Buying advice

  • Porsche Cayenne buying guide

    Porsche Cayenne buying guide tips

    The Porsche Cayenne first rumbled and muscled into view back in 2002. The four-wheel-driving, V8-pulsating, SUV-redefining model might have brought Porsche-flavoured thrills and spills to all the family, and over the sort of terrain hitherto trekked by Porsches only on African rally-raids, but it was not what the purists thought a Porsche should be.

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  • Abarth 500 driving fiat

    Abarth 500 buying guide

    Fiat Abarth 500. To a certain generation prone to misty-eyed, Castrol R-scented nostalgia, the instant mental image is of a tiny car with an exhaust note like an angry bee, scooting around Europe’s racetracks in the 1960s. British Abarth fans would beat a path to Radbourne Racing in Wimbledon, where kits could be bought and cars converted. Happy days.

  • Audi RS6 avant cornering

    Audi RS6 buying guide

    As hard acts to follow go, the original 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8-engined Audi RS6 set the bar uncommonly high. Sure, it was more cudgel than scalpel, but anyone who claimed to be unimpressed when the snarling motor began its full 444bhp top-end rampage was either fibbing badly or sitting in the wrong version of Audi’s mid-field exec. Thuggish and brutal, the RS6 traded finesse for fury, and its madcap pace and bombastic soundtrack were addictive stuff, however critical you may have been of its other dynamic traits.

  • Audi RS4

    Audi RS4

    This was one surprising car when Audi sprang it on us in 2005. Its engine alone was enough to get your attention. A naturally aspirated 4.2-litre all-aluminium V8 with direct fuel injection and a huge 12.5:1 compression ratio, it revved all the way to 8500rpm and put out 414bhp when running on super unleaded. All of this energy was channelled through the four-wheel drive  with 60 per cent of it heading rearwards unless the system decided otherwise.

  • Honda Civic Type-R buying guide

    Honda Civic Type-R EP3 buying guide

    On the verge of the 2014 Geneva motor show, we are just about to see the latest generation Civic Type-R unveiled to the world. Scheduled for a UK launch in 2015, the new car has ditched the high-revving naturally aspirated petrol engines associated with the Type-R brand, in favour of a much more muscular 280bhp-plus engine.

  • Ford Focus RS buying guide

    Ford Focus RS buying guide and specs

    A hot hatch with the visual clout of a Lamborghini: if the mk1 Focus RS had been fairly subtle by fast Ford standards, its successor, launched to a slack-jawed world in January 2009, was an all-out assault on the eyeballs. The barrage began with a small acreage of black mesh grilles, continued through pumped-up bodywork peppered with ducts and vents, and ended with a giant venturi and high-mounted spoiler. For sheer drama, nothing else came close – or has done since.

  • Bentley Continental GT buying guide

    Bentley Continental GT: buying guide, prices and specs

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    A Bentley Continental GT is a beautifully constructed car that’s available at crazy prices – from £25,000 for an early example – only because Bentley sold so many in the first place.

  • TVR Tamora buying guide
    Peter Tomalin
    31 Jul 2013

    TVR Tamora buying checkpoints

    Want to know what a used TVR Tamora actually costs to run? We speak to the specialists...

  • TVR Tamora buying guide

    TVR Tamora buying guide

    The Griffith and Chimaera were always going to be tough acts to follow. Not only were they the cars that finally allowed TVR to shrug off its kit-car roots and stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Porsche, they also married thunderous performance to timelessly handsome lines. But they couldn’t go on forever.

  • Ariel Atom track jump
    Peter Tomalin
    18 Jun 2013

    Ariel Atom buying checkpoints

    Tempted by one of the maddest cars you can buy? Here's what you should look for when buying a used Ariel Atom