Lifestyle – Men Style Fashion We Show You How Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Infiniti – Q60S 3.0 Sport Tech Reviewed Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:10:35 +0000 Infiniti is a luxury automotive manufacturer that was created over 30 years ago with an emphasis on performance, design and customer experience. A division of Nissan, this premium car brand was created to help it compete in the European and American markets driving technical innovation and design.

Industry first technology developments includes; Hydraulic Active Suspension, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention & Backup Collision Intervention Systems. Complimented with other driver focus features like Direct Adaptive Steering and successful history of high-performance V6 engines. Infiniti’s emblem depicts this continued development with two central lines stretching off into the horizon designed to embody the forward-thinking approach.

The Q60S 3.0 SPORT TECH is the latest incarnation of the top of the range encompassing its previous technology developments to produce a high-performance luxury sports coupe with the styling to match.

First Impressions

Instantly the styling of this model stands out with its sleek shape which includes powerful deep creases to show this a powerful sports coupe. This impressive design is helped by the latest developments in 3D manufacturing process with an Infiniti Design Centre in our own UK capital. The vibrant Sunstone Red paint brings the car to life in the flesh and attracted many admirers in the time we tested the car.

With this being the top of the range Sport Tech model, it comes with an impressive range of equipment from Communications to Safety features. Infiniti has prided itself on putting the driver and its passengers at the forefront of the driving experience with protection been a vital ingredient of this. Features in this model include the standard items we have come used to like Anti Brake System(ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake for Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Infiniti have taken this to the next level by providing what they call the Safety Shield Pack – Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Collision Warning System (FCW), Predictive forward collision Warning System (PFCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Intervention, Around View Monitor (AVM), Backup collision intervention and finally Forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It does not mean you can drive without due care and attention, but the impressive range of systems not only warn you and more importantly prevent where possible.


There were numerous occasions while spending time with the Q60S that I caught myself admiring the styling and detail of the body form. At every angle, you noticed something different and this was enhanced by the sunlight direction and the shadows that were cast over the deep dramatic creases. For me this was is one of the finest examples of how to combine sophistication with a sporting look.

The sleek design provides a low-profile body shape which is another ingredient for the sporting profile and just importantly a low drag coefficient of 0.29. This aggressive stance sitting on those 19” dark chrome alloy wheels provide the finishing touches to the overall striking presence.

From the front, you have the large grill to provide the cooling required which is supported on either side by powerful looking headlights. They wrap around the side of the car providing bright LED illumination on the road for driver’s safety. The splitter completes the view with its angler design to assist in the near zero lift aerodynamics of the vehicle.

As you move around to the rear the design lines continue with many intricate features. The rear quarters include a grill to form part of the rear diffuser that surrounds the twin exhaust system. To provide a rear boot that is flush with the main body they placed the boot lid release button as part of the near-side brake light system. This did bring a smile to my face once I realized after a few head-scratching moments.


As you slide into the driver’s seat, you find yourself in a low driving sports position with fantastic visibility. The windscreen feels like it wraps around you and you could be in the cockpit of a fighter jet. The lined leather seats provide excellent support and one of the more comfortable sports seats that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. They include a 3-mode heating setting which is warming with the current cold climate.  The rest of the interior has a premium look with a combination of carbon fibre interior, leather trim and aluminum components to provide a classy look and feel.

The center console comes with a dual screen to provide all the Infotainment and communications you would require in this high sport tech model via its INFINITI InTouch™ system. This connected system brings a wide range of services into the car from traditional Navigation to weather and stock market status. Like all the best systems it was intuitive to use once you got your bearings around the layout of the two screens. As a result, there is a limited number of traditional manual switches on the dashboard to allow clean lines as part of the continued sophisticated design. Sound quality is superb via thirteen Bose speakers with enhanced acoustics from its Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system.

Overall the cabin is spacious for a coupe and provides seating in the rear, but not ideal for tall people due to the sloping roofline although adequate otherwise.

On The Road

Nissan has an excellent engineering pedigree, and the Infiniti Q60S is using the latest generation of the 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 producing over 400 bhp. Supported by a 7-speed automatic transmission which powers the wheels via an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. I was looking forward to seeing how this would fair in the current weather conditions.

The engine is impressive with little to no turbo lag and feels like a normally aspirated engine. It will rev all the way up to 7,000 RPM with effortless ease at a rapid pace. The 7-speed automatic transmission makes good use of this power and smoothly shifts between gears in standard drive mode. If this was a manual, I fear my gear changes would not be as smooth as a result of being caught napping with the swift acceleration of the engine to the red line. The power curve feels linear through the rev range which provides reassuring drive-ability of the vehicle. Helped by the Intelligent AWD system which can transfer all this power between the front and rear wheels dynamically. For me, this was the masterpiece of the overall performance as it felt like a rear wheel car which was nimble and alive, but provided the secure traction of an AWD system. This was tested in these conditions and fun to drive with all the grip you had available at your disposal.

There are five driver modes which you can pre-select from the drive selector including Snow, ECO, Standard, Sport, Sport+ and Personal. Other than the performance, traction and suspension changes between the different modes is the enhanced noise from the rear twin exhaust. They are relatively quiet compared to the power of the engine, but this increased when you went up to Sport although this could have been more. You would get a blip of noise on the downshifts with the synchronised rev matching control system.

The Q60S model comes with the Direct Adaptive Steering which is electronic versus standard mechanical. This provides a quick and precise response which also supports the light and dynamic feel of the car. For some drivers they might prefer the feedback from the road which a mechanical system provides, but otherwise this works well.

Sports cars in their nature come with an uprated suspension configuration to support the power and performance of the vehicle. The Q60S facilitates this with an advanced Dynamic Digital Suspension (SDS). The setup of the suspension is done electronically and is inline with the driver mode you select. The system will continue to monitor the driving conditions and will dynamically alter the damper settings where required. This worked well and provided a softer ride compared to other sports cars, but without losing that driver centric feel. An example of this if you were to go over a bump or pot hole the suspension would quickly react and not leave you shaken.

Road noise in the cabin was louder than I would expect in a car of this class. Changing the drive mode settings did not have an impact on this other than a louder exhaust note in the sportier selection. It just been fitted with new tyres which could have been a contributing factor, but expect it was mainly due to the run flat tyres which is not an un-common symptom.


No doubt this is a handsome and stylish design which stands out instantly, but it also comes with an engineering pedigree. The vast array of technical features due to continuous innovation from safety, design and performance is impressive and especially for the price point of the Q60S Sport Tech model. Compared to other Sports Coupes in this class it is effortless to drive with great performance and safety of the AWD system to in all weather conditions. It is not as driver focused as other coupes and more of a GT but makes it more useable for every day and attracted many admirers during our time together. The Q60S felt elegant and growing on me.

Spec – Q60S 3.0 SPORT TECH

  • Engine capacity : 2,997cc (Twin Turbo)
  • Fuel Type : Petrol
  • Cylinders / Valves  : Six / 24
  • Power ps : 405@6,400rpm
  • Transmission : Automatic / 7 Speed / AWD
  • 0-60mph: 5.0 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • fuel economy combined: 30.1 mpg
  • List price: £48,325 (including optional extra Sunstone Red paint)
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Wireless Speakers – Freya 2 Reviewed Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:30:20 +0000 Billed as the speaker that looks and sounds perfect in every room, ‘Clint Audio’s latest offering to the wireless speaker market are the Freya 2.

Freya 2 is part of the ‘Asgard’ range of wireless speakers. Named after the home of Nordic gods and goddesses, the speakers design and usability are based on the godly characteristics of toughness, endurance and power:

“Freya is a petite and propitious goddess admired for her love, beauty and especially her appreciation of music”

The Danish company’s mission is to go back to basics with design and functionality and this is certainly reflected in the robust, simple and elegant look of the Freya 2.

The front grille that wraps effortlessly around the cylindrical shape is striking and the colouring of the unit is entirely contemporary. The front grille reminds you of the exhaust on a big American truck. With this almost industrial design and varying colours you get the feeling that these speakers are both masculine and feminine.

You get the colour options of Misty Green, Dusty Rose, Olive Green, Marsala Red and Powdery Blue. Menstylefashion were also supplied with the special edition, Midnight Black with copper.

How Does It Work?

The operation buttons are located on the top.  Although there is no specific power button, once initially charged you simply hold down the play/pause button for power. Nice and simple. It’s the same with the initial connection to your device. Just hold down both volume buttons for a few seconds and you’re there.

As the speaker is searching, the front line of indicator lights shoots horizontally up from the base of the unit until a connection is made and it then lights in a solid formation. Kind of reminded me of      ’ Kit’, the car from my 2nd favourite 80’s TV series, ‘Knight Rider’ ; Voicing the words, ‘Hello Michael’ to the fully leather clad Michael Hoffman, aka ‘The Hoff’. Really cool.

Once turned on a kindly yet firm sounding female audio message tells you that its either searching for a device or that the device is now connected. Connection from your phone or device is true plug and play. You turn the Freya 2 on let your device find it and you’re effortlessly connected.  Or if you’re really technophobic, Clint audio have helpfully built in an audio jack and provided the necessary jack lead.

I share my four story town house with my family of four women all of whom have varied music tastes.  In my house, we have a couple of blue tooth speakers and our main living area has a blue tooth connection device connected to our amp and wired in speakers.

