1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage. Shaken and stirred

At first glance, this appears to be an Aston Martin DB5 as seen co-starring alongside a well-known Vodka-Martini drinking, Walther PPK toting British secret agent in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye among countless other film cameo appearances. And, to a degree, you'd be right. Although the DB5 rocketed to… » 4/20/14 2:38am Sunday 2:38am

Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé. DRIVEN. The long awaited SPECIAL one

I'm standing on the side of the road in Barcelona, patiently waiting for my lift to the airport, and I'm pondering just how good the new F-TYPE Coupe is really going to be. Ever since Jaguar rolled out the exceptionally sexy C-X16 concept car in 2011, much has been said about this new machine. As much as I wanted to… » 4/15/14 7:23am 4/15/14 7:23am

Opel Astra OPC. Driven. Hot hatch meets mountain road

The Opel Astra OPC is a model we've been looking to get our hands on for a few months now. Fellow hacks across the region have waxed both lyrically and unceasingly about Opel's hot hatch in the Middle East, praising its chuckability, its grunt and its six-speed manual gearbox. It's unsurprising therefore that the Astra … » 4/06/14 5:06am 4/06/14 5:06am

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. DRIVEN. ‘The most extreme'

It's been a while since crankandpiston.com took an Aston Martin Vantage for a spin, and there are two very good reasons for that. The last time we attempted an epic road trip, we were dealt a hammer blow by Mother Nature in the form of a gigantic rainstorm that almost left us stranded in the Hatta mountains. We were… » 3/17/14 4:48am 3/17/14 4:48am

Cadillac ATS vs Lexus IS350 F-Sport. Fighting back

So you're after a new premium mid-size saloon. You want a bit of poke, a good amount of style without being too flashy, and it has to be comfortable as well as feature a performance element. Basically, you want everything. Where do you go? Traditionally, you'd head straight to Germany and check out a BMW 3 Series, an… » 3/02/14 11:31am 3/02/14 11:31am

Liberty Walk Ferrari 458. The Ultimate Bosozoku Fezza

The Oakley Design Ferrari 458 Italia is a rare and expensive piece of kit with only seven cars in existence. When the British tuning company (not the fancy sunglasses company) turned its attention towards the Italia, the result was a 458 with a ten percent increase in power and a five percent increase in torque.… » 2/06/14 1:36am 2/06/14 1:36am

Porsche 991 GT3 vs Mercedes SLS AMG Black

As you might imagine, the arrival into the office of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series and the new Porsche 911 GT3 generated quite a bit of excitement. Especially among the luminaries that head up the company. Which is how it came to pass that we're on our way for an epic day of driving with these two behemoths of… » 1/29/14 2:43am 1/29/14 2:43am