Its conquered the ’Ring. So how well will the sportified AMG GT R handle Portimao?
Intimidation, it turns out, is green. And wide, loud, long of bonnet, short of temper, fat of tyre and hairy of arse. Yes, the AMG GT R is a supercar. It conforms to all the tropes except the one that demands the engine should be behind the driver.
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I do not listen to music; not when I’m alone at home neither when I’m driving; my iPhone doesn’t even have a playlist. However, if I’ve company when I’m driving, I do not put a dampener on things and let others play their favourite music. For instance, my partner and I were on our way back to Mumbai from Delhi – a two-day, 1600km journey.
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Replacements are a tricky business. Look at the Batman movies. They’ve been through so many Batmen over the years- more than 30, if I remember correctly. And while a fav got it right, the rest were downright disasters.
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More power and new look for the Stang, here later this year
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Promising 1050bhp,a range of 378 miles and 0-62mphin2.39sec, the $200,000 (roughly £l60k) Faraday Future FF 91 electric saloon is not short of ambition. In fact, Faraday is a car company that has been around for only three years yet is now telling the world it will match Tesla at its own game in 2018, even though its factory exists as only an architect’s model and a dusty lot in the Nevada desert.
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There must be tremedous pressure in creating a Bugatti. What moved you to accept this challenge?
As an engineer and a leader I simply could not decline this opportunity.
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While not officially a Bugatti by badge, the Type 2 was Ettore Bugatti’s first functioning vehicle – built when he was only 19 years old. It served as the basis for the de Dietrich – Bugatti Type 2, a collaboration with the brand de Dietrich.
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In a bucolic corner of France’s Alsace region rises a mansion. Opulent, gilded, and elegant, Chateau St Jean is home to perhaps the most storied carmaker in the world, with a legacy dating back more titan a century.
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Somewhere online I read that you can fix a broken record with a toothpick. Obviously if you’re looking at a record that is so broken that it has the ability to be in several different rooms at the same time then it’s probably beyond help.
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There’s nothing more exciting than an invitation to drive something ludicrously fast, sophisticated and far beyond the realms of even a normal supercar. Something that gives you a glimpse at the outer edges of what’s possible shy of a big-budget single-seater racer.
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We’re in Scotland, so far north that it feels lawless. Any farther north and it becomes godless. We’ve been blessed with bright sunshine for three days straight, but fog is hiding the scenery this morning and photography is off the agenda. Thankfully visibility is good at road level, which means we can at least drive.
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They share many a component, but the difference between the 570S and GT is all in the detail
Despite this being the first time I’ve driven a 570GT, I’ve got an uncanny sense of deja-vu. Ever since I first sat in a car, I have like most people assimilated through hands, feet, backside, nose and inner ear all sorts of sensations relating to different cars.And right now my brain is slowly going through the filing system, checking the microfiche, looking for a match. It doesn’t take long.
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Mild tweaks aim to keep the Golf at the peak of its powers
Has Volkswagen really done enough to distinguish the facelifted Golf from its hugely successful predecessor car that notched up more than 900,000 sales worldwide in 2016 alone?
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Czech brand’s hatch bids to maintain its flag-bearing status with a light refresh
Skoda likes to bill the Octavia – its biggest-selling model in the UK and a range mainstay for the past two decades – as its backbone. Having received wholesale surgery in 2013, this time round the model receives a more modest chiropractic tweak of the styling, interior and equipment levels.
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Seminal petrol-electric hybrid hatch applies plug-in technology to its latest generation in a bid to show that original is still best
Ten years ago, a group of engineers at Toyota’s japanese HQ had a daydream – and it has just led to this: the second- generation Prius Plug-in petrol-electric hatchback. “The idea that inspired us,” says chief engineer Shoichi Kaneko, who worked on the first Prius Plug-in before leading his team to produce its replacement, “was to come up with an electric vehicle that charged itself.”
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Just like the P1 and the mighty F1 long before it, the 540C breaks new ground for McLaren. Far from being the fastest or most expensive car to come from Woking, though, the 540C is actually the slowest. And the cheapest. It’s also the least powerful, and the first to have a sub-200mph (322km/h) top speed.
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The McLaren 650S replacement, to be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March 2017, will use a new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8.
The model, codenamed P14, will achieve 0-124mph in 7.8sec and a standing quarter mile in 10.3sec, according to the Woking-based firm.
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McLaren’s road car ambitions nearly ended that tragic day in 1970 when Bruce McLaren lost his life testing a Can-Am racer at Goodwood. His daily driver was a prototype McLaren road car — the M6GT — which used a tuned Chevrolet V8 engine. It weighed less than a Mini, and had 10 times the power. It also had manually operated pop-up headlights that were raised or lowered by hooking your finger inside the light pods. Can you imagine that getting signed off for production today?
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Standing in one of the pit garages at Jarama Circuit, near Madrid —location for the launch of the newTT RS — there is a display of various engine parts for the latest Audi five-cylinder engine, demonstrating just how the company has cut 26kg from the unit’s weight (it saved 18kg with a new, aluminium crankcase).
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It’s going to take a while for us to get used to this new breed of AMG-lite. We’ve come to expect that cars from Affalterbach will be slightly unhinged, wild, tyre-smoking hooligans.
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Infiniti’s intension for its new Q6OS are perfectly clear. This is a two-door, four-seat, all-wheel-drive coupe powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 in a body packed with more tech than any of its rivals.
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