On a Sunday we try to enforce a no TV rule and listen to our local radio station playing rare disco funk to ease us in to a lazy Sunday afternoon.  On one of these Sundays I replaced my stereo speakers with two of the Freya 2 to get a true feeling of sound in a classic home environment.

The Sound

I started with Alberosie’s live version of ’International Drama’. The track goes from classical opera to Reggae in the course of a four minute track. The punchy base intermingled with the clarity and tone required for classical music and the Reggae deep and clear with bass more than evident and with no distortion. The sound is balanced and has a real depth, given the size of the device.

Singularly, the Freya 2 is clear and punchy and the bass evident.  Perfect clarity and velocity for a rowdy or quiet dinner party, depending on how much volume you need. It really was punching above its weight.

Pairing the Freya 2 is an altogether different sound. Set at the same position as my usual home speakers and at high volume the sound is balanced and clear. You can feel the bass in your ears rather than your body.  Kind of like walking in to a night club before it kicks off.

When walking round the house and in or out of range, the Freya 2 flawlessly connects or disconnects as required or reports with the audio voice that you need to reconnect your device. Our recent party guests found it easy to connect, which is ideal for when you have that annoying person who always wants to DJ….

In a busy home, these speakers really work. When used as a single unit in a teenagers or parents bedroom, even at a low to medium volume the sound fills the room yet is unobtrusive to the rest of the house. When paired together in a room you have fully functioning house party speakers.

The Freya 2’s are perfectly sized, are light and can be easily handled due to the matt paint finish. Put in a tote bag for a speaker on a beach or for a party at home the Freya 2 make the difference to any environment, both for sound quality and look.

The Freya 2 are certainly and eye catching choice for the more discerning audiophile and at a retail price of around £150.00, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth.

Specification :

Wireless Bluetooth speaker with built in battery (2600mAh) for up to eight hours depending on usage

Weight 1kg. Dimensions: Height 210 mm x diameter 100mm

7 Watt amplifier with DSP for optimum sound performance

Wireless technology supported: Bluetooth (TrueWireless)

USB port can handle up to 5v 2.4A output power

Eco save function – FREYA will go to auto standby if not used for 20 minutes

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3 Tech Trends To Expect in 2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:58:47 +0000 Each and every year, tech savvy individuals and casual tech users alike eagerly await new developments. Of course, 2018 is no different and following events like CES many of us are looking forward to the numerous tech trends we can expect over the next twelve months. Will we have AI-powered robots by Christmas? Will Virtual Reality finally lose the high price and the wires? Will we get anything more reliable than 4G? Here are just a few tech trends that are expected in 2018.

An Artificial Intelligence Boom

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for several years now, and yet it has remained somewhat under-utilized. Well, that is unless you count the human-like AI robots and helpful devices created by companies like Amazon. Fortunately, in 2018 we’re expecting to finally see AI evolve due to more funding and increased incorporation. It’s thought that AI will be adopted by numerous new platforms, apps and devices to improve user experience – though the specifics are yet to come to light. Still, by the end of this year, we’re being told it’s very likely that AI will be a mainstream part of modern technology.

VR 2.0 Will Change Gaming Forever

For years now, Virtual Reality (VR) has been slowly building a reputation within the world of gaming. Google Cardboard improved smartphone-based VR experiences and PS VR ensured headsets would become a popular gaming accessory. Even the iGaming industry adopted VR tech, such as Mr Smith’s UK based online casino offering live dealer games that stream straight to VR mask-hooked mobile headsets to create authentic casino experiences. In 2018 though, the way VR is consumed will change entirely. Instead of requiring external devices, upcoming VR hardware will have the computing power built-in. The Oculus Go, Oculus Santa Cruz and the HTC Vive Focus are just some of the innovative headsets we can expect this year that are sure to help VR reach the overall goal of becoming mainstream.

Preparation For 5G

Now, unlike AI there’s no way that 5G will become mainstream by the end of 2018, unfortunately. However, we will likely see preparation for 5G networks and 5G devices this year, both of which might be out by the end of 2019 at the earliest. According to some tech forecasts, 5G could potentially be ten times more powerful than 4G and could even overshadow present home internet services. This will no doubt completely change the way we consume mobile data, and therefore the apps and streaming services available on our devices. Needless to say, developers, engineers and mobile providers are seriously going to have to buckle down in preparation.

In addition to these three tech trends, there are rumours of seamless conversation technology evolving, UI overhauls and huge amounts of data becoming available to everyday consumers. Needless to say, 2018 will be another massive year for technology and we couldn’t be more excited. We are also interested to know what you are looking most forward to this year. Are you a VR fanatic or do you just want better, more reliable mobile data? Let us know in the comments below.

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Audi A3 – Winter Fun In The UK Mon, 29 Jan 2018 03:51:50 +0000 The trend for cars these days appears to be all about up-scaling, with 4x4s in particular taking over British roads at an alarming rate of knots.  High ground clearance, superior 4-wheel traction and spacious interiors are all nice, but are they really necessary in Britain?

To put this to the test, we decided to escape on a weekend retreat to Tring, a small market town located in the Chiltern Hills, Hertfordshire. With plenty of narrow lanes, cross country driving and the potential for bad weather, it seemed like the ideal location to put the theory to the test and Audi’s latest A3 through its paces…

Visually, the new A3 certainly catches the eye; especially so in the Vegas yellow as seen on the test car. The colour really ‘pops’, and is complemented nicely by the S-Line level trim, which tweaks the body styling, pumps the wheel diameter up to 18” and lowers the ride height by 15mm. The angular design is typically Audi and to us works particularly well with the proportions of the A3.

Weekend Countryside Driving

The weekend’s driving started off with navigating through some British B-roads towards London, predictably littered with pot holes and providing the suspension with a real workout. Considering the firmer dampers and stiffer springs fitted with the S-Line trim, the chassis handled the roads extremely well, with very few of the lumps and bumps felt cabin-side. Where traffic permitted, the 1.5 litre TFSI engine quickly built speed, providing performance which belied its diminutive capacity.

Pushing the A3 hard through the bends is an experience which proved more rewarding than anticipated, with the chassis seeming genuinely nimble and the increased suspension stiffness making the whole car feel very planted. Body role is well controlled, whilst the front axle provides impressive levels of grip, with traction difficult to break even with the electronic aids switched off. Our only gripe is steering feel, which seemed a little lacking, even with the power steering set to the most sporty ‘Dynamic’ mode.

With fellow countryside venturers collected, it was time to take the A3 out of it’s typical comfort zone, heading off into the country 4 up with the boot brimmed. Rear passenger space and leg room isn’t terrible, but it certainly doesn’t qualify as spacious and would be a squeeze with 3 in the rear. Comfort was reportedly good though, although the rear seats simply couldn’t match the quality of the pair up front – trimmed perfectly in Alcantara and Leather (£550 option) they were a real joy to be in.

Car Technology

In-car tech is up to Audi’s excellent standards, with the digital instrument cluster a particularly nice inclusion (part of the technology pack, a £1395.00 option). Whilst it’s easy to get complacent with technology, we can’t help but feel Audi absolutely nailed the options on our A3 test car. Every piece of tech fitted was used and worked flawlessly over the course of the weekend, highlighting just how good and dependable all these gadgets have become.

Moving away from the city, the roads quickly narrowed and a number of dirt (thick mud – thanks UK weather) tracks and bridle paths were even encountered, all of which the A3 handled with relative ease. Ground clearance (particular on our S-Line model) was the only concern, but traction rarely proved problematic with the clever electronic differential working hard to keep the front wheels driving forward. Not once did the A3 get close to being stuck.

Snow Driving

Returning to the car the following day, we were greeted by a blanket of snow, which had fallen overnight and continued to fall at a steady rate. In true British style we did the only sensible thing; return inside for breakfast, a cup of tea and to wait for the weather to settle.

Once the snow had stopped falling, we ventured out on to the roads and were once again pleasantly surprised by the performance of the A3; the slippery roads weren’t a cause for concern, with the car feeling sure-footed throughout. As the day progressed, the sunshine turned to darkness and the snow to rain, yet the A3 continued to impress and make us smile – this is a genuinely enjoyable and engaging car to drive.

Despite throwing city driving, off-roading and appalling road conditions at the A3, it still managed to return a decent 43mpg over the weekend. It’s also worth noting this was whilst running in ‘Dynamic’ mode the entire time – switching to Eco mode and driving more frugally would surely push this to around 50.

 Feel Good Factor

We’re lucky enough to drive some exciting, high-end and expensive cars at MSF, for which we’re very grateful. The only downside to this is that you can lose touch a little with the mainstream market, as well as what’s actually realistic as an everyday purchase. The new A3 is good looking, packed with useful tech, comfortable to be in and fuel efficient. Most importantly it’s fun, which is something the lower-end Audi’s have sometimes lacked. This is an Audi you can genuinely go out and enjoy yourself in, all without breaking the bank.

It’s safe to say we’re fans… Sadly Audi may not be fans of ours, as after a weekend of mud/snow/rain the A3 was caked in dirt… Sorry!

Model as tested £30,965 OTR.

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Jeep Compass Driven – Brighton UK Launch Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:51:01 +0000 The uniquely distinct Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee have always represented an unique choice for the average motorist. With the trademark 7 slot front grille across the range, Trapezoidal wheel arches, rugged looks and off road capabilities, this American icon has been turned into a worldwide brand. For over 76 years now, Jeep has established itself as the brand that represents freedom, authenticity, adventure and passion. With an ever increasing loyal customer base, Jeep are exceeding sales targets worldwide.

With manufacturing bases in Brazil, China and India, Jeep has firmly established itself as an international leader in car manufacturing and development.

As a kid growing up in the 1980’s, the Jeep Wrangler was always present in any American adventure film or TV series  (usually Colonel Decker chasing the A-team in his army issue Wrangler) and in the 1980’s my wealthy best friends Dad had a Grand Cherokee. I recall feeling quite privileged and a bit different when travelling in the vehicle, particularly as it had such a luxurious feel to it with full leather interior, electric windows front and back, a really solid ride and was equipped with one of the first car phones. This was a big vehicle that any owner would be proud of.

The Grand Cherokee came with contemporary premium design, 4×4 off road capability, unique and premium interiors and according to Jeep, these features have been carried over in to the new Jeep Compass.

Since then, car technology and Markets have moved on and the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) market is now the fastest growing sector within the car manufacturing industry. Measuring 4.4 meters long, the Jeep compass fits neatly in to the CSUV (crossover sports utility vehicle) sector and comes with a host of Jeep Credentials.

The Look

In terms of overall first impressions, the Compass is undeniably a Jeep. It looks like the larger Grand Cherokee and slots between the smaller Renegade and Grand Cherokee in terms of size. The Compass feels large and retains the rugged appeal it has always had yet at the same time looks refined and considered.

The trade mark 7 slot grill and Trapezoidal wheel arches sit elegantly alongside the black roof and angular pillars.  The DLO (Day light opening) moulding to the windows is echoed in the kicked up rear LED Tail lamps and head lamps, giving the compass an angular yet sleek appearance.

The cabin interior has a high flat roof and feels spacious and light. The high seating position gives you an exceptional field of vision for both driver and rear passengers (particularly with the optional extra of a full sunroof) and the two tone leather interior in a hole punch type design is both contemporary and intriguing. The rear seating has plenty of leg room and the boot area is more than adequate for general use.

The Drive

We test drove the 2.0 multi jet -2 170HP 4WD priced at £34,295 and the 1.6 Multi Jet 120hp 2WD priced at £28,995.00 around Brighton and the country side. The 2.0 model comes with an automatic 9 speed gearbox and 4WD Active Drive with Jeeps own Selec -train technology.

As we drove away from the meeting point, the roar and volume  of the engine was the most prominent sound. A reminder that despite its looks, this is a rugged vehicle that is powered not just for road use but also for off road. The change through the gears on the automatic were surprisingly delayed and almost felt at times that the engine was underpowered, although at speed, this car competes with other road vehicles effortlessly.

The 1.6 model we test drove was a actually more quick off the mark and felt nippier. The engine was noisier then the 2.0 model but that may have just been me getting used to the difference of engine size.

I felt very safe, almost cocooned within the vehicle and the high driving position gives you a great feeling of security in that you have an unobstructed view of the road ahead.

The ride is smooth  and across the  range, jeep have developed frequency sensitive dampening suspension shock absorbers. This Technology can change the absorbers behaviour, depending on what surface your on, be that off or on road.

The Macpherson front shock absorbers and rear Chapman suspension system are very unique to this segment of the market and has been developed to make the capability of the vehicle to have the best wheel articulation and to allow the Compass to keep the wheels on the ground at all times. This coupled with Jeeps unique active over drive system, allows a seamless change when switching from 4wd to 2wd or vice versa.

Our  test models came equipped with and 8.4 inch ‘U connect’ Navigation/stereo system with all the latest features, including a 9 speaker ‘Beats’ audio system.

This is the 4th generation of the ‘U connect’ and Jeep have certainly got it right.  Once given brief instructions on how to use the system it actually became very intuitive. The sat nav recognised our destination immediately and took us effortlessly to it. The stereo works with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and at full volume, the sound is clear and precise.


There is no doubt that the Jeep compass is a premium vehicle, both on and off road. The more expensive models have the additional extras such as;  as collision warning cameras, lane warning departure system and  radar ‘stop and go’ functionality when using cruise control. It really depends on how much you want to spend, the look you require and how much you trust your own driving. The Jeep Compass has been independently crash tested  and has a 5 Star rating in the NCAP 2017 rating. So whatever your budget, you can be assured this car is safe.

Added to the adventure is Jeeps innovative Selec-train technology, which as you would expect, enhances the whole 4×4 experience when off road. It is recognised that in the SUV sector, this is lost on the average commuter. But if you’re a testosterone fueled driver you’ll appreciate just knowing its there.

The Compass is packed with over 70 active and passive safety features, even on the entry level and with a compelling starting price of £23,000.00, this is an informed choice of vehicle for any motorist.

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Audi RS4 (B9) – The Ultimate Jekyll and Hyde Estate Car Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:20:02 +0000 For many, the iconic RS4 will be one of the most eagerly awaited releases from Audi, and we were lucky enough to give the latest – and perhaps greatest – a spin at the recent international launch in Malaga, Spain.

Audi shook up the car world when in 1994 it offered the world something never really seen before – an outrageously fast estate car. This was the RS2, which was co-developed with Porsche and was based on the humble Audi 80 Avant. With a 5-cylinder turbo engine and Quattro all-wheel-drive, it was unsurprisingly a quick car even with its station wagon outer skin.

From this, Audi was onto something. When the 80 product line was replaced by the ‘A4’ moniker as we know it today – starting with the B5 generation – an RS4 came with it, and the iconic status of fast Audi estates was firmly engraved into automotive history.

Fast-forward nearly two decades and we find ourselves in sunny Malaga, face-to-face with the very latest RS4 – the B9 generation. The headline-grabbing change with this latest model is that it harks back to the aforementioned B5, as it uses a biturbo V6 engine like the original, whereas the B7 and B8 models that sit between the two used high-revving, naturally aspirated V8s. Time to see if its reputation really does precede it. 

From old to new – the transformation of the RS4

First Impressions

Glance at the RS4 and there’s no mistaking it for anything less. Audi naturally chose to treat us to the Carbon Edition (a £8,115 option), which includes a whole host of exterior and interior carbon fibre additions as well as LED matrix headlights, 20″ alloy wheels, privacy glass and more.

Hit the start button and the new V6 doesn’t have the raucous drama of the old B8’s 4.2-litre V8, but it does have a sense of purpose to it. It has the same horsepower as before (444bhp) but boasts an extra 125lb ft, enough for some serious performance gains. Especially considering the new car is down 80kg over the outgoing model – so far, so good…


Audi knows how to put together an interior – that much we already knew, and the RS4 does not disappoint. It seems that each and every inch has been carefully considered and plotted, and trimmed with premium leather or glossy carbon fibre, broken up with aluminium highlights.

The controls are well laid out, with everything falling to hand naturally. A neat new touch is that the heater controls are now touch-sensitive, helping you easily navigate the buttons by highlighting their function on the small screen when your finger is hovering over the buttons. There’s plenty of these neat little additions that just make the RS4’s interior easy and quick to use despite the depth of functionality.

Our test car was fitted with the Bang and Olufsen sound system, which comes as part of the optional Sound and Comfort package. Sound quality is exceptional, and smartphone integration – whether iPhone or Android – is easy and quick. With the latest iPhone you can also charge it wirelessly just by placing it in the centre console.

Perhaps the pièce de résistance of the interior is the RS Super Sport front seats. They’re incredibly supportive and offer immense adjustability to suit all frames. Heating and massage capabilities also come as standard, and are both very effective.


If Audi’s interior quality is a benchmark, then their exterior trademarks are not far behind it. Subtle aggression is a term that would be most appropriate, and the new RS4 has it in spades. The design language is something new over the B8, but does share Audi’s almost Stormtrooper-like features.

The box arches have been toned down a touch – though still present – but everywhere else the B9 has been turned up to 11. There are new air scoops next to the headlights, the bumpers feature larger grilles than ever before and the rear diffuser is also more prominent than in previous generations.

Interestingly Audi have taken the trademark RS4 aggression a step further than the coupe version, the RS5. The coupe is 15mm wider per side than the standard model, whereas the Avant is some 30mm per side. It looks fantastic, especially with all of the carbon fibre touches as part of the Carbon Edition package as seen.


The new heart of the RS4, the 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo, is an interesting development on the 3.0-litre V6 seen in the latest breed of S4s and S5s. Rather than a single turbo sat in between the banks of cylinders, the RS engine has a pair.

As well as this, a re-jig of the internals means that compression has been upped to 10:1; don’t let the small drop in capacity fool you, this engine is designed to be very much more potent than its lesser counterparts. The result of this is 444bhp (450 metric horsepower) – the exact same figure as the old RS4 – but 443lb ft which is a 125lb ft gain.

This down-sizing from a 4.2-litre V8 to a turbocharged V6 is of course as a result of ever-tightening EU emissions regulations; however, Audi Sport’s engineers have pulled advantages from that and not just with that bolstered torque figure. The new engine is lighter, too, and that means a drop of 30kg from the new RS4’s nose to significantly improve the handling balance.

