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Motors

Following the successful launch of the original Vengeance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, this year will see Kahn Design debut a new convertible variant, the Vengeance Volante.

image1Like its predecessor, the Vengeance Volante is built on Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium and composite VH platform, chosen for its lightweight strength and torsional resistance, and is manufactured in the UK using traditional British coachbuilding techniques.

The Vengeance Volante’s sweeping streamlined curves take inspiration from classic Aston Martin designs of the late twentieth century, swapping the contoured roof of the original Vengeance for a cabriolet hood, while retaining the distinctive widened C-pillars and wings.

kbhDetails such as the purpose designed crosshair exhaust system and rear lighting, as well as the lightweight sculpted wheels are a nod to the Volante’s heritage, but with the top down, the lower profile silhouette enhances the muscular proportions of the car.

“Creating a convertible version of the Vengeance posed some challenges, given the unique coach built nature of the vehicle, but we’ve overcome them in true British fashion. Following a detailed programme of testing, I’m delighted to be able to unveil the Vengeance Volante at this year’s show, and I’m confident it will receive the same enthusiastic reception as the original model did in 2016,” Afzal Kahn said.

As with the hard top model, the Vengeance Volante will be produced in limited numbers, and investors and collectors alike are invited to place orders early to avoid disappointment.

bjhInside, the Black luxury leather fluted front and rear seats have been handcrafted and stitched by our team of experts. Furthermore, door tops and door top inserts along with a fluting design on the centre armrest through to the parcel shelf is a beautiful example of British craftsmanship at its best.

The Vengeance Volante will be on display for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, Stand 6338.

 

Bradford – Car enthusiasts are to be treated to a host of British vehicles at this year’s Bradford Classic & Performance Car show in August.

The 2015 Classic is to feature a legendary Jaguar E-Type, stylish Triumph TR3 and a beautifully designed MGB GT.

Car lovers will be able to see an elegant Bentley Brooklands, a powerful Jaguar XJS 4 litre Convertible and a rare, Domino HTR.

The Bradford Classic. Sunday 19th July 2009. Photo by Roger Moody
The Bradford Classic.
Photo by Roger Moody

The Bradford Classic will show an unusual Austin Mini Clubman Hearse and a radically designed, Vauxhall Firenza Droop Snoot.

There will be several examples of the popular Ford Capri coupe and a couple of Mini Coopers.

Older people will be able to take a trip down memory lane by viewing some beautiful examples of Bradford-built Jowetts.

Visitors to City Park will also see some European classics including a sharp handling Bertone X1/9, a Citroen Traction Avante, one of the earliest front wheel drive production cars, and a rally inspired, Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF.

Those who like American cars can view a Chevrolet Camaro and a Pontiac Trans Am KITT from the 80s television series, Knight Rider.

People will be able to see a DeLorean which has been converted into replica of the car which started in the 1980s classic, Back to the Future.

The Bradford Police Museum will stage special photographic exhibition featuring police and support vehicles from the past 100 years.

Children will be entertained by giant Jenga, Connect 4, face painters and a climbing wall.

Live music will be provided by Bradford band, The Good Citizens.

Vintage clothing and wares will be sold at a special fair to be held in Bradford City Hall.

The 10th Bradford Classic & Performance car show opens in City Park on Saturday 15 August and runs from 10am to 4pm.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “The Bradford Classic is always tremendously popular and the cars look great in City Park.

“There will be a real variety of cars on display and it’s great to see Bradford-made Jowetts featuring too.”

When it comes to private number plates, there is no doubt one internationally renowned businessman knows his stuff.

image5Designer and entrepreneur Afzal Kahn not only designs and coach builds some of the world’s most desirable vehicles in the form of the Flying Huntsman, Huntsman 6X6 and the Vengeance, a coachbuilt 2-door coupe set to launch later this year, he also has another passion.

