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SENNA, SWIFT, R S, A 110, ST, UR US…

Evo - - CONTENTS - Stu­art Gal­lagher, Edi­tor @ stu­artg917

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.

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