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The Perfect Ride – how does it have to be? The perfect tour? Driving in a dream car to a dream location? To do the perfect lap on asphalt in a sports car? To race towards the sunset in a convertible? Cliché?
No! Everybody has his or her idea of a “Perfect Ride”. And as varied as our imaginations are as multifaceted is the TV show. For millions of people the car is more than just an object that gets you from A to B. No, it is loved, hated, given abusive names, cleaned and kicked. And it is forever exchanged and replaced.
“Perfect Ride” combines all these stories about new cars, funny gadgets, comparative car tests, challenges and tuning specialists, extreme race tracks and beautiful women in perfect locations.
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SUVs - In The Fast Lane!
SUVs in the fast lane. They multiply in abundance and are spreading. Whether mini or luxury off-roader - imposter in off-road dress? We test for adventurous city dwellers. The Audi RS Q3 - we have driven it.
21.11.2018 00:55 - 01:20 (UTC)
King of the Ring
The Nürburgring Nordschleife is unique, world famous and known as the toughest speedway in the world. Despite countless hazards, it’s has an exceptional appeal with racing fans. Together with legendary racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, Perfect Ride explores the myth Nordschleife and tries to find out, what it takes to be ‘King of the Ring’.
21.11.2018 02:55 - 03:25 (UTC)
Individuality and a wide array of equipment options are the keys to reaching lots of buyers. At least that's what car manufacturers think when it comes to small cars. Perfect Ride answers the question, if they offer too much lifestyle and reviews three trendy small cars: the Mini 5 door, the Opel Adam Rocks (also known as the Vauxhall Adam Rocks) and the Kia Soul EV.
21.11.2018 08:50 - 09:15 (UTC)
There is hardly any car that’s more German than the Volkswagen Passat. It is convenient, solidly constructed and offers enough space for the average German family. But even its eighth generation is quite conservative. It’s neither edgy nor does it evoke any emotions. Instead, it’s neutrally designed and functional. Perfect Ride reviews the Volkswagen Golf and hunts for more typical German cars.
21.11.2018 14:50 - 15:20 (UTC)
Athletes on Stilts - Power SUVs
Compact SUVs promise more and more power while giving up some of the typical SUV characteristics in their design. Car manufacturer give in to this trend and keep pushing the performance. Audi RS Q3, Mercedes GLA 45 and Porsche Macan Turbo are setting new benchmarks in this segment. But can SUVs with a high center of gravity really and high performance really offer the Perfect Ride?
21.11.2018 18:50 - 19:15 (UTC)
Driving Pleasure in Winter
Slippery roads, bad view, mud and salt: With winter comes a lot of hassle for car drivers. But if you know what winter has in store for you, you can make the right preparations and have lots on fun while driving. Perfect Ride takes two Porsche 911 to the glassy roads und points out the opportunities as well as the differences between four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive in winter.
22.11.2018 14:55 - 15:20 (UTC)
Ever since 4-door coupes debuted, there is no longer a need to ask if you would rather buy a sedan or a coupe. Because 4-door cars with a hatchback combine the best of both worlds: the dynamics of a coupe and the elegance of a sedan. On this episode, Perfect Ride introduces you to the latest 4-door coupes including the fancy BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe from Munich.
23.11.2018 14:50 - 15:15 (UTC)
Special Motor Show Essen
This show is cult and attrackts the motorsports fans from all over Europe and beyond: the Essen Motor Show. It`s all about the newest, raciest and craziest car creations.
24.11.2018 14:00 - 14:25 (UTC)
International Motor Show Frankfurt 2013
The International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt is the world's biggest and most important automobile exhibition. Perfect Ride takes a look at the 2013 edition of the motor show and reveals all the automotive novelties and surprises that car manufacturers around the world have in store for visitors. Electric mobility and alternative drives play an important role.
24.11.2018 14:25 - 14:55 (UTC)
Constructing a giant luxury car with a lot of space isn’t really difficult. But fitting just about everything you need for life into a small car is anything but an easy task. Perfect Ride reviews sexy city racers which try to achieve just that. The reviewed cars include the second generation of the Audi A1 from Ingolstadt and the Renault Twingo, which comes with rear engine and rear-wheel drive.
