The three best test cars 2013

With a little pride in my chest, I can say: 2013 was my best year so far as a freelance car blogger. Even if I say goodbye to “blogging” more and more and go to writing that is more typical of magazines. The layout of the blog has long been more of a magazine than a blog. But there is hardly any other drawer for what I do than that of the “blogger”. A freelance motor journalist who primarily publishes on his own platform and lives off of it. Well - that's what you call “blogging”.

2013 had a lot of test vehicles to offer. There were real cracks like driving in Pagani during the # iThunder road trip in the summer of the year. Incomprehensible great vehicles were presented this year and I could mine Desire for the automobile live almost unrestrained.

The choice of the “three best” test cars in 2013 was therefore not easy either! But - I went inside, recapitulated, made decisions, rethought, enjoyed the goosebumps of the memories that came out and now they are certain:

Top 3 test cars 2013

  • On place 3:

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz 15 CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Quote from the Fahrbericht:

The ambivalence of the is fascinating CLS AMG 63 under his hood. A motorized masterpiece rests there at a standstill, the awakening of which leaves no doubt as to its performance. The start is answered with the hotter bark of the eight combustion chambers, which are almost 10 centimeters in diameter. After a few seconds of warming up, the spectacle calms down and the eight pots bubble away in a deeply relaxed manner. The short sugar of the right foot is answered by the 5.5 liter V8 ventilated by two turbochargers with vigorous climbing of the speed ladder. Turbo charging gives you breathing space when you start? Not in this case. The V8 storms off without a hitch.

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  • On place 2:

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C09photoseries Driving Report Hockenheim

Quote from my driving report:

240 hp? They are enough. Straight ahead are 258 km / h. But who wants to drive straight ahead with this handling expert? The curve is his territory. Here, the rack and pinion steering - without power assistance - the 205 Pirelli sports socks and the driver form a single unit. The four-cylinder turbo rages in the back, which has been equipped with an “after-run pump” and thus supplies the thermally highly stressed turbo with vital lubricant even after the drive has been switched off.

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"And the winner is" - Number 1 of the three best test cars this year:

Toyota GT86

Toyota GT 86 in drift

The Toyota GT 86 is not the number 1 car for family trips or everyday business use. The GT 86 shows its best side when you get behind the wheel “just for fun”. Anyone who starts the free-aspirating two-liter boxer engine and then flies it on a Sunday morning over empty country roads will feel that long-lost feeling of real driving pleasure. An unadulterated mixture of classic coupé shape, aggressively working naturally aspirated engine and happily perfect weight distribution.

The 2013 test car has everything a test car needs to live up to the slogan of my blog: “Because cars are just fun” - and you can even afford the GT86! 

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The idea behind these “Top 3 test cars” comes from Mario Lehmann, the blogging head behind, And he not only got me to think about these top 3, but also other auto and frequent bloggers, here is the list of colleagues.

The top 3 test cars of the most important German blogs: | Mario Lehmann

  • 1st place: Porsche Cayman 981c
  • 2nd place: Honda Civic 2.2 i-DTEC
  • 3rd place: Suzuki Swift Sport


Thomas Gigold | autokarma

  • 1st place: Mazda6 station wagon
  • 2nd place: BMW M6 Gran Coupé
  • 3rd place: Ford Fiesta ST


Fabian Messner | Veight

  • 1st place: Lexus IS-F
  • 2nd place: Jaguar F-Type V8S
  • 3rd place: Audi RS6 Avant


Tom Swede | 1300cc auto blog for real auto natives

  • 1st place: Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition
  • 2nd place: Jaguar F-Type S
  • 3rd place: Mini Special, built in 1980


Fabian Messner | Autophoria

  • 1st place: VW Golf GTI
  • 2rd place: Ford Fiesta ST
  • 3rd place: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG


Thomas Majchrzak | Car feeling

  • 1st place: Volvo S80
  • 2nd place: Audi S5
  • 3rd place: Kia Optima


Axel Griesinger | bigblogg

  • 1st place: Mercedes G63 AMG 6 × 6
  • 2rd place: Ford Fiesta ST
  • 3rd place: BMW M135i


Matthias Luft | Motor port

  • 1st place: Seat Leon FR
  • Place 2: Audi A3
  • 3rd place: Honda Accord Type S


Kai Bösel |

  • 1st place: Fiat Freemont
  • 2nd place: Škoda Octavia Combi
  • 3rd place: Audi SQ5


Sebastian Bauer | passion: driving

  • 1st place: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé Edition 507
  • 2nd place: BMW M6 GranCoupé
  • 3rd place: Audi R8 V10 plus


Oli Walther | The car blogger

  • 1st place: Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 TFSI quattro
  • 2nd place: Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV D-150
  • 3rd place: Skoda Octavia Combi Sport Edition 2.0 TDI


Heike Kaufhold | Cologne format

  • Audi Sport Quattro Alpine Tour
  • E-Class mbrt 13
  • ML through Norway


Robert Basic |

  • Audi Cabrio RS5
  • VW Golf 1.4 TFSI
  • Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI 4 × 4


 Jan Gleitsmann |

  1. Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4matic
  2. Citroen DS4
  3. Nissan Note


Jens Stratmann |

  2. Porsche 911 turbo S.
  3. Mercedes AMG A45


Nicole Mannl |

  1. Porsche 911 Turbo S
  2. Jaguar F-Type
  3. Audi A3 convertible

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