In pictures: 5 GT (worthy) heirs of road legends
Posted on 2 Dec 2022 at 14:00
Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G 132: the Miata framework
The range that makes up the fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 is undoubtedly one of the most successful of its long line of roadsters, born in the early 1990s. More compact and lighter than the previous generation, it designed from the ground up to be closer to the original formula. And the version that most revives the spirit of the very first Miata is undoubtedly the entry level. If it lacks the sportiness of the top of the range 184ch, it makes up for it with a lightness and therefore an irresistible liveliness for lovers of roadsters. Who, in fact, often prefers walking to running…
Mercedes GLC AMG 63 S: no reason under control
Available in the Classic version of the SUV or coupé (our picture), this version is not politically correct, but still less than the GLE or more than the “G-Class” equipped with the same engine. For all lovers of supercharged mechanics, this will undoubtedly be one of the last opportunities to taste the unique charm of the twin-turbo V8 that made Mercedes AMG’s heyday. Especially since the chassis of the GLC, one of the most balanced brands with a star, best adapts to this overflow of power, both in flowing driving and by taking advantage of diabolical accelerations and pick-ups. It’s deliciously irrational.
Alpine A 110: the quintessence of the brand
Since its rebirth five years ago, the A 110 range has continued to diversify, with some versions crossing the symbolic bar of 300 hp. And the original 252 hp version? He does more than self-defense. It even retains its true identity, made of sportiness – thanks to its central rear engine and its weight of 1,100 kg – matched only by its versatility, compared to the more “sporty” S or R versions. . Able to move smoothly in town or on the motorway, to delight you with every acceleration while respecting the speed limits, and to free itself on the circuit, this is everything an Alpine should be.
Audi RS3: the swan song of “5 cylinders”
It’s the Audi tradition: each generation of flagship models in the range ends its career in style with an RS version. But for these RS3s, sedans or Sportbacks, the dimension of this “swan song” is even more marked, because they are clearly the last ones powered by a 5-cylinder engine that, since the second generation of the Audi 100 in 1976 after has Quattro, enters the legend of the brand with rings. With its 400 hp, its incomparable sound, and cornering agility that RS3s don’t always have, this 2022 version oozes great fun, which collectors will no doubt be looking for in the future.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport: focus on sensations
It is not the top end of the “Super Golf” range, as this role is officially assigned to the four-wheel drive version of the R. But with its 300 hp transferred to the front wheels only, its chassis with firm suspension as it should be and the most effective braking, the true family sports car is this Clubsport. It has nothing to envy in efficiency to a Honda Civic Type R or a Renault Megane RS, the benchmarks for supercharged front-wheel drive. This version is in the eighth generation of Volkswagen’s historic bestseller, the one that defends and describes the spirit of the GTI.
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