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Slim Aarons

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8

“Aston Martin has always defined the GT car, and the DB11 as it stands today, is peerless. I would love to drive it all the way to Subic for a weekend only to realize that I had left my overnight bag at home — so I can drive back down again.”

Slim Aarons

Self High Five

2018 BMW 520d M Sport

"The new BMW 5 Series, especially in M Sport bling, feels like you’ve gone for an evening swim alone in Balesin and then a tipsy Jessica Alba appears out of nowhere and skinny dips with you. It's a jackpot and a half — the return of Sheer Driving Pleasure."

Self High Five

High Breed

2018 Lexus LS 500 / LS500h

“The most enthralling experience of all is that of being completely detached from the outside world. It’s the kind of car that forces you to drive a touch more calmly. I am certain that my heart rate was lower than those beside me in traffic.”

High Breed

L'art de Vivre

2018 Peugeot 3008 2.0 BlueHDi GT Line

“The 3008 feels as if every single part that was put into it was made with the knowledge that it had to co-exist with other parts, and therefore all of them work in perfect harmony with each other — like a swinger party.”

L'art de Vivre

Blowout

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TDI

“Apparently, a tire blowout is listed as one of the biggest fears of highway drivers. They say that the lower your speed, the higher the chances of survival. A blowout at 60 km/h will be far less catastrophic than one at 150 km/h. More importantly, walking away from it at those speeds is considered a gift from God - one that I so gladly received.” 

Blowout

Get The F Out

2017 Lexus GS F

“If you were given thirty seconds to plot an escape destination in the nav system in exchange for your freedom - you wouldn’t make it. You wouldn’t even if they gave you two hours to do it. However, if you put your foot down, it won’t take ten seconds for your captors to beg for freedom.”

Get The F Out

X Factor

2018 BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport

“I’ve never impressed more people with a stationary Bimmer than I have, this one. I could control the volume and take calls with nothing more than hand gestures. If you're having trouble getting laid, buy one of these.”

X Factor

Rated R

2018 Honda Civic Type R

“The saying that ‘you cannot really choose who you fall in love with’ has never been more true. I want to stab myself for falling for this hot hatch. The qualities that it possesses are, with a hand in my heart, everything that I love about driving.”

Rated R

Size Matters

2018 MINI Countryman D

“It possesses all that I love about the 3-door Cooper, but with limitless versatility. It is easily the second best car that the brand sells today, because its range of capabilities are vast. It’s a bit grown up, but it’s still got the psychedelic LSD funk that I love about the MINI brand.”

Size Matters

Wind of Neptune

2018 Maserati Levante Q4 GranSport

"The Levante has a mild-mannered engine, which I liken to a classical music concert. When you’re seated and enjoying the show, only those that really know are aware of the destructive power that lays beneath the gentle symphony serenading your ears."

Wind of Neptune

Silent Flamboyance

2018 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

"Anyone who will spend a decent amount of money on a sporty SUV does not want a sporty ride. They want something that irons out the bumps and not their teeth. It's a good thing that this Lexus rides on 100% full cream butter."

Silent Flamboyance

The Supercar

2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus

"It builds speed in an unbelievable manner that your senses disconnect from the rate at which things in front approach you. It's a stark contrast to the way a GT-R delivers its power, which is pretty much like getting kicked in the face."

The Supercar

How German?

2018 Porsche Macan 2.0

"There are few automobiles with the exception of sports cars that will make you come up with silly excuses just to go for another drive. The Macan is one of those, and I’m only talking about the base model."

How German?

Rugged Serenity

2018 Volvo V90 D5 Cross Country AWD

"Technically, I should hate this concept because I don’t like things that dwindle in between, like a mango shake that can’t decide if its yellow or green - but somehow it's unsettlingly brilliant."

Rugged Serenity

Change of Heart

2018 Honda CR-V 1.6 SX AWD

"The old CR-V was a blank piece of paper that you can leave laying in your desk for months. It is so much of a non-entity it becomes invisible over time. It isn’t bothersome enough to throw in the trash bin, neither is it interesting enough to simply pick up. This new one however, is a completely different story."

Change of Heart

Boosted

2018 Ford Explorer Limited 2.3 EcoBoost

“There is a heightened sense of ecstasy when natural sunlight peeks through the glass roof of your climate controlled cabin while your arse is being cooled down by ventilated seats. Life is good inside the Explorer.”

Boosted

Smooth Operator

2018 Mazda CX-9 SkyActiv-Turbo AWD Grand Touring

"Yes, it’s Japanese and it is not a Toyota Prado that can climb rocks and go deeper into the woods than you really should, but no SUV with the same seating capacity will drive and perform as well as this, unless you are talking about the likes of a BMW X5 - which is more than double the price."

Smooth Operator

Asymmetrical Funk

2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

"I assume that this is a Korean party trick for those whose wives haven’t allowed them to buy a coupé. The left side is for dad and the right side is for the wife and kids. If you have OCD, this car will drive you to the brink of insanity."

Asymmetrical Funk

Lick Your Lips

2018 Lexus LC 500

“It’s like finally having dinner with a lady you’ve admired for years. As the night goes on, you see angles of her face that you’ve never seen before, an insatiable laughter you can't get enough of, and a sense of humor that you never knew existed. She frowns, she squints, she smiles, and then she speaks. Lovely.”

Lick Your Lips

Trick or Treat?

2017 Lotus Evora 400

"400 horsepower used to sound like a lot, but in a world where your grandfather’s luxury barge can be pushing 600 - it barely raises any eyebrows. Can this Lotus still make it in a world of horsepower trump cards?"

Trick or Treat?

Royal Flush

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTS

"The Volkswagen Golf GTS was intended for the North American market, but they've had no takers after the 'Dieselgate' scandal. The brilliant idea is to send it over to the Philippines, a country that doesn’t give a shit about trust ratings. We’ve been getting raped by our government since God spoke to Moses on the mountain. We sure as hell will not let a great car get in the way of some passé emission scandal. And what a car it is."

Royal Flush

Haute Couture

2017 Mercedes-Benz C250 AMG Line

"Most that will drive this in Manila are either 55 year old executives or their 20 year old girlfriends, neither of which will appreciate an AMG-tuned sport suspension - so turn off Marvin Gaye, keep your pants zipped, put your hands on the wheel and bury the throttle."

Haute Couture

Terrain King

2017 Lexus LX 570

"I already know what you’re thinking. There’s a leap in price when you swap the Toyota badge for the Lexus, a full 2,788,000 Philippine Pesos to be exact. Let’s see, you could buy a Lexus IS 350 with that and still walk away with some change, but I think you’d be missing the point.

Terrain King