Blogs

  • Fantastic Mr Fiesta

    Took a run down to Caterham the other day&nbsp;(to pick up an R300) in our long-term Fiesta. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WindowsLiveWriter/FantasticMrFiesta_B567/Fiesta12.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WindowsLiveWriter/FantasticMrFiesta_B567/Fiesta1_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> What a great little car. &nbsp;In three-door guise and plush Zetec S&nbsp;trim, the Fiesta is not only a capable runabout but also&nbsp;a genuinely desirable thing to own.

    5 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • McLaren supercar: do we need it?

    This week our spy photographers have been busy snapping the new McLaren supercar.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/McLarensupercardoweneedit_9B72/McLaren1%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/McLarensupercardoweneedit_9B72/McLaren1_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> For the first time we found out that it has Lamborghini-style scissor doors and we already know that it will be out next year, powered by a V8, priced around £140k and aiming squarely at the Ferrari F430.

    5 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Cameras, not coppers

    It’s said that the UK has the highest concentration of CCTV cameras in the world. Some estimates say we have 4.2m CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people. Walk through central London and you could be caught on camera 300 times in a single day.

    5 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Audi R8 V10 - a lot for the money

    Am writing this on the plane, on the way out to drive the new Audi R8 V10, the one with a Lamborghini Gallardo engine in the back of it and a price tag to match. Or maybe not.

    4 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Rumours about a new DS

    </p> There’s a lot of rumblings about the imminent launch of a new Citroen DS, a successor to the unique shark-nosed “Deesse” (Goddess) saloon of 1955, which did so much to build the modern perception of Citroen as a design-led company, and stood for well over a decade as an emblem of French high technology.

    4 February 2009
    Confidential
  • The Dakar needs Mitsubishi

    </p> Maybe I’m being naive, but the news that Mitsubishi has withdrawn from off-road racing and therefore future participation in the Dakar Rally has come as a&nbsp;shock. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WindowsLiveWriter/TheDakarneedsMitsubishi_B5D3/Mitsu2%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WindowsLiveWriter/TheDakarneedsMitsubishi_B5D3/Mitsu2_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> Perhaps I should not be surprised at all, when Honda has withdrawn from F1 and Subaru from the WRC, but I happen to know just how close to Mitsubishi’s heart it holds the Dakar and how much agony the decision to quit must have brought.

    4 February 2009
    Motorsport
  • Is the V12 Vantage really what Aston needs?

    </p> I must confess that I have long been mystified by the various ‘hardcore’ iterations of the Porsche 911. I’m not sure I know the difference between a GT2 and GT3. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/autocarconfidential/WindowsLiveWriter/IstheV12VantagereallywhatAstonneeds_8CA2/aston%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/autocarconfidential/WindowsLiveWriter/IstheV12VantagereallywhatAstonneeds_8CA2/aston_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> But then I’m not sure I need to know and I’m not sure how many actual Porsche buyers are that well versed in the more arcane hard-core branches of the 911 family tree.

    4 February 2009
    Confidential
  • Jaguar XKR ride-along: a new kind of quick cat

    </p> Few long-term test cars have proved more popular with those of us here at Autocar Towers than our Jaguar XKR. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WindowsLiveWriter/JaguarXKRridealonganewkindofquickcat_8979/WEBXKRTestDriver2-w%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WindowsLiveWriter/JaguarXKRridealonganewkindofquickcat_8979/WEBXKRTestDriver2-w_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> There’s a good chance you’ll remember ‘BF56 LTE’ whether you’re a regular reader or not, because this was the bright red car that appeared on Top Gear TV.

    4 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Behind the wheel of the V12 Vantage prototype

    </p> Make way for the fastest production Aston yet: the Vantage V12. It’s due for launch at Geneva in March and can be parked in your garage – in exchange for around £140,000 – by early summer. <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/BehindthewheeloftheV12Vantageprototype_86C6/aston%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/BehindthewheeloftheV12Vantageprototype_86C6/aston_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a>Last year the Gaydon company gave notice of its intention to produce a top-level performance car that combined the 6.0-litre V12 from the DB9 and DBS with the 250kg lighter structure of its smaller Vantage V8, in a concept dubbed Vantage RS.

    4 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Bangle, your work is done

    </p> The departure of Chris Bangle as BMW’s head of design is an event we’ve been anticipating for some time — not because of any lack of ability on the remarkable American-born designer’s part, but because the great task he set himself has been achieved.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Bangleyourworkisdone_ECF5/Bangle%5B2%5D.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="159" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/WindowsLiveWriter/Bangleyourworkisdone_ECF5/Bangle_thumb.jpg" width="240" align="left" border="0"></a> When Bangle arrived from Fiat in the early ‘90s (having been responsible for the Fiat Coupe, a car that had greatly divided critical opinion) there was an expectation that he would immediately radicalise the look of BMW’s cars, which for a generation had been described as “sleek but safe”.

    3 February 2009
    Anything goes

Driven this week

  • BMW M3

    BMW M3

    Car review
    28 July 2014 3:09pm

    You’d imagine that a higher roofline and four doors would hinder the M3 saloon’s capabilities compared to the M4 coupé, but you'd be wrong

  • Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost UK first drive review

    Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost UK first drive review

    First drive
    28 July 2014 2:48pm

    Ford’s Fiesta-on-stilts compact SUV is appealing, although it is less interesting to drive than it is to look at

  • Volkswagen Amarok Canyon first drive review

    Volkswagen Amarok Canyon first drive review

    First drive
    28 July 2014 9:16am

    Limited-edition Canyon version of Volkswagen's Amarok pick-up looks brutish, but remains a practical and well-equipped choice

  • Jaguar F-type R coupe

    Jaguar F-type R coupe

    Car review
    25 July 2014

    Most powerful Jaguar F-type coupé is sensational to drive, with even better driving dynamics than its convertible sibling

  • BMW X4 UK first drive review

    BMW X4 UK first drive review

    First drive
    25 July 2014

    The new X4 makes a more usable proposition for British roads than the larger X6, but this SUV lacks all-round ability