News: THE LEGEND LIVES ON: ASTON MARTIN V600 REBORN

For those looking for their next supercar fix the time for waiting could soon be over. How so? News has arrived up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that the legendary Aston Martin Vantage V600 has been reborn in the form of a customer commissioned limited run of all-new breathtakingly beautiful Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s, inspired and influenced by the original V8 Vantage V600.

In 1998, Aston Martin offered its customers the most extreme iteration of its Vantage sportscar, the supercharged V8 Vantage V600. Delivering 600bhp, the model was one of the most powerful sports cars of its time, a car of extremes.

Fast forward 20 years and the luxury British carmaker’s unique personalisation service Q by Aston Martin received a customer commission for a strictly limited run of 14 new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s. Split between seven coupes and seven roadsters and dubbed the ‘Triple V’, this unique series of manual V12 V600s have been commissioned, designed and handcrafted without compromise.

Underpinned by the previous-generation ‘VH’ Vantage, the 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 combines the modern performance of a muscle sportscar with timeless styling, creating the ultimate analogue Vantage.

Marek Reichman, Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Aston Martin said, “This is precisely why we created our ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service. Our customers can create truly bespoke sports cars by personally collaborating with myself and Aston Martin’s design team. The V600 name remains a classic in Aston Martin’s heritage and I’m proud to see it adorn the V12 Vantage V600 once again”.

Powered by an upgraded version of Aston Martin’s impressive 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, producing 600PS, the Vantage V600 is designed to excite the senses. A 7-speed manual transmission provides an engaged driving experience, while the front and rear dual independent wishbone suspension – featuring 3-stage adaptive damping – produces a sublime ride in all conditions.

The V12 Vantage V600 has commanding road presence and utilises aggressive styling cues across its full-carbon fibre exterior. Like the 90s classic, the V600 utilises a re-imagined side-strake and a bulging bonnet that hints towards the power that lies underneath. A unique darkened grille provides maximum air and cooling to the model’s characterful V12, while the car’s rear continues to signal towards the car’s powerful nature.

An all-new carbon fibre diffuser provides the backdrop for an attention grabbing quad exhaust system. The external look of the V600 is further distinguished by bespoke centre-lock forged and machined aluminium wheels.

The interior of the Vantage V600 is a study in the beauty of carbon fibre and dark anodised aluminium. The lightweight seats have an all-new perforation pattern, carbon fibre centre console and bespoke driver information dials. A hand-crafted saddle leather centre armrest provides comfort and style within ergonomic reach of the machined-from-solid gear shifter.

The 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 is available on request with deliveries taking place in Q3 2018.

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News: CIVIC FOUR DOOR SALOON COMING TO UK MARKET

Happy days here at MotorMartin Towers as Honda UK has today announced the four door saloon version of the Civic is coming to the UK market. Built in Turkey, Honda UK have confirmed to MotorMartin that the Civic saloon will be available in both petrol and diesel powertrains and will be in dealer forecourts from August.

The petrol version will be the 1.0 i-VTEC available on the Civic hatchback since launch and comes with either the CVT or manual transmission. The 1.6 i-DTEC diesel powertrain was launched earlier this year in the hatchback and will be available with the same manual transmission or a new nine-speed automatic.

Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic saloon has a short front overhang and taut lines that reference the strong aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches hint at the saloon’s sporting character.

Similar to the hatchback, the new wider, longer platform results in class-leading interior space. The interior features a simple, uncluttered layout and exceptional refinement. The seating position is again lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, and the new saloon combines unrivalled passenger and luggage space with versatile, practical usability.

Building on the 40-year heritage of the Civic name, and similar to the hatchback, the four door saloon has been engineered from the ground up and represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model global development programme in the company’s history.

Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, shared with MotorMartin recently: “The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s strong sales and manufacturing heritage, with the hatchback built in Swindon. The arrival of the saloon to the UK market compliments the Civic family and will be a great addition to our showrooms alongside what is already a very successful range for Honda.”

Details on pricing, specification, grades and fuel efficiency will be announced closer to launch and MotorMartin can’t wait.

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News: LAGONDA SET TO REVOLUTIONISE THE LUXURY SUV

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that after stealing the 2018 Geneva motor show with their remarkable ‘Vision Concept’, Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first production model: a radical, sector-defining zero-emission SUV.

