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MOTORING

BEST PERFORMANCE CARS OF THE YEAR CITY LIVING DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T OWN AND ENJOY A SPORTSCAR OR TWO. OUR MOTORING EDITOR LISA CURTISS SHARES HER TOP PICKS OF THE SOME OF THIS YEAR’S BEST OFFERINGS, ALL PERFECT FOR HEADING OUT OF TOWN AND ONTO THE OPEN ROAD FOR SOME EXHILARATING DRIVING FUN. RENAULT MÉGANE HATCH R.S. TROPHY-R

NISSAN GT-R 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

NEW MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

Absolutely no apologies here for having this cracker at the top of the list. It offers simply the best fun to be had on the road, any road, and yes this includes ‘The Ring’ and Spa Francorchamps circuit, where in £72,140 Nürburgring Record Pack guise it has broken all the best front-wheel drive lap times, with Renault Sport test driver Laurent Hurgon at the helm. A masterclass in dynamic handling and blistering performance, it’s more than capable of trouncing rivals three times its price. Just 32 of the total 500 models made will be coming to the UK and will no doubt be snapped up super fast.

Motor-racing fans were the first to get a glimpse of this much-awaited model back in the summer, when it was completing set-up runs on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit as part of its series development process. Just 3,000 will be made and will no doubt be snapped up as soon as they’re available, for its sleek design and raw, go-cart-like, track-honed performance.

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Just 50 of these super-special GT-R’s will be made, and a mere 18 of these will reach the UK, making them one of the most rare and coveted sports cars of the year. Bold and aggressively handsome, there’s nothing subtle about this model. The R34 Nissan GT-R’s hallowed bayside blue with white racing-stripes is guaranteed to catch the eye of every performance car aficionado you pass by.

Still notching up awards, this hot hatch remains the firm favourite of many performance-car lovers. Probably the most OTT of all in terms of looks, it certainly isn’t for shy and retiring types, and every inch, every spoiler, shouts that it’s fast and fun.

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