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The VW Arteon – effectively a slipperier, plusher Passat – has been with us for a few years now. So it’s been facelifted. And along with all the normal boring stuff – updated infotainment, cleaner, greener engines and new bumpers that look almost exactly like the old ones (we’ll get to all that in a bit) – VW has given us this. It’s the Arteon Shooting Brake, and it’s quite excellent.

These immaculate stainless steel Fords are going under the hammer

These days, gloss clear-coat carbon fibre is the material of choice for eye-popping car bodywork. Paganis, Bugattis, McLarens – they all use super-polished weave as shorthand for ‘oi you, look how artful and expensive this is.’ But it hasn’t always been this way. Just look at this collection of classic Fords. You’re looking at a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible – all resplendent is bare, polished stainless steel. Stunning, right?

The loud, angry-looking Brabham BT62 is ready to race

Strap in. Pay attention. The Brabham BT62 just got a bit more confusing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not bloody marvellous. You’ll remember the BT62 is a strange sort of car. Conceived as a no-compromise track-only hypercar that’s too extreme for the road, many of the seventy buyers lining up to pay £1million each decided they would actually like to take their 700bhp monster to the shops. So, Brabham decided to offer a £150,000 road-legal-ready package, as an option.

Audi built a plug-in hybrid in 1989

Thought PHEVs were a relatively new phenomenon? Think again, because Audi built its first one way back in 1989. Yup, 1989, the same year British scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. When cassettes were more popular than CDs, and mobile phones were the size and weight of a brick. And here was Audi, somehow making a petrol engine and e-motor speak the same language.

Mercedes’ new steering wheel knows when you’re touching it

Those clever driver assistance systems that keep you between the lines on the motorway, make sure you’re not getting too close to the car ahead and manage your speed are, usually, pretty good. But they’re not quite there yet. Certainly not at the stage you can safely remove your hands from the steering wheel and let the car cruise along all by itself. Try that, and the law would not look favourably upon you…

The new Mini GP looks as wild as we hoped it...

Good news: the new Mini GP looks exactly as mad as we thought and indeed hoped it might. It’s those wheel-arches, really. Made from thermoplastic...

The Maserati GranTurismo is dead

After 12 years in production and some 40,000 cars sold, the Maserati GranTurismo is finally being put out to pasture, giving the company time...

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The Lister SUV-E is a lighter, faster Jaguar I-Pace

Lister’s getting busy. Not content with turning F-Types into possibly the loudest objects in all of history, they’re now working on something that sits at the opposite end of the volume knob. Lister’s gone electric. Given the company’s association with Jaguar, it’s wholly unsurprising it’s an I-Pace that’ll form the base of the Lister SUV-E. Unlike a lot of modified electric cars, this one comes with a performance boost, too. A ‘software update’ will up both horsepower and torque, we’re promised, though quite how far they’ll sit above the standard I-Pace’s 395bhp and and 462lb ft we don’t know. Lister…

This is the new, 1069bhp/tonne Honda Fireblade

Motorbike names are just cool. Announcing you have a Monster or a Speed Triple just has a bit more edge to it than saying...

Fisker’s electric SUV is called… Ocean

After Fisker titled its gullwing doored electro-coupe-saloon the ‘Emotion’, TopGear.com has had a nice crisp fiver bet on the certainty that Fisker’s new 4x4...

The Brabham BT62 is cheaper as an actual racecar

The Brabham Automotive BT62 you should know by now. It’s a 700bhp V8-powered track special that, if you ask nicely (and give them more...

Will this teeny electric bicycle van thing save our city centres?

Fully electric delivery vans are nothing new. Nissan, Peugeot, Renault and Citroen will all sell you an emissions-free workhorse that’ll help to limit pollution...

Special interview with Mr. Don Poh and his love Lamborghini Gallardo

Supercars can be considered as the dream items of all men just like Mr.Don Poh, who is the young chief executive and owner of...

The new Alpina B3 Saloon will hit 188mph

Just over a month after it set our hearts ablaze by unveiling the 186mph B3 Touring, Alpina has done it again with the saloon...

Is Jaguar’s 1,020bhp Vision GT Coupe the most beautiful EV?

Jaguar knows how to design a pretty car, and even a handsome EV – the I-Pace is a looker, says us, and who’d dare...

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