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Porsche Cayman S: Don't order a Boxster just yet.
I'll admit it, I was wrong about the Boxster. The Cayman is best car Porsche makes.
The Audi RS 4 does pretty much everything
The Audi RS 4 is fast, spacious and gloriously noisy. What's not to love?
The Mercedes G-Class: Luxury off-roading from the '70s
When most people think about luxury off-roaders built in the '70s, they think of the Range Rover. However, Mercedes has one of its own -- it's a bit of legend, and it's called the G-Class. Or G-Wagen to its mates.
We learn to drive Skoda's IRC rally car with a WRC star
A while back we were invited to learn to drive Skoda's Fabia rally car with Andreas Mikkelsen -- an Intercontinental Rally Championship champion, no less. Naturally, we said yes. Powersliding followed.
Pagani Huayra: Hands-on with Pagani's latest hypercar
Pagani may not have the heritage of Ferrari or Lamborghini, but the Huayra cements its reputation as one of the greats. We went to Italy and took Pagani's latest out to experience a true hypercar.
Oily Bits: Engine layouts and types
You've probably heard a particularly interesting or powerful-sounding car pass by. Regardless of manufacturer, one of the key factors that help generate that particular noise is the number of cylinders in the car's engine.
Downsizing, '80s style: A guide to the decade's silliest superminis
Alex Grant looks at the maddest hatches from the decade that brought us stonewash jeans and Wham.
We retrace Paddy Hopkirk's Monte Carlo win
We took a Mini to the Col de Turini to recreate Paddy Hopkirk's 1964 Monte Carlo rally victory.
The Jaguar C-X75 is too much for its time
The C-X75 is the Jaguar that should have become the firm's halo hypercar, but sadly, it was killed off before it could reach production. Thankfully, there are five prototypes still kicking about, and we had a 200 mph go in one.
Joysticks and Gear Shifts: Neo Drift Out
Max Prince chases down the good, bad, and bizarre from the golden age of coin-operated motoring arcade games. Today, he parties like it's 1996 with Neo Drift Out.
Profile: Lotus Carlton
Vauxhall's new VXR8 goes on sale in December, which had me thinking about Luton's previous big bruiser saloons -- and the king of them all, the Lotus Carlton.
The Range Rover Hybrid is like a Range Rover, but greener
The Range Rover has gone all eco and now comes in a tangy Hybrid flavour. But is mixing electricity and off-roading a good idea? Also, there's a slight cost issue.
The Morgan Aero Coupe is an experience you'll never forget
The vast majority of cars on sale today aren't all that exciting, when you think about. By and large, the drama has gone from our rides, though Morgan has created more than enough to go round with the Aero Coupe.
Radical RXC: Mad, lethal, and road legal
XCAR gets an exclusive first ride on public roads in Radical's self-titled "World's most extreme road-legal coupe."
The Volvo V40 is a return to form
Don't roll your eyes, the new Volvo V40 is a very important car. It marks the end of the C30 and V50, while also bringing Volvo back to a segment that it's not been in for many, many years: the land of the five-door hatch.
The Formula One London Grand Prix: Why it could, and should be done
We drive the mooted street circuit, taking in London's biggest sights.
Turn On, Tune In, Plug In: Electric Beetle Driven
The surroundings were familiar, but something else wasn't quite right.
Behind the lens: Shooting the Ford GT feature
What's it like to make an XCAR film? Let producer Nick Wilkinson take you through the process. This time he's looking at our incredible Ford GT feature.
Car Guy: Buying a Car
Occasionally, needs must, and a car guy has to buy a car. This can lead to much consternation.
The BMW M5 is subtly mad
Ah, the BMW M5. It's big, brash, powerful, and very good looking indeed.
K-Break: Tuning your car to be VIP
K-Break, in Japan, is a tuning house that's rather different to most. It's not all about power, but about looks.
Rolls-Royce: Showing the world you are wealthy and successful (or in our case, pretending for the day)
When you drop a small fortune on a car, you expect something special. What you get with a Rolls-Royce is much more than a form of transportation. It's a status symbol on wheels.
Can more power make the Lotus Elise better?
The Lotus Elise is praised for being lightweight, low-powered, and high fun. So what will turning the wick up to over 200bhp do to it?
Porsche 911 997 GT3: The last of a breed
The Porsche 911 GT3 is the last GT3 that'll ever have a manual gearbox. We decided that it was time to give the old girl a good send-off.
Cutting through the Bull: Infiniti
Dave Ross takes aim at Infiniti this month. The brand hasn't been a huge hit in the UK.
