October 15, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Our eight judges each ranked the 12 cars in order of merit, with their combined scores being used to determine the ultimate pecking order in Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2014 We feared for the Alfa Romeo 4C when we planned this feature, but not all of our testers had driven one and there was a chance, we’d heard, that the geometry had been knocked out on the last one we drove. So it got another chance but didn’t take it.We thought that Jaguar’s F-type R coupé would fare rather better. But Castle...
  • from Autocar

    This year our quest to determine the most entertaining and capable machine, on road and track, is one of the most closely fought ever The line-up for Britain’s Best Driver’s Car usually assembles itself. There’s a big name, a must-have, which everything else falls easily around.But not this year. Not since Lamborghini declined, wisely perhaps, to allow any publication to compare a Huracán alongside any other car. So we mulled over a long list of what we thought we should gather for what we...
  • from Autocar

    Our most eclectic category contained the Alfa Romeo 4C, Ariel Atom 3.5R and Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy – and produced the widest range of results Misfits, oddballs, square pegs… call ’em what you will, our most eclectic category produced the widest range of results, one car coming bog last by 13 clear points, another missing outright victory by just three.There is no point trying to find a thread to unite the Ariel Atom 3.5R, Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy and Alfa Romeo 4C. They all have four...
  • from Autocar

    The supercar section traditionally throws up three strong contenders for outright BBDC honours. This year, Ferrari's 458 Speciale squares up against McLaren's 650S and Porsche's 911 GT3 These three are sure to be at the business end of this year’s contest: Ferrari’s achingly brilliant 458 Speciale versus McLaren’s unfeasibly potent 650S versus last year’s outright winner, the already proven Porsche 911 GT3 – in non-barbecue specification this time around.Between them, these three represent the...
  • from Autocar

    Is this the year when new technology usurps the enthusiast’s preferred mechanical hardware in the fine-handling stakes? We find out by pitching BMW's i8 against the Porsche Cayman GTS and BMW M4 A trio of rear-drive cars here, two of them with your enthusiast’s preferred mechanical hardware, the third with something quite radical and no less promising for that.BMW’s M4 coupé is a traditional front-engined, rear-drive machine powered by a 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six, and the Porsche...
  • from Autocar

    The old-school charms of front-engined, rear-drive V8s rarely fail to entertain, but can the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Jaguar F-type R coupé or Vauxhall VXR8 GTS challenge for overall glory? Handling Day – the shorthand name for our Britain's Best Driver's Car competition – never fails to defy your expectations. The more ‘foregone’ the contending line-up seems, the greater the potential for confounded surprise.For every underachiever, though, there is always a delightfully unpredicted ace in...

October 14, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Britain’s best driver’s car; Fiat chief mulls Ferrari’s future; new Ford Mondeo driven; Volvo V60 Polestar road test; goodbye to our Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG This week’s issue of Autocar, dated 15 October, is devoted to our annual quest to find Britain’s best driver’s car.The premise is straightforward: the year’s best-handling cars scrap it out on road and track. We mulled over a long list of what we thought we should gather for what we informally know as Handling Day.Usually, we’d then cut that...

October 8, 2014

October 7, 2014

  • from Auto123

    John Hennessey and his team wanted to create a Ford Mustang to rival the new 650-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. They now have one with the 717-horsepower Mustang GT HPE 700! However, the tuning expert is not stopping there: a 375-horsepower, 4-cylinder EcoBoost  is also in the works. Under the hood of the Hennessey Mustang GT HPE 700 is the familiar 5.0L V8 equipped with a new exhaust system, fuel pump and injectors as well as a Roots...

October 2, 2014

  • from Auto123

    The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 becomes one of the fastest vehicles on the market after recording 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.95 seconds and a quarter-mile time of under 11 seconds. That's with the new 8-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters (optional), but even with the standard 7-speed manual transmission, the car achieves 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Powerful cars need equally powerful brakes, and the 2015 Corvette Z06 can stop from 60 mph in only 99.6 feet -- the best...
  • from Autocar

    Once, 500bhp used to be supercar power. Now you can get that muscle in a bargain used barge Our headline stat is mouth-watering – and true. You can buy a car with 500 horsepower for the price of a decently kitted Ford Fiesta. That’s full-fat old-fashioned bhp, too, not your semi-skimmed German Pferdestarke, of which you need 507PS to make a real 500. Not long ago, you needed to buy a supercar to score this kind of horsepower, and a pretty serious one at that. The first wave of 500bhp-plus...
  • from Auto123

    The new Cadillac ELR may be all of the above, however, even after returning the car to its rightful owners, I'm still scratching my head. I'm wondering what the ELR's true reason for being is. I keep asking myself the question that's been on many experts' lips since the ELR launched: Why? Despite the existential nature of this question, I really enjoyed this luxury-coupe-cum-concept-car from the high-end manufacturer. I simply could never suggest that anyone purchase one unless for long-term...

September 26, 2014

September 20, 2014

  • from Auto123

    The Wall Street Journal reports that many automakers are now using super adhesives instead of welds, rivets, bolts and screws during vehicle assembly. This will make cars about 4.5kg lighter in the near future. Similar to airplanes, phones and countless other items, the 2015 Ford F-150, Chevrolet Corvette and some BMW models rely on glue to hold a number of parts together, even with different materials such as aluminum with carbon fibre or steel, for example. The Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans...

September 18, 2014

  • from Auto123

    Put the central masses -- the engine, occupants and fuel -- in the middle of a car, and you lay the foundation for a machine that's more responsive, agile, and stable at high speeds, than one with the heavy stuff concentrated at either end. Many of the world's fastest, best-handling cars are built around this design, with less weight on the front wheels for enhanced steering feel and urgency, and more mass in the middle to make the car less prone to oversteer or understeer and more prone to...
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