Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Nürburgring

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 blitzes the Nürburgring lap record

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 NürburgringJust how quick is the new 600hp, £149,995 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 supersaloon, we’ve long been waiting to discover. Very quick, it seems: it’s officially been revealed as – literally – the fastest four-door production-spec saloon ever to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The time? Seven minutes 21.23 seconds, fully 11 seconds faster than the previous four-door saloon record holder. Jaguar points out with relish it’s also faster than many famed supercars and even the odd hypercar. Here are five cars the new XE SV Project 8 will beat around the Nürburgring:

  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Ferrari Enzo
  • Pagani Zonda F Clubsport
  • Porsche Carrera GT
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the car Jaguar’s snared the record from, which set a 7min 32sec time in 2015. The Project 8 betters its top speed and acceleration times too, with a cool 3.3sec 0-60mph time, and a claimed 200mph top speed.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Nürburgring

SVO director Mark Stanton has led the design and engineering of the mighty new XE Project 8. His team’s mission was “to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile.”

There’s thus not much left from a standard XE once the SVO team had finished with it: “only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”

SVO MD John Edwards added: The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

Fancy one? Be quick, because Jaguar’s only making 300 – and all of them will be sold in left-hand-drive. If neither that, nor the £150k price, isn’t a barrier to UK buyers, register your interest at a special Project 8 hub, and cross your fingers you’re among the lucky few.

NEXT> 2017 LA Auto Show preview

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

The world’s most luxurious Range Rover has been revealed in LA

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiographyThe original luxury 4×4 has become even more indulgent for 2018. On the eve of the 2017 LA Auto Show, Land Rover has revealed the new Range Rover SVAutobiography, an SUV so upscale, it even has its own Zenith timepiece for the two lucky people in the rear to enjoy. Oh, and a price tag from, wait for it, £167,850.

Joining the rest of the revised-for-2018 Range Rover line, the new SVAutobiography features a redesigned rear cabin that now has power-close rear doors – weary rear-seat passengers can shut them by pressing a button on the full-length console – and even more gorgeous airline-style reclining seats.

It’s also only offered in long-wheelbase guise, providing a full 1.2 metres of legroom, and enough space for the seats to recline down by 40 degrees. There’s a hot stone massage function built in, while both the footrests and calf rests are heated. We told you it was luxurious…

2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

A posh car needs a posh watch: the Zenith clock in the rear is inspired by the Elite 6150 watch (yours for upwards of £4,500), with the driver up front simply getting starter button and gear selector that mimics its knurled bezel.

There’s lots of tech in the back of the hand-finished SVAutobiography, such as dual 10-inch touchscreen entertainment displays, 4G wifi… and a fridge between the rear seats, that can hold two wine bottles, for when work gets all a bit too much for you.

John Edwards, MD of JLR Special Operations, explained: “The SVAutobiography badge identifies our most luxurious vehicles in the same way the SVR and SVX monikers denote our most potent and capable derivatives.”

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer, said: “The Range Rover SVAutobiography is the epitome of luxury, comfort and refinement. Our standard-bearer for quality and precision exemplifies the attention to detail and sophistication that has been a hallmark of our most luxurious SUV stretching back almost 50 years.”

Under the redesigned bonnet, and new for 2018, is the addition of a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric version, which can run for up to 31 miles under full electric power, and a power boost for the supercharged V8 up to 565hp. There’s a 4.4-litre SDV8 turbodiesel as well.

The £167,850 model is that aforementioned diesel; the petrol-electric PHEV is £168,015, with the range-topping supercharged V8 retailing for £177,030. Order books, says Land Rover, are open now.

NEXT> 2017 LA Auto Show preview

Watch out Uber: Porsche taxi rides are coming to London

Watch out, Uber: Porsche taxi rides are coming to London

Watch out Uber: Porsche taxi rides are coming to London

Imagine a world where taxi drivers liked Uber and Uber used Porsches instead of hybrid Toyotas. That’s not as fantastical as it sounds, as Uber-rival Gett has announced a partnership with Porsche that will see 100 of its cars available ‘on demand’ in London from tomorrow.

Don’t get too excited; you won’t be able to race across London in a GT3 RS. Porsche says its models being provided as part of the deal include the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the not-yet-available-as-a-hybrid Macan. Unfortunately, they won’t be available via the Gett app to everyone – the deal’s limited to high-value customers who may consider buying a Porsche in the future.

