No More Land Rover Defenders After 2015

Land Rover is set to end the production of its iconic Defender model, which has been serving farmers and safari guides amongst others for decades.

The last vehicles to roll off the production line will do so in just over two years’ time, in December 2015.

A true off-roader, the Defender has evolved from the original Land Rover Series which was first produced way back in 1948. Over two million models have been purchased since this time.

land-rover-defender_lEven her majesty the Queen has been pictured behind the wheel of a Defender!

However, all new versions of the rugged Land Rover emit more than 260g/km of CO2, which means they fall under the highest road tax band, M.

Emissions laws have become much stricter in recent years, so any successor would have to be significantly more environmentally friendly.

As new, the Defender costs between £24,260 and £33,000. Because of its strong performance and reliability however, it is a very popular model on the used market. Well-conditioned vehicles can be picked up for under £10,000 – you can search listings at either CarVillage.co.uk or UsedCarsNearMe.co.uk.

 

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Bentley 2013 Flying Spur

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Pictures of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur have graced the web today and they are being met with great enthusiasm. It has been sent by Bentley to unsettle its rivals the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes S-Class.

Bentley are branching out for the Continental family with the new Flying Spur and you can tell by looking at it. The proportions are different to that of the continental, most notably it appears much longer and less coupé looking.

A lot of attention has been paid on the performance of the new Bentley, the body has been sculpted to be more aerodynamic and it has been built out of lightweight but strong materials. Beneath the Bentley bonnet, the car packs a W12 twin-turbo 6.0-litre engine which generates 616bhp at 2000rpm. This makes the 2013 Flying Spur the most powerful four-door Bentley in the history of the brand, it also means the Flying Spur can do 0-60mph in just 4.3 second and it can hit a top speed of 200mph. The cars green credentials are as you would expect; non-existent, doing only 19.2mpg whilst giving off 343g/km of CO2.

The equipment for those in the back is brilliant, and each rear seat pocket features USB, HDMI and SD ports as well as a DVD slot; all of which are hooked up to an iPad like screen. Though all this luxury does come at a price, £150,000 to be precise! So make sure you look after it, as Bentley servicing costs are no joke.

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Audi RS Q3 SUV Revealed

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The Audi Q3 SUV is getting the RS treatment, more news has been shared across the web today regarding the model. Join us as we take a look at what we know so far.

Audi have made ripples in the motor industry today by revealing their new RS Q3; the first ever SUV to get the RS treatment. Apparently this is upsetting to the big performance car fans out there, though we are sure they will get over it.

It shares its engine with the Audi TT RS; it is a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which can offer an enticing 310hp and 310Ib ft of torque allowing it to do 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and hit speeds of 155mph.

The rear axle features an ‘electronically controlled multi-plate clutch’ which will share out torque between the front and rear to make sure the car performs in all weather conditions. Audi reckons the RS Q3 is capable of 32.1mpg combined with 206g/km CO2 emissions, which is pretty good for an RS model.

The RS Q3’s servicing and MOT prices shouldn’t stack up to heavily so it should be a relatively inexpensive car to own (considering its performance figures).