26.11.2018 14:55 - 15:20 (UTC)
Hot, Hotter, Hot Hatches
They are small, noisy and make a lot of fun: Small cars with a high engine output are very popular with drivers. That’s why Audi launches an offensive and offers its A1 as a sporty S1 version. Its name gives hope for something big, because in the 1980s a S1 achieved immortality at Pikes Peak. Perfect Ride reveals if the new 231-HP Audi S1 can live up to this legacy.
27.11.2018 14:55 - 15:20 (UTC)
Every day people in the city fight for the last parking spaces. More and more cars are being bought and they are getting bigger and wider. And the biggest problem is that more and more people tend to buy SUVs. Meanwhile there's a small war going on between compact cars and SUVs. Perfect Ride takes the BMW X6, the Citroen Cactus and the Smart forfour downtown, to fight for the last few parking spaces.
28.11.2018 14:55 - 15:20 (UTC)
The Big Journey
The new Mercedes E-Class model T with a loading volume of 1950 liter is the perfect family car for travelling. But there is a version of the family wagon from Affalterbach that comes with 585 hp and is stronger than some super sports cars. We show you what happens when this seemingly harmless wagon meets some cocky sports cars.
28.11.2018 18:45 - 19:10 (UTC)
Rear-Wheel Drive for Everyone
A city car and a super sports car with the same drive concept? Exactly. The Porsche GT3 and Smart both have rear-wheel drive, which means that their engine is in the rear and feature driven rear wheels. Usually such cars are considered to be sporty, emotional, but also a bit unpredictable. Does this apply to these two models as well? Plus: Perfect Ride takes a look at the sportiest midsize sedan with rear-wheel drive on the market: the BMW 3 Series. Rear-Wheel Drive for Everyone - on Perfect Ride.
29.11.2018 14:50 - 15:15 (UTC)
Fresh Air Experience
With these three convertibles, the open air season can start! Smart sends the newest version of its city car without a top to the dealers. It's available with a three-cylinder gasoline engine of 71 hp or 90 hp. The Mini Convertible is bigger - not just under the hood. It provides room for four people, the output ranges from 105 hp to 190 hp. When it comes to pure roadster feeling, there is only one option: the Mazda MX-5. Find out more about the fourth generation of this topless classic on Perfect Ride.
30.11.2018 14:50 - 15:15 (UTC)
The Battle: Cheap vs. Expensive
The ultimate battle between cheap and expensive is on! The Dacia Logan MCV, one of Europe’s cheapest station wagons, takes on the Volkswagen Golf Variant, one of Europe’s most popular station wagons. The Logan MCV from Romania is just half the price of its competitor. But what can one expect from a new car in this price range and why is it so cheap? Perfect Ride makes the comparison.
On the road in Bella Italia - the country well known for la dolce vita, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Mille Miglia.
More Power, Less Consumption
More engine power, but less fuel consumption: That’s exactly what chip tuning wants to make possible. On a 3,000 kilometer road trip from Germany on Spain Perfect Ride tests if tuning boxes fulfill their promises. Plus: Which other extensions and modifications promise to turn driving experiences into saving experiences? Perfect Ride offers the answer!
The Second Generation
Some cars make a highly successful debut to the scene, so that the arrival of a second generation is inevitable. One example is the Nissan Qashqai. As one of the first crossovers it heralded a new era and has been sold more than two million times. For its second generation, Nissan has to step up their game though, because its concept inspired other like the Suzuki SX4 to follow suit.
Charged Up - Electricity - Not Fuel
A widely spread prejudice against electric cars is that they are not suitable for everyday life due to their short driving range and long charging times. But statistics from Germany show that drivers don’t travel more than 100 kilometers a day, so there shouldn’t be a problem. Perfect Ride tests if the VW e-up! and Renault Zoe are suitable for everyday life, when radio and heater are running, too.
Made by Hand - Small Series Roadsters
Perfect Ride takes a look behind the scenes of Wiesman, a small-volume manufacturer from Germany that produced just 1600 vehicles since its foundation in 1988. Its name stands for exclusivity, craftsmanship and pure roadster feeling. Thanks to the combination of a low weight chassis with a powerful engine, every Wiesmann model is a milestone in terms of driving dynamics.
