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    by Published on 11-10-2017 08:22 PM
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    “I want the fastest possible, new RS/AMG/M car!” That’s something that I, and probably lots of you, have thought when considering which new model to go for. For enthusiasts like us, it’s the natural way to think about your next purchase. So, when I was testing, not the second most powerful, but third down the list of quickest Audi A5 based models, the 2.0l TFSI, I was surprised to start thinking that it might be the pick of the bunch.

    You’re probably already thinking that I should hand in my V-Power card, but bear with me.




    Audi’s latest A5 is a striking bit of design from a company that has been ultra-conservative over the last 10 years. Plum for the RS5 or S5 variety and they do look more purposeful, but the difference is nowhere near as large as it was on say they B5 RS4 compared to a rep spec model.

    Let’s start by looking at the stats for three of the petrol models:
    A5 2.0 TFSI, 252 PS, 370Nm 1,390 kg, 181PS/ton (remap to 300PS = 215PS/ton)
    S5, 354PS, 500Nm, 1,660 kg, 213PS/ton
    RS5, 450PS, 600Nm, 1,665 kg, 270Ps/ton

    There’s no denying how much of a monster the RS5 is, however with a simple £500 remap the 2.0 TFSI can achieve a higher PS/ton then the S5.

    Stats are all well and interesting but it’s how the cars feel on the road that counts, and this is where the 2.0l impresses most. While I’ve not driven the current RS5, what the smaller engined A5 has going ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:46 PM
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    • Third generation of the peerless Continental GT: the definitive luxury Grand Tourer
    • A statement of true luxury: bold, sculptured exterior design
    • Innovative luxurious interior offers unrivalled Grand Touring refinement
    • Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain
    • Seamless integration of handcrafted, natural materials and cutting-edge technology
    • Revolutionary Bentley Rotating Display and digital instrument panel
    • Enhanced version of renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers
      635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.)
    • 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds); top speed
      of 333 km/h (207 mph)
    • Dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission for faster, more efficient performance
    • Video News Release available, access details in notes to editors


    Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer.

    Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced.

    Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years. The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.

    “We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”

    At the heart of the new Continental GT sits an all-new, enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated, for the first time, to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, for faster, more efficient gear changes.

    A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.

    The muscular exterior design, created using revolutionary technology, results in a lightweight, ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:38 PM
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    • T-Roc compact SUV enters new market segment for Volkswagen
    • Five-door T-Roc offers, space, style, safety and practicality
    • Selected versions open for order from 3 October, with prices starting at £20,425 RRP OTR


    Volkswagen is shaking up the SUV sector with the arrival of its stylish new compact SUV: the T-Roc. And, echoing the new car’s marketing tagline, those ‘born confident’ are from today being invited to order the new model at Volkswagen Retailers nationwide.


    To secure one of the initial 1,000 new T-Rocs on offer, and become among the first in the UK to drive it when cars arrive in showrooms and deliveries begin in December, buyers are today being invited to visit their local Retailer to order their new car.

    It is anticipated that demand for the initial cars will be strong, even before a more comprehensive line-up of T-Roc trim levels opens for order in December, and as an extra incentive this first group of 1,000 retail buyers are being offered smart T-Roc accessory running boards – worth £565 – free of charge, further helping them stand out from the SUV crowd.

    The T-Roc sees Volkswagen enter a new market segment with this stylish and sporty model. Sitting beneath the established and extremely popular Tiguan SUV, and above the forthcoming new T-Cross small SUV, the T-Roc represents a key element of Volkswagen’s ongoing SUV offensive.

    Form and function


    A wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline and steeply raked C-pillar underscore not only the T-Roc’s sporting style but also its dynamic and engaging ride and handling characteristics.

    T-Roc measures 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,603 mm wheelbase. The SUV’s width is 1,819 mm (excluding door mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm. For comparison, the current Golf measures 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide (excluding mirrors), 1,452 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2,637 mm.

    Luggage space in the five-seat T-Roc is generous. Indeed the five-seat car has one of largest luggage compartments in its class ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:32 PM
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    • Sixth generation of supermini priced from £13,855 RRP OTR
    • Five-door Polo showcases space, safety, technology and comfort
    • Seven model line-up will in time include 200 PS GTI and GTI+


    UK order books are opening today (3 October) for the sixth generation of Volkswagen’s perennially popular supermini – the Polo – with prices for the entry-level S trim confirmed at £13,855 RRP OTR.


    The brand’s now omnipresent supermini, which in its previous five iterations has sold more than 14 million examples worldwide, is from today being offered in five-door only form and, in time, in seven generously specified trim levels.

