Archive | May, 2012

Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

What sets the RCZ apart in the Peugeot range, aside from it currently being the French firm’s only 2+2 sports coupé? While the other cars in the Peugeot range have numbers for names, the RCZ has letters. The ‘THP’ stands for Turbo High Pressure and the RCZ was originally launched with THP 156 petrol and HDi 163 diesel variants. The numbers do indeed indicate the horsepower, but don’t go thinking that the ‘200’ version I tested this week is simply different in that it has approximately 50 more horses than the other petrol model.

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Sex Sells – and so do sexy cars

During my week with the Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200, it’s fair to say that it attracted a lot of very positive looks and attention. First appearing as a jaw-dropping concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot announced at the Geneva Motor Show the following year that they would be turning the RCZ into a reality, set to hit the UK shores within a relatively short time-frame, via the production line at Magna Steyr in Austria. It’s no surprise that the RCZ has a captivating appearance. Just look at it. It’s gorgeous from almost every angle, from the sweeping side profile with its flared wheel arches to the wide, sporty bonnet and beautifully svelte rear. Sure, the RCZ does share some design similarities with Continue Reading →


Caption Competition – Oliver Hammond & Simon Harris at SMMT 2012

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Oliver Hammond chatting to Simon Harris at SMMT Millbrook 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined in our caption competition on Twitter this afternoon, suggesting wittier alternatives. Here are the entries we had:

Sue Baker (@carscribe): “Dang it, came here looking for a different kind of horsepower!”

Gavin B-S of PetrolBlog (@majorgav): “Drive your Vel Satis? Sure, as long as I can keep my hat on”

Alistair Preacher (@_iPeach_): “This proving ground ain’t big enough for the 2 of us!”

Chris Auty (@drivingspirit): “When I click my fingers you will wake up, forget the Vel Satis and worship my Interceptor.”

Rob Griggs-Taylor (@robgt2): “And then my hat blew off. Yeah, this hat!”

Matt Biggs (@pawnsacrifice): “How dare you sleep while I’m talking to you! Just look at this bad boy, I could have been in Dallas!”

Lisa Wroe (@carloverlisa): “If you fall asleep on me, I’ll eat my hat. Actually, it might be a bit big for that….”

The winner will be announced soon! And the prize is… err…being the winner!

Update: Simon picked Matt Biggs as the winner – well done, Matt!


The Huge & Ever-Growing Un-Official SMMT Test Day 2012 Millbrook Photo Gallery


Feast your eyes on our veritable banquet of photos from the 2012 SMMT Test Day at Millbrook Proving Ground, taken by Messrs Oliver & David Hammond – the latter enthusiastically assuming photographer duty for the day, as well as co-driving the Peugeot 3008 review car we travelled down from Manchester in. Our photo gallery album is not in any way officially associated with SMMT. It comprises photos of the SLS AMG, Twizy, Maloo, Panamera, Chevrolet Volt, Simon Harris, Keith Jones, Scott Brownlee and countless other cars and names from the motoring industry. You can also see some of the wonderful stands run by manufacturers and their PR teams such as Skoda, Kia and Peugeot, as well as the Hill Route, High Speed Circuit and interesting number plates like ‘1 BMW’ and Vauxhall’s DE51RED. Enjoy!


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