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The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is not necessarily what you want to hear. We’ve known that ever since Douglas Adams’s cult novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Nice if you can pose a couple of questions yourself and get a few satisfactory answers. Whic…

Into the Blue

If we really want to be at the cutting edge of the future and innovation, we should put our money on the color blue. Especially in the summer! In this issue, we go as fast as a bolt from the blue in a (red) Ferrari 488 Pista and a (green) Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus and a (very white) Vitpilen 701 from …

Over the Hill is Faster Than on Foot

Oblique thinking? Always good! After all, improvisation will often get you places more quickly when things are going uphill and downhill, when molehills become mountains, when highpoints are calling. Which is to say: in this issue, we’re heading for the hills. With rally legend Walter Röhrl, for exa…

Learning to Fly

Flying cars? That’s just what we needed! Oh, yes, we’re quite serious. As a solution for tomorrow’s mobility and transport demands – or as a breezy dream. We take off in a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, jet around the turns in a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, swim against the stream in a Lamborghini Terzo and g…

I Drive. Therefore? I Am!

From time to time, we are struck by the thought that thinking is an overrated, even dubious skill. The remedy? Shift down a gear and get behind the wheel. I drive, therefore I am. Apologies to Descartes. In this issue, we go on a 5,000 km road trip through the eastern United States and Canada in a M…

Chip, Chip, Hurray!

Microchips are increasingly making inroads into our cars and into our everyday lives. Could make things pretty dull, some people fear. But no worries: the brain takes an automatic time-out anyway when it’s bored. Happens behind the wheel too. Though the following should be exciting enough: driving a…

Basic Instincts

Our cars will be smarter than us soon. Doesn’t matter. Because thinking is overrated anyway, and you should listen to your instincts more often – that gut feeling for what’s really good for us. So we visited the philosopher Matthew Crawford in his motorcycle workshop, drove the Tesla Model X P90D th…

Up Up and Oops!

Create something new? A plan would be a good idea. Because plans give us the good feeling of having the matter under control. That doesn’t always work – but often enough. Attracting attention in a very red Ferrari in Berlin, for example, is pretty easy to do. An interview with aerobatic pilot Matthi…

Up Up and Away

And away we go! Up, up and away, that is. Pretty tempting when it’s out with the old and in with the new and everything threatens to become too complex anyway. Though, as usual: easier said than done – and perhaps a question of having the right vehicle. The test subjects this time around: A new Must…

The Journey Is Its Own Reward

Things always get really exciting when everything gets out of hand and suddenly you don’t know where you’re going anymore. Then the journey is its own reward. Because getting there is half the fun. Or some such. In this issue, things can get pretty topsy-turvy: There’s a fire in Babelsberg, but the …

Reel Things

That’s right, this issue is about “reel things”. About roll film and film roles with wonderful road movie associations. And about the car with its four rolling wheels. About those movies in your head. More specifically, this issue is about a Lamborghini Aventador SV and a Rolls-Royce Phantom. About …

Lost in Translation

Translating is an art. With its own challenges and demands. You have to understand what you’re translating, and you should have a feeling for how the translation is received by the target audience. That probably works quite differently with a camel-brown Bentley Continental GT than an aggressively y…

The Big Easy

New ideas often need space. And time. When you’re relaxed, it’s easier to think more playfully, more freely – and often more sharply. So we ease up on the gas a little. Just a tiny bit. For some laid-back cruising, the 7 Series from BMW is just the thing. In a GT-R Nismo on a banked turn, on the oth…

[far-fair-gnu-ghen]

This whole “Fahrvergnügen” thing is a pretty tricky matter. When Volkswagen introduced America to this unpronounceable German word in a 1990 ad campaign, the car-driving public was faced with a real tongue twister. But if you really want to understand the term, you just have to find out for yourself…

Die große Freiheit

Freedom begins in the mind, but when it comes to its concrete design, it is the options that count. We have the autonomously driving Audi A7, the Porsche 356 SL and the Volvo S60 Cross Country. Or would you prefer to enjoy the freedom of the countryside with Range Rover SDV8, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT…

All you can wish

Wishing is not an easy thing to do. We have known that at least since the spirit from the magic lamp. Well, at least three wishes were granted. What do we wish for? A short shopping trip in the Jaguar D-Type before we go to the race track at the Goodwood Revival. Talk to Bryan Ferry about cars and n…