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1972 Alpine A110 1600S

Few cars are as rewardingly intimate to drive as an Alpine A110, or as successful in rallying. Richard Heseltine gets to grips with the marque’s own recce car on a Portuguese stage.

1991 Renault 5GT Turbo

Wild insurance premiums put paid to Scotsman Brian Letham’s Renault 5GT Turbo dream in period. Today we make it come true.

300-Mile Test: 2024 Alpine A110R on road and track

Few ever tackle Porsche head-on, let alone its mesmerising Cayman GT4. Alpine has. We drive the serious – and ferociously expensive – A110R The last laugh.

1982 Renault Fuego - First production car with remote locking

By and large, when it comes to the business of fitting innovative technologies into their cars, automobile manufacturers tend to reserve such features for their flagship models or limited-run offerings. The price tags and discerning clientele who can afford it justify the cost of such fancy features.

Road test Electric Renault 5

Spending a day ambling through the French countryside is one of life’s great pleasures, and what more suitable tool for the job than a Renault 5? We’re on the verge of seeing a brand new electric R5 at the end of the year, and with 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary original, the company has invited Octane to its factory in Flins to drive a few examples from the back catalogue.

1961 Renault Dauphine Gordini

France’s rallying cry. Diminutive competition giant killer delivered a tail-happy ending

1981 Alpine A310 V6 Group 4 Rally-Spec

Classic motor sport enthusiast Jamie Buchanan loves an oddball, and they don’t come stranger than his dream rear-engined 1981 Alpine A310. We throw him the keys for an unconventional blast

2023 Dacia Duster Prestige Blue dCi 115 4x4

Even though Dacia prices have shifted up a gear in recent months, the Duster is still the most affordable four-wheel drive diesel vehicle on the market. Buyers looking for a rival would need to turn to the used car market for something else priced at a similar level, and then it would be several years old, rather than a brand new car with a three year, 60,000 mile warranty.

2023 Renault Megane E-Tech Techno 60kWh

Every manufacturer will tell you that the latest car it's launching is its most important ever. While that’s probably not entirely true in this case, there is a sense that the Megane E-Tech represents a new start for Renault and one that it absolutely has to get right.

Bucket-list classics The Big Test

Raw roadster, GT, hot-hatch, cool cabrio, supercar, spicy saloon and luxury cruiser. A great example of each should be on everyone’s bucket list of cars to try, buy or borrow. These are our top picks.

2022 Dacia Duster Prestige TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

Amazingly, it’s three years since the second-generation Duster went on sale in the UK, and in that time, Dacia has not only updated its branding, but also the Sandero has set new standards in the value end of the supermini class

1958 Renault Floride - shifting France into Ghia

Renault turned to Italy in the quest to create an image-builder

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Mk8 vs. BMW 128ti F40, Hyundai i30 N, Renault Mégane RS300, Cupra Leon

Round 3 of our search to find the best hot hatch on sale sees the middleweights get in the ring. Which will go on to the finale: i30 N versus GTI Clubsport Mk8, Leon 300, Mégane RS or BMW 128ti F40?

2022 Renault Arkana R.S. Line E-Tech Hybrid 145 Automatic

There aren’t that many firsts left in the car world, but Renault can actually say that they are the first mainstream car maker to create a medium SUV with a coupé-esque silhouette.

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