There’s something very special about rear wheel drive cars. They offer a driving purity front and four wheel drive cars can’t. As FWD and 4WD cars struggle to cope with steering and drivetrain influences, a RWD car isn’t pulled from the front, it’s pushed from behind, leaving the front axle to do as nature intended, steer.
Welcome to the first 4×4, off (& on) road, green lane special of www.roadmagazine.co.uk – this month, binning the tempting track tarmac, or ace A-road asphalt, in favour of nice bit of green lane by-way action.
Following the success of the first Japanese special in 2010, we offer you part two – featuring the full story on the iconic 2011 Nissan GT-R, brilliant four-door 2011 WRX STi and road trips in the pocket rocket Mazda 3 MPS and outstanding Subaru Legacy Outback.
Luxury and prestige is the name of the game this month. Road staff snapper, Neil Denham flies down to the French Riviera, to test drive a £90,000 Audi A8 4.2-litre V8, and luxuriate in a five-star hotel, owned by Bernie Ecclestone. Nice work, if you can get it!
Road Magazine starts 2011 with a track and race theme… following the UK’s catalyst to the motoring industry, Autosport International at the NEC in Brum. We’ve got two of the most exciting cars from the show in full detail…to drool over, and they are both British.
This issue features classic road trips to the Scottish glens in the new All-Wheel-Drive Impreza 2.0D RX, the brand new Mitsubish Lancer Juro tested in the Lincolnshire Wolds and an epic long distance haul to Cornwall, on one tank of fuel, in the phenomenal VW Golf BlueMotion.
Road takes a trip to sunny California, to warm up from the depths of Winter here… and enjoys the first ever, exciting, fast and furious Global Tuner GP Time Attack at Laguna Seca, organised and run by Road’s first lady, Ashley Van Dyke.
Welcome to the first in a series of German car specials of ROAD. Whether it’s their Teutonic efficiency, phenomenal reliability or sheer engineering superiority over most marques, German cars stand out from the masses.
ROAD is all on track this issue. We’ve got a test of the £175,000 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera at Snetterton. There’s the incredible Ariel Atom V8 launch. And, in the more affordable ‘real world,’ there’s the Mk6 Golf GTi, at Castle Combe circuit.
We also proudly announce our tie-in with the exciting Global Tuner GP event, in California, at Laguna Seca.
BMW 123d road trip to meet Hannu Mikkola’s Mk1 East African-winning Escort rally car. VW California campervan glamping. Mazda MX-5 road test. Ford Heritage Centre with Spandau Ballet’s, Tony Hadley. Project Audi S4 bi-turbo overview.
It’s showtime (literally) as we visit the Goodwood FoS, Historic Motorsport Show plus a host of trackdays and races.
Welcome to the 4th weekly issue of ROAD – Nissan’s GT-R, Mitsubishi’s EVO FQ-400 and plenty of Rising Sun vibe.