News

The new BMW M550d xDriveThe new BMW M550d xDrive / News / Technical / BMW
BMW is now expanding the new generation of the world's most successful business sedan, the BMW 5 Series, with the addition of another M Performance model. The new BMW M550d xDrive is fitted with the most powerful diesel engine ever offered in a BMW 5 Series model. (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 l/100 km*, ** (Touring: 6.2 l/100 km*, **), combined CO2 emissions: 154 g/km*, ** (Touring: 163 g/km*, **), exhaust emission standard: EU6.)
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BBR launches stunning Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND stage 1 turbo upgrade – 248 bhp and 236 lb.ft of torque availableBBR launches stunning Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND stage 1 turbo upgrade – 248 bhp and 236 lb.ft of torque available / News / Mazda
Renowned Mazda tuning specialist BBR is proud to announce the launch of its latest development, an all-new ‘Stage 1’ turbocharger upgrade package for the 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND MY 2015 onwards models that increases power to a stunning 248 bhp at 7150 rpm, allied to an impressive 236 lb.ft of torque at just 3250 rpm.
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Fiat 500 Mirror: reflecting the need to be connectedFiat 500 Mirror: reflecting the need to be connected / News / Technical / Fiat
Besides marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Fiat 500, 2017 also sees the debut of the Fiat 500 Mirror. This special edition marks the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the Fiat 500, with a car that’s always connected and packed with content.
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New GT and GT Sport models spearhead updated Mazda2 rangeNew GT and GT Sport models spearhead updated Mazda2 range / News / Technical / Mazda
Mazda has announced a host of updates and changes to its highly acclaimed Mazda2 range. Highlights across all models include the introduction of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology and detailed improvements to the suspension and steering to deliver improved ride comfort and steering response. In addition, interior upgrades include new seat fabrics, a new steering wheel and enhanced sound insulation.
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Big-name stars to make debuts at the Confused.com London Motor Show 2017Big-name stars to make debuts at the Confused.com London Motor Show 2017 / News / Heritage / Technical / Aston Martin / Lamborghini / Mini / Nissan
The Confused.com London Motor Show 2017 is set to hand UK debuts to the most exciting new models around and also host a world debut when the industry’s eyes turn to Battersea Evolution in the spring.
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Motor-Sport

McLaren Sports Series confirmed as the British GT Safety Car for a second seasonMcLaren Sports Series confirmed as the British GT Safety Car for a second season / News / Motor-Sport / McLaren
The Safety Car role is truly fitting for a McLaren. As with every model produced for road or track since 1981, safety is a key attribute with a carbon fibre chassis at the heart of each Sports Series model. The 540C Coupé, 570S Coupé, 570GT and the 570S GT4 share the lightweight MonoCell II, providing the highest levels of occupant safety.
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Ford’s World Endurance Championship battle beginsFord’s World Endurance Championship battle begins / News / Motor-Sport / Ford
“With a respectable first season behind us, we are in great shape to start the second WEC season at Silverstone,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “The GTE Pro class is going to be intense, but we have the team ready for battle. We know the competition has been preparing as well, so get ready for some amazing racing.”
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New Audi R8 LMS GT4: Audi Sport customer racing headed for growthNew Audi R8 LMS GT4: Audi Sport customer racing headed for growth / News / Motor-Sport / Technical / Audi
Before the New York International Auto Show the Audi R8 LMS premiered in its GT4 version. Audi Sport GmbH’s customer racing program has been experiencing rapid growth. Audi has been offering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation of this success model in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models has been extended once again.
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Craig Breen finishes fifth at Tour de CorseCraig Breen finishes fifth at Tour de Corse / News / Motor-Sport / Citroen
The Tour de Corse provided further drama on the third and final day, as Craig Breen and Scott Martin dropped back to fifth overall, losing out on fourth place by just a tenth of a second. Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau made sure that Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT scored points with two of its C3 WRCs in France.
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Victory for Parente headlines double podium for McLaren 650S GT3 at Long BeachVictory for Parente headlines double podium for McLaren 650S GT3 at Long Beach / News / Motor-Sport / Technical / McLaren
During qualifying, Parente set a time of 1m 18.883s in the #9 K-PAX Racing 650S GT3, to score pole position by exactly a tenth of a second.
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Heritage

