5 Autocar Best B Road Cars

Following on from their 2008 test, Autocar were back at the Millbrook Alpine circuit this week, with a clutch of interesting cars.

The Alpine circuit is possibly the closest approximation you can get to an English B road and the times make interesting reading.

Quickest was a 478 BHP Nissan GTR - just, by 2 tenths from the mighty Gallardo Superleggera, which carries an extra 80 BHP and is 300 KG lighter!

Next comes the Audi RS5, which just (0.05secs) pipped the Megane 250 Cup, which in a stunning giant-killing display beat the latest Competition pack M3 by 0.2 secs.

Back in last place with a still might 1:53.4 was a Cayenne Turbo. In second place was a Westfield Sport Turbo UK 225 in a rather slow 1:50.1.

So it shows that in the UK, at least, you need nothing more than a hot hatch for stunning on-road pace, but I think we knew that anyway.

Interestingly, none of the cars got close to the 2008 winner, the Caterham R500, which posted a 1:43.18!

Autocar voted the BMW M3 as their favourite. Personally, taking into account price, I think the Megane Cup was the best car. Perhaps not as rewarding as the RWD BMW, but certainly as fast, despite being 164 BHP down on power.

So do you need more than 250 BHP in the UK?

11y ago by FastestLaps
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Zenvo13  11y ago

Not even in portugal do you need 250+bhp. My dad's 95' corsa swing doesn't have that power not even half and it just needs to get to 120kph (dont know mile conversion) and it goes to 160 easily (100 mph)


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Matt  11y ago

Dam typos this spam filter keeps failing me forcing me to retype everything.


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Matt  11y ago

So do you need more than 250 BHP in the UK?

No you about 20hp to do 70mph.


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apex-toucher  11y ago

Yes... with the M3 you can also commute to work, take a girl out, and put a fast lap....


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FastestLaps  11y ago

So do you need more than 250 BHP in the UK?

Yes... if you\'re accelerating up a steep on-ramp with a fully loaded lorry.