1989 BMW E30 M3 vs 2013 Scion FR-S vs 2013 Volkswagen GTI! [Head 2 Head Episode 31]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo & the 2013 Scion FR-S take on European Car’s Greg Emmerson & the 2013 Volkswagen GTI.
Joining the mix is a beloved classic, as the 1989 BMW E30 M3 makes an appearnce. Compared to the Scion & VW, the E30 carried a heftier price tag for it’s time but represented the definition of a fun, affordable sports car. And so, it serves as the benchmark for this episode’s Asian & European contenders.
Join Mike & Greg as they hash it out in their quest to see which is the “better” car.
Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf R (or Subaru BRZ)! [Head 2 Head Episode 23]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, it’s the battle of the hot hatches as Carlos Lago pits the 2013 Ford Focus ST against a returning contender - the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R. Carlos hits the road and heads to the track but there is a slight problem with the Golf R and Carlos is forced to bring in the Subaru BRZ as a pinch hitter.
Der Golf. Das Auto. - People are People Commercial
You have to know people to build the one car — Der Golf. Das Auto. Enjoy the new tv commercial and discover different cover versions of the famous Depeche Mode Song “People are People”. If you look closely, you might spot a celebrity.
Andrea Friedrich + BBM Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI V Club Sport
BBM Motorsport’s Golf GTI V Club Sport tune entails a series of upgrades starting with the 2.0-liter TSI engine that benefits, among other things, from a new turbocharger, a big double-DIN charge air cooler and a custom exhaust system to lift output from 197hp (200PS) and 280Nm to 331hp (336PS) and 460Nm respectively.
The tuner quotes a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 275km/h (171mph).
The Club Sport package also brings a KW Club Sport coilover suspension with adjustable strut bearings along with Stoptech brake system with new discs in the size of 355 x 32 mm and 4-piston calipers, while the GTI rides on 18-inch lightweight TEC-rims by ASA wrapped around in semi-slick tires size 225/40-18.
The car’s exterior is covered in a matte-teal foil wrap while inside, the rear seat bench was eliminated and replaced with a race-spec roll cage, while up front, is a pair of racing bucket seats.
According to BBM Motorsport, Friedrich’s GTI tips the scales at 1,275kg or 2,811 pounds.
The complete transformation costs €19,500 (equal to US$25,215), excluding installation.
2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Study: 3.2lt/100km or 73.5mpg
The new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 1,562 km (971 miles). VW says that given an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km (9,300 miles), most drivers will only have to refuel ten times per year.
Besides being lighter than its predecessors – as is the case for all Golf Mk7s, the latest Golf BlueMotion also gets a new 1.6-litre TDIdiesel engineproducing an output of 109Hp (81kW / 110PS) and a peak torque of 250Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1,500 rpm, allowing for a respectable top speed of 202km/h (126mph).
To improve the car’s fuel economy, the BlueMotion model adopts several features such as “super low rolling resistance tires” with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios for the 5-speed manual gearbox, a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode.
According to the German carmaker, these measures take the Golf BlueMotion to a cD value of 0.27.
For the first time in the model’s (short) history, the Golf BlueMotion will be offered in two grades instead of a single trim level, as either a Trendline or Comfortline.