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Duke’s Malibu – Final Lunch in USA

August 10th, 2013

Great mates, views, burgers and cocktails on the beach in beautiful Malibu before flying home.
I’m going to miss the US. — with Kevin Kim, Zac Duncan, Mel Shaw and Brett Jacks at Duke’s Malibu.

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Eveleigh West Hollywood

August 9th, 2013

Amazing food, amazing vibe – love this place! It’s EVELEIGH in West Hollywood.
Also love this urchin, delicious!

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What’s not to love about Malibu?

August 8th, 2013

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Loving Laguna Beach

August 7th, 2013

So pretty here at Laguna Beach. There’s that wonderful smell of coconut oil in the air, sexy people everywhere and more Range Rovers than the afternoon pick up at Kincoppal.

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Taser on Eddie Ifft’s Comedy PodCast

August 6th, 2013

Crazy fun with Eddie Ifft on his PodCast. The dare was to taser one of the crew.
Look at his face!
The sound of the taser is enough to scare the crap out of anyone!! ‪#‎eddieifft‬ ‪#‎taser‬ ‪#‎comedian‬ ‪#‎podcast‬ ‪#‎zap‬ — with Ryan Lisson and Lauren Franks at Venice, CA.

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Peepshow – Planet Hollywood

August 2nd, 2013

Post-show catching up with the very talented performers and the gorgeous @cheaza. I’m sad I didn’t get to meet Coco though! ‪#‎peepshow‬ ‪#‎cocosworld‬ ‪#‎lasvegas‬ — at Coco’s Peep Show.

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Coco’s Peepshow – Las Vegas

August 2nd, 2013

BEST SHOW!!!!
Coco’s show, Peepshow was AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!
I wasn’t expecting a lot, but man it was a high class production, amazing music, performers, costumes… Everything AMAZING!!!!!!
If you’re in Vegas, it’s a MUST SEE!!!! — at Peep Show With Coco.

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Leg Split! OUCH!

August 1st, 2013

Oh my Lordy. Look at that leg split.
My new friends Shoshonda, Latiqua-Shontay and Will.
The height of this leg split frightens me.

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Piña Coladas

August 1st, 2013

What better way to cool down in the 45 degree heat on the strip than with a piña colada. Extra shot. Thanks. — at The Las Vegas Strip

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Death Valley Roadtrip

July 31st, 2013

So I’m alive and out of Death Valley. It was the most breathtaking experience ever.
Best drive I’ve ever done. Ever. — at Death Valley Desert, California (USA).

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DEATH VALLEY

July 31st, 2013

Lunch in the town saloon. There are only 4 small buildings in this town and so far only 46 degrees. The food here is also deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious!

Yeeeehaaaaa! — at Badwater Saloon Death Valley.

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HEAT KILLS

July 31st, 2013

DEATH VALLEY Day today… I’m hitting the valley where more people end up dead than alive. Joking!

But seriously, there is such a major warning before you enter with regards to heat, 50-55 degrees celcius expected today.

There’s also the animal risk, “Sir, do not walk or place your hands anywhere without checking first. Rattle snakes, scorpions, black widow spiders and coyotes are very present”.

I’M SO EXCITED!!!! My mum will be relieved once this day is over.

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Best Friends Forever

July 30th, 2013

Just me and the open road through the desert for the next 3 hours.

Myself and I are becoming great friends. — at Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

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A Drink with the Town Sheriff and a Peanuts

July 30th, 2013

I’m at Jake’s Saloon having a great CA Zinfandel in Lone Pine. This little town in the middle of no where is amazing!!!! It’s typical Wild West cowboy. I love it!!! The saloon is complete with swinging doors. Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!

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Chilly to Steamy

July 30th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.

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Breathtaking Yosemite National Park

July 30th, 2013

This could quite possibly be the most beautiful vista I’ve ever seen in my life. ‪

#‎yosemite‬‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎inspired‬ —  feeling overwhelmed at Yosemite National Park.

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July 29th, 2013

Good night from Bass Lake. X

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Hound’s Tooth Inn – Oakhurst

July 29th, 2013

How gorgeous is this mountain B&B I’m staying at for the night in Oakhurst. I’m actually pinching myself that I’m here and made it!
I’m going bear hunting now at Bass Lake. This place is stunning! — at Hounds Tooth Inn.

