The new millennium saw one final push for supercar perfection with the internal combustion engine, before the shift of focus to new tech and emissions-friendly speed. These are the highlights that made the beginning of the 21st century sweet for motoring enthusiasts.
What is it? The VW Golf has been around since 1974, but it wasn’t until 1976 that Volkswagen pulled its finger out and got cracking on a performance version.
Few cars as crucial to a car company’s success as the Model 3 is to Tesla’s. Elon Musk’s full-bore assault on the automotive world has been aggressive and persistent, but it has drained cash from the firm like a shotgun hole to an oil sump.
Whenever Porsche brings out a new 911, it’s destined to feature in the motoring media’s big group tests for that year. It’s not really surprising though, as for decades this has been the benchmark against which every sports car is marked – by manufacturers and critics alike.
Look, I know I should be excited about driving a McLaren 600LT Spider. And in principle, I am.
Barcelona has introduced a new low-emission zone which will see the most polluting vehicles penalised within a 37 square-mile area.
This year has been littered with great comebacks. Take Liverpool’s heroic effort to clinch European victory by overturning a 3-0 deficit against the might of Barcelona for example, or the sell-out tour return of the Spice Girls. Vinyl records seem to be doing pretty well, too.
Right, I’d better get something off my chest – I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. I haven’t driven the iconic Mk 1 or Mk 2, so I can’t speak for the originals, but the more recent incarnations have left me a little cold inside. They’re effective, that’s for sure, but I’ve never felt any sparkle or charisma from one.
Two new special editions have joined the Kia range for 2020.
Wet weather gear well and truly wrung out, we decamp to a nearby pub for a Thursday night chat and to warm our toes. The year’s RTOTY has pitched the new world order versus the traditionalists, hot hatches against supercars, but even sitting around the pub table we can’t agree on a winner.