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Auto Express 1573

The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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Dennis Publishing UK
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Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy News, reviews and tests Reviews and features editor: Richard Ingram News editor: Jonathan Burn Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: James Brodie Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Automotive managing editor: Stuart Milne Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Editor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James Batchelor Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: James Howe Content editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design & Pictures Group art director: Darren Wilson Deputy art editor: George Vedmore Designer: Victoria Coquet Picture editor: Dawn Grant Senior photographer: Pete Gibson Staff photographer: Otis Clay Special Contributors Steve Sutcliffe, Mike Rutherford,…

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passion for performance cars ensures their longevity

AS I got into a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S this morning and hit the starter button, followed quickly by what I always call the loud button (that boosts an already fruity exhaust note), two emotions came over me. The usual “aren’t I lucky to have been doing this job for over 25 years?” feeling, but also the delight that the sight and sound of a performance car is still one of the greatest things in the world. And this week, we’re delighted to bring you news of the next generation of performance cars that will continue to delight enthusiasts. BMW’s M division is pushing on with even more powerful versions of its legendary M cars, including the M135i, previewed in our exclusive image (above), and a few more besides. It’s this passion…

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bmw fires up hot performance trio

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn ● M3 switches from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive for first time ● Will be revealed alongside M8 Coupé at September’s Frankfurt show “The M3 will undergo one of the most comprehensive overhauls since its launch more than 30 years ago” BMW is putting the finishing touches to a trio of high-end performance vehicles that will all go on sale this year. Bookending the German manufacturer’s range will be a hot version of the new 1 Series, the M135i, and a new flagship M8 coupé that will be the firm’s most powerful road car ever. Between them will sit a new generation of the firm’s most iconic performance model, the M3 saloon. Due to make its official debut at September’s Frankfurt show, and previewed in our exclusive images, the M3 will undergo one of…

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opinion

Senior reviewer, Auto Express FOUR-wheel drive is a key part of a modern performance car’s toolbox in many cases. With power outputs always on the rise, many brands have turned to this tech so that their sports cars remain safe, easy to drive and, above all, fast. BMW has already shown with the M5 that four-wheel drive can work brilliantly in a sports saloon – a great-handling car doesn’t have to be rear-wheel drive. But the best of the best are also always lightweight – and that’s what makes us wonder if it’s the right direction for these lighter, smaller models. If BMW wants to build the fastest car in each respective class, then four-wheel drive is probably needed to control the huge power outputs. But if the brand wants to make the…

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big citroen saloon is back as flagship shapes up

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods ● Halo large model could make its debut in two years ● New car draws inspiration from Cxperience concept CITROEN is preparing an unconventional return to the D-segment market and will launch a new electrified halo model in “a couple of years”. That’s according to Citroen CEO Linda Jackson, who gave Auto Express the latest update on the progress of the brand’s large flagship car project. “In order to be credible as a world brand, we have to have a range of vehicles that covers small cars, medium cars, SUVs and large cars,” said Jackson, speaking at the Shanghai Motor Show last month. “Citroen has as much credibility as any other manufacturer to have a large car. It’s just that we won’t do it in a very traditional way. We will have one. There…

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manual box boost for aston’s vantage amr

ASTON Martin has revealed its new Vantage AMR and, in a move that will put a smile on the face of driving enthusiasts everywhere, announced that each of the limited run of 200 units will get a manual gearbox. The new seven-speeder has a dog-leg first gear, plus a system that allows rev-matching on downshifts and full-throttle upshifts. The box is lighter than the usual eight-speed auto, cutting 95kg from the car’s kerbweight. Powering the AMR is the same 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as in the existing Vantage. It gives the car a four-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 195mph. The Vantage AMR is offered in five colours. Of the 200 built, 59 will be called Vantage 59, in tribute to 1959’s Le Mans-winning DBR1. It can be recognised by its…

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