A great year for British cars

The new Range Rover spearheads what should be a classic year for smart British cars

Range Rover 4Any day now you should get first sight of the all-new Range Rover. Launched in September, cars have already arrived in dealerships with deliveries due to start imminently. This fourth generation car is up to 40% lighter than its predecessor while a longer wheelbase – and full length panoramic sunroof – address the other major issue, rear seat accommodation. People are very cynical about SUVs these days. We say, the extraordinary breadth of the new Range Rover’s abilities may well tempt you to push that little bit further. From £71,295.

8Jaguar’s F-TYPE hits the roads for the first time in the spring. Sales of McLaren’s P1 £800,000 megacar start at the end of the year, but its 12C Spider – the hardtop convertible – is available now. Don’t overlook the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster. Smaller than a 911, 510bhp, £199,750, manual only, it’s surely the ultimate expression of a very English icon.

bentley 2aNot to be outdone, Bentley has just announced ‘the World’s Fastest Four Seat Convertible’. Its Continental GT Speed convertible will debut at this month’s Detroit Motor show. Priced north of £160,00 it develops an hilarious 616bhp from its twin turbo W12 engine, hits 202mph and 0-60 in 4.1secs. At just 9cm wider then a Ford Focus, with four wheel drive, the Continental is a highly useable car. The quick can get their hands on one for the summer. Deliveries start in late June/ early July Bentley tells us today.

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