Group B rallying: the madness begins

by Maurice Malone on 09 Jul 2016

Complete Car Features | Group B rallying: the madness begins

In the first of a new series, we investigate the rise and fall of one of motorsport's most exciting and dangerous eras.

Thirty minutes: the timesheets looked scarcely believable and frantic calculation checking ensued. Ominously, the figures were correct. Thirty minutes was the margin that Hannu Mikkola's development Audi Quattro would have beaten its nearest opposition by, if it was running in the main field as opposed to running as a course car in a national-level Portuguese event in 1980. Audi, without any real rallying pedigree up to that point, had changed the sport forever.

All-wheel drive is so…

162 plate kicks off in style

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jul 2016

Complete Car Features | 162 plate kicks off in style

The 162-registration plate sales fever is in full flight right now and buyers are flocking, so it would seem, to dealers to grab their brand new cars. More than 13,000 of us have registered a new car in just the first seven days of the month, which officially makes the first week of July a more prosperous seven days for the motor trade than the first week of January. Make no mistake: in the tight, insular world of the car trade, that's a monumental shift in buying patterns.

And those customers, you and me, are able to snap new cars…

Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

by Dave Humphreys on 04 Jul 2016

Complete Car Features | Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

The crossover segment is becoming a crowded place. Here we find out why the Hyundai Tucson is out-selling its Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar rivals.

In the Metal

When it boils down to it there is only a limited number of ways in which a modern day SUV can be packaged. This has led to some quite homogenous silhouettes, but in the case of our three contenders their respective designs are among the more distinctive.

The Qashqai, as well as being the best known model here, is also the oldest. Not that it shows; the Nissan still looks sharp and…

BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

by Shane O' Donoghue on 22 Jun 2016

Complete Car Features | BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

Although these cars are very different in personality, their pricing pitches them up against one another. Can we choose a favourite?

In the Metal

Both cars are two-door coupes, but the visual similarities end there. Where the Jaguar is all feline curves and delicate detailing, the BMW is muscular and aggressive. Because the F-Type doesn't share its basic body shell with any other car (as the M4 does with lesser 4 Series Coupes) it stands out as the most special looking, drawing admiring glances from all and sundry. Yet up close, the BMW exhibits obsessive attention to detail by its…

Your car awaits, Mr President...

by Neil Briscoe on 18 Jun 2016

Complete Car Features | Your car awaits, Mr President...

While we wait, with bated breath and badly-combed-over ginger hair, to see the results of the upcoming US presidential election, it's worth remembering the iconic structure that protects the president's life and which is part bomb shelter, part hospital and all badass. No, not the White House, but the official presidential limousine; the vast, armour-plated Cadillac that is officially known as the Presidential State Car, but insiders know best as "The Beast."

In fact, calling it a Cadillac is something of a misnomer. It's actually built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Kodiak, which is what the Americans call a…

Honda Civic Type R fest!

by Matt Robinson on 14 Jun 2016

Complete Car Features | Honda Civic Type R fest!

Five lap records at five tracks in the Civic Type R - can Honda set a Guinness World Record?

Track work. That's the reason the latest Civic Type R (CTR) looks the way it does, according to Honda. This 310hp turbocharged hatchback's brash appearance is one of the most divisive facets of the car. Yet the Japanese company maintains every slat, vent, flared wheelarch, splitter and spoiler is genuinely necessary to keep this 270km/h machine on the deck at pace. It's why the current CTR, based on the ninth-generation Civic, managed to hold the front-wheel drive production car lap…