Audi TT RS – A Trip To Southern France

A Trip To Southern France

I’ve been desperately waiting for this trip and honestly, it’s one of our most beloved journeys ever. The idea to drive to Southern France has been in our heads since a while and finally we made it to this tremendous place.

It’s been years I visited and even more I felt in love with the region. It takes you 7 hours from Zürich and you’re in the middle of paradise. Endless fields of lavender and rosemary are turning this place into an absolute fairytale.

Provence seems to be the garden of Eden. Oleander, jasmine and roses cover the walls, houses and gardens. The food is beyond belief: organic meat with fresh spices, huge tomatoes and onions. A joy for every hedonist.

Provence is of course a very big wine region, so you have plenty of castles and wineyards to visit – a must-do for every wine lover.

During the night, the windows were open and the wind carried the scent of flowers into your room – incredible.

Driving through vineyards, uphill to small villages in Provence requires a cool sports car – the Audi TT RS

Audi TT RS – Have The Germans Fulfilled The Sports Car DNA?

Honestly, I didn’t like the former model of the Audi TT that much. But in 2016, the Germans presented the new Audi TT RS at the Beijing Motorshow which turned up my excitement.

I kind of expected it will be fun to corner it amongst the roads of Southern France – but it’s much cooler than I expected.
Let me explain why…

Audi TT RS – The Design

Yeah, the design was probably the aspect I didn’t like that much about the old version of the TT. But this little beast, looks way sharper than its predecessor.

An aggressive yet beefy front, bigger air ducts, a deep spoiler are giving the Audi TT RS a more masculine look. Further, the new TT RS comes up with more shapes and edges, aluminium and carbon fibre elements – super sharp!

Is it quick?

Most likely, you will hear surprising figures now. It’s runs from 0-100 within 3,7 seconds- that’s what you almost expect from a supercar!

The 5 cylinder engine delivers 400 bhp and 480 Nm of torque, that’s 60 hp more than the former model. The exhaust noise is superbly crisp and delivers the sports car DNA.

But what makes the Audi TT RS so fast and agile?

A few very important facts:

  • The coupé has a weight of 1440 kg
  • Underneath sits an Audi quattro all-wheel drive
  • The weight distribution is incredible

So, guess what’s the most fun? Exactly: a mountain pass.

Comparing the Audi TT RS to a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

That’s pretty interesting now, I will drive the Porsche Carrera GTS today. It has 50(!) hp more, comes up with 550nm torque and it’s just a very little more heavy. But still it takes the same amount of time from 0-100?

By the numbers, the Porsche should be quicker, but I have to admit: I have absolutely no idea why it’s the same result. Hopefully the Porsche team can explain it to me today. I’ll keep you posted.

Audi TT RS – Interior & Exterior

Its Colour

We talked a bit about the design, but you know what I love the most about this particular model? Its colour.

The colour is called  ‘Nardogrey’ – but at the end of the day it simply looks like a grey you’re expecting from a material called concrete. Huge thumbs up!

The Interior

Another bravo here and trust me, the interior delivers a lot of value for its price. The air vents look really cool! There is a net in the boot to fix the stuf in there – how good is that?

The seats are super comfortable, even after driving for 10 hours you’re still perfectly comfy in those seats!

However, I found two disadvantages.

  • I’m 6’4 tall, my hand was touching the steering wheel when cornering. Not sure if the car is made for people taller than me.
  • The screen is placed in front of the driver. So, if your co-driver wants to adjust something it can end up a bit odd

What’s the price and am I happy?

The Audi TT RS Coupé you’re seeing here is 100 grand, that is 50k less than its competitor the Porsche Carrera GTS. Pretty big amount to be honest, again I’m excited to hear why.

And yes, I’m very happy and Audi managed to make me a TT lover. Also, there is a lot of love from pedestrians, I have not expected that!

McLaren 720S – A New Benchmark Of Supercar Excellence

McLaren 720S – Introduction

When it comes to the fastest cars in the world, McLaren is for sure one of the leading brands in the industry. During the Geneva Motorshow, they have presented their latest model: The McLaren 720S.

