Land Rover Discovery Is Now More Powerful

An extreme off-road version of the Land Rover Discovery is the latest project from Jaguar Land Rover’s fast expanding Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. The new Discovery variant is the first in a series of models that will carry the SVX badge. So far, SVO’s work has focused on making high-performance and more luxurious versions … [Read more…]

Rear-Drive R8 Targets Purists

AUDI SPORT TOOK the wraps off a second car at Frankfurt: a new lightweight version of the R8 V10 that, instead of the quattro four-wheel drive system of the standard model, has a new rear-wheel drive set-up mirroring that of the company’s R8 LMS race car. The R8 V10 RWS (denoting rear-wheel standard drive) will … [Read more…]

New Audi RS4 Avant Has Many Things To Offer

The Audi RS4 Avant is back after the fourth-generation model was unveiled by Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann at the Frankfurt motor show. Set for UK delivery during the second quarter of 2018, the hot new estate builds on the developments brought to the RS5 Coupe earlier this year. That means it adopts a turbocharged … [Read more…]

Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Comes With 1000bhp

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance car division has joined the exclusive ranks of high-end hypercar manufacturers with the unveiling of a spectacular new 992bhp-plus coupe known under the working title Project One. The advanced new model has been conceived to provide a direct link between the German carmaker’s Formula 1 racing activities and its road car division. … [Read more…]

New Megane Renault Sport Gains Four-Wheel Steering

The new Renault Megane Renault Sport will be powered by a 1.8-litre engine producing 276bhp and 288lb ft – but its maker says any performance deficit to rivals is more than compensated for by the car’s four-wheel steering system. The 4Control technology is claimed to boost the agility and stability of the car, whose competitors … [Read more…]

Volkswagen Passat TSI Has Many Things To Offer

Petrol family saloons have been out of favour for more than a decade, thanks to taxation and company car rules designed to fevour diesel models. But recent events have forced a rethink and have made products such as the latest petrol-powered Volkswagen Passat more relevant again. This isn’t just a regular turbo petrol engine, either. … [Read more…]

Lexus LC 500 Is Now More Muscular & Tempting

LEXUS says its new LC is “absolutely not a sports car”; it’s being positioned as a grand tourer, and even more importantly than that, as a halo car for the brand. We drove an early reversion of the LC 500h last year (Issue 1,452) and declared it a technological masterpiece. The innovative gearbox and part-electric … [Read more…]

A Hotter View At The Fresh Jaguar XF 25d

JAGUAR Land Rover’s rapid expansion xl3 in the past coup le of years has to be one of the UK’s great motor industry success stories, with a variety of core new models now enjoying global popularity. But German rivals still have the edge with their vast array of engine and trim choices. To cover more … [Read more…]

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

HYUNDAI isn’t the first maker to offer pure-electric and hybrid tech, but there’s no denying the brand is working hard to catch up. Its loniq range has a hybrid and a pure EV, but there’s also a plug-in aiming to offer the best of both worlds. Now we’ve driven the car in the UK. The … [Read more…]