The Audi R8, Honda Civic Type-R and Autocar's winter peformance car test
22 December 2007

Welcome to Autocar's review of the year – our month-by-month summary of the highs and lows of 2007.Over the next 12 days, a review of each month will appear on Autocar.co.uk giving you easy links to the best news and reviews we've seen this year. Continue reading to find out what made the start of 2007 so significant for the motoring world, and don't miss the next 11 instalments.

January

The new Honda Civic Type R was the big news of January 2007, and not always for the right reasons. Our road test revealed that the torsion beam rear suspension and a meagre 1bhp power increase over its predecessor wasn't enough to give the Type-R the all-round ability it needed.And all-round ability was exactly what we were looking for in our Winter Performance Car test. So we took a selection of cars including a Caterham, Porsche 911 and Mini Cooper S to the snow-covered Yorkshire moors to find out what really make the best all-season performance buy.If that wasn't enough performance for one month, the best was yet to come in the form of Audi's sublime R8. It may have been our first go behind the wheel, but we already decided it was "2007's must-have supercar." And we hadn't even got to February yet. Meanwhile, the news story to hit the press in 2007 was "Ford's four-door Mustang", the Interceptor; a retro concept that hinted at a saloon with the muscle-car style and soul of the 60s. The Interceptor also starred at the 2007 Detroit show, alongside the Honda NSX concept, Lincoln MKR and Mitsubishi Evo Prototype-X.Finally, the month ended on a note of uncertainty as news arrived that bidding for Aston Martin had closed, and the results were imminent.

Our Verdict

Audi R8 V8

It may not have a posh badge, but when it comes to what really matters the R8 has what it takes to hold its head high among supercar rivals

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