Ferrari 458 Speciale. DRIVEN. Precious memories

It's been quite a while since I've sworn this much during a test drive. Almost a year in fact. But this is not swearing with vitriolic rage at an incomprehensible SatNav, Bluetooth connection or adaptive cruise control. It's swearing aimed internally. I'm not driving this Ferrari 458 Speciale as I should be. » 12/10/14 1:13pm 12/10/14 1:13pm

Mercedes S-Class and S 63 AMG Coupe. DRIVEN

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the technological wunderkind. I've had the good fortune of steering a few elder generations of the Sonderklasse long after their release, and have always been amazed that the technology equipped within these 10-15 year old luxury barges hasn't felt out-dated, or in any way… » 9/03/14 7:30am 9/03/14 7:30am

Why criticising the SUV is a blinkered view

I find it quite amusing that while the world has gone SUV crazy, those that position themselves as hardcore car enthusiasts seem to have universally adopted a negative stance towards the Sports Utility Vehicle. I liken it to the music snob that goes out of their way to express just how terrible the tracks on the Top… » 8/14/14 2:49am 8/14/14 2:49am

TEASER. MINI Cooper S vs Sodi go-kart on-track

When the new MINI was announced, we knew it was only a matter of time before the brand drew attention towards the updated 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, retro-look cabin, and a whole new brand of MINI 'hallmark' exterior design. And, of course, that typical 'go-kart feeling'. » 8/12/14 3:37am 8/12/14 3:37am

VIDEO. Ford GT. Ten years young

Hard as it is to believe, this year the Ford GT turns ten years old. Somehow an entire decade has rolled past since we were blown out of our respective chairs by the sound of a furious (and Ferrari-baiting) supercharged V8 packing 650bhp. Few denied the then-newboy was a hell of a way to celebrate the legendary, Le… » 4/09/14 7:48am 4/09/14 7:48am

Cadillac ATS vs Lexus IS350 F-Sport. Fighting back

So you're after a new premium mid-size saloon. You want a bit of poke, a good amount of style without being too flashy, and it has to be comfortable as well as feature a performance element. Basically, you want everything. Where do you go? Traditionally, you'd head straight to Germany and check out a BMW 3 Series, an… » 3/10/14 1:53pm 3/10/14 1:53pm

BMW 435i M-Sport. Crash and burn?

The holiday romance. It's a situation we've all experienced. You've met someone abroad. Someone fun. Someone clever, adventurous, gorgeous. Romance starts to blossom and the time you spend together stays with you for weeks, perhaps months afterwards. Of course you get back home and those same feelings take a dive. Was… » 2/13/14 3:30pm 2/13/14 3:30pm

Up close and personal with James Hunt’s 1977 McLaren M26 Formula 1 car

Earlier this month, James Hunt‘s final race-winning car – a 1977 McLaren M26 – was sold at auction in Abu Dhabi for $1.2 million. But before it winged its way to its lucky new owner, we were privileged enough to spend some quality time alone with it at the Dubai Autodrome. » 12/05/13 6:32am 12/05/13 6:32am

Honda Integra Type-R. Andy Blackmore. A new lease of life

The Honda Integra Type-R you see here is now 12 years old. It has raced its way around Asia and competed in the stifling humidity of Malaysia before embarking on a new life in the NGK Racing Series, nee UAE Touring Car Championship. As you can imagine, years of such competitive abuse will take its toll: from 16 races… » 10/23/13 8:43am 10/23/13 8:43am

Renault Clio Cup. Back to school

I’ll be perfectly honest, an invitation to drive a Renault Clio at the Dubai Autodrome at first didn’t fill me with excitement: it’s a Renault hatchback; how good could it be? Words are swiftly eaten though when I find out the hot hatch I will be driving is the lightweight Cup car, a racing derivation that has been… » 9/23/13 11:41am 9/23/13 11:41am

Porsche 908/80. Dubai, UAE. In name only

Amidst 24 Hours of Le Mans ‘most successful’ stories you’ll find your Porsches (courtesy of 16 victories at La Sarthe between 1970 and 1998), your Audis (thanks to 12 wins in 14 years), your Tom Kristensens (record holder for most wins with nine, 1997-2013) and your Jacky Ickxs (former record holder with six,… » 8/12/13 9:47am 8/12/13 9:47am

Lexus IS 300. Built for Business. Dubai, UAE

Forget for a moment all the fuss being made about the Toyobaru FRSGT86BRZ as we travel back in time to the late 1990s when Toyota made a genuinely awesome car then failed to capitalize on its awesomeness. The car in question was the XE10 and it is an underrated gem in the Toyota back catalogue. » 6/20/13 8:01am 6/20/13 8:01am

BMW ALPINA B3 GT3. Munich Motor Works. Dubai, UAE

Hearing that Munich Motor Works in Dubai had an Alpina in stock didn’t really come as much of a surprise. As an independent workshop specializing in German marques – and an authorized DINAN Performance Centre capable of turning your ‘mild’ BMW M5 into a 700+hp beast – the occasional product from Alpina Burkard… » 6/18/13 10:39am 6/18/13 10:39am