Best of British
From ultimate luxury to the world’s most decorated car, join us as we celebrate the engineering majesty of the UK
Posted: 05 Jul 2012
There's a hot Mercedes A-Class AMG on the way, with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol packing a rumoured 330bhp. Who's developing the engine? Not AMG in Germany, but Mercedes's High Performance Powertrain Division in Northants, the branch of its F1 operation responsible for race engines. Aston Martin didn't turn to Germany in its hunt for the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in history, but to Cosworth, who cooked up a 730bhp V12 for the One-77... and still found time to pump Subaru's 2.0-litre turbo boxer up to 400bhp for the CS400. Want a fire-breathing engine? Visit Britain!
Let's not get carried away. Despite the patriotic tub-thumping, for every good news story coming out of the British car industry, there's one of redundancy or closure. Britain will never topple Japan, Korea or China from the top spots of the global car league table, but we can still do fast, clever and luxurious better than anyone else. The British car industry was never dead, just lulling you into a false sense of security...