Wood & Pickett Cheltenham 6: Quite the opposite to the above, the Wood & Pickett Cheltenham 6 might not have been given the best name back in the 80s, when a Range Rover was chopped about to create it, but it has the best everything else. Blade Runner Styling, six wheels, huge road presence and a red-pinstripe-on-black paint job. Lovely.
Behind-the-scenes glimpses and other observations from the last seven days around the car industry
Post-Tokyo motor show, it’s hard for anything to be anything but underwhelming, but the never-sleeps nature of the car industry means that there’s plenty to like about the last seven days around the car industry.
As usual, there’s plenty to dislike, but I’ve whittled it down to five good and one bad thing from the last week.
The best things I’ve seen all week
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class
We’ve spotted it undisguised, and it doesn’t disappoint. Where the current version is a little odd in styling, with a bit of an oversized face, the next one improves immeasurably upon it, being just the right amounts of menacing and elegant, and altogether more cohesive than the current car. Can’t wait.
Gordon Murray coupe
Gordon and I share a favourite car – the Smart Roadster Coupé, for its size, packaging and fun approach. Murray has taken inspiration from the Smart and applied the small-sports car ethos to his next project; a dinky, McLaren F1-inspired sports car with what could be a three-cylinder, 150bhp engine. I want it already.
Wood & Pickett Cheltenham 6
Quite the opposite to the above, the Wood & Pickett Cheltenham 6 might not have been given the best name back in the 80s, when a Range Rover was chopped about to create it, but it has the best everything else. Blade Runner Styling, six wheels, huge road presence and a red-pinstripe-on-black paint job. Lovely.
Old Smokey F1
SEMA isn’t somewhere you go for things which could be described as ‘in good taste’, but Old Smokey F1 – a 1216bhp, potentially 200mph-plus rat rod pick-up – has won my heart. Just the right amount of decay hides what must be a truly ferocious drive.
Renault Espace F1
Why can’t more automotive madness like this come to pass? Back in the 90s, Renault spliced together a V10 Formula One car with a run-of-the-mill MPV. With possibly the best set of wheels I’ve seen in my life.
… and the worst thing I’ve seen this week
The tiny tiny wheels on the MG ZS
MG knows which design tricks to pull out with the body of the ZS, but it forgot that in most cases, with SUVs especially, larger wheels balance out a car’s proportions nicely. These need at least two inches before the car will even begin to look normal. What a shame, as the rest of the car sounds like the best MG’s done in years. Sort it out, MG.