Conor Mills | Freelance Automotive and Travel Journalist

Freelance Automotive and Travel Journalist

Feature: If I won the lottery… Lancia Stratos

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2010

The Stratos is one of the most beautiful cars ever to have entered a special stage. Less than 500 were ever made, and they are now prized collectors’ items.

You expect a car styled by Bertone and powered by a Ferrari V6 to be a star of a motor show stand, not thrown sideways into corners and covered in mud and dust in the midst of a gruelling rally. But back in the Seventies, this is the sight that met motorsport fans around the world.

The Lancia Stratos is one of the most beautiful cars ever to have entered a special stage, and will always have a place in my heart. It would also have a place in my garage if I won the lottery! How on earth did it find its way into the mucky sector of motorsport? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Ford S-MAX

Posted by Admin On May - 12 - 2010

Facelifted version of MPV hits UK with new EcoBoost engine.

Few family cars blend style, performance and practicality as effectively as the S-MAX. Yet the Ford people carrier is four years old now‚ and it’s about time for a refresh. The seven-seater has received some visual tweaks, a revised cabin and updated engine range – but how does it stand up?

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News: Audi RS3 on the road!

Posted by Admin On April - 28 - 2010

Spies snare storming new flagship A3 testing at Nürburgring, Aggressive nose, big alloys set sizzling hatch apart.

The potent Audi RS badge has been shrunk! For the first time since its launch in 1993, the A3 is finally being given the full RennSport treatment – as these exclusive spy shots show.

The prototype was spotted testing at Germany’s Nürburgring race circuit, and is disguised with the body of an S3 Sportback. But giving the game away are the rear wheels – borrowed from the RS6 – and a front bumper with gaping air intakes, similar to that on the A3 TDI Clubsport Concept, revealed in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Citroen DS3 Racing

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2010

Hottest ever hatch from Citroen gets set to blast off with 200bhp engine.

Citroen’s hottest ever hatch is under starters orders! The 196bhp DS3 Racing, is set to get the green light at the Geneva Motor Show, and these are the first official pictures.

We outlined top-secret plans to build a performance DS3 12 months ago – and a recent leak provided exclusive spy shots proving that the car is on the way. But as these images show, the production version is raring to go ahead of its Geneva World debut next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Suzuki SX4 Saloon

Posted by Admin On November - 16 - 2009

Four-door supermini offers something different.

The boot has been put into the SX4! This saloon sister car to the Suzuki compact SUV is designed to offer plenty of space for not much money – so, does it make sense in today’s crowded and fashion-conscious supermini market?

Well, the £11,995 SX4’s looks won’t win many fans – although the bulbous shape does mean there’s plenty of space inside. Three adults can sit comfortably in the back, while there’s a 515-litre boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Mercedes E63 AMG

Posted by Admin On July - 20 - 2009

Drivers take note… This is no ordinary E-Class! The 525bhp E63 is the result of Mercedes’ latest collaboration with its AMG tuning partner – and it’s created a car with two distinct personalities.

Even though the newcomer looks and feels every inch the refined executive saloon, the E63 also has a darker side.

At the core of this is its 6.3-litre V8 engine. Producing a soundtrack you will never tire of, it delivers an enormous 630Nm of torque. This means the sprint from 0-62mph takes only 4.5 seconds, even though the car weighs 1,840kg. Such is the power that on a test track, it doesn’t stop pulling until the limiter kicks in at 155mph. The unit is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with four driving modes: comfort, sport, sport plus and manual. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Audi Q7 V12

Posted by Admin On October - 20 - 2008

Huge SUV gets worlds most powerful diesel engine.

When it comes to performance diesels, Audi is king. Its R10 TDI sportscar is tearing up race tracks across the globe, while the R8 supercar will get V12 diesel power in 2010.

However, you won’t have to wait that long to get a first taste of the 6.0-litre powerplant, as it appears in the firm’s flagship Q7 SUV in January. That means the monster seven-seater not only has the biggest diesel engine available in a production car, but also the most powerful by some margin. Read the rest of this entry »