Abarth 500: Rebirth of as legend

By thoroughly re-engineering the highly acclaimed and universally popular city car from the ground up, Abarth has produced a machine purpose-built for the modern driving enthusiast. Not only does it look the part, thanks to bodywork that’s longer and lower than a regular 500, it’s also entertaining to own and drive while maintaining class-leading economy, low emissions and low running costs.… Continue reading

Fiat Bravo 2.0 Multijet Sport

With its roots in punchy petrol engines, Fiat doesn’t have a great reputation for its diesels – but it should. The firm devised the common-rail technology that is used in all of the best oil-burners, and it has an excellent range of engines to choose from. The latest addition to the Bravo line-up is further proof of its know-how, because the new 2.0-litre Multijet produces an impressive 165bhp.… Continue reading

Pagani Zonda R

After a long silence from super-exotic Italian manufacturer Pagani Automobili, suddenly we’re summoned to the famous Monza circuit to become one of the first magazines to watch the extraordinary new Zonda R up close, at the track.

First off, the Pagani Zonda R starts at the heady price of £1.3 million before taxes and any personal add-ons.… Continue reading

Maserati Quattroporte GT S

A refined luxury saloon one minute, a hard-edged supercar the next. Maserati says its new Quattroporte Sport GT S offers the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde driving experience – but is this latest change for Italy’s popular rival to the Mercedes S-Class a tune-up too far?

As with the standard model, the GT S shares its 4.7-litre V8 engine with the GranTurismo S.… Continue reading

Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.6 JTDm

This car produces 120bhp and 320Nm, which is 10bhp and 80Nm more than the MINI Cooper D. Although the unit is noisy, it offers a satisfying burst of acceleration – even from low speeds. And there’s good news at the pumps, too, with a claimed 58.9mpg.

Standard kit includes the firm’s three-stage DNA system, which allows you to choose between Dynamic, Normal and All-weather modes.… Continue reading

2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

Honda’s official tuning division Mugen has released details on a new range of sport accessories for the Japanese-market 2010 Honda Insight that just went on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun. Mugen’s package includes a full functional aerodynamic kit called ‘Zero-Lift’ that supposedly does what it’s name suggests -create zero lift- and at the same time offers a sportier look to the Insight.… Continue reading