Top 10

Top 10 greatest automotive collaborations

Richard Dredge picks some of his favourite classic collaborations, including the Porsche-built Audi RS2.
01-Audi RS201-Audi RS2

Audi RS2

The first RS model to come from Audi, and a product of its quattro division, the RS2 was built by Porsche, which helped to develop the car. Based on an Audi 80 Avant, the RS2 featured a turbocharged and intercooled 2.2-litre five-pot, which produced 311bhp – enough for a 163mph top speed.
02-Ford Tickford Capri02-Ford Tickford Capri

Ford Tickford Capri

Clearly a child of the eighties, the bespoilered Tickford Capri is one of those enigmatic classics that you hardly ever see, largely because it’s a lot rarer than you might think; just 100 or so were built. Each featured a turbocharged 2.8i lump, rated at 205bhp and enough to give 137mph.
03-Isuzu Piazza03-Isuzu Piazza

Isuzu Piazza

OK, the Piazza was never going to be a brilliant car, but when Lotus got its hands on this one-time Giugiaro concept, it did make quite a decent fist of turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse. But while the dynamics were transformed, what a shame about the wheezy van-derived powerplant…
04-Jaguar XJR-S04-Jaguar XJR-S

Jaguar XJR-S

When TWR first got involved with the XJS it was to sort out the aerodynamics and aesthetics. But within a year it was beginning to up the power from 291bhp to 318bhp by taking the V12 from 5.3 litres to 6.0. Then it produced the ultimate XJS; the 333bhp edition from 1989.
05-Mercedes 500E05-Mercedes 500E

Mercedes-Benz 500E

Not everyone wants to shout about the performance available to them when they cruise in their super-saloon, and few seriously fast cars hide their talents like the Porsche-developed 500E. Indeed, telling the difference between one of these and the E-Classes on the taxi rank was for anoraks only.
06-Proton Satria GTI06-Proton Satria GTI

Proton Satria GTI

Unless you’ve driven one, it’s hard to convey just what a miracle Lotus worked on the Proton Satria when it turned it into the GTi. Sure the build quality was still atrocious but you could drive the door handles off this neat-looking supermini and you’d never be left feeling short-changed.
07-Renault R8 Gordini07-Renault R8 Gordini

Renault R8 Gordini

Designed to offer practical transport for the masses, the R8 wasn’t that innovative when it was unveiled in 1962 – although it did feature disc brakes all round. By the time Gordini had got its hands on the car though, there was more go courtesy of a tuned 1108cc engine, plus a five-speed close-ratio gearbox.
08-Triumph Acclaim08-Triumph Acclaim

Triumph Acclaim

Austin Rover dealers had never sold a car with such a low level of warranty claims and it was all down to one thing; this was just a rebadged Honda. It only delayed the inevitable, but the Acclaim bought a lot of people a lot of time thanks to AR’s tie-up with the Japanese.
09-Vauxhall Lotus Carlton09-Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

It led to headlines in the Daily Mail about how grossly irresponsible it all was, but what a way to go – at the wheel of a 377bhp super-saloon which could also top 177mph. Even now the Lotus Carlton is far from tame, and when it was new there really was nothing like it.
10-Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia10-Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

A three-way collaboration between VW, Karmann and Ghia, this may have been little more than a Beetle in a party frock, but the Karmann-Ghia has always been seen as something rather more than that. After all, this was a very swish party frock – definitely more DKNY than Primark.
Richard Dredge picks some of his favourite classic collaborations, including the Porsche-built Audi RS2.
01-Audi RS201-Audi RS2

Audi RS2

The first RS model to come from Audi, and a product of its quattro division, the RS2 was built by Porsche, which helped to develop the car. Based on an Audi 80 Avant, the RS2 featured a turbocharged and intercooled 2.2-litre five-pot, which produced 311bhp – enough for a 163mph top speed.
02-Ford Tickford Capri02-Ford Tickford Capri

Ford Tickford Capri

Clearly a child of the eighties, the bespoilered Tickford Capri is one of those enigmatic classics that you hardly ever see, largely because it’s a lot rarer than you might think; just 100 or so were built. Each featured a turbocharged 2.8i lump, rated at 205bhp and enough to give 137mph.
03-Isuzu Piazza03-Isuzu Piazza

Isuzu Piazza

OK, the Piazza was never going to be a brilliant car, but when Lotus got its hands on this one-time Giugiaro concept, it did make quite a decent fist of turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse. But while the dynamics were transformed, what a shame about the wheezy van-derived powerplant…
04-Jaguar XJR-S04-Jaguar XJR-S

Jaguar XJR-S

When TWR first got involved with the XJS it was to sort out the aerodynamics and aesthetics. But within a year it was beginning to up the power from 291bhp to 318bhp by taking the V12 from 5.3 litres to 6.0. Then it produced the ultimate XJS; the 333bhp edition from 1989.
05-Mercedes 500E05-Mercedes 500E

Mercedes-Benz 500E

Not everyone wants to shout about the performance available to them when they cruise in their super-saloon, and few seriously fast cars hide their talents like the Porsche-developed 500E. Indeed, telling the difference between one of these and the E-Classes on the taxi rank was for anoraks only.
06-Proton Satria GTI06-Proton Satria GTI

Proton Satria GTI

Unless you’ve driven one, it’s hard to convey just what a miracle Lotus worked on the Proton Satria when it turned it into the GTi. Sure the build quality was still atrocious but you could drive the door handles off this neat-looking supermini and you’d never be left feeling short-changed.
07-Renault R8 Gordini07-Renault R8 Gordini

Renault R8 Gordini

Designed to offer practical transport for the masses, the R8 wasn’t that innovative when it was unveiled in 1962 – although it did feature disc brakes all round. By the time Gordini had got its hands on the car though, there was more go courtesy of a tuned 1108cc engine, plus a five-speed close-ratio gearbox.
08-Triumph Acclaim08-Triumph Acclaim

Triumph Acclaim

Austin Rover dealers had never sold a car with such a low level of warranty claims and it was all down to one thing; this was just a rebadged Honda. It only delayed the inevitable, but the Acclaim bought a lot of people a lot of time thanks to AR’s tie-up with the Japanese.
09-Vauxhall Lotus Carlton09-Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

It led to headlines in the Daily Mail about how grossly irresponsible it all was, but what a way to go – at the wheel of a 377bhp super-saloon which could also top 177mph. Even now the Lotus Carlton is far from tame, and when it was new there really was nothing like it.
10-Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia10-Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

A three-way collaboration between VW, Karmann and Ghia, this may have been little more than a Beetle in a party frock, but the Karmann-Ghia has always been seen as something rather more than that. After all, this was a very swish party frock – definitely more DKNY than Primark.

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