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  • Honda teases ultra-aggressive new Civic Type R concept

    The arrival of a new Civic Type R is always something that's bound to bring smiles to more than a few faces. It should hardly be surprising therefore that there's excitement about the fact that Honda's lineup for the Geneva Motoring show includes a concept version of its edgy hot hatch. Dubbed by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road,’ the Civic Type R session looks pretty damn aggressive and should seriously delight fans of the model. As Autoblog notes, we probably shouldn't be to be too put-off by the fact that Honda's calling it a...

  • Merc lets us take a peek at the gorgeous new S Class Coupé [gallery]

    Last year Mercedez-Benz introduced us to its brand new S-Class and while it's packed to the hilt with cool tech, it only really makes sense if you've got a family or enjoy being driven around by a chap in a suit who goes by "James" whatever his actual name is. That's one reason the new S Class Coupé is so appealing. The other is that it looks absolutely flipping astonishing. The two-door ultra Merc doesn't just scream "you've arrived" it also says "and you've managed to do so without picking up a belly and a couple of kids along...

  • Renault targets emerging markets with Kwid concept [gallery]

    When a car maker produces a concept, it tends to have a specific kind of person in mind. Now though, Renault's produced something called the "Kwid" which it reckons could be perfectly tailored to people in emerging market countries. More especially though, it's going after young people in those markets. Unveiled at the Delhi Auto Show, the buggy-style concept looks like the kind of car that can't help but elicit an opinion. Some might call it funky while others might criticise the French marque for pandering to the kind of imagined "yoof" market that listens to dubstep and walks...

  • VW gives the Polo a timely makeover [gallery]

    It's been a little while since Volkswagen updated the Polo, its immensely popular city runabout, so the announcement that the 2015 model comes with a facelift (along with a few other tweaks) is a pretty welcome one. That said, things aren't all that different from the outside. The bumper lines have been tightened, LED headlights are an optional spec and there are five new alloy wheel designs, if that's the kind of thing that floats your boat. Inside, the tech's been beefed up with a smarter centre console, along with an infotainment system ported from the MK VII Golf....

  • 2014 Stingray Corvette coupe: both provocative and purposeful [Gallery]

    The new 2014 Stingray Corvette coupe is part of America's race to join the sports car crowd, and it's doing so in absolute style. Brought to us by Chevrolet and designed by Ed Welburn, Kirk Bennion and Tom Peters, the Stingray seriously turned some heads at the Detroit Motor show last year when it was first introduced. The design elements have been upgraded from last year's model to hold both aesthetic and performance value. The steel frame has been replaced by a light-weight aluminium design and the carbon fiber roof panel is meant to achieve optimal handling and acceleration....

  • Meet the all new Subaru WRX STI [Gallery]

    Hooligan racers of the world rejoice: your favourite car is ready for a new outing. Yup, Subaru's just unveiled a new version of the WRX STI. Making its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), currently underway in Detroit, the new WRX STI isn't exactly what you'd call a radical departure from its predecessor. Instead, Subaru's talking up the elements that have always mattered most to it: performance, performance and, um, performance. The Japanese manufacturer says it tested the new version of the car under various driving conditions in several countries, including the now mandatory spin around...

  • Truvolo turns to crowdfunding to bring its mobile vehicle monitoring platform to life

    Connect Truvolo to your car's data port and boom, you're on the road to "safer and smarter driving," says the startup's founder and CEO, Jaideep Jain. While the mobile platform allows anyone to gain insight into their car's performance and their own driving habits, the company's initial pitch is strongly targeted at family safety. “As a parent, I share the same concerns as others when it comes to handing the keys over to my child,” says Jain. “As a result we’ve created a platform that allows us to stay well connected without impeding on a child’s freedom. The end result is...

  • BMW’s new M4: the coupe you don’t want to meet in a dark alley

    BMW recently announced the launch of its new M3 Sedan and M4 coupe. But what should we make of the latter? While we've already shown you the M3, which looks like a worthy successor to its forebears, the M4 sees BMW take a slightly new direction when it comes to performance coupes. As Motorburn contributor Matt Black notes the guts of the two Munich-born beasts, are largely the same but shedding two doors makes the M4 look that little bit meaner. We can only hope that the people who buy the M4 don't end up riding up people's tails, because...

  • Meet the all new BMW M3 [gallery]

    BMW recently announced the launch of its new M3 Sedan and M4 coupe. So what should we make of the latest offerings in BMW's high performance range? Well they're not bad lookers and the M3 Sedan looks like it straddles the line between being a functional sedan, fit for the daily commute, and a high performance speed machine pretty well. When it comes the guts of this beast, Motorburn contributor Matt Black has all the details, but we can tell you that the new M3 comes with 4.0l V8 to a 3.0l straight-six with the M TwinPower Turbo layout....

  • Voxan claims world’s most powerful electric bike title with 200bhp Wattman

    Who ever said electric bikes were boring? Unveiled at the Paris Motorbike Show, the Voxan Wattman is a 200bhp work of art that looks like it would put a smile on the face on all but the most cynical of two-wheeled thrill seekers. Offering an instantaneous torque of 200Nm up to 10 500 rpm, the Wattman seems fairly justified in calling itself the world's most powerful electric motorcycle. All that power means it can accelerate from 0-160km/h in 5.9 seconds. Unlike electric cars meanwhile, you won't have to rely on long charges or a supercharger network to fill the...

  • Ferrari’s one-off 458 tribute to Niki Lauda is absolutely astonishing

    Look, we know we're all about the tech on Motorburn, but sometimes you just have to take your hat off to a piece of automotive brilliance. The one-off 458 Ferrari's built in tribute to Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda is one of those times. The car, which was built by the Marinello-based manufacturer's Tailor Made personalisation programme for a private client, features a paint job based on the livery Lauda's F1 car sported in the seventies. That includes a white roof, featuring the Italian flag going longitudinally across it and gold rims The interior also got a makeover with the...

  • Nissan Bladeglider might just be the coolest electric road car yet

    Over the past couple of years, electric road cars have become a bit, well, dull. Even Tesla, after a promisingly Lotus-inspired start, came over all sensible with the S, but things are starting to look up again. Case in point: the Nissan Bladeglider. Taking cues from the company's beautiful, but totally useless DeltaWing, the Bladeglider is bound to bring out the 10 year old car lover in everyone. While the BladeGlider might look like just another crazy concept, Nissan is apparently considering putting this three-seater piece of insanity into production. No word on performance specs but even if you...

  • Electric goes American gangster with Cadillac ELR

    What happens when you bolt a Chevvy Volt onto a coupe with chiseled looks? You get the Cadillac ELR. Stemming from the company's Converj concept, unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show, the ELR does feature a couple of tweaks from the Volt. For one, it's faster: Cadillac says it will do nought to 100kph in just over eight seconds, thanks largely to electric-drive system. Underneath everything else is pretty much the same. What that means though is that the ELR has less range in electric mode than the Volt and once the juice runs out, you'll have to...

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