Category: v8

Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

2019 Toyota Landcruiser 200 VX review Which car is it? Landcruiser began life as a humble 4X4 in 1951. It had rubber mats and was 100% utilitarian. In 2008, the Landcruiser 200 series was born. Since then it has been lavished with updates in comfort, technology, and capability. Models are GX, GXL, VX and the … Continue reading Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

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Jaguar’s flagship, the leggy XJ Long Wheelbase AutoBiography goes to Canberra

Jaguar’s flagship, the leggy XJ Long Wheelbase AutoBiography goes to Canberra

The all aluminium XJ is the choice of many a Prime Minister and a favourite of the royals. It is my favourite Jag and has been for 4 decades, not just because it is luxurious and expensive, but because it drives like it looks. The XJ doesn’t just waft, it prowls. Our car costs a … Continue reading Jaguar’s flagship, the leggy XJ Long Wheelbase AutoBiography goes to Canberra

HSV GTS R: the final HSV Zeta car curtain falls

It isn’t often I feel sad getting in to a car, but a thick veil of gloom came over me this week when I took the HSV GTS R out for a quick run. This is the last every Australian built HSV, period. The Zeta platform supported Commodores for the last 2 “generations”. Although the … Continue reading HSV GTS R: the final HSV Zeta car curtain falls

The Grand Daddy of GTs, Ford’s Mustang Blasts a Path Down the Hume pts 1 and 2

    Above and Below: Roadside comfort stops over 40c. note BEWARE OF SNAKES sign. What kind of snakes did they mean? Above: the Mustang at Chez Kelly. Above: 28 to 43 Below: Chez Kelly, GEMBROOK VIC Below: Melbourne’s outer ring Below: Mustang stands out in a carpark Arguments aplenty swirl around the mystical Mustang. … Continue reading The Grand Daddy of GTs, Ford’s Mustang Blasts a Path Down the Hume pts 1 and 2

Handsome, Capable, and Super Luxurious: Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Yes yes yes oh YES: stunning looks and performance, comfort, accessories Not so much: outdated entertainment system, no carplay/android auto Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB Range Rover was the first and best SUV. Most luxury SUVs have a capable but limited AWD system. You’ll get off road but will probably be up to your armpits … Continue reading Handsome, Capable, and Super Luxurious: Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Range Rover SVR: Dark, Brooding, and Angry

    It’s a 405kw beast from JLR’s secretive special ops group, the SVO (SVO=Special Vehicle Operations, don’t you just love it?). In fact, all of the numbers are huge: 405kw, 680Nm, $224,110 (plus onroads), 319gms/kg, 19L/100k (claimed combined is around 13L/100k). What is tiny is the 0-100 of a mere 4.7 seconds, and this … Continue reading Range Rover SVR: Dark, Brooding, and Angry

Lexus LX 570: Big SUV with Big Numbers and even Bigger Capabilities

On a hot day worthy of the Kalahari, Lexus launched the updated luxury version of the “King of the Road”. We had a post of off-road shenanigans on the top of a mountain outside Canberra. Not only was it 40c but the winds made it feel like we were standing inside a hair dryer. Two … Continue reading Lexus LX 570: Big SUV with Big Numbers and even Bigger Capabilities

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Sydney. In support of its commitment to the Global Fashion Engagement and emerging talent worldwide, Mercedes-Benz exclusively launched the new episode of Fashion Creatives starring the newly appointed creative director of Brioni, Justin O’Shea and L.A. based influencer, fashion consultant and stylist, Jayne Min. The film was screened during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia – the … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia