Aston Martins first SUV, the DBX, will have true breadth of character: the practicality and comfort of an SUV matched with sportscar levels of performance in fact, its 542bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing will be the highest-performing V8 engine in the marques current range…
WITH THE DBX set to be unveiled this December, Aston Martin's first SUV has entered the closing stages of the most comprehensive test regime of any Aston Martin and today, the luxury British marque can confirm the beating heart of the most versatile product in its illustrious history.
With extensive everyday real-world driving and high-performance track evaluation taking place at locations worldwide including the brand's two key engineering centres at Silverstone and the Nürburgring in Germany Chief Engineer Matt Becker's team have focussed their development work to ensure the broad dynamic capability required of DBX.
While conducting durability testing at the demanding Nürburgring race circuit, DBX has delivered cornering speeds on par with the brand's most focussed sportscar, the Vantage, while achieving braking figures greater than the marque's Super GT, the DBS Superleggera. This brutal combination of performance for an SUV has already seen Aston Martin's engineering team regularly achieve sub-8-minute Nordschleife lap times during their regular testing regime.
DBX will feature a 4.0-litre twin-turboed V8 tuned to deliver the exhilaration of a modern GT. While recognisable from its application in the brand's existing Vantage and DB11 sportscars, DBX's V8 engine surpasses the performance credentials of these V8-powered models, delivering 542bhp and 516lb ft of torque.
High speed testing has already proven DBX to repeatedly exceed 180mph, with final top speed and acceleration figures being set within the closing stages of the testing process. It's all looking good for the most exciting SUV on the market!
Can you give a forever home to the UKs most inseparable lovedogs
this National Dog Day?
TWO CLOSE-KNIT 'lovedogs' are looking for a forever home, after warming the hearts of a local community on their journey back to full health at a pet rescue centre in Doncaster.
Can you give a forever home to the UK's most inseparable lovedogs this National Dog Day? Monday 26 August is National Dog Day, and marks Samir and Sabiha's 225th day in a rescue: canine couple Samir and Sabiha have been in a rescue together since the New Year. The pair, affectionately named the 'lovedogs', were left cold and starving in a field, but are now lookingvfor loving new owners after being nurtured back to health.
Abandoned, cold, starving and frightened, the two lurchers, Samir and Sabiha, who are thought to be between three and five years old, were taken in by Tia Rescue in January after being found by a local dog warden, stranded in a nearby field.
With their tails tucked under, fur thinning, ribs showing, and sores all over their hurting bodies, all they had in the world for comfort was each other — but they never gave up hope.
Due to the bitterly cold January weather, volunteers at Tia Rescue believe the pair may not have survived alone in the field for much longer, had they not been rescued at that time, huddled together for warmth — but seven months on, the transformation in both Samir and Sabiha has been incredible.
Slowly building up their confidence and inner strength, Samir and Sabiha the 'lovedogs' (a name affectionately coined by the rescue in recognition of their togetherness) cuddled and comforted each other through the winter, spring, and on into the summer, putting on healthy weight and wagging their tails for the first time in a long time.
Throughout their struggles, volunteers say the two never left each other's side. Huddled together constantly and grateful for every ounce of food and love they were given, Tia Rescue describe them as the 'perfect dogs'.
While in care, the inseparable duo also spent time greeting visitors in Tia Rescue's cafe, going on school visits and representing the rescue at local fundraising events. However, the perfect new owner is still yet to walk into their lives.
Although the pair also spent a week in a local dog pound before arriving at Tia, it is not entirely known for sure where they came from originally, how long they have been together, or even how long they were stranded in the field.
However, the journey to where they are now began from day one at Tia, with a serious, much-needed dose of TLC, and according to rescue volunteers, the pair are now visibly happier, and in a far better condition.
In 2018, Tia Rescue was awarded a £50,000 grant from Support Adoption For Pets, the UK's largest grant giving animal charity, to help towards upgrades to its kennel facilities. The construction of a brand new rehabilition block has also meant the rescue has been able to offer the very best level of care for dogs such as Samir and Sabiha, giving them a second chance of happiness.
Amy Angus, charity manager for Support Adoption For Pets, said: "It has been a real privilege to be able to help such an important rescue centre that works tirelessly to care for and rehome pets in need.
"SAFP truly believes that every pet deserves a forever home and we are doing everything we can to help Samir and Sabiha find their forever home.
"What they have been through is sadly not uncommon for pets coming into rescues — but what is truly remarkable about these two is their unique bond. We are appealing for a loving owner to come forward for this gentle pair."
Tia Rescue, based in Doncaster, can house up to around 100 dogs, mainly greyhounds and lurchers, at any one time, and often has another 30-40 on the waiting list.
Debra Rothery, owner of Tia Rescue, said: "As far as we know, Samir and Sabiha have always been together. They were in an extremely bad way when we first found them, and they might not have even survived for much longer had we not — but they have both truly blossomed together.
"Since they've been with us, we've been able to closely monitor their weight, skin condition, exercise levels, and general progress thanks to our special vet and kennel facilities.
"It's been nothing short of amazing watching them develop together. They're more than ready to be rehomed now, but they're absolutely inseparable — you just couldn't possibly imagine them ever being apart.
"We've had several families interested in Sabiha over the past few months, but these two are a pair and they always will be. They are the perfect pets for a family who are looking for two peaceful additions to their lives."
