Category Archives: REVIEWS

The New Cadillac CTS-V on Course to Match the Racing Pace

Aware that rivals from Audi and Mercedes are relentlessly upping the performance game, the new Cadillac CTS-V strives to take the lead; thus broadcasts its eminent capabilities…

I was privileged to be the first hack to drive the new Cadillac CTS-V on Dubai’s astounding roads. It was a bit smoggy as I prepared to go in the new Cadillac CTS-V, which elevated the heart rate…..

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Hailed as the dawning of a new era for the American car maker, the new flagship sedan has been comprehensively re-engineered. It seems that GM intends it to mount a successful challenge against upmarket rivals such as Audi S6, and Lexus GS F.

Inside, the new Cadillac has a clean and contemporary-looking dashboard, a re-designed multi-function steering wheel and 12.3” high-definition display closely modeled on this first seen on previous model. And the Head-Up Display lets you view select vehicle data through the windshield while keeping your eyes on the road.

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Super Power

The 2017 CTS-V is offered with the choice of supercharged 6.2L V8 engine developing 640-hp and 630 lb-ft of torque capable of pushing you from 0 to 60 mph ( 100 km/h) in an Autoscommunity tested 3.8 seconds and has the ability to reach a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h) on the racetrack.  The engine is allied to an 8-speed automatic transmission plus structural and suspension components for decisive steering and cornering.  Shift through all 8 seamlessly and automatically select the right gear with Performance Algorithm Shifting to improve lap times, or switch to manual control by tapping the magnesium paddle shifters, mounted on the steering wheel for a truly hands-on experience.

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A one-of-a-kind ride in Merc’s autonomous car

The F 015 autonomous car made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas more than two years ago. It’s packed with advanced (or what was considered advanced in 2015) autonomous technology, and can, in theory, run for almost 900 kilometers on a mixture of pure electric power and a hydrogen fuel cell.

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But while countless other vehicles are still trying to prove that cars can, literally, drive themselves, Merc’s autonomous car offering takes this for granted. Instead, this vehicle wants us to consider what we’ll actually do while the car is driving us around.

The steering wheel slides into the dashboard to create more of a “lounge” space. The seating configuration allows four people to face each other if they want to talk. And when the onboard conversation dries up, a bewildering collection of screens — one on the rear wall, and one on each of the doors — offers plenty of opportunity to interact with various media.

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The New Volvo V90 T6: Keep Your Eyes Peeled…..

How a car’s lover cannot be tempted when he can grab a Volvo V90 T6? H.Soukar takes a closer look…

I must be dreaming. Driving such luxurious yet powerful vehicle as the Volvo V90 is a real dream, to say the least! And if this sounds too fantastic to be true, then I am one of the lucky ones enjoying the ultimate driving adventure of this amazing wagon.

A 3-day-long drive across the UAE is a real treat. As each day passes, the roads become increasingly entertaining. A few laps of the track make it clear that the engine of this car is smooth and refined and has proper, rock-steady push once the big turbo is spooled up. After 15 minutes or so, my conclusion is pretty straightforward: this is a very impressive piece of engineering.

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Rolls-Royce Announces ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhobition

Rolls-Royce has announced the Mayfair location for ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition. The exhibition will take place at Bonhams on Bond Street, London, the heart of the luxury world. Rolls-Royce also announced that the third Great Phantom to join the exhibition will be Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II Continental.

Need for speed: Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II

At the height of his pursuit of a new land speed record in the 1930’s, Sir Malcolm Campbell began a relationship with Rolls-Royce that would take him to glory and help him celebrate it.

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At the end of 1932 Campbell had won prestigious Grand Prix races, broken the land speed world record not once but six times, and had been knighted by King George V. He had nothing left to prove. He was the fastest man on land and yet, as restless as ever, he wanted to take a crack at the 300mph barrier, the automotive equivalent of the four-minute mile. He believed that the only engine that could power his Blue Bird to this speed was a 36.5L Rolls-Royce R aero engine, which generated a staggering 2,300 horsepower.

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From Vintage to Modern, MG Live! Showcases 97 Years of MG History

MG fans from across the globe gathered this June at the annual MG Live! event in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles
MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles

The biggest car event to be held anywhere in the world saw MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles, spanning the brand’s 97-year history.

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Aston Martin Racing Claim 24 Hours of Le Mans Victory

Aston Martin Racing has taken victory at the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans in dramatic style, after Jonny Adam (GB) snatched the GTE Pro lead on the final lap of the iconic endurance race.

2017 World Endurance Championship Le Mans -Photo: Nick Dungan / Drew Gibson

Partnered by Darren Turner (GB) and Daniel Serra (BR), the trio and their Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE performed faultlessly to ensure they remained in the hunt for victory right until the death.

With just over 45 minutes left on the clock, Jonny Adam found himself pitting at the same time as the #63 Corvette for a final fuel stop. With both cars exiting the pit lane together – with Adam in second – it was inevitable that he would have to make the pass while on track.

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After trading places with his rival for much of the final stint, Adam prevailed and overtook the #63 Corvette as he crossed the start/finish line on the penultimate lap. With his rival running wide at the second Mulsanne corner under pressure from the Scot, a slow puncture halted their progress and ensured the victory.

