The boys go back to the US to test some muscle cars. Last time they were attacked with guns, this time they get pelted by rocks. Anyone else spot a theme developing here?
JC drives the monumentally aggressive Porsche 911 GT2, then ditches it in favour of a slightly more tame Lamborghini Gallardo. Richard, as you can imagine, is disgusted.
It's one of the most terrifying racing circuits ever constructed by men with speed on their mind. And last weekend, by virtue of it being delectably smashing, it's also one of the most spectacular endurance races on earth. It is, of course, the Nurburgring 24hr race, and we were there.
Fascinating Porsche fact 1: the 917/30 established a closed-circuit speed record at the Talladega oval in Alabama of 220.98mph!
VW is at pains to stress that the new Golf cabrio - four-seat, mid-size convertible that it is - is not in competition with its own Eos, that four-seat, mid-size convertible. The Golf, VW points out, is smaller, cheaper, and sports a fabric roof instead of a folding hard-top.
Strong brand identity, weak model differentiation. That, in a nutshell, is Audi design. But we shouldn't overlook the firm's skill at neatly proportioning their cars.
Sometimes the most practical engine in the line-up – the diesel variant that real people actually buy with their own money – can be one of those cars that serve merely as a base of operations from which manufacturers spout the various sorts of sexy propaganda for the mightier versions. They’re about as exciting as porridge. It might do the job satisfactorily, but it’s rare that anyone sits down to a portion with massive relish.