Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
Electrifying Future - Audis R8 e-tron shows everything electric cars will soon be able to do. Current Bargain - Skoda introduces a new model of the Octavia Combi, one of Europe's best-selling station wagons. And Perfect Past - 50 classic cars at the Concorso d'Eleganza on Lake Como give visitors something to look at.Present It!: The Skoda Octavia Station WagonSkoda's Octavia station wagon dominated the European market for the compact class in 2012. Even if it's noticeably longer than its predecessor, it is still some 102 kilograms lighter. The smallest 63 kw 1.2 l TSI gasoline-powered version is selling with the starting price of just 16,640 euros in Germany.Picture It!: Audi R8 e-tron - Technology for the FutureAudi's R8 e-tron and its technology offer a glimpse of the future - and of just how emotional and flexible electro-mobility can be. Its two electric motors put out 280 kilowatts of power for a downright brutish torque of 820 Nm.It makes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and covers an impressive 215 kilometers on just one battery charge. And it's dead. But the technological advances will live on in future series-production electric cars by Audi. Test It!: Hyundai i30 CoupéThe newest member of the i30 compact car range is a coupe model with three doors. Its dynamic design sets it far apart from its predecessors though when it comes to exterior measurements; it's in no way inferior to earlier models. Drive It takes the new Hyundai Coupe out for a test drive.Inside It!: Shock Absorbers and SafetyFuzzy handling, side-wind susceptibility, steering play and accidents can all be caused by worn or malfunctioning shock absorbers. Many fail to realize how important shocks are, not just to passenger comfort but to safety. One reason is that if the shock absorbers aren't working, then all the other safety assist systems, such as anti-skid or ABS, become ineffective.Vintage: the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'EsteThe Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is a classic car meet with a sumptuous flair. The cars that show up are worth millions. They're veritable sculptures on wheels. The uncontested star of this year's show was a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic. Only four of them were ever built. At the same time, the British luxury brand Aston Martin celebrated its centenary.
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