Nic Cackett Road tester

Nic heralds from Surrey where he misspent a youth by lavishing ever-larger sums of money on secondhand hot hatches. Finally got a proper job as a firefighter removing other people’s wing mirrors with a Mercedes-Benz Atego DPL. Disgruntled with the strenuous shift pattern, he downshifted into automotive journalism and has been at the coalface ever since. Still has a lingering affection large motors squeezed into small cars, but is happiest when left to day dream with a Caterham brochure. Follow Nic on Google+

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn review

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is back in the UK after its South African debut. Our second look doesn't disappoint

6 May 2016
First Drive
BMW M2

2016 BMW M2 review

We've finally sampled the brilliant new M2 on British roads. Find out how it fared

22 April 2016
First Drive
Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB review

A first drive of Ferrari's mid-engined V8 488 GTB in right-hand drive configuration confirms our suspicion that it's the new act to beat

15 April 2016
First Drive
152mph Audi A4 Allroad

2016 Audi A4 Allroad quattro review

The all-new A4 version of Audi's muddy-lane Allroad sports a new generation of quattro – but doesn't fall far from the tree

4 April 2016
First Drive
DS 3 Performance

2016 DS 3 Performance review

The returning DS3 hot hatch is decent enough - but too many of its rivals have moved the game on for it to lead the class

18 March 2016
First Drive
Land Rover Evoque Convertible

2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible 2.0 TD4 180 review

Land Rover hasn't solved all the problems of removing the ​Evoque's roof, but the result will grab the attention of a growing niche of SUV fashionista

12 March 2016
First Drive
Apollo Arrow hypercar

Gumpert successor Apollo unveils 224mph Arrow hypercar

Now under Chinese ownership, the company formerly known as Gumpert has revealed a mid-engined supercar with 986bhp and 737lb ft

1 March 2016
News

Why the Subaru XV concept could be a turning point for the brand

Recent cars haven't inspired, but if the production version of the XV delivers it could change Subaru's fortunes in Europe

1 March 2016
Blog
Vauxhall GT Concept

Vauxhall VX220-style future ruled out for new Vauxhall GT Concept

Vauxhall chief admits he's keen on the bold GT Concept, but says the company is unlikely to collaborate with another car builder on the project

1 March 2016
News
BMW M3 Competition Pack

2016 BMW M3 Competition Pack review

A more focused version of the M3 doesn't immediately sound necessary, but our UK drive reveals it's just the ticket

29 February 2016
First Drive

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