January 2016

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Editor's note

Steve Smith

November has its pros and cons. It’s my birthday month and that’s not a good thing. For the last decade, time seems to have been in FFWD mode and my 40s have gone by in a fl...

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Cover stories

Performance Shootout 2016

The January issue is a proud tradition that dates back to the Eighties. It has morphed over the years, but the Performance Shootout’s purpose remains steadfast.

Ferrari 488 Spider

To say the 488 Spider is simply an excellent supercar roadster would be to engage in careless understatement. It’s bloody marvellous

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé

In its most muscular iteration, the AMG version of the C-Class Coupé is not averse to unleashing shock and awe on its driver, let alone rivals

Volvo S60 Polestar

Volvo’s fastest production car yet is a product of its newly acquired motorsport division ... and it’s rather good

Porsche 911 Carrera & Carrera S

Gone is the naturally aspirated six-cylinder, replaced by an all-new turbo unit. Has the facelifted 911 been forever altered?

Also in this issue

TEST: Ford Figo Hatch 1,5 Titanium

Ford’s new budget model takes a sizeable step up, but does the value proposition remain?

COLUMN: Hyundai’s alpha or omega? by Brett Hamilton

What lessons can Hyundai learn from the Japanese to capture premium customers?

BUY: Used car: Maserati GranTurismo (2007 to present)

Join the exotics club with a strident trident

SPEED: Four radical racing bikes

Ahead of their time, these bikes pushed the boundaries of innovation

TECH: Feature: How fast can you corner?

Cornering is a prime automotive pleasure. We investigate how tyre grip, corner radii and downforce alter the game

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