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Ranting Roger’s monthly moan

Like everybody, I like a bit of a moan. In fact my partner says that I’m turning more and more into Victor Meldrew everyday. Not that this is a bad thing. Well not to me anyway. But maybe because I now feel that I have one foot in the grave, so to speak, I guess I have the right to moan at and rant about subjects that really get under my skin. Not that I moan about everything but there are just some things that irritate the hell out of…

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AUDI TT ROADSTER

A convincing small coupe The UK is the biggest market for the Audi TT in Europe, so the latest version needs to drive well on our challenging roads to stand a chance of matching the sales success of its predecessors. Yet for all its sporty design flourishes, the model that’s most likely to seduce tax-conscious British buyers is the new 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, the latest of the brand’s fuel-sipping range of diesels that now includes the A4, A5, A6 and A7, with plenty more to come. Of course, buying a…

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ALFA ROMEO 4C

The most important Alfa Romeo for decades Just under 4 metres long, 2 metres wide and 118 cm high. The design choices of the Alfa Romeo 4C are just as bold as its dimensions. Rather than use extreme power, the decision was taken to minimise weight instead. This challenge underlies the design of every component of the car. The result is amazing: an unladen weight of under 895 kg propelled by 240 BHP, giving a weight to power ratio of under 4 kg/HP. A figure that promises genuine supercar agility…

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Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Most hotly contested special edition The first deliveries of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will commence in February, but we’ve got bad news if you haven’t ordered one yet: they’re all sold. In fact, the iconic Italian brand was only able to satisfy 40 per cent of demand for the $635,000 plus on-road costs convertible supercar in Australia, leading the region’s boss to label it “the most hotly contested special edition in Ferrari’s history”. The 458 Speciale A (the ‘A’ stands for ‘aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian) is effectively…

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