Style and Ration
Why fuel efficiency and Performance are not an impossible combination in today’s car
In these times of austerity and dwindling fossil fuel supplies, petrol consumption is a concern for many drivers not to mention the planet. For many, an unfashionable set of wheels that will simply get you from A to B is more than sufficient. But for some others, the whole point of driving is the style and performance of the machine they will have invested so much time and money in. Fuel efficiency has always been seen as an enemy of true performance. However, manufacturers have in recent times had to pull out all the stops to find a solution to the desires of their style conscious customers while respecting the pressures that today’s drivers face in filling up their tanks.
I have been interested in how far car makers have gone in the quest to combine efficiency, performance and style and have identified these surprising models that fit a range of pockets.
Vauxhall Ampera (Available in 2012)
Performance: Voltec hybrid electric propulsion system will provide 150bhp delivering 0-60 in 9 seconds.
Average Fuel Economy: Predicted to be the equivalent of 200mpg+ with a range of 300 miles.
Price: Estimated to be around £30,000
BMW 1-Series Coupé 123d
Performance: 204 bhp, 0-62mph in 7 seconds, the most powerful 2.0 Litre diesel engine ever.
Average Fuel Economy: 55.4mpg
Fiat 500 Abarth
Performance: Its turbo charged 16-valve 1.4 Litre engine produces 135bhp and 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds.
Average Fuel Economy: 52.3mpg
Audi TT 2.0 TDI
Performance: 170 bhp delivers 0-60 in 7.5 seconds.
Average Fuel Economy: 53.3mpg
Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 MultiAir
Performance: 1.4 Litre 1.4 turbocharged tour de force petrol engine produces 135bhp delivering 0-60 in 8.2 seconds.
Average Fuel Economy: 50.4mpg
Peugeot RCZ 2-litre HDi 163 Coupe GT
Performance: 2.0 Litre Turbo diesel delivers 160 bhp and 0-60 in 8.2 seconds
Average Fuel Economy: 53.2mpg
Volvo S60 2.4 D5
Performance: Five Cylinder Turbo Diesel produces 203bhp delivering 0-60 in 7.7 seconds
Average Fuel Economy: 60.1mpg
Honda CR-Z Mugen (Concept?)
Performance: 1.5 supercharged IMA electric motor to deliver 200bhp and 0-60 in 7 seconds.
Average Fuel Economy: 56mpg
Saab Phoenix (Concept?)
Performance: 1.6 Turbocharged petrol engine plus a 34bhp electric motor powered by a small battery attached to the rear axle (itself charged by regenerative braking) produces 200bhp.
Average Fuel Consumption: Predicted to be 56.5mpg