Come Christmas time and Ryan Jansz had the luckiest break. When we get cars for test drives, we ask around from our testers as to who would be available on a particular day for testing. Ryan made himself available first, and ended up driving the Bentley Flying Spur V8!
In Ryan’s own words... “The original Flying Spur (this is only the second generation) was called the Continental Flying Spur and was a clear four door variant of the Continental GT, which came before it. Both the first and second generation share Volkswagen’s “D1” platform, common to the Phaeton, Bentley Continental and of course the Flying Spur – quite a competent backbone to build upon. Continuing the theme from its predecessor, the current Flying Spur too looks unmistakably like a tastefully stretched version of its two-door sibling. Given the Continental always precedes the Flying Spur, one can only wonder how the next iteration would look as, to me, the new Continental looks utterly brilliant. Until that day comes though, let us admire the well-proportioned seventeen and a half feet of car that is the Flying Spur”.
Lets be frank, not many of us will end up driving a car like the Bentley Flying Spur, let alone own one! So drool over Ryan’s experience of this limousine which is also a drivers’ car.
Then we also drove the 1.0 litre Honda Civic. If you are apprehensive about just 1,000 cc’s propelling a car the size of a Civic... don’t be. That’s where the world is heading - smaller but turbo-charged sprightly engines in cars that you would expect to have much bigger engines. So before you decide that this is another “slow” econo-box, read what Ashraaq has to say about it.
Then on the other side of the spectrum we also tested the current series Toyota Landcruiser in double cab form still with the old style diesel engine. But as the saying goes, “why change a formula if it’s still working”? That describes this Landcruiser better than anything else that’s written about it.
From the Past, we have featured a fantastic Triumph “Speed Twin”... a bike which I remember as a kid when the Sri Lanka Police had them in their fleet in maroon livery.
So sit back (or lie back) and enjoy this Issue of Motor which as usual combines the months of January and February after our well-deserved break at this time of year!