    The main focus of the new sixth generation Polo is a major increase in cabin and luggage space within larger external dimensions alongside the debut of new engines, sharper design, new ‘big car’ assistance systems, the application of a new generation of infotainment systems and the global debut of the second generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display.

    The developments in Polo – which has found a home with more than 1.4 million drivers in the UK over the last 42 years – also reflect a new level for assistance systems in the supermini segment. Technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Detection significantly improve safety.

    The new Polo, which utilises Volkswagen Group’s MQB AO architecture, also showcases a charismatic design with more expressive features. The use of the MQB AO underpinnings offers the ability to create significantly more dynamic proportions with a long wheelbase, short body overhangs and a sporty ratio of its key dimensions. The new car is longer, wider, has a lower overall height but improved headroom versus its predecessor.

    The exterior design has been made more powerful, charismatic and expressive, while the new Polo’s interior has been ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:26 PM
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    • New Kodiaq Scout priced from £32,330
    • Six engine and transmission options - all with 4x4 as standard
    • Two petrol and two diesel engines with power options from 150PS to 190PS
    • High equipment levels include 19-inch alloy wheels and Scout styling package
    • Available to order now


    ŠKODA’s award-winning Kodiaq range is set to earn its badges with the arrival of a new Scout model. Priced from £32,330 and positioned between the SE L and Edition models, the Scout is the first new addition to the Kodiaq range since the seven-seater SUV arrived earlier this year.


    To meet anticipated customer demand, the Scout is available with six engine and transmission options, all of which feature four-wheel drive. The engine range consists of two petrol offerings, a 1.4 TSI unit that produces 150PS and a 2.0 TSI unit that generates 180PS. The 1.4 TSI is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard with a seven-speed DSG available as an option, while the 2.0 TSI features a seven-speed DSG as standard.

    Customers opting for diesel can choose between two 2.0 TDI units with outputs of 150PS and 190PS. The 150PS version offers the choice of a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG while the range-topping 190PS version is equipped with a seven-speed DSG as standard.

    In keeping with ŠKODA Scout models, the Kodiaq Scout comes with a tent-full of special features that mark it apart from other models in the range. The bespoke exterior design package includes special Scout off-road front and rear bumpers, a rear ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:13 PM
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    Extensive specification confirmed for new game-changing fourth generation luxury saloon.


    • New fourth generation Audi luxury saloon available to order later this month priced from £69,100 OTR – first UK deliveries in early 2018
    • Introduces new design language, radically different touchscreen operating concept and MHEV drivetrain electrification across the range
    • First production car to be developed for conditional automated driving to SAE level 3
    • Gradual roll-out of autonomous Audi AI parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot functions to begin during 2018


    The luxury class car of the future is no longer just a dot on the horizon - the new Audi A8 becomes available in the UK later this month, breaking new ground for the brand with its design language, innovative touchscreen operating concept and electrified MHEV drivetrain, and opening up a world of possibilities for fully automated mobility. The Audi A8 is the first production car in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving, and from 2018 will be progressively introducing piloted driving functions such as the Audi AI parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

    Priced from £69,100 OTR, and due with its first customers in early 2018, the fourth generation luxury saloon built at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany draws inspiration for its design from the Audi prologue study, and makes a suitably emphatic statement whether in 5.17-metre ‘standard’ form or as the A8 L, which has a 13 centimetre longer wheelbase.

    The balanced proportions emphasise all four wheels in equal measure, and the muscular definition above the wheel arches gives visual expression to the standard quattro all-wheel drive. Viewed side-on, the upright front end combined with the ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 05:08 PM
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    • UK ordering now open for Arona, SEAT’s first compact crossover, priced from £16,555 on-the-road, ahead of showroom launch on 17 November 2017
    • “Easy” range line-up designed for uncomplicated customer choices. Buyers simply select trim level, engine and colour
    • Launch line-up features SE/SE Technology entry grade, sports-focused FR and FR Sport models and flagship XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trims, plus, two launch versions: SE First Edition and XCELLENCE First Edition models
    • Five efficient, technically advanced powertrains, all with direct injection, turbocharging and stop-start technology
    • 0 TSI three-cylinder petrol unit and 1.6 TDI diesel, both offered in 95 and 115 PS tune. Powerful, yet, efficient 1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS using cylinder deactivation technology also available
    • Up to 30 different colour combinations available, with matching or contrasting body and roof finishes


    SEAT’s eagerly awaited New Arona is now available to order in the UK, priced from £16,555. The fourth new model from the Barcelona-based brand in just 18 months is its first foray into the crucial compact crossover class, and it also ushers in an innovative new approach to simplifying customer choice for easier car buying.

