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British Motor Show

British Motor Show

The second model revealed by Subaru in London is the Impreza WRX-S, a model that will be priced at £22,495.

The Impreza WRX S is powered by 2.5 litre ’boxer’ engine that now delivers 255 PS at 5,400 rpm (up from 230 PS at 5,200 rpm) while the torque improvement is even greater, growing from 236 lb.ft at 2,800 rpm to 287.6 at 3,000 rpm – a staggering 51 lb. ft more.

Maximum speed remains at 130 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from 6.1 seconds to 5.5 seconds. Naturally, in-gear flexibility is greatly enhanced.

Subaru Impreza WRX S

The Impreza WRX-S features 18x7.5 ins anthracite GT1 alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, an STI front grille, STI front lip spoiler and STI rear wing and body-colour tailgate moulding.

Also standard is a MOMO ’Air-Race’ gearknob while the colour choice is between San Remo Red, WR Blue Mica, Obsidian Black Pearl and Satin White Pearl.

Standard equipment includes front and rear spoilers, side skirts, a rear diffuser, leather-covered steering wheel, all-wheel drive, a rear limited-slip differential with Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, 10-speaker, six-disc radio/CD player and xenon headlamps.

Subaru unveiled at the British Motor Show a trio of vehicles, one of them being the Impreza WRX STI 330S, a model that will go on sale in September at a price of £30,000.

The new Impreza WRX STI 330S benefits from a Prodrive Performance pack with modified ECU and exhaust system – this time with paired twin 90 mm diameter stainless steel exhaust pipes to bring back the burble so loved by ’scooby’ fans.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI 330S

Power goes up to 330 PS at only 5,400 rpm compared to the 300.5 PS at 6,000 rpm of the standard model. Torque is boosted from 300.2 lb ft at 4,000 rpm to 346.6 lb ft at a lower 3,400 rpm making for an even swifter, effortless driving experience.

Top speed is the same 155.3 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from an already swift 4.8 seconds to only 4.4 seconds.

The car features: Recaro front seats, satellite navigation, Smart-entry and push-button start, five-spoke 18x8.5 ins alloy wheels wearing 245/40 R18 tyres.

Standard equipment includes: a six-speed gearbox, Si-Drive giving three different engine response modes, a Multi-mode Driver Control Centre Differential, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and – of course – symmetrical all-wheel drive with front and rear limited-slip differentials.

Ford revealed at the British Motor Show the new 76.3mpg Fiesta ECOnetic – Britain’s greenest family car with CO2 emissions of 98g/km. The car will go on sale at the end of the year at a price of £11,845 for the three-door version and £12,445 for the five-door version.

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

The Fiesta ECOnetic becomes the most fuel efficient new five-seater family car in the UK. With CO2 emissions at under 100g/km, Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is zero rated both for road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) and for the ’showroom tax’ element of VED introduced for the first year of ownership in this year’s Budget.

The car features: aerodynamic rear air deflectors, lowered suspension, optimised rolling resistance tyres (175/65R14) and low friction oil, green shift indicator light, modified engine calibration, transmission final drive ratio changed from 3.37 to 3.05.

Lotus will unveil its new 2+2 GT today at the British Motor Show at 11:30. The car was named Evora, after a city in Portugal and will go on sale in the first half of 2009. It will be limited to 2000 units a year.

Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

The Evora is the only car on the market with a mid-engine layout and a 2+2 seating configuration. It is powered by a modified version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6, with dual VVT-i that produced 280 hp. It can hit a top speed of 160 mph; the 0-60 mph sprint from standstill is estimated at sub 5 seconds.

Lotus announced name for its new sports car: EVORA

The car features leather and aluminium on the interior, blue LEDs, bucket seats, hand-stitched leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen multi-media system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

Honda unveiled at the British Motor Show the OSM (for Open Study Model), a low-emission sportscar study model.

