FES­TIVE FOUR

The cars James drove at Good­wood

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ALFA ROMEO 155 V6 TI DTM 1993

The most suc­cess­ful DTM car ever, win­ning 12 out of 20 races in its de­but sea­son and spoil­ing the Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­ers’ party on their home turf. Its 2.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V6 goes all the way to 11,500rpm, and de­vel­ops more than 415bhp. Car­bon body, four-wheel drive and the coolest ex­hausts in the his­tory of tour­ing cars.

ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTAM 1970

The ‘Am’ bit means Amer­i­can, be­cause it’s based on the US ver­sion of the Gi­u­lia GTA coupe, with nd fuel in­jec­tion and brawny riveted-on ’ibre­glass arch ex­ten­sions, mak­ing it more pur­pose­ful if less pretty than the orig­i­nal GTA. The in­line four was bulked out too, to 1985cc and 210bhp, and it walked the Euro­pean Tour­ing Car se­ries in 1970.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R FK2 2015

Short-lived but it burned bright, be­com­ing the fastest front-driven pro­duc­tion car around the Nür­bur­gring. Thrilling pace and per­fect gearshift, but dou­ble-vi­sion-in­duc­ing ride qual­ity. Its 2.0 306bhp turbo en­gine punched to 168mph, but the new FK8 tested in this is­sue is faster still, and bet­ter rounded to boot.

HONDA NSX 2016 three

Nine gears, four driven wheels, elec­tric mo­tors (two of them on the front axle) and a twin-turbo 3.5 V6 make the re­born NSX fan­tas­ti­cally com­plex, but fan­tas­ti­cally sim­ple to drive. On a bumpy, tricky road it’s a su­per­car that won’t leave you sweaty-palmed, while cov­er­ing ground quicker than most.

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