VW Golf GTI and Polo GTI in review: GTI models in the fratricidal war

In the rearview mirror of the VW Golf GTI sparkling daytime running lights appear - they belong to the Polo GTI, which makes a strong 180 hp four-cylinder hunt for the big brother. Whether he actually manage the overtaking maneuver, the test shows.

07/11/2010 Jens Dralle

It hung quite wrong in the nineties, the seemingly painted by the Golf GTI anno 1976 for eternity in oil and rubber picture of impressive driving dynamics.

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Fahrbericht Lotus Exige Cup 380 (2017): This can be the sports car with racing equipment

Lotus brings more and more derivatives of its series. This time, the Exige's turn, from the English hang a 380-hp Cup-variant. The sports car dominates the road operation and ecstasy on the racetrack. There is a catch, however.

06/23/2017 Andreas Haupt 1 comment Powered by

The formula is simple and yet so effective: more downforce through improved aerodynamics. More mechanical grip by wider tires. More choices for the setup. So Lotus makes the Exige Sport 380 fitter and sold them as Exige Cup 380. A sports car with which you go to the race track, a race contest and finally can flit back home. And should be.

The same pattern in the Elise, of which there are now a Cup version that we tested already on the English country roads and on the Lotus test track in Hethel.

The Lotus Exige Cup 380 is, however, more powerful, better acceleration and drives brutal. Here are eight points that we noticed on our four laps on the Lotus home track.

1. The output

Lotus promises that weigh on the Exige Cup 380 at a top speed of 282 km / h of 200 kg pressure. That's 60 kilograms more than the Exige Sport 380. You can tell by the Cup version, which craves fast corners like Bayer to a degree and a pair of white sausages.

So please: Let us together in the Windsock Corner, an ultra-fast right-hand bend. Left approaching 190 km / h, just lupfen the gas pedal a bit of road marking and give in: The mid-engine sports car dives into the turn. First, the Exige Cup 380 curving through around 150 km / h before being fully angast again at the apex. One lap around the 160 things. And it would have been even better. The Exige Cup 380 does not require steering corrections, it is sufficient to keep the original impulse. The Karossiere remains stable and not leaning to the outside of the curve.

The catalog of measures for the changes to the aerodynamics was extensive. Decisive the wheel arch on the front fenders and the new rear wings. The gills on top of the fender bring only 30 kg more downforce. Because they take pressure from the wheel arches and the air flows around the body beautiful on the top. The rear wing comes as the one-piece engine cover by Prodrive. An English company with motor racing expertise.

Lotus Exige Cup 380 - mid - engine sports car - driving report - 06/2017 Photo: Lotus
Rear wing of Prodrive. At 282 km / h 200 kg force the Exige Cup 380 on the street.

The wing is building higher and has a different main blade than the Exige Sport 380 Lotus also revised the carbon front splitter, the barge boards on the sides and the body either side of the diffuser. Here, the Lotus troupe holes punched into it, which should be conducive to the output. "And we have the air holes enlarged at the sides. Allow the engine to breathe better, "says Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales. Nevertheless, the more pressure is minimal at the expense of speed. Falling from 286 to 282 km / h.

2. The windshield wiper

The wiper blade placed Lotus in the normal position the center of the 90-degree angle to the carboxylic hood. As is customary in the LMP missiles in Le Mans. In this position the wipers disrupts the air flow less. Aerodynamics in detail - but not at any price. When it rains in England, you do not have to park on the left side of the road.

3. The performance

In the Lotus Exige Cup 380 is the same 3.5-liter V6 compressor rages as in the sport version 380. The PS 380 and 410 Nm push the cup sports car vigorously of slow curves and to him from the state in 3.6 seconds can accelerate to highway speed. That's one-tenth faster than the Exige Sport 380. Check we can not in the test without measuring device. Sensing is virtually impossible for a tenth. Whether the five kilograms less weight enough this nibble tenth?

The Aerokit takes the Cup Exige eleven kilograms. but elsewhere she grabs back on it six. The one-piece tailgate saves 6.5 kilograms. The omission of the gas springs for the opening mechanism is another kilo. The carbonized air inlets 500 grams and the optional carbon-mounts for the operating unit of heating, ventilation and air conditioning a few more hundred grams. We need to hook short: Who needs in such a car air conditioning? Given. For 1,650 euros you prefer invites the woman 16 times chic for dinner. Two kilograms of the Exige Cup 380 charges compared to 380 sport through the roll bar from T45 steel on. The wider tires weigh heavier.

4. The tires

At the front everything remains the same. 215/45 ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 brand other hand, it increases the rubber band width in the rear and strapped rolls of the size 285/30 ZR18 on. Instead of 265 millimeters as in the Sport version. Of slow corners as the right-left-right chicane that Rindt hairpin or the Andretti hairpin snaps Elise Cup 380 as if it is to shake off a pursuer. In quick changes of direction, the combination of better aerodynamic downforce and mechanical grip is a real joker. It feels as if a couple of tire fibers drill into the asphalt and take root in it. already with the Cup tires it takes a very aggressive stance in order to let Elise Cup 380 hecktänzeln around the curves in the test.

