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Ferrari F40: thirty years old, still the king

by Maurice Malone on 27 Jul 2017

changagoidem Features | Ferrari F40: thirty years old, still the king

Enzo's last Ferrari was Maranello's 40th birthday to itself, and with roots in a forgotten Group B automobile, it was always going to be wild.

"No, I don't think we have anyone at McLaren who can weld that badly". So said Gordon Murray, upon fielding a question as to whether his McLaren F1 was intended to be a rival to the Ferrari F40. A disparaging remark, yes, but he had a point. Spend a few minutes in the company of an F40 and you'll understand. Panel gaps that you could fit your fist through, welds that appear to have been…

Ultimate road trip in ultimate BMW M4

by Matt Robinson on 25 Jul 2017

changagoidem Features | Ultimate road trip in ultimate BMW M4

Model tested: BMW M4 GTS
Predicted market value: €250,000-€300,000
Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol
Transmission: seven-speed M DCT automatic, rear-wheel drive
Body style: two-door coupe
CO2 emissions: 199g/km (Band F, €1,200 per annum)
Combined economy: 33mpg (8.5 litres/100km)
Top speed: 305km/h (limited)
0-100km/h: 3.8 seconds
Power: 500hp at 6,250rpm
Torque: 600Nm at 4,000- to 6,250rpm
Boot space: 445 litres

It feels strange to be talking about a automobile as a classic when its most closely-related models are still on sale. But, even though the BMW M4 GTS was built and delivered in…

We need to turn everything off

by Maurice Malone on 24 Jul 2017

changagoidem Features | We need to turn everything off

Insurance company Aviva has commissioned a study into driving habits in 13 countries around the globe, and unfortunately the findings paint Irish drivers in a very bad light.

Over 80 per cent of Irish people surveyed admit to using electronic devices when behind the wheel, a markedly worse figure than our UK neighbours (66 per cent).

Nearly half of us make phone calls without using a hands-free kit, 26 per cent send text messages, and incredulously, 15 per cent of people check and update their social media while driving. There really is no excuse for this behaviour, and various hard-hitting…

Flat out in Peugeot's 308 Racing Cup

by Neil Briscoe on 06 Jul 2017

changagoidem Features | Flat out in Peugeot's 308 Racing Cup

"Why me?", sang Linda Martin, but I seriously doubt that the slim-hipped Linda has ever had to wedge her ample buttocks into a too-tight racing bucket seat like I have to today, pinching my right thigh in the manner of a medieval torture device every time I flex my right foot.

Sweating and panting like a badly packed Nomex ham, I finally manage to cram enough of my too-ample frame into the seat, and the five-point harness snaps shut with a breathe-in-now click.

The inside of the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup is, like most racing automobiles, basically a pile of…

Five best executive saloons in Ireland

by on 29 Jun 2017

changagoidem Features | Five best executive saloons in Ireland

The executive saloon segment has become fiercely competitive with many new models showcasing the very latest technology from infotainment to semi-autonomous driving. Add to that ever-increasing levels of luxury and refinement and buyers in this part of the market are finding themselves spoilt for choice. There's also an increasing number of low-emission hybrid versions to consider. To help find out just what you should be driving here is our list of the best executive saloons on sale in Ireland.

1 - BMW 5 Series

For a long time, the 5 Series has been the segment benchmark. Now…

Mini Meet arrives in Ireland

by Neil Briscoe on 27 Jun 2017

changagoidem Features | Mini Meet arrives in Ireland

"And you will be sleeping here..." A phrase I'm not unfamiliar with. Spend a few years travelling around test driving automobiles and you soon become used to strange rooms, new hotels and beds that are only yours for tonight. This one is a little different though. This one appears to be a roof box for extra luggage strapped to the top of a Mini. "Are you sure about this?" I'm tempted to ask. No queen-sized divans available?

Well, I guess it just wouldn't be a proper festival without staying in a tent, and it's kind of neat that, instead of…



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