I HAVE a confession to make – something I’d like to share with the rest of the class. I’m getting married in July and I’m absolutely petrified. It’s not what you think. I know she’s the one, her dad doesn’t own a shotgun and I’ve not had it away with her best mate. I’m just dreading making a speech. The worst thing about wedding speeches is the fact you’re almost always going after someone else. If the guy before you reduces everyone to tears of laughter, you’re screwed. And if you do OK, yours won’t be remembered. This is the situation Suzuki finds itself in with the Swift Sport. Last week Ford launched the Fiesta ST. It’s probably, pound-for-pound, the best car on the market — offering 200bhp, multiple driving modes and a trick suspension set-up for just £19K. A bit more money and you can bolt on a limited-slip differential. The Swift Sport — a hot version of Suzuki’s Fiesta rival … [Read more...] about Anyone else up for Suzuki’s Swifty? – you’re bound to have a blast
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The Ford Fiesta XR2 was the car for city slickers in the 1980s. Bought on a ruinously expensive HP deal, preferably in red, they were bona fide everyday supercars, and almost as standout as the brutalist 80s Lamborghinis they aspired to be (and their drivers aspired to own). We’re a bit more sophisticated these days. Red braces are out, understatement is in. “People prefer less make-up these days,” says Ford designer Jens Sieber (our fashion department disagrees, but that’s an argument for another day). This brings us to the new Fiesta ST, the XR2 of 2018, which in supercar terms is a Porsche rather than a Lamborghini. The outgoing Fiesta ST was a bit of a sensation. Ford’s job with this one was to keep the riotousness but improve the horrible infotainment system, crashy ride and seating position, which was more MPV than sportscar. Oh, and clean up the exhaust so even Sadiq Khan would drive one. A new 1.5-litre turbo engine does the green bit. It produces … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta ST 2018 review: The hot hatch that thinks it’s a Porsche 911
IT’S safe to say that no one needs a hatchback that’s capable of doing 174mph. That’s just plain obvious, no one in their right mind would argue that you do. But when you drive the Audi RS3, you find yourself constantly reminded by people that your small car has excessive helpings of horsepower — as if you’re too thick to see that. You get: “Ooooo, you wouldn’t catch me spending that sort of money,” and “What’s the point of a car that fast, you’ll only end up sat in traffic.” Of course, no one needs a small family runaround which sprints from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, but we want one. The beauty of a hatchback with this much power is the unexpectedness of it. When you look at a Porsche 911 — with its racing aero and two seats — it looks like it should be a four- second sprinter. But the RS3 distinguishes itself from the estate agent-favourite Audi A3 it’s based on in only the most tasteful of ways … [Read more...] about Audi RS3 Sportback review: Audi’s latest family car is not your average hatchback — and it can do 174mph
Lamborghini has been very deliberate lately in its evolution as a brand.In the past half-decade, the company that started making tractors for Italian farmers more than 55 years ago has unveiled the $242,300 Huracán—known for its smoother, sleeker (more affordable) demeanor behind the wheel—and the $200,000 Urus, its first SUV since the LM002 went out of production decades ago. Both vehicles are attracting new customers to the brand, especially women and first-time Lamborghini owners, according to dealers and company executives. The cars have also provoked cries from some old-school die-hards that the brand has so tamed itself in order to reach the masses that it is no longer recognizable as the revered brand. (But can you actually call fewer than 4,000 cars sold globally per year mass appeal?)Those people, I’d suggest, should take note of the 2018 Aventador S Roadster. The new 740-horsepower V12 bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese … [Read more...] about The $460,000 Aventador S Roadster Is a Howling Blast From Lambo’s Past
Motoring by Press Association 11/04/2018, 10:12 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? According to Aston Martin the new Vantage is its most extreme sports car yet – and it’s not wrong. Held up against the Vantage of yesteryear, it’s a completely different beast. Sharing little more than the characteristic boot flick, now emphasised for this predatory car, with the previous generation, this could be one of the most important cars ever for the brand. It’s crucial that they get it right, too – the previous Vantage was its best-selling car, and for the new age of the British carmaker it needs to continue that way. What’s new? Although the old Vantage had a slightly sportier air than other cars in the Aston range – largely because of its association with the World Endurance Championship – the new version has accentuated every aspect of the car’s exterior, like … [Read more...] about First Drive: Aston Martin Vantage – is this the brand’s Porsche 911 beater?