Autocar's top 10 videos of 2015
Source : Autocar's top 10 videos of 2015
by driving Volvo’s crucial brand new XC90 flagship to drifting in Ken Block’s all-wheel-drive 845bhp Hoonicorn Ford Mustang, 2015 was a great year for videos on Autocar
As 2015 draws to a close, today is usually the time to take a look back at what has been a packed year of videos on Autocar.
Thousands of viewers have watched hours video of the earth’s fastest, rarest as well as also also most powerful cars on our Youtube channel. We’ve selected 10 of our favourite videos below. is usually yours on the list?
1 – brand new 380bhp Porsche Cayman GT4 tested to the limit
“My suspicion is usually of which the item’s going to be outstanding,” said Matt Prior minutes before testing the 380bhp Porsche Cayman GT4 on both road as well as also also track to find out if the item measured up to expectations.
The Cayman has long been frustratingly undermined by Stuttgart’s refusal to make the item anything however inferior to the 911, however finally Porsche has relented. The result is usually a Cayman of which is usually capable of sprinting by 0-62mph in just 4.4sec – 0.2sec faster than the 911 Carrera. Production numbers are limited to a few hundred, so Matt’s experience is usually the best look you’ll get if you’re not one of those lucky few owners.
2 – Honda Civic Type R – first drive
the item’s been a long time coming, however the Honda Civic Type R has arrived, as well as also also Matt Prior is usually behind the wheel. Billed by Honda as “the most extreme Type R ever”, the brand new hot hatch sports an outrageous appearance as well as also also is usually powered by a 306bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. the item’s Honda’s entry into the latest hot hatchback war as well as also also the item takes on the mighty brand new Ford Focus RS.
So how Great is usually the brand new Type R? Matt Prior is usually at the Slovakiaring to find out.
3 – Land Rover Defender vs the Atlantic Ocean – as well as also also the auto wins (just)
Over its 67-year production run, nothing has come close to overcoming the Land Rover Defender, as well as also also only today is usually the Land Rover legend nearing retirement, which has a cleaner, safer replacement lined up for 2018. To test just what the Defender can cope with, Richard Webber took a 20-year-old, 216,000-mile example to the Outer Hebrides, fording the Atlantic Ocean for a risky trip over to the country’s westernmost islands.
With only the aid of a snorkel to stop the M-reg Defender by succumbing to the sea, the auto wades through water more than 1.2m deep, demonstrating why the item has become such a motoring icon.
4 – 577bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupé driven
The fact of which the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupé is usually a 2.3-tonne, 577bhp, 5.5-litre V8-engined SUV capable of 0-62mph in 4.2sec seems to be a dividing one: people either adore the item or hate the item for its outlandishness.
At £100,000, the GLE 63 S Coupé faces stiff competition by the BMW X6 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo as well as also also Range Rover Sport SVR, as well as also also in a class dominated by extremes, the Mercedes needs to impress to actually stand out. Vicky Parrott delivers the all-important first verdict.
5 – brand new Volvo XC90 driven – first verdict on Volvo’s make-or-break car
2015 was a vital year for Volvo: the Discharge of the all-brand new XC90 could either make or break the Swedish company under its brand new Geely ownership. As the torch-bearer for the next generation of Volvos, the pressure on the XC90 to ignite a brand new wave of success for Volvo is usually considerable. The platform on which the item is usually built will underpin the entire range, which is usually required to roll out over the next few years.
Matt Prior is usually inside driving seat due to This particular crucial first drive.
Another clash of the titans: This particular time the item’s the 542bhp Nissan GT-R in a drag race against the identically powerful Jaguar F-Type R Coupé, only This particular one comes with all-wheel drive. So how best to test these two theoretically perfectly matched cars? A drag race, of course.
Nic Cackett takes the wheel of the GT-R, while we join Matt Prior inside Jaguar, to find out which super-coupé reigns supreme.
7 – 2015 Mazda MX-5 driven – first verdict
On the 25th anniversary of the original MX-5, Matt Prior gets to grips with the brand brand new one, which Mazda promises to have taken back to its lightweight, driver-focused roots.
Although we’re only given a very tiny amount of time with the pre-Discharge roadster, Matt gives the MX-5 a comprehensive shakedown in its entry-level 1.5-litre, 129bhp form.
Youtube loves the Nissan GT-R, as well as also also even more so if the item’s in 591bhp Nismo form, however can the GT-R be beaten in a drag race by a Nissan Juke? the item’s safe to say probably not, unless the item’s the Juke-R 2.0 against which we pitted the standard GT-R in August.
With Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough behind the wheel of the GT-R, Matt Prior takes a turn inside Juke. This particular is usually a closer race than you might think…
9 – How to drift by Ken Block – shredding tyres inside 845bhp Hoonicorn Mustang
Matt Prior spends the day with Ken Block, the man behind the today infamous Gymkhana videos. Prior receives a masterclass in four-wheel drifting by the passenger seat, as Block gives us a ride in his four-wheel-drive 845bhp Hoonicorn Ford Mustang.
Steve Sutcliffe pits the techy BMW i8 supercar against a more traditional M division powerhouse: the BMW M4. At first glance the cars couldn’t be more different, with the i8’s hybrid powertrain, futuristic construction as well as also also next-generation looks facing off against the brute force of the M4.
The statistics speak for themselves though: there’s just 12kg as well as also also 14lb ft of torque between them, as well as also also just 0.1sec difference between their respective 0-62mph times, with the M4 claiming the title by a hair’s breadth. Steve gets behind the wheel of each at Castle Combe Circuit to decide on a final winner.
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