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Does the #savethemanuals hero work with paddle shifters?
“Still a gorgeously refined long-distance GT”
Here's one of the biggest boots you can buy, if that's not too vulgar a way to begin. Sure, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon has plenty of technical and engineering talent to entice you toward it and away from
Good for 261hp and up to 20km/L
Here's something that might shock you. The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been with us 17 years. Yep, the car that founded the coupaloon (or should it be saloupe?) sector is now old enough to learn to drive. Fitting, given it's
And another one
Apparently Volkswagen thinks the world needs yet another crossover. So it's pinching the Nivus from South America, where it was developed and is already available, and has announced plans to stick it on sale in Europe towards the end of this
You either adapt or face obsolescence
Deep inside the German car companies, something very big indeed is shifting. Inside five years, they'll drastically reconfigure how they design, develop, build, and sell.I'd love to tell you what sort of cars this means we'll get, but
We try out two variants from the range: the E220d and the E53 AMG
If the S-Class is the car that defines Mercedes-Benz as a purveyor of very clever, safe and refined luxury cars, then the E-Class is the lucky little brother that comes along shortly afterwards and gets most-if not all-
Important numbers: 612hp, 0-100 in 3.3sec, 323kph top speed
Today is officially a very good day, for it begins with news of a new Alpina. More specifically the gorgeous Alpina B8 Gran Coupe-a subtler, rarer, altogether cooler and softer-edged alternative to BMW's own M8 Gran Coupe.Let's
It’s called the Heritage Design Edition
A retro tribute. Or in Porsche-speak, a 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition. We can divide that into two distinct elements if you split the name between '4S' and 'Heritage,' which is worth doing as those three little words at the
The higher of two variants at launch gets 492hp
BMW has revealed two versions of its fully-electric iX SUV that'll be available when it launches later this year. One is big and fast, and the other is just as big, but very fast.In BMW speak, the former is
We can’t wait to try this out
When it comes to in-car infotainment, once you've tried one system, you've pretty much tried them all. Sure, they may differ in appearance somewhat, but most of them offer the same feature set and capabilities.Us? We prefer just
Glass half-empty or half-full?
It's a big moment. The first BMW M4 was a hit. Those of us who geek out over the lineage of performance cars saw the renaming of the two-door M3 as a bit of an affront. Meanwhile, those who actually
This is the first time the model is getting a four-wheel drivetrain
Here's an interesting nugget to chew on: The upcoming, all-new Mercedes-AMG SL will feature four-wheel drive for the first time in its long, illustrious history.AMG, now tasked with building one of the car world's benchmarks, is
“In its ability to deliver speed and composure, it’s a huge step up from its predecessor”
It's the new BMW M3, as if you couldn't tell. Still a twin-turbo straight six under the hood, still rear-wheel drive, still a simple four-door bodyshell-that much is carried over from its predecessor.Then we get
Those touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel...
Audi has only just launched a new EV-the e-tron GT-but already, it's starting the drawn-out process of revealing its next one. This time around, it's a small SUV called the Q4 e-tron, as previewed by
“Its real strength is that it’s not trying too hard to be a car from the future”
This is the Audi e-tron GT, the sister car to the Porsche Taycan-based on the same VW Group J1 platform and containing much of the same technology, albeit wrapped in an extremely sharp suit. It's not the first pure-
“This car is rarer than a Lamborghini”
A small, expensive diesel wagon. Considering the car buying world's proclivity for big SUVs, humankind's propensity for bagging a bargain, and the global conscience steeling itself toward electrification, you might call this car...a bit out of touch.You might
It has a ‘Race Package’ that, among other things, deletes the 250kph limiter
Welcome to the latest special edition Golf GTI, this time in honor of the model's 45th anniversary. Set to go on sale in the UK in April for less than £40,000 (under P2.72 million), it's mechanically identical to
With none other than the carmaker’s GT division boss
Andreas Preuninger is the boss of Porsche's GT car division, in charge of stripping weight and applying wings (and stickers) to 911s for over two decades. No one knows more about hard-core rear-engined sports cars than him. Except maybe
As well as that S-Class-style interior
Over the past 10 years, Mercedes-Benz has sold more C-Classes than any other model. This is very good news: Sedans-and wagons-are far from dead yet. And while we're on the subject of good news, there's now
Now’s your chance to own one
Safari-style Porsches are nothing new. In fact, we've featured quite a few of them on Top Gear Philippines already. Rugged, versatile, and packing performance only Stuttgart can deliver, it's not hard to envision why countless enthusiasts consider these babies
Time to geek out
Brrrrrnnnnggg. The bell has gone, break time is over, and it's time for your next lesson: Engineering, with Porsche's Andreas Preuninger as guest teacher.Today's topic? The new double-wishbone front suspension fitted to the Porsche 911 GT3 that
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