Joined to the back of the new V6 is ZF’s 8-speed automatic transmission – a move away from the 7-speed dual-clutch unit we’ve grown used to seeing from Audi in numerous models for some time. It can be operated manually via paddles or with the gear selector when in the relevant mode – of course it can also be simply left to do everything by itself, which it’s very effective at doing.

The final piece of the puzzle is Audi’s trademark Quattro all-wheel-drive, complete with Quattro Sport Differential. It allows power to be shifted between the front axle (which can be sent up to 85% of the engine’s power) and the rear axle (which takes up to 70%).

RS Sport suspension comes by default, however Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as a £2000 option. The brakes are steel discs as standard, with Ceramics available as a £6000 option. For us, both come recommended as you’re about to find out. 

On The Road

Jump into the new RS4 and, once you’ve adjusted your seat and mirrors, it starts to become clear that you’re in a very high-tech cabin. With the (optional) heads-up display projected onto the windscreen, you barely even need to take notice of the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Using Audi’s Drive Select system the RS4 can be put into Dynamic mode, opening the RS Sport exhaust system’s valves, sharpening the suspension and drivetrain and changing the displays to make the rev counter the centred focal point – the RS is ready to go.

As we made our way out of urban Malaga to head towards the winding Spanish mountain roads, it’s immediately obvious that the RS4 isn’t an intimidating car to drive. RS cars of old have always had a feeling of wanting to be driven hard at all times, whereas the B9 (even in Dynamic mode) is just as happy gently weaving through traffic as it is launching from the first red light we find.

However, it’s when we finally get to those twisties that the RS4 comes into its own. Despite being the best part of two tons and having so much power, it never feels beyond control. In fact the chassis is easily exploitable and can be surprisingly playful – flick the big Avant into a corner while trailing the brakes and the rear bring itself around nicely, meaning you can avoid the understeer trap that has plagued Audis in the past; no doubt the reduction in weight across the nose has helped this balance; it is still understeer-biased but not excessively so.

Despite this, it’s probably the ‘brain-out’ pace that the RS4 can give that really impresses. With minimal need for concentration, it can cover ground at an absolutely astonishing rate. The steering, gearing, brakes and throttle input feel utterly intuitive, and with the heads-up-display it’s never difficult to stay on top of your speed and gears. The steering has pretty good feedback as do the brakes, even when ceramics are fitted. They’re immensely powerful but easy to control with precision, and with the pace the RS4 can carry they are certainly recommended. There seems to be only one real weakness.

That shortfall is the gearbox. I’m a big fan of ZF’s mighty 8-speed auto but when every other part of the car has been engineered to be razor sharp, it’s something of a letdown. Every now and then it’ll bang through a crisp perfect shift but the majority of the time there just isn’t the urgency, consistency or precision that the old dual clutch offered.

It is a shame because the new V6 biturbo motor is a good one. It has torque in spades, no real sign of turbo lag and unlike many turbo engines these days, it feels rev-happy and pulls all the way to the redline. It doesn’t have the aural drama of the V8 but it has its own character. It’s got guts, and practically demands to be adored.

What’s amazing after all of this noise, speed and aggression is that when you select ‘Comfort’ the RS4 takes on a completely different character. It’s incredibly quiet, the ride is sublime and the drivetrain is buttery smooth. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking that you were in an A8, which is aided even further with those massaging RS seats. It really is astonishing.


The RS4 is – almost unquestionably – the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde sportscar with an estate body. It’s everything the RS2 originally promised and more, and in many ways it’s unrivalled in its field. BMW, Alfa Romeo and the other brands offering fast saloons will offer just that; only a fast saloon. Mercedes are the only ones to offer a true rival with the C63 AMG estate.

The C63 however is around £10k more at list price. That said, the RS4 becomes alarmingly expensive once you add a few options – many of the elements mentioned in this feature are highlights of the B9 but are not standard. The Carbon Edition package (£8,115), Comfort and Sound Pack (£1295), Head-up Display (£900), Ceramic Brakes (£6000), Dynamic Steering (£950) and RS Sport Suspension Plus with DRC (£2000) as fitted to our test car, along with numerous other additions bring the total price to an eye-watering figure.

The RS4 has always distanced itself from the C63 by offering a razor-sharp dual-clutch gearbox and to an extent with price, but with the B9 having a less precise gearbox and a painfully expensive list of extras, it puts itself a dangerous step close to the Merc. Could the best RS4 ever’s only two downfalls be the ones that curse it?

We’ll just have to get it alongside the mighty Merc to find out…

Spec – Audi B9 RS4

  • Drivetrain: 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo, 8-speed automatic gearbox, Quattro all-wheel-drive
  • Horsepower: 444bhp
  • Torque: 443lb ft
  • 0-62mph: 4.1 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155mph, optional limiter increase to 174mph
  • List price: from £62,175
  • As tested: £83,185

If you like our review of the Audi RS4 Avant you might like the flagship Audi R8 Spider review.

Those sunsets in Spain…….

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Maserati GranCabrio MC – Gorgeous By Default Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:58:54 +0000 A first rain drop reflects the serious intentions of the dark clouds above me, I don’t even blink. Okay maybe I increase the throttle input on the cross-drilled aluminium pedal. Pure physics, certainly not quantum, but basic Newton laws explain that above certain speed the airflow and glass windshield will create a deflector that will keep the open cabin dry. In the meantime rain starts pouring, in buckets. I am on an open road and the situation is almost incongruous. Wipers are on full alert, the fat tires gliding over standing water with my horizon saturated with lightning. As I glimpse at the rear seats, there is not a single drop of water on them. If I ever felt like being sheltered in a cocoon, this was my historic moment. And what a moment in this white new reinterpretation of a Maserati GranCabrio.

A decade on the market, with minor changes and tweaks, the silhouette still looks romantically gorgeous. This newest model isn’t a mere make-up powder application, but actually features a restyled front, that includes an octagonal grill, reshaped air intakes and new bumpers. The result is better aerodynamics with the drag coefficient value down to 0,33. If anywhere, this matters on a convertible; less turbulence and whisper like conversations with your co-driver. More changes in the cockpit bring this machine up to date with current market expectations, a huge screen on a restyled central console, and new infotainment system. This Maserati can now speak a language compatible with your phone.

When I called Davide Kluzer, the PR director of this Modena (Italy) based manufacturer and proposed we take its newest creation to a supercar lifestyle-drive event down the Adriatic Coast, he offered the top of the line model. The Maserati GranCabrio MC, which stands for Maserati Corse. Little did I know that the car was so fresh in production that the license plates were Maserati’s own. That you can see on the picture and we made sure this exclusive drive was something to remember.

As we detached ourselves from the group of other supercars on the event, we found a moon like surface on one of the Croatian islands and explored the possibilities this grandtourer offers. Ride comfort and spaciousness come to mind first, resulting in an almost rejuvenating experience. We have already determined that the way to drive it is with the roof down, no matter the weather, yet still, don’t expect the folding mechanism to perform its ballet while driving. There is one small piece of very relevant information, which makes this two tone structure able and agile on the perfect black asphalt roads of the island Pag. A transaxle layout, meaning the ZF six-speed transmission hinges between the rear wheels. The result is a superbly balanced front to rear weight distribution of 49:51.

As I accelerate from another curve, being the only car by far, I almost feel compassionate for the potential bystanders, onlookers or curious minds alike. It is an event, even a spectacle, that this car is to look at and even more, to hear. You see, the V8 in its classical 90 degree V-shaped layout features a cross-plane crankshaft, not unlike in Maranello where it is flat-plane. This gives it one of the most exhilarating engine sounds in the industry today. But as our model is not a standard Sport but rather an MC there is more to be said about the sound deafening experience. The 460 hp derived from this 4,7 liter wet sump construction, will pass the first mark in less than five seconds. The Brembo rotors of 360 mm diameter in association with Pirelli P Zero rubber make it stop with confidence.

GranCabrio has one of the last large volume atmospheric engines and another episode comes to my mind, year 1972. The last year before the oil crisis. An affair that made people think like they never have before. A pattern we are experiencing this very moment. Hearing a Maserati roar is almost like regaining your freedom. So how does an MC do that? It has mini-scaled silencers compared to the standard car, positioned higher up the exhaust pipes. Once you press a Sport button, the operating valve allows the escaping gases to bypass these sound barriers while generating less back pressure. What fills the air after is a tale for car aficionados to be.

I call this car a tribute to living, to years before the world crisis entered our everyday vocabulary. If you can think of a better number to stripe the sides on a supercar rally, please speak now. But don’t tell Davide we are willing to take any number he offers for the next drive.

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IFI Nano – Enhance The Sound Quality Of Your Mobile, Tablet, Laptop & PC Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:38:40 +0000 The ifi Nano Is the world’s smallest, portable digital to analogue convertor that plays all high resolution formats.

I was informed by the manufacturers that with this simple piece of equipment can convert the sound quality and power output of standard audio equipment to a much more premium, high end system for a fraction of the cost of a really decent set of headphones.

In less technical terms, The Ifi Nano converts the digital sound from the output of your music playing device; be that and iPhone, laptop, Tablet, PC,  back in to the original analogue format and adds a lot more power to the output of whatever  your listening to. You should in theory get a much better quality sound by using the Ifi Nano between your device and headphones.

