October 15, 2014

  • 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...
  • from Auto123

    The Volkswagen Jetta is the German company's best-selling product here in Canada. Yes, we Canadians love the Jetta, which is basically a Golf with an added trunk. We're not alone, as Volkswagen has sold over 14 million Jettas worldwide since its introduction back in 1979. Even a mid-cycle refresh like the one we're getting for 2015 is worth getting excited about. However, as they say, “it's all in the details,” and that's exactly where one needs to look to discover what's new for...

October 14, 2014

  • The Ford F-150 isn't the only new truck for 2015 -- and it may not be the most important. General Motors is taking another whack at smaller trucks, a segment most automakers have abandoned.
  • from Autocar

    New third-gen Fabia proves a comfortable and capable car in 1.4 TDI SE specification, albeit one that could stand to be less costly and more interesting This is the third generation of Skoda’s Fabia supermini, arriving 15 years and 3.5 million sales after the first-generation version of the model.Although Europe’s supermini segment – the second biggest market after the Golf class – continues to grow, it remains highly competitive. Low monthly purchase costs and running costs are all vitally...
  • 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...
  • from Autocar

    All-new supermini raises its game by building on its predecessor’s strengths, with the end result being a classy supermini that’s decent to drive A heated windscreen. That’s what, in customer satisfaction surveys, current Vauxhall Corsa owners said they wanted. Not a revolution in looks, nor in dynamics, nor in cabin ambience, but a heated windscreen, please.So you’ll excuse the new Vauxhall Corsa for not reinventing itself. The new model is as all new as many cars get these days. Elements of...

October 13, 2014

  • from Autocar

    Thorough, classy modernisation dispatches big power with impressive ease The latest offering from Jensen International Automotive, creator of the GM ‘LS3’ V8-powered Interceptor R, a version of which we drove in our modernised classics feature at Goodwood in the summer.Unlike that car, the modernisation of which was largely outsourced, the £180,000 Interceptor R Supercharged you see here was almost entirely rebuilt (starting with a full shell refurb) by JIA’s five workshop staff at its new...
  • from Autocar

    The new 707bhp Challenger is an insane beast – but we're glad it exists The Dodge Challenger is a legendary model for Chrysler. It’s the American company’s player in pony car game and the likes of Ford’s Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro have been its competition on and off for nearly 50 years.The original Challenger came to market in 1969; in 2008, Dodge introduced the present, third-generation version. The large, two-door coupé uses a cut version of Chrysler’s waning LX architecture, which...

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