I absolutely adore this B&B, I throughly recommend it. Book here: www.houndstoothinn.com

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San Francisco > Oakhurst

July 29th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.

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July 27th, 2013

I saw my first naked man walking the streets today… Only in San Francisco. — at Haight Street.

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Golden Gate Bridge and Fog Fog and More Fog

July 26th, 2013

Fog fog and more fog today…
Can the fog just fog off once and for all! — at Golden Gate Bridge.

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Which Movie Am I From?

July 26th, 2013

Lets play a game. What movie is this San Franciscan church from?
Here’s a clue – the main actress in the movie has the same character name as a famous park closeby.

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Home Sweet Home in San Francisco

July 25th, 2013

After 8 hours drive through pine forest, mountains, farms, beaches, fog, sun, rain and seeing elephant seals and eating amazing food, I’m finally at my gorgeous home in San Francisco. Ahhhh… It’s totally G&T time in the Castro

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Give Me Some Kind Of Sign Girl

July 21st, 2013

I don’t know what possesses me to get out of the car… These signs are a good indication!
‪#‎givemesomekindofsigngirl‬ — at Everglades National Park.
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Sexy, Sultry, Talented, Kind – Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders

December 6th, 2010

Interview by Adrian Erdedi. Photos by Paramount Studios Sydney.

A little while ago I met a very sweet girl, at an event at Piano Room in Sydney. She introduced herself, she asked me how my day was, what I did and what my plans for the rest of the night were. She took interest in me, when she didn’t even know me. And she continued to do this to so many others. Her name is Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders.

Since then, getting to know Mindi has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. She is so talented, she knows her stuff. She is so god damn sexy, and wears the most fabulous outfits. She is kind, generous and very intelligent. She is everything female artists (or females overall!) wish they were.

Below is an interview I did with Mindi, she is just fantastic!

EVENT: If you are one of the lucky people invited to the Romel Model Management and Paparazzi; Celeb 4 A Day Christmas Party this Tuesday the 7th of December at Piano Room, you will get to see the stunning Mindi perform onstage.

MINDI ON WORK AND LIFE

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now we’re smack bang in the middle of the festive season, so we’re busy doing gigs and events and things which is fun. Any spare time I spend writing and recording as much as I can and I’m also spending some time in the studio getting into production which I’m loving.

In February 2009, you joined the Rogue Traders, replacing Natalie Bassingthwaighte, how were you told that you were going to be part of such a well known band and what was your first reaction?

Well originally James Ash from Rogues approached me on Myspace and asked me if I was interested in auditioning. Initially I didn’t believe it was really him! Very excited when I discovered it actually was.

I was totally into it and we moved forward from there. I went to their studio in Melbourne then they came to a gig of mine in Sydney and a few weeks later I got the official call. I was in Newtown eating gelato and James called me with the news. I was so pumped I wanted to get started straight away. Such exciting times! It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.

How did you find it settling into the band?

Really easy, the guys are great and were always all about me bringing who I am to the table musically and stylistically. So that made settling in really easy. James and I have very similar musical influences and we both have quite a warped sense of humour as well, so we hit it off from the get go.

You’ve been singing since the age of 5, so what advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Sing and play as much as you possibly can, practise your craft. Get out there on stages and perform in front of people. Listen to lots of music, old and new and see what floats your boat, it helps you learn who you are as an artist. And, always remember that persistence pays off.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

This year I did some work with the Sony Foundation for ‘You Can’. ‘You Can’ are raising much needed funds to build long term care centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. By donating old and unwanted phones Australians can help this cause.

A staggering 1 in 100 people in Australia are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 30, and in the last 25 years there has been next to no improvement in survival rates for this age group. ‘You Can’ aims to build specialised cancer centres for this age group and give them the services they need and deserve, and help them survive. It is a great cause, and so easy to make a contribution. Check it out at www.sonyfoundation.org.au

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I make sure I spend lots of time hanging with my partner, family and friends. I love spending time outdoors going to the beach as well. Music is one of those things that’s all encompassing, you could have it going through your head all day and all night. I just make sure I switch off sometimes and zone out….even just couch time in front of the tv is like heaven.

