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New Cars

  • 5 fire-breathing monsters that prove the American muscle car is not dead

    So, you think the American muscle car is dead? A relic of a bygone era built on large-displacement engines and startling straight-line speed? Think again. The muscle car is still very much alive. In fact, it seems that this high-performance variant is actually in rude health. According to a recent study by Experian Automotive, the American muscle car is in the midst of an impressive revival. In fact, the research suggests that new registrations of American muscle have increased by some 35.4 percent over the previous nine years. It seems not everyone is obsessed with downsized engines and the improved fuel...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • 6 lightweight, track-focused (but road-legal) sportscars… including a certain Mexican

    So, you enjoy blasting around a racing circuit, but don’t see the appeal of buying a track-only car? You’re in luck (if you have plenty of cash, of course). There are a number of track-focused, lightweight sports-cars out there, many of which will give most supercars more than just a black eye. And, best of all, they’re all road-legal – in most countries, anyway. Just don’t expect anything in the way of creature comforts. They may be street-legal, but these little track monsters generally favour function over form, and are thus nothing short of uncompromising to drive. Yes, it’s...

  • Meet the Talisman, Renault’s new executive saloon

    Renault has introduced a new executive saloon called the Talisman and it appears to have its sights set firmly on Germany's big three. As well as a big, muscular-looking body, it comes packed with consumer-facing technology and, if Renault is to be believed, plenty of racing DNA. Speaking to the last of these, Renault says that all of the Talisman's engine options "benefit from Renault’s knowledge and expertise as an engine manufacturer, honed through the brand’s participation in motorsport and Formula 1 in particular". On the tech front, the highlight is probably Renault's Multi-Sense technology. Multi-Sense controls and co-ordinates the various technologies...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Blade, the 3D-printed supercar

    Lately it seems that everywhere you look there is some new future altering innovation manifesting itself in some unique and intricate form. Now the San Francisco-based startup company, Divergent Microfactories, is the latest to join these prestigious ranks with its recently unveiled project. Meet Blade, the world’s first fully functional, 3D printed supercar. The uniquely contructed vehicle has tandem seating, weighs just under 1,400lbs (about a third of Porche’s flagship 911 Carrera supercar), is powered by a 700hp engine that can by fuelled by either compressed natural gas or petrol, and boasts a beastly acceleration of 0-60mph in less than...

  • Would you actually use the Lotus 3-Eleven on the road?

    Look don't get us wrong, the Lotus 3-Eleven looks stunning and, because it's a Lotus, it should be spectacular to drive. But would you actually want to drive it on the road. Bear in mind that, good as it looks, it would clearly mark you out as a track geek. Just look at those roll bars, and that microscopic windscreen. This clearly isn't a car for taking out on long drives if you live somewhere with even remotely variable weather. Then again, that might not matter quite as much if you live somewhere where you can take the 3-Eleven...

  • The van is making a comeback! 4 smart van-based people-carriers

    Not too long ago, vans were seemingly reserved for decidedly shady characters. You know, individuals shiftily trying to hawk clearly stolen goods from the load-bed. Or weirdos hanging around leafy parks offering fistfuls of candy to unsuspecting young children. That sort of thing. Of course, vans have also long played a crucial role in the commercial sector, where small business owners and delivery services rely on their enviable load-carrying talents. But manufacturers of these box-shaped heavy-haulers sometimes convert them for people-carrying duties, too. Sure, the resulting “passenger vehicle” products often come across as somewhat contrived – and rarely better than...

  • The new Alfa Giulia is powerful, looks sensible

    Alfa Romeo has unveiled its new flagship and while it looks like it should be treat to drive, it does appear to have sacrificed some of that special "Alfa-ness". Called the Giulia, the car features a Ferrari-inspired six-cylinder 510hp powertrain and slew of innovative engineering features, including 50/50 weight distribution, stability control, and an active aero splitter (for increased downforce). According to Alfa, all of these features come together to make the ride in the Giulia, which goes from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, "thrilling". We don't doubt that, but thrilling as it may be to drive, there's...

  • Peugeot officially lifts the lid on the new 308 GTi

    Fans of slightly off-kilter French hot hatches rejoice! The new Peugeot 308 GTi is here. The new-look Pug comes with a 1.6l engine in two variants: 184 kW (250 hp) and 200 kW (270 hp). According to the French motoring giant, when combined with a power-to-weight ratio of 4.46 kg per unit of horsepower, the latter will go from 0-100 kph in a 6.0 seconds, covering 1 000 metres from a standing start in 25.3 seconds. The 250 hp version isn't much slower, going from 0 to 100 kph in 6.2 seconds and covers 1 000 metres from a standing...

  • 5 hatchbacks that howl louder than supercars (and won’t break the bank)

    Try chaining your brain to an asteroid while you blast your heart with pure radiated love and maybe, just maybe, you'll come close to the sensation of owning a beastly hatchback. STs, GTIs, Rs, VXRs, AMGs, Abarths, GTIs, Ms and all the other chemical names for acceleration have given us the ability to sound like we are driving Neptune's trident. If you love especially loud cars in innocuous body shells, these five cars are definitely for you. Renault Megane RS Two things have come out of France, the word "Surrender" and the automaker Renault, who is now responsible for motorists being conquered by the Megane...

  • New BMW X1 doesn’t look too different, is crammed with tech

    BMW has announced the a new version of its X1 crossover and while its looks might not set the world on fire, it is absolutely packed with tech. According to the German marque, the new BMW X1 offers more space for passengers and luggage, new four-cylinder engines, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology aimed at enhancing sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model. Fuel consumption and emissions meanwhile have been reduced by up to 17%, BMW claims. And of course, it wouldn't be a BMW if you didn't...

  • The Mitsuoka Himiko brings a touch of old-school class to the Mazda MX-5

    Japan hasn't produced many cars better than the MX-5. It makes sense too: it took the formula that made the small British roadster so successful in the sixties and built on it, updating it and making it something worth driving. But what if you wanted all that in something with a slightly more vintage feel? Well then, you might want to cast your eyes towards the Himiko. The latest creation from bespoke Japanese automaker Mitsuoka, the Himiko is a two-seater hard-top convertible which combines 1930s styling with 2015 technology. According to the company, which has just launched operations in...

  • Renault Kwid looks nothing like its concept

    Renault has officially unveiled the Kwid, the small crossover its hoping will do well in emerging markets, and it looks nothing like the concept. When the French automaker unveiled that concept back in 2014, we were promised funky colours, space age materials, tyres that appeared to belong to a monster truck and an interior inspired by a bird's nest. What we have instead is a pretty standard crossover, in pretty standard colours, built from pretty standard materials (Renault didn't even keep the drone it was supposed to come with). There are however a few nods to the fact that...

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