Monday 30 September 2013

Volkswagen Golf GTi 2012


Seen in Manchester on the Cathedral car park, this dark grey icon, the Volkswagen Golf GTi. With a 2.0l Turbo 4-cylinder engine and 210bhp, the GTi covers 0-62 in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 149mph or 235km/h

Saturday 28 September 2013

Ford Focus RS 2009


Parked in Old Trafford, the Ford Focus RS with a 2.5l  straight 5-cylinder, 305bhp, 0-62 in 5.9 seconds and top speed of 163mph or 262km/h.

Thursday 26 September 2013

Chevrolet Camaro V8 2013


Still in Old Trafford tonight, with one of United's sponsors, Chevrolet. This particular one is a brand new Camaro V8 Convertible in white with red stripes! 6.2 V8 engine and 405bhp!!! 5.4 seconds to complete 0=62 and a limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h)

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Audi R8 V8 2007

Picture taken on the car park at Old Trafford before the match Manchester United - Liverpool. This is an Audi R8 V8 with an unusual matte black roof. As usual with the V8, we have a 4.2l engine with 420bhp. It can reach 62mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 187mph (300km/h).

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Volkswagen Phaeton 3.0 TDi 2011

Here is the big Volkswagen Phaeton. This is a great looking executive car which is, I believe, very under-rated. It is a very well equipped, quality car, which is indeed rather expensive. The VW badge on that type of car struggles to compete with its German cousins Mercedes S-class, BMW 7-series and Audi A8! That is why you don't see many of them around. This particular one has a "small" diesel engine - 3.0 V6 TDi with 237bhp- but if you need more power, you can still opt for the W12 version with 444bhp! With the V6 diesel power plant, you will reach 62mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 147mph or 237km/h.

Monday 23 September 2013

Porsche Cayenne Diesel


Another Porsche Cayenne spotted in Knutsford, diesel this time. 3.0 V6 TDI producing 240bhp, 0-62 in 7.8 seconds and top speed of 135mph (217km/h)

Sunday 22 September 2013

Mercedes CL500


We had the older model a few days ago, now a more recent 2007 Mercedes CL500. 5.5 V8, 388bhp, 0-62 in 5.5 seconds and top speed of 155mph (250km/h), not bad for such a big coupe (well a 3-door S-class really!!!)

Saturday 21 September 2013

Bentley Continental GTC V8


In Manchester again, a Bentley Continental GTC, this one with the V8 engine, not the W12. the V8 is a 4.0l engine with 507bhp. 0-62 takes 4.7 seconds and the top speed is 187mph or 301km/h. That's a very fast convertible!

Thursday 19 September 2013

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S


Here we have a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S seen in Manchester. The 4S has a 3.8 flat 6 engine with 385bhp. 0-62 takes 4.7 seconds and the top speed is 185mph (298km/h)

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Ford Mondeo ST220

Rarer than an Aston Martin DB9 according to Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear (Series 8): a Ford Mondeo ST220. Under the bonnet, it has a  3.0 V6 with 226bhp. As far as performance is concerned, 0-62 in 7.6 seconds and top speed of 155mph (250km/h).

Monday 16 September 2013



A new BMW M6 seen near St Ann Square. This new M6 has a 552bhp, 4.4l twin-turbo V8 engine. It is capable of 0-62 in 4.2 seconds and of a top speed of 155mph (250km/h) electronically limited. As mentioned in a previous post, the car is also available with what BMW call the "M Driver's Package" which removes the electronic speed limit and allows the driver to reach 189mph (304km/h).