My Mother and Father always told me…

To turn the music up.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Haha I’m useless….I can get teary watching Beauty and the Geek for goodness sake!

MINDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My number one is Shanghai dumplings…top of the list….steamed veggie with soy sauce and chilli. Yum! Wine and Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences. I find it decadent and completely relaxing. I love Indian and Italian food.  I also can’t live without my soy mocha hit on most days.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast, which I do a couple of times a week. I love breakfast down by the beach. Dinners I eat out a few times a week too. I love going out to eat with friends, but I also love to cook. I’ll cook at home most nights. I really enjoy creating my own ‘spin off’ recipes.

Signature dish?

Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.

What is one of your best cooking tips?

My food philosophy is simple and fresh ingredients, organic where possible as it makes all the difference with flavour and with nutritional value.

MINDI ON FASHION

Being in a great Australian band, you need to look the part, wearing the best threads. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

I love quirky and bold fashion and I love being able to incorporate quite theatrical elements into the mix. I also love vintage shopping and finding rare and interesting pieces from years gone by.

A few of my all time favourite music and fashion icons are Deborah Harry, I’m a big Blondie fan, and David Bowie. And I love what artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have brought into the pop music arena of today. Big fan.

In terms of designers, some of my faves (to name a few) are Ellery, Romance Was Born, By Weave, Justine Davis, Alex Perry, Balmain, Ginger & Smart, Tovah, Anthony Capon and Surafina.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)

Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.

Fashion must-have’s?

Bold accessories, a GHD, black nail polish, a killer set of lashes, some statement heels, red lipstick, Oyster magazine.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

David Bowie’s in the 70′s because just imagine what you’d find! Goldmine.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At this moment (and it changes daily) it’s a cream ankle boot by PeepToe.

MINDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I have to say my house is a little quirky. I like bursts of colour and interesting pieces. There’s a few themes running through my house. We have music – the studio…it’s organised chaos. Lots of gear and instruments, and a mirror ball for inspiration.

I have a retro dressing room which is basically a room full of clothes, shoes and vintage decor. I don’t like everything to be perfect, I like a bit of character.

Home must-have’s?

At  home….. lots of music, good speakers, a comfy couch, an acoustic guitar, a big & full bookshelf, interesting art, herbal tea and good pillows.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

I don’t really have rules. My design approach is a little experimental.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Probably my studio.

What is your kitchen like?

The kitchen itself is quite simple but the oven and stovetop is a big shiny stainless steel monster! I love it.

MINDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a leafy suburb called Hornsby Heights in Sydney.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

The Hunter Valley. I love going up and renting a big house with a group of friends. We drink wine and play board games.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Ford Escape. I love going for big drives and I love to have lots of room.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Probably my shoe collection.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

France. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year and I can’t wait!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

Coffee money.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Prince. I’d fly around him and try and soak up some of his musical genius.

Three pet hates?

1. Rude people

2. Bad food

3. Ignorance

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

FAME

good: Hearing your song on the radio!

bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.

AUSTRALIAN FASHION

good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.

bad: I want too much of it!

SYDNEY

good: the beaches

bad: the traffic!

TRAVELING

good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.

bad: unpacking

KYLE SANDILANDS

good: he’s naughty

bad: he’s naughty

Sleek And Sexy Peugeot RCZ – The Faux Super Car

December 3rd, 2010

Test driven and written by Adrian Erdedi for www.AdrianErdedi.com

As I walked out of The Riverview Hotel in Balmain after an amazing lunch, I saw the Peugeot RCZ drive past me on the street, with a halo around it’s roof and the scene in slow motion. There was an angel passing me.

One of the most stunning cars I’ve seen on the road in a long time, I couldn’t help but stare and see in real life the car that has been advertised on more billboards, magazines and newspapers then the Mitsubishi 380 when that came out a few years back. Almost impossible to escape.

A mix of the Nissan 370Z, the new Audi TT and I can even see a little bit of the Daihatsu Copen in there. The Peugeot RCZ looks like some extra terrestrial Supercar, powerful, sexy, fast and super luxurious. Till you get in it.

