CAR TALK

 
Ryan Borroff
Meet Rolls’ Phantom Series II
Last week Rolls-Royce Motor Cars introduced 100 of its customers to the latest Phantom Series II by turning its Goodwood assembly line into a dining room. For the “dine on the line” event, guests arrived in chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantoms or by helicopter, then tucked into a banquet in the red carpet-lined production area as they were wowed by Rolls-Royce craftsmen and women demonstrating their skills.

Merc’s even sportier SLS
Mercedes-Benz has introduced an even sportier SLS for track day use. The 591bhp SLS AMG GT has a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 198mph. Available as a Coupé and Roadster, the suspension is stiffer and has no comfort mode. Shifting up and down via the seven-speed semi-automatic transmission paddles shifters is quicker too.

Renault’s test drive tour
The “Renault Z.E. Test Drive Tour 2012” is underway. The general public can try Renault’s range of electric vehicles. Fluence Z.E., Twizy, and Kangoo van models are available to drive and there is a special agility course for the Twizy, the two-seater electric compact vehicle we reviewed last week. The London event will be held at Westfield White City from 31 August to 2 September.