When Citroen setup the DS division of the company in 2010 it was seen as an offshoot intended to produce a limited volume of slightly more upmarket cars which were a little off-beat, dramatic and stylish. But now, four years after DS was launched, the outfit has sold over half a million vehicles worldwide, and the Citroen connection, although just as strong behind the scenes, is being increasingly muted in public.
The Divine DS concept is a vehicle which will be making its public debut shortly at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s intended to represent the future of the DS brand, and show the sorts of vehicle they’ll be producing in the near future, as well as the high-fashion interiors they’ll be packing.
Designed and built in Paris, the Divine DS concept is a compact 4-door vehicle. It’s overall shape is pretty standard for a hatchback, but the details are striking. It has laser headlights, a glittering front grille filled with floating diamond shapes of different sizes and finished in varying shades of chrome, a chrome highlighted character line running nearly the full length of the car and an unusual diamond patterned roof. At the rear the Divine DS concept features jewel-like LED tail lights.
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The MINI Hatch has always been a 3-door vehicle. Ever since the original model it only had two passenger doors and a rear hatchback. But now, with the introduction of the MINI 5-door Hatch, that’s about to change.
The new 5-door MINI is longer, more spacious and more practical than its 3-door brethren. It’s lost a bit of its stylistic appeal thanks to the additional set of doors, but the added people and cargo carrying capabilities should make up for that. The interior is more spacious, offering a smidgen more headroom, more elbow room and most noticeably, rear seat leg room. The rear bench now also offers a middle seat. The trunk is also roughly 30 percent larger than that of the 3-door model.
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At the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R 400 Concept. The current VW Golf R production model manages to produce 300 horsepower, channeling the power to all four wheels, and posting a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds. But the Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is designed to show just how much potential the car has.
The Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH – the brand’s sports car manufacturer. It is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 400 horsepower engine derived from the racing unit used in the WRC car. The transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch DSG unit with a manual option – or it can be shifted using paddles behind the steering wheel. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a Haldex 5 coupling which acts as a central differential lock, this system is so quick it is activated even before wheel slip occurs. The result is a hatchback which can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
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Citroen has just revealed the most exclusive version of the DS3 yet. Called the DS3 Cabrio Racing, the new model will be sold in absurdly limited numbers. 100 in total, and the UK for example will only be getting 10. That will make it rarer than many limited edition supercars. And while it’s not quite as expensive as Italy’s finest. It also isn’t cheap. At all.
Powering the Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing is a 207 horsepower four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged engine – the same as that found in the hardtop DS3 Racing. The 0-62 mph run is finished in just 6.5 seconds, and the top speed is 145 mph.
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Despite its tiny proportions, the Fiat 500 is a massively versatile machine. You can order it in pastel colors with retro-chic 50’s style accessories, you can order it as a cutesy but fairly normal looking hatchback, or you can go all out and place an order for the Abarth 695 Biposto and blow some minds.
This car is anything but cutesy. It’s a race car stuffed inside a 500 shell. There is a race-bred dog-ring gearbox which offers lighting-quick shifts, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, fully adjustable suspension system from Extreme Shox, an MXL digital data logger, Sabelt seats with 4-point harnesses, powerful Brembo brakes and lightweight 18-inch OZ wheels.
Powering the Abarth 695 Biposto is a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine which produces 190 horsepower. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph.
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On the Honda stand at the Geneva Motor Show, the company is displaying a concept version of next year’s production Civic Type R.
It’s a steriod-infused little hot hatch with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 horsepower. It’s definitely not subtle on the outside, with spoilers and vents all over the place. In fact it’s the most extreme Type R the company has ever built. It’s more of a road legal version of the Civic race car than a mildly worked over version of the standard Civic.
The concept was put together by a team of just three guys at the company’s Swindon design center in the UK. It took six months to build.
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Vauxhall/Opel have finally revealed what their Geneva Motor Show stunner will look like, and what it’s got under the hood. It’s powerful, fast, and looks like a race car. It should, it’s based on the Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship. And if there’s enough positive feedback, then it just might go into limited production.
The Astra VXR EXTREME is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which produces 300 horsepower. It’s the most powerful front-wheel-drive car the company has ever built. The transmission tasked with sending all those horses to the front wheels is a six-speed manual, assisted by a limited-slip differential.
The Astra VXR EXTREME is a full 220 lbs (100 kgs) lighter than the standard Astra VXR. This has been achieved through the use of carbon fiber components, including the roof, rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, hood, and even the wheels. Aluminium has been used for some of the body panels too.
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In 1974, at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the very first Scirocco. And fittingly, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, after 40 years and over 1 million sales, Volkswagen will be debuting a restyled and updated version of the Scirocco.
The 2014 Scirocco features revised styling and a new range of engines which are more powerful and more fuel-efficient. The range topping Scirocco R features a 280 horsepower (15 hp more than before) 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
Visually, the 2014 Scirocco is marked out from last year’s car by new front and rear bumpers, new headlights, and LED tail lights. As on a Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning as the tailgate release handle.
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The first generation Renault Twingo from 1992 was a bit of an odd ball. Odd looking, yet somehow lovable. It was a small budget car, and it didn’t pretend to be anything but a cheap runabout. But at the same time it had a distinctive style about it which was created by Renault’s famed designer Patrick le Quément. Underneath however it was very dull. With a range of small-displacement 4-cylinder engines producing anywhere from 55 to 75 horsepower.
But fast-forward to today, and Renault might have come up with something just a little bit special. You see, instead of playing it safe and making yet another front-wheel-drive hatchback similar to those found in just about every driveway across Europe, they’ve decided to make the third-generation Twingo a rear-engined, RWD model.
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Audi has just released information regarding the latest performance versions of the A1. The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback join the rest of the S quattro range of cars, and sit right down at the bottom of the heap. Just to be clear, the S1 is the three-door car, while the S1 Sportback is the five-door model. Unlike the extremely limited edition Audi A1 quattro – of which only 333 were made worldwide – the S1 models will be readily available to anyone who hands over the asking price.
“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” says Prof. Dr. Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, adding: “The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”
Powering the S1 and the S1 Sportback is a new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which develops 227 horsepower and 272 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The transmission is a short-shift six-speed manual connected to a quattro AWD system. The S1 can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds, while the slightly larger and heavier S1 Sportback takes fractionally longer at 5.9 seconds. Top speed for both is an electronically limited 155 mph.
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