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With Black edition, Range Rover goes long on luxury

The Land Rover Range Rover is not exactly revered for its modesty. It is, and has been since its debut in 1970, a leather-lined haven for the Barbour-coat set. But as Rolls-Royce and Bentley have known for years, enough is rarely enough.<p>As such, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 20 November, Land …

Land Rover

Lamborghini Huracán sees red

With its new Huracán, Lamborghini is about to unleash a new kind of fury on Ferrari’s all-conquering 458 Italia.<p>Powered by an even meaner development of the all-aluminium, 5.2-litre V10 from the outgoing Gallardo, the mid-engine Huracán is tipped by Lamborghini to blast from zero to 62mph in a …

Sports Cars

Most fascinating luxury car, 2013: Bentley Flying Spur

When an “entry-level” luxury sedan houses a 600-horsepower W12 engine, there is but one brand to discuss.<p>And that brand didn’t exactly wrap its 6-litre W12 in sheep’s clothing. The 2013 Bentley Flying Spur looks hell-bent on overtaking, especially when its saucer-like outboard headlights bear down …

Bentley Motors
Autonomous Cars

Week in Pictures: The Ghost with the most

Automotive Design
Automotive Design

BMW M4 v Lexus RC F: Fight!

Automotive Design

With 428i, BMW one-ups itself

In a move that remains controversial in some quarters to this day, the US dropped the gold standard in 1933.<p>For 2014, BMW has dropped a gold standard of its own – the “3” that distinguished its performance two-door coupe since 1978. Though the benchmark-setting four-door 3 Series soldiers on, BMW …

Autos

For new Navigator, Lincoln dials down the thirst

In a throwback to its success in the late ‘90s as a purveyor of luxury full-size SUVs, Lincoln pulled the wraps off an updated 2015 Navigator SUV on 23 January.<p>Reaching the North American market in an era of cheap gasoline and a wholesale rejection of the station wagon, the original Navigator was a …

Automotive Design

Why do we use steering wheels instead of joysticks?

Strictly speaking, the steering wheel is obsolete.<p>Technology now allows us to control a vehicle's trajectory using drive-by-wire or steer-by-wire systems. Simply put, this means electrical signals can alter the movement of a car’s wheels, rather than relying on a mechanical connection between the …

Airbags

Shelby American’s winning homage to a famous Cobra

Back in the mid-1990s, outraged by the proliferation of half-baked Cobra replicas and kit cars, racing hero Carroll Shelby jumped back into the business of building his signature roadster, setting up shop outside Las Vegas, Nevada, a stone’s throw from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since then, …

Sports Cars

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: The dandy’s bruiser

With apologies to Mr Bond, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a bad guy’s car.<p>Here is a 565-horsepower, 6-litre V12 engine that threatens to overflow its aluminium banks. Here is exhaust hardware lifted from Aston’s diabolical, all-but-unobtainable One-77 hypercar. Here are lacquered vents and …

Aston Martin

Nissan GT-R: How did Godzilla’s price eclipse $100,000?

Since 2009, the all-wheel-drive bruiser’s price has swelled in step with the car’s legend. We dissect the changes made through the latest GT-R model year.<p>In just five short years, Nissan’s twin-turbocharged monster from Tochigi has turned from a bargain bruiser into a hustler, far outpacing …

Nissan GT-R

Report: NK executes shamed general's family

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of his uncle's entire family, including his children and relatives serving as ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, according to South Korea's state news agency, Yonhap.<p>Jang Song-thaek, a once powerful North Korean military general, was …