RS v 348 GT

The 1990s 964 RS is now one of the most sought-after Porsches, but its even rarer Ferrari counterpart remains a relative unknown. Richard Meaden finds out if the mysterious 348 GTC can give the iconic 964 RS a run for its money 348 GT Competizione J m . ,K Porsche 964 Carrera V m RS Both were the W m product of extensive and in order to make them suited for motorsport. Both were lighter, sharper, more aggressive and more exciting. They were also rare and expensive, yet for years they remained...

J74kae

Fancy something from one of these great marques in your garage Here's evo's guide to the best Tempted by a 928 A good one's a treat, but most are trouble - the 1990 GT does make me wobble, though. Decent 3.0 SC 911s lurk down here, as do some 3.2s and 964s, but I can't help but ogle at 968 Club Sports these days. Feted in the early '90s as a definitive drive, thev're still a crisp steer and, I'd say, due a moderate surge in value. Remember, they're proper lightweight Porsches, and equivalent 91...

Piaggio

Ever since Peter Sellers famouslv put one in a swimming pool as a telephone repair man in Return of the Pink Panther Tve come to mend your phurn' I've wanted to get behind the handlebars of my very ow n Ape. Pronounced 'Ali-pev' meaning bee in Italian thev're common in Europe, carrying anvthing from building materials to livestock. An Ape also makes a great promotional vehicle for a driving experience company Powered by a 50cc scooter engine, it has a handlebar-mounted clutch, front brake and...

V8 Atom Blasts

500BHP, 550KG, 147,000 V8-POWERED ATOM ON TARGET TO BE THE FASTEST ACCELERATING PRODUCTION CAR EVER According to Ariel boss Simon Saunders, 'in ten years' time you might not be able to do i this sort of thing anymore'. We'd go slightly further it's hard to believe that the Ariel Atom V8 is permitted to exist right now. There are precedents, of course - its neighbour on this page for one, and the fearsome V8 Levante Caterham - but this Atom has a higher power-to-weight ratio than either of those...

Mercedes E500 Coupe

RH he E500 Coupe has left I the evo fleet and, frankly, 1 I don't think anyone's noticed. This was not a car I that ever piqued the interest I of this magazine's staff - on one occasion Harry Metcalfe could barely be bothered to walk across a small car park to have a look at it - but that doesn't mean it wasn't without merit. It's just that, because it wasn't showy and snorty and kept its light hidden under a handsome-from-some-angles bushel, It was too subtle to grab headlines, preferring to...

Limitededition F1 Chronograph Switches Between Time Zones By Simon De Burton

The obvious ideas are often the best, and that's why entrepreneur Mike Vogt is enjoying success with his six-year-old Vogard brand, maker of the world's first wristwatch to feature quick and easy time-zone adjustment through a twist of the bezel. The mechanism features a tiny clutch and a complex gear-train that enables the wearer to re-set the watch in an instant with no loss of accuracy. Simply pull back the lever at the side of the case, turn the bezel to align the relevant location with 12...

W No Limits

I stopped liking what Ji the Porsche 911 had become. I didn't want A to. It felt like a lie. fl Of all the cars I'd ever driven, the 911 was the one I desired the most, the answer to the question frequently asked of motoring journalists by strangers 'If you could own just one car ' I've yet to own a 911, but I've somehow managed to wangle my way into the driving seats of all of them. The best day's 'work' I ever had was driving Lord John Mexborough's entire collection of classic...

Lotus 340r

Dace acquired Total mileage Mileage this month Costs this month mpg this month Dace acquired Total mileage Mileage this month Costs this month mpg this month I collected the Lotus Elans gearbox the other day. It turns out that 2nd gear was starting to seize on the shaft, and it was this which had caused 3rd to self-destruct and chip a load of teeth off. I also learnt that my gearbox has the very rare 'Bullet' close-ratio gears fitted, which is partly why my Elan feels so good to drive. Just got...

Braking

Forty years after the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 battled it out at Le Mans, evo's Nick Trott and Mark Hales drive two of the cars that starred in this epic race the eventual winner, Porsche 9I7K no. 23, and the car behind it, Ferrari 5I2S no. 5 ifteen minutes before I drive the actual Porsche 917 Kurzheck Coupe that won Le Mans in 1970, the actual driver who won Le Mans in 1970 wanders over to give me some advice. 'Have vou driven a 917 before ' Richard Attwood asks. 'No,' I squeak from my dry...

The Future

Apparently it's bright - and it's green. With both Porsche and Ferrari developing hybrids, the old rivalry looks set to take a new twist immediate future. The H Cayenne hybrid is already here, B B and a Panamera is imminent. Admittedly, these aren't core evo cars, hut more interesting models will follow. The 911 Hybrid, in prototype form, came tantalisingly close to winning the Niirburgring 24 Hours earlier this year, and the sensational 918 Spyder supercar is also slated for production. The...

Gvo Rating

Does that make the Porsche the better car It depends on your point of view. There's no doubt that the 458 is a superior technical statement and that its spread of abilities shades the 911's. You could use the 458 every day, its transmission is brilliant and the cabin is ideal for long distances the optional carbon-backed seats are especially good . What it doesn't deliver is as pure an interactive driving experience as the RS. Some will find the 911 a bore - too difficult, too demanding - but...

Alpina B5 Biturbo

500BHP TWIN-TURBO V8 BASED ON NEW 5-SERIES Aon the M Division's toes with this one. Traditionally it has been the engines that have set the two closely linked companies apart, with the turbocharged Alpinas offering an alternative to the naturally aspirated M Power products. Alpina, remember, is so intertwined with BMW that its cars are actually built on the same production line and are only transported to the Buchloe factory for finishing. So engineering philosophy is their main separator. And...

Lord Mexborough

Current Lord Mexborough

If there is a more passionate car enthusiast, we've yet to meet him. Lord Mexborough owns one of the most fascinating collections of cars we've ever seen. It includes a 3-litre 911 RS. a 2.7 RS, a Daytona and both the 959 and the 288 GTO featured on page 74. Lord Mexborough has owned both the 959 and GTO from new, and used them as daily drivers for two years. Today this pair is worth over 600,000, but he didn't bat an eyelid when we asked if we could drive them. A true gentleman. If one thing...

The New Bmw X3 Joy Wants You To Have It

More driving pleasure. Official fuel economy figures for the BMW X3 Urban 42.2-46.3 mpg 6.7-6.1 ltr 100km . Extra Urban 53.3-56.5 mpg 5.3-5.0ltr 100km . performance developments and is standard across the model range. Combined 50.4 rnpg 5.6 ltr 100 km . COj emissions 149-147g km. BMW EfficientDynamics reduces BMW emissions without compromising Official fuel consumption figures for the Audi RS 5 in mpg l 100km Urban 19.0 14.9 , Extra Urban 33.2 8.5 Combined 26.2 10.8 . CO...