If you are eligible for a taxi ride in a Porsche, Gett is offering a flat-rate fee of £20 for any rides within a certain area of central London. Rides ending outside of central London will be charged accordingly, says the firm.

All drivers will have been specially trained at Porsche’s experience centre at Silverstone, meaning you don’t have to worry about being made travel sick as you’re driven across London.

“We’re delighted that our customers will be able to travel in Porsche cars in central London with chauffeurs,” said Porsche GB general manager marketing, Ragnar Schulte. “This premium travel initiative will last six months with results being used to inform our future strategy for ‘on-demand’, premium transportation. We invite all users to give feedback on this new service.”

The offer will run until May 2018 and will be available for on-demand pick-up in an area of central London between 11am and 11pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and between 3pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday.

How is Gett different to Uber?

Watch out Uber: Porsche taxi rides are coming to London

As Uber gradually takes over the world of personal mobility, it’s easy to understand why Gett perhaps has perhaps passed by your radar.

Gett follows the Uber business model closely, except in one key area. While Uber will accept almost anyone with a car to drive for them, Gett only uses actual taxi drivers. That brings all of the advantages you’ll get from hailing a black cab: namely being driven by a trained taxi driver who knows the area. But it also means taxi drivers aren’t protesting for Gett to be banned from their cities, and that shouldn’t be underestimated.

A downside of this is that, while Uber uses a clever surge-pricing system during times of high demand, Gett drivers can pick up anyone flagging them down on the street. There’s no incentive to drive out of their way to pick you up, so you may find it difficult to summon a ride during busy times.

>NEXT: The JPN Taxi is Toyota’s take on the black cab

How to prevent your car being stolen using keyless entry scam

How to stop your car being stolen using keyless entry scam

How to prevent your car being stolen using keyless entry scam

Shocking footage has emerged showing a gang of car thieves stealing an expensive Mercedes-Benz within minutes, and without causing any damage or setting off an alarm.

The footage of the so-called ‘relay theft’ shows the criminals using a relay box to receive a signal from the key behind the door of the house and transmit it to another relay box near the car. This then tricks the car into unlocking and starting, allowing the thieves to drive off.

The crime, which happened in Solihull in the West Midlands on 24 September, has led to security experts Thatcham Research issuing guidance on how to avoid being a victim of a similar keyless crime.

“Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals,” said Thatcham Research’s chief technical officer, Richard Billyeald. “Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow our simple security steps.”

Recent data reveals that 91,000 vehicles were stolen in 2016, up from 70,000 in 2013. However, this data relates to all vehicles, including mopeds, motorbikes and vans. Car crime peaked in 1992, a year which saw 620,000 thefts.

Thatcham Research security tips for drivers with keyless entry systems

  • Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?
  • Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
  • Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.
  • Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the police.
  • Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as Thatcham-approved mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.

>NEXT: Thieves are using this new technique to steal cars

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show preview: in pictures

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show preview: in pictures

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show preview: in pictures

The last big motor show of the year is always LA. Automotive chiefs are taking a break from the winter chill and enjoying a few days of sunshine at the annual feel-good event. It always has an end-of-term feel to it, but also serves as a great warm-up for the new cars that will start the year ahead with a bang. Read on to see what we already know will be there in 2018…

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Mercedes-Benz invented the modern four-door coupe segment back in 2003 with the CLS. After the slightly humdrum current car sapped some of the excitement of the original, the firm is set to take LA by storm with an all-new third-generation CLS. Using plenty of tech from the E-Class again, we hope the styling has rediscovered the elegance of the original, although we’re happy to bet the drive is going to impress. With a welter of autonomous tech, it could be the CLS back to its best.

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

The Infiniti QX50 could not be more market-perfect. It’s as spot-on a replacement to its predecessor as the old one was wholly ignorable. Because not only does it look pretty, it also has a brilliant new engine, and we don’t use the adjective ‘brilliant’ lightly. Called VC-Turbo, this is a variable compression unit that can become bigger or smaller, as the needed arises. No engine on sale before has been able to do this. The QX50 looks smart but could also, quietly, be the single most significant new car revealed at LA 2017.

Aria FXE

Aria FXE

Not heard of Aria Group? Don’t worry – it’s an expert engineering firm that usually makes the concept cars for big-name manufacturers. Now it’s decided to make one of its own, and the FXE teased here is our first look at the start-up supercar. Yes, we’re excited to see more.

