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Michael Gooderham
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FINALLY, I have uploaded one museum's worth of pictures. This is the +Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, as it was a month and a bit ago.

I won't pretend to know when I'll have time to sort out the Mercedes Museum photos, as I have to focus on Uni work very soon...
[This page contains over 100 images, so it might take a while to load them all] On 11th March, I had a day that I'd dreamed of but never really expected to actually happen. Our University course had arranged a trip to Stuttga...
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If it's in quote marks with tech specs as well, it's re-typed from description boxes I photographed to reference.

I do really like cars, though! :-)
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The Land Rover Discovery 3/4 is on its way out, to be replaced by something more advanced and probably even closer to just being a Range Rover. Still, there is one thing of note: Those silver bars on the steering wheel are horn buttons. Don't forget that, because I did. Embarrassing...

Otherwise, it more or less feels like the others, but a couple of years old. The materials are soft and pleasant, the ergonomics are good and it feels expensive. Little more to say than that.

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I really love the early Discos, I hope they get back to those.
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Alongside the Sport was a proper Range Rover. This one is a Vogue SE SDV8 (diesel V8), worth upwards of £85,000. Most of the interior (well, most of the car) is shared with the RR-Sport, but somehow you knew that you were in something slightly classier. It was marginally roomier, but I don't think you'd really notice if you bought a Sport. It was supremely comfortable, again feeling like a big Jaguar rather than a mountain goat with some creature comforts thrown in.

I managed to find only one cheap-feeling piece of plastic, and it was the inside of the storage bin lid. The buttons are all satisfying to press, especially pushing the Terrain Response dial downwards into the dash, which was sort of like pressing coffee. Doing this puts the system into Auto, and while you have to apply more pressure than with a normal button, it feels so smooth, like you're pushing it into caramel. It's details like this that can add a premium feel to a car, and they're abundant in here, such as the double sun visor and the glovebox that's opened by a button. I like it.

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It obviously needs more leather and buttons...and leather-wrapped buttons.
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Ah, the faithful Defender. I think the kindest thing I can say about its interior is that its flaws are part of its charm. The truest thing I can say, though, is that there is no hiding its age.

In a room full of 21st-century Land/Range Rovers, this was undeniably 20th century. It was tight and upright to sit in (the seats were at least soft and leathery, though), the doors are laughably thin, the dashboard is a plastic mess, the gear levers are rubbery like in a Dacia Duster (which is 1/3 of the price), it has an Alpine head unit in it like a teenager's Saxo, the door handles felt 30 years old and the ergonomics are a mixed bag at best... but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy playing with it the most. This is a farmer in smart clothes, and there's something oddly amusing about that after sitting in the latest Range Rover Sport.

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Yup. Crazy!
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Just so you know, Land Rover still sells the Freelander 2.

Telling you about it is utterly pointless, because the Freelander 2 is dead on its legs. It all felt last-generation and LR had shunned it to the corner of their showroom. I might as well complete the range, though...

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So bland..
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Of course, the Evoque is the image-builder in the range these days, which is probably why it's the most-styled. It did feel cheaper than the full-on Range Rovers, but that's because it is. Ergonomically I didn't like that the light/wiper stalks behind the gearshift paddles could potentially get in the way of your fingers when changing gears - although most customers won't change gear themselves - and the "floating" centre console basically just left a little triangular cubby hole for you to put things in and then completely forget about. I didn't even realise it was there until my knee brushed up against it. Also, on the 5-door version the rear side windows behind the doors are basically pointless. I did like the angled footrest for rear passengers, though.

There was also a tan-bronze 3-door Evoque in the showroom (all-black interior). I tried folding the seat down to see if the back is inhabitable, but it wouldn't budge, and the handle to move the seat down felt like it would break off if I tried any harder...

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In an Evoque? I'd be surprised...
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The new Range Rover Sport is apparently a very good car. It certainly feels expensive, from the automatic door step (which would've been more handy on the higher-riding Defender) to the soft-touch materials and electronic toys. I like tastefully-applied gadgets, and that appears to be the only kind adorning this car. There are no outright gimmicks, and the seats are all very comfortable. If it weren't for the chunky-looking graphics you'd think you were in a new Jaguar, and that's a compliment.

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Giugiaro Clipper Concept doing its thang The famous Italian design house is owned by VW these days (they did the original Golf, don't you know). This is a 6-seat EV It's that time again, folks! The most interesting and import...
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Going by 'Mikeado' on the sites I use, I am obsessed with cars, beyond explanation. I am also a musician and listen to anything that isn't pop or R&B, because I like listening to, y'know, music. Currently studying Automotive Design at uni.
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Been here twice for the Children's Trust supercar event. It's a bit windy, like all airfields, but other than that it's awesome to be somewhere I see on TV so much! Got taken round in various supercars including the only Lexus LFA in Britain, which was unforgettable.
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