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Dan Gardner
I STILL VIVIDLY REMEMBER the moment I realised cars would be a big part of my life. I was in my early teens standing with my dad on a hillside somewhere in the north of Italy when something distant interrupted the serenity of a perfect summer evening
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[03] Vale Richard Parry-jones (1952-2021)
RICHARD PARRY-JONES, THE engineer who reinvigorated Ford’s reputation for sparkling chassis dynamics, has died aged 69. The hugely influential and much-loved Ford lifer had retired from the car industry and was killed in an accident on his farm in Wa
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No Röhrl Model
AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2480cc I5, AWD, 294kW/480Nm, 7-speed DCT, 1510kg, $83,800 MONTH 02 THIS MONTH 9.4L100KM AVERAGE 9.4L100KM THIS MONTH 485KM TOTAL 1325KM I AM BLESSED with really lovely next-door neighbours. They bring in my bins if I am away, look
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Andy Enright
“A SAAB 9-3 AERO CONVERTIBLE? What the hell possessed you to buy that?” I asked of my mate’s new-tohim purchase, lining up stories of comedy torque steer, torn firewalls, tart references to ‘women of a certain age’ and tales of its legendarily bluebo
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[04] Ferrari’s Ev U-turn
ENZO FERRARI WAS an engine man through and through. The old adage that with Ferrari, you bought an engine and got a car thrown in for free wasn’t always that far wide of the mark. The old man once even claimed that aerodynamics are for people who can
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Alex Affat
THERE HAVE BEEN A million and one columns about having sold a beloved old car for cheap, only for its value to explode a number of years, perhaps even decades, later. But I feel I’m afflicted by a different torment of the soul that’s quite the opposi
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10 Things We Want
PRODUCTS 05.2021 1 DANIEL RICCIARDO 2021 BY PAUL OZ $510 f1authentics.com. Celebrate our man Dan with this stunning print by artist Paul Oz. It is also available framed or mounted on a hand-embellished canvas. Neat! 2 TAMIYA MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG $410
MOTOR Magazine Australia3 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Libertine’s Crank Call
IS THERE AN ARGUMENT that the internal combustion engine (ICE), as a concept, has been refined and developed to the point where it doesn’t have much else to give? If so, the final numbers make pretty depressing reading. The most thermally efficient a
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They See Me Rollin’
AMG GLA 45 S 1991cc, I4, AWD, 310kW/500Nm, 8-speed DCT, 1765kg, $108,100 MONTH 02 THIS MONTH 9.3L/100KM AVERAGE 9.9L/100KM THIS MONTH 3290KM TOTAL 4659KM “THIS ISN’T THE test I was meant to be doing”, I think to myself as I look through the GLA’s win
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Cameron Kirby
SHANE VAN GISBERGEN put in one of Supercars’ greatest drives at the second round of the championship at Sandown. While his heroic charge from 17th to 1st (a record-breaking run for the historic venue) was impressive in its own right, what made SVG’s
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BMW M4 Competition
Rating 4.5 NE 2993cc 6cyl, dohc, twin-turbo POWER 375kW@ 5510-7500rpm TORQUE 650Nm @ 2750-5500rpm 0-100KM/H 3.9s WEIGHT 1725kg • PRICE $159,900 LIKE: Implacable front end; gutsy motor; smart electronics; brakes DISLIKE: Considerable bulk; styling; cr
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Pipeline
Note: all timings are a guide only given disruptions related to COVID-19. Alpina B3 S Touring The unofficial M3 Estate Alpine A110 S BMW M5 CS M5 gains Club Sport treatment Ford Mustang Mach 1 A fitter, meaner V8 Pony Honda Civic Type R LE Less weigh
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BMW E36 M3r
BMW E36 M3R 1995 ENGINE 2990cc inline-6, DOHC, 24v POWER 239kW @ 7200rpm TORQUE 320Nm @ 3500rpm 0-100KM/H 5.74s (tested) WEIGHT 1360 kg THE BMW M3R could never happen today. There’s zero chance that BMW would ever let an outpost like Australia claim
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Turbo charge
IT’S EASY TO SEE how this could be confusing. Here we have two Porsche Turbos and while there are indeed two individual turbochargers present, they’re both installed in the one car, compressing the air before its fed into the 911 Turbo’s 3.8-litre fl
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Forget Hybrid we’re Going Straight To Electric
