Test: Abarth 695 Esseesse Collectors Edition: how downforce can change your life

“Esseesse” is synonymous with supercharging in the Abarth language. At least, that's how it was launched back in 1964, when Carlo Abarth added these letters to the 695 tag, referring to the little mill increased displacement that was then found at the back of the ubiquitous 500. Nowadays, the  well-known 180 BHP 1.4 T-Jet lump …

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The Fiorano pilgrimage

If paradise on Earth does not exist, a small Emilia-Romagna village located a few miles from Modena might come very close to it. There’s a hidden track located in Fiorano… where the greatest drivers have driven and tested all the best tricks from the Prancing Horse brand. Driving briefly the SF90 there was a dream …

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Test Drive: Ford Mustang Mach 1: One last moment of fun before parting out

Yes, most definitely yes! We never hesitate when it comes to enjoying a week behind the wheel of a car of the kind  we love. A big 5.0 V8 under the bonnet and rear wheel drive only mean unadultered endless fun. That's what the Ford Mustang Mach 1, available in Belgium since last Fall, is …

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Test Drive: Lexus LS 500h: on unequal terms

Let's face it, this Japanese limousine offers luxury and comfort that are no match compared to the segment’s German stars. Unfortunately, in Europe, and even more so in Belgium, the only available engine is far from ideal with our tax regulations. However, this did not prevent us from having a lot of fun behind the …

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Test Drive: Peugeot 508 SW PSE: so many promises

The Peugeot style department undoubtedly achieved what they wanted with this 508.  During our test of the 508 PSE everyone told us: "it looks like a German car". It's true that this estate looks the part and promising in Selenium Grey, featuring small winglets on the sides of the front and rear bumpers, not forgetting …

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Test Drive: Land Rover Defender 90 SE 200 PS Auto : it’s all in the family

The Defender is an institution, the European counterpart of the legendary Jeep. In one form or another,it has been on and off the roads since the late 1940s. The current Defender was launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still live up to the reputation of the previous generation? Gerry McGovern is Land …

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe review: the green SUV

Just like many other manufacturers, Jeep is electrifying its range... the Wrangler morphed into the 4xe plug-in hybrid. It uses two electric motors and a 2-litre petrol engine, combined with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Powerful and competent, it can climb up the trees and be green, running downtown in electric mode. This new model arrival …

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Test Drive: Toyota RAV4 Plug In hybrid : The country Prius feels at home in town

The RAV4 (for Recreational Activity Vehicle) was born in 1993. It was a fun and very compact vehicle. (In fact, it was 90 cm shorter than the current version!) Over the years, it grew in size... and  power. It’s the most popular SUV in the world, having sold more than ten million copies so far. …

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Tom Karen: the forgotten designer

His name probably won’t ring a bell... However, Tom Karen is a very eclectic designer who is still active, even though he is 95 years old! None of the cars he designed is a “masterpiece” in  automotive history but they all had something unusual. His aim was never to design 'fashionable' cars but rather to …

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Hazel Chapman (1927-2021): Mrs Lotus just passed away…

Hazel just passed away in her 90th year, she was Colin Chapman’s widow. In today’s world, women finally get the place they deserve. In this respect, Hazel Chapman was a true pioneer. Back in the early 1950s, she made her mark, both by her human and commercial qualities, in a man’s , even macho world. …

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