This week the most important Formula 1 teams present their cars for the upcoming season. The sport is an important technological sign for the various constructors active in Formula 1. What do these brands actually offer for on the street and what minimum amount do you need to reserve for this? An overview.
Ferrari kicks off today with the unveiling of its title challenger, while the new Red Bull car from Max Verstappen will be shown tomorrow for the first time. Renault, AlphaTauri (formerly Toro Rosso) and Mercedes will also be presenting their new cars this week. Next week it will be Williams and Alfa Romeo's turn.
Sporty models are having a hard time in the Netherlands. There is interest, but the question remains. This is partly due to the CO2 climate-related tax climate in our country, which means that fast versions have a substantial surcharge compared to less motorized versions.
It is also becoming increasingly difficult for brands to sell such models, given the relatively high CO2 emissions. New EU requirements regarding the fleet average have been in force since the beginning of this year. If you can't compensate a sporty model with increased emissions with another model, it hardly pays to keep offering it.
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Waiting for the Renault Clio RS
The different brands are nevertheless proud to draw lines from Formula 1 to models for use on public roads. Renault reported last month full of pride that even the Clio hybrid uses the knowledge gained from the sport.
For a truly sporting experience you have to be the so-called RS models from Renault. The Twingo RS is a thing of the past and the sporty version of the Clio has yet to be revealed. That is why the most affordable model at the moment is the Renault Mégane RS
Last week, Renault reported that the model will get 20 hp for a total of 300 hp. The engine is linked to an automatic gearbox. The outgoing model was on the price list for 52,890 euros. What the upgraded Mégane RS will cost is not yet known.
The Mégane RS gets 20 hp in the recent renewal round. (Photo: Renault)
Sporty Honda more expensive than Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo is known as a sporty brand, but because the outdated Giulietta is only available with a 120 hp engine, you have to go to the Giulia Veloce for a truly sporting experience.
The Veloce version has a 280 hp gasoline engine under the hood, which accelerates the car to 100 kilometers per hour in 5.2 seconds. Last November the car underwent a model year update. The price of the refurbished Giulia is now 54,980 euros.
At Honda, engine supplier of AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing, the least expensive sporty model is the Civic Type-R. In January, a slightly modified version of the Type-R was presented in Tokyo, which may eventually come to the Netherlands.
The 320 hp four-cylinder petrol engine drives the Civic with an acceleration time of 5.7 seconds. The current model stands for 62,225 euros in the showroom.
The Giulia Veloce makes it up to 280 hp. (Photo: Alfa Romeo)
Sports cars cost a minimum of two tons
The least expensive Ferrari is the Portofino from 2017, which with a basic price of around 245,000 euros is still one of the more expensive models in the Netherlands. You get quite a bit in return, because in addition to having a 600 horsepower engine at your disposal, the Portofino can be transformed from coupé to convertible with the push of a button.
You don't have to arrive at McLaren with less than two tons either. With the British, the party only starts when you take over 210,000 euros. McLaren is building a 540C for that amount.
The brand supplies the car with a 540 hp V8 engine. With that you shoot in 3.5 seconds to 100 kilometers per hour. The acceleration only stops at 320 kilometers per hour.
Aston Martin delivers the Vantage for a similar amount. The model presented in March 2018 is good for 503 hp and a top speed of 314 kilometers per hour.
Aston Martin is switching from Red Bull Racing to Racing Point in 2021 as a partner. (Photo: Aston Martin)
Plenty of AMG models for sale
Seeded as thinly as the sporty models are with other volume brands, they are as widespread at Mercedes. A so-called AMG version of almost every model is for sale. The cheapest is the AMG A35, which can be taken home for 69,888 euros.
Despite its 306 hp, the AMG A 35 is not a true AMG for many, since the car does not have a hand-built AMG engine in the front. It has the AMG A 45, which is reflected in the price: at least 92,647 euros in the Netherlands. With 387 hp you also get more power in return (the S version even delivers 421 hp).
The new Formula 1 cars can be admired for the first time on 19 February during the first test day in Barcelona. NU.nl is of course there.
The A 45 S is with 421 hp faster than many a sports car. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)