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Autocar

June 19, 2019

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith 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 reporter Felix Page Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Head of video Mitch McCabe Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice 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, Peter Liddiard,…

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electrified polestar is a fascinating statement of intent

POLESTAR IS AN unusual company to grow an electric premium performance brand out of. It spent 13 years running Volvos in the Swedish Touring Car Championship before a road car and tuning relationship was formed with Volvo in 2009. Now 10 years later, after a series of likeable if not overly memorable tuned models, it has produced its first bespoke creation that’s linked to those Polestars before it in name only. As Matt Prior discovers (First drive, p22), with that bespoke creation Polestar has made perhaps the most interesting car on sale. While it would be easy to dismiss the relevance of the Polestar 1 for being built in tiny numbers and in left-hand drive only, and all for just shy of £140,000, as a statement of intent it is of…

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porsche 718 turns hardcore with new gt4 and spyder

Porsche’s GT division is shunning the industry-wide trend for downsizing, turbocharging and automation with its two new additions: the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. Both cars maintain a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine and a manual gearbox and Porsche says they will offer enthusiasts “unadulterated driving pleasure”, a “high level of agility and an almost intimate proximity to the centre of power”. These faster, purer and more hardcore variants of the existing Boxster and Cayman join at the entry point in the road-going GT line-up, but both make use of an engine bored out and adapted from the 3.0-litre unit of the latest 911. The new 4.0-litre flat six – up from the 3.8 litres of the previous Spyder and GT4 – forms a new engine family called 9A2 Evo. It…

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that engine should make them feel special

Much of this Cayman GT4’s mechanical make-up seems familiar. The last-generation version had a Porsche GT department suspension overhaul and an aero kit that could develop downforce over both axles. What it didn’t have was its own atmospheric Porsche flat six, using instead a motor donated by the contemporary 911 Carrera S. The new engine, more than anything else, is what should make this 982-generation GT4 feel so special, given that the rest of the 718 range switched so controversially to four cylinders three years ago. Interestingly, it’s not the 3800cc flat six used by the GT4 Clubsport track car but is related instead to the 3.0-litre turbocharged boxer engines used by the bigger 992-series 911. Porsche had yet to reveal much technical info on it as these words were written,…

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porsche gt: no to electrification

Porsche’s GT division boss, Andreas Preuninger, claims that electrification is “not something we think about at the moment”. The company’s main line-up will soon include an all-electric Taycan and a hybrid 911, but the GT variants will continue to be all about the purity of a petrol engine without assistance, Preuninger (pictured) said. “There are ideas to maybe look in that direction for the normal sports car line but not for the GT cars. If we would decide to make all the racing cars electrified overnight, then we would have a reason to look into that but, as always, it has to be a connection between the cars we use on the track to the cars we sell with a numberplate attached,” Preuninger said. He continued: “I think it’s very correct and…

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emmanuel bouvier, director of sales and marketing for evs, renault

This is effectively a heavy facelift of an older design. Why not an all-new platform? “We are in the unusual situation where we have a seven-year-old vehicle whose sales are growing significantly year on year. We are confident that this Zoe has plenty of life left in it, but we are considering using a common [Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi] Alliance platform in future.” You claim the new Zoe is part of a wider assault on the EV market. What is next? “Our objective is to cover A-, B- and C-segments, with multiple shapes of vehicles [ie standard cars and crossovers/SUVs]. These will be focused on being passenger cars. I cannot tell you more at this stage.” Does the recently launched City K-ZE fit into these plans in Europe, or is it just for China? “We are currently investigating…

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