Lake District, U.K. – The Land Rover Defender is to Brits what the F-150 is to Americans. Or rather it was, before it got too expensive and the farmers all switched to Japanese pick-ups. The Defender was effectively put out to pasture, relegated to being a lifestyle trinket.
McLaren's short history as a road car brand leaves it unburdened by emotional baggage carried by its rivals, given a new Ferrari or Lamborghini can only ever riff on a well-understood theme. Hardcore cred established, McLaren is now making an abrupt pivot in the opposite direction with the McLaren GT, its new superlight grand tourer inspired by feedback from customers who enjoyed the more refined approach of the 570GT and taken to new extremes by the Speedtail. It's a car McLaren customers said they wanted.
It took a decade, but finally America is letting the rest of the world taste the Raptor magic. In terms of heritage, style and capability, the F-150 Raptor still rules supreme. The rest of the world wanted a piece and, finally, Ford is spreading the love.
British athletes have a reputation as plucky amateurs, although impressive Olympic performances of late have chipped away at it. Realistically, the only way a British skier is going to break records is with a little help from a fast-moving Jaguar. Thus, British ski stalwart Graham Bell set a speed record of 117 mph, towed behind a XF Sportbrake in an effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of its "Adaptive Surface Response" AWD drivetrain on all surfaces, including ice and snow.
The all-new, second-gen Evoque has been revealed, Range Rover opting against a conventional auto show debut in favor of an event in an old brewery in London's hipster-friendly Shoreditch district. Sure, the company wants you to know there's Land Rover DNA coursing through the new Evoque. Let's face it, if you're going to tick the box for the new 21-inch wheel option the last thing you want to do is grind them against the curbs exiting the mall.
DIEPPE, France — Being German sells well in the automotive world, particularly for Porsche, given its implicit associations with engineering prowess and prestige. There's also the unwritten understanding that every German car is built to cruise all day on derestricted Autobahn and be capable of lapping the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes.
The story of Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle escalated into a transatlantic, romantic fairy tale, culminating in their marriage earlier this year. Sure, the patriotic choice would be something like a Bentley or Aston Martin, both offering the kind of luxury and performance a young prince-about-town might desire while simultaneously flying the flag for iconic British brands. Until you consider the qualities the RS6 Avant has in abundance.
Everything weird and wonderful about Mazda's relationship with the Wankel rotary engine is embodied in the delightful 110S Cosmo Sport of 1967. Created by local franchise holder Walter Frey, what started out as a business relationship in the 1970s has blossomed into a lifetime love affair. The oil-tinged plume of smoke in my wake rather makes a mockery and underlines one reason there are no rotary engines in the current Mazda product range.