Norton V4 Cafe Racer prototype superbike serves up 185 hp

Posted in REVIEWS on December 2, 2021
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Norton Motorcycles is renewing ties with its past by jumping back into the cafe racer segment. It introduced a prototype called V4 Cafe Racer that blends the heritage-laced design riders expect from a cafe racer with an unexpected dose of superbike-sourced power. Developed and built in England, the V4 Cafe Racer is based on the V4SV, but it stands out with a more compact overall design and less fairing. Its frame is shorter, and it Read More »

New Lexus ROV is hydrogen-fuelled hint at future 4x4s

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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Lexus’s hydrogen-fuelled Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) concept is designed to demonstrate that "exhilarating driving can co-exist with a carbon-free society".  The UTV-style two-seater features exposed long-travel suspension, prominent mud-deflecting fenders, a full roll cage and chunky tyres – but Lexus maintains that it's still "the kind of vehicle that people would expect from a luxury car maker". It uses a hydrogen-fuelled 1.0-litre engine, but Lexus hasn't given any further technical or performance details, beyond suggesting Read More »

New 2022 Lexus RZ is electric SUV with performance focus

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The first bespoke Lexus electric car, arriving in the first half of 2022, will be a sleek, performance-oriented SUV called the RZ.  Officially previewed as part of the Toyota and Lexus annual Kenshiki forum, it is based on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform but with bespoke modifications aimed at taking “the driving experience to the next level”.  The brand’s Europe vice president, Pascal Ruch, told Autocar that a priority for Lexus is offering “exhilarating driving performance” and hinted that it will offer variants Read More »

2022 Mazda MX-30: 8 things we like, 8 we don’t about this strange EV

Posted in REVIEWS on December 2, 2021

I just spent a week in the Mazda MX-30 EV. I hated it at first, but then I found some nice things to say about it. Overall, it was a stressful EV to live with as an only car for a week. (My wife’s Palisade was in the shop, and my ’74 Beetle currently doesn’t have a steering wheel.) That said, the MX-30 did have me, once again, yearning for an electric daily driver. Just Read More »

2022 Mazda3 gains Carbon Edition model and new paint color

Posted in REVIEWS on December 2, 2021

Mazda is making a handful of visual changes to the Mazda3 for the 2022 model year. Still offered as a sedan and as a hatchback, the Japanese firm's entry-level model gains a familiar new trim level called Carbon Edition and an additional color on its palette. Positioned near the middle of the range, the Carbon Edition is powered by the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter engine and only offered with front-wheel-drive. It stands out from the rest of Read More »

2022 Cadillac CT4 Review | Punched out and punching up

Posted in REVIEWS on December 2, 2021

Cadillac’s most compact and frugal four-door is perhaps its most compelling, as evidenced by its place among our favorite sport sedans. This small sedan ostensibly competes with the growing class of sub-compact luxury sedans, yet its rear-drive layout and sophisticated chassis are more akin to European offerings a size larger. The CT4’s chassis makes an excellent case for itself against the benchmark BMW 3 Series, and the Blackwing adds M3-like power to that already-phenomenal platform. Read More »

2022 Morgan 3 Wheeler: design previewed in official sketches

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The new 3 Wheeler’s most visible – and initially most controversial – change entails ditching the old S&S-sourced air-cooled 2.0-litre V-twin engine in favour of a normally aspirated, longitudinally mounted version of Ford’s considerably more refined 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit, as used by the Fiesta ST hot hatchback.  The change is likely to result in a dramatic boost in performance, since the V-twin produced barely 80bhp (because of punitive exhaust emissions restrictions) whereas the Ford unit Read More »

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Electric Car Co-Designed By Virgil Abloh

Posted in LUXURY CARS on December 2, 2021
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Image: Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its last collaboration with the late fashion icon, Virgil Abloh — Project Maybach. It is a solar-powered electric car with zero emissions. The unveiling of the car was given the blessing of Abloh’s family and was described as being an extraordinary design to come out of Mercedes-Benz. The car was revealed at Art Basel Miami. This vehicle is actually Abloh’s second collaboration with Mercedes following the G-Wagen race car. It Read More »

Lunaz to electrify commercial vehicle fleets in UK

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“This provides fleet owners with all of the cost and ecological benefits of an upcycled vehicle with the same functional performance and reliability as a brand-new equivalent,” Lunaz said.  “The approach represents a comprehensive process of remanufacturing. Every component is upcycled to a factory standard with a clear focus on reducing waste. “This is a clear answer to the pressing global requirement to reduce carbon emissions. Lunaz employs a remanufacturing approach, because it preserves nearly Read More »

From the archive: Mercedes cancels new C112 hypercar

Posted in CAR NEWS on December 2, 2021
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After five years of battling to get the Formula 1-derived One into production, Mercedes-Benz must at times wish that it hadn’t bothered. Thankfully for us petrolheads, it has persevered – unlike previously.  In 1991, we saw the death of the C112, a Jaguar XJ220 rival inspired by the 1990 World Sportscar Championship-winning C11. It had an aluminium monocoque hosting the 600 SEL’s 6.0-litre V12, a six-speed manual gearbox, an aluminium body with adjustable aerodynamics, adaptive Read More »

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