5,590 mile 911 Speedster at auction for the very first time5,590 mile 911 Speedster at auction for the very first time / Heritage / Porsche
An incredibly rare, factory right-hand drive 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, one of just 139 ever produced, has just been consigned to Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, taking place on 13th May at The Wing, Silverstone circuit.
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Wide-bodied turbo-look perfection – duo of Porsche 911 Supersports go on sale at HexagonWide-bodied turbo-look perfection – duo of Porsche 911 Supersports go on sale at Hexagon / News / Heritage / Porsche
Hexagon Classics is proud to offer not one but two examples of the revered Porsche 911 (930) Supersport – otherwise known as the wide-bodied ‘turbo look’ Carrera 3.2.
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Gems on wheelsGems on wheels / News / Heritage / Technical / Seat
Accompanied by the guardians of the gems on two and four wheels in their respective historical collections, Livio Lodi and Isidre López, we take a look at the milestones defining the successes and track record of both companies.
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70 classic cars to go under the hammer at Coys Spring Classics Auction70 classic cars to go under the hammer at Coys Spring Classics Auction / News / Heritage / Aston Martin / Jaguar / Mercedes-Benz
International auctioneers Coys return to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London with a 70-classic and sports car auction on Wednesday 12th April.
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DB delight at Beaulieu’s Simply Aston MartinDB delight at Beaulieu’s Simply Aston Martin / News / Heritage / Aston Martin
At the heart of Simply Aston Martin was a real-life timeline, charting the history of the DB models with a special display of the cars which took their name from Sir David Brown, the entrepreneur who was at the helm of the iconic company for a quarter of a century from 1947 until 1972.
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Technical

Lotus Exige Cup 380: king of road and raceLotus Exige Cup 380: king of road and race / News / Technical / Luxury
Without equal and without compromise, the ballistic new Exige Cup 380 coupe provides the perfect balance between fully type approved road car and genuine race car to deliver the ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus.
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New Hyundai Santa Fe Endurance: unleash your inner explorer with new limited edition modelNew Hyundai Santa Fe Endurance: unleash your inner explorer with new limited edition model / News / Technical / Video / Hyundai
Hyundai Motor UK announces the launch of a highly-equipped SUV perfect for those who consider every drive an expedition – the Sante Fe Endurance Edition.
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The new BMW M4 CSThe new BMW M4 CS / News / Technical / BMW
The M4 CS also sees BMW M GmbH introducing a new nomenclature for its models. Positioned above the standard M models will be the performance-boosted Competition versions. Then come the CS special-edition models, a notch higher still. Positioned on top are the performance-maximising “brand shapers” which display a clear motor sport or club sport character but are also fully road legal.
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Citroën reveals C5 Aircross: the new-generation SUVCitroën reveals C5 Aircross: the new-generation SUV / News / Technical / Citroen
Citroën premieres a new-generation SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show: C5 Aircross. Inspired directly by the Aircross Concept that was unveiled in 2015, it combines assertive design with interior space for the well-being of everyone on-board. A ‘people-minded’ SUV, this new model benefits from the latest technologies that ensure easier driving and a modern approach to comfort. New C5 Aircross represents an important milestone in the development of the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme. This is the world premiere of a revolutionary new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions, which delivers a uniquely smooth and comfortable ride that is typically Citroën. The New C5 Aircross is scheduled to launch in China in the second half of this year and in Europe in 2018.
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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class: the automotive benchmark in efficiency and comfortThe new Mercedes-Benz S-Class: the automotive benchmark in efficiency and comfort / News / Technical / Luxury / Mercedes-Benz
Stuttgart/Shanghai. The new S-Class celebrates its world première with extensive innovations at the Auto Shanghai. Among the highlights is an all-new and highly efficient engine range with a series of new technologies for electrification of the powertrain. Intelligent Drive takes another step towards autonomous driving. And the undisputed leader in the premium segment with regard to comfort and wellness sets new standards in the interior. The market launch of the new S-Class starts in the European markets in July.
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Luxury