To the Peugeot dealership I went to discover this amazing vehicle and see what all the advertising was all about… Boy was I disappointed.

Exterior – The Great And The Not So Bad.

Approaching this outstanding car, the first thing I find on the exterior to criticise are the exhaust pipes. Two steel exhausts on the left hand side of the car. All the engineering, styling and money that goes into creating such a spectacular looking car, they have done nothing minutely different with the exhaust. Perhaps two on either side, or even one on either side, or in the middle. But I can get over it. The rear is very beautiful, you could almost mistaken it for an Audi TT at a glance. An electronic rear spoiler can be deployed manually or automatically. Once you reach 85 km/h it will raise 19 degrees. Once you reach 155km/h (which I hope you don’t?!), it raises up to 34 degrees. It is concealed neatly within the boot lid, but a little flimsy when the boot lid is lifted, the spoiler can be moved around on the sides of the lid.

The smooth and stylish lines are simply delightful. The cabin sits low and sunken in between the 4 wheels. The mirrors are gorgeous, similar to the Citroën C4. There is heaps of glass, the use of glass is phenomenal. Every single panel of this car is simply perfect.

The front of the car had this enormous badge, a massive grille which remind me of a Whale Shark, ready to scoop up and swallow anything in it’s way. The badge which and the surrounding grille is made out of plastic, but not even a good plastic. It’s flimsy, cheap and tacky. The entire front bumper and grille is completely flimsy – like a cheap little Suzuki Swift.

But the most striking feature of this car is most definately the roof. There is a double-bubble roof, that protrudes from the top of the windscreen, to the back of the roof, then the rear window is moulded to carry the convex bubble through to the base of the window. There are two aluminum arches which stand out in the most blissfully peculiar way – a vision of almost perfection.

Interior – The Not So Good And The Bad.

Pathetic. There is almost nothing in the interior that does this car justice. After having a complete eyegasm with it’s utter sex appeal on the outside, getting into the car is one of the biggest anti-climaxes I’ve ever had.

From the moment I got in, the only thing I could really say is beautiful… Are the front seats. That’s it.

The dashboard, the buttons, the stereo, the doors, centre console, the handbrake, the gears, the EVERYTHING looks like it’s come straight from a Peugeot 206. Simply boring and dull. There is nothing technologically advanced (specification wise), and nothing anywhere close to reaching the levels of luxury you’d expect when you see it from the outside.

Flimsy plastic climate control knobs. A basic stereo supplied by JBL has adequate sound, but is just a basic looking facia from one of the entry level 206′s – it just has no character. There is an analogue clock, to add a touch of ‘class’. Too bad that class was lost when they put the filthy looking numbers all over it. The clock in the Ford Fairlane’s (which are now Silver Service cabs in Sydney) from the early 2000′s even looks better!

I also don’t like the handbrake. In this day and age, an electric brake would be more suitable for this car, with a simple touch of a button to engage the park-brake. The Peugeot 3008 has it, why doesn’t the RCZ?

The biggest thing that got me was the back seat. Ok admittedly you wouldn’t really want to take people around, a car packed with 4 people, but in the occasion that you do need to, you may need to remove either their head, or their legs. One or the other. I am 184cm tall, and sitting in the back of this car was simply impossible. Yes there is leg room – but it’s the head space. My head was literally laying on my shoulder to one side just so I could fit in. The rear window comes down over the rear seat so much, it cuts off a large portion of the head room. The rear seats are cheap and tacky, just like in the Porsche Carrera’s. It’s definately a 2 seater car with a parcel shelf – which happens to have 2 seatbelts.

But I need to stop being so negative. I should discuss the great things about the interior.

Back to the front seats – stunning. They are absolutely beautiful, from any angle you look at them. They are embossed with the Peugeot logo. They are sumptuous and supportive.

Oh, there’s also a rather large boot which I was quite impressed with, at 384 litres. But how? There is no spare tyre. No, they aren’t run-flats either. There is simply no spare type – full size or space saver. You get a little can of glue to patch up a hole long enough to get you to a service station. Ridiculous!

That’s it.

