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Autos & Motorräder


February 12, 2020

Autocar is the car nut’s weekly fix, delivering you a unique mix of the latest news, opinion, features, first drives of new cars and in-depth road tests – all complemented by the best photography in the business. No other magazine covers the subject you love with such enthusiasm, insight and quality every week of the year. Autocar stands for the highest quality in car journalism – and is rewarded with access to the best new cars and the biggest news stories before any of the opposition which we share with you, our readers, every week.

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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Sami Shah Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporters Felix Page, Will Trinkwon Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Kris Culmer Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Junior photographer Max Edleston Senior videographer Oli Kosbab Videographer Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom Evans Features apprentice Harry Roberts Special correspondents Mauro Calo, Jesse Crosse, James Disdale, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Julian Rendell,…

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why carrots, not sticks, are the way to drive ev adoption

IN THE WAKE of the government saying it wants to ban sales of new non-zero-emission cars by 2035 (p13), Andrew Frankel’s rundown of the 50 cars you should drive before you die (p39) has added prescience. Perhaps that should be ‘50 cars to drive before the combustion engine dies’. Not quite. The list is intended as a celebration of the car in many forms – including electric cars. It’s why we’re asking you to vote for the ultimate car to try before you die for our Readers’ Champion award this year. In fact, the government would do well to look at the list and reflect on the love people have for cars, regardless of powertrains. It reminded me that cars should be carrots and not sticks. If you want to make…

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id r sports car to pioneer secret new battery tech

“In range-topping form, the new two-door model would benefit from a twin-motor set-up” Volkswagen is planning an advanced new electric sports car that is earmarked to act as a figurehead for a limited range of performance-based ID R road cars and is set to go into production by the middle of the decade. The new headlining Volkswagen model has been conceived as both a coupé and roadster, according to highly placed Volkswagen sources, and will be based on the German car maker’s skateboard-style MEB platform – the same integrated structure that also underpins the ID 3 hatchback. It has been suggested that the ID R could compete against the second-generation Tesla Roadster, if an internal ID sub-brand strategy paper calling for the proposed model to be assembled at the company’s Karmann offshoot…

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arteon gets 325bhp r flagship

While plans develop for hot new versions of Volkswagen’s electric-powered ID models (see p8), the company’s R division is expanding into a new niche for its combustion-engined cars. Having recently added the 296bhp T-Roc R to its ranks, Volkswagen’s performance car division has now turned its attention to the Arteon line-up. A new 325bhp range-topping Arteon R saloon will arrive during the final quarter of this year as part of the range’s mid-life facelift. Following the hot version of the Arteon saloon, Volkswagen R plans to unleash a similarly powered version of the upcoming Arteon Shooting Brake in the first half of 2021. The coupé-cum-estate, which will be launched in standard form first at the start of the year, has the distinction of being among the last all-new combustion-engined models developed by Volkswagen. In…

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id r record-breaker to spawn f1-chasing evo version

Volkswagen Motorsport has confirmed that it is building a second-generation version of its record-breaking ID R prototype – and it is also aiming to eclipse a lap record held by a Formula 1 car. The 671bhp ID R was developed by VW’s motorsport arm in 2018 for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It set a new outright record and since then has broken the electric lap record at the Nürburgring and the outright hill record at Goodwood. It has also set a new record on Tianmen Mountain in China. VW Motorsport chief Sven Smeets said the improvements to create the new ID R Evo will focus on aerodynamics and the powertrain system. Talking about the powertrain, Smeets said: “We have several options for the future, and with e-mobility there is such…

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we ride shotgun in volkswagen id r test bed

VOLKSWAGEN HAS TURNED the development mule for its record-breaking ID R sports car into a showcase for a planned range of high-performance EVs from its R division – and Autocar has had a first taste of its potential. The Golf eR1 made its public debut at the recent GP Ice Race event in Austria. The machine uses the body of a Golf TCR touring car racer, but it is fitted with a high-performance twin-motor electric powertrain that, sources suggest, produces close to 500bhp and puts it through all four wheels. A refined version of the twin-motor powertrain, producing 671bhp, was eventually used in the ID R record-breaker. The eR1 is now being used to showcase the potential of – and test systems for – an eventual hot ID 3 R road car,…