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Aurel Niculescu

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Once upon a time there was a little boy that didn't know his age but dreamed of reaching high in the sky alongside the absolute best aviators. He was passionate about reading books (action and Sci-Fi), grew up with many great authors and soon discovered the mirage of cinema.

There he understood anything is possible if you work hard and passionately strive to follow your imagination. This is how at the age of 16 he managed to fulfill the first dream – flying alone in a glider plane. He was no Tom Cruise, of course, so young adulthood brought him back to reality.

With every kick in the familiar *utt comes a chance to step forward, so a seemingly unimportant ad in one of his favorite automotive magazines brought a dilemma - follow through with the current job or dare to achieve greatness by deploying (previously) unknown literary skills.

Since 2006, he’s been perfecting them at Automondial, Supercar, Cox, Autoshow, Autopro, Auto Motor & Sport, and more magazines plus their online versions. After driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe and around the world, he’s part of the autoevolution team, where he aims to develop his best-ever form.
The 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Is Prepared to Rock the World of TRD Pros and Raptors
The 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Is Prepared to Rock the World of TRD Pros and Raptors

31 May 2023, 14:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The off-road-focused ZR2 Bison series is now complete as Chevrolet has unveiled the toughest and roughest 2024 Chevy Colorado mid-size truck – which stands tall and proud next to the Silverado 1500 ZR2 Bison and the recently introduced Silver...

 
Deep Chili Red Custom Widebody 1969 Dodge Charger Hides a Few Juicy Secrets, Sadly
Deep Chili Red Custom Widebody 1969 Dodge Charger Hides a Few Juicy Secrets, Sadly

31 May 2023, 12:47 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Unfortunately, the muscle car realm will be deeply saddened starting next year because the ICE-powered Dodge Charger & Challenger, plus the Chevy Camaro, are going the way of the dodo. And, in their absence, only the S650 Ford Mustang aficionad...

 
BMW Mzero and Mercedes Red Pig Hommage Concepts Show There's Still Hope for the Germans
BMW Mzero and Mercedes Red Pig Hommage Concepts Show There's Still Hope for the Germans

31 May 2023, 10:46 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Right now, the classic German triumvirate is in jeopardy of losing all self-esteem and fan respect. And it's not Audi's fault because the Ingolstadt-based automaker continues along the path of restraint while BMW and Mercedes are nowhere ...

 
Make-Believe G61 BMW i5 Touring Gets Compared to E60 Wagon, Resemblance Is Uncanny
Make-Believe G61 BMW i5 Touring Gets Compared to E60 Wagon, Resemblance Is Uncanny

31 May 2023, 08:59 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / In a bid to divert customer attention from the Mercedes EQE and Tesla Model S (non-Plaid), BMW has focused its initial presentation of the eighth generation G60 executive 5 Series sedan on the first-ever battery-powered i5. But was that a wise choi...

 
2024 Range Rover Sport SV With Its 626 HP Kicks Off at $234K in Australia
2024 Range Rover Sport SV With Its 626 HP Kicks Off at $234K in Australia

31 May 2023, 08:09 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Quite sadly, Land Rover has not announced the exact prices for America just yet. On the other hand, maybe it's better like this because the new 2024 Range Rover Sport SV is forbidden fruit during its first year of production, anyway. So...

 
Modded G80 BMW M3 Drags Tuned B9 S4 and G20 M340i, Someone Should Feel Ashamed
Modded G80 BMW M3 Drags Tuned B9 S4 and G20 M340i, Someone Should Feel Ashamed

31 May 2023, 08:08 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / They say that BMW's designers have gone mad with the latest styling ideas for the company's products. But frankly, we are more interested in seeing how we can go crazy alongside their engineers because the latter allow the same cars to be...

 
New Range Rover Sport SV Trumps Big Brother With 626 HP and 6D Dynamics Air Suspension
New Range Rover Sport SV Trumps Big Brother With 626 HP and 6D Dynamics Air Suspension

31 May 2023, 06:46 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / As promised by the multitude of spied prototypes, May is now the month of fresh SVs from Land Rover - after the new 2024 Range Rover SV, there's also a Range Rover Sport SV in the house. And surprisingly, it comes with even more power than the...

 
Mulliner Batur Commissions Also Take to the Bleeding Edge of Space, Just Like Rolls'
Mulliner Batur Commissions Also Take to the Bleeding Edge of Space, Just Like Rolls'

30 May 2023, 14:13 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Bentley Continental GT has many facets, and two of them have a specific Mulliner name: Bacalar and Batur. Now the latter is trying to gain our undivided attention right when Rolls-Royce just launched the "stunning" Black Badge Cullina...

 
2023 Mazda2 Reaches the United Kingdom With Fresh Looks Across the Board From £17,750
2023 Mazda2 Reaches the United Kingdom With Fresh Looks Across the Board From £17,750

30 May 2023, 12:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The refreshed Japanese subcompact car doesn't nearly compare to the base pricing of the popular £13,795 ($17,154) Dacia Sandero, but it's a lot posher when nitpicking the two apart. Is it worth the difference to £17,750 ($22,0...