Our SEAT Leon: Update one
In the wake of our Hilux leaving, Nick wondered whether he'd warm to our new Leon long-term loaner.
Remembering Albert Ball: Fighter ace and petrolhead
Albert Ball was a World War 1 fighter pilot -- one of the best -- and he also loved his Morgan Three Wheeler. We take at look at his life in the latest Morgan Three Wheeler.
We took the super-rare Audi A1 Quattro for a spin. We loved it.
The idea of popping a silly-powerful engine into the most inappropriate of spaces has been floating around for ages; with the Audi A1 Quattro the idea has been taken to something of an extreme.
Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Three little letters make all the difference
The last Merc SL I drove was neither sporty, nor light (guess what SL stands for, kids). The AMG version, though, well, that's pretty sporty.
The Vauxhall Astra VXR is like an Astra, but mad
Vauxhall's VXR department has been at it again, this time making the Astra foam at the mouth. It's bright, it's fast and it's fun. What more do you need?
The Audi RS 6 is an example of beautiful excess
Audi RS cars are powerhouses. They're brutish, powerful, comfortable, and excessive to the fore, so why should the latest RS 6 break tradition?
Profiles: Turbo: Just the boost F1 needs
This month, Andrew Noakes looks at F1's turbocharged past.
Joysticks and Gear Shifts: OutRun
Max Prince chases down the good, bad, and bizarre from the golden age of coin-operated motoring arcade games. This time, he opens a fine bottle of SEGA OutRun and finds out if this '86 has mellowed or turned.
The Volkswagen Doubleback does everything
Ever wondered what it'd be like to have the best bits of a caravan, car, and garage with you?
The Caterham SP/300.R made me feel like a racer
XCAR's producer took a spin in the track's only Caterham SP/300.R. He liked it.
Oily Bits: The Combustion Process
It's almost impossible to hear the phrase "Suck, squeeze, bang, blow" and not smile.
The Porsche Boxster is better than a 911
As a sports car, it just is. Actually, it's better than most things.
Magnus Walker's got Porsche 911 Turbo fever
Legendary Porsche collector and modifier, Magnus Walker, has developed a new obsession. He's turned to the turbo side of the force and is on the hunt for pristine 930-type 911 Turbos.
Classics Corner: Citroen AX GT
Gav has done some sums and thinks the Citroen AX GT is a very worthwhile alternative to the Peugeot 205 GTI
Design Council: Design vs. styling
Ask automotive designers what the requirements are for someone in their position and you won't hear the word "styling." In fact, the word has such negative connotations it's probably long been removed from their lexicon.
@Speed Garage: Thailand's classic car safehouse
A is a man with a passion for cars. He's built himself a garage that he can truly call home. Somewhere to chill with his friends, work on his cars and play.
Stasis: Audi tuning to the extreme
Tuning company Stasis makes Audis go very, very quickly indeed. Its story starts in the 90's, with a couple of guys and a broken Audi.
The Renault Twizy is great, but it's not going to solve any congestion issues
Renault's Twizy is a giggle to drive, looks ... strange and is loved by all. It's not the perfect solution to urban congestion, though.
Mercedes SLK CDI: Can a diesel still be a sports car?
Mercedes has been making a diesel version of the SLK for some time now, so I set about finding out whether a diesel sports car can actually be entertaining.
The Peugeot 208 GTI is not as good as the 205 GTI. This is a good thing.
Whenever Peugeot releases a new GTI version of its smallest car we get very excited and exclaim, "The 205 GTI is back!!" It isn't. It can't be. Stop saying that. The 208 GTI is, thankfully, a very good car in spite of its ancestry.
Obscure American Car: Willys Jeepster
The year is 1948. A new off-road utility vehicle is rolling off assembly lines. It's geared at World War II veterans and its design is reminiscent of the massive boxes driven during wartime a few years before. Sound familiar?
Oily Bits: The Basic Design of an Engine
This month, our mechanic takes us through the basics of an engine.
The perils of being 'the car guy'
Our very own car guy doesn't half find himself in some situations...
The Bentley Flying Spur is a muscle car
There's no point in mincing words on this one -- the Bentley Flying Spur is a muscle car for people with not just some, but ALL THE MONEY.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage: All of the noise
Take your smallest car and stuff a massive engine in it, stir and add "dry bias" tyres. Bring to the boil, fold arms and look pleased with yourself, knowing you've made a stonkingly brilliant car.