Pony Cars - The American Way of Drive
1964 saw the introduction of the Ford Mustang, which is considered to be the ancestor of all pony cars. In the first year Ford sold more than 680,000 units of this car. It’s a record that no other vehicle was able to break. To this day, people around the world value it for its strength, superior V8 and reasonable price. Perfect Ride reviews the Mustang and its relatives, the Challenger and Camaro.
Perfect Ride checks out front-wheel drive cars such as the Peugeot RCZ-R, Seat Leon Cupra SC 280 and Renault Megan TCe 265 and tests how well they transmit their power of almost 300 hp to the road. The problem is: High performance and front-wheel drive make for a very challenging mix. For example, the traction control system has a lot of work to do at times of rapid acceleration.
Cars To Raise Your Pulse Raite
Cars evoke emotions and cause a rapid heartbeat. Some cars even get your blood racing. But which car will really raise your pulse rate: Nissan Pulsar, Subaru WRX STi or Chevrolet´s new Corvette C7? Find it out on this episode of Perfect Ride.
Close to the Ground
Every sporty vehicle needs a low center of gravity. To underline the sporty character of the new BMW 4 Series, the model got the lowest center of gravity of all BMW models. This results in a reduction of unwanted rolling movements and makes substantially higher curve speeds possible. Plus: Perfect Ride reviews the Alfa Romeo 4C and Porsche Cayman S.
High-performing small cars become increasingly popular with buyers. The Mini Cooper S is one of the best examples for this trend. Even though the 192 hp midget from Munich is anything but a bargain, it sells exceptionally well. Perfect Ride reviews the third generation of the Mini Cooper S and reveals which rival models are its toughest competitors.
Open Air Concert
Driving topless through the summer air and having a sound in the back of the car that gives you goose-bumps: Perfect Ride checks out the most beautiful convertibles and puts a focus on driving pleasure and sound. Amongst the reviewed cars is the new 300 hp Audi S3 convertible. It’s hard to believe that its sound comes from a 4-cylinder engine.
Big City - Small Car
Small cars are the winners of registration statistics. To capitalise on this Opel launches the new Corsa. After eights years finally there is a new model. What is new, what is different and what makes him special - in Perfect Ride.
They are the hermaphrodites of the car industry: hybrid cars. Audi A3 e-tron and its competitors try to combine the advantages of an electric and a combustion engine. Perfect Ride explains those advantages, but also the disadvantages of hybrid cars. We also show you the BMW i3. It is an 100% electrical car, but is equipped with a so-called Range Extender.
Off-Road for Everyone!
In 2007 Fiat jumped onto the retro bandwagon and introduced its newly created und highly successful Fiat 500. Now the Italian car manufacturer elongates its bestseller by a meter and presents the Fiat 500L Trekking. The model looks different from the regular one, which was especially popular with female drivers. Perfect Ride reviews the front-engined car and checks if it holds its ground off-road.
Turbo Diesel Power
In 1989 Audi introduced the first turbocharged diesel engine. Since then turbochargers became standard and result into smooth running of engines and increased driving pleasure. Perfect Ride reviews the latest TDI engines and previews the Audi RS5 TDI Concept, which shows how sporty diesel engines could be used in future production cars.
Fun with Lightweight Cars
It is said to be the first of a new generation. The BMW i8 is truly a miracle of technology and the world’s first eco-friendly sports car. The combination of lightweight construction, electrical engine and 3-cylinder combustion engine promises economical driving pleasure. Plus: Perfect Ride reviews the impressive and superlight sports cars Lotus Elise and Roding Roadster in Austria.
Say goodbye to boring mass-produced cars and hello to the more exciting top models, which were created so that people can have fun. A sporty look, significantly tighter suspension and at least a 300-hp engine under its bonnet - that’s what make them different from regular models. Perfect Ride is on the hunt for the ultimate fun factor and reviews the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi TTS and BMW M 235i.
Want Some More?
If you purchase a compact car, you neither have to forfeit convenience nor engine power. Perfect Ride proofs it to you, when the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Citroen DS4 are put to the test. Both are the flagships of their model range. While the Polo stuns with its 192 HP, the DS4 does the same with its equipment, which can usually only be found in higher equipment lines.
