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MOTOR Magazine Australia February 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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2 min.
ed’s note

CONSIDER THIS. On December 14th 1972, Gene Cernan stood at the base of the ladder of the Apollo 17 lander, gazed across the Taurus-Littrow valley for a moment, and then climbed into the lunar module. He was the last human to walk on the Moon. It’s now almost 10 years since the last Space Shuttle flight and nearly 18 years since the last commercial supersonic flight. The spirit of possibility and vaulting ambition seems to have been vanquished, a zenith reached long ago. Within the aerospace sector at least, the bean counters have given the visionaries one hell of a flogging. Budgetary constraints are an integral aspect of vehicle development too. Does anybody think that a MacPherson strut or a torsion beam are there for dynamic excellence? Or that swapping physical…

6 min.
01 how bmw m beat the market

IT’S SAID THAT a rising tide lifts all boats so, in the context of car sales, posting decent numbers in boom times is rarely that tricky. Setting records when the market is struggling is another matter altogether, which is why the numbers generated by BMW’s M division for 2020 are, on the face of it, remarkable. The bald stats make interesting reading. While BMW’s global sales slumped by 8.4 per cent overall in 2020, line item BMW M saw its numbers rise by a chunky 5.9 per cent versus 2019. That translates to 144,218 vehicles worldwide, the healthiest annual figure that the M division has ever recorded, directly in the middle of a global pandemic and its consequent squeeze on discretionary spending. What will particularly please the burghers at Garching is that…

3 min.
02 on safari

THE CALIFORNIAN-BASED air-cooled dream factory that is Singer Porsche has whipped the covers off its latest project, and it’s something very special indeed. Dubbed the All-terrain Competition Study (ACS), the project was initially pitched by an anonymous long-time Singer client who sought an air-cooled 911 with the ability to compete in events like the Baja 1000 or even Dakar, as well as demonstrating “extensive all-terrain exploration capabilities”. While Singer is world renowned for its stunning road cars, sending its wheeled works of art flying through the air at speed is another challenge entirely – and that’s where UK Porsche rally specialist Richard Tuthill comes in. With decades of experience in WRC and Paris-Dakar, the Tuthill family is the world leader in rally-prepped Porsches, with more than 40 years of experience and numerous trophies…

3 min.
03 renaulution!

RENAULT HAS REVEALED its ‘Renaulution’ plan that will see it launch at least seven new models in the next three years (including five electric cars), bolster the reborn Alpine sportscar brand, restore faith in the fracturing Renault-Nissan Alliance, and cut costs by 5 per cent in five years. The plan includes ushering in a new electric sports car co-developed between Alpine and Lotus, plus a hot hatch, sporty crossover, as well as a Renault 5 retro EV. Renaulution is the brainchild of new CEO Luca de Meo, whose mission it is to turn around the French car-making giant in the wake of the Carlos Ghosn controversy and repair the fracturing Renault-Nissan alliance. Key highlights of the new strategy include: an all-electric B-segment Renault 5 (pictured) as a prototype for now, and expected to…

3 min.
04 quiet lion

LEAF THROUGH THE ‘Hot Source’ data section in the back of this issue and the more eagle-eyed of you may well notice a quiet omission. Peugeot has vanished. With the demise of the 308 GTi, It offers no dedicated performance cars in this market. Thankfully, it’s not a permanent position and more of a sabbatical, thanks to the announcement of the Peugeot Sport Engineered line, due to be rolled out across every model in the Peugeot range. The company has already put a toe in the water with the potent 265kW/520Nm Euro-market Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered sedans and wagons, which feature a 147kW 1.6-litre turbo up front augmented by an 11.5kWh lithiumion battery and twin electric motors of 81kW on the front axle and 83kW at the rear. All-wheel drive grip…

7 min.
the tribe

SEND US A RANT. OR SOMETHING NICE. MOTOR@BAUER-MEDIA.COM.AU WIN THIS NEXT MONTH! MOTOR MAGAZINE PRIZE PACK The gear this month goes to the person who can send us the best tale of woe about a car they should never have bought. It’ll need to be better than Enright’s auction purchase with a dead dog in the boot. That’s just your baseline. Best letter wins a Unique Cars Aussie Muscle Car book, MOTOR subscription and classic MOTOR tee MURKY BIZZLE? I was reading up on the history of the Bizzarrini V12 as fitted to all the Lamborghini flagship cars until the Murcielago, and came across two rather divergent stories about the source of the design. The late LJK Setright was adamant that Lamborghini had commissioned Honda to design the engine, while other stories I’ve heard…