Engine & Drive – The Fairly Alright And The Bad.

Using the common style key to start the car was the first of my criticisms. Again, a stunning car which should have technological advancements such as keyless entry and start. Nothing more pleasurable then starting your faux-Supercar with a START/STOP button if you ask me.

But that aside, this is about the engine and the drive.

Handling is sublime. Absolutely excellent as expected. It glues itself to the road. Push it as hard as you can, and still it sticks to the road with each and very little fuss.

The Australian range has three variants. A 6-speed manual 1.6-litre, 147 kW petrol turbo; A 6-speed automatic 1.6 litre, 115kW or the 6-speed manual 2.0 litre Hdi turbo-diesel. They are all fairly good engines, but the way of choosing basically comes down to preference. What you would prefer to drive. It’s no super-car. It’s no powerhouse of muscle and torque, but it’s definately got guts and can definately be pushed without it sounding like it’s struggling.

Gear changing is easy and guided – again it comes down to it not being a pure-bred sports car, where you put your heart and soul through the gear stick and drive it the way it was made… This is smooth and guided. It’s just a normal road car at the end of the day.

Safety – The Good.

The safety bar has been set high. There are two front airbags as well as two side airbags. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is by Bosch, ASR, EBD, ABS, EBA and Hill Assist. A heap of letters that mean one thing – crashing this car is pretty damn hard!

An interesting feature is the active bonnet system. It assists with minimising physical impact to pedestrians in case of an accident by raising the bonnet 55mm, avoiding hard contact with engine components.

Likes: Not too many of them. But the obvious one is the exterior styling. Second to none. The front leather seats, both comfort and styling. The leather clad dashboard and stitching. Handling. Drive. Smooth. Clean. Fun. Price.

Dislikes: The entire interior styling. Everything from the centre console lid/armrest to the instrument cluster and the ugly small screen at the top center of the dashboard. Rear seating and head space. The flooring carpet is atrocious – something you’d expect in a 1990 Mitsubishi Nimbus.

Would I buy it? If I could swap the interior for an Audi TT or BMW Z4, and also change the bubble roof from aluminium to glass, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It needs to have a stylish cockpit – with inclusions such as satellite navigation, touch screen functions, a superior branded stereo (like Bose did with Mazda or Bang & Olufsen did with Audi – even Marcel Wanders!).

Price: From $55,000. There is a Special Edition coming out this month with prices starting from $62,490.

Final say: What a stunning car from the outside. The inside is very disappointing. I guess the price of the car coincides with the level of luxury and the technological features. You are basically paying for superb exterior styling with the interior level of a 206, with beautiful front seats.

The Audi S5 Cabriolet. A Damn Shame…

July 28th, 2010

It’s got a hefty stance, it’s got bold but subtle lines. This is the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

Audi have always made fairly basic looking cars, with a few exceptions – like the R8, TT and Q7. But they have now got the lastest collection of S5 vehicles which includes a Cabriolet, Coupe and four door Sportsback.

I took the S5 Cabriolet out for a spin, which I was a little excited about because I am quite fond of the car when I’ve seen it on the road. But did it excite me when it came to driving it?

Walking towards the car, I looked over it thinking it’s a big, heavy and luxurious cabriolet, which is going to be one of the most exhilerating drives I’ve had in a long time. The dealer began to tell me how he has worked for Mercedes and BMW and no other car can compete with the drive, quality and build of an Audi. We’ll see about that…

Opening the door was soft and quiet, no thumps, creaks or thuds. Really smooth, solid and quiet. It was from that moment I got a rush! It can only get better from here, right?

Wrong. Sitting on the firm leather seats didn’t make me feel welcome. Lifting my legs into the car is easy, but storing them in the foot well not so. It’s narrow and tight, with this huge protruding wall on the left hand side under the dashboard. There is only enough space for two feet at the end – that I do not like. I want space. Looking at the passenger side foot well, they have all the space you could possibly need!

I plugged the key into the dashboard and pressed the start button. On came the smooth and rather refined engine. All the little lights and screens turned on, but nothing stood out at me. The dash is plastic, everything was cheap plastic. Tapping the top of the dash with my nail, it was hollow and noisey. The mouldings around the LCD screen and the instrument cluster are flimsy and bendy, again made of plastic. Plastic, plastic everywhere. For a car of it’s calibre, I would expect a leather cladded dashboard, I mean if a $65,000 Peugeot convertible can do it, I’m sure Audi can too. The gear shifter looked like something a Ford would have, and the steering wheel looked like it was taken out of a base model Audi A3 hatch. I felt like I was driving a VW Golf. Boring and bland. It is a good layout, but nothing spectacular. I said this to the dealer, his reply was that I have to wait and see how it drives again – thats the big selling point. So I took his advice and onto the road we went.

The 3.0 litre petrol engine with 245 kW carried the car well, but didn’t accelerate as well as I thought it might have. I would have expected it to be a little punchier. Exceptional braking, and handling is good and composed itself well for a convertible of it’s size, considering alot of them tremble and shake around the windscreen over bumps.

I really don’t have much else to say about the drive. It was flat and boring. It wasn’t exhilerating, it wasn’t fun. I should have taken a Mitsubishi Colt CC for a spin instead – At least I would have got more looks.

The body is neutral to look at, but doesn’t have any type of particular look. It’s not sporty or agile like a BMW, and it’s not classy or a classic like a Bentley. It just floats safely inbetween.

Likes: It’s a cabriolet. The satellite navigation system is easy and practical to use. I’m wrecking my brain trying to think. Good sound system and ample boot space. Good colour combinations for the 2-tone leather interior, roof canvas and exterior paint. One exterior feature I like is the brushed chrome windscreen frame. There is a range of engines and equipment levels to choose from, including a super quiet diesel engine.

Dislikes: Styling, interior, footwell space for driver, too much plastic, poorly finished seats – where the leather is out of eyesight it turns into Kia style fabric, tacky cup holders, no point of difference.

Would I buy it? I don’t think I need to answer that question. I think it’s obvious.

Price: I drove the 3.0 litre petrol, which has the sat nav option – $122,000. Prices start from $99,000.

Final say: Throwing on a set of low profile tyres and LED lights doesn’t make a car ‘sporty’. It’s the kind of car you’d buy, then in about 3 months, you’d get sick of looking at because it’s just a car that has a roof that comes off – there’s nothing that draws you to the car time and time again.

The Purr Of The Giant Cat – Jaguar XFR

May 6th, 2010

I get to drive some pretty amazing cars, whether they are sports cars, convertibles, saloons or 4WD’s. Not yet have I driven a 5-seater sedan quite as breathtaking as this.

Approaching the enormous Jaguar XFR, I’m a little undecided. Am I an old conservative man or am I a young energetic man?

Naturally I’m a young energetic man, but have the idea that Jaguar’s are for old conservative men who wear driving hats and gloves – like MG drivers. But I was assured by the fabulous Jennifer at Jaguar that I was in for a treat.

After a brief discussion about the differences in the model range and the engine sizes, Jennifer was just too enthusiastic about the Jaguar XFR, desperate to show me how the car works. A Jag is a Jag right? You turn it on, it does what all the other cars do and that’s that right?

WRONG!

We took the lift down to the private super-dooper extra special, extra powerful, extra spectacular Jaguar XF sitting in a class of it’s own between all the other cheaper and less spectacular Jag’s.

Approaching the car, the enormous polished chrome grille stares at me, sitting infront of the huge 5 litre V8 Supercharged engine, with such anger – ready to pounce on me like an animal in the wild.

Opening the door, I’m greeted with illuminated Jaguar scuff plates, which welcome me into the sumptuous cockpit of a car that is about to perform for me.

Perform for me? What am I on about? The car is literally about to perform a performance like no other. If cars went to acting school, the XF would have passed all it’s classes with super high distinctions. Turning this car on is like a theatrical performance.

The keyless engine start button is located on the centre console, right next to this big round polished chrome dial which changes the gear. But it’s so weird – how on earth do you use it? Well that’s the performance that’s about to unravel before you.

I held down the START/STOP button for the engine. The  ENORMOUS engine turns on with such grunt. I wish I could make the noise for you as you read this. I actually got goosebumps turning this car on. The first part of it’s performance is how it made me feel. Turned on.

