September 23rd, 2013
The new Lexus GS 300h hybrid, which was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, is now available to order.
The model is powered via a 2.5-litre petrol engine which is mated to an electric motor and is available in four trim levels (SE, Luxury, F Sport and Premier). Every car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, 10 airbags, DAB radio, a DVD player, cruise control, parking sensors and electrically-adjustable heated front seats.
The new hybrid emits just 109g/km of CO2 and boasts a combined fuel consumption of 60.1mpg.
Prices for the GS 300h start from £31,495, with first deliveries expected in January 2014.
You can view information for the full Lexus GS range at BuyYourCar.co.uk.
January 30th, 2013
Join us at Automato as we count down the best 5 sports cars in recent history.
No.5 – Ferrari F12 berlinetta
We couldn’t have a top five sports cars without a Ferrari model making its way in somewhere, and we’ve opted for one of their more recent offerings – the F12 berlinetta. It looks sublime and drives even better, racing up to a top speed of 211mph and reaching 62mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds. The model has a great road presence and has built for speed in every aspect down from the tyres to the exhausts.
No.4 – Audi R8 Spyder
The Audi R8 Spyder drops in at number four. With immaculate aesthetics and the performance to match, it’s actually available for a much more modest sum than several of its main rivals….well, if you can call £125k modest! You might even save a few thousand on maintenance and servicing costs too! It can reach 62mph from a standstill in an impressive 3.8 seconds, and you’ll continue up to around 193mph if you really put for pedal to the metal.
No.3 – Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Just in the way that we felt we’d be wrong not to include a Ferrari in a top five sports cars, there was no way we could omit a vehicle from their Italian counterparts either, and it has to be the Gallardo. It’s been their most successful and longest production model by a long way, and they’re still rolling off the production line today. Our favourite is the Superleggera; the lightweight frame allows for acceleration from 0 – 62mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 202mph.
No.2 – Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, and it would have been a travesty had we not included it in our list. Once again we’ve gone for the priciest version currently available, the Turbo S Cabriolet which can accelerate from 0 – 62mph in just 3.4 seconds. It had the classic 911 styling complete with distinctive Porsche headlights – she’s a real beauty. The model’s top speed comes in at just shy of 200mph, and considering you can pick up the 911 Carrera for less than £90,000 it actually represents decent value. Well, sort of.
No.1 – Nissan GTR
Granted, there are some pretty special vehicles in this list, but in our minds only one model has the right to claim top spot when taking everything into account. Speed, acceleration, value for money, original yet classic sports car styling – the GTR has the lot. It uses a smaller engine than a lot of rivals, but the 3.8 litre V6 Twin Turbo can still achieve acceleration from 0 – 62mph in 3 seconds flat. It tops out at 196mph and is an absolute bargain – less than £75k brand new! When you consider that some used Ferraris are going for upwards of £160k, the Nissan GTR is a steal.
January 30th, 2013
It’s always an exciting time when a new supercar comes out. How fast does it go? How crazy is the design? What incredible new features will we be amazed by as we open the door and enter the cabin?
Usually however we’re left to ponder these questions after hearing some executive at a Motor Show drone on about how the model “is equipped with all the latest technologies” or “has been designed with new innovative techniques”.
But not when the new supercar is a Lamborghini.
Yes the new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster didn’t make its debut on a plinth at a Motor Show – it was unveiled at Miami International Airport. It wasn’t just a single Aventador Roadster either, more like five.
The £300,000 vehicles were sent racing down the runway at 210mph to showcase their incredible speed and acceleration. In comparison, a standard commercial airliner takes off at somewhere between 150mph and 180mph.
The new Aventador is equipped with a 6.5 litre V12 engine and can top out at 217mph, while 0 – 60mph is achieved in just 3 seconds flat. Anybody lucky enough to have the cash to buy one can do so this summer in the UK.
I’m not jealous of driving a sports car 210mph down a runway in Miami though; I drive a used Ford Fiesta.