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  • These Hankook concept tyres are completely bad-ass

    The motoring press tends to spend an inordinate amount of time writing about concept cars. What tends to be forgotten in all the hype surrounding the latest dream beast from Audi, or Porsche, or Nissan, are the four strips of rubber keeping said car on the road. South Korean tyre company Hankook is looking to change that. The company this week released the results of its Design Innovation 2014 ’initiative, a bi-annual initiative that looks to provide a glimpse into what the future of tyres might look like. And if the results of this year’s initiative, held in partnership...

  • Winning five Euro NCAP stars for safety is about to become a lot tougher

    The Datsun GO — a budget hatchback built specifically for emerging markets, including South Africa – recently came in for severe criticism for failing to score a single star for adult occupant protection in a Global NCAP crash test. The Indian-market Datsun – the first model from the budget automaker since it was revived by Nissan – does not feature airbags or ABS. But this lack of seemingly basic safety equipment wasn’t the main reason behind its embarrassing zero-star rating. No, the fact that the vehicle structure quite simply collapsed during the standard 64km/h frontal offset crash test was...

  • There’s a new Mini John Cooper Works and it’s all about power

    This should have Mini fans rubbing their hands in glee. There’s a new John Cooper Works (JCW) model out and it’s the tuning division’s most powerful to date. While the new car looks pretty much as you’d expect it to (it is a Mini after all), the BMW-owned company has tweaked it slightly to provide more differentiation from the MINI 3-door. If you’re buying a John Cooper Works though, looks are very much a secondary concern. What matters is what’s under the skin and that should put a very big smile on your face indeed. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine...

  • Egoista EM01 Stradale is the Formula E-inspired car of your dreams

    Crowdfunding is a wonderful thing. It got bankrupt Caterham to the Abu Dhabi GP, and now it could get you a fully fledged open-wheel Formula E-like racing car for just US$10 000. You might want to look away if you just bought a Bugatti Veyron for US$2.5-million. The wonderfully named Egoista EM01 Stradale is for “for adrenaline lovers egocentric people” and comes with pretty much all the bells and whistles you’d expect from an open-wheel Italian racer. The car allegedly tops out at 290km/h and blasts from 0 to 100km/h in just three seconds thanks to a remarkable electric motor and...

  • 5 compact SUVs capable of taking on the Renault Duster

    The launch of the compact Renault Duster has proven to be a major game changer for the French marque, especially in emerging markets. Built on the same platform as the Sandero — which is badged under Renault’s Romanian subsidiary Dacia in developed markets — it’s stylish, powerful and at the same time compact enough to suit a tight budget. There are three different engine options to choose from. One is the 1.6L petrol engine which produces a maximum power of 102bhp@5850rpm. Then there are two different diesel engines of 1.5L. One of these engines is capable of producing a...

  • This radical Slovenian bike by Akrapovič looks completely insane [gallery]

    Every now and then an ambitious concept design hits our radars which usually stay within the confines of pen, paper and animation wizards. It gets really interesting when they are actually crafted and showcased to the world. Recently debuted at the Bad Salzuflen Custom bike Show in Germany, the so-called Full Moon motorcycle took the stage. Designed by Slovinian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič in partnership with Dreamachine Motorcycles the prototype looks like something the Silver Surfer would drive if he ever got tired of that board. Read more: Emission free cruising on a futuristic snail, anyone? While they only developed one of these prototypes,...

  • Merc is very much ready to take on BMW’s X6 with the GLE Coupé

    Do you like SUVs with sloping backs but hate the idea of having to drive around in something with a BMW badge? Well we’ve got some good news for you. Mercedes-Benz has announced the launch of the GLE Coupé, a sporty SUV with the BMW X6 firmly in its crosshairs. It certainly looks interesting and seems likely cause many a divided opinion. It’s also the first car to feature the German automakers new naming system. So in future, whenever you see the letter “GL” in a car by Merc, you can guarantee that it’ll be an SUV. While the...

  • Jamie Whincup wins again: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Another weekend, another painful lack of motorsport action. As the series conclude and the action dries up, we become thirsty for pitstops and hungry for discarded rubber. But at least there’s still one series going strong. The Australian V8 Supercars series finally came to a conclusion in Sydney over the weekend. With the Championship wrapped up at the penultimate...

  • This is Volvo’s all-new plug-in hybrid XC90 [Gallery]

    Chances are our collective futures are likely to include a lot more plug-in hybrid SUVs. It’s likely the only way these urban behemoths will be able to achieve the kind of mileage owners are starting to expect and it also means a little extra power on the road. Porsche led the way with its plug-in Cayenne and now Volvo looks set to follow suit with the latest version of the XC90. According to Volvo, the XC90 T8 is the first car in its stable designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility. This, the Swedish company reckons, has enabled it...

  • Red Bull gets a bit cowboyish as it shows off its Dakar chops

    Red Bull doesn’t do anything at walking pace. Case in point: the latest video for its Dakar Rally racing operations. With the world’s most famous desert rally now under a month away, the Austrian company has released a video comparing its motorbike, car and truck off-road operations with the Gardians — a group of cattle herders in the South of France who look like they belong in the Wild West. In the video, motorcyclists Marc Coma, Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner take on the role of the Gardians as they try to chase down Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos...

  • 2015 Dakar Rally: here’s how the Peugeot 2008 DKR could surprise everyone

    The Peugeot 2008 DKR has plenty resting on its hulking shoulders. Yes, this highly modified off-roader has been developed specifically for the French automaker’s return to the gruelling Dakar Rally after an absence of some 25 years. And it’s a mean-looking thing, isn’t it? But is anyone really expecting the plucky Pug to have any hope of ending MINI’s recent domination of the famous endurance race? Well, despite Peugeot’s undoubted rally raid pedigree — the manufacturer claimed four consecutive Dakar wins from 1987 to 1990 with the Peugeot 205 T16 and Peugeot 405 T16 — it’d be nothing short of...

  • James Bond could choose a Fiat 500 over Aston Martin in forthcoming flick [Update]

    If you’re like me and think of James Bond movies, the only thing that comes to mind is the man’s car collection. The Aston Martin DB5, for example, is still a car entrenched in the hearts of millions, but Bond’s next car might not be as seductive as previously anticipated, and nothing like the Aston Martin monster we all were expecting. New details have emerged suggesting that the infamous British spy who is really a victim of his own vehicular taste, will be carting around in none other than the tiny Fiat 500. Sure, a good, practical choice for everyday city transport...

  • BMW rubbishes Tesla collaboration claims

    Elon Musk recently did what Elon Musk does best and got people talking. This time it was about a possible collaboration between Tesla and BMW, specifically around batteries and light-weight composite technologies. Given Tesla’s position in the electric car space and BMW’s renewed focus on electric, it’s something that didn’t seem a million miles away from being plausible. According to those in the know in Munich however, it’s a load of crock. Speaking to German-language publication Wirtschafts Woche, unnamed officials at BMW said that the talks with Musk carried minimal significance and the Silicon Valley tech genius had only...

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