(Photos courtesy of Autocar)
Two new cars have been spotted at the Nurburgring this week an its not what you think, not the usual lightweight sports cars or all out track monster. Two 4×4 cross over type vehicles, why I don’t know. But Jaguar and Mini have been testing at the famous ring of death.
Jaguar have been testing their new F-Pace cross over ahead of its reveal at the Frankfurt motor show, first of all I have to say I really don’t like the look of the F pace, its kind of like the Cayenne in that it looks like a vertically stretched sports car, ie: ugly. The F-Pace has been seen with a 3.0 litre Jag V6 but in the future we may see r version with the usual 5.0 litre V8 we have come to expect from the Jaguar sports division. The F-Pace is expected to have a price tag of between £35,000 and £50,000 and go up against the likes of the Porsche Macan and the BMW X4 in 2016.
Mini however were for some reason testing their new version of the Countryman around the ring. The 2016 Countryman appears to be a much lower riding car than the previous model, it almost appear to be a cross between the Countryman and the Clubman we saw at the Geneva motor show this year despite its larger dimensions than the previous Countryman, don’t worry its still ugly but what large cross over isn’t these days.
Finally why are they testing these at the Nurburgring, I understand testing them on the road but how many mothers on the way back from picking the kids up from school are going to head straight for the race track. These cars may be able to tackle the ring but why, just why?