Fast lady of motorsports commentary Melanie Sykes picks up something petit and perky to zip around in
Fast lady motorsports commentator Melanie Sykes fancied something petit and perky with which to hit the road. And so the TV presenter and model has opted for the funky Fiat 500 super-mini convertible. But not just any 500, rather the new, high-performance Abarth 500C.
It has all the virtues of a convertible 500 — one of which she’s owned before — plus the Abarth engineering magic that boosts performance to 140bhp.
Melanie, who is the new presenter of BT Sport’s MotoGP TV coverage, picked up her car from specialist Abarth dealership Motor Village in Marylebone, London.
Fast lady motorsports commentator Melanie Sykes fancied something petit and perky with which to hit the road. And so the TV presenter and model has opted for the funky Fiat 500 super-mini convertible.
The Abarth’s soft top — with its trademark scorpion badge — includes a fold-away glass rear window and built-in, centrally mounted stop light.
It’s powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, which gives it a top speed of 128 mph and acceleration from rest to 62mph in just 8.1 seconds. And it features Abarth’s ‘Competizione’ gearbox, a five-speed automated manual transmission that lets the driver change gear using paddles behind the steering wheel for a sportier feel.
The Abarth 500C costs from £16,055 for the manual and £17,355 for the Competizione gearbox.
British luxury manufacturer Bentley is showcasing its new furniture range in Milan, Italy, with prices for chairs and tables to rival the cost of best-selling family cars. The Bentley home collection is aimed at customers who simply can’t get enough high-octane, hand-crafted motoring luxury.
A Butterfly sofa is £11,090, for which you could buy a 1.2 Renault Clio (£10,795) and a Butterfly armchair is a snip at £6,870, just £25 short of a Renault Twizy at £6,895.
Motorists can buy a new car for hundreds of pounds less than a one-year old vehicle, says analysis by What Car? Attractive finance deals and low-cost or interest-free loans on offer from manufacturers and dealers makes this possible — even after depreciation.
For example, a new Skoda Citigo, list price £9,490, would cost a buyer £5,029 over 3½ years. A one-yeaold version, priced at £8,598, would cost £6,246 over the same period, saving you £1,217.
Land Rover is developing a ‘see-through’ car that gives drivers the sense of Superman-style ‘X-ray eyes’ to look beyond the metal at what dangers lurk beneath their vehicles.
The system combines cameras in the grille and a jet-fighter-style head-up display on the windscreen to create the appearance of a transparent bonnet. The pioneering technology is to be showcased next week at the New York International Auto Show on a prototype offroader called Discovery Vision, which is intended to signal the design direction of the next-generation family of Land Rover Discoveries.
The striking new Vespa called the Primavera
Italian scooter-maker Vespa — which means ‘wasp’ — has re-launched a striking new model called the Primavera, meaning ‘spring’ in Italian.
Key design features on the sharp and streamlined two-wheeler include its wasplike pointed tail, for which the brand is so celebrated.
This Vespa is powered by an advanced three-valve, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, fitted with electronic fuel injection for greater performance.
For style and comfort the seat is finished in finest Italian leather.
The new Primavera comes in six colours, including classic monochromes and contemporary metallic shades. Both 125cc and 150cc models start at £3,371 on the road.