Jaguar F-Pace voted 2017 Best and Most Beautiful Car in the worldJaguar F-Pace voted 2017 Best and Most Beautiful Car in the world / News / Technical / Luxury / Jaguar
The Jaguar F-PACE is officially the best and most beautiful car in the world after double success at the 2017 World Car Awards, scooping the prestigious World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.
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707-horsepower 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: the most powerful and quickest SUV ever707-horsepower 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: the most powerful and quickest SUV ever / News / Technical / Luxury / Jeep
The new benchmark 707-horsepower supercharged engine combines with an upgraded high-torque capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, world-class on-road driving dynamics and new Brembo brakes to deliver a new level of performance: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph, top speed of 180 mph, 60-0 mph braking distance in 114 feet and .88g capability on the skid pad.
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Q by Aston Martin: Vanquish S Red Arrows EditionQ by Aston Martin: Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition / News / Technical / Luxury / Aston Martin
Spectacular British aviation skills are the inspiration for Aston Martin's latest Q by Aston Martin creation; the Vanquish S Red Arrows edition.
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Extremely athletic, extremely versatile: The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Extremely athletic, extremely versatile: The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman / News / Technical / Luxury / Mini
The second generation of the MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the entire range of the tradition-steeped British brand.
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Lamborghini London to showcase Aventador S at 2017 London Motor ShowLamborghini London to showcase Aventador S at 2017 London Motor Show / News / Technical / Luxury / Lamborghini
Fresh from a show-stopping world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador S is a more powerful and focused version of the venerable Aventador that’s packing a whopping 730bhp – 40bhp more than its sibling.
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Video

Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace: the leisure activity vehicle goes electricCitroën E-Berlingo Multispace: the leisure activity vehicle goes electric / News / Technical / Video / Citroen
The Citroën Berlingo passenger car is now available with an electric drivetrain, in the form of the E-Berlingo Multispace. The new model offers a refined, zero-emission driving experience and sets new standards in the sector for peace-of-mind and ease of use.
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Ferrari’s anniversary celebrations get underway with re-enactment of 125 S driving through the Maranello gatesFerrari’s anniversary celebrations get underway with re-enactment of 125 S driving through the Maranello gates / News / Heritage / Video / Ferrari
To coincide with the official start of the celebrations and to commemorate the events of 70 years ago, Ferrari is also releasing a special video featuring a re-enactment of the first 12-cylinder to sport the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, the 125 S, driving through the factory gates on Via Abetone Inferiore and, in doing so, symbolically passing the baton of the Ferrari legacy to the LaFerrari Aperta.
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Geneva International Motor Show 2017: Arteon - world premiereGeneva International Motor Show 2017: Arteon - world premiere / News / Technical / Luxury / Video / Volkswagen
Volkswagen is expanding its model range with the debut of an avant-garde gran turismo: the new Arteon. Positioned above the Passat, the premium class Arteon is being revealed to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March). Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design: "The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback.
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Next-gen Ford Fiesta ST debuts 200ps, three cylinder, 1.5-litre ecoboost engine and drive modesNext-gen Ford Fiesta ST debuts 200ps, three cylinder, 1.5-litre ecoboost engine and drive modes / News / Technical / Luxury / Video / Ford
Shown for the first time ahead of its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the next‑generation Fiesta ST will deliver 200PS, 290Nm of torque and anticipated 0‑62mph acceleration in 6.7sec.
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Limited edition new Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk announcedLimited edition new Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk announced / News / Technical / Luxury / Video / Jeep
Plans to continue the success of the remarkable Jeep Renegade are announced today with details of a new limited edition Renegade ‘Desert Hawk’ version.
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