You’ve got to hand it to Jaguar, despite last week’s leaked photo of the new F-TYPE, they’ve stuck resolutely to their launch schedule, releasing teaser videos (above) and reminding us that all will be revealed in Paris on Wednesday (26th).
Luxury sports car maker, Aston Martin, has sat atop the CoolBrands index since 2010, outdoing the likes of Apple, Rolex, Harley Davidson and Nike, but in this 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, the brand which made Britain’s most revered MI6 agent has dropped behind Apple and YouTube, into a lowly third place.
With 12 months to go before Porsche’s 918 Spyder hits the road, the development car has already exceeded Porsche’s goal of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds.
In fact, earlier this week a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a single-lap best time of just 7min 14 seconds for the 12.9 mile circuit.
It’s set to be one of the hottest cars of 2013, providing a direct challenge to Porsche’s 911 and Boxster. Now, after an image was leaked online, Jaguar has chosen to release the first official picture of the F-TYPE, showing three different specifications of its new compact roadster.
Peugeot’s RCZ sports coupe has always been a striking car to look at, but in practice it’s somewhat inert to drive and lacking what its neighbouring French rival would refer to as Va-Va-Voom.
Ever since it was launched in 2009, Porsche’s Cayenne Diesel has been – how shall we say this – a bit of a an embarrassment to a marque which prides itself on performance.
The Americans have a saying, “There’s no substitute for cubic inches”, but of course engine size and power merely compensate for weight – nevertheless Ford’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine still seems like a stonkingly impressive power plant.
Forty-four millimetres doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s how much wider the new 911 Carrera 4 models are than their two-wheel drive siblings.
For a nation endowed with the DNA of such maverick automotive legends as Chapman, Cooper and Brown, it seems ironic that the marque which now leads the plethora of niche British sports car manufacturers is one that was only founded in the latter part of the 20th century.
With most of the focus and expectation on Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s first ever electric powered run at Pikes Peak, his competitors were left in peace to concentrate on breaking Tajima’s 2011 record time of 9:51.278.
Picture the race livery of a factory Porsche from the ’70s or 80’s and chances are you’ll either think of the blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, or the red and blue stripes of Martini Racing. So it makes an evocative statement to see those Martini colours on Porsche’s 918 Spyder prototype, a road car which might just make an appearance in competition during the next few years.
May 2007 and the Audi R8 was a month away from its UK launch. I sneaked a peak of the first right-hand drive UK car and signed an order within the hour. Then the doubts started to set in.