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MOTOR Magazine Australia July 2020

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If you love fast cars and everything surrounding them, then MOTOR is the magazine for you. From the hottest new cars to the wildest tuner vehicles, through the people who build, buy, race and repair them, MOTOR shines a spotlight on the late model car enthusiast lifestyle. Through 60 years of heritage MOTOR has built up a reputation as the car enthusiast’s bible.

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2 min.
dylan campbell

IF WE EVER built a Ford Mustang MOTOR Special Edition, it would basically be the Aussie-developed R-SPEC with a naturally aspirated engine and a six-speed manual with, somehow, shorter gearing. We’d go naturally aspirated over supercharged for excitement over power, and also to avoid some of the cooling issues that have cursed effectively every supercharged Coyote Mustang we’ve tested. We’d fit the GT350 cold-air intake to our snorting snag with 87mm throttle body, same-sized wheels as R-SPEC (but maybe of the Jap variety? Controversial) and grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S or Continental SportContact 6 tyres, on the same Magneride-compatible lowered Ford Performance suspension. Maybe we’d also change the seats to fixed-back items, a bit lower than stock, and fit a half-cage as well, because have you seen the way some…

8 min.
01 mach’s back!

FORD WILL REVIVE the legendary Mustang Mach 1 nameplate with a 358kW, naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – and it’s all but set to come to Australia. In what will be the hottest factory iteration yet of Ford’s Coyote 5.0-litre, also available with a 10-speed auto, the limited edition Mach 1 also promises proper track performance and durability courtesy of numerous go-faster parts pinched from the Shelby GT350 – including much of its cooling system. The Mach 1 badge, as its name suggests, has always been synonymous with the fastest Mustang you could buy short of venturing into the realm of Shelby or Boss badges. The name was inspired by fighter pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier. The original Mach 1 debuted…

2 min.
02 god of godzillas

IF YOU’VE GOT a few dollars, around $1.6 million, to spare, you could own something like this – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. That’s right, despite the car having been announced in 2018, the limited edition, Japanese-Italian GT-Rbased collaboration is still available to potential buyers. The version pictured is the first production version of the car to be built, after a long period of relative silence on the project. With proper details emerging in late 2018 and early 2019, the last 12 months or so have clearly been a time of finalising and construction for the teams at Nissan and Italdesign. This is so far the only time the car has been seen in anything other than its dark, gold-accented hero car in the real world, which made a dynamic debut…

1 min.
03 ballsy 4-series

IGNORE THE GRILLE for now, because a discussion on that could (and might soon) fill a column at the back of this magazine. BMW says it “follows the tradition of legendary BMW coupes and reflects the engine’s high cooling air requirement”. But what we really care about when it comes to the new M440i xDrive is that BMW says it will have a “sharper character than its predecessor.” With a 285kW/500Nm tune from its turbo straight six, 10kW up from the European spec with a petrol particulate filter, 100km/h should arrive in just 4.5 seconds, say the Bavarians. Dynamically, we’re told to expect a proper driver’s car, with the design and construction of the new 4 Series carried out with weight optimisation in mind. It does still weigh 1740kg, the same as…

1 min.
02 attention track goers!

THE PRO touring scene has seen a decent growth spurt in Australia in recent years, so it seems fitting that the USA’s premier pro touring event is making its way back to our shores next year, hitting Calder Park Raceway over the weekend of February 20-21. The Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car (OSUSC) is revered around the world as one of the hardest and most well-rounded events for pro tourers, pitting competitors against each other in a variety of tests including drag racing, autokhana, speed stop and circuit time trials. Registration for the event is open now, so make sure you head to driveusca.com/Optima-au to sign up.…

1 min.
05 covid-19 update

PUBS, GYMS, AND more importantly racetracks are opening up across Australia again. Drivers are also allowed to travel and stay overnight though QLD and SA borders are still slow to open as MOTOR closed for press. But overseas the story is still one of extreme caution, where car manufacturers have introduced strict measures in their plants. Thankfully, several of the world’s motorsport series have announced a return, with Formula 1 to return on July 5 in Austria. Several races across Europe have been confirmed, with more to be announced. In Australia, Supercars is set for racing to commence from the last weekend of June at Sydney Motorsport Park.…