MINI’s JCW (that’s John Cooper Works) name is older than you might think. Its heritage stretches back to John Cooper, the British racing driver and engineer who not only pioneered the rear-engined layout in single-seat racers, but also figured out that the Issigonis-designed BMC Mini would make a rather good race and rally car. A point that went on to be proved most famously by Paddy Hopkirk’s fabled win in the 1964 Monte Carlo rally.[Read more…] about Half Price Hot Hatch: MINI Cooper S JCW
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A cynic might suggest a coupe is little more than lightly disguised saloon dressed up in a sexy frock to sell at a higher price to gullible customers. While there perhaps was a time when this had some truth to it, a coupe these days needs to be so much more than that. To entice customers away from the mainstream a coupe needs to pull at your heart strings with a combination of style, panache and the promise of driver involvement.[Read more…] about Five Affordable Coupes: Style statements from just £3,000
In 1995, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda unveiled a concept car that would preview what what become the S2000. It was dubbed the ‘SSM’ – the ‘Sports Study Model’ – and was a radical-looking machine with eye-catching design cues such as low-slung front lights and individual ‘cockpits’ for the occupants.[Read more…] about Automotive Anniversary: 20 years of the Honda S2000
On the face of it you might think it unlikely that the first generation of BMW MINI could really be destined for future classic status. After all, more often than not it’s limited production, high-end supercars that seem to grab the attention of collectors, and it’s not like the MINI is one of those.[Read more…] about Will the Original BMW MINI be a Future Classic?
Plugging the gap in the RS model range must have seemed like such a fine idea. If you’d walked into an Audi showroom several months ago you could have written a cheque for £60,000 or so and driven away in a very fast estate or a very fast coupe, but not anything in between.[Read more…] about Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio v Audi RS5 Sportback