Sunday 15 September 2013

Peugeot RCZ


Up King Street in Manchester, third French car of the blog, the little 2-seater sport coupe, the Peugeot RCZ. The RCZ is what I had been waiting for, always wondering why more affordable makes couldn't produce nice and affordable, sporty looking, everyday cars. Well in my opinion, Peugeot did just that. This particular model has the 2.0 HDi 4-cylinder engine which produces 163bhp: 0-62 is covered in 8.7 seconds and the top speed is 137mph (220km/h). But the main attraction with this RCZ -apart from its look- is the fact that it is economical. You can probably achieve about 45mpg on combined cycles, road tax is around £120 a year and the car itself costs from around £23,500 new.
I know, it still is a Peugeot, but for the price, I do think it is worth it!

Saturday 14 September 2013

Aston Martin DBS

And another one, my dream car, the Aston Martin DBS seen on Deansgate Manchester. As usual, under the bonnet there is a 6.0 V12 engine with 510bhp. 0-62 takes 4.3 seconds, and the top speed is 191mph (307km/h)

Friday 13 September 2013

Porsche Cayenne GTS


Seen on one of Knutsford side street, this is a (dirty) Porsche Cayenne GTS. The GTS isn't the top of the range Cayenne but it still has a 4.8 V8 producing 405bhp and is capable of covering the 0-62 in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 157mph (253km/h)
Dream car for many, this is far from being mine!

Thursday 12 September 2013

Mercedes CL500

Parked in a side street in Alderley Edge, a Mercedes CL500 with a 5.0 V8 306bhp: 0-62 in 7.3 seconds and top speed of 155mph (250km/h)

Wednesday 11 September 2013

BMW 640d

Seen in Alderley Edge a few months ago, a new shape 6-series BMW: the 640d. Under the bonnet there is a 3.0 diesel 6-cylinder with 313bhp: 0-62 in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph (250km/h) Good mix of look, performance and economy for BMW lovers!

Tuesday 10 September 2013

5,000 already!!!

Once more, thank you all for your interest and continued support! I didn't think I would reach 5,000 views after just a few months! I do hope that you enjoy the content of my blog and if you have any suggestions, questions or anything to say about cars, make sure you leave a comment!

Ferrari F430 Spider


Seen in Wilmslow, a Ferrari F430 Spider with a 4.3 V8 and 483bhp. 0-62 is covered in 4.1 seconds and the top speed is 193mph (311km/h)
Where are the keys...?!?!?!

Monday 9 September 2013

Nissan GTR

Today, seen in the car park of the Trafford Center, a Nissan GTR. The Japanese muscle car has a  3.8 V6 with 479bhp, which allows it astonishing performance: 0-62 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 193mph (311km/h). On the Nurburgring, the GTR completed its lap in 7:24.22, faster than a Ferrari Enzo or a Maserati MC12, and all that for a fraction of the price!!!

Sunday 8 September 2013

Rover 3500 Vanden Plas EFi


Back to the Classics Tatton show today, with a rare Rover 3500 Vanden Plas EFi (only 24 left on UK roads!) This one rolled out of the production lines in 1984, and is the top of the range model. According to, the Vanden Plas SD1 (or 3500) was "basically a more luxurious version of the Rover Vitesse, using the same engine, suspension and brakes but with the Vanden Plas specification bodyshell." I must however say that having researched the different models online, I didn't manage to come across a 3500 with such body kit. I therefore presume that it is custom-made.
The car should have a 3.5 V8 engine with 190bhp: 0-62 in 8.2 seconds and top speed of 130mph (209km/h)

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Lotus Elise

Back to the car park of the Tatton Classic Cars show with this Lotus Elise. With a 1.8l engine, 122bhp and a weight of only 1,000kg, the little Elise can reach 62mph in just 5.7 seconds for a top speed of 128mph (206km/h). Once again, a great car to take out on a track day!

Monday 2 September 2013

Vauxhall Monaro

Vauxhall Monaro spotted at the Trafford Center. 5.7 V8 with 328bhp. 0-62 in 6 seconds and 165mph (265km/h) top speed.

Sunday 1 September 2013

Insider 14 - Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Aston Martin again, DB9 from the outside yesterday, V8 Vantage convertible from the inside today!