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Tipped to be one of the most coveted cars of the year, The Range Rover Velar is a stunning design evolution of the much-loved Range Rover.

A demonstration of the power of British innovation, the Velar is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. Range Rover Velar is on sale now for delivery this Summer priced from £44,830.

Velar launches with a suite of consumer technologies, working together to create an in-built technology butler. At its heart is a cutting-edge infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo.

Dubbed ‘Blade’ by development engineers due to its slender profile and clean surfaces, the innovation makes the in-car technology experience clearer, quicker and more enjoyable, enhancing every journey.

The new Velar fills the space in the Range Rover family between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

Refined for every occasion, for every terrain, Velar uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond.

Created from a clean sheet using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, it is safer, stronger, cleaner and improves driving performance.

Velar continues Range Rover’s history of innovation, incorporating advanced technologies, compelling design and absolute attention to detail.

Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Connected Car & Future Technology said: “Two high definition 10-inch touchscreens are your window into the world. The connected infotainment system learns from you and anticipates your needs, serving you what you want, when you want it – but never intrudes letting you enjoy the drive, while it takes the stress out of daily life, like any good butler or digital personal assistant should.”

Advanced consumer technology is reflected in the use of trend setting materials. Unique in the segment, the Velar offers a sustainable, premium textile seat material as an alternative to leather. The Dapple Grey material was developed together with Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles, and is complemented with Suedecloth inserts.

Pivotal to the contemporary, design of Velar are the full Matrix-Laser LED headlights, the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover, the flush deployable door handles, and the Burnished Copper coloured detailing on the front bumper blades and fender vents.

Velar has a sophisticated four-corner suspension system, delivering peerless refinement with unrivalled comfort and control.

Five engines are offered at launch, ranging from the clean, responsive 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, to the potent 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. A 300PS Ingenium petrol engine will join the Velar range later in 2017.

Production of all Range Rover models supports more than 15,000 British jobs and a further 60,000 in the supply chain. Production of all Jaguar Land Rover models at the four UK manufacturing plants directly supports more than 40,000 British jobs and a further 250,000 in the supply chain.

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A new UK home for the greatest car in the world

The Bugatti Chiron has a new home, in the heart of Mayfair in west London, with to the newly opened H.R. Owen Bugatti showroom.

The official opening of the showroom was a historic moment as the new location is the first ever stand alone Bugatti showroom to ever be opened in the UK.

The new dealership is located on Bruton Street, adjacent to H.R. Owen’s famous Jack Barclay Bentley showroom, and is the only place in the UK to view the new Bugatti Chiron. The Chiron is fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive production sports car, and the new dealership has been created to reflect this.

The showroom design celebrates the brand’s heritage and future, with the legendary Bugatti blue playing a prominent part in the modern and clean styling around the room. Some of the pieces that visitors will be able to enjoy include scale models of the Chiron, and artwork that celebrates the brand.

While configuring their dream car, customers will be able to relax in chairs from the Bugatti furniture range, specially selected from the recently launched Bugatti Home Collection. The chairs will give a taste of the sort of luxury that the owner will be able to expect from their new car, as they are made using the finest leather and blue carbon fibre, the same high-spec materials that feature in Bugatti’s cars.

At the centre of the room, though, will be the car itself, as there will always be a Bugatti on display in the showroom. The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort.

It comes with a fully redeveloped 1500hp 8.0-litre turbocharged W12 engine that is 25% more powerful than the Chiron’s predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron. It gets from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds and is limited to a phenomenal top speed of 260mph. The styling is recognisably Bugatti, but the all-new carbon fibre monocoque has an aggressive look to it, with the eight-LED headlights giving the front end of the car an air of menace.

Inside features soft, supple leather, beautifully-laid carbon-fibre with just the right degree of gloss and jewel-like instrumentation. A long, elegant and curving illuminated C-bar separates driver and passenger.

Dr Stefan Brungs, Member of the Board of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, and Anita Krizsan, H.R. Owen Bugatti Brand Director, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new dealership.

Anita Krizsan said: “The Chiron is the greatest car in the world, and it is only right that it has a showroom that reflects that. We aim to deliver the most exclusive, most luxurious and most bespoke service of any car dealership in the world.

“At H.R. Owen we are proud to have been chosen to be the only Bugatti dealership in the UK, and the first standalone showroom in the history of the brand in the country. This is truly a reflection of our standing as the premiere luxury car dealer group in the UK.”

The new dealership will be open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and by appointment only at the weekends. For more information head to

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Salon Privé presents automotive style and elegance against the sensational backdrop of historic Blenheim Salon Prive Riverside 4aPalace in Oxfordshire. It is the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party as well as one of the most glamorous social occasions on the calendar. Attracting exhibitors, concours entrants and visitors from around the world, it has become a destination to which like-minded friends and enthusiasts flock every year to indulge in their shared passion of all things automotive and luxury.

