On the face of it, the RS3 is impervious to criticism. It's got 335bhp backed up by an immense torque spread, spectacular grip and traction, Audi's epic interior quality, a practical five-door hatchback body, decent economy if you don't thrash it, and even a comparatively generous equipment list. What could possibly go wrong?
This is surely a case of right car, wrong road. Or vice-versa. In fact, I can't think of a single road in the south of France that might suit the Vauxhall VXR8, except perhaps the A8 autoroute. It certainly didn't look or feel right rumbling along the sea-front at Cannes 30 minutes ago, and I can't imagine it's going to feel much more at home in the mountain-hugging hairpins that lie just ahead.
Last year, TG Road Test Editor Piers Ward was treated to a high-speed pillion lap around the Isle of Man TT course from the legendary John McGuiness. McGuinness, if you're not aware of him, is the man who has won more TT races than any living rider. And Piers is still having therapy now. Not everyone gets that kind of opportunity. But happily, a new feature-length documentary is released this Friday that captures the unique TT blend of exhilaration, terror and sheer balls in glorious 3D.
Since it was added to the Formula One calendar back in 2004, the Chinese GP has been repeatedly criticised for its lack of atmosphere.
Land Rover, the company that kick-started the off-road revolution over 60 years ago, that most rigidly muddy brand in the world, has just launched a two-wheel-drive Freelander, the eD4 - the motoring equivalent of Hunter wellies designing trainers.
This is the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. It replaces the DBRS9 and is based on the Vantage road car. The V12 one.
The new Caterham Supersport is not a fast car. Oh, sure, it'll hit 60mph in under five seconds from a standing start, but here's what you have to do to reach that point: