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Wheels August 2016

Wheels is Australia’s original motoring magazine. Launched in 1953, we’ve been trusted by generations of Australians to provide entertaining and forthright opinions on the good, the bad and the ugly of new and used cars. A world-class car mag with a formidable international reputation, Wheels covers the full gamut of cars – from sports cars to four-wheel-drives, economy to family cars – but it also covers the people, personalities and the power plays behind one of the world’s most dynamic industries.

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editor’s letter

I’ve had two months of pondering, but my mind doesn’t work in black and white Time is ticking. The End of Days for Aussie metal is coming. Buy quickly or regret at leisure, and forever… But which one? Not an easy decision for a bloke who’s both Blue and Red. When I really started thinking about this a couple of months back, I knew just one thing – it won’t be a Ford Territory. With vast apologies to Geoff Polites, Russell Christophers, Trevor Worthington and the hundreds of other hugely talented Ford people behind this brilliant vehicle, I don’t want an SUV. It won’t be an HSV GTS sedan, either, even though it’s Australia’s speed king; Bauer doesn’t pay me well enough. Nor any other HSV, though our Clubbie Sportwagon long-termer is tempting. So,…

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the fastest road car ever!

Big gaps are the result of aero guru Newey’s F1-honed approach to drag and downforce Track version will be 20 seconds quicker around Silverstone than the McLaren P1 Room for two despite an uncompromised F1-style ‘keel’ for ultimate aero “Newey promises equivalent performance to an LMP1 car around Silverstone” RED Bull’s Formula 1 star, Aussie hero and all-round great guy Daniel Ricciardo, will soon have a mental new company car. Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its secret AM-RB 001 road car, built in conjunction with five-time F1 World Constructors Championship winners, Red Bull Racing. You can’t fault Aston Martin for lacking ambition. It has just launched the new DB11, its AMG V8-powered Vantage replacement will be along shortly, it is working on an EV crossover that will be constructed in an all-new factory…

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red line

Come in Vantage Aston Martin has been testing its all-new Vantage on the Nordschliefe in Germany ahead of a 2017 launch. A right-hand-drive mule was spied cutting laps wearing some tricky camouflage. The British brand’s entry-level model is expected to be shorter, wider and substantially lighter than the current Vantage, yet will use the same extruded and bonded aluminium architecture that will underpin the bigger DB11 due to be launched soon, which also means double wishbones up front and a multi-link rear suspension. The DB11 will be Aston’s first all-new model in more than a decade. Keeping up with the GT-Rs Nissan has helped develop a new GT-R. But instead of having four wheels, this one has rotors. The Japanese car company has unveiled the GT-R Drone, which it claims will accelerate from…

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panamera’s electric punch

New Panamera exterior New Panamera is longer than before, but width and height are similar. A wheelbase stretched 30mm and more swoop to the rear roofline contribute to a big improvement in proportions and overall looks. The car is due here in the first quarter of 2017. All come with a new eight-speed double-clutch gearbox. All-wheel-drive, air suspension, electronically controlled dampers and adaptive cruise control will all be standard in Australia. Panamera prices will be: 4S $304,200; 4S Diesel $312,100; Turbo $376,900. New Panamera interior Interior look is much cleaner than the original Panamera launched in 2009. Volkswagen Group stablemate Audi seems to have provided both inspiration and technology. Big analogue tachometer is the centrepiece of the instrument display, but it’s flanked by a pair of 7.0-inch displays with functions similar to Audi’s…

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australia’s next rear-drive hero

KIA is poised to unleash a new rear-wheel-drive large sedan with the performance of a Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo. The new model, codenamed CK, could arrive in Australia as early as the second half of 2017 – although more likely early 2018 – priced from about $40,000. It will take styling cues from two of Kia’s well-received concept cars – the four-door GT (Frankfurt 2011) and GT4 Stinger (Detroit 2014). The new rear-drive sports sedan will come with a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and an all-new 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 producing some 280kW and 510Nm – comparable with the departing XR6 Turbo’s 270kW and 533Nm. Kia will offer the four-pot as the price leader, while the V6 turbo will be the performance hero. And it’s the V6 turbo variant that could prove a tempting proposition…

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sibling rivalry

Hyundai will get its own version of the rear-drive CK as part of its soon-to-arrive Genesis luxury sub-brand. The Hyundai version was teased as the New York Concept in March and will be called the Genesis G70. Both CK and G70 are being developed under Albert Biermann, who headed BMW’s M Division before being poached to lead high-performance vehicle development for the two Korean brands. An even higher tune for the V6 turbo will be used to produce a Mercedes-AMG fighter to sit within the Genesis portfolio. It will be created by the same team that is delivering the much-anticipated Hyundai N performance models, but the Genesis versions will not take on the N branding. Hyundai recently trademarked a number of names, including G74, which could be the performance derivative of the G70.…