“We Name Our Perfect Companion For Summer 2011.” Issue 27
Summer Is In The City
Here we are at last! The sun is in the sky over dear old England giving its residents a break from seemingly relentless rain. This presents the perfect opportunity to sample some alfresco motoring and so we go in search of our 2011 summer conveyance. Also news from both the track and the road for your reading pleasure. Lets go, we始re burning daylight just talking here...
-Du l l i T n
Audi for years consecutively ruled
The Audi R18 TDI is a big change
the most prestigious motorsport
from the previous alfresco endurance
event in history. The Le Mans 24
racers they produced. The 3.7 litre
Hour test man and machine to itâ€™s
V6 diesel has just finished testing
limits and the Germans were on quite
over in the states and baring a
the role until 2009 where the
complete diagnostic is ready for the
Peugeot team stole their crown. The
main event. This year will be a titanic
French racers were set to do it again
battle between the French and the
in 2010 until their cars spectacularly
Germans both bringing all new cars
dropped out one-by-one leaving the
and a hunger for victory. The R18
gates open for some Audi revenge.
has already proven itself to be faster
This year Audi are leaving nothing to
and more efficient than its
chance and hope to dominate
predecessor, two traits that bode well
without the help of lady luck thanks
for an endurance event.
to their new R18.
“The Environment Won’t Know What’s Hit It!”
If the world wants me to drive an
core purpose of being a performance machine.
environmentally caring car it must do two
This gorgeous piece of engineering is limited to
things. Firstly it must not leave me in any form
just 918 examples at the cost of £672,000
of detriment when compared to a standard car.
each. What you get in return for that vast sum
Performance for example is often surrendered
is not just Porsche’s new performance flagship
in favor for more MPG’s or the finished product
but a step into the future of supercars. Its V8
is dulled down to save weight .etc It should
combustion heart is coupled with two electric
behave just like every other car on the road!
motors producing a total BHP reading of
Secondly I would like to see this technology
around 715. 0-62MPH is completed in 3.2
bring more than just better economy to the
seconds and the top speed is said to be over
drive. There are so manny innovative
199MPH. Considering that the car will return
applications for things such as KERS that are
94MPG there is just nothing else quite like it.
only now being taken advantage of. Porsche hit the nail on the head with the 918 Spyder
Production begins 18th September 2013 and
Concept last year and today that very goes on
Porsche are saying that the cars will be
delivered in the order of who purchases first. So if you want to be top of the list we suggest
The 918 is a Hybrid. It has all of the ecofriendly tech green peace want in every car but the key difference is that it doesn’t invalidate its
you give your local Porsche dealer a call now.
Lady In Red...
T G m o n Ve Speed is something man has craved since he has been able to walk. It’s a competitive edge that once was a guaranteed meal ticket and gauge for dominance. Today we have supermarkets and no need to chase deer on foot but that craving for blistering acceleration and colossal overall speed is still there. That’s why cars such as the Bugatti Veyron exist, to quench our thirst for dominance. But what if you don’t have a spare million? How do you get would 250MPH+ kicks then?
We reported on the Hennessey Venom GT last year and were absolutely blown away by some of the figures it produced. 267MPH, 0-60MPH in 2.5 seconds, but more importantly a price well under current hypercars. Ok, so at the end of the day it is a highly modified Lotus Exige and so could never hope to be as complete as a Veyron but “bangs for your bucks” is the name of the game… Hennessey have just released images of chassis 3 in a voluptuous red.
Power To The People! Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Saved
The Lancer Evolution, or Evo as it has fondly become known as, is the alternative to the Subaru Impreza. Think fire and ice, red VS blue, religion against science… The Evo is a legend and in its tenth incarnation it is better than ever, the FQ400 being a particular masterpiece. However the cars very existence came under threat when Mitsubishi announce it was to kill off the Evo in favor of a much more “green” model line-up. Now just weeks after the announcement the Japanese company have made a dramatic Uturn. Due to immense public disproval from fans and Evo loyalists alike the car is to remain in production. This is the right choice as without this car the brand would not be as renowned as it is today. They promise to “evolve” the car, into what we are not too sure thought rumors of a hybrid Lancer Evolution have been about for some time. Also Mitsubishi has decided to drop prices of the fabled car in the UK to a very reasonable £29,699.
