Author Archives: Jez Gilman

Toyota Yaris GRMN – From The Nordschleife To Brands Hatch

Toyota has recently made a comeback to the FIA World Rally Championships and to celebrate, they’ve launched a limited edition Yaris inspired by their 2017 Yaris WRC. Described as a full-blooded hot-hatch, the Yaris GRMN has been tuned and tested on Nürburgring’s Nordschleife with plenty of input from Toyota Gazoo Racing. In fact, the GRMN designation […]

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Preserve Your Car’s Paint With Careful Washing During The Colder Months

Winter is approaching – we’ve already experienced frosty mornings recently and talk of this summer’s heatwave has already given way to memories of the dreaded Beast from the East. But for car care enthusiasts, or simply those who love their cars, the winter is about more than blizzards, dark nights and darker mornings. Keeping your […]

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Pre-Sale Preparation for a 2002 Porsche 996 Targa

When it comes to buying a car, the first thing we notice is the overall appearance and that appearance quickly becomes a negotiating tool. Not surprisingly, we’re less inclined to pay ‘top dollar’ for a vehicle that cosmetically looks less appealing than we would for a car that is pristine. Booking the car in for […]

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Brakes & Calipers – The Forgotten Components of Cosmetic Restoration

Recently, a customer brought his latest acquisition: a low mileage 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL350 into UF Studio for appraisal. A member of the Mercedes-Benz Owners Club, he was looking forward to the show season but first, the paintwork would require some restoration. Being Obsidian Black Metallic, every blemish showed up clearly, particularly in daylight. So, the car […]

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Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante ‘Ultimate Edition’ – A Fitting Farewell

Last year, Aston Martin announced the end of the Vanquish’s production life as it seeks to move into hyper car territory in a shake-up of its existing line-up. As a final hurrah to this hugely popular flagship model, Aston Martin has released a special edition. Designed to encompass the ‘best of Vanquish’ over the last […]

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Jaguar XK-R 5.0 V8 Supercharged Coupe – A Big Cat Ready To Prowl

The 5.0L V8 supercharged XK-R surprised many when it roared on to the scene in 2009, not least as many car manufacturers were in the processes of downgrading engines rather than ‘super’ sizing them. However, remarkably quickly, the critics forgot about the extra cylinders and focused instead on the beast Jaguar had created! The new […]

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BMW M6 – German Performance Meets Japanese Nanotechnology

BMW’s M badge represents a beautiful blend of elegance, luxury and superior build quality with an understated appearance that belies its athletic ability. The 2016 model uses a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V-8 capable of delivering a peak 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, as well as producing a peak 500 ft lbs of torque at […]

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Dual-Layer New Car Protection For a Porsche 718 Cayman

When it comes to protecting a new car, often only the paintwork is taken into consideration. After all, the paintwork is the most immediately obvious aspect of a vehicle. Increasingly, car owners are aware that poor wash techniques, contact with hedges and bushes, exposure to UV, environmental and industrial fallout and general wear and tear […]

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Ferrari 488 Spider – The Ultimate New Car Protection Package

The Ferrari 488 is a mid-engined, 2-seater sports car that replaced the 458 in 2016. Constructed from an aluminium monocoque shell, the 488 design sees a number of refinements and improvements to the exterior and the performance over its predecessor. Featuring an all-aluminium dry sump, the gearbox is based on the 458’s and controlled through […]

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S V8 BiTurbo – Nano Protection For A Super Estate

There are estate cars and then there’s the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S V8 BiTurbo Estate, arguably, in a class all its own. Offering business-class comfort, the new E63 S combines racetrack performance with ultimate practicality and a cavernous boot space providing 1820 litres of storage. The 5.5-litre AMG BiTurbo produces 557hp, 720 Nm of torque […]

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