As an avid music fan and regular attendee of festivals and gigs I was excited to be invited to the launch of the Ifi Nano. I generally listen to music on a set of over ear headphones that retail at around £300.00 and to be honest, these outperform much more expensive rivals.

The Launch

I arrived at the launch fashionably late in the day and just as the crowds of journalists were leaving. And after a brief introduction, I was introduced to the Ifi team and the Ifi nano.

Presented with a set of over ear head phones, I was asked to select a track on a standard android phone. Being a drum and bass fan I opted for’ Klax – Hotline’ a proper bassy track that would really test the limits of Ifi’s claims. The headphones were of a premium quality and the sound quality was , as expected, pretty good. I was then invited to plug the Ifi nano in and play the same track through the same set of headphones.

The effect was immediate. The back ground music and chatter fell silent as the audio filled my head with crystal clear sound. Each vocal, beat and melody intertwined with the other instruments and samples that form the track were as smooth as liquid  and punchy. My mouth involuntarily grinning like a Cheshire cat and my head slowly bobbing, I could see the guys from Ifi genuinely looking excited as my eyes lit up as I mouthed  ‘OMG’….The difference was entirely tangible.

So, my immediate question to the team at Ifi was: what is this little black box actually doing?

The ifi Nano is a mobile digital to analogue convertor and a head phone amplifier. Its job is to turn the digital signal you’re your device back in to the original analogue recording and increase the power output of your headphones without compromising on the quality of the sound

As the Ifi guys explained “when you speak or record music through a microphone in a recording studio, the computer cannot understand you because as yet computers are unable to understand humans. So it has to go through a translator. Which in other words is a convertor. So it converts the frequencies that the recording picks up to a digital signal. When you play that back through a digital to analogue convertor it’s converting it back to the original sound, therefore reversing the process and vastly improving the listening experience”

“When you play your music on your phone or device its doing one of three things; Its storing the file, its converting it from digital to analogue and its also doing the application playing the music. So your phone or device is doing stages 1, 2 and 3 all at once and therefore the quality of the audio is diminished. So when you insert the lead from your headphones in to the black label (Ifi) your phone will send the audio file, the Ifi Nano will then separate the stages 1, 2 and 3 and do stages 2 and 3 much better.

By separating these stage’s off the sound becomes much more like the original audio file. And a hell of a lot more powerful”

The Test

Living in a busy household, sometimes the only respite I get from noise is to grab a device and stick my headphones on whether to listen to music or watch a movie

When travelling, I generally use standard phone company issued inner ear headphones due to their size but the sound quality is never as good as the over ears. I was therefore intrigued to see what difference a little black box could make to the sound quality of both these devices and keen to test out Ifi’s claims that the Nano does what it says.

The Ifi Nano comes neatly packaged in a tight fitting cardboard box and has all the required leads for charging and connection to your PC/Laptop as well as the required jack leads to connect to your device. It does not come with the actual leads to connect direct to your phone as these are normally issued by your phone supplier. The matt black and orange detailing of the device complement each other perfectly and you get a black velvet carry pouch for travel.

Having already tested the device on a set of over ear headphones at the launch, I was keen to see how they worked in my home environment. Listening to ‘Alberosie – Natural mystic’ , was as always a pleasure. Keeping the volume on my device to around halfway, I plugged the jack lead in to the Ifi Nano.  I was not quite expecting the difference to be so apparent.  Plug and play is straightforward and with little effort you are immediately launched in to a world of sound. You can literally hear everything that the track has to offer and the volume was only halfway with a lot more to give.

On the inner earphones issued by my phone supplier the, difference was entirely mirrored. Clear, bassy and the surrounding sound pretty much cancelled out. The usual poking in of the inner ear earphones not required as the music took me in to my own arena .As I switched to watching a movie, the Ifi Nano helped drive the experience of fear, adrenalin  and excitement as every footstep, door creaking and dialogue were as clear as day.


Having never played my music through such a device and being a complete novice when it comes to high end hi fi equipment, I was actually quite gobsmacked of the effect this little black box had on my overall listening experience. A serious Jaw dropping difference.

As a regular traveller and commuter, the Ifi Nano is now an essential piece of my audio kit. In terms of practical use, the Ifi Nano is tiny, only measuring around 75mm x 100mm x 30mm deep  and is light yet robust. It has a 10 hour charge time and will fit neatly in to any hand or man bag.

Retail price £200.00

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First Date – 5 Restaurant Tips To Impress Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:09:36 +0000 First dates are the make or break moments for most people seeking lasting relationships. A lot of anxiety comes when choosing a restaurant for a first date. Your choice will unconsciously tell your date the kind of person you are. You need to be very choosy in order to make a great first impression. First impressions are lasting impressions.

The choice can be difficult to make especially if you are not sure what your date likes or doesn’t. However, you can choose a simple but memorable date that anyone would like despite his or her preferences. Greater London restaurants have great features that can entice you. You could consider the following for a memorable first date.



The Budget

Good food and environment does not have to be costly. When choosing a restaurant for a first date, it is important to check the ones that you can afford. You don’t want to get a large bill that you cannot foot after a simple meal for two. This can leave you in debts and create a wrong impression on your date. If you have sufficient time before the date, you can plan appropriately and save up for the same.

Background Music

A noisy restaurant will only make you two shout in order to be heard. This is not the best environment to get to know someone you want to date. You need a place with some good Jazz music or lounge textures in the background. Romantic music should however not be overdone. It is too aggressive on a first date. Leave that for couples.

The Lighting Fixtures

You do not want too much light that blinds you, neither do you want dim light that you can barely see your food or partner. Just enough light makes you comfortable and sets the mood for the rest of the date.

Available Dishes

You need to be wise in this area. Some restaurants offer specialised food like say Greek, Ethiopian, Italian, Turkish and the likes while some are just general. On the first date, the attention is on the two of you and not the food. On the other hand, the food is part of the date and therefore it has to be great. This means you will have to avoid foods that need attention like big burgers, fried chicken, crabs among others. The food needs to go in without interruption as your date focuses on you.

Most romantic restaurants serve excellent food. Italian and Mediterranean food will be a good pick for a first date. A glass of divine wine afterwards will make it even more superb.

The Service In The Restaurant

Imagine going to a restaurant and waiting for more than fifteen minutes without anybody coming to ask what you want or how they may help you. You certainly do not want this on your first date. It can kill the mood.

Choose restaurants where you have excellent and warm service. A smile from the waiters makes the food even more enticing. Excellent service may also make this restaurant a special part of you two. MenstyleFashion has reviewed many London restaurants for 2017,  click here to find one that suits you and your first date.

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B&O Play Announces Beoplay M3 – Giving Music A Prominent Place In The Home Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:13:12 +0000 B&O PLAY today welcomes the most compact member of its wireless home speaker family, Beoplay M3. Powerful on its own, and even more impressive in combination with the range of multiroom speakers from B&O PLAY and Bang & Olufsen, Beoplay M3 is designed by award-winning Cecilie Manz and finely tuned by Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers to deliver a flexible and immersive listening experience in the modern home.

Our home wireless speakers are designed around the idea that sound should have a prominent place at home. It is about putting people before technology and designing speakers that earn attention for all the right reasons: immersive sound, a simple user experience and a design that adds warmth to the interior. Beoplay M3 delivers perfectly on this vision, and we are proud to extend the family with this compact yet powerful speaker” – CEO of B&O PLAY John Mollanger.

Exchangeable Front Covers To Match Your Interior

The architecture of Beoplay M3 is based on a simple silhouette. Infinite lines run around the oval shape to draw attention to the detail that makes Beoplay M3 confident in its simplicity: the exchangeable cover that adapts Beoplay M3 to your interior style. Beoplay M3 comes with a front cover in either premium, acoustically transparent wool blend fabric – created by the renowned Danish textile company Kvadrat – or a pearl blasted anodized aluminium cover featuring the recognizable B&O PLAY hole pattern.

“Beoplay M3 is all about character; one that can easily adapt to any interior style. We have worked hard to get the very best of the premium materials used and the result is a sleek, hyper simple speaker with a precise shape. Tight, compact and powerful, Beoplay M3 blends in perfectly with your interior”, – designer Cecilie Manz.

Instant Music Listening And Multiroom

Carefully designed for the home, you can choose between instant music listening with Bluetooth, streaming music directly from your smart device to the speaker, or you can connect the speaker to Wi-Fi for a multiroom setup. The latter allows you to broadcast your music to as many B&O PLAY or Bang & Olufsen multiroom speakers as you have in your home, providing simple control of all speakers from a single intuitive app on your smart device.

Fill Your Home With Immersive Listening Experiences

The combination of custom designed drivers, plenty of amplifier power, advanced digital signal processing and the final subjective tuning by Bang & Olufsen’s acoustic engineers, set new standards for high performance from a very compact design.

