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Toyota GR Yaris v Mercedes‑AMG A45 S v Hyundai i30 N v Honda Civic Type R
Hot hatch test final four
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Toyota GR Yaris v Mercedes‑AMG A45 S v Hyundai i30 N v Honda Civic Type R

The rally-bred Toyota GR Yaris, bombastic Mercedes‑AMG A45 S, thrillsome Hyundai i30 N and dazzling Honda Civic Type R are each brilliant in their own…
26 May 2024
BMW M2 v Mercedes-AMG A45 S – £65k performance machines go head-to-head
BMW M2 v Mercedes-AMG A45 S
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BMW M2 v Mercedes-AMG A45 S – £65k performance machines go head-to-head

Hyperhatch versus sports coupe, four-wheel drive opposes rear, auto confronts manual. Despite their differences, the AMG A45 S and BMW M2 are still cl…
3 May 2024
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR v Subaru Impreza RB5 WR Sport – homologation heroes go head-to-head
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR v Subaru Impreza RB5 WR Sport
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR v Subaru Impreza RB5 WR Sport – homologation heroes go head-to-head

Enemies both on the stages and off, Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evo VI and Subaru’s Impreza RB5 were high points in the history of rally-bred homologation spe…
27 Apr 2024
BMW M3 CS v Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA v Jaguar XE Project 8 – supersaloon specials go head-to-head
BMW M3 CS v Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA v Jaguar XE Project 8
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BMW M3 CS v Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA v Jaguar XE Project 8 – supersaloon specials go head-to-head

BMW’s M3 CS is so dazzlingly good that a regular head-to-head seemed inadequate. Instead we pit it against two icons, Alfa Romeo’s sublime Giulia GTA …
7 Apr 2024
Toyota GT86 v GR86: how Toyota perfected the affordable sports car
Toyota GT86 v GR86 – front
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Toyota GT86 v GR86: how Toyota perfected the affordable sports car

The GT86 bucked all the usual sports car trends in 2012, then the GR86 honed that recipe to perfection
3 Apr 2024

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Nissan GT‑R v Porsche 911 GT3 (996) – landmark super-sports cars go head-to-head
Nissan GT-R v Porsche 911 GT3 996
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Nissan GT‑R v Porsche 911 GT3 (996) – landmark super-sports cars go head-to-head

Porsche v Nissan was a head-to-head no one would have predicted at evo's launch, but then those two marques created the two most significant super-spo…
1 Apr 2024
Aston Martin DBX707 v Ferrari Purosangue – flagship super SUVs go head-to-head
Aston Martin DBX707 v Ferrari Purosangue
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Aston Martin DBX707 v Ferrari Purosangue – flagship super SUVs go head-to-head

Everything about them is supersize, from their kerb weights to their power outputs. But they’re also hugely enjoyable – and quite different in charact…
16 Mar 2024
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1
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Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head

They’re two dinky performance cars with startlingly similar recipes, but how does the decade-old Audi S1 compare to today’s much-hyped Toyota GR Yaris…
17 Feb 2024
Audi R8 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica – the last of the V10s
Audi R8 V10 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica
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Audi R8 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica – the last of the V10s

As Audi’s V10 R8 and Lamborghini’s Huracán near the end of their journey, it's time for a final blast
10 Feb 2024
Audi Sport Quattro v Subaru Impreza 22B v Toyota GR Yaris
Audi Sport Quattro v Subaru Impreza 22B v Toyota GR Yaris
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Audi Sport Quattro v Subaru Impreza 22B v Toyota GR Yaris

Subaru’s Impreza 22B and Audi’s Sport Quattro are rally-inspired, four-wheel-drive legends. Could Toyota’s GR Yaris match them for charisma and abilit…
20 Jan 2024
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Honda NSX v Porsche 718 Spyder – mid-engined six-cylinders go head-to-head
Honda NSX v Porsche 718 Spyder
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Honda NSX v Porsche 718 Spyder – mid-engined six-cylinders go head-to-head

One is loaded with hybrid technology, the other is a purist’s dream, but the mid-mounted, six-cylinder powertrains of Honda’s NSX and Porsche’s 718 Sp…
6 Jan 2024
Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae v Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae and Lamborghini Countach
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Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae v Lamborghini Countach

They’re the last of the breed, a final hurrah for Lamborghini’s pure-combustion V12s. We head for the hills to compare the brilliant Aventador LP780-4…
18 Dec 2023
BMW M3 Touring v Audi RS4 Competition – hardcore estates go head-to-head
BMW M3 Touring v Audi RS4 Competition
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BMW M3 Touring v Audi RS4 Competition – hardcore estates go head-to-head

BMW has set a new benchmark for fast estates with the M3 Competition Touring, but Audi is fighting back with the RS4 Avant Competition, which brings a…
11 Nov 2023
BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R: ultimate track test
BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R track
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BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R: ultimate track test

They’ve squared up on the road; now A110 R, GT4 and M2 head to Anglesey for timed laps. Place your bets
14 Oct 2023
BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R: Are these 2023's best sports cars?
BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R road
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BMW M2 v Porsche Cayman GT4 v Alpine A110 R: Are these 2023's best sports cars?

