Author Archives: Damien O'Carroll

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#HSV R8: 400kW s/c V8 is sensational! Wonderfully progressive, yet utterly brutal. Fast & refined! 9/10 #TweetTest

Great Scott! A Legend!

Great Scott! A Legend!
To further celebrate Back to the Future day, here is a far longer version of an article I wrote for the NZ Herald’s DRIVEN section a few months ago. It is about a rather special car that lives in New Zealand and its remarkably tenacious owner! So do you want to go for a ride? With those ...

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLE

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLE
For a while now Mercedes-Benz has lagged behind obvious rivals BMW and Audi in one key area — SUVs, particularly those in the fast-growing small and medium segments. But Mercedes are determined to fix that particular weak spot in the most German way possible — to jam as many different variants ...

FIRST DRIVE: Audi RS3

FIRST DRIVE: Audi RS3
When Mercedes-Benz decided to crash the AWD Hot Hatch party with its sensational small AMG offerings, it was always fairly certain that Audi wasn’t going to take things lying down. After all, Audi had been doing the grunt AWD Hot Hatch thing for quite ...

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Shooting Brake

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Shooting Brake
It has been Shooting Brake-tastic here at OVERSTEER just recently, with the small CLA 45 AMG a few weeks back and now the big daddy of Merc Shooting Brakes, the CLS 500, this week! Sadly, a full-fat AMG version of the Shooting Brake isn’t offered here in New Zealand, but the CLS 500 still packs a hefty performance punch, with its twin-turbo ...

FIRST DRIVE: Jaguar XE

FIRST DRIVE: Jaguar XE
Once upon a time Jaguar made a mid-size car. It was called the X-Type and it was crap. It wasn’t crap because it was based on the Ford Mondeo – which it was – and neither was it crap because it was FWD – which it also was, although 4WD models were available ...

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake
Quite how AMG manages to get a blistering 265kW out of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine without it exploding into shrapnel after about ten minutes is staggering. How the also get it to be not only useable, but also relatively docile and tractable around town has, quite frankly, got us buggered. Needless to say, however, it is one of our favourite engines around ...

ROAD TEST: BMW 125i

ROAD TEST: BMW 125i
The BMW 1 Series has always been a fantastic little car. Okay, so the first generation was a bit crook looking, but facelifts (or “Life Cycle Impulses” in BMW-speak) and an all-new second generation car have taken care of the worst visual offences. But if you want a small five-door hatch with fantastic ...

FIRST DRIVE: Mini John Cooper Works

Once upon a time, back when the Mini really was mini, having the Cooper name attached to it meant it was the serious go-fast version. But eventually it became essentially a trim level, a rather sad standing that was only reinforced when BMW took things over and made the Mini less mini, but also far, far safer, much faster and WAY ...