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Is The Mercedes-AMG A45 A Match For Audi"s RS3 Sedan?

Two of the hottest compact cars on sale today, the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sedan, were taken to the track to settle their differences.

The setting is the Rock Raceway circuit in South Africa, with its 300m (984ft) long straight being more than enough to prove which of the two is faster.
Mercedes-AMG’s A45 hot hatch is slightly less powerful than its Audi rival. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, taking 4.2sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and toping out at 250km/h (155mph).
On the other hand, the Audi RS3 Sedan makes use of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder rated at 400PS (394hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).
There’s another aspect worth mentioning, and that’s the A45’s weight advantage, but is this enough to make up for the power deficit compared to the RS3? Just click on the video below and find o…

Can A New Nissan Stagea Answer Our Skyline Wagon Prayers?

For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.

Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.
So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.
Muscular Design
This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.
Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-…

Mercedes Unimog Will Take You To Places No Other Vehicle Can

When you think of a tough vehicle, you probably don’t think about the Unimog – which is a shame, really, because it has this incredible go-anywhere attitude and offers great reliability and ease of maintenance, if you know what you’re doing.

Mercedes originally designed it to be an alternative to tractors, offering the ability to be driven at higher speeds on roads than other agricultural machines.
The huge ground clearance, courtesy of its portal axles, combined with a selectable all-wheel drive and a frame that flexes as part of the suspension, made sure that the Unimog will almost take you and your gear anywhere, and that’s what made the Unimog so popular with farmers and armies around the globe.
This particular example is an army-surplus vehicle bought by the guys in Dirt Every Daywith the goal to drive it from Indiana to Memphis, Tennessee.
With the Unimog being able to cruise up to speeds of 50mph, it’s not the ideal road-trip vehicle, but the fun starts when the tarmac stops and …

Once Driven By Rally Gods, This Subaru Legacy RS Is Now Up For Grabs

This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.

This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.
After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.
The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.
The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate.…

Japanese Brands Own List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For Over 15 Years

Toyota owners have quite the attachment to their cars, especially those who have a Highlander, as a new survey conducted by iSeeCars showed the Japanese SUV top the list of vehicles owners keep for 15 years or more.

The research firm looked at 650,000 vehicles between the 1981 and 2002 model years sold in 2017 and Toyota flooded the list. In fact, the top five vehicles kept for 15 years or more are all Toyotas, namely the Highlander, Sienna, Tundra, Prius and RAV4, with the Honda Odyssey following at sixth place.
Each of the cars listed was at least 1.6 times more likely to be kept by the original owner for 15 years or more, but the Highlander outpaced the average even further. Highlander owners were 2.7 times more likely to keep their vehicles, with 18.3 percent of original owners hanging on to them. The Sienna followed closely behind and was 2.5 times more likely to stick around in the driveway for at least 15 years, with 17.1 percent of owners holding onto the minivan for 15 years o…

F1-Inspired Renault Clio R.S. 18 Arrives With A Mean Stance

Renaultsport customers with a passion for motorsport now have a limited edition Clio RS that they’ll soon be able to order, in all markets except for Japan.

Named after the Renaultsport F1 Team’s 2018 challenger, the Clio R.S. 18 sports the black and yellow livery of the F1 cars, and gets grey decals, special badging on the front doors, black Renault and R.S. logos, and a deep black finish for the rear diffuser.
Open the door of the new Renault Clio R.S. 18 and you will be greeted by several updates, such as the numbered R.S.-branded door sill, Alcantara and leather trimmed steering wheel, carbon fiber-effect air vent surrounds, and special Renaultsport carpet mats.
Building upon the Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy, the limited edition model benefits from the same 220PS (217hp) and 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, that works together with an EDC dual-clutch transmission.
However, it also has additional technical updates such as the front dampers with h…

Shelby Salutes Bob Bondurant With Special Continuation Cobra

Want a new Shelby Cobra? Well Shelby American doesn’t make them anymore – but Superformance does, with the original factory’s blessing, under the name Shelby Legendary Cars. And it’s unveiling a new special edition in tribute to Bob Bondurant.
Though known, perhaps, at least as well for the racing school that bears his name as for his own racing career, Bondurant was among the most accomplished of Shelby drivers.He won America’s first and only FIA GT title in a Shelby Cobra – specifically chassis CSX2345 – and it’s that roadster which Superformance is replicating with this limited run.
“I’m very proud to have been behind the wheel when we won the FIA World Championship on July 4, 1965,” said Bondurant. “That victory was for everyone in America.”
The tribute Cobra features the same frame configuration as 2345, the same suspension setup, raked windscreen, diagonal roll bar, even the driver’s knee pad and high-beam switch. It comes as a kit-car, ready to receive its engine and transmission,…