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Autocar

February 13, 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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Publisher:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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car makers don’t have it easy just now, especially in the uk

DEAL OR NO deal, or anything in between, those controlling the purse strings of the UK car industry just want to know which way the wind is blowing to help them plan for whatever trading conditions they will be working under from 23:00 on 29 March.But with claim and counterclaim, and views ranging from ‘it’ll all be fine’ to ‘this will be the death of the UK car industry’, we ask this week: what does the best-and worst-case scenario actually look like (p18)?Brexit is just one of several high-stakes issues the global car industry is facing, of course. Falling diesel sales have affected many car makers, as have sales in China going into a dramatic tailspin. For many, it’s both, their businesses having to be radically overhauled in response.For every…

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bmw turns m4 into a 500bhp piledriver

“The new twin-turbocharged straight six is also being earmarked for the first-ever M4 Gran Coupé”The next-generation BMW M3 and M4 due in 2020 will receive a significantly upgraded six-cylinder engine capable of more than 500bhp in its top form.The flagship model to use this new engine will be a new M4 Gran Coupé (imagined by Autocar above), the first time the four-door coupé has featured a full-fat M variant. It will be joined once again by two-door coupé and cabriolet variants, beside the M3 saloon.The 3.0-litre powerplant, which carries the internal codename S58, is a development of the firm’s standard B58 unit, as used in the existing 440i and other BMW models.But as M division officials have revealed to Autocar, “it is for all intents and purposes an all-new drivetrain…

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is this one power play too many?

With looming emissions legislation and the blanketing of speed cameras on our roads, who would have thought the old German horsepower war would still be going on in 2019?The M3 and M4’s 500bhp-plus figure shouldn’t be too surprising, given Mercedes-AMG has been selling the C63 with 503bhp for a few years now. But this is no longer a race between BMW, Audi and Mercedes, thanks to Alfa Romeo bursting onto the scene with the wonderful 503bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio.But, yet again, I find myself questioning where it will all end. Many will call me a cynic, but I feel like we are already in a situation where super-saloons are becoming less fun because they’re too powerful.For me, nothing beats the thrill of nailing a corner apex, running up to the redline…

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what’s coming up from m division

By the end of 2019, the M division line-up is planned to include up to 37 models, split between entry-level M Performance and hardcore, full-blown M models.M PERFORMANCE CARSM140iM240i Coupé and CabrioM340i Saloon and TouringM550d saloon and TouringM760Li faceliftM850i Coupé and CabrioM850i Gran CoupéX2 M35iX3 and X4 M40iX4 M40dX5 M50dX6 M50i/M50dX7 M50i/M50dZ4 M40iM CARSM2 CompetitionM4 CompetitionM4 Coupé and CabrioX3M and X4MX3M CompetitionX4M CompetitionM8 Coupé and CabrioM8 Gran CoupéX5M and X6MX5M CompetitionX6M Competition ■…

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new suvs to ‘offer m3 and m4 driving experience’, claims bmw

X3M and X4M will take on Merc GLC 63 and Porsche Macan TurboBMW M HAS ADDED two new SUV models to its burgeoning line-up in the form of the X3M and X4M.Set for UK delivery in September following a public debut at April’s Shanghai motor show, they are among seven new dedicated M models planned for 2019. The M8 Coupé, Cabriolet and Gran Coupé and new X5M and X6M models are all also due by the year’s end.“Our philosophy from the start was to deliver an M3 and M4 driving experience, but with the added assurance of four-wheel drive and a slightly higher seating position,” said Lars Beulke, BMW M product manager. “We originally referred to them internally as the M3X and M4X.”Following the strategy taken with other M models,…

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evoque shows mettle on road

Having produced a design masterpiece in the original Range Rover Evoque – first as a concept in 2008 and then as a showroom hit from 2011 – Land Rover was never likely to move far away from the original when it came time to launch this second-generation car.That relationship was instantly proven when we clapped eyes on the new machine for the first time outside of a show stand. It was waiting beside one of the challenging Welsh roads on which it had been developed over the past 18 months, ready to be demonstrated by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) dynamics expert Mike Cross.Keep looking and you see that the 2019 Evoque is modernised in almost every detail but that it continues to use every one of the original’s key design…

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