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1 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Ssangyong Actyon Sports | Shift Up

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The Swings And Misses Of New Cars

There are pros and cons of every job. Some jobs having bigger pluses than minuses and some, most definitely, go the other way. I know, I’ve done a fair few different gigs over the years.

Anyway, since last we spoke I’ve had the privilege of getting behind the wheel of some rather plush material while others have left me wanting to thoroughly wash my hands for fear of catching whatever the designers had that caused them to think that what they had come up with was anything other than utterly upsetting.

Let’s start with the less good and go up from there.

There was the masterfully unthought-out clock in the Ssangyong Actyon Sports – pretty funny really.

The slightly over-the-top steering wheel in the new Toyota Camry, I get the buttons guys but that thing on the left is an entire hub of controls coming out of the wheel. Maybe ease up a little yeah? They also win the award for most useless gauge – the L/100km one that means your temp gauge becomes electronic and is moved to a much harder spot to see.

Well played.

I got all cuboid-ed up with the Land Rover Discovery 4#8230;

#8230;continued the 4#215;4 theme with the BMW X5#8230;

#8230;drooled a little over the tasty black Jaguar XKR I happened to stumble across#8230;

#8230;and enjoyed a seat, but not a drive, in the new Porsche Cayman.

The new Audi Q3 was a pleasure to drive and it was manual too but being the techno-phobe I am, engine stop/start systems still weird me out a little.

I caught a Ferrari California just sitting there, and you know what, it honestly looked good. Must be the darker colour.

A smile was quickly brought to my face when I heard rumours that a new Porsche 991 911 Carrera S had found its way to our driveway and yeah, they are that good.

Sweet lines, beautiful curves, shmick details, massive wheels and a super crisp N/A exhaust note. All good right?

Almost, this poor little guy was PDK not manual but you make do.

Massive stoppers.

The humble six.

From a simple 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer motor to a twin-turbo V8 monster – the BMW M5.

This was an experience. Feeling like a big car initially, it does grow on you and starts feel far less daunting the more kays you put on.

That is until you prod the accelerator and 560bhp and 680Nm taps you on the shoulder and asks, “do you really wanna do that?”.

It’s a car that can do tame but just not totally convincingly, like Leonardo DiCaprio doing an accent.

While new cars continue to come out with more and more technology in an attempt to please many, I realise that driving cars that have been modified with the sole purpose of being quick and fun will always win out.

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