Honda OSM

The exterior design is a balance of smooth, rounded curves and sharp lines to provide definition in key areas. The headlights are cleverly integrated into the front end, stretching from the nose to the top of the wheel arches to look more like a part of the original body.

Honda OSM

Inside, this uninterrupted, fluid approach is continued, with long sweeping curves extending from both door panels to form a frame for the instrument display. The concept for the dashboard was to avoid creating the traditional block of ‘heavy’ color and material in front of the driver; in keeping with the clean and lightweight theme. For that reason, the dash is broken into sections, with the most important instruments in direct line-of-sight of the driver.

Renault unveiled at the British Motor Show the R26.R, a model based on Mégane F1 Team R26 that uses the same engine, gearbox and limited slip differential, but has been lightened by 123kg and features specific suspension calibration. It will be limited to only 450 units and will go on sale in October.

Renault Megane R26.R

Megane R26.R is powered by the same 2.0 Turbo engine as Megane F1 Team R26 which is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox with a shorter linkage for even quicker gearshifts.

Renault Megane R26.R

This engine boasts peak power of 230hp and torque of 310Nm. Indeed, one of this powerplant’s key features is the availability of the latter across an extremely broad rev range, with 90 per cent of maximum torque being available between 2,000 and 6,000rpm.

Megane R26.R accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and covers the standing start kilometre in a mere 25.9s. Its homologated combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.5 litres/100km, equivalent to 199g of CO2/km.

Hyundai announced a range of Blue vehicles that will offer emissions below the crucial 120g/km barrier. First to be revealed is the i30 Blue that will go on sale in September at a price of £13,155.

Hyundai i30 iBlue

The i30 hatchback is powered by the familiar and acclaimed 1.6-litre CRDi engine and offers better value than low emission rivals, including the offerings from Ford and Volkswagen.

In addition the i-Blue badge will also be used on all i10 models which produce less than 120g/km. The introduction of the new 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine, available from September, means this will apply to every i10 with a manual transmission.

Opel will unveil the 2009 Insignia at the British Motor Show tomorrow, but ahead of its debut, the car dropped in on London today.

Using the latest technology available, a team of 60 people worked more than 7,200 accumulative hours to plan, set-up, rehearse and execute the stunt. They worked 96 continuous hours on-site at Potters Fields to ensure success of the car’s high-speed fall, allowing the vehicle to reach a descent speed of 7.6 meters per second.

Opel Insignia dropped in on London

The machine that made this possible required roughly 3 kilometers of power and control cables; it contained 152 meters of air hoses and more than 120 air fittings. Thirteen computer-controlled pneumatic brakes stopped more than 2.7 tons traveling at breakneck speed.

At the debut tomorrow, Opel will reveal car’s technical data and German prices.

The new Opel Insignia Notchback and Hatchback make their world premiere at the 2008 British International Motor Show, taking place from July 23 to August 3 in London. The new Opel Insignia is available with seven engines from 110 to 260 hp and will go on sale at the end of 2008.

The Insignia will launch with an exceptionally broad range of seven engines. All meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 liter and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp. Subsequently the Insignia engine line-up will be expanded with an EcoFLEX version offering very low CO2 emissions in addition to other, more powerful variants.

Hatchback version:


And notchback version:


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Although it had its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show last March, the Spyker C8 Aileron is now making its U.K. debut. And that’s a good enough excuse to show some pics of this awesome hand-built supercar. The C8 Aileron will utilize the same 400 horsepower V-8 from Audi that is in use in the other C8 models. This is the second generation of C8s for the Dutch carmaker. The Aileron updates the C8 line with more interior room through a longer wheelbase, 40% better torsion rigidity, and an available automatic transmission.

Also at the British Motor Show will be the C12 Zagato concept car. This car incorporates the W-12 from Audi, making 500 horsepower. This debuted over a year ago in Geneva, and Spyker Spyker has been tempting us with it ever since. So until we can get our hands on the real thing, enjoy the photo gallery.


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