Author Archives: Damien O'Carroll

FIRST DRIVE: Ford Mondeo

FIRST DRIVE: Ford Mondeo
We have had along wait here in New Zealand for the new Ford Mondeo. The USA got it back in 2012 as the Fusion, while a change of manufacturing facilities has seen RHD production delayed by a number of years. But it is here now and it has some pretty big expectations that it needs to live up to if it is going to take its place as Fords “flagship model” on the eve of the Falcon’s demise. We ...

Volvo Drive-E

Around a year ago Volvo New Zealand quietly launched the first of the Drive-E engines into the local market nestling in the engine bay of the S60 and V60. Since that time two things have happened – more Volvos have been equipped with Drive-E engines ...

ROAD TEST: Lexus RC-F

ROAD TEST: Lexus RC-F
The Lexus RC F takes over from the IS F as the performance flagship in the Lexus line up (not counting the limited LF A, that is) and as such packs a revised version of the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 that featured in the IS, but in an all-new two door coupe body that takes the Japanese manufacturer’s new styling language to its most aggressive extreme so far. We spend a week with one to see if we fall in love with it. Outside Likes: Incredibly aggressive and elegant at the same ...

Tweet Test

#Fiat Panda: maximum fun at the slowest speed possible. Tiny 2-cylinder engine and comedy trans are brilliant. Super ...

Tweet Test

Tweet Test
#Holden Colorado 7: big old-school #4WD. Lacks refinement on road, but brilliant off it. 7/10 #TweetTest

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#Lexus #RCF: brutally fast and stunning looking, but not quite as engaging as an M3. 7/10 #TweetTest

Tweet Test

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#Dodge #Challenger #Hellcat: brutal, loud and frankly insane. But awesome. Utterly awesome! 10/10 #TweetTest