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Is the BMW M1000RR a true M model or a branded bike?

No doubt that BMW was already bracing for the internet storm that would engulf the MY2020 M3 and M4’s debut. As a token of goodwill, the company also rolled out a third M product as a surprise. Called the BMW M1000RR, BMW touts it as “the first M model from BMW Motorrad”. So, while the […]

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Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered – Long Live the Prince!

Who would have foreseen BMW and PSA’s love-child, the “Prince” engine is still soldiering on in 2020? That’s not all. Despite BMW moving onto its own engines, the 1.6-litre Prince is still the top petrol option of PSA’s model range. And now it is used to power the company’s new performance flagship, the Peugeot 508 […]

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The big BMW kidney grille was a long time coming

After months of going through the five stages of grief, the worst fears of BMW commentators have come to fruition. The sixth-generation M3 and second-generation M4 have been blessed/cursed with a supersized interpretation of the BMW kidney grille. Many are acting as though the massive grilles is the biggest betrayal to what BMW design stood […]

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The Le Mans Hypercar class is not all hype anymore

In case you missed it. Last weekend saw the end of one of endurance racing’s most revolutionary categories, the Le Mans Prototype (LMP). As the chequered flag was waved in front of Toyota’s TS050 LMP1 car at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, so too have the curtains dropped on an era that delivered […]

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Musings on the Past

Mercedes-Benz CLR – The most disastrous Le Mans car in history

We are three-quarters into 2020 and it is only now that this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans gets underway. It was originally scheduled for June but postponed when the cough heard around the world started getting around. Speaking of things that didn’t go according to plan, let’s wind the clock to 1999 and examine […]

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Volkswagen selling Bugatti to Rimac might be for the best

On any other occasion, I would take industry gossip with a heavy helping of salt. Dead Sea levels of salt. But when CAR Magazine’s Georg Kacher gets a scoop, I’d tend to listen. His latest exclusive claims that the Volkswagen Group is planning to sell Bugatti to Rimac. Not only does it sound audacious but […]

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At long last, the 240Z returns with the Nissan Z Proto

I hate to use the term “at long last” when describing the launch of an eagerly anticipated model. What’s the rush? You’d think that it’s better to let creators take their time perfecting the end product? However, the unveiling of the Nissan Z Proto concept car certainly deserves that descriptor, even though it has been […]

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Is this the end of the road for big luxury coupes?

There is an often-quoted curse that goes something like this: “May you live in interesting times”. That sounds encouraging, but it is not. The implication being that “interesting times” are often tumultuous and filled with uncertainty. If your business is the automotive one, we are certainly living through such times as nobody is certain where […]

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Maserati MC20 – A new chapter or a hard reset?

What you are looking at is a new chapter in one of the most illustrious names in automotive history. Or so its makers would like us to believe. An all-new, carbon-fibre supercar armed with a Maserati-developed 463kW mid-engine twin-turbo V6, the Maserati MC20 is what its makers hope will bury its posh and plush past […]

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Tesla is the most dangerous car company in the world right now

Pardon the “click-bait” title, and don’t be alarmed. Your Tesla isn’t planning to mow down schoolchildren and Elon Musk won’t be CEO of Space anytime soon. Don’t listen to that type of hysterical fearmongering. The most harm your Tesla can do is redefine the meaning of a “drive-in movie” with a semi-truck. From a health […]