The week in one story
7 July 2006

It’s been a great week for fans of fast cars this week, with news of the UK’s first Veyron arriving in the UK. And while the 250mph-plus Bugatti won’t be at the British motor show this month, a whole bevy of supercars will be on display in the Dream Drive area, including a Ferrari F50 and the British-built Noble M15 and Connaught Syracuse GT. There’s also more British metal on the way in the shape of the new Marcos GTC, which will be unveiled in the coming week – we’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Australian sports car maker Elfin has got type-approval for its MS8 Streamliner roadster, a track-focused machine with a 5.7-litre V8 under the bonnet. It’s not the only V8-powered car in the news this week: Jeep has confirmed that UK prices for the new 6.1-litre Hemi-powered Grand Cherokee SRT-8 will start at just £40,585 – rather less than the £68,815 6.2-litre Mercedes CLK63 AMG we tested. From October, you’ll be able to sample one for yourself at Mercedes’ new multi-million pound experience centre at Brooklands.

In the more distant future, we can look forward to another Hemi-powered machine: the new Challenger. Dodge this week confirmed that it will produce a car based on its gorgeous concept, but it won’t go on sale until 2008.

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Closer to home again, and it’s good news for Longbridge: Chinese group Nanjing Automotive has confirmed that it will restart production at the Midlands factory - most likely of the TF roadster. Log on to Autocar.co.uk for more news as it happens.

There’s also good news for motorsport in Ireland, with news that there will be a round of next year’s World Rally Championship on the island next November.

Next week, we’ll be bringing you details of the new Volvo XC90 Sport, plus a wealth of videos, including the new Land Rover Freelander, and our pick of the British motor show. We’ll see you there.

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