• 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

  • Six top watches from this year's SIHH Geneva show

    Geneva's annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH to make it less of a mouthful, is a mecca for the makers and lovers of mechanical timepieces. Trends on display this year: a return to more complicated watches after several years of simpler pieces, yet case sizes appear to cont...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • New 2019 Toyota Supra turns the BMW Z4 into a hardtop 86-style coupe

    Looking a lot like an 86 on steroids, Toyota’s born-again Supra has finally been unveiled and is ready for Australian deliveries later this year. Toyota whipped the covers off the smart two-door sportster at the Detroit Motor Show overnight, revealing its own take on the shared mech...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 3 Comments

  • BMW's new 3-series will roar onto Australian roads in March

    BMW is returning to its roots as ’The Ultimate Driving Machine’ for the arrival of the seventh-generation 3 Series. The all-new Three is sharper in every way as BMW Australia confirms two launch models, the mid-level 320d and 330i, to spearhead a fresh attack from March. The desig...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Make your reservation at these newest London restaurants

    The year ahead looks promising for London diners as high-profile chefs and restaurateurs from the U.K. and around the world prepare to open new restaurants, even in the face of Brexit concerns. Here are four we're eagerly awaiting, and why they should be on your list the next time a business lunc...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Apple TV is coming to Samsung televisions

    Apple and Samsung Electronics have announced a deal that only recently would have seemed unthinkable: the iPhone maker will begin offering iTunes movies and TV shows on its arch rival’s TV sets. The move comes ahead of a likely 2019 introduction of Apple’s own streaming video service...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Reinvention of a timeless icon: the Cartier Santos de Cartier

    The Cartier Santos de Cartier is an effervescent icon of watchmaking. Released in the early 1900s, the Santos was the world’s first true wristwatch – created for and named after Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, for whom Parisian watchmaker Louis Cartier created an alt...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Porsche Taycan takes shape, and will reshape the German luxury marque

    The year 2018 was very good for the car industry, and I am already looking forward to what I can get my hands on in 2019 – a roster which includes the convertible versions of the Bentley Continental GT and McLaren 720S, as well as the next-generation Porsche 911, the 992 – one car sta...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 4 Comments

  • These business and first class airport lounges have the best Champagne

    Like many Australian Business Traveller readers, I appreciate the comforts of a good airport lounge – especially when there's a great Champagne to enjoy there before my flight. For me, the presence (or absence) of Champagne can also be a reason to visit one lounge over another, particularl...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • How to travel with wine in your checked luggage

    Opening a bottle of fine wine or spirits sourced on holiday evokes memories of your travels that can transcend enjoyment of the wine itself. As such, I scarcely return home from overseas travel without a few bottles of some unique and special drops. Most often that's Pinot Noir – I've rec...

    POSTED 23 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Which airlines are best for golfers? Golf club baggage rules compared

    Whether you’re dashing across the country for business or networking with clients, a round of golf will never go astray – especially if you’re lucky enough to sample some of the excellent golf courses around the world. In times gone by, golf sets and other pieces of sporting eq...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 6 Comments

  • Taking a spin on BMW's driver training track day

    The lightning speed down Gardner’s Straight. The tight hairpin on turn four. The sweeping backside over 'Siberia'. It’s enough to give you goosebumps. For Australian racing enthusiasts, myself included, Phillip Island is a bucket list destination. It holds a sacred place deep in our ...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • This one watch is so precious, Daniel Craig never even wears it

    When Daniel Craig stopped by the Beekman Hotel in New York, the talk was less of Bond and more of his watches, which are supplied not by Q but Omega. One of Craig's prized possessions: an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial chronometer, which he wore in the opening sequence of Casino Roya...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Best Champagne for Christmas and the New Year? Try these six top drops

    Champagne and sparkling wines are synonymous with Christmas and New Year festivities, and Australia is no shrinking violet when it comes to enjoying first-class fizz. Over 307 million bottles of Champagne were sold globally in the 2017 calendar year, with Australia the world's seventh-largest ma...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 18 Comments

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