LOTUS IS GOING ALL-IN on pure electric cars, as part of a $180m-plus investment in its Hethel headquarters and engineering capabilities. In his first interview, Lotus Cars managing director Matt Windle reveals how future sports cars will be pure elec
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MOTOR Magazine
EDITOR Andy Enright ART DIRECTOR Damien Pelletier ART EDITOR Allan Bender STAFF JOURNALISTS Cameron Kirby, Alex Affat GROUP ROAD TEST EDITOR Scott Newman STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Ellen Dewar, Alastair Brook DIGITAL RETOUCHER Paul Breen CONTRIBUTING WRITER
MOTOR Magazine Australia4 min cititeAutomotive
Bentley Bacalar
Rating 4.5 ENGINE 5998cc W12, DOHC, 48v, t-turbo POWER 485kW @ 5000rpm TORQUE 900Nm @ 1350rpm 0-100km/h 3.8sec (claimed) WEIGHT 2300kg (est.) • PRICE $2.9m LIKE: The ultimate in both indulgence and excess; impressively rapid; comfy DISLIKE: So rare y
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01 Porsche 911 Gt3
Rating 5.0 ENGINE 3996cc flat-6cyl, DOHC, 24v POWER 375kW @ 8400rpm TORQUE 470Nm @ 6100rpm 0-100KM/H 3.4sec (PDK) WEIGHT 1435kg (PDK) • PRICE $369,700 LIKE: Stronger front end; rev-hungry engine; nearperfect handling; quality of the engineering DISLI
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Dynamic Issue
LEXUS IS350 F SPORT 3456cc V6, RWD, 233kW/378Nm, 8-speed auto, 1685kg, $75,000 MONTH 02 THIS MONTH 9.79L/100KM AVERAGE 9.8L/100KM THIS MONTH 2478KM TOTAL 2585KM ANSWER ME THIS. What’s the point of having two dedicated sports modes if even the most fo
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Lamborghini Gallardo
WHAT DO LAMBORGHINI and Ernest Hemingway have in common? Well, while the acclaimed 20th century novelist passed away just as Lamborghini began developing their first car, the 350 GT, he too found his muses in the Spanish bloodsport of the corrida. He
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Track Record
THERE’S A TECHNIQUE FOR folding yourself into an Exige, or so I’ve been told. You can always tell seasoned Lotus owners by how easy they make the process of getting in and out look. I’ve driven a few, but as a larger human being, graceful I am not. D
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[05] Gentleman Racer
HAVING CLAIMED THE Production SUV record at Pikes Peak in 2018, as well as the Production Car record in 2019, Bentley has re-armed itself for 2021 and is aiming to conquer a fresh category and subsequent triple crown glory at the world’s biggest hill
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Flavour Of The Month
1497cc I3, FWD, 147kW/290Nm, six-speed MT, 1217kg, $32,290 MONTH 05 THIS MONTH 7.07L/100KM AVERAGE 8.12L/100KM THIS MONTH 587KM TOTAL 2599KM FORD FIESTA ST IT WAS A slightly sad sight: ‘my’ Ford Fiesta ST sitting alone and forlorn at the back of the
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[01] MERCEDES AMG C63e S
IF IT HAPPENED THIS MONTH, IT’S IN HERE JUST THE FACTS. The next generation Mercedes-AMG C63e S will do away with the V8 engine layout that has powered every C-Class flagship since the 2005 W203 C55. In its place comes a four-cylinder engine directin
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Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
Rating 3.5 ENGINE 3.8-litre V8, DOHC, 32v, t/turbo POWER 433kW @ 6750rpm TORQUE 730Nm @ 2250-5250rpm 0-100km/h 4.3sec (claimed) WEIGHT 1969kg • PRICE $265,000 LIKE: Drivetrain polish; touring ability; interior trim; Ferrari connection DISLIKE: No ind
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The Tribe
The magazine subscription for this month is going to be awarded to the reader who can tell us a tale about road trips that went wrong. Nothing too Wolf Creek, just an amusing tale of woe that may or may not include a shameful loss of personal dignity
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SHOW and PROVE
YOUR CAR IS on fire, mate.” That wasn’t what I really wanted to hear while inching a Jaguar F-Type through a McDonalds drive-thru, ordering a bacon and egg McMuffin. I wondered if I’d be able to take the restaurant with me in the resultant conflagrat
MOTOR Magazine Australia4 min cititeAutomotive
Porsche Panamera
Rating 4.0 ENGINE 2894cc V6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo POWER 243kW @ 5400-6400rpm TORQUE 450Nm @ 1800-5000rpm 0-100KM/H 5.4sec (with Sport Chrono) WEIGHT 1860kg • PRICE $199,500 LIKE: Improved value; fabulous dynamics; interior quality; space DISLIKE: Ch
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March Madness
THE SPORTS CAR MARKET continues its slow momentum, with 49 greater new registrations lodged in March, than in February. This also represents 66 more new sports cars on the road than in March last year, just as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the n
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