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New Cars

  • 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...

  • Toyota sticks to what’s always worked for new Hilux

    For the people who drive them -- and they range from farmers, to builders, and suburban moms -- the arrival of a new Toyota Hilux is something to be savored. And with good reason too. The Hilux has built a name for itself as the toughest, most rugged vehicle you can lay your hands on over the past 47 years, selling some 16-million units along the way. There are bound to be a fair few ears therefore pricking up at news that Toyota has officially debuted the eighth generation Hilux. Set to debut in Australia and Thailand, Toyota claims...

  • Jag unveils Bloodhound SSC F-Type Rapid Response Vehicle

    A while ago we gave you the lowdown on the Bloodhound SSC, the latest attempt by the Brits to break the land speed record. It's an immensely fast, incredibly beautiful piece of engineering. It follows therefore that it wouldn't do to provide it with an ordinary support vehicle. It seems a pretty good thing then that it will be supported by a very special Jaguar F Type. As well as sporting Bloodhound SSC livery, the F Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV, comes with a 550PS (542hp) 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The car has already played a role in...

  • Why the new Ford Focus RS’ Drift Mode is awesome…and incredibly important

    The RS that everyone over here in America has been salivating over for years? Well, it’s finally coming to the United States next year. And the best news? It has drift mode — seriously. Recently, the 2016 Ford Focus RS was on display in New York City. Manufactured in Germany, the car won’t be available in the United States for about a year, with a potential release date being eyed sometime in the spring of 2016. Ford’s yet to announce any pricing details, but for car enthusiasts, that might not be as important as checking out what this bad boy’s...

  • 5 super-luxurious SUVs that ask the question: who needs a limousine?

    A generous handful of people out there are wealthy enough to pay someone else to drive them around. And, no, summoning an Uber driver doesn’t count. Nope, not even Uber Black. We’re referring instead to those elite individuals who have full-time chauffeurs on their books (have a look at our earlier feature on the top chauffeur-driven cars for stinking rich technophiles). Such a well-to-do character clearly prefers the comfort of the rear seats to the apparent hard work of the driver’s perch, and thus recruits a professional driver to do his or her on-road bidding. This underling typically comes dressed in...

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