• Tesla Model X still turns heads but faces new EV challengers

    What we’re driving: Tesla Model X P100D What it costs: From $200,000 Why we’re driving it: These days the entire world appears to be sprinting towards electric cars – but only one manufacturer, Tesla, can be credited with firing the starter's gun. The punchy US startup...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • Seven great watches for car lovers

    Automobiles and timepieces have gone hand-in-hand for years. Nearly as soon as people started driving cars, they started racing them. And as soon as they started racing them, they needed something to keep time. So engineers started putting little clocks into dashboards – and onto their wri...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: Lexus UX 250h F Sport

    What we’re driving: Lexus UX 250h F Sport What it costs: Lexus UX from around $45,450 (our Lexus UX 250h 2WD F Sport test drive sat at $56,950) Why we’re driving it: The Japanese luxury brand’s newest model is also its first foray into the booming compact-luxury-cr...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Bentley's electric city car will bring luxury to the daily commute

    A battery-powered Bentley could open the door to a new age of British luxury motoring. As the famed British brand focusses on the potential for an inner-city runabout, it’s more likely to focus on young professionals than its old-school owners. 'Green motoring' is becoming more of a prior...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: Mercedes-AMG C63 S

    What we're driving: Mercedes-AMG C63 S What it costs: from $160,900 Why we’re driving it: there is a long, long waiting list in Australia for the ultimate in pocket battleships, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Some people have been waiting for more than a year for the updated C63, but they will ...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Local hero: Brabham BT62 is a road-going supercar built in Australia

    The most famous name in Australian motoring, Brabham, is back and firing on all cylinders. Brabham Automotive is now the only genuine carmaker in the country, and it's ready to unleash a $1.8 million supercar embracing the spirit of Sir Jack Brabham. The DNA that drove Sydney-born Brabham t...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Put these five under-rated Australian wine regions on your radar

    Wine lovers can be fairly set in their ways when it comes to choosing what to drink. If you enjoy a big red, the search typically starts (and often ends) at the Barossa or McLaren. If chardonnay is your thing, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula will usually sit high on your list. They're ...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • First look: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe makes a blast at Bathurst

    Family fans of fast four-doors will soon be able to jump into a new upscale hotrod from Germany, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. The new quick can also become an executive express by swapping out the three-spot back bench seat for a pair of sculpted individual rear buckets. The 4-Door Coupe i...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Electric cars want to match high performance with super-fast charging

    Zero-to-100km/h times are shorthand for what anybody buying a Porsche is supposed to care about. But with the all-electric Taycan due out later this year, Porsche executives are talking up a less-exhilarating metric: getting to 100km of charge. Stepping into the world of electric cars is making ...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: Genesis G70 leaps into the crowded luxury lane

    What we’re driving: Genesis G70 What it costs: from around $55,000 Why we’re driving it: the time is right, and right now, for the Genesis G70. It’s less than a month until the Australian order books open for the landmark South Korean car, created as a head-on challenger ...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2019 2 Comments

  • The business traveller's guide to sake

    Almost every business traveller who visits Japan will end up sampling sake. It's part of the experience of Japan, and especially of socialising with Japanese colleagues and clients. Want to impress your hosts? Start by dropping the fact that  Australia is now the second fastest growing expo...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2019 3 Comments

  • Sonos eyes wireless headphones as the next addition to its line-up

    Sonos has pretty much become the brand to beat in wireless home sound systems – now the company wants to expand its reach beyond the home with high-end headphones. The wireless, over-the-ear headphones are still in the early development stages and could be launched by next year, according ...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Why the Scottsdale National is golf nirvana

    In 2013, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons purchased a down-on-its-luck country club in Scottsdale, Arizona and set about giving it a US$300 million make-over which has transformed the tired grounds into a golf paradise with two courses, a second clubhouse and luxurious overnight accommodations. Then ...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Up next: a riot of electric sports cars, convertibles and roadsters

    The decline of petrol power is set to put a high-performance spark into convertibles and sports cars. While the current and near-future crop of electric vehicles and hybrids seems to revolve around small city cars or family-friendly SUVs, drivers with a hankering for something racier won't have ...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Test drive: Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe is a hybrid in a hurry

    Executive summary: While a full-on AMG Benz is way too hardcore for most drivers, the new hybrid Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe is much more liveable and, for almost all of the time, more enjoyable too. What we’re driving: Mercedes-AMG hybrid E53 Coupe  What it costs: from $172,729 W...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2019 3 Comments

  • Germany looks to set a speed limit on autobahns

    Germany's autobahns have long been a favourite of drivers from around the world, but red-lining the speedo could be a thing of the past under proposed new laws which would cap drives at 130km/h. While this speed currently serves as an 'advisory' limit on just over half of the 12,900km motorway n...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 15 Comments

  • Grey watches swap bright colours for conservative elegance

    Watchmakers have picked up on the urge to find affordable watches that will go with anything – and, above all, make the wearer feel soothed. Every so often we see the watch industry adjust its color palette. A couple of years ago, as global buyers felt more flush, rich blue dials were all ...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Porsche, Lexus soak up the sun with new convertibles for 2019

    Tops have popped as Porsche and Lexus celebrate the start of 2019 with gorgeous new convertibles. Porsche has unveiled the newest 911 as part of the usual roll-out of derivates from the latest 992 series coupe, with the all-new 911 Cabriolet hitting Australian roads by June, and it’s only ...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Sonos, Ikea partner on new wireless smart speakers

    Ikea is pushing into the wireless smart speaker space, and is partnering with Sonos on a new multi-room audio line dubbed Symfonisk. But no, they won't come flat-packed and require assembly. What Ikea's Symfonisk smart speakers will do is play nicely with Sonos kit, so that existing Sonos c...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • BMW's Z4 roadster gets Australian pricing, specs ahead of April debut

    BMW's new 2019  Z4 coupe will roar onto Australian roads in April in three models ranging from $84,900 through to $124,900. The red-hot roadster – featuring bold bodylines shaped by Australian designer Calvin Luk (below) – is a long-awaited update to the 2009 Z4 family. I...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Test drive: Jaguar I-Pace is an EV milestone

    What we’re driving: the all-new and all-electric Jaguar I-Pace What it costs: from $119,000 Why we’re driving it: By any metric, the Jaguar I-Pace is a landmark car. It’s the first battery-electric car from one of Britain’s most iconic and luxury car companies,...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2019 7 Comments

  • Inside the House of Taittinger

    The famed house of Taittinger is a family-owned Champagne producer founded in the aftermath of the First World War, and which has now expanded to own 288 hectares of vineyards in the Champagne region. This land provides it with half of its grape needs, the remaining 50 percent coming from long-te...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Genesis wants to change the way you buy luxury cars

    The first all-new global luxury car start-up since Lexus and Infiniti is about to change the way Australians think about Korean cars – and the way they buy them. Genesis is the upmarket spin-off brand from the Hyundai stable, but don’t go looking for a Hyundai badge anywhere on its p...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • Breitling's new Pan Am watch is a retro blast from flying days past

    You don't need to have flown on Pan Am for the mention of those two words to conjure up impressions of jetsetting in The Era of Cool, when air travel still oozed romance and occasion. Breitling is now celebrating the iconic airline with the latest release in its Navitimer 1 Airline Editions se...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Infiniti's QX Inspiration electric concept combines beauty and power

    When Infiniti pulled back the covers on its Infiniti QX Inspiration at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the luxury arm of Nissan wasn't just showing off an electric 'crossover' concept – it was hinting at what we'll see when the brand launches its first fully e...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

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