    The New Arona, named after a town on the sun-kissed island of Tenerife, is the baby brother to the Ateca SUV and will be looking to replicate the huge success which its larger sibling has had in its own class in recent months.

    The SEAT Arona is the first compact crossover in the Volkswagen Group to use the state-of-the-art vehicle platform, MQB A0, the same as New Ibiza, majoring on stylish design, flexible practicality, top-draw quality and technology.

    One of the key aspects to the launch of the New Arona, is SEAT’s bold approach ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 04:57 PM
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    • All-New Karoq SUV officially open for order at ŠKODA retailers
    • Three trim levels, four engine options; prices from £20,875 OTR
    • High equipment levels across the range, plus new driver assistance systemsMilton Keynes, 3 October 2017: Ordering for one of 2017’s most anticipated new arrivals – the all-new ŠKODA Karoq – opens today (Tuesday 3 October). Priced from £20,875, the all-new SUV sets new standards for value, comfort and equipment in what is one of the busiest and most competitive sectors of the new car market.


    With the first deliveries expected in the first half of January 2018, ŠKODA retailers across the country are expecting brisk business with buyers keen to be the first to own the all-new Karoq.

    As with its larger sibling – the seven-seater Kodiaq – the Karoq delivers the perfect balance of practicality, comfort and value. Its striking looks showcase ŠKODA’s new SUV design language while a raft of new driver assistance systems and in-car technology mean that drivers can enjoy one of the safest and most advanced vehicles in the sector.

    The all-new Karoq is available in three familiar trim levels; SE, SE L and Edition – with each grade offering exceptional levels of equipment. SE models start from £20,875 with SE L models available from £23,165 and range-topping Edition models priced from £27,110.

    Standard features fitted across the range include alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED rear lights, dual-zone climate control, front assist, pedestrian monitor and driver fatigue sensor. ...
    by Published on 28-08-2017 10:13 AM
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    • Darker, more purposeful styling celebrates the dynamic performance
      of the Flying Spur V8 S
    • Black Edition defined by dark tints lights, black gloss brightware,
      unique wheel design and interior colour split
    • 4.0-litre V8 S develops 528 PS (521 bhp) and 680 Nm (502 lb. ft)



    Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 S Black Edition – the car of choice for customers seeking a luxury performance saloon with a more dynamic aesthetic.

    The suite of striking exterior and interior features have been created by the British brand’s designers to reflect the car’s sporting character. Black gloss brightware, dark tint lights, gloss black window surrounds and door mirrors, and new wheels provide a more dynamic, contemporary commentary for the mighty power output of the V8 S engine.

    Inside, a unique colour split, with striking new accents, is available to customers, while a three-spoke Sport Plus steering wheel and Piano Black veneer comes as standard.

    Tuned for more power, the 4.0-litre V8 engine delivers 528 PS (521 bhp) and 680 Nm (502 lb. ft.), which propels the Flying Spur to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds), and on to a top speed of 306 km/h (190 mph). This power is delivered to the road via an all-wheel-drive system with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.

    A Darker, More Dynamic Exterior

    The headlights and tail lamps have a distinctive dark tint and black bezels, while the radiator and window surrounds, headlight washer caps and door-handle inserts ...
    by Published on 28-08-2017 10:09 AM
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    Power outputs of TFSI, TDI and e-tron models to be denoted by two numbers starting this autumn with the all-new A8


    • Designations taking effect worldwide for all drive types
    • Clearly defined hierarchy in each model series
    • Audi A8 the first model with new type designation


    Audi is adopting a standardised nomenclature for the power output designations of its model range which will apply worldwide. The names of the model series – from Audi A1 to Audi Q7 – will remain unchanged. Within the model families, combinations of two numbers will replace the various type designations previously used. The new designations stand for the specific power output and apply both to cars with combustion engines and to e-tron models with hybrid and electric drives.

    The reference value for the new model designations is the power output of the individual model in kilowatts (kW). Audi is therefore creating sub-classifications within the range based on performance levels, each identified by a two-numeral combination. For example, the numeral combination “30” will appear on the rear of all models with power outputs of between 81 and 96 kW (110PS and 130PS). And “45” represents power outputs of between 169 and 185 kW (230PS and 252PS). In each case the numerals appear along with the engine technology indicator – TFSI, TDI, g-tron or e-tron.

    The number combinations identifying the performance levels in the Audi product range increase in increments of five, and they represent the hierarchy within both the respective model series and ...

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