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When is 200hp not 200hp?

by Paul Healy on 02 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | When is 200hp not 200hp?

If you walk into an American Ford dealership tomorrow and hand over $22,000 you can drive off in a 200hp Fiesta ST. Walk into an Irish dealership and fork over €25,760 and you get a 182hp Fiesta ST! Surely the European market would the ideal location for a higher powered version of the hot Fiesta, especially when you consider that its chief rivals from Renault and Peugeot offer 200hp? Is this another case of the American market getting the plum choice like BMW only offering a manual M5 in the states?

Nope - it all comes down to homologation!

Riding shotgun - in BMW's new Golf-sized i3 electric automobile

by Graeme Lambert on 25 Mar 2013

changagoidem Features | Riding shotgun - in BMW's new Golf-sized i3 electric automobile

When: February 2013

Where: Arjeplog, Northern Sweden

What: BMW i3 prototype

Occasion: International first drive

Key Facts

Model tested: BMW i3 Concept
On sale: late 2013
Engine: 125kW electric motor
Transmission: rear-wheel drive, single-speed automatic
Body style: five-door hatchback
CO2 emissions: 0g/km (Band A0, €120 per annum)
Range: 225 kilometres (FTP72 cycle), 130 - 160 kilometres (everyday range)
Top speed: 150km/h (electronically limited)
0-100km/h: sub-7.0 seconds
Power: 170hp
Torque: 250Nm

At first I think the wheels are special winter sizes, their diameter and width so greatly exaggerated from the…

Reader experience: Citroen DS3

by James Larkin on 19 Mar 2013

changagoidem Features | Reader experience: Citroen DS3

On a recent jaunt to Holland I was given a Citroen DS3 from my friends in Hertz for a three-day trip. I covered only 300 kilometres and for half of that I was on my own. First impressions from the outside were good. A white roof and black body looks good on what I think is a handsome automobile. each ofoy style hubcaps were a surprise on a model that looks so good but in fairness winter tyres were fitted (as is recommended in Holland during winter months) so they can be forgiven. Folding wing mirrors added to the sense of…

Geneva 2013: the full A-Z

by Paul Healy on 11 Mar 2013

changagoidem Features | Geneva 2013: the full A-Z

Alfa Romeo

After years of fawning over prototypes we finally got up close and personal with the automobile that could resurrect Alfa Romeo. Sure the headlights look like something of an afterthought, but the 4C is a sleek, purposeful, mid-engined sports automobile, so what is not to love? 'Launch Editions' of the automobile will arrive first, bursting with options and an elevated price tag.

Aston Martin


This year is Aston Martin's centenary and the firm from Gaydon marked the occasion with the launch of the new Rapide S - a refreshed version of the existing automobile complete with…

Shamrock to take centre stage

by Paul Healy on 05 Feb 2013

changagoidem Features | Shamrock to take centre stage

Here is a question that will separate the automobile anoraks from the pack: name an Irish sports automobile.

If you answered De Lorean you are a member of the pack - without getting into politics the DMC De Lorean was built in west Belfast and funded by a substantial loan from the UK government. The gull-winged automobile was as Irish (and as doomed) as the Titanic.

To our mind that leaves two automobiles that can legitimately lay claim to be being Irish sports automobiles - the TMC Costin and the even rarer Shamrock.

The Shamrock was the brainchild of…

How to drive on snow - BMW M135i style

by Paul Healy on 05 Feb 2013

changagoidem Features | How to drive on snow - BMW M135i style

"Ok, you vill follow ze instructor through ze cones for one lap und then you are on your own in ze slalom course, da?"

They were the (approximate) words of the BMW Driving Experience instructor as he handed me the keys to the grey 1 Series parked beside me, but between his mouth and my ears those words morphed into "First you will do a recce run and then you are free to hoon."

Ordinarily this would not pose a problem; I am not averse to a bit of hooning when the conditions are right, but the location for…






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