Summer motoring news

A floating Fiat, Jaguar racing gear and a special-edition Rangey make an appearance in this month’s motoring news

Motoring 27 Jun 2024


The Fiat 500 has always attracted what amounts to a cult following. Now, you can take your obsession on the water as we welcome the Fiat 500 Off-Shore. It’s difficult not to smile at a Fiat 500 and almost impossible when it cuts through the waves off the coast of Italy on a sunny day. It’s a limited edition of only 500 units, with a top speed of 24mph, which will feel fairly zippy on the water. If you don’t have almost six figures to spare, or live in a landlocked shire, the Fiat 500 will be available for hire along the Miami and Amalfi coasts.    


Range Rover is now considered a luxury vehicle rather than a posh farm car. To burnish that image, Land Rover has created a special edition of the Range Rover full to the brum with all the goodies from its SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) department. Think of it as a pre-specced version for those who may get a little indecisive when faced with the myriad options available to create a bespoke Rangey. The Burford is a UK-only model and it follows the Carmel that was made for the US market, both representing what the company describes as the ‘pinnacle of personalisation’ of the Range Rover. It comes in a tasteful Aether Grey body colour, a two-tone interior in Light Cloud and Cinder Grey, and some opulent touches, such as a white ceramic gear selector, wooden veneers and marquetry. The luxury cabin will also spirit you along rapidly should you need it as the Burford is based on the long wheelbase V8, which, with 606 bhp, will get to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a 162 mph top speed. Only 10 Burfords will be built, adding to the exclusivity. Land Rover is tight-lipped about the price, but the Burford is expected to come in at £250,000, That will make them extremely rare, but you wouldn’t bet against seeing two in the car park of Daylesford Organic – this being Range Rover’s spiritual home. 


Jaguar is becoming an all-electric manufacturer, with the new models emerging in the coming months and years. Meanwhile, its Formula E team is flying the flag for the brand, enabling it to develop the latest EV technologies. To ensure the team is presented, Jaguar has enlisted British clothing maker Private White VC to kit it out. Known for its attention to detail and high quality fabrics, the Jaguar TCS Racing range is innovative and functional and includes a gilet, thermo jacket and a fully taped 100 percent waterproof raincoat. privatewhitevc.vom