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Citroen’s Survolt electric car is pretty single-minded. While the Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car for the road, the Survolt is meant to be an outright race car.
With two electric motors making 300 horsepower, the Survolt has muscle, and can hit over 160 miles per hour. 0-60 comes in just under 5 seconds, and the best part is the 124 miles means that you can put a fair number of laps in before it needs more juice. Inside, full bucket seats and a roll cage keep you safe, while the rest of the interior matches the funky styling.
Gallery: Citroen Survolt
Judging by the hubcap-looking pieces attached to the front wheels, our guess is two electric motors providing motivation to the MINI-resembling two-wheeler.
With the Saab 9-5 getting all of the attention over the Saab, the Swedish car maker is looking to freshen up its entry-level 9-3 with some new styling.
Fuel economy is said to be 12 percent better in the diesel version (which we won’t get, of course). The car remains mechanically uncharged otherwise, with a 2.0L turbo engine the likely candidate for North America. Hopefully this time around, Spyker will realize what a great platform they have, and market the car properly. But with the 9-5 winning rave reviews, we’re almost more excited for the 9-3′s inevitable replacement.
Audi‘s S1 hot hatch will make its debut at the Paris Auto Show, but forget about being able to buy it stateside. As we previously reported, the A1 range will not be coming here until 2014, when the car is due for a re-design.
The S1 is expected to borrow heavily from its platform-mates the VW Polo GTI and SEAT Ibiza FR. While there are rumors that the 2.0TFSI motor may be shoehorned in to the S1′s tiny engine bay, the most likely powerplant will be the 1.4L TFSI, which makes 170 horsepower from its twincharged four-banger. With a 7-speed DSG and a low curb weight, the S1 should be a competent performer, and have the Audi cachet that its lesser siblings don’t have. The auto industry’s new-found focus on efficiency and small cars should also make the S1 a hit among people more concerned with style than performance.
[Source: Car and Driver]