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MOTOR Magazine Australia

MOTOR Magazine Australia

February 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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Australia
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English
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Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
dylan campbell

“THE GOAL IS TO COME UP WITH A TEST THAT MAKES SENSE. EVEN IF THE SEGMENT ITSELF DOESN’T” IN DRAWING UP the shortlist of piping-hot vehicles for this year’s Performance Car of the Year (PCOTY) – which starts in high-octane earnest from p52 – we had to ask ourselves, with limited space available do we include a performance SUV? The performance SUV is, of course, a peculiar phenomenon. Like that mole that keeps getting bigger, it just doesn’t seem to be going away. As such, it’s something we here at MOTOR can no longer ignore. (Unlike that mole – you really should get that checked out.) Not that we have been ignoring performance SUVs, really. In the 23 years we’ve been doing PCOTY we have included a few of these lovable, angry, high-riding…

2 min.
01 drift lambo!

WE’VE BEEN eagerly awaiting this moment here at MOTOR, the moment Lamborghini announced it has pulled the front driveshafts out of its latest supercar. Ever since the Huracan Evo was announced it was only a matter of time before the rear-drive version arrived, and here it is in all its wheelspinning, oversteering glory. Unlike Audi, which has left the outputs of its rear-drive R8 static at 397kW/540Nm, Lamborghini has turned the wick up to create the Huracan Evo RWD. Producing 449kW at 8000rpm and 560Nm at 6500rpm from the 5.2-litre V10, its outputs match those of the original AWD Huracan. It’s near-as-dammit as quick too, hitting 100km/h in a claimed 3.3sec and 200km/h in 9.3sec. Flat-out it will do 325km/h. In an effort to contain these wild, rampaging Sant’Agata stallions, Lamborghini has…

2 min.
02 akio’s baby

TOYOTA ISN’T mucking around with its new GR Yaris. The Japanese giant has left no stone unturned in transforming its humble city car into a hot hatch that has its sights set on dominating its competitors both in showrooms and in the World Rally Championship. We received an early taste behind the wheel of a prototype in Portugal (see last issue), but Toyota confirmed the specification of its pocket rocket at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon. The GR Yaris is powered by a 1618cc turbo triple producing 200kW/370Nm. With just 1280kg to shift, 0-100km/h is claimed to take less than 5.5sec, with a limited top speed of 230km/h. A six-speed manual is the only available gearbox, while the clever new all-wheel drive system is able to send 100 per cent of the drive…

1 min.
03 the pride of japan

NO SOONER does the calendar flip over to a new year than it’s time for the madness of the Tokyo Auto Salon. Toyota uses the occasion each year to announce its motorsport plans for the year and this year pulled the covers off the new GR Yaris, while Subaru unveiled STI prototypes of the new Levorg and a hotted-up BRZ. The real drawcard, though, was the mountain of modified motors, with all of Japan’s aftermarket shops, both large and small, cramming halls full of tuned rides from mild and wild. Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Supra was this year’s darling, though Nissan GT-Rs old and new remain popular and everything from first-gen Mazda RX-7s to current Suzuki Jimnys were present in various stages of tune. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s…

2 min.
04 atmo six returns

THE GOOD news award for the first part of 2020 goes to Porsche, which has announced the revival of series production six-cylinder versions of the Cayman and Boxster. It appears the extra performance of the 718-series turbocharged flat-four engines hasn’t been enough to satisfy Porsche sports car customers accustomed to the howl of six cylinders. Take-up has been particularly slow in the crucial US market and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume recently commented that “customers are asking for four litres, not four cylinders". Porsche has responded by installing its newly developed 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six into the new 718 GTS 4.0 models, set to land in Australia from mid-2020 priced at $172,400 for the Cayman and $175,200 for the Boxster. The engine is a bored and stroked version of the 3.0-litre flat-six from the 911…

1 min.
long live the v8

WHEN I READ reports on rumours the next-gen AMG C63 S will have a four-cylinder engine, I tell myself, ‘this is probably going to be the end of the German V8s.’ I am really unhappy because, as a 15-year-old car enthusiast, I will probably not be able to buy a V8 performance car any time soon. And by the time I have the money equivalent to the price of a 2019 one, they will probably be selling for millions of dollars at auctions. Can you guys please start a petition at MOTOR to at least give the C63 S another chance at life with the twin-turbo V6 from the C43 because I reckon that if you pass it around enough we will be able to get close to one million signatures. Mercedes-Benz…