The Infiniti Q30 is but a rebadged Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s an intriguing alternative to the premium German hatchback norm. The large stylized grille and sweeping headlights give the Q30 a distinctive look, while the swooping curves and various angles are far more distinctive than the straight-laced Audi A3.
Through the Q30, Infiniti has put a lot of work into differentiating its potato-shaped thing from Benz’s potato-shaped thing, meaning the narrative heard ’round the internet, that this is just a Mercedes knockoff, is not wholly accurate. The Q30 is its own odd animal, and therein lies some of its appeal.
Infiniti is taking a different approach to the increasingly crowded compact luxury segment with its 2017 Q30. The Japanese luxury brand’s new gateway model isn’t a traditional sedan ( Audi A3 ) or a sedan with a coupe profile (Mercedes-Benz CLA ) like the latest German entries to storm the marketplace.
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The Audi Sport Center, run by Ali & Son’s, the official Audi distributor for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, will showcase its most exclusive, high performance and innovative models under one roof for the first time in history. The all new futuristic showroom will give customers a unique insight into the commissioning of these top of the range models, with the opening set to cater for the growing demand for high performance cars in the region.
To mark the milestone, legendary racing driver and nine time Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen will be arriving at the event in an R8 LMS race car, which has been specially flown over for the opening. Kristensen, who holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be taking part in a series of special events for the occasion. This includes giving one lucky VIP guest a masterclass in racing technique on the track, before heading to Abu Dhabi in style for the official opening of the Audi Sport Center.
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From Farina and Fangio to Schumacher, Vettel and Hamilton, from Alfa Roméo and Ferrari to Mercedes, Red Bull and McLaren, Formula One’s history is alive with the triumph of skill and technology, the crushing disappointment of lost opportunities and the tragedy of lives cut short of their zenith. The history of Grand Prix racing is the saga of human endeavor and accomplishment, of the sheer will to win.
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Team UAE and Oman have six drivers who have progressed through to the final day at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2016, in Italy, after a grueling, qualifying process with drivers competing in three Heats and making it through the Pre-Finals against the world’s best Rotax drivers.
The top 34 drivers out of 72 in each class proceed to the final day of racing where they will contest the Grand Final to determine the World Champion in each respective class.
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Innovative lightweight construction, pioneering engines or a highly intelligent energy management are the best examples: The innovations of the BMW Efficient-dynamics engineers set new standards. In the BMW 7 Series, they unite in masterful perfection. The result is the optimum combination of driving comfort, dynamics and efficiency.
Whether the goal is maximum performance or minimum fuel consumption – for BMW, the focus is always on delivering quintessential BMW driving pleasure. BMW Efficient-dynamics is the strategy developed by BMW to minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while simultaneously increasing dynamics and driving pleasure. It is a comprehensive technology package that encompasses the engine, energy management and the vehicle concept – and comes with every BMW.
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The AMG GT Roadster, comes with 469 horsepower (a modest jump from the 456 hp made by the base AMG GT coupe) and 465 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 — that’s enough to get the car from 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph.
For those who want something a little bit more “turned-up-to-eleven,” Merc also has the AMG GT C Roadster, which gets more output and torque (550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft) as well as a wider rear end that makes room for larger wheels and an active rear axle steering system brought over from the AMG GT R that lets the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front. According to the Mercedes press release, it gives “significantly higher agility and increased driving pleasure with less steering input” — though the more usable benefit is a reduced turning circle.
Both convertibles have a fabric roof (available in black, beige, and a gorgeous red) that can open or close in around 11 seconds and it can do it while the car is going 30 miles per hour. Unnecessary and ridiculous? Probably. Awesome nonetheless? Abso-fricking-lutely. Also awesome? The Burmester sound system has a “special aperture in the right wheel arch” that holds a subwoofer and transmits the low notes throughout the entire car.
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A sketch in the sand launched a worldwide legend of capability, strength and service…
The year is 1947. A man sketches the silhouette of a car in the sand of a Welsh beach. That car is the Land Rover. Tough, intrepid, it goes on to change history, mastering all manner of terrain and capturing hearts around the world.
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Land Rover’s legendary off-road capabilities are inherent in every vehicle. Tested in environments as remote as the ice fields of Arjeplog, Sweden and the unforgiving sands of Dubai, prototypes cover some 8,500km.
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We recently spent some time with the updated 2017 Highlander to discover the cool ways the crossover is different from the 2016 model—and also how it has remained the same.
As the designated driver for most road trips, I don’t spend much time in third-row seats. Still, when Toyota provided a 2017 Sienna beside a 2017 Highlander, I had to try both family-mobiles. No surprise here, the overwhelming winner for space in the third-row seats is the Sienna. I couldn’t believe how much space was back there, but my comfort level went from mildly uncomfortable to unbearable in the Highlander. That’s to be expected, though, as the Highlander is about 8 inches shorter than the Sienna, which has more interior space overall.
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Turkish company Letvision unveiled a real-life version of a Transformer last week: It’s a BMW 3 Series prototype that’s as cool as it sounds. Letvision worked on the prototype for roughly 14 months.
According to Evren Tanrikulu, an owner at Letvision and the head of research and development, the cars have a computer installed within them that allows for real-time communication with the car by remote.
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