Scheduled to be unveiled in 2021, the Lagonda SUV will be the first luxury SUV exclusively driven by zero emission powertrain technologies and will uphold all the qualities of the reinvented super-luxury marque. Not only will it feature an evolution of the incredibly bold design language first seen with the show-stopping ‘Vision Concept’, the SUV will be built around near-future technologies, such as its advanced Battery Electric drivetrain, making the Lagonda SUV the first of its kind: an ultra-stylish, supremely luxurious, fully electric emission-free vehicle.

‘In reviving one of the most iconic names in motoring we have created a unique opportunity,’ shared Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer with MotorMartin recently. ‘One that allows us to cast aside an inherited 20th century approach and instead design cars around 21st century demands and desires. The Lagonda SUV is the first of its kind: a spacious, high-performance 4×4 that successfully reconciles a love of technology, luxury and style.’

‘The Lagonda SUV will retain the boldness of the Vision Concept’ said Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. ‘Lagonda is a luxury brand, but it is also one rooted in technology. It will be like no other SUV to drive, so its looks have to reflect that new reality and to serve as pathfinder to a future in which the most desirable and prestigious automobiles still have a place.’

This is going to get very exciting in MotorMartin’s opinion.

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News: ONE OF THE LAST-EVER FORD CAPRIS DRIVES INTO SANDOWN PARK FOR BARONS SALE

MotorMartin will always highlight the plight of Ford’s timeless Capri, in whatever form the story takes as it is, quite simply, MotorMartin’s all time favourite car. Indeed a happy few years with a white mark III 2.0 Laser in the late nineties will always be looked back upon with love and regret. Here then is the latest Capri news from MotorMartin. Enjoy:

Ford’s famous advertising slogan for the Capri said it was ‘The car you’ve always promised yourself’. Now classic car fans have the chance to fulfil that promise, as one of the last Capris ever made is going under the hammer at Barons’ British Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars sale at Sandown Park on Tuesday 5th June.

The was a special edition model, introduced by Ford late in 1986 to end the iconic model on a high. 1038 were built in total, and the 1987 car on offer at Barons is number 75 from the final 100 of that production run. Finished in the original Brooklands metallic green with red and white pin striping, it is in excellent condition inside and out. Gearbox, engine and rear axle are still the originals, and the vendor has kept the car garaged for the last 22 years, driving it regularly but only in good weather. This stylish, powerful car has covered just 72,000 miles in 31 years and, at £22,000-£29,000 is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a highly collectable example of one of Britain’s most cherished classics.

Barons is still accepting entries for the sale, which follows hot on the heels of the auction house’s hugely successful Spring Classic last month. Other entries consigned to date include the perfect car for summer motoring. The lovely 1961 Triumph TR3A comes complete with original green registration book and an extract from records of the Standard Motor Company giving details of its build date and time, destination etc. Estimate: £18,000-£23,000.

Another splendid British classic is the 1969 Daimler V8 250 that has travelled less than 2,000 miles since 2009. A very pretty car, it’s an older restoration with a fine patina. Estimate: £9,000-£12,000.

For further information or to consign a car for the sale MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit www.barons-auctions.com. Best get saving up then.

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News: HONDA ENDURANCE RACING SETS SIGHTS ON 8 HOURS OF SLOVAKIA RING PODIUM

Fresh off the back of a second-place finish at the Le Mans 24 Heures Motos, the Honda Endurance Racing team arrived at the third round of the FIM Endurance World Championship in Slovakia last weekend (10-12 May), with the podium firmly in its sights.

The 8-hour race took place place at the Slovakia Ring, situated near the country’s capital Bratislava. At 6km long and with 14 corners, the track presented a fast and technical challenge for Honda’s endurance specialists Gregory LeBlanc, Sébastien Gimbert and Erwan Nigon, but the three Frenchmen were more than ready to take it on.

The team has already clocked up two podium finishes this season aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, with a third-place at the Bol d’Or and a second-place at Le Mans. The crew and riders were hoping to go one step further in Slovakia by claiming the race victory.

The 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring will began at 14.30 CEST on Saturday 12 May. For more information and updates on the team MotorMartin recommends you follow @HondaRacingCBR

What the Team were saying before the main event.