5. Slip Regulation

A bar on the left side of the cockpit driver configures the mid-engined sports car. To choose the modes Sport, Race and off stand. Depending on the stage of the accelerator pedal transmits the commands more quickly to the compressor and the ESP interventions are reduced. Who turns the ESP completely unleashed the Exige Cup 380 and must be aware: You drive here a 1.1 ton light mid-engined sports cars old school. Without the protection patrol from the electronics department so punished a car suddenly decelerating with a load change reaction. And then you can ratzfatz screw up sometimes. So if the experience is lacking, rather change a maximum in the Race Mode and sign up for completely losgelöstes Driving Once a Race Track Training.

Lotus Exige Cup 380 - mid - engine sports car - driving report - 06/2017 Photo: Lotus
Left of the steering wheel: setting modes "Sport", "Race" and with a longer button and "Off."

In Off mode lotus leaves the rear-drive Exige Cup 380 slip control for traction control. The engineers divide them into six stages. From one to 12 percent. At the sixth clicking on the small scroll wheel of the steering wheel, the traction control off completely. The change appears in the instrument panel. Still, it would have been better to place the controls on the steering wheel. As it makes Ferrari with his Manettino. So the steering wheel with Alcantara covering a button and knob-free zone remains.

6. The steering and transmission

No power assistance: Lotus is not stuck in the typewriter age, but reflects on what the sports car driver just wants in such a sports car: honesty, so to speak, a permanent two-person conversation between pilot and vehicle. Glorious as the Exige Cup 380 can give in to the pot flat Lotus test track as they immediately react to the slightest steering movements at high speed but still emits no nervousness.

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The purpose of this six-speed manual switch. I have been around 410 sports and Elise Cup written in Evora 250: Every movement is fun. The lanes are short, the resistance is just right, loved the open mechanism. For example, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission as for example, carries a Lamborghini Huracán is already seductive in its speed and its ability to react. Yes, it seduces you. But to tackle the six-speed switch in the Exige Cup 380 is much more sensual, a handle in the middle of the mechanics - a great feeling.

7. The homologation and motorsport components

The Exige Cup 380 carries a roll bar. Whoever wants to can be a whole cage implanted into the interior in the workshop. Lotus even build it. The Exige Cup is already homologated for racing.

From the front grille of the Exige Cup 380 is growing a towing behind a rope in the right part of the diffuser. The dual position Nitron dampers and Eibach adjustable stabilizers already belong to the basic package. They make it possible to attack the curbs in the chicane without the Exige Cup 380 destabilized or too violent and deflects. On smooth asphalt landing gear is working properly. How it would look on the welligeren Nordschleife?

On the brakes is the sports car with four-piston calipers and grooved discs from AP Racing an ace. The brake pedal operates smoothly and gives in every position the right pressure point. It's simple: I dare you to fast, even late to get into the iron. The brakes allow several fast laps in a row without abate or thread.

Lotus offers additional configuration options for the sports car for road and track: airbag-less steering wheel (3,500 euros), fire extinguishers (1,750 euros), Battery Switch (1,750 euros). The exhaust system welded Lotus to 7,300 euros from titanium. In order for the supercharged V6 makes more ruckus, opens at 3,500 / min, the flaps and deafened over the web.

8. The hook

Lotus builds exactly 60 cars. All have already been sold. "Within a week," said Gales pleased. "That was a nice surprise." Surprise because the Exige Cup 380 is more expensive to 20,000 euros as the Sport 380.


110,000 euros cost the Lotus Exige Cup 380. For Lotus blessed the driver with a mid-engine sports cars, the slow and fast corners equally dominated responsive its supercharged V6 jagged and to rabaukt decent (with titanium exhaust system), and the competitors as opposed to Elise Cup 250 also annoys straight pieces. Whether the 20,000 euro charge is justified? Who's who's. Who has the money, but too late to it can secure good conscience for 90,000 euros, the Exige Sport 380 for sale. But one also has a little bit longer time.

Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic: Test of the SUV with LPG drive

Equipped with LPG drive Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic revealed in testing some surprise - but no major problems. In both cases the strengths come in a serene dealing particularly well.

22.06.2010 Peter Wolkenstein

LPG - what is it? It is still not everyone the mixture of propane and butane as fuel common. Not so with Subaru: Even after the introduction of the diesel engine is available for buyers of a Subaru Forester on the car or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) upgraded Ecomatic version at a premium. Unless it was offered for free as part of one of the various special offers, it weighs in at around 2,900 Euros to the price, making it even 400 euros more expensive than the diesel Forester. But thanks to the low LPG fuel price of around 65 cents per liter of Ecomatic remains economically interesting alternative to diesel.

