July 21, 2021

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valkyrie offers exciting preview of mid-engined astons

The passenger’s side of the Valkyrie is little more than padding on carbonfibre and the footwell is narrow, offset by the teardrop shape of the passenger compartment and with an enforced raised-knee position that’s more bathtub than car. Yet it works: I fit, and there’s head room, too – although I will need to pretty much sit on my left arm to give my driver, Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers, room to work the squared-off steering wheel up the Goodwood hillclimb. The starting procedure involves several stages, as different bits of the electrical system are progressively energised, before it bursts into life with an uneven, high-pitched idle and plenty of vibration reaching us from the Cosworth V12 behind. Moers manoeuvres the Valkyrie out of the garage without it juddering or complaining, and…

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mercedes-amg sl: first sight of 2+2 interior

THE INTERIOR OF the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG SL roadster has been revealed, as the Affalterbach-based performance division gears up to reveal its reborn Porsche 911 rival in the coming months. The interior design takes inspiration from AMG’s GT and GT 4-Door Coupé, according to Mercedes, but in this instance the centre console is dominated by an 11.9in touchscreen running the brand’s latest MBUX infotainment platform. The company said the portrait orientation – as we’ve already seen on the new S-Class and C-Class – is better for navigation, and the entire screen can be tilted electronically to give drivers the best possible view. A 12.3in instrument display is also fully digital and drivers can customise the menus to suit their individual preferences. An optional head-up display can show the car’s surroundings in 3D. The new SL…

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power upgrade for new macan

Porsche has updated its Macan for a second time ahead of launching the largely unrelated new electric Macan next year. The SUV has been treated to performance enhancements, styling tweaks and an entirely overhauled cabin to keep it fresh until the end of its life. The standard Macan, the S and the GTS are now all more powerful than previously (the Turbo has been discontinued). The entry-level Macan keeps its 2.0-litre turbo four, but with a boost from 241bhp to 261bhp, while the Macan S has swapped its 3.0-litre V6 for a 2.9-litre V6 that pushes out 26bhp more, at 375bhp. Both also receive slight torque uplifts and therefore reductions in their 0-62mph sprint times. Meanwhile, the Macan GTS has had its 2.9-litre V6 tuned to almost exactly match the output of the old…

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son of gemballa turns porsche 911 into 740bhp super-off-roader

THE EPONYMOUS COMPANY of Marc Philipp Gemballa (son of the late Gemballa tuning firm boss Uwe) has created a rally-ready supercar based on the current Porsche 911 Turbo S, with styling influenced by the legendary 959 Dakar racer. Called the Marsien (French for Martian), it packs a Ruffettled flat six making 740bhp and 686lb ft, enabling it to hit 62mph from rest in just 2.6sec. An optional ‘second stage’ upgrade heightens the performance further still by boosting power to 819bhp. In line with the carbonfibre-bodied Marsien’s off-road focus, suspension specialist KW Automotive has provided double wishbones for the front with solid piston damper technology and ‘intelligent active damper control’, while ground clearance can be raised from 120mm in road mode to 250mm for off-roading. Inside, there is a choice of a full leather or…

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motorsport greats

Motorsport lost one of its most enigmatic stars this month when Carlos Reutemann died at the age of 79 after an illness. Argentina’s greatest racing driver after Juan Manuel Fangio won 12 grands prix from 146 starts from 1972-1982, famously choking at the Las Vegas finale in 1981 when he had the title in his grasp. No one at Williams ever did understand what happened. But Reutemann should not be defined by that. He was among the fastest and most committed drivers of his era, “unbeatable” on the days when the mood took him, according to Gordon Murray, in whose Brabham cars he will always be best remembered. Reutemann walked away from racing early in 1982 in the midst of the Falklands War, returning home for a long service as…

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fiat panda 100hp £2750

Can you imagine a more cheerful and approachable hot hatch than this? Less than £10,000 in 2008 would have nabbed you the hopped-up 100hp version of Fiat’s reborn Panda, which remains to this day one of the best examples of accessible performance. Alongside the hike in power, it was lowered by 25mm over the standard supermini on stiffer springs and dampers. It also gained rear disc brakes from the Panda 4x4 and a tantalising ‘sport’ button. It’s getting rare already, but you can still find one for a sensible price. Our find looks extra purposeful in its clean shade of blue, sounds sensibly cared for at 77,000 miles and is up for just £2750.…