Though vehicles are his speciality and have propelled the Bradford born entrepreneur to international heights, Afzal has also spent a fortune building up one of the most valuable number plate collections in the world.

image2His first number plate – ‘KHA 17’ – was purchased for £700. Four years later he sold the plate for £6,000. It was at that moment Kahn’s passion for number plates turned from a hobby into a business.

Today Kahn, with his company that is based on Canal Road in Bradford, has amassed over 68 number plates in his ever growing collection, with the value of each plate varying considerably.

Some of the most popular number plates are the Asian range of number registrations.

One of the cheapest is AFO2 ALS whilst the K11 ANS range of registrations include AK11 ANS, BK11 ANS, CK11 ANS, OK11 ANS, the list goes on including the recent addition of BAR 157A for an ambitious barrister or solicitor.

image4With the wedding season in full flow how about WEDD IIN or WED IIIN?

Also up for grabs is J007 NAZ and a range of mainstream registrations.

You would have to cough up a significant figure if you wanted to get your hands on Afzal’s F1 number plate. Having paid around £460,000 for the plate in 2008, the registration is rumoured to be worth over £10 million.

It was reported Afzal has turned down a number of multi million pound bids thus far. Not a bad investment at all.

image3When pressed on the reports, Afzal Kahn told Urban Echo: “How can you place a value on something so rare?” he reveals.

“The number plate was first registered in 1904 by Essex County Council and obviously bears the acronym of Formula One.”

The right number plate makes the car insists Afzal: “I believe number plates are a better investment that property – from a business perspective the only way is up. Number plates will always be seen as a fantastic investment, they are a better investment than gold and property these days.

“I have been at the forefront of two recessions and everything tends to drop apart from number plates, they are only ever issued by the DVLA once and you only get one of a kind.”

 

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A convincing small coupe

The UK is the biggest market for the Audi TT in Europe, so the latest version needs to drive well on our challenging roads to stand a chance of matching the sales success of its predecessors. Yet for all its sporty design flourishes, the model that’s most likely to Audi TT (2)seduce tax-conscious British buyers is the new 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, the latest of the brand’s fuel-sipping range of diesels that now includes the A4, A5, A6 and A7, with plenty more to come. Of course, buying a slinky coupe is not always a strictly rational purchase, but this Ultra version of the TT promises effortless 150mph performance with affordable family car running costs. Is there a catch? Well, at launch this model will only be available with front-wheel drive, equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. That does keep the price down though, and in the Sport trim we tried the Ultra is actually the cheapest version of the new TT you can buy, starting at £29,770.

Pristine fit and finish, classy materials and beautifully damped switches are all par for the course with any modern Audi, but the TT brings in a high-tech, minimalist approach Audi TTto cabin design that feels really sporty. A 12.3-inch screen tucked into the instrument binnacle is the window to all the car’s systems, and it’s a real showstopper. A digital set of dials, trip computer, media output and sat-nav (when added) can all controlled via the steering wheel or by an intuitive rotary dial between the front seats, so you never need to divert your eyes far from the road. The system will take some getting used to if you’ve spent time in a car with a screen in the centre of the dashboard, but most functions are easy to find and adjust, and the simple actions quickly become second nature – even if your passenger is going to feel quite left out.

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The most important Alfa Romeo for decades

Just under 4 metres long, 2 metres wide and 118 cm high. The design choices of the Alfa Romeo 4C are just as bold as its dimensions. Rather than use extreme power, the decision was taken to minimise weight instead. This challenge underlies the design of every component of the car.

Alfa Romeo 2The result is amazing: an unladen weight of under 895 kg propelled by 240 BHP, giving a weight to power ratio of under 4 kg/HP. A figure that promises genuine supercar agility and performance. This impressively low weight has been achieved by using ultra-light materials like carbon fibre, aluminium and composites, all chosen for maximum dynamic efficiency. Fast, powerful and evolved. On the 4C, advanced materials combined with Alfa Romeo’s innovative processes and values have created a true concentration of efficiency.

Sport suspensions, self-ventilated brake discs and different diameter tyres: the Alfa Romeo 4C boasts an advanced ride control system, conceived to keep weight down to a minimum.