LPG an impact on the engine characteristics is barely noticeable

A reason for us to feel a whole year on the tooth the LPG Forester Buffs. The steel silver painted test car with the extensive Exclusive equipment should be as many kilometers to cover in gas operation. On gasoline the upgraded four-cylinder boxer relies only on startup, switching to gas operation is automatic. However, the manual recommends that you run regularly on gasoline (around 50 of 1,000 kilometers), since gas has poorer lubricating properties. Otherwise, an influence on the engine characteristics is hardly noticeable on LPG. The boxer engine in the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic anyway not waiting with beefy torque development. Specifically, after driving in which the spaciousness including payload has been exploited Weidlich, the complaints about the flap motor accumulated. Chassis ( "spongy") and steering ( "imprecise") is also not among the strengths when the Subaru Forester is shooed afloat on the highway.

Entire gas conversion adheres to something improvised

however, praise conceded the comfortable even on long journeys seats, while the installed by Subaru navigation system operating in the endurance test with its unnecessarily complicated menus some colleagues to despair. It has a handy feature that simplifies finding autogas stations - provided that the software is up to date. Although the number of LPG filling stations is increasing, there are still large gaps in some areas. If you want to avoid unnecessary kilometers on petrol, careful planning is advisable before long trips. The stages should not be too long. Due to the inherently higher consumption (on average 13.1 liters of LPG per 100 kilometers compared to 10.3 liters of premium) the usable 54 liters of LPG auxiliary tanks are rarely sufficient for more than 400 kilometers. The separate, small gas tank display does not work very well and is difficult to read in sunlight. In addition, it is liable as the total gas conversion of something improvised, not everyone accepts in a vehicle price of 36,000 euros for the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic.

Subaru Forester has a comfortable character

However, this is still common in most other LPG models - better integration into the vehicle leaves the time being delayed. however, no compromise calls for the reliability of the gas plant, they worked over the entire Dauertestddistanz without any problems. Many LPG newcomer criticized the unexpectedly early automatic switching from gas to gasoline operation, although the LPG tank could not be blank shots indicated. In such cases, the gas pressure for high engine loads is no longer sufficient. So who waived powerful acceleration processes at walking running low LPG, it may delay the switch to gasoline operation by a smooth driving style. In any case, a serene movement better fits the comfortable character of the Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic. In the snowy winter the benefits of its standard all-wheel drive were in great demand.

No flawless performance by the Japanese wheel drive vehicle

The strong heating brings the interior in freezing temperatures quickly warm temperatures, but the rules to be desired. Under these conditions also, it takes a few minutes until the engine switches to gas after a cold start of gasoline. not a little, but for a profitability calculation with a sharp pencil negligible - the additional consumption in this phase in an otherwise pure LPG mode was Buffs up to 0.3 liters Super per 100 km. A shadow on the balance sheet also threw the relatively frequent visits to the workshop. Only because of the short service intervals of only 15,000 km of the Subaru Forester had three times the service within the test range. In between, he made a few quirks: twice fell out of cruise control, once flickered in normal driving, the oil temperature indicator light for the rear axle. Every time a visit to the workshop was necessary, although the removal of the cause could always wait until the next inspection.

Also accompanied by violent steam development sudden loss of cooling water on the highway remained without serious consequences: After the Subaru Forester was towed to the garage, turned out instead of the first suspected defective cylinder head gasket a defective radiator cap as a cause out. So overall not a flawless performance by the Japanese wheel drive vehicle Subaru Forester 2.0 Ecomatic, but all convincing in all - this also applies to LPG drive.

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Audi RS5 TDI Concept in review: The first really sporty diesel

An e-compressor, two turbos, 2.4 bar boost pressure and his beefy agility make the Audi RS5 TDI Concept for the first true sports diesel. Exclusive test of the technology platform.

04/20/2015 Stefan Helmreich Powered by

Turbos can one really sorry for today: Since they run dizzy, shoveling newton many kilometers of torque - and then but to get back only to the cover at the end. How pronounced this or that is actually completely wurst - for their delayed response about, for their washed-out sound and for their rotation displeasure. More seriously: Sometimes you wonder whether you have just made it to reproach them that they have become not a naturally aspirated engine.

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Terrafugia TF-X: New dream of flying car

Terrafugia developed flying cars. Now, the inventors have presented their second project - the Terrafugia TF-X with four seats and a hybrid drive.

07/27/2015 Uli Baumann Powered by

Other than a few computer drawings and an animated video, there is nothing Habhaftes the new model. Configured is a four-seat model with foldable wings and rotors pivoting on the wing tips, and a propeller at the stern. In order for the TF-X should be able to takeoff and land vertically. For emergencies, the TF-X carries a parachute system on board.

Terrafugia TF-X Auto Flight
Terrafugia TF-X - the flying car 3:08 min.

Terrafugia TF-X flying in earlier than 8 years

the Terrafugia TF-X is driven by a hybrid engine. In the takeoff and landing phases are to drive the rotors for electric motors. In flight operations a Nitro takes over the drive of the rear propeller. the batteries can be charged from the power outlet or during flight operations by the combustor. The hinged on the roof wings can be folded down, the rotors then disappear into the vehicle flanks. The cruising speed in the air is said to be around 320 km / h, the range at 800 kilometers.

So far, there is the Terrafugia TF-X only as a 1: 10 model for testing in the wind tunnel. To series production about eight to 12 years old can go into the country according to the company.

