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  • Bentley adds Mulsanne Sport, limited anniversary edition to its lineup [Gallery]

    Bentley has announced two new cars (that aren’t really new at all) — the Mulsanne Sport, promising to get big bosses to their meetings even earlier than before, and the Mulsanne 95th anniversary edition, a car that takes “wood trim” to the extreme. The Mulsanne Sport is Bentley’s saloon for the stately yet swift. The marque is clearly bored of making mundane cars, so it decided to shove a more potent, redesigned twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8 into the bonnet. The car now enjoys 530-horsepower, which is plenty to waft the sophisticated tank from standstill to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. Transferring the power...

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class review: is this the best car… in the world?

    Mercedes-Benz says that the S-Class is “the best automobile in the world”. That’s an astonishingly bold claim, isn’t it? But it’s not a deluded one. Not even in the slightest. You see, the Daimler-owned brand’s flagship luxury saloon has long been regarded the benchmark in both its specific segment and the general sphere of automotive technology. Simply put, where the S-Class marches, the rest of the automotive world follows. So, does the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class – with fresh styling that manages to combine the classic with the modern – continue in this class-leading vein? The short answer is a resounding...

  • Luca di Montezemolo resigns as Ferrari chairman after two decades in charge

    If anyone thought Ferrari was having a bad time of it in Formula 1, one should have a glance at operations behind Maranello’s closed doors. Arguably, the company has just lost one of its biggest assets. Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of the prestigious marque for well over 20 years and arguably one of those there from the beginning, has resigned following pressure from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne. Fiat currently owns 90% of the Prancing Horse’s stable and has sole ownership of American marque Chrysler. According to Bloomberg, di Montezemolo and Marchionne came to blows regarding the company’s sales strategy. Currently sales...

  • Nissan GT-R’s rolling launch control brings warp speed to the road [video]

    By now, the world knows how fast the Nissan GT-R is in a straight line, not to mention around the twisties too. And at just US$101 000, it’s relatively affordable straight line speed at that. But what’s the most impressive tech gizmo behind its brilliance? “Rolling launch control” is a bit of a gimmicky name and doesn’t quite come standard on the factory car, but to see it in action is pure theatre. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine is a colossus developing over 540-horsepower, but traditionally, turbocharged cars haven’t quite lived up to the hype, due to a number of...

  • 3 of the weirdest car launches of recent years

    Launches are a pretty big deal for car makers. It is, after all, the first time they get to show off what is often the result of years of hard work, research, development and testing. You can understand then why they’d be so keen to make a big splash with their launch events. So the media and celeb invites are sent out, a swanky venue and some up-and-coming performers are secured and, if everything goes to plan, everyone leaves at the end of the night feeling good about the new car and the future of the company. Sometimes though,...

  • Honda takes its self-driving Acura RLX prototype for a spin in Detroit

    This new self-driving car fad has reached fever pitch it seems, after Japanese automaker Honda launched its self-driving Acura RLX sedan in the home of American motoring. Following in the stead of Google, Ford and fellow Japanese marque Toyota before it, Honda also hopes to eliminate accidents and driver fatalities with the use of automated and fully self-driving cars. The technology is penned for 2020 release on Honda’s road cars, which would certainly make 2020 a big year for automotive technologies. Nevertheless, the Acura RLX features some nifty automated features, that allows the car to merge onto freeways seamlessly, exit said...

  • The new Mercedes AMG-GT is worth a double take, or three [Gallery]

    Mercedes has finally unveiled its AMG-GT to the world, and what a glorious unveiling it is. Previously we were disappointed, that the SLS — possibly the most gorgeous Mercedes for quite sometime — was facing deletion, but to be fair, the car that replaces it is an absolute work of sheet metal and petrol-burning art. The car, as expected, keeps the outgoing SLS’ dimensions, but adds a certain degree of aggression that it didn’t embody. Raked lines, tapered headlights and a Porsche 911-like rear end melts into a sleek and wholesome viewing experience. It’s very clean for a “race car”...

  • 5 interesting car questions and Quora’s best attempts at answering them

    If you’ve never spent much time on Quora, the online question and answers service, do yourself a favour and get over there now. Actually scratch that. Read this article first and then head over there. A quick search on a topic of your choice will reveal a plethora of questions, all with a multitude of answers. Some of those answers are serious and detailed, some are just plain entertaining and others are completely baffling. That applies to cars as much as it does to any other field. This is, after all, the internet and for every po-faced scholar just...

  • Saleen’s Tesla-based Foursixteen punishes tyres like a petrol-burner [video]

    Sadly (for petrol lovers, at least), the sound of that tell-tale electric engine whine will become commonplace on roads of the future. With Formula E giving us a taste of high-pitched motorsport this weekend, we thought it would be nice to showcase Saleen’s dressed up, faster and more attractive Tesla Model S — the Foursixteen. Saleen isn’t a company to shy away from making daringly different and face-bending modified versions of others’ machinery, and the Tesla Model S is the latest victim. Other cars to make the cut include Chevy’s Corvette and the previous generation Mustang, and those we’re quite...

  • Here’s the Jaguar XE in all its glory [Gallery]

    The good people at Jaguar are probably nursing some monumental hangovers right now, following the launch of the XE, a muscular saloon aimed squarely at the best Germany has to offer. If early indications are anything to by, those hangovers are pretty well-deserved too. The XE comes packaged with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 apparently capable of getting from 0 to 100km/h in around five seconds. Linked to that engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, something that’s not nearly as off-putting as it once was. In terms of its future plans, the XE is actually...

  • Hamilton benefits from Rosberg’s blunder: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful 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. The weekend wasn’t quite filled with as many series as last weekend’s frenzy, but Formula 1 and the World Superbike Series were back in action. Alongside them, the Blancpain GT Series rolled into to Portimao, Portugal and a few major announcements were made just days before the first Formula E race ever. All in all, the sound...

  • 6 of the most bizarre special edition cars ever built

    Special edition variants of existing automobiles are strange creatures. Some manage to live up to the name – proving to be remarkably special cars in their own right – but the vast majority are merely blatant attempts to extend the shelf-life of ageing vehicles. Shame on you, automakers, for thinking that we’d be fooled by a smattering of badges, a lick of “exclusive” paint and some extra kit. Shame on you. Of late, an altogether new breed of limited production cars has also emerged: the so-called “First Edition”. Kia did it with the Sportage, Alfa Romeo did it with the...

  • The Paris Motor Show will give us the successor to the Espace

    Just over 30 years ago, Renault launched the Espace and helped bring the multi-purpose-vehicle (MPV) class into the mainstream. Now though, it looks like it’s time for one of the world’s most iconic vehicles to get a successor. Set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor show, the Espace replacement will be the highlight of Renault and Dacia’s cumulative efforts at the exhibition, which kicks off on 2 October. It’s unclear exactly what features the new car will come with and what it’ll have under the bonnet, but it seems likely that it will be a crossover and will...

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