July 7th 2016 3.30 am.
Ok this is a bit early but it is going to be well worth the alarm call. 492 miles from door to trackside and we have 2 of Subaru's latest models to travel in, along with 8 other cars with drivers. Our weapons of choice were the Subaru WRX Sti Type UK 305 ps and the rather marvellous Subaru Levorg GT AWD Touring 180ps. So with the Levorg absolutely loaded to the brim ( golly that is one big load space area) with Tents, Marquee, Cool boxes, Air beds and enough food and drink for 5 chaps and 4 days we set off from Rayne behind (of course) the WRX Sti for the A120 / M11 /M25 (accident already showing on the Starlink Navigation....at 3.30 in the morning ! ) M2 to Dover. We have caught up with the convoy of other vehicles and arrive at Dover at 5.30 ready for our ferry at 6.40 am. Weather is already warming up so the Climate Control is working and breakfast is required by all.
As we hit France, the cars are together, sun is shining (it stays like that all weekend) and off we go. The Levorg is in charge here. The smooth Autoroutes are Levorg territory with a relaxed cruise at 130 kph, showing 34 mpg with this heavy load. Very quiet, you cannot actually hear the engine at high speed such is the sound deadening and NVH attention to detail. Hardly any wind noise either so a good chance to chat and enjoy the premium audio system fitted to all Subaru cars. The WRX STi is a different prospect. It cruises nicely at 85mph, obviously wants to be let loose at any time. Road noise is higher, although very acceptible, and when we reach Rouen and those long lovely tunnels, the exhaust rasp and rumble going through the well lit tunnels is heaven to any petrol head and the cars nature is just mean, quick and you feel almost lucky to be driving a car with such character. How do those clever people at Subaru engineer this into a car ? Very impressed. Super accurate steering with a perfect ride and that kind of " I chose a wonderfully different car than the rest of you" feeling. Seems that the STi is a rarity in France as any traffic stop , fuel stop or peage, we caught other travellers taking pictures of this black beauty.
So we arrive at Le Mans. Wow what a place. Many of us have been numerous times and still you have to take it in piece by piece. It's an enormous race track and the camp site was only 200 metres from the main Grandstand so we are set for a magical and noisy (thats' 24 hours of racing) adventure. As you hear 7 litre Ford GT 40's amd Lola T50 /T70's roaring past you for practice 1 aswell as more Porsche 911's than you have ever seen ( I think there was a field nearby with 911 of them ) all with classic racing history and just gourgeous engine and exhaust noise to delight and excite the senses.
From this point the classic cars took over. If you have even half an interest in classic or racing cars, you must go. Every 2 years, over 200 vehicles gather to compete in fair but hard racing. Many of the drivers are professional, ALL of the cars are exquisite.
After 3 days of noise, laughs and total car nut knowledge everywhere you go, it's time to come home. Of course, we were all happy to re-start our steeds and get on our way home and enjoy the last few hours of motoring pleasure before Monday morning back in the office. It did make us smile when the ferry guys asked us give the STi a rev on the boat so they could hear it and when I switched off the car after nearly 500 miles of driving, I could have easily just started it back up and vanished up the road again although I would have definatley grabbed the kids and the wife to come with me.
Enjoy the pictures and if this takes your fancy, then feel free to call in and ask us for details of how to book your tickets, what areas you HAVE to go to and of course, where to meet us for a beer and a sandwich. Can't wait for the next one in 2 years time. I wonder what we will take to drive next time ? It will be a Subaru that is for sure.
Sizes for measurments on MG GS 2016 UK cars.
Overall Length - 4500 mm ** Width - 1855mm ** Width including Door Mirror - 2081 mm ** Height - 1665 mm ** Height Including Roof Rails - 1689 mm ** Height inclusding Roof Rails and Shark Antenna - 1705 mm ** Height Including Aerial (unscrews) - 1774 mm ** Whellbase - 2650 mm
Turning Circle is 11.8 metres.
