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Fast Car June 2020

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Fast Car is officially the best car magazine ever made, and the only one that delivers on its promise of defining today’s car culture. Stuffed with the finest feature cars from the United Kingdom, all the hottest new gear and kit, inspiring guides and even the odd top model for good measure, it’s so jam-packed, you can see it from space.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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STAY HOME. MODIFY YOUR CAR. SAVE LIVES So, a lot has changed in the last month. We’re in the middle of a countrywide Covid-19 lockdown. The pandemic has impacted everyone’s lives, some more than others, and it will so for many months to come. It’s hard to stay positive but that’s what we need to do – try and focus on the good that can come from this challenging situation. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly made me appreciate the small things in life that are usually taken for granted. Like going for a quick blast, popping around your mates for a cuppa or heading to your local car meet. But on the flip side? I’ve found myself reconnecting with friends I haven’t spoken to in years, and there’s definitely…

1 min.

Ah, bugger. I guess we all saw it coming really, but it’s sad to have it officially confirmed – unfortunately, Japfest 2020 has been postponed until further notice. Absolutely the right thing to do, of course; if we’re all under lockdown then no-one can go to car shows anyway, and it’s not a great idea to be mingling in crowds when we’re all meant to be keeping our distance from one another. We’ve got to keep each other safe, that’s priority one. Staying in is the new going out. Still, it’s not all bad news – Japfest has not been cancelled, merely postponed until it’s safe to go ahead, which we can all probably agree is the best move all round. All tickets for the show will obviously still be valid…

1 min.
abt sportsline reimagines the rs›

If you drew a Venn diagram of people who’d driven a new RS4, and people who reckon it’s a bit soft and needs toughening up, you’d probably find that the crossover is quite small. But sitting happily within that sliver is legendary modding outfit ABT. If you’re not familiar with the name, ABT Sportsline was founded as a tuning and motorsport operation in 1991, although the company’s roots can actually be traced way back to 1896! In recent times they’ve developed such impressive models as the Audi R8 GT R (basically a road-legal race car) and the savage RS5-R among much else, as well as running Audi A4s in the DTM. Essentially, when ABT tinker with a car, you know it’s going to be good. And what they’ve done here is…

1 min.
aston martin bets big on going small

Supercar engines have always been a bit of an arms race. The bloodline of Lamborghini’s monstrous V12 motors can be traced right back to the company’s origins in the 1960s, their legend being so strong that some critics reckon the incredible V10-engined models ‘aren’t proper Lambos’. Which is silly, really. But certain people have always been cynical about this sort of thing. When Jaguar announced the XJ220 back in the early 1990s, it was mooted to have a V12; when they changed their minds and told customers it’d have a V6 instead, lots of people cancelled their orders. Today’s XJ220 owners are obviously having the last laugh now… The world’s different today though. Downsizing with the aim of blending performance with efficiency is key – that’s why you’ll find a V6…

1 min.
appreciating depreciation vauxhall astra gsi

New: £17,190 Now: £2,500 How good are these looking these days? The Mk4 was basically the car that the Astra always should have been; far more modern than the Mk3 it replaced, addressing a lot of the criticisms by significantly improving the handling and ride comfort, and its impressively strong construction shook up what everyone thought they knew about Vauxhall build quality. Here was a cheap-ish family car with a 4-star Euro NCAP rating, built to last, and all the buttons usually worked. The crisp body lines have aged pretty well, to the extent that if you park up next to a clean example in the supermarket car park today, you wouldn’t immediately assume it was almost a couple of decades old. The GSI was a bit of a bruiser too…

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“it’s the japanese mercedes…”

How badass is this? Those mad scientists at Liberty Walk have had a crack at applying the LB Works treatment to the Lexus LC500, and the results are pretty damn devastating. Even in unmodified form, the LC500 is an absolute weapon – its super-clever 5.0-litre V8 runs on the Atkinson cycle and uses D4-D direct and port injection, and it’s good for 471bhp. Added to this, you get an interior that’s so swanky it makes the average plutocrat’s mansion look like a piece of crap. On top of all this opulent splendour, the LB Works kit adds mighty bolt-on overfenders, splitters, and a ducktail spoiler, all available in either FRP or CFRP, and inevitably it’s bagged for maximum awesomeness. If you’re lucky enough to be running an LC500, you know what…