Aston Martin Vantage AMR 2019 Cars 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR 2019: Analogue Thrills

Aston Martin has officially revealed its new-generation Vantage AMR, adding a first-of-its-kind manual gearbox option to the V8-powered supercar.  Just 200 units will be produced worldwide, with first deliveries earmarked for the fourth quarter of this year, and with pricing starting at £149,995 in its home market, the UK.  What is it? Matched with the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre bent eight, the new seven-speed shifter follows Aston Martin Lagonda president Andy Palmer’s vow to include manual options in the brand’s range. “When I joined this company, customers asked and, as a gearbox…

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Kia Stinger GT 2019 Cars 

Kia Stinger GT 2019 Review

Everybody has heard about the Kia Stinger. Just about everybody is wrong about it, though. Why are they wrong? They reckon it came out of the blue. It didn’t. We got flashes of what Kia could do long ago in the form of stupidly-named Pro’ceed GT, a much-lauded bargain performance hatchback. Nobody bought it because people are idiots, but it was the warning shot. I’m not sure how or why the Stinger came about. I have no idea how it got signed off given the ongoing slaughter of the sedan…

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Cars 

Mini Cooper S 2019 Review

It’s too big, blah, blah, blah. Minis are supposed to small blah blah blah. The Cooper S is nothing like the original. All of these things are true or based in truth. The new Mini is big car, monstering our Volkswagen up! and the Suzuki Swift Sport we had a few weeks ago. It’s also nothing like the original which is a great thing – having an accident in a Mini now is much safer, even when you take into account over five decades of safety innovation. Crashing a new…

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Focus ST-Line Cars 

Ford Focus ST-Line Hatch 2019: Review

The fourth generation Focus has delivered more refinement and maturity to its long-standing hatch line-up. Is the new ST-Line the wolf-in-sheep’s clothing that fills the same void as its predecessors? As somewhat of a pioneer in the hatch segment, Ford has taken a fairly drastic and simplistic approach with the latest ST-Line and Focus lineup in general. As rival manufacturers go for more visible tech, resulting in busy interiors whose styling cues carry to the exterior, Ford has dialled it down from 11 to a much more civilised five or…

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BMW M5 2019 Cars 

BMW M5 2019 Review: Where did it all go wrong?

The BMW M5 is one of those cars with a fierce fan following. Since the internet declared the E39 “seminal”, everything M does is wrong. V10? Wrong. SMG? Wrong (okay, it sort of was, but stay with me). Turbo? Wrong. Cardinal sin, in fact. M-DCT? Completely wrong. It seemed the only thing fans didn’t cry foul over was the fact it had a differential of some sort. And always had the right number of wheels. Here’s the real deal – every M5 has been demonstrably better than the one before.…

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Cars 

BMW 3 Series 2019 Pricing and Spec – Australia

The 2019 BMW 3 Series is the seventh-generation of what is now a mid-sized sedan. I say mid-size but the 3 is now 76mm longer at 4.7 metres. BMW Australia has launched the new 3 Series era with two specifications packed with tons of new tech and updated engines. Codenamed G20 for the BMW numbers fans, it’s a hugely important car for the brand. While the 1 Series is cheaper, the 3 will be the smallest rear-wheel drive passenger car after the demise of the current entry-level BMW and its…

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Cars 

Suzuki Swift Sport 2019 Review: Bright As A Button

A quick check of The Redline’s publishing engine confirms what I already knew – no Swift Sport. It’s also the least powerful car I’ve tested so far by a comfortable margin. It’s no secret that 103kW (140PS) isn’t a great deal of power. But when you’re a plucky little Suzuki Swift weighing less than 1000kg, it’s not bad at all. The Swift Sport holds a special place in my heart because it was my first video for CarsGuide. Stop sniggering. I was new. Gee it was fun, though. I loved…

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Cars 

McLaren 720S 2019 Review: Mild and Wild

It’s no secret that I don’t mind Woking’s machines, particularly the McLaren 720S . I’ve driven (almost) everything but the Ultimate Series cars and being stuck here in the back-end of nowhere in Australia makes that difficult. That’s okay – you can’t have everything. I first drove a 720S in July 2017 – McLaren very kindly whisked me to the Goodwood Festival of Speed via the Woking factory. Straight off the plane, into a bus, quick tour of the McLaren Technology Centre and boom, into a 720S. Left-hand drive. Pre-production.…

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Cars 

Tarmac Rallying: “Racing” a Lexus GS F

You did what in what? The haggard figure you see in that video is me nearing the end of two hard but incredibly rewarding days. I got a phone call during February asking if I would like to join the Tour section of the Mount Baw Baw Sprint round of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship. My ever-patient wife said yes, and so did I. It was for a good cause – Drive Against Depression. How could I say no? By the way, you can still donate to DAD – either…

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Cars 

Ferrari 488’s Fate Is Sealed – Welcome to the F8 Tributo

The 488 is dead – long live the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Well, that’s a bit dramatic, but there you are. The time has come for Maranello to replace the wonderful 488 with the next-generation of mid-engined V8 supercar. The F8 Tributo (what do we think of the name?) will take Ferrari into the 2020s and is based on the hardcore 488 Pista. The most obvious change is the inclusion of the Pista’s S-Duct at the front. Providing a crap ton (okay, fifteen percent) more downforce, the S-Duct adds further aero…

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