Top 10 greatest DriveArabia stories of 2014
The end of the year is upon us again, and it’s time to look back at some of our greatest hits this year. But would you believe that we’ve just completed 10 whole years! For the past few seasons, we kept thinking of the big party we’d have when we hit the Big 10, but now that it’s here, we’re too busy to have any fun! Currently we’re working on adding more features to the website, catching up on numerous stories and even moving to a new office at the 48 Burj Gate tower. Revenues are up almost 30% this year, most of which we’ve invested back into a better experience for you. Over the past year, we’ve added a nicer car-comparison interface, a better mobile version, a much more powerful new server and even a new Toyota FJ Cruiser 6MT to our ever-growing long-term fleet that we’re running with our own money as we shy away from begging for free cars from manufacturers. And this is alongside having to go on numerous overseas media events as the invites have finally started coming in full-flow. It’s been a good year, and we continue to do it with a real readership and knowledgeable content, unlike some of the money-chasing nonsense that’ve cropped up recently in an attempt to copy our success. Maybe there’s still time for a party. But here’s some of the highlights of 2014.
In this exclusive story, we drove a three-wheeled car…bike…err…something for the first time in our existence. It was also the first time we drove something that had only 16 hp. But damn, how can something so weak be so scary?
Easily the most mind-blowingly powerful sedan to ever emerge in production form, and yet, so easy to drive on the track, on the road, and around trees! We went all the way to Washington D.C. to play with it.
Some say that this car has too much power. They say that makes it bad. All we know is we drove it on a racetrack at 240 kph in heavy rain, and came out of it just fine.
It’s not as much that we drove the speedy Audi RS Q3 in Germany on the autobahn, but rather the fact that this was the first Audi event we’d attended in a decade.
We were the first to do a local drive story on Lamborghini’s newest supercar, still wearing Italian plates no less.
Aside from the obvious fun, we were also the first ones to drive the manual version of the GCC-spec Evora.
Getting to drive this ground-breaking product long before it’s even hit showrooms, it was made more interesting by driving it in a state where there seemed to be more trucks than cars.
The upcoming little crossover may be all European, but it’s still a very capable Jeep at heart. And we loved the fact that Italy is keeping the manual transmission alive.
And we did it in a Porsche Macan Turbo on a weekday morning with no traffic, led by a racing instructor. It was interesting.
It’s one of those cars that makes you wonder how it’s even legally allowed to be driven without a jet-fighter licence. It’s an absolute animal.
We did many other stories as well, such as the McLaren 650S we drove in the UAE, the Nissan X-Trail we drove in Salalah and the Fiat 500 we drove in Italy. We also had one of our legendary impromptu fan-meets in February. It’s always a good sign when people still show up for those. Here’s to 2015!