We spend an evening with the Nissan GT-R Egoist in Tokyo
Where better to take a style-focused GT-R Egoist than around one of Japan's most eclectic cities, Tokyo?
Mk 1 Porsche Cayman: We shall miss thee
Remember when Porsche launched the Cayman? It was smaller and more sporty than the 911, yet felt slightly more grown up than the open top Boxster. It's now gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Ford GT40, GT70 and GT all in one place
The Ford GT40 is one of those cars that pretty much everyone knows about, but few have ever seen in the metal, let alone driven. So we decided to get the GT40 together with fellow unicorns, the GT70 and GT, to take a look at what makes a Ford GT quite so special.
Time for a fresh think about modifying?
In early November, Las Vegas will be home to one of the world's most interesting motor shows, SEMA. Not a display of the latest cars, but a gathering of more than 2,000 global tuning companies and 60,000 delegates checking in to see what's hot in the world of modified cars.
The ToyARTa Hilux has a new home and I couldn't be happier.
Our old crew car has been given a new home and a new purpose and I'm chuffed for it.
Last night a Freelander saved my life.
When we were down a support vehicle, we asked the folks at Land Rover if they had anything we could nab. The answer was a soccer mom's dream.
Classic Car Club: Driving some of the great cars of the 20th century
The Classic Car Club offers the experience of driving some amazing cars without the hard work that ownership can bring with it. We tagged along for a night drive to take some of these awesome machines out for a spin.
World Time Attack Challenge: Man vs. clock
The only way to win is to set the fastest lap. There's no points system and the only handicap is your car control. World Time Attack is fast, furious, and looks like a darn good laugh.
The last-generation SEAT Leon wasn't quite a superhero...
So there's a new SEAT Leon in town now. It's all angular, pointy, and "better than ever," and so on. However, last year we took out the old (then current) Leon Supercopa -- a special edition of the Leon FR+ hot hatch.
This is one Skyline you won't want to mess with
Take a pinch of "icon," add a dash of elbow grease, and throw in a silly engine, and you end up with something truly spectacular. This is the KPGC10 Skyline by Rocky Auto, and it's a bit special.
Cutting through the bull: Toyota Auris
Dave Ross takes us through why the Toyota Auris isn't the Corolla it should be.
Keep calm and let the car drive itself
Antony Ingram on cars that'll do all the work for you.
Magnus Walker's 1966 Irish Green Porsche 911: We caught up with the Urban Outlaw
Magnus Walker is a passionate man. He's worked hard to get to where he is and is now able to indulge his passion for Porsches. We spoke to him about his 1966 Irish Green 911.
Range Rover Sport: Better than ever
The new Range Rover Sport has a hell of a pair of shoes to fill, but its lighter, faster, and arguably better-looking than its predecessor. It'll also do everything a full fat Range Rover will do...does it mean the Range Rover needn't exist?
BMW roadsters: A journey from 1929-2013
BMW is a company that pretty much everyone loves. The cars it produces are regarded as some of the best in the world, and as it covers all niches there's a BMW for pretty much everyone. We took a look at the history of its roadsters to see just how far the firm's come since the early 20th century.
'Fast and Furious 6': It's a movie with cars in it. Sort of.
Is "Fast 6" any good or is it a bit of a mess? Drew found out.
Classics Corner: 16V dreams
Major Gav looks back to a time when a 16V hot hatch made his 17-year-old self weak at the knees.
Semi-autonomous driving: Can you drive through town after pressing the throttle only once?
Radar-guided cruise control means it's technically possible to drive through town after pressing the 'go' pedal once and once only. So, naturally, we had a go in London and hoped there'd be no idiots on the road.
The Mk3 Range Rover was a game changer
The third-generation Range Rover was, in my mind, one of the most influential cars to ever hit the road. The Mk3, or LR322, was made for 10 years and was one of the most rubber-faced cars you could ever hope to drive.
The Liberty Walk Ferrari F40: Is it OK to modify a legend?
For some the Ferrari F40 is a deity on wheels -- its perfect lines, stunning engine, and blistering performance can't be bettered. For others it's a blank canvas to be tinkered with.
The Audi RS 7 is fast, good-looking, and practical; does that make it perfect?
Audi's four-door coupe, the A7, is a lovely-looking thing, but the German company felt it could do with a bit of muscle -- so the chaps with spanners created the RS 7.
E30 BMW M3 or E92 M3 GTS? We look at the first and last BMW M3 coupes
The BMW M3 is an automotive "thing." When you think of a fast family car, the M3 pops up way more readily than the Audi RS4 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
Profile: Audi Sport Quattro
Andrew Noakes looks at one of the motoring world's best-loved icons.
