Porsche 911 GT2 RS review and drift - Auto Express
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The 911 GT2 RS is the fastest and most powerful production car the company has ever made, and only 500 examples will be built. It's the ultimate expression of the 911's sporting ability, and the carbon fibre bonnet and polycarbonate windows make it 70kg lighter than the discontinued GT2. Yet its 3.6-litre twin-turbo offers 90bhp more power, at 612bhp.
Subaru Cosworth Impreza vs old Imprezas review - Auto Express
Four Imprezas, a total of 1,184bhp and a mile-long strip of tarmac... the
battle of the hardcore Subaru special editions is on!
A manic chorus of turbo engines is
followed by a screech from the tyres as our competitors catapult off the
line. And with 119bhp more than the next most powerful car here, the new
Cosworth-tuned Impreza this should find this a walk in the park --
especially given that its rivals today are 10 years older.
Lexus LFA: 552bhp V10 supercar tested - Auto Express
We take the £340,000 Lexus LFA V10 supercar to the English countryside.
We wanted to see how refined the highly anticipated Lexus LFA supercar
really is, after all it is a Lexus. In our video we visit the English
countryside in the V10 engined LFA to find out how it copes with life on UK
Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 review at Silverstone - Auto Express
Porsche makes its farewells to the current generation of 911s in extreme
racing style, with the GT3 RS 4.0
Saying "auf wiedersehen" is never easy, especially to the 911 997 series,
one of the most popular generations of German supercar ever built. But
Porsche have found a way of doing so with a smile and their secret is this:
the GT3 RS 4.0.
Subaru WRX STi vs Audi S3 Saloon
Does the new Subaru WRX STi live up to its predecessors - and can it match
the new Audi S3 Saloon?
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The Subaru WRX STi and Audi S3 Saloon may not seem like obvious rivals, but
both have the same power output and distant rally heritage to call upon for
their performance kudos.
At £33,245 with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Audi S3 is more expensive
than the Subaru, but the £28,995 WRX clearly doesn't have the premium
badge and upmarket cabin of its Audi rival.
With 407Nm, the Subaru has a fraction more torque than the 380Nm Audi, but
it's where that torque arrives that really makes the difference. In the
Subaru you've got to wait until 4,000rpm to get peak torque, whereas in the
punchy Audi it arrives at just 1,800rpm. These cars have got very different
There was a time when we thought the new WRX wasn't going to come to the UK
but fast Subaru fans can relax - it's finally here. In an age when cars are
accused of all looking and feeling the same, there's no doubting that a WRX
doesn't feel or look like anything else on the road.
Performance car fans will forgive the Subaru's cabin because this car is
all about the driving experience and if you've driven a WRX before then
this new car will feel very familiar. First of all the boxer engine sounds
the same, you've got that unique sound from about 4,000rpm as you start to
work it hard.
You've got a gearbox that's got quite a short shift on each change, with a
slightly notchy, quite mechanical feel, and the steering is very fast but
at the same time quite light - which can be a bit disconcerting. It's also
got quite aggressive self-centring, but once you get used to it you realise
that that's a contributing factor to what makes this car feel so agile.
This is a car that you really will enjoy on the average British road.
The first thing you notice is when you get into the Audi S3 is the upmarket
interior is in a different league to the Subaru. It's a real contrast to
the dated cabin of the Subaru.
The driving experience is completely different, too. Where the Subaru is
really vigorous all the time, the Audi is very relaxed: it drives like any
other well-sorted fast Audi.
But the performance is there: it's got the same power as the Subaru's
engine. In the Audi you've got really instant power all the time so you
don't feel like you've got to work the engine so hard.
And the handling's pretty accomplished as well. The steering's not as sharp
and the way that the diffs work is not as aggressive but there's plenty of
traction, decent body control and the car turns in nicely. It's not a
thrilling car on a road like this but it's just very accomplished.
Off the line, both cars have superb traction, but the Audi is nearly 100Kg
lighter than the Subaru, and that shows by the time we reach 60mph. The S3
punches to 60 in 5.4 seconds, whereas the Subaru is 2 tenths behind at 5.6
So which car comes out on top in our test? Well, Subaru fans will love the
sound of the WRX's boxer engine and the car's unique character. But the
Audi has a much nicer cabin, it was faster in the drag race and it's a nicer car
to live with day-to-day. Yes, it's more expensive, but if you want a fast,
comfortable and stylish performance saloon, the Audi S3 is the one for us.