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  • Take a gander at Rolls Royce’s ultra classy Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Edition

    This one is definitely for the ultra-rich yachtie types out there. Rolls Royce is set to produce a bespoke version of its Phantom Drophead Coupé that celebrates a speed record. This one wasn't made on land in the middle of a salt flat though. It was made in the water (the clue's in the name). The exact record celebrated by the limited edition range is Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1937 world water speed record. The British speed freak broke the record in his Bluebird K3 hydroplane boat, powered by Rolls-Royce’s R-Type engine. Already a land speed record holder, Campbell drove Blue...

  • 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....

  • Lincoln Navigator 2015 rocks fuel-friendly EcoBoost V6 engine, touchscreen control, Drive Control

    After nearly a decade, Lincoln's legendary Navigator is finally getting a makeover with the launch of its 2015 edition. Here's what Lincoln has done to breathe life back into the old beast. Firstly, the 2015 Navigator remains as one of the biggest, sturdiest luxury SUV's there is, but it needs to truly impress us if we're going to drop money on this instead of BMW or Mercedes equivalent. For the environmentally conscious drivers, the beefy 5.4-litre V8 engine has been dropped in favour of a nippy 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Lincoln says that "Drivers will feel the power when they step...

  • Meet the Claas Xerion: a ruthlessly efficient, high tech tractor

    Every now and then you'll see a farm vehicle that just makes you want to go out and plough a field. The Claas Xerion is one of those vehicles. Built in Germany, the tractor comes with an up to 500bhp engine and infinitely variable transmission, allowing it to reach speeds of 50km/h. There's also an automatic steering system that makes use of GPS to pilot the vehicle and a whole load of other stuff that, if we're honest, we don't really understand. In the cab however are the clearest signs that this isn't the tractor your grandfather drove. Claas...

  • 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....

  • The 7 safest cars crash-tested in 2013

    The safety technology in your car is rather like that long-forgotten first aid kit tucked away at the bottom of a musty drawer – about as useful as a wooden frying pan until the unthinkable happens. Until it all goes wrong. Until you crash. No, we’re not trying to scare you. Nor are we attempting to butter you up for the next health insurance salesman who happens to ring. We’re just making the point that when you’re out shopping for a new vehicle, you may well gravitate towards the car that sprints fastest to 100km/h. Or the family sedan with...

  • Ford’s new Ford F-150: the pickup truck goes high-tech

    The Ford F-150 has always been a monster when it comes to size, but now it looks like it's getting the tech to match. Unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), currently underway in Detroit, the 2015 model F-150 apparently has over 100 patents filed in its name. On the body side, there's plenty of aluminium, which makes this truck a fair bit lighter than its predecessors. In fact, the alloys used in the F-150's construction mean that it's around 315kgs lighter than the previous model. That should help when you need to load it up...

  • 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...

  • 4 cars to geek out hard to in 2014

    2013 saw some incredible cars launched. The McLaren P1 has Matrix levels of race technology and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is possibly the safest way to travel on Earth. 2014 sees a number of incredibly geeky cars being released and for a range of reasons. Some are high-tech race cars for the road and others take a traditional recipe and add some effects. Either way, they’re all bound to get your geek-brain excited. As with the list of geeky cars from 2013, the same rules apply here. Customer cars should be expected to be delivered in 2014. Any concepts or pre-production...

  • 5 analogue cars that wowed us in 2013

    At MotorBurn we celebrate the technology that is found in cars. It can be a new safety technology, gadget or an all new idea for a car (BMW i8 anyone?). What is important to a lot of petrol heads, however, is the idea of purity. A McLaren P1 might be an amazing drive, with more tech wizardry than has been used in all the Apollo space missions combined, but there is a definite charm and appeal in a simple, honest car. As technology progresses, even the simplest cars are becoming increasingly complicated -- ABS, ESP and a load of engine technologies...

  • 8 of the geekiest small cars we can look forward to in 2014

    The most fascinating automotive gadgets and gizmos tend to start their lives in the lavishly equipped cabins of full-fat luxury sedans. 

And thanks to the fact that even a glimpse of the price-tag attached to such a vehicle carries with it the risk of congestive heart failure, ordinary folk are forced to make do with wind-up windows, manually adjustable side-mirrors and a distinct lack of seatbelts. 

Okay, so we’re exaggerating a little. But you get the point -- unless cash spills from your pockets like petrol from an overfilled tank, you have to be content with a low-tech (or mid-tech,...

  • 5 cars that redefined the term ‘geeky’ in 2013

    2013 saw its fair share of technologically advanced cars revealed and launched. Electric and hybrid cars were a major theme, marking out the mass movement of manufacturers to alternative energy vehicles. More importantly though, the year saw a huge range of cars being unveiled which would make any geek weak at the knees. Some were just concepts meant to amaze, like Mercedes’ AMG Vision Gran Turismo, others were there to show off just one new and amazing technology like the Volvo self-parking car and others to show what is coming along in a few years’ time, like the Bentley...

  • 8 of 2013’s most innovative cars

    Roughly 83.48 percent* of all press releases issued by car manufacturers contain the word “innovative”. Thing is, hardly any of the vehicles mentioned in such adjective-laden PR material genuinely embody true innovation. Sure, practically every new car is an improvement on its predecessor, but how many are groundbreaking? How many are, indeed, novel? Yes, where improvement is the act of merely doing something better, innovation is the feat of doing something completely different. And doing it well. With this in mind, Motorburn decided to look back at some of the most innovative automobiles of 2013. Bear in mind that we’re concentrating...

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