Sébastien Gimbert 111

It’s a very good feeling to be going to Slovakia after the second place finish at Le Mans. For me, the Fireblade was perfect there and I hope we can continue in such a positive way this weekend. Everyone in the team worked so hard and I think we really deserved the podium. We’ve had a third place and a second place – now it is time to go for the win!

– Honda Endurance Racing

Gregory LeBlanc 111

Le Mans was crazy, going from 38th to second place, but it showed how we work very well together as a team and how good the Fireblade really is when we needed to push hard. Now we go to Slovakia in a really good position. I am excited to get back on the bike. Maybe we can even get the win this time!

– Honda Endurance Racing

Erwan Nigon 111

I am feeling very positive after Le Mans. The CBR was very good and I felt very strong on the bike. I hope that we can find the same feeling in Slovakia because I am sure we can get another great result. The whole team is working so hard and I’m really looking forward to this weekend to see what we can do.

– Honda Endurance Racing

Jonny Twelvetrees

Team Manager

With two podium finishes under our belt, we’re going into Slovakia in a really strong position. Le Mans was not all plain sailing, but it proved that as a team we have what it takes to fight for the results we deserve. I have no doubt that with the combination of the riders, the crew and the Fireblade, we are in with a real chance of securing the victory at Slovakia.

– Honda Endurance Racing

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Kia Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0: Hammer To Fall

The Kia Picanto has been an excellent seller for Kia over the years with the original being released way back in 2004, an absolute age in car terms at least. This original model was heavily based on the Hyundai Getz and sold worldwide under a variety of names before it’s first refresh arrived in 2007. Further changes took place with the second generation Picanto launched in 2011 before we finally met the third generation Kia in 2017, a car that proved to be an instant success for the brand.

And now we get to the Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0, a car that Kia hope will add some youthful vim and vigour to their venerable city Car.

Styling wise I think it’s fair to say that the ‘GT-Line’ is extremely successful from any angle you choose to mention. The newly highlighted and chrome surrounded front grille offers an aggressive new slant to this particular Picanto, as do the sports front and rear bumpers and side sills. What else then catches the eye when you walk around this exquisitely proportioned Kia?

There are the 16-inch alloy wheels, a sporting dual exhaust, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, front fog lights, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights whilst a chrome belt line strip adds interest from the side. Overall, Kia have most definitely nailed the look of the Picanto ‘GT-Line’ first time out, presenting the car buying public with a city car that is as compact as it is stylish.

Step inside the surprisingly spacious Picanto, the longer wheelbase, higher roofline and new proportions helping to create the airy interior and the sporting theme continues with stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts, satin chrome interior door handles and supportive black and red faux leather upholstery. The overall impression that you’re left with is that this ‘GT-Line’ is rather more than the sum of it’s, rather sporting’ parts.

But let’s not forget about the practical side of this third generation Picanto either. The simplicity which should make up the DNA of any city car, especially one such as this that leans more toward the sporting end of the spectrum, is present and correct whilst luxuries really only amount to the leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift. If you feel that you need a wireless phone charger, electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, 7″ touchscreen with Sat Nav and rear parking cameras etc. then the Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ is the model to go for but for me, the ‘GT-Line’ should just be about the driving with as few distractions as possible.

And what a driving experience the Picanto provides you with. There may only be a 998cc 3 cylinder engine under the bonnet that may only be able to deliver 66bhp @ 5500rpm and torque figures of 96 lb/ft @ 3500rpm but that is more than enough to allow this Kia to transform people’s ideas of what a city car is really capable of. A maximum kerb weight of 1,028kg certainly adds to the fun and allows the Picanto to use it’s engine to the full, after all light weight makes it easier for an engine to perform at it’s most efficient and yet still allows for better acceleration across the rev range. What’s perhaps even more impressive is how the Kia is still able to achieve all of this whilst achieving up to an excellent combined mpg of 64.2mpg. The best of both worlds you could say.

with the Kia Picanto’s three cylinder engine thrumming away quietly to itself upfront, there’s no hint yet of the fun to come once commuting duties have been dispensed with. As anyone with experience of previous generations of the Picanto or have already driven a derivation of this third iteration knows, the Kia is a master of getting you from home to work and back again, coping extremely well with traffic, potholes, dual carriageway and country lanes whilst it’s competitively small exterior dimensions make parking itself easier than finding the space in the first place.

