Saturday 16 December 2017

Ferrari 348 Spider 1994

An older Ferrari today with the 348 Spider from 1994. The 348 has the 3.4 V8 which produces 320bhp. 0-62 takes 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 174mph or 280km/h. This one was parked outside Altrincham Market a few weeks ago.

Thursday 16 November 2017

Peugeot 206 RC 2003

An ageing hot-hatch today with this Peugeot 206 RC (Gti in the UK) spotted in Jarnac in France a few months ago. The 206 has a naturally aspirated 2.0 straight 4 with 175bhp. The 0-62 takes 7.4 seconds and the top speed is 137mph or 220km/h. Nothing crazy but I still find this car pretty cool!

Saturday 28 October 2017

McLaren 720S 2017

I saw pictures and videos of this car, but seeing it in person yesterday was something different. The brand new McLaren 720S is an absolutely stunning car! Engine-wise, it has a 4.0 twin-turbo V8 which produces 710bhp and so many aero features. The performance of the car is mind-blowing with a 0-62 covered in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 212mph or 341km/h. Awesome!

Monday 16 October 2017

Porsche Boxster Spyder 2016


Not the most usual Boxster today with the Spyder version of the 981. The Spyder is the equivalent of the Cayman GT4 and therefore shares its 3.8 flat-6 (also found in the 911 Carrera S). This gives the Boxster 371bhp, a 0-62 in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180mph or 290km/h.

Sunday 24 September 2017

Volkswagen Golf Clubsport 2016

After a while without posting, here is a limited edition VW Golf, the Clubsport. Like with the GTi and the R, it has a 2.0 Turbo 4 cylinder engine but this time with 306bhp, which makes the Clubsport the most powerful Golf ever released! Performance-wise, you get a 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 165mph or 265km/h. Not bad for a Gold! Oh, and by the way, don't expect to fit 4 people in the car as there are no back seats, they have been removed to save weight!

Friday 11 August 2017

Ford Mustang 2017

Some American muscles today even if it isn't really the full package. What we have here is the 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder eco-boost engine with 313bhp instead of the 5.0 V8 and its 415bhp. 0-62 takes 5.8 seconds at the top speed for this "eco-boost" is 145mph or 233km/h. It is also the first time the Mustang is available in right-hand drive.

Sunday 23 July 2017

Ferrari 488 2017

A Ferrari 488 today. The 488 is the replacement for the 458. It has a 3.9 V8 which produces 661bhp. That gives us a top speed of 205mph or 330km/h and a 0-62 time of 3.0 seconds. Love the colour combination even if I would only consider a Ferrari in blue, grey or black!

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Abarth Stilo 2004

A bit more unusual today with this Fiat Abarth Stilo from 2004. Under the bonnet this Abarth gets a 2.4 straight 5 engine with 170bhp. 0-62 takes 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 136mph or 219km/h. No supercar but fun enough I guess!

Monday 19 June 2017

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster 2016

Stunning Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster in black, spotted in Hale Barnes a few weeks ago. The V12 Vantage S is one of the most powerful Astons out there with its 5.9 V12 and 565bhp. 0-62 takes 3.9 seconds and the top speed is 205mph or 328km/h.

Thursday 1 June 2017

Mercedes GLE 63S AMG 2016

Another AMG model today with the Mercedes GLE 63S spotted in the Trafford Center a few weeks ago. It has a 5.5 twin-turbo V8 engine with 577bhp. 0-62 takes 4.2 seconds and the top speed is limited as usual to 155mph or 250km/h.

Saturday 27 May 2017

Rolls Royce Dawn 2016

In Rolls Royce Knutsford today with this Dawn and its 6.6 twin-turbo V12. The 563bhp will take the car from 0 to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds and up to a (limited) top speed of 155mph or 250km/h. Not bad for a convertible cruise liner!

Sunday 7 May 2017

BMW M Coupe (Z3) 1999

A car which is rarer and rarer to spot around, the BMW M coupe, the M version of the Z3. Under the bonnet the M coupe get a 3.2 straight 6 with 320bhp. As far as performance is concerned, you get 0 to 62mph in 5.3 secconds and a top speed of 155mph or 250km/h. I know it is nearly 20 years old now, but I still really like the look of it!

Saturday 29 April 2017

Jaguar F-Type S 2013

A Jaguar F-type today with the S model and its 3.0 V6 with 380bhp. I spotted it in Manchester a few weeks ago. The V6 takes the Jag from 0 to 62 in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 171mph or 275km/h. Not sure this is the best spec' I have ever seen on the F-type though...

