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How the Tonale concept SUV might mark the return of beautiful Alfa Romeos

There are a few tenets of automotive enthusiast circles that are absolutes. Nothing truly aspirational can be found in four-cylinders, Ayrton Senna is basically Jesus, and it is rude to criticise Alfa Romeo. If the automotive world were comics, Alfa Romeo is basically young Matt Murdock, descended from competitive fighting stock, down on its luck […]

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Ferrari’s F8 Tributo is a placeholder for the company’s next-gen cars

A new Ferrari usually comes around once in a blue moon, but even the more diehard of Tifosi were certainly surprised by the introduction of the new F8 Tributo, though not for reasons of witnessing a new Ferrari. Even though Ferrari will always proclaim every new Ferrari as brand spanking new, the more eagle-eyed observers […]

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It is time to resurrect the Shooting Brake

With the rush to release an ever increasing number of new model ranges every year, it seems that car makers are basing more of their decisions on elevator pitches. If it isn’t raised or comes fitted with some sort of miracle electric drivetrain that humbles the supercar royalty at the exit of every Cars and […]

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Mazda wants to go premium – can they really pull it off?

The Japanese bubble-era of 1986 to 1991 was one of the great defining moments in automotive history. It was the era that inflated the Japanese economy with so much spending power that the Japanese car companies threw caution to the wind and carried out some truly stunning engineering feats. Feats like the original Lexus LS, […]

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Straight-six engines are making a comeback – thanks to downsizing

Nothing meek ever made history. If you want a mention, you got to go grand. And when it is the subject of automotive history, there will never be an era quite as glorious, or as excessive, as the German uber-saloons of the mid-noughties. It was a time when BMW stuck a racy V10 into the […]

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Flying Cars, Great Dream, Terrible Idea

Whether it is the colourful retrofuturism of the Jetsons or the dystopian nihilism of Blade Runner, there is one common element shared between both fictional works – aside from robots with biological sex characteristics – and that is flying cars. Ever since we figured out heavier-than-air flight, science-fiction writers and futurists have always imagined a […]

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The Range Rover SV Coupe bites the dust

Just when you thought the rich are getting richer as the world gets addicted to SUVs, Jaguar Land Rover has decided to cull the limited-edition SVO-built £240,000 Range Rover SV Coupe. Despite making waves and orders being taken for its 999 planned examples at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover has cancelled the two-door […]

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Why Lotus needs a supercar, not an SUV, to thrive

Looks like the next few years is going to be an interesting time for Lotus. The Hethel-based company’s new owners, Chinese car-maker Geely, has been reportedly drawing up a £1.5 billion-plus investment to revitalise it. And if the developments over the last few months have been any clear indication, it won’t be yet another Bahar-esque […]

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#10yearchallenge shows how Chris Bangle changed BMW

Another year, another internet ‘challenge’ fad, and instead of convincing the short end of the Darwinian ladder to eat new varieties of detergent concentrate we are now bombarded by people eager to show off to Facebook’s algori….errr…peers, on how ten trips around the sun had changed them with the #10yearchallenge. This being the internet, there […]

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Toyota GR Supra’s price puts it in very tough competition

If you are going to launch a new performance brand into the world, there is no better way than to revive an iconic sports car that the world hasn’t seen for the better part of the last 16 years. Not only will you get a healthy serving of brownie points from the enthusiasts, but it […]