The England-based manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and supercars, has renewed the Super Series product family at the core of its brand with the introduction of the new McLaren 720S, a car that sets new benchmarks of supercar excellence.

Trust me, I couldn’t have been more excited to experience the 720S on the road. Why? The performance is absolutely insane. The 720S is shattering every sort of power I’ve witnessed in a car – by far.

But let me explain why

The new McLaren 720S introduces the second-generation Super Series, the product family at the heart of the McLaren brand. It’s the successor of the 650S I drove in Tenerife. Let’s go through a couple of facts to turn up the excitement:

  • The engine has been upgraded from a 3.8 litre to a 4.0 litre twin turbo charged V8
  • A Carbon fibre chassis is key to the 1,283kg lightest dry weight
  • 41% of components in the engine are all-new
  • Cooling performance improves by 15% in comparison to the 650S.

The numbers are staggering

Driving the 720S, sort of feels like passing galaxies in warp speed. Yes, I imagine a spaceship must be feeling similar. The turbochargers have been adjusted, so the 720S comes up with more torque – meaning the power is available in an earlier stage.

The 650S started to increase the acceleration after like 3’000 RPM, though the 720S provides the power at the very beginning. The 720bhp are just sending you into other dimensions, I guess you will have to drive it to fully experience what I mean.

But let’s get these impressive numbers a bit structured:

  • 720PS and 770Nm, with a power-to-weight ratio of up to 561PS per tonne
  • Maximum speed of 212mph (341km/h)
  • Braking from 200 km/h to standstill in 4.6 seconds, covering 117m

McLaren 720S – The Design

My first impression was true, the 720S is all about a new concept of aerodynamics and design. The new McLaren 720S represents a step-change in McLaren Super Series’ design language. Balanced, compact, proportions are defined by the elegant sweep of the teardrop glasshouse, while the 720S bodywork creates a futuristic, highly technical appearance.

Hours of innovation are defining the design of the new McLaren 720S. The lean, sculpted body shape creates an instantly recognisable silhouette.

The canopy-like design also provides a feeling of 360-degree vision for occupants that is unrivalled in the supercar class, allowing light to flood into the cabin and setting a new benchmark for visibility.

The aggressively contoured front bumper takes its inspiration from the McLaren P1TM. Visually dramatic, digital LED headlights are integrated within ‘eye-sockets’ that feature an aero duct to channel air to the low-temperature radiators and cut deep into the front fenders to produce a distinctly predatory gaze.

The new McLaren 720S is equipped with Static Adaptive Headlights, a pioneering technology that optimises headlight performance by changing the directional light intensity based on steering input.

Double-skinned dihedral doors allow for the apparent removal of side air intakes from the toned, pinched waistline, despite the increased cooling requirements of the new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Fast moving air is efficiently managed around the sleek A-pillars into ducts within the door, maximising cooling performance without the need to increase radiator dimensions or mass.

  • The 720S merges visual drama, state-of-the-art technologies, and aerodynamic purity to introduce a new generation of design language
  • Aluminium bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ around a carbon fibre structure, for sculpted, technical appearance and optimal aerodynamic efficiency
  • Double-skinned dihedral doors channel air to high-temperature radiators

The 720S – My Drive In Rome

At the moment I flew out of Zürich, we literally had snow in the middle of spring. Fortunately, the weather in Rome was much better and the following Saturday showed the city in its most beautiful glance.

We took the cars and drove it out of the city. The terrain was rather difficult – heavy corners and bumpy roads promised a lot of fun and required quite some concentration.

I’m still sure the McLaren brand engineers the best gearboxes on the market, the one in the 720S is yet again another piece of perfection. 7.8 seconds from 0-200 is almost the performance you’re expecting from a plug-in hybrid car like the Porsche 918 Spyder. But the McLaren 720S doesn’t bark and shout at you all the time, it’s not the crisp metallic sound we had in past supercars – the 720S is a hyper car – engineered towards perfection. And that’s how it feels to drive – bit like a spaceship.