M3 Killer About!
We rather like Mercedes-Benz new C-Class
but also the brilliant Audi RS5 this car has to
Coupe. It still holds a high status demeanor but
have the sheer performance to take on its
with its bold curves really does stand out in
fellow Germans. Lucky for the three pointed
terms of design. The car is to take on the likes
star it does in a very big way. The 6.2 litre V8
of the 3 Series, no easy task, but Mercedes
gives the driver 451BHP under their right foot
feel that this machine has what it takes.
with the capability of doing 0-62MPH in just 4.5
However the arch rival has a weapon that will
seconds. But it is the torque levels that really
merrily drive a stake through the new cars
put this cars main rivals to shame as its 443lb-ft
heart, it is of course the M badge. The
is a vast quantity more than the M3 and RS5.
performance mark of BMW is undoubtably top
Top speed is limited to 155MPH but that
of its class but now Merc have let the crazy
0-62MPH time can drop by a further 0.1
AMG engineers out to play in a bid to combat
seconds by ticking the option for the
performance pack bringing total BHP to 480. The C63 Coupe is equiped with a 7-speed
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe sure
transmission that can swap cogs in as little as
looks the business with bulging arches and
swollen body lines. Challenging not only the M3
Expect to see this monster on the road in July.
Grrr Back Off
Just Try It.. BANG
Summer Shoot-Out It began with a shortlist of cars we would merrily take ownership of this summer... Key criterial of value for money, excitement and driving pleasure eventually whittled this list down to two. The battle commences and we begin with an Italian stallion.
A lot of manufacturers are diversifying their product
beige upholstery. I must say at this point that when I
line. Dyson are making hand-dryers, Google are
was shown pictures of this car I didn’t think it
making phones and even Porsche are making four
particularly striking, but in person it was extremely
door super cars. So amidst the fog of creativity
eye-catching with its aggressive bonnet scoop and
Ferrari were feeling a little left out. However making a
sweeping rear curves. So, at least it looks as a
new Ferrari just for the sake of it is a very dangerous
thing to do. Make a car that goes beyond the DNA of the brand and it will be scrutinised for not being a
The previously mentioned front mounted 4.3 litre V8
proper Italian stallion, worse still if you make a poor
at the heart of this car produces 460BHP and will
car it could damage the entire brand image. To
keep going to an epic 193MPH! 0-60MPH is done in
ensure they don’t stray from the paddock, Ferrari has
less than four seconds making this one of the fastest
revived one of its most illustrious nameplates…
metal retractable roofed cars in the world. The
California. The original car became one of the most
performance figures speak for themselves, this car is
desired cars the world had ever seen, even Steve
no push-over, and coupled with a fantastic DCG
McQueen bought one! However a simple name
gearbox the car absolutely fly’s. For those of you who
doesn’t make a great car and so the only way to find
don’t know what a DCG gearbox is, it’s a gearbox
out if Ferrari’s latest offering was up to standard was
with two clutches. Basically if you in 2nd gear the box
to get hold of one.
will already have both 1stand 3rd selected, primed for an ultra-fast gear change. Also with it being a 7
This car represents a lot of firsts for the iconic brand
speed, it enables the car to become an amazing GT.
such as; Ferrari’s first front engine V8, Ferrari’s first
The long-legged gearbox is happy to potter around
seven speed DCG (dual clutch gearbox), and
at 60 or go into warp at 160, either way it certainly
Ferrari’s first metal folding roof. The car we were
has the speed of a Ferrari.
presented with was in true Ferrari fashion, red with
The roof is the party peace of the
The result of our red California
This step into a new sector of the
California, being able to retract its
was that it turned many heads,
market was a brave move on
hard-top into the boot in less than
thought the orchestra playing
Ferrari’s part, and I’m pleased to
14 seconds for you to experience
under the bonnet may have had
say it has certainly paid off.
