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Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp
Dec16

Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp

Peugeot’s hot hatch strikes balance with cool comfort writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  When it comes to a hot hatch, there are key requirements – it needs to be balanced, responsive and fast but also should be reasonably composed, calm and comfortable enough to live with day to day. Sitting 11mm lower to the ground than the regular 308, the Peugeot 308 GTi is the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque....

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Peugeot 208 GTi By Peugeot Sport
Nov30

Peugeot 208 GTi By Peugeot Sport

Is the 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport good enough to remind us of Peugeot’s glory days? Hannah Gordon finds out  What is it? Finally a decent small hot hatch from Peugeot, after the highly forgettable 206 and 207 GTi versions Peugeot Sport have got hold of the 208 and given it a proper sport makeover. Who is it aimed at? This is a car squarely aimed at the hot hatch market, it does have a slightly practical side but with all the tweeks and...

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Ford Mustang Fastback 5.0 V8 GT
Jun23

Ford Mustang Fastback 5.0 V8 GT

Does the right-hand drive version of the 60s icon, the Ford Mustang,  live up to its status, asks Geraldine Herbert What is it?  It is the quintessential muscle car and one of the most recognisable in the world. It has featured in a host of films, been driven by none other than Steve McQueen and become an icon of modern culture but until very recently you couldn’t actually buy a Ford Mustang in Ireland.  It has taken more than 50...

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BMW’s mighty M2 Versus Audi’s Awesome RS 3
Jun21

BMW’s mighty M2 Versus Audi’s Awesome RS 3

Two of the hottest performance cars go head-to-head, but will it be the M2 or the RS3 asks Geraldine Herbert For me, the most alluring thing about a car is not the looks, the power or despite the many studies on what women want from a car, storage space,  it is the sound.  Give me a deep throaty rasp and I can forgive anything, harsh suspension, cramped space even a dark interior. And it is the sound of the Audi RS3 that sets it apart...

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Honda Civic Type R GT Pack
Mar22

Honda Civic Type R GT Pack

R is for red hot – the much anticipated Honda Civic Type-R makes its return writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The new Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the model’s history and it is also the fastest-accelerating front-wheel-drive car on the market. Who is it aimed at? Honda is a company synonymous with reliability, well-built quality and engineering, but every once in a...

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Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster GT
Feb23

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Roadster GT

Roadsters always conjure up visions of freedom and fresh air and the Mazda MX-5 is no exception, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  Deemed the most popular two-seat sports car in the world, it’s hard to disagree. Who is it aimed at? It’s now more than 25 years since the original Mazda MX-5 went on sale and the appeal is simple -it has always been eye-catching, a blast to drive and comes in at an affordable cost. So can...

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