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Lamborghini Revuelto everything you need to know (plus stuff you don’t)

In the marque’s 60th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini presents Revuelto, the first super sports V12 hybrid plug-in HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle). Revuelto defines a new paradigm in terms of performance, sportiness and driving pleasure from its unprecedented new architecture; innovative design; maximum-efficiency aerodynamics; and a new carbon frame concept. An output of 1015 CV […]

Kia EV9 Reshapes SUV User Experience with Superior Design and Technology

Kia has revealed full details of the Kia EV9, its first three-row seat electric flagship SUV that brings fresh thinking, design, and technology to the sector and spearheads the brand’s rapid transformation to a sustainable mobility solutions provider in the era of electrification. Based on the game-changing Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV9 ensures […]

Two nights in Dubai


Like many I assume, when I think of Dubai, images of sand, camels and exotic sports cars spring to mind, well having just spent two ‘Arabian’ nights there (thanks to Land Rover), I can happily report that my assumptions were correct – more or less. We were in town to test drive the new Defender […]

Dakar Rally-inspired Toyota Hilux GR Sport unveiled at Toyota Festival

Toyota New Zealand has unveiled the Toyota Hilux GR Sport at Toyota Festival’s 10th Anniversary in Queenstown this weekend – and we were there. More on the actual festival event to come, but in the meantime, an unregistered preview model of the new addition to the GR Gazoo Racing family was unveiled for media and […]

Land Rover’s new 8-seater Defender 130 is out‘SAND’ing

Land Rover Defender 130 First Drive

The launch of the new Land Rover 130 essentially completes the new family line up for the Defender nameplate, and where best to test out this big 8-seater’s off-road capabilities than the ultra-challenging sand dunes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Land Rover says that globally, their new Defender has already proven to be very popular […]

Ford NZ Expands Ranger Line-Up With Limited-Edition, Off-Road Focused Ranger Wildtrak X

Ford New Zealand is expanding its Ranger lineup with the new off-road focused Wildtrak X, arriving in showrooms in the second half of the year as a go-anywhere limited-edition. With a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of $80,990, Ranger Wildtrak X bridges the gap between the high-performance Ranger Raptor and the recreation-oriented Wildtrak and is designed […]

So Long Sucky Infotainment

If you, like me, have made some questionable life choices that have limited the amount of disposable income you have and don’t drive the kinds of cars that we generally review here on Tarmac Life, you’re probably enduring your daily commute in some Japanese speaking s**tbox. My daily punishment is a stunning example of a […]

2023 Nissan X-Trail e-Power e-4ORCE – a petrol-powered EV

Nissan X-Trail e-Power e-4ORCE review NZ

I have to admit to mulling over the title of this review for quite some time (see, it’s not just thrown together), but I think it sums things up nicely as the powertrain that sits inside this ultra-swanky, top of the line X-Trail is in fact two – a petrol engine that acts as a […]

Kavich Brothers race in Bathurst 6 Hour in Support of Breast Cancer Trials research

Brothers and race car drivers Ben and Michael Kavich are returning to the circuit in support oflifesaving breast cancer clinical trials research. Competing in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour onApril 9th, the brothers will be hitting the track in their pink liveried Race For A Cure Vehicle, askingfor donations to support the research conducted […]