..:: Special Editions - RB320, P2, WR1, UK300, P1, RB5, 22B & more
Here we have the complete list of Special Edition Subaru Impreza's were/are available in the UK. There have been many more editions released world wide, but here is the list of UK models along with there specifications.
RB320 - 2007
November 2006, exactly one year after the sad death of Richard Burns from a brain tumour. Subaru UK announced a new special edition of their MY06 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The RB320 is packaged in Obsidian black, with bespoke black alloys. May not be to everyone's liking but I think it looks fantastic and appropriate for the anniversary. The RB320 is no limited edition paint job, as the name suggests the RB320 delivers around 320bhp from it's WRX STi PPP package. That's a lot of oomph!! Added to that just about every subaru/prodrive option you can think of has been added as standard on the RB320
In 2004, the Subaru World Rally Team finally got back to winning Rally Championships thanks to Petter Solberg and traditionally released a Special Edition Subaru Impreza to celebrate, in the form of the WR1. Based on the latest Subaru Impreza WRX STi the WR1 also had the added Prodrive Performance Pack PPP Which makes this the most powerful and fastest Subaru Impreza you can buy off the shelf!
After a gap of no special editions. Subaru came back in 2001 with a new shaped Subaru Impreza, a new World Rally Title, with the help of Richard Burns , and a therefore a new Special edition in the form of then UK300.
The second special edition to be released in 1999 was the P1, which was more to do with Prodrive than Subaru directly. Prodrive is the company that develops the Impreza's for the World Rally Teams, so they know a thing or two about the Subaru Impreza. Therefore, they decided to release their own special edition Impreza. P1.
Often considered the best Subaru Impreza ever. The Impreza 22B was released in 1998 and came with a new 2.2litre engine. Although overall power was the same torque was improved to to the larger capacity. The 22B was also dresses in 2-door coupe form unlike previous 4-door Impreza's
The Series McRae Subaru Impreza was released in late 1995 to celebrate the achievement of the Subaru 555 World Rally team and Colin McRae winning the World Rally Championship for the first time for both driver and manufacturer.
The new Mustang made its public debut at the Detroit motor show
The first right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will start at £28,995 and is available to order now, and can reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds
The 2015 Ford Mustang is capable of reaching 62mph in 4.8 seconds, the company has confirmed. Releasing performance data on the new model for the first time, Ford also confirmed the 2.3-litre EcoBoost-powered Mustang reaches the same speed in 5.8 seconds.
The new Mustang, which is available to order now and is priced from £28,995, is scheduled for UK deliveries in October.
The all-new car is the first Mustang to be offered in right-hand-drive form, and will come with a choice of two engines. The entry-level model comes with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that develops 310bhp and 320lb ft.
Mustang buyers also have a choice of a 412bhp, 386lb ft 5.0-litre V8-equipped model, which costs from £32,995.
There is also the option of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. The automatic gearbox adds £1500 to the price.
The 5.0-litre V8 will be upgraded to 500bhp within 18 months of the car going on sale. The V8 emits 299g/km of CO2 and can return up to 20.9mpg, while the EcoBoost option emits 179g/km of CO2 and returns up to 35.3mpg. US markets will also get a 3.7-litre V6 option.
Ford has launched the new Mustang in both convertible and 'Fastback' bodystyles. The convertible body style is around £1500 more expensive than the equivalent Fastback.
Standard kit in the UK includes 19in alloys wheels, a performance brake package, xenon headlights, LED tail-lights and a rear diffuser. Inside it gets dual-zone climate control and Fords latest Sync2 infotainment system with an 8.0in screen and nine speakers.
There are 10 colours to choose from, including yellow and orange hues that are bespoke to the Mustang, while the options list includes climate control and upgraded seats.
The new Ford Mustang made its public debut at the Detroit motor show in 2014. It is the latest global model developed under the ?One Ford? plan, but Ford claims that the character has not been altered as a result. ?We didn?t decide to do a global Mustang,? said programme boss Dave Pericak. ?We decided to take the Mustang global. Everything we do is to make a Mustang, and then take it global with homologation. We didn?t change the recipe.?