Audi studies, concept cars, concept cars: All studies from the Avus to Steppenwolf

Audi has presented sensational trials on many fairs. In addition to spectacular superbikes with over 500 horsepower compact cars, luxury vans and SUVs are wild regularly. Some have already gone into production. Others are sure to follow soon. Follow us on a journey with many surprises.

11/08/2009 Holger Wittich

But not only fast and high the Ingolstadt can. Another highlight was certainly the Audi Avantissimo at the IAA 2001, which showed a luxury station wagon with a twin-turbo V8 and 430 hp. Even then it was clear, although the study received much attention, mass production will not give it.

Audi studies, concept cars, concept cars: All studies from the Avus to Steppenwolf
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Audi Avus was a study

Nor chances of serial production had the Audi Avus in 1991. The W12 super athlete mobilized from six liters of displacement 509 horsepower and should the 100 km / h mark reached in three seconds. Customers hands, even if they still clapped so much applause, never reached the study. Unlike various Audi studies that gave a view of the production vehicles. For example, the Audi car research from 1981 that the Audi anticipated 100 or the Audi ASF 1993, which showed the later Audi A8 in its basic form.

1981: Audi Car Research
Views of the Audi 100, lightweight chassis with a drag coefficient of 0.30

1991Audi Avus
W12 super sports car, 509 hp, 5998 cc, four-wheel, top 340 km / h, zero to 100 km / h: 3.0 seconds

1991: Audi Quattro Spyder
As a series planned a surprise set, only two prototypes exist, aluminum chassis, V6 mid-engine transversely, 175 hp, four-wheel

1993: Audi ASF
Audi Space Frame concept car, view of Audi A8 with aluminum chassis

1995: Audi TT & TTS Roadster
Presentation IAA 1995 Roadster Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, almost unchanged gone into production

1997: Audi AL2
Outlook for A2, hardly changed optics, study AL2 Open End as a pick-up Fun version, IAA 1997

2000: Audi Project Rosemeyer
Presentation 2000 opening the Wolfsburg car City, design elements of the TT

2000: Audi Steppenwolf
Presentation Paris Motor Show in 2000, is based on Audi A3 Quattro Allroad air suspension, views Audi SUV, 3.2-liter VR6 with 225 hp, top 238 km / h, removable winch and running boards, available with hardtop or canvas roof.

2001: Audi Avantissimo
September 11th IAA 2001, luxury station wagon with a twin-turbo V8, 4.2 liter displacement, 430 hp, 600 Nm. Series production is not planned.

Audi Le Mans Quattro
One of the three IAA studies in 2003, view of the Audi R8 V10 FSI mid-engine, 610 hp, 750 Nm.

2003: Audi Novulari
View of the Audi A5, V10 turbo, 5.0 liters, 600 hp.

2003: Audi Pikes Peak
Views of the Audi Q7, presentation at the NAIAS in Detroit of 2003.

2004Audi RSQ
Movie car for "I, Robot" starring Will Smith, single-frame grille, Xenon headlights, ball wheels, not mass production.

2004: Audi Allroad Quattro
Premiere Detroit Motor Show 2005, V8 TDI with piezo technology. 4.0 liters, 650 Nm, 286 hp.

Audi Shooting Brake
Presentation Tokyo Motor Show in 2005, views of the future Audi TT, 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 250 hp, four-wheel drive.

2006: Audi Nero
Competition entry L.A. Auto Show Audi Design Center California.

Audi Roadjet
Audis view of a spatial concept 3.2-liter FSI V6, 300 hp, 330 Nm at 4500 / min

2007: Audi Cross Coupé Quattro
Audi A3 platform below the SUV Q5, two-liter TDI, 204 hp and 400 Nm

Audi A1 Project Quattro
Tokyo Motor Show, three-door, 1.4 liter engine with TFSI 150 hp, direct shift S-tronic, E-motor of 41 horsepower, lithium-ion batteries, 0 - 100 km / h in 7.8 seconds, V-max 201 km / h CO2: 112 g / km, 3.91 meters long, 1.75 meters wide.

2007: Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro
Los Angeles Auto Show, 4.62 meters long, 1.91 meters wide, 1.63 meters high, 2.81 meters wheelbase, top opens in 17 seconds, 3.0-liter TDI with 240 hp, V-max: 240 km / h, 7.2 seconds to 100 km / h and fuel consumption 7.3 liters.

2008: Audi R8 V12 TDI
Detroit Motor Show, 500 hp, V12 TDI, 1000 Nm of torque, 4.2 seconds from zero to 100 km / h.

Audi R8 TDI Le Mans
Geneva Motor Show, 500 hp, V12 TDI, 1000 Nm of torque, 4.2 seconds from zero to 100 km / h.

