Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Mazda MX-5, an iconic, stylish, sexy, cute and rather cool sports car. To celebrate the MX-5’s 25th anniversary model, it is at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from the 26th to the 29th of June. To make it even more special they have a whole stand dedicated to the anniversary model right up close to the Goodwood House, a prime location.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

Only 750 examples of the MX-5 roadster coupe will be made available to UK customers. It will feature a 2 litre petrol engine with the on-the-road price of £22,995 and will be made available this August. Unfortunately there is no mention of Ireland in this line up so I would get your hands on one of 750 as quick as you can.

At the 25th anniversary stand will feature the 10th and 20th anniversary, California, Le Mans, Sport Black and Sport Graphite limited/special editions. Along with these models will be sports cars that inspired the MX-5; including the Lotus Elan and MG Midget. The rare MX-5 GT4 race car and the chassis of the all-new MX-5 will also make an appearance. The main focus, however, will be on the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Now the bit you REALLY want to know. The Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition model will be powered by a 2 litre petrol injected engine. It will have an output of 160PS (158BHP), 188 Nm of torque and a top speed of 219 km/h. It has a COof 181 g/km which gives it a motor tax bill of €750 and 7.8l/100km.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary edition Photograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary edition Photograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

The exterior paint is a metallic Soul Red with a Brilliant Black folding roof. It is complimented by 17″ gunmetal 10 spoke alloy wheels. Chrome tailpipe tips set of the rear nicely and to top it all off “25th Anniversary” badging is placed around the car to remind passersby that you are in one of only 750 cars.

Inside, you are greeted by Stone leather sports seats with red stitching and for those cold winter morning starts, 5 stage seat heaters. While driving this car, 25th Anniversary will always be at the back of your mind. Literally. Stitched into the headrests are those special words; “25th Anniversary”. A Leather sports steering wheel, handbrake lever and gear knob with contrast red stitching. It really sounds like something to behold. The interior sounds quite exclusive and luxurious but just to add a bit quirkiness, Mazda have fitted a hand-painted Dark Red deco panel across the dash. A nice touch in my opinion.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

So far, this MX-5 has ticked the boxes for petrol heads and people who appreciate style. So to try and make this the ultimate cabrio Mazda have fitted a 6.1 inch Sat Nav system with Bluetooth, USB connectivity, CD player with 6 speakers and an auxiliary jack. Tech people, tick!

It also features the usual bits and pieces:

  • Climate Control
  • Power windows
  • Cruise control
  • Alarm and Immobiliser
  • Stability and Traction Control Systems
  • Front and side airbags
  • Limited Slip Diff (LSD)

If you need anymore information on the MX-5, you can visit either http://www.mazda.co.uk/cars/mx-5-25th-anniversary/offers/ or http://www.mazda.ie/cars/mazda-mx-5-roadster/

 

The very practical Volvo XC70 – a virtual drive

Back in 1997, Volvo introduced a whole new model to its line up. The V70 Cross Country. Its intention was to be a robust estate car and that it was. A 2003 V70 Cross Country, also known as an XC70,  can cost you as little as €2000. This is pretty good value seeing as you get four wheel drive, a 2.4 litre diesel engine and, if you go for the right one, a leather interior.

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But, if you’re on the look out for something a bit more fresh you are in luck. Volvo has just announced a brand new XC70 for the Irish market. It continues to to hold the on-road and off-road capabilities. It has a contemporary but rugged look so is prefect for both situations. It is available with both the D4 and D5 diesel engines with AWD.

The XC70 got a facelift in 2013 and these changes are carried over to the 2015 model. These changes include a bolder front grill, LED daytime running lights and matt sliver trim. The XC70 tries to create a luxurious ride but to have a road-hugging stance. It does this by offering up to 18 inch wheels. There skid plates on the XC70 to protect the car from uneven surfaces.

The luxurious feel is to be continued on the inside with new front seats, “jewellery” knobs and a frameless rear view mirror. Sounds interesting.

