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16 Oct 2017

Those old enough to have been dancing away like idiots in clubs in the mid-90’s will know 2-Unlimited’s epic track ‘No Limits’ and as such will be familiar with this week’s In the Headlights theme – Techno Techno Techno Techno! In fact, as much as I tried it’s actually called Go Techno! but I’ve still got those bass beats running through my head. The theme is all about techonologically advanced cars, with our four starring cars chosen by James Ruppert from FreeCarMag. As usual James’ thoughts and reasons for choosing will be along later in the week along with an interview, but for now here are my thoughts on our Techno-fests…

Somewhat predictably, our first two cars are both hybrids, predictable because the future of cars is certainly hybrid power in the short term so many technological advances are going to be in this area. Both are SUV’s too, albeit one much smaller than the other. The Mini Countryman may not be that mini in reality, but the enlarged dimensions for this second-generation model mean it can actually be used by a family as transport, the previous generation was just too pokey in the back and had a pitiful boot. But now it’s a good bit larger and this PHEV model has a little 3-pot turbo petrol engine teamed up with electric magic stuff to give 222bhp, decent performance and insane official numbers like 134mpg and 49g/km of CO2. Range Rover have decided to do the same too, their old hybrid model was quite rushed and well, not very good so I’m glad to see them mating the electrickery to the new 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine to give a combined 400bhp and 101mpg & 64g/km. Now those numbers are all a little fanciful as they were probably created in a lab, but what it does mean is that these hybrid SUVs are faster than their diesel equivalents and will be far cleaner and cheaper to run. Win-win if you ask me!

Now we’ve got those annoying hybrids out of the way we can get to the next two choices which both have huge petrol engines! First up we have the Land Rover Discovery SVX, a hardcore off-roading beast created by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Aside from the rather naughty 5.0 litre supercharged V8 producing 518bhp, the Disco SVX contains some seriously impressive technology to make it even better than the normal Discovery off-road (which is amazing as-is). The air suspension has been upgraded with longer travel dampers and revised knuckles to give better approach and departure angles, while active differentials help when things get sticky along with an active roll system. All this combines with the exterior mods of bigger tyres, a winch and spotlights to make the SVX the most capable off-road machine they’ve ever made, including the Defender! The final vehicle couldn’t be more different to the SVX though, designed to be the most technologically advanced, quietest, most luxurious on road car BMW make – the M760Li. It’s not all about luxury though, that M means it’s an M-Performance model like the M140i so when you change the driving modes it will turn and go like something its size has no right to, thanks in no small part to the epic engine. Stolen from the Rolls Royce Ghost, the 6.0 litre twin turbo V12 puts out 592bhp and 800Nm of torque meaning this 5.2 metre behemoth can get to 62mph quicker than an Aston Martin Vanquish. It has also get pretty much every conceivable extra including gesture control, massaging seats, adaptive laser headlights and a GPS controlled gearbox. It may even make you a cup of coffee if you ask it, I’m not sure how far the extent of the tech goes.

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