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2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet First Drive REVIEW - A Polite Midsize Sun-Soaker That's Also A Sports Car

With sporty style matched to an engine and handling package designed to thrill keen drivers without upsetting passengers, the Audi S5 Cabriolet occupies a rather unique niche - or at least it did until the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet came along. Borrow

POSTED Thu,07 Sep,2017
2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet First Drive REVIEW - Timeless Appeal With A Degree Of Liveability

As the third member of the A5 family, you could be forgiven for thinking that the cabriolet range is somehow an afterthought, or lesser than its two- and five-door fixed roof siblings. That’s not the case though - the reason for the soft top&rsqu

POSTED Thu,07 Sep,2017
2017 Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe REVIEW | The C63's Little Brother Still Packs A Powerful Punch

While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range has been a volume seller for the German prestige brand, the AMG flagship variant has been either out of reach for most budgets or a no-go zone for the feint-hearted. But with the addition of the new Mercedes-AMG C

POSTED Sun,30 Oct,2016
Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series REVIEW | 2016 LandCruiser Ute - Upgraded Safety Highlights Updated Country Workhorse

Toyota’s new LandCruiser 70 Series has a fine spirit animal in the crocodile. Neither are pretty, they’re not particularly clever and their evolution has progressed slower than Queensland social values. But no creature can match them on hom

POSTED Wed,26 Oct,2016
2017 BMW 1 Series & 2 Series First Drive REVIEW - More Power, More M Models...This Is Sounding Great

ANY TIME BMW ANNOUNCES A NEW MODEL RANGE WITH MORE POWER AND EXTRA M PERFORMANCE MODELS…WELL WE’RE OFF TO A FLYING START. AND THIS IS PRECISELY THE STORY ON THE UPDATED 1 SERIES HATCHBACK AND 2 SERIES COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE. The freshened B

POSTED Thu,20 Oct,2016
2016 Suzuki Jimny Sierra REVIEW | Suzuki's Little 4x4 Toiler; Old But Irresistible

IT WOULD BE HARSH TO CALL THE 2016 SUZUKI JIMNY SIERRA ‘ANCIENT’, EVEN THOUGH IT LAUNCHED IN 1998 AND HAS BARELY CHANGED SINCE. That word has too many negative connotations that the wonderfully characterful and capable Jimny Sierra doesn&rs

POSTED Sun,07 Aug,2016
2016 Porsche 718 Boxster REVIEW - For The Singular Purpose Of "Going Fast"

YEP, THE PORSCHE BOXTER IS TURBOCHARGED AND HAS JUST FOUR CYLINDERS NOW. But no, neither of these things are new for Porsche. Granted, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a turbocharged four-cylinder Porsche in showrooms - you have

POSTED Tue,14 Jun,2016
MINI Cooper JCW Manual REVIEW - All The 'Snap, Crackle, and Pop' For The True Enthusiast

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF EDITORIALS LAMENTING THE DEMISE OF THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION. And no shortage of driving enthusiasts singing from the same song sheet.  But I’m not about to add to that chorus. Why? Because I readily, though beg

POSTED Sat,11 Jun,2016
Mini Cooper Convertible Review - 2016 Mini Ragtop Grows Up

JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER, MINI AUSTRALIA HAS LAUNCHED THE FIRST TWO MEMBERS OF ITS ALL-NEW MINI CONVERTIBLE FAMILY. Available in three-cylinder Cooper and four-cylinder Cooper S form, Mini’s new drop-top packs in more equi

POSTED Wed,20 Apr,2016
2016 BMW M2 REVIEW | A Modern Classic Is Born... Like An 'M-Car' Of Old

IS THE DESCENDANT OF THE INFAMOUSLY INSANE 1M COUPE – THE NEW BMW M2 – REALLY AS GOOD AS EARLY REPORTS SUGGEST?  The motoring press has been describing it as some kind of miracle on wheels, and throwing around superlatives like “

POSTED Mon,29 Feb,2016
2016 AUDI A4 REVIEW - Midsize Luxury Has A New King

"THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AUDI EVER." That’s how the company from Ingolstadt describes its new A4. And Audi is not wrong. Even within a segment of premium high-end products, it stands apart for its feat

POSTED Fri,26 Feb,2016
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 white-out. Perfectly sensible then to point a posse of

POSTED Fri,05 Feb,2016
2016 BMW 740i Review | A New Benchmark In High-End Luxury

A FLAGSHIP LUXURY SEDAN, LIKE THE 2016 BMW 7 SERIES, CAN BE THE MARK AGAINST WHICH A CARMAKER'S ENTIRE RANGE IS JUDGED. So, for style, technology and luxury, it's important to get it right. And not just for high-end buyers,

POSTED Mon,28 Dec,2015
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 restrained approach, enhancing the things we already love abou

POSTED Sun,20 Dec,2015
BMW M5 REVIEW | 2016 M5 Pure - A Lower Price, But No Less Thrills

BMW DESCRIBES THE NEW 2016 M5 PURE AS "TRACK INSPIRED", BUT IT ISN’T A LIGHTWEIGHT, STRIPPED DOWN SPECIAL, IT JUST HAS A FEW LESS TOYS. Will you miss them? Probably not - it’s still as luxurious as it needs to be, but comes w

POSTED Sat,19 Dec,2015
HSV Clubsport REVIEW | 2016 Clubsport R8 LSA - Here's One For The Horsepower Junkies

THE GEN F2 CLUBSPORT R8 LSA IS PROOF THAT HSV EMPLOYS MORE 'EVIL SCIENTISTS' THAN ANY OTHER CAR COMPANY ON EARTH. At least, after spending a week in the supercharged Clubsport R8 LSA, that’s the only logical explanation I can come up with

POSTED Sun,22 Nov,2015
2015 Audi TT Sport quattro S Tronic Review - 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 power, drives sharper and has plenty of technology load

POSTED Sun,15 Nov,2015
2016 Subaru WRX Review - The 'Rex' Returns to Genuine Greatness

The skinny: The Subaru WRX has been given fresh equipment upgrades as part of a model-year 2016 (MY16) update, delivering two fixes for this $38,990 sports sedan. Firstly, the undersized 17-inch alloy wheels switch to a chunky 18-inch variety. Secondly

POSTED Wed,11 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 cutely cool and unabashedly fun that it makes you want t

POSTED Wed,28 Oct,2015
2015 Hyundai Tucson Elite Review - Smart, Comfortable... The 'Happy Medium' SUV

The skinny: The Hyundai Tucson, replacing the ageing ix35, has now grown up enough to be considered a medium SUV to rival the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail and Subaru Forester (in order of sales popularity).  It is an all-new collab

POSTED Sat,17 Oct,2015

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