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Articles by James Lisle

James Lisle

James Lisle

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James Lisle (aka J3) likes all things cars.

Cynical and enthusiastic in equal measure, James loves to clamber into anything with a steering wheel and a decent amount of grunt.

Although it may seem the J3 glass is half empty on first acquaintance with a new ride, he maintains a balanced approach and will happily lose himself in technical details relating to even the most common, mass market models. Bore and stroke ratios, specific output stats, and thermal efficiency figures are his guilty pleasures.

Like most of those who bought an HG Monaro back in the day, it’s unlikely that Chris Kanetis would have had any inkling that they would go on to become such a coveted classic – let alone be worth the astronomical sums...Read more
Mercedes isn't new to making some kick-ass development and model highlight videos. In fact, they're probably the best at it. There's the highlights of the W204 and current W205 C-Class, W123 and W124 E-Class, the W201 (...Read more
Here’s the thing: tiny hatchbacks are great, but they aren’t perfect. As someone who’s owned hatchbacks for a number of years, I can safely say there are some of the best cars around . They aren’t made for going to the...Read more
Not everyone has endless resources when it comes to film. Whether it’s cars, money, or a decent special effects crew, not everyone can shell out like the Hollywood big boys. But you make do with what you got, and from...Read more
Insurance is a fickle business. In fact, it’s more than that – it’s a pest. You're driving down a wet road in Sydney and all of a sudden, a CR-V slides into your lane. You don't stop in time, and you crash into the back...Read more
As much as we love our home-grown muscle sedan, Doug thinks it wasn't as popular as it should've been in the US. As our US counterpart finds out, the Chevrolet SS was one hell of a car - it was loaded with heaps of...Read more
While I'd never gone before, I certainly knew what Summernats is. It’s the car festival to end all car festivals, in Australia at least. But even as a car guy who grew up in the country I never really understood the...Read more
Out of all the motorsport series in the world, it'd be fair to say that Formula 1 is one of the few that takes itself really seriously. Like, really seriously. There's big money, huge sponsorships, and the professional...Read more
It is my mission in life to drive every single car that has graced this planet. I don’t care if it’s the latest McLaren , Brezhnev’s 600 Grosser , or a tatty Excel with a rusted bonnet and three different hubcaps – I...Read more
As classic car auctions go, that's quite a lot. But is it justified? If you’re one of the many who’ve been pressing their faces against their screen for more information on Lamborghini’s twin-turbo Urus , the thought of...Read more
Not to say that the American version of 'Pimp My Ride' is the pinnacle of automotive cinema either - it isn't. It's actually spine snappingly cringy - but this Indian adaptation just lowers the bar. So, so far down...Read more
Well maybe not ‘Ford’ itself, but Mercury – Ford's luxury division. While explaining the differences between Ford , Mercury, and Lincoln can get pretty confusing – particularly when talking about that late ‘90s-early...Read more
With Mercedes-Benz about to drop the all-new CLS-Class at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we look back at the car that started it all. Born from the need of… uhh, well nothing really, the CLS55 AMG performance sedan was one...Read more
While I'm not sure that making a tribute to yourself is the most humble of acts, but it's obvious that Mitsubishi's attempt is a pig-nosed abomination that looks more like a joke. Celebrating 100 years of Mitsubishi...Read more
While the Americas and other parts of the world are familiar with the concept of a high-performance, dual-cab 4x4, the Australian market isn’t. Sure, back the day we’ve had go-fast XW GTs, 350 HQs - and in recent years...Read more
We knew it was coming; we saw the plans, we read the news, we heard it during testing - and now it's here! Somehow managing to mash together the sounds of the air-cooled, Williams-tuned Mezger flat-six , and the...Read more
There are things you do for friendship, there are things you do for love, and there are things you do for your doggo. Like converting your Model S into a wagon. While it may sound pretty absurd - boofing out (some would...Read more
What happens when one of the world's most fastidiously built road cars is paired with one of the world's most prolific F1 teams? Engine noises to die for. Famed for meticulous Porsche 911 restoration and modification...Read more
If you thought older people got impressed by mobile phones, check this out. Getting behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X for the first time is always a pretty big jump – even when you’re stepping from a brand new Camry...Read more