After two decades, the most underrated car in the world is ready to make a comeback. Except, it’s not. I don’t know why but Volkswagen decided to torture us by releasing never-seen-before pictures of the second-gen VW Phaeton that never happened. Exactly twenty years ago, in 2002, Volkswagen unveiled an unexpected luxury sedan built on … More Here’s the VW Phaeton 2 that never happened
You’ve probably heard about the ‘2022 everything crash’ but the pre-owned market for vintage cars didn’t get the memo. And it’s worse than you think. Or better, depending on your point of view. The insanity has reached new levels with this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé, which just sold for $142 million. Yup. 142. Million. … More The most expensive car in the history of the world
Permission to speak candidly and rant? I’m so over these ‘special-edition’ variants of cars that have been around for too long. I love Maserati, I want Maserati to triumph just as much as I want Abarth to triumph, but like most brands from the FCA era (now Stellantis), they can’t innovate and keep injection life … More The ‘MC Edition’ Ghibli and Quattroporte are a friendly reminder that the game has changed
I’ve been writing about watches for two years, for two reasons. The first, most obvious, I like watches. I can’t even explain why, then again that’s what passion is all about: you can’t really explain. If you’re into cars, the overlap with watches is actually huge. The Rolex Daytona was named after the eponymous race … More A new type of content on Flabbergasted LF, but first… you got the time?
Renault is launching a new SUV soon, ideally slotted and marketed between the Captur and the Kadjar, and it’s called Austral. The name is cool, but what about the car? At the moment, we only know that the French company has been testing a total of 100 prototypes around Europe (France, Romania, Spain and Germany, … More Renault’s latest SUV is almost here, the name is cool, but what about the car?
Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been fighting one another to establish dominance in the market for ages, and it’s basically a cycle. At the moment, I’d take Audi over BMW and Merc any day of the week, but Mercedes is an innovator, by definition, and this is their response to Audi’s Skysphere. It’s called the … More Will all future Mercedes models look like this?
A few months before the whole world hit pause, I got in touch with Peugeot Italia and asked if I could borrow the RCZ-R for a swan song-style review. The head of PR, a guy I’ve known for some time, said “the what?”. “The RCZ-R” I said, “the sports coupe” . “Ah” he said, “that … More Peugeot RCZ-R review : it’s so cool but why did we almost forget it existed?
I started writing about cars ten years ago and I’ve done the whole thing. The endless stream of cheesy metaphors, thesaurus synonyms and epitomes. The internet is awash with blogs and car mags and I never had any ambition to become the best or anything like that. I just wanted to be on board. … More Driving the phenomenal Lexus LFA around Monaco
In the 1980s, my hometown used to be the third wealthiest city in Italy and expensive cars were selling like hot cakes. Then things changed and, well, it no longer is. However, there’s still a Ferrari dealership in town and I was finally able to get acquainted with the all-new Ferrari Roma. There were plans … More The Ferrari Roma is a lot better than I thought it would be
Eleven years ago, at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus introduced an instant classic, one of the most iconic cars ever made: the LFA. The LFA was just something else and I think the fact that it was unveiled by Lexus, of all brands, made it even more sensational because it was unexpected. If Lambo … More Lexus unveils the LC Convertible, a gorgeous open-top cruiser