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TOYOTA DUO EXPLORES GR YARIS HOT HATCH

Toyota’s Yaris WRC is a born winner. Second at its FIA World Rally Championship debut at Monte-Carlo in 2017, Jari-Matti Latvala led it to the winners’ circle a round later in Sweden. Turns out the road car equivalent, the GR Yaris, has enjoyed a similarly successful delivery. Latvala joined current championship leader Elfyn Evans at […]

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Ayrton’s Spirit Surges Through The 200mph, 814bhp, $1.65M McLaren Senna GTR

It might not be road-legal but the GTR is certainly race-ready Hypercars are made to push the limits of what we think is possible on four wheels. Elite level performance is what drives humans to push themselves and push boundaries and in motorsport, those boundaries are often numbers on a page. Now, the McLaren Senna […]

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New track record for the Volkswagen ID.R at Bilster Berg

The Volkswagen ID.R is back with a bang. Just over a year after the record drive on Tianmen Mountain in China, Volkswagen Motorsport and the fully-electric race car returned to action with an impressive track record at Bilster Berg. During a day of performance-oriented testing in preparation for Goodwood SpeedWeek (16.-18.10.2020), Dieter Depping (D) completed […]

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PREVIEW OF LAKE UMUZI RALLY – 11 AND 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020

THE 2020 LAKE UMUZI RALLY 1 AND 2  The late Jan Hettema always sang “On the road again” at the start of anything we did that involved wheels and it would have been appropriate to sing “his” song before the rally this weekend. We all came through a strange period in time during the first […]

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Ford Of South Africa Calls Aftermarket Raptor Mods ‘Major Safety Risk’

The Ford F-150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor have become massive hits for The Blue Oval, and most everyone that doesn’t own one wishes they did. Subsequently, the off-road performance-focused models have unsurprisingly inspired a host of aftermarket Raptor mods designed to make regular Ford Everest and Ford Ranger models look like their Raptor brethren.   However, Ford Motor Company of […]

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Lotus Evija launch pushed back until mid-2021

Lotus has pushed back the launch of its Evija hypercar by a minimum of five months as a result of delays in the testing programme caused by the pandemic, Autocar can exclusively reveal. The Evija, a near-2000bhp all-electric hypercar, was set to be with the first customers by the end of this year but that will now happen […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo tipped as buyer of $8.9M Bugatti Centodieci

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his love of fast cars, and now it seems he’s about to add one of the fastest, most exclusive cars to his growing collection: the Bugatti Centodieci. Bugatti unveiled the limited-edition hypercar last August to celebrate the EB110 (Centodieci is Italian for “One hundred and ten”). More […]

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Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is 819bhp-plus track-only hypercar

Lamborghini’s new track-only Essenza SCV12 hypercar packs the company’s most powerful V12 engine yet, with more than 819bhp on tap. Its naturally aspirated 6.5-litre powerplant produces at least 11bhp more than the Sián hybrid hypercar. However, unlike that car, the Essenza SCV12 cannot be driven on public roads and will be even more exclusive, with just 40 examples […]

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Ford Performance Teases Drift-Happy RTR Mustang Mach-E

Ford Performance has dropped a teaser image of a special variant of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E. The release of this photo comes a few days after RTR Vehicles teased a tail-happy variant of the Mustang Mach-E and less than two weeks after a mysterious Mach-E prototype was filmed doing donuts at the North Carolina Center for Automotive […]

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Toyota is building brand-new parts for the 2000GT

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is on a bit of a roll of late. It won the 2019 World Rally Championship with Ott Tänak, took overall victory at the last two Le Mans 24hrs and is currently in the process of bringing us the lightweight, four-wheel drive, 257bhp rally-rep GR Yaris. Nice. Back in January, Toyota also […]

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First new DB5 in more than 50 years rolls off the line

AS INAUGURAL ASTON MARTIN DB5 GOLDFINGER CONTINUATION CAR IS COMPLETED ‘Job 1’ customer car is completed on schedule as DB5 Goldfinger Continuation production gets into full swing at Aston Martin Works. The first in a strictly limited run of 25 customer cars is finished after around 4,500 hours of meticulous construction. In association with EON […]

