BOTB Asks: Green or Mean? Tim chooses between six of each. {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Jun 2016

Team Green

Mercedes S400 Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid, Tesla Model S 70D, Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design, BMW i3, Morgan EV3

Being green is very fashionable these days, especially when it comes to motoring and these days those with an environmental slant have never had it better. Think back ten years and if you wanted an eco-friendly car you were limited to the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid or Lexus RX400h SUV – none of which are particularly exciting or in any way appealing to the ‘petrol’head in us all. But these days there is a huge range of hybrid and pure electric vehicles available that can excite just as much as their petrol equivalents and we have six of the best of them in our promotion this week. Want ultimate luxury with minimal impact on the world? You’ll want the Mercedes S400 Hybrid then. A high performance SUV with the emissions of a small hatchback? That’ll be the Cayenne S e-Hybrid or XC90 T8 then. How about pure EV cars? Those which only use electricity? Well you’re spoilt for choice with the luxurious Tesla Model S, the ultimate funky city car with the BMW i3 or the all-out fun weekend toy with a difference – the Morgan EV3. For every requirement there’s a green option now, with virtually no downsides.

Team Mean

Nissan GT-R, Corvette Stingray, Porsche Macan Turbo, Jeep Wrangler by Kahn, Honda Civic Type-R, Subaru WRX STi

Of course, sometimes we don’t want green. We want mean, smelly, fast and polluting with more than a hint of nasty to them. So in this group we have offerings to suit any mean requirement, starting off with one of the most popular sports cars in the competition and one of the best cars we feature, full stop – the 542bhp Nissan GT-R. It does it all – sounds amazing, is as fast as a Ferrari and handles like no other. We’re also offering a real icon – the Corvette – with a massive 6.2 litre V8 the Stingray is about as un-eco-friendly as you can get, but we love the noise it makes. If SUVs are your thing we have the slick and silly fast Porsche Macan Turbo, or if you want a rugged proper off-roader with an extra dose of style and luxury go for the Jeep Wrangler by Kahn. The rallying fans among us will love the Subaru WRX STi with its 296bhp flat four turbo, and to round it off we have a sportscar that’s about as eco-friendly as these cars get with its fairly small 2.0 litre turbo engine – the Honda Civic Type-R. But of course it still packs 306bhp and the most aggressive and wild bodykit ever fitted to a production hatchback, so it’s not really that eco.

Tim’s Choice

Hmmm, this really is a tricky one. I like to think I’m a fairly progressive chap, looking to the future and embracing new technology. The Tesla Model S is an incredible car with huge performance and massive range and the Morgan EV3 is wonderfully bonkers. But I love the GT-R for its punishing performance, the Stingray for the beautiful V8 sound, the Jeep by Kahn for its go-anywhere ruggedness and the Civic Type-R for its crazy turbo engine, so for me this time it has to be mean. I just love the noise a good performance car makes. Though ask me the same question in a year’s time and the outcome may very well be different….