Engine Flat-six. 3800cc Location Rear longitudinal Power [email protected] 730Drpm Torque 3101b ft @ 42CO-5600rpm C02 2b0g.'km

Transmission Six-speed manual gearbox (seven-speed PDK optional), rear-wheel drive, PSM (_SD optional) Front suspension MacPherson struts, coil springs, PASM dampers, anti-roll bar

Rear suspension Muhi-link, coil springs, PASM dampers, anti-roll bar

Brakes Ventilated and cross-drilled, 330mm front and rear

(optional PCCB 350mm front and rear), ABS, ABD

Wheels 8.5 x I9in front, II x I9inrear

Tyres 235/35 ZRI9 front. 305/30 ZRI9 rear

Weight (kerb) 1420kg

Power-to-weight 288bhp/ton

0-62mph '1.6sec (claimed, 4.4sec with PDK)

Top speed I90mph (claimed, I88mph with PDK)

Basic price £76,758


good to be true'

If you're planning a trip to the States and fancy attending an SCTA meeting at El Mirage, you'd do well to check their website, www. scta-bni.org, for information. There are six events planned for 2011, the first being held on May 14-15, the last November 12-13.

If you'd rather go to El Mirage and drive the lake yourself then you've pretty much got the whole year to choose from. Apart from rain, only events such as the SCTA's meetings will prevent you from getting access to the lakebed itself, although bear in mind that it's a popular location for movie, television and commercial film shoots, so this may mean certain restrictions are in force. Generally speaking, though, you simply arrive and drive, just like the Niirburgring Nordschleife.

To avoid disappointment be sure to check for the latest

El Mirage information by visiting www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/ fo/barstow/mirage.htrrl. This site carries all the information you need, including directions and a weather hotline to call for the latest conditions.

Have fun and go fast!

SCTA meetings see all kinds of vehicles run flat-out at El Mirage, from vintage roadsters through diesel trucks to specially constructed streamliners

Volkswagen's Race Touareg has been designed to endure the heat and dust of the Dakar rally, but that doesn't stop it being fun in the snow too, as Henry Catchpole discovers

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