Ever since the man in the white suit came out as Ben Collins, the news has been rolling on out to no doubt capitalize on such a popular topic of conversation. Collins was recently asked by The Daily Telegraph what his favorite car was during his time as the famous Stig. One might think it would have been a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, but you would be very wrong. His favorite car was the little Toyota Aygo, which was used to play car football.
He said: "We had about five or six touring car drivers on that day and we unanimously agreed we hadn’t had that much fun in a car that we could remember.
"The Aygo was the most fun although it was the cheapest."
That’s all well and good, but what about the high performance machines? For this category, Collins picked the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports as the best high-end vehicle during his time on Top Gear, stating that it "was the fastest thing we ever drove".
So, what car does The Stig hate more than any others? That’s fairly easy if you remember one of the biggest wrecks Collins had during his time on the show. During a test lap, he lost control of a Koenigsegg and damaged the very rare machine by putting it into some tires.
To find out more about Collins, you can pick up his new book, The Man in the White Suit: The Stig.
Toyota UK has just added a new version to the Aygo line-up. The new Aygo Black will be offered in both three and five-door versions and will be based on the Aygo+ model.
This special edition adds Alcantara and leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, leather gear shift knob (manual models), 14-inch alloy wheels and Tempest Black metallic exterior paint finish.
Toyota UK has launched a new top of the line version for the Aygo compact car. Called Platinum, the new version is based on the Aygo+ model and adds: 14-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Alcantara and leather upholstery gear knob as well as Crystal Silver metallic paint.
The new Aygo Platinum is available in either three or five-door versions, both being powered by a 1.0-litre VVT-I petrol engine with Toyota Optimal Drive – winner of the sub-one-liter class of the International Engine of the Year awards for the past three years. Five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, with the option of Toyota’s Multimode system.
Toyota is also offering a new Aygo Xtra Protected pack for the new Platinum edition. The package adds: rear parking sensors and additional side and rear protection mouldings to help guard against the rough and tumble of urban driving. Vehicle Stability Control can also be specified as an option.
Prices start at £8995 for the Platinum edition and adds an extra £380 for the Aygo Xtra Protected pack.
The Toyota Aygo usually doesn’t make it on our radar. It’s a little econobox that isn’t sold in the U.S., and it doesn’t get anywhere fast. So why is it even worth posting? Because the magazine Bonzai got its hands on the little cheepster and more than doubled its 67 hp by supercharging the 1.0-liter engine to 138 hp.
There were plenty of Toyota Motorsport kit pieces added to the car, as well as adjusting the ride height to the lowest legal limit. This little hatch is light, fast, and almost stylish, possibly the first Aygo that deserves a little respect.
For those who are fans of the small Toyota Aygo we have good news and bad news. The good news is that a new edition called Xposed will be available. This edition will feature a false carbon fibre exterior which includes new bumper add-ons, mirror covers and a new black roof.
Also new side skirts will be available as well as a re-designed rear spoiler and a new sport exhaust system. Still, a roof spoiler will increase the down force of the vehicle while the 15” alloy wheels will improve the stability. Enough with the good news...the bad news is that the car will be available only for the Netherlands automarket.
Toyota revealed today the Aygo Crazy, the perfect antidote to all those wild concept cars that look great on the show stand but never turn a wheel. It is a unique machine that has been developed from the start to deliver no-holds-barred maximum driving pleasure, an unforgettable, fun experience.
Aygo Crazy is fettled with the Toyota 1.8 VVT-i unit that powered the final generation Celica and MR2 Roadster, rear-mounted and driving the rear wheels through the Roadster’s five-speed manual gearbox. The addition of a Toyota Motorsport turbo conversion kit boosts power output to 200DIN hp and torque to 240Nm. Compare the performance to the 68 DIN bhp and 93Nm mustered by the standard road-going Aygo and you gain some idea of just what a different kind of machine this is.
Weighing in at just 1,050kg, Aygo Crazy is capable of 127mph (est), but speed is not its defining quality: this is a machine that exists to be responsive and alive to the driver’s commands, to put smiles on the faces of those inside and outside the car.
There’s blue, then there is Aygo Blue. This spring Toyota’s award-winning city car has a fresh look with a new dedicated Slate Blue metallic paint finish. The colour co-ordination includes the door mirrors and bumper inserts on the outside and continues inside the cabin with new carpet mats with matching blue stitching and slate blue bezels for the air vents and instrument display.
Aygo Blue sits alongside Aygo Platinum at the top of the model range, offering an attractive array of premium equipment features. Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning and, on manual models, leather gear knob trim are all part of the standard specification.
And for those owners looking to make their Aygo Blue even more special, two accessory packs are available. Aygo Xtra Protected equips the car for life in the urban jungle with rear parking sensors, mud flaps and unpainted rear and side protection strips, while Aygo Style adds élan with alloy wheels, front fog lamps and front scuff plates. The packs are priced £335 and £595 respectively (including VAT).
There is no more exclusive Aygo than the new Platinum, a version of Toyota’s award-winning city car that is brimful of premium quality features. But while the specification is high, the price tag marks the model down as an ideal New Year bargain.
Spring brings an addition to Toyota’s Aygo range, the new Aygo Blue, a model that offers high specification and extra style. Joining the established Aygo Black in the line-up, it expresses its blue theme in exclusive Lagoon Blue metallic paint, carpet mats and blue surrounds for the air vents and instrument panel.
Its name stems from a combination of the two syllables ‘I’ and ‘go’, to symbolise freedom and mobility. The AYGO has been designed to offer independence for a new European generation. This refers to the type of active and urban individual who likes to just get up and go, taking full advantage of an environment where borders and distances are practically non-existent. Plus, it offers a quality superior to any other car in the sub-B segment. In short, the AYGO is about (...) > Full story