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The Best of British: The Best Cars From Blighty

July 14, 2014

The British car industry is booming and steeped in history, dating back to the late 1800s, with the UK going on to become the second largest car manufacturer in the world – behind the United States in the 1950s. Due to extreme competition from rival countries such as Japan and Germany, there’s been a decline in its growth. Despite this, Britain still holds an international reputation for asserting some of the best and most famous car brands. Here are just some of the best British cars on the market that Blighty has to offer.

McLaren Automotive: McLaren P1

Established on British soil in 1989, McLaren boasts a portfolio of high performance cars using Formula 1 technology. The latest model to be released by the brand is the McLaren P1, the successor to the legendary McLaren F1. The new McLaren is so popular that it sold out within a month of its launch date. And that’s a lot of cash being splashed, considering it retails at well over £1,000,000. The hybrid sports car asserts finely honed aerodynamic features and lightweight carbon fibre technology, building on its predecessors performance specs – jumping from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds! This is all thanks to its twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering a staggering 890bhp. Not bad Blighty!

Aston Martin: Aston Martin Rapide S

Founded in 1913 in London, the Aston Martin brand is well renowned globally for its luxury sports cars and rose to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s, especially after having its DB5 model feature as James Bond’s car in Goldfinger. The latest model released by Aston Martin is the Aston Martin Rapide S, which shows off enhanced aerodynamics and a new full-faced aluminium grille. It’s the most powerful four-door Aston Martin ever produced, generating 17% more power than its predecessor – with increased torque and faster acceleration. Released just after Aston Martin reached its 100th anniversary, retail on the Aston is a cool £120,000 – better get saving!

Bentley: Bentley Continental GT V8 S

Originating in 1919 London, this British luxury automaker is currently owned by BMW, after previously being owned by Rolls-Royce Motors and Volkswagen AG. Released with the tagline ‘lower, sleeker, faster, meaner’, the latest model released by Bentley is the Continental GT V8 S. It sports a ferocious 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine under its enormous hood and, coming in at £132,500, the Bentley is a relative bargain considering its levels of luxury and performance specs. The GT S is capable of a top speed of 192 mph, jumping from 0-62 in just 4.3 seconds. Thanks to its upgraded suspension system, the new GT S delivers an even more responsive drive than its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, Bentley asserts that the car remains the “definitive British grand tourer”.

Rolls-Royce Motors: Rolls Royce Ghost V

Rolls-Royce Motors was formed in 1973 during the de-merger of its car business from the nationalised Roll-Royce Limited, which originated in Manchester in 1906. As with Bentley Motors, it’s also owned by BMW – after previously being owned by Volkswagen AG. Despite its German owners, the brand remains definitively British. Associated with style and class, the notable automaker’s latest model is the Rolls Royce Ghost V, retailing at a bank busting £230,000. It boasts a twin turbo 6.6 V12 engine, pumping out 593 bhp. The Roller has some impressive performance figures for such a large and heavy car, accelerating from 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and reaching a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Jaguar: F Type Coupe

The Jaguar brand hails from 1920s Coventry in the West Midlands, and was originally named the Swallow Sidecar Company, as it initially manufactured motorcycle sidecars before moving on to passenger cars. It was renamed to Jaguar in the aftermath of WW2 to avoid any association with the German ‘SS’ initials. Since its launch earlier this year, Jaguar’s latest model – the F Type Coupe – has taken motorsport fans by storm in its popularity. With an all-aluminium chassis, electrically operated retractable fabric hood, plush leather interior, sound and vibration insulation and a touchscreen display in its centre console, there’s no arguing that this car is bringing out the big guns against its foreign competitors. With a price tag of £60,000, the Jag is a relative bargain for the near supercar performance and style it has brought to the table – critics are even calling it the best Jaguar yet!

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