First drive: the SRT Viper Time Attack

The SRT Viper again – haven’t we already heard all about that?

Yes, but not this one. This one is called the TA, which stands for Time Attack. The name is derived from the fact that a good chunk of Viper owners buy their cars to use almost exclusively on the growing number of private and public racetracks – over 150 at the last count – across the US. Twenty five per cent of all Viper owners admit to taking their cars to a circuit. 100 per cent, we suspect, said they enjoyed every minute of it.

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World exclusive first drive: McLaren P1

Typical. I get to drive a McLaren P1 and the rain is biblical. It's also just been Belgium's first heavy frost of the year, and so the pounding rain is bouncing off a slithery-looking tarmac that couldn't be any less inviting for an £866,000, 903bhp hypercar than if you'd oiled up some ice and lined the road with puppies.

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First drive: 270bhp Peugeot RCZ-R

First drive 270bhp Peugeot RCZ_R

What's this, then?

Only the most powerful French car... in the world.

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First drive: Audi A3 cabriolet

First drive Audi A3 cabriolet

So, on the last day at work before your holiday, your boss gave you a pay rise. You land at your sun-kissed paradise and go to the hire-car desk. It's time to celebrate with an upgrade from that Citroen C1 you'd originally booked. You're here to cruise, relax, and, heck, make a little fuss of your newfound financial status. May Top Gear suggest the new Audi A3 cabrio?

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First drive: the electric Kia Soul

First drive the electric Kia Soul

So what is it?

It's the Soul EV, which is, as your logic faculties may have deduced, an all-electric version of Kia's mini-MPV.

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First Drive: Toyota Hilux 6x6

First Drive Toyota Hilux 6x6

A while ago, Jeremy and James bravely drove to the North Pole, conquering everything that nature could throw at them while eating spam and drinking ice_cold G&Ts. All with the help of a Toyota Hilux extensively modified by Icelandic firm Arctic Trucks.

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First Drive: Aston Vanquish Volante

First Drive Aston Vanquish Volante

No need to ask what this is, it's the...

New Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, right. It replaces the existing DBS Volante and so sits at the head of the convertible Aston range above the similar-sized DB9 Volante and the smaller Vantage Roadster. As is the way with Astons, even though the look is unmistakably a product of Gaydon's finest, there are loads of little and not so little details that have been changed for the latest car.

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First drive: the Jaguar C-X17 crossover

First drive Jaguar C_X17

It's midday in Dubai. As the sun blazes down, the temperature eases its way north of 40 degrees, and the Jaguar C-X17 sits in the shimmering heat haze. Slightly odd to see a concept car out here in the real world. Most are destined for a brief flirtation with reality on a motorshow stand, designed to nebulously ‘articulate a future design direction’ without much point or purpose. Odder still, and better yet, Top Gear is about to drive it.

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First drive: new Alfa Romeo Giulietta

First drive new Alfa Romeo Giulietta

It's nice to be back in an Alfa Giulietta again. It's the anti-Golf. There's none of your German reserve and smoothed perfection here. The Alfa looks brilliant. I mean, a Golf looks brilliant too, but it's easy to miss. The Alfa snares your eye.

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First drive: new Alfa Romeo MiTo

First drive new Alfa Romeo MiTo

The Alfa MiTo is one of the most intriguing superminis. It looks interesting. It has a fair bit of flair in its cabin. The petrol engines are really striking, with clever technology imparting tax-beating CO2 and a fair bit of driving fizz

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