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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

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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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