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Autocar February 10, 2021

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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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1 min.
how to get autocar magazine amid covid-19

AUTOCAR With more need than ever for engaging, entertaining magazines, we plan to ensure that Autocar will continue to be published in print every Wednesday. You should continue to find copies in supermarkets and other shops each week, so you can grab the latest issue while doing your essential food shopping. We have also prepared some special offers for both print and digital subscriptions to Autocar, so you can continue to receive every issue without leaving your home. To receive six print issues for £6, or a six-issue print and digital bundle for £8.50, visit themagazineshop.com/aca/easms20c Autocar is available digitally on: • Apple’s App Store• Exact Editions• Google Play Store• Readly• Zinio Simply search for ‘Autocar magazine’ on your device. We remain committed to bringing you the best motoring magazine every week, to help keep you entertained…

1 min.
good-news stories lifting the gloom

LAST YEAR WAS largely calamitous for new car sales around the world. Yet amid the gloom, there were success stories, as our comprehensive global sales analysis reveals (p46). Stars of the past year include the Land Rover Defender, which confounded any critics of its styling by making a strong start after its rebirth; Bentley, which posted a global sales record despite factory lockdowns; and the Porsche 718 and 911 sports cars, sales of which rose year on year. Who said the sports car was dead? And who can stop Tesla? Sales there were up by over a third to reach record levels once more, with the result that last week even Tesla boss Elon Musk admitted buyers should steer clear of its cars while it ramps up production to avoid any quality…

7 min.
new audi e-tron gt flagship ev guns for tesla’s model s

“Audi’s predicted range is 303 miles for the base GT, with a 4.1sec 0-62mph time and top speed of 152mph” Audi’s long-awaited riposte to the Tesla Model S, the E-tron GT, has been launched and the first examples are due to arrive in showrooms in the spring. Described by Audi as “the gran turismo of the future”, offering an “emotional and fascinating” take on electrification, the E-tron GT has been revealed and will go on sale from day one in both ‘standard’ and hot RS forms (see separate story, p9). The launch variants will start from €99,800 (£88,110) in Germany, although UK pricing has yet to be confirmed. Exterior design and dimensions Audi has attempted to retain as much as possible from the first E-tron GT concept of 2018. To that end, the four-door…

1 min.
q&a markus duesmann, audi ceo

Will the E-tron GT be as much of a success story for Audi as the Taycan has been for Porsche? “We are happy with all cars we are able to sell. We can say the pre-order level is very high and our capacity is a bit less [at Böllinger Höfe] than we have on the Taycan side. That means we will sell more Taycans than E-tron GTs, but we are very positive on what’s happening in the market and how big the interest is, so probably we will see higher numbers [of the Audi] than we expect.” Does building it on the same production line as the R8 open the door to electrifying the R8 in future? “That wasn’t the original idea. On the other hand, it could make sense because we have…

1 min.
rs e-tron gt unleashes 637bhp on overboost

A performance-focused RS version of the E-tron GT is part of the model’s launch line-up. Priced from €138,200 (£121,330) in Germany, it is described as the “dynamic spearhead of electric mobility at Audi” and offers key upgrades over the standard model. Unlike with Audi’s combustion-engined RS models, external changes aren’t extensive. Besides RS-specific badging, Audi lists only standard-fit matrix LED headlights, “more dynamic” light animations and wheel options of 20in or 21in. Instead, the main focus has been on upgrading performance. Total system output rises to 590bhp thanks to a more powerful rear electric motor and torque is up to 612lb ft. In boost mode, power rises to 637bhp, and the RS E-tron GT is capable of 0-62mph in 3.3sec, with a top speed of 155mph. The estimated range reduces slightly over…

3 min.
ds 4 takes aim at a3 and gla

The all-new DS 4 will play a key role for the French premium brand by straddling two sectors, taking on rivals in the premium hatchback class as well as a growing number of crossovers. Trading on France’s heritage of haute couture as well as the latest technology, DS hopes the 4 will vie with cars as wide ranging as the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. The car’s styling is key to this strategy. Bold double daylight running lights and matrix LED headlights (standard on all trims) dominate the front end, while the side view features striking creases and up to 20in wheels (optional on the range topping petrol) pushed to the extremities of the car. DS is keen to emphasise the coupé-style lines at the rear of the car, where the…