Vehicles continued to dominate the show stands

  • Date:2018-08-02
  •  There is a new wave of electric cars, led by Britain’s Jaguar I-Pace and closely followed by the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo. A host of ever-popular Sport Utility Vehicles continued to dominate the show stands, with models including the new BMW X4 and Hyundai Santa Fe. And proving that the car makers haven’t given up entirely on building exciting sports cars, Toyota pulled the covers off a concept for a new Supra.

    The Abarth 124 is, effectively, a Mazda MX-5 with a different suit and a turbocharged engine. For the new GT version, the only change is the fitment of a carbon fibre solid roof, and a carefully coordinated silver and black colour scheme. The roof doesn’t fold down, like the MX-5 RF; instead, you have you manhandle it, like the good old days, and leave it in the garage. However, you won’t be caught short if it rains, because the 124 GT still has a folding fabric roof.

    Alfa claims it is the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring, tackling the German track in seven minutes and 51.7 seconds. Quite how many family SUVs will ever be driven around the Nurburgring race circuit is open to debate. The tribute model is limited to 108 units, one for each year since Alfa Romeo was established in Milan, Italy.

    The last Vantage may have been the best selling Aston of all time, but its light was fading. So the new replacement needs to be seriously good if it’s to please existing owners and keep the British car maker competitive with the likes of Porsche. The new generation Vantage comes with a 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG, plus a host of the German company’s gadgets and gizmos, which should make for a far more sophisticated package than before.

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