In the Headlights - The Best of British {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

4 Sep 2017

Rule Britannia, God save the Queen etc – it’s Best of British week! BOTB is a British company, so we are naturally proud of our nation’s great heritage when it comes to cars, and there’s certainly a lot to be proud of. Some of the best-known luxury and sports car brands in the world are based here, as are a great deal of Formula 1 teams. The UK has given us Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, TVR, Caterham, Morgan, Aston Martin, Ariel and McLaren to name just a few (let’s not get into ownership of JLR or Rolls and Bentley – they may have foreign owners but they’re very much British).

So we needed four vehicles to represent Britain and we turned to Nick Trott, Editor of Motor Sport Magazine to choose for us – and this week it includes a first – something with two wheels!

(TVR Image courtesy of Autocar)

To start the week we have two V8 powered, 2dr Coupes, but they go about things somewhat differently. We don’t have a huge amount of information on the new TVR, but what we do know has us extremely excited. To start with it promises to have classically beautiful TVR styling, it’s going to weigh a lithe 1200kg and will have a Cosworth-tuned 5.0 litre V8 with 480bhp. All that power goes to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox too, and there’s carbon trickery in the body and chassis – this could very well be the supercar to own in 2018. The other side of the coin goes to the Jaguar F-Type SVR which is heavier, has more power and is AWD with an auto gearbox. So does that make it less desirable? Of course not! The SVR is a brutish sports car which has 562bhp and AWD to get that power to the ground in any weather, has a lovely comfortable and stylish cabin and looks stunning. It also happens to have one of the most insane exhaust notes of any car we’ve heard, bar one of the others further down this page….

I like to think of these two choices as Modern Dinosaurs… so let’s start with the Brough Superior. I can’t help noticing that it has a couple of wheels missing for my particular knowledge base, but I’ll have a stab at it. The Brough Superior was a legendary bike from the 1920’s that was described as the Rolls Royce of motorbikes – luxurious, fast, stylish and expensive. And they certainly are now – the last one of the original bikes sold in 2010 at auction reached a staggering £286,000 – the highest ever for a British bike. But now the SS100 has been brought back from the dead and is a similarly luxurious, hand built masterpiece. The styling takes as much as it can from the 20’s bike, but adds some modern twists to keep it contemporary. It’s certainly a beautiful machine and from what I’m told, it’s a dream to ride too. The second dinosaur is labelled so as it has a real rarity in the current motoring world – a naturally aspirated V12 engine. The Vanquish S from Aston Martin can’t really be commented upon without first mentioning the looks – I personally think it’s the most beautiful car on sale today, the long nose, powerful rear haunches, swooping roofline and aggressive yet stylish nose all gel to make it simply stunning. You also can’t help but talk about the engine too – upgraded to 595bhp in this S version, it now has serious supercar pace and the noise emitted from those four exhaust pipes should have an 18 certificate on it – adults only.

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