The XC70 offers luxury surroundings but with practicality. 575 litres of practicality to be exact. The boot space will have 575 litres of load space. The rear seats can be folded down to give a very generous 1,600 litres of boot space. Another handy feature is the electronically operated tailgate. It can be operated either by the key or by a button on the dash. This car screams practicality.

But wait there’s more practicality. The rear seats can act as a child booster seat also. This I really like; With one simple movement, booster cushions pop up from the seat giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children aged three and up.

Volvo offers a luxurious interior pack at an extra cost. The customer can choose from a number of different options giving that personal touch.

Now down to the price:

Model Price CO2 G/km Road Tax per year
D4 FWD SE Geartronic €48,895 129 €270
D4 FWD SE LUX Geartronic €52,845 129 €270
D5 AWD SE Geartronic €56,895 169 €570
D5 AWD SE LUX Geatronic €60,845 169 €570

“The XC70 is a dynamic and flexible vehicle that suits the Volvo customer’s lifestyle. We are confident that the very competitive pricing, the introduction of the new, powerful and highly efficient D4 engine and the addition of luxurious touches to the range will broaden the appeal of the Volvo XC70” says Volvo Car Ireland MD, Adrian Yeates.

The XC70 is available to order from your local Volvo dealership now. If you would like more information on the XC70, just visit www.volvocars.ie. Hopefully I will get to drive the XC70 sometime in the near future and I might be able to give you a more real-life review

2015 Audi RS7

So Audi have revised their CLS AMG beater, the RS7 sportback. Still producing 560bhp and 700nm of torque, the new RS7 is being equipped with new LED lights and even more toys for the on board computer. The 4.0 litre tfsi petrol engine produces just 9.5litres/100km compared to the standard A7 TDI, it produces 6litres/100km.

Audi RS 7 Sportback

The 4.0 litre V8 includes Audis cylinder on-demand technology meaning that it can cope nicely with your daily rush hour traffic commutes but can give you thrills with the push of a pedal. The lines of the RS7 have always been quite special and they have been improved on the updated version. The dramatic slope at the rear continues to play a big role in the dynamic styling of the 7. The iconic honeycomb-like grill seen on all RS models makes an appearance but with more distinctive and sharper corners. the large Quattro lettering on the front bumper lets cars in front of you know what they are about approached by. Audi give three different styling options- matt aluminium, gloss black and carbon. No matter what one you chose, you’ll have made the right choice. After all its an Audi RS, there are no bad decisions.

Upon request, Audi will fit your RS7 with Matrix LED technology. This is a very clever use of the headlights. However, LED technology comes as standard on the RS7. There are new paint options also. They include Floret Sliver, metallic; Glacier White, metallic; Mythos Black, metallic; and Sepang Blue, pearl effect.

Inside, you are greeted by RS sport seats. The instrument panel has been given a discreet make over. The infotainment system has been upgraded to the latest generation system. Its most important feature is the graphics processor by Audi’s Partner, Nvidia.

The beafy 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 producing 560bhp and 700nm of torque between 1750rpm and 5500 rpm plays a large role in the RS7’s status. It gets the five door sports coupe from 0-100kmh in just 3.9 seconds. Thats Vantage V12 territory. Top speeds are between 280kmh and 305kmh with the optional dynamic packages. The RS has a CO2 output of 221 grams. This gives it a hefty €1200 motor tax bill. This 221 grams of CO2 is helped by the cylinder on demand feature which shuts down half of the V8’s cylinders where necessary. An 8 speed tiptronic gearbox works with the bi-turbo V8. On request, Audi will equip the RS with a sports differential on the rear axle.

The adaptive air suspension with adaptive dampening, standard on the RS7, lowers it by 20mm. A further option is dynamic steering giving it that more sportier feel. 20-inch lightweight alloys are fitted as standard but can be replaced by 21-inch ones in three different colours as an option. The ventilated brake disks have a weight-saving wave design but option carbon fibre-ceramic brakes are also available.

So know that you have the whole low-down on the RS7, are you ready to order one? Well you can do so towards the end of 2014 and your car will be ready for delivery in January 2015. Price to be confirmed closer to the launch.