STUTTGART'S finest stormed the Palace, as the UK's most exclusive car event honoured Porsche's 70th birthday. The annual Salon Privé show lined up over 40 high-end Porsches on the lawns of Blenheim Palace. Judges at the three-day event also handed out a plethora of awards, including the most original Porsche, as well as the best sounding and most evocative. A 1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder took the title of the most historical, most technically interesting and the best air-cooled race car. While a 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster also won three gongs, including the best open car, best engine and the Duke of Marlborough Award. The Ladies' Choice went to a 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Speedster. Lamborghini also debuted its new Aventador SVJ at the show - its most powerful naturally-aspirated production car. The V12 hits 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds with a max speed of 218mph making it one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world. It also set the fastest lap ever for road-legal … [Read more...] about 70 years of Porsche celebrated at the exclusive Blenheim Palace car show – here’s the best of Salon Privé 2018
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PUBLISHED: 16:21 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 28 August 2018 Lewis Beales Robert Hollyman, on the top step of the podium, celebrating victory in last year’'s Aston Martin Intermarque race at Snetterton Picture: Ellen Tunstall Photography. © Ellen Tunstall Norfolk-born Robert Hollyman will be looking to resume his winning streak on his former home circuit of Snetterton this Saturday by taking victory in the AMOC Intermarque race. Action from last year's Aston Martin Owners Club meeting at Snetterton with the 44 Porsche GT3 of Peter Mangion battling past the Simon Watts/Roberto Giordanelli Porsche 968 Turbo (58) pursued by the BMW M3 of Tom Houlbrook Picture: Ellen Tunstall PhotographyThe Porsche 964 racer was victorious in the opening two rounds, but found the pace a bit too hot at the previous event, at Donington Park, and would dearly like revenge – but the BMW M3 of Richard and Sam Neary may prove too potent.Also keen to mix up the … [Read more...] about Porsche driver Hollyman looks to return to winning ways at Snetterton
The Ford Fiesta XR2 was the car for city slickers in the 1980s. Bought on a ruinously expensive HP deal, preferably in red, they were bona fide everyday supercars, and almost as standout as the brutalist 80s Lamborghinis they aspired to be (and their drivers aspired to own). We’re a bit more sophisticated these days. Red braces are out, understatement is in. “People prefer less make-up these days,” says Ford designer Jens Sieber (our fashion department disagrees, but that’s an argument for another day). This brings us to the new Fiesta ST, the XR2 of 2018, which in supercar terms is a Porsche rather than a Lamborghini. The outgoing Fiesta ST was a bit of a sensation. Ford’s job with this one was to keep the riotousness but improve the horrible infotainment system, crashy ride and seating position, which was more MPV than sportscar. Oh, and clean up the exhaust so even Sadiq Khan would drive one. A new 1.5-litre turbo engine does the green bit. It produces … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta ST 2018 review: The hot hatch that thinks it’s a Porsche 911
Lamborghini has been very deliberate lately in its evolution as a brand.In the past half-decade, the company that started making tractors for Italian farmers more than 55 years ago has unveiled the $242,300 Huracán—known for its smoother, sleeker (more affordable) demeanor behind the wheel—and the $200,000 Urus, its first SUV since the LM002 went out of production decades ago. Both vehicles are attracting new customers to the brand, especially women and first-time Lamborghini owners, according to dealers and company executives. The cars have also provoked cries from some old-school die-hards that the brand has so tamed itself in order to reach the masses that it is no longer recognizable as the revered brand. (But can you actually call fewer than 4,000 cars sold globally per year mass appeal?)Those people, I’d suggest, should take note of the 2018 Aventador S Roadster. The new 740-horsepower V12 bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese … [Read more...] about The $460,000 Aventador S Roadster Is a Howling Blast From Lambo’s Past
Motoring by Press Association 11/04/2018, 10:12 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? According to Aston Martin the new Vantage is its most extreme sports car yet – and it’s not wrong. Held up against the Vantage of yesteryear, it’s a completely different beast. Sharing little more than the characteristic boot flick, now emphasised for this predatory car, with the previous generation, this could be one of the most important cars ever for the brand. It’s crucial that they get it right, too – the previous Vantage was its best-selling car, and for the new age of the British carmaker it needs to continue that way. What’s new? Although the old Vantage had a slightly sportier air than other cars in the Aston range – largely because of its association with the World Endurance Championship – the new version has accentuated every aspect of the car’s exterior, like … [Read more...] about First Drive: Aston Martin Vantage – is this the brand’s Porsche 911 beater?