VW Amarok - Volkswagen presents its first pick-up model.The four-door Amarok is available in both Trendline and Highline versions as well the basic model. Buyers can choose among two fuel efficient gasoline engines and three Diesel engines: offering 122 HP or a Biturbo 163 HP. Two All-Wheel-Drive versions are available in addition to the rear wheel drive only basic model. And depending on customer needs, permanent or driver-activated AWD, can be chosen. The Amarok is being launched in South America and is due to arrive in Europe by late summer.
compare it!: Suzuki Swift Sport vs. Renault Twingo RS - These two urban roadsters show that small doesnt have to always mean weak.This time we compare Renaults chic Twingo RS against the Swift Sport from Suzuki. Both have 1.6- liter gasoline engine. The Twingo RS delivers 133 horsepower; the Swift Sport provides only 125 HP but nevertheless can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 8.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The Twingo uses its horsepower advantage to win the sprint in 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 201 km/h. But is that enough to win it all?
admire it! The Audi R15 Plus - Built purely for power and efficiency.Its a question of hundreds if not thousandths of a second. The objective is to push the Audi R15 plus to the limit its always a challenge to triumph in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after all. This special model is designed, constructed and simulated on the basis of the Audi R15 TDI. The designers were asked to improve further on a fully-fledged sportscar ... right down to the last detail. drive it! takes a look behind the scenes as the engineers work on the Audi Le Mans racer.
Vintage: Maybach SW 38 - Maybach has always stood for luxury and elegance in automobile construction.That was no different in 1936 when the Maybach SW 38 was introduced. To continue to provide the same power despite diminishing fuel quality, engineers increased engine size in the successor to the SW 35 from 3.5 liters to a 3.8-liter engine in SW 38. Later it grew to 4.2 liters. Maybach was founded in 1909 and originally built engines for Zeppelins. It built cars for about 20 years until 1941 - producing some 2200 vehicles.
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 - 28.05.2010 | drive it
admire it: Audi RS 5 - A coupé that combines classic elegance with breathtaking power: the Audi RS 5.The high-revving, 4.2-liter V8 delivers 450 horsepower. As in all high-performance Audis, that power is delivered to the road by an advanced permanent all-wheel-drive and a 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The result is a car that roars from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. An electronic speed limiter restricts top speed to 250 km/h, though Audi will adjust that upward to 280 km/h if the customer desires. Audi's newest RS model reaches showrooms this summer.
compare it: Opel Insignia - VW Passat - Honda Accord - Station wagons rule in Germany.Three-quarters of all VW Passats sold in Germany in 2009 were station wagons. Opel's entry into the market is the Insignia Sports Tourer, which represents about half of all the Insignias sold in Germany last year. This week drive it! compares the two German station wagons with a competitor that's relatively rare on German roads, the Honda Accord Tourer. Which is the best and which offers the most for the money?
inside it: Automotive Nanotechnology - Nanotechnology is finding applications in plastics, paints and textiles. That has implications for automobiles as well.Nanoparticles are increasingly being used in the construction of modern automobiles. They help make car paint tougher and longer-lasting, improve the performance and efficiency of tires, or strengthen the adhesives used in some areas of car assembly. Experts say in the near future, most automobiles will be almost entire held together with glues strengthened by nanoparticles.
The Motor Magazine - 14.05.2010 | drive it
present it! BMW X5 - BMW is presenting its latest rendition of the X5 a modified design is the package for more powerful enginesBMW is presenting the new X5s with two gasoline and two diesel engines to choose from. All the models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. Join Drive it! in the remote Florida Everglades as we take the bigger of the two diesels with 306 horsepower on a test drive. See how the X5 handles fording rivers up to half a meter deep.
compare it! The Volvo V70 takes on Toyota Avensis - Conventional station wagons from opposite ends of the globeScandinavian design clearly gives the V70 that unmistakable Volvo look, while way over in Japan, Toyota in has lent some playful elements to the Avensis' appearance. Both have diesels under the hood, with Volvo at 175 horsepower and Toyota topping out at 177. Both in the interior and the engine, Drive it! takes a closer look. We also check whether these models are straightforward when it comes to making minor repairs.
test it! VW Passat CC - The latest member of Volkswagen's Passat line is an especially elegant one, the Passat CCThe stylish, four-door sedan is particularly suited for business use. Drive it! takes a closer look at the handsome 2.0 BlueTDI from Wolfsburg. The Passat CC's base price in Germany is 32,400 euros. An array of technical details such as lane assist and a rear-view camera make driving a breeze. But even if the looks are sharp, Drive it! checks whether the snazzy sedan is still as attractive after being exposed to the hustle and bustle of daily driving.
The Motor Magazine - 16.04.2010 | drive it
Small changes can make a big difference. BMW's 3 series has been a stable earner for the firm for years. The latest version sees BMW rewriting mileage standards for mid-sized vehicles. The small diesel in 320d uses a mere 4.1 liters to cover 100 kilometers. It's BMW's EfficientDynamics system that makes it all possible.The mileage on the Jensen 514R can't keep up - but, that's no big deal: in the late 1950's, fuel consumption was certainly not a concern of most automakers - especially not a luxury coupé like this. And Jensen was certainly at the top of its class: with only 193 built - ever. In its day, the speedy Brit was the fastest four-seater coupé in the world. Drive It! has found one of the last models still in existence and has, of course, taken it for a spin.
Der VW AMAROK 4MOTION ist der Hammer! (HD 720p)
Endlich ist der Volkswagen AMAROK auf europäischem Boden angekommen. 100% fürs Gelände, sowie 100% für die Straße geeignet. Auf einem Testabschnitt von 32Km konnte der AMAROK bei entsprechender Fahrweise bei mehreren Fahrten zwischen 6,4 und 7,2 Liter gefahren werden.
VW Amarok 4x2
Cobertura del lanzamiento de la gama 4x2 de la pick up Volkswagen Amarok, en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en julio de 2010. Más información en http://www.cars-magazine.com.ar/vw-amarok-ahora-4x2-y-desde-117-000/
present it!: The VW Amarok | drive it
Volkswagen presents its first pick-up model.The four-door Amarok is available in both Trendline and Highline versions as well the basic model. Buyers can choose among two fuel efficient gasoline engines and three Diesel engines: offering 122 HP or a Biturbo 163 HP. Two All-Wheel-Drive versions are available in addition to the rear wheel drive only basic model. And depending on customer needs, permanent or driver-activated AWD, can be chosen. The Amarok is being launched in South America and is due to arrive in Europe by late summer.