Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: car review | Martin Love

The Outlander is a big, capable 4×4. It’s also Britain’s bestselling electric vehicle – and Boris Johnson loves it

Price: £28,304
Top speed: 106mph
0-62mph: 11 seconds
MPG: 148

Toki Sekiguchi won’t forget the day he bumped into Boris Johnson in Tokyo. The 10-year-old was the unwitting stooge who failed to get out of the rampaging mayor’s way last autumn. Boris was in Japan to highlight its role as the host of the next Rugby World Cup, and also to launch Mitsubishi’s latest Outlander. You can watch clips of BoJo pulling the silken wraps from the car before forcing Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi’s UK MD, into the car for a test drive in downtown Tokyo. “Where are we going?” laughs a manic Boris. “I’ve no idea,” replies a terrified-looking Lance. Later, Boris says: “It’s a beautifully smooth machine. Totally silent. The only noise is a slight whine… like a self-satisfied cat.”

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Brompton Black Edition: bike review | Martin Love

Folding bikes used to be the preserve of cycle nerds and DIY engineers, but Brompton has changed all that. Now comes its sleekest model yet

In 1975 Andrew Ritchie was working as a landscape gardener when he came up with the idea of a folding bike. He named his design after the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – aka the Brompton Oratory. Since then he’s gone on to sell more than 400,000 and this year his company plans to sell a further 48,000, making the Kew-based manufacturer Britain’s biggest bike builder. Some of these new bikes will be the latest Black Edition. For the first time the key components – rims, spokes, seat post, handlebars – will be sleek matt black rather than chrome, while the frame can be black, white, orange, lime or blue. The change is only cosmetic, but then they’re not going to mess with their winning formula: ride it, fold it, carry it, store it (brompton.com).

Price: £945
Gears: 2 speed hub
Weight: 11kg

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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World review – Herzog’s wild ride through the web

With interviewees ranging from Elon Musk to a gaming addict, Werner Herzog presents the web in all its wildness and utopian potential in this dizzying documentary

If all the data transmitted online for only one day was burned on to CDs, the pile would stretched to Mars and back. If a directory of people on the internet – like the one that existed when it was in its nascent form – was to be published, it would be 72 miles thick. There’s a young scientist who’s trying to create a robot that’s better at football than Christiano Ronaldo or Leo Messi.

These are just a few of the things Werner Herzog fixes his critical eye upon during Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, a quizzical look into the seemingly arcane worlds of the web and tech.

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