Blogs

  • Is the XFR the best sports saloon out there?

    Does £60,000 buy you the best sports saloon in the world? The new Jaguar XF-R costs £100 shy of this, and provides one of the most astonishingly complete sporting saloon performances that you could hope to experience. It’s not merely that it is fast of course, though with a 0-62mph time of 4.7sec, a 50-70mph time of just 1.9sec, it is certainly that.

    18 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • More power to the Tesla Roadster

    The media likes a catchphrase and the motor industry makes for easy pickings. I’m thinking ‘road rage’, ‘Chelsea tractor’, ‘bailout’, that sort of thing.<br />&nbsp;<br />Be prepared for another, because if electric cars take off, ‘range anxiety’ will be on all our lips.

    18 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • Ferrari's lightweight lab

    17 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • The US returns to F1 – as a team

    The revamped Honda F1 team could be setting a trend with its 'austerity' budget of around 60m euros for the 2009 F1 season. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WEBScarab2w_6D0979A0.jpg"><img title="1960 Belgian Grand Prix.&#10;Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. 19 June 1960.&#10;Lance Reventlow, Scarab, retired, in the pits, action.&#10;World Copyright: LAT Photographic&#10;Ref: Autosport b&amp;w print" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="1960 Belgian Grand Prix.&#10;Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. 19 June 1960.&#10;Lance Reventlow, Scarab, retired, in the pits, action.&#10;World Copyright: LAT Photographic&#10;Ref: Autosport b&amp;w print" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/racinglines/WEBScarab2w_thumb_3836DCF4.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> Don't get me wrong here; I'm not quite expecting ration books to appear in the Paddock Club, but we can expect rival operations to be watching with interest to see just how this low-budget operation fares in the current financially strapped F1 environment.

    17 February 2009
    Motorsport
  • Why Bentley needs an engine from a Q7

    Been driving the ridiculous Audi Q7 V12 TDI. </p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBQ7fpanw_164C019F.jpg"><img title="WEBQ7-fpan-w" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="163" alt="WEBQ7-fpan-w" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/stillatthewheel/WEBQ7fpanw_thumb_7F268BB6.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a> What a complete monster. Although I know I shouldn’t, I have to say I found it quite enjoyable.

    17 February 2009
    Tester’s notes
  • The calm before the storm

    16 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Jag XFR: a history lesson

    I was driving the new Jaguar XFR this weekend.</p> <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/MONTEBLANCO140220092_1433E5D4.jpg"><img title="MONTEBLANCO 14-02-2009 (2)" style="border-top-width: 0px; display: inline; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 5px 0px 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="163" alt="MONTEBLANCO 14-02-2009 (2)" src="http://www.autocar.co.uk/csfiles/blogs/anythinggoes/MONTEBLANCO140220092_thumb_376671E8.jpg" width="244" align="left" border="0" /></a>Which would easily have been the best thing I did had it not been for the fact that I also got a very quick go in a Jaguar D-type.

    16 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Thinking the Unthinkable

    On Tuesday, GM and Chrysler are supposed to present their so-called ‘viability plans’ to the US government. The plans are part of deal that saw the two carmakers bailed out with billions of dollars of taxpayer’s cash just before Christmas.

    16 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • A dent in Mini's bubble

    It's a shock, but surely no surprise that BMW has announced 850 job losses at the Mini plant in Cowley.

    16 February 2009
    Anything goes
  • Large v Luxury

    My report yesterday about Renault’s plans to walk away from the large car market – as well as abandoning the Laguna – caused some consternation in Paris.

    13 February 2009
    Anything goes

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