They might be separated by years (or even decades), and built by completely different manufacturers, but sometimes in the car world there are themes, ideas and concepts that seem to keep recurring. Automotive Reincarnations is a series dedicated to exactly this.
The Toyota GT86 has won many fans for being simple, affordable and great to drive – but it is far from the first sports coupe to adhere to this formula.
Look beneath the surface and you’ll find some striking similarities between the overlooked Mitsubishi 3000 GT and the modern Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, says Lewis Kingston.
While you might not readily associate an old Triumph with the all-conquering BMW 5 Series, there are plenty of design and engineering themes that connect the two, says Lewis Kingston.
There are few more controversial things a sports car maker can do than build an SUV. However, for Lamborghini the Urus wasn’t the first of its kind, as Lewis Kingston explains.
As well as being brilliantly capable off road, the Land Rover Defender is a truly classless car. Qualities that are equally as evident in the first generation of Subaru Forester.
If you thought the days of lightweight and affordable hot hatches such as the Citroen AX GT were long gone then think again, says Lewis Kingston.
According to Peugeot, its 3008 Hybrid4 of 2010 was the world’s first diesel-electric car. However, Lewis Kingston believes that title belongs to little-known Audi.
The Mazda MX-5 is a hugely popular roadster, but it was far from the first of its kind. In fact, it drew much inspiration from classic British sports cars of the past, as Lewis Kingston explains.
Do you think the Range Rover was the world’s first luxury off-roader? Then think again, says Lewis Kingston…
Electric cars, to many, appear a truly modern innovation – one enabled by rapid advances in battery technology, motors, controllers and thermal management systems. (more…)
A grand tourer, by definition, is a high-performance luxury car that can effortlessly cover vast distances at speed. Unsurprisingly, as a result, many GT manufacturers have adopted technologies that can ease the process of driving a high-performance car for extended periods. Continue reading >>>
Enthusiasts were wary when the Elise SC arrived in 2008. After all, the svelte Lotus had always been about lightness, purity and immediate response – yet the SC variant, for the first time in the Elise’s history, eschewed natural aspiration for supercharging. Continue reading >>>
The Audi A2 of 1999 and BMW i3 of 2014 are two cars that on paper appear to be fundamentally different. For a start they are built by competing firms, but even more basic than that is their method of propulsion: internal combustion for the A2 versus battery electric for the i3. Continue reading >>>
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