autoevolution

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.

After around a decade and a half of trying to perfect them – well, he’s a slow learner – and after driving some of the best and worst cars in Europe, he’s a proud part of the team for an international publication: autoevolution. Here, he hopes to develop his best-ever form, and way faster than before.
Supercharged Corvette Drags Challenger and Charger Hellcat, Redeye, All Sound Rad
Supercharged Corvette Drags Challenger and Charger Hellcat, Redeye, All Sound Rad

Now that Stellantis has officially signed the retirement bill (with 2023 being the final model year) for Dodge’s ICE-powered Challenger and Charger, we all need to cherish these rad combustion engine moments, irrespective of the victor! ...

 
Ritzy, Electric Chevy Camaro Saloon Mixes Equinox and Blazer EV With a Flying Spur
Ritzy, Electric Chevy Camaro Saloon Mixes Equinox and Blazer EV With a Flying Spur

Aside from the S650 seventh-generation Ford Mustang, which is stubbornly late at the pony car party yet safe from any EV harm (at least for now), the rest of the muscle car world is in massive turmoil. We just found that rumors were true &nd...

 
Cyberpunked 992 GT3 Acts Digitally Crazy, Just Like a Twin-Turbo Monster Should
Cyberpunked 992 GT3 Acts Digitally Crazy, Just Like a Twin-Turbo Monster Should

While the summer might soon be coming to a fitting end, the hot automotive introductions keep piling up – especially if you are a certain German luxury sports car maker. Porsche, of course, is looking to take advantage of the last summ...

 
$78,490 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison Outed Alongside Upgraded 3.0L Duramax Diesel
$78,490 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison Outed Alongside Upgraded 3.0L Duramax Diesel

Following the mid-size 2023 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Denali, and AT4X, General Motors continues to bolster its pickup truck presence with a full-size off-road hero and a few powertrain tweaks for the Silverado lineup. After many rumors and...

 
Rolls-Royce Phantom Rides Classy on Big Wire-Wheel Monoblock Forged AGL45s
Rolls-Royce Phantom Rides Classy on Big Wire-Wheel Monoblock Forged AGL45s

Right now, if you want the pinnacle of ultra-luxury or super SUVs, there are just a few cool options – including the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Lambo Urus. But what if you really want to stand out in the aftermarket crowd? Then we suggest...

 
Second (Out of Five) Custom Toyota Tundra 6x6s Slated for Production Is Now Done
Second (Out of Five) Custom Toyota Tundra 6x6s Slated for Production Is Now Done

In an ocean of crossover, SUV, and truck models, it has become increasingly hard to stand out in a crowd. Even previously small niches have turned into seas of custom creations. Take the 6x6 makeovers, for example. Today, one can easily snat...

 
Fictional Azura Tuner Plays With 2023 Nissan Z to Bode Well for Secret JDM Partner
Fictional Azura Tuner Plays With 2023 Nissan Z to Bode Well for Secret JDM Partner

Even four years after the first official hints about its arrival started to swirl around the rumor mill, the seventh-generation 2023 Nissan Z hype has not vanished. Both in the real world and across the virtual realm. The marketing effort su...

 
Unofficial Aston Martin DB12 Takes the Mantle of an Edgy, Modern Grand Tourer
Unofficial Aston Martin DB12 Takes the Mantle of an Edgy, Modern Grand Tourer

Aston Martin is currently on a roll – when keeping the perspective of an exotic and luxury car manufacturer, of course. And that is both in the real world and across the virtual realm. Just recently, the 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage r...

 
"2J_ZED" 1959 Edsel Rat Rod Had a Fun-Loving Summer With Surfboard, Yellow CGI Accents
"2J_ZED" 1959 Edsel Rat Rod Had a Fun-Loving Summer With Surfboard, Yellow CGI Accents

Some automotive virtual artists are truly special. Either because they are overly artsy, too prone to outrageous CGI mashup indiscretions, or simply due to their quirkiness. As far as this last category is concerned, one of the best exa...

 
Virtual McLaren Sabre Speedster Joins Elva in Fighting Aston's Open-Cockpit Pair
Virtual McLaren Sabre Speedster Joins Elva in Fighting Aston's Open-Cockpit Pair

Oddly enough, for an automotive world riddled with dying passenger car segments and focused on crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, we have recently witnessed a revival of the (ultra-luxury) speedster niche. Naturally, it all started with a Ferrari...

