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  • If Renault has any sense, it’ll build a road-going version of the RS.01

    Ask the average person to describe what they think about when they hear someone mention Renault and they'll probably mention small, zippy city cars or people movers, a vehicle class that it pretty much defined through the Espace. What they probably won't mention are gorgeous race cars and, while understandable, that is a very big mistake. Take the RS.01 for instance. From 2015, it'll be one of the stars of the Renault Sport Trophy, a springboard for the professional GT and Endurance championships. Weighing just over 1000kgs, the RS.01 develops over 500bhp, and is capable of reaching a top speed...

  • The Audi Airomorph might be the craziest, most innovative concept car ever [Gallery]

    So we already know that students can build incredible cars under the right circumstances, but what if they don't actually have to build the car? What if they just have to design it? Well, if you're Eric Kim -- a graduate at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California -- then you come up with something completely extraordinary. Working in concert with Audi AG, at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the concept is meant to represent the future of Le Mans racing. Inspired by a Catamaran, the Airomorph would be made of a single sheet...

  • The Bentley Continental GT3R: exclusive, fast and pretty darn good looking

    Bentley has just released images of its new Continental GT3R, ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it's probably the best looking Bentley we've seen for a very long time. It's not slow either. According to the British luxury automaker, the new car comes with a 572 bhp (426 kW) engine and 700 Nm of torque. That power means it's supposedly capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, making it the fastest Bentley ever. The powertrain enabling that performance is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which has been coupled with a...

  • Meet the new generation Mercedes-Benz CLS [gallery]

    You may have noticed something strange happening at Mercedes-Benz over the past few years. Its cars, once brutally functional, have become a little softer, a little more sensual. Perhaps the best expression of that new design philosophy today is the new Mercedes-Benz CLS. Rather than looking like something driven by an aging businessman or a third-rate diplomat, the CLS looks like it was designed to cut through the air and to do so at serious speed. That Merc's decided to put so much effort into the CLS and its shooting brake variant makes a lot of sense given...

  • Meet Mini’s 2015 Cooper 5 door

    Doesn't look too bad, does it? This is actually Mini's first five door Cooper and is also a little bit longer than the two door variant. While that does mean that Mini's been able to increase the available leg-room, elbow room, head room and every other room you can think of, it does nothing to address the most common complaint about every new Mini model to date: they're too big. BMW insists however that the Mini Cooper 5 door won't lose the go-karty feel of its smaller brethren. That, it says, is thanks to a "model-specific set-up of suspension...

  • Here’s what 30 years of Renault Espace looks like [Gallery]

    When it comes to people carriers, there are few models that have had as long and as successful a run as the Renault Espace. In the 30 years since the French automaker launched what many consider to be the world's first multi-purpose-vehicle (MPV), it has built well over a million Espaces. That's not at all bad when you consider that the Espace got off to a spectacularly slow start, with customers buying just nine in the first month after it went on sale. In those 30 years, the Espace has undergone a pretty significant evolution, going from something that...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang design holds as much suave as it does attitude

    The 2015 Ford Mustang holds as much flavour in design as it does in attitude. Though not on the market yet, there were recent rumours suggesting that this beast of a car has gained a hefty amount of weight since its predecessor. Either way, it's the Mustang's design that has turned the most petrolheads. Last year when the first reveal of its specifications were made public, muscle car enthusiasts fist-pumped the air in angst when they first learned that the Mustang will be fitted with a turbo-charged engine as well as independent rear suspension. Though these modifications might be ground-breaking, rumours have...

  • Texting and driving? The Danes want you to know you’re killing your kids

    Warning: this video will make you want to go home and hug your children, even if you don't have any. The Danish campaign, which is aimed at getting people in the country to stop texting while they drive, is pretty powerful and, well, we're not sure what else to say. Please just don't text and drive. Think about the kids.

  • The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy: Renault’s weapon of choice for the Nürburgring

    It's difficult to write about the Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy without spouting cliches like "racy", "ultra-sporty" and "French flair". I mean look at the thing. Yes it was very clearly born to race, squealing round corners, but it also seems as if it was built to inspire your significant other to take a solo holiday in Paris. With a 275bhp engine also includes a whole lot of racy accessories in the interior as well as racing dampers, racing-style wheels and an F1-type front blade. The real point of this bonkers hatch though is to try and get around...

  • This mad Hyundai promo makes no sense, is awesome

    If you can watch this and understand it, please let us know because we're completely and utterly baffled. The completely bonkers 10 minute video, which is sponsored by Hyundai and (loosely) features its i10 compact hatchback, has parodies from around 70 films including 300, Black Swan, The Matrix and Pulp Fiction. Here's the thing, we're not 100% sure what Hyundai gets out of this. Is it supposed to convey the idea that you'll have zany, cinema-style adventures in the i10? Or is it meant to show that Hyudai is successful enough that it can sponsor insane German performance artists?...

  • Here’s BMW’s vision for the future of luxury [Gallery]

    If you're the kind of person who has holiday homes on more than one continent and a house that runs the kind of technology that would make Tony Stark jealous, then BMW would very much like to have your attention. The German marque has unveiled its vision for the future of luxury. It's done so with the BMW Vision Future Luxury, a concept car which it says "stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation" and "a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive". “Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of...

  • Mini lifts the lid on the new Countryman

    It might not be every Mini purist's cup of tea, but there's no denying that the Marque's Countryman model has serious presence. Then again, that's bound to happen when you look like a (slightly) shrunk down Range Rover. We can now also confirm that the latest generation Countryman has done pretty much nothing to change that. In fact, if anything, the new Countryman is a little bolder than its predecessors, something Mini admits to in the press release by pointing out the car's "striking accents" and "athletic flair". Over all though there hasn't been much change to the exterior....

  • A breed apart: this infographic celebrates 50 years of Mustang

    Spend more than 30 seconds thinking about iconic cars and the word "Mustang" is likely to pop into your head. For 50 years now, Ford's massively high selling muscle car has been turning heads on the road. In that time, it's made masses of film, TV and music video appearances. It's most famous outing being in the James Bond film Goldfinger, although children of the 80s will make an argument for Kitt, the 'stang who was Michael Knight's companion in the series Knight Rider. "This connection to pop culture has helped to establish the car’s huge fan base, not...

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