..:: 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 road-legal LM version of the McLaren P1 GTR is set to go for a Nürburgring lap record attempt during a stint of development testing planned for later this year.
Lanzante, the Hampshire-based firm responsible for creating the road-legal LM versions of McLaren?s 986bhp track model, will run the car at the Nürburgring to finalise its set-up. Lanzante says a lap record isn?t a priority, but if the conditions are right, an attempt is a possibility.
?We?ve seen what the road car is capable of there and we?ve got simulations of what our car can do,? said company boss Dean Lanzante. ?Kenny Bräck is doing all of the driving, so if an opportunity arose, we have the right man for the job.?
McLaren declined to reveal the Nürburgring lap time of its standard P1, instead choosing only to confirm that it dipped below the seven-minute mark. But Lanzante?s words suggest he?s confident the P1 LM is capable of beating the 6min 57sec time of the current production lap record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Despite his confidence, Lanzante concedes that the P1 LM?s chances could be hampered by time constraints and weather conditions.
?We don?t have the finances or the time to do something like Porsche,? he said in reference to the 918?s testing programme. ?If it rains, the track isn?t fast enough, so we can?t do a lap. And we don?t want to do a Koenigsegg??
Koenigsegg recently crashed a One:1 at the ?Ring ahead of its own record attempt and has to rebuild the car before it can run again. Lanzante says his company can?t afford the same fate, instead ranking delivery of all five P1 LMs to their customers as a priority.
Each P1 LM could receive minor changes to its factory settings after delivery, including the fitment of ?evolution? parts or minor geometry adjustments.
?Whatever upgrades we develop in testing, we give to the customer,? Lanzante said. ?It?s part of the package; they don?t pay for that.?
A Volvo truck producing more than 2300bhp has broken two separate world speed records: one over 500 metres and the other over 1000 metres.
The challenge was done at the Skellefteå Drive Center (a former airfield outside Skellefteå in Sweden) with Boije Ovebrink at the helm. A record average speed of 105mph and a time of 21.29sec was recorded across a distance of 1000 metres; this also beat the corresponding record for the 500-metre distance, at 82mph and 13.71sec.
The truck, called the Iron Knight, is powered by a mid-mounted, significantly modified, 2367bhp D13 engine with water-cooled intercooler and four turbochargers, producing 4425lb ft of torque.
Mated to an I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission, it maintains torque delivery during gear changes. Electronic devices were kept to a minimum to lower overall weight, while aerodynamics were a key focus adding large air intakes to the side skirts. Volvo Trucks? technicians also tweaked the software ?to permit the high performance?.
During the challenge, the 4.5-tonne truck reached a top speed of 171mph - the same as a Jaguar F-Type V6 S.
President and CEO of Volvo Trucks Claes Nilsson said: "This shows that our I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has enormous potential and that it does not let you down under extreme conditions. The fact that the world record-breaker uses the very same gearbox that is found in our series-built FH trucks is something we're really proud of.?
Volvo Trucks technician Olof Johansson said: "Specialists from several different Volvo Trucks departments worked closely together to develop a truck with unsurpassed performance. Apart from Volvo Trucks' powertrain, which is the heart and soul of the Iron Knight, we've hand-built the truck from the ground up. The fact that we succeeded in securing not just one record but two is absolutely amazing.?
Driver Boije Ovebrink has more than 30 years' experience of both car and truck racing, with five previous speed records under his belt, and the title of European Truck Racing Champion of 1994. He said: "Volvo Trucks' Iron Knight can be summarised in one single word: perfection. It's beautiful to look at and is an unparalleled powerhouse when you floor the accelerator.?
Volvo Trucks and Ovebrink are no strangers to breaking records. Back in 2007, the 1600bhp Wild Viking beat the world record for the standing-start 1000-metre distance, with an average speed of 98.7mph. More recently, Mean Green took on the 1000-metre flying-start category and set a new record with an average speed of 147mph, in 2012.
?This is the third record-breaking truck I've driven, and I can't think of a better follow-up to Wild Viking and Mean Green,? Ovebrink added.
The speed record was monitored and approved by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
Seat considers a hot version of its new SUV; expected power output close to 300bhp
A fast Seat Ateca Cupra is under consideration for launch in 2017 as the firm weighs up whether it can extend its hardcore sub-brand to its burgeoning SUV range.
The standard Ateca is on sale now and will be joined by a smaller SUV this time next year and potentially a seven-seat SUV around 2020. However, Seat?s bosses are believed to be debating how to extend the reach of the Cupra brand.
The Ateca is expected to become the firm?s best-selling model. With a mooted price of around £35,000, though, a Cupra version would become Seat?s most expensive model.
?The fast SUV market is evolving quickly at the premium end, but in the mainstream, there is no real credible contender,? said an insider. ?That opens the opportunity for Seat to take leadership and to really differentiate itself from the opposition in the crowded SUV market. An Ateca Cupra could have a very significant halo effect for the rest of the brand.?
The Ateca is thought to be the most likely of the three SUVs to be sold as a Cupra, because it will vie for sales in the most hotly contested section of the SUV market.
