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"Abeille's race image has been changing recently, with its 5-door family package selling very well. According to a survey, the average AGE use is getting older, and AGE themselves have started to shift towards a luxurious, high class brand image. This compact sports machines is slowly changing into a luxurious family car. However, the original 2-door race `spec machine is still as fast as ever, and continues to maintain the AGE tradition."
―"Ridge Racer 7"
The Age Abeille is a hot hatch manufactured by Age. It resembles a Renault 5 Turbo (Rage Racer), and later, a mix between the Renault Clio Phase 2 V6 and the Peugeot 207 RC. Some might consider it a replacement for the Kamata Fortune of Ridge Racer V.

Though considered a family car in standard form (which has never made an appearance in the game), the version of the Abeille featured in Ridge Racer has had its engine relocated behind the front seats, much like the Renault Clio V6. It was replaced in Ridge Racer Vita, by the Age Elenie.

Design and performance

Rage Racer

Rage Racer's iteration of the Abeille features a compact design with mid-engine layout, based overall on the Renault 5 Turbo. The front fascia, however, looks slightly more modern, drawing inspiration from the Renault Mégane I, while the placement and shape of the rear lights are taken from the Suzuki Alto (4th generation).

Power comes courtesy from a selection of engines depending on its class, all of which are mated to a 5-speed transmission. It's the best handling car in Class 3 of Rage Racer.

Grade Power Gear Engine Top Speed (MT) Price (eg)
3 99 ps 5 1.6 L inline-4 DOHC 200 km/h 14,500
4 170 ps 5 1.8 L inline-4 DOHC 223 km/h 69,400
5 205 ps 5 1.8 L inline-4 DOHC turbo 242 km/h 329,300

PSP titles

For the PSP titles, the Abeille is now thoroughly improved, featuring a much more modern look while retaining its mid-engine layout. It now features a turbocharged engine as standard, coupled to a 5-speed (later 6-speed) transmission. Drift type is Standard, offering a sense of balance when driving one.

Ridge Racer 6 and 7

In Ridge Racer 6 and 7, the Abeille undergoes a model change, yet it still retains its turbo engine. Ridge Racer 6's iteration of the Abeille is depicted as a good performer, despite somewhat lacking in inertial drift and Ultimate Charge abilities. Class 1 Abeille is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine, while its Class 3 counterpart is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine.

Ridge Racer 7's iteration of the Abeille excels at top speed and handling department, but its performance is slightly hampered by bad inertial drift, making it difficult to accumulate nitrous. A special Complete Machine variant is available for this car, obtainable by winning the Abeille Duel in Extreme Battle.

Ridge Racer Slipstream

Ridge Racer Slipstream only includes the Complete Machine variant of the Abeille, and can only be bought with RR points. It's the best performing car in Class 4, featuring the highest top speed (tied with the Danver Bayonet), nimble handling and balanced drifts.

Trivia

  • Although the Age Abeille is a French car, the specs resembles that of a Ford Focus RS (except that the real-life Focus RS has lower rev limit).
  • The Abeille in Rage Racer looks very similar to a Renault 5 Turbo.
  • Ridge Racer PSP's description for the Abeille states that the car is built around the Prophetie's platform.

Gallery

Cars in Rage Racer
Class 1 Gnade Esperanza
Class 2 Lizard Acceron · Age Erriso
Class 3 Lizard Bayonet · Age Abeille · Assoluto Fatalita
Class 4 Lizard Hijack* · Age Pegase* · Assoluto Istante*
Class 5 Assoluto Ghepardo*
Class 6 Lizard Bulldog* · Age Vanquire · Assoluto Squaldon*
* denotes car only available with manual transmission
Cars in Ridge Racer (PSP) and Ridge Racer 2 (PSP)
Class 1/4 Kamata Fiera · Age Prophetie · Danver Bayonet
Class 2/5 Age Abeille · Gnade Esperanza · Assoluto Bisonte
Class 3/6 Assoluto Fatalita · Himmel E.O. · Soldat Raggio
Specials Kamata Angelus* · Soldat Crinale* · Rally-X Car' · Namco Pac-Man* · Danver Hijack^ · Terrazi Wild Gang^ · Age Angelus Kid^ · Age Crinale Kid^ · Yamasa Raggio^
* indicate cars in both games but with different designs, ' indicate cars only in 1, ^ indicate cars only in 2

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