Road Tests

$1.4m hypercar hits Kiwi tarmac

It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine.

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

Four cylinders of dynamite

In the club: uprated A 45 is now officially a Mercedes-AMG.

Turns out that the 270kW Audi RS3 only had a few months to rule as the world's most powerful sports-hatch.

Pajero Sport SUV is no soft-roader

Pajero Sport: SUV on top, quite a lot of Triton truck underneath.

Utes blended with SUVs are both old-school and the latest automotive fashion. We test the top-spec Pajero Sport VRX.

Limited MX-5 maintains appeal

Faster, more lavish MX-5 Limited is expected to outsell entry-level GSX by more than two-to-one.

Mazda creates Limited MX-5 that has added more engine capacity, more equipment and an automatic option.

The car 007 really drove

N430 is the competition-inspired version of the Vantage S. It's a not-so-limited edition.

The Vantage is an oldie but still oh-so-good - even without the James Bond references.

A proper off-road wagon

Puts on a good front: you wouldn't mistake Fortuner for a Hilux.

SUVs with hard-core off-road ability are making a comeback. The latest is the Toyota Fortuner.

A little French head-scratcher

Renault Captur was third most popular car in France for 2015. In New Zealand, not so much.

Little Renault is a loveable thing, but the French character that makes it interesting also limits its appeal to Kiwi drivers.

New Mustang 'heavy on the cheese'

All bulges and big power: GT V8 is the preferred model for first wave of Kiwi Mustang buyers.

Never mind the freeway (sorry, motorway). What's the monster-Mustang like on proper New Zealand backroads?

Big brute undone by snow

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack.

This is a toy, a car for drivers who primarily want to have fun... but not in snow.

This Hilux makes no sense

Hilux V6 looks no different to its turbo-diesel sibling, but packs 175kW beneath the bonnet.

It will make you smile but think of this grunty Toyota as a middle-age-crisis family wagon with a tray.

Porsche's everyday supercar

Styling changes are minor for new Turbo S: LED headlights and reshaped air intakes.

We head to Kyalami in South Africa to drive one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.

Peugeot puts Sport into GTi video

Full LED headlamps and 11mm-lower ride height for GTi version of 308.

Peugeot Sport has been enlisted to ensure that the 308 GTi lives up to its iconic badge. We try it on track.

First drive: Peugeot 308 GT

Subtle, but lower ride height provides clues to 308 GT HDi's sporting credentials.

Peugeot reckons sporty driving and diesel power can go together. We drive the new 308 GT HDi.

Hit the road in a Hilux SR5

The new Hilux is bigger than before, which translates to good interior space.

Intelligent technology aboard Toyota's new Hilux ute will make you a happy camper.

Ford's most Focused RS yet

Ford's new Focus RS is a smash hit sell-out.

Is Ford's new Focus RS the best-value driver's car ever?

First drive: Mercedes-AMG A 45

The A 45 is all-wheel drive - but the power-taming kind rather than the off-tarmac type.

The A 45 is back on top of the hot-hatch power struggle with engine and chassis upgrades.

Lexus discovers the turbo

Lexus IS 200t looks suitably sharp in F Sport specification.

The joys of turbocharging are well-documented. So why did it take Lexus so long to make the turbocharged IS200t?

Mercedes A 250 'comfortably sporty'

'Facelifted' A 250 Sport doesn't look that different. The big changes are underneath.

A broader range between comfort and sport is the key thing about the new A 250.

Mustang's mean right-hook

Pony up: fastback is the glamour model of the Mustang lineup.

Ford reckons the sixth-generation Mustang can take on the world. We get behind the wheel.

Road test: Toyota Land Cruiser VX

No, the Land Cruiser 200-series hasn't been made bigger - just bolder, with new frontal styling.

Never mind the outlandish face - there's a host of new safety technology in the Land Cruiser VX.

What irks about the BMW X1

The day we drove an X1 on the dirt: not its natural habitat.

BMW's new baby SUV is a nice machine marred by a dirty secret.

BMW 330i has still got it

There's now better body control without impinging on ride quality.

Hard to believe but BMW's staple, the 3 Series, has turned 40, is in its sixth generation, and has sold over 14 million units.

Swede as can be

Volvo’s ESP Sport mode allows some fun, but not much.

You can't have too many SUVs in your line-up these days and so Volvo has introduced the V60 Cross Country.

This Hilux means business

Dark matter: mid-grade Hilux SR comes in many colours, but the steel wheels are always painted basic black.

Here's the Hilux that Mad Max would use to bring the firewood in.

Touch of F-Type in this Rangie

Nobody's sure what HST stands for, but everybody's impressed with what it can do.

New driver-focused model from Range Rover is powered by the supercharged V6 engine from the F-Type S.

Lexus IS200t is a nice combo

The Lexus IS200t F Sport - a nice combination of turbocharged engine power and more sporty ride and handling.

The Lexus IS sedan is now available with a flash new turbocharged engine.

Bentley GT at Speed

Big British Bruiser - the Continental GT Speed.

The Brits prove a heavyweight can float like a butterfly, sting like a B... for Bentley.

RX: First luxury crossover

Sheer real estate of large-SUV shape gave Lexus RX designers plenty of space to play in.

Lexus as aggressive as Mercedes-Benz in launching of a number of new SUV models to target the fastest growing sector of the luxury car market.

MX-5 not just for roofless people

Mazda MX-5: from up high it has angry eyes, but down low it looks happy.

Mazda's new baby is a driver's car first, convertible second.

Audi RS3 is one hell of a blast video

Go fast hatch - the Audi RS 3

Ever wondered what’s the most performance you can buy for less than six figures? You’re looking at it.

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