|A new Mini Cooper S will be seen by the public for the first time at the Paris Motor show in September 2006.
|The new car features numerous styling changes, but perhaps more significantly the Supercharged engine of the S is replaced by a new 1.6 litre Turbocharged unit. The new Turbo engine willl produce 175bhp which will be sufficient to propel the new S from 0-60 in around 7 seconds, and in addition, fuel economy is said to be considerably better than the old model.
|The new car also features revised suspension components which are said to ehnance the ride and handling.
|The size of the new car is almost exactly the same as the old one, and despite the styling changes, non-enthusiasts probably won't really notice the difference. But keen Mini fans will welcome the new look with its enhanced performance and even better handling.
|Ford's new Ka is due to arrive in the UK in 2008, and early indications are that it will be a popular new release.
|Toyota are said to be developing mind reading devices for inclusion in future models of their cars, and these will be used to adapt your car's settings according to how you are feeling.
|But don't expect to your Celica, MR2, Avensis or Corolla adjusting itself to your mood any time soon.
|Hyundai have facelifted their popular Coupe once again, and it looks good.
|The 'Korean Ferrari' has changed shape several times in its life and not always to the customer's liking. However, this latest revision, which will be on sale towards the end of 2006 looks great; the lines are leaner and meaner with a relatively agressive look from the front.
|Yet another peformance car built on the Golf platform will be available from early 2007 in the shape of the incredible Audi S3.
|A Californian Company (Tesla Motors) have developed a 100% electric version of the Lotus Elise with input from the Norfolk company. And before sports car enthusiasts switch off, thinking that electric cars are slow and boring, the new car is claimed to have a 0-60 time of about 4 seconds!
|UK Performance specialists Ralliart have released a 366bhp variant of the current Mitsubushi Lancer Evo.
|VW have stepped up the ante in the value for money stakes with their Blue Motion Polo; the new model is capable of over 72mpg and has a C02 rating of 103g/Km.
|At the Tokyo motorshow last October, Mercedes unveiled their Hygenius hybrid-electric fuel cell vehicle, and now the prototype has made its way to the UK for demonstration purposes.