Luggage Capacity - 483 LITRES ** Seats Down Load to Roof - 1336 Litres ** Maximum Towing Weight 1750 KG ** Unbrakes Max Towing Weight 692 - 733 Depending on Model ** Fuel Tank Capacity 55 Litres or 12 Gallons
Engine Specification - 1.5 TGi Turbo Charged Petrol with Stop Start - 4 Cylinder - 16 Valve - Chain Driven - 1490 cc - 166ps at 5600 rpm with 250 Nm Torque @1600-4300 rpm
Euro 6 EUB 6 Emissions with 139 g/ Km Co2 Rating for Manual an 141 g/ Km Co2 Rating for DCT Automatic Dry Clutch Gearbox.
URBAN mpg of 37.6 / Extra urban mpg of 53.2 / Combined mpg of 46.3 for Manual 6spd
URBAN mpg of 36.6 / Extra urban mpg of 53.2 / Combined mpg of 45.5 for DCT Automatic 7 spd.
Colours Available - Artic White and Jet Black as no cost options - Aspen Silver / Sunset Orange / Mocha Brown / Sahara Gold are Metallic upgrade Options available at £395.
Model Range available :
MG GS EXPLORE from £14995 OTR -Air conditioning ** 17 inch Alloy Wheels ** LED Daytime Running Lights ** Fabric Sports Seats ** Raiod with MP 3 Comptability and AUX/USB Port ** Auto Headlamps ** Cruise Control ** Power Door Mirrors ** Start Stop ** Hill Hold
MG GS EXCITE from £17495 OTR (In addition to Expore ) - Leather Steering Wheel with Audio Controls ** DAB Radio ** MP3 and iPOD Compatibility and AUX/USB Port ** Bluetooth Telephone Integrtion and Audio Streaming ** Auto Air Conditioning ** Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
MG GS EXCLUSIVE from £197495 OTR ( In addition to Excite ) - 18 inch Alloy Wheels ** Front Fog Lamps ** Leather Sport Seats ** Electrically Adjusted Heated Front Seats ** iGO Satellite Navigation ** Roof Rails ** Side Steps *********** The EXCLUSIVE model is also available with DCT Automatic Paddle shift 7 sp Gearbox at from £20995 OTR
CALL the MG Showrooms on 01376 550899 to arrange your test drive appointment and ask our knowledgable and friendly sales team about the amazing GS launch finance plans we have available on the New MG GS SUV.
Mondeo real car review,
For the last 8 months I have been driving a New Model Ford Mondeo 1.6TDCI Zetec Business hatchback. My little girl has named it the magic car, but more about that later. I have now clocked up around 9,500 miles in the car including some long trips and family holidays. I must say that I really like the new shape Mondeo especially the front end, I do think it looks very elegant and sleek but at the same time a little rough around the edges a bit like a diamond. I do like the new look that the Ford range has taken. I have to say that I am keen on the Ruby Red Colour and I think that it helps the car look a little smaller as it is a big family car.
The model I have been driving has cloth trim which I have found very comfortable, but it did seem to stain when I spilt some coffee while trying to multitask on the way to work. As a man, I should know that this would not end well. After a quick wipe with a wet wipe it did clean up, but I would probably say that I would want to have the cloth Supagaurded or have leather to make my life a little easier. Talking of making my life easier, this car has the Ford Sat Nav which does work really well when I’m being stubborn and will not ask for directions. I do like how the SAT NAV leaves pebbles on the map if you have gone this way before, a bit like Hansel & Gretel. I also love how the car remembers where I was when I’m listening to my podcast. But without doubt the best feature of this is being able to load a picture of my family as the background.