This bespoke event, held this year between 1st and 3rd September, offers unique experiences across the three days. Thursday 1st sees the judges take to the lawns for the prestigious Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. This celebration of outstanding classic cars and bikes is a world-renowned affair, attracting rare and priceless entries from across the globe. The judging panel brings together the world’s foremost automotive professionals and is headed by five-times Le Mans Winner, Derek Bell MBE. With a range of awards to be won, honouring everything from outstanding engineering to stunning exteriors, it is a unique opportunity to see the finest cars on the planet judged against one another. Finally, ‘Best of Show’ is awarded to the ultimate classic car on the lawn.
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The festivities continue on Friday 2nd with Boodles Ladies’ Day. A stunning celebration of hats and beautiful dresses, this is a day for glamour, style and elegance and is a much-anticipated social occasion.
On the final day and following the success of its inaugural year, Saturday’s spectacular Pirelli ‘Prestige & Performance’ competition returns to the Great Court. This modern-day twist on a Concours d’Elégance allows private owners of supercars, manufactured from 1976 to current day, the opportunity to compete across eight classes. Promising another sensational display of the world’s most powerful and exciting supercars this is a must-see spectacle for fans of modern motoring.
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With hypercars, concept cars and prototypes on display each day and a select group of classic car specialists and restorers showcasing their work, the automotive delights of Salon Privé are endless. Test drive the latest models beyond the spectacular palace grounds, view an assortment of automotive inspired artwork and browse the Salon Privé Sale, a collection of the finest classic cars available for purchase at auction. For those less automotive-inclined, there is the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy within the luxury brands village and a relaxing garden party ambience to sit back and enjoy. Away from the crowds and queues of public shows and with lobster on the luncheon menu with Pommery champagne, Salon Privé is a uniquely intimate and engaging experience.

Individual Hospitality Tickets start from £114. For tickets visit

Performance cars come in many forms these days, and the modern version is much more accessible and approachable than some of the raw and iconic machines from years gone by.


Britain is leading the way in the realm of cars that offer a combination of sublime power and supreme luxury, meaning that power need not come with compromises in terms of comfort. But, as with the best high-end suits, automotive to make these performance cars your own.


Rolls-Royce, the British manufacturer that celebrates its 110th birthday in 2016, is one of the premier exponents of this combination. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is perhaps the best example of having it all. The £235,416 coupé comes with a 6.6-litre V12 engine that takes the Wraith from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds and boasts a power output of 624bhp, making it the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made.


This power and pace is all wrapped up in a car that offers sublime levels of luxury, with the softest leathers and hand stitching sitting alongside fine woods and a high level of technological specification. One such highlight is the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses the car’s GPS system to read the road ahead and anticipate the driver’s next move based on the car’s location and the current driving style. It then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Its rear-hinged coach doors offer something genuinely different to the norm.


Rolls-Royce is not the only manufacturer that is offering access to performance without compromising luxury, with the Bentley Continental GT another option for customers that want to arrive quickly and comfortably.

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The Continental GT V8 S is, like the Wraith, a four-seat coupé and its 4.0-litre 520bhp engine is just as quick, with 0-62mph coming in just 4.5 seconds and it can keep going until a top speed of 192mph.


The £149,800 Continental GT V8 S is an ultimate long-distance cruiser, and

Allows a high level of personalisation that allows you to take your pick of colours, materials and more, inside and out the car.


Both brands can be found in London in an appropriately prestigious location, with the two showrooms sitting side-by-side in Berkeley Square in Mayfair as part of the long-established H.R. Owen group. H.R. Owen has seen a high demand for this combination of power and luxury, with marketing manager Tom King saying: “Many of our clients are seeking a blend of exclusivity, luxury and comfort but don’t want to compromise on performance and speed. These cars give all the opulence anyone would wish for, with the performance of a supercar.”


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London

15 Berkeley Square

London W1J 6EG


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3308 9134


Jack Barclay Bentley Sales

18 Berkeley Square

London W1J 6AE


Tel: +44 (0) 333 240 1587




Classic cars have become immensely desirable over the past five years as values for certain rarified models have rocketed, delivering healthy returns for owners.


Established more than 50 years ago, Hexagon Classics is one of London’s premier classic car dealers operating from two showrooms in the capital – boasting an impressive stocklist of ultra-exclusive period performance cars.


Just arrived at the company’s South Kensington mews location is a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring, one of only four produced worldwide in the eye-catching combination of Olive Green paintwork with a black leather interior. With 1,580 made in total, it’s one of the rarest examples of a Porsche that many believe is the finest 911 ever made.


The subject of a recent full restoration, including a complete rebuild of its 210bhp 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder engine, the car is in concours condition.


Moving right up to the present day is Lotus’ incredible new 3-Eleven. As Lotus’ official London dealer, Hexagon is offering the new flagship supercar at South Kensington and its Finchley site in north London too.


The 3-Eleven is Lotus’ quickest series production car ever with a 450hp supercharged V6 engine and a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds. Production will be limited to 311 models and with prices starting at £82,000, it’s also the most expensive Lotus ever.


Currently undergoing a major renovation, the Finchley site will, by the end of the year, boast a restaurant with a menu from a Michelin star chef, a coffee bar and a men’s lifestyle store. Not to mention space for over 50 of the world’s finest cars.


Hexagon Classics

6 Kendrick Place

Reece Mews

South Kensington

London SW7 3HF


Tel:  +44 (0) 207 225 3388