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In South Africa, a handful of special variants were offered when BMW’s E30 3-Series was on sale. One of them is the 325is Evo 1, nicknamed ‘Gusheshe.’

Featured here in a video from Cars.co.za, the 325is Evo 1 was sold with an upgraded 2.7-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder producing a very respectable 194 hp and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels.

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By modern standards, these figures may not seem all that impressive. However, the car is really nice to drive, with the reviewer commenting on the excellent handling and all of the feedback you get through the steering wheel. The high-revving engine also sounds excellent and the presenter adds that it is much more poised and composed than he thought it would be.

As good as the 325is Evo 1 was when it was launched, it did face stiff competition in the form of the Opel Kadett SuperBoss that was also launched for the local Group N racing championship. In the second video, the South African publication pits the two against each other and even though the SuperBoss is at a power disadvantage, with 170 hp and front-wheel drive, it’s actually quicker in a straight line than the BMW.

 

 


先前在2020年10月時《Volkswagen》才發表了在部份市場可望與《Toyota Corolla Cross》相互較勁的全新SUV產品《Volkswagen Taos》而吸引了不少的關注。日前一部神秘的《Volkswagen》偽裝SUV原型車意外曝光又再次引起了外界的猜測與討論。

 ▲神秘Volkswagen偽裝SUV原型車現身Seat位於西班牙Martorell的動力測試基地

事實上這回引起討論的神秘《Volkswagen》偽裝SUV原型車出現在同集團的西班牙品牌《Seat》宣佈投入3,000萬歐元於Martorell建立南歐最先進的動力測試基地。雖然在同集團的背景下出現《Volkswagen》產品似乎不讓人意外,但偽裝車的身份還是引起了外界討論,而大部份的推測都認為這部神秘偽裝車與《Volkswagen》在2019年上海車展前夕品牌SUV之夜首演的概念作品《Volkswagen SMV Concept》有著幾分神似。

事實上先前在2019年上海車展前夕《Volkswagen》品牌SUV之夜首度亮相的《Volkswagen SMV Concept》被外界視為在中國當地由上汽大眾負責生產、販售的《Volkswagen Teramont》雙生兄弟,未來量產後可望由一汽大眾生產、販售,與《Volkswagen Teramont》一同成為《Volkswagen》品牌旗下使用MQB平台打造尺碼最大的SUV產品。

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雖然這部神秘《Volkswagen》偽裝SUV原型車在歐洲進行測試似乎與量產版《Volkswagen SMV Concept》預計由一汽大眾在中國市場負責生產、販售的身份不太吻合,但是有中國市場販售《Volkswagen Tharu》與《Volkswagen Teramont》分別衍生出在海外市場有著高度血緣關係的《Volkswagen Taos》和《Volkswagen Atlas》等兄弟的先例,或許最快有機會在2020年底前現身的量產版《Volkswagen SMV Concept》也可能會有個還未曝光的歐洲兄弟。

圖片來源:Volkswagen、Seat

Tags: Volkswagen福斯Seat德國車系西班牙車系

Here’s a question: if you wanted a premium hot hatch but don’t want to spend a small fortune on something like a Mercedes-AMG A45/A45 S, what should you get?

This series of challenges tries to give an answer by putting three of premium hot hatchbacks against each other. The models are the Mercedes-AMG A35, the Audi S3 Sportback and the BMW M135i xDrive, all of which cost around £38,000 (~$50,500) in the UK, where the video was shot, and are very similar.

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In terms of straight line performance, Mercedes-AMG claims that the A35 can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds from a standstill. The S3 Sportback and M135i are one tenth of a second slower, and flat out, all three will hit 250 km/h (155 mph).

Their 2.0-liter turbo-four engines pump out 306 PS (301 HP / 225 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque in the BMW, 306 PS (301 HP / 225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) in the Merc and 310 PS (306 HP / 228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) in the Audi. All three feature all-wheel drive systems, with seven-speed DCTs in the A35 and the S3, and an eight-speed automatic transmission in the M135i.

Since the numbers are so close, it’s impossible to guess which one is faster. Thus they were subjected in a quarter-mile sprint, from a standing and a rolling start, and a braking test, all in the wet.