Jaguar I-PACE – a Great Way of Getting Around, Electrically Speaking

First things first: The Jaguar I-PACE looks like no other car. It appears massive and long, yet agile and elegant. I spent a weekend with it, covering more than 1,000 km in this all new, all electric feline. Having seen it from all angles, its design still catches me off guard, and I think I like that. Oh, and the I-PACE is simply great to be on the road in. There is however one big let-down in this story. Continue reading “Jaguar I-PACE – a Great Way of Getting Around, Electrically Speaking”

ATS, You Say?

Lago Maggiore, sun and a light breeze. The Italian spring offers 17 most welcome degrees. I find myself behind the wheel of the ATS GT – the only one of its kind – being the first motoring writer driving it. Just an hour earlier I was warmly welcomed by Daniele Maritan, the man behind the second act in the history of ATS. Continue reading “ATS, You Say?”

Who’s Up For Some Danish? Zenvo, That Is

A bleak February afternoon was to become very colourful as I parked outside the Zenvo factory in Præstø, an hour’s drive south of Copenhagen. Throughout Zenvo’s eleven years, they have presented cars in a wide variety of colours, ranging from modest brown to striking turquoise, and their design language has always been recognizable as an original look. From the first ST1 model, Zenvo have moved on to the TS1, the race-spec TSR, and now with the the Geneva launch of the TSR-S, the model range counts three cars. But let’s first return to February, where PR man Peter Van Rooy welcomed me into his office for a quick chat. Continue reading “Who’s Up For Some Danish? Zenvo, That Is”

It was a Bertone Kind of Day

The name Bertone has a certain familiar ring to it in the car design world, with a history spanning more than 100 years. All time greats such as Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Lancia Stratos and Alfa Romeo Giulia SS were born at Bertone, and a large number of concept cars and production cars alike were created there over the years. Sadly, the original Bertone family company came to a halt in 2012, and their collection had to be sold. Some special cars were sold separately, but the large bulk of the collection was sold as one, and it is now possible to see this collection at the Volandia museum near Malpensa airport outside Milan. Oh, and Bertone has been revived – more about that further down. Continue reading “It was a Bertone Kind of Day”

A Visit to ItalDesign

I’ll show you a few things before Filippo arrives“, head of PR Umberto told me as he welcomed me to ItalDesign. Filippo Perini, head of design at ItalDesign and formerly head of Centro Stile Lamborghini, had just called me to say he would be running a bit late. No worries, though, because Umberto had his sleeves brimming with aces. Continue reading “A Visit to ItalDesign”

A Taste of Frankfurt, Automotively Speaking

The IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in Frankfurt is a major happening, especially in the European car scene, and big European brands very often show their finest silver here first. Speaking of silver, Mercedes-AMG’s much anticipated Project One made its first public appearance here, being driven on stage by Lewis Hamilton, where both car and man received well deserved applause. Continue reading “A Taste of Frankfurt, Automotively Speaking”

Lamborghini Launches Topless Centenario

A few hours ago, Lamborghini launched the Centenario LP 770-4 Roadster at Monterey, California. The facts and figures are basically the same as for the coupe that was launched half a year ago, but the Roadster comes with no roof option whatsoever. 20 will be made, all are sold. Continue reading “Lamborghini Launches Topless Centenario”

Driving the Maserati Levante

On the eve of 4th July 2016, the Maserati Levante got its Norwegian launch, and at nine o’clock the next morning, I was handed the keys to the only Levante in Norway, ready for an hour’s test drive. Having seen and test sat the car the night before, I quickly settled in and set off to the unmistakable rumble of a serious engine. Continue reading “Driving the Maserati Levante”

Did Lamborghini Hide Their Best-Looking Car in Their Geneva VIP Lounge?

The doors of the 86th Geneva Motor Show are long since closed, and the time for reminiscence is already here. One thing keeps my mind occupied: Did Lamborghini really hide their best looking car in their VIP lounge, out of view from the vast majority of visitors? Continue reading “Did Lamborghini Hide Their Best-Looking Car in Their Geneva VIP Lounge?”

Rimac Concept_One has Entered Production

When Mate Rimac, then 23 years old, premiered his Concept_One at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, I suspect not many expected to see this car again. Fast forward five years to this year’s Geneva Motor Show and the Rimac Concept_One is shown as a production car, with several more under production at the state-of-the-art factory near Zagreb in Croatia. Continue reading “Rimac Concept_One has Entered Production”