BMW M3 CS

BMW M3 CS

There’s a new BMW 3 Series next year, so this one is trying to go out on a high with a zippy new CS-tuned version of the M3 range-topper. Taking much of the carbon fibre styling addenda from the M4 CS, it also gets a power boost to 453hp and two criminally cool features – a ducktail-style rear spoiler and ultra-lightweight staggered wheels: 19 inches on the front and 20 inches at the rear. The current M3 has always slightly disappointed. Is BMW saving the best until last?

Saleen S1

Saleen S1

Saleen is a US performance car firm that used to make its own supercar, but more recently has tuned up versions of other hot cars, such as the Ford Mustang. The S1 was originally revealed in China, as it’s a joint venture development with Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technology Co, and will be built from 2018 for sales in both the US and China. Boasting up to 450hp, it’s an intriguing proposition that we’re keen to see more of.

Land Rover Discovery SVX

Land Rover Discovery SVX

Even a standard Land Rover Discovery can pretty much go anywhere. We proved as much on the launch earlier this year. But the way it looks is, well, just a bit too posh and elegant for some to believe it can do all this. Enter the SVX, hand-built by the same Coventry, England division that makes ultra-posh Range Rover SVAs and ultra-fast Jaguar SVRs. Land Rover reckons it’s the most extreme car it’s ever made – yes, more off-road-ready than any Defender – and we’re going to pore over it in LA ahead of its launch in 2018.

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

Range Rover and Range Rover Sport facelift

The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have been facelifted and LA show-goers get to see them up-close for the first time. The big news is the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model that can do up to 31 miles in full EV mode, but we’re also looking forward to checking out the new front end in the metal, and the even posher interior in all its leather-laden glory. You don’t even have to stop with the regular Range Rover: Land Rover will also be showing the SVAutobiography range-topper, aiming to redefine – again – just how luxurious you can make a Range Rover.

Genesis G70

Genesis G70

Hyundai’s premium division, Genesis, has already caused a stir with its excellent G90 luxury car, a cracking first attempt at taking on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Now it has the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in its sights. The G70 was only revealed a few months ago, so this is still a relatively fresh first-show. It’s aimed at sports saloon drivers in the U.S. but we’ll be checking it out to see if Hyundai UK should take an interest.

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

How long have we been expecting this? A roofless i8 has been years in the making, but might at last be arriving in LA, and we can’t wait to flip-up the doors and jump straight in on the show stand floor – before possibly being escorted away, depending on the humour of the security guards. Honestly, we’ll take our shoes off.

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

LA will be another opportunity for us to see the rather large BMW X7 luxury SUV concept. This is BMW’s Range Rover, focused on the Chinese market, and all kinds of massive. LA is so connected, we might take up residence in the back of it and order some takeout once we’ve charmed the security guards.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

While Land Rover dillies and dallies over the new Defender, finding itself in the bizarre situation of phasing out a model without a replacement ready to jump into its shoes, Jeep shows the way to treat an icon with the all-new Wrangler. It’s familiar, of course, but jam-packed with new stuff, to both make it even better off-road and even more connected inside.

Lexus RXL

Lexus RXL

The sales figures prove how much people love the Lexus RX SUV. But in all this time, it’s remained a two-row five-seater. No more. LA 2017 marks the debut of the three-row seven-seat RX, ingeniously called RXL. If you’re eco-thinking and have three children, each with an inseparable best mate, bingo.

Mazda 6 facelift

Mazda 6 facelift

You tell us. The Mazda 6 is a marvellous car, a premium BMW rival sold at Ford Mondeo money, but if you can tell what’s different about this one, you have keener eyes than us. Still, we will nevertheless head over to check out and admire the people’s BMW 3 Series.

Porsche 911 T

Porsche 911 T

Yes. This is the one enthusiasts have been waiting for. T means turbo, of course, but T also harks back to the 911’s 1960s heritage, where things were oh-so simple. Here, T means Touring, and Porsche’s made sure it’s a driving holiday with rear-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential and a manual gearbox. It has 20mm lower suspension than a regular Carrera, standard adaptive dampers, and is 20kg lighter thanks to thinner glass, no rear seats and even straps for the doorhandles. Where do we sign?