According to Pericak, the fact that the hugely successful outgoing model was the conceptual starting point is partial proof of that, even if ?the only commonality is the wheelbase - every sheet metal panel is different and only two fasteners are retained?.
Most significantly, the new Mustang now has independent rear suspension, a move that comes 30 years after most manufacturers jettisoned live rear axles. The change in set-up greatly improves ride quality, while the front suspension has also been redesigned to help make the car suitable for a global audience.
Even so, Ford has admitted it is looking at improving the low-speed ride comfort of its new Mustang ahead of its 2015 European launch.
Autocar test-drove the Mustang in Los Angeles in 2014. It received praise for its performance and high speed handling but there was criticism of its low-speed ride, which was rated as being short of the compliance needed for UK roads.?As soon as we play with the low-speed damping we risk harming the car?s handling,? said global engineering chief Raj Nair. ?Even so, we?re about to begin testing and there are some things we can do.?
An initial run of 500 Mustangs was offered for sale across 20 European countries during a special promotion at the 2014 UEFA European Championship final. During the match - held between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid - the cars, including 130 right-hand-drive cars for United Kingdom, were offered for sale and sold out in less than 30 seconds. In total, more than 9900 buyers tried to buy the cars.
To date, more than 2200 Mustangs have been pre-ordered by European buyers, with 1200 of those comiong from the UK.
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Piech's career spanned the creation of the Porsche 917 to become the head of the supervisory board
Ferdinand Piech's resignation as head of the VW supervisory board is the beginning, not the end, of a battle for VW's future
Nobody could have predicted ? or hoped ? that Ferdinand Piech?s association with the carmaker founded by his grandfather would end in such a dismal manner.
An emergency meeting of Volkswagen?s supervisory board was called on Saturday 25th April and the location was a regional airport in northern Germany, not far from VW?s Wolfsburg HQ.
It proved to be the final destination for Piech after nearly half a century at the heart of Porsche (founded by his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche after WW2) and Volkswagen, the brand that grew out of the Beetle, a car originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
Piech made his name as the engineer behind the Porsche 917 and the strategic and engineering mind behind the long-term reinvention of Audi as a premium brand. His merciless approach oversaw Quattro, pioneering aerodynamic design, the benchmark construction quality of the Mk4 Golf and the ultimate road car engineering of the Bugatti Veyron.
He was also widely celebrated in Germany for saving VW from potential bankruptcy and mass job losses when he took over the ailing VW brand in 1993.
He built up the VW Group by bringing in new brands ? notably Skoda, which has become a significant success ? and driving VW, from the back seat for the last 13 years, to become the world?s second largest carmaker.
But his tenure came to an unexpected end when he was accused by members of the board of trying, for a second time within two weeks, of trying to overthrow his long-time collaborator Winterkorn.
It was the second meeting since Piech, chairman of the Supervisory Board, had attempted to destabilise Winterkorn.
At the beginning of April, Piech had been quoted in the German press as saying he was ?no longer aligned? with Winterkorn. Based on Piech?s previous record of expelling senior figures he felt had failed, this kind of understated comment was widely understood to mean Piech wanted to see Winterkorn replaced, and quickly.
The result was to throw VW into an immediate management crisis (German companies pride themselves on consensual management), which saw the Supervisory board meeting and confirming that Winterkorn was safe as the VW Groupe boss. The statement even described Winterkorn as ?the best of VW?.
Piech had, for once, failed to get his own way, being forced to sign up to the Supervisory Board?s statement of support.
A few days later, however, rumours within VW began swirling that Piech had refused to accept defeat and was lobbying to get Matthias Mueller ? currently head of the Porsche brand ? to replace Winterkorn.
At the Braunschweig airport meeting it seems the Supervisory Board finally turned as one on Piech, and he and his wife - who was also a board member ? resigned.
