Author: Natan Tazelaar

Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster 1949

In 1948 Jaguar developed the aluminium XK120 as a temporary solution. In the almost seven decades since then, the role of this lightweight sports car has changed to that of a milestone, next to becoming the most desirable XK of all. Our friends at one of Europe’s largest classic car dealerships Gallery Aaldering had one of only 240 Alloy Roadsters in their showroom and offered it for a drive. Jaguar Cars The history of the brand that we know today as Jaguar, started in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company founded by William Lyons and William Walmsley. This successful...

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Bentley Continental R and Azure

After spending decades in the shadow of Rolls-Royce, in 1991 Bentley launched a two door coupe that made a tremendous impact. This Continental R wasn’t just the first new model exclusively developed for Bentley since the early fifties, it was also the first step in a new direction that would eventually lead to Bentley overtaking the dominant role from parent company Rolls-Royce. Walter Owen Bentley Before Bentley was adopted by Volkswagen in 1998, the cars from Crewe were big, extremely heavy and old fashioned. Craftsmanship and ancient traditions left hardly any room for technical innovation, but the enormous size...

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Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class

When you combine the best bits of a pickup truck and a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the result is what you see here. How’s that for a crossover? This ‘Powerful Adventurer’ in yellowish green and ‘Stylish Explorer’ in whitish silver are two extreme variations based on the same theme. That theme is a medium size premium truck from the inventor of the automobile. The cabin might look familiar to some, since the starting point for this luxury truck is the Nissan Navara, the same model that Renault uses as the underpinnings for their Alaskan. Competition is ruthless in this segment, with established models like the Ford Ranger,...

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Ferrari wins International Engine of the Year Award

Ferrari made a clean sweep at the 2016 International Engine of the Year awards with its 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Next to winning the crown, it also came out victorious in four different categories. It has been almost a decade since an engine with more than four cylinders was crowned Engine of the Year and it is the first time the Italian manufacturer takes the overall win. Last year it was BMW with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid and before that Ford took three consecutive wins with the 998cc three-cylinder EcoBoost. This year these two engine won the 1.4 to 1.8 Litre and Sub 1-Litre categories respectively....

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Ferrari 488 Spider Review

Turbo lag With the iron door at the iconic Ferrari factory gate in Maranello buzzing open at 8:55 in the morning, I can’t help getting excited about what is going to happen. One of the most legendary sports car manufacturers invited me to drive their latest model and it is mine for the day. Shreds of childhood dreams and historic images of Formula 1 hero’s, movie stars and world leaders at this exact same location flash through my head. What is it with this inexplicable force of attraction surrounding Ferrari? It is not just the result of a highly...

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