Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
A convertible in winter - the new A3 from Audi makes it happen. The cat's out of the bag - Jaguar's new XF Sportbrake. And: ever-shorter service intervals - good for safety or good for the garage?Present it!: The Audi A3 convertibleThe new A3 convertible hits the market right at the new year with a classic rag top and 18 extra centimeters in length. But it's still 50 kilos lighter than its predecessor. Three engines generating between 103 and 132 kilowatts of power are available from the start. We tested the beefier gasoline variant with a 1.8 liter TFSI and a seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission.Examine It!: Le Jog - Winter Rally through BritainThis year marks the 20th "Le Jog" rally, a tour that takes drivers from the bottom of the UK right to the top. Land's End to John O'Groats is a 2,400-kilometer journey that puts participants through a variety of tests, including water hazards. We join team "Pink Petrol" as they take on the challenge for the first time.Test it!: The Jaguar XF SportbrakeJaguar's latest station wagon is the XF Sportbreak, which sees itself as a competitor to the BMW 5-series. The XF Sportbreak features some snappy technology, including a pulsing red starter button and meet-and-greet air vents. But is the total package enough to give the BMW a run for the money?Inside it!: Servicing schedules - the differences are hugeHow's that? Some cars are supposed to be serviced twice as often as others? What's behind the wildly divergent schedules? Hartmut Goder, technology specialist at the German Automobile Club ADAC, sheds light on the manufacturers' strategies... while cautioning against too much DIY.Vintage: The NSU RO 80The NSU Ro 80 sedan hit the market way back in 1967. With its revolutionary body and futuristic design it was ahead of its time. It relied on a Wankel engine, which gets its power from a spinning rotor instead of piston displacement. Just one liter produced 115 horsepower, which was enough to push the speedometer up to 180 km/h. It had issues though, like high gas consumption. However, it remains a milestone in automobile history.
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