The suspension adopts race-derived technical solutions to optimise performance and deliver unrivalled driving pleasure. At the front, the Alfa Romeo 4C features a double wishbone configuration that gives direct and unfiltered feedback from the road. At the Alfa Romeorear, advanced MacPherson suspension ensures superb road holding and driving fun, even in the most extreme manoeuvres. Both front and rear suspension systems are made from aluminium and high strength steel. The braking system is designed for high performance race track use. The perforated, self-ventilated front discs and Brembo calipers take the car from 100 to 0 km/h in only 36 metres. And to ensure maximum grip and prevent skidding under all conditions, the 4C is fitted with different diameter tyres, 17”-18” or 18”-19”, with the larger size on the rear for the best possible handling.

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Most hotly contested special edition

The first deliveries of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will commence in February, but we’ve got bad news if you haven’t ordered one yet: they’re all sold.

In fact, the iconic Italian brand was only able to satisfy 40 per cent of demand for the $635,000 plus on-road costs convertible supercar in Australia, leading the region’s boss to label it “the most hotly contested special edition in Ferrari’s history”.

Ferrari (2)The 458 Speciale A (the ‘A’ stands for ‘aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian) is effectively a folding-roof version of the 458 Speciale hardtop. It’s powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 – the 4.5-litre unit churning out 445kW and 540Nm. Tipping the scales at 1340 kilograms, the open-air model matches the fixed-roof Speciale’s 3.0-second 0-100km/h sprint and 1 minute 23.5 second lap time around the company’s Fiorano test circuit.

As with the 458 Speciale, the Speciale A gets louvre vents near the headlights, a more aggressive front bumper and air intakes, winged side sills, rear diffuser and five-spoke forged alloy wheels, along with lashings of carbonfibre throughout the cabin. The Ferrariretractable aluminium roof takes 14 seconds to either open or close.

Partially explaining its unprecedented popularity is the fact the 458 Speciale A appears likely to be something of the last of its kind. The naturally aspirated model is set to be succeeded at March’s Geneva motor show by an updated 458 powered by an up-rated version of the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 from the California T. The engine produces 412kW and 755Nm in the entry-level convertible, but could reportedly be tweaked to pump out up to 500kW for the updated 458.

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ford-capri-mk3-wallpaper-7FORD CAPRI MK III

The Capri Mk III was referred to internally as “Project Carla”, and although little more than a substantial update of the Capri II, it was often referred to as the Mk III. The first cars were available in March 1978, but failed to halt a terminal decline in sales. The concept of a heavily facelifted Capri II was shown at the 1976 Geneva show: a Capri II with a front very similar to the Escort RS2000 (with four headlamps and black slatted grille), and with a rear spoiler, essentially previewed the model some time before launch. The new styling cues, most notably the black “Aeroflow” grille (first used on the Mk I Fiesta) and the “sawtooth” rear lamp lenses echoed the new design language being introduced at that time by Ford of Europe’s chief stylist Uwe Bahnsen across the entire range. Similar styling elements were subsequently introduced in the 1979 Cortina 80, 1980 Escort Mk III and the 1981 Granada Mk IIb. In addition, he Mk III featured improved aerodynamics, leading to improved performance and economy over the Mk II and the trademark quad headlamps were introduced.

At launch the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Capri II were carried over, with the 3.0 S model regarded as the most desirable model although the softer Ghia derivative with automatic, rather than manual transmission, was the bigger seller of the two V6-engined models.

