The Roundup: An Audi A9, JCB’s GT and Land Rover’s unofficial twin

An Audi A9?

Audi prologueWe’ve driven Audi’s A8, which sits atop Audi’s regular car pile. But that could be about to change. Meet the Audi prologue, which we could easily see slotting into the Audi line up as a newly introduced A9. A two door coupe concept car, it’s a mixture of power, comfort and surprising efficiency.

Powered by a 4.0L V8 TFSI engine, the prologue produces 605hp and 750Nm of torque, propelling it to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Better get used to the scenery passing by in a blur. Interestingly it also has all-wheel steering – the back wheels can turn up to five degrees, which means piloting the behemoth gets a little easier. If this is the prologue, we can’t wait for the full story.

Digging for gold

It’s official – JCB have the fastest digger in the world. Built inThe iconic JCB 3CX backhoe loader Staffordshire, the specially-modified JCB GT vehicle broke the record at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia, confirmed by Guinness World Records as 72.58mph. That’s quite impressive when you think about it – we’ve driven cars which had trouble getting past 60. JCB invented the popular machine in 1953, and sold more than half a million over the past 61 years.

JCB’s demonstration driver, 43 year old Matthew Lucas, was behind the wheel of the modified version, which was designed to perform high-speed wheelies at racing events. That’s not a typo. Just don’t expect to see a repeat performance next time you drive past a building site.

Imitation isn’t always flattery

Range Rover Evoque (2)Jaguar Land Rover were understandably a little peeved when they discovered that a Chinese company had produced a carbon copy of the Range Rover Evoque and displayed it at the Guangzhou Motor Show 2014. At which Land Rover was also displaying their first Chinese-built Evoque. You have to at least admire their brass neck.

While a genuine Evoque will cost £40,000, the LandWind X7 is the equivalent of only £14,000. China is JLR’s biggest market, and sold more than 90,000 vehicles there last year. We’d be a little angry too.

This piece first appeared in the Q4 edition of Business Ireland magazine.