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9 Aug 2018

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF YOUR LIFE.

Okay, that may be a little overly dramatic, but if you read newspapers you’d be led to believe that if you don’t decide between electric cars (EVs) and those with an internal combustion engine (ICE), you’ll be left in the ark ages and you certainly won’t get any of the good cookies. In reality that’s not the case, we’re a few years away from having to choose definitively what we use to drive daily.

Even in 2040 when in most of Europe the sale of pure-ICE vehicles will be banned you’ll still be able to buy second hand cars and Lamborghini will probably be making V12 powered cars, just with some hybrid electrical assistance. There’s a famous quote by TV personality and mega-petrolhead Jay Leno that fits: “When the car was invented, everyone worried that the horse would die out and never be seen, but all it meant was that horses became used for recreational purposes. The same will happen with EVs and the V8 – we’ll still have V8s but they’ll be for fun”

Anyway, enough rambling – we’re here to talk about our four cars in this week’s ITH lineup; two sensible EVs and two dinosaurs. The BMW i3S is the first EV hot hatch, while Tesla’s Model 3 Performance takes aim at the M3 and could very well beat it. From the fuel side we have a more sensible F-Type with a four-cylinder turbo – the more acceptable side of ICE sports cars – and a snarling, barking, enormous supercharged V8-powered 2+tonne SUV which is everything an EV is not. Let battle commence!

Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport is one of the most popular cars in our competition, but our players also love a V8, so it’s no surprise that we have had lots of requests to feature this latest addition – the Sport SVR. To start with Range Rover have added an aggressive front end which looks like it’s ready to eat anything in its path, a nice set of 21-inch alloy wheels and at the back a roof spoiler and nestled in the bumper there’s a quad exit exhaust. The noise that comes out of those pipes is other-wordly, an incredible blare of V8 noise that you feel in your chest. You also feel the acceleration in your chest, and your whole body as the SVR hurtles towards the horizon at a hilarious rate, thanks to the 567bhp supercharged 5.0 litre V8. The SVR also goes around corners like nothing of its size has any right to, so you can have fun everywhere. Just don’t pay attention to the fuel economy and you’ll be fine…

BMW i3S

If the scribes of the 1960’s were to be believed, we would all be driving around in electric cars by now, but they are still few and far between on our roads. Some say this is because they are too expensive, we say it’s because they just haven’t embraced the technology available these days to make them truly desirable vehicles. Well now BMW has taken to the fold with the new i3, sinking hundreds of millions of Euros into the development. The i3 has a carbon fibre structure – a first for a city car, along with weight saving measures and the very latest battery and motor tech. This all combines to give a fast, funky looking city car with decent range that you never have to fill up at the pumps. But this is BOTB and we love our cars to have a bit of a performance feel, so we were very happy when BMW announced this, the i3S. It’s the first EV Hot Hatch and takes the standard i3 and turns the dial up to 11. There’s more power from the electric motors – up to 181bhp – while the suspension is stiffer, wheels bigger and looks are more aggressive. It delivers a drive that would embarrass a lot of hot hatches all while emitting not a single gram of CO2. The future of the hot hatch may just have arrived…

Tesla Model 3 Performance

The amount of controversy surrounding the new Tesla Model 3 would have you believe that Elon Musk is the devil and the Model 3 is his chariot into the underworld. But wade through the rhetoric and you find a car that could potentially revolutionise the way we view electric cars. The Model 3 is a BMW 3-Series competitor that takes everything that Tesla has learned and condenses it into their most mass-market offering yet. But of course, being BOTB this is the Performance model which offers even more, erm, performance. So we have a dual-motor setup, one on each axle meaning it is AWD and those motors produce around 450hp and a mountain of torque. The 0-62 stat is sub-3.5 seconds, but we’d guess that will be in the low 3’s in reality given how absurdly fast Teslas are in the real world. You get a quoted range of 310 miles on a full charge which means a real-world range on around 250 miles, more than enough for 80% of the country’s journeys. As there’s no engine or drivetrain you also get a huge amount of room inside, with a massive boot in the rear and the front has one too. Elon Musk says the Model 3 Performance is a BMW M3-beater – we can’t wait to see if he’s right.

Jaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic

Jaguar launched the F-Type in 2013 to critical acclaim, and when the Coupe was launched a year later the world fell in love all over again as somehow it was even more beautiful than the convertible. The sleek roofline tapering to that pert back end just worked so well that it was instantly regarded as one of the most beautiful cars on sale. As with the convertible there was a range of V6 and V8 engines, but Jaguar had to move with the times so with 2017’s facelift they made one of their most controversial moves yet – they gave the F-Type a 4-cylinder engine! To give them credit this engine is quite a good one – a 2.0 litre turbo producing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, so it still has great performance and also offers good economy and emissions. But the F-Type always has one thing over the rivals – the noise – so does the 4-cyl model deliver the aural experience? Thankfully so, with a gruff, throaty exhaust note with all the pops and bangs you’d expect. Coming in at a much lower price helps too, making this new F-Type a veritable bargain.

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As we’re on the subject of Fuel Vs Future this seems a wonderfully opportune time to promote In the Headlights – a new YouTube channel from Christian and I where we’ll be bringing you the best cars, gadgets, watches and general lifestyle stuff we can get our hands on. Including a snappily titled film to tie in nicely with this article!

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