Although it will probably never become public knowledge, there is probably more to Piech?s ousting than meets the eye. For a start, the VW Group is not in the best shape, despite being the world?s second biggest carmaker.
VW brand profit margins are just 2.6 percent, and the VW Group is almost completely propped up by the huge profits being made by Porsche and Audi. VW is also ? by the standards of Toyota ? significantly overmanned, have some hundreds of thousands more employees more than the Japanese company.
The VW brand is still a minnow in the US (unlike Toyota) and sales have been sliding backwards as VW management completely mishandled the need to roll as many SUV and Crossover models as possible, as soon as possible.
VW is also spending huge amounts of money rolling out the MQB factory programme across the world, which is proving extremely expensive.
Based on what?s known about Piech?s taste for competition, he?s probably not pleased that Audi have no rival for the BMW i3 and i8, which arguably gives the BMW the look of the current automotive technology leader.
More to the point, Piech faced both the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony and the company?s union representatives on the Supervisory board. It?s hard not to conclude that Piech?s main solution for fixing VW woes was much more aggressive cost-cutting and job losses via a VW Group boss who was willing to force these moves through.
But Germany?s consensual industrial system is designed to prevent just such dramatic moves. It was Piech?s success in turning VW around during the 1990s that made him so popular with local government and unions.
I suspect it is Piech?s instinct that VW ? and particularly the VW brand - is once again oversized and overweight and needs to be resized for future prosperity. It?s no surprise, then, that same groups who praised him for growing the company are duty bound to prevent him trying to shrink it.
The Piech-Porsche family has long seen Porsche and VW as its baby. Indeed, the history section of the Porsche Holding website tells a very interesting story.
It says that in the immediate aftermath of WW2, while Ferdinand Porsche was interned by the Allies in France, his daughter Louise and her brother Ferry moved to ?prevent their father?s life work [Porsche engineering and the Peoples?s Car] from the threat of seizure by the occupying powers?.
In my view, Piech still has this fierce familial loyalty to the family firm. His attempt to use his long-standing hold over VW to trigger a new direction failed spectacularly as even members of the extended Porsche family are thought to have stood against him.
But if Piech thinks his grandfather?s industrial legacy is at medium-term risk, he is not going to sit back and watch it happen.
I once managed to speak to Piech, in Qatar, which was a rare event. I wondered what was the point of VW Group being the biggest car maker in the world. He took me by the elbow and pointed skywards. 'There are always targets, even unto the stars'.
I very much doubt that the master strategist has now walked away into retirement.
Whether the original BMW X5 M has diluted the brand is a moot point. However, there's no doubt that this second iteration is a cracking car
Back in 2009, when BMW launched the first X5 M, purists were not pleased. The hallowed M Division had always said "no" to anything other than rear-wheel drive and yet here was a bulky, behemoth of an SUV, carrying that famous letter.Well, with the launch of the second-generation, it?s time to accept that the X5 M is here to stay.The 4.4-litre direct injection twin-turbo V8 now produces a whopping 567bhp and 553lb ft of torque. That?s 20bhp and 51lb ft up on the previous version, and even more potent than the similarly engined M5. Perhaps more pertinently, it?s also more powerful than either a Range Rover Sport SVR or Porsche Cayenne Turbo.Despite weighing in at a hefty 2275kg, the extra power coupled to four-wheel drive means that the X5 M can out-accelerate an M5 by a tenth of a second. It will now go from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds. By comparison, the SVR can manage only 4.7 seconds, although the Cayenne gets closer with a time of 4.5 seconds.With that in mind, there can be no doubt about the X5 M?s pace. However, is it merely a one-trick pony, or does it have the range of abilities to win over those who still believe it shouldn?t exist at all?
The Hyundai i40 Tourer is priced from £20,850 to £28,850
Full pricing and specs have been released for the facelifted i40 that features upgraded engines and better handling
Full pricing and specs have been released for the new Hyundai i40, on sale now with the Saloon priced from £19,600 to £27,500 and the Tourer from £20,850 to £28,850.