2008: Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro
Wörthersee Tour, two-liter diesel with 224 hp, 450 Nm of torque, 6.6 seconds to 100 km / h V-Max 20-inch wheels 240 km / h, six-speed gearbox

2008: Audi TT Clubsport Quattro
Wörthersee Tour, TT without windscreen, 300 hp, 2.0-liter TFSI, 66 mm track widening

2008: Audi A1 Sportback Concept
Motor Show Paris, 3.99 meters long, 1.75 meters wide, five-seater, four-door vehicle, the hybrid drive, 1.4-liter TFSI with 150 hp, 27 hp electric motor, 200 km / h, 7.9 seconds to 100 km / h, 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers, CO2: 92 g / km.

2009: Audi Sportback Concept
Detroit Auto Show, view of A7, 4.95 meters long, 1.93 meters wide, 1.40 meters high, 3.0-liter V6 TDI, 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers

2009: Audi e-tron

IAA, sports car study with electric drive, 4.26 meters long, 1.90 meters wide, 1.23 high, weight: 1,600 kg each two asynchronous electric motors at the front and rear axles, total capacity: 230 kW (313 hp), 4,500 Nm, Vmax: 200 km / h range: 248 km

2010: Audi e-tron

Detroit Motor Show, compact sports car study with electric drive, 3.93 meters long, 1.78 meters wide, 1.22 meters high, weight: 1,350 kg, two electric motors with a total output of 150 kW (204 hp), 2,650 Nm, 0-100 / h: 5.9 seconds, Vmax: 200 km / h, range: 250 km

2010: Audi A8 Hybrid

Geneva Salon, 5.14 meters long, 1.95 meters wide and 1.46 meters high, two-liter TFSI engine (211 hp) with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor (33 kW, 211 Nm), front-wheel drive, total power : 245 hp, 480 Nm, 0-100 km / h: 7.6 seconds, while Vmax 235 km / h, average fuel consumption: 6.2 l / 100 km, 144 grams of CO2 / km.

2010: Audi A1 e-tron

Geneva Car Shop, electric synchronous motor on the front axle (maximum of 75 kW, 240 Nm), single-rotary engine (254 cubic centimeters, 15 kW) as a range extender, by weight: 1.200 kg range on electric power: 50 km, the total distance: 200 km, 0-100 km / h 10.2 seconds Vmax 130 km / h, average fuel consumption: 1.9 L / 100 km (45 g CO2 / km).

2010: Audi E-Tron Spyder

Paris Salon, 4.06 meter long hybrid study as a view of a sports car below the Audi R8, of a V6 turbo-TDI (300 hp, 650 Nm) and two electric motors (collectively, 64 kW, 352 Nm) is driven, wheel drive, torque vectoring.

2010: Audi Quattro Concept

Paris Motor Show, modern interpretation of the Audi Sport Quattro, Basis: Audi RS5, shortened wheelbase of 2.60 meters (minus 200 mm), 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine from the Audi TT RS, 408 hp

All Mercedes-studiesMercedes-studies from 40 years
All BMW studiesAll studies of the BMW 5 Series GT Turbo up
All IAA studiesStudies and concept cars of the IAA since 1987
All VW studiesFrom a one-liter car to the VW W12
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BMW 760i and 760Li: New V12 engine for the BMW 7 Series

An extended wheelbase and a newly developed V12 engine BMW 760i and BMW 760Li set the current 7 Series to the crown. First used the eight-speed automatic used in the new 7 Series flagship.


Although even the predecessors of the top 7 Series contributed a V12 under the hood - the new engine, the maximum power and maximum torque but was better than ever before. In addition, BMW has filed on the power delivery and engine acoustics of the V12.

BMW 760i and 760Li: New V12 engine for the BMW 7 Series
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BMW 760i with a V12 bi-turbo and 544 hp

The result was a twin-turbocharged direct injection petrol engine with six-liter displacement and 544 hp, which develops its maximum torque of 750 Newton-meters at a low 1,500 / min. Power is transmitted for the first time over the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Average fuel consumption of the BMW 760i should look for BMW information within limits: The preliminary value enter the Bayern 12.9 liters per 100 kilometers on. The stringent guidelines of the EU5 emission standard have already been taken into account. For the sprint from zero to 100 km / h, the two-ton BMW 760i takes less than five seconds.

BMW 760Li with an extended wheelbase

The wheelbase of the new long-wheelbase BMW 760Li is also grown by 14 centimeters, which is intended to create more interior space and set new standards in terms of comfort. Overall, it brings the BMW 760Li to a length of 5.21 meters.

BMW 760: Numerous assistance systems

To the standard assistance systems on board the new BMW 760i include the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including ABS and brake assist, an electronic damper adjustment (DC2), the steering Supporting Zung Servotronic and a roll stabilization. Adaptive cruise control with stop&-Go function, Audi side assist lane departure warning, night vision assistant "Night Vision" with pedestrian recognition and the head-up display and a rearview camera are optional to have.

As an optional addition to the standard bi-xenon headlamps, a High-Beam Assistant and Adaptive Headlights including cornering light can be ordered for a fee added.

V12 writings betray the BMW 760i and the BMW 760Li

Outwardly, the top version of the BMW 7 Series can be identified by the model-specific alloy wheels in 19-inch format as well as on the V12 lettering on the chrome gills and the illuminated stainless steel door sill plates. Another distinguishing feature: An additional chrome bar at the rear between the newly designed twin tailpipes of the exhaust system. A nappa leather dashboard and a mix of root wood and Alcantara emphasize the luxurious interior of the BMW 760i and 760 Li.

