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Wheels December 2018

Wheels is Australia’s original motoring magazine. Launched in 1953, we’ve been trusted by generations of Australians to provide entertaining and forthright opinions on the good, the bad and the ugly of new and used cars. A world-class car mag with a formidable international reputation, Wheels covers the full gamut of cars – from sports cars to four-wheel-drives, economy to family cars – but it also covers the people, personalities and the power plays behind one of the world’s most dynamic industries.

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editor’s letter

It feels like yesterday that we were all gasping and shaking our heads in wonderment at the million dollar price tags of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder – a sold-out trio catchily called the ‘Holy Trinity’. Now, though, that same million is being commanded by some Porsche 911 variants.To access the truly special stuff – cars of the ilk of the AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie, which in many ways pick up the Holy Trinity’s performance mantle and transport it to a new dimension – you’ll need to fork out close to $5 million. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen, that is. Despite the booming number of mega-dollar exotics, the top end of town remains exclusively an invite-only club. I’d challenge the notion…

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skill seeker

An interesting extension of the argument that some performance cars are now too fast for the road is that the same logic can be applied to the drivers themselves. After all, how many Aston Martin Valkyrie owners will possess the required skills and confidence to drive it properly? Consider that most of the Valkyrie’s performance lurks in the dark and confusing world of aerodynamics, and that Aston claims it’s capable of qualifying inside the top 10 on the F1 grid, and you start to realise its abilities exist on a plane well beyond those of even very good drivers, no matter how big your wallet. Still, I’d love to have a go. ■…

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son of an f1 gun

IF THE incoming McLaren Speedtail is a window into the British brand’s future, then you best strap in. There’s a good chance the future is going to look a little bit weird. Because, and there really is no tactful way to say this, the mightiest McLaren to date looks somehow unfinished. It’s as though some crucial elements (you know, pesky things like wing mirrors and alloy wheels at the front, or even some kind of downforce-inducing protuberance) have been forgotten in the rush to get it ready for its unveiling, and that, mere moments after the black silk was whipped back, someone at head office must have surely been receiving an Olympic-level bollocking for the cock-up.Not that it’s hurt sales, mind you. Just 106 will be built, and…

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phase iv breaks auction record

The classic Aussie muscle price bubble continues to expand, with one of only four Phase IV GT-HO Falcons reaching a record price at auction. While there was talk that the car might fetch as much as $3 million, it eventually sold for $2 million (plus buyer’s premium). Ford was ready to produce the Phase IV to homologate the car for Group E racing before the ‘Supercar Scare’ and the shift to CAMS Group C regulations forced the company to abandon the project. ■…

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r8 turns up the wick

Audi has updated the R8 for 2019 with more power, a new design and revised technologies. The screaming 5.2-litre atmo V10 lives on, with power increased in the flagship variant to 456kW and 580Nm, increases of 7kW and 20Nm. Regular R8s get a bigger, 23kW power boost to 419kW (up from 397), however torque increases by only 10Nm to 550Nm. The steering and suspension has been revised, while Audi’s halo model adopts new styling cues which debuted on the A1 small hatch. ■…

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exit sandman

SUPER WAGON Triple Eight is spring cleaning, and its awesome 525kW shaggin’ wagon Sandman tribute race car is up for sale. Built as a promotional tool, Project Sandman placed a two-door wagon body onto a proper race-winning Supercar chassis, with a wicked-up 5.6-litre V8 making around 525kW at more than 8000rpm. During 2017, the Sandman served as a test-bed for the development of a twin-turbo V6 engine intended for the ZB Commodore race car but since shelved. Price? Make Triple Eight a generous offer. ■…

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