Porsche 718 GTS

Porsche 718 GTS

What enthusiasts really want is the return of the six-cylinder Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster. With the GTS… they don’t get it. But they do get more power, 365hp, from the 2.5-litre turbo flat-four, which Porsche reckons will accelerate one from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds if you go for the fast-shifting PDK automatic. Quick enough to knobble a 911 or two, while GTS accoutrements give it a bit more focus in corners too.

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

Subaru is such a well-loved brand by people who know their cars, so why shouldn’t it too get on the modern SUV bandwagon and try to attract more of those to whom it’s unknown? The good-looking Ascent, pictured here in concept form, is its first three-row seven-seat SUV, thoroughly on-form and set, more than likely, to sell like hot cakes in North America. Those who know their cars would love it in the UK, but would it sell?

Toyota FT-AC

Toyota FT-AC

We’ve only seen a teaser of this, and it frankly looks fantastic already. Packed with LED lights and a bulging body, we don’t quite know if it’s an SUV, a pickup, a van or what, but we’re still hoping it’s the cool post-apocalyptic Toyota this image suggests it is. One to keep an eye on.

Mini Electric Concept

Mini Electric Concept

We saw this at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, and now Mini’s showing off the battery electric concept in the market destined to take a substantial proportion of sales. Expected to use BMW i3 electric tech, it will be fast, have a decent range and generally thoroughly Mini-flavoured, just with zero emissions from the (non-existent) tailpipe.

Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Meet the future of Mazda styling. This is another car we’ve already seen, but it’s still worth a second look because of just how pretty and elegant it is. Who says they don’t make jaw-dropping and achingly beautiful cars anymore? Join us at LA to see yet more lovely pictures.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

The car with the longest name at the show. To decipher it, this is a shooting brake Panamera with a 55 hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, a 140hp electric motor and a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery good for 30 miles on full EV power. But, more importantly, a total system output of 680hp and 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds. Not bad for an estate, huh?

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

A Volvo at a motor show is a rarity – the firm has pared back the number of events it attends, preferring instead to do things its own way. Luckily, LA is one of the events it is attending, and lucky for Los Angeles, the XC40 is yet another marvellous modern Volvo. It rivals the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It is also, according to early drive reports, better than the new Jaguar E-Pace, which isn’t quite what the British firm had planned.

Corvette ZR1

Corvette ZR1

First revealed in Dubai, the monster Corvette now gets its homeland reveal. A production Corvette has never been faster or more powerful car than this: 755hp may even see it dip beneath seven minutes for a Nürburgring hot lap, the firm hints. We’ll join the throng and lust over it in LA.

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

The posh compact Lincoln SUV gets a new look for 2018, with the same cool front end we’ve seen on the Continental. It’s much nicer than the current setup and the interior is, to follow a bit of a trend of LA 2017, said to be even posher and more luxurious as well.

>NEXT: Chevrolet Corvette: 65 years in the making

You can now buy winter tyres for your McLaren

You can now buy winter tyres for your McLaren

You can now buy winter tyres for your McLaren

McLaren has teamed up with Pirelli to offer a new winter tyre and wheel package for its Sports Series models.

Buy a set of winter tyres from McLaren and you’ll get four 14-spoke lightweight forged alloys painted grey and fitted with Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres.

Suitable for all models of the McLaren Sports Series family – the 540C, 570S, 570S Spider and 570GT – the winter tyre package comes fully assembled and ready to fit, meaning owners can quickly swap over to winter tyres in time for the colder months. Having a second set of wheels to combat the worst of the salt and other winter road debris also protects ‘summer wheels’, says McLaren, as well extend the life of the tyres fitted.

“Choosing the right type of tyre to suit seasonal weather and road conditions should be a priority for every McLaren driver wanting to enjoy their car safely all-year round,” said McLaren Automotive’s aftersales director, Carl Whipp.

“Regardless of whether winter tyres are a legal requirement, having them ready and waiting on a second set of wheels will allow customers to switch to the optimum tyre choice quickly and easily when winter arrives – which is why we have teamed up with our tyre partner, Pirelli, to offer the McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set exclusively through McLaren Retailers.”

You can now buy winter tyres for your McLaren

Although winter tyres aren’t a legal requirement here in the UK, McLaren says fitting them is a wise move as the Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 tyres are designed specifically for McLaren fitment to deliver optimal grip and control in adverse conditions.

