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Driven: Datsun 240Z

Driven: Datsun 240Z

It’s a chance to get into a Datsun 240Z, so Robinson piles in eagerly. What a pity, then, that this particular car is not all it’s cracked up to be… Iconic is a word in danger of being worn out by lazy reviewers of all manner of things. Films, buildings, books, meals cooked by D-list [...]

May 31, 2013 Matt Robinson 8

Driven: Jensen Interceptor S3 7.2

Driven: Jensen Interceptor S3 7.2

The Jensen Interceptor has had some bad press over the years, but Dep-O’s Robinson finds that there’s plenty to recommend about a 7.2-litre SIII “A Jensen Interceptor!” I excitedly, er… exclaim upon opening the SMMT Test Day pack on arrival at Millbrook. “I have got to have a go in that!” And so I do, [...]

May 22, 2013 Matt Robinson 4

Driven: E46 BMW M3 CSL

Driven: E46 BMW M3 CSL

The King Is Dead… But what will be its successor? The E46 M3 CSL gets our man all misty-eyed at the passing of a normally-aspirated era we may never see again As I get out of ‘161 BMW’ and close the lightweight, carbon-clad door, I sigh to myself before walking round to the back and giving [...]

May 16, 2013 Matt Robinson 0

Driven: Jaguar F-type V6S

Driven: Jaguar F-type V6S

Jaguar’s new halo model is the F-type, a long-awaited successor to the legendary E-type. Can it live up to the hype and take the game to those pesky Porkers from Stuttgart? Five or six years ago, reviews of this car would almost inevitably have had the screaming, sensationalist headline ‘Is this the car to save [...]

May 9, 2013 Matt Robinson 0

Driven: Vauxhall HP Firenza

Driven: Vauxhall HP Firenza

When Mr Robinson asked if I’d had a go in the Vauxhall HP Firenza, I said that I hadn’t and that it was unlikely that I was going to take it for a spin either. Lined up as part of Newpress’s 40th anniversary celebrations during the thrash around Millbrook that is the annual Society of Motor [...]

May 8, 2013 Simon Charlesworth 1

Land Rover Defender Xtech: Will You Still Need Me Now I’m 64?

Land Rover Defender Xtech: Will You Still Need Me Now I’m 64?

Every now and then you find your buttocks in a machine which really connects with you. Suddenly, your long-lost inner schoolboy is running the show and you forget all the quantifiable, serious stuff – the where and when of power and torque delivery, etc – and instead, you just drive, smile and lose all sense of [...]

November 9, 2012 Simon Charlesworth 1

Driven: Toyota GT86

Driven: Toyota GT86

Given the much-vaunted Toyota GT86’s rediscovery of old skool dynamics, we just had to have a go in one. After all, the way old cars drive – fizzing with feel and involvement – is one of the primary reasons why we’re so addicted to them. Well, that and the smell of Swarfega… Named with a nod [...]

November 9, 2012 Simon Charlesworth 0