Any worries that the ‘GT-Line’ would be too focused for the early morning run to work or the late afternoon journey home prove unfounded as the Picanto offers a more than comfortable ride quality that is easily comparable with it’s direct competition. The Kappa 1.0 MPI Engine, as previously mentioned combines efficiency, power and dynamic performance to provide a power plant that refuses to be pigeonholed, providing you with a characterful and exciting engine that is just as happy with the daily grind as it is when exploiting the ‘GT-Line’s rather more sporting nature.

The 5-speed manual transmission, Kia have confirmed, features friction-reduction measures for lasting performance and lets you select gears quickly, a feature that contributes to the excellent and positive feeling that you get when moving up and down the gearbox. And it’s this slick gearbox that contributes greatly to the feeling that this fizzing little city car gives you as you approach an enticing set of bends or country lane.

Take, for example, the B6161 Leathley Lane just outside of Otley, West Yorkshire, a sinuous ribbon of tarmac that takes you up hill and down dale, mixing quiet lanes through beautiful villages with open roads across blasted heath. What you have here is the perfect road for the ‘GT-Line’, a road who’s twisting topography offers you the chance to feel like you’re able to use the Picanto as nature intended. With the aforementioned 66bhp on tap there’s little chance of getting into trouble speed wise but what you do get to enjoy is the Kia’s handling.

McPherson strut front suspension, coupled Torsion beam axle rear and traditional rack and pinion steering allow you to pick any line you choose through the countryside, the Picanto dancing underneath you. It’s certainly no pocked rocket but that really doesn’t matter when driving it can be so much fun.

What you’ve got with the ‘GT-Line’ is a city car that can do the commute, go to the shops and drop the children off at school. Exactly what you’d expect. But then, when the circumstances allow, the Kia Picanto ‘GT-Line’ gives you that special something that only a special car can give you. Feedback aplenty through the steering and suspension, a throaty and characterful engine, great looks and excellent town friendly dimensions and the best bit?

Just £11,950 gets your own Picanto ‘GT-Line’ on the driveway.

And have I mentioned the 7 year 100,000 mile warranty yet?

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News: DB11 AMR – NEW PERFORMANCE FLAGSHIP OF THE DB11 RANGE

Aston Martin have shared with MotorMartin the fact that they have brought a new dimension of race-inspired dynamism and performance to the DB11 family, with the introduction of the new DB11 AMR, launched today at the opening of the new Nürburgring-based AMR Performance Centre. And doesn’t it look superb.

Replacing the outgoing V12-engined DB11 as the new flagship of the DB11 range, Aston say that the DB11 AMR boasts greater power, increased performance, enhanced driving dynamics and a more characterful exhaust note, together with a suite of exterior and interior enhancements. Together they create a DB11 that offers a more vivid driving experience, yet preserves the maturity and effortless continent-crushing GT performance for which the original V12-engined DB11 is rightly renowned.

AMR – inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful endurance programme – pushes the envelope of performance for each model in Aston Martin’s range. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, the performance derivative has already delivered the previous-generation Vantage AMR and AMR Pro, with the highly-anticipated Rapide AMR forthcoming.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that at the heart of the DB11 AMR is Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Now developing 630bhp, this gives the DB11 AMR an additional 30bhp compared with the outgoing DB11 V12, and 127bhp more than the V8-engined DB11. Torque remains unchanged at 700Nm. A 0-62mph time of 3.7sec is an improvement of 0.2sec over the outgoing model while a top speed of 208mph makes the DB11 AMR one of the world’s swiftest GT cars and the fastest model in Aston Martin’s current series production range.

Striking the perfect balance between excitement and refinement, the handling of DB11 AMR has been refined by Aston Martin’s skilled dynamics team, led by Chief Engineer Matt Becker. Their work has delivered a greater sense of connection without harming the supple ride. Similarly, a new shift calibration for the transmission and a slightly more vocal exhaust note ensures the DB11 AMR expresses its character more explicitly when Sport mode is engaged.

Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 AMR: “Since its initial launch back in 2016 the DB11 range has matured rapidly and intelligently, selling close to 4,200 V12 examples in that period. With the exceptional V8 Coupe and Volante we felt the V12 could reveal more of its sporting potential, while remaining the consummate GT. By applying a suite of carefully considered performance and styling enhancements the DB11 AMR is both faster – 208mph! – and more precise. It’s a combination that engages and cossets in equal measure to create a dynamic and seductive new flagship for the DB11 range, while consolidating the existing V12-powered DB11s as future collectibles”.

