Sensational new BMW 6 Series Convertible

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Apr 2011

changagoidem Features | Sensational new BMW 6 Series Convertible

Spent a few days in the new BMW 640i Convertible this week. Took it to the Wicklow Mountains and to The Vee in Co. Tipperary. Both stunning locations with cracking driving roads. Seriously challenging road surfaces though. The 6 Series is a big automobile, but ridiculously capable.

Spoke to its designer as well for an article in the Sunday Independent. Interesting guy. Confirmed that a BMW M6 is on the way...

Photography by Max Earey.

New Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Apr 2011

changagoidem Features | New Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf?

We got the new Ford Focus together with its arch rival, the Volkswagen Golf for a brief twin test. In summary, the Focus is more daring in terms of styling inside and out and it's marginally better to drive. That latter point really depends on what version you're looking at though, as the Zetec models feature sportier suspension settings than the rest of the line-up.

The Focus' interior has moved on a lot in terms of quality, though it's a little overstyled in my opinion. The Golf's is simpler and some might say boring, but it works better.

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Fiat 500 gets testoserone injection

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Apr 2011

changagoidem Features | Fiat 500 gets testoserone injection

We've just spent the week in the matte black Fiat 500 you see below. Abarth models aside, it's the least girly version we've come across yet. Cool paintwork aside it's powered by the new TwinAir engine. That's just two turbocharged cylinders.

The offbeat rumble from the engine won't suit everyone, but it's a cracking little automobile and mixes decent performance with good economy. This one is in Sport spec too so it's actually fun around corners.

Now all we need to do is convince the powers that be to bring the Abarth brand back to Ireland officially. And offer…

BMW reveals faster M3 saloon

by Shane O' Donoghue on 01 Apr 2011

changagoidem Features | BMW reveals faster M3 saloon

Paddy is in Germany right now to witness the unveiling of the BMW M5. Although that's embargoed until April 7, there's also a faster M3 saloon on show. No details as yet, but here it is.