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26 Mar 2018

We had the Geneva Motor Show recently, so there were loads of new cars launched. We had a Geneva ITH special to gauge popularity and some of those new cars are now in the competition. There’s a nice spread too – a fire breathing V8 SUV, an all-electric crossover, a big saloon and a hot hatch – something for everyone then!

Mercedes G63 AMG

The old Mercedes-AMG G63 made no sense at all. Take a massive off-roader, with a design older than the hills, offering pretty poor dynamics and packaging inside, weighing as much as the moon, then add a massive V8 engine and an AMG badge. But it sold really really well all over the world, so Mercedes would have been stupid to mess with the formula. So despite outward appearances this is the all-new G63 – no really, it is. The styling has been carried over almost unchanged – true G-Wagen geeks will notice certain elements but to the untrained eye it looks the same, whereas underneath it is massively different – mainly the fact that it’s 120mm wider and has a much longer wheelbase, so you finally have an interior that you be comfortable in. and that new interior is quite something too, taking design cues from the new E-Class it’s a massive step up in ergonomics, while it now has all the tech you can imagine. The old 5.5 litre V8 has gone, replaced by the ubiquitous 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 seen in almost every other AMG now, in this guise putting out an AMG GT R matching 577bhp. Thankfully the side pipes are still there so the thunderous sound will continue. So this is the old G63, but it’s new, with everything improved. Mercedes, we like your style…

Jaguar I-Pace HSE

Come in Model X….. repeat, come in Model X, your time is up….. Tesla has sat pretty in the marketplace until now with the only fully electric luxurious SUV on sale – the Model X. And what a car it is, super luxurious, silly fast and has crazy doors. But while Tesla were hogging the limelight other manufacturers were busy working on their own EVs and the first to come out is Jaguar with this – the I-Pace. Designed from the ground-up as a pure electric vehicle the I-Pace is like a tardis – Porsche Macan sized outside, but Cayenne sized inside – that’s thanks to the fact that there is no drivetrain running through the car and no engine, so the cabin can be pushed forwards and interior space is massively increased. The EV drivetrain has 395bhp (400hp) and provides incredible performance and handling thanks to the super-low centre of gravity with the batteries under the floor. Thanks to the low weight (for an EV) the range is impressive too – the official figure is 300-330 miles which means a real-world range in normal conditions of 250 miles which is enough for London-Manchester. Did we also mention that it looks absolutely amazing? We featured the First Edition in the ITH Geneva special, but this is the HSE model, a fair chunk cheaper but still with fantastic standard spec. Futuristic yet beautiful, aggressive yet svelte it really does look incredible especially on the optional 22-inch alloys. So watch your back Tesla – there’s a new kid in town and he’s coming for you…

Audi A7 S-Line 55 TFSi

The original Audi A7 was a curious car. Audi certainly took a big chance when they designed it, with a coupe roofline and a chopped off rear end that many didn’t like. It continued to be a niche market seller, with the RS7 selling in tiny numbers. But time rolls on and now there’s an all-new A7, so has Audi toned it down? Well sort of, but it’s still got that unique look, just this time with a little more style and charm. The rear end may still be chopped quite suddenly, but there are swooping rear lights now and more curves than before. There are also a lot more feature lines down the sides of the car too, so it instantly looks more dynamic. At the front the grille is now huge, but it makes the A7 look really wide and low. If the standard S-Line car looks this aggressive, we’re really excited for how the new RS7 will look! We previously had the diesel A7, but as with the current trend we’ve ditched the diesel and this time it has the 3.0 litre turbo V6 petrol engine which produces 336bhp – certainly no slouch and it provides a nice exhaust note too. Vive la difference!

Renaultsport Megane RS

We are huge fans of hot hatches here at BOTB and over the years one company has made more absolutely amazing hot hatches than any other – Renault. From the 5 Turbo, to the Clio Williams, 172, 182 Trophy, V6 and 200, to the sublime Megane 250 Cup they have rarely produced a duffer. But the current hot hatch landscape is very different to the one of a few years ago – now it’s the norm to be pushing for over 350bhp and to have AWD and dual clutch gearboxes. But we like to think of these (Focus RS, A45, RS3 etc) as the mega hatches, with cars like the Golf GTi, Civic Type-R and Hyundai i20N sitting in the traditional hot hatch market. Thankfully Renault has stuck to what it knows with the new Megane RS, so it’s still front wheel drive and while there is a dual clutch gearbox option the good old manual shifter is still standard. Visually the Megane RS looks fantastic, in the typical Renaultsport way of making it look a little more sporty and a little more aggressive, but not overtly so. It’s certainly more subtle than the Civic Type-R. Power is provided by a 1.8 litre turbo four cylinder which produces a staggering 276bhp, meaning the performance is on a par with rivals. Of course a Renaultsport car is all about the handling though, and the new RS really nails that too – this is one car we really can’t wait to get behind the wheel of!

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