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The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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2 min.
evija marks a turning point for lotus under geely

THERE have been plenty of times over the past two decades when it’s been hard not to feel sorry for Lotus enthusiasts. Starved of cash, but still a hotbed of engineering talent, the Norfolk firm has struggled on with the same, badly ageing basic models, delivering pure driving thrills. Many of you will remember Lotus’s most recent false dawn: the fabled Paris Motor Show of 2010, when hordes of celebs unveiled six future concepts from the company. Not one of them ever made production. This week’s first all-new Lotus for 11 years might not be exactly the sort of model to get hordes of brand purists excited, either – for the Evija is not an affordable, Porsche-rivalling roadster but rather a 1,972bhp pure-electric hypercar which costs £250,000 just to reserve. You’ll need…

1 min.
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Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy News, reviews and tests Reviews and features editor: Richard Ingram News editor: Jonathan Burn Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: James Brodie Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Automotive managing editor: Stuart Milne Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Editor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James Batchelor Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: James Howe Content editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver, Alastair Crooks Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design & Pictures Group art director: Darren Wilson Deputy art editor: George Vedmore Designer: Victoria Coquet Picture editor: Dawn Grant Senior photographer: Pete Gibson Staff photographer: Otis Clay Special Contributors Steve Sutcliffe, Mike Rutherford,…

4 min.
peugeot 208 is the classy contender

Vicky_Parrott@dennis.co.uk @VickyParrott ● Prices expected to start from around £16,000 ● Premium interior borrowed from the 508 exec THE Peugeot 208 doesn’t need much introduction. It’s the bread and butter of the small car world, along with key rivals such as the new Vauxhall Corsa (with which it shares its platform) and the Ford Fiesta. Peugeot is pitching its car as ‘the classy one’ in this crowded market. The chunky but chic styling backs that up, as does a rather executive-looking interior that borrows much of its styling from the larger 508. The 208 is also going to bring electric motoring into the mainstream like never before, since it is offered in pure-electric guise with a 211-mile driving range – more of which you can read about over the page. Here, we’re driving a prototype version of…

3 min.
pure-electric 208 offers plenty of range – at a price

Vicky_Parrott@dennis.co.uk @VickyParrott ● Same styling as the regular 208 supermini ● Official WLTP range of 211 miles ALONG with petrol and diesel versions, the 208 will be offered as an EV. This small car is a big deal. The e-208 Active has a 134bhp electric motor under its bonnet that drives the front wheels. Still, this pure-electric 208 is designed to look just like the rest of the range because Peugeot believes that electric is as normal a choice as petrol (or soon will be). Only a subtle blue-green tinge to the Lion logo on the Peugeot’s nose and rump, and the ‘e-208’ badging, give it away. The official WLTP driving range for the e-208 is 211 miles; the 50kWh lithium-ion battery is charged via the CCS and Type 2 port located where you’d expect a…

3 min.
£2m lotus ev hypercar piles on the power

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn ● 1,972bhp for all-new Lotus ● Most powerful road car ever “Lotus claims 0-62mph in less than three seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph” LOTUS has revealed its first all-new car for a decade – the Evija. The pure-electric hypercar marks a number of firsts, not only for its maker, but for the industry, because Lotus says it’s the world’s most powerful road car. The Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) was previously known as the Type 130, and is Lotus’s first full-electric model. It’s due to be built at the firm’s base in Hethel, Norfolk, next year. Lotus CEO Phil Popham describes the Evija as “a car like no other” and one that will “pave the way for further models”. Penned by Lotus design director Russell Carr, the Evija has been inspired by Le…

2 min.
bentley celebrates 100 years with grand tourer

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy ● Pure-electric one-off ● 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds THIS is the Bentley EXP 100 GT, a birthday present from the British brand to itself to mark its centenary – but also a look ahead to techniques and tech that could be introduced over the next 15 years. The EXP 100 GT is an ultra-luxurious, pure-electric grand tourer that’s designed to show how Bentley’s approach to ‘enjoying travel’ would look in 2035. At 5.8 metres, the car is longer than the current Mulsanne, but its roofline is no higher than that of the Continental GT. There are significant developments in Bentley’s design approach at the front, where the double headlights have been replaced by single units. Thanks to the electric powertrain, the grille is closed off, and Bentley has used this to experiment with lighting.…