It would appear we’re entering the next era of driving games. With the arrival of the PS4 and Xbox One comes a glut of new virtual over_steery titles: Drive Club, Need for Speed: Rivals and Forza Motorsport 5 are all debuting on the new consoles, while the venerable Gran Turismo series is getting a long_awaited reboot on the PS3 later this year.
Space is a premium commodity in Tokyo. When they ran out of room at street level, they simply built an elevated road, then a series of Expressways on top of that. Once they were all full, the legislators decided to shrink the cars. Under the current rules, Japan's Kei-jidosha - K cars - can be no more than 3.4m long and 1.48m wide, with tiddly 660cc engines.
This is Mercedes GLA 45 AMG Concept, a sporty SUV that's just been unveiled at the LA Motor Show. In fact, you might as well scrub off the ‘Concept' moniker, as production GLA 45s have already been seen pounding round the Nurburgring. This thing is happening. Next year.
The original Honda NSX was Senna's supercar. Even though the great man spent barely a day at Suzuka with a prototype, the association remains powerful enough to secure the NSX's place in the supercar hall of fame. That and the fact that it was bloody marvellous to drive, and arrived just as Ferrari was badly fumbling the ball.
This is the F-Type Coupe, the car Jaguar is heralding as the ‘most dynamically capable, performance focused' road car in its history. It'll have to be: this is the two-door Jag hopes will dish out a kicking to both the Porsche Cayman and 911.
This is the Macan, little brother to the Cayenne and the Porsche’s newest mass-market attack vehicle. Launched in Los Angeles today, it’s a five-seat SUV to rival the Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5 (with which it shares a basic skeleton), BMW X3 and Merc’s GLK.
Nissan’s pulled some silky sheets off these two rear-drive concepts – the IDx Freeflow (in brown, above) and IDx Nismo (in white). No prizes for guessing which is which. They'd been kept well secret beforehand, and lobbed a cheery little firework into the middle of the Tokyo show.
Last year, James May spent some time with legendary designer Gordon Murray – he of the most revolutionary F1 cars of the Seventies and Eighties, plus a little thing called the McLaren F1 – finding out about his T25 and T27 city cars, and Murray’s patented ‘iStream’ manufacturing process they previewed.