For more than 60 years the Land Rover Defender has been crawling through slush and mud. It wasn’t even afraid of the steepest mountains. Perfect Ride checks out the Defender. Plus: The Lada Taiga, which was formerly known as Lada Niva, is one of the cheapest off-road vehicles on the market. The Russian all-terrain vehicle is in production since 1977, but hasn’t seen much change over the years.
The Advantages of All-wheel Drive
The BMW X5 is the best selling SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) in the world. Since the introduction of this model, which also founded its segment, the X5 was sold more than 1.2 million times. It combines dynamics with luxury and thanks to xDrive, the BMW’s all-wheel drive, it always offers best traction. Perfect Ride reviews the recent third generation of the BMW X5 and reveals, where it improved.
Tuning - Fast and Rare
The Skoda Octavia is a mousy car, a transport facility for families, a utility vehicle. But just two letters shed a different light on the model: RS. The RS is the fastest Octavia of all times. 220 HP, a sporty interior and a powerful engine sound promise racing feeling for the whole family. Perfect Ride finds out if the Skoda Octavia RS delivers what the letters R and S promise.
Off the road
At the Primm 300 in Nevada Monster Bugs and Trophy Trucks deliver relentlessly hot desert races. Off-road adventure in the Arabian State of Oman! Mercedes SUV`s fight through the desert.
Rebel Without a Cause
Dreaming of driving a Lamborghini, eating lobster, or perhaps driving a tank? Our reporter Dean`s dream came true: on a real playground for big boys.
Chip tuning, pedal box - how useful are they? Patrick Simon is on the lookout for extra horsepower in Norway. BMW 1 Series, Viper or Ferrari? Which one is better? The ultimate coolness check.
The car world just gets crazier and crazier! From three-wheeled retro cars such as the Reliant Rialto, which tended to tip over at every bend? And freaky bikes with maximum speed of up to 150mph!
Moment of Force
It is all about power and torque: Perfect, faster, further - racer Dennis Rostek drives it to the top. With Mathilda Racing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
To the Top!
It is all about setting off and not stopping until you\\\\\\\'ve reached the peak. We will therefore be revving up to the top! The Audi A1 Quattro may seem small, but it`s a tough little fighter.
Tough Guys & Breathtaking Stunts
This episode of Perfect Ride will be taken over by badass guys and breathtaking stunts. We will be taking a look behind the scenes of Action Concept - Europe`s biggest action film producer.
Out of Space
Today`s cars are out of space - vehicles that are far from the norm. The Fahrradi Farfalla is definitely one of these most unusual cars in the world. In Austria we paid its creator Hannes Langeder a visit.
Changing the Model
It`s all about changing the model. Bigger, lighter, trendier: Audi brings the A3 Sportback to the table. On the track the Stuck brothers have got their hands on some crazy horsepower: the Mercedes C 63 AMG.
Snow, fun and pure action in Austria! The spectacular snowmobile race is the Formula 1 of the winter. Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel drives at full speed in the music video of RNB star Melanie Fiona.
The wildest Beasts are on the loose. It is all about beastly hot cars. The latest crawler from Volkswagen is in its starting block. The VW Beetle revealingly dressed in a convertible outfit.
Whacky sleighs, supercars and stars and stripes the Detroit Motor Show! What`s everyone been talking about in the car world? Mazda has been talking in a new language: Kodo.
Pedal to the Metal
Drifting with no boundaries. World Rally champion Armin Schwarz brings his tires to glow on ice and snow. When utopia becomes reality. Pure high-tech at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.
Highlights Geneva Motor Show
The International Geneva Motor Show is traditionally the first European auto show of the year and is one of the 5 most important auto shows worldwide! New generations, top models, electric vehicles and many more.
The Perfect Touring Vehicle
A model that takes its top off: Opel Cascada. The topless Opel takes a drive-test in Monte Carlo. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in Sicily! Touring car with coupe qualities. And with an SUV on two wheels: BMW R 1200GS.
How good are the star pupils of the Mercedes E-Class? Can the Audi S3 with 300 HorsePower and a powerful four-cylinder score points? And we visit the Shanghai Auto Show, one of the most important car shows in China.
The Future is Electric
The Tesla Model S is the car of the 21st century. It teaches the major automobile companies, what is possible when you believe in your own idea. It is one of the most exceptional cars one can buy. It offers an electric range of up to 500 kilometers and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4 seconds. In addition to that, Tesla promises that every buyer can charge its car for free forever.
