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General Motors

Solving electric cars’ quiet problem

In the realm of electric and hybrid vehicles, a controversy rages that has nothing to do with batteries, fuel efficiency or carpool-lane access.<p>It concerns their sound – or rather, the lack thereof – and rival schools have emerged. The first argues that EVs should remain quiet, void of any added …

Internal Combustion Engine

A $10,000 Vespa?


Magnum MK5: Canada’s new track weapon

Four-hundred sixty horsepower per tonne. Zero to 62mph in 3.2 seconds. A top speed of 150mph and over 2g of lateral cornering force. Enough fastness, then, to outpace even the sprightliest grizzly bear. Meet Canada's latest track-day lightweight, the Magnum MK5.<p>It's made by a man named Bruno, whose …


Fast times at Rolls-Royce

There is something outlandish about the Wraith, even mysterious. The shape of it, the size. The Ghost-derived fastback coupe has a brooding, almost menacing stage presence that is markedly different from any other Rolls-Royce model, present or past.<p>The Wraith is very large – much more so in the …


Nissan BladeGlider takes 'Wing

EV technology is interesting, but not particularly... cool. Something Nissan is keen to address with the BladeGlider Concept, which may give us a glimpse into the future of its sports cars.<p>But before we get under this thing's skin, here's something: there's a chance it might – might – reach …

North America

Dubai’s all-terrain police car

Land Rover

Week in pictures: When Van Damme met Volvo

Top Gear

Jaguar F-Type Coupe is here

This is the F-Type Coupe, the car Jaguar is heralding as the “most dynamically capable, performance focused” road car in its history.<p>It'll have to be: this is the two-door that Jag hopes will dish out a kicking to both the Porsche Cayman <i>and</i> 911.<p>With very British resolve, Jag has taken the fight to …

Jaguar Cars

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

Carmakers get serious – again – about hydrogen

Alternative Fuel

Top Gear exclusive: How the Mazda Furai died

Top Gear

Cristiano Ronaldo picks his Audi, and it’s a keeper

To masseurs, nutritionists, security guards and truckloads of cash, chalk up another perk to being a professional footballer: a box-fresh Audi.<p>The Ingolstadt, Germany-based automaker has had a relationship with Spain’s Real Madrid club for 10 years. As per tradition, the team’s roster gets its pick …


Mercedes’ Vision GT: Now for sale

Remember the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo? Of course you do.<p>It's that insanely evil concept car commissioned by Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi to appear exclusively in GT6. Merc even built a full-scale static model for last month's Los Angeles auto show to scare people.<p>Now news has …

Automotive Design

Cadillac CTS: The new standard?

Pity the performance sedan.<p>Were it enough that it conveyed four adults and their weekend bags to the country house. No. It must be transportive.<p>The measure of a performance sedan is taken on this awkward score. Seating for four (or five with a squeeze), ample trunk space and cocktail …

General Motors

Bigger, smarter: It’s the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The fourth generation of Merc’s 3 Series battler is here. And it’s cleverer than you are.<p>Once upon a time, the C-Class was the “baby Benz”, the easy-to-park runt of the Merc litter. But with the A-Class – not to mention B-Class, CLA and upcoming GLA crossover – sneaking below the C in the smallness …


A3 Sportback e-tron: Audi’s high-wattage wizard

The streets of downtown Los Angeles are no place for those short of power and image. That goes double for the cars.<p>Granted, even Los Angeles’ vehicles must still burn fuel to create mechanical energy, and send it through whizzing, spinning bits before the wheels ever turn. The Audi A3 e-tron isn’t …


Most fascinating city car of 2013: Toyota i-ROAD

Toyota’s i-ROAD is hardly the first attempt at a leaning three-wheel runabout.<p>Mercedes-Benz unveiled its functionally similar F300 Life-Jet in 1997, and General Motors displayed the very clever Lean Machine way back in 1982. But the i-ROAD city car – Toyota calls it a personal mobility vehicle – is …

General Motors

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

Week in pictures: BMW’s colourful snowbird

Auto Shows

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 …

Automotive Design

Most fascinating concept of 2013: Ken Okuyama Kode 9

At the 2013 Tokyo motor show, Ken Okuyama Design demonstrated the right way to do retro.<p>For the uninitiated, the Kode 9 Concept was a delightful surprise from an upstart Japanese studio. For those familiar with Ken Okuyama – the former chief Pininfarina stylist credited with the 220mph Ferrari Enzo …

Auto Shows

Most fascinating supercar of 2013: Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder put up hall of fame numbers this year.<p>Zero to 60mph in 2.5 seconds. Zero to 124mph in 7.2 seconds. A lap of Germany’s 12.1-mile Nürburgring in 6 minutes 57 seconds, an unofficial record for the circuit. Nearly 900 total system horsepower.<p>What the numbers don’t communicate is …


Most fascinating green car of 2013: Volkswagen XL1

For all the XL1’s otherworldliness – hyper-aerodynamic shape, carbon-fibre architecture, rear-view monitor screens – its neatest trick may be how familiar it feels to drive.<p>Piloting the 261mpg marvel through Volkswagen’s corporate base of Wolfsburg, Germany, the XL1 behaved more like the Golfs and …

Carbon Fiber

Most fascinating sports car of 2013: Nissan GT-R Nismo

Did Nissan really need to build a Nismo version of its all-conquering GT-R? Able to launch from zero to 60mph in 2.7 seconds and punch through the air at close to 200mph, the standard-issue car is anything but standard.<p>Yet Nissan went ahead and made a GT-R Nismo anyway – faster, lighter and more …

Nissan GT-R

Most fascinating race car of 2013: Peugeot 208 T16

Records are made to be broken, but not all records are made to be obliterated.<p>Before 2011, no driver had ascended Colorado's 14,110ft (4,300-metre) Pikes Peak in under 10 minutes. That year, the barrier dropped in no small part due to the completion of the route’s paving, which allowed drivers to …

Pikes Peak

Twizy RenaultSport F1: Little yellow devil

Electric cars sound a bit crummy, right? The Twizy RenaultSport F1 doesn’t.<p>In fact, the nanosecond the Renault engineer prods the little silver starter nodule, I briefly wonder if I’m about to shoot upwards rather than forwards. A pump whirs, some other bit of costly unobtainium emits an escalating …

Top Gear

Chevrolet SS: The bruiser from the land of Oz

Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs, California, sits in the middle of a nondescript neighbourhood of split-level ranch homes. It was in the desert-oasis city that Chevrolet recently convened journalists to sample its SS full-size performance sedan.<p>In Old Blue Eyes’ heyday, rear-wheel-drive …

General Motors