Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
Drive It! presents a new edition of the Porsche Boxster, takes a closer look at automobile tires, and a look back to the first mass-produced mid-engine car.Present it!: Audi Q5 FaceliftFour years after it was introduced in the fall of 2008, Audi's Q5 SUV has had its first facelift. The new powertrain combinations have increased fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent. A start-stop system is standard equipment with all five available engine options.In the interior, narrow chrome strips frame the controls while high-gloss surfaces set new accents in the central console. A new electromechanical power steering system adjusts to the car's speed. It uses no energy on a straightaway, thereby saving about 0.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Inside It! The EU's New Tire Label - A Tire PrimerConsumer electronics have been sporting energy efficiency ratings since 1994. Cars got them more recently. Starting in November, standardized labels grading tires will also be mandatory across the European Union. In addition to rating energy efficiency, they also cite noise levels and traction on wet surfaces. Drive It! takes a look at the various factors that go into good - or bad - tires. Test it! How good is the new Boxster S?This two-seater tearaway is a familiar face - but somehow all-new. The Porsche Boxster is the smallest member of the Porsche family, but the 2012 edition has grown a little. It looks chunkier, and now also has a tail on its rear.While the Boxster is the least powerful Porsche, the new version has a few more horsepower than its predecessor. We test the Boxster S, which has 232 kW of power and sprints to 100 km/h in five seconds. The retractable roof is also speedy. It needs just nine seconds to open or close - and can do so at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Vintage: 1966 Matra Djet 6 BJHalf a century ago, a sportscar designed by Frenchman René Bonnet caused a sensation at the Paris Motor Show with both its eccentric design and innovative technology. The Djet had a fiberglass body, but what was really unusual about it was the location of the engine right behind the driver under a bump in the trunk.Until then, the mid-engine concept had only been used in racing cars. The specifications of this first volume-production mid-engine model also reflect its motorsports inspiration: zero to 100 km/h in just eight seconds with a top speed of 210 km/h, powered by a relatively small 1300 cc engine.

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