40 years of Audi five-cylinder engines: the sound of fury (still) continues…

1983: five-cylinder engine triumphant in rallying: In the 1983 Corsica Rally, Audi competes for the first time with the Audi quattro A2, Group B. Its 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder inline engine produces 265 kW (360 hp) at 6,500 revolutions per minute and delivers 450 newton meters (331.90 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. At the end of the season, the Finn Hannu Mikkola wins the drivers’ title in this car. One year later, the Swede Stig Blomqvist replicates this success: he becomes world rally champion, while Audi wins the manufacturers’ world rally championship for the second time after 1982.
1983: five-cylinder engine triumphant in rallying:
In the 1983 Corsica Rally, Audi competes for the first time with the Audi quattro A2, Group B. Its 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder inline engine produces 265 kW (360 hp) at 6,500 revolutions per minute and delivers 450 newton meters (331.90 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. At the end of the season, the Finn Hannu Mikkola wins the drivers’ title in this car. One year later, the Swede Stig Blomqvist replicates this success: he becomes world rally champion, while Audi wins the manufacturers’ world rally championship for the second time after 1982.

Every car enthusiast has this sound ringing in its ears. The roaring sound of the high revving rally engine, the raw 5 cylinder staccato when the combustion efficiency bites above 4000 rpm, the growl, the flames in the exhaust, the “pop” explosions on gearchanges, we all know it. It is the symphony of Vorsprung durch Technik, and indeed, it has been going on for decades now.

1978: five-cylinder carbureted engine: In April 1978, the five-cylinder carbureted version with an output of 85 kW (115 hp) replaces the basic twoliter four-cylinder version in the Audi 100 (C2). The new 1.9-liter unit produces maximum power at 5,400 revs and delivers 154 newton meters (113.58 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft at 3,700 rpm. The engine is used in the Audi 100 5 (C2), the Audi 80 CD (B2), the Audi Coupé GT 5S (B2) and in the Audi 100 (C3).
1978: five-cylinder carbureted engine:
In April 1978, the five-cylinder carbureted version with an output of 85 kW (115 hp) replaces the basic twoliter four-cylinder version in the Audi 100 (C2). The new 1.9-liter unit produces maximum power at 5,400 revs and delivers 154 newton meters (113.58 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft at 3,700 rpm. The engine is used in the Audi 100 5 (C2), the Audi 80 CD (B2), the Audi Coupé GT 5S (B2) and in the Audi 100 (C3).

It brings also sweet memories to your servant, when as a young journalist I sat behind the wheel of the 80 Quattro saloon, with this 5 cylinder engine roaring under his right foot. It is all magic. And indeed, here, it calls for a small celebration in these columns.

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A sensational luxury-class coupé: the Mercedes-Maybach 6

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Sometimes, designers have a vision. Aimed at the future, but rooted in history and glorious tradition. The men and women of Mercedes thus created a 2+2‑seater which is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés. This sleek coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.

This car celebrated its premiere at the latest edition of the Pebble Beach special beauty contest.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).

We just show you the stunning pictures here and tell you more about the car…

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The all-new ŠKODA Kodiaq celebrated its world premiere on 1st September 2016 in Berlin…

 

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Finally, we now have a look at the Kodiaq in the flesh: Indeed, the Kodiaq is a big SUV: It is 4,700 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm high.  The Kodiaq uses the largest version of the VW Group’s MQB chassis technology built for the European market. The VW Tiguan XL is the only car in the group which will have the same wheelbase.

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The new MQB chassis makes the car also relatively light, thanks to the use oif the latest lightweight construction techniques. It puts 1,452kg on the scale in FWD, with the 4WD only adding 80 kgs.

Frugal power

The Skoda Kodiaq will be available immediately with a range of two diesel engines and three petrol units . The diesel engines are the well proven  2.0-litre four-cylinder units, offered in two versions, – 148bhp with 340Nm and a more powerful 187bhp version with 400Nm or torque. The petrol engines start with the 1.4-litre with 123bhp and 200Nm, a more powerful 1.4 with cylinder deactivation technology and good for 148bhp and 250Nm, and a 2.0 litre with 177bhp and 320Nm.

The most powerful diesel and petrol engines are available only in combination with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. The more sedate diesel and 1.4-litre engines are available only with the DSG when in front-wheel-drive lay-out, but one can order them also with DSG or six-speed manual coupled with four-wheel drive.