Thursday 13 April 2017

Mercedes SLS 2010

Spotted on Deansgate in Manchester a few weeks ago, this is a Mercedes SLS. I really like the dark mirror effect on the car with the red highlights! Like with the previous SLS I posted on the blog, you'll find a 6.2 V8 under the bonnet with 563bhp. 0-62 takes under 4 seconds and the top speed is 211mph (340km/h).

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Range Rover SDV8 Lumma CLR-R 2014

Continuing the series of prepared Range Rovers, we have a brand I had never come across before: Lumma. The Lumma company is a German company created in 1987 by Horst Lumma. Their British headquarters are in Essex. 
Like with most of the other tunners, this Range Rover has mainly undergone cosmetic changes, bumpers, wheels arch, alloys... It is based on a 2014 Range Rover Vogue SDV8 with a 4.4 V8 engine which produces 334bhp. 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds and the top speed is 135mph or 217km/h.

Sunday 26 March 2017

Aston Martin Vanquish S 2017

Spotted in Wilmslow a few weeks ago, this is a brand new Aston Martin Vanquish S, with a 6.0 V12 engine which produces 600bhp. 0-62 takes 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 201mph or 323km/h. 

Saturday 11 March 2017

McLaren 675LT Spider 2016

Made popular by many a Youtuber, including Shmee150, MrJWW or Salondrin, we have today a McLaren 675LT Spider seen at the McLaren dealership in Knutsford. The LT is a limited super sport edition produced by McLaren. Only 500 coupes and 500 spiders were made, so they are pretty rare. The 675 has a 3.8 V8 engine which produces 666bhp, allowing the car to reach 62mph from 0 in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 205mph or 330km/h. This particular LT is presented in Volcano yellow.

Saturday 4 March 2017

Porsche 911 Turbo 2014

Spotted in Knutsford a few weeks ago, we have today a Porsche 911 Turbo from 2014. The 3.8 flat-6 engine produces 520bhp. 0-62 takes 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 195mph or 314km/h.

Friday 17 February 2017

Ferrari 488 Challenge race car 2017

After the 488 Spider of the last post, the brand new 488 Challenge race car. It was unveiled at the end of 2016 and it was at the Manchester dealership last weekend, just as I was there! Unlike the GTE and GT3 which are both more hardcore race versions of the 488, the Challenge is heavily based on the stock car, stripped out of course for the track, to allow race enthusiast (and rather wealthy) customers to take part in the Ferrari Challenge series. It has the same 3.9 V8 engine with 660bhp as the 488 GTB, which has been remapped for the track. In terms of performance, I cannot yet find any specifics as all data are still to be confirmed.

Monday 13 February 2017

Ferrari 488 Spider 2017

As I am off work today, I thought I would go on a tour of the local dealerships. I ended up in Ferrari Wilmslow where they had some interesting cars, including this grey 488 Spider. I think the colour suits the car to perfection! The Spider has the same 3.9 twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the coupe, which produces 661bhp. 0-62mph takes 3.0 seconds and the top speed is 202mph or 325km/h. 

Sunday 5 February 2017

Aston Martin DB11 2017

My first proper sight of the brand new Aston Martin DB11 in Manchester city center yesterday. I did spot one on the motorway a few months ago, probably a test car, but this is the first one I see on the road since it was released. The DB11 is the replacement for one of my favourite cars around, the DB9. It has a 5.2 V12 engine which produces 600bhp. 0-62mph takes 3.9 seconds and the top speed is 200mph or 322km/h.
I must say, I wasn't really a fan of the new shape compared to the DB9 but I think it is progressively growing on me... It will be time for me to go to the dealership and have a closer look at it!

Sunday 22 January 2017

Ferrari 328 GTS 1980's

Seen in Ferrari Manchester a few months ago, this is a 328 GTS. It has a 3.2 V8 engine, which produces 270bhp, with a 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 163mph or 262km/h. The GTS is the Spider version of the GTB (Berlinetta).

Sunday 15 January 2017

Bentley Continental GTC V8 2016

Not the first one on the blog, but a more recent version: the Bentley Continental GTC spotted in Manchester a few weeks ago: Twin-turbo 4.0 V8 which produces 500bhp, 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and top speed of 187mph or 301km/h. 
I am not sure if I mentioned it before, but if I haven't, here is a geeky tip for you. If you struggle to differentiate a V8 Continental from a W12, look at the exhaust tips. If they are shape as an 8 (well more of an infinity sign), it's a V8, if they are full oval, it's a W12!