John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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Seat Leon Cupra 280, motoring review: Volkswagen has much to fear

Price: From £26,940 (range spans £25,690-£28,525). On sale now
Engine: 1,984cc, four cylinders, 16 valves, turbo, 280bhp at 5,350-6,600rpm, 258lb ft at 1,750-5,300rpm
Transmission: Six-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
Performance: 155mph, 0-62 in 5.8 seconds, 42.8mpg official average, CO2 154g/km

Maserati Ghibli Diesel

BMW i3 'range Extender', motoring review: This car is an electric dream

Price: from £28,830
Engine: Electric, 170bhp; petrol, 37bhp
Transmission: Single-speed, clutchless, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 93mph, 0-62 in 7.9 secs, CO2 13g/km
Range: approx 90 miles electric only, 180 miles total

Just around the corner: In the near future we could all be doing 313 miles per gallon

Cue spacy sci-fi soundtrack. The scene is a city suburb, the time not yet reached but within conceptual grasp. Straight dual carriageways laid out in a grid, linked by roundabouts and oddly free of restrictive speed limits, mark out some planner's vision of a car-dependent utopia.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, motoring review: Does the car feel as good as it sounds?

Price: £138,000
Engine: 5,935c, V12 cylinders, 48 valves, 565bhp
Transmission: seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 205mph, 0-62 in 3.9sec, 19.2mpg, CO2 343g/km

The McLaren P1: That’s a hybrid?

217mph with an electric motor. Wow

Motoring review: Renault Captur DCI 90

Renault's Captur is not quite what it seems, says John Simister

Motoring review: Rolls-Royce Wraith has a sporty swagger, but does this beast roar?

Price: £235,000
Engine: 6,592cc, V12 cylinders, twin turbochargers, 632bhp
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 155mph, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, 20.2mpg, CO2 327g/km

Motoring review: Vauxhall Cascada 2.0 CDTi

Can Vauxhall reach beyond its salesman heartland?

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