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Brake Magazine Attend SMMT Test Day North

Brake Magazine Attend SMMT Test Day North

We were thrilled to attend SMMT’s Test Day North at York Racecourse this week, and as such, tested a number of different vehicles from several different marques. The UK automotive sector generates nearly £70 billion in turnover every year and productivity is at record levels, as demonstrated at York.

A diverse range, on offer, was 60 different vehicles from 27 brands including luxury and saloon cars and off-road vehicles. The key cars that stood out for us, included the Maserati Ghibli, Ford Mustang, Lexus GS F, DS3 Performance and the Honda Civic Type R.

The Maserati Ghibli, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, sits beneath the Quattroporte in the Maserati range boasting no less than 275hp. Having said that, the Ghibli’s defined styling and low snout offers a mean look. The Ghibli also comes with added interior quality as expected from the Italian manufacturers.

Perhaps our personal favourite, though, was the stunning Lexus GS F- a fine blend of enhanced performance and incredible overall quality. The GS F is fantastically noisy, and with bags of comfort and incredible balance, is possibly just what customers want from their super-saloon.

We also thoroughly enjoyed the Honda Civic Type R- which we firmly believe has probably the best gearbox in any car, ever. The Type R also boasts a firm ride and comfortable and inviting bucket seats for further comfort. Essentially, the Civic still shines as one of the best hot hatches available on the market today.

Full-length reviews coming soon to Brake magazine.

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