  • The main body of Beoplay M3 is made of rigid polymer to house and encapsulate the acoustic chamber – with a soft shore polymer on the base of the speaker for stability and decoupling from the surface it is situated on allows the woofer to perform at its most powerful.
  • Beoplay M3 combines features and trickle down technologies from larger Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY products, such as advanced digital sound processing (DSP) adaptive bass linearization (ABL) and unique control to protect against thermal and mechanical overload.
  • Beoplay M3 boasts one 3 ½ custom designed long stroke mid/woofer. The unit is front firing, utilizing an acoustical reflector carefully designed from listening tests by the Bang & Olufsen tonmeisters. The mid/woofer covers the frequencies from the base band to the upper midrange, ensuring perfect integration of the individual parts of the spectrum. The treble is covered by a high quality soft dome tweeter utilizing neodymium magnet system.
  • Bang & Olufsen’s experienced engineers fine-tuned Beoplay M3 by ear by to maximise the performance with any music listening experience and offers a three-position switch to fine tune the speaker to the actual position in the listening room.

Ready for Apple AirPlay 2

Beoplay M3 comes with Chromecast Built-in and supports Beolink Multiroom, Apple AirPlay and QPlay 2.0. Beoplay M3 will also support Apple’s AirPlay 2 in 2018 letting you send audio to multiple AirPlay compatible speakers at once, which makes it possible to play music from any iPhone to B&O PLAY and Bang & Olufsen’s range of speakers for the home.

Pricing and Availability

Beoplay M3 launches in two colours: Natural and Black, with seasonal colours to come. Beoplay M3 is available for a suggested retail price of 299 EUR/USD, the wall mount for 49 EUR/USD, the exchangeable wool-fabric cover 59 USD/EUR, and the exchangeable aluminium cover for 69 EUR/USD. All will be available in B&O Stores, on and in selected third party retailers from 9 November 2017.

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BMW Expands The X Range With The New BMW X2 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:47:59 +0000 The BMW X2 Concept at the Paris Motor Show and now it is available for real. With its unmistakable design and sporty, urban feel, the BMW X2 breaks new ground for BMW as a unique and exciting addition to the BMW X model range. The car’s chassis and xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system delivers the ideal balance between sporting dynamics and efficiency. The digital services from BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW ConnectedDrive Services – both of which are now available in freshly updated form – add further depth to the overall BMW X2 experience.


Even next to its bigger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a distinctive impression. The car’s exterior design combines the low-slung proportions of a coupé with the robust core of a BMW X model.

The BMW X2 is two centimetres shorter and more than seven centimetres lower than the BMW X1, yet has the same wheelbase. Featuring short overhangs, it also has a stretched, coupé-style roofline and slim window graphic.

The kidney grille has always been an identifying feature of a BMW. On the X2, however, its outline is wider at its base than at its top. The X2 is the first modern BMW to feature this design cue, and it gives the new car a broader, more distinctive and sportier appearance. Below the grille, the hexagonal surface treatment in the bumper further reinforces this impression. The high-gloss black grille provides sharp contrast with its chrome surround.

Full-LED headlights as standard on Sport, M Sport and M Sport X models. The bi-LED light for low beam and high beam is highly effective at illuminating the road, while also accentuating the BMW X2’s sporty character. The headlights display precise detailing, achieved in part through 3D Icon LED daytime driving light and laser engraving.

The M Sport and M Sport X models are available with wheels in sizes up to 20-inch, a standout feature in this segment. As standard, both models are fitted with 19-inch wheels. The standard rims for the SE model are 17-inch V-Spoke style light alloy wheels, but ten other rim designs can be specified as an option.

The side skirts of the BMW X2 are among its signature features and contribute to its rugged good looks. The cladding is black on the SE and Sport models and Frozen Grey on the M Sport X. The C-pillars host two characteristic BMW features: the hallmark BMW Hofmeister kink and, for the first time on a BMW X model, the BMW roundel.

At the rear, a spoiler provides a flourish to round off the BMW X2’s roofline and contributes to the BMW X2’s drag co-efficient of just 0.28. Together with the width-enhancing rear bumper, this creates a powerful rear view.

On the SE and Sport models, the rear bumper comes in the vehicle colour and matt black. The M Sport models feature a diffuser-look cladding inlay in Dark Shadow metallic. M Sport X models, meanwhile, get a bespoke diffuser insert in the contrast colour Frozen Grey.

The horizontal design lines of the BMW X2’s rear-end emphasise the car’s width and its strong character, with these lines continuing into the high-set rear lights. The LED rear lights contour and the L shape familiar from BMW coupés.

The car hints at the power of its BMW TwinPower Turbo engines through the design of the tailpipes. All X2 models come with a twin exhaust arrangement 90mm diameter.

Interior And Equipment.

The class quality of the BMW X2 and its levels of equipment, even in the SE model, are both instantly apparent. The instrument panel has contrast stitching as standard, while the centre console features materials including Sensatec also with contrast stitching. The interior of the M Sport model is trimmed in a Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination, with the M Sport X adding leather upholstery as standard. Eye-catching highlights can be added by opting for the new perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red or the Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination upholstery with yellow contrast stitching to match the Galvanic Gold metallic exterior paint shade.

The new BMW X2 combines style with generous everyday practicality. The boot has a capacity of 470 litres, meaning it can handle leisure activities, from shopping sprees to a skiing weekend or mountain-bike tour. This functionality manifests itself in the passenger compartment too, thanks to features such as a door design featuring large storage pockets.

The cabin is driver-focused, with the design of features such as the instrument panel binnacle directed at the road ahead. All controls are positioned to allow the driver to assimilate their information with a single glance and operate them with ease.

The soft-finish instrument panel is pleasant to the touch and gains further visual appeal with contrast decorative stitching. The M Sport model comes with Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination upholstery with M piping in blue or yellow with contrast stitching on the instrument panel and the centre console as standard. The M Sport X model comes with Dakota leather with contrast stitching. Further sophisticated upholstery variants are available as options, including as many as five Dakota leather variants with part-perforation and coordinated contrast stitching. The choice of trim finishers, including High-gloss Black, Aluminium and matt Oak Grain variants, underlines the high-quality credentials of the BMW X2.

Excluding SE model, all functional controls in the centre console are set in high-gloss black as standard, giving the interior a touch of sophisticated elegance.

An optional lighting package within the Plus pack allows drivers to set a stylish lighting mood for the interior of their BMW X2 by choosing from the colours Orange, Lilac, Mint, Bronze, Blue and White. The LED lighting in the trim surfaces of the instrument panel and door panels forms a continuous band that extends all the way around the cabin to the rear.

One of the most distinctive options on the list is the panoramic roof, which adds to the sense of spaciousness inside the BMW X2. The front section of the panoramic roof tilts and slides open, just like a conventional sunroof.

Driving Dynamics.

The TwinPower Turbo engines within the BMW X2 range team with the car’s refined chassis to endow it with class-beating handling qualities, exceptional agility and superb feedback.

The common denominator of all BMW X2 models is a chassis that transfers the core responsiveness of the BMW engines to the road. The car’s driving responses can be adapted by using the Driving Experience Control switch, allowing the driver to choose between default COMFORT mode, efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode and SPORT mode. The pre-programmed set-up available via SPORT mode gives the car even more dynamic steering and powertrain responses.

If the optional Dynamic Damper Control is specified, the car’s suspension can be adjusted even more precisely to individual requirements. Drivers can choose between two settings – COMFORT or SPORT – using the Driving Experience Control switch. The result is sporty suspension offering solid road holding and reassuring comfort over any surface.

The M Sport suspension fitted as standard on the BMW X2 M Sport and M Sport X is a particularly good match for these two models and includes tauter spring and damper tuning. BMW X2 M Sport and M Sport X models offer suspension which is 10mm lower than the standard suspension.

At launch, the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant will be available. It generates maximum output of 190hp and 400Nm of torque enabling a zero to 62mph time of 7.7 seconds. Official fuel consumption is still highly impressive 61.4mpg*, while CO2 emissions are as low as 121g/km*. Further attractive variants of the BMW X2 will be added to the Sports Activity Coupé’s line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the four-cylinder X2 sDrive20i, X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d.

The 20d diesel model comes equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. The integral Hill Descent Control feature enables the BMW X2 to automatically maintain a desired speed on steep descents by taking care of brake control for the driver, who can then devote their attention to the task of steering.

With a drag coefficient of just Cd 0.28, the X2 xDrive20d is one of the most aerodynamically efficient models in the whole segment.

Digital services in the new X2.

All of the BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW Connected elements in the new BMW X2 have once again been designed to assist, inform or entertain the driver at the appropriate time using just the right services.

The new X2 offers its driver three different ways of interacting with their car, as the sixth generation of the iDrive control concept now supplements the familiar iDrive Controller and optional voice control (within Tech pack) with touchscreen operation as standard for the Control Display . The touchscreen can also be used comfortably by the front passenger.

Standard specification for every BMW X2 includes a 6.5-inch Touch Control Display with navigation system. The display concept is designed to provide the driver with a quick summary of the most important information at any particular time by means of, for example, the live tiles that appear in the display’s main menu. Its operation emulates the intuitive touch control principles familiar from smartphones.

For even greater safety and convenience in the BMW X2, there is the option of the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, also featured within the Technology Pack, projects all important driving information and navigation/assistance system readouts onto the windscreen and therefore into the driver’s field of view – in high resolution.

BMW Connected+ provides a digital bridge between smartphones and the car. It delivers the next level of in-car personalisation and smartphone content integration on the Control Display of the X2. This makes display and operation in the vehicle simpler than ever. One example of a new Connected+ service is Share Live Trip Status which allows the driver to share their current location and time of arrival with business partners, friends or family.