Now onto the magic part of this car. This Mondeo is fitted with Ford’s Active Park so the cars will parallel and perpendicular park (like in Tesco carpark) all by itself which my 3 and 2 year old thought was magic as daddy did not have to touch the wheel. I have used this quite a bit especially when I wasn’t sure if the car would be able to fit into the only space left on the high street. The other thing that the car can do is make them disappear behind tinted glass so no one can ever see them. I love how their minds work.
Right, where to start? I took two kids, my wife and half our belongings on holiday last year to Sherwood Forest (has to be a car salesman and bandit joke in there somewhere) and I was really impressed. We took everything including high chairs and a travel cot and still had space in the boot, which is one of the biggest I have seen on a normal car - it is large enough to fit a small country in. I have managed to fit in 4 sets of golf clubs with carts with no problem before, plus averaging 60.4MPG – I think that’s pretty amazing! The other side of the coin is that this is a big car so sometimes it is a little harder to find a parking space with enough space to get the kids in or out. Because all the mother and baby spaces are full with cars that don’t have any kids in them L rant over.
I would say that the car was very practical as it did really eat up miles - last week I travelled 700 miles and I have to say that it didn’t feel like anywhere near that many. I have also averaged 50 MPG over the time I have had the car, which for a big car, I think is very good, especially as I have a heavy right foot.
I must say I do think that the Mondeo is a very good car and it does suit my life with lots of space for the kids in that back plus a big boot for everything. I have really grown to love the extra space and feeling you get from driving a big car - I would be sad if I was told that I would be coming out of this car, but I know that my wife is not happy driving it as she thinks it is a lot bigger than we need. I think space is a lot like speed…can you ever have too much? Now that I don’t use the double buggy and both children are in front facing car seats, she might be right, but when I get to change my car I really do think that the Mondeo is going to take some beating. Is it because I have become attached to it or is it because it is really that good? Probably a bit of both. I would love to try out some of its competition to see how they match up against it. I still feel the worst thing Ford has done is called it a Mondeo and not changing its name but maybe I have to “unlearn” what a name means. Time will tell.
Well I think I have bored you all enough with my rants and opinions,
Till next time keep safe.
Alan Player - Perkins Sales Team
Very excited about attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend for our annual trip to Chichester. This year we are helping out on the Subaru UK stand at the Moving Motor Show with some very lucky customers getting to drive Subaru cars up the famous Goodwood Hill Climb. We have WRX STi / Levorg and BRZ models available to go up the "HILL" so it's going to be a little tense with 300 + BHP to deal with. This iconic brand has lots to talk about in 2016 with a 600 BHP WRX STI just getting the new lap record at the Isle of Mann TT road circuit AND the new Subaru LEVORG just starting to conquer allcomers with it's new BTCC Touring car program. Both cars will be at the Festival of Speed so well worth a look at those aswell as the drivers HIGGINS and PLATO entertaining the crowds.
There is a huge array of the most wonderful cars in the workd at Goodwood this weekend. If you have never been, you are missing out and if you are there, then call us and we can meet for an ice cream ( it definately not going to rain and the sun will be out ).
See you there
The New MG GS has now arrived at Perkins MG Essex. You can drive our demonstrator NOW and order your new vehicle for delivery over the next 6-8 weeks.
We have some billiant low rate finance plans available and MG PCP deals available too !
We would love to see your part exchange while you are are test driving this ALL NEW MODEL from MG Motor UK but you will have to make an appointment with our sale team as we want to be able to give you the time to expereince this brilliant new motor car with a good test drive and a good understanding of your requirements when purchasing a new car.
We won't rush you, we won't hassle you, we aim to spend as much time as you need to make your new car buying decision so CALL 01376 550899 and ask for a member of the Sales Team and arrange your test drive today - 16.06.2016 - See you at the dealership soon
Perkins are currently (June 2016) stocking a great choice of used Ford Kuga at our Rayne Nr Braintree Dealership. As used 4x4 specialists,we aim to hold as many of these brilliant motor cars as we have room for. Ford's groundbreaking ECOboost petrol technology and TDCi Diesel engines, the latest incarnation of the Ford Kuga is a rather splendid vehicle.
