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Mazda Ice Academy: Trial By Ice And Snow - CX-5, CX-3 And MX-5

crested butte, colorado, usa, high in the rockies; blizzard conditions, and with one of the most severe winter storms in recent years blanketing the us mid-west.  at ground level, a near total...

POSTED FRI, 5 FEB, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Club REVIEW - Forbidden Fruit Is The Tastiest Of All

how would we change the mazda mx-5 if we were given free rein? surprisingly, wild turbo conversions and lairy bodykits aren’t at the top of our list. nope, instead we take a more restrai...

POSTED SUN, 20 DEC, 2015

2015 Audi TT Sport quattro S Tronic – Quality, Pace and Grace: The Trifecta.

audi's curvy sports car - the 2015 tt - has lost its 'bubble' look. it is now more angular and aggressive, taking in design cues from the stonking r8. it also has more...

POSTED SUN, 15 NOV, 2015

2016 Honda S660 Preview Drive - Cutely Cool, Unabashed Fun

the fact that we, as australians, are such a big, handsome and powerfully proportioned people doesn’t normally seem like a disadvantage, until you drive a car like the honda s660, a vehicle so c...

POSTED THU, 29 OCT, 2015

2016 Jeep Renegade : Junior Jeep Takes On The Small SUV Establishment

looking like a shrunken wrangler but built on a fiat platform, the renegade ventures into new territory for the jeep brand. compact crossovers are rapidly becoming the car of choice for many austra...

POSTED FRI, 16 OCT, 2015

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 – Mid-Engined Marvel

 porsche’s fiercely talented motorsport division has – for the first time – applied its magic hands to porsche’s cayman. the result is the gorgeous and grunt-tastic cayman...

POSTED FRI, 9 OCT, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Manual - Hot Hatch In A ‘White Bread’ Wrapper

when the new polo gti arrived in 2011 it lacked one vital element that purists long for - a manual transmission. with the 2015 update, not only is there a slick six-speed box, but a bigger, gruntier 1...

POSTED THU, 17 SEP, 2015

2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 - A Weapons-Grade Supercar

there are plenty of rational reasons why you should (or maybe should not) buy a particular car. none of those apply to the lamborghini aventador - rational reasoning goes out the door, this is a...

POSTED TUE, 8 SEP, 2015

Mercedes Benz AMG GT S REVIEW: Heart Of Darkness

a long, long bonnet, 4.0 litre bi-turbo v8 and crushing performance, the new amg gt s is the baddest boy in town. few cars drive as well, as brutally fast, and with such chassis balance and nailed-dow...

POSTED SAT, 15 AUG, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 : This Gorgeous Toy, A Classic Reborn…

 to drive the new mazda mx-5 is to love it. it is as simple as that. and if you can get any time at the wheel – five minutes or five hours – you will find every second of it just...

POSTED FRI, 7 AUG, 2015

2015 Audi TT Roadster : Carving Corners Like A Switchblade

what’s hot: beautiful handling balance, sticky awd grip, potent jewel-like 2.0 litre turbo, wonderful interior what’s not: intrusive road-roar on bigger 19-inch rims, expensive (relativel...

POSTED FRI, 10 JUL, 2015

2015 Nissan Juke ST Manual - Dare To Be Different

what’s hot: refined and perky engine, out-there looks (love ‘em or hate ‘em), neat handling. what’s not: rear seat is tight, poor rear visibility, requires premium fuel. x-fa...

POSTED TUE, 7 JUL, 2015

2015 Bentley Continental GTC V8 S Convertible

what’s hot: fabulous powertrain and sound, excellent ride, dripping with sumptuous quality. what’s not: back seats a bit tight for adults, not exactly affordable luxury. x-factor: a...

POSTED FRI, 26 JUN, 2015

2015 Ford Focus ST : Ford's Speedy Hatch Gets An Update

what’s hot: value for money buying, straight-line power, a classier interior. what’s not: traction issues, squeezy seats. x-factor: now with an interior update , the focus...

POSTED THU, 18 JUN, 2015

2015 Citroen DS3 DSport - Style, Fun, But Manual Only

what’s hot: still grabs attention, perky engine and a 'fun fling' on the right road. what’s not: interior practicality falls short, starting to feel a little old. x-factor:...

POSTED SAT, 13 JUN, 2015

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake : 2015 CLA 200, CLA 250 Sport, CLA 45 AMG - Practical And Pretty In One Package

what's hot: compelling style, powerful amg variant, extra interior space what's not: not exactly cheap, some low speed transmission refinement lacking x-factor: the most attractive...

POSTED FRI, 12 JUN, 2015

BMW 1 Series : 2015 118i, 120i, 125i And M135i - Brilliant, Still The Benchmark

what's hot: rear-drive magic, beautiful engines, intense handling, sharp pricing, well-featured what's not: no paddles for lower grade models, brittle m sport suspension, run-flat tyres still...

POSTED FRI, 12 JUN, 2015

Audi Q3 : 2015 1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TDI Sport, 2.0 TFSI Sport - Swift, Smart And Sure-Footed

what's hot: dynamic handling, lots of ‘zing', packaged right for the modern urban family. what's not: underdone standard feature list, a bit pricey once you start ticking boxes. x-...

POSTED WED, 10 JUN, 2015

Audi A1 Sportback : 1.0 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI Sport, 1.8 TFSI S Line - Micro Magic

what's hot: brilliant new 1.0 litre engine, beautiful finish, dynamic on-road, fresh new price. what's not: oversized wheels on 1.8 tfsi 'jar' on rough surfaces, a bit underdone for s...

POSTED FRI, 5 JUN, 2015

Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce LP750-4

what's hot: the hottest-looking car on the planet, prodigious handling and sense of intent; the fastest production lamborghini ever, fabulous v12, 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds. what's not: livi...

POSTED THU, 4 JUN, 2015