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Daniel Wollstein
Sportiness in all classes
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Of course, the twist has to argue like this, logically, after all, his workplace and thus his wheat beer and sausage salad supply depend on it. And anyway: what should the s port auto readers think, if the front was made against sporty automobiles? Stop. I'm not sucking anything out of my fingers here, because sportiness is clearly the trend, perhaps even clearer than the electric car. A trend that, by the way, almost all manufacturers have recognized, regardless of whether they build rather bland (Dacia) or emphatically ecological (Tesla) or both-and-also cars (Toyota).

The chronic ones klammen electric boys from Tesla, for example, market their Model S not just as a luxurious means of transport, but as a very dynamic sports sedan, which Porsche Panamera pilots of this world should be afraid of. A few days ago, Dacia presented an R.S. variant of the Sandero, even with a naturally aspirated engine, although the Romanian Renault subsidiary has long since offered downsized turbo engines. And Toyota is firing on a broad front, starting in Le Mans, returning to the WRC, releasing the Supra together with BMW and offering a whole range of sporty derivatives in Japan (even from the automobile mother Beimer, the Prius).

Emotionality stings

Why? Because the company was shocked to discover that Japanese youth - if at all - can only be enthusiastic about emotional products. At Hyundai in South Korea, however, the former head of development at BMW M GmbH Albert Biermann has been working for a few weeks. His mission: to develop various sports offshoots of well-known models. And in Europe? Well, Skoda now sells almost a quarter of the Cleverle Octavia station wagon as a dynamic RS derivative, preferably with the 184 hp diesel instead of the 220 hp gasoline engine, but at least. The people want dynamism, understand the automobile as such, even if the opportunities to experience the new sportiness are dwindling.

Opel is also cheerfully adding S and OPC variants, although the manufacturer is currently withdrawing from circuit racing , but that is another, sad subject. Quattro GmbH doesn't even know when to build all the RS7 and RS6 that have been ordered, and the AMG halls are bursting at the seams. Over eleven percent of all Audi Q5s sold - can you hear Marcus Schurig yowling crooked in pain? - leave as S variant withV6 diesel the showrooms.

Much worse, not just for colleague Schurig: The fleet of powerful SUVs grows threateningly in the next few years, Audi brings various S and RS bombers, and Mercedes-AMG is pulling with and BMW fills the M-Performance niche with the pseudo-off-roaders. However, as long as that brings money into the coffers to build real sports cars - here you go! Speaking of which: Porsche is actually making a fool of itself with the Macan, but: The contingent of the Cayman GT4 was sold out so quickly that it is not just thinking about a new edition for the next generation. There could be a similarly knitted derivative of the next 911, located above the GTS and below the GT3, built by the motorsport troop, equipped with a naturally aspirated engine and manual gearbox.

The last hundredth? It doesn't matter!

That brings us to the next phenomenon: Sports car buyers don't necessarily rush to the last hundredth of a second, but are simply looking for sex. They want to grab hold of, experience, tame and not have their car explain that it would climax faster without them. Well, let me say: 'Long live the sport!'


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