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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8
  • IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8

IT FEELS “ILLOGICAL” – MAZDA RX-8

A “80s kid” is not a kid anymore but Mr Disney once said that “adults are only kids grown up”. It took me few years to get Walt’s concept. It suddenly became clear to me the moment I realised that my wife was pregnant. Nothing to do with vehicles you’d say. And you’d be wrong.

A petrolhead always look at any sort of vehicle as a toy to feed his passion. Always regardless to age.
Growing up, we gain responsibilities, the free time shrinks, almost disappear but a passion will always be one of the reasons we wake up in the morning with a smile and the relentless energy to do what we love to do.
Here I am now, 30ish, a lovely wife and our first baby due in a couple of months.
I’ll leave deeper thoughts about the obvious relevance of a baby comparing with any other materialistic possession.
A baby is a “game changer” in so many ways that it is hard to describe, here I will only consider how this change affects a man personal fleet.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE
  • IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE

IT FEELS “CHEAP” – NISSAN JUKE

The Nissan Juke is a car you must look from few feet away, in fact I’ve never met a single person that has fallen in love with its design at first sight, not even on magazines or internet pictures. We can say that it is a “weird”, or more politely an “interesting” machine. Surely not a head turner beauty.
There’s a specific distance from where you stand, where when looking at it you can appreciate some details. With the condition you don’t get either too close or too far from it.
Too far means it just look, maybe not “ugly”, just purposeless on many points of view.

The design of the Juke doesn’t flow as you’d expect, the front fascia is already a weird mix of lines, lights and altogether it looks heavy, especially compared to the rear end that looks too simple and short.
The wide and sculptured rear arches make a pale attempt to give an optical balance to the sidelines coming from the complex front end.
In other words, it ain’t pretty.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO
  • IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO

IT FEELS “REAL” – VW POLO

Big cars, powerful ones. Full optional advertised version, never actually ever seen them on public roads.
Most people in Europe buys economy, small cars without that many optional that would otherwise bring the price close to a basic version of a bigger car.
So we got the Polo, VW’s smaller version of all-time best seller Golf.
This one in particular is the “new” Polo, by definition just a facelifted version of the Mk5. No much changed outside besides slightly redesigned bumpers and headlights, the real changes though are inside.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS
  • IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS

IT FEELS “NEW” – BMW R1200 GS

There are models that have undoubtedly marked the automotive history, so when a Brand decides to change the basic characteristics of these models we hear it clear and loud.

However, funny enough, sometimes these historic changes come almost unnoticed.

I am sure that if I’d speak about the new water-cooled engine of an historic German vehicle, that built a good part of its heritage on the air-cooled boxer engine, then you’d think about the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 that broke the tradition back in 1998. However, in 2013 the history almost repeated itself with the “new” BMW R1200GS. As Porsche did, the BMW GS also built its thirty-years lasting reputation on a famous German air-cooled boxer engine.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS
  • IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS

IT FEELS “UNDONE” – MB A-CLASS

We can immediately feel a big step ahead in design even getting into the cabin, the layout is dominated by the vertical dashboard on top of which there is the new trend of tablet-like navi and board computer display, which in this case stands out completely like if it was floating away from the panel.
This unit is also equipped with the very nice looking sport seats with integrated headrests and half leather trim, panoramic sliding sunroof and few other optional for the wellbeing of the occupants. The first glance is satisfying by all means, the quality of the plastics at first appears and feels as it should, in a German premium compact. However, the quality lies in the details and here this car inexorably falls and loses on every front.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3
  • IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3

IT FEELS “BALANCED” – AUDI A3

Possibly the last generation of xenon headlamps illuminates the road ahead. The march of full LED lights seems unstoppable, especially for the Audi brand.
I cruise along a motorway as if I’d assume that this would be the favourite territory of this car but, given the good s-tronic automatic 7 speed gearbox, I really am looking forward to put the wheels on a twisty mountain road and feel how it will react.

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Feel the ride
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308
  • IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308

IT FEELS “i” – PEUGEOT 308

Driving through southern Spain has always its vibes and the coast road between Marbella and Cadiz could not be a better place to be right now.
Earlier this afternoon I was driving around the glamorous Puerto Banus, in a rather pleasant supercars traffic jam, which was a really hard task for a “normal car” to not let me feel “out of the place”.
And somehow I felt that this new Peugeot 308 was the right car for the job.

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Dream of a Dreamcar
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ

A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ

I was 10 when I saw it for the first time on a magazine. And I didn’t like it at all. A few months later a family friend who was working for Alfa Romeo, got one on a demo and drove it home. Again, I didn’t like it. Back then my reference in aerodynamics and style for sport cars were the current GTB/GTS Ferrari series.
For my 10 years old eyes the car wasn’t a beauty at all. They called it “il Mostro”, which isn’t just “monster”, it was “THE Monster”. About right I thought.
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