Sources suggest that as well as exaggerated styling, the car will be powered by the 286bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the Leon Cupra. It is not clear if this engine will be tweaked to deliver different performance characteristics. In the fourwheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R, for instance, the same engine makes 296bhp. A 0-62mph time of around 6.5sec is expected for the Ateca Cupra.
Reports had suggested that the Ateca Cupra could appear as soon as this year?s Paris motor show, but that is now said to be hanging in the balance. The show is so close to the first customer deliveries of the standard Ateca and bosses are said to be concerned that a Cupra could distract from the mainstream model.
In addition, demand is said to be outstripping supply for the Ateca around Europe. This indicates that there is no pressing need for a halo model to be launched. As a result, the Ateca Cupra is being mooted for an on-sale date in late 2017.
The figures, released today, show that UK car manufacturing achieved its 12th consecutive month of growth in July, with year-to-date production growing by 12.3% to 1,023,723 units ? the first time in 12 years that volumes have surpassed one million in the first seven months.
The most popular models produced in the UK include the Nissan Qashqai, built at the brand?s Sunderland plant, with a volume of 298,947. The Toyota Auris is the second most popular model built in the UK, with a volume of 147,907 (less than half that of the Qashqai). The Nissan Juke comes in third place, with a production volume of 119,065.
Demand in July was up both at home and abroad, with a 14.1% increase in output for the domestic market. Exports are up 6% to 101,184 units, with 77.8% of cars produced destined for overseas markets.
The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy, accounting for more than £71.6 billion in turnover. A total of 814,000 people are currently employed in the automotive industry across the UK, with 169,000 people employed directly in manufacturing. It accounts for 12.0% of total UK export of goods and invests £2.5 billion each year in automotive R&D, with more than 30 manufacturers building in excess of 70 vehicle models in the UK.
In 2015, UK automotive manufacturers produced 1,682,156 vehicles, with 1,587,677 of those being cars. Today?s figures show that UK car production is on track for 2016 to beat last year?s figures.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: ?UK car production in 2016 is booming, with new British-built models in demand across the world. Manufacturers have invested billions to develop exciting new models and produce them competitively here in the UK.
?Future success will depend on continued new car demand and attracting the next wave of investment, so Britain must demonstrate it remains competitive and open for business.?
However, director of strategy at Close Brothers Motor Finance, Chris Bosworth, thinks the boom may well be coming to an end. He said: ?Today?s figures for production in the car manufacturing industry continue to emulate the volumes we have seen over the last year, with production and output accelerating at unprecedented levels. However, as figures revealed earlier this week show, there are a number of factors that indicate this growth may be coming to the end.
?The steady flood of new cars that have entered the market over the last year has resulted in a glut of used vehicles beginning to emerge, with these two or three-year-old cars making consumers gravitate to well-priced ?nearly-new? stock. At the same time exchange rate movements make the UK a less attractive place to sell cars meaning that manufacturers are less inclined to subsidise finance on new vehicles.
?The outcome of Brexit is also beginning to affect foreign-based manufacturers, with announcements that many are reducing staffing hours as a result of the fall in the pound from Brexit. This gives UK exporters a boost. However, the profits of these firms are likely to fall unless they increase prices of new vehicles, which will again reduce demand-side pressures on UK car manufacturers.?
The TeslaModel S 100D and Model X 100D have been confirmed for production, with both cars getting extended battery ranges thanks to new 100kWh battery packs.
Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of the new 100kWh batteries to Autocar during a conference call.
The new Model S P100D will be capable of reaching 60mph in 2.5sec, making it 0.7sec faster than a McLaren F1. Now that the Porsche 918 and LaFerrari are sold out, it's officially the quickest car currently on sale.
The upgraded Model X P100D will hit the mark in 2.9sec. Both cars are four-wheel-drive.
Customers in the US waiting for P90Ds with Ludicrous Mode can upgrade their order to P100D spec for $10,000 (£7578). Existing P90D owners can get their cars to P100D spec for $20,000 (£15,156) to cover costs of old battery recycling.
UK prices announced
Prices were also revealed for the flagship Tesla models; the Model S P100D will cost from £114,200; more than double the entry-level Model S 60's £53,400 starting price. A 'Ludicrous Speed' upgrade and Tesla's Smart Air Suspension are included in this. The first Model S P100D deliveries are estimated for December this year.
The Model X P100D is priced from £117,200, which puts the P100D £53,100 (just shy of the price of the Model S 60) above the entry-level Model X 60D. Deliveries of the top-of-the-range Model X will start early next year.
Monthly PCP rates for the Model S P100D and Model X P100D are around £1060 and £1089 respectively, according to Tesla.
Musk said that the drivetrains for both cars will remain the same, with only the larger capacity batteries being new. He also said Supercharger rates would be unaffected, although charge times might increase due to the larger capacity.
The Model S's range increases to 315 miles under EPA tests and 381 under NEDC tests, giving it the largest range for any electric production car.
The Model X P100D will have a range of 289 miles according to EPA tests. The NEDC figure is 336 miles.