Volunteers at Tia Rescue believe that a retired couple could be the most suitable owners for Samir and Sabiha.
Debra added: "All our rescue pets get a loving pat on the back every night before bed — I just hope this tradition can continue wherever they end up living.
"They both love their food, and they're so grateful for anything they are given. They've both got such loving, calm personalities. They have never caused us any trouble, and they really are a joy to be around."
In 2006 Pets at Home founded the charity Support Adoption For Pets. Since then it has helped more than 1,000 rehoming centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK. In addition to its fundraising work, it also runs dedicated adoption centres in Pets at Home stores.
To find out more about Samir and Sabiha, or to enquire about adoption, please visit tia-rescue or call 01302 772 935.
To find out more about Support Adoption For Pets, or to donate to the charity to help more pets like Samir and Sabiha, visit supportadoptionforpets.
Volvo puts UK customers first with new Test Drive+ service...
THE INTRODUCTION of Volvo's new Test Drive+ programme across its retailer network is designed to provide an authentically premium service, one that's tailored to meet customers' needs and preferences throughout the process — from a convenient booking service to providing the car they are interested in at a location and for a length of time that suits them best.
Test Drive+ allows customers to choose to have a test drive at a retailer or a specific location, such as their home or place of work, lasting up to one hour to ensure a thorough introduction to the car. Alternatively, an extended test drive can be booked, offering flexibility of delivery and collection, for up to four days.
The difference in the Test Drive+ experience begins right at the point of the initial car booking, with a convenient registration and reservation system that can be accessed online (via smartphone and laptop/desktop computer) or by calling Volvo's team of Test Drive+ agents.
Customers can view a real-time calendar to see what dates and times are available, and can use an online chat service if they need support or have immediate questions.
Once a reservation has been made, customers receive an email confirmation of the request. If the test drive is taking place at a retailer, the attention to detail includes providing specific, reserved parking for the customer when they arrive.
Volvo wants to ensure the test drive experience is relaxed and gives people the best possible introduction to a new car. The Test Drive+ hosts are product specialists whose aim is to ensure the customer understands everything they need to about the car, including its state-of-the-art technology and world-class safety credentials, in order to maximise their test drive.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director: "The test drive is a critical element when people are making the important decision about whether or not to buy a new car, so we want to make sure it's an experience that makes them feel at ease and valued as a customer, and which also reflects the premium quality of our brand. With Test Drive+ we have looked at every aspect from the customer's point of view to make it as flexible and informative as possible. We want people to enjoy an ideal introduction to our cars, one which is completely designed around them."
Test Drive+ is available nationwide, initially for the multi-award-winning Volvo XC40 compact SUV — one of Britain's most in-demand premium models. The programme is set to extend to further cars in the Volvo range, beginning with the newly-launched S60 saloon.
Participants in Test Drive+ must meet Volvo Car UK's eligibility requirements.
Find out more at Volvo Cars
Sky Original drama Chernobyl explores the truth surrounding the disastrous nuclear power plant explosion in 1986 a story of incredible heroism and sacrifice, but also shocking lies and conspiracy...
THE RESULT OF EXTENSIVE RESEARCH, Chernobyl seeks to tell the stories of those directly involved in causing the catastrophe, and those affected by the nuclear fallout felt across the world.
Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) stars as Valery Legasov, a nuclear physicist who is one of the first people to grasp the scope of the nuclear disaster. Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson: Apple Tree Yard; The Theory of Everything) is a scientist committed to getting to the bottom of the cause, while Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley: Wild Rose, Beast) is the wife of a firefighter who was first on the scene. Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia, Thor) plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shchergina, leading the government commission from a safe distance.
Directed by The Walking Dead's Jonas Renck, the five-part series is committed to a realism that refuses to shy away from the horrors, both physical and psychological, inflicted upon the victims of this uniquely horrifying event.
A deeply moving story about how individuals act when faced with something inexplicable, this drama seeks to honour the spirit of those who helped stop the devastation from spreading even further.
The BBC calls it "TV that doesn't just get you thinking, it stops you sleeping" ***** and the Irish Independent says: "Devastatingly powerful — no piece of dramatised non-fiction has ever felt this authentic" *****
Investigating the lengths to which governments will go to cover up atrocities and suppress the spread of information, Chernobyl also acts as a timely warning that the truth will out.
"Riveting — and utterly horrifying… beautifully crafted… one of the best television dramas so far this year" ***** — The Telegraph
"Gripping, weighty drama is a triumph… timely, bleak, intelligent and compelling" ***** — The Independent
"A drama so powerful you can almost feel the radiation pumping out of the screen" ***** — The Times
"Compelling, vital television… a staggering, unmissable achievement which will haunt you for weeks… one of the most affecting and haunting shows to emerge this century" ***** — Metro
suns high-balling, the sky brilliant blue its officially
that time of the year again...
WITH ALL THE FASHION CHAT going on, don't forget one very important add-on that always takes your beach/pool-side look from hot to FIRE sizzling beachwear.
High waisted, belted, neon, crinkle you name it and you've probably read about it in the last few weeks.
Whether you're relaxing poolside or soaking up the sun in style, Boux Avenue’s collection of beachwear and beach cover-ups are the perfect holiday essentials you need when escaping to the tropics.
So for a sweet few weeks try to forget Brex-it; instead think Bikini-it!
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