Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
A Wannabe - BMW's 4-Series Gran Coupe is almost too much of a good thing. A Looker - The Kia Optima is winning design prizes, but doesn't have a designer price tag. A Pocket Rocket - Audi's S1 hot hatch can even give Porsche a run for the money.Present it! The BMW 4-Series Gran CoupWith its new 4-series Gran Coup, BMW aims to offer a more dynamic, elegant and sophisticated alternative to the 4-series coup und convertible. And the Gran Coup has exactly the same length, width and wheelbase as BMW's two-door coup. But BMW is convinced this is a niche with a future. We checked out the Gran Coup with a 180 kilowatt 428i gasoline-powered engine.Taste it! Kia Optima SedanKia introduces its facelifted Optima mid-size 4-door sedan. It presents straightforward but elegant contours on a coup-style body, with more cargo space than a C-class Mercedes, but at a much lower sticker price. In Germany, the base model starts at a good 8000 euros less than the C-class. Is there a catch? We take it for a spin to find out.Test it! Audi S1It may be small but Audi's new S1 really packs a punch. It boasts a turbocharged 2-liter TSI engine, which produces up to 370 Newton meters of torque. The 4-door hot hatch can go from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in just 5.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. We put the little pocket rocket through its paces.Examine it! Highway Driving with a Camper VanDuring the summer season, countless vacationers are on the highway with camper vans hitched to their cars. But they can be a real challenge to maneuver, especially for drivers who do it only on holiday. And the trailers often have a mind of their own. We take a look at what to watch out for.Vintage: 1966 Matra Djet 6 BJHalf a century ago, a sportscar designed by Frenchman Ren Bonnet caused a sensation at the Paris Motor Show with its eccentric design and innovative technology. The Djet had a fiberglass body, but the true revolution was the location of the engine right behind the driver.Until then, the mid-engine concept had only been used in racecars. The specs for this first volume-production, mid-engine model also reflect its motorsports aspirations: zero to 100 km/h in just eight seconds with a top speed of 210 km/h, powered by a relatively small 1.3 liter engine.
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