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  • The new Audi R8 blends race car anger with tempered beauty

    Audi is rather chuffed with itself today after it revealed its shiny new R8 sports car before the Geneva Motor Show. Although the new model looks nearly identical to the outgoing R8, there are some subtle design tweaks here and there only noticeable to the eagle-eyed. For one, the new R8 is slightly larger in all aspects than the old car, more aggressively sloped and more race-car in profile. All in all, Audi notes in its presser that the “entire appearance of the Audi R8 conveys a feeling of lightness and technical precision.” The base models of the car are also fitted...

  • Here’s the fleet of special edition hatches Fiat is taking to Geneva [Gallery]

    It looks like Fiat is going to be all about special edition hatchbacks at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian auto-giant has announced that it will be using the show to launch the new 500X, 500, Panda and Doblò models. Here’s a breakdown of what Fiat says will be included in each of the four new models. Fiat 500X The crossover version of marques immensely popular city car, Fiat will be displaying two versions of the Lounge model. It calls this “the more metropolitan side of the Fiat crossover”. The new version comes equipped with an automatic and...

  • What happens if Google, Apple actually start building production cars?

    Cars are no longer just cars. No, the humble automobile has essentially evolved into an oversized personal device. Indeed, at the Mobile World Congress last year, Ford bigwig Steven Odell uttered the following words: “Cars are the smartphones of the future”. It’s an interesting perspective. And, since reports of Apple’s apparent intention to build a vehicle of its own — be it electric, autonomous or both — sent the iCar rumour-mill spinning into overdrive, it couldn’t be more relevant. True to form, of course, the Cupertino giant’s lips have remained tighter than Kim K’s smallest pair of leggings. However, Google – that...

  • The next Audi R8 may feature twin-turbo V6 option next year

    There are some things that should always be considered when building a supercar: a reactive, responsive suspension, a beautiful but intimidating body and of course, many, many turbochargers. This is my recipe, but Audi seems to wholly agree, especially when the next iteration of the Audi R8 is concerned. The company, if rumours are to be believed, will play its environment-is-important card shoving a twin-turbo V6 into the next R8, which will be based on the Lamborghini Huracan. While this news might be extremely annoying for enthusiasts who enjoy the thought of many cylinders chugging around under their vehicles’ bonnets, it’s...

  • Aston Martin’s 800bhp Vulcan is beautiful, will bring you to your knees

    If we’re brutally honest with ourselves, this post should probably come with a NSFW warning because, quite frankly, the Aston Martin Vulcan is nothing if not explicit. This 800bhp stunner, which is set to make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show, features an all carbon-fibre body and is meant to show off its maker’s racing heritage. Styled in-house by the Aston Martin design team, led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, the Vulcan is powered by the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine. More specifically, says Aston Martin, the Vulcan is inspired by the company’s plays...

  • CarVi wants to bring high-end safety tech to your old clanger

    If you’re a dedicated Motorburn reader, you’ll know that you don’t necessarily have to have a brand new car to take advantage of the best safety tech on offer today. As it turns out though, you don’t have to be completely DIY proficient either. Well, that’s if Silicon-Valley-based startup CarVi has its way at any rate. The company has developed a windscreen-mounted device which pairs up with your smartphone and, apparently, analyses road conditions in real-time. Doing so, the creators say, means that it can provide alerts when you tailgate too closely or change lanes without signaling. The device...

  • Joey Logano wins Daytona 500: 5 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. We’re in the midst of the rigourous preseason testing schedule and while not too much ever seems to be happening, it’s always fairly important for engineers and drivers alike. The second Formula 1 test has just come to an end in Spain while the second MotoGP test has just started in Malaysia, and we have news from both...

  • Love classic cars, but hate missing out on the best tech? Porsche Classic has a solution

    So you’ve reached the point in your life where you can afford to buy a classic Porsche. That’s great. But what if you need to get somewhere you’ve never been before? You could use an aftermarket GPS unit, but that seriously destroys the vintage cool you were aiming for when you bought the car in the first place. And unless you’ve got some kind of steampunk case, your smartphone has similar issue. Fortunately, Porsche’s Classic division has come up with a suitably retro-looking solution. The German marque has launched a navigation radio with 3.5-inch navigation screen that looks like...

  • The DB10 prototypes from SPECTRE deserve to go into production [Video]

    A quartet of Aston Martin DB10s has been spotted during filming for the new 007 film SPECTRE in Rome, Italy and they absolutely look as if they should go into production tomorrow. The video, while not terribly thrilling (about the most exciting thing to happen in the first clip in one DB10 getting very close to another without actually touching, shows that Bond’s car of choice for the new film at least looks good enough in the flesh to get enthusiasts a little weak at the knees. Of course, the DB10 won’t be the only bit of car porn...

  • 6 previously successful car brands brought back from the dead

    “Scalpel,” barks the seemingly unflappable doctor, adjusting his surgical mask before grabbing the razor-sharp instrument from the long-suffering nurse’s outstretched hand. With the sole purpose of saving the dying car brand’s life, he executes a confident incision, using just the right amount of pressure. He’s done this a thousand times, after all. “Blast. We’ve got a bleeder. Suction.” The nurse stares off into the distance. “Suction!” The rage-tinged command rouses her from a fantasy world in which she’s manically slashing the tyres on the graceless bastard’s Porsche 911 Turbo S. The anaesthetist stifles a giggle. The now-flustered nurse leaps into action, but the...

  • Watch Thierry Neuville jump his Hyundai WRC car on ice [Video]

    Rally drivers are blessed with the deepest skill baskets of any drivers, correct? Well, consider this: they have to contend with high-paced runs in succession for days at a time, changeable conditions and extremely scary jumps. Did I mention jumps? If you still don’t believe us, have a look at Thierry Neuville earning his dollar at the Swedish Rally’s famous Collins Crest. The Belgian came extremely close to pipping Sebastian Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen (the two Volkswagens) in the final stage to win the rally outright. But what he did do was prove that even the stockiest of rally car can...

  • Mercedes remembers the Mille Miglia with a special SL stonker

    The Mille Miglia is a race held in high esteem in the motoring fraternity, but it has become something of a rolling motor show of classics from the era of hammers and sheet metal. Mercedes’ glorious 300 SL is probably the most memorable car from this era, when it claimed the entire podium of the famed race nearly six decades ago. As it should, Mercedes has duly launched a tribute — the Special Edition SL550 “SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417″ — that aims to pay respect to the legendary drivers and cars of the era. Does it live up to...

  • Could load shedding stop electric cars from taking off in South Africa?

    Two years ago, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced a whopping 35% reimbursement on production costs over three years as an incentive for local electric car manufacturers. Thus far, only Ethiopia and South Africa have attempted to launch electric cars on the African continent which some have hailed as an environmental victory for both countries. Eskom has already taken delivery of electric cars and installed charging stations at its Head Office and research facility to test the infrastructure demands these cars would place upon the grid. However, against the backdrop of recent power outages, we have to beg...

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