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Why I Love The Jaguar F-Type SVR So Much

What’s the best car I drove so far?

Yes, that’s probably the most popular question I’m being asked by my followers. But it’s not so easy to answer. There are plenty of amazing cars and at the end of the day it’s all about your taste and needs.

Let me explain that a bit… Arguments like safety, understatement are important to you? You might want to get a Volvo. You need loads of space for your family, a car to go skiing but still it has to be classy? The Range Rover might be a good advise. Or, you’re into good-looking performance cars? McLaren is producing some really epic supercars.

The perfect mix might be owning a ‘everyday-car’ and a sports car for the week-end.

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But what’s my favorite sportscar below 200k?

I didn’t drive them all yet – but so far, it’s the Jaguar F-Type SVR. No other car I drove, is such a harmony of excitement, power and class. It’s this very moment before unlocking the F-Type. The sharp and aggressive look of the SVR, but still this glance of a typical Jag. And once you unlocked it, its sound just leaves you goosebumps. To my taste, the F-Type is simply unrivaled.

That’s one of many reasons I can’t wait to drive it again – to celebrate that we got up early on a Sunday morning to film the F-Type SVR with a drone. Of course, we will keep improving our videos, but I’m super happy with our first result.

Thanks to my friend Kevin Kyburz for getting up early on a Sunday morning to film the Jag!

Is The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Finally A Quality Car?

Alfa Romeo – Introduction

No doubt, Alfa Romeo is producing beautiful cars since decades. Usually, their models are like a tremendous piece of art that simply suits into every sort of environment. Especially the old ones like the Giulietta Berlina or the 2600 sprint just look fantastic. But let’s say, the have a bit of an issue with the quality since ever. But now, they come up with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. After reading through plenty of articles, I was totally excited about this particular model. Even the best and most sceptical journalists gave it a thumbs up.

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So what was my first impression?

Wow, what a beast! The Giulia is such a tremendous car, I’m still mind-blown by its look and performance. But the most outstanding fact is probably the amount of times I was in a conversation with random people approaching me where ever I stopped over. I couldn’t refuel without ending up being in a conversation with plenty of car enthusiasts.

But why is that happening?

Well, that has many reasons of course. One might be, it is a brand new car not seen that often on the street. Another reason might be the mixture of beauty and monstrosity the Quadrifoglio harmonizes in the most perfect way. And finally the performance…

Wait, Alfa just built a performance car?

Jesus, yes. Imagine, they just broke the record for a four-door saloon on the Nürburgring. It is 13 seconds faster than it’s competitor – the BMW M3. THIRTEEN! That is light years in racing times. It is insanely fast.

Sounds fascinating! In numbers?

They’re using the same engine than the Ferrari California T – 2 cylinders removed. It’s a 2,9 Litre V6 that produces 510bhp – twin turbo charged.

The chassis is aluminium and steel, the 19-inch wheels are held in place by double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, it’s rear-drive only, the torque divvied up by a vectoring diff able to send 100 per cent of thrust to either wheel.

There’s also 50:50 weight distribution, the wheels are deliriously beautiful, the bodywork is sculptural, elegant, achingly desirable. But let’s summarise this again

  • 510bhp / 600Nm torque
  • Fastest four-door saloon on the Nürburgring
  • Torque vectoring technology provides the differential with the ability to vary the torque to each wheel.
  • 3,9 seconds 0-100 km/h
  • 307 km/h top speed (!)

What about the steering?

Yet again, brilliant work. It’s let’s say soft-ish but throws you into corners like a real sports car. The steering is definitely one of my favorite aspects about the Giulia Quadrifoglio. It sort of feels like Ferrari just built an Alfa Romeo.

The carbon brakes are intense, aren’t they?

They are, but you’re paying almost 10k extra for it. Just been explained by a Le Mans champion that you actually don’t need carbon brakes, they make more sense on the track because you have to warm them up in order to get the full power. This might be a good advice to get it for a more reasonable price.

