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Wheels October 2017

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s letter

THE SHIP HAS SET SAILI’M RELIABLY INFORMED THAT PERSPECTIVE AND INSIGHT ARE WONDERFUL THINGS, YET HAVING EXPERIENCED A DOSE OF BOTH THIS MONTH, I’D ARGUE THEY CAN ALSO BE DECIDEDLY UNCOMFORTABLE. MY MOMENT OF ILLUMINATION ARRIVED AS I CONSIDERED THE CLOSURE OFTry as I might, I just don’t feel as upset as when I think about the fates of Ford and HoldenToyota’s Australian factory and pondered why, try as I might, I didn’t feel as upset as when I thought about the fates of Ford and Holden.The core of my conundrum is simple, of course. Unlike Australia’s own, which produced generations of exciting, lust-worthy performance variants and then threw them around the nation’s racetracks to ensnare new fans with their snarling V8s, I have no emotional connection to the cars…

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lewis, your road car is ready...

THE CLAIM of “an F1 race car for the road” is one that has been trotted out plenty of time before; the reality has invariably been a road car that incorporates limited technical elements that happen to be shared with a prototype racer.However when Mercedes-AMG announced it would build a road-legal hypercar with a drivetrain lifted directly from Formula 1, it was time to take notice. The Mercedes-AMG Project One truly has an F1 heart beating in its carbonfibre chest.The drivetrain’s centrepiece is a mid-mounted 1.6-litre V6 with two electric motors – one bolted directly to the crankshaft to provide additional torque, the second to eliminate lag for the engine’s massive turbocharger. To allow for the stratospheric maximum engine speed of 11,000rpm, the four overhead cams are gear driven and…

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roadster return

DESIGN: SLIM LIGHTS AND LOW-SET KIDNEY GRILLE EVOKES STYLING OF THE Z8CHASSIS: TIN-TOP FANS WILL HAVE TO LOOK TO TOYOTA’SSUPRA COUPE, WHICH WILL SHARE Z4’S UNDERPINNINGSWHEELS: 20-INCH WHEELS MIGHT BE TONED DOWN FOR PRODUCTION, ALONG WITH BLADE-THIN DOOR MIRRORSINSIDE: SOME FAMILIAR CABIN CUES, BUT DEEP-DISH WHEEL AND DUAL-TONE TRIM UNDOUBTEDLY COOLENGINE: NO OFFICIAL WORD ON DRIVETRAINS, BUT TURBO FOURS AND SIXES ARE ALMOST CERTAINTOPLESS: Z4 EXPECTED TO FEATURE LIGHTER FABRIC TOP; ‘SPEEDSTER’ DOMES MAY NOT MAKE THE CUTBMW’S long-awaited Z4 Concept, unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, marks a welcome return to a more elegant aesthetic for the company’s open-topped sports model.It also represents a decisive end to the residual styling influences of the Chris Bangle era, mirroring the clean lines of the latest 8 Series Concept. The Z4…

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awdsome m5

With the same power output as the current, limited-edition ‘30 Jahre M5’, the sixth-gen BMW M5 sends a clear message to its rivals – work smarter rather than harder. Despite the addition of all-wheel drive, the 441kW M5 is 15kg lighter than its predecessor, and that traction makes it decisively quicker, the 0-100km/h time tumbling to just 3.4 seconds, which is lineball with its arch-nemesis, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Keep the throttle pinned to 200km/h and the M5 opens up a 0.3sec advantage on the AMG’s 11.4sec time.In comes a carbonfibre roof and an eight-speed automatic transmission, along with a torque-vectoring rear diff and the ability to switch into a rear-drive mode if the standard torque split feels all a bit Ingolstadt to you. Options include carbon-ceramic brakes, identifiable by…

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rapturous confirmation

CARGO BAY WILL BE REWORKED TO ACCOMMODATE THE WIDER GUARDS AND LARGER WHEEL AND TYRE COMBINATION. EXPECT A SLIGHT REDUCTION IN LOAD CARRYING ABILITYGETTING RID OF THE LEAF-SPRUNG REAR END FOR A MULTI-LINK SET-UP SHOULD HELP BOTH RIDE AND POWER-DOWN TRACTIONNO TWIN-TURBO ECOBOOST V6 FOR OZ; EXPECT HIGHER OUTPUT TURBO-DIESEL FIVE-POT OR BIG-BOOST DIESEL FOURTHE MOST highly anticipated ute release of 2018 is finally official: a beefed-up, high-performance Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to Aussie roads.To be sold under the Ford Performance umbrella, the Raptor flagship will showcase Australian-led engineering and usher in a host of performance and off-road upgrades to cement its place as Australia’s most extreme trade ute.Key to this will be an upgraded platform and a host of mechanical changes including a new 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed…

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depreciation disasters

THE PRICES listed in Showroom from page 136 are what you’ll need to outlay to park a given model in your garage, but they are not the cost of owning that car, as our annual Gold Star Value awards reveal starting on page 104.Running costs such as fuel, insurance and servicing contribute significantly to the cost of ownership. However for most models the cost of depreciation by far outweighs these expenses.Spoiler alert: the Kia Picanto S won the Gold Star Value City Cars category and, with a top score of 93.3 out of 100, it could be considered the overall Gold Star Value Awards winner too.The $14,190 Kia is cheaper to own than the vast majority of new cars, and its 46 percent Glass’s three-year resale is pretty good by…

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