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McLaren 720S Gets Specil Edition for Anniversary of F1 GTR’s Le Mans Win

Let’s get something out of the way first: McLaren’s new Le Mans special edition should have been offered on the track-focused 765LT, not the 720S. After all, it’s meant to commemorate the brand’s first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago. Wouldn’t it make more sense to offer it on a […]

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Current-generation Mercedes-Maybach S-Class goes quietly into the night with stunning special edition

There’s a new generation of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class just around the corner but the current car still has plenty to offer. The folks at Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-luxury arm reminded us of this with Tuesday’s reveal of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Night Edition, which is on sale now as a 2020 model. It’s priced to start at $243,945‬, including […]

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Deep dive: How the Bugatti Chiron became the Chiron Pur Sport

With top speed no longer its main priority, Bugatti has turned to tuning its hypercars for the whole track instead of just the straights. It started with the Chiron Sport and then progressed with the Chiron-based Divo and has now culminated with the Chiron Pur Sport, which Bugatti unveiled in March and bills as its most […]

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THE BIGGEST FACTOR MOST RALLY DRIVERS IGNORE…

“Perception” is the way you think about someone or something. It is also formed by what you understand through your five senses – touch, sight, sound, smell and taste.  Colour is added to your perception of things, by your past experiences, feelings and thoughts. So, what does this have to do with driving and especially […]

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20 YEARS LATER, THE 2000 SVT COBRA R REMAINS ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSTANGS EVER

Too old to be new. Too new to be a classic. That’s the spot that “New Edge” Ford Mustang finds itself right now, with a production run that lasted from 1999 to 2004. Mustangs from this generation aren’t particularly in demand among among enthusiasts or collectors, but there is a major exception to that. That […]

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McLaren reveals details on Speedtail’s 1,055-horsepower hybrid powertrain

McLaren has already delivered the first examples of its Speedtail, but the company has only now provided details on the car’s powertrain. The Speedtail is a recent addition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series and just 106 examples are destined to be built, the number equalling the build run for the McLaren F1 whose three-seat layout the Speedtail shares. […]

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TOYOTA AWARED THREE CATEGORY WINS AT COTY 2020

Following months of vehicle testing, public voting and statistical analysis, the 2020 Auto Trader Car of the Year (SA COTY) winners have been identified in an unprecedented virtual awards ceremony. As the only manufacturer to have three nominees in this year’s running, Toyota’s three contenders; (Corolla Hatch, RAV4 and GR Supra) stood tall amongst a variety of […]

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Modern Ford Mustang Mach 1 Shows Retro-Futuristic Vibes

As tons and tons of Internet comments will show you, the debate on the Ford Mustang being a pony or a muscle car continues: while old-school aficionados will always use the first label, the rest of the community considers V8-animated ‘Stangs part of the latter genre. And fewer models are more likely to add fuel […]

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Mazda marks centennial with special-edition series

Mazda started out life as a cork manufacturer back in 1920 and within a decade was producing a rickshaw of sorts based on a motorcycle platform. The first car from Mazda didn’t arrive until 1960. The car was the R360 coupe, whose combination of burgundy and white applied to high-grade models has inspired a collection of […]

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Hyundai reveals secrets of its Prophecy EV concept

It was destined to be one of the stars of the Geneva International Motor Show, but with the Swiss event canceled in early March due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Hyundai’s stunning Prophecy concept had to settle for an online reveal. That didn’t diminish the concept’s gorgeous lines and mystique one bit, and now Hyundai […]

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Peugeot winning “Car of the Year Award” for the sixth time in 2020

Peugeot has won Europe’s most coveted automotive award, the “Car Of The Year” title for the sixth time, becoming only the third brand to do so. The prestigious trophy was presented to the all-new PEUGEOT 208 after being judged by an independent jury of 60 European automotive journalists. PEUGEOT has previously won the award five […]

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Aston Martin completes deal with Stroll, confirms F1 entry

Following a meeting on Monday, Aston Martin’s shareholders have agreed to the financial rescue plan proposed by a consortium of investors led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. Stroll, who leads the Racing Point Formula One team and is father to current driver Lance Stroll, originally agreed in January to pay $239 million for a 16.7-percent stake in […]

