During the last few months we’ve immersed ourselves in several of Volvo’s most dynamic new models, to learn about how the marque is positioned in 2012 and why you might chose to buy one rather than its more prolific German competitors.
Jaguar’s newest model line, due to challenge Porsche’s 911 and Boxster, will be unveiled at next month’s Paris Motor Show on 27th September.
We are back from our extended Summer holiday, and launching straight back into action with a mélange of motorsport magic.
This month’s Road magazine features the exciting news of the Atom Cup UK – a one-make series for the amazing new Ariel Atom Cup race car; focusing on fun, close racing and fabulous hospitality on some of the UK’s finest circuits.
To demonstrate just how serious Mercedes-Benz are in selling the CLS Shooting Brake, they’ve already developed an über-AMG version complete with 549bhp V8 biturbo engine.
My apologies to the folks at Bentley who are obviously trying very hard to make the EXP 9 F Concept work, but as the idiom goes ‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’ and I can’t help but feel the challenge is beyond them.
After well over three decades of driving I might (finally) be showing signs of growing up. Not because I’m reviewing a new Volvo, although I’ll come back to that somewhat jaded stereotype a little later. Instead I’m learning to value cars which manage to tick a multitude of boxes, treading that fine line between usability and fun.
The Renault Alpine A110-50 concept-car was supposed to be one of the highlights of Renault’s Goodwood weekend, but Renaultsport managed to surprise us with a sneak peek of the next generation Clio R.S. as it made a brief appearance on the hill.
Having looked around the new CLS Shooting Brake at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, I can honestly say that it’s beauty was only exceeded by Bentley’s EXP 9 F SUV.
Each year the Goodwood Festival of Speed showcases a featured marque, a car maker which inspires adoration, perhaps because of its style, success on the track, or the enigmatic founder behind its name. This year the opportunity falls to Lotus which is celebrated with a with a huge 28-metre-high sculpture outside Goodwood House.
Ever since the third-generation MX-5 appeared in 2005, we’ve been pleading with Mazda to build one worthy of being the hot-hatch killer that so typified its 1989 forbearer.
Raise your hand if you thought Land Rover and Bowler were already inseparably hitched. Now raise your hand if you could imagine Bowler existing without Land Rover. If your hand was ‘up’ for the first question and ‘down’ for the second, then you may be puzzled to hear that it’s taken until 2012 for both brands to announce a formal partnership.
The new AC 378 GT Zagato, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, will get its UK preview at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29 June-1 July.