Key changes include refreshed styling, upgraded engines, a new transmission, ride and handling tweaks, and new safety features and technology.
The refreshed car gets new front and rear lights, the updated version of the manufacturer?s hexagonal front grille and a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED foglights. New designs of 16in and 18in alloy wheels are also available.
Inside the car, Hyundai has focused on comfort, cabin versatility and practicality. Higher-grade materials have been used on important touch points such as the steering wheel, armrests and gearknob.
The new i40 is available with a 1.7-litre diesel engine in two states of tune. The more powerful variant, which is likely to be the most popular, now has more power and torque with 139bhp and 251lb ft from 1750rpm.
While a six-speed manual transmission is standard, Hyundai?s new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can be specified with this engine. The lower-powered diesel, which generates 113bhp and 207lb ft, can be ordered only with the six-speed gearbox.
Hyundai has also overhauled the car?s ride and handling balance. The Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC) system has been developed to enhance cornering ability and overall agility. The system, which is available only on some variants, uses electronic sensors to emulate the behaviour of a limited-slip differential during cornering, by braking the inside wheel and directing more torque to the outside wheel.
The refreshed i40?s driver mode settings have been enhanced with a new Rear Electronic Damping Control System (ECS) fitted to the i40 Tourer. The driver can adapt the suspension, steering, throttle response and transmission settings through the drive modes.
The Smart Power Tailgate, first seen on the Hyundai Genesis, has been incorporated for some variants. The system automatically opens the boot when the driver approaches the rear of the i40 with the car key in their pocket. Other new kit includes a heated steering wheel, and solar and privacy glass.
Hyundai has upgraded the i40?s navigation system on those derivatives fitted with it. The 7.0in TFT colour touchscreen boasts improved functionality, new graphics and a 3D display mode, while DAB radio is also included on the car for the first time.
The standard audio system is an evolution of the outgoing version. It incorporates improvements to the screen, which is now a monochrome TFT LCD. A high-resolution TFT LCD dashboard display is another new feature.
Other new kit includes optional bi-xenon headlights, smart high-beam assist and speed limit sign identification, the latter being a first on a Hyundai.
Four trim levels - S, SE Nav, SE Nav Business and Premium - are available on both models, and standard kit includes 16in wheels, Bluetooth, air-con, a leather steering wheel, automatic headlights and steering wheel-mounted controls.
SE Nav brings DAB radio, an auto dimming rear-view mirror, climate control, heated front seats, LED front foglights and an upgraded sound system. SE Nav Business adds keyless entry and start, as well as a driver?s seat memory function. Range-topping Premium trim comes with 18in alloys, a panoramic sunroof, an LCD colour display and lane departure warning.
The current-generation i40, which was launched in July 2011, was designed and engineered at the company?s European base in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
It has played an important role in Hyundai?s growth, achieving European sales of almost 100,000 units since launch and increasing the brand?s share of the D-segment market to more than 5%.
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The compact executive saloon from Jaguar jumps straight to the top of our most popular reviews list, despite only going live midway through last week.
We tested an almost-finished pre-production version of the XE 2.0 diesel R-Sport back in January, where it showed a lot of potential. However, according to our tester, this full production version is even more refined.
A strong showing by the luxury saloon prototype, after going live just over a week ago on autocar.co.uk.
BMW states its Mercedes-Benz S Class rival has been engineered from the ground-up. It weighs 130kg lighter than the previous generation 7 Series and features the German car manufacturer's latest touchscreen i-Drive infotainment system and a new driving mode, called 'Comfort Plus'.
The production model will be unveiled at September's Frankfurt motor show, but you can read our verdict on the BMW 740iL prototype here.
It's not difficult to understand why the new Mercedes-AMG GT S has ranked so highly with readers this week. With those hulking looks and powered by the German car firm's latest 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 motor - pumping out 503bhp and 479lb ft of torque in this state of tune - it's sure to give any Porsche 911 owner food for thought.