Some words about the design…

Che bella! They just managed to build a really good-looking car. There is carbon fibre where ever you look at… The spoiler, it’s bonnet, the seats and the roof are made of carbon fibre. The exhaust makes it looking truly mad. It’s all about this harmony of an aggressive look with an astonishing beauty combined.

Besides, the carbon fibre seats are way more comfy than I expected!

Any disadvantages?

Difficult to find – but yes there are some.

  • Why on earth are they still building manual gearboxes with such feature of performance? To satisfy the enthusiasts maybe? I’m not sure. The automatic gearbox is another 6 seconds faster on the Nürburgring and I’m definitely looking forward to drive it – just because I know exactly it will be a change for the better.
  • The oil sensor started to complain with cold temperatures
  • The wind noise on the motorway are too intense

Would you buy it and is it finally a quality car?

The car is fantastic and I absolutely love it. It’s 100k with the manual gearbox and the ceramic brakes. So far, I’m not sure if i’d buy it- but I guess I will be sure as soon as I have tested the automatic gearbox… stay tuned!

Winterfahrtraining With Volvo Switzerland

Introduction

A gentleman, at least from my perspective, stands for a couple of values. Values like sustainability, safety, endurance or the attention for other humans. And it’s exactly the ideology Volvo represents. What ever car we’re driving, it is also a statement. Owning a Volvo stands for restraint, understatement and a lot of love for quality.

Lately, my girlfriend bought a Volvo S60. From the very beginning she had all my support for this decision. Simply because I really think you get a quality car with a fantastic persistency and resale value.

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Winterfahrtraining With Volvo Switzerland

Alright, back to the fun part. I clearly remember when my friends and me were still ‘boys’. At the very first snow, we took the cars to drift around a huge parking area. And now with an age of 31, it remains the same. It simply belongs to the boyish events even a grown man or woman simply loves to do: drifting in the snow.

Driving on snow is different than any other terrain

Safety first: A car behaves totally different on snow. Every single step has to be calculated and expected differently than the situations we’re used to. Let me list a couple of points which seem to be important to me

  • Snow tires are an absolute must – don’t drive with summer tires
  • Slow down. Breaking or stopping takes way longer than under usual conditions
  • React early. (remind, everything takes longer).
  • Accelerate carefully, loads of wheelspin doesn’t bring you anywhere
  • Driving downhill requires more attention (for the same reason than point 2 & 3)
  • If you’re stuck, it can help to release throttle or start in second gear (to avoid wheelspin)
  • In case you end up oversteering or understeering – go on the breaks.

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Our day started pretty cold…

My display showed -23 degrees in the morning. It was super cold and just a fantastic day! The sun was out and not a single cloud on the sky. A whole airfield covered with snow, a couple of tests to accomplish and plenty of amazing Volvo cars… what can possible be better?

Test 1 – Speed up to 70km/h, break & avoid an upcoming obstacle

Job was, to speed up to 70km/h, then brake and avoid an obstacle. Sounds easy, no? Isn’t easy on snow. Great experience and guess who had the speed record?

Test 2 – Offroad

Volvo’s Offroad mode is one of the most advanced technologies in the market. The XC90 for example, manages 100% slope with activating different wheels and therefor the car manages this all by itself. Absolutely nothing you have to do, other than trust Volvo’s technology.

As well uphill works brilliant with the advanced 4wheel drive system.

Test 3 – Drifting & Slalom

This is definitely a lot of fun. My lesson here: drifting in the snow only works with releasing the throttle which puts the weight to the front wheels = the back drifts. But, just watch the video;)

A Gentleman’s Résumé

Wow, we had such a great time with a lovely team. Hard to top the ‘fun-factor’! I’m looking much forward to further work with Volvo Switzerland.

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Porsche Macan – Why is it such a success?

Porsche – Facts and Figures

Guess where you can find one of the highest Porsche frequencies in the world? Yep, it’s Switzerland. Walking through Seefeld in Zürich, you start to question yourself, if literally everyone owns a Porsche. And since the Macan has been presented, it almost feels like a Porsche-madness.

