We’re turning up the heat this week as we take a look at the latest in the world of cars.
It’s all about hot cars – from Skoda’s most powerful-ever Octavia to new Citroen and Hyundai SUVs that are made for summer and a promise from Mercedes that’s sure to set Goodwood alight at the end of June.
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Hot Octavia just got hotter
Skoda has revealed details of the most powerful Octavia in its history. The new vRS 245 will produce, funnily enough, 245PS from its 2.0 TSI petrol engine, getting it to 62mph in just 6.6 seconds in saloon form and 6.7 in estate form.
That’s 15 extra PS than the previous version, by the way. It will have Wi-Fi and new driver assistance as well. It gets a sporty face on the outside, with a tailor-made body and grille.
The inside will see a predominantly black interior, with Alcantara sports seats. It’ll be as practical as ever, of course, and you can choose from either a six-speed manual or the excellent DSG auto gearbox.
Citroen reveals another SUV
Hot on the heels of its C5 Aircross being revealed in April, Citroen continues its SUV offensive with the C3 Aircross. Citroen is claiming unrivalled space for a vehicle of its type, a modular design and a large opening panoramic glass sunroof.
The French manufacturer is aiming to make the C3 Aircross at home in both city and countryside – and to that end it gets Grip Control, Hill Descent Assist and 12 driver assistance system.
You can see that it’s taking the rough stuff seriously. Petrol engines will come in the form of the PureTech 130 S&S with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The PureTech 110 S&S engine is available as both a manual and auto. In addition, there is the choice of the PureTech 82 engine with a manual gearbox.
Diesels will be a choice of the BlueHDi 120 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the BlueHDi 100 manual. It goes on sale in the UK on November 1.
Hyundai has announced a new SUV
Hyundai has launched a new SUV this week, part of its drive to become the leading Asian automotive brand by 2021, it says. The KONA will offer four-wheel-drive and Hyundai’s latest petrol and diesel engines.
It’ll have a tone-two roof and the choice of ten colours, while inside there will be coloured stitching on the seats and highlights around the air vents that apparently “transform the KONA’s interior into a second skin that protects the owner seamlessly”.
We’re not sure quite how some air vents can manage that, but the KONA is looking like a strong SUV contender. It will debut a head-up display and will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a high-end Krell sound system. Safety systems will include autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
“The All-New KONA is not just another car among Hyundai Motor’s established SUV range - it is an important milestone of our journey to become Asian automotive brand number one in Europe by 2021,” said Thomas A Schmid, chief operating officer at Hyundai Motor Europe.
“With its true SUV genes, a progressive design and premium features, KONA reflects the lifestyle of modern customers, enhancing the brand’s appeal and attracting new customers.”
Merc to celebrate 50 years of performance arm
Mercedes-Benz is to celebrate 50 years of AMG at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place from June 29 to July 2.
The performance brand’s anniversary will be marked with some of the most memorable cars in Mercedes-AMG’s history, including the new AMG GT Concept, which will be making its UK debut in the Mercedes-Benz exhibition area.
Many notable AMG models, both past and present, will be taking to the famous Goodwood Hill, including the powerful new 612hp E 63 S 4MATIC Saloon, the GT C Roadster, the GT R and the mighty SLS AMG Black Series.
A replica of the iconic 300 SEL 6.8 – affectionately known as the Red Pig – will also be heading up the hill.
The original Red Pig competed in the 1971 24-hour race at Spa in Belgium and amazed spectators when it finished in second place overall – the large saloon beating a field of sports cars.
Reigning F1 World Champion, Nico Rosberg, will be driving his 2014 Mercedes-AMG F1 car up the hill on the Sunday, while Russian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas will be behind the wheel on Saturday.
Alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, the Mercedes-Benz Cars UK stand will feature a range of models from Mercedes-AMG, including the GT R, GT C Roadster, E 63 S 4MATIC Saloon and the C 43 4MATIC Estate.
As well as cars from AMG, a small slice of Mercedes-Benz’s 131-year history will be represented by cars from Mercedes-Benz Classic, with historic race cars including the legendary 1937 W 125 ‘Silver Arrows’; 1902 Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS; 1934 W 25 (the first ‘Silver Arrow’); and two C-Class DTM cars from 1994 and 2005.
Biggest MG show of the year will showcase 90 years of models
More than 90 years of MG will be on show at the marque’s big annual celebration, MGLive! At Silverstone on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18.
Everything from the early models of the 1920s to the latest from MG Motor UK will be at the show, run by the MG Car Club. Around 3,000 MG models will be on display from the Club's various registers, paying tribute to the manufacturer’s motoring heritage.
There will be MGs from all eras in action on Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit as well as on static display on the showground, providing enthusiasts with a fantastic timeline.
MG Motor UK will be previewing the new MG XS compact SUV. MGLive! will offer MG fans the first real opportunity to get up close and personal with the latest car from MG.
Due to launch in the UK in late 2017, MG Motor’s stand will feature three examples, alongside the current MG range, the MG3 and MG GS.