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Jaguar XJR-5 wins first race, Road Atlanta, April 10 1983

Road Atlanta might be thousands of miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, but what happened at the American circuit four decades ago would have a direct impact on Jaguar’s future success at Le Mans. Ever since Bob Tullius’ Group 44 team had announced its IMSA GTP programme with the V12-engined XJR-5 in the early Eighties, there had been speculation that it would be a spring board for the British company to head back to the famed 24-hour race. Jaguar, though, initially played down its chances.

2015 Jaguar F-Type V6 S – driving the rare V6 manual

Jaguar’s return to a manually-shifted six-cylinder two-seat coupe came late in the day, but the rare F-Type V6S is worth seeking out as we discovered.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 991.1 vs. 911 Carrera S 991.1

In the orange corner, a 991 Carrera GTS. In the grey corner, a 991 Carrera S. The difference in performance? The splitting of hairs. In price? £30,000. A no-brainer? If only it were that simple...

2024 Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

With 563bhp and 469lb-ft instant torque on tap, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is a monster on the road, but thanks to its four-wheel drive powertrain, fat tyres, big alloys and protective body cladding, not to mention a nifty Gravel driving mode, the all-electric Porsche offers enhanced loose surface capability, too...

1997 Aston Martin DB7 3.2 Automatic vs. 2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT 5.9

To mark the 30th anniversary of the DB7’s public debut, we look at the car’s development and importance to Aston Martin’s history before comparing a 3.2 with a late 5.9 GT

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Vignale Chassis no. LML/802

This DB2/4 features coachwork by the Italian coachbuilder, Vignale, and was built in 1954 for the king of Belgium. After becoming derelict, it has recently been restored by marque specialist, Aston Workshop.

1967 Aston Martin DB6 in the rare colour of Autumn Gold

We take a recently restored DB6, in the relatively rare colour of Autumn Gold, for an autumnal drive across the beautiful North York Moors.

1995 Jaguar XJS 4.0 vs. 2000 Jaguar XK8 X100

The XK8 which replaced the XJS in 1996 was a very different beast indeed. We compare a 4-litre example of each to discover which we prefer today.

1959 Jaguar XK150 Special

This one-off special might look like a pre-war racing car but it was made in the late 2010s and is based on the running gear of a 1959 XK150.

2017 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport X152

Although the changes between the F-Type 400 Sport and the standard V6 S were subtle, they were enough to make this limited-edition model look and feel significantly different. We’ve tracked down a rare example.

1959 Jaguar Mk1 bodyshell and 265bhp 3.8-litre XK-engine

Originally starting life as a 1959 3.4, this Mk1 has recently been been given a 3.8-litre and was built for fast road use.

1983 Jaguar XJ-S 3.6 Litre Coupé Police

Hoping to persuade police forces across the UK that the XJ-S could be a high-speed response vehicle, a single demonstrator was developed. It’s fresh out of restoration and we’ve driven it.

2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.7 Auto vs 2005 Aston Martin DB9 6.0 Auto

Despite the V8 Vantage and DB9 having much in common – including age, performance and current values – with one a pure sports car and the other more of a comfortable GT, they’re also very different. To discover which we prefer, we’re comparing an example of each.

Prince of Wales standard-looking 1989 Aston Martin V8 Volante with a Vantage engine

When the then Prince of Wales ordered a standard-looking Aston Martin V8 Volante but with a Vantage engine, 22 customers ordered similar cars, creating a now mythical series. We track down a rare example to explain the history and significance of the V8 Volante PoW.

Modern re-creation of a 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 racing car

By being based on a 1966 DB6 but converted in the Nineties, this modern interpretation of a DBR2 is as close to the real thing as a re-creation can get. We look at the car’s background before experiencing the formidable machine for ourselves.

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