• McLaren Speedtail pushes the hyper-car into hyper-luxe territory

    No-one really needs a car that can top 400 kilometres-an-hour on a public road, but that has not stopped McLaren from building one and at least one Australian from claiming one. The McLaren Speedtail is described as a ‘hyper car’ by the British marque and follows two earlier king-of-...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Maserati's Levante GTS paints a target on the Porsche Cayenne

    Maserati's midsize Levante GTS is the Italian automaker’s latest and best effort to take on Porsche for a bigger piece of the luxury SUV pie. To help win more buyers in the segment, Maserati this year has put its powerful twin-turbo V-8 engine into two new versions of the Levante SUV it la...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • The Aston Martin 2019 Vantage is as close as you can get to a Bond car

    The spirit of James Bond is still alive at Aston Martin in the sleek gunmetal silver form of the marque's 2019 Martin Vantage. The DB10 created for Spectre, Daniel Craig's most recent 007 outing, was based on the Vantage, in which the rougish personality and devastating charm of Mr Bond remain. ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Summer drive: these four convertibles let you drop the top in style

    Driving with the top down is the best way to salute the start of spring and drive deeply into summer. After all, few things compare with the freedom and enjoyment of open-air motoring, and in Australia there's plenty of great weather to 'go topless' for much of the year – and then pop the ...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • BMW's new i8 Roadster is a practical high-end hybrid sports car

    The 2019 i8 roadster is the first open-top version of BMW’s excellent i8 hybrid coupe. It's a well-built, thoughtfully designed, fairly priced, and even practical high-end hybrid sports car, with a US$163,000 sticker and gorgeous looks. Its arched sides are sculpted to reveal air vents swo...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Renault Alpine A110 is a Porsche-baiting blast from the past

    Another 'back for the future' brand has just landed in Australia, this one promising the potential to punish Porsche. It’s a relatively obscure French sports company called Alpine, which was a giant killer in the 1970s but faded rapidly after that. Now it’s been saved by its French ...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Review: Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

    The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the marque's first four-wheel drive – and despite being every inch the best that Rolls can build, it's also surefooted as a mule and as capable as a Mack truck. This is a $325,000 ultra-luxurious tank which really does want to taken off-r...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Rolls-Royce CEO will keep the "beloved" V12 engine as long as he can

    This week, Rolls-Royce unleashed its US$325,000 Cullinan on the back roads and double-diamond ski runs of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range. The press launch was the first time the 6,000-pound SUV had been driven publicly in North America, timed to get out word of the vehicle’s off...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • BMW X7 to see Australian debut early 2019

    The incredible hulk will take over the top end of the SUV action at BMW next year with the seven-seater X7 primed for flagship action and family travel in Australia. Pictures from Europe point to a big-and-brash addition to the BMW line-up, sitting above the existing five-seater X5 family wagon ...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Mustang Bullitt is ready to roar on Aussie roads

    It’s been almost exactly 50 years since Steve McQueen manhandled a Ford Mustang into the history books in the tough-guy cop movie Bullitt. The car chase in Bullitt has become iconic and even inspired 21st century drift ace, Ken Block, to re-enact much of the action in a high-powered, fou...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Here are the best cars of the 2018 Paris Motor Show

    This week in the Porte de Versailles in Paris, the world’s automakers unveiled their best new cars at the Paris Motor Show. And there was plenty to see, especially for those dismayed by the ongoing diesel scandals and excited by the prospect of electrification. Jaguar showed the electric I...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • BMW's new 2019 3-series sedan comes packed with high-tech tricks

    BMW has packed its revamped 3-Series sedan with tech gadgetry like smartphone entry, auto-reverse and an in-car assistant that learns drivers’ routines, aimed at delivering a crucial sales bump after growth slowed. While a one-time bedrock of the German carmaker, the BMW 3-Series has been ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

