There are some particular modest automobiles that fans would kill for, which includes the mid-engined Renault five Turbo, the rear-drive Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, and just about any Group B Globe Rally Championship homologation automobile, such as the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. Here’s a possible new classic: the Audi A1 Quattro, priced at the equivalent of a lot more than $ 55,000 and driven by a 256-hp turbo 4. Production is restricted to just 333 units. It will be by far the most strong auto in its class, the 208-hp Mini John Cooper Operates being a distant second.
One Severe A1
In late 2010, an eight-particular person group came collectively to transform the VW Polo–based, front-wheel-drive Audi A1 into an all-wheel-drive high-functionality monster. Previously, the A1 lineup was topped by a front-wheel-drive, 185-hp, one.4-liter version, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated as the only obtainable transmission. For the new leading-dog A1, the engineers dug deep into the corporate parts bin and came up with the Audi TTS’s EA113 2.-liter TFSI, MQ350 six-speed manual transmission, Quattro all-wheel-drive program, and rear suspension setup. This A1 delivers no dual-clutch option, and it’s perfectly fine that way.
This auto, immediately after all, is significant organization. We estimate the sprint from to 60 mph will take five. seconds leading speed is a drag-limited 152 mph, the end result of aerodynamics tuned for downforce. When you fire it up, the A1 Quattro emits a sonorous hum, which turns aggressive as quickly as you hit the throttle. The not-as well-light clutch bites aggressively, but the transmission is exceptionally smooth and effortless to operate. Punch the throttle and the 4 tires grab hard.
Its Quattro all-wheel-drive technique is front-biased, but the setup can briefly force up to one hundred % of the torque to the rear wheels. However, it will take aggressive turn-in and determined throttle action to induce energy oversteer. If you’re not interested in playing drift king, the XDS system—a function of the stability control—can apply the brakes at each of the 4 wheels to better maintain your intended line through a corner. The XDS function stays energetic even with stability handle switched off these a lot more comfy with a safety net in location can decide on the Sport mode, which enables substantial leeway prior to intervening. The electrically assisted steering is precise. Beefed-up brakes successfully keep speed in verify, and sit behind 18-inch wheels sporting 225/35 Bridgestone rubber. Thanks to its excellent chassis, the A1 Quattro feels a lot lighter than its not-insignificant 3000 pounds would propose.
How fantastic is to hear from great friends right after a although. They often bear very good news, at least in the situation of our automotive site. Daniele Fontanin is a cool guy from Italy, photographer, doing some pretty fancy operate on Europe’s finest automobiles for the racing fanatics.
We all keep in mind his Lotus Elite shoot, which was the breakthrough shoot he did for our web site. Now it’s time to present you the most up-to-date project he did, some thing that some Renault lovers from my hometown will actually appreciate. He got his hands and his lens on a white Renault Clio R27 F1 Group. Wonderful little auto for certain!
The little automobile, boasting a Cup chassis, delivering 200hp (145kW) and 215Nm of torque from a naturally aspirated two. 16V engine is a excellent alternative for any person loving the “lots of energy in a small car” principle of small, speedy and nimble autos. Renault Clio R27 F1 Group was the best auto to celebrate Renault’s back-to-back F1 constructor planet championships when it came out.
So, Renault enthusiasts, take pleasure in this! We really don’t publish that numerous hot hatches, but would seem that our readers are fond of them, so we might proper that in the long term. Meanwhile get pleasure from the wallpaper sized pictures provided by Daniele Fontanin and examine his Flickr profile for more automotive goodies!
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GRIP’s front man Matthias Malmedie takes the new Porsche 911 Cabrio for a drive, but he’s not alone.
It’s not like the 911 Cabrio is a boring car or anything. This 118.000 Euro sports car has a 3.8 liter engine in ‘S’ guise with 400 PS, and 0 to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. But to add a little spice, he takes Dominique Regatschnig with him for a ride. If you don’t know who she is, well, that’s why they invented Google. Use it!
Even if you don’t like the car, you should still watch this.
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Mitsubishi has been building cars for a lot longer than you might have guessed. Since 1917, in fact, when the then-known Mitsubishi Shipbuiding Company contradicted its name by building the Model A – a hand-built, seven-seater sedan based on the Fiat Tipo 3.
The Japanese manufacturer sold only 22 Model As owing to the model’s relatively expensive price tag compared with mass-produced vehicles out of Europe and the US, though Mitsubishi certainly hasn’t experienced the same issue with its Lancer small car.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has also been around for quite a while, as a mainstay of Mitsubishi’s global sales. Our Sportback test car is a member of the ninth-generation Lancer family that dates back to 1973.
The Lancer has certainly hit the heights globally in the past, thanks to multiple World Rally Championship (WRC) titles with the high-performance, all-wheel-drive Evolution models (a badge that continues today), though here we’re testing a more humble Sportback ES model that props up the Lancer range.
The Lancer Sportback was the realisation of the ‘Concept Sportback’ first shown at the 2005 Frankfurt motor show and later released as a series production version in 2007. It essentially replaced the Lancer Wagon from that moment on, with the hatchback providing the alternative to the sedan.
On Feb. 29, 2012, the world will meet the ‘most potent Ferrari ever‘ when the covers come off (previously type of did) of the new F620 GT.
Ferrari has just released a new teaser video showing the new model, which will also make its automobile display debut in Geneva up coming Month.
So far, rumors propose that power for the Ferrari F620 GT will come from a V12 engine creating 710-hp. The model will substitute the outgoing Ferrari 599 GTB.
Hit the jump for the video.
BMW of North America signed a deal with ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as the show’s sponsor for the Oscars nights. In addition, BMW purchased out all the commercial time throughout Wednesday’s leap day-themed broadcast. Moving onto the on the web medium as nicely, Jimmy Kimmel’s Youtube channel will feature BMW sponsored movies through March.
Media agency Universal McCann brokered the deal for BMW and the marketing and advertising efforts are targeted on the new BMW 3 Series.
In the course of last night’s Oscars, ABC’s late evening display featured an opening title sequence showing Guillermo Rodriguez racing up Hollywood Boulevard in a BMW three Series to bring Kimmel’s the missing bowtie. Due to the Oscars’ popularity, the Kimmel Oscars episode is watched by practically 4 million viewers.
On Wednesday, the display will air commercial-free of charge and BMW will function a 5-minute skit, whilst the rest of the display will be presented by BMW and consist of comedic vignettes starring Kimmel, visitors and crew that celebrate having more time.
Some forget that Lamborghini built one of the legendary SUVs, the bellowing, broad-chested LM002.
Now the Italian supercar maker is apparently headed back into the SUV business and will show a design study at next month’s 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Another prime example of the influence China is having on the supercar world.
Just as the upcoming Porsche Macan SUV will be based on the Audi Q5, the Lambo will dip onto the Volkswagen corporate parts bin for the vehicle’s underpinnings. This would be the next-gen architecture that will be used for revised VW Touareg, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and the reported Bentley we might see at this year’s Geneva Show. Naturally the Lambo SUV will have a front engine, likely the Gallardo 5.2-liter V-10, which would put horsepower in the 560-580 range. Given Lamborghini’s fondness for messing with carbon fiber, we could see that material used to slide the SUV’s weight under that of its corporate cousins.
Styling? Suggestions we’ve seen graft an enlarged version of the Gallaro’s face on tall body, but then again, as Lamborghini proved with the LM002, brutal can be beautiful.