But that’s what we see, and not really facts and figures. A good motivation to do some research. The result is as epic as I expected and proves what I’m discovering here every day.

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Porsche Increases The Worldwide Sales

So what is this telling us?

  • Porsche increased their sales by ∼19% comparing 2014 & 2015
  • The Porsche Macan is the most sold car in 2015 – wow!

Source: Statista.com

Porsche Sales – Switzerland

It looks even better in Switzerland, and also here the Macan is a real success story.

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Review Of The Porsche Macan GTS

Those facts and figures are impressive. A good motivation to drive the Porsche Macan GTS and figure out, why it’s such a success story. So let’s explain this point by point.

SUVs are still showing increasing sales figures.

Meanwhile, pretty much every brand presented their SUV. Even sports car producers like Lamborghini will launch one in 2018. Also the reasonable-priced brands like Kia, Seat or just any other brand you can think of, has an SUV in it’s portfolio.

The reasons are pretty simple to explain:

  • Most of the time it’s a 4 wheel drive, which makes it more convenient to manage mud, snow, or let’s call it ‘rather difficult terrain’
  • Perfect for housewives to pack their duties, shopping stuff and their children (I’m not saying that SUV’s are a housewife-only thing)
  • The majority of SUVs comes up with a solid amount of torque, perfect to overtake and ‘get out of here’ in the city.
  • Skiing week-end, Florence with the family for a week? A SUV provides you plenty of space to go by car

But why the Porsche Macan?

On the one hand, it’s a quality aspect. Buying a Porsche means you get a high quality car. On the other hand it’s a statement. Owning a Porsche represents Swiss values in many ways. A high-quality and solid car, sporty with plenty of fun aspects but still not too flashy. Plus, the resale value for a Porsche is another good argument. Sounds very Swiss, doesn’t it?

Considering Porsche’s history and the feelings the brand built up over the last decades might be another reason for the fan culture here. I’m sure you will read more about Porsche’s impressive history on my blog.

A better fit than the Cayenne?

I have the feeling that the Macan looks a bit more ‘911-ish’ than the Cayenne. The measures are showing the same result. The Macan has been down-scaled by ∼100cm in height and length. And that’s probably the reason why it sells so good. In a way it’s a SUV but with the ideal size for a city-use.

Porsche Macan For The Techy

The driving experience was impressive. I drove it for four days, as well up in the mountains. The Macan manages the city/mountains balance in a brilliant way – as I mentioned, this might be one of the reasons Porsche sells it so well.

The GTS contains a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 front engine which produces 360 hp & 500 Nm torque. It’s an active all-wheel drive system which intelligently distributes the power. 0-100 Km/h? 5.2 seconds.

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Would I buy it?

Absolutely yes. The prices are starting at 89’000 CHF

McLaren Sports Series

Recently you chased the new McLaren Sports Series through the black forest in Germany, tell us something about it?

We drove the three models which lately have been presented by McLaren. It’s called the ‘Sports Series’ and brings supercar performance to the luxury sports car world. More powerful and lighter than other sports cars, the Sports Series offers a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and just feels fantastic to drive.

The McLaren Sports Series is the third and final product family to join the recently announced three-tier model range from McLaren Automotive.

The Sports Series introduces unique McLaren DNA to the sports car market. Each model has been designed and engineered by a team of experts at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre alongside the Formula 1™ team operations, and every car is hand built in the same state-of-the-art McLaren Production Centre as the Super Series and Ultimate Series models.

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It’s all Greek to me, tell us in numbers!

Sure let’s start from scratch… McLaren presents their latest model range: 540C Coupé, 570S Coupé and 570GT. At the end of the day it’s pretty easy. The number is the amount of horsepower, the character explains us the type of car. Let’s get it more clear:

540C -> 540 Horse Power – C stands for Club.

570S -> 570 Horse Power – S stands for Sport

570GT -> 570 Horse Power – GT stands for Grand Touring or Grand Tourer

Okay, that makes sense… but can you actually feel this difference when driving it?

