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We’ve got a battle royal, birthdays and our first taste of Aston’s manual AMR Vantage

It’s the twin test we’ve all been waiting for: GT3 RS v AMG GT R Pro. The two big players in the sub-supercar sector. Honed, focused and aggressive pinnacles of the range that have even dressed to match. evo 268 is the reckoning between them.

The 991.2-generation GT3 RS might be in its final days, but it is its new nemesis, the GT R Pro, that AMG hopes will be considered an apt replacement as the perfect road-racer. AMG got close with the standard GT R, but as we found out earlier this year, the new Pro makes good use of its subtle upgrades, closing that gap between it and the venerable GT3. Does it prevail? Henry Catchpole found out by taking them both to that great leveller – the British B-road, with some very British weather thrown in for good measure.

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We also have our first go in the eagerly awaited Aston Martin Vantage AMR. It’s got a seven-speed manual gearbox, electronics-free mechanical limited-slip diff and retuned suspension. Is it the best Vantage yet? David Vivian decides.

This year, Mazda is celebrating 30 years of the MX-5. Its consistent presence over that time might breed complacency, but it has not only acted as an ideal springboard into the sportscar world, but has also formed the foundation of entire racing and tuning cultures around it. To celebrate, John Barker brought the original NA of 1989 and the latest ND 30th Anniversary MX-5 together to see how it has progressed in 30 years – and met three important people from the model’s past.

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Meanwhile, in 1964, the Mini left an indelible mark on motorsport history by winning the Monte Carlo Rally. Antony Ingram takes a modern-day Cooper S to the stages it conquered, and has a go in an original Mini on studded tyres on ice for a bit of extra contrast. 

Also in this issue, Richard Meaden straps himself inside one of Ford Performance’s GT4 Mustangs that have joined the British GT Championship, while Adam Towler has a go in Alpine’s new A110 Cup, a modified, racing version of one of our favourite coupes. 

That’s just the beginning though, as we’ve also got our full suite of first drives, all the latest automotive news, a catch-up with our Fast Fleet, columns by Richard Meaden and Richard Porter, and much more. Grab your copy now!

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