The New Porsche 911, The Ever Changing Constant

We drive 2019’s 992 and reveal what makes it tick

The new 992 version of the ever-evolving 911 promises high-tech hooliganism like never before. It's almost here – and we've had an early drive

AND STRAIGHT DOWN to business. There’s virtually no familiarisation required before you drive the new 911. It may be the most technically advanced version yet, designed with one eye on a likely future hybrid, but the 992 generation is very much the car we’ve known and loved for decades now. It looks like a 911, feels like a 911 – and drives like a sensationally good 911.

Similar on the outside, very diferent inside

Seven generations in, BMW has finally created the first perfect 3-series. In fact, after a sneak first drive, we suspect it might be too good...

ON THE FACE of it, it’s just a compact saloon. And traditionally a pretty expensive one at that. But, by dusting its practicality with a little race-bred rear-wheel-drive dynamic magic, BMW’s 3-series has always added up to more than the sum of its parts. Practical yet perky, versatile but keen to oversteer, the 3’s been making late-night airport runs and early morning commutes fun since 1975.

Giant Test Audi Q8 vs rivals

Design-savvy, road-biased and tech-laden, the posh SUV is now the ultimate status symbol. New Q8 battles Velar and Touareg for your money

WELCOME TO A test of three cars that, on the face of it, make absolutely no sense. The players in this rather odd match: Audi’s new Q8 flagship SUV, which takes the eminently practical but pricey Q7, removes some practicality and adds some cost; the Range Rover Velar, the Kardashianised alternative to Land Rover’s styled-by-function Discovery; and the new Touareg, a car with a Volkswagen badge which, as tested, costs more than £70k thanks to Wolfsburg’s inveterate mission creep. What gives?

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, The Second Coming

More Power, Trick Aero and a Track-Ready Chassis

Only the most extreme Lamborghinis get to wear the SVJ legend. To date there’s been just one, a very special Miura. Now there’s another – a V12 Aventador with more power than a ’90s F1 car. We strap ourselves in…

DID YOU CHANGE the tyres?’ laughs Lamborghini design boss Mitja Borkert as the Aventador SVJ slews sideways and he throws on a half turn of lock, first one way and then the other like he’s mixing cocktails at a swanky hotel bar. ‘It feels like it’s on Pirelli Cinturatos!’ he says, referring to the skinny, balloon-like CN12 rubber the Miura wore, as he saws at the flat-bottomed wheel, just managing to keep the car off the grass.

Motorsport Citroën C1 Racing

"LIKE RACING LE MANS BUT WITH CORBY FM ON THE RADIO"

Endurance racing is expensive and boring, right? Not when 50 Citroën C1s go at it for the 24 heures du Rockingham

MEYRICK COX is shaking his head. ‘I suppose, because it’s an endurance race,’ I’m saying to him, ‘you have to drive at eight-tenths? You know – look after the brakes, nurse the car to go the distance?’ ‘No,’ he says with a smile. ‘You just have to drive it like you stole it for 24 hours.’

I see. Turns out that pretty much sums up all you need to know about Citroën C1 racing… Of course, if you’re not a car enthusiast, just the idea of racing a bimbling little shopping trolley like a C1 might seem barmy – literally, the only thing it shares with an LMP1 car is the 1.

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