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23 Nov 2018

We’re edging towards the end of the year, but that doesn’t stop car manufacturers from releasing new cars – far from it in fact as they’re seemingly pumping more out than ever before. So for this article I’m focusing on three new additions to our Dream Car Competition – one radically different convertible and two 4x4s and a crazy sports car that you’ll really struggle to spot any difference!

BMW Z4 M40i

The Z4 was a massive hit for BMW when it was launched in 2002, replacing the somewhat dynamically lacking Z3 with a car that promised a return to proper BMW handling and sports car feel. The Z4M was a proper M/// car as well and it was the car to beat at the time. But when it was replaced in 2009 BMW seemed to lose their way slightly – it had a folding hardtop which added weight and it was tuned more for cruising than attacking back roads. Well now it’s 2018 and they’re into the third generation of Z4 and BMW promises that this is a return to the ethos of the first gen. So this time it’s a bit smaller, around 200kg lighter thanks to a fabric roof and in this M40i guise uses a little of the magic from M///GmbH to create a credible Boxster S rival once again. The styling will certainly divide opinion, but you can’t deny that it’s aggressive, distinctive and will turn heads. The interior is typical BMW style with clear logical instruments and a driver focus. All in, this could be the return to the proper BMW sports car we’ve all been waiting for – we can’t wait to get behind the wheel to find out!

Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic HSE

The Evoque is arguably the car that saved Land Rover – allowing people access to the premium Range Rover badge at a much lower price point. It was also based on standard LR mechanicals but sold at a higher price, so was a big money maker too. Which is why you’d be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed with this new Evoque – if it isn’t broken, why fix it? So to the casual observer the new Evoque looks very similar to the old one, but in fact every panel is new. They’ve taken the new Range Rover family look of slimmer LED headlights and funky grille, added the Velar rear lights and bingo – same familiar shape but looking very 2019 and very modern. It’s no longer than the old car but has a slightly longer wheelbase meaning more rear legroom, and that interior looks straight from the Velar. There’s a hybrid coming in 2019, but this is a great specced Evoque with a 247bhp 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine which gives great performance but still returns 40mpg. R-Dynamic HSE spec brings all the toys you could want, too. The King is dead, long live the King!

Jeep Wrangler Overland

To the casual observer the latest Jeep Wrangler probably looks no different, but this is exactly what Jeep wanted – totally revamp their iconic model but keep the things people loved about it, much like the new Mercedes G-Wagon. So the styling is largely the same, with the wide stick-out arches, slatted grille and exposed hinges on the doors. They even still offer the fold-down windscreen, while the roof has two lift out targa panels, and the whole rear can be taken off should the weather permit. You can even take the doors off. Inside it’s more of the same with the slab-fronted dash and exposed screwheads. But under the skin everything has changed – in fact pretty much the whole vehicle is new – with the aim of making it far more refined and usable. There’s a 2.2 litre diesel engine up front mated to an 8spd auto gearbox, and a permanent 4WD system – this is still a proper off-roader with low ranges and mega ground clearance. But there are also now extra bits of tech, decent infotainment interfaces and even the ride is improved. It’s still no silent cruiser, but this is now a Wrangler you could use every day and you’ll have a blast doing so.

Ariel Atom 4

The Ariel Atom has always been one of the rawest driving experiences available. Sitting in an exposed lattice of metalwork with just an engine behind you, steering wheel in front and four wheels around you you’re connected to the element like nothing else short of a motorbike. Weighing just 595kg the performance was going to be incredible no matter what powers the Atom, but with this latest 4 model it has a staggering 320bhp from the Turbocharged 2.0 litre engine from the Honda Civic Type-R – that’s enough for 0-62mph in an amazing 2.8 seconds (and it'll carry on to 100mph in just 6.8s). The latest version also gets slim projector headlights and the fancy carbon dash from the V8 model along with a redesigned wind deflector, thicker tubing for the chassis and far better aerodynamics. You simply cannot get any more visceral a motoring experience….

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So there you go, plenty of new choice, now get playing!

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