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2018 Audi RS3 review

HIGHS Surging torque Huge bite, zero-fade braking Smooth, snappy shifts Tractable performance on the daily LOWS Some interior cheapness feels out of place for its $55K price tag Cramming absurd amounts of power into compact automobiles is an art form. Thanks to Volkswagen’s pioneering work with the Golf GTI, the hatchback body style is the most common vessel for these engineering ... Read More »

Subaru XV (2018) review

Hot on the heels of the new Impreza, now it’s time to try the second car built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) – the 2018 XV. We’re driving it around Riga in Latvia, so it’s cold, slippery and there isn’t a lot of daylight. Ideal. It’s another small crossover, like the Toyota C-HR, Volvo XC40 and Mazda CX-3 et al it competes with. Usually that’s prefaced ... Read More »

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review

That dash! That new full-colour, all-digital dash! That’s the party piece of the new Triumph Street Triple RS. And the tachometer is hitting around 7500 revs, but I have just a fraction of a second to glance down, the front wheel lifts up ever so gently, and as I close the throttle, quickly shift into third without the clutch, and again ... Read More »

2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan FI review, test ride

It’s been a rocky ride for the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The bike received high praise at the test ride event in Shimla, where it impressed in the environment it was designed for and named after. But then things went a bit downhill, with numerous reliability issues creeping up. Royal Enfield eventually stopped sale as they set about developing the BS4-spec bike, and they also used ... Read More »

2017 Avantura Choppers Pravega review, test ride

Avantura Choppers isn’t a chop-shop. You cannot toss your motorcycle keys at them and ask for your bike to be re-imagined, in the same way that you wouldn’t expect it from Royal Enfield or Harley-Davidson. This is no make-shiny garage; Avantura Choppers is India’s newest motorcycle manufacturer. Scepticism comes naturally to us, being the thinking spenders we are, and this ... Read More »

2017 Ducati Monster 797 review, test ride

The Monster has always been an honest, no-nonsense motorcycle and, for a motorcycle that wears its 24-year lineage on its sleeve, it looks deliciously modern. This is good, because what Miguel Angel Galluzzi nailed in his first attempt (he is also responsible for the Aprilia Dorsoduro, RSV4 and Tuono – see the impressive pattern?) has evolved into a naked-bike icon, ... Read More »

Early Model 3 review shows off the best and worst features on Tesla’s new EV

If you’ve been wondering why we still haven’t seen a thorough and enlightening Model 3 review, the simple answer is that the number of Model 3 vehicles out on the road is infinitesimal. The reason for this, not surprisingly, is that Tesla, as some astutely predicted months ago, has experienced some challenges with respect to Model 3 production. Despite Elon Musk ... Read More »

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 facelift (2017) review

Delving into Land Rover’s online configurator reveals that at the time of writing you can spend over £60,000 on a Discovery Sport. Sounds a lot, doesn’t it? What if all you’re after is a hard-working four-wheel drive Disco without the bells and whistles? Would such a car really be worth having – or should you spend your money on something with a less ... Read More »

Sherco TVS RTR 450 FX First Ride Review

“Holy mother of … *#@#!” I muttered with trepidation, together with a silent prayer, as I realised I’m airborne astride an enduro bike, the first of its kind I’ve ever ridden. I’m not what you’d call a particularly religious person, but this morning I needed divine intervention, more than riding skills, waiting for the bike to hit terra firma. The ... Read More »

Avantura Choppers Rudra, Pravega First Ride Review

If you’ve grown in the 2000s as an auto enthusiast, American television really opened you to the world of choppers, cruisers and custom motorcycles. These were outrageous creations that would later be delivered to their respective owners. They were anything but subtle and that’s what made American choppers so iconic. Over the years, a lot of custom bike houses in ... Read More »