Robert Pepper learns to drive a truck
19 Sep 2014

Blog : Turning Truckie, Part 1

Imagine having to double-declutch your car’s manual gearbox every single time you changed gear … we’ve sent Robert Pepper off to become a truckie.

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Continuously Variable Transmissions explained
15 Sep 2014

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Explained

CVTs are praised for being able to deliver a smooth driving experience and improve fuel efficiency, but how do they work? Welcome to Continuously Variable Transmissions Explained.

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12 Sep 2014

For fun : Subaru WRX vs Toyota 86

Robert Pepper gets a bunch of mates together to see whether all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive produces the most fun… Subaru WRX Vs Toyota 86.

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Toyota 86 long-term
03 Sep 2014

Toyota 86 review long-term – update 2

My 2012 Toyota 86 has just rolled past 40,000 glorious kilometers so it’s time for a bit of an update, and that starts with the maintenance…

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BMW Alpine X-Drive Experience
30 Aug 2014

BMW’s New Zealand Alpine xDrive Experience

Driving sideways. In the snow. How can something so hoonish just seem so right? Welcome to the BMW Alpine xDrive Experience in New Zealand.

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Tech Talk - Jaguar F-Type
14 Aug 2014

Tech Talk – Jaguar F-Type

When he’s not lapping a new car around a race track, or driving over boulders, our Robert Pepper can be found delving into the technical specifications of the latest releases. Here’s what he’s gleaned about the Jaguar F-Type.

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Subaru updates the BRZ
06 Aug 2014

Toyota updates the 86, Subaru tweaks the BRZ

A week after Toyota announced an update for its 86 sportscar, Subaru has announced similar changes to its BRZ – a twin of the Toyota 86.

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Long-Term Toyota 86 - Welcome
06 Aug 2014

Toyota 86 long-term review – Welcome

Our Robert Pepper has owned his Toyota 86 for more than 12 months – so he knows what he likes and doesn’t like. Read his Toyota 86 long-term review.

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Jaguar F-Type at Sandown
31 Jul 2014

Track testing the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R

Surrounded by marvelous machinery at Sandown Raceway, our track dynamo, Robert Pepper, only has eyes for the Jaguar F-Type, and who could blame him.

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Toyota updates the 86
24 Jul 2014

Toyota updates the 86

Toyota updates the 86, tweaking the suspension and adding some cosmetic enhancements and bumping up the price of the GTS variant.

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15 Jul 2014

2014 Kia Sorento Si 2.2 Diesel Review

The seven-seat Kia Sorento is one of the better medium SUVs. it combines good looks with good driving dynamics and just enough rough road ability to satisfy all but the hardcore 4WDers.

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The 2015 Subaru WRX STi in technical detail
18 Apr 2014

Tech Talk: 2015 Subaru WRX STi in detail

Robert Pepper takes a detailed look at what makes the new Subaru WRX STi the track-ready car and family-friendly car it is … meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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This is the new WRX STi
17 Apr 2014

2015 Subaru WRX STi Review

Subaru has created an exciting all-wheel drive giant killer that doubles as a sedate family car and a track-ready terror. But does it deliver true sportscar fun?

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Subaru Outback driving in water
14 Apr 2014

What 4X4 to buy if you don’t want to own a 4X4

The non-4WD Enthusiast’s Guide to Buying a 4WD, or what 4WD to buy when you’re only into the great outdoors and not off-roading.

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