Almost simultaneously, Mercedes in New York, the face-lifted S-Class

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Suzuki Equator: New pickup for the US

This year's Chicago Auto Show has turned out to be downright pickup Mecca. Even Suzuki want to be involved at the end of 2008 with the equator in the highly competitive US market.

07.02.2008 Ralf Bücheler

For this purpose, the Japanese manufacturer to three different concepts of its midsize pickups to demonstrate the many uses of the new pickup truck.

The associated power supply optionally two petrol - a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with 154 hp and 232 Nm or a four-liter six-cylinder V-engine with nearly 265 hp and 381 Nm. To a manual five-speed gearbox or a five-speed automatic can be ordered. Up to three tons can be maximally appended to the donkey. The double wishbone front and the base are from the Nissan Frontier.

will be built the Suzuki from autumn 2008 in two cabins versions - as an Extended Cab and Crew Cab For safety equipment on the truck comes with ESP, ABS, six airbags, power brakes, disc brakes all round and a Auwahl of 16- and 17-inch. wheels. For the necessary stability off-road, an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle and a Bergan- and Hill Descent Control will also boost.

The modifications of the featured in Chicago variations in detail:

RMZ-4: Crew-Cab version with improved off-road capability, extendable cargo area, black 18-inch chrome wheels, sound system including Alpine HD Radio.

Quay Concept: Extended Cab version, especially designed for boating or sailing with boat trailers and special cargo area cover and 20-inch wheels, navigation system and MP3 radio.

Quad Concept: Crew-Cab version in the military look with extra fog lights, safari-style front bar and additional Schutzbeplankung. For this special off-road tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels and sound system.

BMW City and a mini BMW from 2014: The BMW competition for A-Class and Audi A1

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A1 will celebrate its premiere, in 2013, Mercedes is countering with the new about four meters long Mercedes A-Class, 2014 BMW will be pushing with two models under the BMW 1 Series to the market of the premium small car.


As the new Mercedes A-Class and the small BMW also comes with self-developed three-cylinder engines - either on the Mini platform, or if this is too expensive, on a bought-in front-wheel drive platform. The services range from 90 to 170 hp

Scattered variants there will also be a hybrid version. The start-stop system is standard.

The BMW City as a prominent Project i offshoot
As another model in the compact class, BMW will offer the BMW City, which is known as Project i currently. Also four meters long and can accommodate four people this vehicle has nothing to do with the already mentioned entry-level BMW. The BMW Megacity Vehicle, the official name, will account for a high proportion of lightweight components contained and accommodate the electric drive train of the BMW ActiveE. This enables with its 125 kW electric motor with 250 Nm of torque and liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, a range of 160 km.

BMW City with the drive train of the BMW Concept ActiveE

The engine at the Detroit show presented BMW Concept ActiveE weighs approximately 1,800 kg, the BMW Megacity, however, will be much easier. Unclear how BMW intends to place the battery in the compact BMW, however. The BMW Megacity is designed for metropolitan and stops next to sophisticated multimedia technology various electronic aids for the ride in the urban jungle ready. On the platform of the small BMW will follow The two-door electric car coming in 2014 initially as a four-seater on the market further model variant, later, a two-seater is to follow.

Further information on the model strategy of BMW are in the aktuellen edition of Auto Motor und Sport, Issue 5, from 28.1. at the kiosk.

The other topics in this issue:
- Readers' Choice: The Best Cars
- Driving Report BMW 5
- Fahrbericht Aston Martin Rapide
- Saving champion in the compact class

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Subaru WRX STI with new record: 600-horsepower Subaru conquers Isle of Man

Subaru of America has tailored together with specialist Prodrive a WRX STI for the Isle of Man TT - with success. With new aerodynamics, new chassis, stiffened chassis and double performance of the race car set a new record on the dangerous route.

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The record stood at 19 minutes and 26 seconds, an average speed of 116.47 mp / h (187.44 km / h). Driven by rally driver Mark Higgins in a slightly modified 2015er Subaru WRX STI in June 2014. Two years later, Subaru wanted to offer this record on the Isle of Man TT. Again with Higgins at the wheel. But this time with a converted to a race car WRX STI. More on that later.

Racing WRX STI up to 290 km / h

First, the joyful message for Subaru. The record attempt was successful. Higgins maneuvered the Renner in 17.35 minutes over the 60.725 km long route. This corresponds to an average speed of 207.17 km / h on the Isle of Man TT road course, which was made famous by motorcycles and is classified as a highly-dangerous.

For the record run Prodrive turned on behalf of Subaru of America the WRX STI on the left. The specialist from the Banbury, England, built a 2.0-liter engine in the four-door instead of the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder. Engine block and cylinder head were similar series. For this maßschneiderte Prodrive the crankshaft, pistons, rings and camshafts. A turbocharger from Garrett gives the four-cylinder to right punch, and increases the power to 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque. During Rekordruns the racing car, according to Subaru drove around 550 hp, which was due to the high temperatures.