Totally. Of course, they’re all super fast cars. That’s what the brand is about. Compared to the former models, we’re now talking about their little siblings.

The 540C is and feels like a comfortable version. It’s a modest model… less power, less noise and comfortable to drive.

The 570S is definitely a beast! It’s super fast, the exhaust noise is mind-blowing and cornering is master-work.

The 570GT which we drove in Tenerife is a typical Grand Tourer, very comfortable to drive, more space added. Still, one of my favorite models.

A very interesting fact: McLaren is using the same engine for all of their models, which delivers a power-range between 540hp – 1000hp (McLaren P1 GTR).

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Wow, how is that possible?

The Sports Series uses the typical seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and their 3.8-litre twin turbo V8, with 30 percent of components bespoke to the new model, produces 570PS (562bhp) and 600Nm (443 lb ft) in 570S Coupé and 570GT. Retrieving a power-range like this, i’s a matter of adjusting the engine in a different way. And of course, remove weight or refine aerodynamics etc…

Some words about the design?

The Sports Series introduces the McLaren design language to the sports car segment for the first time, with taught, ‘shrink-wrapped’ body lines marking it out from the competition. Design cues and learnings from the Ultimate Series and Super Series models ensure the Sports Series looks every part a true McLaren, but with a clear identity of its own. Unique design features include the iconic dihedral doors more typically associated with supercars, while elegant flying buttresses and a concave rear window distinguish 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé models. A subtly revised aerodynamic package and a dedicated wheel design further mark out the 540C Coupé from the more powerful 570S Coupé. The 570GT, meanwhile, presents a glasshouse with clean and sleek lines leading to the rear of the car. A unique aerodynamic package has been tailored to work in harmony with the elegant silhouette of the 570GT.

Impressive, what about the inside?

The interior design of the Sports Series carries the exterior design approach through with key features including floating elements to add to the sense of depth, while organic shapes and curves bring delicate tension without aggression for a welcoming and ergonomic layout.

The Sports Series offers the widest selection of ‘By McLaren’ designs to date, with 10 in total. Of these, five have a focus on contemporary luxury, while the other five have a sportier focus.

Not much of a surprise there is absolutely everything you’d expect in such a car.

I guess that’s pretty expensive?

The price for a 540C starts at 177’000 CHF, the 570S at 201’000 CHF and the 570GT at 212’000 CHF

Is that arguable?

Of course. It’s a high class brand which puts around 30% of their revenue into engineering. Every single detail has been studied and improved by the best technicians on the planet. Only the best materials are being used (chassis is made of carbon fibre for example). They’re constantly improving their models and trust me, I’m looking very much forward to drive the next one soon!

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Jaguar F-Type SVR – Hell Of A Ride!

Jaguar F-Type SVR – Introduction

Mephisto has interesting quote in Goethe’s Faust that somehow reminds me of the Jaguar F-Type SVR.

I am the Spirit that denies!
And rightly too; for all that doth begin
Should rightly to destruction run;
‘Twere better then that nothing were begun.
Thus everything that you call Sin,
Destruction – in a word, as Evil represent-
That is my own, real element.

Jaguar has recently presented their yet most powerful, fastest and loudest series model in history. Ladies and gentlemen, I think the Jaguar F-Type SVR has been built directly in hell. But let me explain why…
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No question, the F-Type belongs to my favorite cars since I drove it up to Gstaad. Already the F-Type S is a lot of fun and still one of the sexiest cars ever. But now Jaguar tops it again. Lately, Jag presented their yet fastest series model in history, the Jaguar F-Type SVR. It’s 50 Kg lighter, 25hp have been added and the exhaust noise just leaves you numb after a tunnel.

In figures? The F-Type SVR contains a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that produces 575bhp and 700nm of torque. That throws you from 0 – 100km/h in only 3,7 seconds with an earsplitting exhaust noise, I love this car!

