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Maserati's GT Coupe gets Serious: Maserati GranTurismo-S [review]

Although we never felt that the original Maserati GranTurismo was too soft it did not stop Maserati from searching for an answer. However if you do compare it to the likes of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti it might pale in comparison but for an “affordable” grand tourer, we felt it hit the sweet spot with its blend of styling, size, sportiness and user friendliness. However living in the long shadow of Ferrari must give Maserati some sort of inferiority complex and hence it promptly went to work on a hot version called the GranTurismo-S.

Hard Candy : MINI Cooper S Clubman [Driven]

If you take only one thing away from this post, it should be: 'Estates are Cool.' No. Seriously. There's a delirious sense of anti-establishment that is pre-packaged with every blisteringly quick estate. Cars like the RS 4 Avant, M5 Touring and today, the Clubman Cooper S, ooze an aura of unconventionality that ably demonstrate: 1) the owners are not afraid to take a walk off the beaten path and 2) there are few things as humiliating as being brutally shredded up and overtaken by a V8 estate that seems to be hauling a trunk-full of dogs as it disappears into the horizon.

Fast Estates are for people who already know where they are in life... and don't see the need to prove anything to anybody.

The Second Coming : Porsche 911 GT2 (997) [review}

Porsche created a monster of a GT2 the last time around with the 996 GT2 and earned the unenviable nickname of 'widow maker' and for good reason too. So it was with great circumspect that we approached the third generation GT2 (997) now with a whopping 530 bhp sent to just the rear wheels.

It is now clear that the GT range meaning the GT2 and GT3 and GT3 RS are meant for the true hardcore Porsche-philes. The GT2 is derived from the 911 Turbo sans all wheel drive and PTM (Porsche Traction Management).

Megane Lite : Renault Megane R26.R

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(View RST promotional video HERE)

The latest addition to the Renault Sport family is Megane R26.R, a car that has been engineered for performance and extreme driving enjoyment.

Megane R26.R is based on Megane F1 Team R26 and uses the same engine, gearbox and limited slip differential, but has been lightened by 123kg and features specific suspension calibration.

On June 23, 2008, Megane R26.R established a new lap record for its category round the legendary Nürburgring in Germany with a time of 8m 17s which confirms its extreme performance calling. It is easily recognizable thanks to its carbon bonnet, while its sporty credentials are immediately apparent inside, too, with its Sabelt bucket seats and harness belts.

Megane R26.R is a limited edition model manufactured at the Alpine Renault factory in Dieppe, France. Total production has been restricted to just 450 cars. Following its unveiling at the London Show, Megane R26.R is due to go on sale in October 2008 (price in France: 34 900 euros).

Before the old lady bows out- Bentley Brooklands

THE BENTLEY BROOKLANDS COUPE
photos by Dominic Fraser

Bentley reckons that the number of millionaires in the world has risen to around 9.6 million but its another thing altogether to afford the Bentley Brooklands coupe so perhaps news that the ranks of billionaires has also swelled to nearly a thousand brings some cheer.

Maserati Attempts a Challenge Stradale : Maserati GranSport

Maserati’s latest addition to its family is called the Grandsport. A curiously coined name for sure but there is much more to it than its name. The Grandsport is like what the Challenge Stradale is to the 360 Modena, a much more focused product, biased heavily towards sport. Of course the Gransport is not as extreme a car as the CS but it gets many goodies that really make it a significant model in Maserati’s line-up.

Maserati's Most Sexy : Maserati GranTurismo [review]

It would seem that Maserati have turned a corner of sorts, posting a slim but nonetheless significant € 1million profit in 2006, the first ever since they were acquired by the Fiat group since 1993. As if to commemorate this significant milestone Maserati conjures up the most stunning piece of automobile art in the form of the gorgeous GranTurismo coupe.

High on Civic Mindedness : Honda Civic Type R (FD2R) [review]

The first Type R appeared as the NSX-R (NA1) back in 1992 although some may argue that the Type R moniker first appeared on Honda’s motorcycles long before it appeared on their four-wheelers.

BMW'S Latest Icon : BMW M3 (E92) [review]

Whilst the E30 M3 actually began life in 1986, BMW Motorsport GmbH had already started in 1972 and produced some legendary models like the M1, M535i, M5 and M635 CSi that proudly wore its red-violet and blue “M” badge.

Initially intended for motorsport homologation purposes, the original 5000 examples of E30 M3s swelled to 18,000 by the time the first M3 retired from production.

Lambo does a lightweight special (Gallardo Superleggera)[review]

THE LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO SUPERLEGGERA

Photos by Barry Hathaway

Superleggera means super lightweight in Italian and in this case it means more than a lightened Lamborghini Gallardo, it really means a fettered Gallardo, optimised and focussed. In order to reach the target reduction of 100 kg, the team headed by Maurizio Reggiani decided that no less than 500 individual parts could be lightened, often times contributing mere grams at a time.

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