Subaru WRX STI Time Attack - Isle of Man TT - Record Photo: Subaru of America
Mark Higgins circumnavigated the 60.725 kilometers long track in 17.35 minutes.

The force transmits a semi-automatic sequential six-speed gearbox from Xtrac. A center differential shifts between the two axles where each supported a limited slip differential and maximum grip at each wheel to provide. The top speed is the data sheet 290 km / h. The weight fell from over 1,500 to just 1,175 kg. Prodrive threw out the backseat, but installed for the safety of a steel cage. The chassis reinforced the specialist - in particular at the mounting points for the drive unit and the suspensions. The wheel arches have been widened so that the Dunlop racing slicks (245/18) fit in.

The aerodynamic package consists of a rear wing and a front splitter. For the demanding course modified Prodrive, the chassis. The four-way adjustable dampers are from rallying.

In our slide show we will show you the record WRX STI.

Skoda Drive special model with price advantage: Fabia, Rapid and Yeti cheaper

Skoda Fabia sets, Rapid and Yeti as a special model Drive. In addition to excellent facilities attract the Yeti up to 4,450 euro price advantage. Buyers of the Fabia and Rapid save up to 3,125 euros.

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Skoda Fabia and Rapid are standard better equipped than special model Drive and secured with five years warranty. Bluetooth Freispreicheinrichtung, air conditioning and heated seats are standard equipment. For Notes as ebenaflls include special seat covers. The special model is based on the Ambition equipment line, heated mirrors, cruise control and a radio with SD card reader and USB port are therefore already standard here. In addition, the equipment can with the two packages "light & complemented view "and" infotainment ". The price advantage is Skoda with up to 3,125 euros.

Fabia and Fabia Combi are available with three- and four-cylinder engines from 60 to 105 hp. Rapid and Rapid Spaceback provides Skoda with five engines from 90 to 125 hp.

Yeti as a special model Drive

To drive special equipment of the Skoda Yeti, which is based on the Ambition equipment, among other 17-inch alloy wheels, special fabric seat covers, a hands-free telephone with Bluetooth, LED tail lights, Headlamp Assist and rain sensor, bi-xenon headlights with dynamic Headlights, Privacy glass rear, dark applications, a digital radio, automatic climate control and heated front seats. In addition to Sonderausstttung Skoda offers nor the two equipment packages, Best of Function 'and' Best of infotainment '.

Three petrol and two diesel to choose from

The equipment package, Best of Function 'includes rearview camera, variable cargo floor, preparation for the tow bar, luggage net partition and drowsiness detection. With the equipment package, Best of infotainment 'keep the navigation system Amundsen, voice control, sound system and smartphone interfaces SmartLink and SmartGate move into the compact SUV. Combined with two option packages, the customer saving of up to 4,450 euros summed over a comparably equipped standard model.

For the Skoda Yeti Drive are three petrol engines and two diesel engines with outputs ranging from 110 to 150 hp for election. Prices start at 23,580 euros for the 1.2 TSI with 110 hp. The 1.4 TSI with 125 hp costs from 24,580 euros, with 150 hp at least 27,580 euros are due. As a 2.0 TDI with 110 hp the Drive costs from 26,380 euros, with 150 hp from 28,680 euros.

Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul: First tunnel from Asia to Europe opens up

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, the first road tunnel between Asia and Europe has been opened. The new Eurasia Tunnel case runs under the Bosphorus.

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The on Tuesday (20/12/2016) officially opened Eurasia Tunnel in the Turkish city of Istanbul is the first road tunnel between Asia and Europe. The new tunnel will relieve the notoriously congested streets of the metropolis and shorten the travel time between the European and Asian parts dramatically.

Up to 100 meters below the seabed

Through the 14.6 km long, two-story "Avrasya tunnel" will go up to 130,000 vehicles per day in the future. Open only to passenger cars and vans. The tunnel is expected to reduce the travel time between the two Bosphorus shores according to official figures from 100 to 15 minutes. A 5.4-kilometer-long section of the tunnel is more than 100 meters below the sea floor and should be able to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 7.5. Tasted the tunnel project has the equivalent of around 1.19 billion euros. The tunnel was completed in less than three years. The journey through the tunnel that connects the D100 Highway on the Asian side with the Kennedy Street on the European side of Istanbul, is a toll road and costs the equivalent of around 4 euros.

According to official Turkish information is the "Avrasya tunnel" to the deepest and widest tunnel worldwide.

Gumpert with restart: Glickenhaus builds new Apollo

The German sports car manufacturer Gumpert has a new owner since, 2014. Under the Chinese consortium Ideal TeamVenture a new Apollo should be established. New development partner is the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus.

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The German sports car maker Gumpert is with the Chinese consortium Ideal Team Venture into the new Apollo Automotive Ltd. been transferred. Ideal Team Venture had made in the first half of 2015 the headlines when one had the Italian sports car manufacturer de Tomaso bought. At the Geneva Motor Show 2016 also a first version of the new Apollo was presented.

