Jaguar XF car review


Wonderful car, the Jaguar XF. So why you don't see more of them? Simple. In Britain, 80 per cent of all BMW 5-Series, Benz E-Class and Audi A6 sales are four-cylinder diesels. And 50 per cent are estates. With only a V6 diesel and a V8 petrol, the XF is aiming at just 20 per cent of the goalmouth. Having only a saloon, it's confined to 50 per cent of that 20 per cent. That's 10 per cent. Yes, Jaguar is turning its back on nine tenths of the market. D'oh!


Audi R8 V8 Spyder


The supercar that's slower than a hot hatch. Hardly a tagline to brag about, but the inescapable truth is that in 0-62mph-land, the new R8 V8 Spyder is slower than Audi's own RS3 - 4.8secs plays 4.6secs, in case such knowledge tickles your fancy.


Jaguar XKR-S driven


The noise comes as a surprise. The standard Jaguar XKR is a smooth character - not hushed, exactly, but always refined. The new XKR-S is a coughing, cackling, fuel-snorting loon, emitting a metal-edged bellow at any opportunity and mooching around with all the subtlety of a trigger-happy chainsaw operator in a public library.


Mercedes Benz SLK driven


GENTLEMAN READERS OF TOPGEAR, this is a direct appeal to you - don't flick past this all-new Mercedes SLK road test. We know you've not been interested in them in the past (over 60 per cent of buyers have been female, as opposed to 30 per cent of BMW Z4 buyers), but this one is different. Trust us.


Aston Martin Vantage S


Aston Martin is constantly finding gaps in its product line-up. Last month, it was the Virage; this month, it's the Vantage S, sitting between the V8 and V12 Vantages. Not halfway literally - it hasn't got a V10 or anything - but it does aim to up the standard V8's driver appeal.


Ford Focus car review


Every Focus since 1998 has been a piece of sorcery, a car that gives a huge number of people all the practicality they need at a price they can afford, while mixing in a driving finesse that's often missing in cars selling for multiples of its price. So this road test looked like being a dead cert.


Mercedes C-Class car review


Mercedes is an expert at the blink-and-you'll-miss-it facelift. You're not going to miss this, though - the C-Class's mid-life surgery has transformed the compact executive saloon. With typical Teutonic attention to detail, Mercedes claims 2,000 parts have been changed.


Vauxhall VXR8


This is surely a case of right car, wrong road. Or vice-versa. In fact, I can't think of a single road in the south of France that might suit the Vauxhall VXR8, except perhaps the A8 autoroute. It certainly didn't look or feel right rumbling along the sea-front at Cannes 30 minutes ago, and I can't imagine it's going to feel much more at home in the mountain-hugging hairpins that lie just ahead.


TT3D: Closer to the Edge reviewed


Last year, TG Road Test Editor Piers Ward was treated to a high-speed pillion lap around the Isle of Man TT course from the legendary John McGuiness. McGuinness, if you're not aware of him, is the man who has won more TT races than any living rider. And Piers is still having therapy now. Not everyone gets that kind of opportunity. But happily, a new feature-length documentary is released this Friday that captures the unique TT blend of exhilaration, terror and sheer balls in glorious 3D.


Shanghai F1 preview: business as usual for Vettel?

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Since it was added to the Formula One calendar back in 2004, the Chinese GP has been repeatedly criticised for its lack of atmosphere.