European Tuning Show
Europe`s best show cars fight it out for the Tuning Crown at the Tuning World Bodensee. And: Clean and quiet, with zero emissions! Traveling with the Nissan Leaf electric car in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
The Porsche 911. Modern design, advanced technology, everything is new but still: For 50 years, still unmistakable. And we also test the world`s first series-produced plug-in hybrid with diesel engine: the Volvo V60!
The Company Boom Trikes redefines Cruising: The new 300 HorsePower Hayabusa Hardcore Trike or the New Highway. Trike are powerful three wheelers with modern technology.
Feel the Power
Ford Focus ST (Turnier) versus Volvo V40 T5 R-Design: Two sporty all- rounders. Which of the two compact class vehicles is the better, the more beautiful, the more interesting? We make the comparison test.
It`s all about performance. Michael Schumacher in a Formula 1 Silver Arrow on the Nordschleife. In Comparison Test: The Eternal Rally counterparts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO and Subaru WRX STI.
The duel of the city runabouts. The Audi A1 Quattro versus its significantly cheaper competitor, the Renault Clio RS. Pressing the Gas pedal stylishly! One of the most radical roadsters in the world, the Morgan Plus 8.
Topless into the Spring
2014 sees the launch of the new Audi A3 convertible. For the first time ever, the open model isn’t based on the hatchback, but on the sedan. Perfect Ride discusses the differences between the generations as well as the ad- and disadvantages of the new A3 convertible. Plus: The Jaguar F-Type is the latest sports car from the UK. The big cat poaches in the territory of the Porsche 911 Carrera.
With the creation of the Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche wanted to get rid of the Panamera's image as a giant gas guzzler. And it is indeed a fuel-saving miracle in its class. The sports car comes with an output of 380 HP and an average fuel consumption of just 6.8 liter. But the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is not the only eco-friendly car. The Audi A3 g-tron is a natural gas car, that is CO2-neutral.
The 1930s saw the introduction of diesel engines in passenger cars. Back then people dismissed them as truck engines and scorned them as dirty. But those times are finally over. Diesel engines have been established for ages and even arrived in motorsports. Audi dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its diesel-hybrid R18 e-tron quattro and uses this experience for future road vehicles.
They offer less space than a station wagon, they are more expensive than a sedan and they are still beststellers: coupes. They used to have just two doors and a sporty styling, but since then the definition of this competitive segment was broadened. With the Audi RS7, there is a new a rival for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and BMW M6 Gran Coupe and it comes with the performance of a sports car.
Car Series with Different Faces
Audi A3, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes CLS have been bestsellers for years. In order to attract even more buyers and close the niches between the different vehicle classes, manufacturers extend their model series every so often: Proven technology under the bonnet, but a redesigned body. The results are cars between two worlds such as A3 Sedan, 5 Series Gran Turismo and CLS Shooting Brake.
Hot Hatches - Tiny Bad Boys
The 2012 Mercedes A-Class managed to shake off its image as a vehicle for retired people. But AMG tops it all and presents the hottest A-Class ever. Its impressive 360-hp engine is the most powerful production four-cylinder in the world. Plus: Musketier Tuning turns the Citroen DS 3 into a defening driving machine. Perfect Ride discusses the differences between the tuned and the production model.
Sportscars for the Masses
For many people, Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini offer unaffordable dream cars. But you don’t need to spend your annual salary on these brands, if you’re looking for a powerful car with high performance and a full sounding engine. For example, the Nissan 370 Z by Nismo is just half the price of a Porsche 911, rarer and with 344 HP as powerful as the German flagship sports car.
Fathers and Sons
They are still not on the shelf but their followers are already in hot pursuit of them. Race-dads and their sons and daughters. Hans-Joachim Stuck, Walter Röhrl, Niki Lauda and Jacky Ickx!
Drive of the Future
The Paris Motor Show is the world's oldest auto show and provides insight into the automotive world of tomorrow. For instance, car makers try to replace combustion engines with alternative drives. Mercedes-Benz specifically introduces the sub-brand 'Generation EQ' for that, while Volkswagen wants to present 20 new electrified models by 2020 and get past the emission scandal.