Speeding Seats! The driver banned for v-maxing his Leon Cupra


Here’s a news story doing the rounds that caught our eye: a driver has been banned from driving for two months for doing 154mph in his Seat Leon Cupra.

It’s noteworthy not just for being one of the fastest speeding offences recorded on mainland British roads – but also for proving the flat-out pelt of a modern turbocharged hot hatch.

The Leon Cupra has seen its peak power spiral from an eponymous 265hp to 280hp and now 290hp in recent years. All have boasted a 155mph top speed, capped by Seat.

Now the Suffolk Constabulory have done us all a favour by independently verifying said claim.

Hot hatch speeding: flat-out = a ban

Sadly for 21-year-old Louie Howlett, from Lakenheath, that means a 56-day ban, after he was clocked doing 154mph on the A11 at Icklingham in Suffolk in April 2016 – a single digit off the claimed maximum. 

Bury St Edmunds magistrates also handed Howlett a £365 fine. Police called it the highest speed ever recorded in the county.


Top-10 oldest new cars you can buy

Although most models are treated to a thorough refresh every few years, there are cars that haven’t been treated to a substantial update since they first went on sale.

Just because they aren’t the latest and greatest though, doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. There are some advantages to buying something that’s been around a while. For one, the car maker would have worked out all of the model’s foibles, but also with a long production cycle there should be a good supply of parts. With this in mind we scoured the new car price lists to find the ten best oldest models you can buy now.

1.Land Rover Defender


With production ceasing in the UK this year, the Defender just makes our cut. Although it has changed substantially over the decades, it’s visually, conceptually and philosophically close to the 90 and 110 it replaced in 1984. The pick-up version even shares a component with the 1948 version.

It’s crude and noisy by modern standards, but it’s the epitome of ruggedness, strength and capability. To acknowledge the car’s passing, Land Rover launched three special editions priced from £27,800 which will be available to buy from August – the last chance you’ll get to buy a current Defender in England. Although rumours are, there is an all-new Defender coming next year.

Launched in 1984.

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