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Cristian Gnaticov

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Growing up in the communist regime, little Cristian knew the local cars, whose models you could count using the fingers on one hand, by their sound. Scale models were a luxury back then, so he turned to old magazines for glimpses of famous models sold in the West.

Shortly after the regime fell, he started school and got his first four-wheeled toys. Not long after, he experienced the "brute force" of an old Dacia (long before the current Renault era) far away from public roads - and he instantly knew that his life won't have any meaning for the next 10 years or so, when he could get his license and take on the roads on his own.

As years slowly passed, his father started teaching him the basic parking and turning maneuvers. And before he knew it, he turned 18 and got his prized license.

He spent the next few years going to car meets and the occasional drag race, as part of local clubs, and when he finished school and started earning his first money, he knew what he had to do: modify an old Dacia (his first true love) and go rallying.

So the arduous process began. Finding a good engine, transmission and suspension, upgrading the brakes and reinforcing the chassis. An old Renault 5 Alpine supplied the power unit, whereas the suspension and brakes came from a Dacia factory rally car.

Countless sleepless nights later, his baby was almost ready to hit the asphalt, gravel and other fun surfaces. Unfortunately, a string of events that included a garage fire, among others, killed his dream. So, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living, and the rest is history.

He worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
Is Audi's 2025 RS Q6 e-tron Sportback a Porsche Macan Turbo Electric in Different Attire?
Is Audi's 2025 RS Q6 e-tron Sportback a Porsche Macan Turbo Electric in Different Attire?

19 Apr 2024, 09:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Audi Q6 e-tron and SQ6 e-tron premiered last month, boasting multiple goodies and plenty of grunt, especially in the latter configuration, which is the current range-topping flavor of the series. However, the SQ6 e-tron won't be the top-of...

 
2025 Audi RS 6 e-tron Spied Devouring the Nurburgring in Complete Quietness
2025 Audi RS 6 e-tron Spied Devouring the Nurburgring in Complete Quietness

19 Apr 2024, 08:42 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Audi RS 6 e-tron recently became the focus of our spy photographer's camera lens, as a prototype was snapped in action at the Nurburgring in Germany and on the roads surrounding the infamous racetrack. You do know what an RS 6 e-tron is...

 
Work on Your Tan Stateside With Mercedes' 2024 CLE Cabriolet
Work on Your Tan Stateside With Mercedes' 2024 CLE Cabriolet

19 Apr 2024, 08:12 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Following in the footsteps of the CLE Coupe, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2024 CLE Cabriolet in the United States. Its electric top takes 20 seconds to open or close and can be operated at up to 37 mph (60 kph). The first cars will arrive at de...

 
2025 Mercury Cougar Arrives in Fantasy Land As New Electric Muscle Car
2025 Mercury Cougar Arrives in Fantasy Land As New Electric Muscle Car

19 Apr 2024, 06:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Mercury's a brand we haven't heard anything about since its death thirteen years ago. Nonetheless, while this company may sit six feet under the ground, its rides live on and keep attracting enthusiasts of all ages. One model that stil...

 
Gorgeous '67 Cadillac DeVille Fails To Sell at Auction, Would You Have Bought It?
Gorgeous '67 Cadillac DeVille Fails To Sell at Auction, Would You Have Bought It?

18 Apr 2024, 00:06 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Regardless of whether they are into modern rides and their tech-infused interiors or not, most petrolheads have at least one classic that gets their hearts racing. However, not everyone is willing to invest a lot of time (and money) into an old-tim...

 
2025 GMC Yukon Gets an Early Unofficial Unveiling
2025 GMC Yukon Gets an Early Unofficial Unveiling

17 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Are you under the impression that the GMC Yukon is a bit outdated? You are not alone; the automaker also feels the same way. As a result, a refreshed iteration is right around the corner. Mind you, it won't be an entirely new product, as th...

 
America, This Is Your Upcoming All-New 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan!
America, This Is Your Upcoming All-New 2025 Volkswagen Tiguan!

17 Apr 2024, 09:17 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Volkswagen unveiled the third-generation Tiguan in Europe last fall, and it's a two-row proposal. But America's upcoming Tiguan has nothing in common with it. Instead, it is based on the Tayron sold in Asia and will launch for the 2025 mo...

 
2025 Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 Spied, It's a C 63 Dressed in Different Attire
2025 Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 Spied, It's a C 63 Dressed in Different Attire

17 Apr 2024, 08:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Every Mercedes fan and their pet knows about the CLE. It is the replacement to the two-door versions of the E- and C-Class, offered in two body styles: coupe and cabriolet. They are also aware of the AMG CLE 53 and are probably excited about the ra...

 
Xiaomi SU7 Touring Imagined as a Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Alternative for the Masses
Xiaomi SU7 Touring Imagined as a Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Alternative for the Masses

16 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Multiple tech companies have entered the car-making game recently, and one name that keeps making headlines is Xiaomi. The Chinese giant's first model is called the SU7, a weird moniker for something that's not a high rider. The Xiaomi...

