Hi, I'm an autojournalist. Car companies fly me and my colleagues around the world to drive their fancy new cars. Sometimes on tracks but usually just on amazing b-roads in Spain or Italy or whatever.Forza Horizon 2 is about as close as you'll get to living our dream life, just without the deadlines, consequences, or cholesterol from all the free steak. (Full Disclosure: We've done car packs with Forza in the past and I hope we'll do one for this game but I don't know if we will or not. These are editorial deals and money does not change hands. Because we're the biggest enthusiast car website in the world they also sometimes advertise here, but so does their competition. They gave me a free copy of the game to download and play, which I've done.) The developers have stretched the capabilities of the Xbox One to build a massive world that's almost better than reality in how it looks and feels and reacts to your every action. It's as every bit as impressively detailed and hyperreal as … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 2 Is As Close To Living Your Car Fantasy As You’ll Get
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Hand-woven dashboards. Wide hips and wider tires. Explosive exhaust notes. Rebuilt flat-six engines with power to rival modern supercars. Painted any damn color you want. Unless you’ve been under a rock for years, you know Singer Vehicle Design as the company that performs exceptional work in restoring, tuning, customizing, and modifying customers’ older Porsche 964 donor cars. It’s a machine that cranks out another thing as well: hype. Endless hype follows Singer, with the company’s gorgeously detailed interiors and painstaking engine work and ability to seemingly transform the 911 into something more, something better than it ever was. I have admired Singer and its work for years now, but in the back of my mind I always wondered: can it live up to that hype? I went to California recently, in part for Monterey Car Week, but mainly to answer this question. To see firsthand how a 911 gets reimagined by Singer, to meet their team and learn everything that goes … [Read more...] about The 911 Reimagined By Singer Obliterates Every Other Car I’ve Driven
Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
You could call it my "road to Damascus" moment, although it really happened on the road to Gibisonville, Ohio. Just a bit over two years ago, I was behind the wheel of the kinda-sorta-new-for-2015 GT-R Nismo, hammering down a deserted two-lane beneath a thick canopy of five-hundred-year-old trees, listening to the Space Battleship Yamato rattle and clank of the transmission and the Dyson-vac-in-Carnegie-Hall whoosh of the turbos. Emboldened by the way in which the plus-sized coupe seemed to have limitless grip even on a rain-scrubbed road, I kept picking up the pace, first to "spirited," then to "ridiculous," then to "afterburner." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The GT-R matched me step for step. I could tell what each of the four tires was doing at all times. The machine had swallowed me and I could feel it think, anticipate its responses, work organically with it. At the foot of a long hill, somewhere near the Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve, I came to a halt and for one … [Read more...] about The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Suddenly an Analog Sports Car
It’s the last day of the year, and so we come to the signature final post to sign off 2017. The sixth edition of the paultan.org Top Five list continues on that seen in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, and as usual, we have the members of the editorial team each picking five cars that impressed them the most out of that sampled throughout the year. A recap, in case you missed the last five outings. The intent from the start was to see which five cars driven in a particular year had the most impact on each of us, and the idea continues to roll on as such. As defined by the headline, you might find that many of the selections are driven by sentiment and emotion, with no consideration of the things that drive say, a vehicle purchase. As for the limitation to a selection of five cars, which was set when we first ran with the idea, that isn’t because we have anything against the usual 10 as found on most lists – my original intent of going with half of that … [Read more...] about The paultan.org 2017 Top Five cars list