'Rush': It's really very good.
Ron Howard has made a movie about men who drive around in circles accessible for everyone, not just race fans. Good on him.
Tiger's finest versus Speedway bike
One-off cars are always going to be fun -- especially when they're built in a shed in the east of England and can hit 62mph from rest in less than 3 seconds. It's also fun to put them on sand up against a Speedway rider. As you do.
The Bee Racing Subaru BRZ with rocket bunny kit is awesome
The Subaru BRZ is already an accomplished car, but when Bee Racing gets its hands on anything, you know something incredible is going to happen.
Can a Nurburgring rookie manage a sub-10 lap in a Porsche 911?
Having only ever seen the fearsome Nurburgring in the virtual world, we sent Alex to see whether he could tame the beast in reality from behind the wheel of a Porsche 911.
Porsche 911: Is new always better?
The new Porsche 911 has a long history to live up to. Can the 991 match its predecessors' greatness?
Obscure American Car: Lincoln Versailles
Dan Duncan provides us with a look back at some obscure American metal. This time it's the Lincoln Versailles' time in the spotlight.
Oily Bits: Introduction
In a ten part series, our very own Mechanic will talk us through just what goes on 'under the hood'.
Audi Quattro returns as concept car
The Audi Sport Quattro Concept visits the Frankfurt auto show. This time around the car offers a massive engine and more tech than is strictly necessary. Lovely.
2013 Frankfurt auto show: The Porsche 911 at 50
Creating an icon is a difficult thing, so Porsche's efforts with the 911 are nothing short of staggering. We take a look back at the 911's roots and where Porsche is going next.
BMW 4 Series: It's not a 3 Series. Really.
The BMW 4 Series is utterly wonderful, but I just don't get why it has to be called the 4 Series. Was it something the 3 Series said...?
XCAR at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
It's the biggest show of the year and we're focusing on three manufacturers. Here's why.
Topless fun with a Swede
Sam Burnett on why his Saab convertible is brilliant.
The Chevrolet Camaro isn't very good. It's also brilliant.
Bringing a muscle car to Britain is a square peg/round hole affair. We'd love it to work, but it really doesn't.
Tipo 250: A re-creation of the greatest Formula 1 car ever
In 1957 the lap record at the Nurburgring was broken 10 times. In one race. By the same person. That person was Juan Manuel Fangio, and his car was the Maserati 250F.
The Morgan Plus 8 is a digital record player. Sort of.
Morgan is known for making cars in a traditional way: using wood in the same way it used to, etc. The new Plus 8, though, is utterly mad.
Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S) to Le Mans
We took the hotly anticipated Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S) to Le Mans in 2012 -- the journey was...eventful.
Time Attack is addictive
The thrill of the race is one thing, but what about proving that you're the fastest in the world?
Can TMG become to Toyota what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz?
The TS-650 is proof-of-concept to see if TMG could tune a road car. What they have created is something very exciting indeed.
Cutting through the bull: Vauxhall Mokka
Marketing can be a horrible, horrible thing. Luckily, we've got Dave Ross to guide us through the minefield.
Classics corner: An introduction
Major Gav is a man of particular tastes. He's got a question for you: "Modern cars are rubbish, right?"
Bentley Continental GT Speed: A 205 mph love letter to the past
Bentley should have been one of the greatest names in motorsport, but history tells a different story. Can the Continental GT Speed bring back memories and give us a glimpse of what could have been?
Autosolo is cheap, easy to get involved in, and good fun
So, you wanna be a race driver but you have neither money nor a fast car? Try Autosolo on for size.
A look back at the Toyota Supra
If you've ever played Gran Turismo, you'll have seen it. If you've even a passing interest in cars, you'll know about it. The Toyota Supra is a legend worth looking at.
Addictive danger: Kanjo street racing
Kanjo street racing is illegal, fast, and very dangerous, yet for Kazuhiro Furukawa, there's little to top it.
Audi R8 V10 Plus: Like an R8 but better
The Audi R8 has undergone a midlife refresh and is in fine fettle. Has its sprucing made it better?
A look at the GT Academy UK and Ireland Final: How do you go from gamer to racer?
Last year I was invited to watch a group of crack Gran Turismo players fight for a chance to get their foot in the motorsport door. This is what happened.
An open letter to science: Where's my hoverboard?
Antony Ingram knows his tech. He's noticed there's not long left before hoverboards should be the norm. He's also got some words to say about electric cars.