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Alex Oagana

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Personal motto:

Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. (no pun intended)

Editor-at-large & car know-it-all
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel on his father's lap when he was five (on a field) and started practicing “Scandinavian Flicks” at 14 (on non-public gravel roads, of course).

His parents almost called the police the day after he got his driving license, suspecting their car had been stolen. Little did they know that Alex had went for a 24 hour joy ride with his friends and had forgotten to announce his parents that he was going to “borrow” the family car for the trip.

In case it's not obvious enough by now, he lives and breathes cars. He considers himself an oldschool petrolhead who is well aware that the automotive industry is a polluting business but he's also sick at heart knowing that someday we're all going to drive kitchen appliances with digitized V8 sounds.

Following some time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea. Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the autoevolution.com project, which he believes is changing the face of online automotive coverage.

During various periods of sabbaticals from autoevolution he also got a few writing and/or editing gigs at websites like Carscoops, Top Speed, and also did some freelancing work, but his first online passion kept calling him back at the car site he helped launch back in 2008.
2023 BMW 3.0 CSL Redux Is a 600-HP Missile That Harks Back to the Disco Era
2023 BMW 3.0 CSL Redux Is a 600-HP Missile That Harks Back to the Disco Era

This year is a mighty special one for BMW, as its M sub-brand has been gearing up for its 50th anniversary with a ton of surprises, some of which are yet to be revealed. We finally have the first BMW M3 Touring in history, while the M4 CSL shou...

 
2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Strips Camo Before Imminent Reveal
2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Strips Camo Before Imminent Reveal

Almost 20 years have passed since the very first sighting of the GT3 RS badge on a production 911, and Porsche has definitely kept its GT3 stock low, with only three generations built until now, in limited numbers. Adding both the facelifts and...

 
2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Is Almost Here With More Power but Half the Cylinders
2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Is Almost Here With More Power but Half the Cylinders

Since direct rivals such as the BMW X3 M, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio or the Porsche Macan Turbo S have never given their customers the pleasure of trying to harness the power of more than six cylinders, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 is in a class of...

 
Monster-Hybrid Mercedes-AMG GT E-Performance Begins Public Testing
Monster-Hybrid Mercedes-AMG GT E-Performance Begins Public Testing

Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is getting a little long in the tooth, especially since the platform it uses is actually even older, harking back to the SLS AMG, launched back in 2010. Despite being that old, the aluminum spaceframe solut...

 
Watch a 2023 BMW XM Prototype Torture Its Tires on the Nurburgring
Watch a 2023 BMW XM Prototype Torture Its Tires on the Nurburgring

Arguably, it’s not the name that will divide BMW fans once an all-new member of the carmaker’s SUV/SAV family gets revealed later this year, but its controversial exterior design. We say this because Europeans will probably remember...

 
Porsche 911 2.7 R Engine Becomes Coffee Table Instead of Going to the Junkyard
Porsche 911 2.7 R Engine Becomes Coffee Table Instead of Going to the Junkyard

Over the years, Porsche 911s have become famous for a lot of things, but one of the pre-requisites for a true Neunelfer has always been a flat-six engine, with the older air-cooled Boxers being the most revered by purists. So it happens that so...

 
Is BMW or BMW M Powering the Next-Generation Range Rover Sport SVR?
Is BMW or BMW M Powering the Next-Generation Range Rover Sport SVR?

Jaguar and Land Rover purists are probably pretty bummed about the looming demise of the AJ-V8 engine family, whose roots lie in the late ‘90s, back when Ford was pulling the strings at Jaguar, and later the ill-fated Premier Automotive Group...

 
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 Is a 'Grello' for Gentlemen Racers
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 Is a 'Grello' for Gentlemen Racers

Founded near the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in 1996, Manthey-Racing has been collaborating with Porsche in motorsports ever since, with countless successes in series like the FIA World Endurance Championship or the Nurburgring Endurance Series. T...

 
2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Is a Blast from the Past with One Foot into the Future
2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Is a Blast from the Past with One Foot into the Future

This year is a seminal one for the Porsche 911, as the beloved Neunelfer lineup is set to receive at least three extremely special versions that will change the current automotive landscape. The first one is the mighty 911 GT3 RS (992), which w...

