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Quiet competency – The truth about the Toyota Camry

Sunset. To our knowledge, it is nothing more than particles of light being broken and scattered as it travels through the earth’s atmosphere. To our eyes, it results in a magnificent flourish of colours that seemingly breathes life into the clockwork certainty of existence. By our own experience, it serves as an epilogue to the […]

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Are rear-wheel-drive layouts becoming redundant?

There is certainly an air of smugness hanging over Porsche’s headquarters when Ferrari unveiled a new plug-in hybrid range-topper known as the SF90 Stradale. At its heart lies a 574kW twin-turbo V8 – an evolution of that used in the F8 Tributo – which is aided by a trio of electric motors, two being attached […]

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No, the BMW Vision M Next will probably not be the next i8

Just a few days after publishing a short conjecture on whether supercars are still relevant, in reference to BMW M Division’s insistence on not building a supercar, BMW teased an upcoming supercar concept known as the Vision M Next. Fast forward a few weeks to the present and the covers are lifted off the unexpected […]

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Are supercars relevant to the mainstream car makers?

We might be shy of a year from a brand new decade, but it is still debatable whether BMW has ended their niche carving ways of the 2000s. Sure the 3 Gran Turismo and MINI Paceman are dead, but then again we have the diminutive X2 coupe SUV, so don’t hold off that invention just […]

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What Citroën needs to build for the next 100 years

Hang around car circles long enough and you would have heard Clarkson’s famous “you can’t be a petrolhead until you have owned an Alfa” quip. That being the case, if a heart for Alfas will inject a little octane into your veins, then a curiosity for Citroëns would be administering a dose of octane for […]

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Could battery-swapping solve EV ownership problems?

In the rush to fix our planet before we collectively get steamed to perfection in the planetary sized boiler of our own doing, politicians have been cranking up the rhetoric while policymakers have been busting their heads on coming up with a realistic solution idealist and realist can agree on, especially when it comes to […]

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Why SUVs are popular, and how MPVs will dominate our roads

To most North Americans and Europeans the Lexus LM might be the most misleading acronym since a bunch of Filipino religious separatists started calling themselves after a porn genre. Though “LM” is generally read as “Le Mans”, one look at Lexus’ new LM luxury MPV would be enough for anyone to confirm that it won’t […]

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The demise of the BMW’s 3 Gran Turismo is a bad omen

The BMW 3 Gran Turismo is dead. It is with a fair amount of certainty that there will be no reactions of shock and denial at the news, rather many would be trying hard to recall its stumpy visage, the more emphatic will wonder if we should care. News of the 3GT end came on […]

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The spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 is finally nigh

Our collective dissonance between reality and our perception of it really demonstrates that we aren’t great students of history. Despite The Daily Mail’s best efforts to convince us of its miserable worldview, the truth is that the historical record proves that we have solved most of history’s pressing issues to the point that we kind […]

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Why Koenigsegg Jesko’s 9-speed LST gearbox is a big deal

For the successor of a car that held five production car records, Koenigsegg’s Jesko (“Yes-co”) certainly fired up the public’s imagination with its amazing collection of figures. 1177kW from a new flat-plane twin-turbo V8, max downforce of 1400kg for a car with a kerb weight of 1420kg, and a possible top speed of over 480km/h […]