Visually the DB11 AMR is distinguished by a co-ordinated palette of exposed carbon fibre and gloss black detailing that unites the exterior and interior treatment. On the outside all brightwork has been given a monochrome treatment: dark headlight surrounds and smoked tail lamps complimented by dark front grille and tailpipes; gloss black roof, roof strake plus side sills and splitter offering a subtle contrast with the exposed weave of the carbon fibre hood blades and side strakes. The dark theme continues inside, with monotone leather and alcantara upholstery and a bold contrasting central lime stripe, while DB11 AMR is treated to a leather sports steering wheel as standard.

In addition to the extensive choice of standard colour and trim options, the DB11 AMR is available in three Designer Specifications, plus an exclusive AMR Signature Edition, which carries a striking Stirling Green and lime livery. With extensive carbon fibre detailing on the exterior, the inside is equally striking, with Dark Knight leather and Lime detailing, plus Satin Dark Chrome switchgear and Satin Carbon Fibre trim. Strictly limited to 100 units worldwide, the AMR Signature Edition is priced at £201,995.

Aston Martin’s accessories team have also provided a full suite of options for those looking to add further race-inspired styling to their DB11. These include a carbon-fibre engine cover, exhaust tips and a deployable spoiler that add further detail to the model’s exterior, while a new carbon-fibre sports steering wheel and paddeshifts bring that same AMR ethos within the cabin. For those heading off for weekend, expertly tailored luggage sets are available to match the car’s specification.

The Aston Martin DB11 AMR is available from £174,995 in the UK, $241,000 in the US and €218,595 in Germany, with first customer deliveries in Q2 2018. Marvellous.

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News: ORDER BOOKS OPEN FOR NEW MERCEDES-AMG GT S ROADSTER

We can all now start to celebrate as, for those of you that have been good and saved up, the new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is now available to order, with prices start at £126,730.

Mercedes have explained to MotorMartin that the AMG GT S Roadster completes the flagship GT range, and perfectly combines top-down motoring with ultimate driving performance.

It features AMG’s handbuilt 4.0-litre ‘hot V’ V8 biturbo petrol engine with an output of 522 hp (+ 46 hp more than the AMG GT) and maximum torque of 670 Nm. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of

192 mph. It delivers up to 24.6 mpg and emits 262 g/km of CO2.

Standard equipment includes an AMG performance exhaust system; Airscarf; 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch at the rear); Nappa leather upholstery; Active Air Control system; AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping; LED high performance headlights; Comand Online; and an electrically extending rear spoiler.

The three-layer fabric roof is available in a choice of three colours at no extra cost: black; beige or red. An AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed gearbox comes as standard on all AMG GT models.

The £3,195 Premium equipment line adds Keyless-Go package; Burmester surround sound system; reversing camera; illuminated door sills with ‘AMG’ lettering; Parking Assist Parktronic; and Mirror package.

The Driving Assistance package costs £1,695 and includes Blind Spot Assist; Lane Keeping Assist; Distance Pilot Distronic; and Pre-Safe.

The AMG Dynamic Plus package – available for £1,795 – features dynamic engine and transmission mounts; firmer and specifically tuned suspension. AMG high performance ceramic brakes are optionally available for £5,995.

For more information on the Mercedes-AMG GT range, MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit www.mercedes-benz.co.uk.

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News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV REMAINS THE UK’S FAVOURITE PLUG-IN VEHICLE

Mitsubishi have proudly shared the following news with MotorMartin regarding their very impressive Outlander PHEV, a car you can read about by clicking here, as it is once again the UK’s best-selling plug-in electrified vehicle. Sales of Mitsubishi Motors’ petrol/electric plug-in hybrid SUV totalled 476 units in April and 2,695 units for the period January to April 2018, ahead of every other pure EV and plug-in hybrid on the market.

MotorMartin has reported on the success story that is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV over the last few years especially as it was the first plug-in car to gain widespread adoption with UK drivers when it was launched in 2014, taking the plug-in hybrid market from fewer than 1,500 units to more than 13,000 within a year. Since then it has consistently been the most popular plug-in electrified vehicle in the UK with more than 36,800 currently on the road.

