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David Vivian
Vivian’s first ever road rest was of a Vauxhall Chevette HS2300 for Motor magazine in 1978. He felt that, although undeniably quick, it understeered too much, thus nailing early on the essential co-ordinates for life as a car critic with evo 34 years later. Thousands of fast cars and over a million words later, he’s still calling it with a healthy contempt for pulled punches and a reckless disregard for stuff that doesn’t concern the only thing that really matters: the driver.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Elise pedals - Art of Speed
Lotus Elise
Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise pedals - Art of Speed

Inspired by the beauty of a Ducati, we explore the origins of the pedals in the Lotus Elise
9 Feb 2021
Peugeot 106 Rallye steel wheels - Art of Speed
Peugeot 106 Rallye wheel
Peugeot 106 Rallye

Peugeot 106 Rallye steel wheels - Art of Speed

In today's world of 23-inch alloys, the steel wheel is more charming than ever. We look back at the car that pulled it off best
27 Jan 2021
Maserati MC12 air intake - Art of Speed
Maserati MC12 air intake
Maserati MC12

Maserati MC12 air intake - Art of Speed

Feeding its 6-litre Ferrari-derived V12 with air, the MC12's roof snorkel is the feature that helps nail its competition cred
12 Jan 2021
BMW M3 CSL carbon airbox - Art of Speed
BMW M3 CSL carbon airbox
BMW M3

BMW M3 CSL carbon airbox - Art of Speed

The BMW M3 CSL is famed for its intoxicating intake sound, and we explore its origins
8 Dec 2020

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Renaultsport Clio V6 body kit - Art of Speed
Renaultsport Clio V6 body kit
Renault Clio V6

Renaultsport Clio V6 body kit - Art of Speed

The Renaultsport Clio V6 is a hot hatch like no other, and we explore details of its extraordinary body kit
24 Nov 2020
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth whale tail - Art of Speed
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth whale tail - Art of Speed

The Sierra RS Cosworth's bold whale tail didn't impress the higher-ups, but it made it to production nevertheless
10 Nov 2020
Koenigsegg doors - Art of Speed
Koenigsegg doors
Koenigsegg Regera coupe

Koenigsegg doors - Art of Speed

The conventional supercar scissor door wasn't quite enough for Christian von Koenigsegg, so to the drawing board he went
28 Oct 2020
BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4
Features

BMW M3 CSL v Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R v TVR Sagaris v 981 Porsche Cayman GT4

The BMW M3 CSL, Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R, TVR Sagaris and original Porsche Cayman GT4 are all shining examples of the sports car breed. But what is the…
24 Oct 2020
Aston Martin One-77 carbonfibre chassis - Art of Speed
Aston Martin One-77 carbonfibre chassis
Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin One-77 carbonfibre chassis - Art of Speed

The Aston Martin One-77 is one of the finest hypercars we've seen to date, but it's what lies under its aluminium skin that's most impressive...
14 Oct 2020
Future icons: modern-day performance heros driven back-to-back
Features

Future icons: modern-day performance heros driven back-to-back

From the 2011 McLaren MP4-12C to the current BMW M2 Competition, all of these cars have left their mark in one way or another. But will they one day b…
9 Oct 2020
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 grille stripe - Art of Speed
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 grille stripe
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 grille stripe - Art of Speed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI's development process might have been unconventional, but its formula is still used almost half a century on
29 Sep 2020
Alfa Romeo SZ headlights - Art of Speed
Alfa Romeo SZ headlights
Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo SZ headlights - Art of Speed

The Alfa Romeo SZ featured a headlight design many considered to be unsavoury at its launch, but it only improved with time
15 Sep 2020
Lamborghini Miura louvred engine cover - Art of Speed
Lamborghini Miura louvred engine cover
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Miura louvred engine cover - Art of Speed

The louvred engine cover is a common sight in today's performance cars. We look at the model that started it all
25 Aug 2020
BMW M Coupe v TVR Tuscan
Features

BMW M Coupe v TVR Tuscan

Toyota’s new Supra isn’t an obvious descendent of its 1990s forebear, so perhaps the BMW M Coupe and TVR Tuscan are its spiritual predecessors – and t…
24 Aug 2020
Lotus Esprit pop-up headlights - Art of Speed
Lotus Esprit pop-up headlights
Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit pop-up headlights - Art of Speed

The pop-up headlight has all but vanished from today's new car market. We reflect on the charming design feature
13 Aug 2020
Aston Martin V12 Zagato double-bubble roof - Art of Speed
Aston Martin V12 Zagato double-bubble roof
Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Zagato double-bubble roof - Art of Speed