 
Digitally Custom C8 Chevy Corvette Z06 Packs “Ultra” Spec and Ritzy, Bronze Wheels
Digitally Custom C8 Chevy Corvette Z06 Packs “Ultra” Spec and Ritzy, Bronze Wheels

General Motors made one of the best sports cars move in its history back in 2019 when it debuted the reinvented, mid-engine C8 iteration of “America’s sports car,” the Chevy Corvette Stingray. Then, late last year, it doubl...

 
Mazda CX-60 Forgets About Crossover SUV Duties, Morphs Into Ritzy Mid-Size Coupe
Mazda CX-60 Forgets About Crossover SUV Duties, Morphs Into Ritzy Mid-Size Coupe

While it still makes the cool little MX-5 Miata roadster and retractable fastback, Mazda is not exactly interested in two-door sports cars anymore. Instead, crossover SUVs rule its OEM world. Without considering Kei vehicles, Mazda’s c...

 
Dodge Charger Drags Toyota Supra, One of America vs. Import's Final ICE Moments?
Dodge Charger Drags Toyota Supra, One of America vs. Import's Final ICE Moments?

As it prepares to move towards full electrification to escape the fuel economy, emissions, and perhaps even some of the reliability issues, Stellantis is delivering a major blow to muscle car enthusiasts. According to a very recent CNBC repo...

 
Mazda MX-5 Miata Hot Hatch Imagines a Friendlier Sibling for the Quirky Ferrari FF
Mazda MX-5 Miata Hot Hatch Imagines a Friendlier Sibling for the Quirky Ferrari FF

The light and affordable Mazda MX-5 Miata revitalized a dwindling automotive segment upon its release back in 1989. What if the Japanese automaker did that all over again, with hot hatchbacks, this time? Built by Mazda to offer a roadster spo...

 
Six-Door, 3-Axle Toyota Tercel Looks Like as If Three Little Pigs Went Overlanding
Six-Door, 3-Axle Toyota Tercel Looks Like as If Three Little Pigs Went Overlanding

Toyota’s Tercel – manufactured across five generations from 1978 to 1999 – is the not-so-beloved predecessor of the Yaris series. But that is still no reason to make fun of its name and size! The subcompact nameplate had its...

 
Sinister C8 Chevy Corvette Rides Smoked and Stealthy to Fulfill Realtor Dreams
Sinister C8 Chevy Corvette Rides Smoked and Stealthy to Fulfill Realtor Dreams

Just in case anyone needs more proof that “America’s sports car” is a true blank canvas to make your own – even in its reinvented mid-engine C8 form – here is a dark and menacing example looking posh and fully customiz...

 
Lowered 1993 Chevy Suburban Rides Posh on Billets Like a Fat, Teal and Tan Ballerina
Lowered 1993 Chevy Suburban Rides Posh on Billets Like a Fat, Teal and Tan Ballerina

While quickly associated with the C/K series of pickup trucks and currently with the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks, the truth is General Motors’ Suburban nameplate is the record-breaking all-time longest continuously ...

 
VW Arteon R-Line Becomes Digital Lemon. Albeit a Feistily Slammed, Widebody One
VW Arteon R-Line Becomes Digital Lemon. Albeit a Feistily Slammed, Widebody One

Although it looks way better than the ages-old North American Volkswagen Passat, the company’s Arteon five-door liftback is not doing so great as far as U.S. deliveries are concerned. Perhaps the massive sales dip has something to do w...

 
Imagined Volvo 850 Returns as Fully Electric Neo-Retro Estate With Loads of CGI Space
Imagined Volvo 850 Returns as Fully Electric Neo-Retro Estate With Loads of CGI Space

Officially, the short-lived (1992 to 1997 model years) Volvo 850 qualified as a compact executive car series. Still, its five-door station wagon body style derivation looked like it could swallow a baby elephant whole… To some, Volvo ...

 
427 Chevy Corvette C2 Coupe Was Inspired by Bob Ross, CGI Brush Paints Surfer Hero
427 Chevy Corvette C2 Coupe Was Inspired by Bob Ross, CGI Brush Paints Surfer Hero

While VIPs treat themselves to birthday parties on luxury yachts in exotic locations or think of their next first-of-its-kind floating retreat, some people even have trouble fulfilling their Hawaiian surfing dreams. But, if they are part of ...

 

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