Revved Up

Hi, how are you? Ken here. I love cars. Petrolhead, film & TV addict, hungry, and randomly awesome. I occasionally write about cars too. Actually I write about them a lot...

Polaris, makers of quad bikes and snowmobiles, have created something incredibly crazy and cool. Meet the Polaris Slingshot.

There’s so escaping what it is; it’s unashamedly a tricycle which means you’d need a motorcycle licence and helmet to drive one. And drive it you shall. Who wouldn’t want to have a go in it?

Powering the 790kg Slingshot is a GM-sourced 2.4-litre Ecotec engine with 171bhp and 225NM of torque. Only a 5-speed manual will be available.

Despite it’s spartan appearance there some creature comforts inside such as a 4.3-inch touchscreen, USB connectivity for the stereo, and erm seats.

Prices start from $23,999 in the US which seems like quite a lot for something that isn’t really a car. Then again if you’re cornered about value get a Kia.

Jaguar’s compact executive competitor has been revealed. Well, sort of. We now have a clear image of the new face of Jag’s smallest sedan which is set for a full reveal at the Paris motor show in October.

The photo shows the XE S model, yes I’m aware what it is backwards, which is tipped to have the same supercharged 3.0-litre V6 as the F-Type S. It’d be safe to assume it’ll have the same 380bhp and 460NM of torque as it’s sports car brother. Which is more than enough to worry the likes of the Audi S4, Mercedes C400, and BMW 335i.

At the other end of the scale, an entry level XE is expected to be powered by JLR’s 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo with 220bhp while a detuned version of the supercharged V6 with 345bhp could also be offered. Diesel engines will likely be the same as those in current JLR models. Most like is the 2.2 SD4 in from the Evoque.

The XE will make use of Jaguar’s knowledge of aluminium , the lightweight material making up 75% of the XE’s structure. Jaguar claims it’ll be the only car in it’s class with an aluminium monocoque which will provide the XE class-leading weight, dynamics, and economy.

Next to XE is British songstress Emeli Sandé who’s part of the #FeelXE advertisement campaign which will also feature other British celebrities such as Stella McCartney and Idris Elba. Jaguar seem to be cashing in on star power after the success of their #GoodToBeBad campaign for the F-Type R Coupe which had Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong.

Took it to a golf course because it seemed like the “Benz” thing to do. 

Read my full review of the Mercedes Benz GLA here: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/a-star-has-risen
Petrol vs. Diesel vs. Electric. 

Mazda3: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/good-things-come-in-3/
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Mercedes Benz GLA: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/a-star-has-risen
vs. 
Nissan Leaf: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/turning-over-a-new-leaf/
These SUVs seat 5 people in different sized bodies. Which do you prefer? Is bigger still better or are the newer and smaller crossovers more appealing? 

Mercedes Benz GLA: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/a-star-has-risen
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Porsche Macan: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/macan-you-feel-the-love-tonight
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Audi A6 Allroad: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/all-aboard-the-allroad/
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Jeep Grand Cherokee: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/jeep-on-truckin/
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Range Rover Vogue: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/a-range-of-senses/
Class Warfare

Mercedes Benz A-Class: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/starring-role
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Mercedes Benz GLA-Class: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/a-star-has-risen
Japanese Sports Coupes. 

Honda CR-Z: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/honda-cr-z-review/
vs 
Toyota GT86: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-review/
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Nissan 370Z: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/kamika-zed-2
DSicions, DScisions. 

Citroen DS3: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/my-kind-of-french-made/
vs. 
Citroen DS4: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/ds-for-who/
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Citroen DS5: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/ds-n5/
We Are Family. 

Audi Q5: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/in-the-wrong-q/
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Porsche Macan: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/macan-you-feel-the-love-tonight
Pocket Rockets. 

Abarth 500: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/fun-times-in-abarth/
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Citroen DS3: http://revvedupblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/my-kind-of-french-made/