Autocar’s 2011 review: March
The Geneva motor show always ensures we have some tasty stuff around the cover of Autocar during March, however this year the month departed to some rather bigger flier. Autocar printed its 5000th road test – the most recent inside a line that stretches to when Autocar produced the idea in 1928 and road tested the Austin Seven (Gordon England Sunshine Saloon, if you are interested).
The topic of road test number 1 cost ￡170. Road test number 5000 was probably the most costly, and fastest, vehicle we’d ever tested: the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It hit 60mph by 50 percent.6sec. Or about as lengthy because it requires to change gear within an Austin Seven.
From the fuzzy glow which comes from knowing we’re working in a magazine with increased heritage than every other within this business, in March we did will also get looking forward to that aforementioned Geneva show. With higher reason, too. Alfa Romeo most likely stole the show – certainly our front cover – using its 4C concept vehicle, a mid engined, Lotus Elise-sized two-seat sports vehicle. We remain as desperate now once we were then for Alfa to place it into production.
There have been another show crackers, too, such as the production variant of Ferrari’s FF four-wheel-drive super-coupé, the 1100bhp Koenigsegg Agera R and also the Morgan Threewheeler. And, more sensibly, the Skoda Vision D concept as well as an 88mpg Kia Rio.
In addition to that, what did we drive? Most critical, from an enthusiast’s perspective, was the Porsche Cayman R, which may later take overall honours within our Britain’s Best Driver’s Vehicle contest. Around the week we drove it, though, it needed to accept second billing when it comes to magazine pages, behind the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLK. No doubt about the better vehicle, actually.
We had a steer in 2 other tidy driver’s cars: the Audi RS3, a vehicle of remarkable grunt and grip but less finesse to choose it and Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage S. New Astons might not look very different from one another, however they get better they are driving. The Vantage S has become the very best vehicle Aston makes.
The Aston wasn’t the only real interesting new British vehicle we drove in March. Steve Cropley got driving of the development form of Jaguar’s 2.2-litre, four-cylinder XF diesel and came away impressed. “It’s a genuine Jaguar,” he stated.
Less impressive was the lengthy-anticipated MG 6, with a promising chassis but a lot of other flaws to tempt basically probably the most hardcore of enthusiasts from some supremely impressive competition.
After which, right in the finish of 1 of individuals rare several weeks whenever we publish five magazines, came our drive from the FF, the Ferrari which had earlier been unveiled at Geneva. Because of the chance, our correspondent would “happily have driven it the 838 miles to London”. If it is not a ringing endorsement for any GT vehicle, we have no idea what’s.