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David Vivian
Vivian’s first ever road rest was of a Vauxhall Chevette HS2300 for Motor magazine in 1978. He felt that, although undeniably quick, it understeered too much, thus nailing early on the essential co-ordinates for life as a car critic with evo 34 years later. Thousands of fast cars and over a million words later, he’s still calling it with a healthy contempt for pulled punches and a reckless disregard for stuff that doesn’t concern the only thing that really matters: the driver.
BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4
Features

BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4

The BMW M3 CSL, Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R, TVR Sagaris and original Porsche Cayman GT4 are all shining examples of the sports car breed. But what is the…
24 Oct 2020
Future icons: modern-day performance heros driven back-to-back
Features

Future icons: modern-day performance heros driven back-to-back

From the 2011 McLaren MP4-12C to the current BMW M2 Competition, all of these cars have left their mark in one way or another. But will they one day b…
9 Oct 2020
BMW M Coupe v TVR Tuscan
Features

BMW M Coupe v TVR Tuscan

Toyota’s new Supra isn’t an obvious descendent of its 1990s forebear, so perhaps the BMW M Coupe and TVR Tuscan are its spiritual predecessors – and t…
24 Aug 2020
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider convertible

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review

Removeable roof and styling tweaks add a new layer to the 4C's appeal, but the Spider is still a flawed sports car
29 Apr 2020
2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR review
Jaguar F Pace SVR review 2019
Jaguar F-Pace SUV

2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR review

JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations finally gets its hands on the Jaguar F-Pace, and the result really is a bit special
4 Dec 2019

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Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 
Hot hatchbacks

Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 

Renault’s trick new Mégane RS is out to steal its crown back from Honda’s Civic Type R, but could Volkswagen’s Golf R actually be the hottest hatch of…
25 Oct 2019
2019 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Manual review
Aston Martin Vantage

2019 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Manual review

Aston Martin is seeking vindication for its Vantage with the new AMR via its inherited chassis tweaks and manual transmission
23 Oct 2019
Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD review
Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD
Reviews

Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD review

Mid-life makeover for Jaguar’s 3-series rival means sharper style, classier cabin, more tech and a stronger, keener value package
17 Apr 2019
VW Golf GTI TCR vs Renaultsport Megane RS Trophy
VW GTI TCR vs Megane RS Trophy - header
Group tests

VW Golf GTI TCR vs Renaultsport Megane RS Trophy

The last hurrah of the VW Golf GTI and Renault Sport’s hottest Megane open hardcore hot hatch hostilities. There can only be one winner
8 Apr 2019
New 2018 Mazda MX-5 2.0 convertible review
Mazda 2018 MX-5 - front quarter
Mazda MX-5 convertible

New 2018 Mazda MX-5 2.0 convertible review

The world’s most popular roadster gets more speed and tech but stays true to its roots
4 Sep 2018
Mercedes-AMG E63 S vs Porsche Panamera Turbo
Mercedes-AMG E63 S & Porsche Panamera Turbo
Mercedes E63 AMG

Mercedes-AMG E63 S vs Porsche Panamera Turbo

The Mercedes E63 S has 603bhp and 627lb ft of torque at its disposal – but is this enough to overwhelm the mighty Porsche Panamera Turbo?
29 Jan 2018
Aston Martin DB11 vs Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin DB11 - rear quarter
Aston Martin DB11 coupe

Aston Martin DB11 vs Aston Martin Vanquish S

The Vanquish S and DB11 are both V12-engined super-GTs, but one is naturally aspirated, the other is the first turbocharged Aston Martin.
20 Dec 2017
Porsche 918 Spyder v Honda NSX review
Honda NSX and Porsche 918 – front
Porsche 918 convertible

Porsche 918 Spyder v Honda NSX review

Is the Honda NSX really a cut-price Porsche 918 Spyder? We drive them back-to-back to find out.
15 Nov 2017
Honda NSX v Porsche 918 Spyder - pictures
Honda NSX – side
Porsche 918 convertible

Honda NSX v Porsche 918 Spyder - pictures

15 Nov 2017
BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R - New v Used
BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R
Group tests

BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R - New v Used

£60,000 buys a new BMW M4 with 444bhp, but could a lightly used example of Nissan’s supercar slaying GT-R hold even more appeal?
16 Oct 2017
New Rolls-Royce Phantom delivers super-luxury masterclass
Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon

