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MOTOR Magazine Australia October 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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3 min.
dylan campbell

I’VE ONLY SPACE here for public service announcements this issue, and there are a few of them. I had planned to bang on about how happy I am Nissan is putting the 370Z in the microwave for another 90 seconds with the ‘400Z’, or whatever the Z Proto over page ends up being called, and no, I’m not being sarcastic. What’s not to like about a new rear-drive sports car with a twin-turbo V6 and likely 300kW/475Nm, and one that’ll cost hopefully no more than $70K? Forget how old some of the part numbers in it might be; it could be like a cheaper, Japaneseflavoured BMW M2. And it’s worth bearing in mind that car is being discontinued. A new sports cars is never bad news, and Nissan, you should…

2 min.
01 the twin turbo z!

MEET THE Nissan Z Proto. The Nissan 370Z has been around for more than a decade, and this is the first look at its replacement, which we still expect to be called the Nissan 400Z when the production version arrives. For now, there is little info from Nissan regarding technical specs, with the concept providing more a design peek than a concrete performance preview. The main technical headlines we have been given by Nissan are these: there will be a twin-turbo V6 (likely the 3.0-litre 297kW unit from Infiniti), there will be a 6-speed manual gearbox with an auto also being developed, and there will be a focus on driving dynamics. We’ve also been given the dimensions of both the wheel and tyre package, as well as of the car itself.…

4 min.
02 maser’s mauler!

SHAKING PERCEPTIONS of a brand stuck in a rut, Maserati has unveiled a car it says is new from the ground up, and doesn’t even run on Ferrari power. Meet MC20. The supercar from the brand with the trident can be thought of as the start of a new era for Maserati, with the MC12 of more than 15 years ago marking the last time Modena built a supercar. While Maseratis of late have all borrowed engines from Ferrari, the MC20 runs Maserati’s new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, named Nettuno. From that 3.0 litres comes a stunning 463kW at 7500rpm and 730Nm from just 3000rpm. This engine will be paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, though at the time of writing Maserati hasn’t confirmed if power will be delivered exclusively to the…

3 min.
03 emissions crunch

THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic has cost the car industry billions. But there is a silver lining – the threat of losing more in European Commission environmental fines has receded, because low new-car sales have made carbon dioxide targets far easier to meet. Engineers have been readying electrified vehicles and limiting high-emission car sales because, for the first time, European marques must ensure the average carbon dioxide emissions of their total new car sales do not exceed 95g/km. There are caveats: each car maker has an individual target with vehicle mass taken into account, and compliance can be pooled across brands (FCA’s done a deal with Tesla, for example). The unexpected hit to new-car sales in the first half of the year means individual car makers will have to sell far fewer electrified cars…

3 min.
04 alonso returns

WAIT, WHAT? WHY is this happening? Because, above all else, Fernando Alonso misses racing in Formula 1. In the two years since he retired from the sport, he’s raced pretty much anything – LMP1, go-karts, Dakar, simulators – and he’s loved it. Rarely have I seen a bigger smile on his face than at the FIA prizegiving ceremony last December, when he was preparing for his first Dakar. But F1 is where Alonso’s heart is at. He’s a two-time world champion and he fancies his chances when F1’s new rules are introduced in 2022. Few drivers are more adaptable, which means he’ll learn the new ’22 car faster than most. Why do Renault – who will rebrand as the Alpine F1 Team next year – want him? First up, they need a…

4 min.
the tribe

WIN THIS NEXT MONTH! MOTOR MAGAZINE PRIZE PACK Imagine you were a superstar columnist and writing that ring-tingling next column. Would it be daring, controversial, downright defamatory? Whatever it is, send it to us so other readers can have a squiz and wonder what substance you had taken. Win a Unique Cars Aussie Muscle Car book, MOTOR subscription and classic MOTOR tee. WINNER LETTER of the MONTH GET OUTTA MY WALLET HI ALL AT MOTOR. I’ve been a regular reader for over 50 years and have never missed a copy. A suggestion: When you mention a car’s price, why not breakdown the RRP so they buyers know how much the government is hacking out of the price? I recently thought about trading my five-year-old Range Rover Sport on an Audi Q8. When I read…