Mk III models available:

  • Capri L (1.3, 1.6)
  • Capri LS (1.6)
  • Capri GL (1.6, 2.0)
  • Capri S (1.6, 2.0, 2.3, 3.0)
  • Capri Laser (1.6, 2.0)
  • Capri Ghia (2.0, 3.0)
  • Capri 2.8 Injection (2.8)
  • Capri 2.8 Injection Special (2.8)
  • Capri 280 (2.8)

Special limited addition trimmed models:

  • Capri Cabaret I and II (1.6, 2.0)
  • Capri Calypso I and II (1.6)
  • Capri Cameo (1.3, 1.6)
  • Capri GT4 (1.6, 2.0)
  • Capri Tempo (1.3, 1.6)

Ford began to focus their attention on the UK Capri market as sales declined, realising the car had somethingCapri of a cult following there. Unlike sales of the contemporary 4-door Cortina, Capri sales in Britain were to private buyers who would demand less discounts than fleet buyers allowing higher margins with the coupé. Ford tried to maintain interest in 1979 with Ford Rallye Sport, Series X, “X Pack” options from the performance oriented RS parts range. Although expensive and slow selling these proved that the press would enthusiastically cover more developed Capris with higher performance.

Despite being the most popular sporting model in Britain for most of its production life, the third generation Capri was also one of the most stolen cars in Britain during the 1980s and early 1990s, being classified as “high risk” of theft in a Home Office report.

The 3.0 S was used extensively in the TV series The Professionals, with characters Bodie driving a silver 3.0 S and Doyle a gold 3.0 S, which was credited with maintaining interest in the car in the UK.

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SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER

Dutch manufacturer Spyker has revealed a Spyder version of the 375bhp V6-powered B6 Venator concept car

Spyker has revealed a new convertible version of the B6 Venator, called the Spyder, at The Quail event in Pebble Beach. The new concept will pave the way for a production model in 2014, powered by a mid-mounted 375bhp V6. This will be the most affordable Spyker model to date, and is aimed squarely at Porsche 911 buyers.

The Dutch supercar maker – recently known for its attempt to save the dying Saab brand – first unveiled the mid-engined sportscar in coupe form at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

It’s built around a custom carbon fibre body, and Victor Muller – the CEO of Spyker – penned the design. It features many of Spyker’s trademark features, such as the large mash front grille and aircraft-inspired glass canopy roof.

At the rear, the B6 gets twin LED light clusters, and a distinctive brake light strip along the lip of the rear panel. Inside the cabin, it’s all leather and brushed aluminium, in a very similar style to previous Spykers.

The carbon fibre body is underpinned by an aluminium monocoque structure, meaning the car tips the scales at below 1400kg. The engine will be hooked up to a conventional six-speed automatic.

Although this show car is officially just a concept, the B6 is expected to go on sale in 2014 in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with US sales following later in 2015. Muller suggested that the market was crying out for a more-affordable Spyker model at Geneva, and US prices have been pegged at 150,000 dollars, or around £95,000 in the UK

MERCEDES BENZ B-CLASS

Facelifted Mercedes-Benz B-class gets Paris debut

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a facelifted version of the second-generation B-class at the Paris motor show.

Set for UK delivery early next year, the refreshed B-class receives a range of mild exterior styling changes, highly quality interior appointments and a more efficient engines.

Those engine changes include a revised version of the Renault-supplied 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel unit that provides the B180 CDI Blue Efficiency with combined cycle consumption and average CO2 emissions that better the outgoing model by 4.2mpg and 4g/km at an impressive 78.5mpg and 94g/km in standard six-speed manual guise.

The highlight of the facelifted line-up is the B-class Electric Drive – a car developed and engineered by Mercedes-Benz in close co-operation with California electric car specialist, Tesla.

Powered by a synchronous electric motor developing 177bhp and 251lb ft of torque, Mercedes-Benz’s first true series production electric car is claimed to provide 0-62mph acceleration in 7.9sec and a top speed limited to 100mph.

Set to rival the BMW i3 and recently introduced Volkswagen eGolf when it goes on sale in the UK with other models during the first quarter of 2015, the B-class Electric Drive uses a 16.6kWh lithium ion battery that is claimed to provide it with a range of 124 miles. In a further development, a total of four facelifted B-class models – the 181bhp 2.0-litre B220, 208bhp 2.0-litre B250, 134bhp B200 CDI and 174bhp B220 CDI – will be sold with optional 4Matic four-wheel drive.

