Cars & Motorcycles


July 8, 2020

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1 min.
we pick quality over reputation

WHEN WE INVENTED the Autocar Awards, we were determined to make them different from all the rest – by giving prominence to the creators of our most desirable cars. One theme that runs through the awards this year (p31) is high achievers succeeding against the odds. Take the double-award-winning Ariel Atom: it’s made by a small company in Somerset yet is a car of such incredible quality that it can out-handle the finest from Maranello, Working and beyond. A word, too, for Aurrigo, a 30-employee company from Coventry taking on and beating the likes of Google and Uber in the field of autonomous vehicles. Perhaps the most remarkable story of all is that of our Issigonis Trophy winner, Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. He’s not a traditional petrolhead or a career ‘car guy’,…

3 min.
audi expands ev line-up with rakish new q4 sportback

“The Q4 is mainly driven by its rear motor, with the front one being called on only when needed” Audi will launch a rakish Q4 Sportback E-tron next year – one of seven electric E-tron models that will be on sale in the next 18 months. By 2025, Audi plans to have 20 EVs. The Range Rover Evoque-rivalling Q4 Sportback is mechanically identical to the Q4 E-tron electric SUV that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show but has a more coupé-like roofline. The siblings will go on sale at the same time in late 2021. The Q4 is the first Audi to adopt the Volkswagen Group’s dedicated MEB electric car platform, first used by the Volkswagen ID 3 hatchback. A spokesman said the platform is the “cornerstone” of Audi’s electrification plans. “We…

1 min.
q&a amar vaya, q4 sportback e-tron exterior designer

How close is the concept to the production car? “It’s 90% there; we’ve made the concept a bit wider and a bit lower, and some bumper details will change. There will be [conventional] door handles [rather than flush ones]. And the production car will have 21in wheels; that’s such a cool expression.” We see a lot of flush door handles on concepts; when will they become a reality? “In the future, they will be flush, with just a touch button to open the door. But because this is [a compact] car, it wasn’t an option. As the technology becomes cheaper, we will implement this wherever possible.” What was the biggest challenge with this design? “The section around the A-pillar. The wheels are really pushed out to the corners – great for designers. But the A-pillar…

1 min.
entry-level rwd taycan ‘likely to come to europe’

PORSCHE HAS INTRODUCED an entry-level rear-wheel-drive version of the electric Taycan in China. Sitting below the four-wheel-drive 4S, Turbo and Turbo S and badged simply ‘Taycan’, the newcomer is likely to come to Europe, but Porsche says there is “no confirmed timetable for its launch in other markets”. The rear-drive Taycan is powered by a single electric motor that produces 402bhp when paired with the standard 79.2kWh battery, or 469bhp with the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus. The former offers 257 miles of range, with the larger battery taking that to 304 miles – although these are less realistic NEDC test figures. Despite the 67bhp gap, both versions are claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.4sec, with launch control, and reach a top speed of 143mph. For comparison, the 4S does the same sprint in…

3 min.
vw readies hot mk8 golf r

The first images of Volkswagen’s latest high-performance Golf R mega-hatch have surfaced after an undisguised Mk8 prototype was spotted in Germany. Following on from earlier test mules seen pounding around the Nürburgring, the most recent sighting gives us the best look yet at VW’s Mercedes-AMG A35 rival, as well as a glimpse of the interior. We can see that it sticks closely to the formula of its predecessor, with understated performance being the order of the day, although new features such as a much chunkier roof-mounted rear spoiler help mark out the hot flagship more than ever. Other telltale R attributes include large wheels hiding performance brakes with trademark blue calipers, quad tailpipes and a lowered ride height. Chunkier bumpers feature too, with an enlarged air intake at the front flanked by new…

2 min.
audi e-tron turned into sports suv with trio of electric motors

AUDI’S EXPANDING ELECTRIC car range has gained its first performance models, with the E-tron S and E-tron S Sportback being unveiled ahead of UK order books opening later this summer. Priced from £87,000 for the standard SUV and £88,700 for the coupé-styled Sportback, the two range-topping variants are claimed to be the first volume production cars to use three electric motors; two are mounted on the rear axle and one sits at the front. The result is 496bhp and, more significantly, 718lb ft of torque, available in eight-second bursts. Both cars dispatch 0-62mph in 4.5sec and hit a top speed of 130mph. They come with a 95kWh battery for a quoted range of 223 miles for the E-tron S and 226 miles for the Sportback. The trio of motors not only improve straight-line…