First drive: BMW M235i

BMW M235i

Could this be a 2002Tii for our times, or maybe a reborn E36 328i coupe?

Do you know, it just might be. Remember the notion of BMWs as ultimate driving machines? As simple, straightforward but delightfully refined cars with a wide streak of fun? Put aside the X-model SUVs and the super-efficient little diesels, never mind the i cars. Even the ever-bigger and over-complicated M cars don't count here. I'm talking about what BMW was once all about - compact, rear-drive, beautifully engineered, straight-six if possible.


First drive: Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar F_Type Coupe

Less than one year in, and it's time to get excited over the Jaguar F-Type all over again. What we have here is the new Coupe body. If that's not enough, we've also got the R badge. With that, the supercharged 5.0-litre engine is cranked up to 542bhp, as opposed to the 488bhp of the far-from-unexciting V8S Convertible.


First drive: Jaguar XKR-S GT

First drive Jaguar XKR_S GT

That's a lot of initials.

Aren't there just. First, in 2006, there was the XK, then the XKR arrived with a supercharger to partner the 5.0-litre V8, then along came the XKR-S with yet more power and control, now this, the XKR-S GT. Which is something altogether different.


First drive: Ford Ecosport

First drive Ford Ecosport

Ford wants to become your universal provider of crossovers in Britain. What with the Kuga, now this dinky Ecosport and the upcoming Mondeo-sized Edge it unveiled at the LA show, the Blue Oval will have pretty well every size covered a year from now.


First drive: Lotus Exige V6 Cup

First drive Lotus Exige V6 Cup

What is it?

The Exige V6 Cup is Lotus's riposte to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, an even more stripped-out and razor-edged version of the already extreme Exige. Basically, it's a car that's as happy on the track as it is on the road.


TG drives the BMW M3 Ute

“… It’s clearly an Aussie-style Ute: car upfront, truck out back, the mullet of automobiles”



First drive: Abarth 595 50th Anniversary

First drive Abarth 595 50th Anniversary

What's this, then?

According to Fiat, it's a ‘small supercar'. Back in the real world, it's a yet-hotter 500 Abarth cooked up to celebrate 50 years since the launch of the original 595 Abarth.


Porsche 918 Spyder: the definitive verdict

Porsche 918 Spyder the definitive verdict


First drive: 500bhp VW ‘Superbeetle’

First drive 500bhp VW Superbeetle

What on earth is that?

It’s called the VWVortex ‘Superbeetle’. It’s got 500bhp. 500bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine. It has four-wheel-drive, and a bodykit to make people of a certain persuasion weak at the knees.


First drive: the Nissan GT-R Nismo

First drive the Nissan GT_R Nismo

What’s this?

You’ll know by now that the Nismo-tuned GT-R has 591bhp and – given the right German and with some Track Pack additions – can lap the Nürburgring in 7:08.679. You’ll also know that the 3.8-litre V6’s power has been boosted from 542 to 591 horsepower, torque’s increased from 465 to 481 lb ft and terminal velocity’s bumped from 196mph to… well, nobody actually knows.