Articles by John Whittle

Mercedes-Benz Straight 6 Engines

In days gone by, Mercedes-Benz was the last word in refinement. Silky smooth straight sixes were the order of the day and while slightly less practical to package than a V6 motor of equivalent capacity, the…


BMW 8 Series

Any BMW collection worth its weight in myrrh has to consist of at least one 8 Series, in whichever shape or form. 840Ci’s are of course the more common one’s while 850CSi’s are just about as…


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

In theory, fast SUV’s make no sense. A high-riding AWD vehicle capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and top speeds well north of 250 km/h yet incapable of traversing more than a pavement makes as…



Audi RS5

In my mind, Audi’s RS5 has always had a unique appeal in the very sporty small coupe segment. While BMW’s M3 has always been the nimble and dynamic youth in a hoody and Mercedes-AMG’s C63 the…


Mercedes-Benz GLA

Is it actually an off-roader or just an A-Class in Timberlands? Well, yes, the GLA is very closely related to the A-Class but where the latter suffers from a miniscule boot and hardly any rear-space, the…


Launch Review: 2017 KIA Rio

In 2007, Jaguar was on its last legs – a brand with heap loads of heritage and a fan base ranging from Archibald’s in tweed jackets to Deshaun’s in Airmaxes, but with finances as ropey as…


Volvo V90 Cross Country

We at The Messenger love a good wagon and the only thing we love more than a wagon is a wagon that can do more than just carry things and look cool. Take the Audi RS6…