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Lexus – The World’s First Tattooed Car Revealed

In a celebration of fine craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry, Lexus has commissioned the world’s first tattooed car. This strictly one-of-a-kind interpretation of the UX compact SUV has been designed and created by leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe. Using a pure white car as her “canvas” and a Dremel drill tool in place […]

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New Jesko Absolut is the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever make

Bugatti stunned the automotive world last fall by announcing it cracked the 300-mph barrier with a special Chiron variant referred to as the Chiron Super Sport 300+.The speed reached was 304.77 mph, which was achieved at Volkswagen Group’s Ehra Lessien test track in Germany and regarded as the highest speed for a production car. The previous highest […]

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Giulia GTA: the momentous return of an Alfa Romeo legend

110 years after its foundation, Alfa Romeo returns to its roots, bringing back one of the legends of its history and of motoring in general: Giulia GTA. The new Giulia GTA is technically and conceptually inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965: the “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” developed by Autodelta based on the Giulia Sprint GT […]

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2017 EUROPEAN CAR OF THE YEAR WINNER PEUGEOT 3008 SUV WELCOMES 2020 EUROPEAN CAR OF THE YEAR PEUGEOT 208 TO THE STABLE

The new Peugeot 208 triumphed over BMW 1 Series, Ford Puma,  Porsche Taycan, Renault Clio, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota Corolla to clinch the title of 2020 European Car of the Year. The COTY jury, composed of 60 automotive experts across Europe, praised the all-new PEUGEOT 208 for its sharp and dynamic design and its distinctive customer offering in the sector. Judges were […]

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Geneva Motor Show falls victim to the coronavirus

The Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled over fears that a large scale event could aid the spread of the coronavirus. Officials of the Geneva Motor Show had said on Thursday that the event would definitely be going ahead, but new government restrictions have changed the situation. A statement from the Swiss government read, “The […]

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Still Rocking a Six-Speed and Plaid Seats

The new GTI is everything you love about the old GTI. It’s often said that there are only two guarantees in life, but really, there are three: Death, taxes, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. For four decades now, the GTI has been one of the best budget performers out there, the humble king of hatches […]

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Czinger 21C revealed with flat-plane V-8, 3 electric motors, and 1,233 horsepower

There’s a new hypercar contender in town, and its name is Czinger 21C. The stunning piece of machinery is the creation of Los Angeles-based startup Czinger Vehicles, and it was revealed Friday ahead of a world debut on March 3 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Czinger may be new but the people behind it […]

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VW Amarok is Bakkie of the Year

The VW Amarok 3.0TDI V6 4Motion Canyon is Leisure Wheels magazine’s Bakkie of the Year. The German bakkie, up against nine other double cab bakkies for the crown, scored 90.5% ahead of Ford’s Ranger Raptor (86.3%) and Toyota’s Hilux 2.8GD-6 Legend 50 (85.4%). The new competition format revolves around Average Joe’s bakkie requirements, and not flippant matters […]

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Patent drawings for Mazda’s new inline-6, 8-speed auto surface

Mazda is on a mission to appeal to buyers in the premium segment, and it plans to do so with larger, more dynamic vehicles potentially based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform. But bigger, sportier vehicles will need more potent engines than what Mazda currently has on offer, which is why the automaker is readying a new […]

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Alpine A110 SportsX concept revealed

Unique off-road sports cars are all the rage at the moment – here’s Alpine’s SportsXy effort Alpine is definitely not done milking its past rally successes with the A110, as illustrated by the purposeful-looking concept it’s just revealed at the Festival Automobile International in France. The A110 SportsX is based on the 252hp Pure, but receives […]

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McLaren Speedtail Hits 250 MPH at Kennedy Space Center

Just over a year ago, McLaren set its sights on high velocities when it revealed the Speedtail, an homage to the McLaren F1 of the 1990s. Intended as a slippery and powerful hybrid tuned for speeds well above 200 mph, the long-tailed Speedtail took on a teardrop shape while using lightweight materials to achieve its goal. Featuring a […]