Not only do they provide extra grip in freezing conditions, they’re also more effective than summer tyres once temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius. They also reduce the chance of aquaplaning in wet conditions thanks to the specially-designed tread pattern.

In comparison to summer tyres, the Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 could reduce the cold-weather stopping distance of a McLaren Sports Series car by 10 percent in wet conditions and by up to 20 percent on snowy roads, says the manufacturer.

The winter wheels set is now available from McLaren retailers in the UK. How much? If you have to ask…

>NEXT: The man behind the McLaren F1 is launching a new supercar

Bentley S1 Continental

Elton John’s Bentley offered for sale

Sir Elton John Bentley

Whenever a classic car formerly owned by a famous rock star comes up for auction, there’s a temptation to lace the report with half-baked references to their lyrics and songs. But you won’t find any cheesy nods to Sir Elton John’s back catalogue in our preview for the sale of this Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon.

Instead, we’ll just say that if you have the funds required to meet the pre-auction estimate, and you’re successful in the Bonhams Bond Street Sale, you can tell everybody this is your car.

According to Bonhams, Sir Elton once described the Bentley S1 Continental as “The most beautiful car, I think, that’s ever been designed.” High praise indeed, from a ‘Rocket Man’ who has owned a succession of exotic and illustrious cars, including a Jaguar XJ220 and a number of Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce models.

But Sir Elton wasn’t the first owner of the 1957 Continental. Instead, it was sold new to a Mr Madi in Cheshire, before being shipped to Gambia. It soon returned to the UK, changing hands a few times before ending up in the hands of the most celebrated musician ever to be born in Pinner.

The year was 1976, and with 20 years and many owners to its name, the Bentley was in need of restoration. Sir Elton sent it to Weybridge Automobiles for a bare metal respray, complete refurbishment of the interior, and mechanical tweaks.

Sir Elton sacrificed nothing in pursuit of perfection, adding power steering, air conditioning and – perhaps fittingly – a modern Alpine stereo system. The former chairman of Watford FC kept it for 25 years, before selling it to another ex-football chairman, Alan Sugar.

Paying over the odds

Lord Sugar Bentley

Not that Sir Alan (these were the days before he became Lord Sugar) was particularly enamoured with his purchase. Commenting in The Times, Mr Sugar said: “It’s not easy being a man of the people – not when you’re sat behind the wheel of a vintage Bentley.

“Elton John stitched me up with this Bentley. I bought it at auction – on the phone. Bid against myself, I reckon. Done up like a kipper, I was.”

Lord Sugar paid £196,250 for the Bentley at a Christie’s sale in 2001, after Sir Elton auctioned off 20 vehicles from his fantastic collection. It made the rock legend around £2m, with Sir Elton commenting “There’s obviously a lot of money to be made from secondhand cars.”

Six years later, the car went under the hammer again, making just £144,500 at Bonhams’ Olympia sale. Time to fire your motoring adviser, Lord Sugar?

The Bentley – which is one of just 431 S1 Continentals ever built – is expected to fetch between £400,000 and £500,000 at the Bond Street Sale on 2 December 2017. After his previous experience, we doubt Lord Sugar will be feeling the love tonight.

Gallery: Bentley S1 Continental Sport Saloon  

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Revealed: the reason why driving test changes are already outdated

Revealed: the reason why driving test changes are already outdated

Revealed: the reason why driving test changes are already outdated

Learner drivers will have to navigate using a sat nav for 20 minutes as part of the driving test from next week – but a survey has revealed that the new rules are already outdated.

The study of 2,000 motorists by Continental Tyres found that half of young drivers use their mobile phone to navigate rather than a traditional sat nav.

Driving test examiners will provide a TomTom sat nav for the navigation test, which will form part of the independent driving section of the practical driving test. Drivers are banned from using their own sat nav in the driving test, although one in five candidates will be required to follow road signs instead.

The survey also found that 64 percent of people think there should be a greater emphasis on understanding the laws around mobile phones as part of the test, while 57 percent want to see drivers being tested on routine checks such as the minimum tyre tread depth.

“It is clear to see that people want the new test to support improved road safety and deliver good driving practice as well as test skills,” said Continental Tyres safety expert, Mark Griffiths. “It’s good to know people want a stronger focus on safety checks, like how to check tyres, as well as the safe and legal use of mobile phones while driving.”

