Among Lithuanian drivers, the belief must be that the sports car must be strong, as fast as possible to reach 100 km / h. Speed However, the press tribune of the "Lithuanian National Car 2019" did not mention one of the strongest and fastest cars in the list of candidates for the most sporting model ever.
The Lithuanian journalism autoclub, which organizes the "Lithuanian Car of the Year", is the best-selling model of this year's market of 33 candidates. All will also fight for 9 other special nominations. One of them is the most sporty title of the magazine Auto Bild Lietuva.
The most competitive are not the fastest
None of the 7 cars that can reach 100 km / h are popular for this title. speed This was one of the first tests that the electorate had to overcome. The Volkswagen AG group was dominated by the same 3-liter V6 diesel engine that reached 286 hp: Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi Q8 and Volkswagen Touareg and electric Jaguar i-Pace. .
All of the 100 km / h speed was achieved in 6 seconds and faster, three of these cars – more spacious, large SUVs. And none of them was at Panevezys Labor Market Training Automotive, where journalists and experts searched for the most sporty car that appeared this year in the market in Lithuania and compares different models of cars.
"The most sporting does not mean that it has to be the strongest or fastest starting point. The powerful engine is good, but it is still somewhat similar to a power ratio that allows better or worse control of the car." We already see the acceleration where the best models appeared. they drive very fast, but the most sporty must meet the many more important criteria than the power: how accurately and well the vehicle is controlled. How well can it perform sports tasks, for example, to pass the slalom route and how to talk to the driver " – Vitoldas Milius, editor of the magazine "Auto Bild Lietuva", told the main criteria.
Surprised were those who did not expect anything
A member of the "Year of the Car Year 2019" Commission also noted that this year's competition for less sports-oriented cars is taking place, more for comfort. Last year, two Korean models were intensively rewarded for this title: the Hyundai i30N, specially designed for recreational tracks and the powerful Kia Stinger sedan with a four-wheel drive that combines sports driving.
According to him, this year, only one car on the side of the body is the inscription "Sport", which still does not mean anything. However, the management functions are surprised by other cars that drivers buy for a day trip.
"This year, we focused on the management functions. We traveled with a wide range of cars together with colleagues at the Panevėžys Labor Market Training Center on the highway where I carried out the survey." Commissioners and other co-workers mentioned the hatchback: Ford Focus, Honda The Civic, the Suzuki Swift Sport, the BMW X2 Crossover and the Peugeot 508 also received great praise for the ride. These cars are distinguished from the driver's pleasant qualities. They are far from being the strongest but fully managed. I will be one of these cars this year, "Press rally," and I do not want to race, for example, a large and heavy four-wheel SUV. They are adapted for a different ride, "explained Milius.
The results of such elections are usually influenced by fuel or tires – good ones can give the wrong impression of the car, while the poor can damage a very sporty model. However, this does not apply to the elections in 2019 in Lithuania – all models have Winter Continental tires, and their tanks are filled only at Neste petrol stations.
The prize winner for the most sporty model will be presented at the final of the "Lithuanian Summer Cars 2019" competition on November 29th and the three selected candidates will be announced on November 21st.