At Perkins Nearly New Ford Centre, we currently have models from £12900 and upwards with deposits sitting as low as £254 with a monthly payment price match of £254 / month (subject to terms and conditions), these models are very affordable and one of the very best SUV's in the UK market place.
With Petrol Auto and Diesel Manual and AUTO specifications available for you to choose from, it's likely we have the Kuga you are looking for. Visit the KUGA section of our website HERE and take a look at our current stock. You can get a part exchange valuation instantly HERE - just load in your registration number and mileage and our automated system does the rest for you. We are open 7 days for your convenience and we are located just 8 miles from London Stansted Airport and just 2 miles from Braintree Town.
Perkins have an eclectic choice if used Ford Fiesta in stock this month - With over 25 cars to choose from - in stock - there is something nearly new here for everyone.
Take a look at the Fiesta section of our website HERE for full stock details of these superb motor cars. We aim to deliver the highest specification at the lowest cost in the whole of the UK market place like for like. As you arrive and start to look at our cars, you will realise that there is nothing "second hand" about these cars - Prepared to our meticulous Ford approved standards, the only thing different in our cars is the price you pay as a Nearly New car with just a few thousand miles that offer supreb savings.
CALL US on 01376 550899 to arrange your test drive appointment and and dont forget to bring your BEST PRICE PART EXCHANGE with you...and your driving licence.
2 New additions into stock this week- one 2.0 Petrol ST-3 with Navigation and the wonderful ST-3 TDCi 180 ps are both now into stock.
STORM Grey seems to be latest desirable colour and unique to these models. You just need to CALL US on 01376 550899 to arrange your test drive appointment and of course don't forget to bring you BEST PRICE PART EXCHANGE with you.
New batch of Used MG 6 have just arrived and they are the latest model too !
New 150 ps DTi- TECH Engine with Stop Start Technology ** 119g per KM CO2 Rating with £30 Annual Road Tax - 61.4 mpg Combined ** Bi Xenon High Intensity Lights ** Reverse Parking Camera ** Smart Change with EDIF ** Full Leather Trim ** New Upgraded Touch Screen iGO Satellite Navigation System ** Bluetooth Telephone Connection ** iPOD Connectivity ** Climate Control ** Cruise control ** Auto Lights ** Power/Heated Seats ** Rain Sensing Wipers ** Alloy Wheels ** ABS ** ESP ** AirbagsLED Daytime Running Lights ** 8 Speaker Audio System - Great Value MG Essex - Finance example is on our new deal for April/May and March 2016 - CLICK on the MG Logo on our HOME page and get your part exchange valued - These cars are just superb value for money - well worth taking a look we think.
CALL - 01376 550899 and ask about the Perkins "Deposit = Monthly" deal available this quarter.
E.g - £11900 sale price is £234 Deposit and £234 / month.
As is the trend in this wonderful and fast moving used car industry, SUV (Sports utility Vehicles) or 4x4's are the cars to drive for 2016. With similar perforrmance and economy to the standard 5 door hatchback car, the SUV market is now producing some wonderful new and used car deals for you to take advantage of.
At Perkins, we offer New Subaru cars of which the whole range of SUV models give permanent Symmetrical All Wheel Drive power delivery at very competitive PCP and low monthly payment profiles - just visit www.perkins-subaru.co.uk for all the latest offers.
We also stock a huge choice of affordable used 4x4 models with Ford Kuga / Subaru Forester and Subaru XV models at low prices, low montly payments and excellent used car warranties that will give peace of mind and great value for your money.
Take a look at these 2 used all wheel drive sections of our website - We may have what you are looking for and we have the finance products and Part exchange valuation technology that allows you to get the best used car deal in the market place today.
We are open 7 days for your convenience - If you find something you like then CALL us on 01376 550899 to arrange your test drive appointment