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House of Skoda


Photos by Adrian Streather
Yes I know what you are saying; Skoda and performance are not a well-known mix. Well in the affordable range of automobiles they cannot be ignored. Skoda entered the world of World Rally Championship series with the Octavia in 1997. The new Octavia model is built on the experience gained from within the Skoda rally team and from the VW parent group. The Octavia is offered with state-of-the-art petrol engines with modern direct-injection technology, as well as turbo-diesel engines (TDI) based on pump-nozzle injection systems. You can choose from four petrol engines with outputs ranging from 55 to 110 kW (74 to 147.5 hp) and two diesel versions with outputs of 77 and 103 kW (103 to 138 hp). The new dual automatic DSG transmission is offered an option. The front wheel drive chassis is fitted with McPherson front struts and on the rear is a new multi-element rear axle. The performance version of the Octavia is called the vRS. The Octavia vRS is Skoda's attempt to broaden appeal and gain more interest amongst younger buyers. The vRS is powered by the same 134 kW (180 hp), 1.8-litre turbo engine found in the Seat Leon 20VT, Volkswagen Golf GTi and Audi TT. The vRS has lower suspension than that of the standard Octavia, 17-inch alloy wheels, a large rear spoiler, stainless steel exhaust, special badges and green brake calipers. Top speed is 235 kph (146 mph).

House of Audi


Photos by Adrian Streather
Audi always have something new at motor show time and this year was no exception. The new Audi A6 made its world premiere at the Auto Salon. The new Audi A6 has a brand new distinctly sports exterior and interior look. It comes with a host of optional engines from the 4.2 liter V8 with an output of 246 kW (335 hp), 3.2 liter V6 FSI with 188 kW (255 hp), 2.4 liter V6 with 130 kW (177 hp), 3.0 liter TDI V6 with 165 kW (225 hp) and the 2.0 liter TDI with 103 kW (140 hp). There are three transmission options. Manual six-speed gearbox, six-speed tiptronic or continuously variable multitronic transmission. You can order the A6 with front-wheel drive or Quattro permanent four-wheel drive. It comes with the following systems as standard:
Speed-dependent servotronic steering
High-performance brake system with electronic brake assist and electromechanical parking brake EPB
Light and rain sensor as standard
Multi Media Interface MMI basic with monochrome display
New generation of steering wheels: leather-covered steering wheel
Two-stage activation front airbags, side guard head airbag system, plus side airbags and active head restraints at the front
Automatic air conditioning
Options include adaptive light cornering lights with xenon plus and daytime driving lights, radar-assisted distance control adaptive cruise control from 2005, advanced key access and authorization system, adaptive air suspension from 2005, BOSE Surround Sound System and DVD navigation.


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