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As surely as night follows day, an open-top Ferrari V8 has arrived a scant few months after the coupe.Yet while there’s no great surprise about the new 488 Spider – a 488 GTB for the sun-seekers, as you’ll have deduced – there’s plenty of fanfare. Being a modern Ferrari, the 488 Spider’s key boasts all centre, somewhat unromantically, around maths and science. Like this one: it’s as structurally stiff as the coupe it’s spun from, giving it a full 23 per cent more torsional rigidity than the 458 Spider it supersedes. Be...Continue reading »

The latest rumors emanating from the House of the Raging Bull say that Lamborghini is planning another million-dollar, ultra-exclusive supercar. Lambo is tipped to bring it to Pebble Beach next month, but it won’t be showing it to the general public. Lamborghini has a proud recent history of turning its flagship supercars into something even more desirable. You’ll remember the Reventón that was based on the Murciélago previewed the Aventador and was offered in a limited run of 20 coupes and 15 roadsters with a seven-figure...Continue reading »

The Chevrolet SS is one of the best cars no one’s buying. It’s a Bowtie-badged version of the Australian Holden Commodore with a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood. It’s got a six-speed manual transmission, General Motors’ sophisticated Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and rear-wheel drive. It’s a fullsize sedan that comes with every possible amenity you could want. And it’s less than $50,000. Chevrolet sold 2,479 SS sedans in 2014. That means it was outsold by every other vehicle the automaker offers,...Continue reading »

We don’t yet know if the next Audi RS4 will come to the US, but whoever gets it could find an electric turbocharger under the hood according to a report in Auto Express. The 4.2-liter V8 that has served for two RS4 generations is retiring from the line, replaced by a twin-turbocharged version of the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 used in the S4. But instead of using two sequential turbochargers – a smaller one to eliminate lag while a larger, more powerful turbo spools up – batteries charged by brake regeneration could power...Continue reading »

It was afternoon getting on evening at the Bernardus Lodge, a resort 10 miles inland from the northern California idyll of Carmel-by-the-Sea. A guitarist was plucking Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the notes lilting on a jasmine-charged breeze. A waiter arrived with a dish of pickled vegetables and a beverage. The drink was tall and I was grateful. It had been a long day, and there was a lot to reflect on, not least of which a certain dream that, thanks to a daring corporate calculation and the exertions of a small assembly line in...Continue reading »

Donating to charity is good for the soul. You feel good and help out those in need, and while you should donate out of the goodness of your heart, there’s nothing wrong with getting something in return. That’s doubly true if that something (or somethings) happen to run on gasoline… a lot of gasoline. For just $3 (plus $40,000 in taxes), you could park not one, but two high-powered Mopars in your driveway. The big item, of course, is the world’s most powerful Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Dubbed the Hellcat X after...Continue reading »

The ninth-generation Honda Accord gets a thorough refresh for 2016, and the big theme here is technology. Inside and out, the updated Accord packs a host of upgrades in an effort to keep Honda’s best-seller fresh in the minds of consumers. The big news is a new, seven-inch Display Audio infotainment interface with two of the latest in-car tech must-haves: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These come standard on EX models and above. The revised infotainment system doesn’t replace the outgoing two-screen setup inside the Accord,...Continue reading »

Chevrolet is taking a crowbar to its crossover lineup so it can slide in a new entry between the Equinox (shown) and the Traverse, according to a report in Automotive News. The current Equinox, a tweener compared to its rivals, will get smaller when the next-generation vehicle moves to the Delta platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze. The next Traverse will remain full-size, the liberated space between it and the smaller Equinox making room for a fourth offering from the brand. Designed on a short-wheelbase version of the Traverse...Continue reading »

Amidst the horde of vehicles coming to India in 2015, let us take a look at the upcoming new Honda Jazz. Honda is jazzing up its presence with a new car – Honda Jazz in the year 2015. Come July 2015, the roads will see a new and refreshing Jazz. When Honda first introduced Jazz in India in 2009, the car which was priced around Rs.7.2 lakh did little to impress the Indian buyers. Though the prices were slashed in a year, Honda had to eventually stop production of the model in February 2013 to cut losses. Honda Cars had displayed the new...Continue reading »

Infiniti is finally tearing off the camouflage and showing the world what the Q30 luxury hatchback actually looks like. Set to make a full debut Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15, the five-door marks the entry of the Japanese premium brand into the compact hatch ranks. The company’s designers did a fantastic job of bringing the major elements from 2013’s concept to the street, though. Like the earlier design, the production Q30 wears Infiniti’s rounded rectangle grille and a chrome strip along the edge of the hood....Continue reading »