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BMW M3 v Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Alfa’s 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio takes on BMW’s M3 Competition Pack in a fast four-door face-off
22 Jan 2018
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BMW M3 v Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Alfa’s 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio takes on BMW’s M3 Competition Pack in a fast four-door face-off
22 Jan 2018
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McLaren 650S Spider vs McLaren 12C Spider review

Indistinguishable to many and very similar on the spec sheets, we find how far, if at all, the 650S moved the game on from the old 12C
6 Jan 2018
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BMW i3s review – BMW adds sporty appeal to electric hatch

Chassis upgrades and a peppier motor add some traditional driver appeal to the electric i3
11 Dec 2017
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BMW i3S review – pictures

11 Dec 2017
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New BMW M5 2018 review

The new M5 is immensely capable but it may not have enough character to topple its arch-rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
3 Dec 2017
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Lotus Elise Sprint 220 review

The Lotus Sprint 220 is a rewarding, involving car but that iconic badge comes with a heavy price.
10 Oct 2017
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McLaren 720S review

The McLaren 720S is an improvement over its predecessor in every respect
2 May 2017
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BMW 335d review - price, specs and 0-60 time

BMW 3-Series gets world's most powerful six-pot diesel
28 Jan 2015
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BMW 550xD review - price, specs and 0-60 time

The most powerful diesel saloon in the world. evo's John Barker experiences its triple-turbocharged diesel engine for the first time
18 Nov 2014
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Tesla on Ice

Batteries hate the cold, right? So how long can an electric car run in temperatures well below zero? John Barker finds out in a Tesla Roadster Sport o…
13 May 2013
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Renault Megane Ring record

The Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy was created to set a new front-drive road-car lap record at the Nürburgring. Here's the story of how it happened.
7 May 2013
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BMW 330d Sport Touring

We haven't had much snow but John Barker reckons Winter tyres are a must for his BMW
6 Mar 2012
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2012 Morgan Plus 8 review

Morgan's classic Plus 8 body gains some modern Aero 8 mechanicals. A perfect match?
10 Feb 2012
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BMW 330d Sport Touring

It's valet time for John's BMW. And his 330d Touring's now looking as perky as the day it was made
6 Feb 2012
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Citroen DS3-R v rivals

Citroen re-enters the hot hatch class with its 204bhp DS3 Racing. But is it exciting enough to beat Clio 200 Cup, Polo GTI, Corsa VXR and Mini JCW? Re…
19 Dec 2011
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Ginetta G60 coupe review

The spririt of TVR is alive in Ginetta's new Cayman-rivaling G60, with its 310bhp V6 and no driver aids. Review here
16 Dec 2011
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BMW 330d Sport Touring

John's new rear-wheel drive commuting car gains some cold weather tyres to make it more useable this winter
6 Dec 2011
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BMW 330d Sport Touring

John Barker buys himself a bargain Beemer, a used but tidy 2004 330d Sport Touring. First impressions here
16 Nov 2011
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Lotus Evora S 2012 model year review

Previous evo Car of the Year, the Lotus Evora, gets a refresh and quality upgrade for 2012. We drive the supercharged Evora S
10 Oct 2011
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We race an R8 at the Ring

evo's John Barker reports on a well-earned top 20 finish at the Nurburgring 24 hours in an Audi R8 LMS
2 Aug 2011
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evo races Audi R8 LMS

John Barker is racing at the Nurburgring 24 hours again. This time in one of the race's quickest cars, the Audi R8 LMS
9 May 2011
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Clio V6 v Megane 250 track video

The Renaultsport Clio V6 255 and Megane 250 Cup have near identical power-to-weight figures. So which is the best on track? Report, pictures and video
11 Apr 2011
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Audi R8 Spyder V8 4.2 FSI quattro review

We drive the Audi R8 Spyder with its new 424bhp, 4.2-litre V8 engine. As good as the V10?
17 Mar 2011