Part two of the grand performance is the centre console. After the enormous grunt of the V8 before you, popping up out of the console is the dial for the gears. A round knob that controls the gears. One of the most spectacular gear-sticks I’ve ever seen.

Part three of the starting of the car performance is the coolest bit of all… The air conditioning vents. When the car is off, the dashboard looks like it has no vents for aircon, till you turn it on and they all electrically spin around and turn into air vents. Sounds minute, but when you see it, it’s pretty damn cool!

Don’t think it’s over yet, part four is the lighting in the car. Blue LED strip lighting surrounds all the buttons, knobs, dials, on the console and dash. LED lighting also beams down from the roof over the dash, illuminating it all. But lighting doesn’t stop there. The doors have the strip lighting inside it, as well as the foot wells and rear area.

This is one show that’s definately about to hit the road.

The deep and sexy purr of the V8 has told me it’s warm and ready to hit the road. A push of the handbrake button and we are out of there. The car is constantly monitoring obstacles around it, it’s checking everything the car is doing.

A press of a button on the steering wheel simplifies everything for me – voice activation. PLAY CD 2. On comes CD number 2. Pretty much speak anything and the car could probably do it.

That CD 2 I just asked for can’t just be played through normal speakers. Naturally it will be played through the Bowers & Wilkins system which is the creme de la creme of car audio.

The brain of the car is the LCD screen which pretty much does everything you want. Feel like watching Analogue or digital TV? How about a DVD? Or how about directions to your holiday house in Bowral? Whatever you want, this thing will do.

Change settings on how the car turns on, runs and turns off? You do it here. It’s incredible how easy it is to use and how genious the system is.

A feature I loved was the Valet feature. When you leave your car with Valet, you give them the key to the car and type in your pin number into the LCD screen. This automatically locks the boot and console compartments in the car so no one can access it. Speaking of compartments – the glove box! So simple yet such a great feature. Semi-hidden on the amazing timber dash is a tiny silver dot. What is this dot for? Well of course it’s to electrically open the glove box so there’s no handles or levers to pull. Such a great feature!

I could seariously go on for hours about this car and it’s features… They seem to be endless and the car just seems to impress me more and more by the minute. It’s flawless – almost.

But I think the easiest way to rate the car is by summing it up like this:

Likes: EVERYTHING. The styling, the engine, the fuel efficiency, the interior, styling, features, lighting… Honestly, there is nothing I could possibly say that’s negative about this car. It is just amazing, right down to the trimmings at the bottom of the seats. Everything is just made with quality products and finished perfectly – by far better then the BMW’s and Mercedes I’ve seen. The leather used is from fence-less farms, the dash is leather covered and the roof is even lined with a faux suede which looks amazing. Also, the air-conditioned seats – they are not just ventilated, they are conditioned! Heaps of excellent cup-holders that actually work!!!!

Dislikes: Hmmm… Ummm… Ohhh… Ummm… Are there any? There’s got to be something? Thinking. Thinking. Thinking. Actually, there is one thing. The rear seating. For a car of it’s class, it could offer more. It could offer personal entertainment like screens in the headrest, controls in the middle seat armrest or even reclining seats. Other then that, this car has no dislikes. Oh, there is no option for a panoramic glass roof – only a sunroof is available.

Would I buy it? Hell yes. The closest comparison would be the Mercedes C63 AMG. Similar performing vehicles, but both uniquely styled. The Jag will maintain it’s sophistication, class and dynamics for alot longer then the C63 which will look daggy in only a couple of years. So not a conservative car for an old man – it has WOW factor, even for the young!

Price: You’re looking at around $205,000-$215,000 for the XFR, including sunroof, extra huge wheels, and all the other little options which complete the vehicle I drove.

Final say: WOW! WOW! WOW! I love cars. I love all cars. I love super cars, sports cars, 4WD’s, convertibles and family cars. But not often does a car excite me and perform for me in the way that this theatrical pussy-cat did for me. This is by far a car that will be hard to beat.

At least until I drive a Bentley I guess!

Speak to Jennifer McCarron – (02) 8338 2133 – Trivett Jaguar, Alexandria.