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Volkswagen Beetle R-Line: A bug dressed to thrill

Anyone who deigns to reinvent an icon is inviting criticism.<p>As such, when Volkswagen (VW) unveiled the New Beetle in 1998, certain members of the automotive press were less than charitable. One remarked that the car looked like something "drawn by Fisher-Price." Five years later, when VW released a …

Volkswagen Beetle

Lamborghini Huracán hits the bull’s eye

Aficionados of Italian supercars know that Lamborghini’s rip-snorting machines are named after famed fighting bulls.<p>From Miura to Countach to Diablo, these glistening beasts are known for flamboyant style and power. But like steely matadors, drivers also have had to contend with their notoriously …

Sports Cars

Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 275 heads to Monterey

In a few months' time, this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 once owned by Steve McQueen will come up for auction. And it could sell for millions.<p>Well, probably. You see, last weekend in Monaco at the annual RM Auctions sale, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C – number nine of only twelve cars ever built – sold for …

Classic Cars

Dream machines: Quora users name their fantasy rides

Dreaming about owning a remarkable car is not unique, but people’s dreams are as varied as the machinery racing through them.<p>On the question and answer website Quora.com, there is a panorama of car lust on display, with no machine dominating the scene.<p>While there are reoccurring vehicles on the …

If you like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is, by all accounts, a beast.<p>It is the seventh generation in the sports car’s line – hence its nickname, C7 – and even the most basic version is powered by a 455-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine. That’s enough to propel the car to almost 190mph before it …

Is bamboo the next carbon fibre?

Poor carbon fibre. What began as a late-20th Century wonder material for military aircraft was then nobly adopted by the motorsport world for strength, low weight and energy dissipation. Yet now, well into its career as a mission-critical material, it has also become window dressing in the …

Carbon Fiber

In Italy, Mini Superleggera brings an early summer

Press your red trousers, internet, because concours season is upon us. To celebrate, Mini teamed up with legendary coachbuilder Touring Superleggera to create this one-off speedster... thing.<p>But unlike most concepts, which have loosely tangible purposes like previewing styling ideas, the Mini …

Lamborghini dispatches Huracán Polizia

After the Dubai Police, there is perhaps no law-enforcement agency with a better-stocked garage than Italy's Polizia di Stato. And on 22 May in Rome, the long arm of the law got a little longer, thanks to Lamborghini.<p>In a ceremony attended by Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Italian State Police …

Italy

BMW M235i: The baby Bimmer with the big bite

A shorthand for power and speed, BMW’s “M” is a scarlet letter, a talisman for tire-smoking sin. The consonant was most recently applied to the new 2 Series compact sport coupe, specifically to its M235i varietal.<p>Our Melbourne Red Metallic test car carries a 320-horsepower twin-turbo in-line …

BMW

Volkswagen GTI Roadster is a Golf gone wild

Worthersee has never been home to the gentlest outpouring of subtlety, but even by its standards this is something different: it's a Volkswagen Golf GTI that's quicker than a Ferrari FF.<p>You saw it last week as a teaser, now here's the real thing. It's Volkswagen's take on Gran Turismo's “Vision GT” …

Roadsters