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New Jaguar F Type sports car announced

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The all new Peugeot 208

Peugeot have released details and, perhaps more importantly pictures of the upcoming replacement for the 207, the imaginatively titled 208 (One wonders what they’re going to call the replacement for the 209?) I was lucky enough to own a particularly good 205 Gti when I was 18 so this story caught my eye immediately, especially when the Peugeot press office took the bull by the horns and pre-empted that burning question- will they build a Gti that’s fit to wear the badge? They’ve cut kerb weight dramatically in a bid to capture the essence of the 205’s driving ability and have already released details of the all important Gti which will come in two guises, the really hot version being powered by a turbo charged, four cylinder engine producing 204 bhp.

First impressions visually are promising with front overhang reduced dramatically, not only giving the car a more sleek profile overall but also improving handling as Peugeot are so keen to stress was their main focus. There are some neat design touches, the shoulder line incorporating the door handles and fuel cap is smart, even more so where it enters the rear light cluster and performs a U-turn to become the rear indicator. I feel that some aspects of the exterior are almost in competition with each other for your attention which can just result in a headache, I’d describe this as a ‘busy’ look. Peugeot should maybe have followed the old mantra that simplicity is best when deciding which little flicks and curves were appropriate and which should maybe have been saved for the next model.

Peugeot 208

One glaring improvement on all recently released Peugeots is the deletion of that ridiculous ‘wide mouth frog’ front end. The 208 may look a little generic overall, sharing styling cues with the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio but I feel it’s just about recognisable in a crowd.

Subaru BRZ

In other news, Subaru have released images of their take on their joint venture withToyotato create a sports –coupe. Named the BRZ (Boxer engine, Rear drive, Zenith), it is quite expectedly similar to Toyota’s upcoming FT-86 with only the rear end being significantly different, I would say more aggressive, more Subaru. This model could really do with being a big hit for Subaru as they’ve announced a profits crash of 27%, blaming, amongst other things, the Japanese earthquake that struck earlier this year.

By Ben Harrington

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Audi have announced that the new S6 super-saloon will still feature a hugely powerful 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 producing 440bhp, a 5bhp increase on the outgoing model yet they are keen to stress that the new model will be more refined and civilised than it’s predecessor. If these first shots are an accurate representation, it certainly won’t carry the visual punch of previous S6’s. Let’s hope that the new RS6 is a little more stimulating.

Slightly more positive news from Audi, the all wheel drive Quattro coupe is likely to see production according to sources within the firm. The Quattro concept, first seen at last year’s Paris motor show has evidently provoked a mainly positive response, encouraging Audi to press on with this lightweight turbocharged coupe. The final design is rumoured to maintain design cues harking back to the original Quattro, first seen over 30 years ago.

BMW have unveiled images of their 2012 F10 BMW M5 concept in Munich. This concept is believed to differ only slightly from the all new M5, scheduled for release next year. By switching from a V10 to a turbocharged V8, BMW have given assurances that the new model will be more powerful than the outgoing model, yet will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by ‘at least 25%’. Visually, the new model doesn’t initially appear as imposing as previous ones, however I will reserve final judgement until I see one up close.

Tesco have announced that they are to move into the second hand car market. In what would be a revolutionary move, the cars are posted on a website with a video of an RAC inspector performing a thorough check of the car. This check would replace the traditional viewing of a car and possibly reassure many unconfident buyers that the car was roadworthy. Prices are expected to significantly undercut those found on the forecourt and all cars are provided with a minimum one month warranty. Whether each purchase would earn the buyer clubcard points or not has not been confirmed.

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