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The Lamborghini Aventador S: Elevating the benchmark for super sports cars

The new Lamborghini Aventador S is characterized by new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics. The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini.

 

“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”

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Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 300: A legend reborn

 
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Over the past few months, I had the feeling that Infiniti has designed some hot wheels under the Q category, so I got very excited when I was asked to test-drive the 2017 Q50 Red Sport 300. At first glance, it seems nothing much has changed from 2016. But on the contrary, the vehicle comes equipped with a host of new technological aids as well as a level of drive mode customization that is unequaled in the market.

 

The 2017 Q50 Red Sport 300 is equipped with a one-of-a-kind electric-assist power steering system, analogous to the one used in most cars today. It’s pretty difficult, however, to sample all the driver’s assists for a first review, as many depend on responding to the unforeseeable behavior of other drivers – something I thankfully did not encounter.

The forward collision warning, for instance, sets an alert once it detects cars in front of you suddenly slowing down. Equally, if the system spots a pedestrian or other forward impediment, it will apply the brakes immediately to help you evade an accident.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500: A place of refuge for visionaries

 
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Do you know, guys, that there’s  an S in GLS? It represents the comfort of an S-Class. But there’s a G there, too – and I can guess this stands above all for: larger, tougher version of Mercedes-Benz‘s oft-lauded flagship sedan.

As a car enthusiast, I can see an array of abundant options that allow any Merc lover to personalize the new GLS further. From small details that just add a certain something, through to deluxe and comfortable appointments. Also, that face-lift, grafting a far more up to date facade across the SUV’s bluff frontage, is the most obvious bit.

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The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK Automatic breaks away from standards

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As many of you may know the Boxster and Cayman have recently received completely retuned chassis, upgraded brakes, and even a newly shared numerical designation—718—to help clarify that they’re simply two variants of the same model. But the most consequential changes by far were the replacement of the sonorous, naturally aspirated 2.7- and 3.4-liter flat-six engines with turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter flat-fours in the standard and S models.

If you’re like us, you worried about how Porsche would maintain these cars’ ebullient characters, so much of which resided in those legendary, mid-mounted flat-sixes, with their peaky but delightfully linear power (above roughly 3700 rpm) and richly mechanized thrum emanating from just behind one’s ears.

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Review: Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design Polestar

 

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Over the past few years, I’ve test driven so many vehicles of all makes & categories. Yet, very few cars have surprised me. And to be honest, I never expected a 3-row, 7-seater large SUV from Volvo to surprise me & appeal to me the way the new XC90 did — given I’m too much into performance & sporty driving experience.

Ever since Volvo launched the completely new XC90, I have read & heard so much positive feedback about it that got me so eager to get behind its wheel. And here I am now telling you how it felt driving this car around the UAE for 3 days.

Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design Polestar

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The all new Camaro ZL1: Mind over muscle

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The iconic ZL1 has been reinvented for the sixth-generation Camaro and is purpose-built to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world. A refined, driver-focused cockpit helps you get every last bit of performance from the supercharged 6.2L LT4 engine. Rocketing from 0-to-60 in just 3.5 seconds, running a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds and pulling up to 1.02 g in g’s, ZL1 is a sports car designed to dominate
in any setting.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Surprisingly, a lack of packaging space demanded the change. But what matters is this: 650 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. It’s all ­managed, aurally, by a dual-mode exhaust, which is now electronically controlled rather than vacuum actuated as it was on the last ZL1. Chevy offers two transmissions here, including a high-torque version of the six-speed Tremec TR6060 that’s available in the Camaro SS. A tailored gearset allows the manual-transmission–equipped ZL1 to hit 60 mph in first gear, while both fifth and sixth are overdrive gears. At 0.54:1, sixth gear is a true fuel-economy cog, though the 3.73 final-drive is still low enough to serve up shovel-to-the-spleen holeshots.

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Nissan Patrol Nismo: The Hero of Most Terrains

Nissan has launched the Nismo sub-brand in Dubai. It’s based on the SUV we’d know better as the Infiniti QX80, but instead of taking an off-road or luxury approach, the Nissan Patrol Nismo goes for on-road performance. To that end, the performance division has given it a thorough workover.

 

Nissan Patrol Nismo: The Hero of Most Terrain

Though it may sound hard to believe, the SUV is exactly what its name says: a beefed-up Patrol created by the same people that are responsible for the awesome GT-R Nismo and Juke-R. Sure, it may not be powered by the almighty twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 found in the AWD supercar, but it has plenty of power to brag about, as well as a long list of Nismo add-ons inside and out.

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High Tech All the Way – the New Audi A4

From its crisp, clean contours to its timeless style, the A4 is beautifully crafted front to rear, while details like the diamond-inspired Singleframe grille and available full LED headlights prove that being on the leading edge is a winning proposition.

At 4.73 meters long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 meters – the new Audi A4 has a confident stance on the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasizes the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Single-frame grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make technology a visual trademark.

the New Audi A4

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