The popularity of the Outlander PHEV has helped Mitsubishi Motors to a successful start to the year so far. While car registrations in the UK from January to April 2018 were down 8.8%, Mitsubishi Motors’ sales were up an impressive 12.1% for the same period, with the successful launch of the all new Eclipse Cross also contributing to the brand’s growth.

Rob Lindley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, commented to MotorMartin recently that:

“Despite ever more competition entering the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continues to win more and more customers over thanks to its no-compromise, SUV versatility and low real-world running costs. With more excellent new SUV models joining the range, such as the Eclipse Cross and Shogun Sport, we have ambitions to grow the Mitsubishi brand even further in 2018 and beyond.”

The SUV versatility and low running costs of the petrol/electric Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are key elements in its sustained success. Other benefits also include ultra-low company car tax of just 13%, along with exemption from the London congestion charge and first year road tax.

It remains one of the only electrified vehicles that can operate in 4WD using only electric power, thanks to the twin electric-motor system and Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control).

Available from just £32,305 OTR* the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is capable of 166.1 MPG (according to official NEDC fuel economy figures) with an electric range of up to 33 miles. It can be rapid-charged in 25 minutes and can be fully charged from a domestic home charge point in 3.5 hours.

For more details MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk
*Price after Plug In Car Grant

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Mitsubishi Shogun Long Wheel base SG3 5-Door: Made To Love

The Mitsubishi Shogun has been a familiar sight on the highways and byways of this green and pleasant land of our for a considerable length of time, since 1982 in fact and there’s a simple enough reason for that. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

Sitting inside the Mitsubishi and you get a real sense of luxury, the fully adjustable, heated leather seats are comfortable and simplicity itself to adjust whilst the controls are all where you would expect them to be. It comes as a given that there’s climate controlled air conditioning (with separate controls for rear seat passengers in LWB models), electric windows and door mirrors, cruise control, satellite navigation, a quite superb premium 860w audio system specifically designed by Rockford Acoustic DesignTM with remote audio controls, Bluetooth® connection, a reversing camera and leather upholstery as standard in most models and don’t forget that because Mitsubishi have designed the Shogun to stand the test of time, the interior will always look great.

And then there’s the commanding driving position and large expanses of glass to enjoy, providing you with a bright and airy cabin for both you and your passengers. Superb.

For the best fuel efficiency select two wheel drive from the clever gearbox, this then allows the Shogun to stretch it’s legs and achieve close to the claimed 30.4 mpg on a decent run out. Select drive from the 5 speed automatic gearbox and allow the 3200cc In-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC, turbocharged Diesel engine do it’s thing. Be gentle with the throttle and the engine rewards you with more than enough forward motion after all, with 188 bhp at 3500 rpm and 325 ft/lb torque at just 2000 rpm you’re not going to be left wanting in everyday situations. Indeed, fully loaded with passengers and luggage, the engine gives off the feeling that it is merely humouring you and will rise to any and all challenges you manage to put in front of it.

After setting off, the size of the Shogun just melts away. Keep an eye on your mirrors and make sure that you’re aware of the Mitsubishi’s dimensions, especially when driving in and around town and with a little care and attention there really is no reason why you shouldn’t soon be driving this excellent 4X4 as you would any other car.

Once out of town and onto the A roads and motorways, it soon becomes obvious that the Shogun can deliver a smooth ride that manages to separate the worst that the road offers up from those within. This doesn’t mean that the Mitsubishi falls into wayward behaviour once the bends appear up ahead remaining, as it does, solid and stable throughout with decent feel coming through the both the steering and suspension, communicating quite deftly what the chassis is getting up to.

For maximum off-road ability, on the way to the shops or school where you may encounter really steep climbing and descents (sic), or for deep mud, sand or snow, you can select 4LLc from the Shogun’s excellent Super Select (SS4-II) drivetrain to maximise low-end power and, Mitsubishi say, virtually double the effective engine braking in any gear. The obvious conclusion to draw is that this immensely practical SUV will not be stopped by anything in it’s path.

This ability to do whatever needs to be done, whenever it needs to be done, is perhaps the clearest sign that this Mitsubishi has benefited from it’s incredible 36 year development journey and that the Shogun’s talent is far more than just skin deep.

And all from £33,015. An absolute bargain.

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