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MOTOR Magazine Australia

MOTOR Magazine Australia

May 2021
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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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Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Are Media Pty Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
andy enright

“A SAAB 9-3 AERO CONVERTIBLE? What the hell possessed you to buy that?” I asked of my mate’s new-tohim purchase, lining up stories of comedy torque steer, torn firewalls, tart references to ‘women of a certain age’ and tales of its legendarily bluebottle-like body rigidity. It’s all just banter right? He’d just stepped out of an E36 BMW 3 Series and into the Saab and, to me, this was a massive retrograde step. But when he took the time to explain his reasons, they all made perfect sense. He’s no SVG behind the wheel and just wanted something inexpensive with a bit of zip in a straight line, that was a little bit different and which he could trundle around town in with the roof down. I slowly and rather ashamedly…

3 min.
[01] mercedes amg c63e s

IF IT HAPPENED THIS MONTH, IT’S IN HERE JUST THE FACTS. The next generation Mercedes-AMG C63e S will do away with the V8 engine layout that has powered every C-Class flagship since the 2005 W203 C55. In its place comes a four-cylinder engine directing drive to all four wheels. The king is dead. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the new hybridpowered C63e S could be the world’s most capable four-door sedan. If it meets the purported 480kW figure, it’d be a massive 105kW up on the outgoing V8 model. Put another way, that’s 16 years of evolution in one fell swoop, the 2005 C55 being 105kW down on the outgoing W205 C63 S. The M139 engine that will power the C63e S will be familiar to many, as it…

3 min.
[03] digital dinosaur

CAST YOUR MIND BACK to the year 2007. Spiderman 3 was in cinemas, and Steve Jobs was banging on about this new thing called an iPhone. It may sound a little bit absurd to hear that there is still a car on sale today, that went on sale back when mobile phones still had physical number pads. And yet, when Nissan peeled back the curtain on its 2021 GT-R Nismo a few weeks ago, we were greeted by a very familiar face. If you happened to miss it, worry not as you didn’t miss out on much. A new ‘stealth grey’ colour has been added to the palette, and the production debut of Nissan’s modernised new badge round out the changes to the ageing supercar. Yes, there’s a new Special Edition with…

3 min.
[03] vale richard parry-jones (1952-2021)

RICHARD PARRY-JONES, THE engineer who reinvigorated Ford’s reputation for sparkling chassis dynamics, has died aged 69. The hugely influential and much-loved Ford lifer had retired from the car industry and was killed in an accident on his farm in Wales. The car you drive is better because of Richard Parry-Jones. It doesn’t matter which company built it. If it was conceived in the last twenty years, it has a genius Welsh engineer to thank for the way it goes down a road, in an indirect regard at the very least. Parry-Jones was a rarity. Not only was he a gifted engineer and a talented driver but he was a brilliant communicator as well, this combination of attributes seeing him come to prominence with the Mondeo project in 1993, of which he was…

2 min.
[04] ferrari’s ev u-turn

ENZO FERRARI WAS an engine man through and through. The old adage that with Ferrari, you bought an engine and got a car thrown in for free wasn’t always that far wide of the mark. The old man once even claimed that aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines. All of which makes the prospect of a Ferrari without an internal combustion engine probably the most radical and controversial moment in the marque’s history. Yet that’s exactly what is set to occur in 2025, when Ferrari will launch its first electric vehicle. Controversial? We only have to spool back to 2006 when thenchairman Sergio Marchionne said that, “with Ferrari, (an EV) is almost an obscene concept,” before he added “you’d have to shoot me first.” Unfortunately, events subsequently intervened. Now it…

3 min.
[05] gentleman racer

HAVING CLAIMED THE Production SUV record at Pikes Peak in 2018, as well as the Production Car record in 2019, Bentley has re-armed itself for 2021 and is aiming to conquer a fresh category and subsequent triple crown glory at the world’s biggest hillclimb. The British brand has revealed its weapon of choice. Dubbed the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, the high-altitude hero is based heavily on the existing Continental GT3 and will compete in the Time Attack 1 class, an open category based on production cars. Alongside it, the Crewe outfit also launches a new sustainability initiative, Beyond100, which aims to facilitate evolving the historic car maker into “the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company” with research into alternative fuels. While GT3 regulations puts stringent limitations on weight, power and aero;…