The getaway season is well upon us and that means you’ll be needing a car. Not just any car, but one that’ll help you navigate the roughest of terrains to reach your favourite holiday spot in style. Here are ten of the coolest alpine assault vehicles that will help you move snow, gravel, mountains and groceries at break-neck speeds.
Audi A1 Quattro
The A1 Quattro is a limited edition version of the standard suburban A1. The difference? This high performance version comes equipped with Audi’s legendary all-wheel-drive system with power provided by the same 2.0 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder found in the larger S3. In the A1 Quattro the engine puts out 252 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 350Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. Outside you get centre-locking 17-inch wheels that are a nod to the the original 80s-era Quattro’s style. Audi claims the A1 will match the S3’s 0 – 100km/h time of 5.7 seconds and top out at 245km/h.
Lancia Delta Integrale
The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of those iconic rally cars that won’t just get you through the snow, but will do it whilst having all four wheels off the road at any one time. With the final road-legal version coming out in 1993, this 2.0 litre sixteen valve turbo will see to it you fly through mountains like a true rally star. Swearing at your co-driver/passenger.
The Ferrari FF was the company’s first foray into AWD territory. With its ‘shooting brake’ appearance and 6.3 litre V12, it’s a supercar made for serious snow runs. You get 651 hp at 8,000 rpm and 683 Nm of torque along with the Italian ride.
Subaru Impreza 22B
The Suabru 22B had a limited run of 424 vehicles, built to celebrate the company’s world rally wins during the 90’s. Given that, the two-door coupe version is extremely rare with widened fenders from the factory and a water spray-cooled intercooler. Torque is boosted with an increase of displacement from 2.0 litre to 2.2 litres. Look around on car sale sites and it will still demand anything between $75,000 – $100,000; if you can find one.
Mini Paceman John Cooper Works
The Mini Paceman John Cooper Works edition is what you’d expect from Mini – fun, zippy and ultra responsive. Now it also goes off road with all-wheel-drive and a 1.6 litre turbo charged motor that outputs around 220hp. The 0 – 100km/h times aren’t stunning at 6.8 seconds, but it’s a Mini. Just enjoy the drive and blurry scenery.
Volvo S60 Polestar
A Volvo. Yes. Not just any Volvo. This is the performance spec Polestar S60 – the Swedish variant of BMW’s M Division. The 3.0 litre turbo six cylinder punches out 257kW with 500Nm of torque and comes with all-wheel-drive teamed with Ohlins dampers to help curb the snowy twisty bits.
BMW X5 M
The BMW X5 M is the latest beast in the M range. Its looks and proven off-road capabilities make it a viable contender in smashing any alpine obstacle whilst listening to some Enya in the the cosy cabin. Under the bonnet, a twin turbo 4.4 litre V8 with 567hp and 750Nm pushes this two tonne car from 0 – 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG
No you’re not looking at an 80s car. This is Mercedes’ G63 AMG, an archaic and very expensive off roader that’s based off the 1979 G-Wagen. The twin turbo V8 powers all four wheels with 536hp. More than enough for a little snow fall.
You met the Audi A1 Quattro, now meet its bigger brother, the RS6. This isn’t any old RS6 though. This particular vehicle is owned by pro free skier, Jon Olsson. Thus far the car is stock with its 4.0 litre V8 553hp and has only been fitted with an aftermarket Milltek exhaust and H&R suspension. It is relatively new so expect more developments to come along as Jon gets around the winter slopes.
Range Rover Sport SVR
Want to go faster than the Range Rover Sport? Meet the Range Rover Sport SVR. This is the company’s self-proclaimed fastest production Range Rover in the world. What specs could possibly warrant such a wild claim you ponder? Try a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 borrowed from a Jaguar F-Type R. The performance off roader now makes 542hp along with a host of handling upgrades such as firmer suspension, stiffer bushings and refined torque vectoring.