Author Archives: Mike Juergens


The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

2019 marks Formula E’s fifth year of staging races in major cities around the world, and early skepticism around whether electric cars could capture race-fans' imaginations seem finally to have been dispatched. The chassis, brakes, battery and tires are the same for the 11 teams and 22 cars. It’s a team’s intellectual property - the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and battery/thermal management software – that separates the winners from the losers.

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2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition First Drive: SUVs evolved

2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition First Drive: SUVs evolved

A 503-horsepower crossover seems a little absurd when you think about it. After all, how quickly does one really need to get to Starbucks? However, the all-new 2020 BMW X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition are not your ordinary caffeine-bound crossovers. The engineers at BMW M are no strangers to the company's SUVs line: they arrived on the scene in the high-caliber SUV segment with the launch of the BMW X5 M in 2009. At the time it was the most powerful SUV in the segment with 547 HP, able to beat the competition with ease.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive: More than the sum of its name

2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive: More than the sum of its name

The name Arteon is the culmination of the words Art & Eon. Art defines what happens when you allow your designers and engineers the freedom to create an eye-catching sculpture. Eon represents a long period of time, an homage to the timelessness and sophistication of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. Cars as art isn't a new concept, but it's usually the preserve of exotics or classics. That makes the Arteon something very different.

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2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

It all started with the beautiful Audi Prologue concept unveiled by Audi at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The Prologue heralded the future of Audi exterior and interior design, under the pen and leadership of Marc Lichte. The rounded lines of the past are now strong and aggressive; gone are button-heavy consoles from the interior and, in their place, touchscreens and a handful of necessary keys.

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2019 BMW 330i and 2020 M340i First Drive

2019 BMW 330i and 2020 M340i First Drive

15,543,000. That's the number of 3 Series that BMW has produced over the past four decades - and now seven generations - of the iconic sports sedan. BMW enthusiasts often argue about which generation is best, the never-settled discussion generally focusing around the second generation E30 (1982–1994) and the fourth generation E46 (1998–2006). Both of these 3 Series would raise the benchmark of what a great sports sedan should be, with their precise steering, even weight distribution, power delivery, and sheer driving pleasure.

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Inside Formula 1: Timing is Everything

Inside Formula 1: Timing is Everything

Formula 1 and Rolex are two of the most recognizable brands in the world. In 2013, the two companies entered into a long-term Global Partnership, with the watchmaker becoming the official timepiece of Formula 1. Precision timekeeping is just as important on the race-track as it is on the wrist, after all. That's why, when Rolex offered us a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible spectacle that is a Formula 1 weekend, we didn't waste a second in saying yes.

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2019 Audi Q3 first drive: Style and luxury with tech to match

2019 Audi Q3 first drive: Style and luxury with tech to match

With over 1.1 million sold since its introduction in 2012, the Audi Q3 has been an essential vehicle for introducing consumers to the Audi brand. Even with its much later introduction to the US, in 2015, delayed access would only turn out to whet the appetite of American drivers. No, it wasn't as technologically advanced as other Audis on the dealers' lots, and yes, it was using the older generation of engines and transmissions, not to mention the old infotainment system. Turns out, such things didn't cross consumers' minds while shopping. Audi was thinking about it, though, and so we get the all-new 2019 Q3.

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In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

It’s just after 5:00 AM, and we’ve ascended past 14,100 feet as the sun was just starting to rise. A fitting moment, indeed, as the vehicle that I was about to meet represents a new chapter for an iconic brand. In front of us, a half dozen Audi e-tron prototypes dressed in camouflage with bright orange accents greet us. It was no mistake that Audi chose one of the most iconic mountains in its history to introduce us to its most important model in many years. The Audi e-tron represents not only the future of the brand but also the industry as a whole, the automaker's first attempt at going head-to-head with Tesla, not to mention other behemoths each sprinting to unveil their latest all-electric models.

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The 603hp AMG E63 S Wagon is the antidote to boring SUVs

The 603hp AMG E63 S Wagon is the antidote to boring SUVs

The family truckster from National Lampoon is an image burned into many of our minds of what the great American road trip used to look like. In the pre-internet and crossover SUV days, packing the whole family into the station wagon and setting off across the country was just something you did every summer. Even if it was against your will, you'd end up cramped in the back seat with your family. Stations wagons were often the preferred mode of transportation, as the long roof provided plenty of space to store everything a family would need for two-weeks on the road.

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This is Track Day Heaven, BMW style: M5, X2, M4 CS, more

This is Track Day Heaven, BMW style: M5, X2, M4 CS, more

BMW has hardly been idle of late, with no shortage of new models arriving on dealership lots, and plenty more still in the pipeline. What better way, therefore, than to show off the riches of the latest range - not to mention tease a few tidbits still to come - than heading down to beautiful Palm Springs, California, and the BMW Performance Center West. It promised to be a jam-packed day, with the keys to the all-new X2, M5, M4 CS, and seventeen other vehicles up for grabs.

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2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is a 5-door coupe with 444 HP

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is a 5-door coupe with 444 HP

The Audi RS 5 Coupe has only been on sale in the US for a few weeks, and tonight Audi unveiled the Sportback version of the RS 5 in New York City. The 2019 RS 5 Sportback marks the seventh new Audi Sport entry. With seating for five, the 444 hp TFSI biturbo V6 coupled with quattro sport rear differential promises exceptional performance and handling.

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Road to Racer: Inside one team’s big Mercedes-AMG GT4 ambitions

Road to Racer: Inside one team’s big Mercedes-AMG GT4 ambitions

Nobody ever said building a winning race car was going to be easy, but the challenge is even more complex when you're trying to compete in GT4. With the rules changed to encourage more manufacturer participation from 2017's season onward, teams now have a huge amount of choice when it comes to factory-produced GT4-spec machinery, but that's only the start of it. I spoke to Indy Dontje and Damien Faulkner from Winward/HTP Motorsport, about their brand new Mercedes AMG GT4 race cars and how this new age of GT4 racing has changed the scene.

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