Among the other highlight features enabling connectivity anytime, anywhere are the optional WiFi hotspot preparation (available in Tech Pack), which equips the BMW X2 to host a built-in WiFi hotspot with LTE speeds, and the optional telephony with wireless charging (available in Tech Pack) for compatible smartphones. Apple CarPlay® (available retrospectively from the BMW ConnectedDrive Store), meanwhile, enables easy, wireless in-car use of selected iPhone functions.

Not only does the BMW X2 offer drivers a wide selection of driver assistance systems, it also comes with highly advanced technologies.

The camera-based assistance systems available for the new BMW X2 help to deliver assurance and safety in different driving situations. The optional Driving Assistant (within Drive Pack) includes Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, as well as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. In addition to these functions and as an upgrade to the Driver Pack, the Driving Assistant Plus also features the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function – which maintains both a desired speed between 19 and 87mph entered by the driver and the safety distance to vehicles travelling ahead – and the Traffic Jam Assistant. At speeds up to 37mph, this function takes over both proximity control and lane-keeping tasks from the driver. The Traffic Jam Assistant uses steering assistance to keep the car reliably in the middle of its lane, but the driver needs to have at least one hand on the steering wheel for the system to work.

Standard rear Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera (within Vision Pack), whose images are transferred onto the Control Display, make precise and comfortable manoeuvring that much easier. The optional Park Assist (also within Driver Pack) also helps the driver to find and make use of parallel parking spaces.

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10 Amazing Facts About Online Gaming Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:15:55 +0000 The world of online gaming is an enormous spectrum in the modern age. Not only can you indulge in your favourite video games via a console or computer online; you can also play games on your smartphone, tablet or even via some Smart TVs – here’s some facts that will no doubt amaze you regarding Online Gaming.

1. Online Gaming Welcomes Everyone

No matter how old, or young, the player might be – there is an online game available today for them to enjoy. The ESRB rates every game across every platform to provide a guideline of who can be sold and play the game in question.

2. Additional Content is Worth Millions

A good example of how much additional content (also known as Downloadable Content or DLC) comes in the form of the Geocaching phenomenon: Pokemon GO. The ‘free to play’ app can be downloaded to a Smartphone or Tablet and any player can progress thanks to a levelling up system that offers rewards.

However, the microtransactions offered in the app’s shop earned developers Niantic in excess of £100 million within six months of the game’s release – DLC and additional content are worth mega money.

3. You Can Win on Online Casinos

If you’ve never played at one of many popular payforit casinos, you might imagine that when you play online casino games; you can’t possibly win the jackpot or beat the casino with a system. The latter is quite true, but the jackpots are very real and they’re won much more regularly than you might think.

The record pay out by an online casino was over £13 million was won by a British player via an online scratchcard – proof you can definitely win.

4. VPN Makes Online Gaming Better

This might sound like a sweeping statement but VPN offers so much to the online gamers that it is fast becoming an online essential. Virtual Private Networks offer players total security online and allow a gamer to re-route their connection through a server in a different country should they wish.

Re-Routing a connection through a server that is closer to the game’s central hub will make gameplay much smoother and can even allow early access to DLC and updates.

5. You Have to Spend to be the Best

Many people can’t justify spending a small fortune on their online gaming habit; even the casino players! But those who do will generally do so to ensure they are at the top of the rankings thanks to early access to the best equipment and upgrades.

Accept it and save your money; there’s always someone with a bigger bank balance they’re willing to spend.

6. You Can’t Trust Anyone Online

It sounds very morbid but you simply cannot trust anyone with any of your details when gaming online. You should never disclose any information other than your screen name, which the other gamers will have access to. Naturally, the online casinos and servers will need to take details from you but inputting your information is always handled on a secure server.

7. It’s Easy to get Addicted

Some games are more addictive than others and how addictive they can be hinges on your personality and interests but it’s still easy to get hooked. For example; there are often stories in the media about online gamers who are so addicted to some games that they rarely move from their gaming position and, of course, those who lose everything when they play online casino games.

Know when to take a break.

8. There are More Female Online Gamers than Male

This fact has been recently confirmed and is, in no small part, down to the outrageous popularity of online Bingo. Over 80% of online Bingo players are female and the figure in question outstrips the number of male gamers, across all platforms, by a massive amount.

9. Single Player Campaigns WILL Be Phased Out

When EA were offered the chance to develop and publish the beloved Star Wars: Battlefront series – they jumped at the prospect and released the game in double quick time thanks to the omission of any single player campaign.

Gamers were forced to play online or not at all, to an extent, and this is a clear indication that single player campaigns are not long for this world.

10. Virtual Reality is Finally Here

The topic of several sci-fi films over the years; Virtual Reality is no longer Science Fiction, it is Science Fact. Sony might’ve been beaten to the grand unveiling by Samsung but the tech giants have released the first VR system for a console and the future is very bright for Virtual Reality.

It might not be very cost effective at present but that will soon change when the other companies catch up.

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Bentley Bentayga Diesel – Tour Through Andalusia Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:43:04 +0000 It’s been many years since I visited the Andalusia area and what a better way to explore it than in an Alpine Green Bentley Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga is a front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-door luxury SUV. It is my second time driving this beauty after my first experiences with the Bentayga in the UK.

I was going to take the Bentayga down to one of the glitziest areas of Spain in Marbella. This city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol is the area where the rich and famous come to party or relax. Marbella’s setting is stunning with the nearby Sierra Blanca Mountains offering the perfect backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.

It is a seaside resort area in where many walks of lives comes together to showcase their fashion, lifestyle and luxury cars.  Regarding the way they drive in this region,  it seems that on the most part, everyone understood the basic automobile road rules, unlike the rest of Spain.

Alpine Green

When I collected the Bentayga from C. de Salamanca in Marbella I absolutely fell in love with the Apline Green colour, it certainly blended in with the environment here. Whether parking at Marbella, or the coastal estates leading to Puerto Banús, a marina filled with luxury yachts and surrounded by upmarket boutiques and bars, the Bentayga was in its rightful surrounding. The Bentayga not only belonged here, it was a real show stopper every time I pulled up in any public area. There were both men and women always coming over asking about this SUV.

The Bentayga at Puente Romano Marbella

Puente Romano is famous for the Bjorn Borg Tennis Courts

Near Puerto Banús Marina


Literally an hours drive from Marbella, is one of Spain’s most amazing historical cities called Ronda. Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule.

The drive to Ronda, through the the Sierra Blanca Mountains is slow, windy but has stunning views. This was the perfect road to test, the Bentley Bentayga’s driving technology. The double sun visor and top view camera were an added bonus to see and appreciative these spectacular views. Also on my way down n the early morning fog, the lights were so strong, it was like landing on a runway.

This road is somewhat dangerous because there are not many overtaking lanes and this can cause frustrated drivers to take unsafe risks and overtake other cars or heavy traffic such as trucks. I always kept my distance because, I knew how much power was sitting under my bonnet.

I felt so safe driving on this windy narrow road and when the opportunity arose to overtake, there was nothing more exhilarating when my foot hit the drilled alloy sports foot pedal. It was also equally comfortable when I could drive and relax my foot on the matching foot rest. I did this several times throughout my drive kindly been reminded, to watch my speed and drive safely.

I find in Spain there are always drivers who love to tailgate and God forbid if I braked they would end up ramming into me. So once again it was so empowering to accelerate, look in my revision mirror and giggle as I left my annoying driver way way in the distance. The slow windy drive to Ronda was amazing and as you can see the Bentley Bentayga looked worlds apart from any other SUV out there.

Puente Nuevo –  Historical Stone Bridge

There are two parts of Ronda, one that is historical and the other very new and modern. I got a tad disorientated, so I decided to ask one of the locals to guide me. This is what I love about the power of the Bentley brand. That normally when I ask for car re-directions, it’s a few hand gestures and off I go. But on this occasion, his eyes were peeled on the prize and it certainly was not me he was looking at. In fact as I looked around a slow steady crowd started to gather around me, which it then occurred that I was driving a 220,000 euro car and how often has a Bentley Bentayga pulled up in these neck of the woods. Spain is a very safe country, it was lovely to be able to share the cars opulence in such a small city. So before I knew it, I was being guided by the locals literally with them driving in front of me.

I wanted to park the Bentley in the gorge to get the best views of the historical stone bridge. What a blessing to be shown and taken down a steep windy road. I decided to put it in 4WD, to test out the difference, also my version had the terrain specifications valued at almost 5000 euro. I instantly felt a safe force to lead me to one of the most spectacular bridge drives I have ever done within Europe. The slow steep descent was not an issue for the Bentayga as it had more than enough clearance plus it had the underfloor protection which was crucial regarding handling the rocky Andalusian terrain.

Puente Nuevo, is a stone bridge spanning the gorge, and from the angle bellow it is spectacular to view. Not many cars venture down here for obvious reasons but if you can, I highly recommend it. When you are in the historical town there is also a lookout also from the bridge, offering stunning views of Ronda and its surrounding countryside.

As I parked the car, I wanted to get a few social media shots and I noticed to my left a guy called Ali, who clearly had the right camera technology. After a quick chat,  Ali took over, directed my shots and the trained aviation photographer took some epic shots, and showcases the Bentley Bentayga in a terrain in which I believe it belongs.

As usual the crowd slowly got closer and before I knew it, I was inundated with many questions about the Bentayga.