Since its launch in 2011, the second-generation B-class has garnered more than 350,000 sales worldwide.

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PEUGEOT 208 GTI

Hot new Peugeot 208 GTi celebrates 30 years since the launch of the original 205 GTi

Just 300 examples will be sold, with 100 coming to the UK. That a third of the total allocation is coming to this country is testament, says Peugeot, to British affinity with the GTi name.

The 208 GTi 30th anniversary special was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, and celebrates 30 years since the launch of the iconic 205 GTi.

The special edition comes with a new 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, which produces 205bhp and 221lb ft of torque. The new engine, which conforms to Euro 6 emissions regulations, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The GTi also features a Torsen differential taken from the RCZ R.

The car’s suspension has also been lowered by 10mm, and the track widened both at the front and rear. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are also fitted, while new twin chrome exhausts feature at the rear. Peugeot says the ESP and traction control systems have been re-calibrated to become less intrusive, while the steering has also been enhanced to improve feel.

Peugeot says that the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition can reach 62mph in 6.5 seconds, while acceleration between 50 and 70mph is covered in 6.0 seconds. Its CO2 emissions are rated at 125g/km.

The limited-edition 208 GTi 30th anniversary will go on sale priced at £21,995.

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MINI CLUBMAN (2015)

Mini is without doubt the master at creating a plethora of models from a single platform, so it’s no surprise to see a concept version of the Clubman estate based on the latest Mk3 Mini underpinnings. Up front the Clubman has the same deeply sloping headlights and elongated bonnet as the Mk3 hatch, but it has two rear doors and a markedly different rear end. Instead of the single rear-hinged suicide door of the previous Clubman, the concept has two forward-hinged doors, making it a much more practical proposition. Not everything is new though, there are still two single, barn-style doors giving access to the boot, which is around 100 litres bigger than before. The new model is 26cm longer, 17cm wider and slightly taller than before, making the Clubman larger than the Countryman SUV. Inside, the driver is presented with a sophisticated electronic dash that apparently showcases the design of future models. But again there is a nod to the past – the centerpiece of the dash is the traditional large round dial. A true VW Golf rival, it’s the first Mini with enough space for five passengers. And with an estimated 360 litres of boot space, it should also be able to swallow all their kit. But for many people it’ll be the Mini Clubman’s looks that draw them into the showroom. And, as a more useable evolution of the previous model, the new Clubman will be far less of a compromise to live with. The Clubman is expected to be offered with the same engines as the Mk3 Mini hatch. That means a choice of three-cylinder 1.5 and four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units. A six speed manual transmission will be offered as standard, with a six-speed auto an optional extra. We expect to see a production version of the Clubman estate later in 2014, prior to a UK launch in early 2015. Estimated price: £16,995

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MERCEDES C-CLASS (2014)

This new Mercedes is a medium-size luxury saloon that competes head-on with the very popular BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Mercedes has slotted the new CLA saloon beneath the C-class in its range, so the new C-class is now significantly longer than its predecessor. However, Mercedes has slashed weight by up to 100kg. Thanks to an extra 8cm between the wheels, the interior should offer more space for passengers in the back, plus a bigger boot. The C-class is available in three specification levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line. Sport features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, lowered suspension and satnav as standard. AMG Line models gain 18-inch wheels, firmer sports suspension and a soft-touch dashboard. We praised the previous C-class for its luxury and the new model looks set to build on this with a long list of standard equipment. All models have a touchpad to control the entertainment functions, along with a seven-inch colour display that incorporates a reversing camera. Other toys include automatic wipers, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and plenty of safety kit. Leather-effect upholstery and two-zone air conditioning also feature in all models. From launch, the C-class will be available with 1.9-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines – both with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. A further three engines, including a hybrid version, should arrive before the end of the year. Estimated price: Starting at £26,855 for the C200 petrol. The C220 Blue Tec diesel is available from just over £29,000.

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