CLS Will Be AMG’s First Hybrid

Mercedes-AMG will introduce a new petrol-electric line-up, starting with the CLS this year, AMG’s first new hybrid is due to be revealed as part of the third-generation CLS range at the Los Angeles motor show in November before hitting the road in the middle of next year. The hybrid will sit at the top of … [Read more…]

Chiron Is Still #1 When It Comes To Numbers

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The Bugatti Chiron is a car of mind-scrambling numbers: 1103kW, 1600Nm, $4.4 million, 1995kg, and that famous 420km/h top speed  Of all the incredible numbers associated with the Bugatti Chiron (more on these in a minute), it’s the comparatively small figure of 42 that means the most to me. The 42 minutes I spent in … [Read more…]

Mazda Will Be Cleaner With New Petrol Tech

Mazda has pledged that its next generation of petrol-engined vehicles will be cleaner than electric cars because they will use efficiency-boosting compression ignition technology. The Japanese company is developing a new range of engines, called Skyactiv-X, which is set to replace the current Skyactiv-G range in 2019. They use compression ignition technology that has previously … [Read more…]

A White Light in The Dark – Alpine  A110

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This is a big moment in the history of Alpine, the once iconic French brand that went dormant for a couple of decades but is now on the brink of making a spectacular return with an all-new A110 I’m sitting next to Terry Baillon, Renault Sport’s head of chassis development; as we spear serenely but … [Read more…]

Aston Martin Enters The Game Again With DBX

The design of the Aston Martin DBX has been signed off-and the radical move to enter the SUV segment from late 2019 is expected to transform the fortunes of the 104-year-old firm, which has been declared bankrupt seven times in its fluctuating history. The DBX will rival the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Maserati Levante and … [Read more…]

2004 Porsche 996 GT3 Rallye

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It must have seemed like a brilliant idea: a onemake national rally championship using 911s. Certainly, the director of Porsche Motorsport, Harmut Kristen, was not alone in thinking so – after all, Porsche wouldn’t even have to design a car: the template already existed in the shape of a specially built 996 GT3 that Walter … [Read more…]

1996 Porsche 993 GT2 Evo

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With 18 overall triumphs at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in American endurance racing. But dyed-in-the-wool patriots need not wince; three of Weissach’s Daytona wins (and one of the Sebring triumphs) were achieved by a team of home state heroes: Brumos Racing. To … [Read more…]

1979 Porsche 930 3.3

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“It’s very stiff,” exclaims Autofarm’s Josh Sadler, wide-eyed as he clambers out of the blackand-orange Porsche 930’s roll cage-clad cockpit. “It just bumps around and wants to find its own path through the corners.” My heart skips another beat. Today’s test venue – Castle Combe – is not just one of the UK’s fastest circuits; … [Read more…]

1973 Porsche 911 2.8 RSR

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I have driven a Le Mans racer on a public road. Now, there’s a sentence I thought I’d never write. Having said that, if there is a manufacturer that has built race cars that can, with some effort, be road registered, it’s Porsche. Let’s start at the beginning of this incredible story. This 1973 Porsche … [Read more…]