SENNA, SWIFT, R S, A 110, ST, UR US…
all six came along to drive at once this month and, in the case of Alpine’s new A110 coupe, to test against key rivals for the first time.
Starting months go, deputy editor Adam Towler and road test editor James Disdale have been pooling their logistical skills to pull together six of the key drives of 2018. They even sent Dickie Meaden to the Isle of Man and the Nürburgring to make sure he had a proper drive of Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. His verdict? ‘ Yeah, it’s OK, but it’s no 964 RS…’ You can read his genuine reply on page 58.
In a world that is constantly telling us that the car enthusiast is doomed, that the fine art of driving and the thrill that only a great drive in our favourite car can provide will soon be confined to memories, this month’s array of new metal provides a great deal of hope. Yes, along the way we have lost some of the magic of yesteryear. With no manual gearbox option, Alpine may be missing a sizeable trick, but if it was a case of the car being built if the engineers agreed not to have one, or the car never seeing the light of day if they insisted upon it, I’m relieved a compromise was found.
At the other end of the scale, it certainly sounds like Lamborghini acknowledged the wishes of its customers in designing an SUV, before heading off to build a Lamborghini that just so happens to have four doors, a raised ride height and the option of 23-inch wheels. Each to their own and all that, but you’ve got to love the variety this industry can turn out at times.
But it was two of the smaller and more affordable new cars we drove this month that had the majority of us hanging on to hear the verdict: Ford’s Fiesta ST and Suzuki’s Swift Sport. Both evo heroes in previous guises and both thoroughly updated to meet today’s everchanging requirements. Both equally as important to our world as Porsche’s new 911 GT3 RS and the Mclaren Senna, too.
Enjoy the issue.