 
2024 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Facelift Has New Engine Lineup
2024 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Facelift Has New Engine Lineup

With a history going back to the 1970s, when it was originally developed as a military vehicle, the mighty Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now at its second generation, with a massive 2018 upgrade bringing the model into the 21st century. The changes ...

 
Gordon Murray’s All-New ‘Entry-level’ GMA T.33 Looks Happy to be Here
Gordon Murray’s All-New ‘Entry-level’ GMA T.33 Looks Happy to be Here

Gordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its second production model in its somewhat newly created lineup, with a supercar called T.33 following in the footsteps of the T.50 but losing a passenger seat and a bit of horsepower while keeping the same le...

 
Leaked Data: Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance Is a New Breed of Grand Tourer
Leaked Data: Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance Is a New Breed of Grand Tourer

Over four months have passed since Mercedes-AMG pulled the wraps of the most powerful production model in the company’s entire 55-year-old history. With a name that takes longer to spell fully than it takes for the car to hit 100 kph (62 ...

 
2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W214 Is a Last Hurrah for Stuttgart Tradition
2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W214 Is a Last Hurrah for Stuttgart Tradition

For decades now, the E-Class has been viewed as the workhorse of the Mercedes-Benz sedan range, with its celebrity status as an executive mid-size sedan only being equaled by its success as a preferred taxicab in most of Western Europe. Premium...

 
New Ferrari Hypercar Prototype Sighting Gives More Questions Than Answers
New Ferrari Hypercar Prototype Sighting Gives More Questions Than Answers

Among other things, Ferrari is in the habit of unveiling its most impressive car to date every ten year or so, and the latest hypercar from Maranello coincidentally was unveiled back in 2013, at the Geneva Motor Show. We are, of course, talking...

 
Porsche Facelifts the Panamera Again for 2023, Ahead of Full Switch to Electric
Porsche Facelifts the Panamera Again for 2023, Ahead of Full Switch to Electric

The automotive world is changing at a rapid pace, and a global switch to electric cars seems not only inevitable but fast approaching, especially when talking about mainstream carmakers. Somewhat surprisingly, Porsche is arguably the first nich...

 
Low-Mileage, Guards Red Porsche Carrera GT Becomes Most Expensive in History
Low-Mileage, Guards Red Porsche Carrera GT Becomes Most Expensive in History

Partly based on a shelved Le Mans racing car and using a naturally aspirated V10 that had been originally conceived for a stillborn Formula 1 project back in the early 1990s, the Porsche Carrera GT was a legendary car even before it was officially ...

 
Hear the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Scream Like a Valkyrie on the Nurburgring
Hear the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Scream Like a Valkyrie on the Nurburgring

What may very well be the quickest and likely the last Porsche homologation special powered by a naturally aspirated engine, the upcoming 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has its sights further than ever. Since Zuffenhausen has always chosen to go for c...

 
One-of-One Gemballa Porsche 993 Is a Twin-turbocharged, 1990s Tuning Beast
One-of-One Gemballa Porsche 993 Is a Twin-turbocharged, 1990s Tuning Beast

Gemballa Porsches and Mercedes-Benzes used to be all the rage back in the 80s, when the widebody craze had reached its peak, with flamboyant body kits and high-tech interiors were almost as coveted as the extra horsepower these monsters brought to ...

 
2023 Rolls-Royce Phantom Facelift Will be the Last of Its Kind
2023 Rolls-Royce Phantom Facelift Will be the Last of Its Kind

Despite being launched back in 2017, the eighth generation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is not exactly getting long in the tooth, especially since the nameplate has always been at the forefront of old luxury. In fact, everything about the Phantom...

 
2023 BMW X5 LCI Prototype Shows Its Much Slimmer Laser LED Lights
2023 BMW X5 LCI Prototype Shows Its Much Slimmer Laser LED Lights

As one of the many current BMWs with longitudinal engines, the BMW X5 G05 is based on the carmaker’s CLAR (Cluster Architercture) platform, meaning that it shares a lot of fancy components with models like the fancy 7 Series. This transla...

 

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