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    Apr 2003

    Two small Italian marvels and a news round-up ...

    One of the specialities of Italian manufacturers is to build pocket-sized cars, while another is to build very fast cars. With the to small marvels featured today, these attributes have been combined. Arguably the least known of the pair is the Fiat Moretti 850 Sportiva. As the name suggests, it is based on the underpinnings of the Fiat 850 but it features a tuned engine and a striking body that was styled and built in-house. Although some sources suggest as many as 300 were built, we are told that the production number is a closer to three dozen and the pictured example is one of just a handful of survivors.
    Also shown at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este was this Bizzarrini GT Europa 1900. Perfectly downsized from the 5300 GT design, this last grasp model was powered by an Opel-sourced four-cylinder engine. Sadly production never really started and only 12 examples were believed to have been built. The fabulous example on display on the shores of Lake Como was the fourth.
    While we were away at Dijon, several new interesting cars were released. Among them was the first all-new Audi S5 Coupe since the model was originally introduced back in 2007. It is powered by the familiar supercharged V6 that produces 354 hp in the S5.
    Rival Mercedes-AMG introduced their take on the newly introduced E-Class estate with this E 43 Estate 4MATIC. Like the S5, it features a V6 engine but this one is twin-turbocharged and produces just over 400 hp.
    An altogether more modest machine is Renault's new Twingo GT, which boasts a 110 hp, rear mounted engine.

    Enjoy the links:

    2016 Audi S5 - Images, Specifications and Information

    1966 - 1969 Bizzarrini GT Europa 1900 - Images, Specifications and Information

    1967 - 1971 Fiat Moretti 850 Sportiva - Images, Specifications and Information

    2016 Mercedes-AMG E 43 Estate 4MATIC - Images, Specifications and Information

    2016 Renault Twingo GT - Images, Specifications and Information
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    Sep 2008
    where the oranges grow
    Are you sure the specifications are correct for the Renault Twingo GT? Apparently it has a 3L Lamborghini V8 with 4 Weber 40 DCNF Carburetors...

    I'd love to drive one if this is true!

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