We discuss the origins of the iconic double-bubble roof
28 Jul 2020
Shelby Mustang GT500 racing stripes - Art of Speed
Shelby Mustang GT500 racing stripes
Ford Mustang

Shelby Mustang GT500 racing stripes - Art of Speed

The racing stripe is considered unsavoury for some, but there's more depth to its origins than you might think
15 Jul 2020
Ferrari Testarossa side strakes - Art of Speed
Ferrari Testarossa side strakes
Ferrari

Ferrari Testarossa side strakes - Art of Speed

The Ferrari Testarossa's side strakes are a striking piece of automotive design, and they're more functional than you might imagine
1 Jul 2020
Pagani Huayra's wing mirrors – Art of Speed
Pagani Huayra's wing mirrors
Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra's wing mirrors – Art of Speed

Not only are the Huayra's wing mirrors functional, they're also a testament to Pagani's exquisite attention to detail
17 Jun 2020
E30 BMW M3 bodywork – Art of Speed
E30 BMW M3 bodywork
BMW M3

E30 BMW M3 bodywork – Art of Speed

It might have been the very first M3, but the E30 is still considered one of BMW M's finest creations to this day
2 Jun 2020
Lexus LFA rev counter – Art of Speed
Lexus LFA rev counter
Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA rev counter – Art of Speed

The Lexus LFA's rev counter is one shaped directly by its engine, and it's a magnificent piece of design
20 May 2020
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider convertible

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review

Removeable roof and styling tweaks add a new layer to the 4C's appeal, but the Spider is still a flawed sports car
29 Apr 2020
2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR review
Jaguar F Pace SVR review 2019
Jaguar F-Pace SUV

2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR review

JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations finally gets its hands on the Jaguar F-Pace, and the result really is a bit special
4 Dec 2019
Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 
Hot hatchbacks

Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 

Renault’s trick new Mégane RS is out to steal its crown back from Honda’s Civic Type R, but could Volkswagen’s Golf R actually be the hottest hatch of…
25 Oct 2019
2019 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Manual review
Aston Martin Vantage

2019 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Manual review

Aston Martin is seeking vindication for its Vantage with the new AMR via its inherited chassis tweaks and manual transmission
23 Oct 2019
Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD review
Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD
Reviews

Jaguar XE P300 R-Dynamics S AWD review

Mid-life makeover for Jaguar’s 3-series rival means sharper style, classier cabin, more tech and a stronger, keener value package
17 Apr 2019
VW Golf GTI TCR vs Renaultsport Megane RS Trophy
VW GTI TCR vs Megane RS Trophy - header
Group tests

VW Golf GTI TCR vs Renaultsport Megane RS Trophy

The last hurrah of the VW Golf GTI and Renault Sport’s hottest Megane open hardcore hot hatch hostilities. There can only be one winner
8 Apr 2019
New 2018 Mazda MX-5 2.0 convertible review
Mazda 2018 MX-5 - front quarter
Mazda MX-5 convertible

New 2018 Mazda MX-5 2.0 convertible review

The world’s most popular roadster gets more speed and tech but stays true to its roots
4 Sep 2018
Mercedes-AMG E63 S vs Porsche Panamera Turbo
Mercedes-AMG E63 S & Porsche Panamera Turbo
Mercedes E63 AMG

Mercedes-AMG E63 S vs Porsche Panamera Turbo

The Mercedes E63 S has 603bhp and 627lb ft of torque at its disposal – but is this enough to overwhelm the mighty Porsche Panamera Turbo?
29 Jan 2018
Aston Martin DB11 vs Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin DB11 - rear quarter
Aston Martin DB11 coupe

Aston Martin DB11 vs Aston Martin Vanquish S

The Vanquish S and DB11 are both V12-engined super-GTs, but one is naturally aspirated, the other is the first turbocharged Aston Martin.
20 Dec 2017
Porsche 918 Spyder v Honda NSX review
Honda NSX and Porsche 918 – front
Porsche 918 convertible

Porsche 918 Spyder v Honda NSX review

Is the Honda NSX really a cut-price Porsche 918 Spyder? We drive them back-to-back to find out.
15 Nov 2017
Honda NSX v Porsche 918 Spyder - pictures
Honda NSX – side
Porsche 918 convertible

Honda NSX v Porsche 918 Spyder - pictures

15 Nov 2017
BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R - New v Used
BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R
Group tests

BMW M4 Competition Package v Nissan GT-R - New v Used

£60,000 buys a new BMW M4 with 444bhp, but could a lightly used example of Nissan’s supercar slaying GT-R hold even more appeal?
16 Oct 2017