 
Custom Ford Crown Victoria Wagon Restomod Is Just an Imagination Exercise, Sadly
Custom Ford Crown Victoria Wagon Restomod Is Just an Imagination Exercise, Sadly

30 May 2023, 11:40 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Not sure if you know that the cult following of the Ford Crown Victoria and its prolonged usage for police enforcement duties has even led to the creation of a Hollywood movie titled just like its 'Crown Vic' moniker. The 2019 crim...

 
Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid 136 Introduced With 48V Technology and 21-kW Electric Motor
Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid 136 Introduced With 48V Technology and 21-kW Electric Motor

30 May 2023, 09:33 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The French automaker thinks this recent version of the facelifted compact crossover SUV will make electrification a tad more accessible to the CUV masses with help from a redesigned PureTech gasoline engine, a new dual-clutch e-DCS6 gearbox, plus a...

 
2025 Toyota Mirai Undergoes Fake Refresh Procedure, Comes Out Looking Extra Quirky
2025 Toyota Mirai Undergoes Fake Refresh Procedure, Comes Out Looking Extra Quirky

30 May 2023, 08:55 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Nowadays, everything around the North American automotive market revolves around just one or two Japanese automakers – Lexus and Toyota. But that is not necessarily a dreadful thing – even if only virtually. Since 2023 kicked off...

 
'Rodent' Toyota GR Yaris Has the Same Output as a McLaren 750S: A Total of 741 HP
'Rodent' Toyota GR Yaris Has the Same Output as a McLaren 750S: A Total of 741 HP

30 May 2023, 07:24 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The news of the mind-blowing black pocket rocket comes from Sydney-based automotive customization shop Powertune Australia, and they did it for RØDE, a local audio technology company. And they also have proof to back up the claims! Th...

 
2024 Lexus GX Renderings Show Everything, and They're Probably Spot On
2024 Lexus GX Renderings Show Everything, and They're Probably Spot On

30 May 2023, 06:32 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / It is a wonderful time to be a Japanese automaker fan these days in North America. Being a dedicated Toyota and Lexus enthusiast is even better because there is something for everyone, from Prius Primes to electrified 2024 Tacomas. And more, much m...

 
Second-Gen Cadillac CT6 Launches Alongside First-Ever GT4 Coupe SUV and XT4 in China
Second-Gen Cadillac CT6 Launches Alongside First-Ever GT4 Coupe SUV and XT4 in China

29 May 2023, 12:47 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The next iteration of the full-size luxury sedan is (unfortunately) forbidden fruit in America. Still, in China, the Escala-inspired styling is fair game alongside new entries like the updated XT4 compact SUV and the first-ever GT4 Coupe-style SUV....

 
2024 R35 Nissan GT-R Gets Up to Snuff With JDM Parts in a Swift Digital Moment
2024 R35 Nissan GT-R Gets Up to Snuff With JDM Parts in a Swift Digital Moment

29 May 2023, 12:04 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / When you are asked about age differences, a child is anyone below the age of 18, an adult is anywhere between that and their 40s, while the middle-aged come before getting old above the threshold of 60. But that is for humans, not for cars. The lat...

 
Hypothetical Hyundai Santa Cruz HD Flexes Dually Muscles To Prove Its Maverick Worth
Hypothetical Hyundai Santa Cruz HD Flexes Dually Muscles To Prove Its Maverick Worth

29 May 2023, 10:01 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / As wacky as it may sound, the current revival of the North American passion for compact pickup trucks is not spearheaded by the modern initiator – Hyundai's Santa Cruz. Instead, the Blue Oval Company speculated the auspicious moment much...

 
G61 BMW 5 Series Touring Looks Just as We Imagined an i5 M60 xDrive Grocery Getter Would
G61 BMW 5 Series Touring Looks Just as We Imagined an i5 M60 xDrive Grocery Getter Would

29 May 2023, 08:34 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Whether or not you like the abundance of quirky designs from BMW – like the X2, M2, 4 Series plus M3 and M4, X7 LCI, the 7 Series and i7, or the mind-bending XM Label Red, one thing is for sure. These models do stand out in any crowd – ...

 
Tesla Model 3 Drags G82 BMW M4, Competition Is for ICE vs. EV Ugly Ducklings
Tesla Model 3 Drags G82 BMW M4, Competition Is for ICE vs. EV Ugly Ducklings

29 May 2023, 07:28 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Curiously, no one would say that Tesla and BMW are currently two of the world's most 'beautiful' auto brands. And that is for good reasons – like the XM 'warthog' or the bulky-hunchback Model Y, for example. Of...

 
2024 Caddy CT4-V and CT5-V Start at $48,490 and $52,890; Blackwings Join 20th Anniversary
2024 Caddy CT4-V and CT5-V Start at $48,490 and $52,890; Blackwings Join 20th Anniversary

29 May 2023, 06:43 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Back in March, Cadillac announced details of its planned year-long celebration focusing on the two decades of V-Series high performance. And, following kick-off at the 2023 SuperSebring, now the Blackwings are on point for the 2024 model year. ...

 

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