 
Alpina Animating the BMW 3 Series Again, Meet the 2025 B3
Alpina Animating the BMW 3 Series Again, Meet the 2025 B3

16 Apr 2024, 15:16 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Is the BMW M3 the 3er that gets your heart racing? Maybe, if you forget that the Alpina B3 also exists. The latest iteration has been around for nearly two years, and it is about to undergo cosmetic surgery again. Our spy photographers recently ...

 
Audi Prepping New 2026 Q7, Should BMW's X5 Worry About It?
Audi Prepping New 2026 Q7, Should BMW's X5 Worry About It?

16 Apr 2024, 13:57 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / After nine years and two facelifts, the second-generation Audi Q7 is about to drive off into the sunset. The four-ring brand is preparing its successor, which will be more of an evolution than a revolution. Certain spy shots have tricked most au...

 
Volkswagen Puts a Price Tag on the ID.7 Tourer, Hot GTX To Follow This Summer
Volkswagen Puts a Price Tag on the ID.7 Tourer, Hot GTX To Follow This Summer

16 Apr 2024, 11:04 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Roughly two months ago, Volkswagen pulled the cover off the ID.7 Tourer. The model is a station wagon version of the sedan, boasting an improved cargo area and a shooting brake-like back end. Fast forward to today (April 16, 2024), and the ID.7...

 
BMW X5 Visits the AC Schnitzer Gym, Puts On Some Serious Weight
BMW X5 Visits the AC Schnitzer Gym, Puts On Some Serious Weight

16 Apr 2024, 10:07 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Multiple tuners have left their mark on the latest iteration BMW X5, which is understandable, given that the LCI, which is facelift in Bimmer slang, has been around a little over a year now. However, AC Schnitzer has only recently gotten its hands ...

 
Interested in a BMW M7? You Can't Have One, but You Can Get G-Power's Tuned 750i Instead
Interested in a BMW M7? You Can't Have One, but You Can Get G-Power's Tuned 750i Instead

16 Apr 2024, 00:06 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / A new BMW 7 Series is out and getting ready to blow two candles off its birthday cake. However, G-Power has decided to ignore its controversial design and tune the heck out of its predecessor. You may be wondering what is new on the pictured car...

 
2025 Nissan Qashqai (Rogue Sport) Gets an Early Unofficial Unveiling, Isn't It Pretty?
2025 Nissan Qashqai (Rogue Sport) Gets an Early Unofficial Unveiling, Isn't It Pretty?

15 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / After three years in the market, Nissan has decided to give the third-generation Qashqai (Rogue Sport in North America) a mid-cycle refresh. The facelifted compact crossover is due in a couple of days, but we already have a pretty clear picture of ...

 
This Tuned Jeep Trackhawk Would Be a Bugatti Bully in a Different Life
This Tuned Jeep Trackhawk Would Be a Bugatti Bully in a Different Life

15 Apr 2024, 17:06 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The magnificent Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may be dead and buried, with the Stellantis-owned marque not offering the Hellcat motor in the latest generation. However, countless examples live on, and some of them continue to celebrate their fiftee...

 
2025 Chevy Cavalier Puts On a CGI Suit and Takes a Digital Swing at the Nissan Versa
2025 Chevy Cavalier Puts On a CGI Suit and Takes a Digital Swing at the Nissan Versa

14 Apr 2024, 21:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Chevrolet is no longer into low-slung models, especially in North America, yet it hasn't ditched them entirely. In fact, the C8 Corvette is doing great in the class, and it's about to become more exciting than ever with the introduction o...

 
Here's Your Chance To Buy the Ultra-Rare Bentley Bacalar Coachbuilt Luxury GT
Here's Your Chance To Buy the Ultra-Rare Bentley Bacalar Coachbuilt Luxury GT

14 Apr 2024, 11:18 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Bentley has created many stunning creations over the last few decades, including the most important one from a financial perspective: the Bentayga SUV. However, despite remaining committed to certain classes, the crew from Crewe has also experi...

 
2026 Chevrolet Trailblazer Kind of Looks Like a Tiny Tahoe, Are You Sad It's All CGI?
2026 Chevrolet Trailblazer Kind of Looks Like a Tiny Tahoe, Are You Sad It's All CGI?

13 Apr 2024, 23:08 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Several modern-day vehicles in Chevy's stable may need a refresh, yet not the Trailblazer. If you forgot, the subcompact crossover embraced its mid-cycle update a little over a year ago, sporting a few interesting novelties across the range. ...

 
Coyote V8-Powered '73 Ford Bronco Will Give You Wings
Coyote V8-Powered '73 Ford Bronco Will Give You Wings

13 Apr 2024, 14:26 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / One of the baddest classic Ford Broncos we have ever seen is going under the hammer next month, and it deserves a passionate owner to put it through its paces. It is a 1973 model, so it's part of the first generation. The OEM firepower avai...

 

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