Codename WTF86

Toyota’s GT86 remains one of the best cars I’ve ever driven – front engined with rear wheel drive and sharp handling, resulting in a sports car that’s very fun to drive.

Some critics, however, have complained that the performance from the 2.0L boxer engine is somewhat sluggish – a recent review in the Telegraph described its 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds as “slow compared to its price tag.”

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Renault dismisses emissions software claims

Renault Group has been forced to issue a statement denying that any of its vehicles are equipped with software designed to cheat emissions tests. Today’s edition of French newspaper Liberation cites a report allegedly drafted by the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), which “highlights Renault’s behaviour in terms of polluting emissions and is severe.”

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Classic Jag returns home

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Cars, unless they’re kept within families for generations (or left forgotten in a shed), tend to change hands and see the world, winding up at opposite ends of counties, countries and even continents.

However, a classic 1948 Jaguar MK IV sports saloon once owned by Arthur Whittaker (former deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars) was reunited with his family – in mint condition – 67 years after he waved goodbye to it. Sold for a not inconsiderable £70,000 at a recent Brooklands auction in Surrey, its new owners are Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte – who discovered by chance only two weeks previous that the car was for sale.

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GT3 reborn

Porsche GT3

The brand new Porsche 911 GT3 has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and fans across the world are salivating at the prospect of getting behind the wheel. That’s because this new thoroughbred features a naturally aspirated 4.0L engine developing 493bhp, can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and offers a top speed of 318km/h. Enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that a manual gearbox option returns – the outgoing model featured flappy paddles only, which led to some disgruntled drivers.

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Decisions, decisions: Audi’s updated A3

One of my favourite places to drive in Ireland is Cork, right after the Wicklow Mountains. Getting there is relatively painless on the motorway (though a little boring), Cork city – compared to Dublin – is actually quite pleasant to drive around, even during rush hour, and the countryside boasts some nice and twisty roads combined with a truly beautiful landscape.

My most recent trip to the Rebel County was spent behind the wheel of an Audi A3 saloon. Audi, like fellow executive brands BMW and Mercedes, has spent a great deal of time and effort in building a range of vehicles to suit every need and desire, from the entry level A1 for urban dwellers who want something small and light on its feet, to the R8 supercar for (at €235,000) the very wealthy petrolheads. The A3 is somewhere in the middle – not too big and not too small, not the cheapest Audi on the market, but not the most expensive either.

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Rooting in the bargain bin

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A 17-year-old base model Rover 45 may not top the list of dream cars for most people, but what if it cost you less than the price of your next bus trip?

HonestJohn’s Craig Cheetham managed to pick up a bog standard 2000 1.4L Rover 45 for just £3.19 (€3.74) courtesy of a recent eBay auction. It’s not the most exciting of cars, with highlights including roll-up windows and plastic wheel trims, but that’s not bad for the cost of a sandwich.

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