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MOTOR Magazine Australia

MOTOR Magazine Australia

March 2020

If you love fast cars and everything surrounding them, then MOTOR is the magazine for you. From the hottest new cars to the wildest tuner vehicles, through the people who build, buy, race and repair them, MOTOR shines a spotlight on the late model car enthusiast lifestyle. Through 60 years of heritage MOTOR has built up a reputation as the car enthusiast’s bible.

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3 min.
front end. ed’s note

IT WAS ALMOST a bit spooky. After I left the office on the Monday night, about 9.30pm, I jumped on Melbourne’s Monash Freeway as per usual and up ahead, I spotted the small, faint rear tail-lights of an undeniably much older car. As I got closer, I recognised it was a Holden 48-215. Squinting through tired eyes, I convoyed beside the almost ghostly apparition for a good five minutes before I gave a toot, the shadowy driver a thumbs up, and continued on. It was a surreal way to end a surreal day: the day it was announced Holden would end. Not sold, not changed, not relocated or anything else – as if worthless, it would be basically unceremoniously killed. Since then, about a week later as I write this, I’ve felt mostly…

7 min.
01 tornado inbound!

THE NEW PORSCHE 911 Turbo S is everything you’d expect: quicker, more capable, more powerful, more expensive and packed with more technology. What you might not expect is the injection of attitude. In times past, before it became the benchmark all-weather supercar, the 911 Turbo was spoken of in reverential tones. With its huge power, savage delivery and unusual weight distribution, extracting the best from the original 930 Turbo took considerable skill. Not everyone was up to the task. Porsche isn’t intending to hark back to those days with the latest 992-generation model, but it does want to bring back a bit of mongrel to its flagship non-GT 911. “There wasn’t any real need for significant last-minute adjustments,” Porsche’s sports car boss Frank-Steffen Walliser told MOTOR’s European correspondent, Georg Kacher, during…

7 min.
02 holden to close 2021

01 WHAT IS HAPPENING? GENERAL MOTORS will retire the Holden brand before 2021, ending 89 years of history for Australia’s first and only motoring marque – but also one that stretches back to humble beginnings in Adelaide in 1856. More than 600 Holden staff are sadly reported to be out of jobs with the termination of operations both here and in New Zealand. 02 WHY IS GM DOING THIS? There are enough reasons to fill a book, but the official line is General Motors believes right-hand drive markets like ours no longer justify continued investment. Or, the cost to help Holden claw its way up Australia’s sales charts is just too great. GM global chair and CEO Marry Barra said GM will instead focus on markets “where we have the right strategies to drive…

2 min.
03 gt3-spec typer!

HONDA WILL FINALLY unleash a faster, fitter Civic Type R next year with the newly announced Limited Edition. It’s believed 100 units will invade Australian roads in the first half of 2021, bringing a Civic Type R that builds upon the refreshed MY20 car’s package with more grip, exclusivity and less weight. Although Honda Oz couldn’t confirm exact details to MOTOR on the Limited Edition so early, it should score the incoming MY20 Civic Type R’s upgraded cooling package that is said to lower engine coolant temperatures by 10 degrees at max attack. Meanwhile lighter two-piece front rotors with upgraded pads shed 2.5kg altogether. What we can confirm for local cars is Honda has the turfed sound deadening that would traditionally cling to the roof, rear hatch, front bumper and dashboard. In Europe…

1 min.
locked-on corvette

I WAS RATHER buoyed by Jethro Bovingdon’s fine article on driving the new Corvette in the USA (Blue Angel, January 2020). Especially his criticism that it could be a tad more ‘edgy’ and ‘aggressive’. I suspect the target market for the Corvette is probably blokes like me… way too old to be seriously considering a ‘supercar’, and we’d be much happier with something less compromising and more comfy, while still desperately attempting to defy the calendar and creaking joints. Sounded spot on to me! With room for golf clubs (and Zimmer frame). My only fear is that the increasingly conservative and insular GM may not follow through with RHD jobbies, and/or Holden won’t be around long enough to import and sell it to us. GM seems hellbent on exiting not just RHD…

6 min.
the tribe

SEND US A RANT. OR SOMETHING NICE. MOTOR@BAUER-MEDIA.COM.AU WIN THIS NEXT MONTH! MOTOR MAGAZINE PRIZE PACK Winner Brian will enjoy bagging his race shoes in a swish Porsche boot bag, not to mention a cool $200 and a 12-month MOTOR subscription. Next month, our pack includes the same cash prize, subscription and this Jaguar cap and a Porsche Coleman hand torch. We award ideas, opinions, prose and originality. So get typing! WE WERE LUCKY Among most ordinary people, it’s been no surprise Holden is going. If car enthusiasts were honest with themselves, they shouldn’t have been shocked. Then again, many of them refuse to acknowledge that Holden is just a tiny offshoot of the massive General Motors corporation in the United States. We’ve never, technically, had an ‘Australian motor industry’. Couple that with the fact…