The barking F-Type is fantastic to drive. The brakes have been adjusted, the eight-speed gearbox revised which turns the driving experience into a gentleman’s dream. The cat-like look with the fancy air-ducts and the aggressive spoiler is just tremendous.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR – Power meets comfort

I’m glad to tell you, it’s super comfy to drive on holiday with the F-Type SVR. The coupé version provides enough space to spend a week in Italy (including wine shopping, luggage for two people). The seats are very convenient and the car comes up with more options than you find in a usual sports car. Seat heating, cruise control, rear view cam, parking sensors, sat nav, a super entertainment and many more fancy options.

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Piemonte with the Jaguar F-Type SVR

What a dream to drive through a region like the Piemonte. Vineyards where ever you look at, the alps in the background and you’re cruising with this fire spitting car. We had such a wonderful time and really enough space for a week of holiday.

Besides… check out our Hotel recommendation. We keep going to this amazing place.

Porsche 718 Model Series

Porsche 718 Model Series – Introduction

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman – these are the new names of the two-door mid-engine sports cars from Porsche effective with the introduction of the 2016 models. The Stuttgart sports car manufacturer’s 718 designation is a reference to the ground-breaking sports car of this type of the year 1957, which enjoyed much success in renowned car races of the period.

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are showing more similarities – both visual and technical. In the future, both will have equally powerful flat four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines with turbocharging. And the roadster will be positioned at a higher price level than the Coupé – as is the case for the 911 models.

Both models are scoring with expressive torque and power – generated by a four cylinders engine – that’s just genius work. So yes, it is a downsizing, but Porsche manages to gain more efficiency out of it.

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The New Porsche 718 Boxster

In the twenty years since its debut, the Porsche Boxster has established itself as the benchmark roadster. Today, a new generation of the mid-engined two-seater is unveiled, powered by a newly-developed range of flat four cylinder ‘boxer’ engines with turbocharging. At the same time, a new designation is introduced; 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S.

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More powerful yet more fuel efficient, the centrepiece of the new model series is the 718 Boxster which develops 300 hp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine.

The 718 Boxster S contains a 2.5-litre engine, which develops 350 hp, its greater power literally boosted by its use of a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. In fact, Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer this technology in production cars with petrol engines, both in the 911 Turbo and 718 Boxster S.

The considerable power gain of 35 hp compared to the previous Boxster models is matched by the impressive efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent.

Complementing the more powerful engines is new suspension tuning and uprated brakes, ensuring the characteristically dynamic and emotive Boxster driving experience remains distinctive.

Porsche Boxster Design

The exterior design of the new model line has also advanced comprehensively. The vehicle has been completely revised, except for the luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the powered convertible roof. Inside, a newly-designed dash panel frames the cockpit.

In addition, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management with state-of-the-art touchscreen and mobile phone preparation included as standard. The navigation module is available as an option.

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The New Porsche 718 Cayman

The Porsche 718 Cayman, latest and fourth generation of the mid-engined, two-seater sports coupé is distinguished by a distinctive athletic and purposeful appearance, with new flat-four turbocharged ‘boxer’ engines delivering upwards of 300 hp beating at its heart.

Since its debut in 2005, the Porsche Cayman has earned a particular reputation as a driver’s car among owners and fans alike. Now, the new 718 Cayman aims to once more set the class benchmark for driving performance.

Like the 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman models continue the tradition of the Porsche 718 mid-engined sports cars that won numerous races in the 1950s and 1960s, powered by four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines.

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Porsche Cayman Performance

With the new turbo engines, the coupés accelerate in record time and, thanks to Dynamic Boost, react as spontaneously as naturally aspirated engines. The 718 Cayman with PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds (0.7 s faster), the 718 Cayman S in 4.2 seconds (0.5 s faster). Maximum speeds are 275 km/h and 285 km/h. A new feature is the Sport Mode of the PSM with extended limits for especially sporty drivers.

Porsche Cayman Efficiency

Thanks to Porsche turbocharging and reduced displacements, the four-cylinder engine with PDK gearbox in the 718 Cayman uses 6.9 l/100 km. In the 718 Cayman S, the flat engine with PDK consumes just 7.3 l/100 km.

