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New cars and hot deals, 18 April 2008

Save on Audi's A3 Cabrio; VW launches Pirelli GTI

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Market watch – new and used deals

Toyota Avensis 2.0 diesel T3S

Exciting, no. Superb value, yes

Motorpoint this week illustrates the advantages of buying used. The Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre diesel isn’t exactly the most exciting car, but 56-plate T3-S examples with less than 15,000 miles for £9,999 represent savings of over £7,000 compared with a brand-new equivalent.

And as if that wasn’t enough, try a Jeep Commander for £14,599. It’s a 56-plate again, with 11,389 miles – that’s a saving of over £16,000 on this seven-seat 4×4. You’ll need the spare cash, too, given the 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine, and automatic gearbox…

Renault Clio 197 Cup

Broadspeed can save you £2k on the hot 197 Cup

Can’t afford a Caterham R500 (below)? 

Well, the Renault Clio 197 Cup is one of the hot hatches of the moment – offering exceptionally focused handling and a highly-strung 197bhp engine for a bargain £15,015 list price.

But you don’t want to pay that if you can help it. Broadspeed can supply them brand new for £13,016 – leaving you with £1,999 to spend on driver training and track days.

Audi A3 Cabriolet deal

Save £1,100 on A3 diesel cabrio

Audi’s A3 Cabriolet is brand-new to the market and all set for a successful debut British summer, with excellent residual values already being predicted for this premium junior convertible.

This isn’t stopping Carfile from doing them at a discount, though. The 1.9-litre diesel Sport, at £21,499, is a saving of £1,100 – not a huge amount, and admittedly this is an old-tech engine now, but any money off at this stage is impressive.

227bhp VW Golf GTI Pirelli

VW Golf GTI Pirelli

GTI Pirelli has 30 more horses and unique alloys

It’s 25 years since the original Mk1 Golf GTI Pirelli. 

To commemorate this – and despite the fact it was sold in the UK as the Campaign – Volkswagen has introduced a new GTI Pirelli special edition.

It’s been available on the Continent since last year, but has now finally made it over here.

With the same engine upgrades as the previous GTI Edition 30 special, the Pirelli produces 227bhp – 30 more than the – making it an absolute flier. The 0-62mph sprint drops from 7.2 seconds to 6.8, and top speed rises to 152mph, an 8mph increase.

VW Golf GTI Pirelli seats

Yellow stitching and tyre-tread pattern seats are ‘interesting’

But there’s more. On the inside buyers will find unique part leather sports seats, which have tyre-tread pattern centres and contrasting yellow stitching.

The yellow stitching also appears on the steering wheel, handbrake, and gearlever. We’re not too sure about it ourselves, but some buyers will doubtless want something a bit different to the normal GTI.

Equipment includes dual-zone climate control, a bodykit and unique five-spoke 18-inch alloys. You can guess who makes the tyres…

The GTI Pirelli is priced from £22,555 and the first UK cars arrive in June.

Latest deals from Nissan

Nissan Micra Visia+

Micra Visia+: orange paint optional

Nissan is currently running some good deals, including special editions, discounts and finance offers.

The Micra and the Note are both currently available as Visia+ special editions. The Visia+ Micra gets an engine upgrade, from 64bhp 1.2 petrol to 79bhp 1.2 petrol, air conditioning, and unique orange paint and interior. Fortunately this is only an option.

Nissan Note Visia+

Note Visia+ costs £10,595

The Visia+ Note gets air-con, the Flexi-Board double-deck loading system in the boot, and a choice of 1.4 petrol, 1.6 petrol, or 1.5 diesel. Both Micra and Note Visia+ cost £500 more than standard Visia equivalents, with the Micra starting at £7,995, and the Note at £10,595.

Other current Nissan offers include £500 off all Micra Acenta models, while there is 0% finance offered on the Micra 160 SR and Active Luxury, and all Micra C+Cs.

Similarly, various Notes, Qashqais, X-Trails, and Pathfinders are also available with 0% finance. All are subject to status. See your local dealer for more details.

Latest Caterham R500 offers ‘520bhp-per-tonne’

Caterham R500

It’ll do 0-62mph in the time it takes to read this caption

Say you were looking to add some extra adrenalin to your life, and had about £36,996 to spend? This is just the thing.

It’s the new Caterham Seven Superlight R500. A tuned 2.0-litre Ford petrol engine developing 263bhp and 177lb ft of torque means this 506kg flyweight despatches 0-60mph in just 2.88 seconds. Fast enough to trouble most superbikes, let alone Ferraris.

It’s 9kg lighter than the already ‘Superlight’ R400 variant, making it the most potent road going Caterham Seven ever produced.

And although it doesn’t feature the same high-tech new chassis design as Caterham’s CSR flagship models, it is packed with carbon fibre and Kevlar, and benefits from similar aerodynamic tweaks.

Tasty options for track day attendees include a launch control system and Caterham Motorsport sequential transmission – replacing the standard six-speed manual gearbox.

All cars get race-derived suspension and tyres, however, and an improved interior. It’s on sale now. Only the brave need apply…

Seat Ibiza special editions

Seat Ibiza Sportrider

Ibiza Sportrider – good value special edition

As we reported a few weeks ago, Seat is shortly to launch an all-new Ibiza supermini.

In the meantime, it still needs to shift remaining stock of the existing car. And in a bid to keep up interest, Seat is introducing a pair of special editions.

Badged Freerider and Sportrider, they are three-door only, but come with plenty of extra equipment.

The Freerider is a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, managing 47.2mpg and 139g/km CO2. It includes climate and cruise control, 15-inch alloys and electric mirrors amongst its extras. Plus the first 300 orders will also get a free upgrade to a DAB digital stereo.

The Sportrider comes as 1.4 16v petrol or 1.9 diesel, both with 99bhp. Clearly the diesel is greener – 55.4mpg, 132g/km CO2 – but the petrol is still quite planet friendly: 42.8mpg and 154g/km.

It’s equipped as the Freerider, but adds 16-inch alloys, sports seats, bumpers from the Ibiza FR, honeycomb grille, and body-coloured mirrors and door handles.

The Freerider costs £8,995, while the petrol Sportrider is £9,495, and the diesel £10,395. Good value, and available now.

Land Rover updates Discovery 3

Land Rover Discovery 2009

2009 Disco – subtle changes

Land Rover has announced detail changes to the ‘2009 model’ Discovery 3.

The vast majority are mild modifications to the 4×4’s external appearance.

This includes body-coloured bumpers and tailgate lift handle, ‘tungsten’ side vents and door handles, and clear-lens side indicators. The bumpers and wheel-arches also benefit from a slight redesign.

Land Rover Discovery 2009 side

New wheels and ‘tungsten’ side vents

There are three new metallic paint colours to choose from, plus a new 19-inch alloy wheel design. On the inside buyers can now select an ‘almond’ trim colour, while the Bluetooth phone system has also been upgraded.

The 2009 Discovery is on sale here in August, priced from £29,950.

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