  • Infiniti's Project Black S Hybrid is inspired by Formula One racers

    At a private party on the sidelines of this week's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti unveiled the Project Black S prototype – a 420kW sports car with a hybrid electric powertrain developed by the Renault Sport Formula One Team. The coupe represents Infiniti’s biggest step toward its goa...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Porsche 911 Speedster concept goes roaring from blackboard to bitumen

    There's more to the new Porsche 911 Speedster than a pretty body. The cut-down convertible is both an anniversary celebration of Porsche history and the exclamation point on the current 991 series. It marks the 70th anniversary of the very first Porsche, which was licensed for the road in J...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Preview: 2018 Paris Motor Show

    This week the 2018 Paris Motor Show will begin at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Along with the auto shows in Geneva and Frankfurt, it’s among the largest car events in Europe. And yet, the splashiest thing about it may be that there won’t be much automotive energy behind it. &l...

    POSTED 1 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Road test: Mercedes-Benz 2018 C Class adds polish to Benz' best-seller

    What we’re driving: Mercedes-Benz C Class What it costs: from $63,400 (C200) and $107,900 (C43) There is more to the latest Mercedes-Benz C Class than just another cosmetic tickle for a mid-life update. A recast of the bodywork is the least of the deal on the latest C-cars, although th...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Road trip: the best places to eat along California’s Highway 1

    Planning a road trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco? California’s Highway 1 isn’t just about uninterrupted drive and stunning views along a gorgeous coastal highway. There’s also the food to contend with: Dotted along the winding route, you’ll find peppery smoked-f...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • Porsche axes diesel models in shift toward hybrid, electric vehicles

    Porsche is phasing out diesel versions of its cars to focus on gasoline, electric and hybrid vehicles. The company confirmed plans to exit the diesel market in an emailed statement on Sunday, citing declining demand. For the sportscar manufacturer diesel “has traditionally played a subord...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • McLaren 600LT is "a barely road-legal track animal"

    'Longtail' is more than just a word at the McLaren supercar company. It’s a homage to the McLaren that won the classic Le Mans 24-hour race in 1995 and also provides the punctuation for its track-focussed road rockets. McLaren makes cars with three speeds – fast, very fast, and silly...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Aston Martin to build street-legal version of its Valkyrie hypercar

    Aston Martin will build a hybrid supercar code-named “003", based on the Valkyrie platform and due to arrive in 2021. This sketch is all that’s available now of the “003” supercar, but you can see its Valkyrie lineage in the shape of the body. It’s the third high...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Genesis revs up for Australian launch of prestige G70, G80 models

    Australia is the latest high-profile target for Genesis, the world’s newest prestige car brand. Genesis will rev up in December with two cars, – the sporty G70 and luxury G80 – and three sites which move away from traditional car dealerships in favour of shopping precincts in i...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 3 Comments

  • Review: 2019 Bentley Continental GT is power, glory and oh-so-brawny

    People often ask me which new car I’d buy if money were no object. Here’s a strong contender: the 2019 Bentley Continental GT coupe. Produced on the eve of the esteemed British brand’s centennial anniversary next year, the US$214,600 Continental GT combines most things that dis...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • BMW's Vision iNext concept puts the 'passenger experience' on wheels

    With its new Vision iNext concept, BMW is planning for an autonomous future where everything you do while inside a car matters - except driving. BMW has unveiled the latest iteration of its planned electric-car flagship, morphing what started out as low-slung cruiser into a sporty SUV, as the Ge...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Review: Mazda MX-5 (mid-2018 refresh)

    What we’re driving: Mazda MX-5 What it costs: From $34,190 to $48,960 Why we're driving it: It’s spring. That’s more than enough reason to jump into the latest Mazda MX-5. Even better, the world’s favourite sports car has received its annual tickle for the sunshine seaso...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • Aston Martin's electric Rapide E set for 2019 launch

    Aston Martin will begin development of its first all-electric production car, the Rapide E, by the end of 2019. Limited in production to 155 units, the car will have an 800-volt battery with 65kWh capacity, using lithium ion cells mounted to where the original 12-cylinder Rapide engine and gearb...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

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