What cars has Boris Johnson owned?
Ever wondered what cars the current UK Prime Minister had?
For those of you who aren't aware, Boris Johnson has been the UK Prime Minister since July 2019 and he has forever been trying to sort out the mess we call Brexit ever since he was elected as PM by members inside his own party.
Moving away from complicated British politics, Johnson has more to do with cars than you think. Before he started with politics, Johnson was a fully fledged journalist for British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Times.
He also tried his hand at motoring journalism where he described the Ferrari F430 as this: "It was as though the whole county of Hampshire was lying back and opening her well-bred legs to be ravished by the Italian stallion.” Blimey.
Let's just get into his car collection:
When Boris Johnson got a chance to drive the world's ever fully electric sports car, it's no surprise to why he immediately agreed to test drive it at a climate change event. This car is particularly important to Tesla as this was one of the first ever Roadsters made. Lucky Boris...
The maiden Roadster looks very much like a Lotus. It was a coincidence then that the car was built in the Lotus factory in Norfolk. This car ultimately led to the multitude of success that Elon Musk had with his fully electric brand. The 0 to 60mph acceleration time was 3.9 seconds for the Standard model and 3.7 seconds for the 2010 V2.5 Sport Edition.
Why electric? London is one of the world's most busiest cities and one of the most congested capitals in the world. Over the last few decades, drastic measures have been taken to significantly reduce the amount of C02 produced in London. This Nissan Leaf was gifted to Johnson after Source London introduced a network of integrated charging points across London in a bid to ‘go green.’
The first generation Nissan Leaf was expertly designed so that it was as normal of a car such as petrol powered Golf would be. The headlights are specially designed to divert airflow away from the wing mirrors to reduce outside noise. Its 110bhp motor was not particularly amazing and it did have quite a long charging time as well as the battery degrading very quickly. It was a zany alternative to a Prius but it did come at a price, nearly £40,000. Ouch.
Toyota Previa GX
For those of you who aren't avid readers of The Daily Mail, this is a car that Boris has supposedly neglected in recent times. News reports came out that he had various bits of rubbish in the back of the car such as: discarded tops, books, empty shopping bags and even discarded coffee cups. Yikes.
The Toyota Previa GX is a car that you wouldn't normally expect a Prime Minister to own. The way the Previa corners is quite impressive. You would obviously not expect it to be drifting in a cloud of smoke but it really does manage its weight better than its rivals at the time, namely the Renault Espace.
The 0-60mph time of 11.3 seconds isn't alarming but it does get 8 people, at maximum capacity, to where you need to go. Ample leg and headroom were complimented by extra luggage space, all of which are welcome. It’s easy to see why this egg-shaped model appealed so in the mid-90s.
You would naturally expect a car like this, with its small turning circle and rather punchy engine to be driven in the twisty city streets of London but no - it's at his farmhouse. This car, in particular a 1995 model, had 94 raging French horses under the bonnet which housed a 1.4-litre diesel engine. This was a proper rocket compared to its rivals. The much loved Citroën Saxo was the successor to the AX.
The AX was launched at the 1986 Paris Motor Show; its predecessors were the Citroën Visa and Citroën LNA. Late 1991 saw the range revised, with a heavily face lifted tailgate and interior being the most notable changes. The front bumpers were also changed to a more 'conservative' design. Excuse the political joke.
It seems like a recurring theme that Boris always gets to drive very exclusive and in this case rare cars. A deal was made between Toyota and Transport for London that they would hand over 10 hydrogen powered Mirais.
It was also expected that after driving it at the Toyota HQ in Japan, he also got a customary Mirai to keep in his diverse collection. At at a rather dear price of £66,000, the Mirai is expensive but does have its advantages when it comes down to C02 emissions.
Johnson was on a three day trade mission in Japan during his time as the Mayor of London and had many discussions on how alternative fuelled cars may be the future for transport in London. The Mirai, which translates from Japanese into English as 'the future', is only available to very small groups of people as 15 units are available per year to the UK market.
I guess it's safe to say that Mr Johnson owns his fair share of interesting and rare cars. But if you were in his position would you go for something flamboyant or something sensible? Let me know in the comments section below.