In the interior one finds the new Skoda world with elegant and timeless design, with even vertically placed ventilation openings. One can opt for the Bolero version with a 8.0-inch display, instead of the standard 6,5 inch unit. The phone box incorporates inductive wireless charging for smartphones.

There is always a lot of luggage space in Skoda’s, and this Kodiaq offers will all the seats folded slightly more than 2,065 litres…

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As you can expect, the whole range of Driver Assistance Systems can be had, including surround view cameras, becoming now the class norm in this segment.

We just let you have here a brief look at the exterior of this Kodiaq, which we will be keen to drive soon…

Kodiaq was a city in Alaska…for one day

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The Alaskan city Kodiak renames itself for announcement of ŠKODA’s all-new SUV… indeed, how would you react if a carmaker from another continent came to your city and proposed changing its name? Surprised? Bemused? Or perhaps delighted that, finally, your hometown was getting some long-overdue recognition worldwide? Well, on May 6th, 2016 Kodiak, Alaska became for one day Kodiaq, to coincide with the official announcement of the all-new SUV…

Hans Knol ten Bensel

 

We drove the Hyundai Grand Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi: a stunning SUV flagship from the orient…

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Impressive. That’s how one can best describe this Hyundai. Earning very high marks in style and engineering, in mechanical refinement and perfection, in roominess, finish and build quality.

We drove this Grand Santa Fe in the top Executive Version, equipped with the Safety Pack, giving you all the electronic assistance you would ever wish for to help you drive safely to your destination.

A very relaxing and rewarding experience, just read further…

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We drove the MINI Cooper Convertible: truly grand open air pleasure…

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The Mini has stolen our heart, and indeed we just love all versions of it. It has all the good qualities of the original, and thanks to the superb engineering virtually none of the drawbacks and idiosyncrasies. Needless to say that in this late summer hot weather we were delighted to spend some time behind the wheel of the open version, the latest generation being launched in March this year. This time we tested it in the Cooper version….

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We drove the Nissan Navara 2.3 dCi 190 HP Double Cab Tekna: a car for all seasons…

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We were already quite impressed by the Navara at its presentation, and understandably we were  looking forward to a more extensive test of this versatile performer.

Indeed, the Navara truly delivered, and proved to be everything it was meant to be. An outstanding, well balanced, roomy and sturdy pick up, with very impressive performance combined with excellent economy and last but not least lots of style and mechanical refinement.

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The Mercedes House in Brussels transformed into Smart City store…

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One has to go with the times. And our cities want to become havens of smart mobility. Major car manufacturers are following the trend, or, rather, leading it. As does the oldest car manufacturer in the world for decades now with its Smart.

Therefore it is only fitting that Mercedes-Benz Belgium Luxembourg transforms its iconic Mercedes House into a Smart City pop-up store.

Just read further…

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A clever shock absorber system from Audi saves fuel and increases comfort…

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Electromechanical rotary damper, working on the rear wheels…

There is a lot of news coming from Audi: not only have they introduced recently the new Q2 and A5 range, of which we will soon tell you more, but they a also coming up with very interesting technologies. This time, they focused on the suspension front. Indeed, everybody knows that a lot of kinetic energy is being lost by the suspension of a car. So it was written in the stars that someone would come with a new technology to convert this into electric energy…

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A Sporting Grand Tour with the Skoda Octavia Combi RS 184 HP 2.0 CRTDI DSG6 4X4.

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Skoda was literally very much in the picture in the Tour de France. When we had the occasion to make our own trip through the French “Hexagone” behind the stylish three spoked wheel of this sporting Skoda, you can understand we were looking forward to a delightful motoring experience,

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Needless to say that on the road to the French Midi we took the Skoda through its paces on an iconic “col” of the Tour de France, the Grand Ballon d’Alsace… here we drive over the finish line at the top!

enjoying the engineering excellence and the fine sporting tradition of the brand, thanks to the dynamic PR team of Skoda Import Belgium. Just read on!

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The new Porsche Panamera: the very quintessence of a sporting sedan

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There are cars which mark their epoch. Such a car is the Porsche Panamera. There is simply no sedan in the world which embodies in such a superb manner sportiness, pur-sang styling and performance than this sleek and imposing sedan.

It takes courage to change this winning combination. But the Porsche engineers and styling people took on this challenge.

The result is a further evolution of the iconic Panamera. A car to enjoy, just simply by looking at it. We therefore tell you here what’s new, and show you the pictures, for you already to enjoy, before we can tell you soon how this gem handles and drives… Just read on!

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