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First drive: 2022 Polestar 2 in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Polestar 2 in the UAE

You may have already heard of Polestar. The performance wing of Geely-owned Swedish carmaker Volvo has now become a standalone brand, building electric vehicles. The brand recently partnered up with Al Futtaim Automotive to bring Polestar vehicles to the UAE. Their first order of business has been the introduction of Polestar 2 to our shores, set to take on the Tesla 3.

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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R in the UAE

We were quite eager to test drive the new Volkswagen Golf R. After all, it did leave quite an impression when we first drove the first generation Golf R back in 2011, after the demise of the R32. It almost felt as special as the Nissan GT-R with its all-wheel-drive handling capabilities, and being a practical everyday car at the same time. So how does the latest generation of the most powerful Golf ever feel?

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1000 Miglia Experience UAE in a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1000 Miglia Experience UAE in a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

We got a first hand experience on the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition which was first announced at the UAE Jubilee Launch back in December, 2021 by Octanium Group. We caught up with the rally on their second-leg of the journey from the InterContinental Fujairah Resort towards Jabel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah and ending the race at 25Hour Hotel, Dubai.

The 1000 Miglia UAE Prologue was a 2 day, 700KM rally race across the emirates. We were paired as a navigator to a seasoned 1000 Miglia driver, Mr. Wilfried Porth who used to be a Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and our classic ride for the journey was a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL.

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We took the 2022 Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner to the Gulf News Fun Drive

We took the 2022 Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner to the Gulf News Fun Drive

The Jeep Gladiator made its debut back in 2020, after continuous rumours floated around for years of a Wrangler pickup. When it did come out, the design didn’t disappoint – having that distinct front-end of a Jeep Wrangler we have been accustomed to and appreciated over the decades, with the utilitarian body of a four-door pickup. However, the extended length and extra weight over a Wrangler had people understandably raise the question in our region – how well does it do in our desert terrain? We decided to answer that question by taking the Gladiator’s latest trim – the Sand Runner to do some proper dune-bashing in one of the region’s popular offroad camps in Tilal Swaihan,

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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Teramont Highline in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Teramont Highline in the UAE

Given all the historically significant nameplates in VW’s stable, the Teramont is a relatively new addition to the Volkswagen family, and their largest SUV model. Known as Atlas in the United States where it is built and manufactured, this vehicle originally debuted in 2018. Unmistakably sharing DNA with the Volkswagen family, both in terms of style and mechanicals, seems odd that it took so long for VW to jump into this segment.

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First drive: 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in the UAE

First drive: 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in the UAE

Porsche has been offering the GTS badge across their models for a while now. The badge is aimed at people looking for the “sweet spot” – have a daily driver that also offers enough performance to enjoy those spirited drives. Porsche recently introduced their latest iteration of the 911 Carrera GTS, which sits nicely between the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Turbo in terms of price and power.

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