Renault has confirmed it will build a new Alpine sports car.
The project has been on and off for a few years, after talks with Lotus for a possible joint venture, but now the new car will be built in Dieppe and go on sale in 2017, possibly after its production debut at the Geneva motor show in March of next year.
This week, the Alpine Vision concept was shown with a new four-cylinder turbo engine said to give the lightweight sportster a 0-62mph of under 4.5 seconds and said to be the basis for the company’s new long-distance sports racing project.
Bentley Motors is announcing the introduction of a new model to its range – the Flying Spur V8 S.
Taking its place between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension offering a more focused, precise driving experience.
The Flying Spur V8 S features a number of sporting styling cues which hint at its new and improved sporting capabilities. A black radiator grille and rear diffuser along with a unique grille insert give the new model a dramatic and purposeful appearance to match its enhanced performance.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability. It’s the perfect choice for the customer who wants ultimate refinement as well as an exhilarating, spirited drive.”
The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show between 1 and 13 March 2016. First customer deliveries begin in the summer.
Order books have opened for the Jaguar F-Tupe SVR from £110,000 in coupe style and £115,485 convertible.
The 575ps 5.0V8 has a 4WD powertrain and hits 60mph in 3.5sec with a limited maximum of 200mph and has racing specification brakes and uprated suspension and dynamic controls.
Vauxhall and sister company Opel celebrated the official start of Astra Sports Tourer production at its plant in Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom this week.
The first vehicle to roll off the production line in Cheshire was an Elite 1.6CDTi, in Flip Chip Silver.
The Ellesmere Port Plant is a significant contributor to the local and national economies building over five million vehicles since 1964. The factory is a major exporter with 52 per cent of production going to 25 European markets. At full production it is estimated the plant will build around 680 cars per day and 120,000 per year.
The new Sports Tourer is externally the same size as its predecessor but has greater interior room and cargo capacity is raised to 1,630 litres.