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Since the invention of the internal combustion engine, automakers have been obsessed with increasing the maximum output and speed of their creations. There’s just something about hearing the purr of a well-tuned engine and feeling the car surge forward in response that brings out something primal in all drivers. This is of course due to the rush of adrenaline we get from engaging in anything dangerous or exciting. For years, drivers have been chasing this high and seeing this as the ultimate form of driving pleasure. However, a new trend has emerged recently, placing greater emphasis on the driver’s comfort rather than an all-out speed and power.

This doesn’t mean that the age of fast cars is over, far from it. After all, as we’ve said before, the thrill of getting behind the wheel of a luxury supercar and speeding down a long, lonely road is deeply ingrained in our biology and psychology. Speed and power are still a big part of luxury car design. Take for example Bentley’s Continental GT Speed Convertible. It might not be a supercar but “speed” is in its name and the car delivers a top speed of 445 km/h and 0-100 km/h timing of 3.6 seconds. Therefore, speed is still very much a desirable quality in a luxury automobile. However, thanks to advances in technology, it’s no longer necessary to sacrifice comfort for power. And if you can afford it, why settle for just one when you can have both?

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

Along with speed and power, there is one other factor that many consider to be a great source of driving pleasure. The idea of driver involvement typically revolves around car designs that use a manual transmission and requires a driver to be technically proficient in order to safely control a vehicle and bring out the best in its performance. While it might be harder to operate than the more modern automatic transmission, which we see in most cars nowadays, it does have some benefits such as greater overall control. In addition, it fosters a greater sense of connection between man and machine given how a driver must know the nuances of their vehicle inside and out. It’s quite similar to the pleasure that one gets from owning a luxury mechanical watch and the appreciation for the intricate design of its fully analogue design.

However, the main driving force behind technological advancements in any field is to make work easier. This explains the rise of automatic transmission as it is much easier to operate, allowing more people to drive a car. However, for purists, nothing beats the control afforded by a manual vehicle. To compromise, automakers introduced the Formula 1 inspired flappy handles which allowed drivers to control their gear changes without the stress of having to tap-dance between the clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals. The handles in the Ferrari Roma we reviewed a few months back spring to mind as we write this, because of its well-thought-out ergonomics which made driving it and changing gears a real pleasure. 

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Ferrari Roma

Another trend on the rise in the automotive world is the growing prevalence of driver-assistance technologies. These involve the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and range from simple programmes which assist the driver by helping to

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By: Joseph Low
Title: The Evolving Pleasures of Driving
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/motoring/automobile/the-evolving-pleasures-of-driving.html
Published Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 06:00:00 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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