New Rolls-Royce Phantom delivers super-luxury masterclass

Rolls-Royce has re-staked its claim to producing the best car in the world with an all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon for 2018
27 Jul 2017
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid review
Porsche Panamera hatchback

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid review

A brief spell behind the wheel of the potent hybrid Panamera promises good things; we can't wait for a proper drive
25 Jul 2017
Aston Martin Vanquish S review
Aston Martin Vanquish S - front three quarter
Aston Martin Vanquish coupe

Aston Martin Vanquish S review

Aston Martin isn't done with its naturally aspirated V12 just yet, as this 595bhp Vanquish shows
18 Jul 2017
Lamborghini Huracan Performante review
Lamborghini Huracan coupe

Lamborghini Huracan Performante review

If the McLaren 720S doesn’t quite hit the spot, you need one of these
22 May 2017
2017 Skoda Octavia vRS review
Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback

2017 Skoda Octavia vRS review

Facelifted Octavia vRS is a great all-rounder and fine value
13 Apr 2017
2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review
Vauxhall Insignia hatchback

2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review

A more spacious and stylish Vauxhall Insignia is still lacking the performance gene
12 Apr 2017
Porsche Boxster review
2012 Porsche Boxster 2.7 Guards Red

Porsche Boxster review

The ultimate open top sports car?
20 Oct 2015
Mercedes SLK55 AMG review - still want that TT RS?
Mercedes SLK55 AMG red front
Mercedes SLK convertible

Mercedes SLK55 AMG review - still want that TT RS?

Mercedes's ageing SLK55 AMG roadster still has something unique under its bonnet
12 Oct 2015
Porsche Cayman review
2013 Porsche Cayman S slide skid drift sideways
Porsche Cayman coupe

Porsche Cayman review

Everything you could ever want from a sports car
18 Sep 2015
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe review
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - front
Mercedes GLE SUV

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe review

Mercedes has joined the coupe-SUV club with its new GLE Coupe; 63 S aims to steal sales from the X6 M
10 Sep 2015
SEAT Leon ST Cupra 280 review - prices, specs and 0-60 time
SEAT Leon ST

SEAT Leon ST Cupra 280 review - prices, specs and 0-60 time

Fast estate proves almost just as exciting as the hatch
9 Apr 2015
BMW 435i review - price, specs and release date
BMW 435i
BMW 3 Series coupe

BMW 435i review - price, specs and release date

We drive the new BMW 4-series coupe in petrol powered 435i form, the sportiest until the M3 coupe-replacing M4 arrives
28 Mar 2015
Porsche Boxster Spyder v Ferrari 360 Spider
Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster Spyder v Ferrari 360 Spider

Everyone loves a spider, particularly when it's powered by a howling V8 or a soulful flat-six...
26 Mar 2015
Peugeot 308 GT review - prices, specs, 0-60 time
Peugeot 308 hatchback

Peugeot 308 GT review - prices, specs, 0-60 time

Greater things are in store for the 308 nameplate, but the new GT is a promising start
26 Mar 2015
BMW 328i Touring review - price, specs and 0-60 time
2012 BMW 328i Touring
BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 328i Touring review - price, specs and 0-60 time

The Touring estate version of BMW's new 328i promises to be a fun to drive family car
2 Mar 2015
Land Rover Discovery Sport review, price and specs
Land Rover Discovery SUV

Land Rover Discovery Sport review, price and specs

Built on the same platform as the Evoque, Land Rover's Freelander replacement gets the firm's latest design language
13 Feb 2015
Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air review and pictures
Vauxhall Adam hatchback

Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air review and pictures

The Adam is transformed by a brilliant new three-pot engine. Shame about the name...
30 Dec 2014
Renault Twingo Dynamique TCe review and pictures
Renault Twingo hatchback

Renault Twingo Dynamique TCe review and pictures

French supermini goes rear-engined and rear-drive, with 89bhp for the turbo range-topper
4 Dec 2014
Porsche Cayenne Turbo review and pictures
Porsche Cayenne SUV

Porsche Cayenne Turbo review and pictures

A facelift, changes under the skin too, but the same bonkers and brilliant result
4 Nov 2014