>NEXT: ‘Show me, tell me’ questions form part of new UK driving test

Volvo XC40

Motoring Research week in review: 26 November 2017

Volvo XC40

Jaguar must feel slightly annoyed at the new E-Pace compact SUV not even having five minutes to get its feet under the table, before a new challenger shows up. However, that is exactly what Volvo has done with the new XC40, subtly sweeping in with Scandi-cool to throw shade onto the baby Jag. It’s worth recalling that at one time both brands fell under the control of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, before drifting off on their own separate paths away from the Blue Oval.

The limelight is now firmly on Volvo, with the backing of Geely turning the Swedish company into a trendsetting luxury brand. You can read Andrew’s first drive review of the new XC40 here, and find out whether it really is good enough to be class best.

This week we’ve also tested a new estate car that questions whether an SUV really is a necessity, got our first look at the dramatic new Aston Martin Vantage, and continued to bring you all the latest classic news with Retro MR.

Car News

2018 Aston Martin Vantage

The ‘Lime Essence’ colour isn’t the most shocking thing about the new Aston Martin Vantage. Not only is there that grille, but also a brand-new turbocharged V8 engine behind it.

Car Reviews

Volvo XC40
2018 Volvo XC40 – First drive
Volvo has built a strong recent track record with the XC90 and XC60. Expectations are suitably high for the new XC40, and we’ve had the chance to test it out

2018 Jaguar E-Pace
2018 Jaguar E-Pace 2.0D 180 – First drive
The bigger F-Pace has proven hugely profitable for Jaguar, but does downsizing create another immediate success? We’ve driven it to find out

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain – First drive
Does the solution to your luxury off-roading needs necessarily have to be an SUV? Mercedes has joined the 4×4 estate market, and it makes a convincing argument.

Features and opinions

Teaser trailer – how the Aston Martin DB10 previewed the new Vantage
Think you’ve seen the design of the new Aston Martin Vantage before? Cast your mind back to the James Bond Spectre film and things may begin to fall into place

Hatching a plan
The current hot hatch power struggle shows no sign of letting up. We’ve a list of the most powerful family-friendly machines available, with up to 400hp on offer.

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class interior

Inspired interiors
The interior of the forthcoming 2018 Mercedes A-Class is already winning praise. Which cars have the best interiors on sale right now though?

Revealed: the shocking ways drink drivers avoid the police

None for the road
A new survey has found drink-drivers are prepared to take astonishing measures to avoid being caught by the police. 

Retro MR

MR archive: Aston Martin V8 Vantage review

Retro MR – 2005 Aston Martin Vantage review from the archive
All the attention this week may be on the brand-new Aston Martin Vantage, but we’ve taken a trip back to 2005 and the release of the previous V8-engined model

Retro MR – Citroen museum auction
The Citroen Conservatorie museum hosts an impressive collection of classics and concepts from the brand’s history. Some 65 of them are coming up for auction

Ford Mondeo

MR Retro – Time to become Mondeo Man, again
Although the Mk1 Ford Mondeo was not the first ‘world car’ it did help shrink global differences. Some 25 years after production began, should you buy one now?

 

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Car vandalism

‘Mindless’ car vandalism up 10% in 3 years

Car vandalismMore than 210,000 car owners suffered criminal vandalism in 2016, new figures from the RAC have revealed – a 10 percent increase in three years.

For those living in Greater Manchester, the figures are even worse: a freedom of information request to the police force showed a 37 percent increase in car vandalism in three years. It’s the area with the greatest number of damaged cars outside London.

Car vandalism also increased 25 percent in Hertfordshire and West Yorkshire, with Northumbria recording a 22 percent rise.

A total of 24 police forces reported a rise in criminal damage reported by motorists – double the number that said criminal damaged had fallen.

“In reality, however, the overall figure for the number of vehicles vandalised is probably far higher,” said RAC Insurance director Mark Godfrey, “as many motorists may neither report it to the police nor claim on insurance for fear of causing their next insurance premium to go up.”

There’s little motorists can do to prevent it either, he admitted. But there are “a few basic precautions that can be taken to limit the chances of it happening. During the day, try to park in well used areas and at night go for well-lit streets away from pubs and clubs if at all possible, and if you have access to a garage, use it.

“It’s also good advice to use car parks that carry the ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking symbol which means there are measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.”

And if you do suffer car vandalism, added Godfrey, “take pictures of it, report it to the police and get a crime reference number as this will help with any subsequent insurance claim.”

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