Gumpert with restart: Glickenhaus builds new Apollo Photo: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink
The new Apollo aims to build on the SCG003.

Apollo Arrow 1,000 PS

Under the code name "Arrow" (arrow) had ideal TeamVenture build a new Apollo. Reminder: The Gumpert Apollo was produced from 2005 to 2013 and is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 turbo. Super Test sport auto (issue 11/2009), the 700-hp version lapped the Nordschleife in 7:24 minutes (article). To date, only the Porsche 918 Spyder has undercut that brand.

The new stretches to 4.98 meters in length, 1.99 meters wide and 1.22 meters high. The dry weight is 1,300 kg. The backbone of the Arrow form a steel space frame with a passenger compartment made of Kevlar-Carbon. Behind the two passengers, a four-liter V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication is spreading, which is to bring it to 1,000 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. Gear changes are a matter of sequential 7-speed manual transmission. The traction optimized a limited slip differential on the rear axle, optional there is a Launch Control.

The sprint from zero to 100 km / h to complete in 2.9 seconds, the Arrow, 200 km / h mark is hit by 8.8 seconds. The top speed is 360 km / h.

The adjustable in compression and rebound pushrod suspension can also be adjusted in height. An additional lift system helps to overcome small obstacles. The stoppers come from AP Racing and wait with six-piston calipers and around 378er slices on. The contact with the road in front holding 20-inch wheels with 265 / 35er tires. Rear rotate 21 inch with 325/30 tires.

When designing the Apollo Arrow relies on maximum downforce. Helps the rugged carbon fiber bodywork many breakthroughs, air guide elements and at the rear a large fixed spoiler and a powerful diffuser.

New Apollo on SCG003C base

Apollo Intensa Emozione
Super sports car for the slopes 41 sec.

For the series development of the new Apollo set the course now but reset. As a development partner, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) and the Italian small manufacturers Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) were obtained. The first step is the design of the revised Arrow completely. Moreover, the drive for the track version that runs under the name "Emozione" was changed to a naturally aspirated V12 engine. will be presented the "Emozione" 2017 at the IAA.

The Apollo Arrow 'S' baptized road version is put on a V8 biturbo. Both models build on on the carbon chassis of SCG003C. will be built the Apollo models in MAT in Italy, where the SCG003C vehicles are manufactured.

failed Combackversuche

The revival of the Apollo well sealed the final end of the Expolsion. The sports car with two-liter four-cylinder and 420 hp debuted in Geneva in 2014. He should be in a sense the sports car for Gumperts comeback after the company filed for summer 2013 bankruptcy. Series production, there was, however, never. In between, rumors began circulating that Gumpert could bring the study Tornante on the market. Again, a rivet. Now it is but work with the new beginning. Company founder Roland Gumpert will however no longer be one of the party. He left the company in the meantime.

MTM VW Amarok V8 Passion Desert: With V8 and 240 km / h the desert

Along with the DIRKS Group set the tuner MTM first time in Geneva in front of the VW Amarok V8 Passion Desert. The uprated pick-up comes to 240 km / h.

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In Geneva, the 410-hp Amarok debuts. The power increase consisted of a restructuring of the motor to a 4.2-liter TDI and a new exhaust system with side pipes. Outside the pick-up was provided with new sills, Alutrittbrettern, corrugated sheet, a styling bar, a front bar and a rear underrun protection and fender extensions and a front mask. Inside, there was a new navigation and audio system with rear view camera, a new dashboard and new door panels, an ABC column, a leather-wrapped headliners and various panels in Carbon (vents, steering wheel, floor mats). For the seats you chose a leather / Alcantara combination.

In six seconds, 100 km / h

In addition, MTM missed the Amarok still a coilover suspension on the front and an air suspension on the rear axle. For an adequate negative acceleration, a new braking system that sits behind BBS wheels in 20 inch makes. And given the new characteristics and needs of - the Amarok comes after the power treatment of MTM and DIRKS but to 222 km / h. Depending on tire approval and up to 240 km / h in it. The modified V8 engine operates with a maximum torque of 930 Nm and accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in six seconds.

Abt Audi AS4 in Geneva: sport program for the new A4

Tuner Abt shows at the Geneva Motor Show its new tuning program for the new Audi A4. Abt AS4 as he delivers up to 325 hp.

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The Audi A4 is one always firmly on the program of the Abbots - including the latest version of from Ingolstadt. The Geneva exhibit is based on the three-liter TDI. Per new engine control, the performance of the compression-ignition engine increases from 272 hp to 325 hp. The torque increases from standard 600 to 680 Nm.

Aerodynamic add-on parts for the Audi A4

For optimized road handling of the Abt AS4 shortened suspension springs provide in connection with wheel spacers on both axles. Also the optics are not neglected at Abt. The developed aerodynamic program for the Abt AS4 includes front bumper essays, including air intake aperture, a front grill topper, fender inserts and a rear skirt with the typical four-pipe rear muffler optics.

The matching Radhausfüllungen provide onsite alloy wheels in various designs in 19 and 20 inches in diameter.