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Bristol makes its return with the Blenheim

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MG Rover's MGF Freestyle has styling similar to the high-performance 160 Trophy, including front and rear spoilers and 16-inch alloys. Other extras on the special edition include leather interior, CD tuner and chrome exhaust tailpipes.
Available as a 1.8 for £18,295, the Freestyle also offers Stepspeed transmission for £18,495, and a more powerful VVC engine for £19,995. Its most obvious rival, the Toyota MR2, costs £17,980, or £19,480 with a clutchless manual gearbox.

Vauxhall's Zafira GSi is the UK's first high-performance mini-MPV. Set to cost £19,995, it has 137mph potential and a 0-62mph time of 7.6secs, courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. Combined fuel economy is 27.9mpg.
Standard equipment has been improved too, with 17-inch alloys, traction control, front and rear spoilers, part-leather Recaro seats, CD player, air-con, front, side and curtain airbags, and a trip computer.
Only the £16,995 Honda Stream 2.0 VTEC SE Sport approaches this performance, with 0-60mph in 9.4secs, and a 127mph top speed.
Vauxhall has added a Frontera Olympus special edition to bring attention to the facelifted range which is on sale now. All derivatives have new alloys and jewel-effect headlamps, with the Olympus edition offering a free camera and other extras. Part-leather seats and a sunroof are on the 2.2 Sport and air-con on 2.2 and 3.2V6 Limited models. There's a choice of silver or black paint. The Sport Olympus 2.2 costs £17,995, with an Estate Olympus DTi retailing at £20,495.

Specialist luxury manufacturer Bristol celebrates 55 years of car production with the Blenheim 3S. Visual extras include 16-inch alloys and an extended range of colours, though there are also improvements to the engine, brakes, suspension and interior. The price is suitably exclusive too – £152,456 on the road. A standard Blenheim costs £139,825.

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