Jonny Adam said, “For Daniel and Darren to put me in that mix to battle for the front was testament to how good the car has been all weekend. To see how well the guys had driven, we had zero mistakes and we did our best to keep the car out of the pits as often as we could and just try to run a consistent pace throughout. It was an extremely tough last stint, we nearly pipped the Corvette on the pit exit in the last hour and when he did get the jump there he was fast. He managed to pull at one point a six to eight car length gap, but our goal was not to give up. He looked weak in a few corners and I knew I had to capitalize on them and when I got on to his bumper I knew it was now or never if I wanted to win Le Mans. We got it and it was really cool to get him just before the finish line and to see fans in the grandstands and the team on the pit wall celebrating, and it was then just time to bring it home.”

 

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Lexus LC 500 Takes Three-In-A-Row 2017 SUPER GT500 Victory

Having dominated the first two rounds of the 2017 AUTOBACS SUPER GT500 series in Okayama and Fuji Speedway, the new Lexus LC 500 displayed its prowess once again at the Autopolis racing circuit to make it three wins in a row. This time, it was the turn of the #36 au TOM’S LC 500 driven by Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter to keep the Lexus flag flying as they raced to victory in the third round of the championship.

In a race held under clear bright skies and fought over a challenging 300-km distance, the au TOM’S LC 500 battled its way from seventh on the grid to the top step of the podium to continue Lexus’ scintillating start to the season and consolidate the team’s position on top of the manufacturer’s standings.

“This has been another excellent performance from the team, and I congratulate au TOM’S LC 500 for maintaining Lexus’ dominance in the 2017 season,” said Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “Participating in motorsports events allows us to gather a variety of data which in turn help us while developing production vehicles. The level of support we received from our fans has been one of the highlights of our 2017 activities so far, and I express my gratitude to them for their constant encouragement of our motorsports initiatives.”

The SUPER GT qualifying employs a unique two-stage knockout format, meaning both drivers of each team must be quick enough to get into higher position. Everyone makes a desperate attempt to clock the fastest lap in qualifying within the given time limit to get a better position at the actual race, making it a breathtaking battle well worth watching.

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The New Ford Escape SUV: Offers Cutting-Edge Ford Technologies

One of Ford’s best-selling SUVs for a reason, the Escape’s popularity is born of its reputation for great fuel economy, versatility, and technology aimed at helping customers, and it stands proudly as an integral part of Ford’s SUV lineup. The new  Ford Escape delivers an even more technologically advanced, refined and affordable sports utility vehicle (SUV), making driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable – even irresistible – for the ever-growing number of SUV customers in one of the most competitive segments in the Middle East.

The new Escape offers Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior, and powerful and efficient engines including Ford’s twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-litre four cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which produces 242 PS and 366 Nm of torque.

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A 2.5-litre iVCT Duratec automatic petrol engine with 171 PS and 230 Nm of torque is also available, with each engine variant mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The new Escape also features Ford’s Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System for optimized visibility in low light. Further advanced technologies include Hands-Free Lift-gate and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD).

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Football versus fast cars – what’s more exciting?

With the climax of the UEFA Champions League season on the horizon, Nissan – the official global automotive sponsor of the competition – has put football to the ultimate test, assessing whether the thrill of the game is more exciting than being a passenger in the iconic GT-R supercar.

In partnership with sports science experts at Loughborough University, Nissan fitted participants with wearable technology to monitor and gather a combined index of data. This included heart rate, breathing rate and electro-dermal activity, in order to examine the physiological effect excitement has, and ultimately determine which activity is more exciting.

Live match experiments took place during crunch UEFA Champions League fixtures and were compared to the reactions of passengers raced around by professional drivers in Nissan GT-Rs at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Nissan – the official global automotive sponsor of the competition - has put football to the ultimate test

When comparing the findings from the two sets of experiments, Dr. Dale Esliger from Loughborough University commented: “Previously we would have subjectively judged how exciting a crunch football fixture or being a passenger in a thrilling super car, like the Nissan GT-R, would be. The research conducted as part of the Nissan Excitement Index has allowed us to use innovative sensor data to understand the participants’ physical reaction to these exciting moments and thus make suggestions on what elements might be the most exciting.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Ups Adventure-Ready Credentials with Refined Specs

Nissan has recently launched  the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder in the Middle East during an event set against the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains in Fujairah. The Nissan Pathfinder is reborn for the 2018 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to a higher level of performance and style.

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The latest iteration of this popular, family-oriented four-wheel drive vehicle draws on Nissan’s vast experience of building vehicles designed to operate in testing off-road conditions while remaining perfectly at home on the highway. As an SUV vehicle, the Pathfinder retains plenty of capability in off-road environments.

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“Pathfinder has a logical and hugely practical place within the Nissan model line-up in this region,” explained Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer of Nissan Middle East. “For 2018, Pathfinder receives much more than a typical facelift. It now offers more power, improved driving dynamics and new available driver assistance features –more of what customers need for safe, comfortable every day and weekend family adventures.”  “Most people with a family need to commute to work, drop the kids off at school and generally use their vehicles on paved surfaces. But at weekends it’s great to have the Pathfinder’s capacity to explore further afield, getting to special places that an ordinary family car cannot reach, be that in a desert, beach, wadi or mountain environment.”

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Revised Engine

The refreshed Pathfinder benefits from changes both externally and internally.  The revised 3.5-liter V6 engine has almost 7% more horse power and almost 4% more torque thanks to its new engine. These include new combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold, electromagnetic Valve Timing Control and a new Direct Injection Gasoline system.

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