Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
This week, Drive it! takes you to dunes on the North Sea island of Sylt and Austrian alpine passes. We also take a trip back in time -- with an East German Trabi!Present it! Porsche Boxster GTSFor the first time, Porsche has expanded its open-top Boxster family to include a GTS model. Combined with the optional PDK dual-clutch transmission and an activated Sport Plus button, the Boxster GTS sprints from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in just 4.7 seconds.Standard features include the Sport Chrono Package, a stiffer suspension, and the sports exhaust system. In Germany, the Boxster GTS starts at about 70,000 euros. Test it! Honda CRV 1.6 iDTECThe Honda CR-V is a compact SUV with an engine that was developed specifically for the European market -- a small 1.6-liter iDETC diesel engine that puts out 88 kilowatts. Along with SUV styling, this CR-V focuses on efficiency and economy. According to Honda, the CR-V consumes just 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.Picture it! VW Beetle DuneVolkswagen is planning a reincarnation of its legendary 1960s beach buggy, which will sport the name Beetle Dune. Along with a body that's raised by 50 millimeters, it's been treated to 19-inch alloy wheels and an all-terrain look. That makes the Beetle Dune perfect for off-road adventures and trips to the beach. It's not due to come onto the market till 2016, but we get a sneak preview.Examine it! Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon 2014For the past five years, the Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon has also featured e-cars. We pay a visit to get a sneak preview of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric car, which will be released in the US shortly. It turns out that e-cars are more than able to handle the mountainous course. With their hefty torque and dynamic power delivery, they're a great deal of fun to drive, too.Vintage! Trabant P601SWhen the first Trabant was launched in 1957, it could hold its own against West German models. Its 18 horsepower may not have been a threat to the Goggomobil or the VW Bug, but the latter certainly didn't leave its Eastern cousins in the dust. Drive It! takes a trip back in time with the Trabant 601, the third and most widely-produced model in the Trabant series.

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