Alpine’s new A110 R and BMW’s latest M2 arrive at the crease ready to face their toughest opponent: Porsche’s Cayman GT4
7 Oct 2023
Jaguar XE P300 Sport v Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
Jaguar XE v Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Jaguar XE P300 Sport v Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

With Audi, BMW and Mercedes losing their lustre in the compact sports saloon market, Alfa and Jaguar are vying for top honours. We pit Giulia Veloce a…
29 Sep 2023
Ariel Atom 4 v Caterham Seven 310R v Lotus Elise Cup 250
Ariel Atom 4 v Caterham Seven 310R v Lotus Elise Cup 250
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Ariel Atom 4 v Caterham Seven 310R v Lotus Elise Cup 250

Nowhere makes small, lightweight sports cars like Britain. But which is the best of the current sub-£50k crop: Ariel Atom 4, Caterham Seven 310R or Lo…
27 Jul 2023
BMW 230i M Sport v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
BMW 230i v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – twin static
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BMW 230i M Sport v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

As Golf GTI prices head north of 40 grand, new rivals home into view. Is a lower-rung 2-Series too tough to overcome?
8 Jul 2023
BMW M340i xDrive v Peugeot 508 PSE v VW Arteon R Shooting Brake
Fast estates group test – static
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BMW M340i xDrive v Peugeot 508 PSE v VW Arteon R Shooting Brake

Prefer a sleek estate to a jacked-up SUV but can’t stretch to an M3 Touring? This trio of alternatives could provide an answer
17 Jun 2023
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport v Rimac Nevera
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport v Rimac Nevera
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Bugatti Chiron Super Sport v Rimac Nevera

Bugatti’s next hypercar will be built under the ownership of EV experts Rimac. We drive the current ultimates from both marques on the stunning roads …
19 May 2023
Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3
Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3
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Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3

The all-new FL5-gen Civic Type R is here, and expectations are sky-high. Waiting for it are the rapid and capable Golf R and Audi RS3 and the brillian…
30 Apr 2023
Porsche Cayman GT4 RS v Huracán STO v 458 Speciale v Honda NSX‑R
Porsche Cayman GT4 RS v Huracán STO v 458 Speciale v Honda NSX‑R
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Porsche Cayman GT4 RS v Huracán STO v 458 Speciale v Honda NSX‑R

The Cayman GT4 RS is Porsche's most hardcore mid‑engined car to date, so we put it head-to-head with three of the finest mid-engined machines ever to …
27 Mar 2023
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Toyota GR86 v Mazda MX-5 v Alpine A110 GT
Toyota GR86 v Mazda MX-5 v Alpine A110 GT
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Toyota GR86 v Mazda MX-5 v Alpine A110 GT

Toyota has revamped its entry-level sports coupe to create the GR86, but how does it stack up against Mazda’s evergreen MX-5 and Alpine’s formidable A…
11 Mar 2023
Caterham Super Seven 600 v Super Seven 2000
Caterham Super Seven
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Caterham Super Seven 600 v Super Seven 2000

Caterham has recreated the classic sports car aesthetic with its new Super Seven range. The perfect blend of current and retro? We find out
7 Jan 2023
Toyota GR Supra v BMW M240i xDrive – six-cylinder coupes go head-to-head
Toyota GR Supra v BMW M240i xDrive
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Toyota GR Supra v BMW M240i xDrive – six-cylinder coupes go head-to-head

Now with a manual gearbox, Toyota’s GR Supra takes on BMW’s M240i xDrive: two compact coupes with much in common, but which delivers the biggest thril…
31 Dec 2022
Corvette Stingray v Porsche Cayman GTS v Audi R8 RWD
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and Audi R8 RWD
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Corvette Stingray v Porsche Cayman GTS v Audi R8 RWD

Chevrolet’s first mid‑engined Corvette has landed in the UK, so we’ve put on a little welcoming committee from two of Europe’s biggest hitters: Audi’s…
27 Dec 2022
Porsche 911 Turbo v Audi RS3 v BMW M4 v Toyota GR Yaris – 4WD mega test
All-weather sports cars – group static
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Porsche 911 Turbo v Audi RS3 v BMW M4 v Toyota GR Yaris – 4WD mega test

This time of year it feels like the only fast cars on the road feature four-driven wheels. We pitch our four favourite all-wheel drive models against …
23 Dec 2022
BMW E30 M3 v E46 M3 CSL v F87 M2 CS
BMW M triple – Group side
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BMW E30 M3 v E46 M3 CSL v F87 M2 CS

BMW’s M2 CS was hailed as a return to form for the M division, but how does it stack up against its purebred predecessors?
19 Dec 2022
Morgan Plus Four CX-T v Ariel Nomad
Morgan Plus Four CX-T v Ariel Nomad
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Morgan Plus Four CX-T v Ariel Nomad

Ariel’s wild Nomad and Morgan’s equally mad CX-T were designed with off-road adventures in mind. So how do they feel on the smooth asphalt of the Bedf…
26 Nov 2022
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet v McLaren 720S Spider
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet v McLaren 720S Spider
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Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet v McLaren 720S Spider

Convertibles add weight and reduce stiffness, though they can be undeniably seductive. But do they make any sense with supercar levels of performance?…
5 Nov 2022
BMW M2 CS v Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
BMW M2 CS v Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
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BMW M2 CS v Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

The M2 CS may be an M-car at the top of its game, but at its price and performance point it faces one very serious rival: our 2019 Car of the Year, th…
2 Nov 2022
Lightweight sports car test – Morgan vs Lotus vs Jannarelly
Lightweight sports car test – rear bolt on
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Lightweight sports car test – Morgan vs Lotus vs Jannarelly

We pitch three lightweight sports cars against one another to see which is best
25 Oct 2022
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ v Nissan GT-R Nismo
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ v Nissan GTR Nismo
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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ v Nissan GT-R Nismo

Lamborghini’s Aventador SVJ and Nissan’s GT-R Nismo are two old warriors at their fiercest and most brutal, determined to go out on an adrenaline-fuel…
22 Oct 2022
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
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Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

It’s got them covered on paper, but has Mini’s latest Works GP got the moves to outperform Renault’s rival Mégane RS Trophy-R and VW’s benchmark Golf …
20 Oct 2022