Historical Ronda

Ronda is also a beautiful place to drive through and there are so many tourists walking it requires slow driving. This was a lot of fun because as I drove there was a real sense of rarity just by the look of the public faces, I knew the Bentayga was as unique as Ronda itself. Many people watching, glaring and taking photo’s as I slowly drove in. I chose to stay in the heart of the city and thankfully there were a few spots in where I could quickly park and off load my luggage.

Luggage Management

When I am pulling up at 5 Star hotel, there is nothing more endearing when they open the boot and notice the beautifully handcrafted luggage management. This system is great for heavy luggage and literally by a push of the button it comes out slowly out.

City Specification

In Spain the parking can be a very challenging adventure, as they have not updated the specs of a parking lot for the last three decades. So I really appreciated the park assist, as parking the very large Bentayga ( Length, 5,141 mm), can be quiet a challenge. The pedestrian warning was also an added bonus because every time I pulled up to park, there were so many people stopping looking and taking photos.

Andalusia Terrain

The Andalusia countryside looked stunning and has some harsh terrains to drive through, but in the Bentayga it was just bliss. Taking in all the surroundings, the steep windy roads were brilliant fun, appreciating the handling power of such a beautiful handcrafted machine. Listening to the amazing stereo which Bentley also claim is the loudest in the world, was absolutely perfect driving in and around Ronda and Marbella. Words can’t even describe my emotions every time I played my music.

Union Jack Exterior Flag

This was an interesting feature to have on the outside of the car, the Union Jack Exterior flag. But as marketing goes it was lovely to remind anyone observing that Britain has held onto timeless historical treasures such as the Bentley brand. One that I am very proud of to be part of as a luxury, lifestyle journalist.

Luxury Leather Interior

As I opened the car I was once again reminded that the Bentley Bentayga for me can only be described as a luxury leather handbag on wheels. The main hide was a camel colour and the secondary hide is a gorgeous burnt oak, which is such a trending colour for menswear in the last year. It is one of my favourite colours and once again it matched the harsh Andalusia terrain perfectly. Team this with the massage chair on whilst driving and touching the leather hand stitching steering wheel, and it was a beautiful reminder, that Bentley stands alone when it comes to luxury car driving. The feeling is like no other and one has to experience this first hand to truly appreciate the leather and craftsmanship of Bentley.


Every time I drive a Bentley I am so overwhelmed by its engineering and craftsmanship. I never can contain my emotions when driving this car both with a city environment and on the open roads. I adore all the attention it attracts when I am driving and I love the reactions of the people when I smile back and make them feel welcome.

Once again my mission is to inspire my readers that everything and all things are possible in experiencing the world of luxury. I can only describe my Bentayga experience in Spain as equally as the New town’s Plaza de Toros, in Ronda.  Which is a legendary 18th-century bullring and which is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

You may not like it, you may not agree with it, you may not be able to afford it, but the Bentley Bentayga is there for the taking. I personally can’t get enough of it.

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All New MINI 1499 GT Special Edition Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:44:15 +0000 Innovation is the life blood of any company in the New Digital Millennium and this also extends to the Car Industry. This has already been seen across of number of markets with new entrants into their respected fields with examples including – Retail (Amazon), TV (Netflix), Transport (Uber) and Music (Spotify). As consumers we have become reliant on this continued release of new Products and Services which we have now become to expect this on an ever shortening cycles – How often do you upgrade your phone?

Mini as a Global Car Manufacturer part of the BMW Group has a long, rich history and an icon of the British Car Industry. Initially created back in the late 1950’s due to the oil shortage as the result of the Suez Canal crisis with the simple design criteria – Small, Affordable and Fun. Those characteristics still remain today to make it the Premium Car Brand which surpasses all class boundaries and admired by many.

The New Mini 1499 GT is a great example on how this global icon can innovate within its market to meet this ever demanding requirement for the new millennial consumer market. From concept to production has taken less than 12 months which is unique in this industry. This allows Mini to tailor its models to meet the ever changing consumer lifestyle we lead today.

First Impressions

Thinking back to when I started my own car journey which was over 25 years ago with an ownership of 14 vehicles. This has been a range of multiple brands, but I did not enter the premium car market until my 3rd vehicle. The reason for this was twofold – Price entry and Insurance made this prohibitive until my late 20’s.
Mini’s 1499 GT address these requirements with over 50 years of design and manufacturing experiences with the continued DNA that they have retained over those years – Small, Affordable and Fun. It has been developed and packaged to provide all those design features any boy racer within us would want from the John Cooper Works (JCW) body kit to the rare Sports seats within the range.

What underpins this fantastic looking model is the commercial package to allow the younger generation to be the proud owner with a set of keys in their hand. This includes 3 years servicing with 1st year’s insurance all for the sum of £299 deposit plus £299 monthly payment over 47 months subject to T&C’s. Or you can purchase the car out right for an on the road price from £16,990 as well.

Key ingredient to the commercial package is the inclusion of the 1st year’s insurance. For young drivers it can be prohibitive with the ever increasing insurance premiums to own a car with this equivalent specification. The additional benefit of the commercial terms is the use of telematics based insurance solution. This allows young drivers to demonstrate and submit driving behavior via either a “black box” or driving app. In return based on their safe driving they can receive discounted insurance premiums for subsequent years.

Innovation can come in many forms, but this affordable approach by Mini has been insightful and opened the door for the next generation of loyal followers.


Based on the 1969 classic 1275 GT edition the 1499 GT comes with the distinctive JCW Sports pack with styling features and unique graphics. This includes the sporty bumpers, spoiler, side skirts, tinted windows, door entry plates, white lens indicators and sat on 17” Track Spoke alloy wheels in black. There is a choice of two colors – Pepper White and Midnight black with the distinctive 1499 GT stripe in White or Gold respectively.


Mini 1499 GT has been packaged with a number of features you will not find in other models and some that are limited to the top of the range vehicles. It provides a premium sporty look and feel which is under pinned by the crisp dynamics of this car. Features include John Cooper Works Sports seats in Dinamica and leather and JCW badges, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chilli Red stitching and multi-function controls, cruise control, a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone compatibility, air conditioning and Piano Black interior trim, along with Carbon Black interior details and an Anthracite headlining. There is also a range of optional extra’s to choose from as well, but for many this high specification will provide everything one would desire.

On The Road

The 1499 GT will not arrive to the show rooms until November this year and hence test drives will be available from then. From the specification it will have all the sporty feel we love of the Mini which continues to excite as a driver’s car especially down those country B roads. Standard features include Independent rear suspension, six speed manual gear box (auto optional) with sports car inspired rev matching technology which is normally found in more expensive sports vehicles to assist those crisp gear changes.

Within its market segment Mini has created another model which can’t be matched for its dynamic handling capabilities with this level of power. We expect even with the new 3 cylinder twin power turbo and 1499c engine producing a 102 hp to have all the fun driving characteristics which make it the icon brand of today.


Mini yet again has not disappointed and this new 3 door hatch back provides all the hall marks of another future classic with this limited special edition and innovative affordable commercial package. By providing the 1st year’s insurance premium this will attract the next generation of followers to this British icon that we know and trust.

Mini 1499 GT goes on sale this month and will have a limited production run of 1,499 between November and February in 2018. Hence if you want to join this exclusive club you will need to visit one of the 140 Mini dealers in the UK quickly to avoid disappointment. Mine is only 15 miles away.

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Jaguar XF SportBrake – Man Versus Machine Speed Test Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:42:15 +0000 Jaguar and Olympic Skier Graham Bell set new Guinness World Record for the fastest towed speed on skis. Graham Bell was towed by a Jaguar XF Sportbrake, reaching a thrilling average top speed of 117mph to beat the existing record by more than 47mph. The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake fitted with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) is the perfect tow vehicle, with outstanding performance and stability. The record was set at a super cool -28C at Jaguar Land Rovers Revi Test Centre in the Arctic Circle.

Olympic Skier Graham Bell

Former British Olympic Skier Graham Bell has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest towed speed on skis, pulled by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. After only a couple of practice attempts it was clear that Graham and the XF Sportbrake were more than up to the challenge and he went on to smash the previous record by over 47mph, achieving an average top speed of 117mph at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.

With temperatures of -28C, it was set to be a real challenge for both Graham’s physical limits and the premium estate’s performance. The existing record stood at a fraction under 70mph, but with the XF Sportbrake’s all-wheel drive technology, Adaptive Surface. Response (AdSR) and All Surface Progress Control, it comfortably hit the high speeds Graham required to break the record.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “The XF Sportbrake’s superb traction, handling and high speed stability made it the perfect choice for this speed record attempt. We’re extremely proud to have supported Graham in this incredible world-beating achievement it’s this kind of trail-blazing activity that really tests our cars to their limits.“

The XF Sportbrake builds on the success of the saloon and has all of the advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies and aluminium-intensive architecture that have made the XF a multi-award winner.

Jaguar XF Ranking

Adding to its list of achievements and awards, the Jaguar XF was also recently the highest ranked ‘Large and Luxury Car’ in the JD Power Survey. Focusing on reliability and customer experience, the Jaguar XF’s position was secured by feedback from genuine customers who have owned their cars for 12-36 months. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available to order now from UK retailers, with prices starting from £34,910.

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