Wheels

SLEEK LOOKS, SMOOTH RIDE

Mercedes-Benz’s new second-generation GLA has first-rate appeal. Not everyone’s fond of a behemoth on wheels. While legroom and storage space are certainly covetable, too often they come in a cumbersome machine...

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2020 BMW X3 M

By Derek McNaughton BMW’s M division is a little like creating monsters from men. Initially set up to facilitate BMW’s racing program, M is what happens when engineers take the ordinary and create the extraordinary, when regular BMWs get more power, better handling and superior braking. Sedans or...

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Furious and Luxurious

By Derek McNaughton The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is equally seductive as it is fast Once the epitome of sumptuous design, Jaguar’s cars have not always enjoyed the magic of the marque. Icons like the D-Type of the 1950s or E-Type of the 1960s, or even the XJ6, revealed a penmanship like few...

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Seductive Statement

The 2020 Audi R8 never ceases to amaze me. By Derek McNaughton A V10 engine in a sports car today is almost a dirty word. A V10 is unconventional, old school – not likely to win over any environmentalists. Has Audi not been keeping up with trends, seeing that everyone is going gaga over Tesla and...

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Class Act

Vintage car collector Hassan Moghadam loves nothing more than to share his passion for a good cause Story and photos by Derek McNaughton One of Ottawa’s highly skilled surgeons has a disease—one that afflicts many men his age. And Hassan Moghadam’s symptoms include uncontrollable urges to buy rare...

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Top of the line –and one seriously fast SUV By Derek McNaughton Sergio Pininfarina, the Italian designer whose artistry gave shape to the Giulietta Spider, the first mass-produced Alfa Romeo, was no doubt wincing in his grave at hearing about the plans for the first-ever Alfa SUV. In the car world...

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Purity with Less

Porsche 911 T By Derek McNaughton | Photos by Derek McNaughton In the dead of winter, the promise of spring is a lie. Cold permeates everything so deeply there is no way anything could emerge from winter’s grip. Green leaves, or warmth from the sun, seem but a dream. And, yet here I am...

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Summer-ready with BMW’s new M550i

Highway 417 from Ottawa to Montreal is about as boring as they come. Long straights flanked by fallow farm fields and few trees. Only speed cures the boredom. Luckily, our 2018 BMW M550i XDrive is a very fast car.

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Evolution of Excellence

Porsche aficionado Hartmut de Witt takes a spin in a 2017 911 C4 GTS and discovers some things never change By Derek McNaughton Hartmut de Witt, the only owner of this Porsche since it rolled off the factory floor in Stuttgart, Germany in 1969, doesn’t mind the mess. He is, after all, 88 years old...

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Out of the shadows

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster takes open-top motoring to a higher plateau By Derek McNaughton Scottsdale, Arizona Convertibles always require compromises. When a car company takes one of its coupes and shears off the structural support of a roof, the engineering challenges mount. There’s also...

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