the best alfresco Ferrari has to
something to do with it. The
Despite all its differences in
offer. The F430 drop-top was a
California brings all the pros of a
comparison with its sable mates,
fantastic car, so don’t think for a
coupe without the cons of a rag
it manages to remain pure in
second I’m about to say
top. The chassis is firm and the
Ferrari ethos. Ok, so the rear
otherwise, but the fact it was a
steering responsive; all that
seats can fit little more than a
supercar meant that having the
Ferrari know-how that has been
pineapple in them but you must
roof drown led to people gawping
perfected over 60 years has been
remember this is no BMW or
at whoever was inside. The
personified in this car. Most
Audi, the seats will never be
California is by no means
importantly it goes like a Ferrari
used. This car is powerful,
understated, but it’s much more
beautifully styled, comfortable
discrete in darker shades of paint.
and above all, a Ferrari.
â€œWe have had a loving spoonful of Italian Passion but now it is time for some ruthlessly efficient German Engineering. Enter the Audi R8 V10 Spyder...â€?
Audi R8 V10 Spyder
The Audi R8 is a collection of impossible things. It is a performance behemoth yet as refined as a luxury saloon. It is a mid-engined supercar yet is practical. It is German but reframes from being stereotypically sterile. When the four rings later decided to laden the astonishing car with a 5.2 litre it quite simply became one of the best cars on sale at any time in history. Now summer is in the city and as temperatures rise well above toasty nothing gave us more pleasure than sampling the R8 V10 Spyder. In essence it is the very same car as its coupe sibling but what effect has cutting its head off had?
A major problem with creating a convertible from a car that was originally designed to be a hard-top is that you remove one of the most structurally integral parts of the car. The result is all to often a great car ruined by extra weight and handling that can be likened to wrestling a moose up a tight staircase. Audi have attempted to reduce this rather unwanted trait by adding extra chassis support and some carbon fibre body panels. The rag top may be 100KG heavier than the coupe but the performance figures from that 5.2 litre V10 do a very good job of brushing the laws of physics aside. 0-62MPH is completed in a rapid 4.1 seconds and the Spyders top speed of 194MPH is by no means sluggish.
The fabric roof can complete the R8â€™s transformation in just under 19 seconds and if you have the unfortunate luck of being caught out by the British weather, the transition can be made on the move providing you are under 30MPH. Now a fairly obvious side effect of having the roof down is the increase in general noise. Not that I am complaining as most of it is produced in a glorious fashion by the howling V10. The sound is incredible as at low revs it emits a rather growly tone that is enough to scare innocent bystanders into a state of alert but let all 10 pistons come out to play and the symphony is nothing short of epic!
The R8 is all-wheel-drive but thanks to various
feel like a car that is worth £112,000. Better
onboard systems that only Stephen Hawking
still there is a usable boot that you can fit more
could explain, the balance of the machine is as
than just socks in! Unlike many supercars of
precise as a decimal point. Make no mistakes
this caliber the Audi R8 Spyder can also
this is a big car but it darts through corners
achieve an impressive 16 MPG meaning you
with the agility of a mosquito and seemingly
need not feel too guilty about killing the polar
never ending levels of grip. It is so incredibly
manageable and composed at all times. So much so that words need to be invented to
What you get from this car is something that is
describe just how good the handling is. The
usable everyday and not something just to
car is equipped with a proper 6 speed manual
bring out for a Sunday drive. Just like the
that so satisfying to use that it would be a
coupe it is an utter joy in motion be it bumbling
crime if you chose the R Tronic flappy paddles.
along an A-road or testing your bravery, this
This car flatters you and then rewards you
machine never ceases to impress. It such a
further the more you punish it. But once you
complete product with no real flaws worth
have finished being a hooligan and decided
mentioning. I said that the coupe was “the
that the tyres have had enough torture for one
most complete car I have had the pleasure if
day you can relax and drive home in German
reviewing.” Well I was wrong… The Spyder
luxury. The seats that were holding you in
adds an extra level of engagement and by
place firmly whilst the engine propelled you
being every bit as good as its fixed roof
towards the horizon now hug you in comfort.
counterpart becomes one of the best
The lavish upholstery really does make this
investments in motoring you could make.
Published on Apr 3, 2011
Here we are at last! The sun is in the sky over dear old England giving its residents a break from seemingly relentless rain. This presents...