Porsche Cayman Chassis

Completely retuned chassis for even more dynamic cornering with enhanced comfort. Reinforced brakes and multi-collision braking system as standard. Optional PASM chassis with a 10-millimetre lower ride height, and for the very first time in the 718 Cayman S a PASM sport suspension with 20-millimetre lower ride height as an option.

Porsche Cayman Design

Exterior: Comprehensively advanced design. Only the luggage compartment lid, roof and windscreen have been left unchanged. The front end exhibits a more sculptural form with significantly larger cooling air inlets. Accent strip with three-dimensional Porsche lettering on the rear. New clear glass tail lights with four-point brake lights.

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Interior: Optional Sport-Tex leather/fabric upholstery available with the 718 models for the first time. On offer in black or in the bi-colour combination of graphite blue/chalk.

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Bergland Hotel Sölden

Bergland Hotel Sölden

On a sunny Friday morning, we packed our stuff into the Range Rover Sport and drove up to Sölden. The Bergland Hotel is nestled directly in the town of Sölden. You can park your car in front of the building, whilst the staff arranges your luggage and shows you the beautiful room.

Since the movie ‚Spectre‘ was filmed in Sölden, the town is pretty proud to be part of the whole Bond-Mania. Of course, the Bergland Hotel has also quite a lot of Bond posters which gives it a nice ambiance. After a busy day, you enjoy relaxing at the spa or having a wonderful and delicious dinner in their restaurant. The rooms are comfortable, yet roomy and really cosy.

Sölden is located close to the Italian border in the beautiful 65km long Öztal valley, in Tyrol, Austria.  Beautiful Sölden and its magnificent scenery make the perfect hideaway to let your body, mind and soul relax. Besides relaxing, Öztal offers a broad choice of summer as well as winter activities you can perform, such as hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, glacier skiing, and much more.

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UNDATIERTES HANDOUT - Bergland Hotel Soelden. Im Bild: Suite Bergland (PHOTOPRESS/Bergland Hotel Soelden/Anton Klocker)

UNDATIERTES HANDOUT - Bergland Hotel Soelden. Im Bild: Badezimmer (PHOTOPRESS/Bergland Hotel Soelden/Anton Klocker)

Bergland Hotel Spa

As Spa lovers we highly appreciated the outright and diverse spa area with its finnish sauna overlooking the Öztal valley. Once a day you get to enjoy a slackening scented sauna infusion by the experienced sauna master including peeling and useful advice on ‘how to sauna’. 

We felt in very close touch with nature lying on the comfortable hay beds, looking over the beautiful valley and scenting the freshly cut hay that fulfills the spacious and private relaxation chambre. Pure bliss unlike anywhere compareable!

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ICE Q Sölden

The world famous ICE Q Restaurant is located 3,048 metres above sea level. Surrounded by over 250 superb three-thousand metre mountains. A masterpiece of architecture, where freedom reaches for the stars. It is not less than the breath-taking shooting location for the James Bond Spectre movie. Where innovative architecture meets futuristic design, is the place where sophisticated gourmet delights combine with fine wines and dreamy panoramic views to create one exceptional symbiosis. The ICE Q contains a panorama terrace where you get to experience what is unique.

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Range Rover Sport – By SIXT

No doubt, the Range Rover Sport is the ideal car to drive up to the mountains. It’s roomy, powerful and looks very sexy. SIXT car rental services are available all over the world. You can easily rent your beloved car, by requesting it on the SIXT page.

The sun was out on an amazing Autumn day, which was an ideal chance to drive up to the glacier.

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Glacier Road, 1377 – 2800 meters over sea level

Öztal Glacier Road with its 15km length is one of the highest roads in the Eastern Alps. The road connects Sölden at 1377 meters over sea level with the glaciers Rettenbach and Tiefenbach over 2800 meters. 

Plenty of breathtaking views, the unique glaciers and the moonlike scenery on top of the mountains make the summer jurney with the powerful Range Rover Sport up the glacier road incomparable.

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