Seeing the letters 'R' and 'S' on an Audi's arse makes me happy. It means that under the hood there's plenty of power, it'll be comfortable to ride in, and it looks a bit special. RS Audis are best suited for lazier type of driver - one who wants to go very quickly without having to worry about much else. I love them -- the RS 6 is my favourite, if I'm honest, as it'll manage nearly 200mph and has a giant boot. Excessive speed, yes, but the torque required to get it there means … Read more
I don't understand some people. They claim to know what's good for the world and yet when faced with something perfectly good they simply dismiss it as "rubbish" because it doesn't reach their high standards. For example, a dislike of a particular supermarket because they don't think it's up to snuff. It's fools like that who are making Skoda's job of making really good cars rather difficult.
For the last couple of decades, Skoda has been making cars that don't live up to the company's former image. They're … Read more
Audi's quite a greedy company when you think about it. Not only has it cornered the market on four-wheel-drive fun, but it's also got the whole "subtle brutality" thing down as well. The new RS 4 is a perfect combination of both.
Audi's got form when it comes to fast estates -- 1994's RS 2 was the firm's first, and it was pretty cool. Developed with Porsche, it could hit 30 mph faster than a McLaren F1.
That's quite something, isn't it?
From then on Audi's portfolio of RS cars … Read more
In this week's must-see rundown, we offer up an in-depth look at all of the new features in Google's latest mobile OS, Android KitKat. If you're one of the lucky users to already have it, you'll also want to check out our very handy tips for extending your phone's battery on KitKat.
Twitter officially went public earlier this week. In our latest Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and senior writer Daniel Terdiman discuss the social media giant's initial public offering, what they learned from Facebook, and how they plan to turn a profit. … Read more
The family estate car (or station wagon) has to be a multi-faceted tool. It has to transport parents to work and social events; it needs to be good looking so its owners don't have a metal monolith on the drive reminding them that their choice of car is dull; its boot needs to swallow plenty of 'things' so children and dogs won't get bored; and it really should be a giggle to drive.
Most people will probably look at the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes for their estate kicks and, somewhat predictably (in Europe at least), end … Read more
Verykool's Vortex smartphone can hold up to a great deal of physical abuse: It's dustproof, water-resistant, shock-resistant, and all-around rugged.
But look past its rugged exterior and you get a device with so-so specs. Verykool says the RS90 Vortex (the phone's official name), is the most powerful phone in its lineup, but that's not saying much. With Android 4.0, an average 5-megapixel camera, and no 4G support, it doesn't stack up well against other waterproof phones on the market.
Still, the Vortex's low cost makes it a worthy option for anyone who lives … Read more
The Audi RS 7 may, to the untrained eye, look like a regular A7, but it really isn't. Take a look at its face: those vents don't look very normal and neither do the wheel arches. Take a look at its rump and you'll find yourself staring down two very oval barrels.
To put it politely, the RS 7 looks akin to a mentally unstable variant of bat effluence. A good thing in my book.
It shares a platform with the Audi A6, therefore the RS 6 as well. Because of this, the RS 6's giant … Read more
As birthday presents go, Skoda did well for itself when its vRS sub-brand turned 10 in 2011. Rather than releasing a Fabia vRS with some stickers plastered to the side, or an Octavia vRS with a tiny dollop of extra power, Skoda decided to break a world record. It wanted to take an as-close-to-standard-as-possible Octavia vRS to Speed Week in Bonneville and come away with a world record.
The car it took isn't exactly showroom fresh -- the parachute attached to the back isn't on any options list I've ever seen. The engine has been fiddled with … Read more
The Chevrolet Sonic is a simple car. For a reasonable price, you get four seats and a hatchback, a reasonably powered engine, and a pretty good infotainment setup. On paper, there's not much to go wrong or terribly right either with this followup to the frankly dull Aveo hatchback with which we're familiar.
Between you and me (and the rest of the Internet), I'm a huge fan of B-segment vehicles. There's something about the low entry cost, the cleverness of the packaging, and the potential for low-speed thrills that I just get. I'm more of … Read more
Gentlemen, do strollers make you feel like less of a man? Czech-based automotive company Skoda has come up with a solution: the vRS Mega Man-Pram, created to celebrate the launch of the third-generation Octavia vRS family car in the U.K.
The monster 6.5-foot-tall pram comes complete with hydraulic suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, rear-view mirrors, a high-beam headlight, an anti-stress push-bar grip, and high-spec brakes with brake lights. The inside is lined with sports-style upholstery and adjustable lumbar support. … Read more